Tuesday, September 30, 2008

American Psycho > Spider Man

Apparently, my favorite book, American Psycho, is currently being adapted for the stage. According to several sources the rights to the Bret Easton Ellis story has already been purchased and is expected to have a 2010 opening. I am so fucking stoked. This might be worth the cost of a plane ticket across the US just to see.

Oh yeah and it's a musical, prominently featuring covers of classic 80's hits. Word on the street is that songs by The Talking Heads, Huey Lewis and Genesis could all make an appearance. Wonderful.



This all sounds a lot better to me than Spider Man the musical which, yeah, seriously, is also in production right now. Maybe my disinterest is due to the fact that I was never really a fan of the movies, especially the third one. In a strange twist that could possibly makes this one of the most surreal pieces of entertainment news ever, Bono and The Edge are doing the music. Alright guys, as long as you are saving your best ideas for the new U2 record.

I guess that nobody told them that there already was a Spiderman musical! Check out this clip from Spider-Man Rocks! Rock-n-Roll Musical! at Universal Studios! Apparently they got Ricky Martin to do the music instead of Bono.



God dammit, that is so fucking funny. I can't help myself, here is just a little more for those of you who are curious about all the shit that's gonna go down when The Green Goblin shows up.

Monday, September 29, 2008

NESARA is coming!

Last night Haylee, Sam and me all watched a fascinating little documentary called "Waiting For Nesara", about a cult/scam based loosely on an economic bill that Bill Clinton supposedly signed into law years ago and was later, according to followers of the "Dove Of Oneness" (Don't ask) was put into jeopardy on Sept 11th, 2001 by the powers of darkness, reptilian alien shape shifters, and of course, George W. Bush.

I have to say, what started out as hilariously unbelievable became increasingly sad as it went along. Overall though I would highly, highly recommend checking out "Waiting For Nesara."



The part where it actually starts to get a little depressing is actually included in the trailer, at about 0:33. There is a woman pointing off into the clouds, which, because there is no dialog included, would make the average viewer familiar with the source material think, "Oh okay, that is the part of the movie where the lady shows them where she was driving along and saw a UFO."

WRONG. You see those clouds she is pointing at. Those ARE the UFOs, right there, on film, right now. No joke. In fact, those funny little shaped clouds over there are "Destroyers." Don't worry though, we are assured, they don't have weapons on them.

Need proof? How about this message from the Pleiadians, by way of the Galactic Federation Of Light?



Risking life and limb and possible reptilian capture, Haylee did a little research into the people behind the NESARA cult. Check it out here.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My "Reckoner" Remix

So Radiohead is doing another one of those wonderful little remix contests, just like they did a few months back for the song "Nude", from In Rainbows. This time it is for the song "Reckoner", also off of In Rainbows. Information on how you can do your own can be found here. Anyway, give it a listen and click that little plus sign down there to vote for me.



If you want to help out even more then copy this bad boy and put it up onto your myspace, facebook or blog.

<object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://radioheadremix.com/widget/remix_widget_reckoner.swf?remix_id=368"></param><embed src="http://radioheadremix.com/widget/remix_widget_reckoner.swf?remix_id=368" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

Please? Pretty please? Thanks.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Right Brothers: Two Years Later And More Embarrassing Than Ever

About two years ago I remember coming across this hilariously ignorant song and music video by The Right Brothers, called "Bush Was Right". Now, keep in mind, in 2006 it was already pretty well obvious that Bush was dead wrong, and that still didn't stop these guys from looking like morons then, but now that it is 2008... yeesh.

The ignorance could not be more apparent if it hit you like an accidental civilian bombing, in the face. The great thing about Youtube is that the dumb only look dumber with time. Are there really any republicans that still believe in this? I mean, McCain's entire campaign is based on the idea that Bush was wrong. It's not like Bush has the worst approval rating in history... oh wait, he does. The best line, though, has got to be:

"Economy is on the rise, kicking into overdrive, angry liberals can't believe it's cause of W's policies."

