No doubt about it but Alex Chilton who died last week in New Orleans touched a lot of smart people, many of whom are saddened by his passing at the relatively young age of 59. Some loving tributes here, here and especially here. Chilton and his band Big Star epitomized what Robert Christgau called “semi-popular” music and … Continue reading Soul Deep
Seven or eight years ago, I heard or most likely read about, an intriguing rock album that I immediately decided I must seek out. It was/is called “Southern Rock Opera” an awful title and the band was/are called The Drive-By Truckers, a terrific moniker for a rock’n’roll band. What intrigued me about the damned thing? It was … Continue reading A Big To-Do
A 2-2 draw at Birmingham and a performance that is a paradigm for Everton’s season all in one game. Everton started like a house on fire and raced to a two goal lead, playing the kind of football that if it didn’t quiet match their best performances, seemed at least to signal that it would … Continue reading In A Nutshell……
I wouldn’t like anyone to think my admiration for the eternal, the nonpareil Ms. Claudia Cardinale, has waned just because I changed the picture on the header of this blog. Of course this explanation just gives me an excuse to publish this picture….. Continue reading Eternal….
So I’ve refrained from posting on Everton post Lisbon – and post Spurs and post Hull- mainly because I was utterly perplexed at the inept, inadequate performance at Sporting and had no explanation for it. I still have none. Was it that everyone involved from the manager down thought the job was done and in … Continue reading The Everton Conundrum
Growing up in Ireland in the late sixties and early seventies, we had four tv channels. Which come to think of it is just fine. Mind you if you’ve ever been stuck in a house on a rainy Sunday with the wind howling off the Irish Sea you better have a good book or a good movie … Continue reading Rainy Sundays with Errol Flynn
And there are plenty of them here……a nicely done montage of film noirs set to Massive Attack’s Angel…. (Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan’s essential Daily Dish blog at the Atlantic Monthly) See how many movies you can name….. Continue reading Angels in the Dark