What a beautiful week, weather wise ( unless you need rain). It’s almost October already! Boy, is this year going by fast. But there is always time to stop and read the captions. Here are this week’s WINNERS, starting with the honorable mentions.
We start with three on a similar theme… suen Duck, Duck, OOOOPPPPSS!
Todd B What goes "Whee splat! Whee splat! Whee splat!"?
Kraig Round and round , what comes around goes… splat
Paul took another approach Paul H H Unfortunately for restaurateur Bruno Basiltoff, budgetary constraints forced him to make what proved to be some unwise cutbacks on the design for the al fresco dining area at his new establishment.
As a vertically challenged person, I can relate to this one Jonathan Popp You must not be this tall to ride this ride.
There’s always at least one political caption… P. Parmley A fine example of bi-partisan co-operation (red seats, blue framework). Your government at work, proud Citizens!
But this weeks WINNER of a brand new Bucky Book has to go to THIS timely caption. Linda L. Not content with inept officiating, the NFL Replacement Referees try their hand at designing and placing playground equipment.
I didn't start buying Beatles albums until the 1970's, my age my excuse for being late to the party.
I bought the CD's in the 80's and 90's and forked out dough for remastered versions of the CD's a couple years ago.
Now I've got the opportunity to start the process all over again..as the Beatles record company, EMI, has announced that they're releasing remastered versions of the Beatle albums on 180 gram vinyl. That's great news for vinyl junkies who love the warmer sound of the old LP records, and those who think listening to a band from the 1960's on vinyl is more authentic.
The records will be the United Kingdom versions, and will feature goodies like the cutouts that came with Sgt Pepper and the poster and photos that came with The White Album.
For those of you who have a lot of money to spend, a box set of the all the records with a big heavily illustratrated book that will be available as well. Only 50,000 sets will be produced and I can imagine they'll go for a pretty penny and will be snapped up quickly.
Prefer the mono versions of the Beatle albums? EMI says it's coming out with those on vinyl next year.
As for me, I think I'll save my money. I'm waiting for them to come out with the 180 gram vinyl of Beatles Yesterday and Today, complete with the dead baby butcher cover, image enhanced for my viewing pleasure.
Farewell to Mr. Moon River, Andy Williams, who has passed away at age 84.
In addition to being in everybody's mom's and grandma's record collections, and to rocking a Christmas sweater like no one else, he also introduced us to a group that was pretty darn popular in the 1970's, the Osmond Brothers!
When he first brought the Osmonds out on his show, Donnie was still too little to be part of the group.
I found a bunch of clips..but I liked this one the best because Andy sings with the kids. And there's a special guest at the end of the clip.
Neil Young fans are getting a lot to love (and buy) in 2012.
Earlier this year, he released an album of unusual covers on Americana. His memoir Waging Heavy Peace came out on September 25th, and on October 30th the double album Psychedelic Pill will hit stores.
Neil also joined Twitter yesterday (@neilyoung) and almost immediately had more than 20,000 followers. He's only following one person, filmmaker Judd Apatow, who's freaking out about that big time.
Waging Heavy Peace features Crazy Horse, and it looks like it's going to be a doozy. The 2 CD (or 3LP) set only has four songs per disc (and one bonus track.) One song is a whopping 27 minutes long. Yes, that's a lot of Neil.
Here's the tracklist:
1) Driftin' Back (27:36)
2) Psychedelic Pill (3:26)
3) Ramada Inn (16:49)
4) Born in Ontario (3:49)
1) Twisted Road (3:28)
2) She's Always Dancing (8:33)
3) For the Love of Man (4:13)
4) Walk Like a Giant (16:27)
5) Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)
Neil is giving us a preview of the album with the release of the official video for "Walk Like A Giant." Yes, it includes some of the classic Neil guitar sound, but it also features some doo-woppy background vocals, and whistling.
The video is a little shorter than the song on the album, which clocks in at 16 minutes plus.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong may have gotten a bunch of not-so-great publicity over the weekend for freaking out a concert in Vegas, but that may work out just fine for the band.
Their new record ¡Uno! comes out today (September 25)...with a pretty great deal offered this week only. If you're one who does the digital download thing, you can get the album for just $5.00 on amazon.
If you're more old school and like vinyl, you can get a pretty sweet pink vinyl edition...but only at select Hot Topic stores. Only 1500 were made.