Oops, somebody really put there foot in there mouth over that one.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good laugh then sit back, relax and enjoy, and to quote Keith Olberman on the video:

"To answer a few questions, no it's not a spoof to make the right wing look idiotic, yes they do really think that they can get it shown on Total Request Live on MTV..."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ferrell Makes Veiled Attempt At Saving His Name

You know, I really don't have anything against Will Ferrell other than the fact that the guy has really started making some terrible film choices. But really, isn't that kind of a requirement for leaving SNL? It even happens to the best of them, I mean, look at Adam Sandler. How do you go from Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore to 50 First Dates and Click? Anyway, I just stumbled across this little piece of news that might be a ray of light at the end of Will Ferrels downhill comedy tunnel. Here is a quote from Ferrel in USA Today:

"I will no longer attempt to do any sports movie, anymore. Any sports," Ferrell said Friday before playing in a charity golf tournament hosted by one of his fraternity brothers from Southern California.

Ferrell was dressed almost as if he could step right into a golf movie.

"No, no golf movie. Yeah, I'm retired from sports-genre films. You know, I think I filled my quota," Ferrell said.


Thank god. Now if he could only just say that about movies taking place in the 70s.



All that aside, though, this picture rips.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Party Of Hate Vs. The Party Of Fear

I absolutely love Penn Jillette. I think that the guy is probably a genius and I always like to hear what he says about things even though my opinion differs some of the time (although not at often as you might think). I also am a big fan of his show "Bullshit!" on Showtime. Apparently, he has been doing a lot of video blogging with his opinions about the upcoming elections (He is a Libertarian so obviously he really isn't into either of the policies of the two major candidates.) Even though I consider myself somewhat of a libertarian, at least on social policies (I am a registered Independent voter), I think that Libertarian candidate Bob Bar is a nut. Anyway, I thought this video Penn did was pretty entertaining and interesting, with a few good points but also a few unaddressed questions (specifically the "venal" thing). Anyway, check it out...



To go along with this I am going to post somewhat of a little rebuttal video pointing out a few things that might suggest the republican party might actually know what they are doing when they lie. I love this clip so much.



Anyway, just a little political entertainment for you all. Now go figure it out on your own.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What A Week

Sorry about being away from the computer for so long, but the last week was somewhat of a whirlwind tour. As a way of fate making up for my absence, I would expect this to be one of the longest posts that I have ever done, because now there is just so much ground to cover. Such a huge amount of stories have been collected and experienced over the last few days that really I don't know where to being, so I suppose I will just start at the beginning. A little chronological order never hurt anyone.

Sept 11th - Huey Lewis And The News

Alright, our journey begins not that far from Bellingham, in a little city called Tulalip. I have been wanting to see Huey for years but his tours have traditionally been small and far away, not to mention hard to find out about unless you are actively looking. At this point Huey is pretty grounded in the world of Casino shows and state fairs, which don't exactly advertise in the show section of the local papers next to your Radioheads or your Norma Jeans. Based on the crowd I would say the show was actually probably advertised in Sunset Magazine and Forbes. That's not to say the amphitheater full of baby boomers trying to recapture there youth didn't let there hair down. At one point me and Emily actually spotted a 50 year old mom dancing on her chair with nothing but the word "Pussy" emblazoned across her white t shirt. Yeah, it was as weird as it sounds.

Anyway, Me and my dear, dear friend Emily, who you may recognize from these highly publicized Idiot Pilot ads...



...meet up in the parking lot about an hour before the show starts. We walk over to the Casino to grab a bite to eat to the tune of "Cruisin'" echoing across the parking lot. I am already stoked out of my balls at the thought of this little number seeing the light of day. For those of you unacquainted with Huey, "Cruisin'" is a cover song from the movie "Duets" starring Huey Lewis and Gweneth Paltrow as a father and daughter who travel across the country to enter a karaoke competition. No joke.

After some, surprisingly, reasonably priced casino dining we head over to where the line is filtering in to the outdoor theater. We are obviously the youngest people there, possibly by half everyone elses age, which is awesome. I bring in my vinyl copy of "Fore", as mentioned in the preshow post, as well as a copy of the Idiot Pilot CD Wolves. My plan is to meet Huey, slip him the CD and talk him into doing guest vocals on the next Idiot Pilot album. Unfortunately, as we get inside, I find that I underestimated the amount of people up here who are dying to see Huey Lewis And The News, there is no way I am going to be able to just walk up to the guy.

