Friday, May 30, 2008
The steroid eating on the season 1&2 disc is hysterical and even the commentary on the discs extra features is a complete crack up. Charlie rules of course but Mac is understated mayhem. The whole mistaken gay bar bit is a riot. The players are all characters. You know how in Friends they had the dumb one, the pretty one, the obsessive one, the quirky one and the nerdy one, all one dimensional and that series was a hit (??). Well the characters here are all characters and there is nothing one dimensional about any of them. They all get turns being outlandish and playing it straight and delivering the money lines. This is what I want and I can not wait until season four starts in September. Kudos for FX giving the writers full reign to create and do their thing. This show is a blast!
Lets give a shout out to the writer/actors Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and of course Danny DeVito. Danny may have found himself a new "Taxi" to ride! What a riot read the outstanding reviews on amazon at the link above and rent it from NetFlix. You'll want to buy it for your collection after that.
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
In Ray's latest effort there are plenty of sonic delights. The production is stellar, the energy is up and direct and Ray...well hearing Ray's voice again is a sheer delight. Now I'm not a hard core Kinks fan and you don't have to be to enjoy this album. Archetypal themes mix with Rays wit and salty mind set to produce a rather surprising disc. In fact I'm surprised by how much I really like this batch of tunes. It starts out rockin' and then the third song bounces in with a very Kink like tune, a bouncy theme that runs counter with the look at yourself lyrics. I've always loved how Ray makes a song sound all light and airy while the lyrics paint a different story, but in the end still hopeful.
Well done Ray!
There's a lot going on here - different styles of music at once edgy, rockin', folky, satirical, spacey, acoustic, humor. In other words it doesn't sound all the same cut after cut. Welcome back Ray and for the uber fans lighten up. His lyrics are just fine and as insightful, hopeful and honest as ever. This is a big boy record by a man, and completely accessible to all. You don't have to know about the Kinks or even like them to appreciate this disc. It's well worth the buy! Stand Up Comic is a hoot and it rocks...and that's that!
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Other People's Lives
By Ray Davies
Release date: 2006-02-21
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
You won't be disappointed - as far as people not getting this movie - have a heart - we should all be so lucky and count your blessings!
Out of Order Reviews at Amazon
Friday, May 02, 2008
I'm not really sure how I stumbled into his work. Pulling on the Buena Vista Social Club string I probably came across his recording Night in Tunisia and well I'm hooked. This is not unaccessible music and the Brazilian and Santa Domingo influences from Latin America are here as well as the mellow classic jazz lines of Monk and Mcoy Tyner, and even shades of Vince Guaraldi very, very nice. It is a wide musical landscape played very tastefully.
Music is gumbo and Arturo is a world renowned chef - and so now you know - dig in and enjoy - hot and spicy, cool and mellow and it swings - it's all here.
Play the strings of discovery here and here!