Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Certified Banger

Our latest banger comes from Portland native Thao. The track comes from her latest release, We Brave Bee Stings and All, which also features her backing band the Get Down Stay Down.

She is signed to one of my favourite labels in Kill Rock Stars, and the track that I have decided to feature is Bag of Hammers. I am really feeling this track right now and the video I've included down below does not suck either. I'm pretty sure that once you hear this, it will be stuck in your head for a few days.

Thao is a 23 year old singer songwriter who busts out some honest, innocent and at times slightly adolescent tunes about growing up. The music is pretty light and most of it is catchy as hell. So sit back and enjoy the tune. And please leave a comment if you dare...

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - Bag of Hammers


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ross Kemp Returns To Afghanistan

Ross Kemp is an award winning journalist and all around bad ass. Ross Kemp On Gangs is one of the most astonishing documentary series I have ever watched. Kemp travels country to country meeting some of the most nefarious and ruthless people on the planet.

I guess dealing with those kinda folks gets old after a while, so Ross went after a new challenge... Afghanistan. Now, Ross is no stranger to putting himself in harms way but the footage he brought back is unreal. He traveled with the British military to the front lines in Afghanistan to film Ross Kemp in Afghanistan.

Being the true patriot he is, Ross returned to Afghanistan for another tour with the British military. As you will see in the video, Ross is legit. He experiences some serious action and nearly gets blown up and shot a bunch of times. This an incredibly personal look into life in the military and on the front lines of a war that really has no end in near sight.



You can't get Ross Kemp on regular television in Canada but you can find it on the internetz. You won't be disappointed so check it out ... if you like that Ross Kemp On Gangs is just as good, here's a clip.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Poll Results: Who is your favourite Talk Show Host?

Thanks to all the voters last week who voted on our last poll. Voters are mad sexy and we appreciate every one of them. In another close race, we saw Ellen Degeneres reign as the favourite talk show host. I cannot say that I watch a lot of Ellen, but everyone I know that does watch her show can't stop talking about her.

Her are some facts that you may or may not know about Ellen.

1. She has won 11 Emmy's

2. She is a vegan.

3. She married Portia de Rossi on August 16th, 2008.

4. She worked as a waitress at a T.G.I. Fridays.

5. On November 17, 2005 her show was played in reverse.

Apparently, these are some of the best moments from her show:




This week, we have a new poll that was inspired by last night's Oscars telecast. The poll will ask you to select the Hollywood couple that you just cannot stand. So continue to be money and vote for the pair that you just cannot stand.

81st Oscars: Slumdog kicks ass...Rags to Rupees Story of the Year.

Well, the 81st Oscars went down last night and I have to come out and say that if you did not catch them, you didn't miss too much excitement. While they looked pretty and had some modern updates that weren't too shabby, there was still just an overall boring element to the show. So let me throw down a quick run of what I saw.

The Oscars:


Hugh Jackman did more acting in the first 5 minutes of the show then he has in all of the X-Men films combined, plus the wolverine prequel and the inevitable sequel to that.

Will Smith actually dropped the line, "Boom! goes the dynamite."

The Oscars love Beyonce more than Jay-Z ever could and will.

Jennifer Aniston looked beautiful and terribly awkward at the same time. Basically, she did not want to be there. It might have had something to do Brangelina sitting front row center.

Tilda Swinton scares the shit out of me and I doubt she is human. I'd bet that she actually might be the White Witch from Narnia.

Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams and Natalie Portman looked fucking gorgeous.

I thought Ben Stiller was being kind of shitty making fun of Joaquin Phoenix, but then he started wandering around looking at the monitors and I laughed.

The Ledger Family's acceptance speech brought tears to 94% of those in attendance, Mickey Rourke would have cried, but he wouldn't even have been able to tell you what day it was.

Slumdog Millionaire cleaned house, grabbing 8 Oscars.

Kate Winslet's dad stole the show by dropping one hell of a whistle.

"You Commie, homo loving, sons of guns," Yes, that is how Sean Penn opened his acceptance speech.

Where the fuck was Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood? The times are changing my friends...

