This photo from openingceremony.us is the most modest in the collection.
It's hard to render me speechless, but that's what I was when I saw Yoko Ono's new men's clothing line, a collaboration with Opening Ceremony. The line, um, draws attention to certain male areas. It's "based on a book of hand-drawn illustrations that Yoko presented to John Lennon on the occasion of their wedding." If the designs are any indication of what happened that wedding night... well. ::blushes::
I wish I could post them all here, but it's better that you just go look for yourself. I won't call it NSFW because all the models are clothed in the collection, but know that there is a lot of emphasis on male erogenous zones. Behind breaking up The Beatles, I can't think of anything much worse that could come from Yoko Ono.
The Rolling Stones perform in Lexington, KY in 1981. Photo: Michael Conen
WIth two London shows under their belt, the Rolling Stones continue their anniversary celebration in December in America. Get warmed up for the excitement with this cool 50 anniversary podcast. If you're a Stones fan, you'll love it!
That's my automatic response when I read that a beloved British programme is slated to become the Next Big Thing in American TV. Though there have been some successful ones - The Office was great for years (though I'm OK with this as the last season), American Idol and X Factor need no explanation and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was a great way to see Regis in prime time - in general, the original versions are just better. The British do their TV well.
But I will say "ugh" to the news that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has signed on with NBC to create an American version on the show, titled The Gilded Age. It will be a drama set in 1880s New York.
It's not that I don't have faith in Mr. Fellowes to do a great job with the show. It's that Downton Abbey is so good... I would rather he focus all of his attention on season 4! I'll check out the series once it airs, but going in with low standards is my strategy on this one.
Are you a Downton Abbey viewer? Will you set the DVR for The Gilded Age?
George Harrison was my favorite Beatle. As more of a Rolling Stones girl growing up, I'm embarrassed that it look me a little longer than it should to figure out that George was my favorite, but showing up late to the party is better than not showing up at all.
GH passed away today in 2001, and in 2002, the Concert For George footage was released starring Paul, Ringo, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and more. Since this is the 10th anniversary of that concert, the footage is being streamed on YouTube for the next 24 hours, through 7am PT tomorrow. Catch it (for free) while you can below:
You don't need me to tell you December is an insanely busy month. You're probably trying to juggle shopping, parties, gift wrapping, baking and, oh yea, everything else in your daily life. Love 'em or hate 'em, the holidays are here.
So, when The Mountain teamed up with Clipper Vacations, it was with an escape in mind. Sure, we're calling it a Holiday Getaway to Victoria, but maybe you need a little relaxation after the holidays. Maybe you need a gift for that friend or family member who has everything (you can't get them another sweater). Starting at $109 a person, this weekend getaway deal is a great way to escape the hustle of the holidays... or recouperate from it. You'll receive round trip transportation and a night's stay in a hotel in Victoria, BC... and a little bit of peace, quiet and fun. A great gift for someone else or yourself.
If you haven't watched this scene from a Brazilian TV show that's making the rounds today, here you go. The premise is that it's one of those prank shows, but this is pretty intense. I'll be honest - just watching this made me a little nervous, even knowing it was a joke. Do you think this is funny? Would you freak out?
Looking for the most sustainable air freshener? What about the most ethically tested body wash? Thanks to GoodGuide.com, being an educated consumer is easy. The website offers different categories of everyday products - everything from beauty products to cleaning supplies - and lists them by ratings based on health, environment and society.
But what if you're at the store and you see a new product you're unsure about? GoodGuide now has an app for iPhone or Android phones. All you do is scan the bar code on the item and the app will pull up the information right on your phone. Since maybe of the more sustainable items can be more expensive, the app is a great way to comparison shop. Is the $5 soap worth it over the $4 soap? GoodGuide gives you the details to make a smart decision for your family.
If you watch NBC's The Voice, you're familiar with Cee-Lo Green's talent... and flare for style. He combines both in this video, with one important addition: The Muppets.
