Archive | June, 2011

Naked Furniture

9 Jun

Yesterday, I received some very depressing news.  My most beloved secret email address that only a few special people got – but that all of my blog comments went to – was being discontinued.

Here’s the story.  Follow carefully; it’s awfully complex.

A couple of years ago, I discovered my favorite band in the world, Valley Lodge.  In fact, I discovered them through Twitter.  It’s true!

My friend Calvert & I joined Twitter and started following a small group of really interesting and funny people.  This was before I started using it for the advertising industry folk.  JK!   But you know – people who were involved in art and architecture and design and blogging and comedy.   Teensy little list but very lovingly curated.  Calvert was my main source of finding interesting people to follow in those days and he immediately suggested following the hysterical @mrdavehill .  One day, not long after this, @mrdavehill didn’t post a funny tweet at all.  Instead, he posted a song he had recorded with his band Valley Lodge and it changed my life.

I do not say that lightly.

It was a cover version of the super groovy ’70s hit by Bob Welch, “Sentimental Lady.”  @mrdavehill said that it was downloadable but he totally lied.  It only streamed.  I tweeted him back asking if it was available for download anywhere and he replied with “right click” instructions.  As if I didn’t know that!  Okay, I know I shouldn’t still be mad a his reply.  It was so long ago and he was trying to be nice and helpful.  But, still, he had just insulted the small amount of highly technical knowledge I possessed.  I mean, come on.  Who doesn’t know how to download?

Deep breath.

Turns out my friend Ryan had seen this Twitter exchange.  He tweeted back that I should hit him up on ichat and he’d send me a bunch of their songs. Wait, what?  I was so confused!  How did Ryan…?  What…?

Sure enough, later that morning, Ryan sent me some songs, including the amazing “All of My Loving.”  A couple of days later he met me for lunch.  We had grilled cheese.  And tomato soup.   And then he gave me two actual CDs by Valley Lodge.  He  had just signed them to a multi-million dollar publishing deal.  Well that’s not exactly true, but that is what their songs should command.

I was smitten immediately and wanted to do a video for them.  Ryan hooked me up with @mrdavehill and before you knew it, I was casting a lot of naked men.  And Valley Lodge was playing really loud while they were naked!  Pretty much my version of heaven.


Just one of the guys in the video wasn’t naked.  He was a Bear and for some reason, preferred not to disrobe.  That was cool, I guess.  Maybe he didn’t want to get naked in front of a lot of people and have it filmed.  To each his own.   But here’s what he did like to do in real life:  organize leather invasions.

Leather invasions are where a groups of leather clad guys would invade places like museums, parks, shows, etc.   It was art.  Or as they called it, it was putting the kink back into NYC.   By the end of the shoot, we were pals.  And while I didn’t get a naked Bear in the video, I did get something better than that:  an @leatherinvasion dot com email address.  Amazing.

Since then it’s been a source of unending happiness.  All my blog comments go there.  Or went there.  My Bear is moving on apparently and with his life change, my email address will no longer exist.

Sigh.  ‘leatherinvasion’ is just so much cooler than ‘gmail.’  The only thing that can make me feel any better about this sad, sad, sad turn of events (I’m serious, I’m super bummed), is to watch the video and listen to Valley Lodge non-stop.  It’s kind of the only thing that makes everything all right, always.

Wach this video.

Then you need to download “All of My Loving.”  Right click.

And then, go to the super Valley Lodge website. And then, finally, buy some of their stuff.   Oh, and lastly!  They hardly ever perform, but they playing twice this month!

Now I’m going to send myself a few leatherinvasion emails while I still can.



8 Jun

Man, is it hot in the NYC.  I was trying to think of the hottest song I knew and I kept coming back to Isaac Hayes’ 12 minute version of “Walk On By.”  You just don’t get more hot and sultry and soulful than this.

It’s from his LP ‘Hot Buttered Soul.’  Those three words – “Hot Buttered Soul” – say much more than I could ever say on the subject.

It’s too hot to type.  The computer is burning my lap.  Why dont you get into something a little more comfortable, download, pour an ice cold beer and I promise these 12 minutes will make a difference in your night.  Money back guarantee.



7 Jun

I missed posting yesterday because I was just drowning.  I know this is an aside, but I read someone’s tweet the other day and it said, “Ever notice that lol looks like someone drowning?”  (That was a worthwhile digression, no?)  So I guess I should say I missed posting yesterday because I was just drowning, lol.

Years ago I lived with this guy who wore smaller sized jeans than I did and wouldn’t come into bed for the evening until after I woke up in the morning,  but on the plus side, he  did an amazing interpretation of David Bowie singing “Pressure.”

