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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Festival 8- Day 2



Don't expect a set list to be posted here until well after today's show has come to an end. We promise we'll update asap thereafter! But don't hold us responsible if we're out having too good a time!

Festival 8, Day 2:

Set I:
Sample in a Jar
The Divided Sky
Lawn Boy
Kill Devil Falls
Bathtub Gin
The Squirming Coil
Runaway Jim
Possum
Run Like an Antelope

Set II:
Rocks Off
Rip This Joint
Shake Your Hips
Casino Boogie
Tumbling Dice
Sweet Virginia
Torn And Frayed
Sweet Black Angel
Loving Cup
Happy
Turd On The Run
Ventilator Blues
I Just Want To See His Face
Let It Loose
All Down The Line
Stop Breaking Down
Shine A Light
Soul Survivor

Set III:
Backwards Down the Number Line
Fluffhead
Ghost
When the Circus Comes
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:
Suzy Greenberg

Spooky movies!

Those of you not enjoying the spooky festival 8 with yours truly, why not enjoy some spooky movies! Get the low down from Mark Jordan Legan and then head to your local movie store!

Some of the best:



Some of the worst:

Friday, October 30, 2009

gone phishin'



Great Scott will be out of the office today through Sunday. But that doesn't mean we won't be blogging the set lists each night after the show! Tune in tonight at 1 AM Pacific for a run down of the opening two sets of the festival.

And in case you were wondering, I'm dressing as Col. Forbin, and my lady is dressing as the famous mockingbird. Cause you all care. I know you do.

Festival 8, Night 1:

Set I:
Party Time
Chalk Dust Torture
The Moma Dance
NICU
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
Stash
I Didn't Know
Poor Heart
Cavern
Beauty Of A Broken Heart
Ocelot
Time Turns Elastic

Set II:
Punch You in the Eye
Down with Disease
Prince Caspian
Wolfman's Brother
Piper
Joy
David Bowie
Harry Hood
Golgi Apparatus

Encore:
Character Zero

Festival 8 Soundcheck

Well, phish has gone ahead and released a soundboard recording of their soundcheck from tonight. Set list below, which, I think we all agree, will leave many heads a'scratchin. Apologies that it's one long mp3, but I think you'll agree it's worth the listen:

Soundcheck- 10.30.09

Festival 8 Soundcheck Jam
Undermind>
Devil with a Blue Dress>
Gloria
Starship Trooper
Gone
Fuck Your Face Tease
MGMT Kids Tease
Liquid Time
Lengthwise tease

DOWNLOAD HERE

Big thanks to Coventry Phish Blog and Jamtopia's Festival 8 Re-cap for the upload!

Also, for those of you headed to the show tomorrow (like many local Los Angeleans), here's the map that was posted on Phish's offical page yesterday:



Only 44 hours remain before we learn which of the following albums will be this year's musical costume!

David Bowie | Hunky Dory
Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland
King Crimson | Larks' Tongues In Aspic
MGMT | Oracular Spectacular
Prince | Purple Rain
Radiohead | Kid A
Rolling Stones | Exile on Main Street

Which will it be? Who knows! See you at the show! The blog will periodically update over the weekend, and I'll try to have the sets up after each night, but who knows. That may wait til Monday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our last preview of Festival 8



Our buddy on twitter, BathtubGym sent us this photo last night. With the camp grounds opening today, it's probably already old news, but we thought it was worth the mention.

T-minus 24 hours until I make my way there...to quote Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka

"The suspense is terrible...I hope it lasts."

Also, a big shout out to Coventry Blog for finding this clip:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Bunny is released



Starting tonight, Phish will roll out The Bunny an all-phish radio station for phans on 95.9 FM in the greater Indio area. The station will include traffic news, archival performances, and other fun doodads and knicknacks. No paddywacks will be aired.

