Saturday’s Rant: Best Lyrics, Mad Max, Schtick

Posted: May 18th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

historyIf you clicked on my previous podcast posting on the Best Song Lyric, you might think that listening again will sound like deja vu all over again. Although a little has been changed.

Ah, but what can be heard by clicking below is the whole live on the radio schmear, which includes the ever entertaining banter twixt James and myself, and our give and take on the latest Mad Max flick.

Plus that ever intriguing, and argument fomenting, essay on a dialog I had about the best lyrics in any song.

Which is to say, the aura of it being a rerun notwithstanding, what lies below is the chance to hear a podcast of live radio at its very apotheosis (the highest point of its development).

Hear it all by clicking play below:

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Film Review Podcast: “Mad Max Fury Road”

Posted: May 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

moviePlease listen below.

I will try to explain rationally, though I tend to hyperbolize, why this is such a good film.

Why, even if you, as I, are disinclined to enjoy, or even venture to see, such post apocalyptic action adventure fare, this movie is worthy of your attention.

Film, as I offer in the podcast below, is essentially a kinetic medium. They are called motion pictures you know.

And this film is all about motion and clever imagery, with a subtle but strong storyline, which underscores the relentless action. Not to mention, exemplary editing, great characterizations, brilliant stylized design.

Incomprehensible as it sounds, I consider this movie a legit contender for Best Picture of the Year.

For more reasons why, listen below:

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Rants & Raves: Best Song Lyric Ever

Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Filed under: Music, Ruminations | 1 Comment »

historyThose of you paying attention know that I spend a half hour every Saturday morning on FPK 91.9, doing live radio with my host James.

And that the segment commences with some little shtick from yours truly.

Well, James wasn’t going to be around this coming Saturday, so we were going to pre-tape the deal. I recorded my nifty little rumination, and sent it to him for insertion in the recording of the whole show.

Then, as he is wont to do, given the shifty nature of his personality, James changed his mind. So, we’ll be on live Saturday instead of on tape.

So, I figured I’d just go ahead post my recorded portion, brickbats and all, for your bemusement.

So, here it is:

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Film Review Podcast: “5 to 7″

Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieSo, my guess is that some of you along the way shall be looking for a totally improbable, but gentle romantic piffle of movie to download, and to while away an otherwise empty evening with your significant other.

And, since Woody Allen has taught us to cherish romances that evolve on the island of Manhattan, I got one for you.

It’s called “5 to 7.”

Younger man. Older woman. He’s somewhat naive. She’s in an open marriage.

They’re smart. They are good looking.

Elegance and a certain preposterous but eminently pleasant plotline ensue.

It works.

At least on the level, where you can enjoy ninety minutes or so of cinema with agreeable characters, without having to work at it.

For more info, listen below:

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Film Review Podcast: “Hot Pursuit”

Posted: May 13th, 2015 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieMy guess is that those of you who care about film, who read reviews, have already said “No Way!” to the movie, “Hot Pursuit.”

To which I say, more’s the pity.

My guess is you’ve read one of the epidemic of proforma, by the book, not very well thought through, negative reviews, and moved on.

Well, listen below.

I’m not saying the Reese Witherspoon/ Sofia Vergara on the road flick is a masterpiece.

But I am saying that’s it’s far funnier, more enjoyable and more entertaining than you’d ever think from the majority of the reviews out there.

For further detail, listen below:

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Rants & Raves: An A-1 OK Afternoon

Posted: May 11th, 2015 | Filed under: Ruminations | 1 Comment »

historyI’ve always been an advocate of keeping Louisville weird.

You know, giving my business, whatever it may be, to local businesses, if at all possible.

Keep the money in the local stream of commerce.

Sometimes, finding local businesses to do business with brings unexpected delight.

Such as my afternoon last week with Barney and Ida.

Which I chatted about during my Saturday morning radio gig on FPK 91.9.

For a podcast, click below:

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Film Review Podcast: “Ex Machina”

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieI am not inclined toward science fiction.

Too often it’s so out there, I can’t relate. The postulations about the future are either so off the charts, or, I simply don’t care.

But, when the contemplations are intelligent, and the rendering within the bounds of what the audience can indeed foresee, well, then sci fi is just alright with me.

So it is with today’s reviewed film, “Ex Machina.”

Which works on many levels. The most salient of which is that it’s intelligent.

And, a great deal of the credit goes to Alicia Vikander’s mesmerizing portrayal of Ava, the AI robot who is the centerpiece of the movie.

For further info and explanation, listen up.

