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Yesterday evening was a Bowie evening. I watched The Man Who Fell To Earth on French cable, and the documentary that followed, that was mostly a film on the last show of the Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars tour.

I wish I have seen him on stage in the 70's, but I was a little bit too young back then. Last time I saw David Bowie perform live it was in Bercy stadium, in 2003, for the Reality tour and it was great. It was one of his last gigs before he had heart problems and surgery. I do hope he will tour for the release of the new album.

So far no dates, even though his wife kinda leaked infos about a possible world tour, including France...

His twitter account lately mentioned this article from Open Culture in which there's a recording of David and Freddie Mercury doing an a capella vocal gymnastic for "Under Pressure". It's worth listening!

The article quotes extracts from Mark Blake’s book Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen. Apparently, according to Brian May, Bowie "insisted that he and Mercury shouldn’t hear what the other had sung, swapping verses blind, which helped give the song its cut-and-paste feel."

David obviously imposed his views and ruled everyone (the ego clash with Freddie must have been something!). He didn't have Mercury's amazing voice but was still a good vocalist, and, above all, a true artist.

“‘Under Pressure’ is a significant song for us,” May said in 2008, “and that is because of David and its lyrical content. I would have found that hard to admit in the old days, but I can admit it now…."

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I just re-watched Des Hommes et des Dieux which was showed on French tv tonight. I had not watched that film since I saw it at the cinema in September 2010 (and consequently wrote this review on that old blog of mine I haven't updated for 13 months!).

A beautiful film whose awards were well-deserved. The monks' last supper scene still moved me to tears.

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...and John Hawkes' performance as Teardrop in Winter's Bone does.
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Someone had to post it!

chani: (hungover daniel)
Stincky Fingers is my favourite album by The Rolling Stones, it has several of my favourite Stones songs ever ("Wild Horses", "Moonlight Mile" and "I Got The Blues" ). I also enjoy songs that are more "pop", like "Sitting on a Fence" or "She's like a Rainbow" but if anyone ever wondered why I prefer The Stones to other bands I'd say that the reason lies somewhere in these songs:

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I loved this series when I was a kid!

Who else watched the Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty?

chani: (medieval demons)
Marking while The Tallest Man On Earth is singing....

chani: (Breaking Bad by stolengarden)
Remember that great tribute to Breaking Bad on The Ecstasy of Gold that I posted before season 5 started?

Well, the vid-maker has edited it so it's longer and now includes several moments from the first 8 episodes of the last season. And it's fantastic!

chani: (Tom)
After a long hiatus, Tom wrote a blog entry to announce the release of the new album, From the Lowlands.

And I just had to share this bit, because it's so Tom, and because I love the analogy:

"Songwriting is a strange obsession for me. I return to forms and subject matter time and again, desperately trying to get them right before I can move on, trying to get them to do what I imagine they're capable of when I first write them. I want to simplify or reduce some songs to their most basic essence, so that they become a pure, direct form of communication. As an occasional whiskey (and whisky) drinker, that attraction to the distillation process is probably only to be expected. So this, then, is my single barrel, own label, aged for 42 years, McRae Special Reserve. Please enjoy responsibly."

Yes, I already pre-ordered the album...I'm nothing if not loyal!

But I didn't see Tom's tour with the String Quartet last year and I won't see him solo touring this year either. There are several dates in France but he won't sing in Paris and there's no way I can go to another town on a week day, even to Orléans which is the closest. Hopefully, he'll come back with the old band next year.

Speaking of the tour with the String Quartet, I found several lovely videos on youtube. The London show in Saint James Church must have been great. I wish I were there to hear him sing "My Vampire Heart" or "Human Remains" (my favourite which he NEVER sings during his Paris gigs, alas!) in a church. On the video below he sang "For The Restless" another favourite of mine:

chani: (Tom)
First weeks are always exhausting, I know it.

And yes I'm exhausted. I'm so glad I haven't got to teach on tomorrow morning! I'm going out with my girlfriends this evening, though.

I'm still reading Williams' Augustus and loving it. Beautiful prose and excellent re-creation of historical events and characters.

I realise that this year has been very Roman for me...I have to post more pictures from Rome. I'll try to do so on Sunday.

BTW here is a link to a website giving the list of Pompeian graffiti (translated into English). Some of them are hilarious or filled with some weird wisdom ("The one who buggers a fire burns his penis"), others show that little has changed over centuries...

As for Augustus, I had another little exchange with Daniel Mendelsohn on twitter – after I thanked him for recommending the book and told him how good the account of the battle of Actium by Agrippa was–, which was very nice. That's the magic of the Internet, talking with an author you love about a book you both like very much.

Also, my dear Tom is releasing a new album (the second part of Alphabet of Hurricanes, finally!) and has an official video clip:

Old flame

Aug. 24th, 2012 10:32 pm
chani: (OZ)
I guess I am on the minority here, but I'm one of the few people who liked the second season of The Wire.

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chani: (Breaking Bad by stolengarden)
Remix aren't necessarily my thing but this is wicked!

chani: (medieval demons)
Garret Dillahunt's John-Henry was great but I find his Cromartie more intriguing.

Cromartie's scenes are among my favourites  from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, especially those two:

chani: (medieval demons)
Can't sleep. Watching the Nasa news on Curiosity Cam.

Curiosity's shadow and Mount Sharp )


chani: (Walt & money)
Tonight I watched the first three episodes of The Kennedys, that was showed on ARTE. I didn't expect much but I watched it for Barry Pepper who is one of the best American actors these days, in my opinion.

They hinted at JFK's Addison disease but, so far, shied away from the subject of Rosemary. Poor Rosemary Kennedy, still written off.

Anyway, The Borgias is a much better show. Don't think I will check the next episodes, sorry Barry!

Also, just saw this interview with Jonathan Banks in which he gives his take on Mike...and Wiseguy gets mentioned which reminds me of how much I loved the show, back in the 80's. It was one of my favourites along with Magnum P.I, and later The Equalizer. Not the brilliant series we have in this golden age of television, but still great shows.

In Wiseguy, I liked, above all, the Sonny Steelgrave/Vinnie Terranova relationship. It was my first tv bromance, I guess, and it prepared me for many others, especially Raylan/Boyd in Justified.

So let's remember Sonny the mob king and Vinnie the infliltred cop...and how Banks looked like 20 years ago!

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chani: (Tom)
Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo is a fabulous girls band and it's just so unbelievable that so few people know them. If you are British you may have watched BBC's The Shadow Line or Wallander. Emily composed and sang the music theme of both.

She's extremely talented and her female musicians are excellent too.

Today I'm promoting a song from album, Almanach. it's called "The Witch of Pittenweem". Emily sang in duet with Dom Coyote.

Here is a live version that sounds quite like the album one:

chani: (Tom)
Sometimes I think I forget about loving Tom.  I don't listen to his music as much as I used to, I roll my eyes when seeing certain of his tweets.

I won't even see him during his European solo tour in Autumn since he doesn't come to sing in Paris (apparently his agent told him not to..WTF?).

But I will probably buy The Alphabet of Hurricanes Part II when it's released, even though I wasn't a big fan of Part I.

Just found that Tom made a EPK promo vid for AOH Part I and I like what his says about the feeling of loss and his take on sadness.  Ok, I guess I still love you, Tom McRae.

chani: (OZ)
If you are a fan of The Wire, just stop whatever you're doing and watch this!!!! It's awesome! Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit



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