There is no opening band, just some girl singing the national anthem, which is a true testament to just how weird of a show this was. Once Huey hit the stage though, it was an endless string of hits and fan favorites, accented nicely by a little a cappella set mid way through the show. Yeah, seriously. At one point the whole band put down their instruments and the stage hands brought of a whole line of microphones and then straight into barber shop quartet mode. I took a lot of video so instead of bore you all with the textual play by play you can just check out this awesome video of some of the highlights.



They also busted out a brand new song and I caught it on video. This shit kicks so much ass. I am glad to hear that Huey and the guys still know how to write a song that rips.



The only thing that just doesn't make sense is that they didn't play "Hip To Be Square", that is like going to Duran Duran and them not doing Hungry Like The Wolf, George Michael and him not doing Faith, or Idiot Pilot and them not doing To Buy A Gun. Oops, maybe it was karma.



After the show me and Emily wandered around the Casino for a little while, mingling amongst the postshow revelers. I am shocked by how nice the Tulalip Casino is since the recent renovations. It is seriously nicer than some of the places in Vegas. Excalibur anyone? We then said our goodbyes and back home I went. Time to pack for LA.

Sept 13th - SEATAC to LAX

Haylee and I pick up Mike in the afternoon and we get lunch at the Bellingham Co-Op. The ride down is pleasant and even though we are scrambling, as usual, to make the flight on time we make it. A warning to anyone who flys with Idiot Pilot, regardless of how early we leave for the airport, we are going to just barely get in before the flight takes off. It's almost tradition at this point.

Along the way we run into our friends in Daphney Loves Derby, a pop band from the Seattle area who we have toured with before, at one of the many airport lounges. It was awesome to see them. Apparently, they are also heading down to LA to demo some new tracks and are also on the same flight as us. Sweet.

We flew Virgin airlines, and not to sound like an ad or anything, but Virgin is the best out there by leaps and bounds. The difference is astonishing. Even the place where you check in is noticeably nicer than any of the other airlines. Once you board the plane you will notice that the seat backs all have there own individual screens, which isn't totally unheard of on plenty of flights. These, though, are different.

First of all, most airlines have screens that work like TV's, with different channels playing movies on loop or some of the nicer planes actually having live television via satellite. Virgin has this, including the satellite part, but that is only the beginning. The screen is more like a computer station than a TV, where you can watch live channels or premium shows on demand, like Dexter or Entourage or whatever. You can play various games whenever you want, including Doom, with your remote, which was a controller on the back. There are options to order various meals and food or drink from touching your screen and swiping your credit card along the bottom of it and you can also do shopping. There is instant messenger that goes from seat to seat, so you can harass your friends behind you with obscene messages or flirt with someone you saw in the front while boarding. There are updates currently being made to include fully functional web browsers right there on the back of the chairs. Oh yeah, and there are plug ins on the bottom of the seats for your power adapters. Who would have thought?



Sept 14th - Six Flags

I love theme parks. I guess pretty much everybody could say that, I mean, they are designed to be loved, but I love theme parks more than your average kid on vacation. You might even call me a connoisseur. But despite all of this I had still never been to Six Flag's Magic Mountain.



Magic Mountain is a really, really great park. The rides there are definitely some of the biggest and craziest that I have ever encountered and we managed to go on nearly all of them. My only disappointment with the park is obviously the lack of atmosphere. I don't know why designers of these places to take the hint from Disneyland and see that at the end of the day it really doesn't matter how big the drops are or how many loops you go through, it's the immersion in your environment that matters.

My favorite ride at Six Flags is called Goliath, and it opens up with the absolute biggest drop that I have ever seen. Check out this POV video that someone made of it and posted on Youtube.



Me and Haylee and my friend Little Boesch, the fantastic and wonderful engineer, spent all of the 14th at the park enjoying the sights and the sounds.

Sept 15th - Meetings

I had meetings today, that is about all I can say.

Oh yeah, and later that night Haylee saw a pirate in Santa Monica.



Sept 16th - Disneyland

Oh man, what can I say about Disneyland. Our visit to "the happiest place on earth" started with a trip to downtown Disney and to the Rain Forest Cafe, which is apparently a chain and currently putting in a location at a mall near Seattle.

