Here’s what I did a couple weekends ago.
I’ll add more details if I ever feel like it.
Here’s what I did a couple weekends ago.
I’ll add more details if I ever feel like it.
Another short film? Sure! why not?
Current Mood: Esctatic
Hey look! It’s finally done!
Is it too late for my year-end lists for 2009? I don’t care. It was a tough year for music for me. My iPod broke back in April right before I left Jersey, so I didn’t consume nearly as much music as I did in ’08. But whatever. Here you go – my favorite albums that were released last year.
10. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
So right out of the gates, I’m breaking my own rules. This album really came out early 2010 (is it even out yet?) but I listened to it solid through the month of December. If this were really an ’09 album, it would probably be in my top two. And yes, I reserve the right to keep this album in the running for next year’s list. In any case, “Odd Blood” totally melted my brain. Here’s a weird video:
9. Beirut – March of the Zapotec / Holland Real People
This is a double EP album (is that a thing?) with the first disc being more traditional sounding Beirut (european or mexican traditional folk music with tubas and violins and whatnot). But the second disc is what I really like. It sounds like head the old “Real People” demos – which is basically Zach crooning over his own digital beats. “No Dice” and “My Night With a Prostitute from Merseilles” are my favorites.
8. The Very Best – The Warm Heart of Africa
This is a great fun record with a lot of fun African beats. I wish I knew more about it, but I don’t. They did a song with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend which is fantastic. Check it out and see if it doesn’t make you just a bit happier.
7. Discovery – LP
Did someone say Vampire Weekend? This is an experimental electronic type of project with one guy from VW and another guy from Ra Ra Riot (sorry, I’m too lazy to look up the names.). Similar to Postal Service I guess if Postal Service cheered up a bit and wasn’t afraid to get silly. Sorry no video, but you can listen to a song:
6. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Great album from a great Frenchy band. You’ve probably heard this song on a car commercial, and I have too. It’s an amazing tune and the whole record is equally good. Buster gets all happy when I play this in the car and says “Hey! I know this song!” When you’re done with the video for 1901 below, check out this amazing fan video for “Listzomania” featuring Brat Pack kids rocking out. so fun.
5. Moneybrother – Real Control
I’m really glad Moneybrother came back with this record after being disappointed with their last one. “Real Control” is catchy all the way through. If you’re not in the loop Moneybrother the unkown (at least in the US) solo project of Anders Wendin (ex-Monster). I’m a major geek for this guys’ music. He’s awesome. A lot of classic soul, rock, whatever. This song below has a bit more of a late 70′s reggae / ska vibe (which is about as Jamaican as I got all year).
4. New Moon Soundtrack
Ok, before you judge me as a 13 year old girl (or 20-something housewife) for this, hear me out. I’m not a Twilight fan. I don’t feel like that’s even necessary to state. But, this album is amazing. If this soundtrack were a compilation under a different name, it would receive a lot more credibility. Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, Death Cab, etc. Great all the way through and not a track I don’t like. Don’t judge me.
3. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Karin from the Knife’s solo project that is even darker and creepier. I totally love this record. And I gotta say, seeing her live was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
2. Passion Pit – Manners
I love this record all over the place. At first I thought it was electro-dancey then I thought it was more indie-rocky, then I stopped worrying and just loved it for what it was. Lots of layers going on here. Great lyrics, great melodies… Sure you could say it’s over-produced, but that doesn’t bother me at all. It sounds fantastic. I was disappointed watching some live clips of them, as the vocals are so stacked on the album, it just didn’t hold up live. Well, I’ll find out at Coachella.
1. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
A favorite of many is also a favorite of mine. Lots of moods and textures and stuff. Definitely not the most accessible album of the year (nor the least accessible for that matter), but it sure grew on me pretty quick. You know it. You love it. I don’t need to say anything else. Here it is.
Last month, I had the privilege of going out to a small camp site in the woods somewhere in PA (Near Allentown I think?) to be a staff man on the New Warrior Training Adventure. If you recall, I did my my own weekend a year ago and it profoundly changed my life in many ways.
It rained pretty heavy for the first couple days, but by saturday and sunday, it cleared up nicely. That meant mud. But it was great. We also were blessed to have Rich Tosi, one of the Co-Founders of the Mankind Project on staff with us.
I was so stoked to be able to help support other men in their own work and to give them the opportunity to look within themselves and see what wasn’t working in their lives. I saw some amazing transformations that weekend in the eighteen initiates, and also for myself.
