Weekend Top Ten #498
Top Ten Movie Cameos
The first time I think I ever noticed someone cameoing in a movie was Steven Spielberg. I was watching The Blues Brothers, and there was this guy, who I was sure was Mr. The Berg. I must have seen him in some behind-the-scenes something or the other. But he was a director, not an actor, so it couldn’t have been him, right? Then years later I was reading Empire, and sure enough, I was vindicated. It was indeed the play mountain himself. But more on that later.
So, cameos, then. What is a cameo? Now, in my opinion, I think it really has to be small. Really, it should just be one scene – or even one shot. The smaller the better. I’ve seen people online refer to Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love or Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder as cameos, which is very, very daft, as those are clearly supporting roles – even if they are quite small (and remember, Dench didn’t win her Oscar for “Best Cameo”, she won it for “We Meant To Give You This Last Year”, which is a very important category in the Oscars). I also think the best cameos should be unexpected; a nice surprising treat. And usually they’re funny – the incongruity of seeing that person in this film. Because that’s the other thing: for a cameo to really work, the person cameoing has to be kinda famous. For instance, some might say that Ashley Johnson in The Avengers is a cameo, but whilst she’s obviously awesome and prodigiously talented, I don’t think she’s instantly recognisable enough (which, y’know, she’s mostly famous as a voice actor); also there’s nothing inherently funny or surprising about her role, she’s a waitress who’s saved by Captain America. It doesn’t feel like it’s saying anything to have Johnson play that role, other than I guess Joss Whedon wanted her in the movie (it’s actually funnier that her brief scene is referenced in Loki, because Kate Herron had the whole of the MCU to draw from in a montage, but chose to use an unknown character who’s in one tiny bit of one film, entirely because she’s a huge fan of The Last of Us – see, that is arguably a cameo).
So my rationale for what is and isn’t a cameo might seem complex or even arbitrary, but when has that stopped me in the past? And so, with no further ado, we now get deep into the weeds of it and celebrate my favourite movie cameos of all time. Oh, and there’s no Bill Murray here; I know, I know, it’s a really famous cameo, but, er, I’ve never seen Zombieland. Sorry.
Stan Lee in Pretty Much Everything (2000-2019): I mean, who else? The absolute King of Cameos. Lee was a massive publicity hound all his life, and passed up no opportunity to get in front of the camera, so once big, proper movies were being made of his comics, he was right there, selling hot dogs in X-Men (2000), rescuing children in Spider-Man (2002), and then right through every MCU film until his sad death in 2019 (and even popping up in Teen Titans!). Hearing him tell Miles Morales “I'm going to miss him,” in Into the Spider-Verse chokes me up every time.
Carrie Fisher & George Lucas in Hook (1991): this has always been one of my favourites because unlike virtually every other entry in this list, you only know this if you’ve been told. But it’s funny and it’s sweet. When Tinkerbell takes Peter to Neverland, she flies over a bridge, where a silhouetted couple are seen canoodling. Her pixie dust falls across them, and they begin to float into the air. And apparently the unrecognisable couple are played by Princess Leia and the director of Star Wars. Which, I think you’ll agree, is pretty cool (Hook is really good for cameos).
Brad Pitt in Deadpool 2 (2018): having an invisible character offers plenty of opportunity for some good gags, especially in a Deadpool movie, but the real laugh in the film comes when the Vanisher is electrocuted and we get to see his face for a split second. And – ha – it turns out to be the hugely mega-famous Brad Pitt. It’s funny because he’s a massive star.
Martin Sheen in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993): it’s one thing for the movie to do an Apocalypse Now gag, as Charlie Sheen’s Topper Harley sails down a river on a military boat, but hanging a lampshade on it by making it cross over with Martin Sheen’s Willard from the classic seventies Vietnam epic is another thing entirely. And then both actors notice each other – ha, funny, they’re father and son in real life – and say in unison, “I loved you in Wall Street!”. Very on-the-nose all the funnier for it.
Steven Spielberg in The Blues Brothers (1980): well, I mentioned him, and here he is, a totally nonplussed-looking administrator bloke just merrily eating a sandwich. He’s frightfully young (I’m guessing he was probably about 32 or 33) and he’s got a big brown tache instead of his usual ‘Berg Beard, he’s dressed very smartly and he’s awfully polite. His demeanour is hilariously in stark contrast to the mayhem around him, and his public persona is also hilariously in contrast to the raucous and ribald mood of the movie.
Cate Blanchett in Hot Fuzz (2007): this is one I didn’t even notice till I read about it after seeing the movie. In a very funny scene where Simon Pegg’s Nick Angel chats to his ex-girlfriend Janine, she is head-to-toe in forensic gear throughout, with a mask covering her face, so all we see are her eyes. But the gag of it is, she’s played by the phenomenally famous Cate Blanchett. You get a megastar to do one scene but make her unrecognisable. So funny it beats Peter Jackson’s evil Santa.
