AJDaGreat's Current Joys

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  • The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae - album
  • Page One - Steven Page - album
  • Lawrence of Arabia - film
  • The Pawnbroker - film
  • macadamia nuts - food
  • pomegranates - food
  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - book
  • Alibi - game
  • www.awardsdaily.com - web site (Oscar season is already upon us!)
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I love these 'addiction' lists. I always enjoy peeping into what others are currently groovin' to!

I'll have to check out those web sites; I sadly have yet to visit either!

I'll also have to see if I can borrow a copy of Poodle Hat from a friend. It has been quite a while since I've heard any Al...

Great White Stripes song.

Here's hoping you keep this list up! Great job!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I love www.rinkworks.com; there's so much fun stuff to do there. The maintainer of the site has been updating his movie reviews a lot lately, so I've been reading those, but that's only one of the many cool things you can do there.

Satire Wire has these great satirical articles. They're funnier than The Onion. I'd especially recommend the one at the bottom of their home page, about the interview with the search engine. It's hilarious.

You really should check out Poodle Hat. I think you'd especially like "Bob", his tribute to Dylan. Or "Wanna B Ur Lovr", the song that parodies Prince's style. Also, the "Piano Man" parody, while it certainly doesn't trash the movie, gets in some good rips on "Spider-Man" that you might find entertaining. And the rest of the album is great too.

I actually found the White Stripes song because it was in the "Angry White Boy Polka" on Poodle Hat. I wanted to download some of the songs in that medley by the artists I could stand, and the White Stripes certainly qualified, unlike P.O.D., Staind, Limp Bizkit, etc. I downloaded it and I love the song. It's nice to hear it as a polka, but not as funny as hearing "Chop Suey" as a polka (although I hate that original song too). Anyway, I love "Fell In Love With a Girl", yes.

Well, I just watched Al-TV, which is a Weird Al special combining various Al-related video / audio clips, along with absolutely hilarious "celebrity interviews" which consist of spliced footage of actual celebrity interviews along with Al asking really strange questions.

But that's not the main reason for this post. Lbangs, if you're reading this, I was wondering if you could help me out here. The Al-TV featured a video for "Bob", which, as I said, is Al's tribute to Dylan. But I didn't like it very much; I felt like I didn't get it. So I thought maybe it was a parody of a Bob Dylan video that I haven't seen. Here's what happened. It's black-and-white footage of Al (wearing a Bob Dylan wig) standing in a dark alley, not saying anything, just holding cue cards on which the lyrics to the song are printed. And as the song goes on, he flips the cue cards, etc. That's the whole video. Sound anything like a music video Bob Dylan did?

Oh, and by the way, if anyone out there wants to watch top-notch parody interviews and various Al-related stuff, check out VH-1 at any of the following times:

June 18 3:30 PM
June 19 12:00 AM
June 23 10:00 PM
June 24 4:00 PM
June 26 1:00 AM

Also, Weird Al's "Poodle Hat" is in stores now!

P.S. Sorry for constantly being a walking Weird Al advertisement!

At the beginning of the classic documentary of Bob, 1967's Don't Look Back, Bob Dylan did just that trick to Subterranean Homesick Blues. It was a classic moment, and in many ways, a proto music video (of course, MTV wasn't around yet). Interesting fact: Looking to Bob's side, one could see Allen Ginsberg.

The song itself, with an acid guitar and frantic pace, shocked most people waiting for another folk tune from Dylan. The stark, one-shot video was just icing on the cake.

The video was copied often, perhaps most notably at the end of INXS's video for Need You Tonight / Mediate.

I hope that helps!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thanks a lot!

BTW, lbangs, did you ever get the chance to hear Poodle Hat? If so, I'd really like to read your comments, be they positive or negative.

I'm going to take that to mean that you also dig Something / Anything?, eh?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Let's see... I've owned it for about 11 hours now, and I've listened to the whole 1.5-hour set three times. So for all the time I've owned it, I've spent 41% of the time listening to it.

In other words, yes. :-) I love nearly everything on it - I only fear the day when I have enough Rundgren albums to make an Albums Reviewed on him, since it would mean I would have to pick three favorite songs, something which I cannot do (I could maybe narrow it down to 10. Maybe.) Thanks very much for the recommendation! You too, professor, if you're out there.

P.S. The "Sounds of the Studio" Intro had me rolling on the floor.

I'm thrilled that yet another soul has discovered the enticing, addictive joy that is Something / Anything?. May, I love it when double albums work!