I don't know about you, but if I see anything Muppets-related, I have to watch it immediately. There's nothing better than The Muppet gang... and they are having fun here celebrating the holidays. Watch for Craig Robinson (Darryl from The Office) to make a ho-ho-holiday appearance, too.
Cee-Lo Green and The Muppets "All I Need Is Love:"
Last night, The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50th anniversary celebration at London's O2 Arena with the first of 5 tour dates. Take a look at the setlist - they played pretty much anything you'd want to hear in the 2 1/2 hour set.
1) I Wanna Be Your Man
2) Get Off of My Cloud
3) It’s All Over Now
4) Paint It Black
5) Gimme Shelter (w/Mary J. Blige)
6) Wild Horses
7) Lady Jane
8) All Down the Line
9) Going Down (w/Jeff Beck)
10) Out of Control
11) One More Shot (Keith on vocals)
12) Doom And Gloom
13) It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (w/Bill Wyman)
14) Honky Tonk Women (w/Bill Wyman)
15) Before They Make Me Run
16) Happy (Keith on vocals)
17) Midnight Rambler (w/Mick Taylor)
18) Miss You
19) Start Me Up
20) Tumbling Dice
21) Brown Sugar
22) Sympathy For the Devil
23) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (w/London Youth Choir)
24) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
They play another London show on Thursday and then head to the US for dates in Brooklyn and Newark in December.
TruTV will debut a new show on Friday called Killer Karaoke. I don't think I've ever watched that channel, but I'm not sure this will get me to start. The premise is putting contestants through potentially scary situations while they sing their song.
Intrigued, I watched the clip below. I love karaoke, so I thought it might be something interesting. Instead, it's a lot of screaming. This poor woman. Who would greenlight such a show... and who would agree to be a contestant?
The holiday season is not naturally "green." Big meals, packaged gifts and wrapping paper are just some of the ways we can be wasteful during the holidays. Here are some ways to at least make the holidays a little better for sustainable living. Sure, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, but these tips are valid for all your holiday meals.
The Mountain and Clipper Vacations have teamed up for an awesome holiday special that is worth taking advantage of! Wouldn't it be nice to spend a night in Victoria? If you want to go in December, they have the beautiful Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights package that features admission to see Butchart Gardens illuminated in festive lights. But, hey, things get busy this time of year... so these packages are valid through January 31st. Who couldn't use a weekend away to unwind after the holidays!
This discount is just for you for being a loyal Mountain listener! Enjoy!
This is why I love the internet. Someone unearthed this clip of then-Senator Joe Biden on Where In The World Is Carmen Sad Diego (a show I looooooved as a child). If politics didn't work out, acting could have been a fallback, huh? :)
The Rolling Stones are making the most of their 50th year as a band, with shows in London, New Jersey and now Brooklyn before the end of the year, and a documentary airing tomorrow night. Crossfire Hurricane airs at 9pm on HBO. They did a big red carpet premiere last night and all the guys stayed to watch the film... aside from Charlie Watts, who refuses to watch himself on screen. I feel ya, Mr. Watts.
If you're a Stones fan like I am, you'll get a little excited by the trailer alone:
Black Friday has seen stores open earlier and earlier, but I think they've taken things a little too far this year. Target, WalMart, Toyrs R Us and more are opening their doors at 8pm on Thanksgiving night! Can we really not wait a few more hours to get our hands on that discounted TV? It takes away from the whole meaning of Thanksgiving - to spend time with family and be thankful for what you have. Not to mention those that will have to go to work on Thursday evening instead of waiting until Friday morning like in the past. Maybe I take this too personally - I have family members who have started leaving our celebration early to get sleep before their 3am Black Friday call times... I can only imagine this year, they'll barely make it through dessert.
News hit the tabloids over the weekend that Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, were expecting baby #2 from the same surrogate that carried baby Zachary. The mother is believed to be due around Christmas, meaning little Zachary will have a new brother or sister by the time he's two years old.
Reps for John and Furnish have no commented on the pregnancy, so maybe it's just a rumor... but where there's smoke, there's fire.
