Sunday Selector

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Sunday Selector: February 3rd, 2008

The severely abbreviated Super Bowl Sunday edition*...

“Yes We Can” song (hi res version here, info here)

According to some of the commenters over at Atrios’ place, this is just more all-flash, no-substance gruel for the starry-eyed hope junkies who blindly support Prince Obama. They’re right.  Dems need to nominate a thoroughly uninspiring policy wonk if we’re going to beat St. Maverick in the general election.  It’s worked so well for us in the past.  Someone get Dukakis or Mondale on the phone and see if they’re available for the veep spot.

* Go Giants!

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/03/08 at 08:40 AM
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Sunday Selector: January 27th, 2008

It’s the politics-free, all-ukulele addition of the Selector featuring Scotland’s Gus & Fin! (Hat tip to the lovely Miss Mira.)

Gary Numan & Tubeway Army’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

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Posted by Kevin K. on 01/27/08 at 12:09 PM
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Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Sunday Selector: January 13th, 2008

Negativland— The Greatest Taste Around

  • DON’T MAKE ME KILL THIS KITTEN: TS from Instaputz, who has been a good friend of Rumproast, is entering sponsoring a team entered in a local Scrabble tournament to benefit Dave Eggers’ wonderful 826NYC nonprofit org. I donated some scratch to the organization last year and now I’m doing it again to back up my pal TS. It’s a great cause, so if you have enjoyed Rumproast (and/or Instaputz), why don’t you do me a favor and throw some cash 826NYC’s way via TS.
  • JAMES BROWN—LIVE IN ZAIRE: I break out in a hot sweat just thinking about this boot. Recorded in ‘74 prior to the Ali vs. Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle,” Live in Zaire sounds amazing and captures the spirit of the moment like few other live recordings do. If you’ve got an ass, you need this.
  • THINGS DO LOOK AWFUL COLD: Digby takes a quick gander at the political leanings of the 18-25 year-old group in a resent Pew study and it’s good news for the Democrats.
  • FLY OCEANIC AIR:  ABC’s new online viral campaign to promote the 4th season of Lost is, well, pretty damn impressive.  If you’re a fan of the show (I’m a late-bloomer) and haven’t booked your flight yet, get on board.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/13/08 at 02:25 PM
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Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Sunday Selector: January 6, 2008

Jeffrey Lewis—“Anxiety Attack” (unauthorized fan video)

  • The Hyena and Other Men: If you’re a New Yorker you’ve only got a few days left to immerse yourself in Pieter Hugo’s stunning exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery. It’s comprised of large-scale photographs of a band of Nigerian men who roam the country with a menagerie of animals and a six-year-old girl named Mummy. You can view most of the photos at the gallery (and many, many more) here (hint: view images separately—right-click), but the small JPGs are nowhere near as impactful as witnessing them blown up and surrounding you.
  • Scratch a Bloomberg, Get a Democrat: There’s a joke in there somewhere, but unfortunately it’s not funny.
  • Butter 08: Egg City Radio is giving away Butter 08’s way-fun and punk-funky (and out-of-print) selt-titled ‘96 release featuring Miho from Cibo Matto and Russell from the Blues Explosion. From Miho saying, “Thank you, daddy” to the last throbbing yelps of “Butterfucker,” this delivers great gifts to your needy assbone.
  • Why I Believe Bush Must Go: George McGovern writes an editorial in The Washington Post calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.  Yes, that sound you hear off in the distance is the howler monkeys of the right going batshit.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/06/08 at 11:47 AM
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Sunday Selector: December 30th, 2007

The all-Auld Lang Syne Selector.  Happy New Year!

Auld Lang Syne on banjo (and rainbow suspenders)

Auld Lang Syne on tuba

Auld Lang Syne on six-string bass

Auld Lang Syne on the Theremin

Auld Lang Syne sung by Cosmo the border terrier

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/30/07 at 11:32 AM
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Sunday Selector: December 23rd, 2007

“Frosty the Snowman”—Leon Redbone & Dr. John (from my favorite Christmas album of all-time, Christmas Island)

