Sunday Selector

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Alfonso Arau—He Was Never Just “El Guapo”

Just like James Finlayson (the Laurel and Hardy foil who introduced British and American audiences to the catchword “D’OH!” as an indicator of exasperation, puzzlement or grief), Alfonso Araudid much much more than exclaim “I like these guys! Just kill one of them!” Among other things, he was the award-winning director of Like Water For Chocolate, as well as a yeomanly portrayer of onscreen Hispanic characters who were either less obnoxious or less finely turned than his wonderfully styled “El Guapo.” PS” Let’s never forget that he was also a mournful mime as well as a nutty comedic dancer.

This is my gift to my ‘Roaster pals tonight. Tis neither timely nor political, yet it’s the sort of rare find that always makes me smile, anyway.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 06/02/13 at 03:13 PM

Thursday, May 23, 2013



Here’s Mr. Obama on his way to the senior prom (Time, via Gawker). Considering that he graduated in the late 70s, the outfits are far less embarrassing than one could have hoped. My husband is only a bit younger than the president, and the suit he wore to the prom once prompted someone who saw his prom photo to laugh and ask if it was a Halloween costume.

On a more serious note, Obama is scheduled to give an address on counterterrorism today:

In his first major speech on counterterrorism of his second term, Mr. Obama hopes to refocus the epic conflict that has defined American priorities since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and even foresees an unspecified day when the so-called war on terror might all but end, according to people briefed on White House plans.

Could the war on a noun really end? The report says Obama will announce new limits on the use of drone strikes and launch a new effort to close Gitmo. I expect the reaction will range from “worse than Bush” to “worse than Neville Chamberlain.”

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/23/13 at 09:57 AM

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

If I Were Half A Man

Many of you, I’m sure, remember Johnny Eck, the sure-handed star of Tod Browning’s film Freaks (as Clark Kent would say, “and they call me Superman!”).

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 12/02/12 at 04:21 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In Which We Attempt To Enjoy The American Pastime

Pig Tossers, How We Love Them

Here is that open football thread we have been clamoring for! The Pollys are ensconced before their 19” Panasonic, enthralled before yet another angelic-wife-drowned-by-husband story on “Dateline,” as Mr. Polly informs me that the Giants are losing, and a proper fan never watches his team lose. (Mr. P is a Yankee fan, so his behavior may be recognizeable.)

I tried to learn to enjoy football once, by reading “Football For Dummies,” and after ten pages of picayune rules about measurements, I realized I hated football more than when I started, but I can appreciate a good catch replayed in slo-mo. Meanwhile, Stone Phillip’s jaw is jutting so far forward it just may break the screen.

So are any great plays being made or anything? It’s not like I’m going to know.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 01/22/12 at 06:59 PM

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Brunch Music: Matt Glaser and the Wayfaring Strangers-When I Was A Cowboy

Tracy Bonham, Ruth Ungar And Aoife O’donovan, vocals.
Would it be a good idea to put a bacon-salt rim on a Bloody Mary? Or perhaps throw in a little bit of chipotle? What would be the garnish, a couple of chilis? Come-a cow cow yippee-eye-ay!

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 07/18/10 at 10:04 AM

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Resurrected And It Feels So Good: Nancy Pelosi Smashing Wingnut Eggs With Her Giant Hopey Hammer

Tread On This, Teabaggers

What, Triumphalist? Us?
A sparkling, vernal Sunday to all, whatever your spiritual bent. It was on just such a bright Sunday that the Speaker of the House gavelled the country into ritual patriacide before the eyes of a terrified nation divided, right there on C-Span. (H/T mar"Smash!“indenver)       

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 04/04/10 at 12:43 AM

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Real Rube Rage: The Is Our Children Learning Also? Edition

Look, I’m lyxdesic* but even I wouldn’t have trouble telling this, from this. And I don’t even like the woman. However, I do know how to read and I don’t do drugs.

The same can’t be said for the crew at Palin Worship Central apparently (via TPM):

Fox News just apologized for showing the wrong book cover during a segment about Sarah Palin’s new memoir, Going Rogue.

Instead, they twice showed the cover of Going Rouge, a collection of essays mocking the former governor that came out the same day as Palin’s memoir.

Expect Faux to crank the crazy dial so hard it snaps off in order to regain their streak cred with the fRighties.

I’m tired of popcorn, can we switch to nachos?

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Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 11/19/09 at 08:25 PM

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Sunday Selector: September 21st, 2008

Haven’t done a Sunday Selector in a good, long time….

Chad VanGaalen—“Molten Light”
(warning: somewhat disturbing imagery)

  • John McCain Released From a California Psychiatric Hospital: It’s true because I read it on the internets (or saw it in a McCain ad).
  • Fish & Roses EP—Organ-fueled, long-out-of-print underground art skronk from ‘87 ripped from vinyl for your enjoyment. “Booth” is just plain beautiful, “Screwed’s Crude, Screwed” is a blazing jazzbo stomp, and off-kilter oddities like “Have A Nice Day And Fried Rice” are as smile-inducing as they are aurally lopsided. Bonus points: One of the best live songs I’ve ever seen in my life occurred when Fish & Roses joined Yo La Tengo on stage in a strip mall bar in Naugatuck, CT (home of Naugahyde) and utterly blew the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On” through the roof and up into the stars. I wish you all could have been there.
  • Get Your War On—“Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits”  ... biting satire done right.
  • The BigO’s Bootlegs—The navigation’s a little screwy on this site from Singapore, but check out the left sidebar for some great free bootleg downloads of everyone from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello to Neil Young to underrated sax master David Murray to Pink Floyd.
  • Sarah Palin’s Debates Made Easy 101—“At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.”

