Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

A late Christmas gift

February 4, 2016

I haven’t been attending to things properly, so I missed a gay Christmas gift from singer-songwriter and underwear model Steve Grand (discussed on this blog back on 7/11/13). a sweet and sexy cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” (lots of kissing, snuggling in bed). A still from the video, which you can watch here:

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aussieBum, Shearing the Rams, and Slim Dusty

January 29, 2016

On our last visit to Australia (in “Bruce Bruce Bruce” on the 27th), we started out in Aussie underwear (the Daily Jocks AUS line), moved through Monty Python and Bruce as a  stereotypically Aussie name (and in the U.S., as a stereotypically gay name) and on to Barry Humphries and two Australian characters he created, with notes on the Aussie celebration of working-class masculinity (amiable crudity, matiness) and disdain for effete Pommies (Brits). At the end, a promise:

For a later posting, on Aussie masculinity (and class): aussieBum underwear, Shearing the Rams by Tom Roberts, and Slim Dusty.

Now’s the time. Looking ahead: two images of Aussie men in their aussieBum swimwear and underwear, a surfer and a jackaroo:

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Yesterday

January 28, 2016

Two things yesterday: it was Mozart’s birthday, and it was a bright sunny day, cool but not cold, so after a long time away, Juan and I had an al fresco breakfast at Palo Alto’s Gamble Garden, which was packed with things in bloom (winter-blooming flowers and also spring-blooming flowers, since for plants spring starts locally in January) or simply flourishing (like many cool-weather food plants).

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Put the cello to the metal

January 25, 2016

(About music rather than language.)

Two rock groups that exploit cellos: the Finnish metal band Apocalyptica (a quartet: three cellists plus a drummer, all male) and the American rock band Rasputina (a trio: two female cellists who also do the vocals, plus a male pianist who also works a beat-box). Amazing stuff, especially if you like the sound of cellos.

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In the burlesque boat with Zippy

January 25, 2016

Today’s Zippy, continuing the cartoon’s run of burlesques:

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Yesterday it was Poe’s “The Raven”; today it’s the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

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Morning name: John Varvatos

January 24, 2016

The menswear guy, especially coats and footwear (shoes, boots, even Varvatos Converse sneakers — high end sneakers, at $100 to $140 each), though now he’s branched out in other directions: men’s fragrances and recordings, in particular. You can view a short commercial for the John Varvatos Fall 2015 Menswear Collection here. It’s a pas de deux between two beautiful fashion models (beautiful in two different ways), Nick Rea and Jonas Kesseler, left and right in this still at the end of the ad:

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The ad focuses on their coats and, in frequent shots, their boots. And it has a haunting sound track, “Old Bones”, performed by Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown (on, yes, John Varvatos Records).

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Silver mammoth

January 19, 2016

By an odd and indirect route, I went searching on { silver mammoth } this morning, and found two items of interest: a Canadian coin and a Brazilian hard rock band. The coin:

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and from the band’s homepage:

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Some favorite music

January 8, 2016

(About music rather than language.)

A few days ago I awoke twice during the night because of the music that was playing on my iTunes feed: two of my very favorite compositions: the wonderfully warm

Mendelssohn, String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

and the fabulously joyous

Brahms, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel (for solo piano), Op. 24

(surely one of the greatest variation pieces of all time).

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The New Year’s resolution

January 6, 2016

Two days ago I posted a Mother Goose and Grimm strip on New Year’s resolution (#1 there, with the character Ralph confusing resolution and revolution). Now comes a Eugene Chan cartoon with a musical pun on resolution:

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It resolves to a G minor triad.

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The news for penises, issue #1 of 2016

January 5, 2016

A continuing series on this blog, with at least 9 postings before this under the heading  “The news for penises” (plus a great many other penis postings not under that heading). Four items that have come to me in the past few days: an ad for gay porn with some phonological play in it;  horse penises in Kyrgyzstan; beef whistle as a slang term for the penis; and the celebrated candiru fish of the Amazon.

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