Monday, September 28, 2009

The Sweetness.

Awesome day of nothing yesterday. Kicked it off by making brunch for a gaggle of sleepy teens who spent the night after their homecoming dance, then Yanks/Red Sox, where the Yankees clinched the AL East title.
Followed that up with Bears/Greenhawks (those jerseys. Seriously?!?).
During the game, my neighbor, George ran home to get a videotape to throw on during halftime.
It's called PURE PAYTON, and is 30 mins or so of the best Sweetness runs from his entire career.
Also learned from George and Jeanie that Walter has actually been in my home before...apparently he was friends with the previous owner, who also owns a racing team, hence the connection.
As a kid who grew up idolizing "Sweetness", it is safe to say that I have a whole newfound respect for my downstairs bathroom off the kitchen.
It's a long drive from Orland to the Northwest Suburbs. He HAD to have used it!!!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Don't Worry About A Thing, 'Cause Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be All Right...

I woke up this morning with this song in my head, for no apparent reason.  Well, the Bob Marley version. But I thought I'd share this little gem from Brazilian samba master Gilberto Gil. Enjoy with your morning latte.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Not TV. For sure.

HBOImagine is storytelling from a whole new angle. Well, four whole new angles. Or wait...three new angles...

Storytelling in the round.

Uh, in the box.
Yet still outside the box.

Anyways, check it out for yourself.

New Steve Aoki Vid

Steve Aoki I'm In The House Feat. [[[Zuper Blahq]]] from Dim Mak on Vimeo.

Debut of Steve Aoki, featuring Zuper Blahq ('s alter ego)
Tiiiiiiiiiiiight video.
I'm in the m*@#*@f*&^!%@ House!!!

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Music that will Change Your Life

A recurring feature, both in the original Joprah's Book Club, and now here at MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, is "Music That Will Change Your Life".  We first discovered Norah Jones in Austin, brought Dido to North America, and  feature tracks that you may or may not be aware of but will move you, touch you in some way.  But beware..all music posted here is NOT music that will change your life. Some of it will just enhance it.

WARWICK AVENUE is the 2nd single ( do we really still have singles?) from Duffy's ROCKFERRY album.  Mix it with Amy Winehouse's  I'M NO GOOD, and the Sting lute version of FIELDS OF GOLD for a nice little autumnal melancholy cocktail set.

Love love love her voice...visually, check YouTube for the version done live at the 2009 Brit Awards. Looks stunning, full strings, but she's doing something weird with her voice in that one. This version is from LATER...WITH JOOLS HOLLAND.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Where is Jay Leno when you need him?

The headline on the AOL page today reads
"Teacher Shares Organ With Student"
Isn't that what's getting these teachers in trouble these  days?

Actually, it's a story about a writing teacher who donated a kidney to
a student.

Warm and Fuzzy. So cool.

Read all about it...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Who Typed The Question Mark on the Teleprompter??

Gotta love the live newscasts. And the co-anchor's look of surprise...Warning. Contains Profanity. Not on purpose, though....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BREAKING NEWS!! Jessica Simpson's dog FOUND

SINGER Jessica Simpson's pet dog, Daisy, has apparently been stolen by a coyote, said media reports on Wednesday. Simpson posted a heartfelt plea for information about Daisy's whereabouts on her Twitter account, reported entertainment website Bang Showbiz.
The dog was taken by the wild animal while she was actually watching, said the Tweet.
"My heart is broken because a coyote took my precious Daisy right in front of our eyes, HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help! (sic)," Simpson wrote.


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File this under "Kids Do The Darndest Things"

Excited Phillies Dad catches daughter's first game souvenir. Infant daughter unimpressed.

Monday, September 14, 2009

This is what 400,000 Volts looks like when applied to film.

Hiroshi Sugimoto applies electrical charges to film using a 400,000-volt Van De Graaff generator, and the results are downright stunning. Sugimoto has a new exhibition of photographs called "Lightning Fields" on view at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco from 9/10 to 10/31

Sail On, Patrick Swayze...

Jay-Z "Empire State of Mind" Live at VMA's w/Alicia Keys

Dope. Moments like this make awards shows actually tolerable, no?
Cool set design, visuals are very slick.
Great track.

