Saturday, August 08, 2009

1864: The Red Cross Founded.

Celebrity Death Watch
Double your fun!

Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy

AND

Eunice Kennedy Shriver




Ladies and gentlemen:
please place your bets!

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David Duchovny|Birthday Boy Sex Files!

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Charlize Theron

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Versus.
Charlize Theron v Aileen Wournos
Monster, 2003|d. Patty Jenkins

This Day in 1990.

Desert Shield begins - U.S. deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

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Film History|35 Years Ago
The Towering Inferno



Given the events of September 11, 2001, it's exceptionally hard to watch this movie.

Made all the more difficult by the "appearance" of OJ Simpson.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

The Year In Film|1998
Ian McKellen & Brendan Fraser
Gods & Monsters

Thursday, August 06, 2009

BREAKING!
Director John Hughes blew out the candles!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Must see photography exhibitions:
ICP|Midtown and NBMAA, CT

Richard Avedon|ICP Midtown, through September 20, 2009




A Must-See Collection of American Photography, through September 5, 2009

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Habits to live and to thrive by.

Shake out your Rolodex, regularly.

Find there's a few names in there and YOU'RE doing all the calling?
Find a few names in there who AREN'T SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE?
Find a few names in there who THRIVE ON DRAMA, real or imaginary?

Shake, shake, shake.
Shake, shake, shake,
shake that ROLODEX, shake that ROLODEX.

And enjoy your new-found freedom.
You'll be surprised.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Buff Birthday Brawn!
Marcus Schenkenberg





Marcus Schenkenberg

Born Date: August 4, 1968
Born Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Birth name Marcus Lodewijk Schenkenberg van Mierop
height: 6' 3" / 190.50 cm
chest 42
waist: 33" / 83.82 cm
shoes: 11
hair colour: Brown Light
hair length: Short
eyes: Brown

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This Day in History|1901
Well, hello, Louis!!!

The Birthday of Frankenstein.
Percy Bysshe Shelley|1792



The Funeral of Shelley
Louis Edouard Fournier

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More irresistible Mac software!
MacBundleBox



Hmm. MacBundleBox? And it's AFFORDABLE???
Can't beat this great stuff for $49!
Smells like
MacHeist to me!!!

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Review|The New York Times
Depeche Mode @ Madison Square Garden
04 August 2009|Tour of the Universe



August 5, 2009
MUSIC REVIEW | DEPECHE MODE

Synth From
Depeche Mode @ Madison Square Garden

By JON CARAMANICA

Dave Gahan’s voice has always had a disembodied quality, as if it were delivering stern disciplinarian instructions from an overhead speaker while a camera kept watch, making sure they were followed. That firmness was one of Depeche Mode’s anchors during the 1980s and early ’90s, first as new wave renegades, and later as innovators of industrial synth-pop.

It turns out, though, that Mr. Gahan is just a man, and one who likes to have fun at that: the body reveals the voice to be something of a lie. At Madison Square Garden on Monday night (there will be a second concert Tuesday), he was all smiles, even when his subject matter was gritty, a rock star long done with posing.

First appearing in a black blazer — later peeled off to reveal a black vest, later peeled off to reveal tattoos and a bare chest — and slicked-back hair, Mr. Gahan was debonair and feline, spinning like a figure skater and contorting his body, if not his voice. His orders didn’t sound nearly so harsh as they do on record.In April Depeche Mode — Mr. Gahan, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher — released its 12th album, "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/Capitol/Virgin), on which the group again sounds like a young band — in this case, a young band aspiring to make records like Depeche Mode made in the ’80s. It’s artful but not emphatic, overlooking the fact that the hard clang of synth against synth against drums against more synths was one of the things that set Depeche Mode apart from its softer peers.

