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Monday, September 30, 2013

Don't Forget To Set Your Alarm

Was Heath Ledger's Joker Inspired By Tom Waits?

That's what a lot of folks are saying.  And, if you watch any interview with Tom Waits filmed between 1976 and 1981, you would understand why.

Here is just one clip from YouTube (there are dozens of them).  It's of Waits as a guest on the Don Lane Show in 1981.  It only takes a few seconds before your mind is blown.

It really bothers me how everyone was laughing at him.  I guess people tend to mock what they don't understand.

Bye Bye Bye, Bitch...

The series finale of 'Breaking Bad' aired last night.  I didn't see it.  I'm still in the middle of season 1 on Netflix.

Last week, Jimmy Fallon and crew put together the perfect send off for the my opinion, at least.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quote Of The Day

"I shall stomp on all those who oppose me.
The stomping shall be swift.
The stomping shall be painful.
And I shall show no mercy 
in all of my stomping.

In 1997, I bought a sticker at Hot Topic with this quote on it.  I've held onto it for nearly 14 years.  It finally lost all of its "sticky".  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

'In Utero' Turns 20

Nirvana's 'In Utero' was released September 13, 1993.  It's hard to believe that I've been listening to this album longer than I haven't.  I had purchased it for the first time shortly after my 18th birthday.

I've always enjoyed listening to 'In Utero' more than 'Nevermind'.  To me, it has always sounded more refined.  The band matured greatly in the short time between the two albums.  I wonder sometimes what would have been possible had they had a chance to continue recording.

DGC Records issued the 20th Anniversary version of the album, yesterday.  It includes three CDs and a DVD, featuring the original mix of the album, along with a remix, demos, and live tracks.  I've been listening to it for the last hour or so.  If you're a Nirvana fan, I recommend it.


I have a lot of things on my mind.  For the last week, my brain has been running at the speed of light.  There hasn't been a single moment when I've been able to relax.

I just don't know how to spit it out.  The words aren't coming to me.

When they do, hold on to your fucking hat.  It's going to be a wild ride.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Huh? Wha... I Dont...

Here is a photo taken on the red carpet at last night's Emmy awards.

That is 'Mad Men's' Christina Hendricks, and her husband, Geoffrey Arend  the window licker from 'Super Troopers'.

I don't get it.

Let this be a lesson, kids.  Karma is real, and it's fucking amazing.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Within 48 hours of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, documentarians Camera Planet pieced together footage taken from the site, which had already come to be known as "Ground Zero".  They submitted the video to VH1, with Live's 'Overcome' as a backing track.  The network aired it without hesitation, before receiving clearance from the band or its label.  The following message would scroll along the bottom of the screen:


When Ed Kowalczyk, Live's frontman and 'Overcome's songwriter, saw the video later in the week, he eagerly gave MTV Networks permission to use the song.  In fact, the footage was later re-edited and became part the track's "official" video.

It seemed as if the video played every ten minutes, like clockwork, on every single music video channel on cable television.  In the week immediately following September 11th, I must have seen it over a hundred times.  The video has become one of my strongest memories.

It has been 12 years, and I still can't wrap my head around it sometimes.  It's so surreal....

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tweet Of The Day

Hassan Rouhani was elected President of Iran in May.  Many people believed that his landslide win was a result of a cultural change in the nation; rejecting the ultra-conservative policies of Ahmadinejad.

Is Iran truly starting to become a more progressive nation in the Middle East?  Or, is this a preventative measure, essentially telling Israel that they don't want to be bombed?

Either way....this is nothing but a positive development in the region.