Sunday, December 25, 2011

Uma Rosa

Songs In My Head

Arbeit Macht Frei

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A Christmas Compilation From HalfHearted Dude

From HalfHearted Dude:

"The trouble with acoustic covers of popular songs is that some earnest singer armed with a guitar will slow down Jingle Bells and whisper the lyrics as if they have a deep meaning. I have no principles that compel me to disallow the notion of whispering songstresses, but on this Christmas mix I’ve tried to keep them to a respectful minimum. Still, we have the doses of yuletide angst which the acoustic genre prescribes to go with the upbeat welcome of the merry season.

Don’t be alarmed by the inclusion of three tracks called Christmas Song: they are all different songs.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R (which, given the opening track, is an even moire ironic than sun on a Christmas Day) and comes with home-baked covers. There is even an alternate front cover, if you don’t like seasonal ornaments!"

Down his lastest Christmas mix here.

And check out his site, lots more compilations there.

Estoy Aqui

Merry Christmas 2011


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Saturday, December 17, 2011


Christopher Hitchens: RIP

From The New York Times:

Polemicist Who Slashed All, Freely, Dies at 62

Published: December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as Henry Kissinger, the British monarchy and Mother Teresa, wrote a best-seller attacking religious belief, and dismayed his former comrades on the left by enthusiastically supporting the American-led war in Iraq, died on Thursday in Houston. He was 62.

The cause was pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, Vanity Fair magazine said in announcing the death, at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Mr. Hitchens, who lived in Washington, learned he had cancer while on a publicity tour in 2010 for his memoir, “Hitch-22,” and began writing and, on television, speaking about his illness frequently.

“In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist,” Mr. Hitchens wrote in Vanity Fair, for which he was a contributing editor.

Read the rest of the NY Times OBIT here.

And for an example of why Hitchens will be sorely missed, read this from Vanity Fair, November 2007.


Spatula City!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Mais Tulipas Amarelas

Like Music


Song In My Head


Pitchfork Review Of Bush's 'Snow'

From Pitchfork:

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

Anti-/Fish People; 2011

By Ryan Dombal; November 21, 2011
8.5 Best New Music

On "Wild Man", the first single from Kate Bush's winterized 10th album, the singer tells of an expedition searching for the elusive Abominable Snowman. "They want to know you," she coos, "They will hunt you down, then they will kill you/ Run away, run away, run away." Of course, when it comes to modern popular figures-- who often court fame and adulation with an obsessiveness that can be fascinating or just plain sad-- Bush herself is something of a mythical beast. 50 Words for Snow is only her second album of original material in the last 17 years, and she hasn't performed a full concert since her groundbreaking and theatrical Tour of Life wrapped up its six-week run in 1979. So it's no surprise that she readily sympathizes with the misunderstood monster at the center of "Wild Man": "Lying in my tent, I can hear your cry echoing round the mountainside/ You sound lonely."

Read the rest here.

LA Times Review Of Kate Bush's 'Snow'

From The LA Times:

Album Review: Kate Bush's "50 Words for Snow"
November 21, 2011 | 5:22 pm

From up on that hill, perhaps wearing a capelet over a flowy Victorian gown, Kate Bush has been regarded as a spirit saint of fearless individuality by a generation of musicians such as Björk and Tori Amos as well as younger mystics-in-training such as Florence Welch, Leslie Feist and Bat for Lashes. All that adoration in the ether must’ve stirred the reclusive British singer-songwriter to create not just one album this year — “Director’s Cut,” a reinterpretation of songs from “The Sensual World” and “The Red Shoes” — but also a second one, “50 Words for Snow,” an art-song cycle that veers from delicate to blustery but always with a sheen of elegance.

Read the rest here.

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Your Moment Of Zen

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Tulipas Amarelas


Truly, Madly

It Never Gets Easier

Every Day I'm Truffling

Otters And Bunnies - Daily

Michael Jackson Vs Mr. Bean

Weighing In

From Yahoo!7/West Australian:

Man reunites with world’s heaviest woman because he ‘missed the sex’

7 November 23, 2011, 7:44 am

A man has rekindled his romance with the woman who won the Guinness World Record as the world’s heaviest woman because he ‘missed the sex’.

