June 10th, 2010


Meme, Day 22!

Day 22 - Favorite documentary
The Adventures of Baron Munchaus...oh, that's not a documentary. But it SHOULD BE. (I love that the trailer says "A true story. We've got the film to prove it.")

Okay, more serious-er answer. I've only seen it once 21 years ago, and it's more a mood piece than a documentary, but the Apollo program tribute For All Mankind has stayed with me. Footage from every single moon mission -- even some of the accident footage from Apollo 13 -- was edited together into a single moon mission, scored with Brian Eno music. Lovely and touching, about how cool it was that we got to the moon.

And cool in its own small way: I saw For All Mankind at the National Air & Space Museum (on the museum's Imax screen) on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Tough event and screening to get into, but I did. Without doing anything untoward, you sickos.

Day 22 - Favorite series finale
I mentioned it before, and I'll mention it again: Newhart. Which was done partly to take the piss out of the Dallas "Bobby Ewing in the shower" moment and the finale of St. Elsewhere, and is probably almost as well known in the pop culture mind as those moments. Good for it. (True story: to keep the real ending from leaking, CBS planted a story saying that the show ended with Bob Newhart's character dying, going to Heaven and meeting God. Who is, of course, George Burns.)
Cartoon Chris

And things move into place...

So THAT'S what's been going on. Cool.

Portland radio has been especially rattled this past year, but out of the chaos is coming something cool. Broadcasting smartass Rick Emerson, part of Alpha Broadcasting's purge of radio talent last October, wanted to find a way back to radio. Not only has he found it, he's taking Dawn Taylor, coffeeinhell herself, along with him.

Not only is Dawn still hosting her weekly online radio show Ham-Fisted Radio, and not only is Rick still hosting his Sunday-morning talk show Outlook Portland, they have merged their talents for TWO online radio shows that will debut Monday, June 21st. They talked about their plans on yesterday's episode of The Cort and Fatboy Show. Want a sense of why I'm a fan of both Rick and Dawn? Listen to that hour, or at least part of that hour. (That Rick invokes Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara is, to me, just icing on the cake.)

From noon to 1:00 on PDX.fm will be The Legion of News, with Dawn reading the news and both Rick and Dawn commenting (read: snarking) on it. Then from 1:00 to 2:30 will be a subscribers-only show hosted on Rick's website, Rick Emerson Dot Com (subscription: $6.99 a month), where they'll go more in-depth on whatever the hell they want to talk about. And they're both good talkers.

It makes sense that they're part of the talent pool being gathered by PDX.fm. The site is aggressively working to make local radio more relevant, more idiosyncratic, and more enjoyable, and doing it online to create a different business model so that such radio can still be supported. The people behind the site want to make good radio, and being online means that people all over the place can sample Portland's more idiosyncratic radio broadcasters.

In other words, more people all over the country and even the world can sample these shows and, I hope, become fans. (Rick's fanbase already extends worldwide. Quite a few soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom were listening to Rick's podcasts when he was still on terrestrial radio, to sample one part of his audience.) And I hope people do.

The Legion of News and The Rick Emerson Show. Something's going to happen. Something wonderful.
Blow My Mind

Howdy! I'm the Legendary Stardust Cowboy.

Warning! This song A) is shockingly close to describing my current thought process and B) includes SCREAMING.

Wondering what the hell that was?! From Wikipedia's page about The Legendary Stardust Cowboy,
He recorded "Paralyzed" in 1968 in what was apparently a moment of spare time in a recording studio in Fort Worth, Texas. He played dobro and bugle, while T-Bone Burnett [yes, O Brother Where Art Thou's T-Bone Burnett] played drums. The track features unintelligible snarls, growls, and similar vocalisms, surrounded by frantic strumming on acoustic guitar, Burnett's equally frantic drumming, and occasional yelps of the song's title, "Paralyzed!"
I still wonder if some of the times he says "Paralyzed" he's really saying "Burl Ives." ;-)
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