Follow them on twitter or facebook, or hell, just turn on the radio!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Narrow List




With Halloween and Festival 8 just 3 days away, the band has narrowed the list to 17 choices, 8 of which being the names of the 8 camping areas at the festival. While the verdict is still out as to what record will be covered, rumors of a horns section (courtesy of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) grow more likely with each elimination.

1. Bruce Springsteen | Born To Run
2. David Bowie | Hunky Dory
3. David Bowie | Ziggy Stardust
4. Frank Zappa | Apostrophe
5. Genesis | The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
6. Jimi Hendrix | Electric Ladyland
7. King Crimson | Larks' Tongues In Aspic
8. Led Zeppelin | Zeppelin I
9. MGMT | Oracular Spectacular
10. Michael Jackson | Thriller
11. Pink Floyd | The Wall
12. Prince | Purple Rain
13. Radiohead | Kid A
14. Rolling Stones | Exile on Main Street
15. Television | Marquee Moon
16. Van Morrison | Astral Weeks
17. Yes | The Yes Album

For a complete analysis of the festival that hasn't happened yet, visit Jamtopia's comprehensive rundown of what's to come.

WILL YOU BE AT FESTIVAL 8? We always love meeting our readers. Drop us a line at askscottsomething@yahoo.com and maybe we can meet up!

Otherwise, see you on shakedown street!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sean Penn goes Commie!

"I'm on a boat!"

AFP reported earlier today that Sean Penn was back in action doing what he does best! No, not on set shooting Harvey Juice (the much anticipated follow up to Milk, chronicling the life of the Kool-Aid Pitcher and his rise to sexual ambiguity), instead he's in Cuba. Doing what? Nobody cares!

Penn made the pilgrimage to Cuba (on a life raft made solely of empty 2-gallon jugs and broken dreams) on behalf of Vanity Fair to interview Fidel Castro. The idea was to chart the progress (or lack thereof) the Obama administration has made with Cuba during their short time in office. What Penn learned, however, would shock the entire world: nobody cares what some actor has to say about the international political policies of our once-great nation (well, except for the Associated Foreign Press and Yahoo who ran the article (shame on you both)). Instead, the session turned into more of a Q&A with Penn, whom Castro has adored since his performance as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. While no cameras or recording devices were allowed in the meeting, many critics agreed that this was a good sign for Hollywood.

"Once Tinseltown brands Penn a commie-red bastard like he really is, his career will surely sputter out. That's why he's looking to Cuba. The film commission tax incentives are fantastic there now," commented Hollywood-pundit Chance Beggington. "I mean, you don't need to go all the way to Cuba just to talk to Castro about movies. Just send him Arthur Miller's corpse and maybe a muffin basket! He'll get the picture."

Others argued that Penn has simply become the "American Bono" spreading his version of "good will" wherever he sees fit. While many are uncertain as to what that actually means, they were unanimous in agreement that it was in fact a bash on the former Shanghai Surprise star. "If this guy gets any more obnoxious, Oprah and Tyler Perry combined won't be able to stop him," commented one.

"I agree with what that guy said," another added.

Thought it's hard to say what Penn will actually take away from this visit, one thing is clear: as Penn's reach becomes mightier, sword gets weaker and weaker.

For Great Scott, I'm Great Scott...reporting.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Festival 8 art installation

Between the following two rumored art installations merely a week away now, I'm not sure what I'm more excited for: the music or the visuals.




Oh, but it gets better:

Primal Source (video documentation) from haque d+r on Vimeo.



See you in a week, amazing future art!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Festival 8 Details announced



Phish announced several details regarding the 3-day festival this week. Enjoy them here, or visit the Festival 8 website to read it first hand:

MUCH ON THE HORIZON AT 8


Team Phish has spent much time in the Coachella Valley as of late, so much that folks in Indio have been referring to the Empire Polo Club as “Little Vermont.” They also call raisins “sun grapes,” which is just weird.