  • THE MOM AND POP CULTURE SHOP: My old pal Anna, who I haven’t seen in ages, is running a great lil’ blog that spotlights her thrift store finds (outsider art, weird vinyl, etc.).  It’s a fun place to visit, her blurbs are a hoot, and it shoehorns nicely into the holidays.
  • MATT BURLINGAME: Burlingame’s oddball sculptures and dioramas don’t shoehorn quite as nicely into the holidays (unless Christmas makes you think about zombies and robots), but if any of you would like to buy me some of his artwork I’d consider it to be THE.BEST.XMAS.PRESENT.EVER.
  • BUZZWORDS OF 2007The New York Times says, “You didn’t hear them here first. But chances are that in 2007 you caught these phrases somewhere.”  Ummm, actually, no, I hadn’t heard about a lot of these.  I would have thought “Nose bidet” was a really bad band name.
  • IT’S THE MANDATE, STUPID: The New Republic‘s Noam Scheiber posted a good analysis of why Barack’s been creeping up on Hillary

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/23/07 at 12:57 PM
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Sunday Selector: December 16th, 2007

Captain Beefheart—“Ice Cream for Crow”

 

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/16/07 at 12:36 PM
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Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Sunday Selector: December 9th, 2007

“Crazy Horses”—The Osmonds (via Missing the Moon)

  • MORE FUN THAN IT SHOULD BE: If Jackson Pollack could have right-clicked to change paint colors, maybe he wouldn’t have drank himself to death. (via oh. you. again.)
  • RUSSERT DOES GOOD: If you missed it this morning, Tim Russert was pretty aggressive with Rudy Guliani this morning.  Best Russert quote: “Using that reasoning, would it be appropriate for a president to provide Secret Service protection for his mistress?” “Best” Guiliani quote: “I don’t make many mistakes, but when I make them, they’re big ones.” You can watch it here. Transcript here.

(Please note: My internet connection was down nearly all day, so this is all I have for you.  It’s driving me absolutely crazy at the moment trying to get anywhere on the innertubes.  Yeeeeeaaaaaarrrgh!)

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/09/07 at 07:19 PM
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Sunday Selector: December 2nd, 2007

Minutemen—“This Ain’t No Picnic”

Shortest.Selector.Ever.

Busy, busy, busy ... and no time to burrow for you, my loyal Roasters. Plus I need to rest up for Mudhoney performing the entire Superfuzz Bigmuff CD tonight. I hear they play something called grout rock.

  • THE DECEMBER 2007 MOVIE PREVIEW:  Always an informative and entertaining read from Dave Thomas at FREEloader.
  • FANTASTIC DOCUMENTARY COMING TO NYC: The wonderful and unique documentary Billy the Kid is opening this Wednesday, December 5th at the IFC Center in Manhattan for a limited engagement. Carve out some room for it if you live in NYC because it’s highly recommended. Make sure to check out the excellent trailer at the documentary’s web site (or these outtakes at YouTube).  You can read our review of it at some point tomorrow here at Rumproast.
  • OUR YUCK! MOMENT OF THE DAY: Missing the Moon alerts us to a reason to add one more entry to the rule book in NCAA basketball. They also teach us to never, ever fuck with transvestites.

UPDATE: A new entry for our horribly neglected Worst.Band.Name.Ever category. One of the bands opening for Mudhoney tonight is called Pissed Jeans. No matter how good they are a little part of me will always hate them for that.

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/02/07 at 01:40 PM
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Sunday Selector: November 25th, 2007

I want to get out and enjoy what remains of this crisp fall day, so I’m going to keep this Selector short n’ (except for the FReeper link) sweet…

  • THE LOST SOWETO COMP: The always terrific Matsuli Music is featuring a wonderful out-of-print find of South African music released in ‘83 called Soweto. It’s a stellar comp, lovingly converted to MP3 from vinyl, and the instrumental “Here We Come” that they spotlight in their post is one of the best (and most original) African instrumentals I’ve ever heard.  Highly recommended!
  • ELISA FLYNN’S TWO-MAN BAND: My talented pal Elisa Flynn is unveiling her new live set-up with an accompanying drummer this Tuesday at Union Hall in Park Slope. Lurid Culture recently gave her a great endorsement (scroll down) in a blurb about this show.  As they say, “Catch her on the way up.” [UPDATE: Sadly, Elisa’s performance has been cancelled due to illness.]
  • PUBIC HUMILIATION: Nobody is better at tearing down wingnuts with just a few words than TBogg. Nobody.
  • AND SPEAKING OF WINGNUTS: Someone at Free Republic posts a story about celebrities in California having to flee their homes due to wildfires, a few FReepers launch into predictable thick-headed rants about Hollyweirdos and environuts (“I say let the whole state burn! Get rid of the nut jobs, I do not even like to admit California is one of the states.”), and all hell breaks loose (“I am beginning to wonder if ‘conservative’ is such a good thing if it means heartless.”). Hilarious.  But remember, liberals are the crazy and angry ones…