Down below, you will find a short recap of the awards, enjoy...
81st Oscars Recap:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat (feat. T-Pain)

The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) have been pumping out banger after banger for the past two years. The debut album Incredibad is full of viral hits like Dick In A Box and Jizz in my Pants. It also has some pretty notable features such as Norah Jones and JT. You can find Incredibad in stores now or find it on the internet like everyone else does. Their latest video for the song I'm On A Boat features auto-tune all-star T-Pain. It's pretty hilarious. Peep it.



T-Pain's ad libs are killing me.

What's your favorite TLI song/video?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Conan's Last Show (Before he takes over for Leno)

Conan O'Brien's last 'Late Show' aired on Friday night. The host is set to take over 'The Tonight Show' from Jay Leno on June 1, 2009. In case you are unaware there is tension between the two hosts, as Leno's decision to start a new, earlier program has ruffled a lot of feathers in the O'Brien camp. I have to say that I am interested to see how all of this talk show shake up business will end up working out. Will change prove to be good? Or will we be left with a giant shit storm? Time, my friends, will tell.

Now of course Conan was going to have a few tricks up his sleeve for his final show. It had been rumored for a while that The White Stripes would show up to sing a tune. Well, THEY DID! Below, you will find the video of their performance, the last song on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'

I'll be honest the song took a few minutes to grow on me. Jack White comes out of the gates looking a little worn and rusty, but by the end I was diggin' the tune. What do you think of the performance? Add a comment below.

The White Stripes: We're Going to be Friends

Certified Banger # 20 Josh Martinez - Goin Back To Hali feat. Classified and Scratch Bastid

I've raved about Josh Martinez for way too long without him getting his shine in the CERTIFIED BANGER SERIES. This is off of Josh's new album The World Famous Sex Buffet. This track hits me in the heart because I too will soon be goin goin back back to Hali Hali.

Sampled from LL Cool J's -- Going Back To Cali, yes LL Cool J and NOT the famous joint by Biggie Smalls. This song is just friggin great. Shot in Hali, you can see Citadel Hill, Pier 21, the MacDonald Bridge and KING OF DONAIR.



LOVE IT.



Sit Back and enjoy this great taste of CANCON and a true CERTIFIED BANGER.

How To Download Albums, Movies and Software FAST

It has occurred to me that some poor folks still choose to download Torrents or use Limewire, Sharebear, ARES and other services that can have you waiting upwards of days for movies and minutes for individual songs! Follow these steps and you'll be downloading like Dade Murphy in no-time.

In an age of cable internet, high-speed and wireless people are still happy with their wait times. When your cable provider tells you "lightning fast speeds" do you associate that with waiting 5 hours for a 700MB film? Not I, and neither should you. I am going to share some of my jewels with you, the ahhhfuckit audience and downloading Luddites.


Before we get rolling into the land of cyber-piracy and international espionage there is a tool you must get familiar with. There are others that I will go over in supplementary posts.

Tool 1: WINRAR

Winrar is a file compression tool that compresses data into smaller more manageable storage places. Think of it as a briefcase for clutter, we can't email folders to people but we can send .rar files. They are compressed a little tighter than ZIP files and are the preference of uploaders everywehre because it allows large movie files (.avi) to be split into multiple parts for our downloading convenience.

A .rar file will look like this --->

After installing Winrar you will be able to open Pandora's Box. Download SAFE VIRUS FREE Winrar HERE

Now we can unlock the fruits of our labour. Where is this labour conducted? and Where are the fruits? These are really good questions because Limewire and Torrents are easy to search through ... just type in what you want and there you go. The same tricks apply here. This leads us to the next tool in the 3lit3 downloaders handbook.

Tool 2: Direct Upload/Download Sites

The problem with P2P is that you have to wait for seeders and speed and availability depend on how good their connection is, how good your connection is and how many people are sharing the file. With direct upload and download sites that is no longer a concern. You will copy and paste a link (or several) into your search bar and bam instant connection, and speeds (depending on your connection)that can download at MEGS per second. What are the most popular upload/download sites? Well, according to market share the site www.rapidshare.com and www.megaupload.com are the most popular when it comes to downloading albums, movies and software.