Don Ameche & Ralph Bellamy in Coming to America (1988): this is another one I remember finding hilarious when I was a kid. Walking down the street late at night with love interest Lisa (Shari Headley), Akeem (Eddie Murphy) nonchalantly gives a huge wad of cash to some poor homeless bums. But it turns out that they’re played by Murphy’s old Trading Places co-stars Ameche and Bellamy – and they refer to each other by their character names from that earlier film. “We’re back!” declares Ameche, referencing the end of Trading Places, when their crooked broker characters were defeated and ruined by Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. It’s a great bit of shared-universe tomfoolery, and very funny for fans of Murphy’s movies. Oh, and speaking of Aykroyd…
Dan Aykroyd in Casper (1995): in 1995 it had been six long, bitter years without a new Ghostbusters film; back then, we could still hold out hope for a proper Ghostbuster 3. Sadly that never came to pass, but it was a very pleasant surprise when Ray Stantz himself popped up in Casper, of all things, fearfully running out of Whipstaff Manor in full ghostbusting regalia and declaring, “Who ya gonna call? Someone else!”. I mean, after facing down Gozer and Vigo and who knows what else, you’d think three sarcastic arsehole ghosts would be no match for him, but maybe the ‘busters were having tough times. Maybe this will all be backstory in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Maybe Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle will return the favour and do cameos of their own. We can but hope.
Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth, & Sam Neill in Thor: Ragnarok (2017): twenty years ago you could point to Goldmember as the, er, gold standard in multi-character cameo pile-ups. And while that is great – Danny DeVito giving the finger, Spielberg back-flipping – I think it’s been surpassed by this minor gaggle of stars hamming it up. Matt Damon – famouser than anyone actually billed in the movie – is An Actor Playing Loki. Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park is An Actor Playing Odin (whilst Odin’s actor, Anthony Hopkins, plays Tom Hiddleston playing Loki playing Odin – do keep up), and Thor’s Real-Life Brother plays An Actor Playing Thor. It’s all delightfully meta and hilarious.
Ollie Johnston & Frank Thomas in The Incredibles (2004): this one’s really sweet, and like the Hook cameo, would very easily slip you by. At the end of the film, after the climactic battle, two old men cheer on the superheroes – “That’s old school!” “Yep, no school like the old school!” – but what’s great is that they’re voiced by – and designed to look like – Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, the last two surviving members of the famous “Nine Old Men” group of Disney animators, who’d worked on many of the classic Disney films. This was Pixar and director Brad Bird giving a tip of the hat to the legends who came before them, and made all the sweeter by the fact that Johnston and Thomas (both sadly now deceased) were absolute best buds in real life. A cameo that educates and makes you think! How nice!
There you go. Sadly no room for any of the many great Star Wars cameos, from Daniel Craig through to George Lucas’ entire family. Oh well!
Hi, I hope you're having a good day. My name is Juliet, my dad choosed to name me after a detective in an old TV series (he thought she was really pretty and clever). I'm 22 years old but next month is my birthday. When I am lonely, I listen to some music of Daniel Johnston. Can I ask you what your favorite color is? Mine is grey or green. Send you much love and I really like your blog!💚💚
i think juliet is a most lovely name to have, that’s for sure ! i’m sorry it took me a while to get to this, life’s been a little crazy. but it’s nice to meet you, juliet ! my name’s amanda ! did you know i had never listened to daniel johnston until you mentioned him ? i think “true love will find you in the end” is lovely. i’ll look more into his work. ♡ do you have any more recommendations ?
my favorite color is green too and dark red, like cherries. my mom just painted my bedroom walls this nice light green shade, maybe i’ll post pictures here at some point. anyways, thanks for the message, i hope you have a nice week.
Through the Web part 1
“Funeral home, funeral home
Going to the funeral home
Got me a coffin shiny and black
I’m goin’ to the funeral and I’m never coming back.”
-Daniel Johnston “Hi my name is Chelsea Smith, and I’m an alcoholic……hahaha, just kidding. I just passed over, and wow…it’s great. There really is nothing to be afraid about….. It’s just death. Today was January 24, 1991, and boy was it strange. I was thirty there yeas old years old, and my life definitely felt longer than it actually was. I lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with my wonderful husband Charlie. I was driving home from work, and enjoying the latest Sonic Youth when some asshole swerved in front of me, and made me slam on the breaks and I smashed into him and now I’m here. Wonder what everyone is going to think…….I feel bad for my mom, my boyfriend, and my friends. I know I was loved……now I know firsthand, that in this situation I have it easier. I had a pleasant enough childhood with my mother, in Wellington, New Zealand. My father died when I was very young, I have vague recollections of him but nothing solid. When I was in second grade my Mother married Tim, and our relationship went downhill from there. Before that we had a really good relationship. I never liked him; trying to be my father…..well it doesn’t work that way, you aren’t my Dad so don’t try to fill the void. I think my Mother resented the way that I treated him, and that I didn’t fucking accept him with arms wide open. There was always something about Tim I couldn’t stand; he always creeped me out. I could never put on my finger on it……………we always fought and then in turn, I would be arguing with my Mother and our relationship was never the same. I always had in mind to leave home as soon as possible. And after I finally turned eighteen, and legally didn’t have to fucking listen to them anymore that was exactly what I was going to do; I moved in with my boyfriend Charlie. He had an unhappy childhood as well and also wanted to travel; The both of us applied at schools of all over the world and got accepted in a school in fucking Alaska! It was both strange and wonderful to suddenly be on the other side of the world. The school was University of Alaska Anchorage and I studied botany and he studied chemistry; The two of us got married up there soon after and within two years and we got jobs in Victoria, British Columbia, we were sad to leave Anchorage but fell in love with Victoria. I worked at and he worked at. And after eleven years it seems we have only started our life together, because of our sizable incomes and our lack of any children we traveled quite a bit. We’ve been down Canada’s, the United States’, and Mexico’s West Coast, Colorado, Toronto, Boston, Mexico City, Indonesia, and Norway. We were planning a trip for the following year, and we didn’t know where to go, somewhere in Africa or South America…we would have went anywhere really. Besides academics and traveling, among other things, one of the things we connected most was swinging. We were always making love with other couples. I remember it all started when I became a voyeur a couple years after I lived with Charlie in Alaska. Our apartment was right next to my neighbor’s bedroom who was this sexy couple, who was constantly making passionate love. And there was a hole in the wall just big enough so we could see. Now don’t get me wrong we felt like creeps. One day we approached them to see if they wanted to get diner with us one night, and they agreed. The four of us were already on a friendly basis, and eventually we all made love on our apartment living room floor. Back when Tim and my Mom,
