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switching to glide

ood morning weekend LiveJournalers! Last night, after a day of errand running and thrift-store rummaging I came home and promptly fell asleep on the floor in front of the fireplace by 11pm. A late-night phone call from welfy woke me enough to put a few more logs on the fire then go to bed. I woke up this morning at 9:30 am, put on a corduroy jacket to take the chill off and made a pot of coffee. I'm currently waiting on my wife June to pop through the door and ask if the starch in my shirt is okay.

y mom has been recovering from a double knee-replacement surgery for the past couple of months. Yesterday she had a physical therapy appointment in the morning and a hair salon appointment in the afternoon. I tagged along for the day, running the afore mentioned errands and rummaging the afore mentioned thrift-stores. One of the errands was to have my income tax forms prepared and calculated. I was fortunate that there was no line at the tax preparation service of my choice, so I was done with that in about an hour.

My return looks nice. With it I shall thwart the piracy highway robbery greedy pigfuckers 30% interest being charged me for the consumer credit I obtained when purchasing my old Dell laptop a little over a year ago. The remainder of the balance shall be used to pay down my credit card, which I nearly maxed buying my current laptop.

The thrift store rummaging resulted in the purchase of a striped Brady Bunch shirt and the corduroy jacket which warmed me this morning. I had briefly tried the jacket on in the store to gauge* the cut and fit and was pleased. Upon wearing it post-purchase, I began buttoning it up and it felt weird. This was because the buttons were on the wrong side, meaning I had purchased a lady's jacket. No matter, I'll be wearing it anyway. I like's it.

don't get terribly excited about music as I once did, but there are still things which come along that make me giddy. An album I dearly love was only released in a single print of 1000 vinyl LP's in 1992. It's so rare in fact that Allmusic makes no mention of it, despite my having submitted a Discography correction for the artist not once, but twice. I never bought the album, but became enamored with it while DJ'ing at my college radio station back in the day. An on-line friend of mine provided me with a really horrid mp3 rip a number of years ago, produced from a cassette dub of the vinyl.

Upon discovering the wonderful site Gemm last year, I added the artist to my notification list, so that if any copies of this rare album were added, I would know about it. Last week, multiple notifications began to fill my inbox. Upon following the link over to Gemm, I discovered that the album has been remastered and reissued on CD, complete with 4 bonus tracks from the era it was recorded. Sweet.

I'm not hopeful that anyone will successfully guess what album this is, and frankly, I think there's only handful of you who might be knowledgeable of the era/scene to take a stab at it. In the not so distant future, I will probably make an entry about this album in a more appropriate forum.

ather than continue doing long posts about movies/DVDs, I'm going to start tacking one on to the end of entries or doing small ones featuring one or two movies on days when I don't have anything else to write about. Today is special, since it's about a trilogy: the so-called "Man With No Name" trilogy, which I became inspired to watch after plowing through Robert Rodriguez's own man-with-no-name trilogy. As I ventured into Sergio Leone's gritty vision of the American west, I came to the realization that I had never seen any of these films in their entirety and/or unedited for television.

These films are not a true trilogy in that there is no contiguous storyline. Clint Eastwood's lead role is a different character in all three films (and three different names, despite the informal "title" of this trilogy). This is also true of Gian Maria Volonte's "Boss" role in the first two films and Lee Van Cleef's characters in the final two films. The only constants aside from the director, composer (Ennio Morricone), and lead actor is the iconic hat, poncho, and short cigar utilized by Eastwood at some point in all three films. If you've never seen any of these movies, I highly recommend them: they are classics of cinema and the reason the term "spaghetti western" became a universal term. These films are important because they mark a shift in the way westerns were made: away from the clean-cut Rawhide/Lone Ranger TV-style western and away from the sanitized early film westerns. Leone's portrayal of the West was dirty, sweaty, and smelly. People have facial sores; are legless and hunchback. The cinematography is often breath-taking, especially in GBU.

A Fistful Of Dollars - (1964)
The one that started it all and made Eastwood a star. His name is Joe, and he comes to the dangerous town of San Miguel, a border town with a small problem: two bosses. One of them is a guns dealer, the other is an alcohol bootlegger. Joe pits them against each other working for both as a hired gun. The final sequence of this movie is one of the best showdowns ever.

For A Few Dollars More - (1965)
Eastwood returns as a hired bounty killer named Monco and Van Cleef, as Colonel Mortimer, is his rival in bringing outlaws to justice, dead or alive. When they find themselves chasing a madman convinced he can rob the invincible El Paso Bank, they decide to team-up to catch him and his gang. When Monco learns that Mortimer has a personal interest in the demise of their target, he makes sure that the final showdown is fair and honorable. Like the final sequence from the first Dollars movie is one of the best, the first four sequences of this film are about as good as any.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly - (1966)
Leone's masterpiece is a sprawling and epic western set against the latter months of the Civil War in frontier Texas. The themes which this presents for the film, along with more attention to the development of characters to which the audience can attach themselves, make it an achievement that outstrips anything achieved by its predecessors. Lavish sets, with an extras cast into the thousands recreate companies of soldiers in extensive battle scenes. Morricone's main theme is one of the most famous scores in cinema, second-only to Star Wars, MAYBE. The final showdown is a tense and visually gorgeous Mexican stand-off between Eastwood, Van Cleef, and the incomparable Eli Wallach. This is one of the must-see films.

