Saturday, June 30, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007

What's a Ring... Tone...


Men, Women and Children Rock My World

There are better videos of this amazing band live, but I do have some home videos of them below. Search the hell out of them or just go to their site.

PS: It appears there is no sound, but you get the idea

A Movie to End All Movies

1. The Simpsons movie is looking more nonsensical by the minute. This Trailer is Proof:

2. The movie is going to be great or doomed to be the worst movie ever.

3. What if this is all just a joke and when we go into theaters it's just an hour and a half long redo of Who Shot Mr. Burns

Thursday, June 21, 2007

And More of this Ten Commandment Stuff

Mika likes Girls?

Team America's Got Nothing on This

In The Know: Kim Jong-Il's Approval Rating Plummets to 120%


The New York Times L Magazine and others are praising Vampire Weekend, who I guess are raging the charts of web stardom... I guess I am just happy I wrote first about the band which has been popular at my school for ages. I certainly am not the first ever to write about them, but ya know, it's good to see a little bit of that rags to riches story.

Wayne Coyne is the Man

Been waiting for someone to say this:

From Stereogum:

It's better to be overrated than underrated. Besides, it's not the musicians' fault Nevermind is overrated - it's the public's, or the critics'. But you don't find yourself ever longing to listen to it, because there were - still are, in fact - so many mediocre bands that sound like it, that you're constantly experiencing it.

I never get out Nevermind and think: what great production, what great songs. Nevermind had a poisonous, pernicious influence. It legitimised suffering. The sainthood of Kurt Cobain overshadows the album: Kurt's lyrics, his attitudinising and navel-gazing, were hard to separate from the band's image. You can never just hear the record. For me, Bleach and In Utero are superior. Even the album cover seems cheap: that stupid dollar bill just seems to have been airbrushed in there. If Alice in Chains had done it, we'd have thought it was a joke, but because it was Nirvana we thought it was oh-so-clever. If you think you're going to hear an utterly original, powerful and freaky record when you put on Nevermind, as a young kid might, Christ you're going to be disappointed. You're going to think, "Who is this band that sounds just like Nickelback? What are these drug addicts going on about?"

The YouTube Empire

So as many people know from sites like Crave is that the iPhone is going to be a full YouTube machine. Along with Apple's AppleTV:

the much-anticipated handset will include "a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen." iPhone owners can now load and browse videos from the video-sharing site as well as e-mail them to their friends.

This comes less than a month after Steve Jobs announced that the company's Apple TV set-top box would also have built-in integration for the wildly popular YouTube.

Now I think this is just dandy. As someone who hopes to make a YouTube tv show and really thinks the site is a great tool as well as hella fun, I think that it's definitely a good thing to see that Apple has joined up with it But why is it always YouTube? compared to sites like Veoh, YouTube doesn't have much. It isn't that flashy, doesn't allow for clips of more than 10 or 15 minutes and really I just take issue that when this technology has exploded, nobody is trying to at least allow for some competition.


Jon Stewart is RIGHT AGAIN

Maybe it's just because I'm a Jew

Are Those the Clintons?

If they are, well at least they did the cool thing this week with a Sopranos parody

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Trying to to get the T&A vote?

Starcraft Preview

Nerds like me are awaiting this sequel from our childhood

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Zune's Disturbing Tale Continues

It isn't enough that people get Zune gets fans who will tatoo the bloody symbol on their bodies, but honestly, this story from The Onion AV Club is just ridiculous

A party was going on a few doors down from my friend's apartment complex in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. My friend said that she'd been invited to the party earlier in the day by the tenant of the apartment (with whom she was only a casual acquaintance) with promises of "Guitar Hero on the XBox360, great tunes coming from the Zune, and free beer." When we stopped by we found two dozen college students relaxing, drinking, playing Guitar Hero, in a room covered with posters for Microsoft's mp3 player, the Zune. After some free social lubricant (MGD), the host told us the whole story: Microsoft paid him to host parties like this. As long as he documented the party with pictures, he was reimbursed for all the expenses and paid a little extra for his "trouble." What sort of marketing is this? Does it happen with a lot of other mega-corporations? If so, how do I get such a sweet gig?

Oh poor desperate Zune. What will you do next? Does this mean the Zune tatoo was a rub-on?

Roisin is Back

Let's hope the Moloko star's new album is good

Don't Quite Get It

A new popular cell phone parody with the ipod? I don't quite get it...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Daily Show is Spot On

About Paris Hilton... Definitely Yes

JT's New Video - Lovedstoned

Stereogum Promotes Lips

Stereogum put up a video of the Flaming Lips covering Elvis. Can't embed it, but follow the link here

Jack and Japan

I honestly don't know what is weirder in this video clip: Johnny Depp or Japanese TV... choose for yourself

The Future of CDs from the White Stripes

The White Stripes' new album Icky Thumps is coming out soon and because using cds is so 1999 (or so) they are going to try to do something that would be so cool only about 2 years ago rather than 7. They are releasing an album on USB according to news at Pitchfork Media. Now I support the idea of having the album as a concept continue, but this feels a bit contrived. This is just a specialty item for hipsters to buy and brag about to each other. I guess there are worse things out there, and I suppose this looks kind of cool if nothing else...

