Arts and Entertainment
One of America’s greatest musical ambassadors has died. Stanley Dural, who helped propel zydeco into the public consciousness, has passed at the age of 68. He once told me that his goal was to pass this great Creole music (do not call it ‘Cajun’) down from generation to generation. And, with his family-friendly shows, he, along with his band known collectively as Buckwheat Zydeco, accomplished just that.
Frank Ocean’s adventurous ‘NIKEs’ would have appeared here, but…Apple Music. ‘Nuff said. You say you like the Beach Boys? Here’s some great non-Beach Boys Beach Boys: Love this lounge lizard persona: Let’s go out the way we came–an end of summer elegy by the Next Best Thing to the Beach Boys–and we don’t even have […]
Yes, I’m trying a new medium. Or, to be accurate, they’re trying me. I sure know how to secure non-monetized gigs. Even went out and bought two shirts and two ties and, for the first time ever, had my shirts TAILORED. In order, of course, to highlight my 42-inch biceps. Sorry, ladies, I’m taken.
We taped a segment on the Lieutenant Governor’s race. About seven minutes long, although who knows how much usable tape they’ll be able to salvage. It will first appear this Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WHYY TV, and will then also be shown over the weekend. In addition, you will be able to find it at whyy.org. once it airs. And who knows, maybe we’ll even post it here.
Gotta say it was a fun segment. They took away my cheat sheet so I had to do it all from memory, but I generally survived and actually enjoyed it. Even threw in a few laugh lines. They can take me off the radio, but they can’t take the radio out of me.
BTW, no makeup. You can’t improve on perfection.
Some may say Drive-By Truckers are the best Southern rock’n roll band since Lynyrd Skynyrd, but that is an incredible disservice to the Truckers, since they are probably the most important American rock’n roll band over the last 15 years. They are coming out with a new album in September called American Band. Their second single is What It Means, an examination of US society today.
An extraordinarily diverse and rich mixture of compelling music this month. Something for (almost) everybody. Yes, you have to click on the link immediately below for the first one. It’s worth it, trust me. Astral Weeks meets Haiti: http://www.vuhaus.com/videos/lakou-mizik-wa-di-yo-world-cafe-version This one will be in my year-end Top 10 for sure: I took my first […]
A couple of these pieces lend themselves to just sitting back and letting the musical experience waft over you. We’ll start with one of those as it’s the perfect day for it: Brian Eno channels Lou Reed. In 2016. Who’da’thunk? Another ‘wafting over you’ song. And it’s GREAT: Had no idea this was a […]
OK, I couldn’t wait. This guy thrilled us at the Arden Gild Hall back in February. Yes, everything you hear is him: Man, this one will almost certainly be in my Top 10 at year’s end: SPECIAL BONUS CUT!!!: While this was cut around Halloween, I only found out about it when […]
I can hear some of you scream, “Oh, no!” Well, Jason330 anyway. Fear not. Too much great music last month, one of the best months ever. Too much for one post. A real wide diversity, something for everybody. Enough talk: Blue-eyed soul from…Australia? Remember his name:
No, he wasn’t an Okie from Muskogee. He was a country bard from Oildale, California, and he was one of the most empathetic songwriters of the last 50 years. I also think he was one of the greatest. He was especially attuned to the plight of working people. Here are some of my favorites, all […]
“Never judge a person until you’ve walked in their moccasins”-Quote from some American Indian guy who ought to go the hell back to where he came from. Sometimes we, and yes, by ‘we’ I include me, are too quick to judge. Take, for example, the lonely love child of former pro rassler and man mountain […]
We aren’t a big “go out to the movies” couple. Normally, we prefer to stream – so we can rewind when we miss lines, grab a drink/snack and take bathroom breaks. That makes me feel old.
But last night we went to the IMAX theater on the Riverfront and watched Deadpool. I had some reservations – I didn’t like The Hangover, much to my son’s dismay – but ten minutes in I loved this movie. It hit the perfect note in sarcasm, silliness, and action. Yep, Mr. Pandora and I laughed out loud. It was clever and fun.
FYI: This is not a children’s movie. Not. One. Bit.
I can’t tell you how many hours go into preparing this list. I can only say that we are talking geometric progressions of time as opposed to, say, what I spend on the MVP Awards. My wife and daughters served as sounding boards in finalizing the list. My hope is to turn you on to music you perhaps haven’t heard on your own. Consider it my holiday gift to you–whether you wanted it or not.
Me? I think I might be juggling a bit too many. But let’s face it, television series have become really, really, good. And there’s a lot of them. The problem in the pandora household is that I’m a binge watcher. Mr. Pandora is not. Which means… either I go at his pace (which is ridiculously […]