They also released a new video. "Stay The Night" is a poppy rock song that would be much more radio friendly if it didn't have an F-bomb at around 56 seconds in.
(I do want to point out that the drumming is amazing in this song).
Some thoughts for National Punctuation Day, celebrated each year on September 24:
Poorly placed punctuation is one of my pet peeve's pet peeves.
It seems the apostrophe is quite often put where it is not needed. Or where it's not needed, if you please. (It is needed there).
I love that punctuation marks, when placed randomly, and in a cartoon bubble, can be a non-offensive replacement for swearing.
I realize that the overuse of exclamation points is a sign of a lazy writer. Seriously!!!!!!
I don't remember if there was ever a Schoolhouse Rocks cartoon done for punctuation, so in its place I offer this video. The song by Dan Baird (formerly of the Georgia Satellites) is a musical love letter to punctuation.
I'm hoping you google yourself daily and have come across my humble little blog.
I must say I have had a crush on you since your Saturday Night Live Days. I would have given anything to be in Lisa Loopner's place so we could have gone to prom together.
You could have noogied me to your nerdy little heart's content!
I thought you were a genius in Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and yes, even Meatballs.
I even managed to like you when you made the ill-advised move to try dramatic acting! I managed to remain in my seat for all of The Razor's Edge, and I tell you that wasn't easy.
I'd rather not talk about Lost In Translation, because I hated that movie. So I'll quickly change the subject to when you appeared as a guest star on Square Pegs! Back in 1982 you were already a movie star. You didn't have to go on the small screen, but you did!
I know you're probably feeling sad because you didn't jump at the chance to date Sarah Jessica Parker before Steve Martin got to her. But I think Jami Gertz may be available.
Happy 62nd birthday, Mr. Murray. And you can be my groundskeeper anytime. I've got some critters I'd like you to get rid of.
I was just talking to a co-worker about the old days. You know, before every one, including kids, had their own cell phone.
And that brought to mind some of the awkwardness that developed when you had to call your friends on your home phone. The phone that you shared with the rest of the family, that was connected to a wall, and RENTED from the phone company.
Kids today have no idea how good they have it. They can call their friends direct, without a mom, or sibling picking up the phone.
Remember this? "Kitty, it's for you...it's a BOOOOYYYY...." with "boy" dragged out into several syllables.
Here's another great flashback for you. You're on the phone with a friend, chatting away, when all of a sudden you hear dialing. Not the musical note of a touch tone phone, but that great drawn out scratching sound of a rotary phone being dialed.
"Hey! I'm on the phone! Stop dialing! I'm on the other line! " Yet somehow, whoever it was, couldn't hear you, and just kept dialing numbers.
Then you'd yell louder..so they could hear it echoing through the house... "Get off the phone! Hang up!"
"What?" would come the loud reply.
And at that point, you'd have to admit defeat, telling your friend you'd call them back later, vowing "Someday, I'm going to get one of those cool Princess phones in my room!"
This has been Walk Down Aggravation Lane with Kitty Dunn. Maybe next time I'll tell you about life before the VCR.
Oh, spring, you dirty little flirt. You gave us a taste of your sunshine and warmth yesterday, but now you are gone, faster than doughnuts in the breakroom of a radio station.
Are you as ready for spring as I am? Take my little test and see.
I am addicted to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy," and I didn't think I could like it any more than I already did.
Until I saw this video. Yeah, it's pretty shallow humor, but it put a smile on my face! Andthat's not something...
Critics have been saying some good things about the new biographical Jimi Hendrix movie that's debuting at SXSW later this month.
For one thing, Jimi: All Is By My Side comes from film-maker John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the much...
"Move it in, move it out, move it in roundabout, Disco Lady!"
Those lyrics were just a little too suggestive to Kitty back in 1976 when this song was a hit. But lots of folks appeared to be in a disco mood this morning when we played that number one...
I made jambalaya for supper last night--today I think I'll celebrate Mardi Gras with my favorite Louisiana export, Sonny Landreth!
I've had a chance to see Sonny around a dozen times, and he never fails to impress. When he opened Eric...
To get through the Monday Blues, you're going to need something extraordinary (what makes the difference is that little extra), and here it is: Neon Trees' latest Sleeping With a Friend (slightly off-putting title insanely awesome jam!)
You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?
It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.
The event goes...