Monday, November 06, 2017

Cirrus Carress You


++These signs are going up everywhere now, pretty much signalling the end of words and language.

++You boys be careful with that posin', you might get stuck that way!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Sweet Aurora

++I was out at lunch over Halloween and saw a group of people with wonderful costumes, one was a well appointed and lavishly resplendent velvet-y Captain Hook and his companion had some very realistic horns as part of her Maleficent get up. I wanted to touch them! There are very few man-made creations that aren't essentially stolen from nature's incomparable designs. And their third friend  was a Cruella de Ville and given that they were seated across from us (and no one else in the restaurant was dressed up) I kept noticing the trio out of the corner of my eye and it occurred to me that the only real rebellion for a woman these days is to go natural gray (and maybe get fat). There are no other rebellions left anymore.

++These newly proposed tax codes are complicated.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Coy and Confessional


++I might have written about this before but every time I read about a poster contest I am infuriated all over again about a poster contest that I entered and they ripped off my design. This was like over 30 years ago, lol.Where's Fantasy Island revenge fantasies when you need them.

++Yes yes yes...I'm sure Call Me By Your Name with its Sufjan songs is profound and romantical and all, but I just got done re-watching Sea of Love by the Honeydrippers and am sure that the romance that I just imagined between Plant and Speedo guy is roughly equivalent to me go seeing that movie.

++Shout out to privacy as George Wallace might say. Too few guarded/private people these days.

++BREAKING NEWS: Just been informed that Lil Peep is ok while I should avoid Lil Pump. Jury's still out on Lil Windex though the consensus seems to be that he will be able to avoid trademark issues with his name if he changes the spelling, aka Lil Windiques which seems kinda porny but ok, workaround.

++Great. Now I'll be lookin out for subtle Christmas references thereby ruinin Shane Black movies. Thanks for nuthin, ET.

++Wow, I am mega busy today and happily listening to my beloved NPR while I churn away and old fraynd Chris Douridas stopped by to profile a few artists, including LA based performance arts school alum Phoebe Bridgers who he describes as having a charming "lump in her throat" [get that checked!] and a new one from the lead singer of Local Natives that I can't find right now, but will add momentarily............(I like that little bit of poetry "emotional motion sickness." One to watch; so fukcin cool.)

++Update: Aha, here it is. The name of his solo project is called Jaws of Life and according to Douridas this song is about him missing his wife whilst on a plane and thinking about life without her...quite pretty.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

901 E. 1st Street

++Everytime I spot a VW "Tiguan!!" I say it like the guy in Despacito.

++Oh me, oh my, I just reopened the SOG mailbox and there were something like 8000 unread emails, which is sort of exciting but also completely overwhelming. I'm real easy when it comes to getting me to publicize your band, all you have to do is invite me to a show that I probably won't attend? The hard part is getting me to open my emails. Yikes.

Anyway today, while trying to avoid work I saw an invite for the Moroccan "I heard it was a bordello" Lounge in the Arts District. Looks pretty neato. DraEmings will be there on the 3rd... so let's hear something from them. Luna's there in Japnuary!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hi Fi Curious

++I might at some point investigate Lil Pump but may draw the line at Lil Windex. How does he even get away with that, anyway? Someone needs to advise these guys that at some point in their fame trajectory they're gonna go up against copyright/TM attys. Also, wrt Brockhampton, that's too many members. By the time you get your cut it's going to be like a class action lawsuit size portion. And how do young girls pick which is the cute or shy one that speaks to them. Too many choices and not enough greedy managers like in the old days.

++Juan Antonio Bayona: Couldjagiveusjusalilmoreinfothere, luv?

++As I get older I have more patience for long videos of people with a passion talking about their very specific areas of expertise.  Here welder & musician (really) Chas Smith, Friend of Hans, talks a little bit about being inspired by Waylon Jennings' steel guitarist Ralph Mooney. I had the pleasure of watching a private Persian santur concert last week, (I live a weird life; prob too much life these days) and my thing lately is unsual instruments, I guess.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A.G. Cook


 ++1) Look at Neville Jacobs' [Marc Jacobs' dog]instagram, 2) Squint to see what it says on his necklace, 3) Want for my own dog, 4)Peak consumerism achieved. 

++Player piano composer Conlon Nancarrow: Hey, good news, when we all lose our minds I found the soundtrack.

++Was watching something on Netflix and tried to do the 10 second double tap touchscreen rewind the way you do on You Tube like the college educated boss I am.

++That crosswalk is way too complicated. The diagonal ones are confusing enough as it is....[P.s.: Nothing in the soCal area is "hostile." The most we do is actively avoidant if anything that pro-active...}

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Dog Won't Sing

++Ugh, Vin Scully always gets to me. Also, thanks to the Geico commercials now I suddenly remember Man At Arms and Orko! Those guys were wedged in some deep brain crevices! Orko!