Seriously though, within the next week, the planning and mapmaking and drawing of the past several months gives way to building and transforming the site, at last, into Festival 8. Back on the East Coast, the band is deep in rehearsals; working on the Halloween Set, as well as the Acoustic set planned for Sunday morning at the festival.

While there are far too many great elements in the works for the festival to share in this space, we’ll highlight a few of them here:

THE OVERLOOK + THE COIL
– Right at the entrance to the concert field is an elevated area partially covered by spectacular Olympic Peak Tents that looks out onto the lush concert field. Here at the Overlook you’ll get the chance to enjoy a particularly bloody mary at the Bloody Mary Bar, a movie area showing vintage Halloween classics, archival Phish video, (not to mention The World Series and NFL games), a massive 100 foot Ferris Wheel and an internet cafe (though wi-fi will be provided throughout the site). The Overlook will be opened from 8 am to 2 am each day of the festival, and will also be open Thursday, October 29, beginning after Soundcheck. Between The Overlook and the stage you’ll find The Coil, a large swirled structure where Festival 8 turns and returns, host to multiple art installations and interactive works galore. When the sun goes down, look on the outskirts of The Coil for an explosive group of fire artists bringing the HEAT (that has TWO meanings!).

THE HOUSE OF LIVE PHISH - It’s back for Festival 8 with a nice twist. Get out of the heat, the House Of Live Phish will be air conditioned! Think you can do a better job mixing Phish? The House will feature mix-your-own-track stations complete with skilled instructors from ProMedia, and you’ll be able to re-mix tracks from this Summer’s Tour while drinking a Shasta (Wait, scratch that last part — Shasta’s just pulled out). Final racks will be uploaded to a blog at livephish.com for everyone’s listening pleasure.

Also, everyone who visits the House of Live Phish will receive a free card redeemable for a Live Phish Summer 09 Sampler. Download and burn your own sampler onto CD using a Mac from our buddies at Small Dog Electronics in Vermont, or just enjoy listening to any of the songs at LivePhish.com on a Sonos listening station.

We’re also making each show from the weekend available on slotMusic micro SD cards, so that you can grab them on your way out of the concert field and listen back right away. Each card comes with a USB sleeve ensuring interoperability with all computers as well a microSD-enabled mobile phones and MP3 players. Listen to the concert on your way back to your campsite (you will never not be listening to Phish. Get used to it). Stop by the Phish Dry Goods tent for more details.

BEER! CERVEZA! BIER! BIERE! PIVO! BIR! – It seems a little silly to tout that there will be beer for sale at Festival 8. Worthy of mention is there will be over 50 different kinds of beer for sale – microbrews, ‘beers of the world’, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and our friends at Sierra Nevada have brewed a special pilsner exclusively available at Festival 8 called FOAM.

KURODA KNOWS HOW TO LIGHT A PALM OR TWO OR THREE – In addition to his usual duties behind the console, lighting designer Chris Kuroda is overseeing lighting throughout the site – at the entrances, in The Overlook, on the field. You’ll never see a more stunning collection of 140 lit palm trees. That’s the Kuroda Promise.

THE RETURN OF THE BUNNY 95.9 FM – Like a zombie in need of nourishing brains, The Bunny is back! Once again, we’ll be hopping around all weekend in a little trailer behind the stage, dishing out large quantities of killer music, up-to-the-minute traffic reports, festival updates, insightful interviews from the field, a dangerous triple session of Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro’s “From the Archives” shows, frightening late-night freak outs, subliminal messages, Dr. Demento outtakes, sound effects of doors closing, classic Jerky Boys tracks, white noise, Civil War dirges, Jewish fight songs, and of course, live broadcasts of all 8 Phish sets! If you get lost in The Coil or tied up at the Overlook Hotel, have no fear: The Bunny will be there for you, airing 24 hours a day beginning Thursday, October 29 at 10 AM right on through until Monday, November 2 at 10 AM. Now, if you happen to tune in before or after these times and hear a rock-block of Billy Joel, don’t be afraid: that’s just JACK-FM, the rock station we’ll be hijacking for the weekend. So be prepared: bring a boombox! Let The Bunny feed (on) your brain.

