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Todd Terry
Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 7, 2009 at 11:15:13 pm

Around here, it's the first day that the aluminum (hey, at least it's vintage) Christmas tree first graces the lobby (complete with blue balls and a noisy but stunningly ineffective rotating "color wheel"... remember those?).

She went up in all her slightly-sad glory this afternoon.





No, no... you said the word "tacky" under your breath, I distinctly heard it. The word you were looking for was "wonderland," or perhaps "Rockwell-like." Maybe if you could hear Dean Martin singing carols on the jukebox...

Just wanted to take a minute to wish my friends here full survival for the next three weeks or so... may both you and your businesses make it through it. And to a profitable new year...


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 7, 2009 at 11:42:06 pm

[Todd Terry] "Maybe if you could hear Dean Martin singing carols on the jukebox..."

<rant="on'>

If I could hear Dean Martin playing on the jukebox, I -- for one -- would run screaming from the building.

I remember that one of the best parts of underground radio when the FM airwaves hit in the late 60s was that we never had to hear Dean Martin, Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra ever again.

I took that as a GOOD thing.

Why the former rock generation suddenly has run back to the crooners is beyond me.

Kathlyn and I notice that the good restaurants are full of that audio offense and we can't believe that we actually have to pay to listen to stuff we once thought we'd escaped once and for all.

<rant="off'>

Best regards,

Ron Lindeboom

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Todd Terry
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 7, 2009 at 11:55:18 pm

On my....

I'm now glad we didn't send Ron our company Christmas card last year (at least I think I didn't)... where all our small staff and I were dressed as Rat Packers under the Sand's sign in Vegas with our names on the marquee.

Now, off to cancel the Lindebooms' present for this year (Sammy Davis Jr. box set).

I never thought I'd have to strike Ron off the "cool list," but if we must we must....


Happy holidays anyway :)



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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 4:05:37 am

Todd, as a subscriber to "Dwell", I love what you've done in the picture, especially the chairs and quasi-Noguchi table. Needs an acrylic ball lamp to complete the effect. Your aluminum tree, if an original, is worth a stunning amount on ebay, BTW. They are not for everyone, of course; my cousins had one in the 60's that I found very sad, though I kinda dug the color wheel. For you young'uns, since the tree was aluminum and thus conductive, you were not supposed to hang electric lights on it, instead, the color-changing motorized light washed various bilious shades across the tree and wall.

I actually dig a lot of Sinatra and Bennett as well as the whole "lounge" thing, when I'm in a certain mood. If I could, I'd have a very polynesian Tiki thing going with Les Baxter and Arthur Lyman and such lilting behind the fake palms and lava lamps.

As to getting into Christmas, for me it starts with putting the ornaments on the tree with the Charlie Brown Christmas album and the well-worn copy of the Harry Simeone Chorale Christmas album (the one with the classic version of the Little Drummer Boy on it). I also have an album of old Polish carols I play, and all this lets me trip back thru all the family Christmases I've experienced back to about age 4 or 5. For grins, I also play "Mele Kalikimacka" by Der Bingle, "Santa Baby, by Eartha Kitt, and a parody of Led Zepplin's "Jamaker" with Christmas-flavored lyrics by SLed Zepplin ( a dead-on parody, you'll like it). I try to be a part of a public performance of Handel's Messiah, that REALLY puts me in the mood.

But for us it it really is first a religious holiday, and we don't go for all the inflatable bouncy-castle santa claus and snowmen/ renideer and elves crap with strobing lights outside. Just some tasteful Italian style white lights, maybe some icicle lights along the eaves, some greenery along the fence rails/banister out front and a couple unlit wreaths, just to take some of the dreariness off the cold, and we're good to go.

Inside, the tree has been artificial (but a very good fake) since the kids came along, I started feeling it was too wasteful to kill innocent pines just to have them be thrown out as garbage 5 weeks later. (The Brits wrap the tree roots in a ball and keep their trees in tubs for a few days inside, and then try to plant them outside after the holiday, a very progressive idea I think) A couple years back I got a pre-lit ttree on sale after xmas for pennies on the dollar, and it servred us well for some time but the $%^#^$% bulbs always made setup very stressful. Last year I finally lost my cool, and I attacked the tree's wiring harness with a pair of Dykes pliers, stripping all the bad wiring and bulbs off like a meth addict picking away at imaginary ants on his skin.... and got the sweet, SWEET joy of LED lights, OMG, I LOVE THEM LOVE THEM LOVE THEM.... well, after three trips back and forth to get some with a decent color temprature the wife would accept. But never having to change another tree bulb? PRICELESS!!!!!


