Music Monday – Lower Slaughter

Here is a hard driving pink rock tune from a band called Lower Slaughter! This is the latest song Bone Meal. They  are a 4-piece band from Brighton. Visit their Facebook Page!

 

Come back next Monday for more new, independent music!

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“Someone Died Over There”, the boy said.

It’s Friday and therefore it is time for my ramblings.

A True Story

 

 

I was walking my dogs over the weekend; I think it was in Saturday. I was taking them around the neighborhood rather than through the woods as I usually do, due to the mosquitoes. Anyway, I took them to Centennial Park. Centennial Park is one of those places with picnic tables, park benches, swings and such for the kids, and lots of grass. Anyway, as I walked towards the playground area, two young boys, probably of 7 or 8 years of age, came from the playground area. They were walking a German Shepard who was almost a big as them.

I said “Hi.”

One of the boys said, “Someone died over there.” He pointed to a young, small tree behind a small hill.

“Someone died?” I questioned? I began to get visions of a body lying on the ground, an old man or women who collapse while feeding the birds.

“Yeah, someone died, right there? ” Both boys were now pointing.

I began to follow them and it was only a matter of a few steps before I realized what they were talking about. The tree the two boys were pointing at has a plaque in front of it. It was dedicated to someone who had passed away. The park is filled with those. It seems every tree and bench is dedicated to someone.

I took a few moments to explain that it did not mean someone die in that spot, the tree was just a tribute to someone who was gone and missed. I don’t know if they understood.

I saw them again about fifteen minutes later and it appeared the dog was taking them for a walk.

SimpsonsRant

 

 

OK, I need to get this off my chest! Yes, I am going back a few years, back to the early 90s, but it is been on my find for 25 years and it is about time I said something, Listen and The Homerlisten good! Hey Herb Power, it is not Homer’s fault your car company went belly up! It was your own damn fault. What kind of a moron puts a guy like Homer in charge of designing a new car and doesn’t even check up one him. AND HERB, you own employees tried to tell you he was screwing up but did you listen? No, you were too busy enjoying Homers family (the family you are too much of a clown to get on your own).

It makes my physically sick to see Herb tell him he forgives him at the end of his second appearance on the show. Freakin’ Herb should be apologizing to Homer for putting Homer in the position. Seriously, does Homer Simpson look like the kind of person who should be designing an automobile?

I feel better.

Jeff On Nature

 

 

There was a video that someone reposted on Facebook the other day. It was of a large bird, like a crane, walking through a field. Suddenly the head of the beast quickly goes to the ground and pops back up with mole or shrew or mouse or something. It flies away with the little rodent in it beak, ready for a meal. Someone posted, “isn’t nature beautiful?”

I said, “not if you are the shrew”.

Nature is a cruel, violent place. Every animal is looking to eat other animals. They only care about themselves, selfish bastards. I once saw a eagle grab a fish out the Mississippi River. Think about it, that fish was just minding it’s own business, swimming through the cold waters of the United States biggest river when the huge claws of a Bald Eagle grabbed him. Suddenly the fish his up in the sky, suffocating! If it could think, it would be saying WTF! Does that eagle even think about the fish for a second. Hell no! And now that I think about it, that fish probably just ate another fish, so screw him as well.

And when birds sing their morning songs that everyone finds so beautiful, the are not singing but crying out for sex. It might sound wonderful, but it is really a desperate plea.

A Coyote can run over 40 MPH, while a Roadrunners speed in only 29 mph. So what’s the deal with the cartoon?

I’ve been having trouble sleeping again, but why do you care?
A Stripper

I wonder what ever came of this girl. It’s from a short film I found on Archive.org, She get naked

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Short Film Wednesday – Extinguished

Here is a short film that I came across on YouTube. It si called Extinguished and it is by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann at Ringling College of Art and Design. It is a CGI Animated Short that I found very entertaining. It is a brisk 4 minutes, which is perfect for a film such as this. Give it a watch.

