Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift - Blah, Blah, Blah

I Have Two Left Feet, But I Am Having Fun, So, Shake It Off!
With her forthcoming album 1989, inspired by the sounds of “late ’80s pop,” that will debut on October 27

Taylor Swift has released her first single and video from it called Shake It Off, which for reasons of pure publicity and entertainment fodder has sparked some sort of debate about whether Ms. Swift going all 80's on us is appropriate, or not.


Thus I will chime in on this important world issue. This song, a send up of public perception of who she is contains lyrics that are pure Swift. As for the sound? I could name a few songs it reminds me of, but what the F@ck?! Madonna has made a career out of this sort of thing.


Personally I L-O-V-E that Ms. Swift gets down and references one of my favorite films, Black Swan in her Natalie Portman ballet dress, and acknowledges she has two left feet by showing that everyone else around her is a way better dancer than she is.


Sure we all will be over this song in a week or two, it's going to be a huge hit and in your face everywhere you turn. But in the meantime it's the middle of the week have some fun and Shake It Off ...
Happy Hump Day! 
                                                                 "Shake It Off"

Go Retro With Taylor: http://taylorswift.com/splash

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

These Are A Few Of My "Favorite Hunks"


Not too long ago I came across a blog called "Favorite Hunks & Other Things."

Well of course my interest was piqued, I mean who doesn't like some nice eye candy?

The thing I did expect when I explored the site was a lot of images of nude men, celebrity
and otherwise. What I did not expect was to discover a really talented writer whose style is a kindred spirit to what I do on my blog with regard to creativity: positive, insightful and displaying an understanding and respect for the individuals who do it, like himself.

His name is Tye Briggs, and he shared with me some of what makes the man behind the blog tick.

"I am a psychology major who moved to a small country town about 
9 years ago after ending a long term relationship.  The blog sort of began as a 
creative outlet given how stressful my job can be at times.  I once wanted to be 
a photographer, then an actor, even studied theatre for my first two years at 
University before deciding on the safe major.  The place I live is nice, quiet 
but also nice and quiet.  I needed something to get out my creative side and 
feelings, especially my first few years here."

Tye's Tribute To Robin Williams
http://favoritehunks.blogspot.ca/2014/08/send-in-clown.html
Tye and I both share the same philosophy about writing, we both loathe the cruelty that permeates most of what other people put on the Internet. He states that  he always strives to go out of his way not to be "snarky" or mean.

"Writing is my true love and I would not do the blog without writing.  When I find a subject, my favorite part of piecing it together is finding a hook, a theme or interesting way to present the images.  My ultimate goal would be to leave my day job and write full time, but that is still in the dream stage right now."

He also says that surprisingly he has had many celebrities contact him about the features and images that have been posted on his blog. Well Tye this is no surprise to me.

Check out his recent write up revisiting the film The Hotel New Hampshire - a personal favorite of mine and in true FH style is not only well written, but includes nude images of a young Rob Lowe.

             http://favoritehunks.blogspot.ca/2014/08/checking-back-into-hotel-new-hampshire.html

Another mainstay on FH are profiles of nude models and the photographers who shoot them.

I find the model profiles especially interesting as Tye really reveals who they are as individuals and why modeling nude is something that they choose to do. The thing that might  surprise most people reading one of these pieces is most of the guys who get naked for the camera and art classes are already involved in other creative endeavors and see modeling nude as another way to express themselves artistically.

Like Tye's profile on established filmmaker Davo Hardy, this is a great, and interesting examination of an individual's creativity. While it does contain full male nudity, as Mr. Briggs puts it: "The blog is sexy, but not pornographic, nude, but not crude."

                           http://favoritehunks.blogspot.ca/2014/08/davo-hardy-one-in-5200.html


Well put and done Tye!

