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Iron Man 2 Slurpee Cups!

April 13th, 2010 by bblank

Ok, so I walked to 7-11 today, and from ten yards out I know I was going to drop some cash on my inner geek. They had these Iron Man and War Machine statuesque Slurpee bottles, four holograpic cups with “helmet” lids, three crazy-straws with War Machine, Iron Man and Whiplash, and four non holographic collectors cups.  Iron Man is flying on top of my Slurpee!  How over the top is that!? This is why I place my hand over my heart during the pledge of allegiance.
Thank you America.

Check out Iron Man flying on the straw!

Its like a dream come true for my inner kid. Kudos to Marvel and 7-11 for knowing their
audience. Check out the commercial, it speaks to the target demo perfectly. I won’t be drinking from my “statue” bottles, instead they will be guarding computer at work, since I don’t think my girlfriend would allow them in the apartment. Now if only I could get my hands on a life-size helmet… uh oh.


Talking with Miles Kurosky

April 8th, 2010 by bblank

Someone e-mailed me this video for Dog in the Burning Building – by this musician named Miles Kurosky. I loved the music and creativity that came with the mixed media animation so much that I decided that I had to get in touch with this guy and talk about it. So I did, click here to listen to the interview on the podcast. (Also on itunes) And by doing so I learned he used to be the frontman for  the band Beulah, (still not sure how to pronounce it). I’ve since listened to Beulah but prefer the music Miles is currently making now. His sound is definitely his own in the recently released “Desert Of Shallow Effects” but also echoing similarities with Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Eels, Spoon, and Rivers Cuomo to name a few. For a debut solo album, its very solid with smooth changes and diverse sounds that work well with each other. I definitely recommend it and look forward to hearing it live at the Tractor Tavern on April 10th.


Check out Miles’ list of favorite movies from the 70′s.

Listen to the interview on The Weekly Diversion.


Chris Evans will be Captain America

April 2nd, 2010 by bblank

I know, I might be the only one that cares about this, but when it comes to comic book movies, I’d rather they get it right this time, since this their second attempt at Cap (the made one in 1990). Chris Evans will be lacing up the stars and stripes as Steve Rogers, American Super Soldier. Evans, might be most commonly know for is role as the Human Torch, the snarky comic relief in the Fantastic Four movies.

Captain America is the leader of the super-hero team  known as the Avengers. Which they will be making a movie combining almost all the marvel super hero movies from the past few years. Robert Downey as Iron Man, Edward Norton as Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor… you get the idea.

The film will be Directed by Joe Johnston, who just directed The Wolfman, but might be more well known for Hidalgo and Jumanji and Rocketeer. The guys that wrote the screenplays for the Chronicles of Narnia movies will write the Cap script. I recently heard that there is a song and dance number in the film, have we not learned anything from spider-man 3?

Marvel is really testing my patience, do they really think that I am going to believe for one second that Chris Evans is going to be giving orders to such hollywood alumni a Downey and Norton? That’s crazysauce. And if Chris does happen to pull it off it would be nothing short of Oscar worthy. But to be fair Chris’ performances in the movies London, and Push, were pretty good, and way more straight forward than i’ve seen so far. So that gives me some hope. But if I see him look toward the camera, turn a cocked grin and shrug his shoulders before a fight scene, Im flipping out of here.

My choice for cap? If I had it my way, Aaron Eckhart. You know that insanely well spoken cleft chined guy from Thank You For Smoking and The Dark Knight. He has the all american look down, he can deliver his lines better than most in hollywood. Just watch him in Thank you for Smoking, if he will sell you on cigarettes, he can sell you on America. Plus him leading Downey and Norton would make a whole lot more sense, age and acting wise.
My on deck player would be Jon Hamm. Thats right Don Draper. He has the 40s style down and again he has the all American look to him, he’s the ideal everyday man, which Americas super-hero needs. Not sure if we will find that in a young actor.

Well that’s my rant on the subject, in all I really hope all the best for Chris Evans in his performance. After all I do want to watch a good movie.


Is HBO Headed Back to “Making Water … Cooler” status?

March 17th, 2010 by Angela Dice

About six years ago, HBO ran advertisements playing off the riff that great television shows make for great watercooler talk. The commercial capitalized on what was inspiring the love, a thanks for the “intelligent dialogue” and “intricately constructed plotlines.” At the time, “Sopranos” was hitting a high note, “Six Feet Under” introduced the humor in the death industry, “The Wire” was two years in to examining the seedy side of Baltimore and “Deadwood” was about to reintroduce co#@!%*~r (and a string of other cursewords) to the television lexicon, and the cable channel was on top of the television drama world.

