August 2008

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George Hrab - Musician, skeptic, podcast host, and Ukranian-American
George Hrab is a modern polymath. He’s a skeptic and comedian, producing and starring in a weekly podcast. He’s a skeptic, questioning every bit of “science” that comes along. And he’s a professional musician, playing drums in the Philadelphia Funk Authority and maintaining a successful solo career. He’s kind of the love child of Jonathan Coulton and Richard Dawson, if either were bald.
He is the son of a musician. His father is drummer for the band Tempo, who has allegedly played every Ukranian wedding on the east coast in the last 30 years. He’s a podcaster. He hosts the Geologic Podcast, a one-man-show of comedy, music, and skepticism. He’s a skeptic. On his podcast and blog he pokes fun at the religious, the supernatural, and the otherwise silly. He’s an author, having written a book called Non-Coloring Book. But he’s more than the sum total of these things. The whole package makes him a tour de force entertainer.
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Heroes volume 3 - Villains
NBC is getting ready to start beaming the third volume of through the ether, but little bits of information are starting to come out about episode 4. Show creator Tim Kring confirmed that the volume will be called Fugitives, and it will fill the second half of the show’s upcoming third season. It’s set to start at episode 14 and run through the season’s final 12 shows.

If you’re anything like me you can’t wait to see how Villians plays out, and knowing it’s going to lead into something called Fugitives is certainly intriguing. What do you think?

A few weeks ago we had the first trailer for the teen sex comedy Sex Drive. It had some chuckles in it and hinted that the movie might be a bit on the dirty side. Well here’s the red band trailer that proves there is some dirt under the surface:

Look for Sex Drive in theaters October 17th.

Why is Bon Iver so cool? Because whether Justin is singing his own song or someone else’s, he puts every ounce of feeling and emotion into the performance and produces something genuine. Here he covers “Blue Tulip”, from Okkervil River’s latest album.

The Broken West
Sunday Music Spotlight alums The Broken West are back. You may recall that they released their debut album, I Can’t Go On I’ll Go On, early in 2007, and their song “Down in the Valley” made our Best of 2007 list. Now they’re getting set to release their followup, Now or Heaven. It comes out September 9th on Merge Records, but you can hear two of the tracks right now:

The Broken West - Now or Heaven“Perfect Games”

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“Perfect Games” is just about a perfect pop song. It’s tight. It’s upbeat. And it’s got a hook that would give Peter Pan nightmares. These guys seem to have a knack for writing songs that get deeply embedded in your head and crawl out at random times…

“Auctioneer”

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Slightly more chill than “Perfect Games”, but effective nonetheless. Is the piano riff sticky? Like a gecko in a glue factory.

Thanks to the good folks at Merge Records these aren’t the only two tracks check out before the official release. Head on over to their site to preview Now or Heaven and pre-order it.

Superman Logo
Warner Brothers is looking to do for Superman what Batman Begins did to The Caped Crusader: shake off past movie failures and establish a darker, more believable hero for future films. The Superman reboot will be part of a larger strategy for Warner Brothers. They’re looking to release eight blockbusters every year, with two of those being based on DC comics.

In the process of announcing this project the studio admitted they weren’t happy with the overly emo Superman Returns. Warner Bros. Pictures Group president said “‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” They’re apparently looking for a darker, more realistic Man of Steel (if you can use the term “more realistic” when dealing with a character that has heat vision and freezing breath), a la Christopher Nolan’s Batman. No word yet on possible casting, directors, or even scripts. Hell, no real mention of a release date.

I’ve personally never really cared for Superman, since everything just comes too easily for him. So this really doesn’t do a whole lot for me. What do you think?

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via SlashFilm

Rose Hill Drive - a rock band from Boulder, Co
Boulder, Colorado isn’t just for hippies anymore. A pair of brothers and a friend are rocking the patchouli stank right out of granola town. They rock so hard their neighbors signed a petition to kick them out of the neighborhood. And thus Rose Hill Drive hit the road and started their own private rock odyssey.
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Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In spite of the fact that its release date has been pushed back to next summer, Warner Brothers is getting the marketing for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince going already. They’ve released a batch of photos from the film, showing us everything from Ron getting ready for quidditch to a young Tom Riddle. Check them out below (and as always, click on the pics to enlarge).

Dumbledore and Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceRon and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceGinny and Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrincePreparing for a duel in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Ron in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceA young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Check out the video for “Two Silver Trees”, the first single from Calexico’s forthcoming album Carried to Dust. The album is due out September 9th.

Calexico – “Two Silver Trees”

One of these days I’ll figure out my fascination with people covering songs on ukulele. Until then, let’s keep the madness going by seeing how the great Bob Dylan holds up to the uke treatment.

First up is our favorite teenage ukuleleist, Molly (aka SweetAfton23), with her take on “Don’t Think Twice, it’s Allright”

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