Monday, December 31, 2007

Top 10 Albums of 2007

(Photo cred: Michael Persico)

It's past around that time of year again — when I rehash already-published content to create the illusion that I'm updating top 10 albums time.

1 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (DFA)
2 Battles Mirrored (Warp)
3 Aesop Rock None Shall Pass (Definitive Jux)
4 Kanye West Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-a-Fella)
5 The Shins Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)
6 Arcade Fire Neon Bible (Merge/Rough Trade)
7 Mark Ronson Version (Columbia)
8 The White Stripes Icky Thump (XL)
9 Freeway Free at Last (G-Unit/Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)
10 M.I.A. Kala (Interscope/XL)

My obsession with Sound of Silver began, actually, around this time last year, when I started listening to it over and over for a DIW cover story. Back then, I declared it my fave of 2007 before the year even really started, and not a damn thing came close to topping it. I blurbed it here (click on sixth album cover in top row).

Check out the list in all its sortable glory on CP's site.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Aliens vs. Predator vs. Adorable Japanese Robots

I saw Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem the other day and Shareeka Epps was totally not in it, rendering this expertly Photoshopped image (original post) even more pointless and irrelevant. But I'm very proud of it so I'm going to repost anyway.

Look for a Cold Open review in next week's CP.


Apologies for the lack of posting lately; December has one big clusterfuck of early deadlines, sleep deprivation and credit card debt. But now that Christmas has come and gone, I can finally throw up a link to the homey Chen Reichert's World of Botos. (Didn't want to ruin the surprise with a pre-Xmas post, as I got Michelle one of her pieces as a gift.) Go buy her stuff. It's amazing and affordable and spells great gifting for robots and humans alike.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

This is a dark period!

Got an e-mail featuring John C. Reilly's response to his Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical:
“I am thrilled and honored that the HFPA has acknowledged the hard work of everyone who poured their hearts into “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” I look forward to celebrating our film and all the other great movies, comedic and dramatic, at this year’s golden globes. I am proud to carry the torch for Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, and Mike Andrews without whom I could not have pulled off this performance. Somewhere, Dewey Cox is smiling.”
What, no boilerplate dick jokes?

We caught a sneak last week and it's no joke full of jokes, dick-related and otherwise. And more ridiculous cameos than any movie I've ever seen. (Jack White's Elvis is unstoppable.) Look for my review in next week's
City Paper.
Is this the beginning of the end, John? Magnolia, man, Magnolia!)


Hey dude, what's new in the Philippines lately? Not much, other than...

- a Manila gay bar releasing promo materials featuring
Harry Potter and Darth Vader in drag;

- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo crushing the shit out of a military coup by ordering an armored vehicle to
smash into the front of a five-star hotel and fill it with tear gas;

- Filipino boxers forfeiting medal bouts in the Southeast Asian Games to protest
"biased judging";

- a government-instituted ban on
Christmas carols;

- and a
cry for Angelina Jolie's help from leftist farmers.

I'm convinced that
Yahoo's "Odd News" category could suckle on the country's 7,000+ teats for decades and never go hungry.


Be sure to check this week's CP for
"Stenton Avenue Reprise," an incredibly engaging jazzy multimedia extravaganza courtesy of the dudes Michael T. Regan and Rick Valenzuela.

And here you thought you could never be
hypnotized by Bubsy 3D. (Via Pat, who just got his first short story published! Dawww.)

Steve Irwin is an anagram for "interviews" (?!) and
other crocodile-related minutiae over on Ken Jennings' blog.

This February, look for my profile of the amazing Hamburger Eyes in Theme Magazine.

Ever since the revelation that
my boss has been tapped to write Cable, I've felt comfortable enough to publicly admit that I moonlight as Jubilee's fluff boy. The burns heal...they always do.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Darkly dreaming

One step closer to a Dexter/CSI: Miami crossover episode. Soak that in...
As the writers strike enters its second month with no end in sight, repurposing cable series on broadcast networks is becoming a reality. CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that CBS plans to repurpose some Showtime series, including the breakout hit "Dexter."
"'Dexter' is probably the first one to go on — with some edits," Moonves told reporters at the annual UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York.
"It fits with our crime shows."

The edgy, offbeat "Dexter," which has become a critical and ratings success for Showtime, stars Michael C. Hall as a Miami police forensics expert who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer.

CBS, of course, is the leader in the forensic crime drama genre with the "CSI" franchise.

Moonves didn't specify when "Dexter" would launch on CBS beyond saying it should come "in the near future."

(Thanks Michelle)

Monday, December 03, 2007

That's so $%^@#$*


While I'm hoping for a win tonight, I'm certainly not asking for one. As negative and anti-homer as that sounds, it's just realistic.

Just please don't let
this happen again. Please, please, please.

Now get out there and have some fun!

10:04 p.m. Tied at halftime. Y'all are playing brilliantly.

11:47 p.m. Death List Week 13
- Brian Billick
- Rex Ryan
- Jamaine Windborne
- Jabar Gaffney
- Bart Scott
- Bart Scott
- Willis McGahee's ill-fitting jersey
- Bob Griese

12:01 a.m. Good thing I approached this game the same way some people approach the double or nothing Video Bonus question on Cash Cab. "Well, I didn't come into this with anything, so..."

[04dec07] 2:05 p.m. We'll always have Paris.

(Awful Announcing via Adam Riff)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Something wicked

Ray Bradbury is the top pick on my 2007 Death Pool roster. And he's still alive! Dude is 87 years old. And Death Pool bylaws state that once an individual is selected, he or she is disqualified in subsequent years. Come Jan. 1, I'll be rooting for him to stick it out long enough to see Frank Darabont's film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. But until then...counting the days.

I'm a terrible person terrible at picking people who I think are going to die. And this entire "post" was really just an excuse to use that picture.