Friday, September 4, 2009

Glenn Beck's take on things

Fox News host Glenn Beck has really stepped his crazy game up. I mean seriously, Glenn has been spouting out more right-wing fringe nonsense than Ann Coulter at a book signing. Beck is quickly becoming the voice for the underrepresented in the U.S.: the AR-15 toting, 2nd Amendment chanting, psycho class. Maybe it's because his new set design and his cool new logo have gone to his head or maybe it's because he actually is that crazy. Beck has been relentlessly attacking the President as of late calling him a radical and a communist. Beck has certainly stirred up a media shit storm over his recent comments on Fox and Friends. Beck said he believes Barack Obama is 'a racist' and has 'a deep-seated hatred for White people or white culture.' On his own 'show' Beck ranted, “Barack Obama did not campaign on openly changing the whole system… Based on the fact that (Obama) will not reject this man and others like him in this administration, I’m beginning to wonder. Didn’t Venezuela, didn’t Chavez… wasn’t he ‘democratically’ elected? I don’t believe he campaigned as a communist. But boy, things sure changed once he got into office. President Obama did leave telltale signs."


Here's some of his crazy in full effect.


Beck's antics have not gone unnoticed as the the folks over at colorofhange.org have lobbied advertisers to withdraw their ads from Beck's show. I'm not sure of how much lobbying had to be done as it seems Glenny boy doesn't need anyones help.

Here is a list of 57 companies that have withdrawn their advertisements from Beck's show.
• * • Progressive Insurance
• * • Proctor & Gamble
• * • Lawyers.com
• * • GEICO
• * • Men's Wearhouse
• * • Sargento Cheese
• * • Wal-Mart
• * • CVS
• * • Best Buy
• * • Travelocity
• * • Allergan (maker of Restasis)
• * • Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services)
• * • Broadview Security
• * • Re-Bath
• * • Radio Shack
• * • Roche
• * • Sanofi-Aventis
• * • SC Johnson
• * • State Farm Insurance
• * • GMAC
• * • Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids)
• * • AT&T
• * • Ancestry.com
• * • Cambell Soup Company
• * • Verizon Wireless
• * • Lowe's
• * • Johnson & Johnson
• * • Ditech
• * • Blaine Labs Inc.
• * • Clorox
• * • Sprint
• * • The UPS Store
• * • Farmers Insurance Group
• * • Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com)
• * • The Elations Company
• * • NutriSweet
• * * Applebees
• * * Bank of America
• * * Bell & Howell
• * * DirecTV
• * * General Mills
• * * Kraft
• * * Regions Financial Corporation
• * * SAM (Store and Move)
• * * Travelers Insurance
• * * Vonage
• Discover
• Mercedez-Benz
• Capital-One
• Binder & Binder
• The Dannon Company
• HSBC
• ICAN Benefit Insurane
• Infiniti
• Jelmar (makers of the CLR All-Purpose Cleaner)
• Jordan McKenna Debt Counceling Network
• Simplex Healthcare (creator of the Diabeteas Care Club)

Will Beck blame it on the rain or Barack Obama? Thoughts?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Yo Teach!

"If you look a little more closely here you'll see is that the English language is actually Bo's greatest rival." I just wish Yo Teach! was actually going to be made into a series. Apparently this is just a clever marketing campaign for Judd Apatow's upcoming film Funny People. Hopefully the movie is better than the trailer because it looks rather shitty. In other news Jason Schwartzman is money.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Phoenix - Lisztomania (Set to an 80's Mashup)



Here is a fan made video for Phoenix's feel good monster of a hit Lisztomania. The video is a mash up of various 80's flicks and it actually gels together pretty well. Enjoy it and let us know what you think of it with some comments below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson



Before Steven Page was busted for possession of cocaine, he still found the time to rock tunes with The Barenaked Ladies. Whether you are Canadian or not, it's tough to argue that this song does not 'rock the party.' Give me that last verse anytime, anywhere and I'll slap the shit out of my knee, car interior, bar top or whatever else happens to be around at the time. Cast your vote and turn your tunes up.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jack Johnson - Bubble Toes



"Summertime and the livin's easy." Well, summer is creepin in and it's time to blast the shit out of some tunes. So we are asking you to vote on what your favourite tune is out of the list we've provided. Now, we could have listed a lot more, but we think there is at least one tune up there that should tickle yourself pink. I predict at least one vote for LFO and that Animal Collective will not win. Make some comments below if you care to do so.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day: Tupac - Dear Mama


Happy Mother's Day to all those celebrating. Most of us can say that we wouldn't be the person we are today without our mother, so raise your glass to mothers around the world because they deserve it. I've thrown down the best ode to a mother I can think of, that being Tupac's Dear Mama, so enjoy the shit out of it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Family Guy: Three Kings Trilogy

This Sunday, on Mother's Day, Family Guy will parody three classic Stephen King tales during their episode. The episode will be divided into segments of Stand By Me, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption. I enjoyed all of those films, so I am pretty interested to check out this episode. I've included a few teaser clips, which are pretty damn funny if you know anything about the King stories or the respective films. Thanks to Fark for the info. Enjoy.