The Rain Forest Cafe is a killer theme restaurant where you dine amongst a lush, animatronic jungle. Every fifteen minutes or so a monsoon will occur, which entails lights flashing and thunder sound effects. The animatronic animals freak out, too, but not as bad as the little kid in the table next to us who started crying and hid under his mom. There was a gorilla near by who also kept starting shit with the patrons, and that made this particular kid cry too. After the monsoon a rainbow comes out and everything is fine for a while, but the jungle is an unpredictable place and you never know when the next one is coming.



We stopped in at California Adventure first, with a trip over the golden state on the Soarin' California ride. I had never had a chance to go on it, due to exceptionally long lines during my last few visits, but thanks to some thoughtful planning on my part we ended up on a day where the parks were abnormally empty. Soarin' California is a beautiful experience, reminiscent of watching early nineties, live-action Disney family films, such as Homeward Bound or just anything featuring Johnathan Taylor Thomas kicking it out in the wilderness. I also really like the integration of scent into the journey; how you smell the fresh pines as you glide down over river rafters or the scent of oranges when you pass over the California groves.

We hit up some river rafting of our own on the Grizzly River Run, which is a great little rafting ride upon which you are certain to get wet. I don't think that I have ever been on a ride where I got that soaked.

There is also a new ride in California Adventure called Toy Story Midway Mania which is more like a very, very interactive video game where you compete against the other passenger to shoot more targets than them along the process of the ride. It also features 3D glasses that, combined with blasts of air and other effects create the pretty convincing experience of things getting thrown at you. One of the most impressive part of the ride, however, was the Mr. Potato Head barker that talks to you as you wait in the line. Haylee had the foresight to take this great video of Mr. Potato head in action. The character actually makes reference to your sex, age, what shirt you are wearing, and all sorts of other things. Very cool.



Mike, who is rather fearful of large rides and rollercoasters, especially ones that go upside down, managed to take on the Screamin' Califonia coaster, which does just that. Apparently, he is over his fear because we got right back on and did it again.

And what trip would be complete without dropping by the Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror.

The other half of the day was spent over at the original Disney park. I even got a Churro! Yes!

After a day of enjoying almost all of the rides that we wanted to with little or no lines the only disappointment was that The Haunted Mansion, which is my favorite ride, was closed due to Halloween preparations in which it is turned into a Nightmare Before Christmas ride.



Sept 17th - Sukiyaki Western Django

Today was a lazy day spent hanging around Ross's house and Venice Beach. It was a nice chance to take a breather and enjoy the atmosphere.

That evening Haylee convinced me to go and check out the new Takashi Miike film over at the famous NuArt Theater in Santa Monica. Sukiyaki Western Django is the title, and it was fantastic; very weird, but tame compared to other things Miike has previously done. The film is a mix of a lot of different things, but mostly a solid cross between the classic American Western and the Japanese gang film. All of the Japanese actors speak english, albeit very broken English, and it takes place in "Nevada" even though it was obviously filmed somewhere in Japan. The intentional crossing of these two cultures visually made for some of the films most impressive moments. Unfortunately, for some of you readers who's interest may have been sparked, Sukiyaki Western Django has only been released in LA and New York so far, so you might have to wait for DVD.



Also of note is the fact that the famous NuArt Theater is right next door to the famous Cinefile Video, which is the origin point of all those clever director T-Shirts that look like the logos for 80's rock bands.







Just click on any of the pictures above to order one of your own.

Sept 18th - LAX to SEATAC

Said goodbyes, flew Virgin again, got home. Slept hard.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

City Of Angels

Well, I am about to get in the car and drive to the airport so this is going to have to be brief. Me, Mike and Haylee are going to be in LA for the next five days at my good friend Ross's house. There will be Disneyland, there will be Six Flags, there will be business; all very good things. I will post about the Huey show as soon as I can but I want to include some of the video that I took so it might be a little while. Alright! We're off!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Huey Lewis Live Tonight!

Tonight I am going to be going to see one of the greatest artists of our time, Huey Lewis And The News, with my dear friend Emily. Boy am I excited. Random Questions:

- With all of those hits, will Huey and the gang have time to play fan favorite's that don't happen to be huge singles? ("Finally Found A Home" anyone?)

