Monday, May 31, 2010

Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now

by Jay Allbritton
Hopper, Brando and Sheen in the creepy cave.

Facebook Caves In To Pakistan

by Hector Diego

Are you offended by this picture?

The Prophet Muhammed, in the picture above, looks like a man stoned on God. What's wrong with that? I don't mean what is wrong with that in someone else's book, I mean in yours. That's what has gotten me riled about this.

I feel it would have been better for Facebook to stick to their guns and not acquiesce to Islamist horror over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, even favorably. Or even Islamic horror. I have changed my opinion on this, for I formerly felt that non-Muslims should respect the sentiments of Muslims--that is, not provoke them. But when I reflect that someone in the privacy of their own home cannot post whatever they want because someone else finds it offensive, well, I find intimidation offensive. And I am really appalled that Facebook apologized to Pakistan, a country that has, in my opinion, plenty of apologizing of its own to do. Sorry if this offends anyone, but this is where I stand.


by Hector Diego

Krishna Das - Kali Durge

by Hector Diego

Shakti De Ma

by Hector Diego

This is a very popular bhajan, or devotional song, to the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother has almost vanished from the Western World, but in India she is still very strong.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jack vs. Locke Lost Climax, Jedi-Style

by Jay Allbritton
This would have been a cool way to do it.

Lost Re-Watch--The Opening of Season 3

by Jay Allbritton
This is one of my favorite sequences from Lost. The beginning of Season 3. The sequence here is quite staggering. We see that before Jack and the Oceanic castaways ever showed up, Ben, Juliette and The Others were on the island. Read between the lines a bit and you see that Desmond was there too--off screen--going through his fight with Kelvin that resulted in enough electromagnetic force being released when Desmond showed up late to push the button that Oceanic 815 was ripped open in midair.

She & Him--Change

by Jay Allbritton
Here's another clip from Elvis Costello's Spectacle show.

Jenny And Johnny

by Hector Diego

One picture is worth 1,000 words

That's right, folks, Jenny Lewis and boyfriend Jonathan Rice are cooking up an album together. Can't wait to hear it. And Rilo Kiley is putting together an album of B sides and rarities. Yummy!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Jenny Lewis--Carpetbaggers

by Jay Allbritton
With Elvis Costello on David Letterman. Jenny's next project is a collaboration with Jonathan Rice called "Jenny and Johnny", and sources say it will be out in August. Rice wrote this song, so perhaps this sound is the direction they're heading in.

Dennis Hopper, American Artist

by Hector Diego

Dennis Hopper has gone to the other side. He was 74.

Oaksterdam University

by Hector Diego

Oaksterdam University, with its main campus in Oakland, California, is the first education facility for the study of marijuana in the U.S. Here's some music you can listen to while perusing their website.

California Marijuana Workers Unionize

by Hector Diego

The labor movement in the United States is alive and healthy. Watch the video.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Regina Spektor--Fidelity

by Jay Allbritton
Head over to TwentyFourBit to watch Regina Spektor's performance at the White House, after you stay here to watch her do an awesome rendition of "Fidelity".

Jenny Lewis--Pretty Bird

by Jay Allbritton
From Elvis Costello's Spectacle program.

Donald Glover--Vampires Have Got to Go

by Jay Allbritton
As a full-fledged comedy nerd, I often get excited about some great new talent, dubbing them "America's next great comedian". Well, sometimes they are and usually they're not. This guy has got a shot. His resume already includes writing for 30 Rock, acting on one of the best new shows on TV; Community, and working with the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy.

Mr. Donald Glover:
Donald Glover - Talk About Penises
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jenny Lewis on Spectacle

by Jay Allbritton
Elvis Costello interviews Jenny Lewis, M. Ward & Zooey Deschanel.

Beatles LP Countdown - Helter Skelter

by Hector Diego

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining

by Hector Diego

I just went to post this, and saw that the Station Agent had already posted some Jenny Lewis. I guess great minds really do think alike.

Jenny Lewis--Happy

by Jay Allbritton
Real nice clip from a 2006 performance by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins from a festival held in Scotland called T in the Park.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In Another Life, Bruthah

by Jay Allbritton
In another life, ABC is all set to run this show starting in the Fall (via Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness).

Just not in this life, sadly.

Kimya Dawson--Check Your Snob at The Door

by Jay Allbritton
Yesterday Kimya posted a clip for a new song called "Check Your Snob at The Door," with this message:
I get a lot of messages from people who feel the need to emphasize that they liked me "before Juno". I get a lot of people insulting the fans who only heard of me from Juno. And I get a surprisingly large amount of people asking me if it annoys me that there are all these new "fake fans" because of Juno. I decided to respond to this issue, as I respond to most issues, in musical form. Here's the live debut of "Check Your Snob at The Door" by my soft-rap persona Rerun Rainbowmagnets Steinway...

