Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pheaturing Taylor Mac

Good morning, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Sunday. How are you? Great news for everyone wondering what President Donald Trump's precise kinks are! His on-the-record mistress, Stephanie "Stormy Daniels" Clifford spilled the beans to "InTouch" in 2011 and the details are coming out whether you like it not! Now has acquired an email from 2009 between Stormy and political operatives when she was mulling a senate run in Louisiana (seriously). Stormy was serious enough about her potential candidacy that she went on a listening tour throughout the state, and was talking to political operatives about potential donors. In an email from May 8th, 2009, an operative advising Daniels scrolled through her cell phone to see which names she has. The email noted that "potential donors included Steve Hirsch, the founder of an adult entertainment company; Theresa Flynt, the daughter of "Hustler"’s Larry Flynt; Frazier Boyd, the owner of a strip club chain; and Jenna Jameson, the so-called 'Queen of Porn.' Also on the list: Donald Trump." "Donald Trump? In her cell phone?" Democratic operative Andrea DubĂ© asked. "Yep," the other consultant replied. "She says one time he made her sit with him for three hours watching Shark Week. Another time he had her spank him with a 'Forbes magazine.'" Mother Jones has screenshots of the emails (RECEIPTS!) and confirmed with the participants that they're legit. Not just any "Forbes" magazine: one with his daughter on the cover (oh, and Don Jr., too). Oh, and the Shark Week is interesting, too. Writer Virginia Heffernan notes that this alleged episode takes as ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE PEE TAPE. One more time... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Mother Jones called the White House for a comment. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, "Would refer you back to comments given during the campaign on this. We have nothing new to add," Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied.
A Montreal man proved himself as the best ice sculptor on his block when cops were tricked by his snow car and thought it was an actual vehicle. According to a report from CBS Local, Simon Laprise sculpted an impressive model of a Delorean (ala Back to the Future) in the middle of snow removal zone, and the rendition was realistic enough to fool officers. The piece of icy art work was detailed enough that upon seeing it, an officer called for a second patrol car to check the Delorean. It took a few solid moments of inspection before the police were able to confirm that it was in fact a pile of snow. After having a laugh, the officers left Laprise a fake parking ticket that read, "You made our night hahahahaha.” Check it out...

The beautiful prank was sadly demolished by sanitation workers the following morning, but the documentation of the Delorean will live on.
While shooting footage of an anti-fracking protest for a documentary on climate change entitled, “The Way We Live,” cinematographer Tom Jefferson was the target of an ugly, racist tirade. John Pisone, the employee of a land management company, came to the protest to confront the “lazy hippies” he saw peacefully assembled. Soon his vitriol was turned on Jefferson who quietly kept his camera rolling while being verbally assaulted. Pisone called him a “chimp” and a “fucking nigger” and referred to his dreadlocks as a “mop on his head.” “I felt it was necessary to document what he was doing and what he was saying so that people can see that there are people out there like this,” Jefferson told AJ+. “There’s a whole underbelly of society who thinks this way but aren’t emboldened enough to come out and say it,” Jefferson says. His calm, journalistic approach to the situation is admirable given the ugly insults and dehumanizing language used by Pisone. After the video surfaced online, Pisone was fired. His employer left this message on Facebook, “Today, we were disgusted to learn that one of MMC’s former employees used racial slurs and made racially charged comments during a peaceful protest in Mars, Pennsylvania, outside of work hours at a location with which we have no affiliation. We are sorry that this incident occurred. Whether at work or not, we do not condone hate speech - EVER. Inclusion and diversity are among MMC’s core values.” Pisone apologized to Jefferson during a television interview with WPXI 11 News, calling what he said “stupid” and saying he was “angry,” while still believing himself to be a racist. “I wouldn’t say I’m completely racist,” Pisone says. “I exploded and I went to what I thought would cut the deepest, and that was very stupid of me.” Pisone’s rant started because he was angry with anti-fracking protestors because the industry was bringing jobs to the area. “I went racial on him, him being black,” Pisone said. “I thought this was going to cut deep. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.”
Losing someone close to you is heart-wrenching. But every so often, the person you've lost did something special for you before dying that you don't find until much later, and it makes you happy to be reminded of them. This story is a perfect, hilarious example of that. Firefighter Antonia Nicol, who goes by @Flaminhaystack on Twitter, sent out a tweet explaining that before her mother died, she (the mom) made sure to tell her husband to keep watering the plants in the bathroom for her. He did so dutifully, only to find out years later… they were plastic.