- Will that song that Huey did with Gwyneth Paltrow for the Duets soundtrack make an appearance? More importantly, will the song Huey did with Marty McFy and Doc Brown, for the Back To The Future soundtrack, make an appearance?

- But above all else, will Huey stop to blaze a joint during the instrumental part of Pineapple Express where, on the record, he stops to blaze a joint?


I don't know if the opportunity is going to present itself, but I am definitely going to try to get this little baby signed.



Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Matt Damon Pwns Sarah Palin

Yeah, Matt Damon is so fucking rad. When I have more time I might do a longer post about my personal thoughts on Sarah Palin, but for now I think it's pretty well summed up by this.



Big thank's a lot to Stefanie Warmouth, by way of Mike Wilson, for telling me about this clip.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Haunted Bellingham: A Ghost Hunt!

Ghosts, apparitions, spirits, the undead; everyone knows someone with a story of there own, or one from a family member or a close friend. Encounters the with dearly departed are something that human begins have been sharing and passing down since people started dying which, you know, has been a while.

Last night was an adventure. It all started when my friend Ari and I were discussing what we wanted to do with the evening. We both wanted a snack and I kind of wanted to have a late night picnic so we decided it might be cool to go to the cemetery. Will the ghosts get jealous of our snacks? We thought. What do ghosts eat? A few Google searches yielded little results, except for that the Day Of The Dead tradition might suggest ghost are way down with Mexican food. We also figured that ghosts are probably into milk and cookies because, well, who isn't?


(Real ghost caught on film?)

By now we are getting into full on ghost hunter mode, so we hatch a plan. First we get the bait; Milk and cookies for our first attempt, and in case that doesn't coax the spirits out of there eternal slumber, we brought along chips and salsa, too. On the suggestion of my brother we brought along a "ghost trap", also know as a crab trap, which we decided we would place the food in with the hopes of catching a ghost inside.

How do you keep a ghost inside a cage, you might ask? Well, I'm not exactly sure, but what we tried was pouring holy water across the bars. Holy water is pretty hard to come by at 10 at night, so we had to think quickly. Ari and I went online and found this wonderful little website where you can become an ordained minister, and a few minutes later we are priests. We then filled up a thermos with water and blessed it. POOF! Instant holy water. Ghost's can't do shit about that.

Thinking that this might be dangerous, Ari and I went and picked up some backup in the form of Haylee and Sam. Although not ordained ministers, they're natural skills of Ouija communication and cookie making made them a valuable addition to the team (I have it on good authority that ghosts prefer homemade chocolate chip, not the break and bake kind).

To assure maximum ghost per mile ratio at the cemetery that evening, we dicided to make a quick trip around to Bellingham's most haunted places and put the word out through Ouija board, "FREE COOKIES, BAYVIEW CEMETARY, GHOSTS WELCOME."



We started downtown at the Old Town Cafe. According to Haunted Hotspots (Washington), Old Town employees have "seen dishes flying in the air for fifteen minutes only to land back in the same place they originally were. Others claim to have heard piano music, but there is no piano in or near the restaurant. People walking outside have also seen a woman looking down from the second floor window at times the building is empty."

While the girls sent out messages from the sidewalk outside I snapped a few pictures of of the restaurant interior and of the haunted upper windows. No ghosts appear to have been captured.

Next we drove over to The Mount Baker Theater, subject of years and years of supposed ghostly encounters with a spirit by the name of Judy. According to the theater's very own website, Judy is said to be a ghost that lived in a house that the theater was built over. Stories of her calling out the names of projectionists, epically male ones, are common; and you can see why, Judy is fucking hot.

Am I right?


(Actual picture of "Judy")

Other "reports have included gusts of cold air, balls of light, a rustling of skirts."

When we arrived at the theater we noticed something odd inside. I bright white stage light emanating from the lobby. I assumed that it was due to some sort of renovation going on with the theater or something, but we all jokingly decided to call it ghost light. Come to find out the next day that that probably IS a ghost light. It is a tradition on some theaters that are supposedly haunted to leave a stage light on over night for the ghosts, in the off chance that they want to put on a performance while the building is empty for the evening. No joke. Anyway, we sent out another ghost advertisement via Ouija board there as well.