Rapidshare Looks Like This:

There will be two options when you reach the download part (this picture shows the uploading potion and highlights the max limit of each .rar archive). You will be shown FREE Download which allows you to download one link at at time at at generous but not top speed and you are shown a PREMIUM link which you get the top speeds and you are allowed unlimited parallel downloads. This translates to 1 movie file = 7 links - each 100 mb link will download at 4-5 HUNDRED kb/s and even more. That will give you a 700mb movie in around 5 minutes. With the free links (which are still better than torrents) You may have to wait upwards of 30-45 min.

Option two is MEGAUPLOAD ... The same idea applies here except the maximum archive is a little larger (around 250) The Free and Premium options are both available here as well.

Now we are acquainted with our download sites ... Where the hell do we find the movies, music and software?

Well that is the easy part. Say you want to look for a movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme well go to your Google type in "Jean Claude Van Damme rapidshare" and a whole bunch of stuff will pop up, some of it relevant some not so relevant. What I find with the Google search is that not only can you find what you are looking for, you will also come across awesome FORUMS, BLOGS, and NEWSGROUPS that have a million different things to choose from.

Now you have found your links and your libraries you'll be downloading like the King of Nynex in no-time. I will post the lastest episode of Flight of the Choncords and the new Elephant Man Album Energy God Greatest Hits for everyone to try out.

Flight of the Conchords
http://rapidshare.com/files/198637728/Flight.of.the.Conchords.S02E05.HDTV.XviD-aAF.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/198637568/Flight.of.the.Conchords.S02E05.HDTV.XviD-aAF.part2.rar


Elephant Man
http://rapidshare.com/files/199059417/Elephant_Man-Energy_God_The_Very_Best_Of-_VPCD1856_-Proper_CD-2009-211.rar


If I haven't covered something that you need explained, drop a comment and I will explain further with pics and instructions!

STOP WASTING TIME WAITING AND GET WHATEVER YOU WANT FOR FREE, FAST!!!

Certified Banger # 19

Following a suggestion by Jugsy, this Certified Banger comes from the alternative rap duo known as The Knux. Brothers Krispy Kream and Rah Al Millio hail from New Orleans, but were forced to take the show on the road to Los Angeles following the Katrina incident. The track that has been selected is F!re (Put it in the Air). A clear BANGER and stand out from their debut album, Remind Me in 3 Days.

When you listen to the track or other songs by The Knux, you may be reminded of that other popular alternative rap duo known as Outkast. And if you read about the group, you are sure to be overwhelmed with the fact that they play their own instruments, as every article I have read about them champions the fact that the guitars found on their album were played by The Knux themselves.

The first time I heard this track, I was thinking, "Man, I could see this track being in an episode of Entourage because it reminds me a bit of a Saigon track." Then to my non-surprise I discovered that The Knux had in fact already been featured on a fourth season episode of the show with their other hit Cappuccino.

The track certainly BANGS and is worth a listen, so give it the time and thanks to Jugsy for the tip.

The Knux: F!re (Put It In the Air)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Incredible

Alone with a can of tuna and crappy wireless.

Such boredom leads to imaginative YouTube searches.

This is what was uncovered.



Kick Volleyball (Sepak Takraw) is a sport native to Southeast Asia, resembling volleyball, except that it uses a rattan ball and only allows players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. It is a popular sport in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines and Indonesia.

It's sorta like volleyball except played with the feet, no hands allowed.

Cool eh?

Sony's New SPS Reaches New Heights

The new Sony SPS could go down in history as one of the most influential pieces of technology ever developed.

What is the Sony SPS? I will let this credible news outlet explain it.

video


Can anyone tell me what SPS stands for?

Blast From the Past: Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain, may he R.I.P.

Today, February 20th, 2009, Kurt Cobain would have been 42 years old. Whether you believe that he killed himself with a self inflicted gun shot to the head or whether he was the victim of a murder conspiracy, the fact remains that the man is no longer with us.

