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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

whose guest post boasts the most roast?

Hey everyone! Head on over to Passion of the Weiss and check out my take on sportscasters in America today.



Also, Happy Halloween! May all your Halloween frights and delights come true!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

behind the scenes of The Paranormalists

The Making of The Paranormalists

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The above video chronicles the journey that our cast and crew made making The Paranormalists, a Tomorrow the World Production. Their site can be found in the column on the right, or by clicking here.

You can also check out their myspace page here.

Release date of the film still to come, but I thought you all might like to see a bivvy of Denison alums as well as the making of the first signifigant movie I've played a major role in.

Yes I'm proud. You can ask the entire cast and crew and they'd say the same thing. Keep tuning in for details about the film!

passion poster boy

So I done gone and did it. New guest blog over at The Passion of the Weiss.

And that lovely blog administrator Jeff Weiss (pictured below) has also archived all the articles I've written for him. When you visit his blog, go to the column on the right, and under categories you'll see Great Scott. There you can find the rest of my work.

Also, don't forget to take a look at some of my previous posts, including love for Zapp and Roger, and how a pack of wild monkeys killed and Indian politcal figure.

Jeff Weiss, before the witch transformed him into a man. A...rabbit man!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I shouldn't laugh

This was the headline I saw: Indian official dies after attack by gang of wild monkeys

The article, in it's entirety, can be found here

Can you imagine being killed by wild monkeys? I'd go bananas! Ok, now that I got that joke out of the way (ahthankyou), we can get to the meat and potatoes of this.

The article got me thinking about some of my favorite monkeys, and then I figured I might as well just go for it and post about it. So without further ado, here are my favorite monkeys of all time:

the classic...



Mr. Burns' 10,000 monkeys on 10,000 typewriters, writing the greatest American Novel of all time..."It was the best of times...it was the blurst of times? Damn you infernal monkeys!"



Furious George, and the monkey knife fight, which includes one of the best lines of all time. Moe comments, "he ain't pretty no more," Mr. Burns runs up and exclaims, "Furious George, what have they done to you!"



Homer's helper monkey, Mojo




Krusty's monkey, Mr. Teeny...



Family Guy's use of the evil monkey in Chris' closet



and then just the downright too funny to be true monkey:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I no want trouble, I just want free tibet



The Dalai Lama was once quoted as saying, "Even when you lose, don't lose the lesson." Pretty damn profound stuff. Well, in this case, I am hoping for the lama's sake, that he forgets everything this guy told him while they hung out. Or wait, is that the guy from Frank TV? Nope, nope...too skinny.


Me Pretty, me take career seriously



In an effort to have her taken more seriously, Jenna Jameson, former porn star and jerk off session to every male american, has revamped her look so that she can obtain more legitimate work outside of porn. Now, I'm not really sure what was wrong with her look to begin with...



...but I can't wait til her ghost-written autobiography comes out explaining WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED!!! I mean, this is Jenna Jameson...hottie. porn star. over tan grandmother. she looks like a leather carry all...her armpit could be the handle...I mean jesus christ. SICK ass shit.

tell me you've seen this




You'd think she would have cried more over her Oscar performance...or was it the Emmy's she used to host? Either way, this pretty much cemented the fact that Ellen has lost her way, en route to becoming the white Oprah sooner than we all thought. I do give her sympathy, it's a terrible situation, and even worse for the kids that felt the fall out from it, but for christ sake. Cry alone in your office, like everyone else in hollywood. It's not that hard.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Zapp and Roger



Well, for everything I thought I knew, I couldn't have been more in the dark about this one. Yes, that's right. Those hilariously dressed fellows shown above actually amde a hugely signifigant contribution to music. Especially to west coast hip hop, and R & B.

For you hip hop fanatics out there, you know these guys inside and out. Taking strides further than Peter Frampton ever did, Zapp and Roger took the vocoder to a new level, incorporating it as the center of their sound.



