Sunday, January 28, 2007

"I love Jesus but...."

A little funny for you. I don't usually watch Ellen, but I saw this one on youtube and thought I'd share.

88 year old Gladys kills on the Ellen show. Really, watch this through. You'll laugh! Listen to her as she takes on the local weather news and so on...

I love Gladys!

Monday, January 22, 2007


New 15 track Nine Inch Nails to come out soon. According to Side Line, the ablum was recorded mostly with laptops in various hotel rooms around the world. Guest vocalists and such.

I'm interested but not holding my breath. Can't remember the last time I bought into any of his stuff. For me "Pretty Hate Machine" was the only great NIN album ever made considering who was involved with the making of that album.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm Your Karma

I'm the voices in your head
I'm in everyone you've said
In every step you tread
I'm the news you'll always dread

I'm your karma
I'm' your karma
I'm your karma

I'm the terror in your eyes
A demon you despise
I'm the rain on your parade
I'm all the mistakes you made

I'm the door that always slams
The window when it jams
I'm the heaven in your head
The hell you choose instead

I'm your karma
I'm your karma

For what goes around
It comes around
My love you've been around
Now it's time to bring you down

I'm the motorcycle wreck
The death card in your deck
I'm the loss of a close friend
The grief that never ends

I'll be your heart attack
The sense you'll always lack
The phone that never rings
A clip upon your wings

Your world that falls apart
Your heaviness of heart
The judgement from above
A final lack of love

The only tear you shed
The last thought in your head
I'll be the one beside your grave
who cries
When you are dead

I'm your Karma
I'm your Karma

But who will be
my karma?

Maybe you will be
My karma

For what goes around
It comes around
My love you've been around

Is it time to bring me down?
It's time to bring me down
It's time to bring me down
like I brought you down

You're my karma
You're my karma

like I was your karma

And the clock ticks on
And the clock ticks on

I'm your karma

Marc Almond

I was felling awfully low this Saturday. I decided to check out Marc Almond's MySpace and he had up four songs. All of them good. This one especially. I had to make up the lyrics as there weren't any available on the net. So I hope I got it right. It's just him and Martin Watkins on piano.

Addition: Looks like the songs have been taken down except for one. I guess I got there just in time. Just when I needed it. And then, poof. Sorry if you wanted to hear it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Junior Boys - so this is goodbye

I finally got my hands on this. It is an electro treat to the ears full of clean beats and single sounds. Lots of great tracks here. "When No One Cares" is so Morrissey. Fantastic bass lines as in "The Equalizer." This I think is the second release from the Canadian duo. I imagine more great things coming from these new artists.

Simple Minds - Early Gold

Handpicked by the artists themselves. This is a collection of some pretty good Simple Minds songs covering their first five releases. Some great tracks like "I Travel" and "Love Song" are among my favorites. But their last four is among the best Simple Minds songs ever: "Promised You a Miracle," "Glittering Prize," "Someone Somewhere in Summertime," and "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)."

Everything But The Girl - like the deserts miss the rain

Another collection of songs (I think) chosen by the artists. I have to say I've only owned a couple of their albums. One was their self titled album which included the great track "Native Land" which is the reason I bought it. I bought it for a $1 from some guy selling used records on the street downtown New York. Sadly, this song is not included in this collection but does include "Each and Every One." Another great track from that first album. Off course, every one remembers the over played "Missing" definitely included here.

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here

I grew up in a household where this is the music my older brothers were playing all the time. Among other artists like The Doors, The Police, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Van Halen and some southern rock bands as well as heavy metal bands like Judas Priest. These two Pink Floyd albums were released over 30 years ago. While growing up, there was in the back of my head a certain liking for these songs but at the time I was probably thinking something like "How could I like the same things THEY do. It's not possible." Though one of my brothers was also a Clash fan and I had found some Ramones in their collection as well. I was strictly a Blondie fan at the time. Also, I was talking to a close friend of mine recently who said I would really appreciate their recordings and that I should take a closer listen.