You know that initial “PRESSHHAH”?  That’s the part that he always sang.  Just that one word.  Try it.  Go on.  It’s really funny, right?

Anyway, “Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie is perhaps too well known a song for MV, but I’ve been under so much PRESSHHAH these days that it’s all I can think of.  Plus it makes me laugh.  Cut me some slack, ok?

I’ll be back tomorrow in human form.  I feel it.


Nervous Breakdown

5 Jun

When I first decided to do a year of downloads, it was supposed to be about the music.  And of course it is, but increasingly I’m finding that it’s about me, my state of mind and my relationship to music vis-a-vis those things.

My state of mind has had better days.  I have some crazy shizz swirling around in there and it’s exhausting.  Last night I dreamed I dropped my keys in quicksand.  Thankfully, at the last minute, I was able to retrieve them.  Maybe there will be a light at the end of this tunnel.

In addition, two odd things happened today.  Well three if you count finding a small dead bird outside my front door.

I was in the center of a huge, super nasty and thoroughly ridiculous fight with my little beach community for suggesting we switch from an antiquated and annoying Yahoo Group page to a private Facebook Group page.  For those who felt outraged (and I do mean outraged) it was seriously as if I had suggested raping their significant others.  Which now I kind of want to do simply out of vengeance.

The other odd thing was nicer.  Weird, but nicer.  Someone told me they had waited nine years to kiss my cheek and that I didn’t have to be worried because once he did, he would never do it again.  He just wanted to make sure we’d be friends after the cheek kiss.

Suffice to say, today’s song is “Nervous Breakdown” by Eddie Cochran.

I’ll bring it back to talking about music.  I’m sure I will.  I should be discussing some rockabilly fact; this is the first rockabilly posted here.  But today…today I can’t …oh, just go and download.


Shaddup Silly Woman!

4 Jun

I realized that yesterday’s posting of “Ode to Billie Joe” might have been the first story-telling song I’ve posted on Margauxville. I haven’t reviewed all my past entries to make sure I’m right, but I’m sure you faithful downloaders MUST be keeping track, no?  In any case, here is another story-telling gem, this time from the Northern Soul realm.

Northern Soul was a movement in the UK that started in the late ’60s, though it consists of American R&B songs. In other words, people were discovering and digging the funkier, more upbeat tempo and sound of Motown-type songs, but not the famous ones.  They liked the more unknown songs and also sounds from smaller, regional record labels.

Clubs started opening featuring this music and people would go and dance, dance,  dance – but these crazy, super athletic dancing.  Kinda like Break Dancing 1.0.   And a new club scene was born.  It didn’t hurt that aficionados looked cool, very mod-like.

The Snake” by Al Wilson was one of the most popular Northern Soul songs.  Listen and you can see why.  I’m not a man-basher, but if I were, I could not think of a better song on that subject.  Just great!  It charted in the US too, of course, but certainly didn’t have the impact that his massive(non-Northern Soul) hit “Show and Tell” did five years later.

I like them both.  So you get them both.  Twofer Saturday, I guess.


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Up on Choctaw Ridge

3 Jun

It would be impossible for me to make a Top Ten List of the Greatest Songs Ever, but maybe, just maybe, “Ode to Billy Joe” would make it if I were to ever be so foolish.

It starts off “It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, Delta day” and ends a year later with remorse, mystery and a couple of deaths.  Bobbie Gentry said she never had a backstory of why Billy Joe committed suicide.

I don’t believe her.

I saw the pretty awful movie that was made based on the song and I doubt it was the homosexual angle.  But I don’t buy the abortion thing either.  I’m not really sure what I think.  But I do think that being that today is the anniversary of Billy Joe’s death, we should commemorate it by at least one listen to this amazing song.

By the way, the original Talllahatchie Bridge collapsed in 1972.  Let’s give a little moment of silence for that fact too.


Something’s Changed.

2 Jun

Something Changed” by Pulp is one of those songs that I kinda love and I kinda hate.  When I’m down, the lyrics seem so profound and when I’m happy, it’s completely inane.  It’s just so earnest and I hate earnestness for the most part.

So why am I posting it, you might ask?  You’d ask that because you’re a very intelligent person.  Well, I would answer, there are several reasons:

•  I’m a little down.

•  I’m envious of the very earnestness I condemn.

•  I am obsessively thinking about fate and chance and decisions and change and so is Pulp!  (Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve spoken of change in these here parts.  Remember Neil Young?)

•  It’s really pretty catchy!

And in the short time it will take you to read this, download and listen, something’s already changed.  Just ponder that for a moment.



1 Jun

Guess how I feel today?

One hint.  Today’s song is “Bad Mood” by Helmet.

‘Nuff said.