Alright, so we finally make it to Bellingham's very own, notoriously haunted, Bayview Cemetery. Ari, Sam, Haylee and me make our way deep into the tombstones where we set up shop on a nice little mound of grass. We lay out the cookies on a paper plate and pour a cup of milk, then get a good distance away and wait for the ghost feast to commence.

Apparently, ghosts aren't all that into milk and cookies, homemade or otherwise. At least not the ones around here. I snapped a few photos in case the ghosts were just scoping the scene and then we moved onto the chips and salsa.

With the Mexican food we took a more aggressive approach, "ghost cage."



Like I said before, "ghost cage" is a crab cage covered in holy water. The way it works is that you put the ghost snacks inside the cage where they are in easy view of the ghosts. The cage doors open inwards but not outwards, and so unassuming that ghosts can't pass through bars covered in holy water, they will crawl inside, attempting to get there salsa on, and become stuck. If all goes as planned, we will then run up and snap all sorts of incriminating photos.

Well, we certainly didn't trap any ghosts, but we did get a picture of this sweet ghost orb.



Today Ari and I went back to the graveyard to check out if our milk and cookies had been snacked upon by the disembodied. They were gone, but something tells me that was probably due more to a caretaker than a ghostie. We did come across something interesting though...

"Angel Eyes" is the name given to a statue in Bayview Cemetery that is supposedly one of it's most haunted graves. As a kid I heard two versions of the legend. One, is that on certain full moons if you visit the statue its eyes will glow red, the other is that blood, or some sort of mysterious red liquid, will ooze from the statues eyes from time to time. Look what we found!



Proof of ghosts, or proof of bored highschoolers? You decide.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

I seriously can't get over how good this new David Byrne and Brian Eno record is. It's called Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and so far it is only available right here.


(Nerds rule)

The album is really quite gorgeous and it reminds me of a mix between Byrne's solo records (which are all incredible by the way) and some of favorite Talking Heads songs like "This Must Be The Place" or "Dream Operator" from the True Stories record. David's lyrics have somehow never been so on point either, which is such a strange thing to say about someone who has spent decades past writing handfuls of the greatest songs ever penned. Once In A Lifetime anyone? How do you top that? I am not sure, but I think he gets pretty fucking close.

I am really into this verse from the title track at the moment:

I ride on a perfect freeway
Many people on that road
I heard the sound of someone laughing
I saw my neighbors car explode

Just up ahead
Against the sky
Quicker than you blink your eye


His ability to capture emotion in the strange, and his ability to paint the strange as the everyday, is fantastic.

This player below is from the records official website, but I am going to stress the fact that this is one of those albums that is good start to finish. I also want to quickly thank my buddy Karl for reminding me that this was coming out a few weeks ago.

Making A Great Record / Freaky Jpop

I think that the hardest part of making a great record could possibly be that fact that nobody knows what it sounds like but you. Well, I guess a few other people do, people that have heard it, here and there. As far as the general public though, they are going to have to be patient, which means that I am going to have to be patient, which is frustrating. Why?

Because it is so fucking good.

Fuck.

I think that it might sound a little something like this guy looks...



Here's a funny story. When I was looking for a picture to post there I googled the word "freaky." I got a whole slew of results (and I, in fact, do not suggest the weak hearted among you try that with the safe-search off). One thing that I did stumble across of particular interest was the CD art for this japanese pop singer.



Her name is Koda Kumi. Being your typical red blood american male, I was suddenly driven to learn more about this beautiful lady and did a youtube search for some of her videos. Come to find out, she's pretty bad. Heart = broken. Although, she did apparently tell a recent interviewer, who asked her if she would ever like to have children, that “I would like to have them by 35, as after this age, a woman’s amnionic fluids get rotten and you become dirty”. Rad. Apparently, it was a pretty big deal in Japan.

One thing I did find though, was this video of a televised Koda Kumi dance competition. This is one of the weirdest fucking things I have ever seen. I don't get this, at all, it's like looking into a parallel universe where everything is backwards and strange.



Creepy.