“1Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign… 2But did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord...He sacrificed his children in the fire...practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists..led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray...11...army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles..In his distress he...humbled himself greatly before the God… Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” 2Chron. 33:1-13KJV
Hezekiah started out a King. totally loving the Lord. When he lay dying, he begged God for extended life. God relented to Hezekiah’s pleadings, knowing Hezekiah would fall into pride and sire Judah’s most evil king, Manasseh. Looking from history’s end, Hezekiah death would’ve been God’s mercy upon Judah. Instead, I question God’s reasoning. He explained— Psalm 145:8KJV “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” How will we know God’s grace in us, if we’ve never seen grace working in others?
God allowed Manasseh to feel the full import of his sins via punishment from the Assyrian King, (see 2Chron. 33:11-13). The aftereffects of Manasseh’s punishment was total spiritual change. He removed from God’s temple all the idols, then endeavored to lead the people in worshiping God. Until death, he humbly served the Lord, intimately knowing the grace of God.
After Jesus’ crucifixion, grace is what caused the church to thrive. The poignant picture of grace comes from the life of apostle Paul, see Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-19. Paul —murderer of hundreds of Christians; blood on his hands and in search of more martyrs; knocked off his high horse by God. Blindness. Jesus spoke directly to Paul, changing his focus and vocation immediately.
Johnston and Towner wrote the hymn, “Grace Greater Than All Our Sin.”
‘Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.’
Grace revolutionized Paul’s life. What punishment accomplished in the life of Manasseh, grace did inside of Paul. He wrote half of the New Testament; spread the gospel around the known world; was commissioned as the apostle that won the Gentile world; himself became a martyr for serving Christ. His zeal for the Lord? As the harlot caught in adultery, —Luke 7:47NASB “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” —forgiven much, loves much.
As I’ve witnessed with my own eyes, seen in a vision, grace encompasses the worst, absolutely most lost individuals. Look at me— there was nothing of use in me for God. Yet Christ Jesus extended His grace over me. He gave me new life.
All too frequently we teach our children and baby Christians about King David, Daniel and the other heroes of faith. We don’t cause them to relate to people, in the scriptures by the grace of God. Scriptures show us many others, Gideon the cowardly, Samson the womanizer, Manasseh the evil one— reformed; those who’ve accomplished nothing aside from being a recipient of grace. It’s in man’s failure— grace comes to life and makes us all trophies of grace.
Grace is amazing. All of us need to testify openly to God’s grace in our lives. We needn’t be afraid to let everyone see what grace accomplished in action in us. Like Manasseh— we’re the reformed ‘evil ones,’ trophies of God’s grace. It’s your choice. You choose.
LET’S PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for grace. When we look with memories of what You accomplished in us we desire to give You praise. Help us reach into the pits of depravity, evil, and dying, not being afraid of getting dirty in order to bring those who need grace most of all to You. Embolden us Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
by Debbie Veilleux
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Luke told me he still thinks of my novel over a full year after I read it to him and i was so fucking flattered, he said it was “one of the most beautiful but disturbing things hes ever read” and hes an AMAZING writer he writes these dense epic poems full of all sorts of language play so the fact that my language made an impression on his was such a compliment. But also it was a book written with love, I wrote it almost entirely for @theboykingofhell who was my muse (I still can’t write like I used to when I was writing for him). But it’s also completely unmarketable to a mainstream audience so I have to make my name on the indie scene before paper-and-ink publishers will want to take the chance on a transgressive horror novel written by a 15 year old (the final edit I did at 19 and I don’t want to edit it any more because I don’t want to lose the adolescent voice of the narrator). But at least I know that somebody whose opinion on writing I actually respect said it is good. Not only did he say it was good, he even showed me a song that he heard for the first time like 2 weeks ago and had to show it to me because it reminded him of my story (”Devil Town” by Daniel Johnston) like I was so beyond flattered. I want him to get a tumblr so he can post his poetry because it is amazing (like he writes old school poetry, not just rants with line breaks and some rhyming but these long epic poems full of beautiful imagery and figurative language that remind me of something I would have to read for a class, not something you hear at an open mic night)
chapter 2: when i was a monster
An excerpt from “Debaser: The Life & Times of D Debased (An Oral History)”
Morrisey: “We had been invited to a club - somewhere in LA, I forget the name. Very exclusive. D was adamant that I’d be there. I mean, verging on desperate. We had a session booked at Sound City for the following day. I show up to the club and I’m not on the guestlist. And so I stand outside - in the impossibly long line-up - like an asshole. I’ve nearly given up, when I look up to the balcony - and there he is - smiling, very pleased with himself. Decidedly making eye contact with me, and he mouths ‘fuck you Morrisey.’ Then disappears. Obviously he never showed up for the recording session.”