EIGHTH ANNUAL SCENT OF A MULE HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
– Got your costume picked out, tent packed, sunscreen, candy small beach towel and anti-grizzly spray ready to go? Well, how’s your pitching arm?

We’re tickled to announce the Eighth Annual “Scent Of A Mule Horseshoe Pitching Tournament” at Festival 8. Located in the concert field, the horseshoe pitching courts will be open for practice swings on Friday with the tournament taking place on Saturday and Sunday. East Coast vs. West Coast. It’s an easy sport to pick up so come and try your luck and get pointers from the good folks from the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America.

COFFEE & DONUTS ACOUSTIC. I ATE – A team of physicists have been working on fusing two different spheres of doughy goodness into one coherent form that retains its integrity after an aqueuous sugar coating has been applied. That’s right – those Sunday morning donuts will be commemoratively shaped in a figure eight, and glazed. We did it, America!

FESTIVAL CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET
– On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we’ll dish out a Certified Farmer’s Market (meaning that all the farmers participating have certification that their produce is in fact grown in California) that will feature organic and transitional produce, honey, cheese, eggs, bread, pumpkins, wheatgrass, fresh cut flowers, nuts, and California-grown olive oil. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried certified, California-grown wheatgrass – let me tell you! Organic coffee, breakfast, and lunch will be available at the cafe located adjacent to the Farmer’s Market at the El Dorado Clubhouse.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
– Tickets for Festival 8 are on sale now at http://places.musictoday.com/festival8/.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Summary Judgment



Mark Jordan Legan is back with this weekend's best and possibly worst at the multiplex! Tune in and see!

Phish- Joy



With Festival 8 a mere 2 weeks away, and Joy having been released over a month ago now, I thought it might be time to chime in and review the album. The dust has settled, fans are placated, and music critics have once again given mediocre reviews to another Phish studio record. For the life of me though, I can't figure out why. Perhaps these critics have a blank space where their minds should be.

In any event, I'm a fan of Phish's new material, and think they captured it nicely on their eleventh studio effort (also their first new record in 5 years). After all, as a die hard fan, I know the days of intricate dueling guitar/piano parts are long over. That's not to say that the band lacks the technical ability or discipline to write them (take Time Turns Elastic for example), but rather they've come to realize in recent years that less is more. Even going as far back as Farmhouse that theme started to bleed through. The band found that with drone oriented simpler 4-chord and 5-chord progressions, they had more flexibility to improvise, a novelty the band is essentially known for today.

And I think as we dig deeper here it's important to take a closer look at Time Turns Elastic. By this point, the song has been universally panned by fans. I'm really not sure why. Given Trey's recent (and let's be honest, lifelong) obsession with orchestral music, the song wasn't written for the 4-piece outfit. Instead, it was intended to be a complete narrative arrangement (and very much so is in it's studio incantation) something that many of these supposed die hard fans have forgotten. Not to mention the fact that Steve Lillywhite was really behind that track making Joy. And I have to agree with his vision: it really isn't a Phish album without one of those songs that is undoubtedly Phishy. The only problem however, is that the band has moved away from that, and shows no signs of returning to that place again.

As for the rest of Joy, it's probably one of the loosest and most fun records the band has ever released. Aside from the days when they were intentionally trying to be tongue and cheek, I can't think of a record in their catalog that not only encapsulates their mantra while still maintaining their unique sound at the same time. It's a tough thing to do, maturing. Often times you wonder if you'll be the same as you were in the "glory days," or if you'll become something you never wanted to end up like. Phish has struck a nice balance with that in mind both relieving themselves from the pressure of maintaining whatever it was they were, and just simply putting out a record they enjoyed writing and recording*.