Fill me in on Jennifer Government; that is a new one on me!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yep, in fact, I'm listening to it right now.

I love Jennifer Government so far. The front cover has a quotation from a review saying the book is "Catch-22 by way of The Matrix." That sounds pretty accurate to me. It also reminds me of Dave Barry's Big Trouble, in that there are a million characters, their lives intertwining in various sticky situations. It's a futuristic tale about a world where the United States has control of much of the world and has instituted an extreme laissez-faire economy. Large corporations have all the power; in fact, employees take the last names of the companies they work for. This is the world where a man goes to the police because he has been unwittingly hired to bump off some innocent people, and the police officer offers to arrange the hit himself, for a steep price. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing.

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

There's something else I should add, that has become increasingly evident to me as I continue through the book.

Most pessimistic, futuristic visions of society are about what would happen if the government became all-powerful, what happens if you impose too much order on society. Max Barry creates a clever new twist. He tips the scales in the other direction. Jennifer Government is about what happens if you give society too much freedom. It leads to anarchy and a powerless government. In reality, you need a balance between freedom and order.

AJ, which Einstein Bagels do you go to? I have a friend who works at one, and we both live in Maryland, so, I was wondering.

Yeah, but I don't think we live *that* close to each other. Still, it's possible - I get the bagels from the Einsten Bros on York Road in Towson.

I finished Jennifer Government. I didn't love it enough to put it on my favorite books list, but I did enjoy it. I'm terrible at guessing plot twists, but I thought it was pretty predictable. Still, I liked the book. I might have to read "Syrup", Max Barry's first novel.


Tell us about your trip to London.

I work there, commuting in every day on the train.
Where did you go and what did you see ?

Thanks, Jim, I hate creating links.

Thanks again.

Now those are some great addictions!

You are liking The Trial, then? A great book, and incredibly influential considering its age.

Ain't parmesan cheese great? I indulged in some on my putanesca sauce 'n' spaghetti two night ago!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah, another fan of Acclaimed Music. Quite a site, although I'd almost rather they'd be a bit more selective with the critics they include. I'm usually a fan of quality over quantity, and a few of those sources are suspect at best. Still, a great site, especially since they include singles with the albums.

As Blur, my personal order would go:

Parklife
Blur
The Great Escape
Modern Life is Rubbish
13
Leisure
Think Tank

If I could throw in a bootleg, Mile End would fall in second place between Parklife and Blur. It is a killer live show that debuted much of the Escape material.

Not that anyone asked... :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thanks for the head's up about the Acclaimed site. A plethora of information to sift through, although right off the bat I notice the '80's as a whole, did not fare well critically. Must be Reagan's fault ;)

When I originally had acclaimedmusic.net on this list, I decried the fact that none of my personal favorite bands were anywhere to be found. But now that they have expanded, I am thrilled to see TMBG's "Birdhouse in Your Soul" take its place as the 1004th greatest single of all-time and Ben Folds Five's self-titled album as the 1851st greatest album of all-time!

A small victory, but a victory nonetheless...

And TMBG are climbing up the charts! "Birdhouse in Your Soul" is up to the 716th greatest single, and Lincoln is also on the board as the 1933rd greatest album, making They Might Be Giants the 828th most acclaimed artist of all-time! Hooray!

Cool, you have two former addictions of mine on here! I played quite a bit of ping-pong is college (I even showed up at the "Table Tennis" club a couple times for my whuppin'), and I *loved* the original edition of "You Don't Know Jack." Very funny stuff.

We have a ping-pong table in the house. My brother and I have been playing 2 or 3 games every day. He beats me every single time, but I keep coming back for more.

The original edition of YDKJ is quite good, but the later editions improve on the game, I think, with different kinds of questions, and more sarcastic hosts. (Cookie rules!)

I'm very glad to see you're enjoying the Zappa and Kinks albums. I especially hope the Kinks' Hits are keeping you happy, seeing the search you had to undergo to nab it!

My Darling Clementine... Wow, I haven't watched that in decades, but I remember REALLY loving it at the time. I'll have to check this one out again soon.

Great list. The All Music Guide is a terrific resource. Plus, they have Stephen Thomas Erlewine's reviews, and between you and me, I think he is probably the best rock critic alive right now, and trust me, as I consider myself something of a rock critic, I hate to have to admit that!

Great list!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I am enjoying the Kinks, but I really didn't search that hard to find it. I looked at half.com, that one site you mentioned to me, and then Second Spin. I figured the Second Spin one might be going soon, so I ordered it quickly. But, yeah, it's a great compilation.