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Guitar Tuesday

For my song of the week I decided to learn David Bowie’s Space Oddity. OK, I know it is an easy one, but this has been a very busy week, so I went for something easy. I started with Marty Music’s YouTube video.

After that I found some tablature over at Ultimate-Guitar.com.

I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my fingering exercises. Need to get back into that this week.

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Music Monday – Ugly Sun

Here is a band from Buffalo, NY called Ugly Sun called Burned Alive. They consider themselves garage rock. It is an interesting song, you should give it a listen

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What a selfish worm am I, right?

Jeff KelleyThis is a true story. It is a little like a Seinfeld episode. I was at Greekfest with my wife, my daughter, and her boyfriend, James. At one point, James and I went to get a few beers. He started to take out his cash but I said, “No, I’ve got it.” He asked, “Are you sure?” “Yep”, I replied. So James offered to get the tip and threw a couple of dollars into the tip jar. Now, the man getting the beers back was turned to us, so when I paid for our beverages he looked at me, and to him, it appeared that I didn’t tip. It is not that I wanted credit for tipping, I just don’t like the fact that this man thought I was some sort of cheapskate. I do hate when the bartender doesn’t see me tip.

On Independent Arts

These Girls are FoolsOver the last 20 years the world has entered a new age in independent arts.

When I was a young man I played in a rock and roll band. We were just a totally unremarkable cover band. However, I knew a few bands with some talent. They would right original some and paid a fortune to have demo tapes made. I would often get copied of these demos on cassette tape. And you know what? They all sounded horrible. Not that the bands music was horrible, but the quality of the recording was bad. And they paid hundreds of dollars to have it made.

That all changed with personal computing. These days, any band can get a very good recording for very little money. The same goes for filmmaking. No longer do you have to have a major studio give you a million dollars to bring you vision to the screen. These days a simple smart phone and a few actors is all you need. All types are art that use to require huge financing can down be done at home at your Mac or PC.

These Girls are FoolsThe internet is filled with lots of wonderful independently produced entertainment, and, yes, a lot of crap as well). Yet, the masses still flick to see the latest Marvel superhero film, or download the latest Lady Gaga song. (to be honest, I didn’t even know ho Gaga was until I saw the Superbowl). Famous Musicians today charge $150, $200, $300 to see them play in huge arenas! Come on now, they’re plenty of independent bands that are just as good that charge a small fraction of what the big bands charge and who really need your support.

Hey let’s spend the day binge watching Game of Thrones! Why not! Poor HBO, they need every cent!

Support he independent arts. If you come across something that is worth posting here, let me know. Email me at coffeewithjeff@gmail.com.

The only true art is independent art!

These Girls are Fools

A Still from These Girls Are Fools.

These Girls Are Fools in a 1950 Hollywood Exploitation Short, and Independent Film, about the dangers of working as a nude model. It is also called Hell Is a Place Called Hollywood. You can watch it by clicking here. And for the record, I used this in a The tongue-in-cheek way.

On Problems

Well, the cables down as I right this. It is weird how much I depend on having internet access. What is weirder is how much this is a first world problem. I mean, hear I am all depressed because I can’t work on a few things because I can get to the World Wide Web, meanwhile there are people suffering real problems like starvation, war, injustice and all that. What a selfish worm am I, right?

Got to go. I got better things to do than talk to you!

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Guitar Tuesday

So, I am a guitarist. Or I should say, I play guitar. There is a difference. In an effort to become better, I am doing two things. First, I am learning one new song a week. I don’t care if it is easy or hard. In fact, many of you who are guitarist will probably find everything I learn as simple, but for me, not so much.

This week : Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty

I am also trying to find lessons on-line. You know, the kind of lessons I don’t have to pay for! Right now I am working on t his one from Acoustic Guitar magazine. It is called Video Lesson: Discover Your Own Fingerstyle Voice on Guitar by Jamie Stillway.

