Archive for September, 2017


 

halloates

Blue eyed souling into this weekend.

I saw these guys live years ago, so I know how well their catalog holds up live (and with choices like today’s song, maybe even better heard sung in person.)

Have a good one gang!

 

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hugh-hefner-4-2000

I was aware I hadn’t seen him make any public appearances in years, but still felt a little sad tonight to hear about the passing of Hugh Hefner.

First, the big stuff that everyone will touch on, in one way or another.  The magazine of course, which came onto the zeitgeist at the perfect moment.  One of the great American brands; who can argue that?  Besides the magazine, there is the annual Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, there are/were Clubs, the Logo, and the Mansion.

I was still very much in the ‘new kid in town’ phase when I worked at the Playboy Mansion.  I was still in school, so this was probably my second come up from being in the ‘Mafia’.  I met Hef my first day there, have NO idea what I said to him, but he smiled and shook my hand and welcomed me to his home.  I got the private tour early on.  When I look at my dream list for Aziz Manor: the library, the screening room, the basement gym, the luxury car garage… the mental blueprint for those things didn’t come from a comic book or Neverland; it was from my experience in Holmby Hills.  I may be off on the timeline, but I want to say my Kansas buddies started referring to me as ‘Hollywood’ around this time.  But, I mean, I was a kid in my early twenties, what can I say?  Depending on who’d you ask, making it feel ‘normal’ to have a chef make your gourmet lunch from scratch everyday, or to have casual conversations with Playboy Bunnies on a regular basis, was either one of the best or worst things to happen in my formative years in La La Land.

From one Midwestern born kid to another, thanks for the memories Hef.  Icon gets thrown around a little too much for my taste, but you were the real thing.

 

 

sanctuary

RACHEL: ‘What will you do?’

BRUCE: ‘Rebuild it.  Just the way it was, brick for brick.’

ALFRED: ‘Just the way it was, sir?’

BRUCE: ‘Yeah.  Why?’

ALFRED: ‘I thought this might be a good opportunity for improving the foundations.’

BRUCE: ‘In the southeast corner…’

ALFRED: ‘Precisely sir…’

 

 

freddie

Video One this week is one of the few bass lines I (or any beginner) can play on the guitar.

As for Freddie Mercury and this outfit, what else can you say?

Hell, what needs to be said?!?

Enjoy!

 

 

Camp-Lo

A hip hop ending to this week.

Spotify threw me one of my favorite albums from my generation, so we’ll go with one of the ‘other’ singles.

Man these boys could flow…

Have a good one folks!

 

 

frankvincent

The role player/character actor tribe lost a good one today.

In retrospect, the first time I saw Frank Vincent was the ‘fire hydrant’ scene in ‘Do the Right Thing’.  Like most of you though, I’ll always associate him with gangster flicks: ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Casino’, ‘The Sopranos’…

and of course, this all-time, all-time classic scene in one of the best movies of my lifetime…

Rest in Peace Sir.

 

 

kriskross

Today, we go back to music.

Even as a kid, I thought wearing our clothes backward was a stupid fad.

Yes of course I did it when we had ‘Backwards Day.’

Enjoy!

 

‘White Like Me’

 

eddie

Found out over the weekend how deeply my family in Houston was affected by one hurricane, and how old classmates are in the path of Irma.  So instead of a musical diversion to start the weekend, we’re going comedy…

This, has always been my favorite Eddie Murphy thing.  Not ‘Coming to America’. Not ‘Raw.’ Not ‘Delirious’.  Some pure silliness (the walk, the ‘Tiger Woods’ voice), some ‘there’s some layers to this bit’ which you know I go for.

Went down an SNL rabbit hole last week and was surprised to find it.

Enjoy!

 

 

nas

Just had the best nap of 2017.  Time to get back to making the donuts.

Figured I’d start this short week, with some old, washed up dude…

(Inside joke for the sports fans…love my team but ain’t no way I can cosign that one…)

Kids today…