Wednesday, April 23, 2014

poison stories

what it is: poison stories
where i found it: tipped off by harper's magazine

If you're in the mood for an amazing trove of stories check out these oral histories by retired FDA inspectors. Here's one good example of a guy with some shrimp boat horror stories. If you have the time, this makes for some great reading.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


what it is: ikettes
where i found it: some movie about backup singers

While watching some movie about backup singers my attention was called to the amazing Ikettes, who not only endured Ike Turner's brutality and ridiculous haircuts, but must have had some of the most grueling and thankless choreography routines in popular music history. Tina is no slouch, that's for sure, but at least she gets to be the star and make the big bucks. This is either misogyny at its worst or athleticism at its best.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

this afternoon's selections

what it is: selections
where i found it: this afternoon

There is an old man patient at the hospital where I work who doesn't want to do anything but watch videos of folk music. He says shit like: "you learn to play the violin, then no problem. you good. that's it." Here a few of the selections he enjoyed this afternoon. This is why I love my job.

steel lady

what it is: steel lady
where i found it: early childhood

I remember the Barbara Mandrell show, but I have no recollection of her playing the fuck out of the steel guitar in this fashion: