Unlike me, some of you knew Django Reinhardt before Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown. But if you’re still equating him with Sean Penn, check out the real thing in this rare video from wfmu blog. Said to be one of the greatest jazz guitarist ever, the real Django was missing a couple of fingers, so it is fascinating watch him play.
The Queen of Memphis soul has stolen my heart. Carla Thomas’ What a Fool I’ve Been is perfect for slow dancing in the basement of some seedy bar in southside Chicago in the 1950′s or so I’m told. (thanks Tricky Brains)
It’s writer’s week at moistworks and writer Sam Lipsyte has selected Lonley Boy by Andrew Gold. This 70′s power ballad gives new meaning to the phrase AM Gold. Lipsyste says he included it "because my babysitter used to torture me with it and because it is a case study of what happens when a robot, passing as human, enjoys a flourishing career as a session man and then lands a solo deal."
The Voom Blooms are a four piece band from the UK that sound kind of like the Libertines. Check out Politics and Cigarettes, a song that one blog-critic calls "a future classic rock anthem."
Was Dick Cheney really hunting for beaver when he shot his friend in the face last weekend?
AOL is facing criticism for listing "gay and lesbian" as a musical genre on their online music site. Maybe they just didn’t have space to write out "Coldplay".
Nicole Richie curses the fame she worked so hard to get.
I think it would be awesome if George Clooney bought back his old Batman suit and wore it to the Oscars, in order to remind people that the star of Batman & Robin is nominated for 3 awards. Joan Rivers’ head would explode.
NBC spent $613 million to get beaten in the ratings by a CSI,Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and, especially, American Idol. (Perhaps the Olympics would get better ratings if they used amateurs again?) Almost twice as many people watched AI as they did the Olympics on Wednesday when only 17.9 million people tuned in to see what was up at the Turin, I mean Torino, Games. 31.2 million saw AI, 27.4 million saw CSI, 25.4 million saw Grey’s, and 23.5 saw Desperate Housewives. In other words, all the other major networks seem to have had the Best Week Ever! But don’t worry, NBC still kicked PAX’s butts.