David Bowie: “It’s cliche of course, but fame destroys. It’s destroyed so many. And precious few are aware of it while it’s happening. Until it’s too late. Brian Jones, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, those silly twats from the Backstreet Boys, most of whom are in rehab now - no one’s immune. Some are more susceptible than others. But D was an anomaly. Fame didn’t destroy him - he destroyed the very notion of fame.”
Leonardo DiCaprio: “It started around the time ‘Almost Beautiful’ came out (D’s most celebrated acting role, 1998). ‘The emotional impact of James Dean & the virtuosity of Marlon Brando’ - that’s what they were saying about him. Before this film came out… everyone thought he was a washed up former child star - you know, dragging around a bruised ego and expensive prescription pill habits. Now he was an A-list actor - overnight. And imagine how he must’ve felt. Fuck all of you! And he didn’t hide the fact that he considered himself among the greatest actors of all time. At the age of 22, no less. We were close. But after ‘Almost Beautiful’ I never heard from him again. And no one saw it coming - he walked away from acting forever.”
Winona Ryder: “He loved Kerouac. Worshipped him. He wanted to create an idea of himself that was larger than life. He always told me that - ‘my life must be larger than life.’ We dated for a while, but he was too out of control to really commit to anything. This was right when music became consuming for him. His Brian Wilson period.”
Courtney Love: “D Debased, against all better judgement, decided that he was a rock star and not an actor. And that he didn’t really need to try - it would just happen. We were friends-of-friends through Sandra (Bernhard) - anyone in LA or New York who was up to no good in the late 90s knew D. He played me some demos. They sounded like shit, in terms of fidelity.. But they were amazing. And he knew it. Kind of a Daniel Johnston aesthetic, but the songs had fucking Bruce Springsteen-sized emotions - and ambition. And they were as good as any Springsteen songs”
Kim Deal: “I played on some of the early demos. One night he told me ‘The Pixies had a couple good songs. But isn’t it crazy how I’ve transcended their entire body of work in a week of barely trying?’”
Mary Timony: “I remember that. It was a sincere comment, too. Like not a hint of irony.”
Kim Deal: “And then he was quick to add, “No offense or anything. You played bass with them for an album, right?”
D: “I was Kerouac for a few years. It was all very uncreative. Dressing up pointless hedonism as though it were something meaningful, artful. It was all very selfish. And unimaginative. Jack Kerouac died a sad alcoholic living in his mother’s place. That’s what I’d modeled my career on up to that point. I could do much better than that.”
Bowie: “Fame made him a monster, and he didn’t deny it. He didn’t run from it. He embraced it. And, very consciously - unapologetically - he became the anti-Christ, the embodiment of the most vulgar qualities of celebrity. All of the descriptors that a celebrity fears most - out of touch, narcissistic, deluded, bloated, egomaniacal - he personified these things. Very enthusiastically. And for a while it seemed like he was in control of the narrative.”
Tom Waits: “I was there at Sound City while D was… whatever he was doing there, I’m not sure what that was exactly. He was charming - in a way he didn’t mean to be. I’ve never met anyone so aware of how offensive they’re behaving yet... comfortable, totally comfortable in that role. He asked me at what point it occurred to me that I’d transitioned from cultural icon to pathetic cliché - and how was I managing that? Very earnestly - as a matter of fact. No trace of malice. He was a stranger, and I was more devastated by that 5 minute exchange than by anything anyone has told me since.”
Scott Weiland: “He called me up one night, this is the early days of Velvet Revolver - I’d sent him the demos for our first record, expecting some light praise. Nope. D lectured me on why my album was the worst piece of shit ever made. For an hour. He’d prepared notes on each song. It was surreal. This all coming from a former child actor who’d never picked up an instrument in his life.”
Bowie: “Yes, the legendary ‘98 sessions. Our record label executives had finalized what was to be a simply massive collaboration between D and I. Mostly I was confused, but I suppose it was a bid for relevancy at this stage in my career, which seemed wise at the time.”
Rob Zombie: “We were doing very bad things one night in 98, maybe 99. All night, at this scummy hotel on Sunset. He told me he had Bowie at the studio but didn’t think he’d bother making it that day. Obviously I thought he was full of shit.”