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:16:15 pm

[Mark Suszko] "and got the sweet, SWEET joy of LED lights, OMG, I LOVE THEM LOVE THEM LOVE THEM.... well, after three trips back and forth to get some with a decent color temprature the wife would accept. But never having to change another tree bulb? PRICELESS!!!!!"

I TOTALLY should have done LED's this year! We've got our Christmas tree on a turntable and in order to power the lights without plugging in, I rigged a 12v golf cart battery to an inverter. Problem is, with 500 incandescent bulbs, she only runs for a couple of hours before needing a recharge. With LED lights, she'd probably go all night... hmmm, where did you pick yours up, Mark?

Jason Jenkins

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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 1:09:20 am

I got my LED tree lights at Menard's, a home improvement chain in the midwest, but Lowe's also carries plenty. I first bought some Phillips-brand, but SWMBO didn't like the color temp, the CRI wasn't right:-)

I wound up with a Menard's house brand called Enchanted Forest no 284-0931, in a red box holding a string of 70. They were having a huge sale the day I came, and I got these for $4 a set, as I recall. I recommend you over-buy by at least 2 boxes past what you figure you need, and then you can return the extra sets, my problem was buying about 2 sets too few and they ran out of stock for 2 weeks before I could get back.

They tout you can hook up to 43 of these together in a row off one socket. One string uses 4.8 watts versus 28.8 for incandescent, and they tout a 25,000 hour bulb life, don't know if they are counting the 48 weeks it is off in storage there:-)

Still a little yellow-blue compared to the incandescent Italian white mini's we're used to. I suggest you surreptitiously plug a set in somewhere in the store to be sure you like the color before you buy.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 2:51:21 am

Sweet! Thanks, Mark.

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Herb Sevush
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 7:21:06 pm

Ron -

Back in the Pleistocene era when I pretended to go to college I would, can you believe it, smoke some weed and get what they used to call "high." And while I was mostly listening to The Band, Procol Harum and Jimi Hendrix in these situations, I would occasionally find myself sitting on my couch around 4pm with the TV on watching Hee-Haw and the Lawrence Welk show - and with the help of chemical stimulation I found I could enjoy the music there-in. It was like listening to something from another planet, but I figured music was music and I could dig it on those terms.

Dean Martin can be a little hard to take, especially if it's anything either in Italian, about Christmas or recorded after about '65, but it should be remembered that Deano was one of Elvis Presley's favorite singers and an early model for him - which may not count for much, depending on how you view the King.

As for Sinatra - again, as long as you avoid anything recorded after the Beatles came out - he was the greatest interpreter of lyrics I ever heard. You just can't be influenced by the fact that so many a**holes like him, or that he was a major jerk as well. That would be like not watching John Wayne movies because of his politics -

Anyhow, just imagine your never heard big band music before and treat it like you are listening to something just recorded in Malaysia - it's not your thing, but it's not bad.

Herb Sevush
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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 7:52:13 pm

I love Big Band music and have many CDs of it in my collection. I even got the chance to meet and hang out with Harry James before he died. Tres cool.

If I am forced to listen to crooners, I will take Mel Torme because of his ability to scat. I think that Deano is boring and no amount of alcohol will fix that opinion.

Regarding your reference to college and recreational substances, etc., I must confess that I was like the erstwhile President Clinton, who admitted that he once smoked pot but "didn't inhale." Me, I used to mess around as he did but if the truth be told, I didn't "exhale" -- no sense in wasting good smoke, after all.

I don't listen to Gangsta Rap and I don't watch TV shows like "Gangland" or "Growing Up Gotti," or watch The Godfather movies. In the same way, I don't like Frank Sinatra. If I have to listen to something of that ilk, I'll take Bobby Darin or Bing Crosby.