++Had no clue that this cuffing season business existed. Will prob forget about it in two weeks like how I once upon a time I knew about the vuvuzela.

++So obviously I'm still in my own personal hell/heaven where there is an ENDLESS supply of 8 out 10 Cats Uncut on youtube. I can't stop watching and all other entertainment pales in comparison. Don't know what I will do when I run out of Jon Richardson/Sean Lock eppys. It's a real problem! Here's a rare-ish video that the panelists were arguing about years ago where a British politician donned a hat and all of a sudden he's in a band. Everyone was saying it's an awful song but I quite like it? No accounting for taste! Here's a quote from the King:


Tuesday, October 24, 2017


++Car Benefit Analysis: This has long been a dream of mine, to have an attachment so that when your car is in the shop or getting serviced, you still have a way to get around. Might not be worth it for the amount it would cost to hook up the whole scenario.

++Just did some specific searches to find the channel and the time the Doyers are playing like out of touch geezer that I am...[Update: I really can do without Seth MacFarlane's career updates.]

++New Dan Deacon! Soundtrack stuff, but we'll take it. Heeaaayyy, is this Baltimore tourism propaganda??! (did it come out in 2016, so confused.)

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Other Person Is You


++Phew, quite a busy week ahead! Alls I got today is this older vid from El May who I hope will return to us one these days. Here she coerces, ok coaxes, strangers to listen to her song with its steel drums that is ripe for a Kokomo remix if you ask me.

++Conversation with husband

"He kinda looks like Riki Rachman."

"Whatever happened to Riki Rachman."

"I don't know, he probably has a podcast."


++Hello #MOTOE:  Don't get me wrong, I love Agatha Christie [LUVed Crooked House and I know that the movie will ruin it!], Branagh, and of course Olivia Colman but dis trailer look goofy af.  Everyone is super vampin' it up with those accents. The mystery for me is will Willem be Dafoe or DaFriend? A cool twist ending is how they make a pit stop in Busan!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dune Rats

++ I've said it before and will say it a million times again, will never get over how Mike Judge nailed/predicted everyone saying "electrolytes" all the time in the future.

++I'm not one for product reviews but I go back and forth on lip balms in tins.


..On the one hand these little effers feel pretty good and last forever. But they disappear easily. On the other hand they remind me of these little lemon candies my grams used to carry in her purse, what with the packaging and all. How do they disappear though and where do they go, little shapeshifters. And also, they are often difficult to get open..Ooh, Mocha Rose...yet another intake site for cafferrreine.

++A while back when the band that all the kids all love, Cherry Glazerr, started gaining popularity it was a source of confusion for me because I knew the name from the longtime KCRW DJ Chery Glaser. It was one of those things where I'd be put-putting around in my car hearing both names and wondering if it was a reference to someone like Cherie Currie from the Runaways or something else, and thought I'll need to look that up later. I still need to look into this further later today when the caffeine leaves my system but in the meantime, here's an old interview from when the two Cherry Glasers collided and colluded. I was going to do a whole separate thing about Wildwood private School in LA and all the many progressive private skools in LA but that's another day too, I guess.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Posie Betsy Winifred

++Having a double who could step in for me is my DREAM, ya kidding me?!

++Ugh, as mentioned, I'm not able to get much else done these days because I've become completed absorbed in 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. It's way too geeky to get into but also really the BEST. Trying to tamp down my enthusiasm for the whole sordid addiction and not talk about it in my new developed cockney accent and yet, here we are. There are SO many old episodes to catch up on, I may never emerge.

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ANYhoo..they keep on mentioning Danny Dyer and Craig David (whose names didn't quite cross the Pond; David sorta...) and again. Here we are.

Monday, October 16, 2017


++Wow, 2010! Amazing how time flies. Won't ever stop reposting it.

++Had a little fantasy of a variety show duet between Sam Smith and Carly Jeps doing their greatest hits where he looks at her sings "And when, you call Me Maybe, I know I'm not the only one." And they do smiley finger guns at each other and sh-t like people do when they're doing duets.

++Lol, I don't know why I always find Kris Jenner picture post tweet/memes so funny. What's up with that? Just the ones where she's looking at a computer screen. Let's not go overboard here.

++Kelsea Ballerini gots the hardest working publicist in da BIZ. Parade Magazine? Whatever you're paying that person is not enough.

++Pretty sure if you drink one of these, you have to wear one of these.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feeling Sheepish


++Well I am completely useless to the world/contributing to the conversation because all I've done over the past few days is bingewatch 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown yet another British panel quiz show. Regular panelist Jon Richardson's skills wrt to solving "maths" is incredible. The wit on this and Big Fat Quiz Show are unmatched by anything in America...and the silent skits that Jimmy Carr does during the 30 second intervals while waiting for contestants to solve puzzles are Buster Keaton-esque. Love.