There really is no telling what Cobain would have been up to these days had he not died back in 1994 (Can you believe it was that long ago, it is 2009, wow). Would Nirvana still be together making music? I don't think so. Would he still be married to Courtney Love? I don't think so. Would he still be making music at all? I don't know. Would something else have killed him? Maybe.

What is really interesting though is that when Red and I had the idea to start up this blog, one of the first conversations I remember having was about Nirvana's Unplugged performance. We talked about how the set reminded us of a funeral service because of all the candles and flowers. We thought it was interesting that entire band looked, felt and played like it was their last show together. I mentioned that the setlist could be read as a suicide note with the most obvious evidence coming from the three closing selections.

The Meat Puppets:
Lake of Fire (A song about the after life, possibly suggesting that he would end up in hell.)

All Apologies: (I don't think I really need to explain this one.)

Leadbelly: Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (A song about infidelity covered by a man with a whore for a wife, could he be hinting that Love was the cause of his pain?)

I believe it is really easy to read into things that have no ability to be proven true or not, but I also feel that sometimes it is fun to try and connect the dots, if for no other reason then to have a good conversation. I will say with confidence that Nirvana's Unplugged performance is by far the greatest in the series and really showcases the talent of everyone involved, although it does make Dave Grohl look like a knob and Cobain does come across as an asshole in the unedited version. Enjoy the video below and take a trip down memory lane.

Nirvana Live in New York: All Apologies

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Blast From the Past: Radiohead - Talk Show Host

In honour of our poll this week, I thought I'd throw up some talk show related clips. The first video I have included is Radiohead's Talk Show Host, which you might remember being featured in Romeo and Juliet way back when. I always liked the way the song was used in the film. The video features clips from the film running to the song, which is a bit cheesy, but I think it's actually done quite well.

The second clip features Jay Leno coaxing Jennifer Love Hewitt into doing push ups on his show. I have no idea what the deal was behind this display, but I can say Leno gained a few brownie points with me. I have to say it ladies, but great cleavage is great cleavage, so cheers to J.L.H. for celebrating those beauties and sharing them with a national audience. I've never really been a huge Leno fan, but if this is the type of shit that is going on during his show, then maybe I should tune in more often. Love Hewitt is a scorcher and though I could not tell you what the fuck she has been doing with her life since Party of Five, I will say I'd treat her to a nice steak dinner and make her pancakes in the morning anytime. Thanks to Fark news for the tip on the push ups.

Radiohead
- Talk Show Host (Set to Romeo and Juliet Clips)



Jennifer Love Hewitt doing Push Ups on Leno

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another Festival Announcement: Sasquatch! 2009

Well another festival lineup has been announced. This time it is the Sasquatch Music Festival that takes place at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington. And like the other festivals this summer, (Coachella, Bonnaroo) the lineup is pretty damn solid. Here are the big names, which I am sure will draw out a crowd:
Jane's Addiction (The Original Lineup)
Nine Inch Nails
Kings of Leon
Animal Collective
Ben Harper and the Relentless 7
TV on the Radio
Of Montreal
Fleet Foxes
Bon Iver
The Decemberists
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
And many more...

Now, I have to give a shout out to ol' Pitchfork, as I saw 3 of these bands last summer in Chicago at their festival at for what I am sure will be a fraction of the price. What 3 bands you ask? You will have to do your homework if you want to know. I'd like to see someone make a comment below with the correct bands. Anyway, I am sure it is going to be another blast of a good time. So only one question remains. What festival will YOU hit?

Jane's Addiction - Jane Says (Steel Drums Included)

The Best Show on Television: The Flight of the Conchords - Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor

The second season of Flight of the Conchords continues to roll on and I have to say that I thought the last episode was brilliant. The episode featured what I think has been the best song to date of the second season. The song is entitled Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor and you can find it down below. As usual, the beat is catchy as hell and the lyrics are ridiculously hilarious. I will post some highlights for you.

Dave raps, "More broads, less rods, I came to do battle, so skedaddle with the Cattle-Prods."

Jemaine raps, "Too many men, too many boys. Too many misters, not enough sisters."

