Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lost Is Filming! Let The Spoilers Begin!

If you don't want to learn something sweet about the next season of Lost, the greatest TV show of all time, then stop reading and pretend this never happened.

I'm serious...


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If you want to be surprised then don't scroll down.


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Okay, are we cool?

Cool, here we go.

I always had this joke when Lost was running new episodes that every next one was going to have a surprise cameo from Ana Lucia, the dead castaway played by Michelle Rodriguez. Nobody ever seemed to give any weight to the idea of her coming back nor did anyone seem to want it. Unlike most viewers, I actually really liked Ana Lucia for several reasons, not the least of which was her uncanny hotness. I have since come to find that her relative hotness is yet another thing that most viewers disagree on. Different strokes for different folks I guess.



Anyway, according to Entertainment Weekly, Michelle Rodriguez is currently filming one episode for the upcoming 5th season of Lost. Unfortunately, there isn't really much information in article other than that, although EW does write "Details of her comeback are, not surprisingly, shrouded in secrecy" which makes me think that there might be more to this than just a single episode appearance. Some further investigation unearthed the fact that Cheech Marin is apparently also listed as a guest star for that particular episode which would suggests a Hurley centric script. I hope that they actually use Michelle's appearance well instead of one of those the-island-is-making-me-see-weird-things cameos like with Libby towards the end of last season.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Skunk: 1990 - 2008



Skunk Anderson was a very close to me. He was a stray cat, and I was the one who found him when I was just about four years old, meowing and whining from under a low hanging tree. I climbed in and found him, probably just weeks after being born and I brought him inside. I named him Skunk because of the white line that used to streak down his back. It eventually faded away, though, causing much confusion later on in life as to why he had such a strange name.

When Skunk was a kitten I would play with him a lot. I liked to build mazes out of blankets and blocks and start him at one end, then see if he could make it out the other. Normally, though, he woulds just hang out in there.


(Jungle cat)

As Skunk got older he became a bit of a grump. His favorite thing to do was to let you pet his belly as he purred and waved his ail lovingly, and just as you would let your guard down he would attack, biting at your hand before you could even think about pulling it out of harms way. Eventually he lost all of his teeth though, and nobody really seemed to mind being gummed so Skunk eventually gave up that whole gag.

He was a fighter, too. In his prime, Skunk would stalk the neighborhood. He was constantly coming home with more and more battle wounds, but he was also tough and the little nibbles that we would find on his ears never seemed to phase him.

Skunk has been on his way out for about a month. I think we could all see it coming. The usually hefty feline had withered down to almost nothing and he was having trouble getting around. Even then though, he brought us joy with his constant meowing and general weirdness. He had the best sense of humor out of any cat I've ever known, and I think he was in on it. I would like to remember Skunk as the Norm MacDonald of my the pets in my life (See a few posts down).

Goodbye Skunk, rest in peace. We love you.

Paintball Gun To The Mouth



Just when I thought bro's couldn't get any dumber I find this. I hope it was worth it... (?). The more I think about this the less it makes any sense whatsoever.

Nice job guys, you rip!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Come Hang Out Tommorow Night

Tomorrow night I am playing a show here in Bellingham. Anybody reading this from in the general area is hereby formally invited to come and party down. Here is the flyer and the info. I have it from an inside source that new songs may be played.



SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 @ THE NIGHTLIGHT
*ALL AGES*, BELLINGHAM, WA,
w/ No-Fi Soul Rebellion and guests
8pm Tickets $6 Advance, $8 at the door.

On a totally unrelated note, Barack Obama is going to be announcing his vice presidential candidate within hours. I can't wait. It's like Christmas in August!

Hallway Bowling Championship

Last night at my house we all did a little hallway bowling. It was a close game to be sure, I was in the lead for most of the night until my brother pulled ahead with a strike in the tenth frame. Sam had a chance to catch up with both of us and steal the first place prize but missed it by just one pin.



At the end of the night my brother, Michael, ended up with the first place prize, which was an autographed copy of the guitarist from Idiot Pilot's 9th grade German textbook.



