Music Recommendation: Surf Out! — “Surf #5”

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Music: “Surf #5” from the album NAME THIS EP

Artist: Surf Out!

Artist Location: Pennsylvania

Info: “The vintage surf duo (Surf Out!) started when Chris Brandon contacted drummer Brixton. Each week they got together and wrote/recorded one song. After 5 weeks, the first EP was complete. “

“Independently released 5-song surf EP, featuring a two-piece instrumental arrangement (drums/guitars).”

Surf Out! also has released the 6-song album A SURFIN’ CHRISTMAS for $5 (USD).

Price: Name Your Price (Includes FREE)

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Genre: Surf

Surf Out! on Bandcamp

https://surfout.bandcamp.com

NAME THIS EP on Bandcamp

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Practical Jokes, Prejudice

Practical Jokes

• Comedian Brad Stein liked to sneak a couple of ketchup packets on board airplanes. After the plane had taken off, he would secretly squirt the ketchup below each ear, then point to his ears and ask the flight attendant, “Is this supposed to happen?”

• When comedian Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show, was in high school, he used to sneak into the girls’ bathroom, pour water into the Kotex dispenser, then watch it expand and tear itself from the wall.

Prejudice

• British comedian Omid Djalili’s family came from Iran, but he is not a Muslim (he is a Baha’i); however, because of his genetics, he looks foreign to some of his fellow Brits, and that can lead to misunderstandings. For example, at Heathrow Airport, he looked anxiously at two men who seemed suspicious to him: they were muttering and bearded. He then looked at his fellow Brits, and he saw that they were anxiously looking at him. He says, “I shouted at people and said, ‘What are you looking at me for? Can’t you see those blokes over there?’ I had a real go at them, which made things worse. People just got upset and averted their eyes and I ended up muttering to myself.” This story is important because, as British journalist Ginny Dougary writes, “One slight problem with this is that his bearded brethren were doubtless just as innocent as Djalili. But it’s still a relief to hear a comedian having the guts to examine prejudice from his own perspective, only to demonstrate how he is also the victim of the same nervy thought poison.”

• Early in his career, Jewish comedian Milton Berle — then little more than an adolescent — worked on the same bill as Frank Fay, a comedian who was known for a lack of sensitivity. Because Frank Fay was annoyed that Milton was standing in the wings, he told the stage manager, “Get the little kike out of the entrance.” Shocked, Milton complained to his mother, who told him that probably Frank Fay had said “tyke,” not “kike.” Milton then listened carefully to what Frank Fay said the next time the two were close together, and when Frank Fay told the stage manager, “I told you to keep that little Jew bastard out of the wings,” Milton personally and immediately made sure that Frank Fay felt a strong urge to visit a hospital.

• Many years ago, the Seacrest Hotel of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, was restricted — meaning that it did not welcome Jews. When new managers took over the hotel, they decided to concoct a fictitious name for the new owner to show Jews that the hotel was no longer restricted. The name they decided on was Milton Q. Shapiro. Although “Milton Q. Shapiro” was completely fictitious and never existed, some would-be guests tried to bluff their way onto the premises when the hotel was filled to capacity by saying, “I’ll have you know, I am a very close friend of Milton Q. Shapiro. He was a classmate of mine in college and a fraternity brother besides.”

• InChappell’s Show, comedian Dave Chappell attacked racism by playing such characters as a white supremacist who happened to be blind as well as black. Unfortunately, although most people recognized that racism was the real target of the subversive humor, some racists took it literally and congratulated Mr. Chappell for holding the same views that they did. Mr. Chappell was so shocked that he stopped making his TV show and stopped making the millions of dollars that went with making his TV show.

• Kathy Nijimy and Maureen Gaffney are actor-comedians who created “The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives.” They performed it at a lot of women’s music festivals, where they discovered that gay people are just as likely as straight people to make assumptions about other people. At the women’s music festivals, everyone assumed that Kathy and Mo were gay. In straight society, straights tend to assume that everyone is straight.

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Lie Witness News – Trump Watergate Edition (Jimmy Kimmel YouTube)

Lie Witness News – Trump Watergate Edition (Jimmy Kimmel YouTube)

A new tell-all book called ‘A Warning,’ written by an anonymous Senior White House Official, was released today. The saddest part about the book and these impeachment proceedings, is that Trump’s hardcore supporters don’t want to know what he has done wrong. They will support him no matter what. So to prove it, we went out on the street, found people who are fans of Donald Trump, and we asked them how they felt about a bunch of stuff Trump has done. Except none of it was stuff Trump has done, all of the events we described were about Watergate and Richard Nixon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t75kZmrwxg&feature=youtu.be

Lindsey Graham Chokes Up Talking About Joe Biden: “If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, then you’ve got a problem.  You need to do some self-evaluation.” (YouTube)

Lindsey Graham Chokes Up Talking About Joe Biden (YouTube)

