sand is overrated

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Friday, September 28, 2007

radiohead is up to something...or not

despite rumors (or just plain wishful thinking) to the contrary, it appears that the radioheadlp7 website is a hoax. a timer is currently counting down the hours to a 9am saturday morning event of some sort, but if you simply change your time zone on your pc to a region where that deadline has already passed, you'll see that this is all just "the most gigantic lying hoax of all time". and oh dear god, please make that rick astley song go away.

radiohead : "a wolf at the door" mp3
from the lp hail to the thief (capitol, 2003)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"the king of kong: a fistful of quarters"

you have to go see this movie. if you read nothing more of this post, just take that one statement to heart. you have to go see this movie.

in 1982, billy mitchell set a world record on the classic arcade game, donkey kong, that stood for more than 20 years. this accomplishment, along with a handful of other world records and a perfect score on pac-man (every single dot, every single ghost, not one life lost) was enough for mitchell to be branded the greatest classic arcade game player of the century. he's a veritable caricature of himself and an archetypal villain--instantly dislikable and obnoxiously arrogant, with a self-perception that comically overestimates his importance in the world.

steve weibe is a middle school science teacher from washington state with a knack for coming in second. despite the best of intentions, many ventures in steve's life have just not quite panned out, leaving him unfulfilled at best and completely heartbroken at worst. though a little sensitive and a lot obsessive-compulsive, steve is the archetypal hero--quietly confident and exceedingly gracious, with an aww-shucks demeanor that makes it so easy to root for him.

"the king of kong: a fistful of quarters" is the story of wiebe's attempt to finally achieve the success that had so long eluded him, by conquering donkey kong and vanquishing billy mitchell in the process. silly as that sounds, the film is packed full of twists, turns, surprises, follies, and humor--everything that makes a drama great. it's a classic tale of good vs. evil, hero vs. villain, and the actor who plays billy mitchell hits every note on key, so convincingly portraying him as a pompous, egotistical windbag who is deep down not just a jerk but also a coward. wait a minute...you mean that was actually him?!? outstanding!

a hollywood fiction writer could not write a better story with better characters than this and have it still believable. it was one of the most entertaining movies i have ever seen, and yeah, you have to go see this movie.

as with any great movie, the music played an important part in the film, with two scenes in particular played extremely well with the choice of songs--the cure's "pictures of you" during a look at steve's lack of success in the past, and leonard cohen's "everybody knows" during...well, you'll have to go see the movie.

the cure : "pictures of you" mp3
from the lp disintegration (elektra, 1989)

leonard cohen : "everybody knows" mp3
from the lp i'm your man (sony, 1988)

watch the trailer

Thursday, September 13, 2007

cancellations

what's up with cancellations? this month was supposed to be overloaded with concerts for me, but then rodrigo y gabriela canceled their show that was supposed to be tonight in anaheim, and then the white stripes canceled the rest of their entire tour! well, at least i still have this ryg performance from leno a few weeks ago that i never got around to posting.

rodrigo y gabriela : "orion (live on the tonight show)" mp3
from the tonight show with jay leno (august 29, 2007)
from the lp rodrigo y gabriela (ato records, 2006)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

spoon : the music box at henry fonda

last night marked the second of a three-night stint for spoon at the music box at henry fonda. last time i saw spoon several years ago, britt daniel had the peculiar habit of keeping his back turned to the audience whenever he wasn't singing, and my buddy said he'd be laughing the whole time if that were the case again. wouldn't you know it, when the curtains went up there was britt daniel's back, although cooly silhouetted against a bright red light. but this time, this time he played more to the audience, even when he wasn't singing, so we could see his amazing style of guitar work. they played a wide range of songs from their entire catalog, including my personal favorite "anything you want" from girls can tell. and let me just say that britt daniel does not write too many bad songs, altogether making for a great, great show. in case you've missed them in your town, here they were on leno last night as well.

spoon : "black like me (live on the tonight show with jay leno)" mp3
from the the tonight show with jay leno (september 11, 2007)
from the lp ga ga ga ga ga (merge records, 2007)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

nine eleven

this way my post on this day last year. it still seems relevant and important a year later, so here it is again

it's difficult to even know how to start a post on a day like today. the emotions that are stirred up by those two numbers are overwhelming even to me--i cannot imagine what it must be like for those directly affected by the events of that day. maybe it's the blessing of distance from the situation that allows me to feel this way, but i think it's important for us--as americans rightfully touched by a sense of patriotism in the memory of those who have fallen--to remember that there is a difference between pride and hubris. we are blessed to live in the place that we do and it's all well and good to be happy and proud of that fact. but in the end, regardless of gender, race, color or creed, we are all human beings, and to be an american should afford us no more earthly privileges than even those who wish us harm. i hope that we can all appreciate that the tragedy of that awful day five years ago can still be an opportunity for unification and growth, not just for america, but for all of our brothers and sisters. i leave you with a wilco song that seems especially appropriate for today. it's a faithful rendition of a 1969 song by charles wright & the watts 103rd street rhythm band (you can find the original here)

wilco : "comment (if all men are truly brothers)" mp3
from the album kicking television : live in chicago (2005)
a child was born yesterday
nothing but an innocent babe
someone sowed a bitter seed
oh how could he grow but a bitter weed?
society how can you teach
if you don't practice what you preach?
if all men are truly brothers
why then can't we love one another?
love, and peace, from ocean to ocean
somebody please, second my emotion
if all men were born to be free
what about you? what about me?
this world is filled with hate
there's nothing left
if you enslave me, you'll only hurt yourself

all songs posted are for evaluation only. if you hear something you like and would like to hear more, please go ahead and support the artists by buying their music--i will always include links for you to do so. copyright holders: if anything on my site needs to be taken down, please email me and it will be removed immediately.

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