New Thing #191: The Blues Brothers



I may be disowned by a few circles of my friends for admitting this, but until tonight I’ve never seen The Blues Brothers.

I grew up admiring the artwork on my dad’s vinyl records and would always come across those two sunglassed suited guys while I continued my search for The Beatles Revolver album. Man I loved that Revolver artwork.

I also grew up thinking that The Blues Brothers was my father’s favourite film, and to tell you the truth I might be right on that one. I’m sure he’ll point it out if I’m wrong.

What I never knew growing up though, was what to expect from this film. 

Maybe it was my age or the type of movies I was drawn to as a kid, but The Blue Brothers never made sense in my head. I’m almost glad that I got to see this movie now, when I can appreciate the music and the performances of everyone involved rather than miss half the fun because I didn’t know what was going on.

What a great movie. 

As a side note, I need to watch something starring John Candy post haste. His fleeting time onscreen during this movie just wasn’t enough. I really miss that guy.


New Thing #116: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys



Aside from the hits that everyone knows, I’d never sat down to listen to the entire Pet Sounds album by The Beach Boys before. Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve never sat down to listen to any entire album by them before. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of their music, but they’re not the type of band that I need more than a tune or two of at a time.

But damn it if Rolling Stone Magazine doesn’t slot this album in as the second best ever recorded. In fact, it’s slotted right in between Revolver and Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles; two albums in my top ten. 

So I secluded myself in my bedroom, turned off all the lights and strapped on my stereophonic headphones to try and get in the mood. You know, to really focus on the complexities and undercurrents of the record. And to avoid my mother…wait, I’m not sixteen any more am I?

Maybe my room’s not dark enough or Audrey’s constant renditions of Lady Gaga tunes have burrowed too deeply in my brain because I just don’t get it. The albums fine. But that’s about it. I’m not being harsh, just nothing stood out as being amazing to me on a gut level.

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