Bowie: “We had 5 days booked. He showed up on day 2 - fucked out of his head - demanding that I dress up in the Labyrinth suit before we sat down to write. He kept saying ‘Bowie, we need to see your package. Let’s see that package! Dance Magic Package!’ It was so beyond disrespectful. I almost found it endearing. He was clearly just a monster of a human being at this point - out of control, utterly debased. But, oddly, in control. Spiralling but fully in control.”
D: “I was a high functioning fuck-up. For a while I pulled it off. And then I didn’t.”
Chloe Sevigny: “Hideous people. He surrounded himself with hideous people. He was Kerouac and Styles Immaculate - sycophantic little rat - was his Neil Cassidy. And if you’ve read On the Road then you know how highly they valued the women around them.”
Courtney Love: “His entourage was just pure evil. Like the worst people on the planet, with D as their center of gravity. D made Bobby Brown’s crew seem like mormons.”
Lindsay Lohan: “Our history is well documented. I have no comment.”
Corey Feldman: “We were best friends for a number of years. Then he stopped returning my calls. Vanished. I saw him at the Viper Room a few months later and - it still seems surreal - I walk up to him and he pretends he’s never met me. I pleaded with him. It got ugly. I couldn’t believe he would pull this shit. They kicked me out of the club, and I know why. I should mention in the span of those few months we went from two former child stars to one former child star and one superstar who’d just achieved massive success. Coincidence? He left me for dead.”
Styles Immaculate: “The more shameless and evil he became… you’d think it would turn people off. But they wanted more. They loved the abuse. Everyone, me included”
Whitney Houston: “We frequented the same clubs for a year or two. He came on too strong, and I felt embarrassed for him. But he certainly wasn’t embarrassed. The way he treated the people around him… it was shocking. But they adored him for it. It was a cult. We started spending more time together - intimately. I really can’t explain it.”
D: “So many of us are secretly hoping, waiting for the apocalypse. I grew impatient. I made it a reality for myself.”
Jodie Sweetin: “I was there when there right around the time the clubs turned into meth dens. He was living a double life. And no one knew. We lived in a bombed out hotel - Sunset Pacific Hotel - for probably two months. You didn’t have to wait til night time there - it was 24 hours non-stop all the time. That hotel ruined my life. You’d think it would ruin D’s too, but somehow he came out of it unscathed. And then… well everyone knows what happened next. He was bigger than God.”
D: “They want you to die young. So they can hold you in time forever. You’re a projection, an impossible ideal. If you stick around too long you become human. And no one’s interested in that. I refused to die young. And they hated me for it.”
That Gingerbread Feeling | 12.19 & 12.25.20
Secret Radio | 12.19 & 12.25.20 | Hear it here.
That Gingerbread Feeling edition
1. Irving Berlin - “Snow”
I really enjoy picturing Rosemary Clooney beelining for a snowbank with a bottle of shampoo in one hand, blissfully mashing clumps of snow into her hair.
2. Christie Laume - “La musique et la danse”
The payoff holler in this song is like hearing an unknown animal call from the palm trees over there.
3. Gedou - live 1975
This is a straight-up holdover from the last broadcast. We were delighted to discover Gedou’s Japanese glam rock glory — especially in the context of the videos, where you can see how extremely unlike their world they are. In this one, a crowd of excited teens watches and claps along, and you can tell that they’re the rockers of their peers — they all sport variations on early rock pompadours. Gedou, however, has blown right past that style and is going full-orchid Spiders from Mars. They appear to be loving the shit out of every second onstage, and it’s completely infectious. This take also has a killer lead-in to a great live “Scent,” the song of theirs we played last week.
4. Mannequin Men - “Private School”
I would like to shout out the rich music life of Chicago’s rock world, specifically from 2002-2008 but extending in both directions on the calendar. I feel truly fortunate to have been in Bound Stems, on Flameshovel Records, for most of those years. James and Jesse worked from an office above the Empty Bottle, sharing the space with a young Riot Act Media, and that label was the center of so much great music. Paige and I both especially loved Mannequin Men’s “Fresh Rot” album — I always think of me and Paige in the Stems band van on Milwaukee Ave, headed gradually northwest toward Midwest Buy and Sell aka the best amp shop in Chicago, with “Private School” cranked, watching the train pass the other way, feeling like the city went on forever.
5. Ed Blaszczyk, Rock Band Himself - “Hully Gully Neurasthenique” from “The Quirky Lost Tapes 1993-1995”
Born Bad Records is the hottest of spots. I don’t know anything about this guy but I am under his control.
- Five minutes of a pink oyster mushroom playing modular synthesizer
A sincere thank you to Kevin Vlack for introducing us to the mesmerizing thoughtwaves of a pink oyster mushroom, as expressed by a wickedly set-up synth. By any objective measure it sounds random and unmusical, but my subjective experience is that it is incredibly smooth and welcoming to hear. It feels almost like an aural massage or something. I feel an autonomic response to it. In any case, we both immediately listened to it a bunch, and it only gets more appealing.
6. William Onyeabor - “Hypertension”
We still haven’t seen “Who Is William Onyeabor?,” so all I know about him is that his rhythmic approach is always totally absorbing. The cascading phrase that happens throughout the song feels like water being poured out of a jug. I especially dig how they split the vocalist between “hyper” and “tension,” kind of not unlike The Fall.
