Barack's got some mighty strange relatives.
Kat's "Kat's Korner: The vision and authenticity of Stevie Nicks" is a review of Stevie Nicks' latest album. It's 13 tracks of solid music. I think it's my favorite Stevie album and I've loved Bella Donna for years now.
The one thing I don't like?
I bought it as a download. I have no booklet.
When I bought Bella Donna, I bought it on vinyl and not only did that allow me to enjoy the front photograph and back, it also provided me with the lyrics.
I wish albums were still the main format. I really did love those large covers. (Which were just "covers" back then.) I do like the luxury of being able to download an album at any time night or day but I do miss the vinyl.
I also prefer the sound of vinyl when it's good vinyl. (Not the shoddy, cheap vinyl they used near the end of the last days of vinyl which skipped on first play.)
"TV: The show that keeps getting worse" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
For the worst episode of the worst season of the show, it was fitting that the highly limited Tina was the host. Tina, high on herself as always, decided that what the world needed now was non-stop pregnancy jokes. SNL's core audience really isn't into pregnancy. They tried to pretend it was a mother's day special.
A mother's day special, it should be noted, that lived to trash actual mothers. Or is no one aware that Palin and Bachmann are mothers? Apparently, they're 'bad mothers.' At least to SNL. And the Bachmann portrayal was sexist and offensive and tired -- indicating that the 37-year-old Seth Meyers needs to be moved on down the road and fresh blood found.
Not every skit tried (and failed) to be topical. There was a bad prom skit that has aired at least three times before -- not with the same group of performers but that bad skit has been recycled over and over. There was a Stefan moment on Weekend Update that wasn't funny. If the actor can't stop laughing before the jokes, Stefan needs to suck on the mothballs with other abandoned characterizations. It's unprofessional and it gets a laugh not because it's a funny skit but because everyone laughs at the performer who can't stop laughing. There was a spoof of a Bravo reality show. There was a birthing class skit.
Yes, it really was that lame. We had it on in the background when it was live (Ava and C.I. are on the west coast and it doesn't air live there) and it was just so awful. It was as though no one wanted to take the time to write a skit, everyone just wanted the season to be over all ready. It was sloppy and tossed together.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):