Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Best Stumble-Upons of 2009!

Hi there. 2009 is coming to an end, and so is another year of discovery and exploration of what is out there in terms of interesting online content. So, since this is the season of giving, I am going to share with you some of the best links I have stumbled upon in 2009.

Here goes . . .

David Lynch on watching films on your phone!

My sentiments exactly.

Black Dog by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: This month's Extra! selection is Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's magnificent rendition of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog. Plant and Krauss (who teamed up for 2008's amazing Raising Sand album) take on this rock classic and turn it into a haunting, moving, slow-burn bluesy rocker. Fantastic!

Dean Koontz Interview: A short but insightful interview with Dean Koontz, one of my favorite authors, about the importance of books and their ability to change your life.

Fascinating interview with singer/songwriter Robert Palmer: A short segment from the British TV show THE TUBE, showing singer/songwriter Robert Palmer using his synth gear to construct a song (Want you more, from the 1983 album Pride). Fascinating, and a must for fans (like myself) of this massively under-appreciated and hugely versatile artist.

The Tube - The Tube Interview 1984 on MUZU.

There is also another very insightful interview with him here, in which he comes off as the true artist and musicologist that he was.

Great article about "The Egyptian Knight of Romance", author Youssef El Seba'ey (In Arabic):

Insightful and sadly funny article about this year's edition of The Cairo International Film Festival:

David Lynch on getting asked to direct RETURN OF THE JEDI!

That's it for me. Next time, I'll share with you the best books and films of 2009!

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