January 13, 2007
Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd
If you are a history, art, or architecture fan, check out The LA Conservancy's new online exhibition Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd (via Glenda the Good). The site is a fun multimedia run of the whole length of Wilshire Blvd. from downtown LA to Santa Monica with great photos and information.
January 11, 2007
LA Radio Gone Wrong
Is it just my car's stereo or has LA Radio gone all wrong? Practically every station is playing Elton John and Billy Joel all the time. Ok.
And it is not just the usual suspects of KEARTH 101.1, but JACK 93.1, KLOS 95.5 (!?!?!?!?!?!? WTF???), and KOLA 99.9....
Dear Music Programmers, please only play Elton John, Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac once very 2-3 hours. Please intersperse with other artists and bands.
January 6, 2007
Every now and then a TV broadcaster uses his power for good, and this Wednesday, Jay Leno will be doing just that. Mindy Smith, the Americana Music Association's 2004 Emerging Artist of the Year, will be featured on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," performing "Please Stay," from her sophomore CD Long Island Shores. A wonderful song, and a great album from a very promising artist.
January 1, 2007
Sorry, Heiko, I love you, but the Briggs are hittin' it and y'all are broken up.
Happy New Year all!
December 20, 2006
Charles Phoenix's Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree
Thanks to LeandaDLL for the video link.
Running Out of Time
Check out "Let's Stop Global Warming By Christmas" - animation to an original tune with a timely message.
December 16, 2006
I was told there would be no math....
...but this is just cool!
October 16, 2006
Thank You Hellbound Eddie
Eddie of Hellbound Hayride works at my local hardware store. I went in there this evening to buy some plumbers putty. I foolishly bought some elsewhere the other day and it was all dried-up and hard.
Anyway, I go to get the stuff tonight and Eddie helps me. As he handed me the little plastic tub of goo, I asked if I could squeeze it first. He just laughed and said "You can do whatever you want with it."
September 28, 2006
The Last Kiss, or Can I Kiss Ze?
Don't Ever, EVer, EVEr, EVER try to watch a movie trailer on WiMax (802.16 wifi, really only 2x better than dial-up, do not believe the hype. aka... Irish Broadband sucks). Really. Believe me. After the damned thing times out 13 times, you lose the plot of the trailer. Yes, the 2.5 minute trailer. Plot gone.
Now you ask, why is Ms. Jen, the woman who never, ever, never watches movies watching a Movie Trailer????
It is all Ze's fault.
August 29, 2006
NEW ORLEANS WALTZ
Today marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I don't think anyone could have predicted the emotional (or political!) effects of this disaster, even a year later.
Singer-songwriter Grayson Capps is a New Orleans resident who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. I met Grayson and got to see him perform in Nashville at the Americana Music Conference shortly after the disaster last September. His theme song from his current album at the time, If You Knew My Mind? A song called "Get Back Up." Grayson's a delight.
He's set to release his sophomore album Wail and Ride on September 26, but here's a link to the video for his first single from the album "New Orleans Waltz."
We love you, Grayson, and New Orleans.
August 16, 2006
Dublin is Not Punk Rock
I have 7 more weeks in one of the most un-punk-rock towns in the Northern Hemisphere. Really. Google Video is my friend, reminding me of good music and snarky bastards...
Darn it all, I like Campbell, Calif. Esp. the gluten free section of the Whole Foods in Campbell...
July 31, 2006
Happy Birthday, MTV
MTV turns 25 tomorrow, celebrating their anniversary of 25 years on the air. According to this article from the Associated Press (and viewed at Yahoo! news), MTV is not celebrating because MTV wants to be "the perpetual adolescent."
With all the aplomb of an aging soap star, MTV staunchly refuses to grow older, preferring, like Peter Pan, to stay young forever.
But I can't forget where I was when I first saw MTV. I was 17 years old. Yes, 17. My boyfriend at the time had parents that liked a LOT of tv and had every cable channel known to man (I think there were three then). We raced home after high school to watch Total Request Video. The "I Want My MTV" campaign seemed totally cutting edge. We really wanted our MTV! I can remember thinking that David Bowie's "Blue Jean" was a cool video, and yes, I do remember in 1983 when the "Thriller" (Dec. 2, 1983) video came out.