Tuesday, September 25, 2007

About last night

(Drew is responsible)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The most boring article of all time

Who pitches this? Actually, it's AP, so it was most likely assigned...horrifying.
PARIS - Scientists say that Neptune, one of the coldest planets in the solar system, has a surprising warm spot — relatively speaking. An international team of astronomers has found that Neptune's south pole is warmer than other parts of the planet.

Temperatures at its south pole are about 18 degrees warmer than elsewhere on the planet — not much for a planet with an average temperature colder than 320 degrees below zero.

The apparent reason is that the south pole has been in the summer sunlight for about 40 years.
This is almost as bad as my review of Good Luck Chuck.

(Thanks Marc. I think.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Now take my picture

OK. This is dope.

Look how excited they get @ 2:30 when they see that white dude on peyote crowd surfing.

Look for a Cool Kids profile piece in the fall edition of DIW.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Neon golden

This surreal picture of Johnny Unitas doesn't really fit in with the rest of these Ravens-themed wallpapers, but whatev.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

How many scrappy peasants to make it right?

For some reason, our automated MovieTickets.com showtimes/photos service uploaded this picture to the nav page for my review of Neil Jordan's The Brave One.

I do not remember any scenes featuring Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof talking to a guy on a tiny moped, which leads me to believe that this is some kind of mistake.

If you know what movie this is actually from, please speak up in the comments.

UPDATE (14 Sept 07): It's Mr. Bean's Holiday. I'm sorry, but that does not look like Rowan Atkinson to me. Thanks, Gwen.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Things that will haunt me for the rest of my life

- The sex scene from
A History of Violence

The Red Room scene from Twin Peaks

The final scene in Audition

The Last House on the Left


UPDATE: Did MTV pull the plug on the "real" performance at the last minute?

And this was at the bottom of that post's comment thread:

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I twist characters like Twist characters

No article has caused me more headaches than this week's CP music lead, a feature on Aesop Rock and his phenomenal new record, None Shall Pass. Why? Not to Stan out or anything, but I've been a huge fan of dude since the age of 13 or so. On top of that, a few recent interviews/Q&As I'd read with him featured unapologetically Chris Farley-esque lines of questioning ("Do you remember that one part, from Labor Days, when you spelled out 'flash flood'? That was awesome."), so I wanted to try for a slightly different direction. (To the best of my abilities, at least...there's only so much one can cover in a 25-minute phone interview).

Here's some extra material from the interview that I wasn't able to use for the piece due to space constraints.


Could you take me into your creative process in terms of production? Do you bounce ideas off people like Blockhead, or do you work on your own to avoid outside influences?

I wish I did that. [laughs] When I do something, I usually send it out to Blockhead, Rob Sonic and El-P. I bounce stuff off of these guys, but probably too much to the point that at some point in the process I hit a wall, and I'm like, "I'm not sending anything to anybody anymore." I send Cage stuff sometimes...I definitely ask the people around me that I trust. But I run into too many walls when everyone says, "This is cool, but I think you should do

You've said in the past that you don't usually go back and listen to your old records, but I noticed shades of your old material on None Shall Pass...you sampled a bit from Bazooka Tooth's "11:35" on the title track, for example.

Basically, I know that I can get away with sampling my own shit because no one is going to sue me. A lot of times, what I'll do is if I have that's a capella that I can use, I'll do it because there's no chance I can get in trouble for it. I used a Camp Lo sample from
Bazooka Tooth for the "Getaway Car" chorus. I knew it would sound good. If I can find what I need, I'll use it so I don't have it to mask [something else].

You'll be MTV's Artist of the Week starting Sept. 17. How did that come about? Strange experience?

We sort of had this relationship...they would run my videos on MTVu and MTV2, so I guess they deemed me cool enough for MTV1. We had a creative meeting to discuss what I wanted to convey...they asked me what I wanted the theme to be, and I asked them to get as many live exotic animals on the set as possible. They put in calls to the Bronx Zoo, and at the end of the day, we got one monkey. It's basically all these performance parts...it's me and Blockhead hosting a a fake public access show, and one of the guests is this woman Judy with a pet spider monkey. She's one of the interviewees, and we just hang out with the monkey for awhile.

None Shall Pass leaked. These days, is something like that less of a disappointment than an inevitability?

