Thursday, August 25, 2005

It Can Happen to Anyone

My post on Aug. 18 contained an inaccuracy. "Dita" was kind enough to point out that Juan Formell was not associated with Buena Vista Social Club. A check of the Internet Movie DataBase ( confirmed this. Despite my embarrassment, it felt good to know that someone was reading the blog. Apologies to all!
If you aren't familiar with IMDB, it is definitely worth looking at, especially if you love movies. Librarians refer to it all the time when asked cinema-related questions. Plot summaries, complete cast lists, links to reviews, and individual acting credits can be found for hundreds of films and actors.

This years video music awards can be seen on MTV this Sunday, August 28. The event, hosted by "Diddy" this year, will feature performances by Coldplay, Green Day, the Killers, and Kanye West.

Diddy, formerly known as P Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy Combs, Sean Puffy Combs, and just plain Sean Combs has set a new record for most name changes within a career. The old record was held by John Mellenkamp (John Cougar, John Cougar Mellenkamp, and Johnny Mellenkamp). Of course the most dramatic name change belongs to Prince, who traded in his name for a symbol and the phrase "artist formerly known as Prince." Only in the wonderful world of Rock and Roll!!!

Look for Sufjan Stevens' Come on Feel the Illinoise among the new CD arrivals in the next few weeks. This album is the second part of an extraordinarily ambitious project to record albums devoted to each of the 50 states. I've heard a few cuts that remind me a bit of Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright. I hope to be able to listen to the rest real soon.
Also available soon is Honeycomb, the solo album from Frank Black, formerly of The Pixies, and Man Alive by Stephen Stills, who is joined by former partner Neil Young on a tune that sounds like it could have been lifted from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.


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