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I remember watching this live, and how completely shattered I was as Bowie dropped to one knee in the middle of his set and recited the Lord's Prayer.

If there is a hereafter, I can only imagine that Freddie was waiting at the gates with a drink and a smoke.
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...because I think I have the beginnings of a particularly cracky, but REALLY FUCKING AWESOME, mix CD here...

Harry Belafonte - Jump In The Line
Jim Carrey - Cuban Pete
Dahler Mehndi - Tunak Tunak Tun
Thomas Dolby - Spice Train

Anybody who'd like to play along with suggestions is welcome.

(FTR, I got started on this because one of my coworkers said something about having to "shake the toner" - and then started dancing along with it.)
kshandra: Toby Ziegler, marker in hand, holding a sign that has been doctored to read "Obama f/o/r IS THE President" (West Wing Obama)
...if someone has put together a playlist on Spotify or Grooveshark or somewhere of the music from the victory rally in Chicago last night? Because DAMN, that was a party, with some inspired choices.

EDIT: [personal profile] perlandria found this, which is far from complete, but a good place to start.
kshandra: Butterfly-shaped pewter paperweight, engraved with the Serenity Prayer (Serenity)

Four. More. Years. We can do this.

kshandra: Satellite photo of San Francisco Bay; the Marin Headlands and Oakland are also visible (San Francisco)
When Dennis Erectus passed away in June, one of my very first thoughts was of Fran (formerly Frank) Bennett. I wondered what her reaction was, and actually got as far as composing an email to her...but I deleted it unsent. To call her final years in Bay Area radio challenging barely scratches the surface - she was living as a woman full-time, but had to be "Weird Old Uncle Frank" again as soon as the mic was hot. I thought perhaps a reminder of those days might not be welcome from anyone, much less a stranger.

Every so often, one is happy to be wrong.

Fran - now living in Austin and working in multimedia development - had offered up her services to put together a video for Dennis' memorial in September, and posted it on her website shortly thereafter. For those of you who never had the opportunity to hear Dennis in his heyday, be warned: He was one of the original shock jocks (in case the stage name didn't give it away), and some of the airchecks in this video are about as rude, crude, and socially unacceptable as they get. For those of you who remember the man who made 98.5FM "the sticky spot on your radio dial," stick it in your ear one more time...

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...several games, in fact.

Pottermore started letting in the public earlier this week, and I succumbed fairly early, despite my sour-grapes reaction after missing the beta. And after a decade of sorting 80/20 GryffinClaw (including the original Warner Brothers site for the films), I was determined to be a honey badger Hufflepuff. ;-) And I was just charmed with the description of the Hufflepuff common room on the site:

A sloping, earthy passage...travels upwards a little way until a cosy, round, low-ceilinged room is revealed, reminiscent of a badger's set. The room is decorated in the cheerful, bee-like colours of yellow and black, emphasised by the use of highly polished, honey-coloured wood for the tables and the round doors which lead to the boys' and girls' dormitories (furnished with comfortable wooden bedsteads, all covered in patchwork quilts).

Round doors, eh? We're not Hufflepuffs - we're hobbits.

I'm HollySeeker27011 in-game; please chime in with your game handle here, so I can set nicknames for you on the site. (I'm missing a nick for one person I added during my original frenzy on Tuesday, so even if I've already added you, let me know who you are, please!)

Back in December, [personal profile] murphymom gave [personal profile] gridlore and me gift memberships - "miracles" - for the Grateful Dead Game MMO, which went live (natch) on 4/20. We were actually looking forward to this...but Mom, I'm sorry you spent your money on it. :-/ The artwork is delightful, but the game is disappointing so far. There are four levels of a Donkey Kong-esque side-scroller to get through...and apparently none of the content we were promised (the "Space Rail" that is supposed to take us from concert venue to concert venue, interaction with other players, etc.) is ready yet. So you fall off the end of the platform (since the door to the next level won't open) - and the game resets to the beginning of Level 1. Indeed, the game resets any time you log off the site, or the Flash plug-in that runs the game crashes. The feedback that is showing up on the game's FB page and on the main site is brutal.
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This was the only response I could come up with this morning when [personal profile] gridlore greeted me with the news that Greg Ham was dead.

I have a quintessentially child-of-the-80s story to tell about this video, or rather the special from which it came. It was being broadcast on HBO, which we couldn't afford, and nobody I knew owned a VCR yet - we certainly didn't.

We did own a radio, however. And KFOG was simulcasting the special in stereo... I held onto that cassette, with the ad carefully cut out of TV Guide and glued to a piece of typing paper I had cut to fit in the case, for years - long after I actually owned anything I could play it in.

I actually found a site a couple of months ago that is selling DVD transfers of the special for $10, and while I know it's little better than a bootleg bought out of the back of someone's car, I was tempted to get it then, and moreso now.
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(04-18) 13:04 PDT LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) -- Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died. He was 82.