Senator Lindsey Graham gets emotional when discussing his longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden. Read full article here: http://huff.to/1KwVLn0. “If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, then you’ve got a problem.  You need to do some self-evaluation.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLMYW8jFPHg&feature=youtu.be&t=8

David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Practical Jokes

Practical Jokes

• Harpo Marx was a great friend of theatrical critic Alexander Woollcott, and when Harpo announced that he had taken up painting, Mr. Woollcott was enthusiastic and wanted to see some of his paintings. Harpo was willing, and one day Mr. Woollcott walked into Harpo’s art studio. A nude female model was posing, and Harpo asked Mr. Woollcott to wait a few minutes as he put a few finishing touches on the paintings. So Harpo looked at the nude model and painted a little more, and then he allowed Mr. Woollcott to see the painting — which depicted not a nude model, but a banana.

• Oscar Levant once became interested in the daughter of a Los Angeles society family, but she declined to date him until he and a member of his family were introduced to her family. Since no members of his family were in LA, Mr. Levant took along Harpo Marx when he visited her family and introduced Harpo as his uncle. Big mistake. Within five minutes, Harpo had insulted the butler, flirted with the maid, and chased the society woman’s mother through the house. Of course, Oscar and Harpo were thrown out of the house as quickly as possible.

• Comedians tend to play practical jokes on each other. While performing in the Ziegfeld Follies, Eddie Cantor was supposed to lift and carry around two empty suitcases, but during one performance they were enormously heavy — W.C. Fields had filled the suitcases with bricks. Mr. Cantor got Mr. Fields back by inviting him to play a game of golf, a game that Mr. Fields took seriously. But when Mr. Cantor took off his coat upon arriving at the gold course, he was wearing his pajamas and slippers and played the entire game in his jammies.

• Occasionally, practical jokes are played during operatic performances. In a performance of La Bohèmein Philadelphia, Frances Alda was surprised when her fellow singers turned toward her on stage with monocles in their eyes. When snow fell on stage, mixed with it were such items as buttons that hit the top of the bonnet she was wearing. A glass of water turned out to be a glass of ink. And when De Segurola put on a hat on stage, he discovered that it was filled with powder that cascaded over his shoulders.

• Phil Silvers once played a joke on Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Mr. Silvers was suffering from insomnia in a hotel and suddenly remembered that the comedy team of Lewis and Martin was performing in the lounge. So he put on slippers and a robe, and walked into the lounge, where Lewis and Martin were in the midst of their wild shenanigans. The famous comedy team saw Mr. Silvers, stopped, and stared. Mr. Silvers said, “Fellas, could you hold it down a little? I’m upstairs trying to sleep.”

• Harpo Marx was always ready to make people laugh on the spur of the moment, and he often poked fun at dignified people. Once a dignified woman (whom Harpo didn’t know) got out of a taxi in front of a hotel, and Harpo picked her up, ran with her to the hotel desk, and told the clerk, “Register us quickly!” (Because of Harpo’s reputation as a comedian, I think the woman would be flattered and not regard this as sexual harassment.)

• Practical joker Hugh Troy once heard the owner of a small general store say that he was due to take inventory soon. So Mr. Troy went to another store, bought $20 worth of items that the small general store carried, then smuggled them into the general store and put them on the shelves. Mr. Troy’s name for his action was “Shop-stuffing. Makes a nice change from shop-lifting, don’t you think?”

• In Act 4 of Puccini’s La Bohème, Mimi lies dying of tuberculosis, and Musetta gives her a muff to keep her hands warm. Frederick Jägel once surprised the singer playing the role of Mimi. When she slipped her hands inside the muff, she discovered a warm Polish sausage.

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Music Recommendation: Magic De Spell — “King Elisabeth”

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Music: “King Elisabeth” from the album NIGHTMARE EP

Artist: Magic De Spell

Artist Location: Greece

Info: The record company is Geheimnis Records in Αθήνα, Greece.

“This album is consisting of the band’s first ever (and long sought-after) 7-inch EP called ‘Nightmare’, including the songs ‘Poor Johnny’s Lonely Blues’, ‘Sweating All Over’ and ‘Virgin Freedom”, 2 songs from the ‘Happening ’82’ compilation [‘End Of Nirvana’ and ‘C.B. (City Is Burning)’] and 6 previously unreleased songs from the 1981-82 season. All tracks were performed by the original first line-up: Alex Kyriakakis (vocals), George Scarlatos (bass), Theodore Vlahakis (drums) and George Alahouzos (guitar). With these songs they were established as a punk rock band (although their influences were not totally ‘punk’ and their sound is not what a ‘punk rocker’ would define as ‘punk’), successfully combining elements of the first generation British punk bands with the 70’s rock.” — Geheimnis Records

Price: €1 EURO (approximately $1.15 [USD]) for song; €7 EURO (approximately $8.05 [USD]) for eleven-track album

