Finding Christmas

December 24, 2012

My father would always finish his Christmas shopping early, probably around mid-October. But on Christmas Eve, he’d always go out to the stores, to the bustle in the mall, or (as I always imagine it) “downtown” to get some spirit. …

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a new breed of western

December 24, 2012

By Rene Rodriguez in the Miami Herald There has never been a western quite like Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Although the hero’s name is borrowed from Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 cult classic starring Franco Nero (who makes a cameo here), the …

“Boston Corbett”

December 22, 2012

A work in progress.

“Tools of Ignorance” (newly recorded)

December 21, 2012

I’m recording an album of sorts for my Mom. So I’m going back and actually trying on some of these songs. This is a big improvement over the last recording I posted here. It’s the story of a little dog …

Levi Agee’s Screengems: It’s the end of the world as we know it

December 21, 2012

This was supposed to run in Friday’s newspaper. But it didn’t. Apologies all around Levi Agee for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and blood, dirt & angels Well, this is awkward. I’m writing this article without the full faith that you will …

Piers Marchant on Jack Reacher

December 21, 2012

Jack Reacher Grade: 83 Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog Director: Christopher McQuarrie Rating: PG-13, for violence, language and some drug material Running time: 130 minutes By Piers Marchant for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and blood, dirt & …

The final playlist

December 19, 2012

And, just in case we don’t see you again, remember: We love you. from the Los Angeles Times Dec. 21 marks end of the world, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. Doomsday preppers may be stockpiling gas masks …

Ahem, a little announcement …

December 18, 2012

There’s no way I can see to humblebrag this, and I can’t direct you to a website to vote or anything, but this is just to let you good folks know that your monkey has just learned he’s a finalist …

A reminder from Mister Rogers of the “Many Caring People in This World”

December 18, 2012

Maura Judkis in The Washington Post “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ’Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this …

Robyn Hitchcock, “Be Still”

December 18, 2012

This is a lo-fi rehearsal video featuring Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Stephen Irvine, Terry Edwards, Mark Bedford, Adejayan and Noble in a London pub on a Sunday performing “Be Still” from the new album Love From London to be released …