As for the episode, I won't ruin it by giving too much away, but it revolves around Bret and Jemaine being forced by Murray to go Night Clubbing. Dave is already at the club and the song jumps in from there. Jemaine eventually falls into a hook-up with an Aussie chick and then all hell breaks loose. If you are not watching this show then stop reading this post right now, go stand directly in front of your mirror, pause, then ask yourself, "What the hell am I doing with my life?" Then proceed to go download the first season and redeem yourself. Enjoy the clip...

Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Forrest Gump vs The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A curious case indeed! Take a look at this video my lady friend sent me. It is a breakdown of Benjamin Button against Forrest Gump. FYI both screenplays are written by Eric Roth.

As a writer I can sympathize with Mr. Roth on how difficult it is to come up with completely original material and stories to tell. But Roth seemingly has found a winning formula with Gump and Button. Curiously similar and (somewhat)similarly successful. Curious indeed.



What do you think?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Blast From the Past: Chris Farley

Speaking of cocaine users, today, February 15 th was Chris Farley's birthday. I loved the shit out of Farley when I was kid. I mean who didn't? The man was larger than life and a comedic genius. He was also a man who was known to have a love for drugs which led to his early death, but man did this man shine while he was around. I actually remember the day he died because a friend of mine knew how much I liked Farley and cut out an article detailing the events surrounding his death and I was pretty torn up about it. I'd stay up and watch SNL all the time hoping to catch a Farley tirade and I was rarely disappointed.

I've included a few videos down below. The first features Farley on Letterman in an energetic interview. The second has him doing a skit with Tom Arnold that I had not seen until today and there are some good moments in there. I have to say when he yells at the woman is easily the best pick up attempt. Enjoy and may you rest in peace Chris.

Farley on Letterman:


Chris Farley Picking Up Girls at the Mall:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ultimate Warrior on Arsenio Hall

This rare beauty cannot be found on the Warrior DVD. Drink it in folks, everything that is, Warrior. This interview was leading up to the historic meeting between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VI in the Skydome.

*DISCLAIMER* Cocaine may have been used during the filming of this segment.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix? I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight...

I am not sure if anyone caught this live or not, but Joaquin Phoenix is getting quite the gossip stir for his appearance on Letterman last night. The clip that I have thrown down below shows Phoenix acting quite detached with Dave during his interview. Dave actually comes across as quite the asshole during the clip and I really have no idea whether this was planned or whether Phoenix is being serious. I've watched it twice and I haven't made up my mind yet. Many people are calling this a Kaufman rip off, but I'm not sure I buy that one yet. I must say I love the part where Phoenix calls out Shaffer and his maniacal laugh. So take a watch and let us know what you think. Was this a publicity stunt? Or is Phoenix really on tilt? Either way I think this will give his new film, Two Lovers, some more attention, so it might not be the worst idea he has ever had.

Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

La Huasteca Canyon

Last Sunday, some friends and I climbed to the top of La Huasteca Canyon here in Monterrey, Mexico. I wasn't much of a hiker before I came down here, but I've been trying to get out as much as I can before I leave this place. The view was gorgeous from the top and it was windy as hell, if hell had wind, which definitely added to the thrill of the climb. There really is something to be said for just getting out there into the so called wild sometimes and just taking it all in. Oops, I just said "taking it all in."

The picture here on your left shows us just before we started climbing and you can see that I am representing the Jays in full force with my throwback 92 cap and my shitty Jays backpack that I got for signing up for some shitty credit card. Basically, I threw this post up to say that hikes are pretty money and if you have the ability to 'unplug' for a bit on the weekends and go see something beautiful, then get off your fuckin' ass and go do it. It's well worth your time and you never know how much time you got left to do this sort of shit. Now, go climb something before I continue to bucket list the shit out of this post.

Show Me the Top:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dan's Video of the Week: Spiders on Drugs

Now, I bet a bunch of the people reading this are already freaked out by the image here on your left, including fellow writer Red, as that man is as scared as spiders as DMX is of the law, but I assure you the picture is for a good reason. Danny sent me me this video soon after Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and I couldn't wait the full week to throw it up. I swear his picks keep getting better each time. I am not going to spoil this video by talking too much about it, but I will give you a brief introduction.