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/25/07 at 10:58 AM
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Sunday Selector: November 18th, 2007

Leroy Troy singing “The Bible’s True”

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/18/07 at 01:43 PM
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Sunday Selector: November 11th, 2007

Jonathan Bell

  • Big Jesus Trash Can: At the beginning of the month Egg City Radio posted a few Birthday Party boots (scroll down) and I didn’t get a chance to listen to them until now.  Good christ, if “Hacienda, Manchester, UK, 1982” doesn’t tear your face off, you’re faceless. And while you’re there, you might as well get stoopid.
  • “The picket line has a delicate, unique ecosystem”: A writer for the The Daily Show composes a strike diary for the The New York Times.
  • The Next 9 Children’s Characters That Should Come Out of the Closet: “If your given name was Jazz Hands McCoy, it wouldn’t mean that you were gay.”
  • If You Pick Her Too Hard (She Comes Out of Tune)—Download Little Richard’s terrific unreleased album Southern Child from The Heat WarpsNow.  Thank you.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/11/07 at 11:18 AM
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Sunday Selector—11/4/07

Thor Vs. Beelzebub

  • CHROME DREAMS: Go grab the bootleg acetate version of Neil Young’s never-released Chrome Dreams before Aquarium Drunkard takes it down. Stellar stuff. More info on it here.
  • REAL PROGRESS IN AFGHANISTAN!: Pass the bong!
  • THOMPSON’S DRUGFORCE: Maybe the head of Fred Thomson’s “Airforce” can be his Ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • SANDRA’S HAVING HER BRAIN OUT: I wasn’t aware that the Soft Boys’ fun-as-shit debut album A Can of Bees, featuring Robyn Hitchcock, has been out-of-print for a few years, but Egg City Radio is graciously giving it away (scroll down). (Hint: delete the track “(I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp” that isn’t marked “Live” and doesn’t have a track # ... it’s actually a repeat of “Ugly Nora.”)

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/04/07 at 08:38 AM
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Sunday Selector

Renaldo & the Loaf—“Songs For Swinging Larvae”

  • STOP PICKING ON THE WARMONGER: Poor little Norman “Bomb Iran” Podhoretz, Giuliani’s Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, had his ex-neighbors light a bag of dog poop on his doorstep. More here.
  • SUBHEMIANS: Our pal Rob from FREEblowjobs has a new, very funny piece up at Neil Pollack’s Offsprung.
  • FARTING WITH LUV: While you’re at Rob’s place, check out this bizarre music “video” he found.  And here’s an off-the-hook “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” mash-up we found that incorporates some of that video, along with footage of the amazing John Daker.
  • MY NAME IS JOHN DAKER: Speaking of John Daker, here’s a Daker remix that entertained us because we’re functionally retarded.
  • GORED: TBogg, who has been on fire lately, perfectly skewers the nutters’ obsession with demonizing Al Gore in two simple paragraphs.
  • DOWD AND OUT: Stephen Colbert does a guest editorial in Maureen Dowd’s spot while she follows John Edwards around looking for cum jokes to tumble out of his pockets.
  • PELOSI’S STUPIDITY: Yes, I’m a lefty but, first and foremost, I’m a realist.  For that reason, I agree with Condi Rice and John Boehner (yes, you read that right) regarding the Congressional resolution that’s pissing off Turkey.  If Turkey invades northern Iraq, the Democrats are going to pay dearly for this, regardless of how much the DOD would be way more responsible for looking the other way when it came to the PKK. What a fucking mess. More here (2nd link via Eschaton).
  • CHALK ONE UP FOR MY SILLY NEIGHBORHOOD: “A 6-year-old Park Slope girl is facing a $300 fine from the city for doing what city kids have been doing for decades: drawing a pretty picture with common sidewalk chalk.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/14/07 at 09:21 AM
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Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Sunday Selector

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  • WORTH A PEEK: Worth 100 asked its photoshoppers to recreate classic paintings to show what happened moments after the artists completed them.  Great stuff.
  • PICK TO CLICK: Arcade Fire’s new interactive flash video for “Neon Bible” is pretty effin’ cool...
  • I DON’T KNOW ARCHITECTURE BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE: The NY Times has a nice peek at the oddball architecture stylings of Ben van Berkel. (And NYC’s Marianne Boesky’s home is gloriously bonkers as well.)
  • MORE GREAT OUT-OF-PRINT AFRICAN: Matsuli delivers with an MP3 download of the 22 Band’s outstanding and extremely rare—even AllMusic.com doesn’t have a listing for it—Venez Voir!!..

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/07/07 at 09:37 AM
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