Mar 19, 2015
commented on Don't Forget to Remember Tom Jones's Killer TV Show
His albums from that era are mindbenders. I commend to you his Live From Las Vegas set, which includes his big hits but also throws in some tunes for the older crowd he's singing to, including "Brother Can You Spare A Dime" and "My Yiddishe Mama".
Dec 29, 2014
commented on Benedict Cumberbatch Can't Quite Save The Imitation Game
We have to take the filmmakers' assertion that Turing is gay in the film, they seemed uncomfortable with the idea of showing grown men interacting that way. Better to show a budding schoolboy romance, a little Damon and Pythias. And that was Tom from Downton Abbey there! I wondered what he did during the war. You know who would have loved the film? Phil Dick. The business with the crossword puzzle echoes "Time Out Of Joint", where a guy solves daily newspaper puzzles that help the army defeat enemy invaders.
Nov 18, 2014
commented on Grappling with Post-1970 Frank Zappa
I agree with @10 about One SIze Fits All. The space stoner blather of "Inca Roads" .. the incendiary guitar solo that plays out "Po'jama People" ... the surprisingly moving and absurd "Sofa #2". Most of the albums from that period find me with my finger on the FF button, but the only weak track on this one is "Andy", but some people like it, who knows why.