Wednesday, December 29, 2010
After taking an episode off Barry was back and on his meds for the time being. Don't fret, he was crazy enough to wear skeleton gloves and bid on a locker that was full of items from a beauty salon. The irony of Barry's purchase is that in it he found a mini piano and in his last episode he had a midget with him, what I would give to see his little person friend playing that little piano.
Barry commented on the fact that he was all alone at this auction more than once. On one hand I feel a little sorry for Barry having to auction by himself but on the other hand this makes me almost certain that Barry will have awesome partners in tow in future episodes.
I don't have much to say about Dave, he continued to mogul. Dave did talk shit quite a bit and ran up bids, clearly he is the villain of the series. My man Darrell did manage to figure out Dave's tell, simply put, when he is interested in something he criticizes it. The producers set this up nicely with Darrell breaking down Dave's strategy followed by Dave explaining the strategy like it was genius.
Jarrod and Brandi ended up not buying a locker this week but not for lack of trying or maybe it was from lack of trying. Brandi was very interested in the "salon unit" that Barry ended up with and instructed Jarrod to get it. Jarrod admitted to the camera that he was only bidding to shut Brandi up but didn't really want it. Brandi quickly caught on to the fact that he was not in it to win it and took over the bidding herself but without Jarrod's support dropped out early, she was not pleased.
The greatest moment in the show came at the very end, after Jarrod explains to Brandi how the auction works with a series of cliches she looks at the camera in the interview and says "Yeah, that's the father of my children."
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Now if anyone wants to buy me a pair I would probably take a 38 since I like my sweats and jeans loose and these are based on Fresh Jive's slim cut hellions jean.
Get 'em here in gray or here in charcoal which for some reason are 4 dollars more.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Darrell decided to run up the bids on a couple of lockers and got a little carried away and got stuck with a locker he didn't want. Unfortunate since we learn in this episode that Darrell is financially providing for his niece. but hings work out in the end because Darrell finds a coin collection amongst the junk he's bought.
Sadly Barry didn't bring his crazy to the auction.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
This post was supposed to be about these new vans branded with the tron logo. They should be out soon but regardless of whether Tron Legacy rocks or not these shoes look great.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I don't know when Storage War$ actually airs but I found episode two the other day, and got way too excited about it, here is the rundown.
Jarrod's best quote had to be when other "people see junk, I see mystery." He probably just saw that stack of porn.
Monday, December 06, 2010
21. Best Rock Album. Backspacer - Pearl jam
I know that Muse album kicks ass but man that Pearl Jam album is good.
22. Best Alternative Music Album. Brothers - The Black Keys
Toughest category by far.
23. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Faith Evans
I voted for Faith because i've never heard of anyone else in this category, oh wait, I know who Monica is maybe I should vote for her.
24. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Usher
Is that Debarge, Debarge? I'm still going with Usher.
25. Best R&B Performance by a duo or group. The Roots.
Ok, I guess it's John Legend and The Roots but the Roots are where it's at.
26. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. john Legend and The Roots
R. Kelly is in this category, is he still peeing on ladies?
27. Best Urban/Alternative performance. Cee Lo Green
None of these are alternative bands.
28. Best R&B Song. Shine - John Legend and the Roots.
Debarge is up for another award.
29. Best R&B Album. John Legend and The Roots
30. Best Contemporary R&B Album. Usher
Contemporary means older folks listen to it right? If so I gotta go with Usher, he's harmless and the old people like that.
31. Best Rap Solo Performance. Eminem
Just as long as it's not Kanye. i wonder if he would interrupt an acceptance speech by Eminem?
32. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz
I haven't heard any of these songs but it's Jay-Z.
33. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz
Again, it's Jay-Z.
34. Best Rap Song. Empire State of Mind
Great song, maybe the song of the summer, I heard it a lot in New York this summer.
35. Best Rap Song. The Blueprint 3
Saturday, December 04, 2010
1. Record of the year. Fuck You - Cee Lo Green
Based on plays on my itunes I have to go with Cee lo with Jay Z a close second.
2. Album of the year. The Suburbs - The Arcade Fire
What's the difference between Record and Album of the year? I know full well that Lady gaga will win this one and Boobalicious Katy Perry will be right behind her but who would I be if I didn't cast my lot with one of the greatest bands in the world?
3. Song of the year. Fuck You - Cee Lo Green
I know that Ray Lamontagne is in this category and he put out a good record this year but damn that Fuck You song is good. What are the chances he'll perform and what will he wear?