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Last night I had the remarkable good fortune (courtesy of one of the people I met through Floating City last year) of seeing Thomas Dolby's 7pm set at the Red Devil Lounge in SF. Some of you may have seen me screaming about it on Twitter. ;-)

The setlist:

Commercial Breakup
One of Our Submarines
The Flat Earth
Evil Twin Brother
17 Hills
I Scare Myself
Road To Reno
I Love You Goodbye
Europa and the Pirate Twins
She Blinded Me with Science

Silk Pyjamas
Spice Train


My comment on Twitter last night was that TMDR had clearly taken a core sample of my brain and played all the songs I have ever loved. I'd told folks at dinner before the show that I listened to Evil Twin Brother for a solid hour one night a few weeks ago; doing the math on the runtime this morning, I realize it was more like two. Getting to hear 17 Hills at all was a thrill (17 Hills was the name of the tribe I'd been sorted into for Floating City; I'd told my tribemates ages ago that I would be an absolute wreck the first time I heard it live, and sure enough I was); knowing that it was the first-ever live performance of the song was unbelievably awesome. (I posted the setlist and this commentary earlier this morning to the Facebook group my tribe put together after the main portion of the game ended; one of the folks there pointed out that it was only right that 17 Hills debut here, as the song was written in and inspired by SF.*) I was still recovering from that when he started I Scare Myself, which I frankly never expected to hear in concert. And then to get I Love You Goodbye (which remains one of the greatest songs he's ever written, IMO) and Europa later in the set...joy. Simply joy.

And here I am, trying to write about the sublime and only sounding ridiculous, so I'll just be over in the corner flailing for a while. ;-)

* According to the story TMDR told last night, he was windsurfing out in the Bay when the wind went absolutely still. So there he is, sitting on the board, and the tide is starting to go out, and the fog is rolling in...and he looks behind him and sees Alcatraz lurking there, and all the words just started coming together.

And it's stories like this, and his recollection of being grilled on the factual inaccuracies in I Love You Goodbye in a live phone interview (for which he had slept through his alarm clock, since he was here and they were in New Orleans), and all the other little personal touches that make live music such a delight for me.
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Two consecutive posts on the LJ side of my f'list responded to today's Writer's Block with the appropriate lyrics to "With A Little Help From My Friends."

(Bonus paradigm-shift points to [livejournal.com profile] paka, whose "current music" was a Rutles track.)
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...and it seems somehow appropriate on this last night of the year.

kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Thomas Dolby was the guest on Thursday's episode of CNET's Buzz Out Loud podcast, talking about A Map of the Floating City.


The relevant bit runs from about 12:45-19:26, if you're in a hurry.

And now, the shameless begging. ;-) There's been a recent recalibration of the scoring in-game, accounting for the people who sign up and never log in again, and my tribe has gone from first to fourth in the rankings. As you might guess, this has been a little disheartening.


For the next 7 days the Floating City G.O.Ds are temporarily DOUBLING the rewards we get every time someone we invite joins the game. So if I haven't worn you down yet, and you've been thinking about checking it out, please do so now!
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
How did I not know about this before now?!


(Link courtesy of one of my Floating City tribemates. </not exactly shameless plug>)
kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)

If you sign up, I get points and a reputation bonus. My tribe has been consistently #1 or #2 in the standings, and I would REALLY love to get to the concert at the end, so even if you don't wind up staying active, check it out, please?
kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
So one of my other online fora has been holding a Summer Fete, with various and sundry contests. There's a guess-the-number game operating under the conceit that it's a nest of turtle's eggs, so I wound up posting my latest guess as follows:

76 turtles led the big parade, with 110 cormorants right behind!

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...albeit not the one [livejournal.com profile] gridlore is doing, because I couldn't get past the first question.

  1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
  2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
  3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[personal profile] sarken gave me J.

Jackpot (Bruno's Bop) - Bruce Willis - An even bigger musical guilty pleasure than Barry Manilow. (And say what you like, that man can WAIL on the harmonica.) The audio and video are sadly out of sync on this video, but it's the only one I could find.

JAM - Michael Jackson - For those who've only met me recently, I'm one of those weird posthumous fans. My musical tastes have remained true to my generation throughout my life, so it wasn't as though I had no knowledge of his career - I was there when Off the Wall and Thriller and Bad were all released - but his music never grabbed hold of me the way other artists did; I enjoyed it when I encountered it randomly, but didn't seek it out, and came to regret that in the wake of his passing. Dangerous may actually be my favorite of his albums, and this is probably one of my top two favorite songs of his. And if you only watch one of the five videos I link to here, I would ask you to make it this one. It's minimalist, particularly for a Michael Jackson video, shot in abandoned buildings and largely in silhouette; even backlit, the two Michaels of the video (Jackson and Jordan) are unmistakable whenever they appear. And the sequences throughout the video of the two superstars trying to teach one another their very best moves are a delight to watch.

Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis - The original video is brilliant, skewering the televangelist collapse of the late 80s and early 90s; the live performance takes that energy and builds on it brilliantly.

Jet City Woman - Queensryche - This song crawled into my brain and made itself at home when I wasn't looking. I didn't even know who recorded it...and then Doug and I saw them on a triple bill with Alice Cooper and Heaven & Hell, and I damn near exploded when I recognized the opening chords. I've attempted it at karaoke a couple of times; I will consider it one of my greatest accomplishments ever the first night I nail it.

Jump Around - House of Pain - I loved this song even before B-Weezy made it his.
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Tom Smith is a very funny man. He is a very talented man. And he is a very gracious man. He has been wonderful about boosting the signal when [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I have needed help over the past few months, and for this we are grateful.

And now, it's time for me to return the favor.

Please help if you can. If you can't, please consider boosting the signal yourself.
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

May you find the peace you so lacked in this life, Michael.


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