Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sydney Briar Is Alive!

I finally got around to seeing Pontypool and it was absolutely amazing. Somehow it felt equal parts George A. Romero zombie flim and Alfred Hitchcock suspense/mystery. I am partial to clever takes on the zombie genre and this is possibly the most inventive I have seen. It also takes huge cues from Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast in that most of the movie is presented to you through outside reports and news stories, without ever seeing much of the action yourself, which creates a sense of confusion and anxiety.



The outbreak here is less of a virus, and more off an idea, as confirmed by the films director refraining from the word "zombie" and instead calling the infected "Conversationalists", which I think is pretty fitting. Minor spoilers in the italics ahead, but I just wanted to share these words from director about what exactly the Conversationalist's are because this is a big part of why, for a zombie movie, the zombies are so interesting:

"There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person."

How frustrating!

I am going to post the trailer again with the hopes that some of you out there will actually go out and try to find this, because it's really great.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Ghost And The Grace Album Number 2

Sometimes the hardest part of making a really bad ass record is the fact that nobody else gets to hear it but you for months. I wish you people could know what I know right now, because this album makes Behold! A Pale Horse look like a B-sides record. Good things coming. Some of the best moments on this record feel very informed by Desaparecidos, but maybe that's just wishful thinking. Regardless, rock and roll will reign, trumpets will be king, woodwinds with be queen, and the banjo will be trying to be Wormtongue so hard.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weezer, Kaufman and G

Thanks to Dave for pointing this little jem out to me. Apparently Weezer have taken the Andy Kaufman act that they've been doing since Pinkerton to unbelievable new heights lately. Namely, by inviting Kenny G to come out and rip everyones balls off for there recent AOL Live sessions for Raditude. Dude, shreds.



It's shocking to me how at this point most Weezer fans still can't see the connection between this and Kaufman, who was arguably most of the most brilliant artists of our time. Sure I would love to see another Pinkerton, but at this point Rivers dedication to the joke is pretty commendable.



Exhibit B:


The Red Album

Tony Clifton (Andy Kaufman)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Favorite Songs Of 2009: A Comprehensive List

10. Metric - Stadium Love



9. St. Vincent - The Neighbors



8. Bibio - Haikuesque (When She Laughs)



7. Neko Case - People Got A Lotta Nerve



6. The Braille Tapes - Everybody Knows

Listen and download right here

5. Pheonix - 1901



4. Monsters Of Folk - Say Please



3. U2 - I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight



2. Sufjan Stevens - Introductory Fanfare For The Hooper Heroes



1. Pearl Jam - The Fixer


Friday, December 11, 2009

Nowhere Nights



My buddy Kasey Anderson just asked me to help design a show poster for his upcoming tour, and it got me thinking that for as much as I love Kasey's music I have yet to post about him on my blog, despite the fact that I have been sporadically playing on tracks for his upcoming record. There is a lot I could say about Kasey's songs, but the simplest would be that the guy is fucking good. It's the type of rootsy American rock that I wish I could write myself, but every time I try it comes out all mutated into "What Have I Done?" Thankfully he lets me play on his stuff, so I can eventually get my imagination fix of what it would be like to be in the E Street Band.

Kasey Anderson's new record, Nowhere Nights, is available right here, but you can also stream the whole thing below. Dig it.


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Bruce Springsteen and Conor Oberst playing Thunder Road

Just found this online this morning and thought it was really cool. Not the greatest video but I enjoy seeing two of my favorite artists on stage together.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

THIS IS A GOOD ASS COOKIE!

So R. Kelly's new single is called Pregnant, and the chorus literally goes: "Girl, you make me wanna getcha pregnant (knock you up, knock you up)." I'm not making this up, google it. Suffice to say that the song is fucking rad.

I love this man.

Oh and by the way... THIS IS A GOOD ASS COOKIE!

Monday, December 7, 2009

TGATG nominated for 4 What's-Up! Awards

Fantastic news! The Ghost and the Grace has been nominated for 4 awards at this years What's-Up Awards in Bellingham! Best album, best new band, best pop band and best name! Anyone can vote, just click below and show your support!

http://whatsup-magazine.com/2010-whats-up-awards-ballot/

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Paintings For Sale

My walls are getting way too covered with my paintings, so as hard as it may be, I think that it is just about time that I part ways with a few of them. I am willing to work with people on prices, and as long as you are willing to pay shipping we can probably work something out, but I am also including a ball park estimate on each. These are not prints, they are all original, one-of-a-kind pieces.

If you think to yourself, "Whoa, these prices are a steal!", then thanks. If you think to yourself, "Whoa, these are ridiculously overpriced." Then please keep in mind that these are my babies.

If more than one person is after one painting in particular then it could go up, or down, who knows. Here are a few that I am willing to part with:



"Park Place" 16 inches x 16 inches SOLD



"Lift" 8 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"Waiting" 16 inches x 20 inches SOLD



"Trust Me" 48 inches x 24 inches $300



"Vacant" 18 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"President's Day" 48 inches x 24 inches $300



"Self Portrait" 48 inches x 36 inches $350



"An Account Of The Melancholy Death Of Four Naughty Boys Who Were Devoured By Wild Beasts" 48 inches x 30 inches $350



"Girl" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"The End Of The World" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"Two" 60 inches x 72 inches $500



"The Most Difficult Household Pest" 18 inches x 24 inches SOLD



"Prey" 48 inches x 72 inches $400

If you are interested and want to throw an offer at me then just shoot me an email at IdiotPilotLessons@hotmail.com. Payment can be super easy over paypal, but like I said I cannot cover the shipping. If anyone is interested in one of the super massive paintings, then it will probably need to go by freight, which I will take care of as long as it is paid for.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Forest Of Polarity

Four of my friends, Drew, Mark, Jonny, and Wendelin, have a band called Rooftops. I have seen them put on plenty of fantastic shows, but witnessed a particularly killer one tonight.



Rooftops is a math-rock band with post-rock tendencies, and there songs remind me very much of classical compositions in arrangement and performance. Like a violin suite transposed onto three guitars, the songs weave from section to section and use motif as a means of familiarity rather than a recurring chorus. It's refreshing, and on repeat listens the hooks will reveal themselves in really elegant ways.

Click on the art below to download their new record from iTunes, or click here if you want the real thing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Mall VLOG

No Distance Left To Run

There is a documentary coming out about this years Blur reunion called "No Distance Left To Run." Those of you thinking "Oh, you mean that guy from Gorillaz?" need to get educated. Or you could just wait until January of next year. Looks bad ass.