So in case I was too vague on Facebook/Twitter, I was on this week’s episode of Pawnathon Canada. In case you missed it, or don’t have cable, you can stream it online fo’ free! Just click on the thumbnail with my ugly mug.
And, of course, if you’re one of the two people who follow me without actually knowing me in person, it’s episode 3.
Purple Rain [August 3, 1983 First Ave. Minn. MN Soundboard]
It was a sweltering night back on August 3, 1983. Prince was set to play First Avenue in a small club to preview some of the songs that he was considering for the Purple Rain soundtrack. Many of the cuts on the album are recorded from this concert to give it a live venue feel. (I don’t you have ever paid that close attention to a Prince song.) The audio here is not from that. It comes from a bootleg video that was pro shot. The audio is a simple stereo mix. Simple and stark. It gives the song much more grit and is one of my favorites.
I doubt this will be around for long so listen while you can. It’s absolutely incredible!
Some excellent choices (Midnight in Paris, Hugo), unsurprising choices (Tree of Life, Drive), and some out and out shockers (Harry Potter!?).
But what can I say, the man knows movies! His “runners up” are all excellent choices as well (nice to see someone mentioning Dragon Tattoo and Sherlock Holmes, both of which I loved despite what everyone else said).
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he’s sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he’s been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world’s greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until…snap.
I love Sorkin. I really do. I just hope the new show is more West Wing/Studio 60 than Social Network.
Why does McDonald’s food look so much better in the ads than at the restaurant? Watch as the director of marketing for McDonald’s Canada buys a Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s and compares that to a burger prepared by a food stylist and retouched in post by an image editor.
It’s not exactly surprising, but it’s nice to see McDonald’s being so transparent about their process.