Stand By Me:






The Shawshank Redemption:


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Summer Blockbuster Trailers: Transformers: Rise of the Fallen



The summer is always prime time for the movie industry and this year appears to be no exception. 2009 blockbusters look as though they will be relying on big explosions and special effects to lure us into the theater. The Transformers and Harry Potter sequels will of course draw in revenue as each respective franchise has a history of success, but could there be a sleeper hit this summer? Some believe Star Trek will reign as hit of summer, even without the presence of William Shatner. So throw your vote down. What summer blockbuster are YOU looking most forward to?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Fedor vs Aoki Video


I don't really know what was expected from this fight but hopefully it was not athletic competition. Shinya Aoki is one of the top 155lb fighters in the world but putting him against Fedor the top heavyweight in the World is a joke. M1 should be ashamed for putting this fight together. You can only guess how this joke of a fight turned out. I haven't done my research but I hope to Bob this wasn't a PPV event. People paid to see these top two fighters in M1 go at and what they got was a shit-box and an insult.



What are your thoughts??

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Lazy Sunday

As I head out to the Jays game today I can't help but think back to the days of the Championships and when the Blue Jays had those tapes with those hot ass remixes on them.

Question ... What Blue Jays player was this classic tune dedicated to??

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Music Video: Matt and Kim's Lessons Learned



Day 4 of Swine Flu house arrest and I have nothing better to do but check out websites like Pitchfork, read, watch Lost and not do school work. The highlight of today has no doubt been stumbling on one of the best music videos I've seen in forever. Matt and Kim's video for their track Lessons Learned is pretty damn great. Shot during winter and showcasing a strip down of both artists in the middle of Times Square, I would say the duo well achieved their goal of making a video that showcases Matt's new found maxim to "not give a fuck anymore." The song is pretty money as well.

Make some comments below.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Certified Banger - French Navy by Camera Obscura

It's been a while since I've posted a banger and even though I am yet to hear My Maudlin Career in its entirety, I am really diggin' this one tune I was able to grab of EMusic before my downloads for the month ran out. The tune in question is Camera Obscura's French Navy, which can be found on their latest album, My Maudlin Career. I fell for this song immediately. Tracyanne Campbell's voice flies gracefully and with ease over the entire track and everything about it is inviting. Some might say this is a summer tune, some might say it is a little downbeat, I just say it's great. Check out the video below and the track on the sidebar.

Fuck the Swine Flu and show me summer already.

Camera Obscura - French Navy

Sunday, April 26, 2009

REVIEW: K-Os, Asher Roth and Chester French

I've been bumping a few new albums lately and I thought I'd share my opinion and invite everyone to share theirs.

K-Os - Yes! 2009 Nettwerk/Universal

The 4th full length album from K-Os entitled Yes! gets back to his hip-hop roots. As we have seen K-Os progress musically. He is a type of artist that habitually blurs genre lines, as many hipsters do. Yes! is definitely an album that returns to the b-boy style that made K-Os popular in the first place. Although K-Os has always had an ability to craft unique songs. Yes! shows that K-Os has matured as a song writer. This is a quality album with some great concepts and well designed songs.

Although the entire album is worth popping in the ride and banging for the Summer. My absolute favorite tracks from the album are, I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman, 4,3,2,1 and Fun!. I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman samples Phantom Planet's California and according to K-Os the song has nothing to do with Portman but it is more a story about his overcoming his fear of the U.S. and willingness to embrace new audiences. K-Os believes that Natalie Portman represents the best of what America has to offer. And if she is inspiring him to make songs like he is, who is to disagree. 4,3,2,1 is a take on the Feist track with the reciprocal title. Break beats and slick rhymes fill this single, watch the video below for the full appreciation.

K-Os 1st Single from Yes! 4,3,2,1


Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle 2009 Universal Motown

Middle-class minutiae with hot production makes Asher Roth's major label debut an interesting one to say the least. Songs about weed, girls and blah are exactly what the labels are looking for an Roth delivers. While his content may lack a little depth and his lyricism lazy at times, Asher brings the fire on the majority of his album. While he does hear the comparisons to Eminem and addresses them through a track called As I Em the Roth album is not disappointing. In my opinion Roth sounds A LOT like old school Eminem which I think is a good thing. We have been craving that sort of sound for a long time and Asher Roth delivers. Roth has been receiving a lot of fan fare and has already released two singles, I Love College and Lark on my Go-Kart. Lark on My Go-Kart is a throw back to classic Eminem over a really rugged beat and I love it. The album is a good listen and I will definitely recommend popping it in the whip this Summer.

Asher Roth's 2nd Single Lark on My Go-Kart


Chester French - Love the Future 2009 Star Trak

The signing war is over for Harvard Grad Hipster Pop Rockers Chester French. With the likes of Jimmy Iovine, Pharrel Williams and Kanye West trying to get a piece of these guys, the hype for their debut album Love the Future debuting on Pharrel's Star Trak Records is large. The Myspace superstars have a strong presences in the U.S. but Chester French doesn't seem to have the same presence in Canada. They are likely to be most popular in hipster circles with an eye for bizarre trendyness. Chester French's sound has been co-signed but virtually everyone in the hip hop scene. Weird. They are featured on Asher Roth's album,they have a song with Kardinal Offishal and are receiving major props and co-signage from Clinton Sparks. Talk about a diverse resume, they've got it. These guys have a melancholy pop sound combined with Beatles influenced vocals and typical hipster attire. I don't know if I'm completely sold of Chester French yet. Don't get me wrong these guys are talented, their early Beatles sounding track Out At the Compound is probably my fav, followed by their first single She Loves Everybody and the track People. There are a lot of fun sounding tracks they you will eventually hear at Absinthe on a Wednesday and Saturday. I wouldn't be deliberately banging this album all Summer ... maybe for a bit though.