I also picked up the Zappa from Second Spin. The songs I downloaded on Kazaa didn't even come close to portraying the true bizarreness of these albums - the zany sound effects, the whispering on We're Only In It For the Money, the twelve minutes of nonsense that is "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet", etc. It's so surreal, and I love every minute.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine? The guy who gave Poodle Hat two stars? Eh, I could take him or leave him...

Just kidding. I think he was pretty harsh in some of his criticism of my Holy Trinity of Weird Music, but that's very subjective and personal to me. For classic albums, I enjoy reading his comments.

But better than you? I don't know about that... :-)

You know, just because I am so inspired, I'm going to respond to Mr. Erlewine's review of Poodle Hat piece by piece. Maybe no one out there will care, but it will make me feel good, so oh well.

Erlewine: It's been said that artists will truly know they've entered pop culture when Weird Al Yankovic records a parody of their hit. But what does it mean when pop culture is ahead of Weird Al? Take his parody of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," which Yankovic turns into "Ebay," but his satire is not far removed from the auction website's own advertising campaign of 2003, where people rave about the junk they bought on eBay to the tune of "My Way" ("I did it eBay").

AJ: Please. Weird Al's song is much more clever than their commercials. Is he saying that because there already has been a parody about eBay used in a commercial, that no other parody of it can be good?

Erlewine: What does this mean? Well, to begin with, that Weird Al's sensibility has been so thoroughly assimilated by mass culture that it's tougher than ever for him to stay ahead of the game, but it also means that he's getting predictable. Even worse for his music, he's getting older and he doesn't have a finger on the pulse of pop culture anymore. Like Bill O'Reilly ranting about how hip-hop will lead to the destruction of America (something he actually did on The O'Reilly Factor the week Poodle Hat was released), offering generalizations about a culture he doesn't understand, Yankovic seems removed from the culture he's commenting upon, picking up on cues he's heard on Clear Channel radio and read in Entertainment Weekly without exploring the music much itself.

AJ: I won't address this except to say that I disagree. I'll just respond to his more specific comments.

Erlewine: For instance, "Angry White Boy Polka," his latest installment in his series of polka parody melodies, is undone by his lack of understanding of the subject, in particular how the White Stripes, the Strokes, and the Hives — none of whom are angry in the slightest — are the polar opposite of Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, and Papa Roach, and their nü-metal ilk (for that matter, Kid Rock is many things, but he ain't angry).

AJ: Well. I'm sorry that allmusic.com chose to refer to the Hives as "raucous", "confrontational", "brash", "aggressive", and "cathartic", but not angry. Also, I think he might be taking this title a little too seriously. Weird Al's polkas don't usually contain a common theme; they just string together popular music at random. I think the title "Angry White Boy Polka" was more a joke than a categorization of every single song in the polka.

Erlewine: Then, there's his parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," for which Marshall Mathers refused to let Alfred Matthew Yankovic make a video — an event that gave Poodle Hat a lot of press upon its spring 2003 release. It was the first time an artist denied Al the permission to make a video and all the press portrayed it as another time that Mr. Mathers turned stone-cold humorless in the face of a silly joke (it was Triumph the Comic Insult Dog at the VMAs revisited); after hearing Yankovic's "Couch Potato," it's hard not to sympathize with Em, since unlike his other big pop hit parodies, this has nothing to do with the song.

AJ: Before we actually talk about the song, I'd just like to say: "Hard not to sympathize with Em"? Are you insane?? Mathers said that he thought the parody was funny, but that he thought that a music video would undermine his status as a serious rap artist. Give me a break. On Al-TV, one of the fake interviews has Eminem saying that he thinks artists should have total freedom of expression and say whatever they want to say. What a hypocrite.

Erlewine: Weird Al doesn't pick up on the theme of the song, or the sound of it, or the lyrics to create a parody, he simply picks television at random, as if jokes about American Idol and Survivor will guarantee laughs and airplay. On top of the randomness of the subject, the jokes are simply bad, culminating in a "My Tivo Thinks I'm Gay" joke ripped off from Mike Binder's unspeakably awful HBO series Mind of the Married Man, where it was done better (and if Mike Binder does a joke better than you, you're slipping; besides, anybody who has had Tivo for any length of time knows that no matter what you do, it will record Law & Order).