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The State of JazzFest: Is It Too Big?

Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture, Music, Ruminations | 4 Comments »

jazzfest2As much as wish I may, wish I might, no longer is it possible to amble around the green meadow of the Fairgrounds infield on an April afternoon, come upon a slightly raised 10×15 platform, and savor the sound of a previously unknown (to me), grizzled piano master with a starred patch over one eye.

James Booker is long gone, if the memory of that moment decades ago is still strong.

Nor shall I be enchanted by the mellifluous voice of the Tan Canary. Johnny Adams, RIP.

The same for Snooks and Danny Barker,  and Ms. Mahalia.

And, Longhair whistling his way through one of his many iconic tunes, with Gatemouth sitting in on guitar.

Many — most — of the greats, who fashioned the New Orleans music that Bonnie Raitt has called, “America’s greatest gift to the world,” are but memories.

Fats, hanging on, but old and on the way out, won’t be gigging anymore. There’s Toussaint, and a few others from the halcyon R & B days, and that’s about it.

All that I understand. And accept.

It’s nature’s way.

New Orleans music. New Orleans itself. They are not what they used to be.

Nothing is. Life changes. Cultures evolve. Read the rest of this entry »

Rants & Raves: Cigars & The Derby

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

historyNo, you won’t hear me talking about Cigar, the horse.

The thoroughbred who won 16 consecutive races in the mid 90s, retired as the sport’s all-time money winner, and was as game as they come in the Sport o’ Kings. Not that Cigar, here.

What I shall be ranting about — no raves this week — is the proliferation of the annoying and most insinuating habit of those who feel compelled to display their manly manliness by smoking cigars in public.

It is the most distinct memory I have of my last Derby, some score of years ago. I’m advised by regular attendees that the “issue” — I would call it a problem — gets worse by the annum.

Cigar smoke.

Obviously the partaking of such inhalation provides satisfaction to many. Good for you.

I cannot criticize another human’s habits . . . as long as it doesn’t adversely affect the quality of living of others.

So, that’s one of the main reasons I haven’t been to the Downs on Derby Day for awhile. Others are discussed below:

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Film Review Podcats: “Wild Tales”

Posted: April 30th, 2015 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieI’ve got a theory about films and why they are regarded favorably by the general populace.

Okay, yeah, I’ve got several such postulations, but today just one is in play.

And that is that there must be a character or characters in the movie that the audience likes or desires to identify with.

Seems plausible, right?

Well, in the Argentinian Oscar nominee “Wild Tales,” the characters are all pretty much on bad behavior. The film is six vignettes about folks seeking revenge for slights, some real, some imagined.

Yet, this is one of the more clever films of the year, and one of the most enjoyable.

Here’s why:


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JazzFest Sunday: A Single Song Does It All

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture, Music | 2 Comments »

jazzfest2The phenomenological question presented is whether a single song, among the many performed on ten stages by fifty or so acts, can make a day at JazzFest fulfilling.

My experience Sunday gave me the answer.

The tune: Allen Toussaint’s “What Do You Want The Girl To Do?,” from his sultry masterpiece of an album from ’75, “Southern Nights.”

But, as you surely expected there’s a story, something to give Sunday’s moment context.

It’s the mid 70s, and I’ve got a vacation that starts the next day. But I haven’t a clue where I’m going.

I run into a pal at Butchertown Pub, who advises he’s hitchhiking the next day to Matha’s Vineyard to visit his girlfriend.

“I’ll drive you up there,” I offer, never having visited that lovely place. Read the rest of this entry »

JazzFest ’15: Rain from the Sky, Sunshine through the Speakers

Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Filed under: Culture, Music, Ruminations | 2 Comments »

jazzfest2At one point during Malian guitar ace Vieux Farka Touré’s hypnotic set in the Blues Tent, he brought out a female singer, whose name, shame on me, I never caught.

Her haunting voice reminds me of Julee Cruise, who set the eerie sound for “Twin Peaks,” or, as the Film Babe suggested, like those singers with Cirque de Soleil. She certainly added another spicy ingredient t0 the Afro-rhythmic set, which already was exotic and oh so tasty.

A song into her short segment, the band broke into a tune not immediately recognizable. Except for a somewhat familiar lyric that slithered through the serpentine instrumentation.

Realizing finally what they were playing, I turned to my krewe, “This is a Dylan song.”

What I can advise is that Touré does for “Masters of War” what Hendrix did for the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Evocative. Damning. Triumphant.

The tent went nuts. Read the rest of this entry »