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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Turds! Double turds!

My buddy turned me on to the world of Isaac and his top 15 fart scenes in movies count down. While this is the most juvenile this blog has ever been, I couldn't be more proud.

Jay and Silent Bob come in at 15. Head over to the world of Isaac to see 14-1.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Phish narrows the list

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In addition to Phish's shirt design contest for Festival 8, the band has also announced the list of possible records they could be covering this coming Halloween. The list below includes every album they listed. Those that have already been eliminated from the running (or so the band would have us think), are in italics.

AC/DC – Back In Black
Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic
Allman Brothers Band – Eat A Peach
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Band – The Band (Brown Album)
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Blind Faith – Blind Faith
Bob Dylan – Blood On the Tracks
Bob Dylan And The Band – The Basement Tapes
Bob Seger – Against The Wind
Boston – Boston
Brian Eno – Before And After Science
Chicago Transit Authority
Clash – London Calling
Credence Clearwater Rivival - Green River
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly Soundtrack
David Bowie - Scary Monsters
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Declan McManus – This Year’s Model
Devo – Freedom of Choice
Doors – The Doors
Duran Duran – Rio
Eagles – Hotel California
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Blvd
fIREHOSE – flyin’ the flannel
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Frank Zappa – Aposrophe
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Genesis – The Lambs Lie Down On Broadway
Grateful Dead – American Beauty
Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Hall & Oates – Private Eyes (oh lord this would be hilarious!)
Huey Lewis And The News – Sports
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de Lo Habitual
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
Jonathon Richmond and The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
Journey - Escape
KI$$ - Alive II
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic
Led Zeppelin – I
Led Zeppelin – IV (Zoso)
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
LOVE – Forever Changes
Manu Chao – Clandestino
Medeski Martin & Wood - Shack Man

Metallica – Master Of Puppets
MGMT – Oracle Spectacular
Michael Jackson – Thiller
Michael McDonald – If That’s What It Takes
Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night
Nirvana – Nevermind
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pearl Jam - 10
Peter Gabriel – So
Pink Floyd – Meddle
Pink Floyd – The Wall
Pixies – Come On Pilgrim
Police – Ghost In The Machine
Pork Tornado – Pork Tornado
Primus – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
Prince – Purple Rain
Queen – A Night At The Opera
Radiohead – Kid A
Rage Agaist The Machine – Evil Empire
Ramones – Ramones
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Rolling Stones – Exile
Roots – Phronology
Rush – Moving Pictures
Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
Springsteen – Born To Run
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
T.Rex – Electric Warrior
Talking Heads – Fear Of Music

Television - Marquee Moon
Tom Petty – Damn The Torpedoes
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
U2 – Joshua Tree
Van Halen – Van Halen
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Velvet Underground And Nico
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Ween – White Pepper
White Stripes – Elephant
Who – Who’s Next
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
X – Los Angeles
Yes - The Yes Album
ZZ Top – Tres Hombes

If there's one lesson to learn about Phish it's that this list may just be a "you think you know, but you have no idea..." from the band. So we shall see what shakesdown!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Glorious Basterds

I debated a lot about writing this review, the film having already been out for over a month, and the buzz all but dead. But after reading the drivel written about the film in GQ I had to lower my pen and raise my voice. And instead of trying to compete with Tom Carson's "all up my own ass, look at how smart I am," pseudo-review, I figured I'd just do what I always do: hit on both the good points and bad. Fortunately, in this case, there were very few bad moments, the worst coming when I read the aforementioned review.

As you may or may not know, the film, by this point, has been almost universally accepted as one of Tarantino's greatest achievements yet. And while we can sing the praises of the script and the concept of making the outcome of Hitler's life fictitious (both of which I loved), the real heroes here are the cast members who shine in every way. Brad Pitt is great as the southern lieutenant with a heart of stone. And even more impressive was Christoph Waltz in the role of Col. Hans Landa, or "The Jew Hunter" as he is nicknamed.

Landa is arguably the most iconic Tarantino character ever written. Taking the consumption driven model that shone so brilliantly through Pulp Fiction, Landa spends each scene enjoying one of life's most secular pleasures. At the top he enjoys two glasses of milk, each sip more menacing than the last. He also takes time to pack a pipe as well, letting the wisps of smoke play about his face (thus enjoying the second hand smoke as much as the act of smoking itself. He practically swallows a danish at a fancy German SS-friendly restaurant and prattles on about how delicious it is for at least a page. Then, in his closing fit of sensory carnage, he (SPOILER) strangles our female heroine, straightens his jacket, and continues with his day as if it were nothing new. Point being, this character is one that enjoys living his life...ironically, at the cost of killing presumably 1000s of others.

Basterds is a movie for men. Maybe that's why GQ put their top scholar on the article. But it's also a movie for movie-lovers, those that frequent the multiplex each weekend hoping to actually see a good film for once. In this case, they will, and they should be thankful they get one amidst a sea of mediocre dramas this year so far. And instead of me telling you too much more, I'll just let you go see it for yourself and make your own decisions about it like a good critic should.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Blues

Aww man, Monday's almost here again...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A thought for the weekend...

For those of you that missed the Hartford show in August, or have yet to hear the amazing Icculus from the night, enjoy. It's got one hell of a good message to motivate your weekend.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Summary Judgment

Mark Jordan Legan is back with this week's best and worst of the cinneplex!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Festival 8 announcement!

Earlier today, Phish made some major Festival 8 announcements, including, but not limited to the fact that they will be performing an entire acoustic set- the first in their long prolific career. This almost ensures a "Strange Design" (yes!) on Halloween, but it also sheds some interesting light on the actual musical costume halloween set.

Think about it...if the halloween set starts at 7:30 and the band comes back for another set of their own at 10, then that pretty much rules out the chances of them doing a double album (much like they had done with the White Album in '94). This doesn't do much to help clue in fans as to what that magical set will be, but it has us here at Great Scott leaning more and more towards Thriller, given Michael Jackson's recent passing*.

Either way the weekend will prove to be another defining moment in the bands career. This is pretty far from their home turf, and by the looks of it, tickets are still available. They continue to whet their fans' appetites with new and exciting festival related news, but will the Festival 8 experiment prove a success? We can only hope so, that way the band comes back to SoCal more often!

To buy your tickets to Festival 8, click here.

[an image of the concert field courtesy of the Festival 8 site

*Wait, Michael Jackson is dead? When did that happen?!

Friday, September 18, 2009

a gem from the barn

Time Turns Elastic - Acoustic Barn Demo from Trey Anastasio on Vimeo.

Given all the hub-bub about Trey's recent show at Carnegie Hall I thought it might be nice to see one of his signature orchestral pieces stripped down to it's skeeves. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

And in case you're living under a rock, and you haven't heard the greatest YEM to date, please enjoy it here:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Werewolf Bar Mitztvah, Spooky Scary

Last week my friend Josh turned me on to a site that is making almost-daily guesses as to what Phish will be playing at Festival 8 this year. The best part is, the site allows you to download any of the albums they are guessing the band will play. While my money is still on Thriller, they do raise some interesting ideas. Check it out:

What Will Phish Play on Halloween?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

District Nein!

Hype. It's a what emcees do to create a buzz. It's also what film executives do to try and sell movies. Most of the time it works, too, it just doesn't always mean that the movie will live up to what you've heard. District 9, unfortunately, is one of those movies.

Like most, I was eager to see District 9. I love sci-fi movies and apocalyptic thrillers in any form I can get them: Stargate, The Fifth Element, Aliens, Independence Day, and on and on and on. The point is, I take them seriously, but I enjoy them for their camp value as well. That's what made this movie so intriguing to me. Not only was it a subject matter I loved, but Peter Jackson was involved! I was a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so when I heard he had attached his name to D9 (and that is literally all he did, folks), I assumed it would be something worthwhile. Turns out, you can't always judge a book by it's cover. Which I think is a saying. Or wait, maybe it's the early bird gathers no moss. You know what I mean.

Don't get me wrong though, this is a decent movie, it just lacks focus at times, and seems to leave several questions unanswered beyond "will they make a sequel?" SPOILER ALERT: They will. We all know they will. The movie did well at the box office, and has several elements that audiences love: aliens, metamorphosis, flying things, and big guns. Add a few tits (ooh, Total Recall, another movie I love!), and you've got a successful franchise in no time.

The problem with this movie however, lies in the fact that it's almost 4 types of movies in one, none of which are complete in their vision. The first two are purely stylistic observations. The movie, in parts, is shot like an episode of The Office. We meet our lead, we see his day to day, and we witness it as if we were there ourselves, documentary style. The camera moves, they mix media formats to remind us we're seeing it in "reality," and it starts to feel almost organic and natural. That is, until they start jumping from documentary style film into narrative storytelling. Had they just stuck with one or the other, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

The other two films exist in story and context. On the one hand, we have a strange post-modern story of human interest: aliens came to earth, and need help getting out of their man-made ghettos and back home to their planet so that their species may live on. But then, out of nowhere, it's an action movie! Huge gun fights and action driven sequences dominate the last 45 minutes of the movie, making me wonder if maybe they just ran out of drama and had to add some padding. The fighting is loosely relevant to the story, but gets lost in the heightened CGI we weren't competing with earlier. It has a Transformers feel to it, a fact that many viewers (myself included) may not like. Luckily, Megan Fox has nothing to do with this one (nor will she be in the 3rd installment of Transformers, after what she said about Michael Bay. Hiyo!)