I agree with many blacks that Elvis is about as much the King of Rock n Roll as Tiny Tim was. Did he help popularize it? Yes, but there are only about 5 true rock songs in his whole repertoire. The rest? You guessed it, lounge music.

But hey, these are just my opinions and my tastes have NEVER represented mainstream opinion. Hell, I buy all the albums that most people look at and say: "Don't you own anything that anyone has ever heard of?"

But I like it.

And here's one of my favorite guitarists of all time, he comes in about halfway through. There's a false ending and it comes back for a second lead passage. Quite emotional playing...





Best regards,

Ron Lindeboom

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Herb Sevush
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:36:02 pm

Ron -

It was only because I knew how wide ranging and eclectic your musical tastes were that I wrote to you - it surprised me that you had such definite limits - it shouldn't have, we all do. Mine is Opera - can't hear it, won't try.

Herb Sevush
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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:55:45 pm

I am a huge fan of *most every* kind of music, Herb. But I also take music as a spiritual journey/connection, and so I have limits to what I want to put into my cranium. That offends some people but that is okay, as I said that I also have very bizarre and eclectic tastes that are hardly mainstream in many instances.

I love Sarah Vaughn and many of the old jazz divas. I like many of the newer torch singers, as well.

I love SOME forms of opera and am a huge fan of classical music and also most every other form of music except hip hop and rap -- it's just not my thing. I can appreciate certain forms of metal and hardcore, and I like much of the new indie music that is out today.

I can do without Brittney and Christina or Mariah, am not big on Garth Brooks or any of the "cookie cutter country" stars that all look and sound the same.

Corporate music of any shape, size or description is not my cup of tea.

I tend to the eclectic and the melodic. The bigger the melodies and harmonies, the more I am probably going to like it.

But there are just some people that I do not want to listen to. It is less a style thing than a person thing.

After all, I even have a few hip hop and rap artists that I will listen to, and it is my least likely musical form.

I just don't really like glorifying violence against women or other human beings and so the people that tend to the gangster thing and the mafia thing, etc., are not likely to score high on my list of people that I am going to "grant my rapidly turning time clock" to burning up its limited minutes, thank you.

But again, that's just me. Others live in a different world and that's what makes people so interesting.

Best regards,

Ron Lindeboom

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Herb Sevush
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 9:35:41 pm

Ron -

Not in a sense of argument but only to continue what I find to be an interesting conversation:

When I was in my twenties I remember talking to a friend of mine who much preferred the Beatles to the Stones because to him the Stones were too negative, too dark. It's pretty hard to listen to Rock, a music based on the blues, and object to music based on all kinds of suffering, all kinds of abuse. If "darkness" was out then Robert Johnson should not be listened to, for his indeed was the devils own music - and if Johnson is out then where is John Lee hooker, Muddy Waters - yah da yah da. This was my argument with him. Being 22 I thought this was an argument that could be "won." I'm a little older and don't often make that same mistake.

Now you did say, as opposed to my old friend, that what you object to is music that "glorifies" violence, as opposed to being informed by it. That's a reasonable position. But I do differentiate the artist from the art. I have no doubts that many of my musical hero's have feet of clay - the less I know about them personally the better. But I can't see giving up the Stones because Keith and Mick were whoring junkies or not listening to John Lennon because in a fit of pique he dropped a dime on Paul McCartney or not listening to The Who because Pete Townsend might have watched kiddie porn - I can carry the list to authors and poets and painters and comedians - I'm not willing to give all that up because I disapprove of the artists lifestyle. To contradict Mr Jagger - it's the song, not the singer.

I am sympathetic to the idea that art should take us on a journey - when I read a book I love or listen to music that moves me I have to feel that I'm in communion with the artist - or else there is no art. However it is the artists soul I am in communion with, not his real life - his better-self, not the one that whacks his dog on a bad day.

As for Opera - my problem with European music in general is the belief that all of music is to be found in the notes, whereas I believe that what's best in music cannot be notated. An operatic voice is trained to hit all the notes, but there is no notation that sounds like Van Morrison when he's listening to the lion. I find the whole idea of the operatic voice, no matter how beautiful, to be anti-human - it treats the human voice as if it were an oboe, not a person. When I can hear an opera where the signer growls, roars, shouts and speaks - then I might give it a listen.