AJ: He doesn't pick up on the theme of the song to create the parody? What are you trying to say? Yes, a song about television does not follow the theme of Eminem's original. Is that a bad thing? Is "Beat It" about eating a lot of food? Does "Lola" have anything to do with Star Wars? But to say he doesn't pick up on the lyrics is just a lie. There are many times when Eminem's original lyrics are altered to reflect a television joke ("His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy" becomes "Remote is ready, eyes wide, palms are sweaty"; many others). And okay, some of the jokes are lame, but Erlewine only focuses on the negative. Weird Al relies on Survivor jokes to make it funny? There's one line about Survivor, "Leech-covered grub-eating fools on Survivor", and that obviously is not intended to be laugh-out-loud funny. It's just another TV reference, which the song is chock full of. Some of the lines are hilarious.

Erlewine: And so Poodle Hat goes, as it stumbles over the obviousness and awfulness of its parodies

AJ: Awfulness is subjective, but obviousness is just a downright lie. Is a song about television an obvious parody of "Lose Yourself"? Is a song about the "Spider-Man" movie an obvious parody of "Piano Man"? I'll give him one thing - the "constipated" verse of "A Complicated Song" is pretty obvious, but that's only one verse.

Erlewine: which have also veered into a new level of stomach-churning vulgarity, whether it's the stinking rubbish on "Trash Day" (Nelly's "Hott in Herre") or the Avril Lavigne parody "A Complicated Song," where the chorus becomes: "Why did you have to make me so constipated?"

AJ: A half-truth. Only one verse is about constipation. And that, I admit, is pretty crude. I'm not sure what his point is on "Trash Day"; yes, a song about trash is bound to be vulgar, but I think Al keeps it in better taste than it could have been..

Erlewine: Only one other song parody remains, and it's "Ode to a Superhero," which is Billy Joel's "Piano Man" reconfigured for Spider-Man.

AJ: Is this a criticism? I didn't hear any criticism. He just states it as a fact. But I know he didn't like the song, because he doesn't put it among the three songs in which Al "redeems" himself towards the end.

Erlewine: Weird Al also stumbles on the originals, particularly because many of them sound and feel like parodies:

AJ: Many of Al's originals are style parodies. They are intended to satirize one artist's style. How is this stumbling? I don't understand.

Erlewine: "Party at the Leper Colony" rides the Willie & the Hand Jive shuffle beat, while "Wanna B Ur Lovr" is a slow-funk jam that sounds like a parody of Beck parodying Prince

AJ: Yes. These are style parodies. Good job identifying them, Erlewine.

Erlewine: and "Bob" is about, well, Bob Dylan, styled like "Subterranean Homesick Blues," with Al singing in a nasal whine "funny," cryptic lines like "May a moody baby doom a yam?," all of which are revealed to be palindromes! Hardy har har.

AJ: This song was never intended to be laugh-out-loud funny. Obviously, a song where every line is a palindrome can't be. It's a tribute to Bob Dylan. And Erlewine may disagree, but I think it's pretty impressive how Al managed to arrange all those palindromes into a cohesive song and do a good imitation of Bob Dylan all the while.

Erlewine: Yankovic redeems himself somewhat on the three remaining songs, with "Hardware Store" and its complicated, intricate vocal arrangement the most musically interesting piece here, rivalled by "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?," a sensitive piano pop tune with a good send-up of narcissistic lyrics and nice, layered vocal harmonies; the latter benefits considerably from the presence of Ben Folds on piano, not in the least because this sounds exactly like a Ben Folds song. Then, the album ends with "Genius in France," a multi-part epic that's equal parts Utopia-era Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa, and They Might Be Giants; it certainly has its irritating moments, including the stodgy song-ending Grey Poupon aside, but it's the most ambitious and weirdest thing here, which counts for a lot, ending with a Grey Poupon joke. It works because, at his best, Weird Al is a very good musician with some clever ideas and a skilled band, so music that showcases that is best for him — it helps put his corny jokes across.

AJ: Well said.

Here, nothing works, and he sounds old and out of step because of it.

AJ: Oh shut up already.

Ah. That does feel good. Well, it's late, I should probably head off to bed.

AJ, you should give me your AIM screen name! You can email me from my listology profile if you don't want to post it...

Think of the most obvious screen name for me, and that's it.

Glad to hear you're happy with Grendel! It was one of my high school favorites.

I have decided to go against the grain and change the name of this list to "AJDaGreat's Current Joys", rather than "Addictions." "Addictions" implies something I'm doing frequently, whereas "Joys" simply implies something I'm enjoying. I like "Joys" better for two main reasons:

1. Sometimes, the things I'm doing most frequently are not the things I'm enjoying the most. For example, on the "Addictions" list I currently have preparing for college . Sure, that's taking up a lot of my time, but the college process is a huge pain in the ass. With "Joys", I'll avoid that kind of thing.