++Might have mentioned that I'm sort of a beast in the kitchen and just wanted to share a picture of my favorite, go-to tool. It's absolutely clutch and versatile and I use it for almost every single thing I prepare. I wish I knew where to recommend buying it, but it was given to me as a gift and besides its many uses, mines has a serated edge which means it can do practically anything in the kitchen. A must have for any budding chef.

++Speaking of food (cuz when am I not speaking of food?) a few weeks ago I went to a swanky restaurant where as decoration, up close to the the ceiling they had all these creepy  miniature chairs [pictured] with goldplated names of regular patrons on them. On the one hand, the part of me that used to watch Cheers as a kid was like, "that would be so cool to have a place where everyone knows your name." On the other hand, the militant minority part of me is like, "when do I get a place at the table?" (PS I never listen to Solange but I assume that's what that's what all that's all about.) In reality I stopped caring after awhile more consumed by questioning how the super rich make even sneakers look swanky. And such a pure white, even Heaven's like "daaamn."

++Ok, this isn't my usual speed but oh well, MOODS..."don't ask" her about her tatts:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017



++Traci Brimhall: I have a friend who is a poet and one time I asked him why he didn't write novels and he said that the format was not for him and that novels were just too "unwieldy." The more articles/words I read, the more I appreciate the precision of poetry.

++You is too funny today, Twitter.

++It's kinda interesting to me that Austan Goolsbee's parents would choose to make his middle name the regular/"normal" name.

++Bo Keeney: 876 views...c'mon people.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


++This is all I got for today!

Monday, October 09, 2017

The Sun In My Room

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++Maybe I'll just do another pic post today? I just discovered the Bodega Cats twitter and am kinda thinkin' I wanna be reincarnated as a bodega cat.


++Corey Escoto: Obviously, being the completist that I am I am still not completely done with all the Big Fats (and the suggested videos related to Big Fat) and this reminds me of this.

++Speaking of Countdown: Yay! New schtuff from SOG fave Luke Lalonde and he does not disappoint. Just beautiful. Your move, Bon Iver.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Korg Miku Stomp

++Super cool!

++I was grooming my dog and had a real powerful allergy sneeze causing fur to go flying everywhere. Thought for a second how I might have had a career as a sideshow freak. #humanleafblower #oneofus

Friday, October 06, 2017

Charcuterie Characters

Well I'm on the hunt again for some new media meat to consume, (gnawgnawgnawledge!) most likely a book this time since I've exhausted most of the Big Fat Quizzes and these table scraps of wit from second stringers ain't doin it for me (Mitchell, Ayoade and Fielding 4eva). I don't like too many podcasts and my late nite talk shows, Fresh Air and WTF have been on slow drip these days. 

Speaking of which! In my snooping around I listened to a short n sweet old interview on Alec Baldwin's podcast with the CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz that was surprisingly hashtagrelatable as they might say on a multicam sitcom.

Relatable in that even the head of a mega corp gets restless and paranoid. He points to the examples of the Walkman and Blackberry (miss U) that no corp empire is too big to fail and how that keeps him up at night.  

The talk ends with Baldwin chiding Schultz (who is/was not so hard on the eyes😏) for eliminating something called "Prison Cake" from their 90s food menu. It was said to contain oatmeal and while I don't think I found the exact same thing, this recipe may be close if ur reading, Alec, ya big buttery voiced galoot.


For the record, Schultz mostly IV's some sort of aged Sumatra thing throughout the day but he likes to start his day with....[drumroll] a doppio espresso macchiato. He says Starbucks has avoided entering Italy out of respect for their coffee artistry but that some huge rollout is on the horizon for Milan this year. (Just found this bit, it will be called Reserve Roasteries close to La Scala. No word on whether the coffee will be brought to the table at the new place. as they do at illycaffe or if Prison Cake will be served.)

Thursday, October 05, 2017


My oh my have I been the slackard lately!

++I'm not used to the LA Times comin' at me so hard with this Dirty John business.

++One guess as to where Maude Apatow is enrolled in college.

++I've almost run out of Big Fat Quiz shows to watch, so not sure what I will binge next? What is it called when you slowly binge, over the course of a few weeks? Anyway, on the most recent one I watched, revisiting the 80s, the male contestants had fond memories and fawned over Claire Grogan (first time I'd heard of her!), who is/was admittedly an adorable pixie but how did she do that with her voice? A highly unusual tone.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017



++All the movies that follow the premise of Groundhog Day is having a very Groundhog Day effect on me.

++Am warmed by the many tweets and tributes in response to Tom Petty's passing. The public seemed to regard him as an old friend and a shared part of the collective memory which is somewhat different than the reverence for Bowie and Prince. The reaction to Hefner's death was also fascinating where he had both supporters and detractors, though in the end I'd say being a good mensch usually makes up for a lot of transgressions. How lucky we are to have art that makes our lives easier, better and lighter.

++Via NME, Viva Brother is back with BASTARDO! You don't have to exclaim it like that, but there's no stopping me. Anyway, is music era-less now? This song is reminiscent of no one decade and all the decades.

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