Those albums were harsh, seductive and often dissolute documents of eroticism and power, or eroticism and vulnerability, depending on the song. In some places here, the band achieved a similar thrill. "Master and Servant" pulsed with a cacophony of off-kilter synths. During "A Question of Time," Mr Gahan gamely fondled his crotch while eyeing imaginary prey. "You’re only 15/ and you look good," he purred. "I’ll take you under my wing/ like somebody should." "I Feel You" was abrasively sexual, with Mr. Gahan returning his hand below his waist as Mr. Gore, on guitar, applied a roaring friction.Recent songs, though, were airless. "Hole to Feed" and "Come Back" had none of the ache of the band’s best material. And the effect was contagious, making some old songs ("In Your Room," "Precious") sound new, for the worse.

Mr. Gore, switching between several guitars, was essential, poking through the haze with taut riffs. Oddly, for surprisingly long stretches of time, Mr. Fletcher merely stood behind his bay of keyboards, shaking his hips or grinning or both. Or neither. (The three band members were joined by two additional players on keyboards and on drums.)

Midshow, Mr. Gore, the band’s primary songwriter but its secondary character, took center stage to sing a pair of songs, including "Home" from "Ultra," one of the group’s later, lesser albums. Dressed in a sparkling silver outfit — vest, pants, cuffs — he was a loud sartorial retort to Mr. Gahan, though until this point, he’d stayed far out of the spotlight."Home" is one of the few Depeche Mode singles sung by Mr. Gore, who normally cuts Mr. Gahan’s tense vocals with high, delicate harmonies. Here, he was almost desperate; it was easily the night’s most disruptive moment, but also the most moving. Had Mr. Gahan sung the same words, it would have sounded like defiance. But from Mr. Gore they’re tender, evidence of the beating heart beneath Depeche Mode’s rigor.

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Real estate uptick:
Gwathmey bought the farm!

Charles Gwathmey, Modernist Architect, Is Dead at 71

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Horoscope|03 August 2009
Mercury Opposition Chiron
Pain + Suffering? Depeche Mode?

Personal Daily Horoscope
Monday, 03 August 2009
born 04 May 1960

Uncomfortable questions
Mercury Opposition Chiron
03 August 2009 – 04 August 2009
Exact at 21:31

At this time you may try to come to a rational understanding of painful episodes in your life. You may ask critical and uncomfortable questions. Were all the rejections and dismissals and the scars they left behind really necessary? Is there such a thing as meaningless suffering? By asking these questions you try to come to terms with both your own and others' pain and suffering. We all have to deal with them, because life will confront us with such problems again and again. And even if old psychological wounds cannot be healed by asking probing questions or by analysing them, it is natural and necessary that your intellect refuses to accept this. These are questions that you can only ask yourself, as others may find them unsettling and hurtful.

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Voyeur.
Thoughts of Rodin.

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Depeche Mode|Touring the Universe
Madison Square Garden; 03 August 2009

from The Stamford Advocate (and ©2009, this author)

An exceptionally patriotic Dave, Martin + Fletch dropped a set last night leaning heavily on a red, white, and blue video blurring during a return engagement to a packed house at Madison Square Garden. Last time round, they were playing the angel. This time, they took on the universe of New York City with an intense two-encore set which wrapped the sell-out crowd in chains, and they loved it. Despite the lackluster material on SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE, the surprise was the retooling of the band's interpretation of the old material and the ramping up the tempo of the new stuff.

With a blistering set which peeled back the synthesized layers of IN CHAINS and WRONG, DM quickly began to pull a stunning set which featured solid rearrangements of PERSONAL JESUS, I FEEL YOU, and WAITING FOR THE NIGHT.

The stand-out, however, was towards the end of the show with a steamy toe-sucking sapphic couple in blinding red lights of STRANGELOVE. Strange love, indeed!

Sadly, this show is not available on the DEPECHE MODE LIVE site. Perhaps "union regulations" prohibit recording and reselling of shows from the Garden. There was, although, a healthy contingent of glass eyes on mega-tripods, so perhaps this show was recorded in some fashion. The group was tight, definitely in form, and sounded great for a group with its roots in the very (very!) early 80s.