According to the You Tube file, this video comes from the findings of Dr. Peter Witt, who in 1965 gave drugs to spiders and observed their effects on web building. This short film about the results of the experiment was created by a First Church Of Christ, Filmmaker.

Science is fun ladies and gentlemen...Enjoy the clip. Post some comments below, I would like to see some guest reactions to Danny's clips.

Spiders on Drugs:

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Grammys

Last night, the 51st Grammy Awards aired and it was pretty clear that the show was trying to be more relevant than it has been in the past few years. Overall, I would have to say it was not a horrible way to kill some time on a Sunday night. Sure Coldplay won a ton of awards and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss grabbed Album of the Year, but that was expected. What you missed if you didn't catch the show was a couple of great performances and a bunch of celebrity screen shots during lulls in the program. Here is a rundown of what I though of the show, please feel free to comment if you agree or disagree:

Coldplay need to lose those Sgt. Pepper outfits and Chris Martin better watch out because Gwyneth was not only looking gorgeous, but is clearly ready to become a Radiohead groupie at any moment.

Who the fuck listens to Kid Rock Anymore?

For living in Australia, Nicole Kidman is the most pale woman on the planet, lending validity to the theory that she may in fact be a blood sucking vampire.

BLINK 182 is back together and will me making more music! Who gives a shit? That was the most anti-climatic reunion announcement in the history of music.

Katy Perry is a damn fox.

Kanye West is currently sporting the first Afro-Mullet that I have ever seen.

M.I.A. made it to the show and she looks like she is about to pop that baby out any second. 'Swagger Like Us,' which she sang on was the performance of the night, as Kanye and Jay-Z murdered it.

Radiohead's
performance was great, Yorke looked passionate and I bet that big band sounded deadly in person.


Robin Thicke
(Son of Alan Thicke, father on Growing Pains) does not look like he belongs to that voice, but he totally killed his part on Wayne's 'Tie My Hands.'


Big Bands were certainly in this year.


Lil Wayne's
heel kick upon accepting his award was just plain shitty.

Kanye West and Robert Plant need to have a pissing contest.

Video for American Boy by Estelle and Kanye, which kicked ass at the show:

Certified Banger # 18

Our latest BANGER comes from Brooklyn's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, whose eponymous debut album of melancholic jangle-pop has landed on the scene. Destined to be compared to the past and the lo-fi movement that has been resurrected in the indie world as of late, the band recalls the early work of My Bloody Valentine and Field Mice.

There are a couple of tracks worthy of BANGER status on the album, but I went with "This Love is Fucking Right," partly because it has the stronger name and also because it kicks ass. I love subtle, yet strong bass lines and this song has one.

I found a pretty sweet black and white video of the band performing the track at the Luna Lounge in Brooklyn, you can check it out down below and as always you can find the more polished version of the track on the sidebar. Enjoy...

This Love is Fucking Right live at the Luna Lounge:


Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Mack Returns .. emjay's -- Certified Banger

This might not make it's way on to the Certified Banger list (although it should).

British R&B super phenom Mark Morrison has done it again. This time teaming up with Earl Simmons aka Dark Man X.

If you haven't heard of Mark Morrison you are either too young to have truly enjoyed the decade known as the 90's or a huge lame.

Return of The Mack was one of the most successful R&B hits of the mid-nineties. He career has recently been stunted because of numerous criminal indictments. Check out his latest track below entitled, Innocent Man feat. (perhaps not-so-innocent) DMX.

Innocent Man


Thoughts?

7/11 Stores Being Robbed With "Alien Technology"

A recent rash of robberies in the Denver area have police on the lookout for the suspect Worf, Son of Mogh from the Klingon Home World.

That's a joke. What isn't a joke is the fact that some guy is robbing convenience stores in Denver with a Bat'leth. The Bat'leth is a ceremonial/combat sword used by Klingons in Star Trek: TNG.