Check it out HERE.

Makes me wish I was in Neeeeeeew Yooooooooooooooooooork...

New Grizzly Bear video

Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others from Grandchildren on Vimeo.
A couple of months ago, The African Wad turned me onto "Two Weeks". It evoked memories of Tears for Fears, in their Beatlesey moments.  This video is tres cool. Most things Grizzly Bear does is.

Artificial Paradise

ARTIFICIAL PARADISE,INC. from Jp Frenay on Vimeo.

Oustanding work. Check it out.
In the box, click on the HD to go to vimeo to watch it in HD.

Maybe he should grow a neckbeard?

Let's not get too down. Rome wasn't built in a day. 
But did it HAVE to happen against the PACKERS?
On a lighter note, I'm sure that  Pat Bowlen and the rest of 
the Denver front office had quite a fun Sunday evening. 
Get 'em next time, Jayster. Proud.

A perfect example of why I don't swill booze from the bottle on the red carpet at awards shows.

Am I the only one who thinks that perhaps Kanye's little outburst at the VMA's last night might've been a contrived, preplanned stunt sponsored by Hennessey Cognac?

Yeezy was knocking back the Hen' on the red carpet, as seen above...then commandeered the mic from
cute lil Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech to claim that Beyonce┬┤ was robbed...

He does have a point. The "Single Ladies" video was pretty timeless...although when I hear the song I immediately think of Justin Timberlake in a leotard and high heels from the SNL sketch aping the video...

But think about it...wouldn't a baller like Kanye be sipping Louis XIII at $1500 a bottle, rather than
plain ol' Henry?  Maybe a bottle of Cristal, but HENNESSEY? Come on.

I'm sure MTV is loving the free pub...nothing like some drama to bring back the streed cred. But before
FOX NEWS gets a hold of this, or anymore chick singers like Pink or Katy Perry flood their Twitter accounts with indignant outrage, let's not lose sight of the fact that it was the VMA's. Just an awards show. It's show BUSINESS, people. Nothing more... Let's turn the spotlight off of Kanye and onto Lady Gaga...who requested a lion for her red carpet entrance in the rider of her MTV contract.

Please, no Britney Spears / Jungle Cat jokes here...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me...

It's strange how this morning, every year for the past eight years, has been eerily similar.
Starkly sunny, with clear skies the bluest of blue. And the hustle and bustle of morning is still the same, only the kids are a little older now. I still pause for a moment as we head out the door for the school dropoff...remembering rushing out that morning, and pausing as Charlie Gibson talked about a "situation at the World Trade Center", seeing the second plane slam into
the tower, realizing that this "situation" was no accident.

Tributes will occur and memorial services and names will be read and families and friends remembered. There is plenty of ink and megabyte space being filled with what's changed, where we've been, where we're headed, what has not changed, the politics of it all...and for me, September 11 is not about that.

Like I always do, at some point today, I'll put on the Counting Crows' track "Chelsea". It has nothing to do with the events of the day, but the mood is entirely apropos. I remember reading Adam Duritz's liner notes to the "Across A Wire" album. He talked about how Counting Crows had never had horns on a track, but if they ever decided to, they'd have
the New Orleans'-based Soul Rebels play them. And "we'd all stand around in a circle, and play it just how it feels".

Today, it hurts. Still. So we remember.
You can listen to it here.


I never go to New York City these days
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Maybe in a month or two,
Maybe when things are different for me,
Maybe when things are different for you
You know all of this shit just sticks in my head
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different these days
It's good for everybody to hurt somebody once in a while
The things I do to people I love shouldn't be allowed
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Something about the buildings in Chelsea just kills me
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out,
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different these days
I dream I'm in New York City some nights.
Angels float down from all the buildings
Something about an angel just kills me
I keep hoping something will...
Is there anything different these days?
The light in her eyes goes out,
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are, maybe maybe maybe
Maybe things are, maybe maybe maybe maybe things are different,
Maybe things are different these days
The light goes out
I never had light in my eyes anyway
Maybe things are different ......these days.

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