Tuesday, July 11, 2006

What's Happening
Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd has passed away (source: NME). He was 60.
That may seem pretty ancient to some of you, but it's actually not all that old.
Rock stars of course are not noted for their longevity. Pete Doherty, for example, is 27. Will he make it to next year, one wonders, or will he become the newest member of the 27 Club?
Wow, that's ironic and weird - my music program, which is on random, just started playing Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example. Huh.
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In jollier news, did you know that the members of the kick-ass Winnipeg band, Novillero, are huge fans of the show Monk? So is Alice Cooper, apparently.
And who isn't, really? Adrian Monk is so adorable with all his foibles and eccentricities. Anyhoo, Novillero are heading down to America to be on the show. I'm not sure what parts they will be playing, but I sure hope that the madly enthusiastic tambourine playing guy (who is their manager apparently) gets a nice role. Enthusiastic guy like that deserves it.
If you ever get a chance to see Novillero perform, do it! They opened for the New Pornos recently and almost stole the show.
What is it about Winnipeg that produces such awesome musicians and artists? Maybe it's the fact that you can't ever go outside, because of the mosquitoes in the summer and the -40C temperatures with a steady wind from the north in the winter. So you have to make your own fun.
Just throwing it out there...
Oh here they are now!
Novillero performing The Art of Carrying On [Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives]



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23 comments:

kees said...

Hi. Came across your blog at random but I likes it. Monk caught my attention (love him). I am also huge new pornos fan AND a science bod! AND a quarter Canadian! So will be keeping an ear out for Novillero. Thanks for the tip :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Kees, welcome! I'm really just a science faker, but so far nobody has found out so don't tell anyone.

Monk is such a fun show. I hope to catch the episode with Novillero in it. I should put up a song so you can have a listen to them. Stay tuned.

Becky said...

Ah, Pink Floyd. My dad's quite the fan. He has an old story about singing Pink Floyd songs while working in an old mine when he was younger. It's his "sticking it to the man" experience. Quite the character (but in a good way) my dad is.
Anyway, you're definitely right that rock stars aren't the best at living longer.

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Leazwell said...

We watch Monk. Who would have thought OCD could be so entertaining? I taught a student with a hefty case of it and his behavior drove us (the teachers and his classmates)to distraction. Unfortunately this kid's condition manifests istself with thoughts that have the kid believing he shouldn't pursue college. He dropped out a month into his first semester. It's sad because he has a fantastic brain but believes he should be working at a fast food chain, which he does. So he lives at home and his mother is very distraught.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your dad sounds pretty cool, Becky. It's important for everybody to find a way to fight the man. Floyd songs will do that.

Phlegmmy - that's hilarious! I am totally applying for that! Wait a minute, would I have to move to Georgia (that's a long way)? Do I have to know how to read music?

That's an unfortunate story, Leazwell. I guess the reality of OCD is nowhere near as entertaining as Monk makes it appear.

Barbara said...

What is Monk about?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Have you not seen Monk, Barbara W? It's a detective show and the main character has pretty severe OCD and requires an assistant to get through the day because of all his phobias. Tony Shalub (sp?) plays Adrian Monk and he is great!

Ben Heller said...

Syd's a classic example of someone who's talent was never fulfilled. sadly his brain was turned to toothpaste after one decent Pink Floyd album, and one decent solo album.

He spent the rest of his life searching through peoples trash (seriously).

I'm listening to Pipers At The Gates Of dawn right now.

kees said...

Ohhhh, yeah put up a song that would be ace. Monk IS a great show. OCD can definitely be debilitating. I know a couple people who put their tendancies to good use in their jobs. I'm not sure fast food service could be such a job. Sad story leazwell.

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm just a science faker too (spend too much time blogging for one thing) - I won't tell if you don't.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh that is tragic, Ben. The rock and roll lifestyle is not always pretty and glamorous, is it?

I agree, Kees, I'm always stating that I have a touch of OCD, but I'm pretty certain that I'm just detail oriented, and that to truly have the disorder would not be a joking matter.
Do all of us who work in science feel like we are faking our knowledge? Maybe nobody actually understands science.

Barbara said...

Barbara B.
Neko Case will be on Sounds Like Canada today with Jian Ghomeshi.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I heard, BW! I'm listening to SLC on the Halifax station right now. Pretty pumped!
(Thanks for thinking of me)

kees said...

Thanks for the Novillero track it's GREAT. I think we have some cosmic musical link - I was listening to April Skies just this afternoon and I now see it in your sidebar!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How truly cosmic, Kees! I've been listening to the JAMC quite a bit lately. I'm glad you liked the Novillero song. I had never heard of them when I saw them open for New Pornos and am always so glad to discover a new band quite by accident.

Now I know why you have "anything good" on your music profile. Too many to list, correct?

Will said...

Sounds great - I'll have to be on the lookout. As for Syd Barret - that was sad.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They are a fun band to watch, Will, if you ever get the chance. Hey maybe they'll do some shows down there while they're filming.

michelle said...

I've had a mad crush on Tony Shalhoub ever since seeing him on the X-Files... "Soft Light." The man oozes talent.

So sad about Syd. I wanted to listen to Shine On You Crazy Diamond this morning on my walk but there were no stars out - just didn't seem right, ya know?

& to work in science, OCD is a prerequisite. As a former lab rat I still embrace my neuroses - without 'em I'd be more bland than usual!

mellowlee said...

That day I requested my radio station to play "Bike" and "Wish you were here". I read about how Syd showed up at the "shine on you crazy diamond" sessions, and they didn't even recognize him at first. (shaved head/eyebrows and big weight gain) And were so sad when they realized it was him. :(

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't seen that X-Files episode for some reason, Michelle. But Tony sure is great as Adrian Monk, except he's way smarter and more perceptive than me, despite my slight OCD.

It's hard to see legends go down the tube, Mellowlee - you want to remember them at their finest.

Beth said...

funny thing about Monk....until the show came on, I didn't realize that such obsessive-compulsive was unusual. And here for years I'd been thinking that washing my hands immediately after touching, well, anything, was completely normal.....who would'a thunk it??

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Beth, welcome! And they are always telling us to wash our hands! I wish they'd make up their minds. (nothing wrong with washing your hands)

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