7. Renato Carosone - “Tu Vuó Fa’ l’Americano”
You want to be American — in Italian. Fun is being poked. It gets so surprisingly intense in the instrumental middle passage!
“Whiskey soda rock & roll”
8. Star Feminine Band - “Rew Be Me”
Another return performance from last week! Star Feminine Band’s new album is so freakin awesome. “Rew Be Me”’s rhythms are so fascinating on every instrument. Also, they’re made by girls between ages 11 and 17. This song is so many songs in one!
9. Ros Serey Sothea - “Kom Kung Twer Evey (Don’t Be Mad)” - “Cambodian Rocks”
More jaw-dropping ’60s Cambodian rock full of epic melodies and major-league parts from every member of the band — above all Ros Sereysothea, who was pronounced the “Queen with the Golden Voice” by the King of Cambodia.
Like every musician of her generation in her country, she was killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide.
10. Lohento Eskill et T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - “Mireille”
11. Mohamed Mazouni - “Ecoutes moi camarade”
A scenario that we’re just starting to consider is Algiers, which was a French territory in North Africa with as many Europeans as Africans. Before and after the revolution in 1962, Algerians are expanding the definition of French citizenship. An intoxicating version of the two cultures having equal input on the song’s palette and reference points.
- The pink oyster mushroom
12. The Fall - “Free Range”
This 7” came from a visit to a record shop in London that had an entire wall of Fall albums and singles and I just goggled at it. Kind of picked this one at random and it hits just so hard. For some reason this song sometimes reminds me of Self-Help Seminar, good friends from Seattle who we played with from early on. Harvey Danger did a version of their song “Heroine with an E.”
13. Les Poppys - “Non non rien n’a changé”
A pretty large chorus of garçons just kind of beautifully swarming around, I don’t really know where to put this song in my head. I love the “Hey Joe” style bassline in the finale passage so much!
14. Mahmood - “Soldi”
This is driving around Cambridgeshire to London, again and again, listening to this music and shouting “Fregherai!” This trip’s soundtrack was exclusively the 2019 candidates for Eurovision’s top prize. This was Italy’s contender. It was considered controversial, I was told, because they’re drawing on a musician who is speaking in Italian and describing the world from a minority’s experience in Italy. That’s pretty bold to use as your country’s champion — I thought that was pretty cool.
15. John Williams - “Home Alone Main Title”
Merry Christmas! We time-traveled in this moment up to and through Christmas. It was a quietly wonderful Christmas, I must say, and included viewing “Home Alone” for the first time in decades. “Feeling that gingerbread feeling” indeed. We’re thankful for so much this year even in the middle of all this giant mess.
16. The Fall - “Jingle Bell Rock”
My preferred Santa voice.
17. Lithics - “Hands”
Sure do like this band more than ever. “Tower of Age” has been nothing but awesome so far.
18. Samba Negra - “Long Life Africa” - “La Locura de Machuca”
Happy holidays to Ryan, who just got this album! Analog Africa is one of the flat-out most amazing record labels on Earth, and they put out this album this year. The cover art is insane, and the music is — also insane. This is the setup: “One night in 1975, a successful tax lawyer named Rafael Machuca had his mind blown in Barranquilla’s ‘Plaza de los Musicos’. Overnight he went from a high-ranking position in the Columbian revenue authority to visionary production guru of the newly formed record label that bore his name, Discos Machuca, and for the next six years he devoted his life to releasing some of the strangest, most experimental Afro Psychedelia Cumbia and Champeta ever produced.”
I mean, right?!
19. Meridian Brothers - “Salsa Caliente: Versión Aumentada”
This came to us via Francis Bebey, in the big ol’ stream. I definitely see the relationship. That’s what I’ve been really appreciating recently, how musicians from all over the globe seemed to be in musical communication with each other in the ’70s. There was such a wild explosion of music happening worldwide, influencing each other in a way that must have been at least partially psychic.
20. The Little Rabbits - “Yeah”
I got this CD in an armful of albums from Harvey Danger’s French distributor. I put this one on and was just… it was fascinating. This song is a definite high point, but the whole album is a complete jam. It’s clear to me (though I’ve never done a lick of study on this) that the Little Rabbits worked with Beck on “Odelay,” because you can hear whole passages of music that you associate with Beck songs stitched inside this album. I always want to know more about what happened there and I never
21. Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders - “Alo Mi Alo (Parts 1 & 2)”
Another example of that international ’70s kismet! This horn passage reminds us strongly of Adriano Celentano’s “Prisencolinensinainciusol,” written in faux-English for a French audience in 1972. This song was written somewhere between 1969-72, in Nigeria!
I also love how the song has this sort of geologic dynamic going, where instead of bouncing between parts, it changes flavor gradually over the course of many minutes, until it ends far from where it began — not unlike a film.
- Bug Chaser - “Christmas Van”
We miss Bug Chaser, St. Louis lords and legends. We played some magic shows on the City Museum rooftop with them, and danced our faces off at their shows all over town. If you lived in St. Louis in the last ten years, I hope you went to Bug Chaser shows, because they were the realest of deals.
