Monday, November 19, 2007

I've Got More Soul Than A Sock With Holes.

Just some songs and videos today...

Random Song 1: Jens Lekman - A Postcard To Nina (buy)
Random Song 2: Queen - Under Pressure (buy)

Video: Jay-Z - Roc Boys (And The Winner Is) (buy). Jay-Z performing on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Random Song 3: Wu Tang Clan - Method Man (skunk remix) (buy)
Random Song 4: Stars - Take Me To The Riot (buy)

Video: Emma Pollock - Paper and Glue (buy). I came across Ms. Pollock when she opened for The New Pornographers last month. The CD has been playing in my car ever since.

Random Song 5: Bobby Digital - La Rhumba (feat. Method Man) (buy)
Random Song 6: The Go! Team - Doing It Right (buy)

Video: Madvillain - Strange Ways (buy). This is a "fan-made" video that I enjoy. Mainly due to the fact that I love the Madvillain album, but I also think it's a good video in general.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Guitar Heroes Usually Apply Hairspray

The life of a casual blogger is an interesting one. What started out as a weekly musing of none relevant things, has somehow become a monthly musing of none relevant things. This may be due to the emergence of the video game reviewed below. Regardless, I will try to make an effort to get back to the weekly postings.

Random Song 1: Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle (buy)
Random Song 2: Jay-Z - Success (ft. Nas) (buy)
Random Song 3: Bloc Party - Helicopter (buy)
Bonus: Timbaland - Apologize (ft. OneRepublic) (buy)

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of Rock N’ Roll, or even video games for that matter, chances are pretty good that you will have fun playing Guitar Hero III. If you have never played any of the games in the Guitar Hero series, the premise is quite simple. You pick up the guitar shaped controller, and try to match the coloured notes on the screen with the colours on your controller. Where is the skill in that you ask? To be honest it seems fairly easy at first, but once you start to advance through the game the difficulty level increases drastically. Despite sever degree of the difficulty in later levels; what makes Guitar Hero III the quintessential party game for adults is the music. You get to play over 70 songs that include both classic rock bands/artists (The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Heart, Pat Bentar, etc.); and newer bands (Weezer, The Beastie Boys, The Strokes, Bloc Party, The Killers, etc.). With such a large range of artist and songs, the game also lends it self to spontaneous Karaoke-style sing-a-longs. Plus, unlike previous version, Guitar Hero III allows you to play as real life guitarist (GNR’s Slash, Rage Against the Machines’ Tom Morello, etc.); which definitely adds to the overall fun factor. The one complaint I have about the game, and it’s a minor one, is that you need to play the co-op career mode to unlock some of the songs by newer artist. While this does encourage you to play the game with friends, it pretty much slows the momentum if you wanted to unlock everything on your own. Still the fact that the game is ridiculously fun, and easy enough for a four year-old to learn, makes up for this minor gripe. I highly recommend getting some friends together and living out your rock star fantasies via this game.

Random Song 4: Weezer - My Name Is Jonas (buy)
Random Song 5: Britney Spears - Why Should I Be Sad (buy)
Random Song 6: Sunset Rubdown - Child-Heart Losers (buy)
Random Song 7: Avril Lavigne - Hot (buy)
Bonus: ABX - There Is No Mims In Threesome (Mims vs. Interpol)[courtesy of The Hood Internet]


I guess it’s fitting that I talk about a game that features 80’s rock hair bands; the same time I see a film titled after a hair product. When Hairspray first opened this past summer I had no desire to see it. Partly because I didn’t think the original warranted a remake, especially if John Walters wasn’t directing. I was also hesitant due to the fact that it was a movie based on a musical based on a movie. After sitting through the latest film version of the Producers, I did not want to endure such pain again. Yet the film was playing at a second run theatre for a mere two bucks, and friends were keen on seeing it, so I figured “why not?” Despite some extremely corny line, and several useless characters, the film itself was decent. Hairspray has always had the tough task of turning the hot button issue of racial divide, into a glossy bubblegum-style fair. In this aspect, the film succeeds in achieving its goal for the most part. I thought that newcomer Nikki Blonsky did a great job as the lovable overweight protagonist, Tracy Turnbald. I also enjoyed Michelle Pfeiffer’s villainous Velma Von Tussle. With Hairspray and Stardust, it’s nice to see Preiffer being evil more often. It was also nice to see some of the original cast (Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller) in cameo roles. So while I can’t give the film a glowing review, I did not hate the film either. Yes there are far better movie musicals out there, but this film is what it is: a fun fluffy rental at best.

Video: Common - Drivin' Me Wild (ft. Lily Allen) (buy). Lily Allen and Jeremy Piven in the same video! What more can you ask for?