Chester French - She Loves Everybody


All in all these are three really well put together albums that have something for everyone in each. K-Os is really blooming into magnificent artist and is another example of CanCon that has more talent then half the U.S. scene. Asher Roth puts for a strong effort in his debut, I don't know how long he will be able to stick around for but we can always hope for the best. Chester French are a talented hipsters team that have been signed by a talented hipster in Pharrel Williams so expect them to receive the most fanfare from the three albums. K-Os Yes! is my pick.

What's yours?

Twitter Track


Mistah F.A.B. the bay area big shot who is known for going dumb diddy dumb on the yellow bus, ghost riding his whip at the side show and thizzing ridiculously has just released a track dedicated to the popular microblogging platform Twitter.

If you are still one of those people that are still asking, "What is Twitter?" or "I don't get Twitter." You are probably a Twater (Twitter Hater) or you are genuinely disconnected from life because Twitter has received more press than the Iraq War, Watergate and Hiroshima combined in the past 3 months. Get with the bloody times and Google something for Bob's sake. Twitter may not be for everyone but it is for at least 10 million people around the world and growing by absurd amounts daily... sorta like ahhhfuckit ahah I kid.

It was only a matter of time before someone did it, look out for the Twaters.


What do you think about Twitter? Are you on Twitter?

I am ... emjaydoesPR

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What are you saying? Lyle Lovett


Dear Lyle,

To be honest, I have no idea why I want to know what you are saying, but forget that for a second, and answer me this, WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? Remember when you shocked the world and snagged Julia Roberts? I have to ask you though, is she as annoying in real life as she is in most of her movies? What was the line you spit to snag her? Was it "Hey, my name is Lyle LOVEtt, what are you saying Julia?" Probably not eh. Or did you just sing If I Had a Boat and watch her melt? A lot of people say they prefer Dave Matthew's cover version of that song, but you know what Lyle, I think yours is better, so I mean if you are standing on the edge of a cliff two steps away from jumping take comfort in knowing that Mike Black thinks your one tune is pretty rad. But, I have to ask Lyle, how the hell do you expect to ride a pony on a boat? Is T-Pain on this boat? How much room to you have? Oh, Lyle, I bet you're a crazy bastard, riding ponies around boats all day, spitting game at girls way out of your league. Sounds pretty money to me. Keep on living the dream, L-I-V-I-N.

Take care Lyle,

Mike Black

P.S. Are you secretly Lance Armstrong's father? You can tell me, I can keep a secret.

Lyle Lovett



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lollapalooza Lineup Announced.


Well folks, the last of the big name North American summer festivals has been announced. Lollapalooza 2009 will once again take place at Grant Park in Chicago over August 7-9. The lineup isn't exactly shitty, but it does seem a little stale. It might be that Tool really isn't doing it for me these days or maybe that most of these bands have already been billed on the other festivals. Take a look for yourself and make some comments below. I will say that considering I was unable to attend Coachella and Bonnaroo this year, I would absolutely still consider this festival a viable option.

You can find the whole lineup here, but here are the highlights:

Depeche Mode
Tool
The Killers
Jane's Addiction
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Lou Reed
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Snoop Dogg
Animal Collective
TV on the Radio
Deerhunter
Of Montreal
Bon Iver
Fleet Foxes

What do you think about this lineup? Leave a post below.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Xylopholks

What's better than Cookie Monster and a pink gorilla performing 1920's ragtime music in a New York subway?

I know! I couldn't think of anything either.

The band known only as The Xylopholks have been lighting up YouTube lately performing on a busy NYC subway platform. Hailing from the most diverse musical borough on the planet (Brooklyn), The Xylopholks definitely fit the eclectic musical persona of Bucktown musicians.

Check this out ... crazy

Lazy Sunday: Acoustic Foo

Spend a part of your lazy Sunday with us and the Foo Fighters.

After a weekend of listening to blazing beats and doing damage to your ear drums, do something nice for your lobes and treat them to a little acoustic Foo, they will thank you.

Monkey Wrench


My Hero


Everlong (my favorite)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Travel Log: Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

What is your O-Rank? Right now, Kings of Leon's Use Somebody current O-Rank is 36. Now that O-rank is sure to fall, but right now it is WHITE HOT. San Francisco is also WHITE HOT right now and in between a bunch of booze, near Wakefield no-hitters and Franz shows this song is getting a lot of play.

Kings of Leon: Use Somebody




Jugsy, "Noooooooooooooooooooo."

"If I was him, I'd hate me."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Franz Ferdinand : Live in Oakland Preview



Tonight, Jugsy, Goose and I will be checking out Franz Ferdinand live at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, so I thought I would throw up their mega hit to spark some interest. I plan to sneak in my camera to capture a little footage, so wish me luck and enjoy the track.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Nano Tech: The Future of Life

If we thought the Digital Revolution changed our world wait until the Nano Revolution hits full stride. Nanotechnology is still in its infancy but its applications and implications can already be seen by some revolutionary companies and labs.

Could you imagine tiny machines designed to destroy viruses and bacteria at a molecular level? What about nanobots that live inside your brain that repair and create new pathways for information to travel on? This type of technology is being funded and developed in labs around the world. Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology is housed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and at 20,000 square feet it is one of the largest nanotech labs in the world.

