Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Cat's Away

What I've Been Looking at Online While Work is Slow

1. Color Photos from Russia Taken Over a Century Ago

2. Damn You, Autocorrect!

3. Stop motion animation of a doll trapped in a world of Barbies set to Radiohead's "Creep"

4. BibliOdyssey

5. Lester Bangs Writes About Captain Beefheart

6. SPY magazine on Google Books

7. Moebius on ebay

This is just yesterday and today's list.

7 Songs I Originally Didn’t Realize Were Covers

1. Police and Thieves, the Clash (Junior Murvin)
2. Little Red Riding Hood, 999 (Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs)
3. Hanging on the Telephone, Blondie (the Nerves)
4. I Like It, the Rezillos (Gerry & the Pacemakers)
5. A Message to You, Rudy, the Specials (Dandy Livingstone)
6. Soul Kitchen, X (the Doors)
7. She’s Got Everything, the Romantics (the Kinks)*

*I know, John, I know.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

7 Old Man Gripes from Pops

1) People who go out in public their pajamas. I don’t care if you’re just doing laundry or running to get some milk, put on some damn pants. Or call Fresh Direct.
2) Dudes who don’t take off their ball caps in restaurants (That Sopranos scene in which Tony intimidates the guy into doing so was one of my favorite moments from that show)
3) Indiscriminate, non-stop swearing. Look, I love a good “fuck” as much as anyone (the word and the act), but to use it as a noun, adjective, adverb and conjunction in one sentence deadens its power.
4) Adults who drink like they’re still in college. Dude. Ditch the vodka / Red Bull or double Captain & Coke, man up and have a bourbon neat.
5) Obnoxiously oblivious moms. Get your fucking (see?) Bugaboo out of my way and stop behaving like you’re more important than I am just because you shat out a brat.
6) Kids on the Floor. Not toddlers, but teenagers who don’t seem to have the energy to stay on their feet at concerts or bookstores. If I have to step over one more skinny emo kid on the Taschen landing at the Strand, he’s getting my bootprint on his hoodie. More Red Bull, please!
7) Speaking of, EMO. That whiny, petulant singing style, the Hot Topic fashion sense, the insipidly banal lyrics all give me a headache as painful as that inspired by any oversinging American Idol star.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

7 Favorite Superman Artists

1. Curt Swan (esp. w/ Murphy Anderson)
2. Neal Adams
3. José Luis Garcia-Lopez
4. Joe Shuster
5. Nick Cardy
6. Bob Oksner
7. Wayne Boring