Source: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18637190/detail.html













You Can Find Me In The Globe and Mail Redux

Here is my repsonse to a question posed in the Careers section of the Globe adn Mail.

The question was about ethical behaviour on LinkedIn.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090204.CACUBLICLE04/TPStory/?query=LinkedIn%3A+Balancing+friendships+and+prospects

The last question

A reader asked: I belong to the LinkedIn online network, which keeps me informed about what my business associates and acquaintances are up to. Recently, I noticed that one of my friends is now connected to some people who could become good business prospects for myself. Is it acceptable practice for me to contact those people and offer my services to them?

The responses

LinkedIn ethics are very interesting. I would suggest two things: If you are worried about your friendship then ask your friend to “introduce” you via LinkedIn. Secondly, don’t offer your services if they aren’t required. Similarly to blogger relations, you should first establish a dialogue showing an interest in what they do rather than offering them a service they may not want.

Matthew John,


... I'm a nerd

Dan's Video of the Week: Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Danny continues to top himself each week with his video suggestions. This week we have Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, who is pegged as Australia's answer to the Littlest Hobo.

Now, I might be wrong, but wouldn't that piano sound like shit, it looks like he is jamming the shit out of the keys, but I will say that the Roo can sure play a mean set of drums.

The fact that this show even exists makes me question the sanity of the world, but in a good way. If you need a laugh, check out the video because I am sure that you will have a chuckle each time ol' Skippy tries to pick something up.

Enjoy.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Certified Banger # 17

Don't let that greatest hits tag fool you on that picture of Moz on your left, the man has been busy so far this year in 2009. He just released his new disc Years of Refusal and the opening track entitled 'Something is Squeezing My Skull' has just landed itself on our BANGER list.

While reading Tom Ewing's review of the album on Pitchfork, I thought he nailed the album bang on when he stated that this album features a rejuvenated Morrissey equipped with a stronger emphasis on his vocals and an equally vigorous backing band. This track comes out blazing and features Morrissey in his usual bitter and self-loathing self, but there is a clear force driving him through this number. I love when the percussion picks up at the end during the outro and over Morrissey's rant of 'don't give me anymore,' we get some kick ass back up yelps. Yelps? Yelps, on a damn Morrissey song, it must be 2009. Check out the track on the side bar. I have a solid feeling that 2009 will be a great year for music, while apart from this Lil Wayne rock album that is going to stink up the joint. I've included a live video of the track below, it did take me a little bit to get it going though, but if you want to see ol' Moz up to his old tricks it is worth a watch, wait for the GONG show at the end. Enjoy....

Morrissey performing 'Something is Squeezing My Skull' Live:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bonnaroo Lineup for 2009 Announced

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2009 has been unleashed and upon first glance, it is pretty damn ridiculous. The festival is set to go down at its usual spot in Manchester, Tennessee during June 11th-14th. For the complete lineup, you can slide over to the official website and check it out here. There are still many more greats acts on the bill and as always there are still more bands to be announced, but these are the highlights:



Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Wilco
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Band Of Horses
MGMT
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The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Galactic
of Montreal
Coheed and Cambria
Animal Collective
Gomez
Neko Case

There are still many more greats acts on the bill and as always there are still more bands to be announced, so keep posted. Now, upon first look at this lineup, I feel it really shows how the festival has morphed over the years from a Super Jam fest to Indie Showcase Galore. The Boss will ensure attendance ranges from teens to those with one foot in the grave and the Phish reunion will make the loyal die hards happy. Throw in that absolutely ridiculous middle of the lineup that features The Fuckin' BEASTIE BOYS, Animal Collective, Wilco, TV on the Radio, of Montreal and The Decemberists and you should have quite a show on your hands. Of course, you have to expect that some of those acts will overlap each other, but that is really unavoidable at any festival these days. While I haven't been in a few years, I've made the trip down to Manchester twice and damn were those great times. Whether you are kicking mud all over your buddies until they throw lemonade on you, running around drunk in between water fountains in the wee hours of the morning or just kickin' it in the medical tent, Bonnaroo has something for everyone. Oh yeah and the damn music is pretty fuckin' great as well. So, if you are able to get your ass down to Tennessee and you want to catch a great time, hit the Roo, you will not be disappointed.

