Monday, February 28, 2011

Cool New CD Of The Day: Cash's Bootlegs, Vol. 2

I need this. You need this. I already bought mine. Your turn.


Columbia’s deep delve into Johnny Cash’s personal archives is paying off for a second time with Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood—a two-CD, 57-track set that appears on February 22.

The first “genuine bootleg” set in this series came out in 2006; it featured home recordings that Cash had made in 1973 but locked away in a small vault on his Tennessee estate. Volume 2 moves further back in time and explores Cash’s beginnings in and around Sun Studios in Memphis.

You’ll hear early radio broadcasts, radio ads, and Cash’s own home recordings (which include amazing demo versions of “I Walk the Line,” “Big River,” and “Get Rhythm”). A second disc covers Cash’s first decade at Columbia—it, too, is full of demo recordings and previously unreleased versions of songs, like “Six White Horses.”

Most of these tracks are eye-opening—most of them are totally delightful—and more than a few are absolutely essential: We’re already looking forward to Volume 3.

Two CDs, 57 tracks--this is a STEAL at $9.99. Buy it here and support LOTD.

Worst-Dressed Oscar Attendees Of The Day

At least according to MSN's Wonderwall. Whoever they are. I mean, besides a bunch of people named after a bad Oasis song.

Country Wrong: GWYNETH PALTROW arrives on the red carpet slightly wrinkled from a long shift warbling on the Lido deck of the Starship Enterprise. The multi-hyphenate-determined actress shimmers in a non-stick metallic Calvin Klein column accented with a Louis Vuitton brooch on her hip. Though the gown is fine, it's not fabulous, with her trademark buttery-blonde locks pushing her over into worst territory. Gwyn, unhand that flat iron and give that mane back to Janice from the Muppets, because it's looking more listless than Charlie Sheen after an extended porn star bender.

Color us disappointed that HELENA BONHAM CARTER opted to keep the crazy in check for the Academy Awards. Her reason for toning it down makes perfect sense: The night should be about the films, not the fashions. But we were still crushed she didn't arrive (barely) wearing an Edward Scissorhands (as seen through the looking glass) original. What we got instead is a relatively tame Union Jack garter belt and a strappy, black velvet creation from Colleen Atwood, who took home a costume design award for Alice in Wonderland (directed, of course, by HBC's significant other, Tim Burton). But we should have known that Helena would come through for us in the end. Literally. Seems she specifically selected this turn-of-the century (as in the 19th century) gown because it added some heft to her hiney.

In her shameless campaign to nab the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her gritty performance as Marky Mark's mother in The Fighter, MELISSA LEO took out full-page ads that featured her posing in a full-length fake fur coat. In what we now recognize as a Pollyanna-ish burst of naiveté, we figured that Tauntaun-shorn shag carpet would mark her sartorial low point. We were wrong, because in between her tireless self-promotion, Melissa has been hard at work glue-gunning lace doilies onto shards of broken mirrors from Caesars Palace, although she does deserve credit for pretending not to notice that she still has a hanger stuck in the back of her high-collared gown.

See Jennifer Hudson, Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei and the rest here.

News Of The Day: California Unemployment Rises By 2.5 Men

From the oft-hilarious Borowitz Report.

WTF? Books Of The Day

They're real. I just ordered the Beverly Hillbillies one.

See more here. Thanks, Blong, for the link.

Hopefully your phobia isn't pop-up books

You handle it too much?

"Dear Penthorse, I am a filly at a small Midwestern ranch. You'll never believe what happened to me last night..."

Haunted by the ghosts of penises past

"For woodworkers who want to be buried in their work"

Foul demons of flatulence, come OUT!! Leave this rectum at once!

They say he was gay. I don't see it.

Chapter 1: Be Catholic

I have a live pet I'd like to try this on

It will leave you rolling... much like the heads

Jethro 1:24: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the cement pond... then Noah rounded up the critters two by two..."

First you must find tampons in the wild and shoot them

WTF Video Of The Day

What must it be like to live in Japan? Here is a little slice of what a first kiss might be like to a youngster in Japan. Tender, sweet. Maybe we're not so different from them after all.

Vid Of The Day: Toddlers & Tiaras

Jimmy Kimmel always does good stuff after the Oscars (see "Handsome Men's Club"). Here's one he did last night. I like the ending.


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