Still having trouble visualizing how nanotechnology will change your life?

Imagine a telephone that can change its shape to fit around your wrist and match your outfit, a phone charge its battery using solar cells or a phone that can observe our environment and even identify SMELLS. These are some of the possibilities Nokia is looking at in the future of their mobile devices.

The Nokia Morph is a revolutionary piece of machinery that will make a difference in people's daily lives. This type of innovation and technology is going to change life on this planet as we know it.

Don't believe me?? Check this video from Nokia introducing the Nokia Morph. I'm interested in what everyone has to think about this technology. Are you for or against nanotech?



For more on nanotech check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology#Simple_to_complex:_a_molecular_perspective

Or National Institute of Nanotechnology (Canada) http://nint-innt.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/

Blast from the Past: Cannonball - The Breeders

A classic bargain bin find. And, fuck, what a bassline.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wrestlemania 25 and Stone Cold

Wrestlemania XXV in Houston, Texas housed over 70,000 fans last Sunday and it was full of great matches (Undertaker v. Shawn Michaels and special moments (Hall of Fame). This years inductees to the WWE Hall of Fame included the likes of "Cowboy" Bill Watts, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Koko B. Ware. The keynote inductee however was as Vince McMahon put it, "the greatest superstar in the history of the WWE," Stone Cold Steve Austin.

We are huge fans of Stone Cold Steve Austin here at Ahhhfuckit and would like to take this opportunity to show you his celebration of his induction to the Hall of Fame as well as relive some great memories of the toughest S.O.B. in the WWE.

If I ever get inducted to any Hall of Fame, this is how I'm going out.

Stone Cold Celebrates with 70,000


Vintage Stone Cold


11 or So Stone Cold Stunners

A & W: Teenburgers and Root Beer, what else do you need?

After a tie last week between Bob Marley and Ellen for your most desired dinner guest, A&W's 'Teenburger' has jumped out to an early lead as your favourite fast food burger. We've been loving the increase in poll votes and we are really crossing our fingers and toes to see over 30 votes this week. Time will tell, time will tell. I figured I would throw down a commercial from the A&W food chain from a few years ago. Now maybe I don't watch as much t.v. as I use to, but I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial as money as this one. Make some comments below.

A&W Commercial:

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Certified Bangers: Stealth Elementz - From The 905

It's been a while since we've hit you with a Certified Banger and this banger comes right out of our home town of Hamilton.

Stealth Elementz has been making music out of Hamilton on his own and with Premium Plus for nearly ten years. I have had the extreme pleasure of making music with Stealth for the majority of those years and he continues to improve with every track he releases. Stealth has been working behind the scenes pounding out new tracks for an eventual solo project or a new Premium Plus album. Stealth and Premium Plus have shared the stage with Canadian hip hop icons Choclair and Classified. Premium Plus were also nominated for Best Rap Album for the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards.

You can catch Stealth Elementz performing LIVE with Tivz (Premium Plus) at the Casbah May 21st opening up for Classified.

This Certified Banger is called "From The 905"

Check it out on the CB Playlist, down the side --------->

Let Us Know What You Think About This BANGER!

Weirdo Interview: Billy Bob Thornton

Celebrity interviews aren't really news until the celebrity goes completely off the handle or becomes just plain ol' weird. There is something about celebrity insanity that grips us as a people and by people I mean humanity. In retrospect we will deny our celeb obsession like Judas did Christ (Happy Easter/Passover) but we all know humans have an ear for gossip and we love it.

For the most part, celebrity interviews are based on publicity or promotion. It is truly rare to get a good news quality interview out of celebrities. That's why when interviews get a little creepy and weird they in fact become news (no matter how non-essential it seems.)

Tom Cruise made headlines for his bizarre appearance on Oprah. This sparked speculation into the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise's affiliation to the organization.

Joaquin Phoenix recently made headlines for being a weirdo on Letterman. His mental state is now being called into question.

The latest weirdo interview to make news is from CBC radio and Billy Bob Thornton. Billy Bob was with his band the Boxmasters on QTV with Jian Ghomeshi promoting their music. The Boxmasters are currently touring Canada with Willie Nelson. Billy Bob had asked the producers of the show to not mention his film career at all during the interview. I guess Ghomeshi crossed the line by trying to give context to a relatively unknown band. Billy Bob took exception to this and stonewalled Ghomeshi for the rest of the interview. He also called Canadian audiences reserved, describing them as 'mashed potatoes without the gravy."



On the CBC blog you can find 100's of comments from people upset at Billy Bob's comments but I would say some Canadians are being a little over sensitive. Take some criticism for once without getting so uptight, jeez. Billy Bob was being a jerk, plain and simple. I don't consider this news... but it is WEIRD and there is video of it, so we eat it up.

Here is what you can expect from the Boxmasters


What do y'all think about Billy Bob and the Boxmasters??

Friday, April 10, 2009

Kanye West on South Park: He's a Gay Fish


Kanye West got MURDERED last night on South Park, his words, not mine. I've thrown down the clip below, I am sure it is only a matter of time before it gets taken down, so I hope you catch it before it does because it's pretty funny. Now as we should expect, Kanye has already made his rebuttal. You can find his whole response at his blog here. In what reads like an confessional story, Kanye actually types, "I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM." Please excuse the capitals, but they are crucial when trying to convey Kanye speak.