Last night at his show in St. Paul, MN, Bruce Springsteen performed "Saving Up" with The E Street Band. As he says in the intro, he wrote the song for Clarence Clemons' first album in 1983, but this is the first time he's played it with The E Street Band backing him. This fan's video captures the awesome energy in the room.
While Roger Waters came through Key Arena earlier this year, Bruce Springsteen is skipping right past us next week, opting for Portland and Vancouver shows. If you bought tickets for any of these shows, you helped contribute to the awards both artists won last night at the Billboard Touring Awards.
Springsteen's Wrecking Ball tour won the Top Draw Award for selling the most tickets, and Waters' Wall tour came away with the Top Tour Award, which acknowledges the top grossing tour. Waters' manager also won for Top Manager.
We are so excited that today's the day we can share Live From The Mountain Music Lounge Volume 18: The Essential Collection with you! It's available at Fred Meyer stores now in Western Washington... are you going to pick it up this weekend? Every CD helps The Wilderness Society.
This year, we decided to bring you something different, as well - the album is available in a limited edition double LP! You can buy it here... all the same songs, but with that special sound only vinyl can produce.
Everyone at The Mountain can't thank you enough for supporting The Wilderness Society by purchasing the album. We take great pride in it each year and we hope you like this year's offering! Happy listening.
The soundtrack to the new Judd Apatow movie This Is 40 is a who's who of talent spanning 40+ years of music. The movie hits theatres December 21st, but the soundtrack can be pre-ordered before its December 11th release.
From Paul McCartney and Lindsey Buckingham to Paul Simon and Norah Jones, there's no shortage of talent on this soundtrack. Even Yoko Ono makes an appearance...
This is 40 Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. I’m Your Angel – Yoko Ono
02. Always Judging – Norah Jones
03. What Do You Like? – Graham Parker with Punch Brothers
04. Sick Of You – Lindsey Buckingham
05. Rewrite – Paul Simon
06. Shining Through The Dark (Live) – Ryan Adams
07. Lunch Box Odd Sox – Paul McCartney
08. Brother & Sister – Lindsey Buckingham Featuring Norah Jones
09. Theme 1 (Debbie & Oliver) – Jon Brion
10. Watch The Moon Come Down – Graham Parker & The Rumour
11. Days That We Die – Loudon Wainwright
12. She Acts Like You – Lindsey Buckingham
13. Dull Tool – Fiona Apple
14. Lucky Now (Live) – Ryan Adams
15. I Got You – Wilco
16. Live & Die – The Avett Brothers
Bonus track (digital only):
17. Protection (Live) – Graham Parker & The Rumour
November 27th would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday, and Experience Hendrix is celebrating by releasing his performance at Woodstock for the first time ever in theatres. There are no Washington state dates scheduled yet, but I'll let you know if there are! Hopefully they will release this on DVD eventually, too.
Scientists have found one useful thing about methamphetamine - it fights off flu viruses.
In a study that took lung tissue exposed to different doses of meth and the H1N1 virus (remember that?), scientist found that the more meth the lung tissue was exposed to, the less the virus spread.
That's not to say we should all start doing meth right now to prep for flu season. Really, please don't. Scientists are encouraged, though, because with more testing, they could find a way to curb influenza. Maybe not with meth, exactly, but other less dangerous compounds that could mimic it. Sound familiar? Botulism was terrible... until it became everyone's favorite wrinkle-reducer, Botox. However, for the time being, I'll take my chances with the flu.
After their reunion tour a few years ago, it seemed like there wasn't a chance in Hell of The Police getting back together ever again. In a new interview, though, Andy Summers says he's not opposed to the idea. When talking about his new film, Can't Stand Losing You, Summers says working on the film brought back a "warm feeling" of the band and its music.
"I never say never about anything; the world is strange, so who knows," he says. "Surely if you're human, there's a little part of you that wants this great stuff to carry on. You can't simplify it. It's a mix of 'Thank God it's over' and 'Why are we stopping?' But it does end and you get on with your life again and let it fade away."