Pauline Potter, weighs in at an astonishing 330kg, has become so heavy that she needs assistance to move.

Her 19-year-old son Dillon has become her carer and does everything including cooking and cleaning for his mum.

However her ex-husband is eager to take over these duties after realising what a mistake he made by letting her go.

He told the UK’s Sun newspaper: “She can't walk, dress herself or even go to the toilet on her own — but I'm desperate to be her lover and caretaker again.

"Plus I miss our sex life. Pauline could be 70st and we'd still have sex every single day because it's that good.

Read the rest here.

All We Need

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Song In My Head (x6)

"Video Games"
(Live - The Premises)
Lana Del Rey


"Video Games"
(Live TV Debut - Jools Holland)
Lana Del Rey


"Video Games"
(Live TV - Inas Nacht)
Lana Del Rey


"Video Games"
(Live Lana Del Rey Cover - BBC)
Bombay Bicycle Club


"Video Games"
(Live Lana Del Rey Cover - BBC)


"Video Games"
(Live Lana Del Rey Cover)
Jona Francis


Saturday, November 26, 2011


Everything Else Is Secondary

Follow Your Heart

Disconnect And Reconnect

“Our lives disconnect and reconnect, we move on, and later we may again touch one another, again bounce away. This is the felt shape of a human life, neither simply linear nor wholly disjunctive nor endlessly bifurcating, but rather this bouncey-castle sequence of bumpings-into and tumblings-apart.

In spite of all evidence that life is discontinuous, a valley of rifts, and that random chance plays a great part in our fates, we go on believing in the continuity of things, in causation and meaning. But we live on a broken mirror, and fresh cracks appear in its surface every day. ”

- Salman Rushdie

Uma Rosa

The Language Of Roses .. !!


Travel+Leisure offers its picks:

- Most Beautiful

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When Professional Cakes Go Horribly, Hilariously Wrong


The "Blog" Of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks


Songs In My Head

"The Ship Song"
(Nick Cave Piano Cover)

"Nick Cave Songbook" available here
(registration required)


(Joanna Newsom Piano Cover)

Sheet Music available here here
(registration required)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Doctor Who?

From Wales Online:

Can the very British Doctor Who become a Hollywood blockbuster?

As producers announce plans to bring Doctor Who to the big screen, Thomas Pascoe looks at the mixed history of much-loved TV institutions getting the full Hollywood treatment

TAKE a British telly institution, add a huge budget and American razzamatazz and what could possibly go wrong? After all, it’s worked for the X Factor.

Doctor Who fans may need slightly more convincing than that, though.

The series, which has clocked up 783 episodes since its debut in 1963, is all set for a new big-screen incarnation according to word from the US. And not everybody’s happy.

Harry Potter director David Yates’s announcement that he would be taking Doctor Who to the big screen has been met with rumblings of discontent, not least from the BBC which has made it clear that the film idea is only “in development” and not yet confirmed as a definite release.

Read the rest here.

Song In My Head

Plundering The Past

From Blogizdat LJ:

Lifted from an offline journal, originally written August 2003:

"I don't engage in corporeal punishment with my kids, not that I'm 100% ideologically opposed to spanking, but I feel it should only be used in the most serious of circumstances, and it's just as well with AE, my darling four year-old daughter, as she's both hyper-sensitive and very stubborn, and research shows kids on the Autism Spectrum don't usually learn much from spanking."

Read the rest here:

A Wee Bit Of Color

Maybe Next Year

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Songs In My Head

"I Go To Sleep"
(Pretenders Cover)




"Without You"
(Nilsson Cover)
Mariah Carey


"I Love You"


Bought One


Nook Tablet review: Great hardware, stiff competition

By Wilson Rothman

Barnes & Noble has a problem. It's not software. It's not hardware. It's Amazon.

The B&N Nook Tablet, successor to the underground hit Nook Color, is a terrific tablet, with a vibrant screen, a speedy CPU and a nice offering of books and other media. If you buy it, especially for reading, or streaming from your Netflix video or Pandora music accounts, you'll likely be quite happy. For $250, it's hard to find a nicer media-focused 7-inch Android tablet.

But there's a war on.

Read the rest here