22. Half Japanese - “Swept Away”
I hadn’t revisited Half Japanese in a long time, for no good reason at all. It’s part of what I have loved about Yo La Tengo and Daniel Johnston and Jonathan Richman and what I love about Jad Fair, so giant and so sincere all at once.
23. Thomas Roebers & Floris Leeuwenberg - excerpt, “FOLI (There is no movement without rhythm)”
Speaking of sincerity, this is an excerpt from a 10-minute movie called “FOLI.” I don’t know how it came to be made, but this section in the middle immediately grabbed me and feels super African and somehow refracted through a Western lens as well
24. Ayalew Mesfin - “Zebeder (Mesmerizing)”
The thing about Mesfin is that his band seems to set up the song in a Western tempo and pattern, and then Mesfin lays an Ethiopian melodic count across the top of the phrases they play, creating a third pattern from the intertwining. It creates a sense of the exotic and the familiar at the same time, which sparks into a dreamlike feeling, where you remember something you know you never experienced. I feel like that opens up some capacity to appreciate his melody’s deeply human quality.
- “Tuneup #1” from “Rent” / Glenn Miller - “Moonlight Serenade”
25. Ella Fitzgerald - “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
Consider this an invitation! Send us a message however we normally talk and we’ll send a link. Or not! In any case: here’s to making it through 2020 (chin chin), and here’s to a productive, restorative 2021 (chin chin)
Knowledge About Room Air Conditioner
1. Heritage listing of room air conditioner The court house was listed on the former Register of the National Estate. Innisfail Court House was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 13 January 1995 having satisfied the following criteria.
The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland's history. Completed in 1939 as the third court house in Innisfail, this building survives as an example of the development of Innisfail as a commercial and official centre for the surrounding district from the late nineteenth century, and of the prosperity accompanying the expansion of settlement and the sugar industry in the Johnstone area during the early twentieth century. The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.
The Innisfail Court House is a good example of a substantial brick court house which reflects the high standard of Government buildings in Queensland designed by the Department of Public Works during the early-mid 20th century. The place is important because of its aesthetic significance. The form of the building in relation to its prominent corner location, scale and materials, contribute to the Edith and Rankin Street streetscapes and Innisfail townscape.
The place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons. Designed and constructed as part of a Government initiated Works scheme created to generate employment throughout Queensland during the 1930s, the Innisfail Court House is also a fine example of the work completed under this scheme. ------ 2.
Production of room air conditioner On September 26, 1956, the production was broadcast live on CBS as part of the United States Steel Hour. It was produced by the Theater Guild and was based on the 1956 novel, Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris. Arthur Schulman adapted the novel for television.
Daniel Petrie was the director. The story was remade into a 1973 film starring Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty. The original 1956 version was not shown again for 25 years.
In 1982, the kinescope was replayed on public television as part of a series called "The Golden Age of Television." The 1982 broadcast was accompanied by interviews of Albert Salmi, Rudy Bond, George Peppard, director Daniel Petrie, and writer Arnold Schulman. The Criterion Collection selected the 1956 production as one of eight teleplays in its DVD collection titled, "The Golden Age of Television.
" ------ 3. Station house of room air conditioner Aberdeen Station was built in a Queen Anne style of architecture. It is located on the west side of the single tracked (formerly double tracked) CSX Philadelphia Subdivision, and south of Bel Air Avenue (Maryland Route 132).
The building is one-and-a-half stories tall, and was described as the type of station where the agent would live above the waiting room. The building is also the last wooden station remaining on the BaltimorePhiladelphia line, and one of the only stations Frank Furness designed that is still standing. ------ 4.
Plot of room air conditioner The play begins with narration by Henry Wiggen on a dark set telling the audience that he wrote play based on a book he also wrote. Henry is a pitcher for the fictional New York Mammoths; he was voted Most Valuable Player in 1952. He explains that the play is about his roommate on the road Bruce Pearson who is the team's third-string catcher.
In their shared room, Pearson, a country boy, irritates Wiggen talking about how the wind affects the path when he spits out the window. Pearson complains about taxes. In the locker room, players ridicule Pearson.
The team's surly manager, Dutch, chastises Pearson for calling the wrong pitch and tells him he has no brains. Eight months later, Wiggen gets a call from Pearson who says he is in the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He asks Wiggen to visit him.
Wiggen visits Pearson in the hospital. Pearson he has a disease that's "kinda fatal." He has six months or a year "or maybe tomorrow.
" They agree that nobody else can no, or else Dutch will get rid of Pearson. Spring training arrives, and Wiggen is holding out due to a contract dispute. A new catcher, Piney Woods, is competing for Pearson's spot on the roster.
Wiggen meets with the team's management. He agrees to sign but insists that he's tied together in a package with Pearson. Four month pass.
Pearson's condition is deteriorating, and he struggles to make it look like nothing's happening. Wiggen tries to persuade a teammate to stop giving Pearson a hard time and tells him Pearson is dying. Word of Pearson's illness reaches, the manager, and Dutch tells Wiggen that Pearson is through.
The players hold a surprise party for Pearson, who doesn't understand the reason for the party. Piney Woods shows up at the party and says the team sent for him. Wiggen learns that his wife has had a baby and shares the news with the party-goers.
