A “Crooked River” to The Teddy Bears picnic

In her label biography, Antenna Farm Records describes the music of Dana Falconberry as “stripped-down songs inspired by dreams, memories, and landscapes.” I cannot improve on this except to say I agree. I agree because the imagery which sprang to mind while listening to the track “Crooked River” off Falconberry’s album, Leelanau, is exclusively sourced from a 1989 film I was obsessed with as a child called The Teddy Bears Picnic. This comparison is not literal, the music not similar, but the sense of wonder and magic is present in both song and cartoon.

This bit of nostalgia is (OF COURSE) available for perusal on the YouTubes. What a delightful trip down memory lane courtesy of Falconberry and the Internet.

Throwback Thursday: Mazzy Star

In honor of the news that they will release their first album since 1996 this September, Throwback Thursday is devoted to Mazzy Star. I hopped onto the Mazzy Star train in college when I became obsessed with their 1993 album So Tonight That I Might See. To be clear, I was not in college in 1993 (I was in third grade), but the 90s will forever by my good times decade. That CD, yes physical CD appropriately playing through my 1990s boom box, was spinning constantly, and “Fade Into You” was often on repeat to what I can only imagine to be my neighbors’ chagrin. Much angsty late-teen, early-twenties poetry was written by the light of that album. That song was the band’s chart-topper, and has been used in a surprisingly diverse array of terrible films and generic television shows: everything from Starship Troopers to Burlesque “starring” Christina Aguilera and Cher, CSI: Miami (in four different episodes) to Desperate Housewives. Despite these unfortunate appropriations, the song remains a mainstay–a strong as its debut, carrying the weight of coffee shop culture from the 90s into the new millennium. Here’s hoping nostalgia doesn’t preclude me from hopping on the 2013 Mazzy Star train as it comes through the station.

An Independent 90s Revival: Blues Traveler

Being an 80s baby, I have a deeply profound nostalgia for the 1990s. The mantra bumper stickers that said “Whatever” or “As If” that were plastered to my bedroom walls. The oxymoronic baby-doll grunge dresses I paired with floppy Blosom hats. The episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I taped onto VHS cassettes straight from TV on Wednesday nights to watch after school on Thursdays. Or maybe they were taped on Tuesdays, and watched on Wednesdays; it doesn’t matter.

Perhaps these nostalgic yearnings are far from profound, but they are definitely deep. In this love I know I’m not alone because I”ve recently seen fashion remnants hitting the streets of San Francisco on proto-hipsters. Every fashion moment has another, just give it time. But these nascent fashionistas may be onto something: (a) the shapeless duds and sturdy Doc Martens of 1990s lore are sensibly efficient and comfortable, and (b) Blues Traveler is playing at The Independent with the elusively billed “very special guests” tonight (13 May 2013). ‘Tis a benefit show so you’re money will go towards charitable endeavors as opposed to booze, broads, semi-legal / legitimately-illegal ingestibles, or any of your other preferred poisons for a change.

If we’re lucky, Hootie and the Blowfish or the Friends Theme Song band will open. Please let it be Hootie. Let it be Hootie.

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Seven

Entry Thirty-Seven

Thursday Tues., February 6             Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

Program for B10:

Per.         Room.         Sub.             Teacher

I             Gym            Phys. Ed.       Mrs. Sevchok

II            503             Spanish         Mr. Moore

III           541             English          Mr. Frisins

IV           504             Algebra I        Mr. Friedman

V            567             Ceramics        Mr. Kenyon

VI           706             Science I       Mr. Platmes

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Six

Entry Thirty-Six

Wednesday, February 5                                  Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

Everything is working itself out beautifully. The “Hello” dance is Friday night. I wonder if I’ll be asked. Today I brought my phonograph player in the house & played the “Gaite Parisienne” all evening. Its so beautiful. I just love it. I could play it over & over & over.

Editorial Note:

What Lois listened to over, and over, and over again on this day in 1951 was “Gaite Parisienne” (translated as Parisian Gaiety) by Jacques Offenbach. This appeared as the score to an eponymous ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine that was first presented by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938. In 1941, a film version of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production was released by Warner Brothers in full technicolor splendor. Directed by Jean Negulesco, the 20-minute romp is a truncated version of the full ballet that many purists despised, but we novices can find it entertaining nonetheless. Since this short is most likely how Lois was introduced to the Offenbach song, here it is in all it’s brief glory; enjoy.

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Five

Entry Thirty-Five

Tuesday Sun., February 4                                    Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

I worked today cleaning the house. I helped Daddy on the roof to put up the airial. We went to the Munch Box for dinner came home watched T.V. went to bed about 8:30 P.M.

Editorial Note:

The Munch Box

The Munch Box survives as a historic landmark! Located in the Northridge / Chatsworth area, this piece of Americana is still serving up chili dogs and cheeseburgers. Click HERE for a current menu and reviews care of Roadfood.com.