Saturday, May 01, 2010

What the Actual Fuck, Arizona?

Two separate outrages here:

1. Last weekend, Arizona passed a law that prohibits insurers in Arizona from providing coverage for abortions unless the coverage is offered as a separate optional rider. It prevents insurers from offering abortion services even if only private money is used to pay for them. Currently, five states require abortion riders, and in those states, no insurance company offers them.

Back into the alleys with you, poor women who need abortions.

Another victory for the forced birth crowd. Most of them men, of course.

And not to single out only Arizona--though Arizona deserves to be singled out--how about Oklahoma? The legislature there has made it a law that women undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion. It actually requires doctors to set up the monitor where women can see it and then describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions for rape and incest, either.

Oklahoma also passed a law protecting doctors from malpractice suits if they decide not to inform the parents of an unborn baby that the fetus has birth defects. Because that information may influence someone into having an abortion. So it's the law in Oklahoma now to lie to pregnant women in order to force them to have children.

To his credit, Governor Brad Henry vetoed both of those vile pieces of legislation. The state legislature voted to overturn the vetoes.

You know, gentlemen, it does get to a point where your pro-life debate becomes less about religious bullshittery and a lot more about restricting the rights of women and wanting to punish them for having sex. Apparently, even if they're raped by a stranger or a family member.

2. Arizona is now going after the education system to continue their ethnic purge of the state.

Schools can now lose state funding if they offer any courses that "promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

Look at that wording: they're equating the Mexican-American studies program with high treason and hate speech.

The state superintendent charged the Mexcian-American studies program with "ethnic chauvinism," which is certainly the pot calling the kettle a giant fucking racist.

The Arizona Department of Education is also telling school districts to remove teachers who don't speak English well enough. It seems especially stupid to me having taught in bilingual classrooms; kids still learning English need the comfort of a teacher who speaks their first language while they're finding their way around a second. Arizona's idiotic solution to this is to purge those teachers from the schools and leave those kids hanging.

Apparently, the Arizona legislature got sick of living in America and decided they'd rather live in Fascist Germany about 75 years ago. After all, you can't spell "Arizona" without the letters N, A, Z, and I.

Like the "Show Me Your Papers" law, this is racism disguised as policy. Hispanics are apparently the cause of all America's problems, and they need to be scapegoated, demonized, and purged.

When does the "ethnic cleansing" start?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Comic Book Questionnaire

Lee did this, and I couldn't resist it.

1 Did you read comics as a kid?

Yes, very much so. I read comics that were, I guess, aimed at kids: Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, etc. I also read Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. I knew Spider-Man, Superman, Batman etc. from movies and TV, but it took me a while to get into their comics. Still, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham was my favorite comic book for a long time.

2 Who bought you your first comic?

My Mom or my Dad. I can't tell you what it was. My Mom used to buy me a comic book or a digest sometimes at the grocery store. But I also used to go to the barber shop--a real barber shop, with a pole, and they would even give you a shave--with my Dad when I was a little kid. They had a magazine rack with three tiers--adult magazines on top, Newsweek and People and such in the middle, and comic books on the bottom. I always used to read Disney comics and never wanted to leave until I was finished, so it was pretty obvious I was going to be into comics.

3 Did you take any time away from comics? Why?

Does now count? I stopped actually buying comics in 2005 because I just couldn't afford them anymore. Now I get collections and graphic novels from the library, and the only comics I generally buy are the trade paperbacks of the Muppet comic books.

4 What brought you back into comics?

I still haven't gotten back into monthly buying, and I probably never will. The cost is just prohibitive.

5 Do you prefer getting comics monthly or in trades?

Trades, now. I miss buying monthlies sometimes, but only when I remember how nice it was each month to sit down with a fun, self-contained issue of Superman Adventures or Futurama Comics and not one of those 40 year-long soap operas.

6 Do you know the name of your Local Comic Shop (LCS)?

Yes, but I won't say it, because I don't want people to shop there. Assholes.

7 Does your LCS know your name?

Yeah, because I used to shop there every week.

8 Do you own any old number 1 comics (must date before 1980)?

No.

9 Do you own any original comic art?

Becca has some that was sent to her by someone nice, but I don't.

