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The Greatest: Sir Paul McCartney

Posted by Miss Ess, June 29, 2007 05:26pm | Post a Comment
I drove from San Francisco to LA on Wednesday to see Sir Paul McCartney rock Amoeba Hollywood.

I was not disappointed!

The show was AMAZING.

It was also a total whirlwind. I still can't quite believe that it happened at all. I was in the same room as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr? Too much, too much! This picture captures pretty much how it all felt:

the beatles 1964 paris john lennon paul mccartney ringo starr george harrison

Flash Back: When I was 8 years old I stayed home sick from school one day.paul mccartney help the beatles hofner bass
VCRs had recently been invented. My mom rented me Help.  From that day on, I learned to spin records. I would play records from when I got home from school till dinner time and beyond, dancing around the coffee table for hours on a daily basis to With the Beatles, Help and Abbey Road. For years. Everything I know about music and creation and art I learned from The Beatles. I voraciously read every Beatles book I could get my hands on throughout my teenage years. I became a lifer.

Fast forward 20 years to Amoeba Hollywood.

After watching Paris Hilton exit the CNN studios across the street from Amoeba, paparazzi going wild (gawd, I was in LA!), I went out to the Mezzanine to watch Paul play his sound check.
paul mccartney let it be the beatles
He came out onstage to the 40 or so gawkers and smoothly/nonchalantly began to play "Drive My Car." Surreal.

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Dreams Can Come True: Boy Shakira

Posted by Miss Ess, June 22, 2007 07:46pm | Post a Comment
Yes, I can admit it.  I watched "America's Got Talent" this week.....

and I am so glad I did, so stop snickering and watch Boy Shakira!  You know you wanna...



She is flawless.  She must have that wig bolted to her head!  I love her. 

I have never even seen this show before and the two minutes I caught made me feel so good I wanted to share it with all of you!  Boy Shakira won me over in a snap. 

On the extreme other end of the spectrum, who knew what a raging homophobe the Hoff is?  He has some anger management issues too.  After the commercial he stormed off set to his dressing room because he didn't agree with the other judges' decision and had the be coaxed back to the judging chair for the next act.  What a loser.  I couldn't find that part on YouTube though.  At least Sharon Osbourne gets it. 



Icky Thump

Posted by Miss Ess, June 21, 2007 04:57pm | Post a Comment
white stripes jack meg whiteIcky Thump, it's a fantastic record.  If you read my blog, you arewhite stripes jack meg white already sick of hearing about the White Stripes, so I'll make my comments brief. 


The songs: I heard 'em, absorbed 'em and immediately felt like I'd already been hearin' and lovin' 'em my whole life.  If that isn't a sign of a great record, I don't know whatall is. 

Jack White knows what's real and he knows about integrity and that's a large part of why the band remains untouchable.

jack white cold mountain

From the Onion, 2003:

O:
  Do you see more people getting turned on to the blues in the future?

Jack White: I hope so. I think it's the pinnacle of songwriting. It's never been topped, and I don't think it ever will be. It sort of accidentally broke songwriting down to its three basic components: storytelling, melody, and rhythm. And that's the way I see it. It's so truthful, it can't be glamorized. If people really love music, they're going to start being drawn toward honesty, and if they're drawn to that, it's a direct line right back to Charley Patton and Son House. I'm very skeptical of musicians who say they love music and don't love the blues. It's like someone saying they don't like The Beatles: It makes you think they're in it for the wrong ideas.

White Stripes on Conan

Posted by Miss Ess, June 19, 2007 09:52pm | Post a Comment
Brad is right, I will be posting about Icky Thump soon, prolly like tomorrow.  But for now, check out this performance of "Icky Thump" on Conan last night. 

Radi-cal!! 

Yes, I already have tickets for the show at the Greek Theater September 21.  And yes, the obsession borders on Misery-like, I know, but I can assure you all that when I met Jack White I clearly held back from axing his legs off or any of that crap.  I was the very picture of composure, really.  Yup, that's me.

I'll try to refrain for a while once I post about the record....

Legendary: Paris Is Burning

Posted by Miss Ess, June 19, 2007 09:12pm | Post a Comment
I watched the fantastic documentary Paris Is Burning this weekend. The film came out in 1991 and focuses on the dazzling Balls that Drag Queens created and participated in during the mid to late 80s in the Harlem Ballrooms of New York City. 

paris is burning drag vogue

The Balls are elaborate and flashy competitions, like a fashion and drag sporting event, complete with gaudy trophies. paris is burning legendary vogueEach person has the opportunity to compete in many different categories. The competition is fierce! Competitors walk/work the runway and are judged loudly and with much enthusiasm on their styles as well as their "Realness"-- how flawlessly they pull off drag.

Complicating and deepening the Ball scene is the division of the Queens into Houses. The Houses are named for different Queens who have been especially successful at the Balls -- they are called, appropriately,  "Legends." The way it is explained in the film is that the Houses are pretty much like willi ninja house of ninja vogue paris is burningBall gangs, each headed up by a Mother who is the most revered, respected member of the House and who provides emotional and aesthetic support to each member. Each House is really like a family. Members know where they can go to get support and advice, whether it's on life or makeup.

There's the House of Ninja, the House of LaBeija, the House of Dupree, the House of Xtravaganza, the House of St. Laurent...so many fabulous Houses! I love that there was a category at the Balls for "Mother of the Year." Perfect. Each House Mother has her moment to parade across and around the floor, but only one wins the coveted trophy.

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