From the Pitchfork Article:

The 512 MB USB 2.0 flash drives will come in two editions of 3,333 apiece. Half of them will creepily look like Meg, and the other half will creepily look like Jack (both are pictured).

The drives are available separately or as a pair, and all of them will come pre-loaded with Icky Thump in Apple Lossless format. They will ship the week of June 19, which is, not coincidentally, the album's U.S. release date (June 18 in the UK).

Someone does like ZUNE

I have yet to explore the glory that is Zune, the mp3 flop by microsoft, but apparently one man has according to Stereogum

I have to admit, on someone's arm the zune is pretty cool. Aside from that, I wouldn't listen to it.


From Gawker

Sperm are also fast and as cute as tadpoles. They have chubby teardrop heads and stylish, tapering tails, and they glide, slither, bumble and do figure-eights. So while a father may not be entitled to take the same pride in his sperm as he does in his kids, it's fair to celebrate the single-minded cellular commas that helped give those children their start.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Did you know just how special you are because you're unable to prevent yourself from ejaculating constantly? Personally, we're going to observe International Sperm Adoration Day in the most wasteful, perhaps murderous, manner ever.

Don't Ask or Tell about Gay Bombs

Perez Hilton reported today about this supposedly true story. For an army that is so against "gays," they sure are willing to support themw when they need them

Excerpts from Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'

"One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior."


"The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soliders to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistably attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviwing the documents.

"The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soliders would become gay,"

I mean honestly people... honestly...

Monday, June 11, 2007

HBO and New Zealand Take on the Musical

This new show Flight of the Conchords, which you can see a whole episode of online, is really pretty great. I mean the humor is very odd, but it's so cute and has plenty of songs.

I enjoy the whole concept of the show and the quiet humor of the show and musical factor is done very quietly and cleverly. Good for people who are in a band if nothing else.

Check out a clip below:

Pray for Mojo

My band is being featured on a dvd, along with a show on the 24th. I won't be there, but the rest of the band will, with a temp bassist and they all rock!

I'm Crazy for Theremins

Rarely do I enjoy boring Straight Covers. This one though has a special place in my heart...

Though I have to agree with Stereogum
about the guy being "an impeccably postured robot."

Onion? Inappropriate?

Almost always you say? Well I am still new to The Onion and particularly their new internet content. This was somewhat inappropriate, but got a good guffaw or two out of me...

Study: Alzheimer├ó��s Patients Say They Do Not Have Alzheimer├ó��s

They Might Remember Apollo

They Might Be Giants New Video reminds me of the early 90s. I highly approve:


Pitchfork Media reminds us that in fact Radiohead is adored by snarky pretentious hipsters, lest we forget


Gives credit to CSS


This play is opening in New York in only a few days. EVERYONE should go. I helped write an article about it last year for Timeout New York.

The title is LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK... when Shakespearean heroines like Juliet and Ophelia come back to KICK SOME ASS!!!

With pictures like this, how can you not go?

Fantastic Four Meet Richard Nixon

Oh huzzah for the Onion for recognizing nerds EVERYWHERE, posting odd moments from Fantastic Four for the movie. My two favorite:

5. Richard Nixon tells off Reed Richards (FF #104)

In the second issue of the post-Kirby era, Magneto allies with the Sub-Mariner's Atlantean army to invade New York City, after Mr. Fantastic has assured the president that The Fantastic Four can handle the crisis. "I should never have listened to you, despite what Tricia said," Nixon grumbles. "This is a sad day for Amahrica!" (Yes, that's how Lee tries to replicate Nixon's accent.)


10. The FF travels to "heaven" to "rescue" The Thing, and they all meet "God" (FF #511)

Since the end of the Byrne era, the fun, memorable Fantastic Four moments have been few and far between, though the recent run of writer Mark Waid has included the occasional highlight. This one is more wince-inducing than charming, though it's certainly unforgettable. Dr. Doom takes over The Thing's body, forcing Mr. Fantastic to kill his old friend, then travel to the afterlife to bring him back. After fighting through a series of surreal metaphysical challenges, the whole team ends up at God's doorstep, and finds that the almighty looks a lot like Jack Kirby. The Kirby-God restores everything to normal, and then, ever the gentleman, tosses off a quick sketch. Amen.

See Plenty of People Like Britney

From RS Daily:

Bjork has spoken out in Britney Spears’ defense, citing her own difficulties managing fame and saying she feels for America’s favorite falled pop princess. “I definitely feel sympathy for Britney,” the Icelandic singer said. “I had a choice. I could move away. She can’t.”

