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Music / Chuck Berry R.I.P.
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:18:38 pm »
Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed on Facebook that they responded to a medical emergency on Saturday afternoon where they found an unresponsive man.

“St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18),” the police department said in a statement. “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

Short Films / Future Boyfriend
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:30:45 am »
Interesting concept...
... what if you were told what your future would be and wind up like?

Music / Grammys 2017
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:32:12 pm »
I got nothing regarding the music... but thank gawd the style of choice by a majority of women is the deep plunging neckline showing a lot of side boob.


Off-Topic / News Media
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:09:24 am »
I think we are overdue with a thread on News Media. With the latest campaign, the unveiling of Fake News, the The News Corporations clearly becoming biased opinions vs. news reporting.

I've rarely agreed with Sean Hannity, to the point of shunning him completely, but ran across this small discussion/debate on YouTube, and thought there is some interesting perspectives here.

I've been saying lately, the news media is a real problem. Now with fake news, I find it corrosive.

Music / SOUNDBREAKING: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:25:06 pm »
SOUNDBREAKING: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

This is a fascinating 7 episode documentary looking, listening and discussing recorded music. Split into distinct topics like vocals, electric, technology, etc. They cover every genre of music, musicians, vocalists, recording engineers that dictated and defined the future of music. The history of music is just eye opening. 

Absolutely loved this. So well done.

Comedy Gold / Jeff Ross presents Roast Battle
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:31:31 am »
Jeff Ross present Roast Battle 5 stars

Jeff Ross and Comedy Central have put together a show/game of comedians roasting each other.
The format works. Set in a comedy club, two comedians get a chance to do a Roast Battle with each other with 4 jokes.

The judges include Ross and two other well known top comedians.

They have this odd thing, called The Wave. It's 3 guys, front row that randomly interject themselves, to compliment a joke. It's weird, but it's funny.

With this setup there is constant joking around and I found myself laughing a lot.

I did this on-demand, so it was uncensored in the rawest respect. This would not be near as funny if they bleeped.

I highly recommend the show.

Music / AXS TV
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:25:56 am »
Today AXS TV is on a royal marathon of concerts. Hope I catch some of it.

David Bowie - The Piano
Duran Duran - Live at Wembly
Elton John - Million Dollar Piano
Eric Clapton - Live in San Diego
David Gilmour - Live in Gdansk
Roger Waters - The Wall
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Music / Lynyrd Skynyrd
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:53:28 pm »
AXS TV is showing a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert from 2011, I believe in Chicago. Very small venue. Looks to be maybe a 1000 folks?

I was part of the fan base that loved Skynyrd. Just amazing songs. I sit here and am trying to tap my toes to anything they are performing tonight. I don't recognize the band anymore. I'm not sure who, if any original members remain. The songs are soulless. They almost seem to be this Vegas show. Stand here, walk here. Pose in the rocker stance.

I'll admit to some bias. I've long been burned out on a lot of classic rock. Especially Skynyrd. I've not followed them for years. I know they continue to put out albums, but have not heard them or seemed them out.

I do think they've become relegated to the small venue. It might be true that your only as good as the last thing you put out. While their historical catalog is strong and keeps the ship running, I see no reason for a whole evening of them.

Television / Taken (2017)
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:23:22 am »
I had thought one of you guys had mentioned this before? Just ran across the trailer on IMDB.

And I will ask... why? Yep, I'm being judgmental. I thought the first film was fine. The sequels were redundant. Now a series? This just has zero interest for me. Just continuing the stupidity of network television.

Television / Gong Show
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:17:54 pm »
I didn't know where to put this. It doesn't go with hot girls or even WTF. Gong Show was all WTF

Gong Show - The Popsicle Twins

Hardware / Mouse Pad
« on: December 18, 2016, 12:57:29 pm »
Extended computer pad

I had run across an image a few weeks back (Maybe pinterest, I wish I remember where I saw it) where it was displaying someone computer work space. That was the first and very impressionable time I saw an extended mouse pad. So much I wanted to get one there and then.

I've been using a small 'magic carpet with fringe' forever.

I like the concept of this larger pad. Now with my Azio Keyboard, mouse and track pad, it's going to look and fell real nice.

This guys review of the Corsair pad is rather amateurish, compared to others, but it was the best in seeing what it might look like on my desk.

Television / MTV dead?
« on: December 18, 2016, 12:28:19 pm »
Is MTV dead? Well, MTV news specificaly. I dunno. I haven't even remotely come to around watching the channel in decades. I use to live for it back in the day.

Mark Dice seems to put a laser focus on the uselessness of MTV News

Music / Longest song title
« on: December 13, 2016, 03:24:43 pm »
I'm listening to a Faces anthology and ran across this song with the longest song title I've ever seen...
... and not a bad song at that.

You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Short Comings)

Music / OK GO - The One Moment
« on: December 10, 2016, 03:39:42 pm »
They do it again with a great video and pretty cool song

OK GO - The One Moment

Music / Greg Lake (1947-2016)
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:47:21 am »
One of the greatest voices in rock history. I loved his work. Great artist and performer all around.

Greg Lake

Greg Lake passed away Wednesday at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. In his heyday, he had a monumental voice. It sat staunch atop the frenetic keyboards of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Keith Emerson (who took his own life earlier this year) and managed a delicate balance in the surreal, uncharted territory of those first two King Crimson records back in 1969 and 1970.

Those albums grew out of the imaginings of his mate from Dorset, England, guitarist Robert Fripp. And though Greg Lake mostly didn't write the words he would sing with King Crimson, the tone conveyed was magnificence and majesty.

Greg Lake spent much of his musical life as the "L" in ELP. He was the band's singer, played guitar (both acoustic and electric) and bass, and wrote lyrics for the beloved 1970s progressive rock band. He often acted as the quiet, contemplative counterpoint to the thunder of drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Keith Emerson.

Most people came to know Greg Lake through ELP's first "hit" song "Lucky Man," with its images of white horses, white lace and feathers, and (somewhere in there) the tale of a king and a man who goes off to war to die for his country. These phantasmagoric songs were a pleasant shift in rock music, from the often literal tales and endless songs of love that streamed across the airwaves. The world of wild song structures Greg Lake and his bandmates pioneered was liberating and literate — and it was his sonorous tones that led the charge.

Greg Lake's longtime friend Carl Palmer released a statement Thursday morning about his former bandmate:

"It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake. Greg's soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures At An Exhibition, 'death is life.' His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him."

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