Thanks to everyone that who came out to compete!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sufjan Stevens Next State

A while ago I wrote a little blog, actually two, about Sufjan Stevens and his project in which the singer is planning on recording a concept about for each of the 50 states. This preposed series of records has come to be known as The Fifty States Project and so far there are two titles, Michigan in 2003 and Illinois in 2005. A while ago I was discussing with Dave what we thought was going to be the next state to receive this special treatment and I decided to look into the rumor mill myself. Here are what seem to be the possible candidates:


(America! Yes!)

Oregon -In an article in The SF Weekly, done July of 2005, Sufjan states "the next albums, Oregon and Rhode Island, 'will have nothing to do with actual place names and histories. They'll be more abstract or more figurative.'"

Rhode Island - See above.

California - In an interview with fellow Asthmatic Kitty label mate Rafter, Sufjan asks "Being a native of the Golden State, do you want to collaborate on a record about California?" To which, Rafter responds, "Yes! I think we could probably have a really nice time making a great record." This comment is seemingly made in passing though, and within the context of the article hardly seems serious. There is also no mention of it being the next album either, just a future one. Obviously if Sufjan does all fifty states there will eventually have to be a California one.

Arkansas - Sufjan played a new song during an appearance on NPR titled "The Lord God Bird" which is about a woodpecker rediscovered in Arkansas. The chorus even features the line "It's the great god bird down in Arkansas".

New Jersey - In February of this year there was a very brief article that appeared in New York Magazine:

After the successful bam premiere of his orchestral suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, in November, indie folkster Sufjan Stevens... is looking to New Jersey. “I’m obsessed with the Jersey Turnpike right now,” he said at the Tibet House benefit on February 13. “It’s so perfected and so efficient. It’s like a military endeavor—it was built by postwar military personnel, and they ran the whole enterprise like the army. And it’s an artery from New York, the great metropolis, to the rural countryside, South Jersey. And it’s very expensive. I like the tolls. I like that you have to pay to drive.” So this is his next musical project? “New Jersey, the musical,” he said with a laugh. “An ode to the turnpike.”

Again, this comment is not exactly 100% serious, and he certainly doesn't come right out and say anything for certain. The fact that he has been living in Brooklyn though makes me think that there could be something to this one.

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Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any concrete answer to this question, as of yet. For the time being I invite you all to just kick back and enjoy this wonderful little cover of The Beatle's What Goes On.

What Goes On - Sufjan Stevens

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Norm MacDoland: "Not" Humor God

This may sound very weird to everyone, but a lot of my friends spend copious amounts of time discussing "not" humor. Now when I say "not" humor, I don't mean the joke that most of you are probably thinking of, you know the one where you say something that isn't true and then you wait and you say "not." Yeah, not that one.

The not humor I am talking about is where the thing that is funny is that everything is terribly, terribly unfunny. The more uncomfortable the better, and eventually you will get into the head space where the funniest thing you could ever imagine is someone totally bombing, on purpose or otherwise.

This is one of the best "not" bit's I have ever seen. It just happened this Sunday at the Friar's Club Roast of Bob Saget. Check out Norm MacDonald totally kill it by not killing it at all.

Silly Pop Punk Is Bad For You, In More Ways Than One!

Just ask this guy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Bret Easton Ellis And The Informers

Forgive me if I sound like a rabid fan, or fanatic if you will, but I can honestly say that my all time favorite books are as follows:

1) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
2) Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
3) The Rules Of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis



The only gray area on here is that I actually might think that Glamorama is better than American Psycho, which is something that I switch around from time to time. I think that I am going to have to read them both once again to truly figure it out for myself, but for right now I am going to give American Psycho the top spot.

The point I am trying to illustrate, though, is that I love Bret Easton Ellis. The man is beyond genius, and is an icon in the world of transgressive art. The forty four year old author had his first novel, Less Than Zero, published in 1985 when he was just a 21 year old college student, to rave reviews and critical acclaim. It's a great, stylishly compact little book that was quickly turned into a film starring Robert Downy Jr. Unfortunately that particular movie has pretty much nothing in common with the actual novel besides the character names.

