Monday, January 26, 2009

Read "The Road"

Don't just see the movie, read the book. It has writing like this:

"You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else."

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seriously, Oscars? Would you like your balls back.

Did watch the Dark Knight? Rachel Getting Married? The Wrestler? I mean, did you really watch them or were they just on while you were doing a rail of coke of some model's body.

Friday, January 16, 2009

R.I.P Andrew Wyeth

American artist Andrew Wyeth died today. His most famous painting, "Christina's World," is as beautiful and devastating now as it was when it was painted in 1948. It depicts Christina Olson, who had an undiagnosed muscular deterioration that paralyzed her lower body dragging herself across a field back to her home.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears

William Zantzinger, the man whose horrific act inspired Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," has died at the age of 69. At a Baltimore hotel in 1963, Zantzinger, a 24 year old wealthy tobacco farmer killed Hattie Carroll, a 51 year old black barmaid and mother of 11, for not serving him fast enough. At trial, he was convicted of the minimum charge of involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to six months in prison and charged approximately $625 in fines. This provoked outrage in the civil rights movement over the blatant preferential treatment Zantzinger received by the justice system and prompted Bob Dylan to write the largely factual account in a song modeled after Bertolt Brecht's "Pirate Jenny."

Zantzinger told Howard Sounes, a Dylan biographer, he "should have sued him and put him in jail.”

Here's Dylan performing the song on The Steve Allan Show in 1964:

Good Riddance. Bob Dylan gave him the life sentence he deserved.

The Wire: 5 Seasons in 5 Minutes

Below is the Wire "rap up," a five minute rap track detailing five seasons of "The Wire." I'm sure you've been told this a million times by now but if you haven't seen "The Wire" you absolutely have to see it. Now. Like, right now. Get your hands on all five seasons and watch them without sleeping, eating, or going to the bathroom.

For good measure, here's the classic scene between Bunk and McNulty where they use only the "F" word for two minutes straight:

Monday, December 29, 2008

I Have Better Taste than You: The Top 15 Albums of 2008

15) Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

14) The Black Keys - Attack and Release

13) Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

12) My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

11) Girl Talk - Feed the Animals

10) The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

9) Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls

8) M83 - Saturdays = Youth

7) Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever

6) The Walkmen - You & Me

5) No Age - Nouns

4) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

3) Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

2) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

1) TV on the Radio -Dear Science