Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Pingu watches over the gay boys

October 21, 2016

On AZBlogX, two postings of homoerotic Pingu-based collages (featuring the animated penguin Pingu), 8 in each set: “Pingu: first wave” (here) and “Pingu: second wave” (here) — being birds of the sea, penguins come in waves.

Pingu will then lead us to other pingu- words, only a few penguin-related; and to the pungi, a musical instrument (cobras will be involved).


Là ci darem la mano pianoforte

October 20, 2016

(About music rather than language.)

Woke briefly in the middle of the night to the glorious sound of Alexis Weissenberg playing the piano part (which is to say, the bulk) of Frédéric Chopin’s Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” for piano and orchestra, Op. 2 (yes, 2; Chopin was 17). It brought me great joy: I delight in the Mozart and I love variation pieces, especially for the piano (Mozart wrote piles of variations). It’s always seemed to me that Chopin got Mozart down perfectly here (including both the simple tuneful, even bubbly, side representing Zerlina and the darker side representing Don Giovanni, with his designs on Zerlina’s body), except that Chopin’s version is really really showy — like Mozart with all the stops out.


Nick Cave and the Soundsuits

October 17, 2016

Today’s news from Stanford included “Nick Cave exhibition at Stanford challenges artistic conventions”:

A new exhibition at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University blends the visual arts with performance. Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are part sculpture, part costume [and part musical instruments]. Made of a myriad of discarded and disused materials, they are designed to be worn and moved in, concealing the wearer’s race, gender and age. The exhibition runs through Aug. 14, 2017.

There’s an accompanying video.

Note: not the Australian musician Nick Cave, fascinating though he is, but the artist Nick Cave.


Zwickys of New York: Chuck the mixmaster

October 17, 2016

Following on yesterday’s appreciation of artist Calder Zwicky, I was led to check out Zwickys in New York City. There aren’t a great many, at least from the Swiss migrations to America in the 18th through early 20th centuries; Swiss immigrants from those days went first primarily to farm country (some details below), and their descendants (like me, and Calder Zwicky) then moved to seek new lives in urban areas. However, among the Zwickys of New York I did come across sound mixer Chuck Zwicky.



October 16, 2016

On the 13th, in the New Yorker daily posting, a rapidly composed shout of delight from David Remnick (the editor)


(I would have added an exclamation point.) With links to 8 songs and an interview. Plus a quickly sketched cartoon from David Sipress:



Zippy goes out to catch a bite

October 15, 2016

… in two recent strips, first at Dippin’ Donuts and then at the Sugar Shack. Looks like sweet tooth days for our Pinhead. Both strips are strewed with allusions of all kinds, of course.




New Yorker bro-toon

October 14, 2016

Another marcher in the great parade of brocabulary, from the October 17th New Yorker: broductivity (bro + productivity):


(by Benjamin Schwartz)

So much for the self-satisfied fist bump.


Bring in ‘da Boyz, Bring in ‘da Funk

October 13, 2016

(A men’s underwear posting, racy but not outrageous.)

The Daily Jocks offer from 6/24 (I have a huge underwear backlog), with the ad copy and my caption:


Funky Trunks are back with brand new underwear and swimwear! Australian brand Funky Trunks always provided bright, bold designs and their new collection is no different. You will want to be seen in these, check out full range now!

Hot Wash and
Trunked Up, the
Hard funk boys for
The Aussie Swim ‘n’ Sex
Experience, patrol the
Changing room


Smuggle me budgie down, sport

October 6, 2016

In recent sporting news, from the Financial Times on the 4th, a story by Primrose Riordan on

a minor scandal in Malaysia, where Australians have been arrested for wearing Malaysian flag-themed budgie smugglers to the Formula One grand prix.

Nine Australians stripped down to their underwear at the event in Kuala Lumpur and drank alcohol out of shoes after Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, who won the race, drank champagne from his boot in celebration.


Caption: Nine Australian revellers at Malaysia’s Formula 1 racing circuit have been jailed after stripping down to reveal underpants themed on Malaysia’s national flag. Photo credit: New Straits Times Press/Osman Adnan


Beefcake on screen

October 4, 2016

(Little of academic or social significance, but mostly about shameless displays of the male body. Not, however, X-rated, either visually or verbally.)

A while back, links on Facebook to Hollywood Beefcake, a public group on Facebook featuring movie and tv actors dsplaying their bodies. Shots of, among others, Guy Madison, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper, Hugh O’Brian, Robert Conrad, Johnny Weissmuller, Clint Eastwood, Tab Hunter, Marc Singer, Burt Reynolds, Lee Majors, Jeff Goldblum, Alexander Skarsgard, Matt Bomer, Ryan Phillipe, Shia LaBeouf, Danny Pino, and Chris Meloni. And Charlie Hunnam, who’s appeared on this blog before because he revels in sexy shirtless displays.

Then an appendix on three of the notable shirtless hunks on the television series Glee, who I don’t think had made it onto the Hollywood Beefcake site when I last checked it.