Six beautiful women (in real life, Miss America contests for 1956) show up; they are a present for Pearson from his teammates. Dutch enters. He has had a change of heart and agrees Pearson can stay with the team.
Pearson is choked up by the kindness of his teammates. He isn't feeling well and asks Wiggen to call the doctor. In closing narration, Wiggen stands in a spotlight on a dark set and says they took Pearson to the hospital.
After the season, he died. Wiggen was a pall bearer. The team didn't send a representative.
Breaking down in tears, and in the play's final line, he says, "From here on in I rag nobody." ------ 5. Jos Toh of room air conditioner Jos Toh Gonzlez (February 6, 1927 March 15, 1974) was a Chilean journalist, lawyer, political figure, and Socialist politician.
He was born in Chilln, the son of Spanish immigrant Jos Toh Soldavilla and of Brunilda Gonzlez Monteagudo. After completing his secondary studies in his natal city, he studied law at the Universidad de Chile. While there he was president of the student federation between 1950-51.
In 1958 he joined the staff of the ltima Hora newspaper, and in 1960 he became its editor and majority owner, a position he held until 1970. He married Raquel Victoria Morales Etchevers (known as Moy de Toh) in 1963, with whom he had two children: Carolina and Jos. In 1942 Toh joined the Chilean Socialist Party (PS), while still in high school.
He rose to member of its central committee. As the first democratically elected socialist president, President Salvador Allende named him his first Minister of the Interior and vice president, a position he held until he was cited by Congress accused of tolerating the creation of left-wing paramilitary organizations. Allende responded by naming him Minister of Defense, a deliberate challenge to his right wing detractors.
As such, he had to deal with the Tanquetazo putsch, the first attempt at a military led coup d'tat. During the coup d'tat of September 11, 1973, he was seized and arrested at La Moneda, where he had gone to support the defense of the democratic administration. He was held in different concentration camps suffering severe torture: first at the Military Academy; later he was sent for 8 months to a political prison in Dawson Island and from there he was transferred to the basement of the Air Force War Academy.
On February 1, 1974, Toh was moved to room 303 at the Military Hospital in Santiago in a precarious state of health, suffering from acute attack of gastric ulcers. He recovered slightly and was able to share a few minutes with his wife and children on his 47th birthday on February 6. Despite his poor health, the military officers continued harassing him with endless torture and interrogation sessions.
His physical state deteriorated, his weight dropped precipitously and he lost his eyesight. He could no longer walk nor take care of himself. The further interrogations in the Air Forces War Academy only worsened his condition.
On March 15, at 12.55, he was found hanged inside the clothes closet of his hospital room. The official explanation was that he had committed suicide in the grip of a very strong nervous depression, with psycho-somatic effects.
The family has never accepted that version and still claims he was murdered. After Chile regained democracy, it was determined that he died as a result of torture. After his death, his wife and children lived in exile in Mexico City for several years.
His family returned to Chile in the early 80's where his wife worked in the resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship. After Democracy was regained in 1990; his wife, Moy de Toh, served as Cultural Attach in Mexico and as an Ambassador to Honduras and El Salvador. His daughter, Carolina, studied law in The University of Chile and went on to obtain a Ph.
D. in Political Science in Milan, Italy. She is currently serving her second term as a Congresswoman representing Santiago and was elected mayor of Santiago Centro October 28, 2012.
His son, Jos Toh obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture in the United States, where he founded an architecture office. ------ 6. Reception of room air conditioner In The New York Times, Jack Gould wrote that production failed to fully convey the story to the television screen.
He criticized the "extremely contrived staging" and "wretchedly drawn characterizations." He did find that Albert Salmi had some "effective moments." Critic Grem Ocotpada praised Salmi's "sensitive performance as the dumb and dying baseball catcher.
" While not completely satisfied with Newman's performance, he found Newman's closing speech to be moving. Upon its 1982 revival, the production received more positive reviews. Michael Hill of The Baltimore Sun called it "daring television of rare quality" with a "powerful and touching" story.
He also praised the narrative technique of having Paul Newman step in and out of the production to provide explanations to move the story along, saying it bordered on "experimental drama." John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote: "The audience can have no doubt that something special just passed in the night.
" ------ 7. Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School of room air conditioner Alfred E.
Smith Career and Technical Education High School is a vocational public high school in the South Melrose neighborhood of The Bronx, New York. It was originally built in the early 20th century as the "Bronx Continuation School" for students who left the school system. The school eventually became a vocational high school in the 1920s.
The school was named after the former New York governor and Democratic nominee for president, Alfred E. Smith in 1965. Its address is 333 E.
151 Street. The school is near the Third Avenue and E. 149th Street station of the 2 and 5 IRT trains.
The principal is Evan Schwartz. As of the 201415 school year, the school had an enrollment of 377 students and 33.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a studentteacher ratio of 11.
4:1. There were 315 students (83.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 23 (6.
1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch." The school offers automotive, home construction, plumbing, and heating/air-conditioning ventilation programs. There are plenty of shops where students work on real cars brought in by people in the community.
The school also has a room large enough for those studying carpentry to construct a full size wooden frame house. The New York City Department of Education planned in 2010 to close the school but the plan was cancelled after strong protests from the community.