Alluring Alexa Wilding
I was looking at 19th century paintings of the 1860-70s on Wikimedia and
kept running into the enchanting beauty of Alexa Wilding, who stood out
like a goddess amongst the other paintings of the period. I did
a little research and found out that artist
Gabriel Rosetti happened to run into
Alexa on the Strand in London in the 1860's. She was seamstress
in a dress shop at the time. When Rossetti pressured her to let him
paint her, Alexa made an appointment for a sitting, but never showed up
much to the chagrin of Rossetti. Several weeks later in the Strand,
Rossetti saw Alexa again from his cab and this time talked her going to
his studio. They never became lovers, but Alexa certainly became
Rossetti's muse. They remained good friends until Rossetti's early death
in 1882. Alexa died shortly thereafter in 1884. If you are
interested in more details about Rossetti's artwork, check out this site.
Venus Verticordia (1864-68)
Veronica Veronese (1872)
La Ghirlandata (1873)
Regina Cordium (1866)
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Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go (1963) [Lyrics]
This is magnificent live performance by Big Joe Williams near thirty
years after he release Baby Please Don't Go in 1935. Here is
the recording of the
Big Joe Williams
Green Day -
American Idiot [Lyrics]
This is a damned good and bitingly satirical rock song. Green Day won a
Grammy in 2005
for their album of the same name.
Frank Zappa - Montana 08-21-73 [Lyrics]
This is a very interesting video of Zappa from 1973 live on Swedish TV.
That's got to be the most ridiculous suit I've ever seen.
Frank Zappa of Swedish TV
Johnny Cash "I Walk the Line" (live 1959)
Like Zappa, there is no one today comparable to the late great Johnny
Quintet - Rosewood
This is a very good recording from 1979.
Woody Shaw (1979)
Puddle Of Mudd
I kind of like this song.
Puddle of Mud
Polysics - Electric Surfin' Go Go (Live Japan 2006)
These guys play super fast.
Kayo on the keyboard
The Aquabats -
And another interesting rock parody.
Luis Ricardo Falero
Luis Ricardo Falero
I couldn't find out a whole lot about this Spanish artist who died when he
was just 45 in 1896 just 13 years after he created the beautiful painting below of
the Moon Nymph.
Moon Nymph (1883)
La Pose (c1896)
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Ayo - Life is real
This is a great song. I'm going to have to pick up her Joyful CD.
Abbey Lincoln -
Spread the Word
This is an interesting song by jazz singer Abbey Lincoln from the
The Girl Can't Help It.
Zaryan - Throw It Away
I like this song by this Polish jazz singer.
Jazz Messengers - A Night in Tunisia
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers perform live Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in
Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter
YouTube - The Beach
Boys - Surfin' USA [Live]
This is great tape of the Beach Boys performing live in their prime.
The Cramps - Bikini
Girls with Machine Guns
I love this song.
Urusei Yatsura - Kewpies Like Watermelon
I found this weird group looking for the real
one of my favorite comedy anime series created by Rumiko Takahashi, on
The Urusei Yatsura Band
Daily Show: Guantanamo Baywatch
Jon Stewart is very funny as per usual.
The Word: The Lexicon Artist
Stephen Colbert on McCain's use of the word transcendental.
Edward Robert Hughes
Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914)
This is last Pre-Raphaelite painter that I will feature for awhile.
Edward Robert Hughes was the nephew of
Arthur Hughes. Later in his career, his work became more
influenced by the Symbolist art movement.
Midsummer's Eve (1908)
Princess Out Of School
Heart Of Snow
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Art Tatum -
incredible piano player, which I found via
Rip Rense's site, is in an league
all by himself. I also really like his recording of
I'm surprised I never heard of him before.
Suzanne Vega -
I've been a fan Suzanne Vega for years.
いつも何度でも (Yumi Kimura - Always With Me)
This song was played at the ending
Academy Award winning animation
It's a delightful song played live
Yumi Kimura, who
also sang the song for the movie.
Red Hot Chili
Peppers - Dani California
This one of the best of the modern bands in my opinion.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Yui - Summer Song
I liked this J-Pop recent song.
Alice Cooper -
School's out (Live 1972)
It's that time of the year isn't it kids?
Zombie Nation -
I also liked
Shaun of the Dead.
Paradise Orchestra - Skaravan (Live)
It's always nice to end on a ska number.
Tokio Ska Paradise Orchestra
Edmund Blair Leighton
I'm sorry, but I just can't get enough of these Pre-Raphaelite paintings,
and Leighton's work is pretty damn good. Check out the full size
image of "Accolade" below, it's an astounding work of art.
Accolade (1901) - "One of our finest images on Wikimedia Commons"
Stitching the Standard
Alain Chartier (1903)
Edouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan
Edouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan (1847-1913)
There are not too many images of the French Academic painters works on
the Internet. My favorite painting of his is definitely "Truth Emerging
From A Well" below.
Truth Emerging From A Well (1898)
Le Massage (1883)
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Bo Diddley -
May he rest in
John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues (Live 1965)
This is heavenly.
John Lee Hooker
Dale & The Del Tones - Misirlou (1963)
The King of Surf Guitar plays Misirlou.
Guy Mitchell - "She Wears Red Feathers" (1953) (Lyrics)
The lyrics to the song are pretty funny and here's
version if you are interested. You might remember this one by
Garbage - I Think I'm Paranoid: Original Version
me hooked on Shirley Manson, but their music great too.
Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
This is a great song by great band.
Amy Tan on Creativity
This is a very fascinating and humorous tutorial of author
Amy Tan's view of the
Amy Tan in Monterey
Fox News Producer Ambushes Bill Moyers; Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine
It's great to see Bill Moyers carve up Billo's toady. I love the
asks for Rupert Murdoch to explain where his $20 per barrel oil is.
Bill Moyers with O'Reilly's Toady
catches 'thong bandits'
What Morons! LOL
Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
This is another wonderful English Pre-Raphaelite painter. His
Ophelia below is just outstanding. I love the colors, tints and especially
the beautiful and delicate figure of Ophelia below.
Ophelia (1851-1853) See also this "first version"
"Hughes showed early artistic promise & enrolled in the Royal Academy
Antique School in 1847. He was encouraged by Millais, who was always an
affable individual. Hughes was inspired directly by The Germ, the
short-lived Pre-Raphaelite magazine. He attended PRB meetings, in rather
a junior hero-worshipping manner. Hughes was liked by the PRB, in fact he
was throughout his long life, a well liked individual. He was also
encouraged by Rossetti."
ArtMagick, Arthur Huges
Fair Rosamund (1854) I adjusted the color based
The Nativity (1858)
In The Grass (1864-1865)
The Door of Mercy (1892-1893)
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Mondo Bizzarro Gallery
There is a lot of interesting artwork on this website, which has its
gallery in Rome. I've blogged some these artists before e.g.,
Audrey Kawasaki. A lot of the images are erotic in nature, so
keep that in mind if you are at work or are offended by such things.
Here's a description from the site's about
"Mondo Bizzarro was born in 1995 as Alex Papa’s odd creature. The
original idea was to establish a bookshop about cool art, erotic
photography, underground comics and cult movies in his home town,
Here's a few images that caught my eye. I'm really not in to bondage
images, but the quality of Takato Yamamoto's Japanese inks on paper on
"Pure Desire" is remarkable.
Pure Desire By
Untitled Hand Colored B&W Photo
Nagoya TV Museum of
I had blogged this site five years ago, which was before I became a
Japanese woodblock freak. There are some very nice scans from the
Ukiyo-e masters here.
Hiroshige - October
Vintage Girly Magazines
This blog has complete scans of old girly magazines, which are fairly
tame and very cheesy compared to today's smut.
Cloud 9 - Betty and the Go-Go Set
Ethiopians - Train to Skaville
These guys are great!
Wilco - California Stars
This is a great cover of the wonderful
Weezer - Pork and
This is good song with a familiar cast of viral internet characters.
Tom Russell -
Who's Gonna Build Your Wall
I guess Lou Dobb's is going to have to mow everyone's lawn after they put
up that wall.
A musical video tribute to you guessed it from clips from various