His most noted work is the book American Psycho, which was the subject of much controversy for it's graphic violence and perceived misogynistic message. What it really is, in fact, is one of the most scathing and witty cultural reviews ever published, told through the eyes of a fascinatingly vacant and utterly unreliable narrator. The book generated so much of an uproar that it was dropped by Ellis's publisher, Simon & Schuster, but later picked up and released by Vintage. Many younger people have come to know the book though it's more recent film adaption starring Christian Bale. While the movie, like most, absolutely pales in comparison to the book, it is a great film and Bale does an amazing job. Unfortunately, if you were to truly capture the novel American Psycho on film, it would simply not be releasable.

This is an interview with American Psycho director Mary Harron, Christian Bale and Bret Easton Ellis on the Charlie Rose program. It's pretty long but very informative and worth the watch.



By now much of Ellis's work has been transformed for the big screen, and the next thing coming down the pike very shortly is a film called The Informers.

The Informers is actually the only one of Ellis's books that I have never read, although I still know a lot about it. It is a collection of short stories that take place in California and follows a similar aesthetic vein to Less Than Zero or even Rules Of Attraction. It seems like most fans of the book consider a particular story about someone who thinks they are a vampire stalking the streets of Los Angeles as one of the best parts, and rumor has it that that entire section has been dropped from the film. Bummer. Anyway, here is the trailer that was just recently released, I really don't know how I feel about it just because Bret's stuff works so well with an edge of humor and irony and this makes the movie look pretty, well, dismal. Of course, I mean dismal in the best possible way, but dismal none-the-less. I suppose only time will tell.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mirrors

When it comes to new movies I generally take heed to the reviews, at least to a nice cross section of reviews like Rottentomatoes.com, but when it come to uppcoming horror films I rarely pay much attention. To be honest, the genre is probably this particular least respected that there is, if a horror film gets great reviews then that really says something, but if it doesn't that is kind of to be expected. It's a niche and it's not for everybody, including critics it seems.

Anyway, the last time I checked Rotten Tomatoes has Mirrors at 23% fresh which is, to be blunt, terrible. Regardless, I wanted to see it for myself because you never know, I mean The Happening got 19% so apparently I am the only person out there that thought it was great. I would see it again. Well, despite some memorable moments and a few jumps here and there, I don't think I am going to be seeing Mirrors again.



Here is why I am so disappointed with this movie, Alexandre Aja. Alexandre is an amazingly skillful upcoming French director, sometimes referred to a member of The Splat Pack along with Eli Roth, James Wan, Greg McLean and others. He directed both High Tension, a very artfully done and incredibly graphic French feminist horror film, and the resent Hills Have Eyes remake, which is literally one of the most visceral roller coasters of a movie I have seen in a long time, especially for a wide theatrical release. Mirrors is a disappointment for me, not because it's all that bad, but because Alexandre has previously shown that he is capable of doing things that are absolutely incredible.

Now here is the real shame, with all of the horrifying and well done scenes in this film, I think that it really had the potential to be a treat for horror fans. Yet what is stringing them all together, and sometimes getting slipped right into the middle of them, are silly little moments of kid's haunted house type "boo's". In one scene Keefer Sutherland's character looks into the mirror and starts to see himself catch on fire, then he rolls around on the floor yelling and flailing until poof, the fire's gone and it was only a trick in the mirror. Coming from the guy that did High Tension, scenes like that feel like, frankly, kids stuff. It actually makes me suspect that that is what Aja was trying to do, to make a more accessible, kiddie kind of horror flick for the studio, but if this is true then why are there scenes where SPOLIER ALERT Amy Smart tears her face off.

What kills it for me even more is that scenes like the fire one, among others in the film, lack the gritty, real world grounding that make Aja's other movies so scary.



