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The Pogues

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:16


Up until the Pogues there has never been anything that even remotely resembles the Pogues, who offered up an electric mix of Punk crossed on Irish folk music.

Tonight, depending where you happen to be, you can hear any number of bands that sound a lot like the Pogues including most notably Black 47, The Dropkick Murpheys and hopefully the Pogues themselves whom I believe still soldier on. 

Here they are at the absolute top of their game in 1988, live in Japan.  

This is Shane MacGowan on Vocals, a seemingly bored Spider Stacey on backup vocals, Penny Whistle and cigarette, James Fearnley on the Accordian, Phil Chevron on Guitar, Andrew Rankin playing Drums, and Darryl Hunt on the Bass.  Jem Finer who you never really get to see is somewhere playing the Banjo and Terry Woods who you also never really see is on the Mandola (think big Mandolin), the headstock of which you do get to see.

The Pogues.

If I Should Fall from Grace With God ... which I'm sure will never happen.



And because Jem Finer has moved to the saxaphone and catches a little face time on this one and even more because there are times when it's only a little Irish Punk that truly satisfies.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah ... not Year, Year, Year as some would have you believe.



The fan at the front of the stage is there to keep Shane from falling on his face.


Dead Parrott

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 15:55


Chris H. had never heard of the "Slowly I Turned" bit which doesn't even seem possible to me, but then I suppose you have to be of a certain age to have had this one pounded into your cultural frame of reference.

He asked if we knew of any other "old comedy bits".

Well, I guess if your gonna post "Slowly I Turned", might as well bring in the Dead Parrott.



Look to the west tonight at dusk

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 17:29


I should have gone through my email yesterday as I would have known to go check out the sky for a fairly rare conjunction of the three brightest lights in the evening sky, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.

No matter, the show is back on tonight although configured somewhat differently.

Thanks to Judy M. for the heads up.

Look to the west tonight at dusk. 



The Aurora Borealis from The International Space Station

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 12:21


We're back to practicing avoidance around here for a while as the stuff we've been grinding on is just too depressing to work at posting.

Besides, as we are in the midst of almost nightly arguments over just what exactly it is that's going on out there and just what exactly do it mean, we have no thinking worth posting right now anyway.

Besides again, I just took on a second project which is beating the crap out of my not nearly as spry as it used to be body, the result being that I've been coming home, pounding the Advil and sucking on a bottle of Merlo in front of the fire rather than sitting in my office and reading crap that makes me crabby.

I'm starting to think that this may well be a superior approach to life.

Anyway, Holly B. sent us just a raft of real good video from NASA and

The first two vids were shot from the International Space Station, the third from the ground.

Earth can be a beautiful place when the idiots aren't busy screwing things up. 





Slowly I Turned

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 18:28


Here are two performances of the famed Joey Faye or Harry Steppe (take your pick) Vaudville bit "Slowly I Turned".

The first by The Three Stooges was filmed in 1943 for their movie short Good Luck Mr. Yates and was subsequently cut from the film.

Columbia liked the bit well enough to save the footage and wrote Gents Without Cents around it.

Here are Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard.

Niagra Falls.



Next from their 1944 film, Lost in a Harem, here are Abbott and Costello along with Murray Leonard performing their version of the same bit.

Of the versions available, I took the entire scene including Lou Costello's 30 second exit as it includes one of my all time favorite Lou Costello moments.



Western Swing Ain't Dead

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 02/11/2012 - 17:06


Featuring John Michael Whitby on the keyboard,  Jim Murphey (I think) and Cindy Cashdollar on steel,  Jason Roberts also singing backup and some youngster I can't get figured on fiddles,  I believe that's David Miller playing the upright bass and I'm guessing David Sangor on the drums.

This is one of the 1,387 versions of a band that has enjoyed a 40 year run as one of America's favorite working bands, having won 9 or so Grammys and numerous other awards from Rolling Stone's Country and Western Band of the Year to the Acadamy of Country Music's Touring Band of the Year, all the while featuring it's one enduring presence, the great Ray Benson on guitar and vocals.

It's Asleep at the Wheel.

Route 66



After 40 years on the road it seems like Ray might be losing it a little as they're starting to have to stamp his name on his stuff.


k.d. lang and the Reclines

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 18:30


Way high on my list of all time favorite albums is Absolute Torch and Twang by k.d. lang and the Reclines.

Featuring long time Canadian sideman and producer of Absolute Torch and Twang, Ben Mink playing lead guitar, famed steel and slide guitarist Greg Leiz along with a way tight and accomplished group of musicians none of whom I've been able to identify, this is the band lang took out on the road in the early 90's to promote that record.

Everytime I play it, I regret having missed this group.

It's pretty nice to have video.

One of the great voices in the history of popular music, this is k.d. lang and the Reclines.

Big Boned Gal.



And because I couldn't choose between them.

Didn't I.

Sorry about the hiss.



Anybody else ever noticed that you never see k.d.lang and Wayne Newton together?


Liquid Worlds

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 15:13


The following are photographs of water drops taken by Markus Reugels with his high speed camera.

I'm pretty sure I'd be buying some of this stuff if I had an empty wall somewhere.

Click any of the photos below to link up to more of Markus' beautiful work along with a photo essay on how he does it.




You don't have to worry, we'll probably be pulling out the soapbox soon enough.




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