Thursday, February 24, 2005

I AM THE ANTI-DAD. For so many reasons, but the reason I'm writing about right now at this moment as we speak at the present time is ... lighting.

Your typical dad walks from room to room shutting off lights and muttering, "I don't work hard all day to light the whole neighborhood."

What I tend to say is more like "Could it be any darker in here?" -- as I walk into a room where I never bothered to try flipping on the light switch.

Monday, February 07, 2005

MORE THAN A (PEACEFUL, EASY) FEELING: I'm not saying that Paul McCartney isn't an American icon, but . . . the Superb Owl people missed an opportunity. I'm thinking Battle of the Bands: The Eagles vs. Boston.

Friday, February 04, 2005

I'M A BIG PROPONENT of the element of surprise. You can't tickle yourself. And so every possible scheme involving MP3 collections or DVD collections or whatever is destined for failure, or at least dissatisfaction. It's one thing to be able to play "Sister Golden Hair" by America whenever I want to. It's quite another to experience the joy of happening upon someone else choosing to play it, especially for a mass audience. This is where really good radio, which these days pretty much means satellite radio, coems in.

That '70s guilty pleasure was probably a bad example. My better example comes from the next best thing to a really good radio station -- a CD I burned myself months ago but forgot. And it's on such a CD that I heard a track from an album that, if you have any faith at all in my taste, you must own. I'm talking about "High Land, Hard Rain" by Aztec Camera. This is a group that, much like the Cranberries a decade later, had one great album in it and not much else. It was fronted by Roddy Frame, who I believe was 17 years old when the band got together, and maybe 19 when this album came out. It's great stuff -- every single track.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A CASTING QUESTION. Was Howard Hughes really effeminate? I'm just sayin'.

Do they base these things entirely on box-office appeal? Who was the runner-up, Julia Roberts? What next, "The Teddy Roosevelt Story," starring Jared Leto?

Speaking of Hollywood silliness, if you gave up on "The Simpsons" years ago, which is entirely understandable, you missed an inspired parody this week of the Pixar genre. "The Cards." Playing cards come to life. Voices by Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, etc., etc.

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