While many fans this past summer rolled their eyes as a new tune started, I for one, couldn't have been happier. Joy is the perfect metaphor for where the band is today: they are happy to be playing music together again, and could really give a fuck what their audiences think. And it's with that mindset that they are forever changed and forever will be the same band I fell in love with some 15 years ago.

Phish- Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan


*Except for Time Turns Elastic of course, which took over 250 takes to get right. I can imagine that process was miserable.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Zombieland



Tongue and cheeks only works if your characters have cheeks. That is, unless you're Zombieland, the incredibly enjoyable zombie-comedy (or zom-com) that hit theaters October 2. Zombie movies are a tough nut to crack. You either have to take it incredibly seriously, as in the case of 28 Days Later, or make it campy enough for audiences to enjoy, like the Evil Dead trilogy. Somehow Zombieland managed to accomplish both successfully, and all in the short time of 81 minutes.

Another thing one doesn't typically expect to see in a zombie movie is fantastic acting. As it happens, the cast of the film was top notch. Woody Harrelson was fantastic, stealing every scene he was in. And that Michael Cera 2 was pretty decent as well (which makes sense considering he played almost the same character in Adventureland (think Zombieland with no Zombies)). I can't say there was much to write home about from the female half of the cast...they were more place holders than anything. But none of that matters when you have Woody Harrelson to carry a picture. I could literally watch that guy shell peanuts and still enjoy it. There was also one cameo (of which I'm sure you've all heard rumblings about now) that steals the entire film in 10 short minutes. I won't spoil it here, but I will say that it makes the movie worth seeing for his* appearance alone.



The film also does some fun things with their title sequence and chyrons on the screen further lending itself to the tongue and cheek nature of the picture. Don't go by the photo about though, that was some idiot online. This marks the directorial debut for Ruben Fleischer though, and I think I speak for everyone here at Great Scott! when I say that we are eager to see what he does next. It's debatable as to if he'll be able to leave the genre (so much of zom-coms are paint by numbers from a directorial stand point...you put make up on actors, have them run at screen and spit blood), but it's nice to see a well calculated film that doesn't squander audience time on the screen. It dives in, tells a story, and we're out. Simple as that. You can't ask for much more these days, though I did hear some complaints about paying 12 dollars for a mere hour and a half of screen time.

All in all, Zombieland is a big screen film with a fantastic ensemble and sharp witted plot line. Be sure to check it out before it leaves your local multiplex.

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Zombieland - Return these abominations back to ground



*hint: I said HIS. So you know it's not a transvestite.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sondre Lerche- Heartbeat Radio



It's hard not to like Sondre Lerche. He kind of reminds me of a cross between Andrew Bird and The Divine Comedy, but with slightly less whistling. Better yet, call him the Broadway version of Chris Isaak crossed with The Old 97's.

That's not to say that his music is without it's charm though. Maybe you all don't love the aforementioned artists as much as I do (well, save for Chris Isaak (okay, fine, he's awesome)) but one of the most appealing things about Lerche is his boyish* voice that acts as the facade for some other wise very mature music. There's a certain complexity to making something sound light and simple while still making it meaningful. Most artists can't achieve that ever, much less multiple times over. Lerche, on the other hand, continues to deliver with every record he releases. Heartbeat Radio is no exception.

His first record, Faces Down, didn't really hit home with me as much as it could have. I definitely heard a unique sound, but save for a few singles, I didn't really love the record like I do some others. That being said, it wasn't bad for a freshman release. My stance officially changed when I heard Two Way Monologue for the first time, a record that still sits in my car CD case to this day, some 5 years after hearing for the first time. It was playful, incorporating themes of love and loss in a way I'd never heard them done before. Lerche sounded like a conductor, orchestrating a single collective vision throughout the entire record. Only then could I return to Faces Down and appreciate it for what it truly was: the roots needed to grow the tree that was Two Way Monologue.

