Sleater-Kinney on indefinite hiatus

Huge shock for me to discover this morning (in tiny print on Pitchfork.com's web site) that after 11 years, Sleater-Kinney is breaking up. S-K has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I can remember, so this is sad news. Here's the word from their web site:

After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings.

We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.

But mostly we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile.

With love and thanks,

Apparently their last show is Lollapalooza -- however they will be in Lousiville (close to my neck of the woods) on July 29. Might have to get tix for that show...I've seen them twice and both times I was blown away. Music is taking a hit with this break-up...


In other news...

I've found the last obscure, really good, late 70's new wave (0r whatever) rock song that I've never heard before. It's by the Talking Heads and it's called Happy Day. Seriously, it's great. No, really, it is! Check it out...

I'm probably full of crap. It's likely I'll find some random Blondie song tomorrow and take the whole thing back. Eh. But for now, you should listen to it!

What I learned from Soylent Green

Ya know, I don't talk about movies enough on here (mostly it's all about music. Obscure music). So I'm gonna start talking about the movies I've watched lately too. I finally finished Soylent Green last week and I have a few fun facts that sum it up -- just in case you never have any desire to see this film...

1. New York City in 2022 is gonna suck.

2. It's Edward G. Robinson's last movie. Really, he's the highlight of the whole thing. He eats...a lot!

3. A recent Simpsons episode (Million Dollar Abie) parodied the Old People Death Device used in this movie.

4. The Riot Controlling Scooping Machine is too funny to be terrifying. Also blood is really, really red in the future.

5. It's people!

Blog flurry

A few posts today while I'm waiting for the OK to leave work today. The first one is a recommendation to check out the underlooked, understated "The Conversation." It's the movie Francis Ford Coppola did between his Godfather movies, but nothing like those movies at all. It's more a character study starring Gene Hackman as a surveillance expert that gets a little wrapped up in his work.

It features some of Coppola's frequently used actors, like the guy who played Fredo and Frederic Forrest (better known to Apocolypse Now fans as Chef), Harrison Ford (pre-Star Wars) and Robert Duvall. Great cast and interesting story, relevant today in our wire tapping times...


On temporary hiatus...

Hey all,

Sorry for the recent lack of posting -- currently working from an Internet cafe, where I have about 10 minutes left. When I originally envisioned this trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., I thought "Great! More blogging time." Unfortunately, that's just not the case. So greetings from the beach (which has been a little rainy recently). And I'll be back soon!