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It seems unfair whenever Freedom shuts off and your inbox fills up… and instead of a lovely email newsletter filled with amusing gossip and compliments there’s just bucketloads of spam.Add a Comment
‘Ghostbusters’ over ‘Alien 3’ or ‘Dave.’ Add a CommentHere you go:10. Alien 3 9. Dave 8. Gorillas in the Mist 7. Cabin in the Woods 6. Alien 5. The Ice Storm 4. Aliens 3. Death and the Maiden 2. Working Girl 1. Copycat …
I love these pictures.
(Related: A while back I was at a wedding and misheard the photographer’s instruction to “make it tighter” (scooch in) as “make it tiger,” which would have been Cummings pose.)Add a Comment
This was such a great, wild show. One of my favorite things about shows at Kutska’s was seeing how long it would take us to get our hearing back afterward. Add a Comment
Soundtrack to Suburbia, 1983/1984. The movie was released in ‘83, though my album gives the year of its release as 1984. I’m not sure if I heard the record or saw the film first, but it came into my awareness in 1986/87. And most especially from the soundtrack: DI (“Richard Hung Himself”).
We saw DI, along with Doggy Style, play at Kutska’s Hall just outside of Green Bay, WI in November 1987. Insane crazy show, someone in the pit landed on me hard and I’m pretty sure I broke a toe that evening. The dude selling t-shirts looked very familiar - turns out it was Joe Schmo (real name Wade Waltson, who later played bass in US Bombs) from Suburbia. Some of us decided to invite him and the bands to a party in Appleton and after the show, the bands arrived. Wild wild night, think sandwich meat on the ceiling crazy, a few of my friends hooking up (in the day’s parlance: had lips) with band members - and Joe Schmo. I was keeping a diary at this time and I have a lot of details about the night that cannot be revealed to protect the not-so-innocent but in hindsight it’s a what-the-hell-were-we-thinking scenario.
The record itself is fairly light on songs: only DI, TSOL and the Vandals have performances, side 2 is all score/sound clips by Alex Gibson. I’ve seen the movie many times since the 80s, still shaking my head that Flea became, well, Flea (favorite quote: Haircut. How ‘bout a haircut?). Virtually none of the other performers went on to have any significant film careers. It’s not a great movie, though a few memorable quotes peppered our teenage conversations for years: Jack Diddley, “My old man’s gonna be back soon and if we’re still here he’s gonna shit Twinkies” and “I hate buses,” Joe Schmo, “Later days.” For the quotes, the snapshot into the life of punk kids and the small but significant soundtrack contribution, it’s hard not to remain fond of Suburbia 30+ years later.
Lowell grew up in North Carolina in a small tobacco town. His father was the youngest of eight, and when Lowell was a kid his uncles would talk a lot about another branch of the Allen family that lived over the mountains in Virginia. Lowell’s not sure exactly how the family tree connects up, just that the two branches are related. (A lot of the first names run in both branches, too.)
These Allens were notorious in their county, and a while back I found this article outlining some of their history and crimes. Lowell’s got a complicated relationship to his background and his family history, beyond just its criminal components, but this account he enjoyed. Here the Allens are introduced… and well! the style is vivid.
What they looked like:
(This physical description is also true of Lowell’s side. When we first started dating, and I’d go back to Reidsville with him for weddings and funerals, I could always pick out which were his uncles in the crowd.)
And here—and the point of this post—is my favorite story of Allen wrongdoing.
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Story heard today: A woman went camping with her son—now ten, then eight—in the Smokies. They were told that a bear had rampaged through the campground the night before, breaking into some people’s supplies including a water tank. “It drank several gallons of their water!” She wasn’t scared until it was night. Then she tried to sleep but couldn’t; she kept jumping at any rustling noises outside their tent. So at 10 she gave up and drove with her son to a Wal-Mart nearby and bought him a lightsaber toy he’d been asking for. Then they returned to their campsite and they kept the lightsaber switched on in their tent until morning.Add a Comment
Stuck a heating pad under the cardigan today. It was A BIG CAT HIT.Add a Comment
“Lady Middleton was equally pleased with Mrs. Dashwood. There was a kind of cold hearted selfishness on both sides, which mutually attracted them; and they sympathised with each other in an insipid propriety of demeanour, and a general want of understanding.”
- Jane Austen is my favorite mean girl. (From Sense and Sensibility.)
Hygienist, leaning over with her mask on: So my sister’s eight years younger than me, so that makes my brother in law … twenty years younger. (Pause.) My sister married a much younger man.
Me, gurgling up: Goo’ for herph.Add a Comment
My friend Sarah, who’s been one of my best friends since we met at a Duran Duran party in 8th grade, is doing a project where she listens to one old album from her collection every day. This is today’s entry. I’m going to try to not insta-re-blog all her stuff BUT OMG I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT PET RAT. Add a Comment
shriekback: oil and gold. 1985. Confession: this album is technically still “on loan” from a friend back in the summer of ‘85. Oops.
That summer was a pivotal one in so many ways and this album was one of many that provided its soundtrack. A small group of us, ages 14-17, spent June-August of ‘85 at a dear friend’s house, hanging out, being teenagers and doing stupid teenager stuff that probably should have gotten us in trouble. But there were moments of just being happy (or possibly miserable), reveling in the music of the day. The album sleeve still holds one of those moments: at the top left corner there is a orange-ish streak of crud, which is a lasting pizza stain from when two friends and I were sitting behind the couch (??), eating our frozen pizza, playing with a guy’s pet rat and reading the lyrics.
Besides the (sort of) hit single “Nemesis,” there are other wonderful songs ("The Big Hush" "Faded Flowers") on this record that still hold a timeless quality and an ambience of late, hot summer nights when life is dark, haunting and amazing.
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Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas, c.1950
Album named after Stevens’ mother and stepfatherSufjan, this is so nice of you! (VIa my stepson.) Add a Comment
Cooking dinner, watching Netflix, trying to work out if Chandler Bing was the Miranda of ‘Friends.’Add a Comment
(I enjoy the image of three witches being sent, one by one, to Meryl Streep’s door.)Add a Comment
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