* I had to add the word "gauge" to my Semagic dictionary.

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girl-brain, girl-brain

I'm in love with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. But you know that.

You fell asleep on the FLOOR?! And not the Big Comfy Couch? You must have been tired. Silly-head.

I wonder if that green shirt was mine at one point because it looks almost identical to one that my dad bought me about ten years ago. Back in the day when he liked buying me huge guy's shirts to hide my girlish figure.

Re: girl-brain, girl-brain

was tired, but the location was due to warmth. I have a long history of falling asleep in front of the blower on wood burning appliances.

I love Fistfull of Dollars and Last Man Standing...but I've still never seen Yojimbo. It's on my list. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is my favorite of this trilogy.

And Lee Van Cleef reminds me of a cartoon drawing of Satan for some reason. :)

saw Last Man Standing once years ago, but didn't make the connection between it and Fisftul's storyline because it had been so long since I'd seen it. I don't recall LMS being very good, however.. Bruce Willis fan that I am and all.

I had never heard of Yojimbo. I'll have to add it to my Netflix. Judging from the plot outline at IMDB, it's story is nearly identical, right down to the inn keeper, and yet pre-dates Fistful by three years. Thanks for the tip!

I hope your mom has as comfortable a recovery as possible, and want to wish you all the best for this, your first step (as far as I know) into transvestitism. Which I figured was always inevitable.

y mom's been doing awesome, thanks. Her doctor told her the other day that she was a star patient.

These things (transvestitism) always start small don't they? I'll have to keep it in check I suppose. My profession is a bit of man's man job. I doubt the industry is ready for the cross-dressing trucker.

a pity you can't fit in my clothes

Truck-Drivin' Song by Weird Al

I'm drivin' a truck
Drivin' a big ol' truck
Pedal to the metal, hope I don't run out of luck
Rollin' down the highway until the break of dawn
Drivin' a truck with my high heels on

My diesel rig is northward bound
It's time to put that hammer down
Just watchin' as the miles go flyin' by
I'm ridin' twenty tons of steel
But it's sure hard to hold the wheel
While I'm waiting for my nails to dry

Oh, I always gotta check my lipstick in that rear view mirror
And my pink angora sweater fits so tight
I'm jammin' gears and haulin' freight
Well, I sure hope my seams are straight
Lord, don't let my mascara run tonight

Because I'm drivin' a truck
Drivin' a big ol' truck
Smokey's on my tail and my accelerator's stuck
Got these eighteen wheels-a-rollin' until the break of dawn
Drivin' a truck with my high heels on

Oh, I don't mind when my crotchless panties creep right up on me
And my nipple rings don't bother me too much
But when I hit those big speed bumps
My darling little rhinestone pumps
Keep slippin' off the mother-lovin' clutch

But still I'm drivin' a truck
Drivin' a big ol' truck
Headin' down the interstate, just tryin' to make a buck
Wearin' feather boas with sequins and chiffon
While I'm drivin' a truck with my high heels on

I'm drivin' a truck
Drivin' a truck
Got a load to carry and some eyebrows left to pluck
And I'm late for my appointment down at my hair salon
So I'll be drivin' a truck with my high heels on

Re: a pity you can't fit in my clothes

here was an episode of Cops where a trucker called the police because he was robbed. When the cops arrived, the trucker was in fishnet stockings and a leather vest of some sort. He and this other dude ahd been doing, um, whatever in the truck when the other dude robbed him and ran away.

Re: a pity you can't fit in my clothes

My dad used to watch Cops all the time but would never let me when I was a little kid. I wonder why. :^P

I guess the trucker didn't have much shame if he didn't bother to change his clothes before the cops arrived!

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love Van Cleef, too. It's a shame he wasn't able to cash-in and become a huge star like Eastwood did.

how am i supposed to guess what the hell this thing is when you haven't given any stylistic description whatsoever?????

figured Louisville circa '92 would've been enough to tip the style. Would it help if I mentioned that Albini recorded it?

albini recorded lots of things, most of them not very good. everything slint has done has been released AFAIK. i'm going to have to guess it's a squirrel bait thing.

wait, '92 is too late for that, isn't it?

something by bastro?

i don't think i know anything else that ever went on in luwaville

eah Squirrel Bait was in the mid 80's.

Bastro might've been a decent guess except Bastro is hardly something to get excited about. ;-)

Surely you haven't forgotten about Rodan? But that's not it either, and no it's not Slint.

If you google "albini reissue 1992", it's given away rather easily, which is why I didn't mention Albini's involvement in the original entry. ;-)

i have only heard of this band. i did not they made some kinda Landmark Achievement. perhaps you will encode at something better than 128kbps, or perhaps not, and post to t******* at some point?

i did not KNOW. did not KNOW. KNOW KNOW KNOW. goddamn this being-30-and-fucking-up-typing-all-the-time shit is getting old. and so am i.

don't know that I'd go as far as to say "Landmark Achievement" but it is a damn fine record. The sticker might've used some hyperbolic license when claiming it a "Holy Grail", but for some of us, it definitely is the lesser-known jewel of the Loo-uh-vuhl Triple Crown that was Spiderland, Rusty, and this record, Speed.

It is my intention to do a more formal posting about it, after I have a chance to encode it. Heck, I might even splurge and do 192 CBR on it.

[chant] FLAC FLAC FLAC FLAC FLAC [/chant]


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