It's when you get nearer the cash register - as there are a couple of people left in front of you as you begin counting up the damage in your wallet. And you just know you have to let go a couple of them. But which ones? You want all of them but you also have to be sensible. I hate making that last minute decision. I had to put away Christian Death's "The Decomposition of Violets" which was originally only released on tape and a collection of songs from The Chameleons. I have most of the Chameleons albums on CD but thing with them is that they recorded so many versions of the same song. So I was just curious as to which ones they were and if there was a version I hadn't heard. I know that the one CD I can't find from them is "Here Today ... Gone Tomorrow" which includes better versions of songs that I already have and some songs not found on their other recordings. I shouldn't say their better, rather than different. Depends on the mood I guess.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

R.I.P. Lily

Yvonne De Carlo also known as "Lily" has passed away.

Girl, You were the Munster in that family. You played that harp and sang that really cool dark song that I dug at such a young age. I thought you were cool. You wore a hooded cape made out of coffin linings. You always went to bed placing a lily on your chest as if you were dead.

Their phone booth was a coffin. They had a pet dinasour named "Spike" that would breathe fire. Always funny seeing people running away (in fast motion) at the sight of Herman Munster. And what kind of car was that anyway?

Anyway, Yvonne (Margaret Midleton) was 84 and died of natural causes on Monday, January 8.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Playlist by way of YouTube.

Echo & The Bunnynmen - The Cutter

The Eurythmics - Sex Crime 1984 (with scenes from the move of same)

The Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey

The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

The Chameleons - Don't Fall

The Chameleons - In Shreds (wish more people knew this great 80s band)

Killing Joke - A New Day (never available on any of their compilations)

Laurie Anderson - Sharkey's Day

This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren

Propaganda - P Machinery

Some songs seem out of place with the rest. They clash. But so am I and so do I.

Men's Synchronized Swimming - SNL classic favorite

Again, I gotta thank YouTube for being able to find these clips.

One of the best skits SNL had done during their greater days when they had Martin Short, Christopher Guest & Billy Cristal as some of their players.

Enjoy this. It doesn't get any funnier.

What happened to skit commedy these days anyway? In my opinion, SNL has got nothing funny going on anymore. I started watching MAD TV for a while and even that show went into the un-funny category.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

With your mascara and your Fender guitar/And you think you can arouse us?

I don't know that I have a good grasp or a good concept of reality. All I know is I need a few little crutches to get through life sometimes. So what if I'm making up for the last 20 years. True, there were other things I needed more and probably my priorities aren't that straight right now. Or is it? I'm not sure. I just know that I can't let something eat at me and me not do something about it.

I'm rationalizing and justifying my need for material things. You know all the things you'll tell yourself when you're about to embark on a new something or other. Things like: "Life's too short" or "I've always wanted one but was never able to get it until now." and "It's about time." True, I'm a little late in the game but it's the soul talking. It wants this so I gave it. Who are you to judge me?

I went middle of the road with this. I didn't want something so cheap that it wouldn't last and I could not afford the Standard Strat which would cost about $300 more.
This is the Fender Stratocaster HSS otherwise known as "Highway 1." It's an upgrade from the previous version they had out before. For those that know about guitars and Fender brands, this not a "Made in Mexico" model. I suppose if I was 16 and had all that time to learn and then get something better afterwards, a MIM strat would have done well. But like I said, I'm a little late. The only guitar I've owned was an old acoustic bought second hand from some guy in Arizona. So I went with a USA model that would serve me well for a long time.

I'm happy with it. Love looking at it and learning on it. I won't be doing any recordings with it for a while. But just to test it out, I hooked it up to my computer to hear how it would sound with all those effects. It sounds pretty good, except that I was picking up radio stations!

That's probably because it was too close to my computer. I bought a direct box so that might solve the problem.

Ok, back to practice.

*Title of post from Morrissey's "Get Off The Stage."

Oh, I know that you say
How age has no meaning
Oh, but here is your audience now
And they're screaming :

"Get off the stage"
Oh, get off the stage
Because I've given you enough of my time
And the money that wasn't even mine
Have you seen yourself recently ?