All in all though, it is a film worth seeing (if nothing else, before the sequel comes out). The first act is as strong as any film I have seen in the past few years, and the turn at the end of the act will leave you reeling. The lead, played by Sharlto Copley, is fantastic, and shows rare vulnerable moments you don't normally get to see in an action/sci-fi movie. There's a really good chance this film's sequel could come back as all blood and guts with little substance. I can only hope, with the next one however, that they keep the human--err alien interest story alive. At least then it will still be something worth talking about.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Trey Anastasio @ Carnegie Hall

[All photos by Benjamin Slayter / Slayter Creative]

This weekend, many New Yorkers were lucky enough to see a slice of Phish at it's phinest. Trey debuted an entirely orchestral driven show that he one day hopes to take on the road. Reviews describe it as being "life changing," and we here at Great Scott couldn't agree more. Here's to hoping Trey takes this show on the road...

...after a 1000 more phish shows.

My only hope is that they release an audio recording better than the audience feed of the show we've heard here. I'd up the entire show as-is, but the recording isn't great. Maybe Trey will get fancy and release it at some point! Keep those fingers crossed.

Set List:
Set I:
First Tube
The Inlaw Josie Wales
Brian and Robert
Divided Sky
Water In the Sky
Pebbles and Marbles
Guyute Orchestral

Set II:
Time Turns Elastic
Let Me Lie
You Enjoy Myself

If I Could

Trey w/ New York Philharmonic Orchestra- You Enjoy Myself

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson- Break Up

New tomorrow, Break Up, is Pete Yorn's most recent studio effort, recorded with long time family friend Scarlett Johansson. Falling nothing short of great, the same energetic pop that has become synonymous with his name is sure to please, and is as approachable as a high school kissing booth (speaking high school didn't have any kissing booths. what's up with that? Then again, there was the cootie scare of '99). Plus it's 100% Zooey Deschanel free, though apparently Yorn did consider her as a back-up if Johansson wasn't interested (wasn't interested = trapped in Woody Allen's basement). For my money, Johansson and Deschanel sound about the same when singing, but I think we can all agree it's better than Minnie Driver any day of the week.

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson- Relator

Friday, September 11, 2009

SFW porn

I wonder what's below all that fun animation...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

America's Dumbest Inventions

Every so often, someone invents something that is dumber than all hell. This is one of those times.

My favorite part is when the girl says she'd rather be outside on a nice day. It's so comical because once you're outside- what the hell do you need the treadmill for? You can just run down the street!

Idiots rejoiced when this product was released. The only one ever constructed was sold to a blind legless man name Choppy. It was later used as a conveyor belt at a shoe factory.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Lesson in Advertising

Too often when I open men's magazines I see ads for high society. These can come in the form of clothing ads, vacation home ads, accessory ads, or cologne ads. The last on that list always leaves me especially confused as I'm not really sure they create advertising that really suits the market they are pitching to. So for once, we're going to clear the air.



See how simple that is? Let's try another shall we?



Or if downstairs isn't your thing, there's always these too:

My point is: these are MEN'S MAGAZINES. A little less dick would be nice.

The Editors

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Great Scott makes it big

Mario from welcometoglass on Vimeo.

Never one to overlook my own accomplishments and share them with the internet universe, I thought I'd post this commercial I starred in for the web company Glass. Here's to hoping they hire me again! Enjoy!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Summary Judgement

It's Friday, so you know what that means! Mark Legan is back with a preview of this weekends best (and what also may sound like worst) new movies.

Apologies that the blog has been sluggish this week. I've been entertaining all week and had a whole lot going on. We'll pick back up regular posting after the holiday weekend. In the meantime, grab a cold beer and watch the Cardinals run away with the N.L. Central!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

coolest fat kid ever

I don't watch a lot of reality TV, but with the clip right here, I think I may need to rethink my stance. Either that, or just move to Oklahoma so I can see people like this in person. Either way, this kid is my hero for finally settling the age old debate: is bacon good for you?

It is, in case you were wondering.