February 2009

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The immortal Bob RossA ton of episodes of Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting are online! I’ve never painted in my life, and I’m not high. But I just sat and watched a whole episode. And I am reeeaaalllyyy relaxed. Bob was truly a force for good in the universe.

Looks like the Arrested Development movie is movie forward now that Michael Cera has agreed to be in it. A note to the folks behind the movie: screw this up and there will be a lot of angry fanboys. Fanboys who won’t be afraid to treat you like the cops treat Oscar.

How did I miss the little fact that The Roots are going to be the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Could anything possibly give Fallon more street cred? This is huge. I may actually have to watch the show now.

There’s a new internet meem emerging where people take music videos and change the lyrics to describe what’s going on. My description doesn’t do it justice, but this literal version of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” will give you the gist:

Eddie Murphey is set to play Richard Pryor in a biopic about the comedian. This would have been a great idea 20 years ago. But now? I’m not so sure. Eddie’s been in too many movies like Meet Dave and Norbit recently. I’m not sure he can pull this off anymore. Please Eddie, prove me wrong.

Samuel L Jackson as Nick Muthafuckin' FurySamuel L. Jackson will be playing muthafuckin’ Nick Fury in nine muthafuckin’ movies. Looks like Marvel really is planning on making all these superhero movies. Right muthafuckin’ on.

It looks like old people and idiots aren’t the only one’s CasForGold.com is targeting. Ft. Knox gets cash for its unused gold. Ahh, you’ve gotta love The Onion.

Finally, this new Tiger Woods/Nike commercial is perfect:

Man, if this song doesn’t get your blood pumping I don’t know what will. In general I’m not a huge fan of Eminem. But I did really like 8 Mile, and this song from its soundtrack is a definite winner. And it’s message, “You only get one shot at this, so don’t fuck it up” is kind of a post-modern ghetto update on “carpe diem”. Enough talk. Just crank up your speakers and hit play.

Eminem – Lose Yourself

Happy Birthday Johnny!

the great Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash would have been 77 years old today. Johnny may not be with us anymore, but he is one of the artists who will truly be immortal. He lives on through the vast catalog of music he made over the course of 50 years, through his television show and specials, and through the influence he’s had, and continues to have, over generations of musicians. Let’s take a minute to pay our respects to one of the true heroes of American music:

Johnny plays “San Quentin”, at San Quentin:

Johnny with Louis Armstrong on The Johnny Cash Show:

Johnny and Bob Dylan play “Girl From the North Country”

Johnny performing “Big River” on the Opry, 1962:

Ray Charles covers “Ring of Fire”

Happy Birthday Johnny!

I was fortunate enough to see Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm live last week. I was not fortunate enough to see them play this little gem however. Here they are in Toronto covering They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse in Your Soul”.

Ever wonder what Skynet Research was like? This little video gives you a hint. Presumably this is all before August 29th, 1997

Terminator Salvation is gearing up to hit theaters May 22nd.

  • Slumdog Millionaire was a pretty good movie. But 8 Oscars good? No way. What other movies won 8 Oscars? Amadeus. From Here to Eternity. On the Waterfront. Gone With the Wind. Is history going to be as kind to Slumdog Millionaire as it has been to them? I don’t think so.
  • I’m not sure how I didn’t notice this before the show, but there were only three nominees for Best Song? And two of them were from Slumdog? And Bruce didn’t get nominated? Am I missing something?
  • Hugh Jackman’s opening number was funny. Especially Anne Hathaway as Nixon. And the whole “I haven’t seen The Reader thing. Don’t worry Hugh. Nobody has.
  • Ben Stiller was mildly amusing. Let’s not give him any more credit than that.
  • The schtick of having former winners come out and say something nice about the nominees was kind of cool. Anne Hathaway looked like it was the happiest moment of her life. Which is nice, since she lost.
  • Overall it was a pretty weak year for movies. I’ve seen two of the Best Picture nominees (Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon), and neither blew me away. I want to see another (Milk). And I have no interest at all in the other two. Last year we had two instant classics (No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood), a quirky fun movie (Juno), and a really good thriller (Michael Clayton). Really, couldn’t ANY of them won this year?
  • Three of my Top 5 movies from last year won awards: Man on Wire won Best Documentary, Wall-E won Best Animated Feature, and The Dark Knight picked up two awards. Do I know how to pick them or what?
  • I guess that leaked list of winners was full of shit…
  • Best moment of the night? The Japanese dude that won for Best Animated Short, gave a heartfelt speech in English, which was clearly difficult for him, and ended it with “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto”. Awesome.