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Genre: Rock Instrumental

Magic De Spell NIGHTMARE EP on Bandcamp

https://geheimnisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/magic-de-spell-nightmare-ep-30th-anniversary-edition-2011

Geheimnis Records on Bandcamp

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davidbrucehaiku: beauty at your feet

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Autumn leaves and rubber boots

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Music Recommendation: Kostis Sotiropoulos — “Blues Rocker”

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Music: “Blues Rocker” from the album BLUES ROCKER

Artist: Kostis Sotiropoulos

Artist Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Info: “Hi, I’m Kostis. I’m a guitar player and record producer from Thessaloniki, Greece. I’ve been heavily involved in the world of music for the last 20+ years and have taken the heat from both sides of the glass: as a player and as a producer. I have been a member of many bands and produced many others. 2016 saw the first releases under my own name. “Too Dumb To Quit” is the latest. Hope you like it!!”

Price: €1 EURO (approximately $1.15 [USD]) for song; €7 EURO (approximately $8.05 [USD]) for nine-track album

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Genre: Blues Rock

Kostis Sotiropoulos on Bandcamp

https://kostismusic.bandcamp.com

BLUES ROCKER on Bandcamp

https://kostismusic.bandcamp.com/album/blues-rocker

David Bruce: The Coolest People in Comedy — Politics, Practical Jokes

Politics

• Satirist Al Franken regularly made fun of disgraced President Richard Nixon, but when he produced a Saturday Night Live “Presidential Bash” in 1992, he sent a letter to Mr. Nixon, hoping that he would make a personal appearance on the show. Unfortunately, as a reply, he received a letter saying no. No problem. Mr. Franklin happily framed the letter and now proudly displays it in a room that he has devoted to his collection of Nixon memorabilia: a bathroom.

• Satirist Al Franken ran seriously for the United States Senate in 2007 in his native state of Minnesota. How seriously? Seriously enough to win. Even when he was in the 7th and the 8th grades, he was interested in politics, In the 8th grade, he gave weekly reports in his social-studies class about what was going on in politics, and in the 7th grade, he ran for Class President with the slogan, “Never spit in the face of a man unless his mustache is on fire.”

• Lewis Black and Ron, his brother, occasionally had arguments about politics. For example, Lewis was shocked when Ron told him that he was going to vote for H. Ross Perot for President. They started shouting at each other, and the argument ended with Lewis shouting, “Okay, you do that. You vote for H. F**king Ross Perot. And you know what I’m going to do? I’M GOING TO TELL MOM!”

• Even back when he was a stand-up comic, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was interested in politics. Henry Kissinger once personally telephoned the offices of Saturday Night Liveto request tickets to the show. Mr. Franken answered the phone and told him, “No.” When Mr. Kissinger asked why he couldn’t get the tickets, Mr. Franken told him, “Because of the bombing of Cambodia.”

• At an airport, lesbian comedian Kate Clinton was wearing a “John Kerry: A Stronger America” button during the 2004 Presidential election when a fundamental Christian couple came up to her and said, “A vote for John Kerry will hasten the Second Coming.” Ms. Clinton replied, “Does that mean you will be leaving soon?”

• While in high school, satirist Stan Freberg ran for student office and was elected on the strength of two campaign promises: 1) he would improve the principal’s office by turning it into an automatic car wash, and 2) he would improve the girls’ locker room by installing an 80-foot picture window.

Practical Jokes

• Soon after he started working for MADmagazine, writer Dick DeBartolo needed an answer to a financial question, and only MADpublisher William M. Gaines, whom he had never met, could answer that question. His boss, Nick Meglin, called up Mr. Gaines — while Mr. DeBartolo was still on the telephone line — to arrange an appointment. Unfortunately, Mr. DeBartolo could hear every word Mr. Gaines said on the telephone: “DeBartolo’s on the phone? Who the h*ll wants to speak to him? Did you tell him I’m in? Oh, Christ, what the h*ll does he want? He’s a pain in the *ss!” Fortunately, when Mr. DeBartolo began speaking on the line, Mr. Gaines said, “Dick, I’m pulling your leg. Relax. I do that to all the new guys. I like to scare them. Welcome to MAD.”

• Ben Hecht once started a music group called the Ben Hecht Symphonietta. Its members consisted of several of his friends: Charles MacArthur, George Antheil, Charlie Lederer, and Harpo Marx. Groucho Marx was not invited to be a member, and it rankled him. As they were practicing in an upstairs room, Groucho yelled up at them, “Quiet, you lousy amateurs!” A few minutes later, no one could have heard the ensemble due to the vast sounds of music swelling up from the lower floor. Mr. Hecht and the other astonished musicians went downstairs to find the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing — Groucho had hired the entire orchestra to come and disrupt the rehearsal of the Ben Hecht Symphonietta.

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