How funny and sweet that Antonia's mom did that, knowing that when he finally found out, he'd just have to laugh. In a way, it's like his wife was there all along, giggling. The tweet quickly went viral, with over 40,000 retweets and 134,000 likes. And apparently Antonia's dad was so into the story getting big on Twitter that he went ahead and recreated the scene. If you don't know whether to laugh or cry, go ahead and do both. I did.
A "men's rights activist" who made a fan edit of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that removes all the women from the film is getting a lot of attention from the movie's stars... just not the kind of attention he wanted. It all started when writer and critic Priscilla Page tweeted this screenshot from a Pedestrian article entitled "MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of The Last Jedi That Edits Out All The Women." The recut, entitled "The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit," trims the 2½-hour film down to just 46 minutes. The edit was uploaded to The Pirate Bay last week, and is described by the creator as "basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff." Eventually, Rian Johnson, the film’s writer and director, caught wind of Page's tweet. He responded accordingly...

Then Mark Hamill chimed in. You know you messed up when you get trolled by Luke freaking Skywalker.

John Boyega, who plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as in The Last Jedi, also joined in.

Yikes! As Yoda would say, "Fucked up, you did."
It's Sunday, instead of doing this blog thing I should be listening to this...

Maybe not. This year the Phile is 12-years-old so I decided to show how some celebrities looked like in 2006 and how they look now. Like Ryan Reynolds for instance.

In 2006 he was a surfer bro and now in 2018 he's a dad bro...

If I had a TARDIS I would like to go back in time and meet Teddy Roosevelt... but knowing my luck he would be just taking off in a plane.

Teddy was the first president to fly in a plane. Did you see the new Nike ad? I don't understand the Star Wars connection...

If you're thinking about cheating on your loved one you might wanna think twice after seeing this...

Wow. I wonder how much she spent on that banner. People are still mad about Trump's "shithole countries" comments concerning immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa. They are using the president's own words to describe his Washington D.C. hotel on Yelp.

Hey, ever see how some people are creative with their wifi names?

So, this weekend marks the year anniversary of Trump being sworn in as president. Conversely, it also marks the anniversary of last year's Women's March on D.C., where over 5 million people marched worldwide in protest of Trump's sexism (both in political policy and his alleged history of sexual assault). The organizers of the movement have continued to harness the energy of last year by organizing marches and rallies across the country this weekend. While the importance of solidarity and gathering to express dissent certainly comes foremost, it's always a treat to see the creative, funny, and often poignant signs that people make for these marches. For the rest of this month I will be showing you some of the more creative signs these women had...

Funny. And she's cute. Haha. Speaking of Trump, it seems kids are not the only one eating those Tide pods...

He's healthy so they might not be that bad after all. So, one of the best things about the Internet is you can look at porn for free. But the problem with that though is you might decide to go look at porn instead of read this blog. Then I thought why don't I post a porn pic here? But what if you were at work or school or in church? I don't want you to get in trouble. Then I came up with a solution...

You're welcome.

If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. It's not the best one. So, I was thinking it's Sunday, and I need a little inspirational talk... and I thought you might as well. So, I thought I'll invite a friend of the Phile to help. He's a singer, patriot and renaissance man. You know what time it is...

Good afternoon, phuckerz. Next time you think you’ve got it rough... and you’re sitting there, feeling sorry for yourself... remember... it could be far worse. You could be a stuttering, blind, albino, paraplegic, midget who just fell overboard on a cruise ship into shark infested waters. God must’ve really hated THAT little cunt.


The 73rd book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

Linda will be the guest on the Phile tomorrow.

Phact 1. While animating Ratatoullie, a Pixar employee jumped into a pool while wearing a chef’s outfit and had to determine how it would cling to a character’s body and what parts would become translucent.

Phact 2. In 1996, a bill was passed to protect food vendors from liability for giving unused food to the needy instead of throwing it away for liability reasons.

Phact 3. Albrecht II of Bayreuth, a famously cruel ruler once picked a random man from a crowd and ordered him to perform an execution. Due to the severe social stigma attached to executioners he couldn’t return to his job as a woodcutter, he was condemned to carry on as an executioner and so was his son.

Phact 4. Psycho was shot in black and white because Hitchcock believed the blood during the shower scene in color would be too much for audiences. He used chocolate syrup instead.

Phact 5. A drunk hunter singlehandedly caused a 285,000 gallon oil spill by shooting the Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a .338-caliber rifle.

Today's pheatured guest is a brand new singer whose new single "Never Wanted You" is available on Bandcamp. Please welcome to the Phile... Taylor Mac.

Me: Hey, Taylor, welcome to the Phile. How are you?

Taylor: Hi, Jason, thank you so much for having me on the Phile. I am doing well, very excited to have this opportunity.

Me: You're from Kansas City, am I right? Have you lived there all your life?

Taylor: I do currently reside in Kansas City and have since 2002, however I have lived in multiple states during my life. I was born in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then moved to New Jersey and the Oakland, California area before making it to Kansas City.