It happens with everything.
Bazooka Tooth leaked three months in advance. We try each time to do something different that will prevent it. This year, we put the names people receiving them [onto the audio of the disc]. It held it off a little bit. El-P leaked a month in advance. I leaked five weeks in advance. But the last one was three months. It's kind of expected, and yet it's completely infuriating. [Every album, I tell myself], "It's not going to leak, it'll make it to the final date." It inevitably doesn't. I literally got off a plane from Europe after a week of doing nothing but press...I step off the plane, and Jesse from the label says, "I just got a text. Your record just leaked." I was just running around promoting it, so I was like, "Fuck this." It's frustrating. Somehow, [the inevitability of a leak] doesn't take away from the disappointment. It never gets any less annoying.

What goes through your head when you debut new material live for the first time? Is it daunting?

We've been testing out songs and rehearsing all month. We're going on tour starting Sept. 6. We started by sneaking in, like, one or two new songs, then three new songs, then we finally facelifted the whole set. We haven't even performed it once yet. [
His Sept. 8 show at the Starlight Ballroom will be the non-festival debut of the new material off None Shall Pass.] So we're going to be doing that...a lot of it is new stuff, but also old stuff I haven't done in awhile, definitely. It can be daunting. But we rehearsed this time more than ever. When we did the MTV gig, we did three new songs [for TV spots.] It's national TV, pretty much my biggest promo outlet ever, so it can be a little daunting. But we're ready for it.

To be honest, it feels good to do all the new stuff. I've kind of been doing a lot of the same material, so it's great to be changing it up a little bit. There are nine or 10 new songs on the set...Rob Sonic has some new songs on the set. [I'm looking forward to performing] "39 Thieves" and "None Shall Pass"...but most of them are fun because they're new.

Official Site
Get tickets for Saturday
Purchase None Shall Pass @ DefinitiveJux.net
Video for "None Shall Pass"

UPDATE (09 Sept 07): Show was dope. In other news: Earlier today, I came across this overwritten review of Why's Elephant Eyelash I did about two years ago for Okayplayer. In the first paragraph, I make a secondhand allusion to the record sounding like an "Aesop Rock/Mountain Goats collaboration." It seemed "wacky and subversive!" at the time, but now it's more bizarre than anything else, as Ace and the Goats' John Darnielle collab on the None Shall Pass track "Coffee." Weird.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Who's the knucklehead wantin' respect?

This is what happens when you talk greasy on us!

Why is it that the best articles are always marred by poor copy editing?

[sic] CHINA'S Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja, Chinese media reported today.

Ninjas – professional assassins trained in martial arts – date back to mediaeval Japan.

"The so-called defeat is purely fabricated, and we demand the internet user to apologise to the whole nation for the wrongs he or she did," the Beijing News said, citing a notice announced by a lawyer for the Shaolin monks.

The internet user, calling themselves "Five Minutes Every Day", said on an online forum last week that a Japanese ninja came to Shaolin, asked for a fight and many monks failed to beat him, the newspaper said.

"The facts that the monks could not defeat a Japanese ninja showed that they were named as kung fu masters in vain," the internet user was quoted as saying in the post.

The Shaolin temple "strongly condemned the horrible deeds" of the user, the newspaper said.

"It is not only extremely irresponsible behaviour with respect to the Shaolin temple and its monks, but also to the whole martial art and Chinese nation," it quoted the monks as saying. [/sic]
On a very basic level, I can understand how the Shaolin wouldn't take lightly to something like this, but if everyone frothed up over being messed with on message boards, the planet would implode. Yours truly was once the subject of massive e-vitriol (for like, a day) on Okayplayer's boards when I wrote that Pumpkinhead's album sucked. Honestly, it was more flattering than anything else.


Linky linky:

- Cold Open review of The Last Legion

- Cold Open review of War

- My Time Out New York debut deals in various forms of the excruciating adjective "bloggy."

- Gwen, who works at a vet in Rhode Island, recently treated Mr. Bigglesworth. The Mr. Bigglesworth.

- A great Guardian piece on on Prinzhorn Dance School (not sure if the interview I did with them will ever surface...)

- "Along with Oliver,
Little J will feature characters including a depressed ham, a mad scientist called Eggs Benedict, and a culinary spiritual guide called Nonna."

- My dude James took a cross-country road trip to youknowwhere and ate some youknowwhat.