Those of you not familiar with a vocoder, or what it does, you may remember the 90s rap anthem California Love, in which what sounds like a digitized voice says, "California...knows how to party." That's a vocoder. Not a hip hop fan? Well you've still heard that song before, so quit being a dick. Or go get Frampton Comes Alive and listen to Do You Feel Like We Feel. He employs the same instrument, but in a much more limited fashion than Frank and Zapp.

I have to give a shout out to Grady as well. Without the trip we took (to what he called 'the hood') this weekend to meet his family, I'd never have heard their works. Sure, like many passive listeners out there, I had heard 'I Wanna Be Your Man' before. Who hasn't? But the rest of their greatest hits record, which really were hits (whether we whiteys knew it or not), are fantastic.

I encourage everyone who has ever liked hip hop to check out their greatest hits records. It's kind of like listening to what the Beatles did for a generation of hip hop artists to follow. Their sound was so unique and ahead of their time, most of mainstream society wasn't sure what to think.



Well, let's flash forward to today where mainstream society does know what to think: and if record sales over the past 20 years are any indicator, Frank and Zapp's sound completely molded a vast portion of what west coast hip hop was, is, and forever will be.

And please, trust me when I say that while you may not recognize (word for word) every song on their album, you've certainly heard thenm all before, and will find yourself saying, "what is this from...I know I've heard this before." And then you'll sit there and realize, well now that I know what it is, it will be gracing your mp3 players, cd music makers, and record harmoniuses for parsecs to come.

Wait...parsecs?

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Dupleggcated



Found this video on yahoo today, and thought it was just too good not to share. I love the music. It fits very well with this silly little animation.

enjoy!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Album Review: Le Loup



I won't even write the entire title of the album by these SubPop artists. It's too long, and it doesn't make sense to me.

I always wonder why bands make their album titles this long. It reminds me of Fiona Apple's album "When the Pawn..." that seemed to go on and on and on, literally covering the whole album cover with words. Has anyone ever read them? Nope. I may now because I'm writing about it, but beyond that, I think I'm the only human ever to really sit down and give it a read.

So what gives with all the long titles? Are they hiding behind their name because Le Loup produced a lack-luster album? As much as we'd like to think that way, it's not the case.

In reality, they've done what few other artists have done well: traversing genres to create a model record for today's indie music scene. And that's a tough thing to do, seeing as music today can't really be classified as one specific thing. There is no rule book saying that an album has to be a certain way, cause, quite frankly, it doesn't. With that said, one can't just assemble a group of musicians from different musical backgrounds, throw them in a studio, and make an epic record. If that were the case, I'd be on my 4th greatest hits album, friends with Axl Rose, and an enemy of Suge Knight.

If I wanted a short story, I'd read Tolstoy

Alas, music isn't that simple. And making a memorable record today seems to be getting harder and harder to do. Perhaps its because there's such a large influx of small bands and artists producing records. Or maybe it's because for the first time since the 90s, music listeners have gotten sick of the same old radio friendly bull shit. Either way, it's created a veritable renaissance of music, and this record is no exception.

Le Loup's strength is realizing that their sound is one that merges folk and synth pop into one thing. Think of it as Sufjan Stevens, James and Paul Simon meet the Postal Service. And even that is a bastardization. Folk is huge in indie today, from the likes of Iron and Wine (actually on SubPop, not just distro'd by them), all the way to my arch nemesis Devandra Banahart. I'm sure I spelled his name wrong. And that's fine with me. I've never seen someone try to look as 'free spirited' as he does, and it really pisses me off.

Perhaps a better example is Kings of Convenience, the Norwegian folk duo that reminds many people of Simon and Garfunkel. But they don't stop there. Their album Versus employs Fourtet, Royksopp, and Ladytron remixing thier sound, yet still retaining the folky roots.

Le Loup takes a swim

And I think that's exactly what they do here, which is why, as you can tell, I'm having a hard time describing exactly what they do. And after thinking about it, I can't say that that's necessarily a bad thing.

If you're looking for a fall record that sparkles with every polish, this is the one. Download it, try it out, and if you like it, go buy it!

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