Category Archives: Memphis

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a ball on Turkey Day.

While I won’t be heading to the Turkey Testicle Festival, I will be traveling to dine with friends in Memphis and I’m so looking forward to sharing the community meal.

And for the musically inclined, here’s a link to a ton of food tunes you can stream while eating your turkey repast.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Going to the Chapel

I’m in Memphis for a wedding today. Here’s hoping for a wonderful day and many, many, many happy anniversaries for Dabney and Glen.

I understand there will be cupcakes at the reception. It has to be better than a 42-pound cheeseburger as a wedding cake.

Elvis and Mama

Is it just me or does Mama have a little bit of an Elvis snarl and some hound dog sideburns? All topped off by Priscilla’s Aqua-Netted hair-spectacular.

Ahhh, the 70s.

And if I’m not mistaken the kid in this pic fell into the chocolate river and went on to be sucked up into the Fudge Room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Poor Augustus Gloop.

I found this pic over at Gelmania, but if you want to see plenty more of the same ilk, don’t forget to stop by Awkward Family Photos. Oy!

Happy Birthday Elvis

January 8 is a hip wiggling, lip curling, scarf flinging sort of day.

It’s Elvis’ birthday.

He would have been 74 today if he’d laid off the deep fried foods and slowed up on the pill popping

What’s your favorite Elvis song?

It’s so hard to choose, but I’m a bit partial to Blue Moon of Kentucky. I think it’s the simplicity of the whole thing. It was on the flip side of his big debut – That’s All Right Mama – on Sun Records. Of course Bill Monroe does a pretty fair non-rockabilly version of the tune as well.

If you want another video of the King singing about the moon, click here for his rendition of Blue Moon.

Elvis is Everywhere

I’ve had some new friends traveling to Memphis to visit Graceland for the first time this week. It seems they had a wonderful visit to the Jungle Room and the TV Room and the rest of the King’s property.

In honor of them, I post this video so that they can understand that Elvis is everywhere.

And I do love Mojo Nixon in all his screaming subversiveness.

And while we are on a Mojo vibe, here’s one of his “public service announcements from MTV way back when.

I think it still applies.

Bodacious

Mystery Train takes me for a ride

“It’s cool to be in Memphis.”

That’s what Japanese teenager Jun says, and I wholeheartedly agree.

I took a trip to Memphis this morning while watching Jim Jarmusch’s “Mystery Train.” I haven’t seen this flick in years and it didn’t disappoint me after our long separation.

It’s films like this from the 1980s that turned me into a movie fan. The quirky characters, the settings that could be encountered in nearly any town if you knew which street to turn down, the actors and their performances. Throw in the ghost of Elvis and some “Lost in Space” TV trivia and you can’t go wrong.

Jarmusch mixed the music, the DJ, some moans and a gunshot to tie together a non-linear story that intersected in three arcs. One review of this movie that I read described it as “An experimental film that went ‘pulp’ before ‘fiction’.”

The melancholy, muted colors and rusted signs told the tale of an economy and relationships in decline.

Elvis’ “Blue Moon” comes across as pretty mournful playing behind all three tales. The spectral King comes across both aurally and visually.

But there is humor here as well. Watching Mitsuko spark a zippo with her feet. The lipstick smeared kiss between young lovers. The tale of Elvis’ comb and its providential delivery (although the deliveryman turned out to be a bit menacing), Sam and Dave, the complimentary towels, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Room 22.

It’s all good stuff. Roger Ebert has a solid review.

Sharpee Magic

I found this video today (hat tip to Blue Tea) and wanted to share.

Stark black on white. What will be the final result? Follow the hand, nearly disembodied, as it travels beyond the normal borders to create “the big picture”. Which, as always, is comprised of the details that sometimes get overlooked. Forest for the trees, you know.

The song is In Context by Field Music on the independent label Memphis Industries.