Just one man's opinion.

Herb Sevush
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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived? -- WAY OFF TOPIC
on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:23:51 pm

Music is a HIGHLY subjective experience, not one that is objective.

You don't have to justify your contempt for opera, that is your prerogative. I never liked it either until I got to see some of the great operatic singers perform live. It is still not my favorite music, by a long shot, but I can appreciate it.

But like you, I will take Van Morrison over Luciano Pavarotti every time. ;o)

But...does that say that Van's talent is greater than Luciano's? Some would argue that it does -- me, I wouldn't.

The Rolling Stones have been too boring to talk about for a l-o-n-g time. I quit at Sticky Fingers. When Exile on Main Street had Happy and Tumbling Dice as the only two great songs, I gave away my copy and haven't found one worth buying since.

But hey, I have the new Beatles Mono boxed set, so that must count for something, eh?

;o)

Ron Lindeboom


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived? -- WAY OFF TOPIC
on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:49:57 pm

This thread either signifies the end of the recession or the end of business as we know it. Either way, when the longest thread of the year is about the Christmas Holidays, you know everybody here is definitely ready to kiss 2009 goodbye.

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Herb Sevush
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived? -- WAY OFF TOPIC
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:11:54 pm

David -

I don't want to Kiss the year good-bye so much as I would like to drive a stake thru it's heart.

Not that I'm complaining.

Herb Sevush
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walter biscardi
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived? -- WAY OFF TOPIC
on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:18:30 am

[Herb Sevush] "
I don't want to Kiss the year good-bye so much as I would like to drive a stake thru it's heart."


That's a shame. We've had so much fun this year, I almost don't want it to end. Except that I know we're going to have even more fun next year. It's just been an incredible year and I find myself very blessed to be in the position I'm in.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:54:30 pm

Herb, Ron, I think it's somewhere in my profile, but I think it true, that if your ipod has more dead people on it than living, you're either pretty old, or very eclectic. I have a little opera and 1 or 2 country songs and a very little amount of rap on there, as well as chamber music, lounge music, rock, lots of reggae, and plenty of 70's disco, and 80's punk. Cecelia Bartoli' next to Dead Kennedys next to Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain next to Bach and Gershwin next to Blue Man Group next to Don Ho next to Carmen Miranda next to... well, you get the idea. And it can be quite entertaining and inspiring to smash them together in playing order, randomly.

I find I have a low tolerance for honkey-tonk and bluegrass, can only take it in small doses, and most rap I just can't care for, especially anything mis-using auto-tune to wax eloquent about prostitution and drugs and murder, but I have a lot more R&B and soul and jazz music. My ipod only holds 4 gigs and it is always heartbreaking to rotate a new song in because I have to take a beloved favorite out. Hoping to score a used 32 gig classic for the holidyas or a birthday, though really there is no such thing as enough storage space for music; you WILL fill it to capacity, whatever that capacity is....


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:05:17 pm

[Mark Suszko] "My ipod only holds 4 gigs and it is always heartbreaking to rotate a new song in because I have to take a beloved favorite out. Hoping to score a used 32 gig classic for the holidyas or a birthday, though really there is no such thing as enough storage space for music; you WILL fill it to capacity, whatever that capacity is...."



Hi Mark,

I have a 60gig classic iPod that I will send you to aid in your musically addictive behavior.

Email me your address and I will have Kathlyn box it up and send it to you.

I now have a 120GB and it too is maxed. No room. I am waiting for the terabyte model. Then I'll be happy for a little while.

Ron


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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 1:53:18 am

You're generous to a fault, Ron, but then you'd be robbing my wife of the chance to find the bargain non-functioning unit, victoriously negotiate it down to a pittance, and surprise me with it, me to take it apart and put the new battery in it and be a big man with amazing mad techno skillz in front of my kids for disassembling it and then fixing it while they watch. That's what we did with the 4-gig mini I have now. You're a peach, but I think I should do it the way we have been on this next one... seems to entertain the whole family that way:-)


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 4:43:26 am

I'd hate to do anything that might break up a functional family unit.

;o)

Best,

Ron


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Arnie Schlissel
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 5:07:58 am

An aluminum tree? That's not tacky, it's high-tech!