4. Best new artist. Mumford & Sons
My head tells me that it's Justin Bieber but my heart says it's between Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine and they actually put out good music.
5. Best female pop vocal performance. Lady gaga
It's gotta be Lady Gaga, right? She did wear that meat dress. Wait, Norah Jones has a new album? Then again, Katy Perry has those breasts...
6. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Half of My Heart - John Mayer
Ugh, what horrible choices. I chose based on tattoo quality.
7. Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals. Don't Stop Believing - Glee Cast
I like Glee.
8. Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. California Gurls - Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry
9. Best Pop Instrumental Performance. orchestral Intro - Gorillaz
The Gorillaz album is one of my favorites of the year.
11. Best pop vocal album. The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
She's going to win a bunch of awards right? This is a good bet.
12. Best Dance Recording. Rocket - Goldfrapp
I'm going Goldfrapp but La Roux has awesome hair.
13. Best Electronic/Dance Album. La Roux - La Roux
Really awesome hair.
14. Best traditional pop vocal album. Crazy Love - Michael Buble
The older ladies love Buble and they are the ones voting, right?
15. Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. Angry World - Neil Young
Why is everyone in this category old except for John Mayer?
16. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. Tighten Up - The Black Keys
Tough category, there are actually several good groups in this one.
17. Best Hard Rock Performance. Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy
There is no one I'd rather see on stage accepting an award.
18. Best Metal Performance. World Painted Blood - Slayer
Never bet against Slayer.
19. Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Black Mud - The Black Keys
Man that Black Keys album is gooooood.
20. Best Rock Song. Tighten Up - The Black Keys
Again, that Black Keys album is good but the Mumford & Sons song has a great shot.
Friday, December 03, 2010
There is a new show on A&E called Storage War$ (the $ is their doing) that I stumbled across a couple of days ago. The title really told me nothing, which made me curious, which meant I had to watch it and somehow I got hooked. I should probably confess that i've got a soft spot for reality t.v.; cooking shows, fishing, pickers, builders, I actually watched a couple of episodes of that Vanilla Ice remodeling show.
1. Cash only (Dave likes to bring at least ten-thousand with him.)
2. The bidders only get five minutes to look at the contents of the locker before the auction begins.
Riveting television right?
After the scenes at the auction Darryl volunteers to take the viewers to his house so we can see "the life of an auction buyer", I had a brief "Cribs" flashback which was spoiled when we entered the cluttered house. Darryl found four Picasso's in a storage locker, he tells us that many times. He also bought an expensive flower pot and a shit-ton of comics. Darryl is the blustery type that every reality show needs.
Dan "The Mogul" owns a thrift store and a consignment shop. I guess the rules for moguldom have changed during the recession. Dan also has a partner, which feels a little like cheating but he does say that he's the boss so we can let it slide for the time being. Dan strikes out by buying a locker he thought had a Hammond B3 organ in it. It did not but did contain a bunch of baseball cards so he finished strong.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
p.s. Speaking of commercial... don't forget to click on those adds to the right.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The new album Kiss Each Other Clean drops here in Europe on January 24th and in the states a day later. Check out the track listing for the new album. There's a song called Monkeys Uptown, how kick ass does that sound?
Walking Far From Home
Me And Lazarus
Tree By The River
Rabbit Will Run
Godless Brother In Love
Big Burned Hand
Glad Man Singing
Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me
Iron & Wine hit the road in January and will be playing a show in Paris at Alhambra on February 17th. This is one of the bands on my Must-See-Before-I-Die list (the Pixies were a long shot on the list for years but were finally crossed off) so I'll be making a big effort to make it to this show. If the countless bootleg shows i've listened to are any indication it should be a hell of a show. I've narrowly missed seeing the band twice and have kicked myself ever since so keep your fingers crossed.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A big thanks to Matt for the heads up on this one.
Here's another site that does the same thing but in a slightly less visual way.
Looking for a cool way to support GT and pick up a Christmas gift for someone? Check out the t-shirts here. I'm torn between "Night Ripper" and "I'm not a Dj".
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I've never been a big fan of CocoRosie's music but they really nailed the creepy vibe with this great song and even greater video. It's not that I think they aren't a good band but I can only take that fragile, high pitched, warbly sound in very small doses. It's kinda like the voice of the guy in The Crash Test Dummies, it sounds really cool for a song or two but drops off into annoying territory pretty quickly. But I digress, the video has some classic creepy elements, Victorian dress, twins and bloody tears ranking high on the creep o meter. Bonus points for making me think they were topless for a moment.