To it's credit, there are some really awesome scenes in Mirrors and I genuinely felt moments of tension. Keefer Sutherland has been getting some flack from reviewers for basicially playing his part as if he is playing Jack Bauer from 24, but I thought that that was one of the best things about Mirrors. I get real tired of the heroes in horror films not taking the bull by the horns when there is obviously something weird going on, and Keefer really does the opposite of that which is refreshing to me. It also leads to a few genuinely funny moments towards the end.

At the end of the day Mirrors, was not that great, but not all that bad either. It just so happens, though, that Alexandre Aja is one of the greatest horror directors of our time and this fact, for me, made Mirror's pretty underwhelming. Talk about a double edged sword.

Of course, I did also just finish watching John McCain talk on MSNBC's Forum About Faith before we left for the theater, and by comparison not much is scarier than that.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Soundtrack To Nate And Natalie's Big Beautiful Universe

So this here is a clip from a movie that my buddy Jimmy did about two years ago (Right? Two years? I am so bad with time that I seriously don't even know if this is correct. Maybe it's three.) It is called Nate and Natalie and it stars my other friend Sage and my ex Stefanie, who are both featured in this particular selection. I am posting this because I was responseable for the score to this film, and I have always been particularly proud of my work in this scene. The feeling tone is supposed to be very emotional and powerful but also uplifting, like an optomistic look into the future from the very distant past, or vice versa. It's emotionally abstract, and yet I think that the song that I wrote for this part totally captures that hard to describe feeling. Anyway, I wanted to share it with you guys. Hope you like it.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Ernest Borgnine Is Rad!

Ernest Borgnine, the 91 year old actor, is apparently one of two things. Either he is an expert humorist... or the craziest old dude EVER! Watch him pwn everyone on Fox News.



PS: The guy with the yellow tie laughs exactly like Jimmy! Whoa!

Even More Batman Villian Rumors, Featuring Tera Patrick



This news should be taken with a huge grain of salt, but I have been reading rumors all over the net that Angelia Jolie is in talks to play Catwoman in the next film of Chris Nolan's Batman franchise.

According to the gossip page in the New York Post, Angelina has been going to her friend, pornstar Tera Patrick, for character advice.

"They are friends and keep in touch via e-mail," said an unnamed source. "She and Angie have a girl-talk thing going. After seeing reports that she'll land the lead role, Jolie asked Patrick what she thought. Tera had such insights into the role that Jolie cracked, 'You should do it!' "


Here is why I don't buy it. Number one, how the hell does this unnamed source know what "Jolie cracked"? Are they literally listening in on her calls, or did Angelina call up the gossip column and say "Oh man I made the BEST joke when I was talking to Tera Patrick on the phone today." Number two, Chris Nolan hasn't even said if he is even doing another Batman movie. Of course, based on the success of The Dark Knight, you can be pretty close to certain that he is going to do it, but without any official announcement I doubt they have been going around casting people yet. Number three, to quote David Goyer, the writer of Batman Begins and co-writer of The Dark Knight, in a recent interview:

"Everyone says you have to use the Penguin or Catwoman. Well, I completely disagree.”

And last but not least, acting advice from Tera Patrick? I can just see it now, Angelina Jolie takes one long look at the three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Academy Award that sit on the mantle over her fireplace and is like... I wonder how Tera Partick would play it.

Nothing against Tera or anything, but I call BS.

The Most Brutal, Ugly, Desperate, Vicious Form Of Expression... Ever?

Quote of the moment...

"[His] music is made by cretinous goons [singing] sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics. It manages to be the martial music of every... delinquent on the face of the earth. It is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear."
- Frank Sinatra, speaking about Elvis Presley



Oh, how the times do change.

I want to state for the record that I love both Ol' Blue Eyes and The King, but this quote is amazing regardless. Now, for your viewing pleasure, the devil according to Frank...



Honestly, this clip is so badass that it literally makes me want to cry.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brad Neely

Brad Neely is one of the funniest people on earth. Period.

The Austin, TX resident may be already known to you as the creator of "that George Washington song" and, while I admit that the video in question is timelessly hilarious, it by no means is the end all of Brad Neely's treasure trove of humor and art. In fact, it only get's better from there. In case you are one of the few people with an internet connection who haven't seen this yet, get acquainted.



