Archive for August, 2011
So a few weeks back, I discovered a website that’s been knocking around for quite awhile, Largehearted Boy. To be honest, I discovered the website after it linked to my Kevin Wilson interview from two weeks ago. (Thanks for that, Largehearted!)
But once I discovered the main mission of the website: “Largehearted Boy is all about sharing the love I have for music, literature, and popular culture. A true labor of love, the site now features every day daily downloads of free and legal music as well as shorties (daily music, literature, geeky and popular culture news). ” I realized it was a site I should be visiting more frequently. And if you love pop culture as much as I do, you should visit the site as well.
So my pals from Crumsy Pirates recently recommended a band to me. To be exact, lead vocalist Tracy Van Voris emailed to tell me: “I share with you links from my new favorest band: Gogol Bordello.” Here’s some video of the band from a 2007 David Letterman appearance.
To further quote Tracy: “They are a multi-culti gypsy punk band fronted by a madmad from the Ukraine called Eugene, who is, incidentally, a refugee from Chernobyl. Their music sounds like an Eastern European wedding band on steriods – and they are one of the best live bands EVER. Seriously.”
Performance this intense should be appreciated fully, I second Tracy’s suggestion.
I am probably the last person to link to this, but it is still worth a look in my opinion. In this clip from earlier in the week, Craig Ferguson (of CBS’ The Late Late Show) explains a security scare he and his staff endured.
The New York Times also wrote a nice summation of what happened.
The drummer from one of my longtime favorite bands, Stewart Copeland of The Police, recently took part in Letterman’s Drum Solo Week II. In this clip, he performs Birds of Prey from his 2005 CD, Orchestralli.
Honestly, there’s a Bob Newhart vibe to the end of this video–and it works. The band OK Go does a cover of the classic Muppet Show theme (part of the Muppets: The Green Album, which was released today).
So somebody on a message board has threatened the life of David Letterman. So of course to Dave this is an opportunity for comedy. And man is he milking it. Here’s the top 10 from August 22.
I was recently reading the Ansel Adams in the National Parks book (released in 2010), and got curious to know who hosts his collection. It turns out that it is the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. I have never had an interest in visiting Arizona, but this knowledge might change my mind.
Apparently the center was co-founded by Adams, as noted by the site: “Famed American photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984) co-founded the Center for Creative Photography in 1975. His was one of five inaugural archives, and it remains a cornerstone of the Center’s fine art and archival collections. Adams’s career spans seven decades and a wide range of subject matter, including portraits, still lifes, architecture, and the landscapes for which he is most famous. Viewers often associate his lifelong environmentalism and advocacy for America’s wilderness places with his dramatic, panoramic photographs that celebrate the redemptive potential of the natural world. Many of his best-known images were made in the American West, including a large group of works made in Yosemite Valley.”