Hunter S. Thompson, 1937-2005 On Sunday, February 20th, journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson took his own life. Best known for creating "New Journalism" with Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese in the '60s, Thompson took the personal approach of investigation to lavish heights. "At this time of political correctness, he was never politically correct," Talese said of him. Thompson challenged anyone and everyone in innumerable pieces for publications such as Rolling Stone. In 1998, Johnny Depp played him in the adaptation of his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson's impact on the world is eternal, and he will be missed.
Seu Jorge, "Life On Mars?" If you went to see The Life Aquatic and you're anything like me, at some point during the movie -- while Seu Jorge was on screen -- you turned to the person you were with (in my case, my mother) and whispered "Hey... is that Bowie?... in... Portuguese?" Whether or not my mother understood one word of that sentence is irrelevant. The point is that hearing Bowie covered in Portuguese is awesome. Coming off of his incredible performance in City of God, the man proves that he's also got an incredible voice. His cover of "Life on Mars?" is merely a highlight of what he did for the movie.
Tom T. Hall, "Sneaky Snake" Life, love and loss are not really what you want your songs to be about. That is, of course, unless your name is Tom T. motherf-ing Hall. "Sneaky Snake" is better than Jesus, and I wish I were exaggerating. If you disagree with me, you're wrong, but you'll realize it once you're burning in hellfire. The exquisite aural temperament, the erotic ambience, the subtle yet brash staccato lyrics, the vibrato vibratory vibrations! Tom T. Hall makes Bach look like Chumbawumba and the Cutting Crew look like the Cutting Crew. If I had a nickel for every orgasm I had while listening to "Sneaky Snake," I could purchase a dune buggy.