10 Do you bag and board your comics?

Yes. Not because I'm worried about resale value or collectors' items, but because it makes them easier to store when I want to keep them.

11 Where do you store your comics?

I have them in short boxes in the closet in the library.

12 How many comics do you read right now, in either floppy or trade format?

I don't know. There are collections I make sure to check out from the library whenever they hit the shelf--the new collection of Fables or Powers or Age of Bronze (when it actually comes out), for example.

13 What would be your number one, all-time desert island, favourite comic series?

I don't know. Maybe Bone. Bone is wonderful.

14 Do you follow comic creators on Twitter?

No. But I barely ever get on Twitter.

15 Do you have a favourite comic creator?

Warren Ellis likes Godzilla Haiku, so... Actually, Warren Ellis is someone whose work I will always read, no matter where it appears. There are very few current creators I can say that about these days. Certainly Mike Mignola and Jeff Smith, though.

16 Do you harbour any aspirations to create your own comics?

I did, a long time ago. I created Samurai Frog... but that's another story...

17 Do you access comic news online, if so where?

Yes, but I don't keep up with it that often. I follow some comic book Tumblrs, and a lot of bloggers who are into comics, so I get pieces of it.

Time to pick sides…

Marvel or DC – DC. I like their history and their characters more than I do Marvel. What's funny is that I think I relate to Marvel characters more, but they're so badly handled. Both have icons that mean something to me, but if I'm going to a comic book store, I go to DC first. Or I used to. They're both unreadable now.

Superman or Batman – Superman, and I've elaborated on that many times here.

Spider-Man or Wolverine – Spider-Man, but no one did him better than Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Iron Fist or Luke Cage – Luke Cage, specifically in the 1970s.

Nick Fury normal or Nick Fury Sam Jackson – It really makes no difference to me. The old Stan Lee Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD comics were pretty awesome. I don't really understand some of the fan hatred directed at Samuel L. Jackson playing Fury, honestly. The Marvel Ultimate version of Fury was kind of lame, but so was the Ultimate version of everybody.

Spandex or real life stories – I don't care, as long as it's well-told.

Golden Age or Silver Age or Modern Age – Well, the Golden Age Justice Society are my favorite superheroes, but Silver Age comics are the most fun to read. Actually... comics from the 1970s are the most fun to read.

Digital or paper – Either one. Makes no difference to me.

Gotham or New York – It doesn't matter to me, actually.

Hero or villain – Depends who we're talking about.

Cape or no cape – Depends on the character; Superman would look silly without a cape, but Green Arrow would look silly with one.

Cowl or domino mask – Same answer.

I Promise Not to Let This Go to My Head

Apparently, Warren Ellis likes Godzilla Haiku.

Wow.

Funny timing, too: I've been re-reading Transmetropolitan.

I just... wow.

Oil Rigs Don't Cause Spills

"I don’t agree with the notion that we shouldn’t do anything. It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills. They are technologically very advanced. Even during Katrina, the spills didn’t come from the oil rigs, they came from the refineries onshore." -- President Barack Obama, 2 April 2010

Actually, there were six offshore oil rig spills during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

So in this case, Obama is either lying (the same way McCain did making this same claim in 2008) or he doesn't know what he's talking about (and embracing a Right Wing myth to do so).

It'll be interesting to see what this disaster does to Obama's energy plans. If there's one thing Obama has proven, it's that he's perfectly willing to delay, delay, delay, but the fact is, we're going to need some kind of decision on energy soon, whatever it may be. They're losing 5000 barrels a day in the Gulf of Mexico right now, but America uses almost 20.7 million barrels a day.

It's time to find another means of energy, or just commit to drilling. The time for hemming and hawing is long over, and it's got to be one or the other. I know what I'd like to see happen, but if wishes were horses, etc and all that.

Meco: Pop Goes the Movies



Meco - Pop Goes the Movies - 1981 (not available)

Oh, that's too bad.

I enjoyed Impressions of An American Werewolf in London so much that it just deepens my disappointment in Pop Goes the Movies.

