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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Tue May 25, 2010 1:25 pm

This was actually on O'Reilly: "Was the White House State dinner too lavish?" Bush never had any state dinners I guess.

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Postby FrankChurch » Sun May 30, 2010 1:26 pm

I liked what Harlan said about Leiber. Too bad he kept getting interruped by those yappers.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:57 pm

I recently rewatched Match Point again. Man that film is a motherfucker. Woody Allen buries himself in the art of it. You see little things that are Woodyisms, but the movie is powerful. He gets the english culture pretty well.

Woody is the film version of Bob Dylan. Old age brings out a new artistic edge.

I wish Prince could get the memo.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby Steve Evil » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:30 am

Currently going through his latest story collection Mere Anarchy. The guy is a wonderful writer. Side Effects is one of my all time faves. He should do more. . .

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby David Loftus » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:19 am

Not sure I agree. I love Without Feathers, and I read from both that and Side Effects in "Story Time for Grownups" sessions, but when I was researching material, I felt that his more recent stuff (i.e., Getting Even) was merely pale imitations of the classics from the 1960s and 1970s.
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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby Lori Koonce » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:32 am

Give Woody a Break. You can't maintain a high level of creativity forever. Takes a lot of time and enegry.

Besides, we have all his good stuff available and that's what matters most right?

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby Steve Evil » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:59 am

Well, I dunno. He's a good writer. And when I encounter good writers, I always search for more.

"Remembering Needleman" is my favourite. I revisit it regularily.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:27 pm

Judd Apatow is the new Woody, but he understands the kids better. Apatow seems to like women more.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:55 pm

You guys dog out Prince but this is pretty jaw dropping:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmLMHWUCs3A

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FinderDoug » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:43 pm

Eh. To be honest, he's done better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=madax7-lMvM

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:58 am

Tom Petty looks ill. haha

Prince schooled some suckers that night. I remember seeing some guitar sites where people are like, "I didn't know Prince was that good." When your mo is all about funny clothes, weird behavior and high heels, you lose people in the translation.

I want to see him do the one-man-band tour he promised.

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Postby FinderDoug » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:12 pm

And I'd like the seven-concert box set he promised from his open door Paisley Park fan festival, but he's Prince, and we listen at his pleasure.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:54 am

Have you heard Hot Summer? OMG, P is going downhill fast.

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Re: Frank's pop culture minute.

Postby FinderDoug » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:55 am

I suspect it's more of a sine wave. He peaks, he valleys. He cooks up sharp stuff, he tosses off lazy stuff. I think he lost personal objectivity a long time ago and is doing whatever amuses him in the moment.

And in some ways, that may not be a bad thing. So much music is a commercial exercise - focus groups and 'the new sound' and pre-packaged crap and artists who care too much about what the public is going to think and try to game the table. I think Prince is one of those people who needs to clean all of his filters and pump out everything in order to figure out the next great thing he's going to come up with, and you can choose to ride with him, or check in on him from time to time, or reject him outright. He's going to explore what he explores, and doesn't care if you like it or not. I mean, all-told (and excluding hits compilations), the man has released (between labels and the internet) 14 albums worth of material in the decade (excluding the random NPG music club monthly tracks/downloads, which would add another - three? Four?)

I'm curious - mental exercise for you, Frank, because you seriously grok Purple and I'm interested in your opinion - given Prince's original discography for the last ten years, how would you assemble a 16 track "Prince: 2000 - 2010" playlist that would showcase the best of the period?

I have some thoughts, but I'm curious to see what your selection would be.


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