UPDATE:
I didn’t even think of this at the time, but once I had it pointed out to me I was outraged. Dan LaFontaine wasn’t honored during the In Memorium montage. WTF? The guy voices just about every movie trailer, AND announces The Oscars every year and you can’t put him in your tribute? For shame Academy, for shame.

It’s not very often Beatles fans get to hear something, anything, new. The band’s vault of unreleased material has been emptied over the years as different collections, anthologies, and special editions have been released. So it’s a rare and exciting occasion when something new is uncovered. Today’s such an occasion, as someone has somehow leaked an over 10-minute take of “Revolution”.

The take was reportedly recorded in May and June of 1968, as the band was working on the White Album. The first half of the track has pieces that were obviously used in the final album version of “Revolution 1”. Then it transitions into the kind of avant-garde wanking that defined the album version of “Revolution 9”. As Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch put it:

The band quickly realized “Revolution” had potential as a single, and a 10-minute running time would make that impossible. The solution? They chopped it in half. The first part became “Revolution 1,” while the rest served as the basis for the “Revolution 9,” an experimental noise-fest that has long baffled many fans. Mystery solved! When you listen to this complete 10-minute version, suddenly “Revolution 9” starts to make a lot more sense.

While that’s true, it’s still safe to say that “Revolution 9” is unlistenable. And I think neither the album version nor this one are as good as the hard-rocking single version. But it’s still nice to get a glimpse into the creative process of a band as great as The Beatles.

Check out the full track below:

via PopWatch

New York post-rockers Gigantic Hand
I have a confession to make: I don’t get post-rock. I don’t understand the appeal of songs with fractured melodies, misplaced beats, and seemingly random noises. Fortunately for Gigantic Hand, despite the fact that they describe themselves as post-rock, they don’t exhibit any of the irritating traits I associate with it. Their music is grounded in solid fundamentals: rhythms, melodies, and harmonies that actually work. With a solid foundation they’re free to expand and experiment, and the end result is something that sounds new, but in a good way.
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My last post about random stuff seemed to work out pretty well, so let’s give it another shot. It’s been an odd week, so there’s lots of strange stuff to go over.

the super-stuffed oreoBehold the Mega Double Stuf Oreo. This, and more tastiness signs of the culinary apocalypse at This is Why You’re Fat, including a Corn Dog Pizza, a 60lb Rice Krispy treat, and a seven pound breakfast burrito. Most of the stuff on the site looks disgusting, but I’m ashamed to admit there are a couple of tasty-looking treats.

Watch out Titanic! The Dark Knight officially broke the $1 billion mark. I don’t know if that completely makes up for not being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but I’m sure the folks at Warner Bros won’t complain.

Mario finally accomplished what Shredder never could. Bebop and Rocksteady couldn’t be reached for comment.

Shaq uses Twitter. A lot. To connect with fans. In a diner. Shaq is a huge dork cool.

Robbert BobbertApples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider’s getting a kids show. Schneider’s cartoon alter-ego Robbert Bobbert is coming to TV via the folks behind the incredibly trippy Yo Gabba Gabba. Bobbert’s also got a whole CD of kids music coming out.

Mike Myers and Paris Hilton are WINNERS!. Well, kind of. They each “won” three awards at last night’s Razzies, the anti-Oscars. Myers’ three awards, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture, were all tied to his participation in The Love Guru. Hilton snagged three awards for two different movies, The Hottie and the Nottie and Repo! The Genetic Opera. Congratulations to both!

What’s the next step in the evolution of Lolcats? In Soviet Russia Lolcats use better grammar

Uber-douche Michael Bay is finally getting an Oscar. Not!

And finally, CHEWBACCA AND GEORGE FORMAN LIVE IN THIS GUY’S CABINET!

In case you didn’t know, Friday was Conan’s last episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He’s leaving the show, and New York, behind to take over Leno’s gig on The Tonight Show. He spent his last show replaying classic moments from the show, thanking people, and trying not to cry. For his final musical guest he managed to book a band that’s had a long and fruitful relationship with him, The White Stripes. It was Jack and Meg’s first show since they cancelled the Icky Thump tour in the summer of 2007. They busted out a very different, very strange version of “We’re Going to Be Friends”, with Meg on guitar.

Good luck Conan! Don’t suck like Leno.

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