Sunday Morning Songs W/Guest VJ Fernando Negro-Blanco

And Fernando says mockingly, “I am standing on the shoulders of ‘ze giants.”

Another video set in LA. The Chemical Brothers w/Beth Orton, “Where Do I Begin?”:

Short interlude. The Coronation Scene from Maria Antoinette. Stunningly beautiful pinks and royal purples:

Following up with the Cure’s “High”:

Here are a couple of bands kicking ass at Reading Festivals past:

Nirvana “School”:

Green Day’s version of “We Are the Champions”:

And finally here’s Fernando’s salute to the 2008 Presidential Elections.

The Clash “I’m So Bored with the USA/Train in Vain”:

The Glass Menagerie

Newman directed this one but didn’t star in it. He, like me, was quite in tune with the Tennesseen Williams. Here’s a short clip from 1987’s The Glass Menagerie with Paul’s lovely wife (now sadly widowed) Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich and Karen Allen. In my opinion it’s the quintessential version:

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I Never Planned Anything in My Life

A few more Newman clips, although I regret that I couldn’t find any good ones from The Long, Hot Summer: One of us is going to have to remedy that some day.

Cool Hand Luke, talking to God:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, jumpin’:

The last time I saw Paul in a theater. The Road to Perdition, “I’m glad it’s you.”:

The Hudsucker Proxy, blue letter scene. Classic:

The Hustler, Final Game:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman, R.I.P (1925-2008)

Heaven just got a new leading man. Keep on shining that Luke Smile of yours up there, Paul. You really were a natural born world-shaker. You taught many of us to grasp that side of ourselves. Another Ohio boy done good.

Sign of a good life: All the girls wanted you and all the guys wanted to be you. Hell, you were so charismatically sexy that same thing can said the other way around.

We’re gonna miss you Paul. We loved having you here so much.

Feeling all St. Louis

“Hot in Herrre”…Nelly:

And have you ever heard the acoustic Jenny Owen Youngs version? One of Rebecca’s students introduced it to us the other day. Hot:

Ein Lied für meine Studenten

Here’s the sappy ballad I’m going to show to my German students today. Sehr Teenie-Pop. I love it when I can get these things stuck in their heads!

Tokio Hotel mit “Hilf Mir Fliegen”:

Ode to the $700,000,000,000 Bailout

…and crashes in general.

The Cure “Fascination Street”:

Greatest LA Films Ever

This will be a continually growing post and I need your help to improve it. I’m trying to put together a list of the Greatest LA Films Ever. Conditions: 1) LA, “LA-ness”, or Southern California more generally, must be an integral character in the film. 2) The film must be truly outstanding in one way or another.

Here’s what I have now off the top of my head, in no particular order. Feel free to add yours in the comments section. I’ll add them below if I feel that they’re worthy, or allow you to persuade me through argument if I’m uncertain. Thanks.

Sunset Boulevard
Short Cuts
The Player
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Double Indemnity
Menace II Society
Boogie Nights
There Will Be Blood
Training Day
L.A. Confidential
Ed Wood
Boyz ‘n the Hood
American Me
Stand and Deliver
Blade Runner (future LA counts)…
L.A. Story
Mulholland Drive
The Big Lebowski

The LA Enigma

You know, Los Angeles, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. You entice me so much. Your mythos, your money, your mystery…your myriad of problems. You seem faster than the speed of life.

Someday I’ll pay you a visit and you can spin me around your freeways and beaches. But until then, keep shining on American Diamond and I’ll keep contemplating how your Ding an sich sparkles out to the rest of us:


According to Moby “We Are All Made of Stars.” No argument here. We’re LA-tastic!:



Or perhaps Aimee Mann has it right: you got a lot of money, but you can’t afford the “Freeway”:

It’s probably both, but what the hell do I know from afar?


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