2. I always felt a little disingenuous putting movies on this list, because I'm not really the kind of person who will see a movie multiple times in a short time span if I really like it. Right now I want to see as many movies as possible, so I don't have too many repeated viewings. So now I can put movies on here with a free conscience, knowing that, even though I only watched the movie once, I enjoyed it very much.

Well. I'd better revise it now. One joy that I'm sure will find its way on here is Elliott Smith's album Figure 8. I haven't even finished listening to it once yet, but I'm definitely enjoying it!

So now you're enjoying college applications?

(shifts eyes nervously) I... uh... kinda forgot...

But I deleted it.

I love King Lear.

Enjoy your snow days, my friend. I'm going to miss them so much. We got off of school for, like, 2 inches in Maryland. In Cleveland, I know I have class no matter what.

Also, I'm really glad you're enjoying Exile in Guyville. It's such a good album.

From the All Music Guide:

"Much was made of the album [Exile in Guyville] supposedly working off the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street for much of its inspiration, and... frankly the similarities between the two aren't terribly obvious"

I disagree. Last night, I listened to Exile in Guyville and Exile on Main Street back to back. It was such a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone. I really saw how Exile in Guyville is the female response to Exile on Main Street. I think both deal with the same kinds of themes. Both deal with sex, bitterness / despondency, crime, drugs, and rock; both reflect the simultaneous cynicism with American culture and celebration of it; and yet, both have touches of innocence to them, as Phair sings that she wants "letters and sodas", and Jagger sings that he needs "a sanctified girl with a sanctified mind."

Clearly, the two albums don't follow a totally identical structure (Exile in Guyville would probably be criticized as too derivative if they did), but I think the similarities are evident. They are two different sides of the coin; Phair gives the female twist.

Weird. I just started A Confederacy of Dunces yesterday, and as I was reading it (because, you know, my life revolves around Listology...) I thought it would probably be making an appearance on my joys list before too long.

The Simpson's Hit and Run...YAY!

Amateur, Every Picture, Is This It... Thems some pretty strong joys!

Alas, I am systemless, so I'll have to see if a friend has the Simpsons game.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

high five for TSR.

AJ, I love you for putting GP / Grievous Angel on this list. I listened at your recommendation, and it's fabulous. I can't stop listening to it now.

I'm so happy that I can claim responsibility for another one of your joys.

Actually, this list is ridiculously outdated...

How do you like Loaded compared to the other two VU albums you have? Loaded is my favorite of the three albums I have (which I think are the same three you have).

It's too early to make that call. I think it will certainly hold its own. I'm not sure if it'll replace Velvet Underground as my favorite though.

It's 10:00 am of 24's first season, and I have a theory. It's probably totally wrong, but here goes. In the last episode, Andre commented to Gaines that, while Gaines may be only in it for the money, it's personal for Andre's family. I thought of possible grudges that could be held against David Palmer based on what I know about him. The most obvious piece of evidence, of course, is that Keith Palmer killed a white guy named Gibson who raped his sister. Maybe Andre is related to Gibson somehow, and has been harboring a grudge against the Palmer family for the past seven years. It's plausible, I think, but I doubt it's correct. I bet whatever 24 comes up with will be better.

Mmmkay, it's 11 am, and I'm thinking prooobably not.

I don't know about a movie list that puts Marnie as the 184th best film of all time.

That boggled my mind too, but this list is based on averaging critical acclaim, so there must be some pretentious European critics who love "Marnie." You know how it goes. Some people who like to consider themselves avant-garde decide that calling "Psycho", "North by Northwest", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", or "Notorious" Hitchcock's best movie is just too conformist. No, they see the qualities that no one else sees in "Marnie"!

Marnie was pretty mediocre in my opinion, but then again, popular pick Rear Window has always been my favorite Hitchcock.

Yeah, "Rear Window" is a very close second for me to other popular pick "North by Northwest." And despite what my list says, I have no desire to see "Marnie."

I adore shaun of the dead.

'The Longest Journey' - I have that somewhere and played through the first 30 minutes but got annoyed by it because I couldn't seem to get past the first stage. Too lazy to figure it out.

Have you heard of 'Beyond Good & Evil', it's kind of like Legend of Zelda but on a futuristic world and starring a female character. Pretty cool, I really loved it.