Have you ever thought of replacing the color wheel with a disco ball?

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Todd Terry
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 5:18:04 am

Thanks for the memories, Mark...

Yes the tree is authentic, I bought it in an antique store about 15 years ago. It's in good shape, though not GREAT shape... but it still has the original box and all the dozens of wax paper sleeves that the branches are stored in. I wish I had been able to take a little better care of it.

If you like that stuff you should come visit! Good eye on the coffe table... I built that as a scaled-down Noguchi replica because a real one is much too big for the room. Both our studio and my home are all mid-century era furnishings... and not just jumping on the train, they've always been. I was a mad man years and years before Mad Men made it cool (upstairs is very Sterling-Cooper, my basement is the Tiki Lounge). I just love the crisp clean look of all that stuff... great design work going on there. Fortunately I started collecting it while it was still considered cheap "junk" not yet even kitch or the uber-collectible stuff it is today. My general manager's gigantic "Larry Tate" Herman Miller desk I stole 10 years ago for $100 (it's the same desk Roger Sterling has on MM). The only other one I've seen like it was in a NY antique store going for roughly the same price as a good used Buick.

I shudder to think of all the great stuff my parents and grandparents threw away through the years....

So come on down, we'll even throw on some Sinatra (don't tell Ron).



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Mike Cohen
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:47:03 am


Chanukkah for the Cohens was traditionally a time to gather, exchange copious amounts of gifts (8 nights x 11 people x 1 night of actual festivities) - each person opens 1 gift from one person, and round and round we would go.

This of course followed dinner of brisket, matzoh ball soup, kugel, chopped liver and when Grandma was around, stuffed cabbage with a stuffed derma chaser and my mom's specialy, latkes!


But the one thing missing was lights. For the "festival of lights" we had no lights except the traditional menorah.

So needless to say I was quite excited when I married a nice Catholic girl. Over the years I have become slightly less excited given the propensity of lights to get tangled over 12 months no matter how nicely you wrap them up. The "over-under" method that works with XLR cables does not apply.

We too have switched to LED lights - on the tree, in the windows, and large version of LED bulbs on the outside. Alas I'm in a townhouse so there is not much room to get too crazy. Not a bad bulb yet in 3 years.

I was most excited to get one of those porcelain winter villages to arrange on the mantle, complete with fake snow and a little mirrored skating pond with little skating figures. Maybe it was my sweet electric train set I had as a kid (17) but whatever. It is like traveling to a mysterious little town just over the next hill, with little George Bailey about to fall through the ice. Only don't let me get started on "It's a Wonderful Life." My dad, brother and I can quote every line of that movie, and I do a decent Jimmy Stewart impression (my wife hates it when I do the Charleston and stutter like Ol' Jimmy).

Oddly enough, Christmas Day with my in-laws consists of each person opening one present from one person, and round and round we go. Amazing. The highlight of the day is the lighting of the Christmas pudding. Rum plus fire at the dinner table is a beautiful thing.
(imagine "Backdraft" with icing!)

So traditions, whatever they may be, are what define the holidays for me. We have tried to combine traditions and make some new ones. Well, just about time to leave the house for today's call time. Gotta fly. On Prancer, on Vixen, on Judah, and Elijah. Ho Ho Ho, Shalom, Shalom, Shalom.

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walter biscardi
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 12:46:10 pm

Took the whole staff shopping for a new tree, lights and ornaments for the office this year. Was a very fun day and afternoon.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 2:48:20 pm

Yeah, but please tell me that you played Zeppelin or Hendrix while doing it, Walter.

:)

Man, now where's my Floyd albums?

Ron Lindeboom


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Todd Terry
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 5:55:24 pm

Just found Ron's Christmas present!....


Ah, Photoshop and a little free time! Just yanking your chain, Ron :)




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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 6:08:31 pm

Wow!$#@! Now *that's* an album that The Chaiman should have done, Todd.

The four Zosos rune symbols (from Led Zeppelin 4) with the added 5th symbol (how appropriate) for Frankie -- a martini glass no less -- is simply stunning art! I am impressed, Todd. Kinda brings a whole new meaning to The Lemon Song from LZ2 -- yessirree, squeeze them lemons, baby, for my daiquiri.

;)

I think the idea of that one is even more out there than Dread Zeppelin -- a band that Tim Wilson and I want to hire for the COW Leader party.






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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 6:32:39 pm

http://cridecoeur.vox.com/library/audio/6a00c2251ec0a6604a00cdf7ea29bf094f....'>

http://cridecoeur.vox.com/library/audio/6a00c2251ec0a6604a00cdf7ea29bf094f....




I love Dread Zeppln, but Bob Rivers kicks butt on this clip



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Richard Cooper
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 7:15:42 pm

I LOVE Dred Zeppelin! I remember these guys from my Rock and Roll days back in the 90's
Thank for sharing Ron.

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Todd Terry
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 7:46:20 pm

Mike.... maybe it will warm your heart to know that even though I'm about as gentile as they come, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is LATKES!!.

Sadly (and perhaps a bit sacrilegiously) they are often my first thought when I notice that B&H Photo is going to be closed for a few days).

Mmmmmmmmm.

Fortunately my better half learned to make them a few years ago when she was doing the graphic design and layout for a holiday cookbook ("Oh, these do sound good"). I was finally able to stop so meticulously timing my social calls to Jewish friends ("I was just in the neighborhood and thought I'd drop by to say happy holid....wait, do I smell latkes?").

For those of you on the other side of the aisle... I urge you to Google a latke recipe now, get to cookin', and join our Jewish brethren in the spirit of the season. And in a big heartwarming pile of potato cakes. Just like the Good Lord intended.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:43:10 pm

About as Catholic as they come, but we too enjoy latkes and sour cream this time of year, often with borsht on the side...... we also usually hand out some of the chocolate coin "gelt" as stocking stuffers for the kids, but alas, no dreidels.


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Jake Williams
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:04:04 pm

As a nice cross religious Christmas celebrating consumer I will always vote for matzoh ball soup as a favorite holiday treat. So delicious and a great way to warm up on a cold Christmas morning, those latkes would be great for soup dipping.

Jake Williams


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Christopher Wright
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:03:39 pm

Excellent!
And a much better guitar solo than the original offering...

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Christopher Wright
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:13:39 pm

Christmas time??
Bourbon Balls, Tom and Jerry's, and Date Nut Rolls...
And here in the SW,
tamales, posole, a hot mug of atole,
a neighbor's green neon Cactus in his front yard,
and coyotes howling at the moon...

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walter biscardi
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:20:29 am

[Ron Lindeboom] "Yeah, but please tell me that you played Zeppelin or Hendrix while doing it, Walter."

Sorry, don't listen to either. We were listening to classic holiday tunes off DirecTV Traditional Holidays channel. Nothing later than the 50's I believe. I love all that old stuff.

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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:28:04 am

I hope you know that I was kidding, Walter.

;o)

Ron


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Mike Cohen
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 11, 2009 at 3:31:37 am

Re: Music - Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow - perfect mix of Rock, Blues, Funk and the 1970's. Lava lamp, disco ball or smoke machine optional. Just be careful listening in the car, you may find yourself going 90 without noticing (full disclosure, me driving 90 is about as likely as the Star Wars Holiday Special coming out on Blu-Ray)

Re: Holiday Music - Hate it with a capital H - only because it is in such heavy rotation this time of year. If I have to spend more than 10 minutes at the mall I have a problem. In small doses, however, Burl Ives's Christmas album is awesome.

Back in 5th grade, as one of two Jewish kids in the whole grade, I remember kids asking me why I knew the words to Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Not "how" but "why" as if it were somehow illegal. Granted this was the same group of kids who did not know New York was both a city and a state. No offense to the fine people of Iowa - I'm sure it was a fluke.

Re: Star Wars Holiday Special - I remember watching this when it originally aired - it is pretty awful if you can find it online. Worth watching for the pure insanity.

Ok, I'll save you the trouble:







Happy Life Day.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 11, 2009 at 5:01:01 am

Not Lucas' proudest moment. But now Harvey Corman and Bea Arthur and Art Carney are enshrined in SW canon.

/dooooo noooot waaaaannnnttt!



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Christopher Wright
Re: Know when the holidays have officially arrived?
on Dec 13, 2009 at 10:14:09 pm

Boy that truly was awful!

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