Posts filed under “Weekend”

Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

Jim Carrey gave the commencement address to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014, which granted degrees to 285 students representing 54 countries.

The University Board of Trustees also presented Mr. Carrey with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa, in recognition of his significant lifetime achievements as a world-renowned comedian and actor, artist, author and philanthropist.

Jim Carrey’s full Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

May 30 2014

 

About MUM

Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA is a private university featuring Consciousness-Based℠ Education. The accredited traditional curriculum offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. Innovative aspects include the Transcendental Meditation® program, one course at a time, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year.

Category: Humor, Weekend

Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm

Stockholme

 

 

I was a monster Pretenders fan back in the day. Their first album, Pretenders, is in the running for the greatest debut album ever. Its great rock and roll, with brilliant songwriting, sly and lovely melodies, ALL belied by the raucous punk production. It was the first album I ever saw that had the words PLAY LOUD on the cover. Now that’s a recording ethos I can get into.

If you have even the slightest doubt that their under-rated melody was the secret sauce of the Pretenders, check out the live acoustic album Isle of View recorded with a string quarter backing the Hynde instead of electric guitars and bass. Its just brilliant.

Yeah, I had a crush on her — I loved her rawness, the way she moaned Hmmmm, how she spat out lyrics, both plaintive (No, I’ll never feel Like a man in a man’s world) and nasty (I shot my mouth off, and you showed me what that hole was for). The power trio behind her was killer, and they could play soft if they wanted to (See Lovers of Today, or their cover of Ray Davie’s Stob Your Sobbing, both on the debut album). Hynde’s voice could range from tough as nails to crushingly vulnerable; her unique phrasing perfectly fit the music she crafted. Musically, everything about The Pretenders just worked.

I’ve always wanted to see a bio pic of the Pretenders, with Gina Gershon cast as Chrissie Hynde. Not me, baby, I’m too precious, I had to fuck off.

 

Soundcloud has two full songs, plus Chrissie discussing how the album came about (below).

 

Dark Sunglasses

 

You or No One

 

 

 

 

Her website is at Chrissiehynde.com

Stream full album at Soundcloud

Review of Stockholm by The Guardian

Chrissie Hynde, Minus the Pretenders (NYT)

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

How to Drive a Lamborghini 217 Mph


Source: Bloomberg

Category: Video, Weekend

Dave Chappelle Talks to Letterman on Quitting His Show

via The Late Show

Category: Humor, Television, Weekend

John Oliver: FIFA and the World Cup

John Oliver’s excitement for the World Cup is tempered by knowing information about FIFA, the organization that produces it. John details the problems with the upcoming tournament and the staggering allegations of corruption against FIFA. Hilarious:

Category: Sports, Weekend

Jack Johnson at Jones Beach 6.7.14

* JJ Blue

 

Long time readers know I am huge Jack Johnson fan — especially those first three albums – Brushfire Fairytales (2001), On And On (2003) and In Between Dreams (2005). (Start with the first one, and if you like it keep going).

We saw him play MSG in 2010 — and the music got lost in that venue (good photos though). Even though Mrs. Big Picture is a big fan, after the Garden show she had to be talked into going to see him again.

This weekend, he played Jones Beach — and it was phenomenal. We also had great seats (the photo above is from the crappy camera on an iPhone 5). It was just the right vibe for a laid back surfer dude singer songwriter. Open air theater, on the Great South Bay, less than a 1000 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.

If ever a venue and an artist were perfectly matched, this show was it! He should (liek James Taylor does) make this a regular stop on his tours.

If you have never seen a show at Jones Beach, it is highly recommended.
JJ JB setlist
Source: Setlist.FM

 

Previously:
A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004 (December 24th, 2004)
A Different Kind of Music List: The Anti-”Best of 2005″ (December 29th, 2005)
Jack Johnson: Sleep Through The Static (February 12th, 2008)
Jack Johnson, MSG July 14, 2010 (July 15th, 2010)
Jack Johnson Photos from MSG Show (August 3rd, 2010)

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Category: Music, Weekend

The Values of Science

Robert Krulwich’s commencement speech at California Institute of Technology gets at the heart of what Radiolab does.

From RadioLab

Category: Philosophy, Science, Video, Weekend

Uber

“Why Uber just might be worth it at $18 billion‘ It’s all anybody talks about, other than Airbnb. This exalted status used to be occupied by music. How did this happen? Interestingly, Travis Kalanick, Uber’s majordomo, used to be in the file-trading business, with a company called Scour, you know how that turned out, the…Read More

Category: Music, Venture Capital, Weekend

How Wine Detectives Determine Wine Fraud

NPR: How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery      

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

2015 Ferrari California T

 

 

 

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Category: Weekend