There's really only one track here--"Pop Goes the Movies"--broken into two parts, one for each side of the record. It's Meco's response to the insane medley fad that went around at this time. Thanks to Stars on 45 and their successful Beatles medley, Meco first produced a Beach Boys medley for a made-up group called The Cantina Band, and then did this album of nothing but movie themes for a half-hour. All in a "Hooked on Classics" medley with the constant digital clapping and... then it's over. And almost a half-hour of your life is gone...

Wow, it just... sucks.

(And this wasn't the only musical harm Meco inflicted on the world in 1981; he also produced Kenny G's first album that year.)

Grade F
A Side: none
BlindSide: nope, none of those
DownSide: "Pop Goes the Movies"

NOTE: I do not have a copy of Meco's next album, SWINGTIME'S GREATEST HITS, nor can I track one down. If it's anything like this mess, I'm kind of glad I'm going to have to skip it.

Cross-posted from Septenary.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another Insincere Harrison Ford Voiceover

Wow, I've never seen this before--a trailer from 1980 for The Empire Strikes Back narrated by an insincere, bored, sarcastic, and almost aggressively contemptuous Harrison Ford. So this ties with his terrible Blade Runner narration for the most passionless Ford performance.

TV Notes (Very Brief)

:: Steve Carell raised the possibility of the next season of The Office will probably be his last. The cynic in me figures he's preparing for a contract negotiation by saying that. But if he's not, and he's going to leave the show, I think next season should then be the final season of The Office. I just don't think there's any show without Michael Scott. A large part of the show--and, I think, the best part--has been about Michael's attempts to grow as a person. That's what the British series was also partially about--the Christmas specials, and David Brent's final sentence, were the final end of his immaturity. So, honestly, if Steve Carell wants to leave The Office, I think the best thing to do would be to end the series now. It's just dragging on and on right now as it is. Let Michael grow up, everyone reach a plateau, and give us a good finale. I'd like that very much.

:: Thank you, America, for voting off Siobhan. Boy, was I sick of that screeching.

TMNT

This image made everyone lose their shit the other day. Lots of net-nerds were all kinds of butt hurt at the idea that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could look like this in the next incredibly bad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

There have been what, four of these things now? I remember three in live action, all at varying degrees of badness, and a nigh-unwatchable CGI film from a couple of years ago. I also remember a terrible live action TV series and the cartoon which, after a while, was pretty much a stinker. All of them were based off of one of my all time favorite comic book series of the 1980s, but which was turned into a slick, loud, commercial idiocy that, I will admit, spawned an awesome toy line.

So, I don't know, I dug this picture. It's something different. I'd like to see something more like the original comic, although I'm sure I won't. The last time they tried that--in the CGI film--it suffered from the modern desire to make such things cool instead of engaging. At least the first film tried to split the difference in tones between the cartoon and the comic book. I don't know what this new one's going to do, but I don't think the picture above is anything to flip out over so much as it's something to intrigue.

Dismantling Sarah Palin's Revisionist History



A couple of annotations here:

:: I don't always agree with Olbermann and Markos Moulitsas, but I think they're right on the money here about Sarah Palin's anti-democratic process feelings. They're also right when they say that the Teabaggers aren't anti-big government, they're anti-big government allowing things they don't agree with. They want big government as much as the supposedly conservative Republicans do, but only if that big government acts Republican.

:: Sarah Palin putting words in the mouths of the Founding Fathers--people she clearly knows nothing about--is offensive, but somehow not as offensive as Glenn Beck deciding the only way he can explain who Thomas Paine was to his audience is to call Paine "the me of his time."

:: Good to know that there are two wings of Teabaggers. It's typical of these fringe lunatics--they can't agree on specifically what they're mad at, but like a child clenching its fists and holding its breath, they're mad at something. The difference? The child doesn't take it out on Latinos...

:: I hadn't heard that Arizona also passed a law that anyone running for President has to show the Arizona legislature their birth certificate, even though no state can pass a law regarding rules for a federal election. I feel very sorry for the people of Arizona that they've clearly got a majority of morons in their state legislature.

:: Speaking of Palin, notice how they're no longer showing those commercials where Palin extols the virtues of advanced sea-sub technology? Over 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day is leaking out into the Gulf of Mexico now. So, Sarah, how's "drill, baby, drill" working for you? Seriously, how many more things does she have to prove herself totally wrong about for people to stop taking her seriously? (And before you answer, keep in mind that the only reason she's where she is, is because she's hot. If she looked like Helen Thomas, none of her precious Teabaggers would care what she had to say.)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Setting the DVR Now

I literally right now discovered that tonight's Great Performances on PBS is Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.

