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November 18, 2013

"He's A Rebel" — The Crystals (1962)

YouTube caption: "This highly influential 60s US female vocal group was the product of Phil Spector, for his pioneering Philles record label. They, along with the Ronettes, were one of the definitive 'Wall of Sound' groups of the 60s. They came together after meeting in the legendary Brill Building where the group was preparing demos for the Aberbach's famous publishing company Hill and Range. The line-up comprised Dee Dee Kennibrew (Dolores Henry, Brooklyn, New York, USA), La La Brooks (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA), Pat Wright (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA), Mary Thomas (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA) and Barbara Alston, who was their manager's niece. Spector was impressed and produced the debut 'There's No Other (Like My Baby)' in 1961. At this time Spector was developing his unique sound by mixing numerous layers of vocals and instruments onto one mono track. The blurred result was demonstrated on 'Uptown' but it was taken to its glorious extreme on Gene Pitney's song 'He's A Rebel.' The latter featured the lead vocals of Darlene Wright (Love) and, as Spector owned the name, he could use whomever he wanted as the Crystals. The song became a #1 single in the USA (UK #19). La La Brooks returned to the lead vocal on two further hits that have since become timeless classics, 'Da Doo Ron Ron' and 'Then He Kissed Me,' both major hits in 1963. The Beach Boys attempted a Spector-like production with their own version, 'Then I Kissed Her,' in 1967. The Crystals were soon overtaken when their mentor devoted more time to the Ronettes, and consequently their career faltered. New members passed through, including Frances Collins, and the band was prematurely banished to the nostalgia circuit."

Source: "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music" by Colin Larkin.

November 18, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: ideal place for a bread box.

A third: the people who made it probably have a bread box.

November 18, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Universal Intersection Light

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Why aren't these everywhere?

[via look-2-the-future-girl, monicarosejoan, imlanding, Joe Peach, and Lex Gibson]

November 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags

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Good idea.

I tried cheese storage papers from this same company a couple years ago but it was just too much trouble to wrap each piece and then fold it just so: this iteration appears to eliminate the pain in the butt aspect.

From The Green Head: "I just bought some cheddar cheese that was aged like 10 years or something and two days later it was somehow covered in mold. I learned that when dealing with gourmet cheeses, simply tossing the wedge into a plastic bag in the fridge isn't really ideal. The solution is to use these specialized cheese storage bags from France, designed to simulate the environment of a cheese cave to help keep cheese fresh longer and preserve its flavor. The bag is made from a combination of polyethylene and wax-coated paper that allows cheese to breathe and maintain optimal humidity, where a plastic bag or wrap just suffocates it."

15 bags: $8.36 (cheeses not included. I can hear the "Oh, drat" from Georgia all the way over here. heh).

November 18, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Sunday morning at Brookville Restaurant — through Google Glass

YouTube caption: "Yesterday I was able to extract myself from the — to me — immersive world of NFL football Sunday morning pregame stuff long enough to drive downtown to my favorite restaurant in Charlottesville, chef-owner Harrison Keevil's Brookville Restaurant. The Sunday brunch Hangover Cure is a work of art and usually my default order."

November 18, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Heavy Duty Magnetic Binder Clips


From the website: "For heavy fridge postings or just organizing the office, it's hard to beat magnetic binder clips. 2-pack of 2-1/8"-wide clips with jaws that open to 5/16' or one big 2-5/8"-wide clip with a jaw that opens to 5/8". All have disc magnets on the back."


[via Steve Woodruff]

November 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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