If anything else is floating your boat this Sunday, drop a link in the comments.  Now excuse me while I go convince my lovely wife Chris what a colossally bad idea it would be to go to Ikea this afternoon.  Pray for me.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/21/08 at 09:48 AM

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Sunday Selector: June 22nd, 2008

It’s baaaaaaack...

The Dixie Hummingbirds—“Christian Automobile”—playing 6/26 at Celebrate Brooklyn

HARRY NILSSON DOES POPEYE— I don’t know what’s weirder, the fact that I really like the Popeye soundtrack (probably never making it to CD) or that there are actually demos available ( and they’re even better than the final versions). Drink your spinach.

FISA HOLD ‘EM—I’m pretty much in the same camp with John Cole.  Steve M. has it right, too.

THE BEATLES’ GET BACK—I’ve always had a soft spot for the Beatles’ Let It Be, which I’ve enjoyed a lot more than, say,  the bloated ‘n’ silly Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (there, I said it) and this Glyn Johns mix, appropriately titled Get Back and replete with studio chatter,  makes it even sweeter.

MATT TIABBI’S “FULL METAL MCCAIN”—“McCain is perhaps the first candidate in history to stump against two bills bearing his own name.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/22/08 at 08:29 AM

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Sunday Selector: April 13th, 2008

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (hi-res version here)





Posted by Kevin K. on 04/13/08 at 12:08 PM

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Sunday Selector: March 16th, 2008

The New Pornographers—“Myriad Harbour”

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/16/08 at 08:37 AM

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Sunday Selector: March 9th, 2008

Meat Puppets—“New Gods”

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/09/08 at 03:18 PM

Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Sunday Selector: March 2nd, 2008

Mick Jagger—“Memo from Turner” (from the film Performance)

  • BOBBY CHARLES: I got turned on to Bobby Charles while listening to Devendra Banhart guest DJing on WNYC’s “Spinning on Air.”  It was a warm spring night, I had the radio on out in the garden,  and Charles’ song “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” wrapped snuggly around my head like the most comforting cloth ever created.  An absolutely gorgeous moment.  Charles’ phenomenal debut album, recorded with most of the members of The Band and Dr. John, inexplicably swings in and out of print and The Heat Warps was kind enough to upload it recently for your listening pleasure.  Believe me, you need this.
  • BOOT CAMP—THE END OF THE LINE: Robin completed her initial six-weeks of hell in boot camp and the whole series has been an entertaining, ahem, “reed.” Click and scroll around her blog (pretty much the closest thing I get to exercise these days) to see what she went through.
  • STEELY DAN—THE LOST GAUCHO ALBUM: a) Yes, I know it’s totally uncool to like Steely Dan and b) I don’t really give a shit.
  • STREETSY: Daily street art photography brought to you by the guy who created Gothamist. (via The Group News Blog)


Posted by Kevin K. on 03/02/08 at 06:06 PM

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Sunday Selector: February 24th, 2008

“Falling Slowly” from Once—My Oscar pick to (deservedly) win best original song

Sorry, no other selections today (unless you want to see how much Frank Rich hates Hillary’s va-jay-jay).  Have some weekend work to get through and still recovering from that head cold that clobbered me yesterday morning. The Sunday Selector will return in its normal form next weekend.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/24/08 at 12:51 PM

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Sunday Selector: February 10th, 2008

Monks—“Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice” (live—1965)

  • NEXT UP FOR THE DEMOCRATS: CIVIL WAR: The NY Times’ Frank Rich takes the Clinton Machine to task over their “thick deck of race cards.”
  • TO MY GREAT CHAGRIN: The eagerly-awaited (in my house, at least) world premiere of the documentary To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore comes to MOMA this Wednesday, February 13th (also playing on March 1st). He was a complex, brilliant and vastly underrated performance artist and you can view some of his pitch-perfect and hysterical ravings in a video compilation we posted here back in September.
  • OBAMA MESSIAH COMPLEX? OR INTENTIONAL IGNORANCE?: Thudfactor takes on the increasingly irrational Hillshill Larry Johnson and he drops to the ground with a loud “thud.”
  • FUERZABRUTA: Friday I took my lovely wife Chris to see Fuerzabruta, the new spectacle from the creators of De La Guarda, for her birthday at the Daryl Roth Theatre and was totally blown away by it.  I enjoyed De La Guarda, but thought it was a little over-hyped and found myself wishing it would come to an end about 45-minutes into it.  Fuerzabruta, on the other hand, I never wanted to end, noticing at several points during the performance that my face was smeared with a thoroughly ridiculous shit-eating grin that only a child can accommodate without feeling like a complete tool. As an added bonus, I was selected by one of the Fuerzabruta “dancers” to join her on a metal platform and dance in front of hundreds of people before having an oversized, exploding paper cinderblock dropped on our heads. According to Chris the crowd was cheering me on (I inserted several of my death-defying robot maneuvers into my routine) and afterwards the dancer came over and gave me a big thumbs up when she found me back in the crowd. If you’re a New Yorker, I highly recommend checking this show out.  If the $72 price tag is too steep for you, they sell $25 rush tix at the box office two hours before each performance.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/10/08 at 10:09 AM

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