Anyway, to those of you that want to get a hold of some J-pop that does come highly recommended by myself, check out Yuki. She is really fucking good. This is the video for the song "Joy" off of her album of the same name. It's a great, great pop record but it might be kind of hard to get your hands on. You need to either look online ($57.99 import on Amazon.com, yeeeesh) or if you live near a japanese grocery type place, that also has a CD section, it might be a good place to look. Check it out below.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Batman Yet Again

Once again the discussion of Batman villains rears it's ugly head upon my blog. At least this time there is some pretty solid information, except it's not really about what will happen, more like what won't.

I was talking to someone about some of the previous posts regarding this, I can't really remember who it was, but they said to me that Two Face was obviously going to be in the next Batman. I replied, uh, have you seen The Dark Knight yet? They say yes. Didn't you noticed that Two Face died? They say, he's not reallllllly dead.

Come to think of it I have had that conversation with a lot of people.

I don't get it, Two Face could not be any more dead. Dude is dead.


(Dead.)

Well, now we have it straight for the source. Arron Eckhart, in an interview with Ain't It Cool News, had this to say about Chris Nolan's reaction to his questions about the future of the character.

“No. I’m dead. I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. ‘Hey, Chris, am I–?’ ‘No. You’re dead. You’re dead.' ”

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kid Gets Embarrassed, Does Dance, Hugs Baseball Player

So lately I have been getting really stoked on this video of some little kid falling over the edge of a baseball field while trying to catch a home run.   I a rare twist of events, It's not really the fall that is that funny too me, it's what the kid does afterwards, which is gets up, does a little "I'm hurt" dance, and then hugs the outfielder.  Something about little dudes getting super embarrassed is so hilarious to me, maybe because I was an embarrassed little dude once or twice in my day and now I feel like I have the right to laugh.  Now, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.



Okay, after watching that again I changed my mind. The fall itself is pretty fucking funny.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Randy Newman Thinks R. Kelly Rips

In this months issue of Rolling Stone there is an interview with Randy Newman that is really great. It's for the promotion of his new record, Harps And Angels, obviously, but they cover a substantial amount of ground with the questions Newman get's asked. Due to my love of both Morrissey and R. Kelly, I got a kick out of this particular quote...

Do (your sons) turn you on to new music?

Not the younger ones. My older boys, from my first marriage, got me listening to The Smiths. I like Morrissey's lyrics - he's one of the best guys there's been, and he's funny, too. The first time I listened to Led Zeppelin was also through my boys. And I knew Jimmy Page! I think the only song I'd ever heard was "Whole Lotta Love." My younger kids did tell me about R. Kelly, how he's a genious and how I should look up a song called "Real Talk." I did - that guy can really sing. I liked it. Radiohead, maybe I have to give them more of a chance. My boys think they're the Beatles.



God I love Randy Newman, and apparently his kids are rad, too. I mentioned this is a post a while back but I would highly reccomend checking out his new records, Harps And Angels.

Working Hard, Making Puppets

Wow, it's been a while.

Sorry about that everyone, my life has been a little hectic lately, but in a very good way. Two major projects going on, both of which involve Idiot Pilot and both of which are excessive amounts of fun. First off is that Mike and I have been putting the finishing polish on some demos for the third Idiot Pilot record (I use the word demo's lightly because they sound about as good as some records that are finished, I love my Rode K2). Everyone who has heard them has been terrified by there hot buttery goodness and I certainly feeling the same way. Track after track of soaring R&B hooks and thundering kick drums that will, god willing, shake dance floors across the world some day soon. Anyway, we are going to be having some meetings involving these demos in the next few weeks so I have got to get them all spruced up and that is taking up a hefty amount of time.

The other thing I am working on diligently is a sequel to a music video that I made years ago for a little song called "A Day In The Life Of A Poolshark." It featured puppets, and so does this one, expect for this time around I am working with about 200 times the budget. Literally. Unfortunately that still doesn't amount to much because the original had a budget of about one dollar. Here is the original video for you guys to check out.



So anyway, I guess what I am trying to say is that I am sorry, but it's not entirely my fault. Well okay, it's my fault, but I have good reason. I love you guys, stay tuned for more posts about all that silly things that make up my strange life.