With Heartbeat Radio, Lerche has done it again (and then some!). He sounds comfortable, his voice slightly more controlled and tuned, his melodies aligning with much of his previous work, his instrumentation stronger than ever. He's almost closer to something someone might call "adult contemporary," but without the negative context. It's not muzak, though to the untrained ear, it might come off that way. But that's the brilliance in his work: he makes the real sound surreal. He lends his talent to a sound that is more approachable and better with each passing day. I'd be hard pressed to call this record better than Two Way Monologue, but it clocks in at a close second (and that's only after a handful of listens).

Enjoy "Like Lazenby," from Heartbeat Radio:



*I'm smart enough to know I'll never hear the end of saying I like someone's voice because it is "boyish."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Jamtopia's Festival 8 rundown



Jamtopia is doing a great job logging and following the Festival 8 album countdown. Between the chronicled list of what has been eliminated, to the interesting and unique facts being cited by fans across the globe, it is easily the most comprehensive look at the festival yet. Head over and give it a look-see!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Summary Judgment



Mark Legan is back with this weekends best (and possibly worst) at your local cineplex!

Phish announces fall tour, but holds off on NYE for now



As if there's not enough Phish news these days, the guys have announced a mini fall tour, covering many cities they had left off in their "we'll conquer the world again" tour. If you're missing Festival 8, and can't get to Miami for the soon to be announced New Years Eve run, be sure to catch one of these shows. If I'm lucky, and the God's are smiling, I'll be at night two in Cincinnati. IF I'm lucky*.

In the meantime, enjoy a cool video on Phish's homepage

FALL TOUR:
11.18.09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
11.20.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.21.09 U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
11.22.09 War Memorial at Oncenter , Syracuse, NY
11.24.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.25.09 Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11.27.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.28.09 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
11.29.09 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
12.02.09 Madison Square Garden , New York, NY
12.03.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.04.09 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
12.05.09 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

*Given the Cardinals past two losses, Mizzou's loss, and the fact that I broke my girlfriend's box spring for her bed merely by sitting on it, I am in fact NOT lucky.

Kings of Convenience- Declaration of Dependence



On October 20, Kings of Convenience will release their third full-length studio album. Fronted by Erlend Øye, Kings of Convenience can be loosely described as the Norwegian Simon and Garfunkel. That is, until you get Øye on his own. And maybe that's what makes this duo both unique and more fantastic with each record they release.

Quiet is the New Loud
, their first record released in 2001, wasn't much to write home about. It had it's highlights, including the Apple-commercial-friendly single "Toxic Girl," but otherwise it was a pretty hollow acoustic record, lacking much of a rhythm/bass section at all. Their sophomore effort, Riot on an Empty Street, proved that the band could in fact reinforce their sound without losing the wispy playful melodies and syncopated rhythms that drew me to them to begin with. But what makes this duo so unique is Øye himself. A DJ by trade, Øye's DJ Kicks record is still one of my favorite DJ sets ever. It introduced me to Phoenix and Alan Braxe in one fell swoop. Who else can say that? Hopefully many of you, cause if you haven't heard that record, your life has a big hole in it.

And after listening to that record (and his only solo effort, Unrest) it's impossible to do anything but marvel at Kings of Convenience and the records they've produced. Declaration of Dependence doesn't forge any new ground per se, but it's just as spot on as anything Øye has had a hand in the past 8 years (and that includes the superb "I've Been Waiting So Long" on Korsakow's Ears, and the overrated "Poor Leno" on Royksopp's Melody A.M. (which, yeah, it's a great song, and it's been remixed ad nauseam, but Øye's presence is negligible at best.))