The words I had for this are "fuck" and "yes."

It's airing here at 9PM Central time and is on past midnight, so I'm setting the TiVo for it. Oh, yes.

Bohemian Rhapsody with Commentary

The Muppets Studio has released this new version of their instant classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," featuring Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets trying to give an audio commentary. This is the only thing that could've added to their great short.

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

MURDER BY DEATH (1976)
Terrifically funny satire on 1930s detective flicks with a great cast playing analogues for the classic detectives--Peter Falk (essentially Sam Spade), Peter Sellers (Charlie Chan), David Niven and Maggie Smith (Nick and Norah Charles), James Coco (Hercule Poirot), and Elsa Lanchester (Miss Marple). They're invited to a mansion by an eccentric (Truman Capote) with a blind butler (Alec Guinness) for "dinner and a murder." What follows is one of the sharpest, wittiest comedies I've seen, especially considering how hard the mystery genre seems to parody (judging by the evidence we usually get). If you've ever enjoyed Clue but wished it weren't total crap, this is your movie. Terrific stuff. **** stars.

JENNIFER'S BODY (2009)
Becca and I spent a long time talking about this movie after it was over. She loved it, but I had problems with the story, and part of me wonders if that's because I just couldn't fully relate to the complexities of a female friendship. Personally, I thought all of the symbolism was way too obvious for its own good, and Diablo Cody's condescension towards anyone quaint is more obvious than usual. I didn't care for most of the performances, either--I see the point of casting Megan Fox, but she just can't act. I did like Amanda Seyfried much better here than I have in anything I've seen her in for a few years. I thought finding out the truth about what happened to Jennifer was pretty hilarious, as parodies go, and I loved the ending, but I found it only okay in places where it could've really been wicked. *** stars.

YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN (2008)
If you say so. I hate it when I get caught up watching Adam Sandler movies, because I never like them. He's got a tendency towards sentimentality, which is I guess part of what draws me in, but it never really pays off and I've never thought he was all that funny. This one--about a preternaturally skilled Israeli soldier who wants to come to America to style hair--starts off pretty funny and enjoyable, but then just goes on and on and on and on and on long past the point of me giving a shit. Also, I think it's too bad that Sandler can't bring himself to act opposite a woman who's really funny, instead of just kind of cute and not much of a presence. ** stars.

OBSESSED (2009)
Time was, a movie this ridiculous would at least have the taste to be trashy. Instead, it's another fantasy where a woman meets an attractive, successful, married man and immediately goes insane with cock-craze, and starts stalking, etc. Ali Larter plays the crazy bitch--I do like her--who goes sex mad for Idris Elba (meh) and ends up fighting his wife, the painfully limited actress Beyonce, who frankly deserves to lose. What does it say about their relationship that Beyonce won't let Elba have a female secretary because, you know, she was the secretary he married? The writing is so bare-bones here that you don't even know what they've got in common, anyway. By the numbers. * star.

MAXED OUT: HARD TIMES, EASY CREDIT AND THE ERA OF PREDATORY LENDERS (2006)
Terrifying documentary, and especially relevant now with the Goldman Sachs investigation going on. The film isn't impartial--it's clearly out to expose the way the credit companies (in collusion with banks, Republicans, people like Falwell--who is seen giving a sermon on how Jesus loves people with good credit--and shareholders) are attempting to squeeze every last dollar they can out of people in a position to be taken advantage of. The tactics employed are scary--everything from deliberately not cashing payment checks until the clients will be in default to offering more credit to people already in collections on their debt--and a lot of the people we get to know, like a couple of slimy fuckwads who actually liken debt collection to being cowboys, are clear indications that there is a much larger problem here than irresponsible borrowers. We even see the parents of young adults who have killed themselves because they can't get out of debt problems. It's a heartbreaking, angering, essential movie. **** stars.

THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL (2005)
Surprisingly touching documentary about Mark Bittner, a resident of San Francisco taking care of a population of feral parrots (of which there are surprisingly many in the US--even, apparently, in Chicago). As it starts off, Bittner comes across as eccentric and even a little crazy, but as it goes on, you see he's really an impassioned amateur naturalist who has taken it on himself to learn as much about parrots as he can in order to care for them without making them too reliant on him so they can continue to survive. There were some tears involved in the watching of this engrossing film. **** stars.

BOLT (2008)
I didn't care for this at all. First of all, I don't buy the premise: that Bolt is the star of a TV show about a superpowered dog, but has no idea that it isn't all real. For that to work, you not only have to buy that, when the script demands it, Bolt is able to jump over a freaking helicopter, but you also have to accept that this is the dumbest dog with the worst senses in the history of canines. Yes, they hide the cameras and crew and don't do retakes, but... how? It's just far too implausible. It's also implausible that Bolt could get mailed across the country, survive the trip, and then take way too long to realize that his powers aren't real. It's just... it's so stupid, and it makes me lament even more that for this lousy movie they jettisoned Chris Sanders' great concept about a dog who was a spoiled TV star and became humbled and discovered the larger world outside of himself on a trip across America. John Lasseter errs so often on the side of folksy, and this is a case where it really, really just grates. Bolt just doesn't work, because Bolt doesn't ever come across as anything less than pathetic (and with John Travolta's lame, ineffectual performance giving him voice, he doesn't inspire warmth). Most of the other voices just sort of hang there, though I mostly liked Susie Essman as the cat and I thought the hamster, Rhino, was hilarious enough that he deserved to be in a better movie. Miley Cyrus does a fine job, too, as Bolt's concerned owner. But other than the end credits animation and the song Miley sings over the end credits, I just really didn't find anything here that delighted or engaged me. *1/2 stars.

JULIE & JULIA (2009)
I'm going to parrot a lot of other people here and say that this film really only needed to be Julia, full stop. I felt invested and engaged by the story of Julia Child, her journey through French culinary school, and her relationship with her husband--aided greatly by an excellent performance from Meryl Streep and nice work from Stanley Tucci, an actor I don't always like but loved here. The other half of the film, however, falls with a thud. I didn't care one whit about Julie Powell, played at a weird emotional distance by Amy Adams, and her personal journey of discovery. In real life, she blogged her way through cooking the entire Julia Child cookbook in one year. The film tries to enhance this by taking us through the events in Julia's life that led to the creation of the book, but in doing so tells a much more interesting story. With Julie, we have another self-involved twit who can't keep up with her yuppie friends, so decides to take the increasingly popular alternate route to yuppiedom: neo-traditionalism. By trying to live up to an icon of traditional femininity--and, rather distastefully, making flattering comparisons between Julia and herself and grandiosely thinking she's the one to put Julia Child into perspective for the rest of us plebs--Julie backdoors her way to yuppie success. Which is all well and good, I guess, although I'm getting awfully tired of watching movies about people who aspire to be yuppies. Julie's husband is thoroughly predictable--completely supportive until the script suddenly requires him not to be, and then completely supportive once the timing for that dramatic beat is over, whether it makes sense or no. What we're left with is a very good movie with a wonderful central performance, completely marred by an unnecessary addition that comes across as whiny, self-serving, and plastic. ** stars.

Pride & Prejudice, Comic Book Version

I'm very pleased that Marvel Comics has been putting out comic book adaptations of classic novels. It's something that hearkens back to old comics, and something I appreciate more and more as I get older. At my age, they give me a chance to see someone else's interpretation of something I've read in the past. When I was a kid, they often served as introductions to literary classics I would then go on to read.

In this case, Marvel's Pride & Prejudice may have the same effect as it would have in my childhood years.

I have said before, Pride & Prejudice is a story I've never much cared for, and a novel I didn't like. Every version I've approached, in miniseries or movie form--Bridget Jones' Diary notwithstanding--has bored me and made my mind wander. I don't know what whim I had that got me to pick up the series collection at the library, but I've been reading it over the past few days, and I have to say, I'm glad I did.

