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I have music whiplash by going from Danko Jones to this...but I'm okay with that. Wow, what a performance.

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I have music whiplash by going from Danko Jones to this...but I'm okay with that. Wow, what a performance.

Whoa....Danko Jones? Well done, my friend. Well done.

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Whoa....Danko Jones? Well done, my friend. Well done.

I was debating buying the latest album from them - I was listening to them on the FiOS music channel.

When I saw your line, I bought it, and I dig the heck out of it. Good tunes! Two thumbs up to xcanuck for the recommendation!

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I thought about posting this when Rocks first started this thread; then, this week Kirstie Alley danced (?) to

on "Dancing with the Stars." This is the best version I have found and will happily bow to anyone who posts something better:

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Black Square by Kazimir Malevich (pronounced ka-ZEE-meer mal-YAY-vitch)

You may want to go to plain old Wikipedia first. I know a ridiculous amount about art for an untrained amateur, and Malevich is on my ballot as Greatest 20th Century Artist. I'm not saying he'd win, but I'm saying he'd be on the ballot. And I'm willing to bet many of you have never heard of him. Take five minutes and have a look - it's well worth it, and there's zero downside.

Malevich's art was banned (or curtailed - I can't remember which) in the USSR after the Bolshevik Revolution. His avant-garde works were necessarily forced backward into realism. Hence, this self-portrait from 1933 which smacks of the Italian Renaissance. (But take a close look at his defiant signature in the lower-right of the painting - it will make you smile).

If you take away nothing else from this post, take away the term "Suprematism."

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I usually climb the barricades on the side of "culture" vs pop "whatever", but it is very fun when this distinction blurs. Case in point: Henry Fonda moving like a Praying Mantis, Charles Bronson's craggy face in the Spanish sun, all set to a dance of death by Ennio Morricone and directed by the Visconti of the Western, Sergio Leone. I just ordered this on Blu Ray and am veritably moist at the prospect. SPOILER ALERT: If you have never seen this movie and think you want to, then don't click here.

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No, no, no. THIS is the Tebaldi aria you want to hear.

Just watching her breathe is a master class in proper technique.

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The mention of Tebaldi got me going, so I couldn't resist sharing THIS. The outburst at 6:31, where the regal stoicism of Desdemona fractures for a moment as she bids a final farewell to her servant, never fails to move me to tears.

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Amazing!

Not as difficult as you might think - many entry-level pros and top amateurs can hit that same shot. In fact, I was a victim of it (a mis-hit lob over my head) on match point in a tournament about ten years ago, executed by a relative nobody - it was infuriating.

I love Nadal just as much as I love Federer, but this is the best version of that shot ever executed (it was the penultimate point in a Grand Slam tournament, so it was huge, and absolutely cleanly struck).

And the greatest shot I've ever seen? Andy Roddick hits an overhead winner and starts to walk away ...

Hell, as long as we're at it ... Jan-Ove-Waldner has been called "the Mozart of table tennis." Here's one example of why ... you can Google the guy and see other things nearly as amazing.

Tying this back into high culture and high art, even if you don't like sports ... click here.

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For a bit of non-musical culture, I bring you Rafael Nadal*.

*yeah, I know he lost the match, but that does not deminish this in the least.

That is EXACTLY the soundtrack that I will have playing the next time I have the old Jack Kramer Pro Staff out and the neighbors come up to complain.

Dare I remind them how lucky they are that I didn't bring out the T-2000?

Not as difficult as you might think - many entry-level pros and top amateurs can hit that same shot. In fact, I was a victim of it (a mis-hit lob over my head) on match point in a tournament about ten years ago, executed by a relative nobody - it was infuriating.

If you couldn't hit it off of wood, you can't call it tennis. Maybe Jeu d'Paume.

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The Library of Congress and Sony launched a new Web site (www.loc.gov/jukebox/) Tuesday that allows listeners to stream a vast archive of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings of music, speeches, poetry and comedy. Much of it hasn’t been widely available since World War I. Call it America’s iTunes.

Full article This is pretty amazing and so accessible! This post even has some cool samples.

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Bukowski's

Cut While Shaving

It's never quite right, he said, the way people look,

the way the music sounds, the way the words are

written.

It's never quite right, he said, all the things we are

taught, all the loves we chase, all the deaths we

die, all the lives we live,

they are never quite right,

they are hardly close to right,

these lives we live

one after the other,

piled there as history,

the waste of the species,

the crushing of the light and the way,

it's not quite right,

it's hardly right at all

he said.

don't I know it? I

answered.

I walked away from the mirror.

it was morning, it was afternoon, it was

night

nothing changed

it was locked in place.

something flashed, something broke, something

remained.

I walked down the stairway and

into it.

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Full article This is pretty amazing and so accessible! This post even has some cool samples.

Our Recorded Sound and Web Services folks are justifiably very proud of this launch; the interactive Book of Opera is especially impressive. Yay, team. smile.gif

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