Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
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.
Posted by Muzzy at 7:10 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
From The New York Times:
Polemicist Who Slashed All, Freely, Dies at 62
By WILLIAM GRIMES
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.
Posted by Muzzy at 2:11 PM
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
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.
Posted by Muzzy at 7:12 PM
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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Sunday, December 04, 2011
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.
Posted by Muzzy at 1:55 PM