13 Days of Xmas 2011, Day 12: Christmas With Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

As we’re here on the last night before the Big Day (and I think we all know what’s coming then), it’s time to hit some more awesome music. This time we’re going to 1970 and an episode of The Johnny Cash Show. Later in the 70s he would have a string of Christmas specials (and if you haven’t tried them, they’re pretty fantastic–available on DVD), but this predates those.

If you’re pressed for time because you’re prepping for dinner or for a barrage of family or whatever, please do yourself a favor and finish the first segment of it so you can at least check out Roy Orbison doing “Pretty Paper.” Orbison always sounds amazing but he sounds even better than normal and I can’t put my finger on why.

And then as a bonus, a performance of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/Silent Night” from 1996. Awesome.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:10+00:00 December 24th, 2011|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments

My Personal Bob Dylan Top 10

Bob Dylan

Here is something true: I do not know a time in my life when I have not had Bob Dylan with me. The #1 pick in this list, in fact, is not only the first Dylan song I recall hearing–but also the first song I remember hearing. And also my first extant memory…period. And that’s why it is, without a doubt, my #1 Dylan song. But because I’ve never known a Dylan-less existence, it seemed like I needed to do something for his 70th birthday…which is today.

For the longest time, my main source of Dylan was my dad’s vinyl copies of Greatest Hits, Vols. I & II. So considering Dylan has written a ridiculous amount of material, it’s been a lifetime of running across new albums and new songs. Usually it would be finding a fantastic song and realizing it was a Dylan cover. Then seeking out the original and its album. Slowly but surely I built my knowledge of Dylan’s vast career. And it’s…huge. It seems to me that a serious songwriter has to deal with Dylan in the same way that a serious rock band has to deal with The Beatles. It’s a presence that’s so looming you have to react to it somehow–embrace it or throw rude gestures at it, either way, but you’re not able to simply ignore it.

So anyway, happy 70th, Mr. Dylan. Thanks for giving my life a sort of drawn out, extended soundtrack.

Here are my Top 10 Dylan songs, in differing versions to give us a bit of variety. And these are mine…so yours will no doubt be different, and you’ll probably be wondering where certain staples of his repertoire are. They’re all in rotation somewhere on my iPod, I assure you. Enjoy. If you wish to add to your own music collection, Amazon links for MP3 and CD (where available) are provided, and all kickbacks go to help support this site. Thanks in advance.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:46+00:00 May 24th, 2011|Stimuli|0 Comments

7 Missed Opportunities for Bond Villains

Sean Connery as James Bond

James Bond. When we’re talking the “classic” version of the character–the first thing is who’s playing Bond. And then, depending on the film, you want to talk about the Bond Girl or the Bond Villain. The other day I was chatting with Cosette and, as my brain is wont to do–especially inspired by an infusion of tasty margarita–it went in a random direction. Characters or people that were not Bond Villains but could have made great ones. And yes, we were talking “Bond Classic,” since they were more prone to more insane notions. We love our more realistic Daniel Craig Bond, but these definitely wouldn’t work with him. So we threw together some seven candidates.

Additional notes before we get started: things we tried to avoid. Pairings that were too obvious. Because otherwise then fanfic has already been written on the subject and what good is that? They could be real people, they could be characters that weren’t necessarily evil, or they could be characters so way out that we think it’s very unlikely somebody’s written the fanfic yet. But they should now. Let’s get started.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:52+00:00 May 21st, 2011|Stimuli|7 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #86: Always Share Your Pudding

Oh for the love of–! Yes, another one. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that will crank call you at three in the morning despite the restraining order. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Liberace

Agenda:

  • Scott and the Massive Digression
  • Leigh’s husband, the Terminator
  • Paul and “the pudding”
  • Jon’s “lifestyle change”
  • Disney MGM’s lifestyle change
  • Rox vs. New York
  • Rox promoted to Admiral
  • Rob vs. Bob
  • Go Cocks
  • Sports innuendos
  • Doctor Who regeneration
  • The Sims update
  • For the love of nectar
  • Synonym of the Week
  • The Skinny Tie Blues
  • Scott and Paul Lynde
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:21+00:00 October 15th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Music Monday: Cash, Efterklang and Evelyns

Johnny Cash: Ain't No Grave
Efterklang: Magic Chairs
Evelyn Evelyn

Rob Levy returns with more picks for your Music Monday shenanigans. As always, if you like what you hear and want to purchase–if you do it through us, we get kickbacks. And that’s much appreciated.

