Conan, a Class Act.
I sat down on the upper levels of the Gibson Amphitheater. I had an expensive margarita in my hand because I felt the occasion called for one. I was wearing my Conan O Brien T-shirt two of my most foxiest and coolest friends gave me as a birthday present many years ago. You could feel the collective energy roam the theater. Any moment now, one of our generations most beloved icons will appear on stage before us.
What unfolded before us was Conan’s version of a classic variety show. Singing, dancing, great comedy bits, special surprise guests and of course Chuck Norris clips. Conan was so on top of his game you realize that NBC did screw the pooch by sacking his show. This guy has got wit and charm overflowing from his 9 foot tall lanky body, with plenty left to boot.
So here I was waiting for Conan’s 60 minute interview. Was he going to be unleashed? Tear Zucker and Leno a couple of new assholes? Well….not really. He maintained civility and kept true to his word about hating cynicism. Did he have his disagreements? Yes he did. Did he criticize Leno? Yup. But overall, I loved his attitude about having no regrets about his choices that he has made. He was cool, smart, and was open to the opposing viewpoints that were presented to him.
Ice Cube’s Straight Outta LA
Rapper Ice Cube, a member of pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A., is an actor, writer, producer and director of feature films and has helped launch the careers of many including Chris Tucker and Bernie Mac. Ice Cube’s latest directorial effort is a documentary entitled Straight Outta LA which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary was produced as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series. The sports channel, celebrating its 30th anniversary, recruited high-profile directors to make 30 original films focusing on a sports event of the directors choice from the past three decades.
I sure could use a “Quantum of Solace”
There aren’t enough three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, and a large, thin slice of lemon peel martinis to fill the void. As you may have heard, the man every woman wants and every man wants to be won’t be around to inspire any new fantasies for awhile. Daniel Craig/James Bond’s double-O status has been suspended, and no one can say for how long. It’s like hearing Steve McQueen died all over again.
I have to admit, I’m surprised at how the news has spread. There isn’t an outlet out there that hasn’t relayed the delayed state of progression on Bond 23. I’m only surprised at the spread though, not the interest. Where the hell are we going to turn for wish fulfillment and aspirational inspiration (sorry, I’ve been reading that biography of Henry Luce)? We NEED Daniel Craig/James Bond. It’s not just a matter of waiting. Who knows how many more movies Daniel Craig will be in for? I love all of the Bonds in different ways and for different things- Connery owned the room, Lazenby was blithe, Moore was hilarious, Dalton was cold and efficient, Brosnan was charming, and Craig is a wily cad that can handle any situation. And of course all of this comes out when “Sex in the City 2-Fucking Around in the Desert” is just ramping up its advertising to cackle at our misfortune. I’m so tired of seeing trailers of guys folding laundry and chicks falling down. I don’t want to see that crap.
“Watch your damn mouth”
There was a multi-viewpoint editorial in the New York Times about swearing. Not just swearing in general, but by “educated people.” The premise of the editorial was that it is incumbent upon “educated people” to know better than to foul their speech with such low-down, inappropriate filth. Not a new argument. I know that somewhere along the way I’ve run across someone reciting that quote about profanity being the failure of vocabulary. As an educated person (two degrees, thanks for asking), and someone who falls on the “in favor of” side of the argument (perhaps you’ve read my previous posts?), I have to ask- “what’s the big freak’in deal bitch?”
Applegirl And Her Apps
Color me not surprised when I saw videos of a girl going by the YouTube handle Applegirl002 remaking top pop hits by Lady Gaga and Beyonce on multiple iPhones. Overproduced beats are the perfect material for this new form of instrumentation (I hesitate even calling it that). She has been spreading her music on YouTube by posting videos of herself videotaped in her living room with a backup band comprised of a variety of iPhone applications. As someone who has a deep appreciation of synthesizers and mixers, is this just an example of the next wave of electronic instruments in a smaller handheld form?
So many questions came to mind when I first watched Applegirl’s YouTube clips performing Irreplaceable on three iPhones and Poker Face with the help of four iPhones. I wondered exactly how much time she spent figuring out how to recreate a song with iPhone applications. I was also curious to know if she had any formal music training. My question has been answered with her latest upload where Applegirl is seen playing a keyboard and her bandmate is an iPhone app. She is definitely musically inclined so I can’t help but think about what her own original music would sound like unplugged.
Power to the People
I’m not one for total anarchy, but with the recent events that unfolded affecting Poland’s governmental infrastructure perhaps a lesson could be learned globally that democratic tyranny will always fail. With a past as convoluted as an other Nazi/Communist riddled nation Polska, as it is natively referred to, was until just recently given the cold shoulder by many other developing countries and the world as whole. Now feeling the grace of the fickle media circus, the death of almost half of Poland’s upper management will be documented similarly to the death of Franz Ferdinand and Juvenal Habyarimana. Not entirely familiar with the everyday lives of the Polish people and never having to deal with such lose myself, I can’t begin to understand the feeling of uncertainty and devastation from a people who birthed the likes of Chopin, Maria Slodowska-Curie and a sea of Nobal Prize winners. But with just a few shy years out of communist rule, perhaps democracy wasn’t the ideal structure. As a member of the EU, this state should have the resources and clout to demand for a wiser and more elastic state. The polish people are resilient, at best.
“Yellow Submarine” for the new millenium
Miracles- they’re everywhere. Easy to forget that in a world where Buzz Aldrin is passed over for a talentless shrew with eight kids, and everywhere you look and listen you have to find out some new detail about some nasty random tail some married jackass of dubious note laid into. Thankfully Insane Clown Posse is here to put everything into perspective and remind us that everything around us is a goddamn miracle. Like magnets, how does that shit work? Polarity? Fuck you, what’s that? “Well” nothin’ fool. Well maybe you should stop trying to explain shit when you can just stand back and appreciate it. Don’t ruin the miracle you dick.
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