27 February 2011


Heather from Montreal. She has long dark hair cut in bangs a la Tura, collarless biker jacket, and knee-high boots. T-shirt with some kind of tattoo-ish art. She has a 13-year-old daughter. She says she's a linguist even though she speaks no italian (but she does speak spanish and being from Montreal, canadian french).

She even has a fiancee...or is that fiance? Fiance.

It was an immense pleasure meeting you.

23 February 2011

My Top Twenty-Five

Who knew? And, more to the point, who cares? According to iTunes, here are my 25 most listened-to songs as of today...
  1. Ain't Misbehavin', Fats Waller
  2. Honey Pie, The Beatles
  3. Before They Make Me Run, The Rolling Stones
  4. That Thing You Do!, The Wonders
  5. All Of Me, Louis Armstrong
  6. Dance Like A Monkey, The New York Dolls
  7. How High The Moon, Glenn Miller's Uptown Hall Gang
  8. For You Blue, The Beatles
  9. Cry Baby, The Waldos
  10. In My Life, The Beatles
  11. Jack The Ripper, Link Wray
  12. Who Loves The Sun, The Velvet Underground
  13. Rock & Roll, The Velvet Underground
  14. Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Louis Armstrong
  15. Sweet Jane (Full Length Version), The Velvet Underground
  16. Better Days, The Wolfmen
  17. Dig A Pony, The Beatles
  18. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, George Harrison
  19. Sour Milk Sea, Jackie Lomax
  20. Teenage Lust, MC5
  21. Whiskey Man, The Who
  22. Heat Wave, The Who
  23. Back In The USSR, The Beatles
  24. Sour Milk Sea, Jackie Lomax
  25. Let Me Out, The Knack
Oh my...that's almost embarassing. I can explain Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14 and 18...they're all songs i learned to play on the ukulele, therefore the repeated listenings are understandable -- although following that logic, i don't know why Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody and/or I Wanna Be Like You by Louis Prima don't show up.

But discounting the ukulele songs, the real #1 on the list isn't Before They Make Me Run, but Sour Milk Sea because it's on there twice (duplicate songs) and their total listenings is 29 while the Keith Richard composition's total is 23.

Regardless of any "cool" gained by repeated Velvets, early Who and Link listenings i guess you can tell i have a soft spot for The Beatles. And what's up with #4?!

12 February 2011

Whatta tomato!

I just saw my ex mother-in-law in…

"Carnival Rock!"

Naww, just joking, Susan Cabot is not my ex mother-in-law. Maybe there's the slightest of resemblances, maybe it's just the mannerisms...?

In any case...Whatta tomato!

An aside: great title sequence. I just may have to appropriate it someday!

Hope springs eternal

Listening to: Richard Hell and The Voidoids.

According to Forbes Magazine's article America's 20 Most Miserable Cities, half in are in...California! But of course, at number 15 (drumroll) -- Detroit, Michigan. Citing the same tired but legitimate reasons as always: crime, unemployment and foreclosures, plus school closings. Strangely enough, they don't mention the awful weather!

Chicago, Miami, Memphis (TN), West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale all have higher misery rankings than the Motor City. Surprising, at least to me. On the other hand, how many cities are there in the United States? Thousands?

Let's try to remember that this is, like any other Top Ten list, totally unobjective.

I leave you all with this photo of a roman street corner i shot (i'm pretty sure in San Lorenzo)...

11 February 2011

We are all onions

Everyone, but everyone, is an onion. Maybe some are only four layers deep, some are 12, some are eight, but we are all tridimensional (some even being quadradimensional!).

Dumb it down, Grey: everyone is deeper than they seem/they let on.

Good night, everybody.

07 February 2011

Tura Satana, R.I.P.

Tura Satana passed away February 5th.

Condolensces to the surviving family of this wonderful lady and cultural icon of the late 20th century and beyond.

03 February 2011

Lost glasses

Compulsion (Richard Fleischer, 1959) [imdb.com]

Io non ho paura (Gabriele Salvatores, 2003) [imdb.com]

01 February 2011

Obsessions of love

Manji (Yasuzo Masumura, 1964) [imdb.com]

La Noia (Damiano Damiani, 1963) [imdb.com]

...compare and contrast.

Note: any synopsis you may read concerning Manji will be superficial as the film goes beyond any sensational orientations. Far beyond.

Funny...whereas any synopsis regarding La Noia will give that film more depth...!