Friday, July 30, 2010
Blue in the Face is a sort-of sequel to the film Smoke. Smoke got rave reviews and awards, while this one did not so much. I however like this film more because it is more free-form, and I thoroughly enjoy just about every scene in it. Between the snippets of Lou Reed talking about many things, Interesting cameos from notable people, and just the overall early-90's-independent-film-THING that this has, I can watch this flick over and over. Director Wayne Wang has really taken a dive as far as the quality of films he has made since this, unfortunately.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Because it never fails to amaze me how people use their time (in a good way), here is the complete Zelda 2 remade as a First Person Shooter type game (you know, in 3D). You have to download some software to play it (but its free). DO IT (NOW).
Zelda 2 FPS
Here is the trailer:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
So my good friend Jarrett told me about this movie after he saw it at this years Sundance Film Festival and now we can actually watch it online! Apparently bankrolled by Absolut Vodka, this film has a really cool website that allows you to watch it by yourself or to connect to facebook and get some friends to watch it with you.
Watch "I'm Here"
Absolut also commissioned the great Tim & Eric for some shorts at one point as well.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
In middle school, I was feelin' the FUCK out of this album.
There are no words to describe the lyrics for the songs from this album, but I think the closest one is "random". Or maybe "incoherent". Either way they are unbelievably bad. How do bands like this get big? Is it because Gavin Rossdale is so dreamy? Well, I have a feeling that it was partly because of Gavin Rossdale. I don't think anyone ever thought his lyrics were actually good, but I think that post-Nirvana, his voice was like the middle of the progression of the popular rock singing trend that was preceded by Kurt Cobain and followed by that Puddle of Mudd douchebag. The record labels seem to love that shit. Or maybe it was because they had that awesome bald guy in the band?
Anyway, back then (in middle school), it was definitely one of those albums where there were the singles, and they were the only listenable thing on the whole album. This seems to have become a common symptom of a major label product for the most part. HERE IS THE WHOLE THING. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? DO YA? After listening, you should post your favorite lyrics in the comments! Yippee!!
1. Everything Zen
4. Little Things
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I've never seen a show succeed in pointing out all of the posers among the audience as well as this show.
About 40 minutes into the set of improv noisy jamming, people started to slowly trickle out of the auditorium. They were trying to be sneaky about it at first, slowly became more obvious about it, and eventually getting to the point of being all hipster art-fag-ish snotty with their exit. Meaning some woman and her dude left out of the exit door at the front of the theater, blinding all of us with the outside light after our eyes had adjusted to the barely lit stage inside the dark theater, and closing it with a giant slam. I have a feeling this must have been the same poser woman who yelled out "D.B. Cooper!" right when the show was about to start, when everyone was silent, I guess to try to get everyone into "party mode" or something. If I had come to the event WITH her, I would have disowned her immediately and sent her back to LA or whatever other place where people move to Portland from because of its "authenticity". By the time the lights came back up, about 90 minutes after they had been dimmed down, the auditorium was barely more than half full. What a shame for a show that was sold out and likely had a lot of people who actually wanted to see the show not be able to attend due to the SOLD-OUT-ISH-NESS of the evening.
I believe this to be the perfect illustration of Portland's Hipster/Poser Artist problem.
Going into this show, while you didn't know exactly what would happen, you had a rough idea of what to expect if you used your brain and had any familiarity with the artists that were performing. Jandek is an until-recently recluse, and what they refer to as an "Outsider Artist", who has put out almost a billion album since the late 70's. The fact that he was going to be performing with Thurston Moore said to me that perhaps something like this was happening for several reasons. The first being that it seemed very unlikely othey would be doing a set of Sonic Youth covers and really rocking out. But if they aren't going to do that, why fly Thurston Moore all the way to the opposite side of the country from where he usually hangs out? Would they really do all that just to have him accompany Jandek as an extra guitarist? Hmmm. Lets see. Well, I do know that both Thurston Moore (and Sonic Youth as a whole) like to experiment with noise and sounds. In fact, a lot of people are at least aware of that. There is even a lame attempt at a joke about that in the "movie" Juno. I heard people laugh at it when I was at the theater which says to me that the type of people who know enough about the two guys who were performing that night to actually buy a ticket and go, likely know that Thurston Moore does that sort of stuff A LOT. So lets see, we have an "outsider" musician and a constant noise musician performing together, my guess is that there is going to be something strange and different happening.
And yes, it was strange and different than what most everyone was expecting. I wasn't expecting it to be improvisation. I didn't know Jandek was into "Jamming". But as soon as it started, it made sense. It was strange and different and COOL. The guitar tones that Jandek was playing around with for the majority of the show were some of the most interesting tones I have ever heard come from a guitar. And watching Thurston Moore display his mastery of manipulating a guitar to make all sorts of different noises was a pleasure. Watching and listening to them play off of each other was a treat. All of it was great. I feel happy and privileged to have been able to be there for it. Two legends from two different music scenes, performing together, and I saw it, and it was awesome.
It's really too bad that many who were also there, couldn't look past what they were expecting, and had to leave in a disrespectful (to both the audience and the musicians) sort of way. It seems like they came to the show merely due to their need to be able to tell their poser friends that they saw Jandek, in the hopes that they might get the "cool" seat at the Aalto Lounge the next time they all get together.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Ipecac Recordings has been one of my favorite record labels, if not my #1 top favorite, for almost a decade now.
Here are my Top 15 Recommendations in no particular order (I like so much stuff on this label that I put a list of honorable mentions at the bottom that are worth your time as well):
1. Fantomas - The Director's Cut
see also: Delirium Cordia, Suspended Animation, Fantomas (self-titled)
2. Tomahawk - Mit Gas
see also: Tomahawk (self titled), Anonymous
3. Isis - Oceanic
4. Melvins/Lustmord - Pigs of the Roman Empire
5. Dalek - Absence
see also: From the Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
6. Mugison - Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music?
see also: Little Trip, Mugiboogie
7. Kaada - Music for Moviebikers
8. Hella - There's No 666 in Outer Space
9. Melvins - (a) Senile Animal
see also: Everything by the Melvins
10. Goon Moon - Licker's Last Leg
11. Zach Hill - Astrological Straits
12. Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Dolores
see also: Black Earth
13. Beak> - Beak>
14. Steroid Maximus - Ectopia
15. Phantomsmasher - Phantomasmasher
Stuff I didnt want to leave unmentioned (Honorable Mention, all high-quality releases):
Skeleton Key - Obtanium, Moistboyz - III, Ruins - Tzomborgha, Yoshimi and Yuka - Flower with No Color, Desert Sessions Vol. 9 & 10, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant, Vincent and Mr. Green (self titled), General Patton vs. The Xecutioners (self titled), The Locust - Safety Second Body Last, Messer Chups - Crazy Price, Patton/Kaada - Romances CD and DVD, Farmer's Market - Surfin' USSR, Mike Patton - A Perfect Place and Mondo Cane, Zu - Carboniferous, Sax Ruins - Yawiquo
I guess they all can'tbe great though, so...
Don't Even Go Near These Albums:
Northern State - Can I Borrow This Pen?, Ghostigital - In Cod We Trust