Follow your Favorite Hunks at: http://favoritehunks.blogspot.ca/

Monday, August 18, 2014

Christina Aguilera: The Name Game

Christina Aguilera, Has A Baby Girl
With last weeks deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, I thought it would be great to kick off this week with a celebration of life and to congratulate Christina Aguilera and her man Matthew Rutler on the birth of their baby girl this past weekend.
Aguilera gave birth to her bundle of joy on August 16th, 2014 at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, CA.
Christina announced the name of her daughter on Twitter today with this statement: 
"So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,"
Love the baby name! I Have a cousin named Summer and have always thought it a great name for a girl.
Ms. Aguilera hits the studio again on August 11th to start work on a new album and wrote on Instagram:
"Baby girl getting first listen to what mama's been creating in the studio," 
Best to both Christina and Matthew. 
Have a terrific Monday Everyone!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shonen Knife Is On The "Top Of The World"

Yes, This Happened In August!

OSAKA’S SHONEN KNIFE TO PLAY 1000TH SHOW ON 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR


Having covered The Carpenter's "Top of the World" on the compilation CD: If I Were A Carpenter - It seems fitting to toast Osaka Legends, Shonen Knife with said song to celebrate their 1,000th performance. Cheers!

Osaka, Japan’s legendary Shonen Knife are about to reach another milestone in their 30+ year career of bringing the joys of punk rock, fantasy and food to the hearts and ears of the fortunate.
Shonen Knife's 1000th worldwide performance (since their inception in 1982) will take place in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota at The Turf Club on 9/16 during their upcoming 33 show North American tour. This latest visit takes place during the months of September and October in support of their latest album “Overdrive” released in April 2014 on Good Charamel Records.
Shonen Knife will be taking requests for this special show from fans via their Twitter and Facebook pages, and the 1000th performance will also include an appearance by original Shonen Knife member Atsuko (sister of lead singer Naoko).
The "Overdrive" tour has already seen successful runs in Europe, The UK and Japan and now Naoko, Ritsuko and Emi will be taking the show around North America including performances at “Anime Weekend Atlanta”, Buffalo, NY’s “Music is Art Festival” and a stop at the “Pop Montreal Festival” in Canada.
Shonen Knife “Overdrive” North American Tour 2014
9/11 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts: Black Box
9/12 Brooklyn, NY The Wick
9/13 Buffalo, NY Music is Art Festival (Delaware Park)
9/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
9/16 St. Paul, MN The Turf Club
9/17 Iowa City, IA The Mill
9/18 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
9/19 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
9/20 Toronto, ON The Silver Dollar
9/22 Cambridge, MA The Middle East
9/24 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
9/25 Durham, NC The Pinhook
9/27 Atlanta, GA 529
9/28 Atlanta, GA Anime Weekend Atlanta
9/30 New Orleans, LA The Beatnik
10/01 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
10/02 Dallas, TX Club DADA
10/03 Austin, TX Red 7
10/06 Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher
10/07 San Diego, CA The Casbah
10/08 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
10/10 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
10/11 Portland, OR Dante’s
10/12 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern
10/14 Boise, ID Neutrolux
10/15 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
10/16 Denver, CO Oriental Theater
10/17 Kansas City, KS Record Bar
10/18 St.Louis, MO The Firebird
10/20 Pittsburgh, PA 3st Street Pub
10/21 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jane Says: It's Time For A Shindig


JANE’S ADDICTION 
RISE AGAINST
ANCHOR RETURN OF THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL

Uh, wow this really does look like it lives up to it's name, Shindig, not to mention Jane's Addiction is a headliner, what more could one want in a music festival except for free Jack Daniels with Diet Coke, I ask you?

Yes! It's An Addiction,  Jane's Addiction!!!
GOGOL BORDELLO, CLUTCH, FISHBONE, HALESTORM, LUCERO, MANY MORE
JOIN THE PARTY FOR BALTIMORE’S ONLY TRUE ROCK & ROLL FESTIVAL

Daylong Celebration Captures Spirit and Work Ethic of Charm City’s Neighborhoods
Saturday, Sept. 27 @ Carroll Park

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

“My favorite thing about this festival was the overall vibe of the good people of Baltimore. The festival was packed in tight with positive, sincere people who all were there to see some great music and have fun.”
- The Vinyl District (DC)

 A "Shindig" is defined as "a large, lively party celebrating something,” and in this case, that "something" is the DIY Rock & Roll spirit and work ethic of Baltimore at the core of THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL, returning Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park with alt-rock legends JANE’s ADDICTION and punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST anchoring a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district that’s as fun and diverse as Charm City’s people and neighborhoods.

Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year’s two main stages will be Gogol BordelloClutch,FishboneHalestormLucero, Roddy Walston & The BusinessLarry and His FlaskTheMahonesThe BotsCharm City DevilsBad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until Aug. 16 (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets also available. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore’s best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available. The Woods is also home to the Ripley's "Believe it or Not" Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities.

"I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we've never seen was my goal,” says THE SHINDIG’s curator, longtime Maryland independent concert promoter, Paul Manna at 24-7 Entertainment “As a fan of every artist playing, I just know that thousands of live music lovers will truly appreciate this lineup as much as I do. Seeing Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction, one of my all-time favorite bands, perform in Pigtown will certainly be the icing on the cake.”

The Shindig's inaugural event last year, featuring Dropkick MurphysJoan Jett and The BlackheartsThe Gaslight AnthemClutchThe Mighty MightyBosstonesReverend Horton HeatThe Hold Steady, and more, was a resounding success, prompting Pigtown officials to welcome its 2014 return.

"The Shindig showcased our historic neighborhood to the most people ever gathered for an event in Pigtown or Carroll Park - without any incidents or arrests,” says Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street. “They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development."

Carroll Park is located 1/2 mile from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of Baltimore’s beloved Pigtown. To eliminate any parking concerns, 24-7 Entertainment has reserved several large, secured parking lots that border the festival grounds conveniently landmarked by the monstrous Montgomery Park building.

The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.

THE SHINDIG ON THE WEB:

Official Weebsite - www.theshindigbaltimore.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Margaret Cho Remembers Robin Williams

Robin Williams

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" - Robin Williams

I love this quote and it best sums up who Robin Williams was to me. I will never forget the impact of the laughter, joy and ideas he brought into my life. 

Words can not begin to describe how seeing The World According to Garp influenced and changed me when I was young.

I thought it best to let his life be discussed by someone who knew him well, friend and Entertain Me favorite Ms. Margaret Cho said this to Time Magazine about the passing of our Captain:

"He was the first celebrity I ever met. My parents owned a bookstore in San Francisco in the ’70s and ’80s. My father made Robin autograph a copy of The World According to Garp for me. When I started comedy in San Francisco in the ’80s, Robin would hang around the clubs I started doing shows at and grew up next to. He would always come in, and then later, of course, we would always see him in clubs here. He was the patriarch of our little clan of comedians in San Francisco. All of us looked at him, in a way, as a father figure. That’s why this is so upsetting.
He was just very supportive. He was very shy, and possibly a little embarrassed by his fame. Inside, he really was a comic. Naturally, all comics just wanna hang around other comics, so he would come to these little clubs and open mics, and you’d get bumped, and he would go on and you’d have to follow him, which was always really terrifying because he’s so great, and people were so excited to just be in his presence. Also, we were all excited to be around him. He’s the kind of guy, I remember, he would help out comics who needed money. When I was a teenager, my first boyfriend needed money to live, and he loved this guy’s comedy, so he would give people money to survive. It’s a beautiful thing. He was a great guy."

R.I.P. Oh, Captain! My Captain!

Robin Williams on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000245/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_2

Lauren Bacall's Passing Ends The "Vogue" Era

Lauren Bacall

With the passing of the last of the great Hollywood Broads, Lauren Bacall, this now marks the end of an era for the Madonna mega hit Vogue.

Yes, every amazing star named in the the monster 1990 smash Vogue has now passed away.

Wow! But what a great homage to all of those unique and singular talents of yesteryear this song is and shall ever remain.

As much as I loathe Madonna's recent output this is and will remain a song for the ages and in honor of Ms. Bacall's passing and all the other legends in it, let's have a moment and -

"Come on, vogue
Let your body move to the music"...
                                                                     "Vogue"