Los Angeles, late 1962
. A bar-band's guitarist invites a drunken carpenter on-stage to sing "Work with With Me Annie". Louie Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the death of Frank Zappa, let us pause to celebrate the life and ponder the fate of Mother Ray Collins
, who passed away last December.
was one of Zappa's earliest collaborators, the Mothers' lead vocalist, an under-appreciated contributor to the Mothers' sound (and to "conceptual continuity"), one of a very small number of people to share song-writing credits with Zappa, carpenter, taxi driver, dish washer, world-class procrastinator, a perennial "where are they now" subject since 1968, and finally unofficial Village Greeter of Claremont, California. [more inside]
A comic written by Julian Bond and published in 1967
, after he was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for opposing the war in Viet Nam. [Warning: n-word is used once as an example of hate speech] [more inside]
Julian Barnes Wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize. [Guardian]
Fourth time lucky for Julian Barnes, who wins the Man Booker prize 2011
for his novel The Sense of an Ending
after missing out on three previous occasions.
It's almost time to Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys
-- the final episode of the Trailer Park Boys
aired in December, 2008. (As Bubbles says, "It's a dirty, sassy liquor. So sassy.") Producer Mike Clattenburg says that there will be a second movie
, "Countdown to Liquor Day"
, to be released late in 2009. After that, though, the TPB franchise will buy the great double-wide in the sky
. [pervyously, preevisilly or however th' fuck you say it.] [more inside]
For 170 years, crossing the Channel from the UK to France would have brought you 11 days forward in time, and crossing back would have brought you 11 days earlier. Why? Because the Church of England wasn't about to adopt a new Calendar
instituted by a Catholic pope
. After all, if the old style was good enough for Caesar....
In fact, it took over 300 years for the new Gregorian Calendar to come into use throughout Europe,
causing, no doubt, more than a few missed lunch dates as people forgot to convert between them
as they traveled.
There are, of course, many other calendars in use around the world
, and no shortage of people suggesting that let's do the time warp again
Big Plans. Little Brains. Mike Clattenburg's Trailer Park Boys
could soon be more
than just a Canadian phenomenon
. The mockumentary began as a film
, was adapted into a TV series
and has been airing for three seasons on Showcase
in Canada (not to be confused with this
). Ricky, Julian
even joined Our Lady Peace
during its Fear of the Trailer Park Tour
last summer (soon to be documented on CD and DVD
) and could be seen alongside Don Cherry
in The Tragically Hip's
video for "The Darkest One" (a look behind the scenes
- qt version
even appeared in that informer guy's video for "Legal"
and has been writing
in character. (TPB was mentioned briefly here and