Title Comment Comment Date Comment Link
Name the Song

Bobby D---It's All Right Ma(I'm Only Bleeding)
While preachers preach of evil fates/Teachers teach that knowledge waits/Can lead to hundred-dollar plates/Goodness hides behind its gates/But even the president of the United States/Sometimes must have to stand naked.

4/9/2004 View
Worst songs heard to date...


Sweet Home Alabama???
Aint't Seen Nothin' Yet???


12/18/2003 View
10 favorite songs by The Clash

All faves...plus White Man In Hammersmith Palais.

12/17/2003 View
Read in 2003

I really liked Kavalier and Clay. It's wonderfully funny and heartbreaking and I'd recommend it to everyone. Comic book fans will find it particularly interesting. I also enjoyed Chabon's Wonder Boys.

3/31/2003 View
[wishlist] music I'd like to get into / listen to

It makes me really happy to see X mentioned! Wild Gift would be my desert island selection!

3/25/2003 View
2003CC: Bob Dylan

This is great, but I'd have to say that Unplugged deserves a bit more than one and a half stars. I'm not a huge fan of live albums, with the exception of Live 66, but I always felt that Unplugged heralded in the "modern era" Dylan that we're still enjoying today. It does a good job of capturing, for better or worse, the Bob Dylan that you'll see on stage in 2003. Musically, it's first rate, with the possible exception of Mr. Dylan's guitar playing, but what else is new?

3/4/2003 View
Songs For Every State

Jersey Girl Tom Waits
Feelin' Massachusetts Juliana Hatfield
Oregon Trail Woody Guthrie
Tennessee Stud Jimmy Driftwood...performed by dozens of people.
That's Right (You're Not From Texas) Lyle Lovett
Private Idaho B-52s
Mississippi Bob Dylan
California Bob Dylan

3/1/2003 View
Songs For Every State

How about Maniac by Michael Sembello, from the movie Flashdance?

2/28/2003 View
My Favorite Albums

I don't have much interest in their recent stuff, but The Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions is one of my all time favorites. I discovered them during a dark period in my life. I'm not sure if Trinity Sessions helped or hurt...

2/12/2003 View
My Favorite Albums

I like Wrecking Ball quite a bit! I guess my favorite fantasy would have to be Emmylou whispering in one ear while Margo Timmins whispers in the other...

2/12/2003 View
L. Bangs' 10 Current Addictions

Ah, Squeezing Out Sparks! I recently visited my old college radio station, where they've managed to keep quite a bit of the vinyl from when I was there, from 1979-1983, first as a DJ, then as music director. I randomly pulled an album off the shelf: Squeezing Out Sparks. Scrawled on the comment label was my declaration, "Best fucking album of the year!" How charming it was to revisit my youthful hyperbole. By the end of 1979 I think I included other selections in my BFA list, not the least of which would be Elvis Costello's Armed Forces, and The Talking Heads Fear of Music.

2/10/2003 View
Damn, I only have time to watch movies on weekends part 01

Chalk it up in the bad movies that look great column. Hey...there may be a list there!

2/6/2003 View
Damn, I only have time to watch movies on weekends part 01

Regarding Catch-22
Catch-22, despite its terrific story and a potentially bang-up cast, falters in the storytelling department. We shouldn't have to read Heller's novel to fully grasp what's going on; I think a lot of the narrative problems could have been remedied by another trip back to the edit booth. Jon Voight’s really outstanding as the scheming Milo Minderbinder. This goes without saying for film fans, but don’t watch the “formatted for your TV” version. The cinematography in Catch-22 is incredible, particularly some of the airplane scenes, and most particularly, the mass take-off. There’s one great shot where two characters are talking next to the runway as a wounded B-25 is landing behind them. We hear an explosion. The camera pans with the characters as they walk, revealing the wrecked plane. Brilliant.

2/6/2003 View
Films With Incredible Casts

Here's a cast that I always found pretty amazing:
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Jim Backus, William Demarest, Peter Falk, Stan Freberg, Leo Gorcey, Sterling Holloway, Edward Everett Horton, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Jimmy Durante, Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny.

2/4/2003 View
The Enemies of Rock

Yes and no. Many of those are there because no one will buy the time. All those spots are not as impressive when you add up their cash value, which when compared to the value of time in the other dayparts, is negligible.
Back in the old days, TV started putting news on the air to serve the public interest. Little did they realize that in 2003 it would be a cash cow, especially on the local level.

2/1/2003 View