We here at ahhhfuckit would like to wish Kanye all the best in becoming a DOPER person, as well as thank South Park for a great episode.

Thanks to Pitchfork for the story.


Kanye West on South Park:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tracy Morgan: Rocks off.

Well, there is not much time left to vote on our poll this week, but we've decided to feature another comedian today to help you with your vote if you have not already made up your mind. Tracy Morgan, continues to burn shit up on 30 Rock and would no doubt be a great addition to any dinner party. If you don't believe me then I urge you to check out the clip of a Morgan interview down below and honestly tell me that you wouldn't want him over at your house doing his pregnant woman impression on your dinner table. Enjoy the clip, now in preparation for our next poll, we plan to ask you to vote on your favourite fast food burger, so please throw down some comments as to what you would like to see in the running.



Tracy Morgan Interview:

Worth Checking Out


Kinda funny. Kinda sad.

http://www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/view/4099512/1

Tegan is a cunt

"I'm having trouble dealing with the fact I'm not relevant anymore so I make unsubstantiated criticisms on Twitter"


The Tegan I refer to is the Tegan from the boring 'indie' band Tegan and Sara. The reason I refer to her as a cunt is because of her recent twitter post, that went something like this:

"saw adventureland last night. if i have to c 1 more movie about indie rock nerd who sleeps with a hot girl to my fave music..ugh."

I have a number of problems with this comment. First, to complain that films are featuring 'indie rock nerds' sleeping with a hot girl is absolutely ridiculous.  Does Tegan not understand that movie characters like this are challenging movie archetypes? Would she rather movies return to featuring 'popular jock types' as the main characters like so many 21st century films? I mean if she were complaining about seeing another movie featuring a white indie rock nerd or straight indie rock nerd I could understand her complaints. Today's media does not do a good job representing racial diversity or sexual diversity. But, alas, she's not, she's just complaining for the sake of complaining, or for the sake of having an 'alternative' view.

Second, to refer to the music in Adventureland as her fave music is hilarious. The entire soundtrack is based on music from the 80s, featuring bands like Velvet Underground, Husker Du and Lou Reed. Is Tegan even old enough to remember the 80s? Does Tegan think she is the only person in the world who has listened to Lou Reed? I mean, obviously Tegan isn't the greatest at picking up on subtle jokes and cultural criticisms in film. The movie was obviously making a biting observation about people's obsession with Lou Reed in the late 80s. Not only that, but would Tegan rather movies be soundtracked by shitty bands? Would she rather have watched another tween romance soundtracked by Rise Against or some other bad band? Or is Tegan one of those lame people who only likes music until it gets popular?

Third, this criticism would have been much more accurate if it was written about Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Now that was a movie that was clearly looking to benefit from its connection to indie rock, and it also featured indie rock nerd pinup Michael Cera. But again, I think it comes down to the fact that Tegan probably doesn't have any real taste in film and was just trying to sound cool hating on a fairly good film.

I could go on, but than I think I might be treading the fine line of splitting hairs. Come to think of it, Tegan and Sara haven't had problems getting into bed with corporate interests before, think Roger's Picnic or numerous licensing of their songs, maybe she's pissed that her band hasn't been asked to contribute a song to any of these 'indie rock nerd sleeps with a hot girl' films in a minute now. I guess coming to the realization that you aren't as relevant as you once were is tough to come to grips with, so lashing out at a decent film is a way to deal with those feelings.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Finally...


I know, a day late on the internet is like being a year late, but I thought I would still post about it anyways.

Remember way back in 2008 when I posted about the imminent release of Eminem's Relapse? Well, 6 months later and finally we have a firm release date for the new LP. The album will come out on Aftermath/Shady on 19 May 2009, and apparently this album will be followed up by the Relapse 2 sometime by the end of 2009. Call me cynical, but I wont hold my breath on that one coming out anytime soon. Anyways, moving along, yesterday saw the release of the Relapse's first official video single, "We Made You". As with so many other official videos, the record label has asked to have youtube embedding disabled, so if you want to check it out you will have to go here.

Also, remember how I said that the new Eminem sounded really juvenile and that I wasn't sure how his antics would fit in today's social and political climate? Well, looks like I was right. This song (and video) seems like it was made specifically for 'angry' 14 year olds, and it seems as though Eminem has regressed rather than matured in his time away from the spotlight. I was hoping for some retrospection from Em's new material, yet it seems that all we are going to get is some stupid celebrity references and a dress up party. This sucks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What Are They Doing These Days?

This is the official Ahhhfuckit version of Where Are They Now?

This series will feature those people everyone remembers but conveniently forgets about when they leave the limelight.

By special request:

"Tarzan" Dan Freeman

What the FIZZ is Tarzan Dan up to these days?? After being an awesome radio personality on AM 640 and 680 and Energy 108 WAY BACK in the day killing countdowns and playing the jungle call daily, Dan moved on. "To what?" you may ask. To YTV hosting the HIT LIST. Tarzan knew where it was at, this dude has played strictly certified bangers his entire life. Tarzan Dan has made a career of counting to 10, how many people can say that? But what the hell is he up to now? Well, besides having broadcast in every major city west of T Dot, Tarzan Dan is STILL doing radio for SUN FM in Kelowna, BC. Although his myspace page has been either canceled or deleted he is still somewhat active on YouTube, his account (if you wanna friend him up) is TarzanDan1. He comments on old videos of himself, damn he is good. You don't really appreciate a good radio personality 'til you lose one.

