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Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: March 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on April 22, 2014 0 Comments

Had this finished a couple of weeks ago. Just too much breaking news to find a spot for it. Some great new stuff that caught my ear last month: Chemical Plant-Robert Ellis Don’t Break the Needle-J. Roddy Walston & the Business Talk Is Cheap-Chet Faker Obey Your Guns-Matrimony Pendulum-Pure Bathing Culture Ledges-Noah Gundersen Do The […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Feb. 2014

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 4, 2014 3 Comments
‘Bulo’s Fave New Tunes: Feb. 2014

I gave you the Lake Street Dive stuff earlier this month. Here’s yet another generous selection of stuff that broke through the white noise for me in February…

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Predicting the Oscars

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 1, 2014 12 Comments
Predicting the Oscars

It is Oscar weekend, with the award show happening this Sunday night. I know there are alot of Oscar watch parties around — including one at Theatre N downtown. If you are a cynic about this entire business, you’ll want to see Deadspin’s The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Oscars. The best thing about this take is the commentary on 12 Years A Slave (and I hope they are wrong about this movie’s chances of winning):

12 Years A Slave: This movie isn’t winning Best Picture. I can guarantee it. And you know why I can guarantee it? Because people are cowards. Schindler’s List made over $100 million and has been broadcast on network television unedited and without commercial interruption. Ditto Saving Private Ryan. And every installment of the Saw franchise mints a new fortune. Holy shit, are we fascinated by seeing white people killed. Kill them, torture them, mutilate them, have a white girl assaulted on SVU weekly—WE WILL BE THERE. Can’t get enough of it. It’s important to let white people know we support them in their time of suffering.

But ask people to watch a movie about slavery? “WHOA HEY THAT SOUNDS LIKE HOMEWORK! And, God, it just sounds so brutal, you know? I much prefer movies about race to congratulate me and my fellow white theatergoers on our broad-mindedness. Let’s go watch fucking Crash instead.”

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El Somnambulo Hosts Blues Bash This Saturday!!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 18, 2014 3 Comments
El Somnambulo Hosts Blues Bash This Saturday!!

Yes, this is shameless self-promotion. In one of my many other incarnations, I am Symphony Steve, and I am a volunteer producer with the Arden Concert Gild.

I’m bringing in a killer blues/blues-rock show to the Arden Gild Hall this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The opener is the Mikey Junior Band. Mikey Jr. is an amazing harp (harmonica, for those of you who are not blues aficionados) player and showman. Originally from Trenton, Mikey is making a big name for himself regionally and nationally. He’s made it to the finals of the International Blues Competition in Memphis. He always has a kicking band, and now he’s got a new CD as well. Check him out for yourself inside…

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The Band That Got Away

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on February 4, 2014 9 Comments

I, El Somnambulo, am, in one of my many other incarnations, a volunteer concert producer with the Arden Concert Gild. My musical interests tend to run towards roots, blues, soul, and Americana, especially if the music rocks. (BTW, I’m producing a killer blues and blues rock show on Feb. 22, but I digress.) While there have always […]

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El Somnambulo’s Favorite Songs of 2013: The Top Ten!

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 26, 2013 1 Comment

Quite the eclectic collection. I sincerely hope that you find some stuff you love and some stuff you can’t stand. Me? I love all these,  and in this reverse numerical order: 10. Steve Earle: Invisible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_AZmBT4wWI 9. Jaimeo Brown w/Geri Allen: Power of God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUba1yMQvTw 8. Courtney Barnett: Avant Gardener http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnIhzaDTd0 7. Sarah Jarosz: Over […]

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El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on December 24, 2013 5 Comments
El Somnambulo’s 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

I am El Somnambulo, and I’m a listaholic. I listen to lots of music so that you don’t have to. I don’t like my Top 25 list this year, I love my list this year.

If you sample these songs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some stuff you’ll want to investigate further. (BTW, Cecile McLorin Salvant‘s ‘Womanchild’ would have been high on this list if only I could have found an online version. She’s great and, if there’s any justice, she’ll make tons of money.)

So here we go, as always, counting down from #25 to #1:

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Coolest Thing I’ve Seen & Heard All Week

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on November 8, 2013 3 Comments

Always been a huge Springsteen fan even though his more recent albums have left me unenthused. But here’s why I love him. He’s on a European tour and…well, let’s just let Bruce tell it: Finally, after being pursued from city to city (to city to city) by a man with a sign and a one […]

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My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, National by on August 27, 2013 31 Comments
My Thoughts On The Miley Cyrus “Incident”

First, I refuse to buy into the parent “outrage” over their precious children witnessing such an “outrageous” display.  Hello?  It’s MTV.  It’s what they do – it’s their flippin’ business model.  Second, if you’re one of those people who still thinks MTV is a music video channel… let me enlighten you.  Here’s a sample of MTV’s programming lineup: 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Real World, Engaged and Underage, Jersey Shore, Lingerie Football League, and, of course, Snookie and Jwoww.  There’s plenty more, but that gives you the idea.  So, I’m not going to waste my time over parents who were shocked by a show on MTV.

Back to the Miley incident…  (If you haven’t seen the VMA video, here it is.)

I am not disgusted or outraged by her performance.  I am embarrassed for her. 

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N-n-noooooh!! ‘Tony Soprano’ Sleeps With the Fishes

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on June 19, 2013 5 Comments
N-n-noooooh!! ‘Tony Soprano’ Sleeps With the Fishes

James Gandolfini reportedly dead of a heart attack suffered while he was in Italy.

Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which eventually won him 3 Emmy Awards and a $1,000,000-an-episode paycheck. Overweight, balding, rough around the edges with a thick New Jersey accent, Gandolfini was the opposite of a marquee leading man, destined to be a character actor. Yet he proved through his masterful acting that he could make Tony Soprano sexy and smart, towering and powerful.

