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RIP Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

by Bunk X ( 102 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at July 19th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas. Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.



RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips hellalotta fun.

Let’s turn up the volume and put the pedal to the metal for this Saturday Night Edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: After scheduling this I see that Coldwarrior beat me to it, so consider this a continuation.]

R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tommy Ramone

by Bunk X ( 112 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at July 13th, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Tommy Ramone RIP 2014

Another punk bit the big one.

Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever.  The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.

Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.

That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot.  Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.

Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”

And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.


And yes, this is The Overnight Open Thread.

Compare & Contrast – Photo Trickery

by Bunk X ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Media, OOT at March 18th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

We may have posted this previously but so what. We’re making a point here.

All About The Angle

Recently Barack Obama was photographed in preparation to awarding medals to some overlooked heroes of WWII. All well and good in principle, but let’s compare reality vs. propaganda. Here’s a posed photo of the POTUS in the Oval Office:

Obama Awards 24 Medals Of Honor For Valor During WWII, Korean And Vietnam Wars
Note the slightly skewed angle and the higher than average camera elevation. Note the wide-angle lens distortion. Mr. Obama looks tall and imposing, almost Putin-like, да? Once we remove the distortion of the propagandacam, the reality is much different:Oval Office 2
Note that in the 2nd image Obama isn’t nearly as tall, nor is he as wide as the Getty Image above would have you believe. The only difference between the two is that we squared up the door and wallpaper. (We can’t adjust for the height of the camera. It happens to be at Obama’s eyeline, and makes him appear to tower over the others in the picture.)

Subtle, yet obvious once pointed out, just like The Overnight Open Thread.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day Natural Progession

by Bunk X ( 142 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, OOT, Open thread at March 17th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

St. Patricks Day 9AM
9:00AM

St. Patricks Day 12 Noon
12 Noon

St. Patricks Day 4PM
4:00PM

St. Patricks Day 8PM
8:00PM

St. Patricks Day 11PM
11:00PM

It’s all “Erin Go Bleaugh” on tonight’s  “Blowin’ Of The Green” edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: Images from here, here, here and here.]

Too Many Possible Captions + Little Debbie

by Bunk X ( 31 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Links, OOT, Open thread at January 29th, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Rollin

Tumbin

escalator-planking

Okay, first guy’s a funny, but chimps, toddlers and even Little Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can do it. 2nd guy & girl are awesome, especially because the guy talked blondie into mopping the hoops court with her hair while doing The Beast With Two Backs wrong.  Escalator Planking Girl wins for her strong abs, doing it solo, and being willing to risk losing her entire scalp on the escalator handrail just for The Utoobage lulz [via].

BTW, for those of you who think that The BlogMock has little influence, Google “Debbie Wasserman-Schultz .gif” and see what image comes up first and from where. For those of you strapped for time and too busy to click the link, let’s all jump into a big steaming pile of The Overnight Open Thread.

“We Voted For Obama Because He Said Mitt Romney Would Eat Our Grandchildren.”

by Bunk X ( 173 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Cult of Obama, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at January 28th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Obama Supporters
“And my husband simply LOVES our new ObamaCare physician!”

Now that the steaming pile of SOTU is over, was there a single thing that The Messiah said that was not a sop for the unions, non-whites, gullible co-eds, and John Boehner? Can’t think of anything, eh? There’s a reason for that. It’s a common medical syndrome known as The Overnight Open Thread.

LOL DOOM

by Bunk X ( 26 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Economy, Fascism, Humor, OOT, Open thread, SCOTUS, Socialism at November 19th, 2013 - 11:00 pm

monster-mouth-lol1

So much carp raining down these days. POTUS lied, the US Census Bureau has been caught fudging statistics, the MSM promoted the propaganda, the low-info voters bought it, MSNBC supports coprophaghia, and the next thing you know is it’s time for
The Overnight Open Thread.

Frank

by Bunk X ( 17 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread at November 15th, 2013 - 2:00 am

frank-tending-the-machine-1-jim-woodring

For those of you who have never run across the artwork of Jim Woodring, you’re missing out on some of the most surreal (and sometimes disturbing) pen and ink work that I’ve seen. Woodring based a lot of his subject matter on hallucinations he had as a child, and decided to record them on paper.

His most recognizable character is Frank, a good guy who goes on bizarre adventures, often accompanied by Madame Pupshaw (sort of a cat) and Pushpaw (sort of a dog). None of the characters speak.

Although I’ve never met him, Jim Woodring did me a nice favor once, so I don’t mind suggesting that you visit his store for unusual gifts for the hard to get folk.

And that’s the perfect solution to a somewhat overdue Late Night Edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

The Hugh Maskela, Bix Beiderbecke & Artie Shaw Connection

by Bunk X ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at November 2nd, 2013 - 9:00 pm

“Grazing In The Grass” was one of my favorites, but after his U.S. hit in 1968, Hugh Maskela dropped off the charts despite having a long successful career overseas. I always thought he was just a one-hit wonder.

According to Wiki, in 1953, Maskela saw the movie “Young Man With A Horn” featuring Kirk Douglas as famed trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. Maskela switched from piano to trumpet.

Self-taught on cornet, trumpeter Beiderbecke was an early jazz improvisational prodigy of sorts. He was also difficult to work with, a raging alcoholic  (despite Prohibition) tried to quit, suffered the DTs, and (after declaring that Mexicans with long knives were hiding under his bed) died at the age of 22, likely from a combination of alcohol poisoning and a form of pneumonia. In other words, people who knew Beiderbecke said he was a self-destructive asshole, while praising his talent.

What I find interesting is that Beiderbecke didn’t find fame until after he died. His improvised riff on “Singin’ The Blues” was coopted by Hoagy Carmichael, who wrote the most re-recorded jazz song in history: “Stardust.” Here’s my favorite version by Artie Shaw, featuring Billy Butterfield on trumpet.

With that, we’re off to the sweet melodies known in these parts as
The Overnight Open Thread.

Draft Post. No really. This is a Draft Post

by Bunk X ( 153 Comments › )
Filed under Beer of the Week, Food and Drink, Humor, OOT, Open thread at October 4th, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Pure brilliance. Watch the vid first, because there’s more below the break. Cheers! (more…)