Album Art
ArtistVan Halen
TitleDancing In The Street
AlbumDiver Down

I saw this and it was frightening.  Very well worth watching.  A lot of it is just outrageous.  The entire chain of command should be ashamed.

Having said that let me comment on the old computer situation.  A lot of people look at the big floppy and go “Wow that’s crazy.” BUT, there are advantages to some of that old technology (remember that we sent men to the moon with computers that weren’t as powerful as your iPhone).  What matters here?  Speed?  Nope.  Computation power? Nope.  Reliability matters.  Some of that old hardware is very reliable.  To this day, space missions use hardware that’s several generations behind anything in the consumer market because it’s all been tested within an inch of its life.  Think of how many times tumblr fails, your computer crashes, your phone freezes.  Do you guys really want Windows anywhere near these facilities? How about anything resembling the apps you use everyday on your phone?

I guess what I’m saying is, don’t knock a system because it’s old.  What matters is whether the system fits the application.

In any event there is enough on that segment to scare the crap out of anyone.  It’s just insane really.  If you can vote please vote some of those fuckers out of office that are stopping disarmament.

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Spoon Spoon Spoon

So iTunes has been streaming the new Spoon record.  It’s so goddamn killer.  JFC.

But, something I’m finding interesting is that in more than one place music writers (iTunes description included) has described Spoon’s music as “jagged power pop.”   As I said, this is very interesting because 1) Spoon is my favorite band of ’00s, 2) I’m obsessed with power pop.  And yet, I would have never thought of Spoon as a power pop band.  Maybe a few songs are soooorta power pop (Sister Jack?  Jonathon Fisk?)  Sorta.  This new record has a couple of songs where you can definitely make a case that they are “jagged power pop.”  Enough that they wouldn’t feel out of place in our power pop blog (go check that out if you’re into that).

Really curious what Britt Daniel thinks of that descriptor.

PS. Jagged power pop is not a terrible way to describe some of XTC’s music.

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Artist: Talking Heads
Track: Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
Album: More Songs About Buildings And Food
Year: 1978
Theme: 1978

ArtistTalking Heads
TitleThank You For Sending Me An Angel
AlbumMore Songs About Buildings and Food
Kat Dennings photographed by Paolo Pellegrin, 2008

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The Black Count is Being Adapted for a New Film!

Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, which details the true story of Général Thomas Alexandre Dumas (father of author Alexandre Dumas), is being adapted into a film directed by Cary Fukunaga (director of HBO’s True Detective).

No actors have been named so far, although some people are already speculating that Howard Charles may be considered for the lead. He’s known for playing the role of Porthos on the BBC’s Three Musketeers:


You can read a bit more about this story and hear an interview with the book’s author here at Indiewire.

You can read an excerpt of The Black Count here.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled ‘Pecho. Oreja. 26.’ (Oil on canvas), 1982.


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled ‘Pecho. Oreja. 26.’ (Oil on canvas), 1982.


Angelina Jolie (1997)

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