Thursday, August 31, 2006

i can't believe this is the only korla pandit clip on youtube

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ambitious Lovers - Love Overlap
penetrators - shopping bag

via sharpeworld.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

go


go
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

stop


stop
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

kleenex / liliput - die matrosen

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Young Marble Giants - Cakewalking

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

armor of god pjs

putty hill xanadu


putty hill xanadu
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Putty Hill Skateland in Baltimore, slated for the wrecking ball next month.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

the littlest mortal coil

the littlest mortal coil
the littlest mortal coil
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

from the 1905 tome Painting pastimes for young artists

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Tom Zé - A Volta do Trem das Onze

tom ze and the dancing nuns present "hein?"

listen to this:



while watching this:

Monday, August 14, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

New Frontier - Donald Fagen

Friday, August 11, 2006

Q.E.D.

Q.E.D.
Q.E.D.
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

from a 1927 issue of field and fancy

Evel Knievel suckliloquy

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

lost horizon (1973)















It wasn't that bad.

I said it about GOIN' COCONUTS, the Donny and Marie movie, which I would nevertheless not want to see again; and now I can say it about LOST HORIZON, the 1973 musical - which I actually wouldn't mind seeing again. So long as I can fast-forward through the non-musical parts.

LH has such an awful reputation - colleagues who saw its original release warned me there was nothing even enjoyably bad about it. It does suffer from what would seem to be insurmountable problems: a really slow start (a friend suggested cutting the ration scene, for one); actors who can't sing; and what may be the very worst choreography I've ever seen - poor Hermes Pan - the legendary choreographer of the Fred and Ginger movies is reduced in senescence to this? Is Sally Kellerman, at her physical peak, simply doing an impression of the infirm in her somnambulistic shuffle?

But I like Bacharach - his tricky melodies may not be immediately memorable, but once they dig in they're settled for good. And the conceit of a musical Shangri-La isn't so illogical - after all this wasn't the first or even second musical treatment of James Hilton's book, which after its Capra-ization was sung on broadway and later on television. I'm not familiar with the other musical treatments, but here the characters sing only in Shangri-La (the soundtrack recording includes a number by Peter Finch's character, having left Paradise, singing that he must go back - but this isn't in the movie), and the one visiting character who doesn't sing - Michael York - doesn't want to stay there, so it makes perfect sense that he doesn't have a song. Yes, even George Peppard, or his vocal double, sings too, and that's one of the charms of this movie, as characters find and revel in their song.

There is much to ridicule: a sexual chemistry between Liv Ullman and Peter Finch may be unlikely if not completely absurd, but between Sally Kellerman and George Peppard? And there's the casting of John Gielgud as Chang, who when we meet him immediately dispels our aural suspicions by pointing out that he was educated at Oxford. Which doesn't explain his occasional slips into some stilted Chinese-Oxfordian accent, but still, that's one audacious backstory. Politically, there's the matter of colonialism/exoticism and the peculiarly unenlightened gender roles in paradise. In better hands (Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly, back in the day? Bollywood? Jacques Demy!) this could have been an unguilty pleasure. Still, I found about a third of LOST HORIZON wonderful despite its flaws.

There's a demo record out there of the LH material sung and performed by Bacharach himself - if anybody in the listening area has a copy I'd love to hear it.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

the world is a circle

From the Burt Bacharach-Hal David penned musical version of Lost Horizon, a much-maligned (and unfairly so), example of the late great Hollywood musical.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

pickpocket

pickpocket
pickpocket
Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

'Up to 100 bears were involved in the massacre ... It was a dreadful scene.'

Guard dog mauls Elvis's teddy in rampage
When Barney met Mabel, there was an instant - and fatal - chemical reaction.

On Tuesday night the doberman pinscher guard dog, after six years' blameless service, went berserk: within minutes Mabel, a 1909 German-made Steiff teddy bear once owned by Elvis Presley, more recently the pride and joy of an English aristocrat, lay mortally wounded.

satisfaction always

satisfaction always
satisfaction always
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from The American Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association Inc Guidebook and Standard, 1932-1933.

terriers



Originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Brotherhood of Lizards

Tuesday, August 01, 2006