If Dave's health holds up as well as Martin's outstanding voice, as evidenced in HOME (check it out at 2'30'), where he held a pivotal note brilliantly, this will, hopefully, continue to be "the" TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE. A WRONG move, indeed!

(I'd actually give them a 5-star rating, but nothing tops last Thursday's rare, and legendary, appearance of the original Queen of the Gay Discos: Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones! She played to a manic audience squeezed into The Hammerstein Ballroom, and from front row, center, well, it just doesn't get any better than that. From this writer's perspective, I thought she was going to EAT me!!!)

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And now a word from our sponsor:
Michael Phelps|Speedo

Depeche Mode|Video
Precious_Tour of the Universe
Madison Square Garden
03 August 2009

video

video ©2009_OrangeMercury
Sony CyberShot DSC-T33

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Depeche Mode_Video|Martin Gore_Home
Madison Square Garden 03 August 2009

from JON CARAMANICA|The New York Times:

Midshow, Mr. Gore, the band’s primary songwriter but its secondary character, took center stage to sing a pair of songs, including "Home" from "Ultra," one of the group’s later, lesser albums. Dressed in a sparkling silver outfit — vest, pants, cuffs — he was a loud sartorial retort to Mr. Gahan, though until this point, he’d stayed far out of the spotlight."Home" is one of the few Depeche Mode singles sung by Mr. Gore, who normally cuts Mr. Gahan’s tense vocals with high, delicate harmonies. Here, he was almost desperate; it was easily the night’s most disruptive moment, but also the most moving. Had Mr. Gahan sung the same words, it would have sounded like defiance. But from Mr. Gore they’re tender, evidence of the beating heart beneath Depeche Mode’s rigor.

video

video ©2009_OrangeMercury
Sony CyberShot DSC-T33

Check out the note Martin holds from 2:30 – 2:36.
Damn!

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Depeche Mode|Setlist
Tour of the Universe
Madison Square Garden
03 August 2009


In Chains
Wrong
Hole To Feed
Walking In My Shoes
It's No Good
A Question Of Time
Precious
Fly On The Windscreen
Little Soul
Home
Come Back
Policy Of Truth
In Your Room
I Feel You
Enjoy The Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
Encore #1
Stripped
Master And Servant
Strangelove
Encore #2
Personal Jesus
Waiting For The Night (Bare Version)

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MSG Concert Review
Depeche Mode paints NYC's Universe RWB!!!


Dave, Martin + Fletch could do no wrong last night during a return engagement to a packed house at Madison Square Garden. Last time round, they were playing the angel. This time, they took on the universe of New York City with an intense two-encore set which wrapped the sell-out crowd in chains, and they loved it. Despite the lackluster material on SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE, the surprise was the retooling of the band's interpretation of the old material and the ramping up the tempo of the new stuff.

The stand-out, however, was towards the end of the show with a steamy toe-sucking sapphic couple in blinding red lights of STRANGELOVE. Strange love, indeed!

If Dave's health holds up as well as Martin's outstanding voice, as evidenced in HOME (check it out at 2'30'), where he held a pivotal note brilliantly, this will, hopefully, continue to be "the" TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Tonight|Depeche Mode
Madison Square Garden

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Depeche Mode 2009|NYC @ MSG
03 August 2009

In Chains
Wrong
Hole To Feed
Walking In My Shoes
It's No Good
A Question Of Time
Precious
Fly On The Windscreen
Little Soul
Home
Come Back
Policy Of Truth
In Your Room
I Feel You
Enjoy The Silence
Never Let Me Down Again

Encore #1
Stripped
Master And Servant
Strangelove

Encore #2
Personal Jesus
Waiting For The Night (Bare Version)

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Grace Jones|The Hurricane Tour

BuzzTracker|OrangeMercury Scores 80%!!!



Out of ten references to Grace Jones on Buzztracker, 80% of them are hyperlinks to THIS VERY SITE!

Enjoy the publicity as much as I am, and check out which of the 8 on BuzzTracker are mine here.

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Hurricane Grace
Grace Jones; The Hammerstein Ballroom 2009