Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Speaking of disco music & Joey Casio... I bought the Debbie Deb 12" Single for "Lookout Weekend" today for only $5! I'll have to spin this at Mykey's love ceremony!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I tried to segway this into Beat Happening's "Playhouse", but I couldn't find a video... so I'll just re-post the "Black Candy" video that was recorded at TCTV in Olympia!
It makes sense to me on a lot of levels, because I probably wouldn't appreciate Elvis if it weren't for Calvin. We were discussing Elvis one day and I was like "you know, I am just NOT a fan..." & CJ says "... well, just give the guy a chance" & then he proceeded to give me an oral history of Elvis & Sam Phillips & Sun records and then the next day at work he had bought me an Elvis lunch box (as a joke) which Ness now uses as a container for seeds for the garden. He later lent me this book (I was still not a fan) called LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS: The Rise of Elvis & it was a really interesting book.... & I still was not a fan. Then Calvin lent me some records by Johnny Burnett & the Rock 'n' Roll trio & I was blown away. I LOVED IT. I started listening to it over and over and went into a deep Rockabilly phase. Later, when I was visiting my Mom & her family in Texas over the holidays, I went to Half Price Books (excellent chain in TX) and found this LP called ELVIS: The Sun Sessions. & now I am a fan! those recordings are so good. I'll never forget Calvin talking about his love for Elvis' haunting version of "Blue Moon".
Rodrigo Valenzuela showed me this artist & his work a couple of years ago. Thanks Rodster.
Several years ago, Ness showed me this amazing documentary film by Merian Cooper (who later directed KING KONG in 1933) called GRASS: A NATION'S BATTLE FOR LIFE. It reminded me of an earlier documentary called NANOOK OF THE NORTH, but GRASS is far better because it is a real documentary where in NANOOK the directors made the Inuit people recreate rituals and wear clothing they no longer wore. Anyways, GRASS is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen and for some reason I have been thinking about it a lot lately. It was a really hard film to find forever... and now it's available in it's entirety just a click away!!!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
1. To the Hunt!
2. Top of the Morning
3. Rise and Shine
4. Go in the kitchen and bring me a “Church Key”
5. What the Horse-feathers!? (classic!!!)
6. I’ve had worse places on my eyeball (I heard this one so many times as a kid)
7. Now Lad, you better sit up and pay attention
8. Yo Ho Rinney!
9. Straighten Up and do Something Constructive
10. Get out the Camphopheneque (which is a small green bottle of rubbing medicine, it works for everything)
11. Shit, Oh Dear!
12. Your Just my Regular Little Hero!
13. It’s Just a Kids Game
14. Well, it’s called, something, is better than noth’in
15. Well Somebody’s Gotta Sacrifice
16. When I get up, Every body gets up!
17. Let the Rough Ones Ride and the Slick Ones Slide
18. Where the Farquaree?
19. It’s Neither Here nor There
20. They think I never get Tired!
21. I’m on a Fixed Income
22. Are we having fun yet...?
23. Nobody said it was going to be easy…
24. All Right! (this is said pronounced in such a way that makes it special)
25. I Must Go the Way of the Wild Goose!
26. Well, Balls!
27. Bear's Ass!
28. Tossel's to You!
The list goes on & on, but these are the sayings that I heard over & over as a kid. I used to live w/ Big Daddy every summer on the ranch, helping him do things like: manage 2 pastures worth of livestock (cattle & spanish goats), maintain his gardens, clean the troughs, eat lots of BBQ, swim in the stock tank, take the livestock to Junction, TX to sell, watch lots of John Wayne movies (he didn't need help w/ this, he even knew the Duke!), and go on "inspiration hikes" around the pastures to make sure all the deer feeders were doing alright. Obviously, we did a lot more than that but what I am trying to say is that C. R. Brazzel is one of the most influential & special people in my world. He's gonna have some weird eye surgery in Fort Worth pretty soon & I hope that goes well. All he wants to do is to get back down to the ranch. I can't blame him. You can see every single star in the sky out their in Schleicher (pron. "Slacker") County, including the "backbone of the night" the Milky Way! damn I miss the ranch sometimes. Charles Ray also was enlisted in the army when he was 17 years old & fought on the island of Iwo Jima w/ a .45 semi-automatic pistol & a flame thrower! He took a bullet in his right arm, & when I was a kid I would always stare at the bullet wound when we'd go swimming. When they weren't engaged in battle he was in charge of running the island store for the soldiers that sold the booze & other goodies. Naturally he gave him self a great deal on the only beer they had, Budweiser, & he would start gambling w/ the beer (& whiskey!). It's also funny to note that I have never seen my grandfather actually drunk, yet he drank Bud every day I was with him. & he's a real healthy old guy too! I don't know how he does that. Anyways, I didn't mean to throw all that out there, I was just excited to put together a list of his classic sayings.
Monday, April 05, 2010
I have always felt like a creative person with a strange imagination, but there is something about Rorschach tests that have never fired off the right neurons in my brain. I think they are beautiful, but my mind goes blank when I try to compare them to bugs, faces, scary things, etc. and I just find myself taking in the shape of the test for what it is, not for what is in not. Am I alone on this?