Not much going on there but their official site is here.
You can get their new album Grey Oceans from the Sub Pop site.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Buy it here.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Some times the best covers are so widely different then the originals that it takes a few minutes to place the tune. Check out this amazing Pixies cover.
Or how bout a little Arcade fire? The crazy videos are just icing on the cake.
I'll leave you with a little Daft Punk as a nod to my adopted country.
When I was a kid Tron was one of my favorite movies so I was a little worried when I heard they were making a sequel. Thankfully, every piece of information that has come out about It has been cooler and cooler. Daft Punk creating the soundtrack is brilliant and obvious at the same time. Check out this video for another taste of what's to come.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
They have shows available for download. If you sign up to the mailing list you get one for free. All the shows are priced at 3.99 USD for the digital download or the CD plus the download. The site says that they plan to release a new show every week. So far they cover a huge span of time, one show from '88 and two from '04. I might have to buy the shows I saw.
Another cool feature is the gigography where fans can upload pictures and video of shows and make them available for everyone else in the pixies universe. I'm gonna have to dig out my old pictures, I wonder if they want shots from Frank's solo acoustic show I attended before the band had officially broken up?
One last note, if anyone wants to get me a super awesome Christmas present the band still has the super deluxe "limited edition" of their minotaur package that contains all the pixies stuff you could ever need for just 449.99 USD.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Die Antwoord, the South African internet sensation, recently released another video, this one is called Evil Boy and is pretty awesome and very NSFW. I went back and looked at their other videos and a couple of live performances and I'm gonna have to come out and say I really like what they're doing. It's strange that the bad tattoos, bad hair and the performing in boxers thing works so well visually. The music is just weirdly cool with Yo-Landi's weird voice, the tempo changes, South African slang and well put together beats.
They have a show scheduled for Paris on November 17th at the Social Club that I might have to look into attending.
Check out their web site for videos, more tour dates and merch.
Friday, October 22, 2010
My love affair with The Cribs' album Ignore the Ignorant continues unabated. I might have to figure out a way to make this my album of the year despite the fact that it's a 2009 release. Anyway here is the video for We Share the Same Skies which seems fitting on this cold, gray, overcast morning in Paris.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
While these aren't bad looking for technical basketball shoes, they currently only come in two colorways, the black shown above and a white version. They also come with a pretty hefty price tag of 300 dollars. These are almost guaranteed to do well now. Every middle aged weekend baller with a little cash will be sporting these soon so I'm sure new versions will be out soon. I suspect that the average 18-25 year old will avoid these in favor of "cooler" brands but if APL can place these on the feet of a few college teams that may change.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. Remember that the last shoe the NBA banned(the Jordan I) went on to do pretty well.
Read more about the technology behind these shoes and get a pair here.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I worked at a Border’s book store for two years right before the big box book sellers started their nose dive towards bankruptcy. In those two years the number of zombie books available was unbelievably small. It wasn’t until the very end of my time there that World War Z came out, so imagine my surprise when on a visit to the states this summer I wind up in a Border’s and on the new release table I find two zombie novels. I picked up Brains because it was a couple dollars cheaper and several hundred pages smaller then the other book. I thought it would be the perfect size to get me through an upcoming day of sitting in airports.
Right out of the gate I was a little intrigued and a little skeptical, a “zombie memoir?” I’m a zombie classicist. I prefer my zombies in the Romero vein, stupid, lumbering, brain hungry corpses. I once started a short story about a camera man who is bitten while his camera is recording but that’s as close to a zombie memoir as I could imagine. But in this novel, the zombie actually writes his own memoir. (This is the same zombie who lacks the dexterity needed to start a car.)
I know that the bulk of this write-up is going to sound a little crazy, “you can suspend disbelief enough to get into a book about zombies but this other stuff gives you fits?” Yes, yes it does. Let me clarify, I like the idea of a zombie memoir in that we are seeing the apocalypse through their eyes. I can see a person getting bit and writing about the process until they actually die and reanimate but I can’t buy the professor zombie who retains the ability to think and write.
Huge props to the author Robin Becker for exploring the zombie morality side of things. I love the comparisons to sharks that simply do what they do. They are simply designed to kill with no particular love or hatred towards their prey. That aspect of the novel was really cool and something that I had never thought of despite being a long time zombie fan. The whole slave to a biological imperative take on things was very fresh.
