Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Velvety voiced Chris Kohler from Wired got his retail copy of Rock Band already. Watch him sing and play lead guitar on Weezer's "Say it Ain't So." I'm so ready for this game I couldn't help but sing along to the video.
Kohler's making all kinds of Rock Band unboxing and assembly posts at Wired's Game Life blog.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
In this video Derren Brown plays chess against grandmasters and comes out on top. Then he shows you how he pulled it off. If you're not familiar with Brown, he's a UK illusionist of sorts who uses social hacks other theatrical tricks to pull off interesting feats. So he's kinda like Criss Angel, but not a retard. Actually he's more like the brilliant Ricky Jay, who uses masterful story telling as diversion.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
After over 200 combined turns on RedHotPawn and Yucata in three days I went back to looking at card art over at www.deviantart.com. I love that place. Check out this guy's gallery. If only Christian would cough up the dough for consistantly good card art...
art by vegasmike
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Band #1: The Belmont Dropouts
We played "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden because that was the only song on the playlist that our high-school aged band mates recognized.
Band #2: To Catch a Predator
Just because I'm playing bass on both of these tracks don't think I'm not a versatile musician. In a rehearsal I sang "Wave of Mutilation" by the Pixies and knocked the song out of the park. Check out our vocalist on this one, though. That's Ryan Smith from Popmatters handling the white boy rap stylings of "Epic" by Faith No More quite nicely.
Don't worry guys. These two projects were just one-offs. I'm dedicated to a long musical career here in Minneapolis. Especially considering the news that we won't be playing Rock Band's career mode online.
Take Up have started a film noir series at the newly renovated Parkway Theater. We already missed The Killing and Kiss Me Deadly. Next Monday is Gilda. Check out the full schedule here. I'm gonna catch a couple of these and buy some pop corn and soda. I feel compelled to support any local business person who believes in preserving old movie houses and presenting non-commercial cinema.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday night I went to The Echo in Echo Park for a benefit concert for friend Kime Buzzelli who just got out of the hospital. Lots of people turned out to support the artist/entrepreneur by watching great bands, dancing and drinking many many drinks (that's what I did at least). There was a raffle to win shirts printed with Kime's designs and for a donation Brandy Flower's Hit & Run crew would make them on the spot. I had one made for Alexis with a drawing of Kime's cat Georgie prominently featured. Musical highlights included The Long Lost, Entrance, Blank Blue and Lavender Diamond. Dublab DJs held it down out back and between sets.
Saturday, after a delicious lunch at Shabu Shabu house, I retuned to E for All for one last pass. I hooked up with my friend Mike there and headed East to San Bernadino for a birthday dinner at The Melting Pot with Jeremy and some friends. Melty.
Kime Buzzelli Benefit @ Flickr
Shabu and Fondue @ Flickr
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The first day of E for All was markedly different from E3s of old. I'm pretty sure I've seen more people in the LA Convention Center for Erotic LA. Still, there are lots of games to play; Smash Brothers, Metal Gear Solid 4, Mario Galaxy, Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3 to name just a few. There's also the MLG game competition filling the space that WSVG was supposed to take before their money people packed up their toys and went home. Two of the gamers I talked to traveled to Los Angeles from Kansas. They said they'd try out for the open gaming tournaments for shits and giggles.
The highlight of the show for me was playing Rock Band again. They've got a set-up on a flat bed, which I'm assuming is the same that'll be touring the country this fall. I'll be posting more soon.
Here's my Flickr set for the first day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
via Boing Boing, a gallery of image macros inspired by Blade Runner. I think the new cut of the move may be the first BluRay disc I purchase. Back in the day my first laser disc was the $99 CAV Criterion collection of the movie, so it seems right that I drop the dough for this nutso box set.
I'm still not sure how I feel about them shooting new footage. Zora's snake dance was always better left to my imagination, I think.
Also, watch those lolRunner images -- there's a potential Battlestar Galactica spoiler in there.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Simon Pegg, the guy on the right, co-star of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz has just been cast as Scotty in J.J. Abram's Star Trek reboot. It's crazy how little things like this can make me so dang happy. I thank God my brain is wired the way it is.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! may not be his tightest or most vibrant film, but damn if it doesn't smolder with all the things that make great trash. It's a violent, sexual and profane tale of three voracious female bullies. The tough, busty Tura Satana is the star here -- the protype all the tough gals in every Quentin Tarantino flick. Listen close for familar clips, everybody from Madlib to Rob Zombie has sampled from the movie. Heck, even cartoonist Dan Clowes used a bit of dialog to name his graphic novel.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
It's a big music weekend in Minneapolis. Three awesome shows that I'll be missing.
Of Montreal plays First Ave. on Friday. It's an early show, starting at 6PM. Afterwards every college kid in town will be at the same venue to see Girl Talk, Dan Deacon and Tay Zonday.
The show I'll really be mourning is Boris, playing the Triple Rock on Sunday. I've already seen these cats twice -- once at The Walker and another time in San Francisco. I'm bummed because this time they're touring with Michio Kurihara, playing music from their collaboration Rainbow. Pitchfork has some pictures from the tour.
No psych for Gus this weekend. :(
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Poster Eleven at the Nobodysmiling message boards cooked up a thorough list of "The 75 Greatest Hip Hop Tracks." Each selection is accompanied by a Zshare of the song (streamable with the Windows Media Player plug-in), lyrics and YouTubed videos.
The list is very New York centric, dwelling in a justified nostalgia for tracks from the '90s. Check out Nas' "The World is Yours," "C.R.E.A.M." by the Wu-Tang Clan and "Mind Playin' Tricks on Me" by the Geto Boys for some list highlights you may not have heard before.
There's been a bit of buzz about The Wu Tang Clan securing the first ever fully approved Beatles sample for their new album. Turns out that they're interpolating the song (basically covering the track with permission) rather than chopping the master recording. Still cool in my book. Hip hop blog Oh Word linked the new track, "The Heart Gently Weeps."
Tim, if you can make it past the language listen to the way Ghostface flows. He's a great story teller and epitomizes the heartfelt and urgent MCing style that typifies many of the Wu's rappers. Like the RZA it feels like the guy is about to crack when he rhymes. Very immediate. Anyway, enough bloggifying. Listen to the song.
Boing Boing is easily my favorite, most read site on the web. It's a blog full of ephemera and the occasional bit of net-flavored news. Regular posters include Xeni Jardin, Mark Frauenfelder and Cory Doctorow. Here's their new show, it's pretty much a two-minute montage of random weirdness.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Chris Kohler from Wired's excellent game blog has a preview of Exclamation Warriors! a Club Nintendo exclusive that depends solely on voice commands. Japanese gamers get all the cool stuff. :(
Watch this awesome promotional video of the game in action. First person to make a joke about Japanese accents brings great dishonor to their family.
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