Re: Are You Fucking Kidding Me? Lil Wayne is Making a Rock Album?

Black's reports are unfortunately accurate as we already have two leaks circulating the internet and blogosphere.

I'll post the lyrics too so you can decipher what he mumbles out of his decaying mouth.

Here is his first SINGLE .. entitled Prom Queen

Lyrics
Verse 1]

I love the fancy underwear
I sit behind her every year
waiting for the chance to get
to tell her Im the one she should be with
shes popular with all the guys
so innocent in my eye
I could see her in my life
she wouldve had the perfect sweet man
but
see she had other plans
I could not understand
her and her stupid friends
varsitys biggest fans

[CHORUS:]
never forget the day
she laughed and walked away
and I couldnt stop her
I guess she had it all
she had it all figured out
but she left me with a broken heart
###### around and turned me down
cuz she didnt think I could play the part
but now the prom queen the prom queen
is crying sittin outside of my door
she never know how
how everything could turn around

[VERSE 2:]
uhh
they loved her fancy underwear
every boyfriend every year
she tried to keep em entertained
when they can hardly remember her name
she did everything she could just to
to make him love and treat her good
she found herself alone
askin herself where did she go wrong
she didnt realize
she chased the type of guys
that dont believe in ties
tryin to apologize
[CHORUS:]
same shit

get up!

she had it all figured out
but she left me with a broken heart
###### around and turned me down
cuz she didnt think i could play the part
but now the prom queen the prom queen
is crying sittin outside of my door
she never know how
how everything could turn around

Here is the second track leaked. Entitled Amazing Love. It's a piece of shit, seriously listen to it.


What do YOU think?

Super Bowl Hangover: John Madden on Letterman

Check out this hilarious John Madden impression by Frank Caliendo.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII

The football season is done for another year and the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged as Champions. In a game with lots of penalties and a few gems of glory, I can say that the second and fourth quarters were pretty great to watch. I was pulling for the Cardinals and they at least made it interesting.

SUPER BOWL 43 Observations:

Larry Fitzgerald is amazing and made the game worth watching. Though his father might actually be the next Earl Woods and Larry JR was probably beaten when he got home for not winning the game.

Santonio Holmes definitely got laid last night. I mean I'm still not certain he had that left foot in, but I would have given it to him as well.

Ben Roethlisberger was great when he had to be and a shit-box the rest of the time.

Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen was as cheesy as Extra Creamy KD.

Now, lets take an extra hard look at Springsteen's performance. In short, I hated it and The Boss really let me down. First of all, where were the goddamn blue jeans? I mean I kind of expected him to come out in some faded denim and if we were lucky maybe a throwback bandanna. Besides his attire, his stage antics just about made me puke. From the stage sliding, to the piano leaping and closing it out with those theatrics with the referee, I hope I don't speak alone when I say I was ready to vomit up my pizza. It just felt anti-Springsteen and he looked like he was trying too hard to give everyone a great time. I mean the piano jump was uncalled for and don't even get me started on that shitty slide into the camerman, but I digress. Considering Bruce is already in the spotlight for that shitty deal that he signed with Walmart, this was his chance to rock the shit out of us, but I can't help but feel a little let down. Maybe I'm holding The Boss to too high of a standard, but that is the way I feel, so he is going to have to deal with it.


The Boss live at the Super Bowl:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Poll Results: Which film should win Best Picture?

The poll results are in and we have another tie folks. This time, Fuck the Oscars, Frost/Nixon, Milk and Slumdog Millionaire have shared your votes. I'll admit I was pretty torn myself casting my vote and I could have easily went another way, which is good because it means that we have a solid crop of films on hand. After now viewing all the films, I won't be upset with any of the films getting the nod, though part of me hopes that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button doesn't get Titanic love. I still think Pitt does not deserve his Best Actor nod, but fuck it.
We are going to throw up a quick Super Bowl poll just to see who checks this blog out on Sundays, then I have an interesting idea for Monday for our next one. Stay tuned.