I learned a lot that weekend, and probably the biggest thing I took home with me was the knowledge that God will always provide. Things have a way of working out. I waste so much time worrying and fretting over things that aren’t in my control because I forget that my life is in The Lord’s hands and that things work out on His schedule. I just need to step back, give up some control to Him while doing what I can do to make things happen. That was a huge lesson for me at this time in my life and my state of unemployment. Things WILL work out. It’s my job to do all I can and then learn patience.
I had an amazing time staffing the New Warrior Training Adventure. Like most things with The Mankind Project, it was incredibly intense, physically and emotionally challenging, insightful and was a whole load of fun. I got to hang out with old friends and meet a lot of new ones. I’m anxiously looking forward to my next opportunity to staff. (But not until after I have a job! I promised Marylynn.)
Pogblast is alive! I threw together another mix of my current favorite songs. Unfortunately I didn’t have my microphone handy, so I had to get the computer to do the talking for me…
1. The Trapeze Swinger (live) – Iron & Wine
2. Jungle Drum – Emliana Torrini
3. Fences – Phoenix
4. Desperate Guys – The Faint
5. While You Wait For The Others – Grizzly Bear
6. We Are The People – Empire of the Sun
7. Ask (DONK Remix) – Meowrissey
8. Insane Lullabye (feat. James Mercer of the Shins) – Dark Night of the Soul
9. WARP 1.9 (Feat. Steve Aoki) – The Bloody Beetroots
10. Carol Brown – Flight of the Conchords
11. Blood Bank – Bon Iver
12. Love You All – Cloud Cult
Check out past episodes over here…
Look, I’m SUPER excited to see Watchmen when it hits theaters tomorrow. I’ve been absolutely giddy about it since I read the graphic novel last year. I’ve been following movie news sites for leaked images and updates for quite some time. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a movie since the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out (and if you know me, you’ll know that that was 3 years of me totally geeking out). I just bought tickets for the 4:15 IMAX screening tomorrow (sorry, Stew!). So you’ll be hard pressed to find someone more excited about Watchmen than me.
That said, I’m starting to get weary of the marketing blitz. Seriously, folks, don’t you think this is a bit much?
Seriously, RottenTomatoes, I think that people are well aware that this movie is coming out. Do you REALLY need to devote over 50% of your front page real estate to Watchmen? I think this is the definition of “obtrusive online marketing campaign”. Let’s take a closer look at this disaster:
1. Header image link to “Watchmen Headquarters” (whatever that is). I think the costumed heroes in the grass is a nice touch. Cute.
2. A standard 728×90 banner ad for the Watchmen Motion Comic DVD. (I’ve seen one episode of this and it’s actually pretty cool)
3. Featured article on the Heroes of Watchmen. Okay whatever.
4. Small banner advertising the Watchmen Motion Comic DVD. TOTALLY UNECESSARY!
5. Noting that Watchmen is coming out tomorrow. And that it has gotten a disquieting 64% on the RottenMeter.
6. Thumbnail for the Watchmen Character Guide, as featured in #3… I think.
7. Photos from the Watchmen Premiere Gallery.
8. Another link to the Watchmen Premiere Gallery, this time featuring the two female leads and the words “red carpet”. For some reason, I get that they’re trying to appeal to the Grey’s Anatomy viewing demographic. Wait, Denny’s in this movie?!? OMG!!
9. An unnecessarily large rich media banner, again hawking the Watchmen Motion Graphic DVD. This one actually plays the trailer (whether you want it to or not) and expands to “take over” the page you originally navigated to (with the intention of finding information). Although I have created a few of these ads in my time. I’m not a big fan of them. They are deceitfully distracting and rudely obtrusive, and not to mention in this case, laughably redundant. Moving on…
10. Headline from RT News saying that Watchmen broke a record for the biggest opening (aka most theatres) of an R-rated movie.
11. Oh yeah, caught this one late – Watchmen is in the list of most anticipated upcoming movies. And understandably so. How could anyone miss it?
So there you have it, folks. The Watchmen overkill is official (at least at RottenTomatoes.com) and didn’t even scroll down the page. in 30 hours from now, I’ll be sitting in my seat with a bucket of popcorn and Finn at my side eagerly waiting for the lights to go down wondering “How the heck did these people hear about this movie anyways?”