So... I wonder if he can get Sting and Stewart Copeland to appreciate those same warm feelings? If so, maybe it's not the last of The Police after all?
Steven Stills is not holding his tongue anymore on the cancellation of the Buffalo Springfield tour earlier this year. Neil Young pulled from the tour to work with Crazy Horse this year (see them Saturday at Key Arena), and according to Stills, left him and 150 employees in the lurch.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stills say, "It left me in a lurch for three quarters and ruined my financial planning. Also, 150 people got laid off that were supposed to work on the tour." In the same interview, bandmate Graham Nash shares that he and David Crosby were originally going to tour together, but decided to make it a full Crosby, Stills & Nash bill to help Stills.
However, Stills won't bad mouth Young, even after a tumultuous 2012, saying "He was very kind to me in his book, I can't be unkind about it . . . Working with Neil is a privilege, not a right."
Luckily, recycling cellphones has become more common, and there are a few places who offer great incentives to do so. Plus, newer phones are becoming more earth-friendly as they get smaller and lighter. Getting a new phone soon? Here are some options for the old one:
Best Buy accepts old phones at in-store kiosks.
GreenPhone offers a rebate for your old phone and plants a tree.
Did you watch Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together on Friday night? In case you missed it, the entire hour-long telethon special is below. With performances from Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Steven Tyler and more, the telethon raised over $23 million for the American Red Cross' hurricane aid! That's awesome. It's nice when Americans can agree on something, even if it's in the face of a tragedy.
We are so excited to bring you Live From The Mountain Music Lounge Volume 18: The Essential Collection this Friday! Pick it up at Western Washington Fred Meyer locations in the next 2 weeks and you'll get 2 CDs free! Plus, every CD you purchase helps The Wilderness Society keep trails, roads and maps up to date so we can explore the beautiful North Cascades.
One of the bands on this year's CD is The Head and The Heart, who hail from right here in Seattle. They were in the Carter Subaru Mountain Music Lounge last year for a stellar performance. See for yourself!
Coldplay fan in your life who just can't get enough of their live show? The band is releasing a concert film November 19th called Coldplay Live 2012. Sure, you can still see Coldplay live (unlike Zeppelin, who are also releasing a concert film this month), but this is a great way to get a Coldplay fix... without paying for a ticket.
Considering Steven Tyler is coming off a stint as an American Idol judge, you'd think he would have learned at least something about the TV business. But maybe he really doesn't think clearly in the morning.
Today, Aerosmith played on The Today Show on NBC. To begin, Tyler shouted out, "Good morning, America!" It's not clear whether he wanted to bring salutations to the entire country... or if he thought he was on the competing Good Morning, America on ABC. Either way, the immediately response from Al Roker and Matt Lauer is funny and awkward.
Then, oh, when you think it can't get worse... Tyler doesn't realize he's mic'd and shouts the f-bomb to the crowd. TMZ has the video. Al Roker tries to roll with the punches, but even he's a little thrown. Enjoy this 45 seconds of awkwardness.
Graham Nash treated a Santa Monica audience to a treat Monday night when he debuted a song he'd written in honor of Levon Helm. It's not one of my personal favorites of his, but I appreciate the sentiment. Give it a listen and see what you think.
Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show in London, dubbed Celebration Day, has seen its theatrical release, but we are still a few weeks away from getting our paws on the CD/DVD packages. If you saw the film in theatres, you've already seen the awesome version of "Kashmir." If you are waiting for the DVD to come out... do yourself a favor and take a little sneak peak. So. Awesome.
Recovery efforts are in full force on the east coast after Hurricane Sandy hit earlier this week. If you can contribute, the American Red Cross is taking monetary and blood donations. You can find out more here.
However, NBC is presenting another way to give tomorrow night. None other than Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Christina Aguilera will perform at a benefit telethon called Coming Together to be broadcast on NBCUniversal networks. Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams are also scheduled to appear, with Matt Lauer hosting.