Brad started off by creating a series of one panel comics called Creased Comics which are amazingly potent exercises in weirdness. I have learned from reading interviews that he likes to present an image or idea to makes the viewer find humor in the story that came before and after it. I think that this particular comic is a perfect example of this.



Most importantly, Brad Neely is the creator of two of the best online shows I have ever seen, Baby Cakes and The Professor Brothers.

Baby Cakes follows the daily adventures and life lessons of Mark "Baby" Cakes, a 30-year-old "playboy man baby" who views the world through the eyes of a socially challenged, Dungeons and Dragons playing little boy. His interpretations of the many things we all take for granted in our daily routines are both charming and horrifyingly inept, but Neely's sharp wit can be sensed throughout the narration, making us sense Baby Cakes may, in his own way, actually be wiser than even he knows. Here are my two favorite episodes of Baby Cakes...





The Professor Brothers and arguably just as socially challenged as Baby Cakes, but in very different ways. The series centers around two college professors named Frank and Steve who, yes, are actually brothers. Throughout the episodes we see them learn, and teach, all sorts of valuable lessons, like how to find a good TA and why "you don't fuck students." It's hard to describe what it is that actually makes the brothers so awkward, so here is a classic, two part Professor Brothers episode for you to check out for yourself.





If you are interested in watching more of these just check out Brad Neely's section at SuperDeluxe.com.

As of recently Neely has been doing quite good for himself. He just was hired on as a special consultant for the second half of the latest season of South Park, and a special 4 part cross-over series between The Professor Brothers and Baby Cakes was featured on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. I found this fairly recent interview with him online, and now that you are familiar with the mans work you might want to check it out.

They Just Can't Stay Dead Can They?

So apparently both Friday The 13th and Nightmare On Elmstreet are currently getting remakes. I know that this is actually pretty old news but what is new is that according to Robert Eglund, otherwise known as the original Freddy Kruger, Billy Bob Thornton is probably going to be taking his place in the remake of "Nightmare". My reaction: That's kind of weird, but why not? Honestly though, Robert Eglund owns that character so much that I think they could probably just have him back, although that might make some people not view the new films as much of a remake like the studio wants.

I also just came across this screen shot from the new Friday The 13th remake.



Fucking sweet. Anyone familiar with the original series, or who just remembers the opening sequence from Scream, will notice that they are skipping past the whole first Friday The 13th because Jason isn't even really in it except for like 2 seconds at the end. Not only that, Jason doesn't even start wearing a mask until the third one, up until that point he just wears a bag sack over his head.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pick Me Up

What a day.

Well, let's just dive right in shall we. I have been getting this rash on my face as of late. It started around my nose, just dry and reddish skin really, but it's never been that big of a deal. Generally I just put lotion on it and it will go through stages of coming and going. This morning I wake up though, and it has spread out from my nose and it's fucking itchy. I go to the doctor and he is essentially like: it's not a big deal, your skins dry, take this over the counter cream and put it on your face. When I leave the doctor, however, I suddenly realize that I have forgotten my phone. I return, and there is this weird family sitting where I had been waiting previously. It's been a little while so I go over to the check-in guy and ask if anyone has turned in a cellphone, he says no but suggests I go check in the chair I was sitting in. Alright, cool. I walk over and say to the kid, "Hey, excuse me, did you happen to see a cell phone sitting in this chair or around it when you got here?" The kid won't even look at me, which is weird, but then again his face is covered with two or three inch long open sores and boils, which is also pretty fucking weird. So he just sits there until his mom is like, hey, fucking kid, move so this guy can look for his phone. The kid (actually he was more like a young teenager) mumbles and gets up and I check the chair, no phone, and just as I am about to leave the office lady tells me that she can call my number for me if I would like. Sweet. I walk over and tell her my number and she says that she will call and check the room that I was in when the doctor saw me, she calls and I show her the room and we listen carefully because my phone was on vibrate, but it's not there. I then walk back into the waiting room and see that this kids hand is suddenly in his pocket and he is fiddling with something. I watch him and eventually he stops. Great, so this fucking kid probably has my phone. I know that he's got it but I'm not certain enough to just tell him to empty his pockets, so I leave the office but hang out outside the door, watching, but unfortunately the kid doesn't fumble anymore. I think to myself, I need a phone so I can call and see if he reaches for it again, then I can be sure and go in like, "give me my fucking phone", but the unfortunate thing about this little plan of mine is that, well, I don't have a phone anymore. I decide the only thing to do is to go find the nearest phone and come back with it. I figure I've got plenty of time because I had to wait like two hours to see the doctor and they probably will too. Turns out they don't, because by the time I get downtown, borrow my moms phone and then drive all the way back out to the doctor, the whole family is gone and my phone has been turned off. Bumming hard, I go and buy myself a new phone. Sweet. Not exactly something I can just throw money around for.