More inside….

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Late Night Video — The First Honest Cable Company

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on March 29, 2013 0 Comments

In honor of the Supreme Court rejecting a class action suit against Comcast for overcharging, let’s take a good look at what an honest cable company might look like

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Jake Tapper Signing Books in Wilmington on 14 January

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on January 7, 2013 1 Comment

On Monday, (next Monday!) January 14th, Jake Tapper (from ABC News, now at CNN)) will be in Wilmington signing books and participating in an event to discuss the topic of this book with 4 of the participants. Tapper has a recent book, called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. This book tells the story of an attack on an American outpost in Afghanistan — Compound Outpost Keating — where 53 American soldiers were attacked by 400 Taliban fighters.

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‘Bulo’s Best Songs of 2012–Part 1

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, National by on December 11, 2012 4 Comments

…. Presented, as always, in countdown fashion, starting with… First Aid Kit’s “Emmylou”

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Musical Tribute to Brad Bennett…

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 10, 2012 2 Comments

from Was Not Was. Brad’s in, well, let’s let the video tell the story: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJEwo_gwO9M&feature=related[/youtube]

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The Internet Changed Everything

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on October 1, 2012 2 Comments

Max Frankel, a former editorial page editor, wrote a wonderful piece about Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the New York Times publisher who recently passed away. The article talks how Sulzberger “never ordered an article to be printed or deleted from the news columns of his paper.” One of the most interesting tidbits in the article was […]

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SNL Kicks Off The Fall Campaign

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 16, 2012 2 Comments

Very funny stuff.

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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 12, 2012 2 Comments
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

1. Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
2. The probability that a certain person (will) be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
4. Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.
5. A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

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Late Night Video 2: We Built This City On Public Dough (Rachel Schain & Todd Chappelle)

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, National by on August 26, 2012 5 Comments
Late Night Video 2: We Built This City On Public Dough (Rachel Schain & Todd Chappelle)

Using the parody lyrics to Starship’s “We Built This City (On Rock’N'Roll)” I wrote on last Friday’s thread on the RNC’s ‘We Built This’ theme, Delaware musicians Rachel Schain and Todd Chappelle recorded the following video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeOoF50YaRw[/youtube]

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Late Night Video — Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on August 14, 2012 0 Comments

Actually, yesterday, 13 August would have been Sir Alfred’s birthday. But the video is a compilation of the majority (not all) of his cameo appearances in his films.

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Local Music Scene Report 7/27

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on July 27, 2012 30 Comments
Local Music Scene Report 7/27

Sorry this blog is so ridiculously late this week. I’ve been in NYC for my day job and, well, needless to say I haven’t really had a lot of time to sit in front of a computer screen doing personal things. Nonetheless, here we are again. Thank you to everyone who came out to last week’s Ladybug Festival! It was a huge success and we are definitely doing it again. Also, lest you thought I was joking about being the redhead losing her mind at the front of the crowd for OK Go’s set at Firefly last week, take a look at this photo from the Firefly Facebook Page.

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New Weekly Feature – Local Music Scene Report

Filed in Arts and Entertainment, Delaware by on July 18, 2012 19 Comments
New Weekly Feature – Local Music Scene Report

Hello Delaware Liberal (and the Conservative readership too, I can be bipartisan)!

I’m Rachel Schain.  You’ve been seeing the ad for my first CD, Happy Happy, in the upper right corner of this blog for, oh, about two years now.  That very brightly colored one.  You’ll have a new one as soon as my next CD, LilacFace, is released (the band and I were in the studio this weekend, and I cannot wait to put this out).  I happen to be Upstate Delaware’s Favorite Musician, according to the 2011 Best of Delaware poll.  My reign continues this year thanks to the fact that they didn’t include the category in the 2012 survey.

You might be wondering why I’m blogging here.  Well, the good folks at DL came to me, knowing that I’m fairly plugged into the local music scene.  I’ll be giving you weekly recommendations for your weekend rocking pleasure.  In the comments, let me know if you want me to include Philly and NJ shows or just Wilmington/Newark area shows.  

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Late Night Video — 50 Shades of Grey, Narrated by Gilbert Gottfried

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on July 13, 2012 4 Comments

You are warned — NSFW or around kids. Turn the sound down if you are watching this while standing in line for ice cream or something.

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The Annual DL Summer Kickoff Featuring The Beach Boys

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on May 28, 2012 1 Comment

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50 Shades Of Agony

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on May 23, 2012 15 Comments

It’s rare that I don’t finish a book, but I just couldn’t make it through the latest sensation 50 Shades of Grey.

Before I get into my review of a book I didn’t finish, let me tell you that I’m a sucker for a good, steamy romance.  After a day of pouring over political articles and listening to pundits I love to be swept away in romantic fantasy.  There.  That’s my confession… and guilty pleasure.

Moving on… I heard about the book from my mother (who hasn’t read it, but had heard about the hoopla) who knew I indulged in the genre.  Out of curiosity I downloaded the book to my Kindle.   I tried to read it, and in my defense I don’t expect romance novels to be great literature, but… Oh. My. God.  What I read of this book was terrible.  Poorly written, poorly edited, and with a heroine no one but Twilight fans could relate to.

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Late Night Video: Eminem Disses Cranbrook

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on May 13, 2012 1 Comment
Late Night Video: Eminem Disses Cranbrook

The Wrap points us to this scene from Eminem’s surprisingly good movie, 8 Mile. In this scene, Eminem’s character is in freestyle rap battle with his archenemy who Eminem destroys by associating him with Cranbrook.

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