But once the aforementioned series ended, HBO drama fell into a slight decline. Sure, they’ve had a few hits, some like “Rome” and “Carnival.” “True Blood” has drawn viewers enamored with anything vampire and the solidly written “Big Love” has brought polygamy to the masses. But top of the world isn’t quite where HBO has been perched as other cable channels also found that good writing and acting really can draw viewers. HBO was no longer consuming my television time and I wondered: what ever happened to the writers for “The Sopranos” and “The Wire”?

But this weekend, as I watched the first part of the miniseries “The Pacific” (a follow-up to “Band of Brothers,” or more accurately watched the trailers for future HBO series, I got my answer. I literally squealed.

This fall, “Boardwalk Empire” brings back writers Terence Winter and Steve Kornacki of “Sopranos” fame. The show’s pilot is directed by Martin Scorcese, who apparently will have some creative hand in future episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era. Here’s the trailer, which doesn’t offer much info, but it’s got a lot of guns, alcohol and Steve Buscemi:

Coming even sooner (in April) is “Treme“, a series following several fictional musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans. “Wire” writer David Simon and consulting producer Eric Overmyer are part of this project. Here’s the even less enlightening (but pretty) trailer:


What’s the deal with Japan’s need to kill all the water dwelling mammals?

March 4th, 2010 by bblank

Lately I have been watching a lot of (for lack of a better word)”big topic” documentaries, “Food Inc.” “No Impact Man“, “King Corn“, and most recently “The Cove.” Surprisingly enough they deal with similar topics and themes: cover ups, food, and a great deal of deliberation on ethics to list a few.


The Cove, similar to the Discovery reality show “Whale Wars,”The Cove sheds light on Japans need to pick on a and slaughter another intelligent water dwelling mammals. The Mammal? Dolphins. You know Flipper. The Doc is even lead by activist Richard O’Barry, flippers trainer. Whale Wars sheds light on the slaughter of whales, The Cove shows us the slaughter of dolphins, what’s next Japan? Unicorns? Is nothing sacred?

I recommend this film to any and everyone, a bit of a warning though, what you see is very gruesome, not for the faint of heart. But that’s the point right? This was not the best documentary I have ever seen, but the topic was very important and informative and for that I give it an easy 4 stars out of five. This film should be mandatory high school viewing.

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-Barry


My Sasquatch Top Ten

March 1st, 2010 by bblank

Barry’s top 10 Bands to see.

MGMT

Definitely one of my favorite bands out there right now. Not particularly because of their debut album Oracular Spectacular (which sounds like a Terry Gilliam movie tittle btw) but because of their Time ti Pretend EP that I bought later. Uber lo-fi power pop, that at times reminds me of the old school innovators the Silver Apples. I havent been able to catch these guys live yet and if you check their website, they dont have many future dates posted, so catch them while you can.

Download Destrokk from – Time To Pretend EP

Band of Horses

These Seattle locals sound beautiful on record and live, caught them last year at bumbershoot and they were an experience that was only enhanced by the evenings sunset. I want these guys to play Funeral at my funeral.

Download – No One’s Gonna Love You

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Former Ima Robot Singer trades in the synths for psychedelics and storytelling. “After breaking up with his girlfriend, moving out of his house, and joining Alcoholics Anonymous, Ebert began work on a story about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. According to Ebert, Sharpe “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Its quirky and fun and the bantering back in forth between Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos. Easily one of the best debut albums to come out in a while.

Download some of their songs free>

Broken Social Scene

Fell in love with this band after seeing the movie Half Nelson. These guys are not afraid to fail and their songs succeed because of it.  They also have this great video where they bought the crowd a drink for “Luck Ones” video.

Why?

Awseome hipster non black dudes rapping and spouting rad poetry that tend to lean toward the obscure and sometimes vulgar.
Nuff said.
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Yacht

Powerpop drum heavy dance group from the northwest. Catchy and kinda ridiculous, but you’ll be humming the tunes in your head for days.

Download some of their tunes>

Miike Snow

These guys know how to write hit pop songs. Some of these guys have produced and written songs with “Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Kelis and won a Grammy for Best dance recording for the track “Toxic” by Britney Spears” Fun synth heavy and ready to make you get your freak on. Seeing them live, you will most definitely spill your drink in their dance pit.