So here I am now, no numbers in this costly new phone of mine, my face is all read from this weird skin thing, and some little shit is getting his boils all over my phone. Not to mention that blogger is giving me a hell of a time and for some reason my new posts aren't going to anyones subscriptions or showing up on other blogs. (P.S. If this applies to you I think you might need to re-add me.)

I think need something to cheer me up.



All better.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Wonderful Jenni Potts And I


("I think I broke a string")

Last night my good friend Jenni Potts played a show at The Old Foundry here in Bellingham. It was a wonderful evening to be sure, full of snapping, animal noises and very high singing. I played guitar on a song for Jenni, and Haylee ended up getting some very good video footage of the rock out that ensued, so I thought I would share it with you all. You may also recognize the bass player.



Jenni is a very talented girl and I am proud to say that I have been able to help her here and there over these past years. Order yourself a copy of the new record here, which features guest appearances from both Michael Harris and myself.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Top Secret Hot Hot Heat Remix By Yours Truly



Believe it or not there have been multiple occasions where I have been asked to either 1) do programming for a band's upcoming album, or 2) do a remix for a bands upcoming single. The reason you might not know this, though, is because my work hardly ever seems to get used and even though this may point to one thing, I can very confidently say that, no, it's not because my work sucks. To prove this point, I am going to post my favorite unused track and let you guys decide. This song is a remix I did for our friends in Hot Hot Heat, about a year ago, of a song called Let Me In off of the record Happiness Ltd. Just listen and try to tell me those horns aren't sick.

Let Me In (Daniel From Idiot Pilot Remix) by Hot Hot Heat

This remix is a How Long To Sing This Song exclusive, it has never been released and up until this point has been heard by very, very few people, so hopefully you'll enjoy it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Most Amazing Video I've Ever Shot

Yesterday night I saw something that really kind of terrified me.

Now, as most of you know, I am generally pretty good humored when it comes to encounters with the bro lifestyle, but I witnessed something shocking on my way home last night that just can't be described as anything but, well, shocking...

So I am driving back from hanging out downtown when I notice something on the sidewalk a few blocks from my house. I pull over and take a look and yes, it is exactly what I thought, a baby deer that was crossing the street has been hit and is dead on the side of the road. But this alone is not the amazing part, what is amazing is that standing right next to it, literally mourning over it, is the mother deer. It was beautiful and sad and amazing to watch, to see this mother creature circling it's baby, almost confused as to why it was just laying there like that. I watched this for quite a while, and even when my car was right up next to them the mother deer would not leave it's young. Call me weird, or whatever, but I suddenly felt like I had to preserve this moment, it was just too rare and amazing and I wanted to capture it so that other people could witness it so I drove home as quickly and grabbed my camera. I headed back to scene where the mother was still standing over her baby then I parked the car and got out, sat down, and started shooting some video. This is what happened.

A word of warning, you may lose faith in the human race.



God only knows what they were doing after I followed them and they got out of the truck.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Quentin Tarantino And His Bastards, Plus Natalie Portman Being Hot

I want to start of today with something that I don't normally delve into, and yet has caught my particular interest lately. Casting news. It all started when my friend Dave sent me a link about Quentin Tarantino's new, soon-to-be masterpiece, film, Inglorious Bastards. Apparently one of my favorite directors, Eli Roth (hate mail graciously accepted), has been cast in the movie in what appears to be a pretty major role. Now I couldn't be more thrilled because not only is Eli an amazing director but I thought that his brief moments in Tarantino's latest film, Death Proof, were awesome as well.