Me: Okay, I love your song "Never Wanted You." Did you write that song yourself? Is this your first release, Taylor?

Taylor: Thank you! I am not the composer, just the voice. My producer Ric Gordon wrote the song, and I love it. This is my first release.

Me: So, I thought for sure the song is about someone you had in mind, is isn't?

Taylor: Ric and I had a discussion about his inspiration for the song. He wanted to challenge himself to write a song that started each line with the same phrase, in this case “never wanted you." As the vocalist, I summon the emotion felt by my close friend’s dad when his marriage ended suddenly and without warning.

Me: When did you first start to sing, Taylor?

Taylor: I have been singing since I could talk. It has always been a passion of mine and growing up I was told many times that it is a talent I should pursue. I started to write songs when I was about 13 years old.

Me: When Ric wrote the song was it on piano or guitar? Do you play an instrument?

Taylor: Ric wrote the song on the guitar. I have dabbled with different instruments throughout my life such as guitar, drums, and the viola. I currently only play piano.

Me: You have a four-year-old daughter, am I right? Did you play the song to her? Did she like it?

Taylor: Yes, I have a four-year-old little girl who is the light of my life. I did play her the song and she recognized it was me singing, but I think that was the extent of her interest. Toys were more important.

Me: Hahaha. So, when you were a kid you hosted a news show? "My Teen TV"? What was that about?

Taylor: "My Teen TV" was an amazing opportunity. It was produced by the Kansas City news station KCTV5, and it was comprised of many different segments. The ones I was a part of were hosting, movie reviews, and the election special. With hosting I stood in front of the green screen and transitioned the show between segments and commercials. As a movie critic, I was given press passes to movie screening before their theatrical release and then would give the synopsis of the movie and my rating during the show. I felt like the coolest kid being a movie critic. The election special really focused on how the youth was perceiving the election.

Me: Did you like being on TV, Taylor?

Taylor: I do like being on TV. It is a unique experience and one that brings out a different confidence in me.

Me: Did you do any acting growing up?

Taylor: As a child I went to theater summer camps. We put on different play versions of Disney movies. The two I specifically remember were "Beauty and the Beast," and "Peter Pan." For "Beauty and the Beast" I was a feather duster, having just about two speaking lines. For "Peter Pan," I was honored with the role of the Narrator.

Me: Your music has been compare to Bat For Lashes, Likke Li, and Cat Power... all good singers. Are they influences of yours?

Taylor: They are artists that I admire. I do not go out of my way to sound like them, but I keep them in mind while I am singing as motivation to put my heart and soul into the music.

Me: You mentioned your single was produced by Ric Gordon, who is a Phile Alum. What was it like working with him?

Taylor: Ric is great to work with. He is encouraging and provides constructive criticism in a way that makes you want to keep going. He also has a talent for composing. His material is wonderful and I am grateful to be the voice to some of his songs.

Me: How did you first meet Ric and get signed to his label, Russisn Winter Records?

Ric: Ric knew my mother. When I was in school and competing in state contest for vocal solo, she invited him to come hear me sing. He signed me on quickly but we waited for the right song before getting me in the studio. We both wanted my first release to be a perfect match. I would say we succeeded.

Me: So, who came up with the artwork for the single, Taylor?

Taylor: The artwork was a collaboration between Ric and I. I wanted something simple, like a silhouette. That is when he made the suggestion of using the restroom image. It was perfect.

Me: Are you gonna be making a video for the song?

Taylor: I am currently working on a video for this song and hope to complete and release it in the very near future.

Me: You're a competitive swimmer, am I right? Do you still do that for fun?

Taylor: Yes, I swam competitively for twelve years until an injury took me out for a year long recovery. I still love to swim and it is my preferred medium for exercise.

Me: So, are you working on an EP or more single?

Taylor: There is another single currently in the works that I am very excited for. I am hoping to have an EP released later on this year.

Me: What about shows? Are you gonna perform on stage?

Taylor: At this time I do not have any plans for touring. With only having one single released, my focus is on being in the studio and getting more material out there.

Me: Taylor, thanks so much for being on the Phile. That's what I love about this stupid little blog... I get to interview veteran people who have been in the business for a long time and new artists who are starting out. Will you come back on the Phile soon?

Taylor: I would love to come back to the Phile if you will have me.

Me: Of course. I live here in Florida and work for Disney... you need to bring your daughter down here. Good luck, continued success. Take care.

Taylor: Disney is the goal vacation for any parent. I hope we get the chance to make it down there. Thank you, Jason, for having me on the Phile and for your kind words about my first single “Never Wanted You."

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to my guests Laird Jim and of course Taylor Mac. The Phile will be back tomorrow with author Linda S. Godfrey. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker

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