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
Thank you America.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awseome hipster non black dudes
rapping and spouting rad poetry that tend to lean toward the
obscure and sometimes vulgar.
Nuff said. I recommend :The Hollows>
Powerpop drum heavy dance group from the northwest. Catchy and
kinda ridiculous, but you’ll be humming the tunes in your head for
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.
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.
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.
This new show is so awesomely bad that it deserves a drinking
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
Do a Dance – For bad dialogue, celebrate that crappy writing.
Other optional gaming rules (If you really want to get
1 Drink – every time someone talks of revenge or wanting someone’s
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.
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.
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
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.)