Happy Birthday to the late Kenny Wheeler, up there with the most innovative and distinctive Jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century - and easily the most humble and unassuming of them all.
“The pastors and professors who gave their enthusiastic support to Hitler all were marked by a particularly intense nationalism. Furthermore, this nationalism justified in their minds any number of compromised values. If it would strengthen Germany at a time of crisis, the burning of books, the firing of professors, the attack on German Jews, and making war against German neighbors could all be rationalized as necessary and appropriate. These supporters of Hitler looked at the world through very German eyes, and they were proud to do so. Thus, they justified virtually any behavior deemed necessary to renew German strength and prosperity, even behaviors that seriously violated previous norms. For each critical word that might reach them from abroad, they had a justification or a rationalization. They would point to perceived injustices against Germany, along with the claim that Germany had every right to flex its muscles and protect its rightful place in the world. It is hard to imagine that “my nation, right or wrong” could ever be an appropriate maxim. In light of the German experience, I am inclined to see it more as a cause for alarm” (from the Preface, p. xvii)
Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany, Robert P. Ericksen (2012)
First of all, the Big Bang wasn’t very big. Second of all, there was no bang. Third, Big Bang Theory doesn’t tell you what banged, when it banged, how it banged. It just said it did bang. So the Big Bang theory in some sense is a total misnomer.
The death of a major icon of mine and most others (Bowie) led to his trending (even more so) but also led me into a spiral deep into 70s pop/rock/glam/punk/funk/soul, with many artists getting some big trending here (most notably Talking Heads). The usual bop/hard bop/post-bop suspects are also here. John Barry & Monty Norman appear because James Bond soundtracks are fun, fun, fun. Two notables: 1.) Emily Saunders 2015 release. I found the writing on this to be exceptionally strong and gave it many listens. 2.) In my spiral down into the 1970s I hit ground zero with Zolar X, the space-alien glam rock house band at Rodney’s English Disco on the Sunset Strip. Jello Biafra re-pressed the (very rare) collection of their demos on Alternative Tentacles in 2004 and it knocked me out.
Vinyl continues to increasingly dominate my listening, duly scrobbled this year with vinylscrobblr app (which links to your discogs account).
Predictions for 2017. I have none. 2016 taught me not to make any more predictions.
To the sound of the guitar played with ‘Calgarix’, France Gall takes a step of dance with ‘Bonhomme Carnaval’, the two characters illustrating two of the major tourist events of the year in Canada ‘The Winter Carnival of Quebec’ The Calgary Stampede 'came to France for the promotion, November 8, 1968 in Paris, France
The Creature That Ate Sheboygan is a 1979 board game that pits one player as the military and civilian units against another player using one of six customizable giant monsters (a Godzilla look-alike, a sea serpent, a robot, a pterodactyl, a gorilla and a giant spider) to destroy the town of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Honestly I’m glad there is another giant monster related thing that takes place in here in Wisconsin besides The Giant Spider Invasion. That film is terrible.
I should see if someone in Sheboygan still sells this game…
“I just try to play music from my heart and bring as much beauty as I can to as many people as I can. Just give them other alternatives, especially people who arent exposed to creative music.” - Charlie Haden