Music Tuesday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sign of Four, Grandchildren & More…

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

More music picks for your Tuesday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

So we had posted “Sacrilege” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs previously. And it was tasty then. But then the band went on Letterman along with the choir known as Broadway Inspirational Voices and did something that always makes me happy: they sounded just as good–if not better–live as they do in the studio. Some bands are studio bands and you accept that and move on. But a nice, tight, rock-your-face-off able-to-do-it-live band? Those bring a smile to my face. And choirs help. The album, Mosquito, is due out next week. (Amazon: “Sacrilege” MP3 Single; Mosquito: CD, Deluxe CD, Vinyl.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:58+00:00 April 9th, 2013|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Diamond Rings, Matt & Kim, Eytan & the Embassy and More…

Diamond Rings: Free Dimensional

More music picks for your Monday, co-curated by Rob & Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

First up, we have from Ontario (as David Letterman is about to explain), Diamond Rings and their new album Free Dimensional. Rob says, “You are best off to not deny this is a dance record. Just embrace it and groove to its off-kilter quirkiness.” As for me, I’m trying to figure out what two or three musicians from the 80s had their DNA spliced together by a mad scientist. I want to say Billy Idol is one. Give me some time, I’ll come up with the others.

The track here is “Runaway Love.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:06+00:00 November 5th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Milagres, Little Willies, Demos and More…

Little Willies: For the Good Times

More music picks for your Monday from Rob Levy and Widge, working together for sonic glory. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

We kick off with Milagres from their album Glowing Mouth. This is a live performance of their track, “Halfway,” from June of last year, recorded at WFUV. Yeah, at about 90 seconds in, I’m on board–don’t know about you.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:49+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: “Norman Bates Begins” and More…

Bates Motel with Bud Cort and Lori Petty

Pop culture news. There’s a lot of it and before you can say Jack Robinson and wonder who the hell Jack Robinson is…there’s more of it. Here we try to give you a week’s worth of updates in a single post so you can read it all at once and get it out of the way. This week we have a large amount of home video updates…so we’ve given them their own section at the bottom. Enjoy.

  • They’re trying Bates Motel again? Yes, apparently so. I’m referring to the 1987 TV movie which had Bud Cort as the new owner of the Motel…but in this case, we’re talking a TV series prequel to the original film. In this case we’re also talking it showing up on A&E. This is in development, so a pilot hasn’t been greenlighted yet. I have a suspicion it won’t go any further. Pictured there is a bit from a TV Guide issue promoting the TV movie. Yes, that’s Lori Petty. Yes, it also says “Guest Starring Jason Bateman.” Yes. Article source. Image source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:51+00:00 January 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: The Trouble With Flirting Whilst Covered in Bees

    Eddie Izzard: First Letterman Appearance

    Each Monday we like to give you something–whether it’s to excite the brain or numb it…really, it depends on the week. This week we have the American television debut of Eddie Izzard. This is taken from October 1997 while he was performing his show Glorious in NYC, according to the NaughtButEddie channel on YouTube (which rather lives up to its name, I must say). I agree with one of the commenters on the YouTube page…at first, I don’t think the audience knows what to make of him: the same sort of mad energy of a Robin Williams but more focused while at the same time much more surreal. But they eventually warm up and figure out what he’s on about. For the most part.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Mental Sorbet|2 Comments

    David Letterman at the Milford Plaza

    So Ken and I were discussing David Letterman and how amazingly cool his shows used to be. He was a bit wild, what with his monkey-cam and Larry “Bud” Melman and his various stunts he’d pull. Like grabbing the Helen Hayes Suite at the Milford Plaza in New York City and filming his show there, with special guests Carly Simon and Hunter S. Thompson, plus some other people he coaxed out of their hotel rooms. It’s utterly manic…and funnily enough when Ken was playing part of this for me, and I heard Milford Plaza–I’ve actually stayed there. At least a couple of times. In the mid-90s, anyway, it had decent prices that included meals in the rather better than decent restaurant downstairs. Takes me back, so it does.

    Anyway, here’s some Letterman back when he was perhaps a bit more out of control than these days we’re used to.

    Update: Alas, the full thing’s been taken down…but here’s a snippet of the interview with Thompson.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:10+00:00 March 7th, 2009|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Jack Paar, David Letterman and Some Fantastic Muppets History

    Muppet Pipes

    Some of you who have read about this find before…and if so, like me, you’ll probably figure out where Paar is taking Letterman before they get there. But for the rest of you, I’ll just shut up and let you watch it. It’s quite good. This is apparently, after talking to Ken, literally the first time this stuff had been seen–at all, much less on television. The door in question had been sealed completely and not opened for twenty years or more. Check it out:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    I just checked, and yes, pages 40-41 of Jim Henson: The Works has this story and a close-up shot of the pipes. Fantastic. You can snag yourself a copy here. It’s worth it.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:50+00:00 February 18th, 2009|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Bill Hicks Returns to The Letterman Show

    Bill Hicks

    Bill Hicks returns to David Letterman‘s show. Seriously. Mary Hicks, Bill’s mom, is going to be on the show tomorrow night to introduce footage that got axed from Bill’s appearance in 1993. Apparently the show’s producers thought his routine was too controversial to air (especially his “pro-life” bit). Hicks never got a copy of the performance. Five months later, we lost him. The only extant copy of the performance is owned by Mary, who got it sent to her before the masters were destroyed and it’s never been seen by the public before.

    Here’s the material from the routine, presented in an amusingly censored program from Trio called “Uncensored Comedy.”
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:06:34+00:00 January 29th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Please Go See “Righteous Kill” This Weekend

    DeNiro and Pacino in Righteous Kill

    Because if you don’t, then Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino would have made this incredibly unfunny/nearly embarrassing appearance on Letterman in vain. And really, they’ve given us so much good cinema over the years, a sympathy ticket purchase seems in order–even if you don’t want to see the movie at all. I’m just saying.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:06+00:00 September 12th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments