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More Massive Attack

A few days back, I posted a video of Norwegian singer Aurora’s cover version of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”. It was probably inevitable that I’d follow it down the rabbit hole, which led me to another video.

Kaleidoscopic, not to mention psychedelic. You’ll want to dim the lights and go full screen on this one,

Here’s an audio-only of “Paradise Circus”, one of my favourite Massive Attack songs.

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“Every Wes Anderson Movie”

I’m immune to the whimsical charms of director Wes Anderson. His movies make me itchy, and I’ve never seen one without wishing I’d spent the time on something more productive and entertaining, like defrosting the freezer or finding out what Ivanka Trump is up to these days.

Anticipating this weekend’s release of Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s latest voyage to the Land of Twee, the people behind the Screen Junkies YouTube channel have posted one of their “Honest Trailers” videos.  Instead of simply promoting the new feature, this trailer covers the entire Anderson oeuvre.

Look on his Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

The Breathtaking Brilliance of David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum

David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum is the most exciting, dynamic, and fascinating show you’ll see this year.

Here are some of the things you can see or hear at the exhibition:

“Highlights of the exhibition include more than 60 custom-made performance costumes…85 handwritten lyric sheets, including those from “Fame” and “Fashion”… drawings, including a sketch for the Young Americans album cover; and oil paintings, including two of musician Iggy Pop, all by Bowie…more than 40 pioneering music videos, television clips, and filmed roles as well as a multimedia presentation of international tour footage…custom audio mix made up of snippets of Bowie’s songs…”

—from the exhibition’s web page

 

The show originated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in 2013. Since then, it has been on a tour that took it to 10 cities on five continents. David Bowie is has been seen by more people than any other show in the V&A’s 166-year history.

These reviews, from Vogue (“Go. Just go.”) and Rolling Stone (“Stunning”), describe parts of the show, and explain why it’s the Must See exhibition of 2018.

It runs through 15 July 2018. This is the last stop of the tour, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.


Souvenirs

Even if you can’t get to the exhibition itself, you can buy the David Bowie cotton tote bag ($10) or the lavishly illustrated David Bowie is exhibition catalogue ($45 softcover, $55 hardcover). All available at the Brooklyn Museum’s shop.


(Photography wasn’t allowed, so all these pictures are from the museum’s website.)

Return to Haversham Manor

“She’s Having One of Her Episodes.”

What better way to complement an afternoon at Downton Abbey than by spending an evening at another British stately home? I headed to the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street, where the Cornley University Drama Society was presenting the classic thriller, The Murder at Haversham Manor.

Well, not really. What I actually saw was The Play That Goes Wrong, a British farce about the disaster-plagued production of a ridiculous murder mystery by a hopelessly inept cast and crew. The title says it all.

It won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards, and has since become the longest-running play currently on Broadway. Both the London and New York productions are still going strong, with no end in sight. In addition, The Play etc. has been licensed for production in more than 20 countries. A US tour will kick off with a five-week stop in Los Angeles later this year.

What I’m hinting at, in my subtle, understated way, is that this sweet show is a huge hit. It’s also very, very funny.

If you’d like to get a glimpse of the mayhem, here’s a link to the 10-minute excerpt from The Play That Goes Wrong that convulsed the audience at the Royal Variety Show a few years back.



All photos are from the play’s website, except for the picture of that beautiful, trendy baseball cap. That’s one’s mine.

Cute Videos of the Day, 15 March 2018 — “The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”

Queen Elsa to the rescue.

“Elsa” is a 37-year-old lawyer named Jason Triplett, who was dressed appropriately for Boston’s “Frozen” winter weather earlier this week.


“Cute Video of the Day” is an occasional feature on this blog. It includes an alarming number of videos that show children falling down.

Two Brilliant Covers: Sarah Blasko Sings Bowie and Aurora Sings Massive Attack

While prowling around the Net in search of a quick David Bowie fix, in preparation for next week’s trip to the “David Bowie is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, I found a YouTube channel for Triple J, an alternative radio station sponsored by the Australian government. One of its features is a Friday morning segment called “Like A Version”, during which a visiting artist plays one of their own songs, and a cover of a song they love.

Sarah Blasko is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, with a string of highly-praised albums over the past 15 years. She performs a crystalline version of “Life on Mars”.

While on the site, I also found this beautiful cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”* by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora.

Despite the current foul political atmosphere in the US and the UK, isn’t the 21st century wonderful? Pre-internet, it’s unlikely that I’d ever have heard of either of these two amazingly talented musicians.


*A passing thought: By now, there must be millions of people who have never heard of Massive Attack, but would recognize “Teardrop” within a minute or so.

“Oh! That’s the song from House!”

Ready Player One – “The Final Trailer”

Ready Player One opens at the end of this month, and this video was posted as “The Final Trailer”. It seems to be a fusion of two trailers, and it doesn’t appear to be an official Warner Brothers release, but it has some exciting content.

Maybe it’s just because I’m giddy about the return of the Thin White Duke these days, but doesn’t the Parzival avatar look Bowie-esque?

Here’s what I wrote after the first trailer was screened at Comic-Con last summer.

And here’s yet another trailer, this one titled “Official Trailer #5”, aka “The Clark Kent Trailer”: