Monday, August 3, 2015

Song of the Week: Grazing in the Grass

Here's a nice, relaxing jazz piece with a tight groove that's perfect for a lazy summer day. Recorded by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, "Grazing in the Grass" hit number 1 on the Billboard chart in 1968.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Song of the Week: Wicked Rain

Los Lobos has always been an underrated band.  This song, "Wicked Rain" was used at the end of the first season of Amazon's Bosch.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orson Welles's Last Move by, Jonathan Karp

Absolutely fascinating book about the most famous unfinished movie of all time.

First the negative. The voiceover move into and outro don't work. The psychoanalysis of Welles in the epilogue is forced and feels cheap. There is some repetitive storytelling regarding people getting fired over and over and in the hammering home of Welles's character flaws.

On the positive side, Karp does yeoman's work unraveling the complicated details of who stood how much of the picture to whom and when. He provides a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to work with Welles and how much of a genius Welles was at editing and assembling movies.

It's well worth the read for any fan of Welles and of the movies. I hope the current effort to fund the movie's completion succeeds and we finally get to see this movie I've been waiting to see for as long as I can remember

Monday, July 20, 2015

Song of the Week: Smiling Faces Sometimes

This week we're bringing the funk. "Smiling Faces Sometimes" was originally recorded by The Temptations in 1971, but was re-recorded in the same year by The Undisputed Truth. The second version was the more popular one, and the one that I know.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Song of the Week: Talking in Your Sleep

The last two songs of the week have been clues to where I was on my vacation. I started out in Miami and ended up in Atlanta.  In Miami, I stumbled upon a pretty good radio station: Magic 102.7.  It played a lot of hits from the '70's and '80's. Probably a little heavy on Fleetwood Mac for my tastes, but overall it was a nice mix.  I heard this week's song several times over my days in town.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Song of the Week: Cuban Overture

This week's song comes from the great American composer George Gershwin after a two week vacation on Havana in 1932.  I've always loved this tune and this version by Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra is my favorite.

Friday, June 26, 2015

MST3k Friday: Girls of MST3k V

"The's just wearing those glasses so she can pull them off dramatically."