This got me delving into who else Tarantino wants to cast in his next big feature, which is a World War 2 epic with an ensemble cast. As of yesterday, here is what the reports are.

Brad Pitt has been cast as a hillbilly Nazi hunter (just typing that gets me so stoked for this movie). Simon Pegg and B.J. Novak are also in talks about joining, which is great because I am already a big fan of their work.



As for a totally unrelated movie casting, I also just found out that Natalie Portman is supposedly going to star in a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria. I, for one, am not as down on all the recent Hollywood horror remakes as most people, but Suspiria seems like a really strange choice for that kind of thing. What makes the 1977 one so incredible is the art of the directing, which obviously isn't going to be the same. I guess we will just have to wait and see. For anyone particularly interested in horror as a genre I would highly recommend checking out the original Susperia, it is kind of a must watch, even just for educational purposes.

Friday, August 8, 2008

N.E.R.D., Randy Newman, and Nine Inch Nails.

A while ago I did a post about three particular songs that I was really into at the moment. Today, while I was driving around and running those errands of mine, I thought that it's just about time for me to do another one. After all, this was originally an MP3 blog wasn't it? The theme for this post is that all three of the songs I am going to share with you guys are from that particular artist's latest release.



This first song is a track off of the new N.E.R.D album, a group you may also know as The Neptunes, and even more of you may know as Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley. The record as a whole is really very good, with plenty of standout tracks, but I think that I like this one the most.

Love Bomb by N.E.R.D.



Alright, here we have a track off the new Randy Newman album, which I actually just picked up this morning. A lot of the songs on here have a really amazing dixieland style production that is how I think Randy Newman is best presented, so I couldn't be more stoked. This particular track is mostly just piano and strings though. I love the simplicity of this song, it's just an amazing little pop gem that is short and sweet and pretty, great lyrics too.

Losing You by Randy Newman



This last song I am going to post is a track from the new Nine Inch Nails album, The Slip. The Slip was released online by Trent Reznor for the price of totally and completely free. I highly, highly, highly recommend going and getting yourself a copy right here. Apparently the record was recorded in just three weeks of studio time and for the most part that doesn't come across at all. It's a brilliant piece of work.

Discipline by Nine Inch Nails

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Crazy Rainbow Conspiracy Lady!

I have quite a few friend's that arn't too interested in rational thought; silly hippies, nutjob conservatives, the occasional literally-just-crazy person, and I love them all. I have sat though more than one conversation in my days about govermnment conspiracy or votexes of psychic energy, but this video really takes the cake.

Alright, take it away rainbow conspiricy lady! Yeah!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Assembly Line

So this band of mine, you know, Idiot Pilot, is playing a show in Bellingham, Washington on the 23rd of August. I am very excited about this and I want all of you reading to make sure and come out that night for the party. It is going to be taking place at The Nightlight, which is no longer a bar but is now functioning as an all-ages venue, awesome. Also, we are going to be playing with our good friends from No-Fi Soul Rebellion that night.

I was thinking about this show coming up, and how excited I am to be playing with No-Fi again, when it suddenly hit me that I have a prefect little tune to post in this here blog of mine. A while ago Mike and I got together with Mark, from No-Fi Soul Rebellion, as well as The Educators (now Somebody Cares), and we all recorded a song together. We decided to call ourselves The Assembly Line and the track we came up with is titled Been Spattin'. That track sat around for a while, just collecting dust, but it finally found a home on the Music From The Center Of The Universe compilation, a collection of songs from bands who happen to all call Bellingham home...



So here it is, for your listening pleasure, Been Spattin' by The Assembly Line.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Death Salad

I just read in the news today that a British celebrity Chef by the name of Anthony Worrall Thompson made a massive mistake in an interview he gave to Healthy and Organic Living magazine. In the recently printed interview he made a very serious misstatement about what might taste good in your next salad. I think that the correction posted today on the Healthy And Organic Living website says it all.

