Friday, May 15, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Unforgettable Riffs

AC/DC isn't known for expressing or inspiring a lot of sentimentality (remember: these guys honored their dead lead singer by unleashing Back in Black). Yet my heartstrings were tugged by this sweet video put together in tribute to the legendary Malcolm Young, who just left the band after 40 years due to dementia. Brazilian radio station 89 FM released this short video below of fellow dementia patients discussing how much rock n' roll means to them before listening to some of Malcolm's immortal riffs. Their reactions almost made me cry. For those about to rock, we salute you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hold Fast to Dreams

Hold Fast to Dreams
  1. Depeche Mode, "Dreaming of Me"
  2. Fleetwood Mac, "Dreams"
  3. New Order, "Dreams Never End"
  4. The Everly Brothers, "All I Have to Do is Dream"
  5. Blondie, "Dreaming"
  6. Otis Redding, "I've Got Dreams to Remember"
  7. Tom Waits, "Innocent When You Dream (78)"
  8. TV on the Radio, "Dreams"
  9. Caetano Veloso, "Dreamland"
  10. Miles Davis, "Moon Dreams"
  11. Nico, "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"
  12. Tom Petty, "Runnin' Down a Dream"
  13. Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
  14. The Jam, "Dreams of Children"
  15. Patsy Cline, "Sweet Dreams"
  16. Roy Orbison, "In Dreams"
  17. Van Morrison, "These Dreams of You"
  18. The Human League, "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of"
  19. Fiona Apple, "Sleep to Dream"
  20. Bob Dylan, "Series of Dreams"
For CS.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Public Image Ltd, "Rise"

My favorite teacher in high school was Mr. K. I couldn't tell him, because then I'd be a kiss-ass, and I wanted everyone to know I was rebel who didn't need school because I was already smarter than the teachers. So I disrupted his class, trying to catch him in contradictions or misreadings of the books he taught. But then I'd go home and immerse in Invisible Man, The Awakening, The Great Gatsby, Sula, Amok, All the Pretty Horses, In Our Time, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and numerous other worlds he opened up to me.

One day, after class, I tried to impress him with my vast knowledge of world literature. "Hey, Mr. K," I asked. "Do you like Thomas Harris?"

Mr. K smiled and barely looked at me, as if he'd already dealt with hundreds of high school boys who liked Thomas Harris. "No," he said. "I don't like Thomas Harris."

I can't remember what my response was. Probably something belligerent about how Black Sunday and Red Dragon transcended the elitist standards of the literature canon set by bureaucratic institutions like Edmund Burke High School.

"Thomas Harris isn't a good writer." Mr. K responded. "He just pushes buttons."

I kept arguing with him. But I started to wonder if he was right.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let's Duet

Let's Duet
  1. Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg, "Let's Do It"
  2. Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O'Connor, "Haunted"
  3. Kavinsky and Love Foxxx, "Nightcall"
  4. Ben Lee and Liz Phair, "Away with the Pixies"
  5. Ben Folds and Regina Spektor, "You Don't Know Me"
  6. Estelle and Kanye West, "American Boy"
  7. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "You're All I Need to Get By"
  8. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up"
  9. Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, "Bonnie and Clyde"
  10. Johnny Cash and June Carter, "Jackson"
  11. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, "You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly"
  12. R.E.M. and Patti Smith, "E-Bow the Letter"
  13. Miss Piggy and Ozzy Osbourne, "Born to be Wild"
  14. Q-Tip and Norah Jones, "Life is Better"
  15. Blind Willie Johnson and Anonymous, "John the Revelator"
  16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue, "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
  17. Metallica and Marianne Faithfull, "The Memory Remains"
  18. Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, "Well Did You Evah!"
  19. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
  20. Bonnie Raitt and John Prine, "Angel from Montgomery"
  21. John C. Reilly and Angela Correa, "Let's Duet"
Mother's Day 2015