I have really specific taste in adventure games. Luckily, early LucasArts games (Monkey Island series, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max) fit my taste perfectly. (1) I like having a simple point-and-click interface, instead of moving the characters by keyboard or typing anything. (2) I like plenty of humor. (3) I don't like games where you can accidentally die by doing some harmless motion, or where you can get in a position where the game is impossible to win because you don't have a certain object. (4) I don't like games that consist entirely of strategic puzzles, rather than things like picking up items and using them in logical ways. (5) I like using objects in intuitive ways, rather than, for example, Escape From Monkey Island, where you have to combine four random objects to make a perfume for some reason. (6) I like games where you're in a set location and there are a million problems to solve and a million items to pick up, rather than doing one thing in one location and then moving on to the next location.

The Longest Journey fit most of these. There wasn't a lot of humor, but there was some. It didn't fit (6), but that's probably the least important one anyway. Anyway, does Beyond Good and Evil sound like my taste?

Oh, by the way, I loved Zelda too, but in a different way from the above adventure game criteria, of course. If it's more like Zelda, that's good too.

Beyond Good & Evil isn't a LucasArts-esque adventure game, it's more like the 3D Zeldas. You won't like it if you only like point-and-click adventures.

I loved Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Sam and Max, but my favorite was Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Not quite as funny, but quite simply awesome. Great voice acting, and a very engaging story and exotic locations. The game even branches so you can take three different routes for all but the very beginning and the end. Did you ever play it?

EDIT: Ah, read your other post. Yeah, if you like Zelda, you'll like Beyond Good & Evil. It's one of those 'best games nobody played'.

Unfortunately, I never played any Indiana Jones games back when I had Windows 3.1, and I'm not sure how well they would work with XP. I haven't seen Fate of Atlantis for sale anywhere either, except in a big expensive collection that has other games I already own.

I'll have to check out Beyond Good and Evil - though I tend to like playing non-point-and-click games with a controller. You think it would be just as cool on Playstation 2?

Even more-so, actually. Analog controllers come in handy when steering vehicles and walking about and such.

Shaun of the dead is in my view the best zombie movie i have ever seen. what a great film, i mean really. just so funny. is it your favourite of 2004?

Nah, sorry - my favorite of 2004 is Before Sunset, with Sideways a close second. I do think it is one of the funniest films of 2004 though, and definitely the best zombie movie I've ever seen.

91.5: Does it play mostly old, old classical music like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninov, etc.? Or even Stravinsky, Prokofev, etc.? Or does it play anything from the last 70 years (Cage, Shostakovic, Boulez, Berio, Stockhausen, Penderecki, Riley, Reich, Glass, Adams, etc.)?

I ask because I'd really love to hear from any other Listologist who listens to "contemporary classical music" (I prefer the term "non-pop"). Or if you feel like trying it out, I could certainly give you some recommendations.

To be honest, I don't really listen to this radio station seriously or pay very much attention to what composers they play. I only listen to the radio while driving, and I just think it's nice to hear songs I haven't heard a million times before. That said, I don't think they tend to play much contemporary "non-pop." I have definitely heard Bach, Mozart, and Chopin being played, among others.

wonderful list, Happiness,Dead Kennedy's, Yoshimi and nachos. Have you been reading my mind?

Only occasionally, like when I need something to read in the bathroom. It's a good read, but a little long. I'm glad you enjoy those things too.

I'm glad my mind helps with bathroom issues you might be having.

All four of your recent additions get the big ol' thumbs up from this boy!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Re: The Boondocks - comic strip
Yesterday Universal Press Syndicate told its newspaper clients that Aaron McGruder is done. As far as I can see this may all be pure speculation because:

The heavies at Universal are clearly not happy... although they worded their news release carefully.

"Although Aaron McGruder has made no statement about retiring or resuming... newspapers should not count on it coming back in the foreseeable future," Universal's president, Lee Salem, said in the release. "Numerous attempts... to pin McGruder down on a date that the strip would be coming back were unsuccessful." [emphasis added]Possible motives mentioned in the article include going Hollywood, concentrating on the newly renewed Boondocks show on the Cartoon Network or building a small fort out of couch cushions. I just made one of those up. I feel no regret because I seem to have just as much hard evidence of McGruder's plans as anyone else.

Aaron McGruder's behaviour is compared to that of Dave Chapelle, Gary Trudeau, Bill Watterson and Gary Larson. That's mighty fine company if you ask me. I'll be in my fort.