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#1448065 Gigs

Posted by hollywood on Yesterday, 07:57 AM

You're so au courant!

#1447729 College Football 2019-2020

Posted by hollywood on 10 November 2019 - 03:18 PM

Anyway, happy birthday!

#1447274 Peter Luger

Posted by hollywood on 29 October 2019 - 07:44 PM

A takedown reminiscent of the Fieri fiasco...


Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.


Was the Caesar salad always so drippy, the croutons always straight out of a bag, the grated cheese always so white and rubbery? I know there was a time the German fried potatoes were brown and crunchy, because I eagerly ate them each time I went. Now they are mushy, dingy, gray and sometimes cold. I look forward to them the way I look forward to finding a new, irregularly shaped mole.



I hate those moles!

I hate the keratoses!

#1447253 The Day of the Locust

Posted by hollywood on 29 October 2019 - 07:05 AM

No, most of California is not on fire.  But much of us are breathing smoky air.  No question that some are threatened by the fires and the problem of fire department personnel being stretched thin.  We will (hack hack) survive this.

#1447195 Gigs

Posted by hollywood on 26 October 2019 - 04:07 AM

Saw Black Pumas at the Lodge Room in Highland Park Thursday night.  This is an odd little venue (capacity 500 but probably was about 650 attendees) I had not been to before.  Great sound.  The Pumas are the real deal.  This is basically their set list as they do a few more US dates before returning to Europe.  

Intro, Next to You, More Than a Love Song, Red Rover, Old Man, Know You Better, Black Moon Rising, Mrs. Postman, Stay Gold, Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover),  I Am Ready, OCT 33, Etta James, Colors.  Encore: Dirty, Dirty (Neil Young cover with Mr. Francis).

It's clear from listening to their performance that they can recreate their album note for note.  Instead they flesh out the tunes by extended bridges with Mr. Burton doing some athletic dance moves, entry into the crowd and audience participation.  The guy has a great soul voice.  Mr. Quesada has all the right guitar moves.

The opener was the Neal Francis Band out of Chicago.  Basically, a New Orleans funk outfit that sounds like a white guy doing a passable version of Dr. John.

#1446836 Elijah E Cummings

Posted by hollywood on 17 October 2019 - 11:03 PM

Adam Schiff--


I’m beyond devastated at the loss of my friend and colleague, Elijah Cummings. My thoughts are with his wife, Maya, his children, his family his friends, his dedicated staff, and the whole city of Baltimore as we all mourn the loss of this giant of a man.

Elijah was the heart and soul of our caucus, a dignified leader with a voice that could move mountains. He was often the first to call to offer a kind word, a suggestion, or posit a way forward on the trickiest of issues. And it was Elijah who we turned to most when we needed guidance or help.

Elijah was our moral and ethical North Star, always shining bright and clear. Now we will be guided by his powerful memory and incomparable legacy. Rest in Peace, my friend.

#1446140 How Pop Music Stopped

Posted by hollywood on 03 October 2019 - 11:53 PM

You're bursting our Buble.

#1446107 Gigs

Posted by hollywood on 03 October 2019 - 04:33 AM

Charli does "I Love It."


#1444712 Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

Posted by hollywood on 30 August 2019 - 08:32 PM

Perhaps you should take a break and lie down, Chambo.


Beyond that, given your obvious wealth, you might consider self-producing.  Otherwise, be prepared to give up all rights throughout the universe, in perpetuity.

And you also have to consider the implications of the morals clause.

#1443905 Once Upon a Time .... in Hollywood (spoilers)

Posted by hollywood on 10 August 2019 - 05:28 AM

Of course. Godard is Taratino’s great model. It’s obvious.

I'm not sure I agree.  They do both rely on great cinematographers (I don't want to understate this) but so do many others.  I burnt out on Godard with "Numero Deux."  I can't see Tarantino ever making a film close to that (to his credit).  Tarantino tries to make box office hits, maybe second tier hits, but still hits.  What are Godard's hits?  "Tout Va Bien"?  Has Tarantino ever made an on the street, on the fly film like "Breathless"?  And you mentioned Tarantino's politics, certainly Godard was not a model for that.  I guess they do both like to be edgy, and they do both know how to focus on the charm of an actress.  I think what they have most in common is an ability to evoke the zeitgeist of an era.  Maybe they are both children of Marx and Coca-Cola, but Tarantino seems more influenced by martial arts films than Marx.

#1443674 Today I played...

Posted by hollywood on 02 August 2019 - 10:02 PM

Black Pumas:  Black Pumas   Sweet, sweet, sweet retro-soul.  Good stuff.


RIYL:  Curtis Mayfield, Shuggie Otis, Robert Cray

#1443487 Annoyances

Posted by hollywood on 31 July 2019 - 06:11 AM

Surely, in a do over, I should become an HVAC person.  But so far I have dodged the big bullet.  Still I know it's coming.  Hopefully not in the hot months when you are at the mercy of the devil for service.  This week?  Hahaha!

#1443480 Annoyances

Posted by hollywood on 31 July 2019 - 03:03 AM

Looking at a water heater replacement.

#1443372 Once Upon a Time .... in Hollywood (spoilers)

Posted by hollywood on 29 July 2019 - 03:55 AM

The year is 1969.  The place is Hollywood.  The run time is 2 hours 41 minutes.  Whether you like Tarantino (count me in) or you loathe him, there is so much in this to contemplate.   Performances by old actors (among them Clu Gulagher, Bruce Dern).  Performances by aging actors.  Performances by young actors.  A focus on feet.  The whole Manson Family craziness.  Great music from the period (a generous dose of Mamas and Papas and Paul Revere and the Raiders).  Tarantino's treatment of women.  Margot Robbie's slight dialogue.  The recreation/preservation of Hollywood, 1969.  A lot of amazing neon.  A recreation of Pandora's Box for just a fleeting instant (cf. "For What It's Worth").  (And, yes, Sneak, Musso & Frank makes it.)  The Playboy Mansion.  Old movies from the period.  Old cars.  Old 50s and 60s television series.  Old TVs. Old ads (real and imagined).  A golden age of film that seems to be being overtaken by digital media (alas).  https://www.imdb.com...ef_=tt_ov_st_sm

#1443304 Memory Lane...

Posted by hollywood on 25 July 2019 - 04:25 PM

Nickel Diner is still cooking!