September 20, 2004

An MP3 Blog

Serendipitiously--right after two posts that had to do with old-timey music one way or another--I ran across the MP3 blog Honey, Where You Been So Long which focuses on pre-war blues. Its current top link is to a song by Jim Jackson, whose "Old Dog Blue" is my favorite song on the entire Anthology of American Folk Music. I don't listen to MP3s but this looks like a great site--lotta good songs up, and the pictures and text are nice even without them.

via Ted Barlow, in a thread that also features one of the best right-wing trolls on a non-political thread I've ever seen.

(some even more irrelevant stuff below the fold)

Peter at HWYBSL says that "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is really awesome and features some great visuals." I agree about the great visuals--and that includes Gwyneth Paltrow (not acting very well) and Jude Law--but not so much about the really awesome. The visuals are so much the purpose of the movie that it seems beside the point to carp about any other aspect, but I wish that it had just straight up focussed on the visuals--or put them in the service of some kind of vision of the world, the way Metropolis did. (Metropolis is open to the criticism that its vision of the world is stupid, but even so I think it gives some weight to the design.)--I think what I'm saying is: Just go all the way and make the whole thing a cartoon. It is definitely fun and impressive--but I think what will stay with me longest is the Onion caption, "For added realism, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was filmed in the world of tomorrow with actual Sky Captains.

So, recommended if you're in the mood for that sort of thing, but not as good as Jim Jackson. Then again, what is?

Oh, and if you're wondering where the other post about old-time music is, "High Water Everywhere" is the name of a Charley Patton song.

Posted by Matt Weiner at September 20, 2004 03:22 PM