Videos: Emily Haines / Dave Gahan

Two amazing new videos crossed my radar this evening. They're both quite dark, moody and surreal, perfect for the official first day of Autumn: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: "Our Hell" Dave Gahan: "Kingdom"

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Read My Face

The site Typorganism has this really cool doo-dad that takes a photo and reproduces it using letters of the alphabet, or squares if you prefer. Hours of Fall fun for all the kids!

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Random Photo: Benign Singer

The Rock Joint "Battle of the Bands" last weekend was quite a bum-out since the owners didn't bother to advertise and pretty much no-one showed up. Weenis got stuck buying a ton of T-shirts and ended up in the hole over the whole thing. Crappy. However the bands played and LOUD, much to the dismay of the sleepy neighborhood who called the cops repeatedly. Delightfully, there was nothing they could do since Weenis had all the required permits and paperwork and everything was perfectly legal. So there. Anyway, at least I got this sorta cool photo of the dreadlocked singer of the very LOUD band Benign in mid-headbang.

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I Love Munsters!

I'm already in the mood for Halloween. I think it's partially due to the fact that in my unemployment, I discovered recently that at 2pm on TV Land is The Munsters followed by The Aadams Family. I've never been too into the dry Aadams bunch, but I'd forgotten how much I loved those kooky Munsters. Yvonne De Carlo as Lilian was the original goth chick and poor Marilyn, the "normal" cousin is pitied by the rest of the family for being so ugly. The plots might not always be deep, but the writing is witty and the characters are loveable.

Some interesting Munsters trivia from Wikipedia: Lily was not in the original pilot episode of The Munsters. Instead, Herman is married to a much more gothic-looking wife named Phoebe, played by Joan Marshall. The producers scrapped the Phoebe character after deciding she seemed almost an exact double of the Morticia Addams character on The Addams Family. Lily appeared in the second pilot and all other episodes. For the role, Yvonne de Carlo had to wear a wig that weighed 20 pounds (9kg). Fred Gwynne (Herman) wore so much padding and so many layers of clothes that despite drinking gallons of lemonade and taking salt tablets between takes and using an air hose between his neck and costume, he sweated so much that he continuously lost weight, becoming dangerously thin. Portrayed by Al Lewis, Grampa's given name is said to be Sam Dracula. Lewis ran as Green Party candidate for Governor of New York in 1998. In that race he sought to be listed on the ballot as “Grandpa Al Lewis”, arguing that he was most widely known by that name. His request was rejected by the Board of Elections, a decision upheld in court against his challenge. Despite this setback, he achieved one of his campaign objectives. His total of 52,533 votes exceeded the threshold of votes set by New York law (50,000), and hence guaranteed the Green Party of New York an automatic ballot line for the next four years. He said that, with “no [political] machine and no money” backing him, the likelihood of winning the governorship would be “like climbing Mount Everest barefooted”. Marilyn was originally played by Beverley Owen who was 30 years old at the time. She was meant to be a copy of Marilyn Monroe (similar in name to Marilyn Munster) and had to wear a blonde wig for the part. According to Al Lewis in a 2001 interview with Pittsburgh radio's Doug Hoerth, Owen was having relationship problems in that she missed her boyfriend who was 3,000 miles away (from Los Angeles) in New York City. After Lewis and Fred Gwynne petitioned the studio, the actress was let go. The role was taken over in episode 14 by Pat Priest after Owen left to marry Jon Stone. Pat Priest looked enough like Beverley Owen that many never even noticed that the role was played by another actress. It also helped the studio in that she was Owen's size and so fit into her wardrobe.

In the spring of 2001, Sandra and Charles McKee of Waxahachie, Texas began construction of a fully livable recreation of the Munster home, inside and out. With initial construction completed in 2002, cast alumni Al Lewis and Butch Patrick appeared at the public grand opening. Lewis exclaimed, with tears in his eyes, "This brings back warm memories." The house comes equipped with a grand staircase (which opens up to reveal Spot), a rotating suit of armor, trap doors, secret passages, Grandpa's electric chair, a pipe organ, raven cuckoo clock, a crooked bat weather vane on the roof and even a dungeon complete with trap door. Since then, the McKees have opened their private home to the public for two nights each year on the weekend of Halloween. Since the death of Lewis, Pat Priest has returned to appear multiple times. The Munster Mansion Halloween Bash each year selects a local charity and donates all proceeds from the event.

Their pets:

The inevitable reunion special (video below): The Munsters' Revenge (1981), a made-for-TV movie. The owner of a museum with a Munsters exhibit makes robots of Herman and Grandpa and uses them to rob a bank. Gwynne, De Carlo, and Lewis recreated their roles, but Eddie and Marilyn were played by K.C. Martel and Jo McDonnell respectively.

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Flexible Records Halloween Compilation 2007 Announcement

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Doing the Splits

This blog just split in half. I've set up a new site at www.getoutnorthidaho.com for the local food and nightlife aspect of things, and that's where all my Spokesman-Review columns will appear from now on, along with the music calendar and lots of other warm, fuzzy things. I'm looking to get as many opinions as I can about the various places in the comments sections, so it kind of creates a well-rounded internet dining and drinking guide to the local area. After all, my reviews only represent my opinion, so if you agree or disagree with something I wrote, comment away! This blog will continue as a more general blog, with weird news and non-local music reviews and mp3s and videos and day-to-day whateverness. I'm working on yet another redesign at the moment...



New OTV Songs Up at MySpace

A new Orange Television (my ongoing music project) album is starting to come together and it's likely to be instrumental. Well, not exactly instrumental, but with sampled voices instead of me singing. It's a move away from the more pop stuff I'd being doing the last few years. I'm bored with that notion, and am sick of hearing my own voice. I never really wanted to be a singer but I did it cause I couldn't find anyone else who wanted to do it. It's freeing to not have to worry about lyrics and doing frustrating vocal takes over and over and I'm quite happy with the 4 tracks I have so far. So happy, in fact, I've already added them all to my OTV MySpace page. "Hagadonia" was made for the video project of the same name (see previous blog entry below) and features a sample from a Ben Arnold track in which he ponders the question "Will they ever change in Coeur d'Alene?" "Oriental vegetables in the UK" samples from a gardening podcast by the lovely Emma, "Please Master" is quite x-rated and samples the poet Allen Ginsberg reading his 1968 homoerotic opus of the same name, and "The Hair" features an audio poem I found in a random web search by the speech-impeded James Stewart.

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