Thursday, January 31, 2008

ya gonna die charlie

Lost premiered tonight and I for one am happy to have something to look forward to on tv. Since I don't have HBO and have seen the first seven eps of this season of The Wire online (I'd watch them anyway if I had the channel) I'll be flipping on ABC every Thursday to get my Lost on.
The second half of last season was really great and I was pretty jacked for this new one. I am also glad that after an 8 month hiatus they had that replay of last season moments before the premiere tonight.
I felt good about this episode. It seemed to move pretty quickly and has me looking ahead to the flash forward sequences that are upcoming.
Some things that I was left pondering...
Whose face was it in the window when Hurley went up to Jacob's cabin?
I've been reading a couple of places that it was Jack's dad.
Also, when Jack visits Hurley in the mental hospital, was it really Jack or just another one of Hurley's hallucinations?

I'm going to try and hit the sack now and not read fan speculation all over the internet.

rock n roll,


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

i'm drivin' a stolen car

I was doing some youtube scouring tonight.
Since I've been down to Carbondale I haven't been using my car much. So when I do I'll listen to The Score if it's coming in that day, country radio or the one cd that's still in my car. I don't bring my ipod since when I do drive it's not going to be for more than ten minutes.
The one cd that's still in the car is a burnt copy of the Mountain Goats- Tallhassee with some Kristofferson, Waits and Wainwright to fill up the blank.
So, more often than not I'm listening to this album when I'm driving around and it's one of the band's best. Darnielle is a true lyricist.
The video I posted is one of my favorites from the album and probably one of the saddest songs currently occupying space on my hard drive.
I think what's so effecting about this song is that nothing about it sonically fits the lyrics. On the surface, it's almost got a feel-good vibe, until you take the time to listen to what Darnielle is singing. Every line is full of anger and heartbreak (but mostly anger).
Great song, great album, great band.
Get familiar.

rip my heart right out

Then I got mary pregnant and man that was all she wrote.
And for my nineteen birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat.
We went down to the courthouse and the judge put it all to rest.
No wedding day smiles, no walk down the aisle.
No flowers, no wedding dress
That night we went down to the river.
And into the river we'd dive.
On down to the river we did ride.

you'll be comin' down now baby

I finally got a chance to watch Danny Boyle's Sci-Fi film from last year, Sunshine. Taking advantage of my half price rentals for the next month at Family Video I got this and Shoot 'Em Up. The latter being a real fun action flick, nothing special.
Sunshine was a wonderful experience though. I know some people don't buy into the whole, having to see certain movies in theaters to get the full experience. However, while watching this one in my living room, I was just wishing I had seen it on the big screen.
The visuals are something to behold, especially any scene with the sun.
The scenes where the sunlight did come into the picture were especially wonderful because of the rest of the film being in such darkness. The rest of the ship having little light and no real starlight to speak of in shots.
Cillian Murphy is the lead and is wonderful as usual. I hope he continues to work with Boyle as he's two for two (28 Days Later being the first triumph).
I think it's a shame this got lost in the shuffle last year as it is a compelling piece of science fiction film and stands up with some of the better science ficiton fare of the past decade.

Monday, January 28, 2008

hella tubby

I don't think I've voiced my love for the online comic strip Achewood on here before. The current thread of strips with Ray Smuckles running for President of the USA is ace though. If you haven't started reading this yet, hit up and start right now.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

simpler times

This record came out last year. I feel like I'm in seventh grade listening to it. Might as well put it in the discman and listen to it on the bus on the way to school. Pop punk at its finest.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

it comes back like karma

some clipse love after i've been listening all day to the new song off of we got it for cheap vol. 3.

cop bricks like sneakers
(the quotes they got from Weezy "fans" are priceless in this article)

Wayne got popped again, this time by border patrol searching his bus.
They turned up 4 ounces of weed, an ounce of blow and 41 grams of ecstasy.
From the reading up on the arrest I've been doing, it seems that Dwayne wasn't holding and he is currently out on a $10,000 bond.
I'm going to assume that out of all the people on his tour bus, it won't be Weezy taking the rap for the bust.
I'm not saying he should be riding around with all this work, but I want me that Carter III !

