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Aug. 7th, 2009 @ 11:23 pm Rest in Peace Willy Deville

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Jul. 6th, 2009 @ 09:08 pm Those Elephants Parading to Staples Center Aren't for Jackson

In a symbolic convergence of events, however, the circus will be there.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey starts a run at Staples Center on Wednesday. In the predawn hours before Jackson's memorial, the elephants will walk from the train station to the arena.


 He may have been the King of Pop, and his public memorial service at Staples Center an unprecedented spectacle featuring live tributes from Motown stars, pro athletes, and celebs, but a set of parading pachyderms aren't on the guest list.

In the pre-dawn hours, elephants shared the road with early attendees for the Jackson "circus" at Staples Center, but they weren't headed to the venue to be part of the memorial. As part of a years-old tradition the night before the Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus opens, the elephants are transported on the typically-silent city streets to the venue. The actual Circus opens tomorrow at Staples. But, oh--what timing!

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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 06:42 pm Music Obituaries : Sky Saxon
Someone else from the world of music died this week and he was not named Jackson. I guess not many people knew his name but he was very influential - he was kind of like the grandfather of garage rock. Whatever. These 2 songs are lifelong favorites of mine and many other people with good musical taste. Always were. Always will be. Rock on, dude....

Sky Saxon

Sky Saxon, who died on June 25 aged 71, was a rock singer with one of the strangest careers in popular music. His brief success in the 1960s was followed by decades of seclusion in a religious cult before his musical reputation was resurrected by bands such as The Strokes and The White Stripes; he then styled himself "The King of Garage Rock".

He was born Richard Elvern Marsh in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 20 1937. Arriving in Los Angeles in the early 1960s he sang doo-wop as Little Richie Marsh, but, inspired by The Beatles, he formed a rock band and changed his name to Sky Saxon.
After brief stints in several local outfits he formed The Seeds in 1965 as lead singer and songwriter. The band developed a raw, abrasive sound and began performing at clubs on Sunset Strip, quickly picking up a record deal.
The Seeds broke into the American Top 40 with their debut single Pushin' Too Hard, which reached number 36. Though the follow-up – Can't Seem To Make You Mine – stalled at 42, they quickly became the most popular new rock band in Los Angeles, earning $6,000 a night.
With their second album, A Web Of Sound, released in late 1966, they embraced the pervasive psychedelic culture, repeating the trick the following year with Future, an attempt to create a hippie soundtrack comparable to The Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Despite a live album released in 1968, The Seeds had by then been overtaken by more talented rivals: The Doors and Love. As a result Saxon reshaped the band as Sky Saxon's Blues Band and released the 1969 album A Full Spoon Of Seedy Blues with sleeve notes by the veteran bluesman Muddy Waters (who optimistically called them "America's own Rolling Stones").
The album's commercial failure led to GNP releasing the band from their contract. Saxon issued a handful of unsuccessful singles on different labels while the IRS confiscated his house in Malibu due to non-payment of income tax.
But he had already found another obsession to replace his fading rock career: The Source Family, a Los Angeles religious cult whose founder, Jim Baker, ran The Source, a fashionable vegetarian restaurant. Baker believed himself to be Ya Ho Wha (Jehovah). Living in a Los Angeles mansion, the cult recorded their own primitive psychedelic music with Saxon. They sold these albums at The Source for $1 each.
Baker named Saxon "Sunlight" and from then on he would be known as Sky Sunlight Saxon. The Ya Ho Wha cult moved to Hawaii in 1974 and Saxon remained there, very occasionally issuing mail order-only recordings.
In 1984 however, the British label, Psycho, managed to coax Saxon out of retirement to record the Starry Ride album. He then issued two albums under the name Firewall, often recording with Los Angeles musicians. Retreating to Hawaii in 1991 he remained unheard of bar a 13 CD collection of Ya Ho Wha recordings in a wooden box issued by a Japanese label.
Finally, in 2002, Saxon emerged again to put together a version of The Seeds and tour Europe and the United States, where his 1960s recordings were in vogue again. In 2006 he recorded the album Transparency in London for Jungle Records. He continued to record and perform in America and Europe, those who encountered him likening him to a man who appeared to have stepped off the Sunset Strip circa 1969.

The Seeds' original 1966 recordings remain popular, often featuring on film
and television soundtracks and advertisements, and Saxon's songs have been performed by The Ramones, Noel Gallagher and many others.

Sky Saxon is survived by his wife, Sabrina Saxon, and their son, Joshua Aquarian.

Published June 29 2009
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Jan. 17th, 2009 @ 03:50 pm Slumdog Millionaire
I saw Slumdog Millionaire a few weeks ago. I loved it and totally recommend it to everyone. I was very happy that it won those 4 Golden Globes and hope it also sweeps the Oscars. The young star of the film is an adorable British born actor named Dev Patel - he is apparently somewhat known in the UK because he appears in something called "Skins" which I'm guessing is a top British TV drama. The female lead is an Indian model named Freida Pinto. A couple of big Bollywood "names" also appear in the film - Irfan Khan and Anil Kapoor. There is a memorable reference in the film to the biggest Bollywood name of all, Amitabh Bachchan. However, I was recently dismayed to read that Amitabh did not care for the film and said some rather unkind things about it - how disappointing that he reacted that way!!

The Trailer

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Jan. 13th, 2009 @ 02:48 am Kurdish Family near Aleppo, Syria
Kurdish Girl Syria

Kurdish siblings

Kurdish family Syria

If only I had the camera I have now when I took these pictures at Qal'at Sam'an (Saint Simon's Castle)near Aleppo, Syria of this lovely Kurdish family. Oh well...I think they're still rather nice photos even if done with a relatively cheap point & shoot.
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Jan. 12th, 2009 @ 07:08 am MAD MONSTER PARTY

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Jan. 10th, 2009 @ 05:49 am APACHE DANCING: The Real Deal

Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. All I know about French Apache dancing comes from that episode of I Love Lucy. I had no idea it had such violent and misogynistic origins. Pretty brutal stuff - but oddly erotic - okay, I've said too much. Now if they performed something like this on Dancing with the Stars maybe - just maybe - I would watch.
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