If I get this down, I may post some audio later of me playing.

I am always looking for good exercises for becoming a better guitar player. If you’ve got an idea of what I should be doing, let me know. I’ll be your friend for life.

You can email me at coffeewithjeff@gmail.com

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Music Monday – The Alloy Six

Today we have an original tune be a band called The Alloy Six from Stockholm. These guys take you back to that great sound of the 60s with all it garage fuzz. Check it out. And check out their Facebook page. It is a song called Impossible Dream from an album they plan on putting out next year.

It is important to support independent artists, like The Alloy Six, Seriously, doesn’t Lady Gaga and Jay-Z have enough of you money.

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Bela Lugosi is Dr. Alex Zorka

Jeff KelleyDo you ever hope for rain so you don’t have to cut the grass? I do. Even though my lawn is in desperate need of a good trimming, I would still rather not. And with all the rain we have been getting in Chicagoland, we really don’t need any more for a long while.

I got the first bad comment (I think) of my podcast. Someone named “Josh Donoho” wrote on the Coffee With Jeff Facebook page, “Moving on.” I assume he was letting me know that he didn’t appreciate my show and was moving on to something else…I guess. You know, you cannot please everyone.

ON FILM NIOR

So I was watching the wonderful Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies, which in hosted by the fantastic Eddie Muller. Last Sunday they showed a 1946 film called Deadline at Dawn. A delightful, nonsensical movie starting the gorgeous Susan Hayward! Anyway this was a line from the film I couldn’t help laugh at. The character of Val Bartelli, played by Joseph Calleia, in talking about his dead sister, said, “She was no lullaby but she had the brains like a man.” How times have changed.

ON DEPRESSION

I think everyone gets depressed now a then. I know I do, sometimes for no reason. I am sure what I go through is nothing compared to those that have real problems with depression. There is something I do to get myself out one of these funks. Whether I’ve done something to bring me down, or if it is work, family or nothing at all, I just keep moving forward. I wake without the usual excitement of the new day like I usually do, and instead feel like just sitting on the sofa and rot. Nothing seems worth doing. It is at these moments it is, at least to me, important to do something that will give me a sense of accomplishment.

It might be something like cleaning the basement, or writing a few pages of my latest script. Once I get something done, I begin to feel better about myself.

Hey, why don’t you ever seem to find a depressed farmer? It’s because farmers don’t have time to be depressed. I could be wrong, but depression is a result of having too much time on one’s hands.

Of course, I am not an expert; I can only say what works for me. If you have a serious problem with depression, you should think about getting professional help. PLEASE DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!

SOMETHING TO WATCH

Can a make a suggestion for something to watch, something that you can view for FREE! Everyone likes free, right? The Phantom Creeps from 1939 starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. Alex Zorka, This was original 12 episode serial that as been edited into a film. It’s fantastic! It has one of the best robots! Check it out. It’s that one film that Lugosi plays a made scientist! Ha.

The Phantom Creeps

ON FILM

My wonderful wife bought be the deluxe Blu-Ray addition of The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of watching this film. And there is a lot of bonus material as well, and I love bonus material. No commentary track, and that’s a bit of a bummer, but you can’t have everything.

ON MONSANTO

Do I dare say it? I’ve got no problem with Monsanto. I’ve got no problem with genetically modified food. GMOs are going to save the work. People who think Monsanto is evil don’t understand the science. And if you use the term Frankenfood around me, I will get the urge to punch you in the face. I won’t, because I am not a person who resorts to violence, but just know that deep inside that is the way I feel.

Got to go. I got better things to do than talk to you!

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Mystery Science Theater Season 12

I quick note just to say that I that I am hoping for a 12th season of MST3K. Really enjoyed the season 11 on Netflix. Come on Netflix, you have put so much crap on your streaming service, this is you chance to put something of quality.

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