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

by Hector Diego

Today is the Appearance Day of Lord Narasingha, the Hindu deity.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quicksilver - Don't Cry My Lady Love

by Hector Diego

More fine piano work by the late Nicky Hopkins. 1971.

Introduction to The Wheel of Time

by Jay Allbritton
This is the intro from the 1999 computer game version of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. The announcer, who has a magnificent voice, lays out an overview of the sprawling back-story as it stands at the start of Jordan's saga.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Shiva And Manitou

by Hector Diego

In some ways, Hinduism and Native American religions have much in common.

I Don't Know How To Love Him

by Hector Diego

From the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar, sung by Yvonne Elliman. Just beautiful.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Scott McKenzie - San Francisco

by Hector Diego

When the Station Agent posts the song "Alameda" by Elliot Smith, I always feel inspired to post a picture of The City, as they call it in Northern California, from Alameda.

I long for The City.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Elliott Smith--Alameda

by Jay Allbritton
Nobody broke your heart;
you broke your own,
'cause you can't finish what you start

Gaurangi - Shyam

by Hector Diego


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Prayers To The Six Gosvamis

by Hector Diego

It's esoteric. Either you know what this is, or you don't. But try it, you might like it. You probably won't know why, if you do, but that hardly matters.

Thao Nguyen--Body

by Jay Allbritton
Thao Nguyen performs solo at 826LA's Chickens in Love Benefit Concert.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quicksilver - Hope

by Hector Diego

Quicksilver was over the top with self-righteousness, but they did it so well! I love this song...

What do you think, Station Agent?

Balthrop, Alabama--You Used to Love Me So

by Jay Allbritton
NPR's song of the day comes from these guys. It's a track called "Subway Horns" and it's about suicidal musicians, particularly Elliott Smith.

This is another one of their songs, "You Used to Love Me So."

Rilo Kiley--With Arms Outstretched

by Jay Allbritton
This was the first Rilo Kiley song I ever heard, back in 2004, courtesy of Largehearted Boy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

And Now... The arthroPod

by Jay Allbritton
I found this image rummaging through my Photobucket account. It's an arthroPod. Get it? A bug that plays MP3. I thought this could be a big seller. Still do. This was an idea Stacy and I came up with a few years ago. She designed it. I still think it rules.

Tegan and Sara--I Know I Know I Know

by Jay Allbritton
Tell them this love hasn't changed me, hasn't changed me at all
Last night I was writing about you
I know my screaming and shouting won't keep you
I know I know I know, you're still my love

Rilo Kiley--I Love LA

by Jay Allbritton
Amazing the songs people will leave off of albums.

Monday, May 17, 2010

All You Need Is Love

by Hector Diego

This is a good way to start your day.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Making of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm

by Jay Allbritton
Brandon Sanderson, Harriet McDougal and some of the people working behind the scenes to continue Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time Series discuss the process. Let this clip will continue for two more segments on WOT.

She Loves You

by Hector Diego

"She Loves You" was written by McCartney in a hotel room in 1963. But of course, it was attributed to Lennon/McCartney.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rolling Stones - Gomper

by Hector Diego

The Stones butcher their Indian instruments throughout this album, but so what? They never claimed they knew what they were doing. Being innovative is messy, and I can live with that.


by Jay Allbritton
The most devastating band on the planet is rolling out in June. No word yet on their next album, but rumors abound.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Frightened Rabbit--Swim Until You Can't See Land

by Jay Allbritton
"She’s there on the shoreline...
Throwing stones at my back"

Creative Sreenwriting Magazine Podcast Goes Inside ABC's Lost's Creative Process

by Jay Allbritton
Ever wonder how they write Lost? It seems like an incredibly complex process that requires as much accounting as it does inspiration.

Creative Sceenwriting Magazine
's Jeff Goldsmith interviews Lost writer-producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the show's writing process.

The podcast was recorded after the 4th season, so as long as your caught up through Season 4, this is spoiler free.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

James McMurtry--We Can't Make It Here

by Jay Allbritton
One of the great anti-war songs of the last decade.

Beatles LP Countdown - Sexy Sadie

by Hector Diego

When the Beatles went to Hrishikesh, India, John Lennon believed a rumor that the guru Maharishi had made advances to a young woman at his ashrama. Whether or not this was true, Lennon--always looking for "the answer"--left India in disgust, and wrote this song. Sadie is Maharishi.

Doesn't seem very sexy to me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tim Tebow Is Now A Denver Bronco

by Hector Diego

Tim Tebow suits up for the Denver Broncos. Read the article.

