There’s been a lot of talk about Prince ever since his passing. He’s been labeled as a genius, a saint, an inspiration, an uncompromising artist, a humanitarian, and lots of other things. And while all of that is most definitely true, it was many other things too: He was a controversial figure. He was a horn-dog. He was a sexy mother fucker. He could be really funny. And he was also extremely spiritual. His carnal side and his spiritual side seemed to coexist in a way that confused, distressed and even angered people. Many times his carnal side and his spiritual side coexisted on the same album, sometimes switching from one song to the next. In an effort to remember the entirety that is Prince, especially for those who mainly know him from his radio hits, I present to you 10 lessons to help broaden your understanding of who Prince was. More than anything else, though, and something that you don’t really get from his Top 40 hits: He was one of the most downright funky brothers to ever walk the planet. Prince is a total bad-ass.
Waking up on January 11th to the unexpected loss of David Bowie was the saddest thing I’ve experienced in a while. The impact that he and his music had on my life is something that’s very hard to express. The night he passed away, before the news broke, I was reading a Billboard article ranking all of Bowie’s albums, and I thought I’d make my own list. I had no idea at all that my hero was most likely already dead at that point. I went to bed with Mr. Bowie fully on my mind, his complete catalog buzzing around my brain, and woke up the next morning to discover that he was gone. It was staggering.
Here’s the list that I put together along with some thoughts on each album. Keep in mind that there are NO bad Bowie albums! Just because I rank something low on the list doesn’t mean I don’t love the album, it just means that I think there are others better than it.
I’d love to hear your feedback and what you think the greatest Bowie albums are! And even which of my rankings you think are completely wrong! Leave a comment!
The Bowie Tribute concert last night in Athens was amazing. Perfect. Cathartic. Needed. Brilliant. All those things. The band put this show together in two weeks – rehearsed, booked a venue, advertised. And the crowd that showed up was completely amazing, such an interesting mix of people all there for the love of Bowie. The band was really great, especially the lead guitarist who did a ripping solo at the end of “China Girl” (I wish I’d recorded that!!). The show was basically a greatest hits concert, and it was pretty incredible to hear all the ways that Bowie impacted popular music. The crowd ate it up! There was one big staging surprise, and that was a trapeze artist dressed as Major Tom during “Space Oddity”. It was really quite beautiful.
Here’s the full set list for the night:
Hang on to Yourself
The Jean Genie
All the Young Dudes
Dance Magic Dance
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
“Live long and prosper. I shall do neither. I have killed my captain . . . and my friend.”
Star Trek: The Original Series
Written by Theodore Sturgeon
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Original Air Date September 15, 1967
Guest Stars: Celia Lovsky (T’Pau), Arlene Martel (T’Pring), Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn)
Spock has been acting irrationally. Erratic behavior, emotional outbursts, the works. He requests a leave of absence on Vulcan; Kirk wants to comply but pushes Spock for his reasons. What Kirk learns is that there’s a whole lot more going on under the seemingly impenetrable veneer of Vulcan logic and stoicism — there’s a volcanic (pun intended) rage that threatens to erupt every seven years at the time of Pon farr. Kirk offers to help Spock during the associated ritual, only to learn that he’ll have to fight his friend and first officer to the death.
After a month off, SNL kicks off the second half of Season 41 with a less-than-stellar episode, but one that had its share of good moments. It wasn’t a bad episode by any means; sort of average, in reality. The highlights were the Undercover Boss film and the final skit, Doctor Porn. Here’s a breakdown of how it went:
January 4, 2015:
“I had a chance encounter today with an interesting woman. A rather remarkable woman. An archaeology professor (part time!) called River Song. Initially she came across as aloof, distant, with an air of superiority. It was obvious that she possessed a great intellect, as wide and deep as The Boundless Sea; it seemed that she had traveled much farther than any of us could have dreamed. But she also had a bit of a naughty side to her, something I can only describe as a mischievous nature. And she had the most bizarre implement. She called it a . . . sonic trowel. I’ve no idea what she meant by that. How can a trowel be sonic? Continue reading
On May 18, 2013, in the final seconds of “Name of the Doctor” at the end of the seventh series, something pretty extraordinary happened: We were introduced to an incarnation of the Doctor that we’d never met nor heard of before. Six months later in“Night of the Doctor” we saw how this extra incarnation came to be, and a week after that in the 50th anniversary episode “Day of the Doctor” we watched this incarnation interacting with his Tenth and Eleventh selves (or would that now be Eleventh and Twelfth?) in the final adventure of his life before regenerating into the Ninth Doctor. But what about all the stuff in between? We know that this incarnation fought for a pretty long time in the Time War, since we see him in the form of a fairly young John Hurt in “Night” and far older in “Day.” Now, thanks to Big Finish Productions, we get to hear the War Doctor in action, embroiled in the Time War, in three brand-new linked stories collectively called Only the Monstrous.