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Spanish Johnny Proves Slow on the Uptake

From Bruce Springsteen’s “Incident on 57th Street”: Puerto Rican Jane, oh, won’t you tell me, what’s your name? Dude, you know her name. It’s “Puerto Rican Jane.”

posted 27 September 2010 in Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Lady Gaga

Photographed on the sidewalk around the corner from my house.

posted 24 September 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

The Return of Unlikely Lyrics

In the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” Paul McCartney sings: And so I quit the police department / And got myself a steady job Leaving aside the overuse of “and” to fill out the lines–how does McCartney think police employment works? Seasonally? Piecework? What kind of crazy freelance police work is the […]

posted 20 September 2010 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments

1988 Countdown #50: Sting, “Be Still My Beating Heart”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) Top of the hour, which means it’s time for the station ID. For years, that meant an astronaut jumping around on the moon, but eventually MTV mixed it up (while keeping the same music). On the last day of 1988, they were showing a three-dimensional M spinning inside […]

posted 16 September 2010 in 1988. 8 comments

I Make the Rounds

In my continuing series of Rolling Stone articles that aren’t available online to be linked to, I call your attention to my short “In the Studio” visit with Tom Morello, the mad-scientist guitarist in Rage Against the Machine. Contrary to his bristling agit-pop image, he’s a warm, funny guy. Morello’s been working on a new […]

posted 14 September 2010 in Articles. no comments yet

Top Five Fictional Bears

1. Fozzie Bear 2. Winnie the Pooh 3. Paddington 4. Yogi Bear 5. The unnamed bear in The Winter’s Tale (“Exit, pursued by a bear”)

posted 13 September 2010 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments

Friday Foto: JFK Airport

Taken earlier this week. I haven’t tweaked the colors; that’s just the twilight giving the picture a Hipstamatic effect. As the setting of the photo suggests, I’m now back from New York, and regular posting will resume next week. Or today, depending on how you look at it.

posted 10 September 2010 in Photos. no comments yet