And first up is the final American Recordings title from the late, great Johnny Cash: VI: Ain’t No Grave. I want to say it was Rob who mentioned this on one of our podcasts (we only have two–so far–so you’d think I could keep them straight better but) and how incredibly powerful the album and the title track is. Sample it for yourself:
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By | 2017-09-24T22:51:39+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #55: Sweet Valley Hades

And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. This one especially so. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Mrs. Bridges Upstairs Downstairs Cookery Book

Agenda:

  • Barbie Athena
  • V.C. Andrews is catching
  • Ken is #1 fan of Sweet Valley High
  • Plumes on the Side
  • Leigh and boys
  • The adventures of Flat Stanley
  • Gin & Juice & Jon
  • Rox is Emo. Seriously.
  • Sweet Valley High: The Fan Adventure
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Leather-covered neuroses
  • A very scientific study of women
  • Rox’s creepy date
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By | 2017-09-24T22:54:14+00:00 February 26th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

Win Johnny Cash Christmas Specials on DVD!

Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 DVD cover art Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 DVD cover art

Shout Factory has released two more Johnny Cash Christmas specials this year. And Johnny Cash was simply a ridiculously badass musician. Along for the ride in 1978 are Steve Martin, Kris Kristofferson, and Rita Coolidge. In 1979 you’ve got Andy Kaufman and Anne Murray. And of course June Carter Cash in both. We’ve got a spare copy of both specials on DVD. Want em? Enter to win!

And remember, folks: you can enter once a day. Not just this contest, but every contest. Make it part of your daily ritual. Like breakfast, or working out, or throwing cats at your roommate.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:09:11+00:00 December 5th, 2008|Contests|3 Comments

Win Walk the Line on DVD

Walk the Line DVD cover art

Okay, so…Chazzie award winner Johnny Cash. Is there anybody who can’t respect the Man in Black? And I’m not just saying that because he and I share a color scheme. Or lack thereof. No, the man was just badass in every sense of the word. And Walk the Line is the Man played by Joaquin Phoenix, with Reese Witherspoon as June Carter (and she won an Oscar for the role).

And Fox has put out the extended cut of the film in a two-disc set. You get an extended cut of the film, commentary with director James Mangold, extended musical sequences, deleted scenes, and a slew of featurettes.

If you haven’t tried out the film yet, here ya go. Have a sample:

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash – “Get Rhythm” w/ intro:
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Want to win it? Excellent! Because we’ve got four copies here. And they each have to go to somebody.

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By | 2008-05-23T02:52:48+00:00 March 29th, 2008|Contests|3 Comments

The Best of The Johnny Cash Show

The Best of The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1972 DVD cover art

Well, Chazzie award-winner Johnny Cash was (and is) a musical legend. He’s like the country version of Joe Cocker in that he can cover just about any damn song he pleases and it works. And right before I was spawned, he hosted a television show where all manner of musicians came through and not only performed, but some of them performed with Cash. One example we’ve already posted is Cash playing with Louis Armstrong, which was badass.

There are sixty-six live performances here across two discs, and the roster of who’s on is impressive as hell: Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, CCR, Joni Mitchell, Derek and the Dominos, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr and loads more. And of course Cash is performing his songs, like “Ring of Fire,” “Ride This Train” and “Man in Black.” Some of this stuff hasn’t been seen since the show originally aired. You got four hours of musical performances plus new interviews with John Carter Cash, Hank Williams Jr. and others.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:45+00:00 October 30th, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments