On the flight to Korea, soon-to-be-a-big-brother H discovered Pororo among the choices on the 747's seat-back video on demand. It was a series of Pororo shorts, edited together into about 20 minutes of Pororo-tainment. We were never too sure what it was all about, as it was in Korean, but the kid -- he was crazy about it. As in needing to watch it for 13 consecutive hours crazy. As in -- I am not fucking kidding about the 13 consecutive hours. And then again on the flight home.
Here's how Wikipedia sums up the program: "Pororo is a little penguin, living in Antarctica. He gets up to adventures with his friends: Poby the polar bear, Loopy the beaver, Harry the hummingbird, Petty the penguin and Eddy the fox."
If you go to the website, wait until the theme song ends, and then mouse over the sign that reads: "Pororo the Little Penguin" and listen to what the voice says. I don't know what this means in Hangul, nor even how to pronounce it, but H thought it was the funniest thing. He'd yell "Fa Fada Da DAH!" This wacky little show, it speaks to him.
I bought him a Pororo DVD while we there, which of course is also Korean and coded for the Asian region, so I'll have to be start using my Apple DVD region changes sparingly.
I'm sorry, does any of this make sense? I am so frigging sleep deprived and jet lagged that Pororo might all just be a hallucination. This morning's Friday 10, though, is for real.
01 Evil Friend - deadboy & the Elephantmen. All these months later, I'm still not burned out on this great band. This is from -- as you must already know -- the We Are Night Sky disk.
02 Lamentations - Diamanda Galas. I love Galas, but I could get how some wouldn't. What a voice; it's the sound of gods and demons fighting it out. I was lucky enough to sit in on a bunch of her rehearsals in 1988 and '89, and I've seen her in performance a few times -- always jarring and brilliant. Galas works hard and means it. "Lamentations" is from The Divine Punishment, which is composed of the first two parts of her Masque of the Red Death trilogy. This one has Deliver Me From Mine Enemies and Free Among the Dead. "Lamentations" is part of the latter work. I just checked out Galas's website and found an interview she did recently with Bay Area Reporter.
03 Hurt (L) - Trent Reznor. I always admired Reznor from afar, but once he played this song, in this manner, on the MTV REACT NOW Katrina telethon -- I was hooked in. What a great song, amazing performance; just Reznor's voice and piano.
04 Bedpan Hunting - Ism. A few months back I was trolling the eBay and found a copy of the Ism disk that collected all the singles, b-sides, and EPs. All I had known previously were the songs "John Hinckley Jr.," "Proud To Be Guilty," "Nixon Now More Than Ever," and that cover of the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You." When this disk arrived I immediately realized how unrepresentative those songs are of the Ism canon. This is great stuff; fun punk rock along the lines of Tuff Darts, Dictators, or Murphy's Law. (The chorus of "Bedpan Hunting" always reminds me of Cheap Trick's "ELO Kiddies.") I listen to some Ism nearly every day. You should too. Trolling the webnet, you find that Ism has a myspace page, a wikipedia write-up, and a page of info on the Punk Vault site.
05 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan. Title track from one of the greatest records in the history of recorded music, and an album I've been listening to a lot lately. I've been listening more carefully, trying to hear everything that's going on in these songs, like how Mike Bloomfield's guitar does a call-and-response thing with itself at the ends of lines of lyric. I love what Bloomfield did on this record -- he brought a rock and blues guitar style into folk music, and there was no blueprint for it. He was an originator. And Al Kooper! Come on. Kooper made the whole Dylan goes electric thing work, pulling it all together on his keys. (And it was Kooper's idea to have Dylan play a police whistle instead of harmonica on this song.) Amazing stuff here, what I think is Dylan's best collection of snide, smartass, fuck you lyrics.
Hey, Check This Out Office of Useless Information: MIke Bloomfield grew up rich; his dad was the inventor of the glass and metal sugar dispensers with the flapper lids.
06 Justified - Amen. From We Have Come For Your Parents. This CD will rip your head off. I remember playing the first Amen CD for Micken on the way to the Rollins Band / X show in New Jersey a few months ago. Micken heartily approved of what he was hearing. Amen lead singer Casey Chaos did Black Flag's "Depression" on the WM3 album. Killed it. Great voice.
07 I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (1997 Mix) - X. This one is from the Beyond & Back comp. Not as good as the version on More Fun in the New World, I think. Earlier this year when I was going for the X tattoo, this song title was the runner-up. ("Make The Music Go Bang" was second runner-up.)
08 Get Off The Phone - Heartbreakers. The version of this song on the Live at Max's album is OK, but this one -- the one I heard today -- from L.A.M.F. (The Lost '77 Mixes) is fucking godhead. Unbelievable. I have played this song about 500 times in my life and I'll never be tired of it.
09 How Low Can a Punk Get? - Bad Brains. My memories of the details of the time I saw bad Brains are mostly faded now, but I do remember seeing lead singer HR's body flailing (or was it flying) all over the stage. 100% energy, total commitment. One of the best bands ever. This is from the classic Black Dots LP, the band's first session, recorded live to tape at Don Zientara's. In the punk rock world, Black Dots is Led Zeppelin IV.
10 Way Up High - Galaxie 500. Aw, man, I love Galaxie 500, an impossibly cool band. One of those great G500 songs that no one really ever talked about much.
Do this yourself: Put you digital jukebox or mp3 player on "shuffle all songs." Let us know the first ten you hear. Because it's Friday.
[posted with ecto]