The Tallest Man on Earth--Tunnel Vision

by Jay Allbritton
On tour now.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Writers on the Inside

by Jay Allbritton
In this edition (MP3) of C-SPAN's After Words, Piper Kerman, an upper-middle class Smith College alum who went to prison for a year over a decade after being involved in drug trafficking, spoke to author Ted Conover about her time in prison and her recent book about the experience, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

Conover is an ideal match as interviewer because he too spent a year in the prison system as a writer who goes undercover as a CO at New York's Sing Sing prison, resulting in Conover's 2000 classic Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Would The Republicans Oppose This Man For A SCOTUS Appointment?

by Hector Diego

I wonder how the party of no will play their hand in the impending SCOTUS appointment. Senator Leahy thinks they will make fools of themselves.

Read the article.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sheryl Crow

by Hector Diego

The Police--Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

by Jay Allbritton
I'm watching their reunion performance in Hyde Park and four things come to mind:

1) These guys were just diabolically good.
2) This is one wicked pop song.
3) Lists are awesome.
4) Have these guys heard what NWA says about them?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Marijuana Mother's Day

by Hector Diego

Safer than alcohol? Moms For Marijuana say it is. That's their first point--the world would be a better place if people took more ganja and less alcohol. If you do not agree with this it must be because you have not studied the issue, or you have an unreasonable cultural prejudice that is blinding you to the truth. Would you really rather share the road with drunkards instead of stoners? I think not.

The Walrus Speaks never recommends the use of any mind altering substance, but we just have to speak out against the legal suppression of something that could help today's world.

Read the article.

Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Amy MacDonald--Dancing In The Dark

by Jay Allbritton
Booming version of the Boss's standard.

Pearl Jam--Alive

by Jay Allbritton
What a song. From Jools Holland's program.

Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care

by Hector Diego

Tom Petty always reminds me of the Traveling Wilburys, and my favorite song of theirs is "Handle With Care."

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins --Acid Tongue (London 2006)

by Hector Diego

KTWS Talent Contest - Acid Tongue

by Hector Diego

My question for the Station Agent is, which one of these contestants should move on to the next round of the never ending Walrus Talent Contest?

That's KTWS on your cyber radio dial.

Would You Vote For Joe The Plumber?

by Hector Diego

Seriously, friends, is this the face of modern American conservatism? Joe the Plumber? The dude won some sort of minor election in Ohio. Here's an excerpt from AP.


He drew cheers at a tea party rally last month in Cincinnati when he told the crowd not to let "a bunch of liberal pansies" take away their rights.

"Illegal immigration?" he said. "Put a fence up and start shooting."

Wurzelbacher has never been shy about sharing his views even if they open him up to critics.

He told Christianity Today in an interview last year that he believes gays are "queer" and said he won't allow them near his children.

Read the article.

The Boondocks

by Hector Diego

Fuseman, I can't tell if The Boondocks is left, right, or just comedy. Have you seen this?

Beatles LP Countdown - Mother Nature's Son

by Hector Diego

It's from the Anthology.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

George Will, Defender of Birds Everywhere

by Jay Allbritton
George Will actually makes the argument that offshore wind farms will kill more birds than the Gulf Oil Spill (h/t Monkey Muck). You know, even if that is true, fuck him for reducing the energy debate to birdstrike.

By the way something, George Will might be interested in the fact that in the wake of Sulley's heroic ditch in the Hudson, airports have developed technology to avert birdstrike and that technology seems like it would be adaptable to wind farms.

Speaking of birdstrike, here's Eddie Izzard's classic 1996 bit on the subject:

Serena Ryder - All For Love

by Hector Diego

She plays a half-size guitar, and stands about as tall as your average sixth grader. But she has a big voice and sings with heart. Ryder has also composed some fine melody.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Kent State 40 Years Ago Today

by Hector Diego

I remember the day like it was tomorrow. That's the scary part.

Incubus--Deep Inside

by Jay Allbritton
Incubus's 1997 album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. holds up well over ten years later.

Rulers That Prey On Journalists

by Hector Diego

Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China

PARIS (AFP) – Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders named Monday the world's 40 worst "predators of the press" including politicians, religious leaders and militias to mark World Press Freedom Day.

It's not just dictators of banana republics doing this, it's also happening in China. So watch out.

Read the article.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Gilmore Girls--The Deviled Egging

by Jay Allbritton
The series may have ran a bit too long, seven seasons, and there were too many frustrating turns along the way, but I love this show. Lauren Graham is one of the great actresses of all time. The rest of the cast ranges from strong to brilliant and the show maintained a very high level of writing until the series creator was unceremoniously yanked from the show.

In this scene, a convenient supply of deviled eggs comes in handy when a revolutionary act is called for.

Good Will Hunting--I'm Holding Out for Something Better

by Jay Allbritton
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) explains why he doesn't view the NSA as a viable option for employment.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


Antique walrus print courtesy of FineRarePrints.Com