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MINI BLOG: Good Old Boys

Randy Newman – Good Old Boys (1974)
I’m slowly becoming a Newman-fanatic! “Good Old Boys” is Nemwan’s fourth studio album but the first one where the patented Newman-arrangement lasts the entire time. I’m amazed he stuck with this type of production to at least Toy Story (all of these songs have the same piano-led, Southern orchestra sound of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”). Nothing really stands out, with maybe “Mr. President” the only exception, but that’s actually a good thing since the quality never dips the entire half hour (here’s to short albums!). [6.8/10.0] Great

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MINI BLOG: Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures (2009)
The self-titled debut (and probably only album) of the supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, is pretty much exactly what you expected when taking a look at the lineup. Dave Grohl on drums. Josh Homme on guitar and vocals. John Paul Jones on bass and keys. Ok, it’s a little modern, but it’s also Led Zeppelin * Nirvana/Foo Fighters + Queens of the Stone Age and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. [6.5/10.0] Great

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MINI BLOG: Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire (1994)
An engrossing and visually rich film, “Interview” kept me interested by presenting some of the facts of everyday vampire life that get left out of other movies: boredom, sadness, loneliness, and apparently a whole lot of homo eroticism! Great acting all around (but that’s to be expected with this powerhouse cast) and Goldenthall always adds a creepy, Gothic vibe to the scenes, but I felt one too too many Vampire-logic holes for my taste. I mean, really, you can’t kill a vampire by stabbing him through his heart but you can with a scythe? [3/5] Liked It

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MINI BLOG: The Fruit That Ate Itself

Modest Mouse – The Fruit The Ate Itself (1997)
What a turd. I can’t believe 1) that any band would release this as a serious album and 2) that anyone would be a fan of this recording. About half of the “songs” are less than a minute-long ditties with barely any musical merit. The rest are mostly the exact same stuff you heard on the previous two Modest Mouse albums. I’m sick of Isaac Brock’s guitar antics of this period. Yes, they’re unique and strange, but he does the exact same thing in every song. Ugh. [2.4/5.0] Ok

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  • Anonymous
    Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 18:56 | #1

    I’m not gonna lie–these reviews are very painful. Let’s get back to the good stuff.

  • Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 11:54 | #2

    There was good stuff?

MINI BLOG: Shaken N Stirred

Robert Plant – Shaken ‘N’ Stirred (1985)
Shaken ‘N’ Stirred? More like Crash ‘N’ Burn. Plant’s strategy in the 80’s (experimental jazz-pop) is so opposed to what he accomplished with Led Zeppelin in the 70’s that I’m surprised he ever had any success. Well, “Shaken ‘N’ Stirred” brings the singer back down to earth after his first two semi-OK (and successful) solo albums. It’s no surprise that he took three years off following this stinker, went back closer to his blues-rock roots and released his best solo offering in “Now And Zen.” [3.5/5.0] Ok

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  • Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 10:47 | #1

    I don’t think this album came out in 2008

  • Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 11:32 | #2

    Ah, copy and paste 🙁

MINI BLOG: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Ok, I’m impressed. It’s so painfully obvious that “Slumdog” was the brainchild of nothing more than one of the gimmicks of gameshow “So You Want To Be A Millionaire” (I guessed the ending with about half an hour left in the film). But, like a great Greek epic, even though the ending is never in doubt, it’s all about the journey that makes the story worthwhile. “Slumdog” prevents a fascinating look at the culture of India’s lowest class (especially the children of this environment) and how they must hustle and struggle to survive almost every moment of their lives. This movie also brings a modern polish to movie-making with web-inspired sub-titles and almost reality TV quality filming. Do I believe this was Best Picture worthy? Maybe not, but definitely worth a view. [4/5] Really Liked It

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MINI BLOG: Raditude

Weezer – Raditude (2009)
Another Weezer album, another online music purchase. Wow, I guess I’m finally maturing and coming back into the world of actually paying for my music (that was a joke, FBI). Well, Weezer albums are sure starting to be like Star Trek movies: the good ones are immediately followed by terrible ones. “Raditude” has some nice melodies – it seems like the tunes to all of Rivers Cuomo’s songs are ones that you’ve known your entire life – but there is a very empty vibe going through the whole album. I have a theory that the theme behind this grouping of songs was to write material based on or inspired by what the band members thought would be cool (or, sigh … raditude) when they were 12. The cover of the album seems to be dripping with late 70’s/early 80’s which would be right about the time when Rivers was 12. Unfortunately, even that nice fantasy theory doesn’t justify some of the turds on this album and the overall apathy given to the lyrics. I’ve always been a music-over-words man when it comes to songwriting but, damn, Rivers! This stuff is mindless. [4.0/10.0] Good

What? This came out as good with my scathing review? Oh, well. RESISTANCE AGAINST THE RATING SYSTEM IS FUTILE!

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MINI BLOG: Tool Academy 2

Tool Academy: Season 2 (2009)
Well … if I’m going to completely lame up stanus.butt why not do it in style and make my first TV review about Tool Academy 2. That’s right, I watched all (well, most) of the show about guys who had to go into therapy and perform tasks to prove they weren’t tools to their girlfriends. The trailers for it really had me thinking it was going to be a rung below even the Brett Michaels love show fare, but I actually enjoyed myself. If it’s going to be reality TV, it must involve fuck ups and mental cases for me to stay tuned. [3/5] Liked It

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MINI BLOG: De Stijl

The White Stripes – De Stijl (2000)
When I first saw the trailer to It Might Get Loud I wondered if people would balk at seeing Jack White alongside such legendary guitarists as Jimmy Page and The Edge talking about guitaring. But, ever since I casually selected to listen to a coworkers copy of “Elephant,” I’ve been a huge White fan. I’ve been slow at getting into the other White Stripes albums but I’ll get to it, dammit! “De Stijl” is a little more of the same as their debut album: it still sounds like a 1920’s black blues guitarist playing with a kid drummer – both of whom are just about to lose control of their instruments. But, here there’s a little more craft to the songs (“Hello Operator” sonically describes the act of waiting on the phone). Hell, this “roots” rock band isn’t even afraid to embrace the Led Zep grandiose (well, as grandiose as a guitar-drummer duo can be), either with “Why Can’t You Be Nicer To Me?” A good, solid showing … just falls a little short on the songwriting when compared to their later endeavors. [4.2/10.0] Good

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MINI BLOG: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966)
I must admit that before listening to this album, I didn’t know anything about Jefferson Airplane besides “White Rabbit” and that they turned into Jefferson Starship. Well, ok, so I also felt the strong mystique surrounding the band and its psychedelic rock. But for such an enigmatic and psychedelic band … their debut album sure was folky! To be honest, this is before Grace Slick joined the band and it was only 1966. However, a couple of interesting songs (“Chauffeur Blues”) and a decent cover (“Tobacco Road”) don’t really save this from being anything but ordinary. However, consider my interest piqued as to how they became cool enough to write “White Rabbit.” [3.8/10.0] Ok

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