Archive for January, 2010

January 30, 2010

Obama: “Fuck You”

If you didn’t watch the State Of The Union, of course The Daily Show sums it up best.

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January 29, 2010

Give Obama and the Republicans their own show.

Wait, Obama is the real deal? He doesn’t need a teleprompter? Get out! Lolz. Maybe they needed a good cry. It was his administration that pressured the Republicans to film it. Fox News ended up cutting 20 minutes before it was over. I guess things weren’t going according to their scripted “reality”. Between the State Of The Union and this, we’re seeing a different Obama, and it’s great. If you have an hour this is worth watching.

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January 28, 2010

I’ve always respected Oprah.

Now I do more. Of course I can’t find a video of the whole interview to post, she keeps her shit very exclusive. Jimmy Kimmel put together a great montage of Leno’s answers during the Oprah interview. Clearly Leno feels like he’s the victim somehow. I guess his poor feelings got hurt. He says “TV isn’t fair”. Hopefully he remembers that when his ratings at 11:30 suck.

January 28, 2010

The best article I’ve read on the iPad.

What We Learned About Apple Yesterday from Mashable.com.

This is his end point:

Once again, it becomes clear that Apple doesn’t want to sell devices that can do everything; they want to find the best form factor to consume some types of digital content, and then focus on them. If you look at it, you can do pretty much everything on your personal computer; by that philosophy, you don’t need anything else besides a laptop. And yet, you’ve now got smartphones and e-readers selling very well. Could it be that one powerful device is not as good as several less powerful, but more focused ones?

Personally, I’m still blown away that iPhones don’t multitask. I have a Blackberry, and I just assumed all smartphones multitask.

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January 27, 2010

Maybe Apple needed a bit more time.

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January 24, 2010

Need more proof Ebert is cool?

He tweeted this. He knows who Banksy is. And, I think he might have taken this picture himself.

Banksy

January 20, 2010

New Gorillaz Album Details.

Stylo

Pitchfork has the full details on the new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. Mark E. Smith from The Fall, Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Barry Gibb, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from The Clash. This could be insane or meh. Based on their first two albums, I’m betting on insane. First single is pretty great. The album is out March 9th. I make no secret that Damon Albarn is a musical genius, and that Demon Days grew to be one of the finest albums I’ve ever heard. I’m excited for the new one.

Gorillaz – Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)

January 18, 2010

Roger Ebert made me join Twitter

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert is why. The sole reason why. Laugh if you want, Ebert is a fantastic writer and I’ve been a fan for many years. I own four of his books: The Great Movies, The Great Movies II, Your Movie Sucks, and I Hated Hated Hated This Movie. I’ve read all four books cover to cover. The man won a Pultizer for criticism, for Christ’s sake. But, look at these tweets:

Jeff Bridges has time for Billy Bush but sent me boring, cursory answers for my e-mail interview. Tells Billy the same things, more cursory.


All hail “Avatar,” yes, but the year’s best picture? Give me a f–king break.

And look at that picture. That’s the picture of a man with true courage. He doesn’t give a fuck what you think.

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January 17, 2010

Led Zeppelin Boxset

I finally bought the Led Zeppelin boxset. I’ve had to wait a long time because it retails for $200. But, I had a $100 gift card from Christmas and a 33% off coupon for Borders. The packaging is gorgeous and very elaborate. Each CD is meant to replicate the LP. The CD is housed in a plastic sleeve, then one of those cardboard partial sleeves, then the actual full cardboard sleeve, and then the CD is in a paper sleeve, like an LP would be in, and then finally the CD is housed in another plastic sleeve. So, it takes 5 moves to get the CD out. I took a picture to illustrate this. After uploading the music, I’ll probably never open it again, haha. Having listened to their albums all the way through, it’s clear that other after The Beatles, Led Zeppelin should be on the very short list for second greatest band ever. Did they really do a bad song? Frankly, from the first riff of “Good Times Bad Times” people must have known that Led Zeppelin would be one of the greatest groups ever. But, it’s a song like “Ramble On” that I’d point to as maybe the best example. Over lyrics clearly referencing Lord Of The Rings (and not in a cheesy way, mind), Led Zeppelin play one of their sweetest folk ballads. It sounds like bongos, but John Bonham apparently is playing a plastic trash can. Jimmy Page’s guitar sounds like a friggin’ violin in that divine little section about 1:45 in, and his solo is gorgeous as well. Very few bands are capable of writing and playing a song this fine.

Good Times Bad Times

Ramble On

Pretty Intense Packaging

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January 16, 2010

Sade – Soldier Of Love

Sade is still doing it right after 26 years. This song has a really great martial beat to it. And it’s sexy, as if I had to tell you that.

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