Thursday, February 26, 2009

Previously enjoyed

I like to enjoy things. Here are some things I enjoyed recently.

Depeche Mode - "Wrong" (link). Like a lot of bands I loved growing up, Depeche Mode have had their ups and downs. I thought their last album was a huge improvement over the not-so-exciting Exciter, but still not the band I fell in love with. Long story short, I wasn't expecting much from their new single, so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually really liked it. It's modern and new, but it also captures a lot of the things I love about Depeche Mode -- the urgency, the atmosphere, the dark pop sensibility. This sounds like it could have been written in the era of Black Celebration or Violator.

Star Trek Edits (link). Basically, this guy took a bunch of footage from Star Trek: The Next Generation and re-edited it to make hilarious short vignettes. I haven't watched them all yet, but what I've seen is gold. Although I have to admit "Beard on Beard" freaked me out a little bit. I'm not sure I can ever look at Riker with a straight face again.

Pizza Hut in Italy (link). Courtesy of Funny or Die, this video adds new (and more accurate) captions to an incredibly dumb Pizza Hut ad, which originally tried to suggest that a group of Italian food-lovers would not know the difference between a well-made, hand-crafted lasagna, and one from Pizza Hut. If anyone is actually taken in by this BS, then they deserve to eat at Pizza Hut.

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (links in text). AYWKUBTTOD has been one of my favourite bands for years now for a multitude of reasons, but they still never fail to entertain and surprise me. Last week, a kind user on the band's fan board uploaded a 10-minute mini-documentary from the band's early days, and quite simply: it rules. In those 10 minutes you get a tidy recap of all the insanity that led the band from obscurity to, well... not fame, but certainly not obscurity anymore. It's worth the download (link). Second of all, holy crap there are a lot of awesome videos of this band on YouTube. Check out this 2003 performance of "Richter Scale Madness" as some show promoter tries to get them to stop playing (they don't). I also love the tradition of using lyrics from Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" in the song's bridge. It's a pretty beautiful juxtaposition (link).
Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
And when we get there...
And when we get there...
We could just kill kill...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fun with Yahoo Answers III: Politics Edition

I can't help it. I keep going back for more. Some days Yahoo Answers is like a freakin' train wreck where the cars keep coming and there's no end in sight. Today, it's all about the politics. Some highlights:
  • Why have there been so many crashes since Obama became President? 3 Airplanes, 2 deadly, and the Stock Market? Clearly, it's because Obama hates freedom. Or because you're an idiot. Whatever.
  • Hey Liberals, do you still want to Free Tibet? Think about the consequence, millions of tibetan refugees would come to your country as refugees, how would you feel about that? I'm not an expert on the whole Tibet situation, so maybe I'm way off on this... But if Tibetans were free to live as they wanted and in no danger of persecution, why would they be fleeing their country as refugees?
  • Should President Johnson increase the United States troop commitment to South Vietnam in 1965? He definitely should. I'll tell him to get right on it.
  • Have you ever noticed that Obama supporters are incompetent at driving? No... I... didn't notice that. Is this person following people home and surveying them about their political beliefs? How do they know this?
  • Does the fact that Obama is left handed worry you at all? I shiver and shake all night long, just thinking about it.
  • Why do my friends and family believe I am racist when I refer to Obama as the banana king or banana eater? Because bananas have feelings too.
  • Why do those who hate freedom want to keep drugs illegal in the US? Uh... Because they hate freedom?
  • Was hitler a good guy? Yes. He just has a bad reputation because he was a mean drunk (and he was drunk all the time).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Weekend: It's Over!

Holy crap, we got a lot of snow this weekend. That must be some kind of record.

Anyway, that's neither here nor there. It's been a full week since I posted last and that post was full of miscellaneous info about my weekend. I guess that's what this post will be as well.
  • Saw an all-ages show and it was a good time. All Ages shows have become somewhat of a rarity in Fredericton, but luckily some good folks I know are trying to change that. The only options in recent years have been metal shows, which is fine, but I'd prefer a little more variety. It was a bit inspiring to get out and just enjoy some music for the sake of it, without the pretense of having it be a social event or going drinking or whatever it is people do at bars while they're ignoring the music. I spent some time the next day recording noisy guitars for songs I'm working on.
  • I made creamed spinach, inspired by last week's episode of Top Chef (go Stefan!). My mom used to make this for us all the time when we were kids. I haven't had it in years, so it was actually a bit of a nostalgia trip to eat it again (along with a pile of mashed potatoes, of course).
  • Jorge Garcia's blog is a lot of fun. If that name doesn't ring a bell, he plays "Hurley" on the tv show Lost. His blog is mostly fluffy day-to-day stuff, but he provides little behind-the-scenes glimpses that are entertaining (probably moreso for fans of the show) and occasionally it's even educational.
  • The Oscars happened. I didn't watch and I haven't seen all of the major movies yet, but I did participate in a pool. I lost pretty badly, I assume.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Things I did this weekend

  • Not watching the Grammys. I'll probably check 'em out later and fast-forward through all those boring awards between the music. Actually, I'll skip some of that, too.
  • Cooked the 3rd course in a six-course meal. I made a south-west style salmon & scallop cake, with avocado and a tomato salsa. Delish!
  • Drank many Cuba Libres and jammed on an old organ with a bunch of people I'd just met.
  • Learned about Marsala wine and finally tasted some.
  • Discovered that my NES has been on since New Year's Eve. Thank God! Now I can pick up that paused game of Rock 'N Ball.

Friday, February 6, 2009


According to my sidebar, Last.FM knows what I've been listening to the most this week, but is a little sketchy on the details. I have apparently listened to everything an "undefined" number of times. Not sure how that works. Either it knows or it doesn't... Doesn't it?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Flight of the Awesome

I'm so glad to see new Flight of the Conchords on the air. I know the duo talked about how difficult it was for them to produce all the new music for the season, but it looks like it was worth it. I've particularly enjoyed seeing some of the other characters on the show get in on the singing. Murray has had multiple singing parts and even Mel and her husband got in on the reprise of "Hurt Feelings" in the newest episode. I'm gonna miss this show when the season ends.

"Hurt Feelings" Bret & Jemaine's rap

"Hurt Feelings" Cast reprise