It's strange, because I didn't think the adaptation was all that great. Writer Nancy Butler has boiled down the story into a series of conversations and sitting room scenes that have a "and then Lizzy did this" or "but Mr. Bennett thought that" quality that was too often simplistic and dry. I know the source material here is conversations and sitting room scenes, but there's not a lot of meat in this graphic adaptation. It's just sort of the basic version of what happens in Jane Austen's novel. It's actually kind of a letdown considering the covers, meant to look like modern magazine covers, seem to promise a modern sensibility on a classic tale.

The art, too, is problematic. Hugo Petrus is clearly talented, but the brevity of the adaptation makes necessary a sort of emotional shorthand, so that Lizzy is always wearing her emotions on her sleeve, which undercuts the character's fierce intellect. Besides which, every character is surrounded by seemingly endless negative space. And as a personal caveat, why does Wickham look like Klaus Kinski? It makes him seem crazed...

Here's what the adaptation did do for me, however: it made me want to go back and give Jane Austen's novel another try. And I didn't think anything would ever make me want to do that. I was perfectly content being dismissive of Jane Austen's literary output as something I wasn't meant to relate to. But now... well, now I feel like I need to read Pride & Prejudice once again.

So there's the upshot of this workmanlike, inadequate adaptation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fascist Arizona

What else do you call it but fascism?

A new law in Arizona requires resident aliens to hand over documentation to police officers who demand them. The police are required to demand documentation of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally for any reason. In other words: breathing while Latino.

This bit of legalized racial profiling is, after all, purely designed to harass Latinos, whether American citizens or not. There's no other reason for it to exist: it's simply racism, written into law under the guise of an immigration policy.

How does the image of an on-duty police officer walking up to a person he or she suspects of being an illegal--simply because they're Hispanic--and demanding to see their papers conjure up any other image but the Nazi police state?

My question is, how can any Americans support this? If a law was enacted that all Americans would have to show their papers on the request of any official, or when leaving any state for another, how would the majority of Americans react? There was a poll on the news this morning: do you agree with this new Arizona law? 79% of Chicago viewers said yes, they did. What can that mean? How are Americans so accepting of this kind of racism?

And where are the Teabaggers during all this? They love the Constitution and small government, or so they say. They're for the rights of the individual and fear the overreach of big federal government, right?

Oh, wait, I forgot: they're hypocrites.

Hell, even John McCain was asking the President to order 3,000 National Guard troops to Arizona--with an additional 3,000 Border Patrol--to ease the workload on the police. So there's your 2008 Republican candidate for US President, hero of the Teabaggers, begging the supposedly socialist president for federal troops to help keep brown people in their place. Yes, I can see his hatred of big government, can't you.

The Teabaggers love big government when it's corporate-run, or when it's a war, or when it's their welfare or Medicare. Or when it's reminding Latinos that some people don't want them here. They only hate big government when it might make life easier for other people. That's the one sin they can't stand.

Oh and, of course, Teabaggers are racists. Have to take that into account.

Because as long as it's not white people getting harassed by the law, they support it. They support it because they believe everything they've read in a chain email about the supposed cost of illegal immigrants, and they're stupid enough to let their leaders turn them on each other.

As long as the poor continue to fight against the poor, nothing in this country will ever change.

This is the face America presents to the world: jackasses with misspelled signs and a total misunderstanding of the Constitution braying fearfully to the heavens in order to protect their racism, their prejudice, their hatred, and their unrealistic dreams of becoming rich from people with different skin colors, different sexual orientations, and different backgrounds.

Whaddya Mean No Lost Tonight?

Wasn't part of the point of switching to a yearly half-season to do away with the reruns and hiatuses that were killing the momentum? You can't leave me alone with American Idol, ABC!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Song of the Week: "Queens of Noise"

All this Runaways talk. Here they are live in Japan in 1977. I love Cherie Currie.

Meme Is Forever

Yes, another meme found on Tumblr. Not a lot going on right now, really. And this one's all musical.

1. What are you listening to right now?
Joe Hisaishi's score to Howl's Moving Castle.

2. What song(s) make(s) you sad?
Like a lot of nerds who never grow up, "Puff the Magic Dragon" makes me cry. Also "Baby Mine" from Dumbo. I must have some kind of separation issues. And that song about having to put that dog down. "Old Blue"?

3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. I fucking hate that song.

