Monday, January 31, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I absolutely love this video of The Beatles covering Smokey Robinson's, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me". There's something about Smokey Robinson's lyrics that gives me shivers, in a good way. This impromptu cover produces the same chilling effect. The eye contact between George and John really shows that they are following each others lead. It's a great version of a classic.
1964 Redding - Can you add this one to your set list?
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Animal Crackers made their first US appearance in the late 19th century. Most snackers associate the traditional box packaging with the delicious sweet snack. In 1902 a small ribbon handle was added to the boxes making them easier to hang as Christmas ornaments. In total, 54 different animals have been represented by Nabisco's Barnum's Animals Crackers since 1902. Currently, each package contains 22 crackers consisting of a variety of animals.
Nabisco's Barnum's Animals Crackers references the famous showman, P.T. Barnum. His original traveling act was titled, "P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome" which included a circus, exotic animals, and freaks. Barnum's life consisted of business, politics, hoaxes, and human curiosities that made history. He eventually sold his circus to Ringling Brothers on July 8, 1907 for $400,000 (about $8.5 million in 2008 dollars)
Friday, January 14, 2011
Detroit legend Jim Shaw passed away early last month after a long battle with cancer. He was the brains behind the music. The Metro Times composed a great tribute article on his accomplishments. It's only natural that his friends and family laid him to rest with a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral. Check out a couple snap shots here. The cutie under the red umbrella is Sandy, his supportive and loving wife.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Did you know that no one has ever recorded a Great White giving birth in the wild? At least that's what I was told. Sharks are such impressive creatures. Only 302 days until Shark Week 2011. In the mean time, enjoy this National Geographic shark slide show. I think I like the Whale shark best, it just looks so innocent underwater.
Monday, January 10, 2011
It's a mellow, mid-month Monday. If I had to pick an ultimate play list for today it would be composed of the following songs. Clearly some of them seem like they are on the cusp of depressing but don't take the lyrics too seriously...
Sea of Love - Cat Power
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Mushaboom - Feist
Cause=Time - Broken Social Scene
If I Am A Stranger - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
Cath - Death Cab For Cutie
We are Going to be Friends - The White Stripes
Mystifies Me - Son Volt
Does He Love You? - Rilo Kiley
Angela Surf City - The Walkmen
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I have a love-hate relationship with the Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre site that Zakk sent me. At first I thought, "great, another hipster photographer exposing the world to the aftermath of the industrial revolution and city riots". But, after reading the intro and browsing the pictures, I think he captured some effective images of Detroit.
I've been in Michigan Central Station, United Artists Theatre and St. Albertus School to experience the architecture and see the decay. When I look at these photographs I notice rotting books and turned over desks, but I also see classroom filled with generations of Detroiters looking to enhance their educations. I recognize churches once filled with families that found solitude and companionship when they arrived in the city. Being a realist, I don't expect these buildings to beam as they once did but I am hopeful for fresh start.