Archive for January, 2009

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christopher moore talks about ‘fool’

January 31, 2009

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melinda – update (thanks bernie for the tip)

January 24, 2009

her new record drops in two weeks – here’s the la times review (sounds very promising, and i’m in the mood for some classic soul):

Faces to watch 2009: film, TV, music and Web
 
MELINDA DOOLITTLE

She was the little engine that could on the sixth season of “American Idol,” her prodigious talent and sincerity getting her only so far in the face of Blake Lewis’ novel approach and Jordin Sparks’ teen appeal. But now is the time for listeners to remember that this gospel-bred former backup singer has an earth-shaking gift, one that places her beyond trends and television watchers’ whims.

Doolittle might have stuck with praise and worship music or tried to update her style with hip-hop beats. Instead, she went with vintage soul, and man, does it work. Her solo debut, “Coming Back to You” (coming out in February on Hi Fi Recordings), connects her to venerable elders like Gladys Knight and, yes, early Aretha, but instead of sounding trapped within an antique box, Doolittle comes across as vital and vibrant.

Producer Mike Mangini helped Joss Stone launch her career, and with Doolittle he’s found a partner who delivers not only on technique but also with powerful emotion. The retro-soul trend has primed listeners to appreciate the warmth of live instruments and a strong voice, so Doolittle has a chance to find her place among the airbrushed pop queens of the mainstream.

– Ann Powers

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melinda? are you out there?

January 24, 2009

melinda

question:  whatever happened to melinda doolittle from american idol?  her version of ‘my funny valentine’ was the shit…  i was hoping for a great album of american standards out of her – and nuthin’.  damn. 

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so right

January 20, 2009
damon winter / the new york times

damon winter / the new york times

stephen crowley / the new york times

stephen crowley / the new york times

no words.

just hope.

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says it all

January 20, 2009

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(stolen from jason in paris)

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what a difference 8 years can make.

January 20, 2009

so, as most of the free world is anxiously awaiting 12:00pm est today for the changing of the us guard – my memories are turning to 2000 & 01. 

exactly 8 years ago this morning, i was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a splenectomy watching king george the worst assume power. 

as if being in physical pain from a 6 hour surgery, the 8″ incision in your gut, catheter in your dick and having a parade of really hot interns come in and check me out in such a state every few hours was bad enough, it wasn’t nearly as excruciating as watching georgie assume the mantle of ultimate power.  i remember laying in bed, my surgeon sitting next to me, both aghastat what we were watching on the tv bolted to the wall.

that last year, i had been in and out of the hospital(at a rate of about 4 days every 3 weeks) being treated for a rare blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (say that fast!).    to say that going through treatment sucked, would be an understatement.  to say that watching georgie on the dias that day, made having itp feel like a walk in the rose garden, well, would have been an even greater understatement.

some background, itp is a fairly rare blood disorder where your body destroys your platelets (sounds fun right?).  now, if you’ve forgotten high school science, we kinda need our platelets to survive.  when I was diagnosed with itpthe summer of 2000, my platelet count was under 1,000 (average is 150,000–400,000).  upon diagnoses, i was immediately admitted to the hospital (a place that would become a second home for me).  through mega-doses of steroids (and the iron pills i would take to counter the side effects of the steroids), platelet infusions, bone marrow biopsy (to rule out leukemia) and the oh-so-fun intraveneous IVIg – to the ultimate splenectomy… what i remember most is sitting in that hospital room watching the inauguration of king george.

so then, onto the present – while more or less in remission now – my thoughts go back to that january day 8 years ago.  in that hospital bed, i had many fears, would the itp rear its head again in the future?  would my rights as an american citizen and a gay man wilt?  did george really steal the election? 

what a difference 8 years can make.

due to work (devil!) i won’t be able to be in washington dc today (nor will i be able to watch the ceremony live on tv) – but my thoughts and prayers are with our soon-to-be-President and i am full of hope.  hope that the future will indeed be bright (tho’ the road will no doubt be hard).  hope that we will learn to celebrate our differences, for they are what really make America unique.  and hope that our new President will lead us with grace, eloquence and the understanding that he is just a man, given a job for 4 years and that its in his  best interest to remember we are but one country 0ut of many and that we need to lead and show an example to the power of democracy. 

indeed, what a difference 8 years have made.  i can’t help but think that the sun was a little bit brighter today.

 

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best.condom.ad.ever

January 16, 2009

stolen from from the left.  i think this ad is bloody brilliant:

wrap it up boys… wrap it up (they are kinda cute arn’t they?)