Archive for June, 2009

June 29, 2009

Roger Ebert’s review of Transformers II

I love Roger Ebert. This is a good example why.

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
— Roger Ebert

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June 29, 2009

Róisín Murphy – Overpowered

This week I’m going to absorb and review the Lady Gaga album. Somehow she’s become a pop culture phenomenon in America doing pop electro. This is my initial reaction, the title track and video to former Moloko Irish singer/songwriter Róisín Murphy’s second album, 2007’s Overpowered. Never heard of her? That’s my point. I get the funny feeling you’ll think this video is 1) Similar 2) Better 3) Earlier… by two years.

Here’s another video from that album, for the song “Movie Star”. The synth riffs are killer, and the video has drag queens. How can you go wrong?

By the way, if you want to hear some of the quirkiest dance albums, start getting into the Moloko catalog.

June 12, 2009

The Phenomenal Handclap Band Album

This band somehow stands at just 4655 “friends” on their Myspace, and 375 “fans” on Facebook. Meanwhile, this band has just released the funkiest, most soulful album I’ve heard in years and years. I discussed them in a previous blog post, which also had a live video of “I’ll Disappear”. Until now, “I’ll Disappear” was the only official release on iTunes, and some internet stores got a single with edits of “Testimony” and “15 to 20”. I’m thrilled to say the rest of the album equals the ass-shaking fun of those songs. I’ll go as far as to say that “All Of The Above”, which you can hear on their myspace, has the greatest bassline I’ve ever heard, especially when matched with the drums and vocals. The album reminds me of last year’s Neon Neon album. Neon Neon set about making an 80’s album, not an album influenced by the 80’s. The Phenomenal Handclap Band make 60’s/70’s psychedelic rock, funk, soul, and disco. Not music influenced by it, if you catch the subtle difference. It’s not ironic, it’s passionate and real. The fuzz guitar of “Dim The Lights” is pure stoner rock. The soul vocals of “Tears” sounds transported from a Lyn Collins album, but mixed with a little Grace Slick. The 60’s psychedelia of “The Martyr” or “The Circle Is Broken” matches Electric Prunes, Amboy Dukes, or anything on the Nuggets box. “Baby” sounds like a lost Curtis Mayfield track. One of the best things about listening to the album, especially if you’re heard the leaked tracks like “I’ll Disappear” or “15 to 20”, is how well sequenced the album is. The album has an incredible flow that makes you not able to listen to just one song. Songs blend into the next, especially the hint of “Baby” right before “Tears”. And, finally, the album makes you want to shake your fucking ass all over. And, really, that’s the point, isn’t it?

THE summer album.

June 4, 2009

Lady Gaga vs. Megan Fox vs. Lily Allen (NSFW) (Updated)

I look at four celebrity blogs daily. The Superficial primarily, because it makes me laugh. The blog has made it clear they’re an Obama supporter. Also, their sister site Geekologie is really interesting and funny too. Then, I also look at What Would Tyler Durden Do (WWTDD), I Don’t Like You In That Way (IDLYITW), and Egotistic. Mostly I look at them to see naked and half-naked celebrities. That, and reading all the stupid shit they say. I don’t care much for who is dating who or whatever. Unless it involves Christina Ricci. On a side note, I do have an issue with WWTDD because the blog writer can tend towards racism and gross misogyny. I also look at Go Fug Yourself, because they’re funny and genuinely good blog writers. It’s fun to see celebrities wear crazy, ugly shit.

And, speaking of wearing crazy ugly shit, we have Lady Gaga.

What the fuck is this shit? Why won’t she ever wear pants? Underneath all the crap she wears, she’s only mildly attractive. But, she literally thinks she’s a great sex symbol who is changing what “sexy” means. She also thinks she’s some great artist, despite writing pop-rave that’s no more unique than anything done in the last 17 years. Don’t get me wrong, she does have great legs. But, I think I speak for most men when I say that there is nothing sexy about her ridiculous getups.

Then you have Megan Fox:

The blogosphere and men’s magazines go nuts for Megan Fox, calling her perfection. Nevermind that her boobs are fake, and probably she had a nose job. Admittedly, she can look sexy and is clearly beautiful. But, I feel like she’s beautiful in this superficial, cliche way. And, I feel like I see real, non-famous women who are this attractive all the time. But, because she was in Transformers and has tons of stylists and makeup artists and costume designers, she’s held up on this manufactured pedestal.

And, my point of this blog entry is this:
I’d much rather look at Lily Allen:

From thesuperficial.com

From thesuperficial.com

Lily Allen is a really cute girl. And, sure she has a bit of a belly, and she has small boobs (I prefer small boobs), but at least she looks like a real person you could talk to. And, she clearly is comfortable with herself. She doesn’t need to look perfect all the time, dragging an army of stylists around with her. She looks like Lily Allen, a unique person. While someone like Megan Fox could be called Raegan Wolf and it wouldn’t matter. I feel like this is the problem with celebrity. Either you make yourself look overly insane and costumed, like Lady Gaga, or like an interchangeable sex symbol like Megan Fox. Either way, it’s not reality. While, Lily Allen looks like reality. I think i’m the only person who seems to care about celebrities looking like real people, but oh well.

As for the NSFWness, here you go

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June 4, 2009

Christina Ricci is single again!

According to The Superficial (according to People), Christina Ricci and Owen Whothefuckareyou Benjamin got into a big fight and called off their engagement. I still have a chance! Dreams do come true! Just look at her…