Monday, January 21, 2008

cooler than a polar bear's toe nails

I never really watched The Food Network or got into chef shows over the past few years as they've gained popularity.
I have started watching No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain however, and it's wildly entertaining.
It's on the Travel Channel so it's strictly not him working at his restaraunt turning out dishes and yelling at staff. Instead he takes his culinary prowess around the world and tastes dishes from the locale he's filming at. All the while experiencing the sights and scenes.
Bourdain has a great sense of humor and wonderful ego that keeps him speaking his mind into each episode.
He drinks and smokes like it's the 1950's and despises Rachel Ray and chefs(if you can call her that) of her ilk, bonus points in my book.
It's one of tv's redeeming reality series and a bright spot in this year's writer's strike plagued tv viewing universe.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

i love the way she move any time a song on

Remember Test Icicles?

I barely do either.
They had that blog buzz working a couple years back and then broke up. Nothing special and a godawful name.
Well, former testicle Devonte Hynes has a new band, Lightspeed Champion.
Gone are the Death From Above jams, they have been replaced by some seriously nice near-alt/country.
Now you might be opening up that google search and see that he recorded this with a bunch of Saddle Creek dudes. If that's not your bag, don't let it sway you from checking out this release.
Falling of the Lavender Bridge fits nicely in a Saddle Creek realm (Champion is signed to Domino Records) but this release is more exciting then the next Cursive output or something.
I have to believe that listening to the skills Hynes displays here, that he was just biding his time in his former group.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

momma said there'd be days like this

I got this first season at Best Buy during one of their big HBO sales.
I had only seen a couple of eps before but picked it up because it was only 20$.
It's been quite an enjoyable watch so far. Very interesting and Nick Stahl is great as usual.
When I get through with it I'm moving onto Firefly which I got from my cousin Mark for Christmas. I've always meant to give this show a run through, especially after watching the wonderful film, Serenity(I'm a sucker for any Chiwetel Ejiofor performance), made after it was cancelled.


Here's some honorable mentions. An anonymous comment (hooray for comments) on my top 10 asked about Wilco getting snubbed and I thought of some others that probably should have got some love.

Wilco- Sky Blue Sky
Prodigy- Return of the Mac
Ted Leo- Living With the Living
Jens Lekman- night Falls Over Kortedala
Chris Brown- Exclusive
T-Pain - Epiphany
Yeasayer- All Hour Cymbals
Amerie- Because I Love It

Monday, January 07, 2008


The fifth season is upon us.
The first two episodes are floating around and I'm so jacked to finish this one out.
Also, Clark Johnson from Homicide is in this season, playing the City desk editor at the Baltimore Sun and he's great.

wanna assassinate my character, but i ain't actin'

This was my new year's eve. You can almost see James and me in background behind Jeezy.
I'm moving into a new apartment on Wednesday. After I get all my ish settled I'll be frequenting this space more.
I need to post about the start of the final season of The Wire and the new Mountain Goats record.

So... I type a text to this girl I used to see

10. Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

9. The National- Boxer

8. The White Stripes- Icky Thump

7. UGK- Underground Kingz

(best video of the year, banner's cameo is ace)

6. Jay-Z - American Gangster

(Freeway without a hat on!)

5. LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver

4. Band of Horses- Cease to Begin

3. Kanye West- Graduation

2. Lil' Wayne- Da Drought 3

1. Okkervil River- The Stage Names

It's me versus you in love

the greatest picture on the internet
I've been gone for too long. I'm transferring this semester and between finding an apartment and watching tv shows I got for Christmas I've neglected this here blog.
I'll hit you with my favorite albums from last year.

25. Maximo Park- Our Earthly Pleasures
24. Dwight Yoakam- Dwight Sings Buck
23. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
22. Scarface- M.A.D.E.
21. Ryan Bingham- Mescalito
20. The Forms- The Forms
19. Andrew Osenga- Letters From the Editor Vol. 1
18. R. Kelly- Double Up
17. Miranda Lambert- Crazy-Ex Girlfriend
16. Dizzee Rascal- Maths & English
15. Vampire Weekend- Vampire Weekend
14. The New Pornographers- Challengers
13. Field Music- Tones of Town
12. Little Brother- Getback
11. Freeway- Free At Last

I'll post the top ten with some youtube links or something