Cheers to Tarzan Dan

Let's reminisce over some retro Dan vids. Let us know if you like this series or if it's a dud. Throw some requests in there and they shall be fulfilled.

Check out the throw by Alanis


A little 680 AM? I think so
My vote goes to Prince.

Hey Bob...Wanna come over for dinner?



So maybe humour isn't what you are looking for in a dinner guest. Maybe, you prefer good tunes and political rants. Well, if that is your bag, then look no further than Mr. Marley, as I'm sure the man would bring enough rants and tunes for everyone. Enjoy the clip...One love.

Losers always whine about their best, but what do winners do?

In preparation for my trip to San Francisco next week, I threw on The Rock today to get a little taste of Alcatraz and the San Fran Bay. The film still holds up pretty well and while Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer have made their fair share of shit sandwiches, this might be their golden cow. Nicolas Cage is still annoying as hell as he is in most films, but Sir Sean and Ed Harris make up the slack. In short, it's just a solid, entertaining action film that I thought was pretty money as a teenager. I've decided to throw up one of the more popular and ultimately most shitty lines from the film. I'm sure you will recognize it when you check it out below. I've also enclosed Lil' Wayne's latest shit sandwich, which shares a connection with the film clip. Enjoy, well, try your best to enjoy the Lil Wayne clip and feel free to make comments.

Losers and Winners according to John Mason:



Lil Wayne makes a Shit Sandwich

Monday, April 6, 2009

Jim Carrey as a dinner guest?

Have you voted yet for our poll on who you would like to have over as a dinner guest? Well, if you haven't, here are a few clips of Jim Carrey for your consideration. A friend passed on the following clip of Jim Carrey on Letterman from a few years ago doing an impression of David Caruso from CSI Miami. Carrey's hair is lookin' pretty damn money and the clip is solid. The band does a great job of hitting their cues as well. I also threw up Carrey's version of Ice, Ice, Baby. Enjoy the clips and consider Jim Carrey as a choice for our poll. Make a comment below on what your favourite Jim Carrey film is below.

Jim Carrey doing an impression of David Caruso:


Jim Carrey as Vanilla Ice:


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Blast From The Past: Snoop Dogg - Vapors

Time once again to take you back to the good ol' days. The days when we still bought CD's, watched (and taped)the Much Music Countdown and Tarzan Dan was still bringin' us the bangers on Energy 108.

This week's blast from the past takes us to the WEST SIDE LBC with a single off of Snoop Dogg's acclaimed second LP Tha Doggfather.

This album included hits such as: Upside Ya Head, SIXX Minutes and this banger right here:

Vapors


"THE DOG SOOOOO MEAN"

Let us know if Snoop Dogg has influenced you during your childhood...

YOU want Creedence Clearwater Revival to Reunite!

Beating Pavement by a hair, the band you would most like to see reunite is CCR or Creedence Clearwater Revival, depending on your name preference. Both of these bands kick ass and while I've seen John Fogerty perform solo and play a ton of CCR hits, nothing makes for perfect nostalgia like the original lineup of the band. I've thrown up a video of Lookin' Out My Back Door and you can check out a fan video of Run Through the Jungle set to clips of The Big Lebowski here. Both clips are money and I suggest that you check them out. Make sure you take some time and cast your vote for our latest poll, which asks you to select your most desired dinner guest.

CCR - Lookin' Out My Back Door

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Next Poll: Dead or Alive, who would you invite over for a dinner party?

For our next poll, we will ask you to select the person, whether they are a celebrity or not is up to you, who you would like to have over for a dinner party. I am willing to accept the living or non-living, so the possibilities are endless. I am looking for suggestions for the poll, so please make a comment down below if there is someone you would like me to add to the list, or you will have to deal with my selections. The poll will go up sometime tomorrow, so get those suggestions in. Off the top of my head, some people that I can think of who would be pretty money to have over would be John Lennon, Chris Farley, Hugh Hefner, Friedrich Nietzsche and maybe even Natalie Portman. I think you will find that when you give this some thought, that it is actually quite entertaining to think of who you would want over.

So make some comments below.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Live Music Preview: Peter Gabriel and Travis Live in Monterrey, Mexico

My friend Nicole and I just snagged a couple of tickets to check out Peter Gabriel and Travis when they roll into Monterrey this Tuesday. I don't expect a lot of readers to be huge Gabriel fans, and the fact that he was in Genesis might not mean much to anyone either, but there was no way I could miss this show. I'm not a huge Genesis fan, but Gabriel's 1986 solo album SO might just slide into my Top 5 records of all time. It's an album I remember vividly from my childhood and when I bought my own copy a few years back I was surprised to find how many of the lyrics I had memorized as a child. Apart from the obvious hits of Sledgehammer, In Your Eyes, and Big Time, the album also features a blend of emotionally charged and experimental tunes that leave you with the feeling that you have truly digested a great album when the final number wraps up. I've never seen Gabriel live, but anyone that I've talked to who has tells me his live set is just unreal. So I am pretty interested to see how Tuesday will unravel. I plan to shoot some footage and I'll throw it up if I am successful.

As for Travis, I think the last time I saw them was in support for Oasis a few years back. They played alright and I use to dig them, but that was until I decided they are as boring as hell and I started to grow out of my Brit Pop obsession, but I'm sure 'Why Does It Always Rain on Me' will sound good after a cerveza or three. Check the videos down below and enjoy the tunes.

Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer


Travis - Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Blast From The Past: Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945"

Pop, perfected. Come on Magnum, make another album, please.

What the Fuck? No More Flight of the Conchords?

Season 2 of the series The Flight of the Conchords has wrapped up and judging by the finale and internet gossip, there is chance that we have witnessed the end of the show. Season 2 had it's share of dull moments, but overall it was pretty tight. The songs were great and the last 3 episodes kicked some serious ass. I hope this is not the last we will see of these guys. I mean what the else is the actress who plays Mel going to do? I've included a video clip from the last episode that I feel showcases the genius of the show. The clip features the Conchords engaged in a 'Everyday Sounds' jam that just makes me laugh to myself. Jemaine's use of the pigeons is classic. Also, if anyone knows where I can pick myself up a pair of those Penguin pyjamas that Bret is sporting please throw the information down in the comment box because I need to pick some up.

Everyday Sounds

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Today, March 28th 2009 is the day when we are asked to switch off our lights for an hour to observe and call attention to the problem of Global Warming and thus cast our vote to take action against the problems we are facing as a planet with Climate Change. The hour in question is from 8:30 to 9:30 in your local time zone and if you want to check out the full details of the event you can head here.

Now at risk of sounding preachy or shitty, I want to throw out some information about this event. This will be my first year participating in Earth Hour. One of the guys that sings in the band that I am playing with down here in ol' Mex asked me if I would join him on a few tunes acoustically during the hour at a candle lit house party. I was quick to accept and looked into the event a little more and I have to say I think it is pretty interesting. So, I thought I would throw up the video that is circling You Tube about the event. Yes, the video is cheesy as hell, but I think it does the cause justice. Whether you think climate change is a crock of shit or not, this event is something that I think is within everyone's reach to participate in. If for nothing else it can at least call attention to how much we have come to rely on technology and increase awareness of the overall consumption of resources that we partake in every day. Check the video and consider taking part in the event, I mean what else do you really have to do tonight? Booze? Make Out? Take a shit? All 3 of those things can be done in the dark, so you have no excuse.

Earth Hour 2009

Feeling Down and Out? Read On

Tim Edwards didn't have much to look forward to in his life. He didn't have much of a life at all, actually. Tim is homeless, he suffers from alcohol addiction and drug problems. He lives under a bridge in Houston, Texas where he panhandles for food and money every day. Charity is what Tim survives on and a very strange charity is what has changed his life.

One day, as Tim panhandled near the freeway, (close to where he lives) he was approached with a unique proposition by father and son marketing duo, Sean and Kevin Dolan.

Sean and Kevin saw Tim, holding up a sign near a busy freeway that read, "Hungry, Need a day's work." Tim told Kevin and Sean that he had been homeless for the past four years and that he knew what time the freeways were 'hittin.' They asked if he would hold up a sign with their website http://WWW.PIMPTHISBUM.COM for $100 a day, guaranteed. Not a bad gig for someone who panhandles for a living.

Tim agreed and the traffic began rolling in. The outpour of support for Time was incredible. People were given the option to donate specific items to Tim, which inculded: a cup of coffee, a ham sandwich, laser hair removal, karate lessons and more.

Tim received more. He was given another shot at life through this website and through the campaign. Tim has landed himself in a Seattle alcohol rehab clinic and reunited with family he thought were lost years ago. *tear* He is also receiving training on how to use the internet to search for jobs and develop new skills that will get him on his feet.

Some interesting stats about the site:

It raised $50,000, a flight to Seattle from Southwest Airlines and Sunray paid for Tim's rehab.

From rehab, Tim participated in a chat room where he could engage with the thousands of people who have expressed their affection for him. It also gave him an opportunity to thank everyone for their support. *another tear*

www.pimpthisbum.com is a unique marketing and social engagement campaign that have received a lot of heat from homeless advocates. The website has been called degrading, insensitive and exploitative. Homeless advocates claim this website does nothing to address the issue of homelessness in America.

Tim feels differently, seeing as how he is homeless, lives in America and thousands and thousands of people frequent this site to find out how they can help.

Personally, I think the campaign is effective and obviously successful. Did Sean and Kevin save a hundred homeless people? No, but did they positively change the life of a man who was truly down and out? Yes.

Check out the site, and let us know if you think the website is good or bad.

FYI, today (March 28) is Tim Edwards 38th birthday. He has been sober for 18 days.

Infocredit. CNN.Com,Hubspot

Poll Feature: Pavement

So I thought I'd try to showcase a few of these bands in our "Which band would you most like to see reunite," poll this week. First up, Pavement. Now, if you aren't up on this band, here are some facts to bring you up to speed.

Huge Cult band of the 90's who never signed to a major label.

Lead Singer Stephen Malkmus dissed The Smashing Pumpkins in the tune 'Range Life,' which resulted in a verbal war between the two men, which would go on to last several years.

Original drummer Gary Young was a local hippie who would get wasted, hand out cabbage and mashed potatoes to the crowd, then fall drunkenly off his drum stool. He later was bounced from the band for allegedly pulling a gun on Stephen Malkmus.

I've included a few videos of the band for you to get a feel for them. The live footage from 94' is pretty great all things considering. Perhaps, the first thing you will notice is how relevant and contemporary these tunes sound, which we all know marks the sign of great tunes. Enjoy the music and consider Pavement for your vote. A gold star for the first person who comments what the diss is in Range Life.

Pavement: Stereo




Pavement: Summer Babe Live in 1994




Pavement: Range Life (Listen for The Smashing Pumpkins Diss)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Covers: The Tough Alliance


One of the things I've noticed while surfing online music publications and music related blogs is that there is a shit load of MP3 covers out there. Some of them are good, but most of them are actually really bad, or in some extreme cases, just little hipster kids being annoying. With that being said, I've decided to start a little reoccurring column on ahhh, fuck it, that will essentially sift through all of the covers out there and report on only the good ones. The column will henceforth be referred to as 'Covers:'. I know right, pretty original name. If this column would have started a few months ago, the first entry would have undoubtably been the Vivian Girls' cover of the Beach Boys' classic "Surfs Up". But, it's not a few months ago, so the inaugural song will be the newly released cover of the Zombies' "Hung Up On A Dream" by The Tough Alliance.

It's been a minute now since we've heard from The Tough Alliance. They've probably been busy releasing some essential Sweedish music on their label, but just last week this track surfaced on the interweb.  I'm not sure what this means for the band; if a new LP is eminent or if this is just a one off track. Either way, the cover is definitely a keeper.  Covers usually emerge in two different forms: as a completely faithful rendition of the song or as a reworked vision by the covering band. This cover falls into the latter category with The Tough Alliance applying their own brand of pop electronic sound to the track, yet the bare bones of what made this song a classic to begin with remain, and we are left with a nice re-imagining of the track.

This cover is in no way groundbreaking or mind blowing, yet it also isn't, in any way, cringe inducing. This cover should make it's way onto anyone's spring mix (assuming people are still making spring mixes), and it helps shine the light on a band that seems to get lost in the mix when people are having discussions about great 60s pop acts (assuming people still have these types of discussions).

Anyways, click here to listen to the track.

music to check out and random musings on music

2009 has witnessed an almost rebirth of independent music. No, I'm not talking about the increasingly corporate genre of 'indie rock', although it could be argued that there have been a number of good 'indie rock' releases this year as well, rather, I'm referring more generally to the music being made by people who fall outside the reach of any of the major indie record labels or major labels. These musical acts have bestowed upon us a heap of incredibly good material over the course of the first three months of 2009.  I've found myself enjoying more of the music that I have been exposed to over the past three months than I did over the course of the entire 2008 calender year. Arguably, a number of these bands are riding the waves of the internet hype machine, and they may never release another solid record or single, but that doesn't mean that these songs hit home any less.

Briefly, here are some bands and/or musicians that deserve your ear. I've included a link to the song as well as a link to where you can find more of their music.  Click on the song name to hear the music. I could probably list about 25 songs you should hear, but I'll keep the list somewhat trim to avoid overwhelming anyone.

Behold:

Wavves - "No Hope Kids"  ---- More Wavves' music available here.

Dum Dum Girls - "Catholicked" ---- More Dum Dum Girls' music available here.

NODZZZ - "Losing My Accent" --- More NODZZZ music available here.

Micachu - "Golden Phone" --- More Micachu music available here.

The Phantom Band - "Throwing Bones" --- More TPB music available here.

DOOM - "Yessir" (ft. Raekwon) --- More DOOM music available here.

Mountains -  "Map Table" --- More Mountains music available here.

Here We Go Magic - "Tunnelvision" --- More HWGM music available here.

Woods - "Rain On" --- More Woods music available here.

Also, if you haven't already heard, the new Grizzly Bear LP, Veckatimest, is really really good. There are plenty of leaks floating around the interweb right now, and before any of you do-gooders out there complain about the ethical issues underlying leaks and piracy, band leader Ed Droste has already given his blessings to eager fans wanting to hear the new LP. So just do a quick search for a Veckatimest torrent and I'm sure you can find something. If you're too lazy to do that, I'll include a youtube clip of the band performing at SXSW 09. This track probably deserves a certified banger post, but I just don't have the time at the moment, and I've read way too much already about this album, so writing about it would seem almost redundant, and most definitely, unoriginal.



A couple other things: 

Start getting excited now, Sunset Rubdown has announced the release date of their follow up to 2007's brilliant Random Spirit Dreaming LP. The disc is entitled Dragonslayer, and will be available via Jagjaguwar on 23 June 2009. If album art work is any indication of what to expect from the LP, than Dragonslayer looks to be pretty badass.

Art Brut also has a new LP due in the near future.  The record is called Art Brut vs. Satan, and from initial listens, I would have to say that this album seems to be a return to Bang Bang Rock n' Roll-era Art Brut.  The album is due 12 May 2009.

And finally, Wilco *yawn* has apparently recorded a follow up to 2007's incredibly boring, yet surely a favourite among indie dads, Sky Blue Sky. (did I actually just use ** in a post? ugh) The album, which is yet to be christened with a name, is due sometime in June. I know, that's some pretty vague news, but hey, maybe Wilco is trying to build some pre release hype, and after that last album I can't say I can blame them for trying a shameless publicity stunt. Or maybe, the band is finding it difficult to come up with an even more lame or rock cliched title than Sky Blue Sky or A Ghost Is Born. Word on the street is that Feist will be contributing some vocals to this album. In the past this kind of news may have excited me, but a 2009 collaboration between Feist and Wilco is more of a corporate advertiser's wet dream than mine.

That is all.