Friday, October 31, 2008

assaulted, a-peppered and a-roasted

Here's a bit of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (courtesy spazchop), a TV movie circa 1980 starring Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane, Meg Foster as Katrina Van Tassel, the very cool Laura Campbell as the self-possessed Thelma, and John Sylvester White as the exceedingly loopy Fritz Vanderhoof.

Indeed, the best thing about this adaptation is the cast of off-kilter characters. Worth catching the other segments.

Here's a later one featuring Thelma and Katrina joining forces and a visitation by the late Winthrop Palmer ("They killed me, you fool . . ." @ 8:12):

Thursday, October 30, 2008

from Bjork to Karlheinz to Daphne

Synthtopia posts about a Bjork article on Stockhausen.

Following that up I run across cool pics of British music pioneer Daphne Oram.

And from there go on to find this fascinating page about her early wartime years at the BBC.

Monday, October 27, 2008

weasel urine for the people?

Huh . . .*

Oh, I was just thinking of mentioning the poet James Tate when Poem of the Week obliged by posting one of his poems.

While locked inside a Barnes & Noble earlier this month, I had time to wander and saw two recent books by poets I'd seen read way back in my long ago student days.

One is The Ghost Soldiers by the aforementioned Mr. Tate. Great book full of nutty/spooky/beautiful prose poems. Contemporary fables, if you will, or won't. (*Perhaps not--see page 29).

Two is The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems by the poet Tomas Tranströmer. Also worth your glance--here's some online T. to prime the pump.

Much like International Talk Like A Pirate Day (which I leave to Alan Tudyk and other experts, but all the same . . ), I hope there is some worldwide observance/emulation/whatever of these two writers.

These books should help us prepare.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

star wipe constellation

Purist wags will no doubt wonder if PiL ever used so many star wipes in a video. Who can say . . .

Would like to see a vid for "Sister Europe", but this seemingly post-reunion clip of "Pretty In Pink" will work.

Friday, October 24, 2008

inner city sanctums & lone prairies

Pruned posts about Articles of Faith, a series of photos Dave Jordano took of small storefront churches in Chicago.

Also worth viewing are Jordano's other photo series like Prairieland
(one favorite image here and another) and Chanute Air Force Base.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

if I were a Partridge, and you were a lady

Brandland USA the website posts about NBC plans to revive the Partridge Family.

Good fan-minded suggestions there as to family dynamics, who should pimp whom.

My only ideas so far: have Danny Bonaduce play the new Reuben Kincaid.

Or perhaps have him play the grown Danny Partridge who will now function as the beleaguered agent to a younger, even wilier Partridge. Get Shirley Jones as Grandma P. and go all multigenerational.

Meanwhile, aside from the small auxiliary concerns like what kind of music would a 21st century Partridge play, the producers should give care to what hip guest stars they can enlist to give the P. Fam. some street cred while only slightly subverting their family-friendly premise.

If Richard Pryor guested in the old series (view epi here), who might do it now?

Friday, October 17, 2008

the gnarly Civil War

File under "puppy dog tails":

Saw this on PCL LinkDump, a set of Topps Civil War cards.

No close perusal on my part, but the card titles alone ("The Angry Man", "Bridge of Doom", "Charging the Bullets") are amazing, much less the actual illustrations.

See y'all at the Antietam ComicCon . . .

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

past the point of comprehension and good sense

A friend and a friend of the friend mentioned 2 cool blogs that will prob. break my brain. Yours as well, perhaps.

Being a recovering thrift store record shopper, I really liked this particular blog and this particular entry of 3 young ladies (or simulacra thereof) ready to serve. I'm set free to find a new illusion . . .

As for #2, I'll just say Paco Camino.

Oh, and adventure . . .

And, um, cheap cassettes (which I remember well).