Unfortunately the novelty of the zombie point of view wasn’t enough to get me past the “what the heck” parts of the story. I might have eventually gotten behind the professor zombie but when he meets up with a former nurse who can’t help but patch up any zombie in her vicinity I was out. And the list of zombies with “special powers” continues to grow through out the book. There was the zombie kid who could think and move like a human, the two former soldiers with the ability to think and one of them could even speak, and the icing on the cake is the child born of a zombie mother who resembles a red-eyed, pointy-toothed devil. If I were somehow inclined to go along with the idea that a few zombies out of millions might somehow retained some of their human abilities how could I possible believe that they would all end up in the same place? It’s just too much for me.
My other complaint with the book is the tone. I really felt like the book suffered from either too much or not enough work shopping. On the one hand, I can see a group praising some of the witty, throw-away pop culture references. An author could easily think “if two cute literary references and one pop culture nod to Scooby-doo went over so well why don’t I squeeze eight references into the next paragraph?” Or the exact opposite could occur when writing in a vacuum (like blogging) since no one is around to step in and say “Jesus Christ, do you really need to reference eight super heroes and throw two Keats quotes into the same paragraph?” All in all it feels like the author is aware that she is “slumming it” as far as the subject matter goes and loads the book down with witty references to show you that she knows she’s above it. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a fun read. It moved along and was engaging. As I said before, I really liked the bits concerning the zombie’s view of his role in the (almost) destruction of the human race. This short 182 page book that I expected to read in a day’s travel ended up taking me almost three weeks to get through, and that’s not a good thing.
I’m a sucker for all things zombie so I’m not sorry I bought this book and believe me, I’ve read books on the subject that were much worse. I’m happy to add this to my zombie collection. I think in the end I’m too into the classic zombie and was unable to step out of that box and enjoy a new take on the genre.
I have to give this two out of five severed fingers.
Buy it from Amazon where it's also available for Kindle
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tell 'em Steve Dave is a relative newcomer to the podcasting game but they have pretty quickly become one of my must-listen podcasts. They are part of Kevin Smith's Smodcast empire and have an amount of fame due to their affiliation with Smith's movies. Recently one of their listeners animated one of Walt Flannigan's stories and the result is amazing. Check out the clip above and start catching up on the podcasts immediately.
Monday, September 20, 2010
We arrived early and found the champagne almost immediately so instead of a detailed journalistic description of the night let me run down my impressions.
- It's hard to convey how small a space it was but in a good intimate, right next to the band way. There was a separate room with a giant sunken hot tub in it. The funny thing is that I walk past this place almost every day and never knew it was there.
- The drinks were fantastic and the champagne came in glasses that lit up when full and winked out when empty. These were later accidentally smashed on the sidewalk in front of the Marie.
- The band sounded fantastic, they played all of my favorites from the new album. I still think "How I needed You" could easily be a big hit.
- Matthew, the singer guitarist, is a really good guitarist.
- The band soldiered on for half a song sans electricity, nice work.
- The band was super cool, we talked to the lead singer for a solid half hour right after their set and also got in some time with the other two band members.
- Matthew is a big metal fan and was able to carry on an in depth conversation about a bunch of great bands including a good five minutes on Pantera. Not only were the band members willing to talk about whatever but each one asked about us in a genuine interested way, again, great guys.
- All the band members speak English and French really well. The singer is English but grew up in Belgium, the bassist is French and the drummer/pianist is Swedish.
- Matthew demonstrated a pretty good knowledge of 80's skaters when I compared his hair in a shot from the "I Do" video to Bones Brigade era Tony Hawk.
- They haven't played the U.S. yet, how is that possible, Americans would eat this music up.
- They have a great "big break" story involving incubus and faulty video cameras.
- They toured with the Smashing Pumpkins recently and actually defended Billy Corgan's live singing abilities.
- At the end of the night when i finally remembered that I had the new album in my bag Romain, the bassist, took it around to all the band members and had them sign it, awesome guy.
- Mumm might be my second favorite champagne.
Check out the singer when they are walking towards the Monolith, Tony Hawkish?
The exploding bunnies are the best part of this very cool video.
This is my favorite song on the new album. We were at this taping, you can't see us but we are behind the unused drum set.
The French site
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Pictures by JO and G via Iphone