So even for the critics out there that will call this record a rehashing of Riot, it comes highly recommended here. Every album that's released doesn't have to be something new and different, it just has to pique your interest. This record does that and more for a new listener, opening up a veritable Dewey decimal system of Øye related songs, collaborations, and records.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

How I Met Your Mother



I can't think of a photo that's a better misrepresentation of a show than this one. Look at them up there in their all white bathroom, holding martinis, talking on cellular telephones. I bet whatever world that is, it's a pretty awesome one. Too bad they can't move the show there as they do with so many meaningless shows that can't seem to garner a following. "It isn't working on Tuesday at 8, so let's move it to Wednesdays at noon. Now make the entire set white, and ta-da: you've got a hit!"

Instead, How I Met Your Mother returned (in it's normal non-white-room-post-frat-boy-world) in much the same way it has for the previous four seasons*. The only problem: it's not as funny as it used to be, a fact that breaks this editor's heart.

I'll confess: I had never watched the show until this past summer. A friend lent me the first two seasons and I instantly fell in love. Soon after that, I secured seasons three and four, and watched the fireworks explode. Lilly married Marshall, Ted and Robin broke up. No wait they didn't. They did! Barney became my role model for the world, and for any future sons I may have. Point being: the show had character types that worked brilliantly, all woven into a unique and approachable format (think Friends, but told out of order).

Then season five started. Ted became a teacher, Robin and Barney started dating, Marshall and Lilly got bored, and somehow here we all are, still hanging on for the ride.

Now I'm not saying I'll call it quits here, people. There are several pay-offs still to be had in this series (including the answer to the show's title, which seems both closer and more distant with each episode), but I have to wonder what happened during this hiatus to make the show fall flat out of the blue like this. The writing staff is strong, the cast is talented, and the show continues to stay true to form. So what happened?

I wish I could say. In the meantime, I'll keep tuning in and see if I can't put my finger on it.

How I Met Your Mother
airs Monday nights on CBS. Check your local cable box (you know, the one in your house) for times.


*Not the popular hotel chain. To be clear though, a show can't "return" in it's first season, so while I am aware the show is actually in it's fifth year, it could only return 4 times thus far. Just wanted you all to know I'm not a complete idiot**.

**...yet.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Air- Love 2



Air is back with a new record. I know, I know, I was out of the loop too. Let's move on.

When I first heard Air I was at a terrible party in the suburbs of the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. The record was Moon Safari and it changed the way I thought about music for the rest of my life. In the years that followed I would discover Premiers Symptômes, The Virgin Suicides, and Late Night Tales, and note them as my favorite records in an ever growing mental catalog of experimental music.

But then, all the sudden, Air hit a wall. Their music, while still progressing through a sort of post-modern sound, had become the cultural norm. Records like 10,000 Hz Legend and Talkie Walkie just didn't turn my wheels like their earlier efforts did, though they achieved better sales than anything they had released prior. So the question remained: would Air settle into a mediocre lull now that most active music listeners were aware of them? Or would the continue to push the envelope as they always had?

The result wound up being a little of both. For the first time ever, I think Air abandoned the idea that they had to fit into a musical category, if they ever had that idea to begin with. Their new record, Love 2, isn't as much a complete album as it is a band's collection of songs they wrote. There is no genre, that is to say, it's all genres at once (well, save for rap and country). And that turns out to be both the record's strength and weakness. I like a lot of the songs, and I think this record had the potential to be really great, but it wasn't achieved here. Instead, it feels more like a push from a record label to release something in hopes of retaining their small yet dedicated fan base before everyone assumed they had broken up or taken on a slew of DJ projects and solo records.

Take a listen and tell me what you think.

Monday, October 05, 2009

20,000 hits



At some point yesterday we surpassed 20,000 hits! That makes over 10,000 since April 10, 2009 (when we reached 10,000 hits).

While this may seem like nothing to you big time bloggers out there, it means a whole hell of a lot to me. So to all of my readers, thank you. I promise to keep delivering content as long as you keep showing up!

Here's to the next 20,000!

-The Editor

Friday, October 02, 2009

Summary Judgment



Mark Jordan Legan is back with this weekend's freshest flicks. Why not take one in this weekend?