"IMPORTANT CORRECTION

In H&OL7 p60 Antony Worral Thompson recommends using henbane in salads. In fact henbane is a very toxic plant and should never been eaten. As always, check with an expert when foraging or collecting wild plants."

Henbane, also know as "killer of hens" is a very toxic plant that causes "hallucinations, drowsiness and disorientation if ingested. Large doses can kill." Apparently, what Thompson meant to say was Fat Hen, a type of spinach. I certainly hope for his sake that the Healthy And Organic Living website gets a lot of hits.


("Salad" by Till Nowak)

Batman's Next Villain

After a nice, over-lunch discussion about the film that will eventually follow The Dark Knight, I have been doing a little research about who might appear as the third films villain. I personally thought that the idea of Poison Ivy would be cool, and thought it plausible just due to the fact that there has yet to be a female villain in the Nolan/Bale Batman franchise and the name of Catwoman has been pretty throughly tarnished by Halle Berry. The more I think about it though, the more I think it would be difficult to pull off a realistic version of Poison Ivy, at least as the central villain, because if you take away the paranormal aspect of her powers you just kind of end up with a sexy botanist, which is cool as fuck, but not that tough of a match for Batman. I have decided that I would personally most like to see either The Riddler or The Mad Hatter appear next.

Jervis Tetch AKA The Mad Hatter is brilliant but utterly insane, much like the Joker, and obsessed with Lewis Caroll's Alice In Wonderland. His specializes in mind altering, or mind-control, through various methods. It is apparently hinted in the comic that he is also a pedophile who kidnaps little girls by the name of Alice, which actually might be too dark for this series of Batman.

The Riddler, on the other hand, is just one of those great villains, I think. It would be a nice change from The Dark Knight to have a villain that, of course, is insane, but not insane insane. In other words, it seems like every villain in Batman is brilliant and crazy but The Riddler at least has a heavy lean towards the former.

Upon scouring the net for what little information there is about the next Batman movie I have found a little bit of information here and there, and based on that I think it can be safely assumed that that the next Batman film will feature The Riddler in some aspect. This is mostly due to this little quote from Gary Oldman in an interview he did with Movie Hole:

"Maybe we don't need the Joker. Because we'll have The Riddler."

I don't think you can get any more straight forward than that. According to IMDB, there is a letter to the editor released with the viral marketing newspaper for The Dark Knight that is written by Edward Nashton, which is a name that The Riddler frequently used.


(A nice little piece of fan art done by CrimsonPhantasm at deviantart.com)

There have been things popping up online saying that Johnny Depp has been asked to play The Riddler but the source of this information seems very shady. That coupled with the fact that that same source also stated the Philip Seemore Hoffman is going to be playing The Penguin in the next movie. Director Chistopher Nolan has this to say in Esquire Magazine:

Esquire: "The Internet thinks you're casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin."

Nolan: [laughs] "Not true. I'd be more excited to have Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film than to have the Penguin. There are certain characters that are easier to mesh with the more real take on Batman we're doing. The Penguin would be tricky."

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Going Away Party

DGAP

If you all can recall, I posted a blog with the trailer for the series finale of The New Guys, a fictional show that more or less revolves around my friend Dave's life. Well, we had the party last night, and needless to say that a lot of the things they showed in the trailer must have been cut before the final broadcast. I didn't confess my love to Dave, Stefanie didn't have a baby, Little Stef and Karl didn't do it in their Star Trek uniforms and Jimmy didn't shave his head and climb on the roof with a gun (although I did leave a little early, so maybe a few of these are up in the air). I made a video of the party in case you guys were curious to see what did actually happen, starting with the whiffle ball game earlier in the day.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Long Way Down

I just found this video online; soooooo fucking funny. A couple of bros hike up to the top of a mountain and decide it would be awesome to get a video of the two of them driving some golf balls. Hilarity ensues. Oops!