4. Your all time favorite band?
Band? I'm still saying Queen. But my favorite singer is David Bowie.

5. Your newly discovered band is?
I just found out that I like Forever the Sickest Kids.

6. Best female voice?
Christina Aguilera.

7. Best male voice?
Freddie Mercury. It always embarrasses me to see people attempt Queen songs on American Idol. If you aren't as good as Freddie Mercury--and you AREN'T--don't even bother to attempt it.

8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
I guess I listen to pop or rock more than any other. Sometimes I get in moods where all I want to hear is film scores or classical for a month.

9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
Lots of random stuff. Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" always works.

10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
Classical music, usually something baroque or something by Debussy. Stravinsky isn't going to make you calm, you know?

11. Last gig/concert you went to?
I went to see Siouxsie and the Banshees in concert in 1995 and that was the last time I went to one. I just don't think about going to concerts.

12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
Nothing specific. I'm in another one of those moods where I'm a little tired of most of what I've been listening to. I've been listening to a lot of Muppet music lately, since I created my Muppet Music blog on Tumblr.

13. Most hated band?
The Black-Eyed Peas still piss me off.

14. Song that makes you think?
Every song sparks something, be it imagery, thoughts, or just a mood.

15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
Since when do I give a shit what the world loves?

16. Coolest music video?
Ever? "Take on Me" by a-ha. I haven't seen a music video recently that I thought was really cool or interesting.

17. Music video with the most babe watch?
Again, nothing lately. I hear Christina Aguilera's working on something.

18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
T. Rex. T. Rex is great bedroom music.

19. Can you play a musical instrument?
No, damn it all.

20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
No.

21. Are you in a band?
Sure, in my mind.

23. Ever dated a musician?
Nope.

28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
I'd just like to be able to play the piano.

29. Best chick band you know of?
The Runaways. And the Donnas.

31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
"Doin' the Pigeon," from Sesame Street. Excitement!

32. What do you think of Classical music?
I love it. I don't understand people who don't, to be honest.

33. What do you think of Country music?
I like most of it. I like the old outlaw country stuff, but I love Dolly Parton, bluegrass, and currently I like Taylor Swift. I don't like to dismiss any musical genre.

34. What do you think of Death metal?
Honestly, I haven't heard that much of it. I'm not sure who to go to.

35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
Again, haven't been to a concert since 1995.

36. Are you a groupie?
No.

37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
Sure.

38. What famous musician would you like to fuck!?
That's a long, long, long list, my friend. And most of the people reading this know of my life long love for Jessica Simpson. Just to start in one place.

39. Worst concert moment?
Nothing sucky ever happened to me at a concert.

40. Funny concert moment?
Nope, nothing.

41. Sad concert moment?
Still, nothing.

42. Best local act you can think of?
Again, not a live music guy.

43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
A guitar. I dig guitars.

44. Do you listen to the radio?
No. I listen to my Last.fm channel, but I don't listen to the radio.

45. Do you watch music TV?
Where is there music TV?

46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
Sure. I don't think it's, like, important or anything, but I'm always interested in what's in the top 40.

47. Have you met any famous musicians?
No.

48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
Not in a dedicated way. My sister, Mom, and Grandma play the piano, but they didn't make a career out of it, or anything.

49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
"Hunger" by Spectre General. I need breakfast!

50. Song that describes your life?
"Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" by David Bowie?

51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
No, I'm sure I don't.

52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
No. Should it?

53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
Jessica...

53. Favourite movie sound track?
If I had to pick only one, it would be Basil Poledouris' score to Conan the Barbarian.

55. Any musician pet hates?
I do get sick of the wimpy little whiny songs that are so popular on, say, the VH1 countdown. Train is for people who've given up on getting any pleasure out of life.

56. What do your parents listen to?
My Mom likes anything in the minor key regardless of quality. I'm not sure what my Dad likes anymore.

57. What are you listening to right NOW?
Same as before.

58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
I have a Beatles shirt someone gave me for my birthday a couple years ago. I tend to wear shirts with Muppets and comic book characters.

59. Do you cook to music?
I don't cook as much as I should, but if I'm going to be a while, I'll put on some music.

60. Do you sing in the toilet?
In the shower, yes. All the time.

Sunday Hottie 273

DIANNA AGRON