Download some of their tunes>

Passion Pit

Saw these guys at last years Sasquitch. The mix was horrible and at the time I hadn’t heard their music, since then I gave them a chance and bought their tunes. Catchy rad powerpop music. I just hope they sound good live this time around.

Download some of their tunes>

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Fresh Espresso

Seattles own powerpop/hiphop group. Composer/producer P Smoov  of Mad Rad with MC Rik Rude.

Check out the Diamond pistols remix by local boys The File Jerks>

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Past Lives

Seattle boys featuring ex Blood Brothers: Jordan Blilie, Morgan Henderson and Mark Gajadhar. Always a great show, just bought their new record on vinyl, I recommend you do as well.

Check out their tunes>


Cave Singers Grace Lil’ Ol’ Bremerton

February 25th, 2010 by sitedude

The Hi-Fidelity Lounge in Bremerton packed a Wednesday night house with Seattle’s Cave Singers and The Dutchess and the Duke. It was an intimate stop on a statewide tour that will also bring the indie folk bands to The Showbox March 6 to a decidedly larger crowd than the full-capacity 68 who were at Hi-Fidelity.

There was dancing, singing and some picture-taking by yours truly. Click on the photo below to see more from the show. The Seattle Weekly even made it out and wrote it up for their music blog.

- Angela


Spartacus: Blood And Sand Drinking Game

February 11th, 2010 by bblank

This new show is so awesomely bad that it deserves a drinking game.

Rules-
1 Drink – Every Time There is slow motion.
1 Drink – Blood or blood splatter
Finish Drink – Per Decapitation
Do a Dance – sex scene, they bump and grind, you bump and grind.
Do a Dance – For bad dialogue, celebrate that crappy writing.

Other optional gaming rules (If you really want to get drunk)
1 Drink – every time someone talks of revenge or wanting someone’s blood/death.
1 Drink – every time the CG looks uber fake.


For the trailer alone, you should have taken at least 30 drinks and shaken your booty around a dozen times. Enjoy responsibly.


American Psycho – Song and Dance Man

February 5th, 2010 by bblank

Ok, so I found out that they are making a American Psycho musical. First off American Psycho is one of my favorite films as well as one of the funniest/entertaining books I’ve ever read. The fact that they are making a musical out of it makes me excited as well as cringe. Apparently the producers of HBO’s Big Love are behind this project. Duncan Sheik is slated to score the thing. Duncan Sheik?  Really? Maybe if they were doing a Dawsons Creek musical, but not American Psycho. Why not get Phil Collins or David Byrne from the Talking Heads, or any of the other artists mentioned in Ellis’ book. I doubt Heuy Lewis’ date book is filled.  They need to make it uber upbeat and 80s not (cringe) acoustic/soft modern contemporary i.e. Duncan Sheik.

But since learning of these new musical aspirations, In a weird way it makes sense to make it into a musical. Ellis’ character Patrick Bateman is portrayed as a music fanatic as he (Ellis) devoted entire chapters to analyzing different albums of the 80′s era in extreme detail. So why not take that musical fanaticism to the extreme and make the book a musical?

I dare you not to read pages from the book and not sing them, it adds an entirely new dimension to the story and its characters. Imagine singing lines like “I was freaked out by the park bench that followed me for six blocks…”  or ” My need to engage in homicidal behavior on a massive scale cannot be corrected, but, ah, I have no other way to fulfill my needs.” I cant wait to hear Celine Dion’s cover.


Avatar Hype = Avatar Mash Up

February 1st, 2010 by bblank

First off, I loved Avatar, I’m a sci-fi guy at heart (not SyFy, … cringe) and I’m not jumping on the hate train any time soon, but one of my friends showed me this Avatar/Fern Gully mash up and I just had to share it. Some middle aged guy in Idaho must have spent weeks in his parents’ basement putting this together. He/she did such a good job, I don’t know if I should give him a mail order bride, or a box of high fives. Watch for the eerie “match ups”in audio, so creepy but worth sitting through this three and a half minute vid. Surprisingly I have never watched Furn Gully, and my only frame of reference for its quality is my girlfriend… so is it worth the watch?

Anyhoo, rad vid. another mash up vid that a friend showed me is Darth Bale, a site that splices Bales infamousblow up rants into scenes from Star wars, Bale as Darth Vader. (warning not safe for work, unless your work allows you to curse like sailors.)