Bootleggers Rejoice

Now is it just me or does this just scream STEAL ME STEAL STEAL ME

Apple may be ready to do for Hollywood what it has done for the music industry. The computer-maker-turned-Internet-jukebox-powerhouse is reportedly courting major movie studios to launch an online movie rental business this fall... The upcoming video on demand service would allow users to download movies for $2.99 and keep them for 30 days with the option to transfer the movie to one other player, such as the Ipod, according to a report in the Financial Times.

I could think of so many ways to steal this stuff that I am nearly salivating.

See more at google news and Forbes

A Sport I could Enjoy

Google has rated this one of the most viewed videos on the web, but I just want to comment on the wonderful acrobatics of the match. Imagine combining the fun of the floor mat routine with the competition of ping-pong. An amazing sport could be born

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Schools Need Money Too

A slightly good late night story. I had gone to see a movie with a friend of mine from high school over the winter. We had sat down, and of course the slew of pre-movie commercials started. One of which (pardoning the graininess) was this:

Now we couldn't help but laugh because this was our private school, which has the reputation for needing cash. At any rate, it looks like it found a new venue to advertise. One surprisingly appropriate for a school that is attracting movie stars like Harvey Keitel and that guy who used to choreograph Justin T.'s movies and a few other people like that.

And I can't forget

This might have been RS Daily's Funniest Blog Post ever! They recount the best of Stewart Copeland's, of The Police, blog, where he pans their show

It usually takes about four or five shows in a tour before you get to the disaster gig... But we’re The Police so we are a little ahead of schedule.

And as they describe it

Thus reads the self-eviscerating post in which the drummer describes exactly how bad the band’s much-heralded reunion shows have been sounding to him. He explicitly details his take on the band’s second major reunion show in Vancouver with a blow-by-blow of his onstage musings

Read More at Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily

Pumpkins Mock the Hasselhoff

From their super secret Berlin Show (let's hope someone recorded it) that really wasn't all that secret:

When asked why he chose the German word Zeitgest for the band's new album, Corgan replied, "Because the word Hasselhoff was taken."

He added, "We don't like to play our old material, we get Hasselhoff to play the songs off Siamese Dream (their 1993 second album)."

From: Post Chronicle

A Classic

He Will Always Be First Emperor of the Moon in my Heart.

On Wiitis

A new phenomenon called Wiitis has apparently made its way into people's homes who own a Wii. As someone who one day hopes to own a Wii I can't help but be a little scared at the prospect:

'If a player gets too engrossed, he may 'play tennis' for many hours,' wrote Bonis, a physician with Spain's Biomedical Informatics Research Group. 'Unlike in the real sport, physical strength and endurance are not limiting factors.


'Future games could involve different and unexpected groups of muscles,' he warned. 'Physicians should be aware that there may be multiple, possibly puzzling presentations of Wiiitis.'

But on the whole, the idea of these "symptoms" really being an issue is more amusing than terrifying. If I had known such little bits of hysteria would pop up on the internet, I would have long ago taken a picture of the giant muscular balls that have popped up under one of my friend's thumbs after literally years of playing on an N64 controller, or recorded more friend who had supposedly developed carpel tunnel or tendinitis from playing Dreamcast.

I myself could probably try to create a law suit against Apple for the sever pain in my fingers from typing. Let's face it. Electronics are trying to kill us. The Matrix was right!


This idea is really interesting. I wrote my own article about it for Media Life Magazine.

Bright future for MIT's wireless light bulb technology
Annoyed at the clutter of cables used to charge laptops, cell phones, BlackBerries and other portable devices? Those inconveniences may soon become a thing of the past. The frustration of plugging in his cell phone spurred scientist Marin Soljacic to develop new technology called “WiTricity.” According to a paper soon to be published in the journal Science, Soljacic and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have succeeded in wirelessly powering a 60-watt light bulb from a device 7 feet away. Soljacic used the old scientific discovery of resonant frequencies to get his “WiTricity” to work. Once he found the correctly tuned wave, power flowed wirelessly into the light bulb. However, the technology has a few years before it makes its way into the market. Currently, the wireless transmission is not as effective as wires and batteries, and can’t broadcast farther than 7 feet. In addition, the copper coils that transmit the power are, at present, too large for user convenience at 2 feet wide.

You can see more information via Google News or Wired

The Pumpkins Go digital

It used to be, long ago in the 1990s, that if you wanted to see the Pumpkins live, you either had to spend tons of money and sneak into a club underage (if you were me) or by their ever popular Vieuphoria VHS tape. Man how times have change. It hits me really hard when you can find a whole group of people on Youtube just publishing hi-quality Pumpkins material...

This video got some play on the media blogs because of it:

I may post a couple more before all is said and done.

Another Blog

I am becoming a bit of a blog magnet currently.

My personal blog:
My creative and comic blog:
My band blog:
My music blog:
Secondary blog:
Tertiary blog:

However, I have no blog to capture the constant changes in media that I find. However, I like to broadcast this stuff, so I am going to start putting up fairly regular videos, lists, etc. to look at some of the new media news, music videos, etc. out there in the world

To start with: