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my week in movies

Thanksgiving vacation came and went.  Mick’s parents flew in, drove to LA with us, drove back to SF and then flew home yesterday morning.  Food was had, family was seen, turkey was eaten.  Same story as most im sure.  So…I will write a brief blurb on the movies I saw in this time, and what I thought.

Live Free or Die Hard – Friday night at my dads house.  Actually pretty entertaining.  It was more of a cyber-terrorism plot, but as per usual there was lots of firepower, explosions, a sexy Bruce Willis, and a “Yippie Kay Yaye Yay” thrown in for good measure.  Didnt hate it…actually liked it, but probably for the best I didnt pay to see it.

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girl talk

So, Tuesday night was the much anticipated Girl Talk concert.  I hadn’t heard a show discussed so often since we found out Phish was reuniting.  Everyone was looking for tickets, gathering their posse’s and we even had a dance-off request.

Mick and Trevor were going to “bring it” to the dance floor and it was then going to be determined who “brought it”, and who ended up getting served. (details to follow)

Girl Talk is a special group, and holds a special place in my heart.  a) just for clarification its not a group.  Its a dude with a laptop.  b) His mashups have become engrained into my everyday life, sometimes I dont even notice I sing bits of the cross over, and now I am spoiled to hear certain songs because I only assume that they will follow with some change up to another song.  To be honest, he has gotten me into music i wouldn’t have necessarily listened to, along the lines of hip hop and rap.  Its just plain fun.  No qualms about it…its gets you moving.

Yes, he doesnt have his own music, he cant sell it because he doesnt own it, and he takes other peoples hits and fuses them together and calls it his own…but he does it better than anyone else I’ve heard.  The Bootie mixes, and Party Ben are fun, but Girl Talk knows his shit.

So at the show, because its just 1 dude and a laptop…i guess he decided to make his stage show consist of everyone from the audience standing around him dancing.  And I mean, a stage FULL of people, along with streamers, and flying confetti.  Mick said he smelled.  How does he know that? Oh, right. Mick was a 15 year old girl on Tuesday and had to get on stage with Girl Talk.  He put the dance-off off till the latter half of the show, and boogied with screaming girls on stage along side a stinky sweaty long haired dude pushing buttons on a laptop.  We were at the clizzub…but it was the Fillmore.  Needless to say, the dance off happened, and I couldn’t say who won, because it was awesome all around.  I recorded some pre-game dancing in my kitchen and will add that as soon as i upload it.

I’m not a music reviewer.  This is not an official review.  This is my evening recap, and its not as eloquent as I’d like it to be.  So, great show, glad Girl Talk was able to get paid (through concert tickets, not album sales), and although most of the mixes I had heard before…I’d go again next time he came in town.

I leave you with some videos (obviously not originals, because that wouldn’t be the Girl Talk way)

same as it ever was

I have been behind on writing.  I write about the cool shit that happens, and I’m behind.  I’ve been unusually busy at work this week, so I haven’t even been able to take 5 to write about anything.  Its 6:45 am, I have my coffee in my living room, so now I have a few minutes to catch up.

Monday, luck was on my side.  Basically it went down like this.  Joanne wrote that she wanted to see David Byrne using the iLike application on facebook.  I wrote that I did too.  She said that she had 2 tickets, one for free, would I like to split the ticket.  Now the main reason I didn’t have tickets in the first place was because of the $100 price tag.  How ever much I love David Byrne and The Talking Heads, I cant justify that.  So $50 sounded better.  THEN, she got gifted two more, so four of us ended up paying $25 to see him.  That’s a price I can live with.  Thank god for Joanne and her magic.  The show was sick.  David Byrne is a music icon, was creating music back when it was really influential, and isn’t bad looking either.

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music as of late

The past few weeks I have seen a few shows, but have been so busy at work and too tired at night, so I havent really been posting on my blog.  I’m going to give a brief rundown, no real lengthy reviews…just what I saw and thought.

Mogwai, with opening act Fuck Buttons.

Fuck Buttons are a two-piece experimental group from England.  Its alot of distortion backed by some really beautiful harmonics.  Its loud.  Mick really enjoyed it, and I liked it as well, though at times I could have really used some earplugs.  That might have had something to do with the fact that it was at the Grand, and their acoustics kind of blow.

Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band, not a furry creature that turns into a gremlin.

Their music is really beautifully orchestrated.  The problem I found was that they were too pretty.  Too sleepy to listen to at a live show without having the desire to sleep standing up.  It was the second time I’d seen them…and will likely be the last.  I will listen to their music….but maybe as backgrond music, or as a lovely lullaby.

The next night we went to Slims to see Built to Spill.  God I love that band.  They did the album Perfect From Now On in its entirety, and added a few songs for good measure.  Another amazing show.  I think this was the 9th time Ive seen them.  I will continue to see them every time they come into the city.  Hopefully next time it will be Keep it Like a Secret. One of my personal favorites.

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the jellies

I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium this past weekend.  To be quite honest, with all the hype, I was a little underwhelmed.  The Great White Shark they have been talking up is located in murky water with a bunch of other fish, and the only glimpse of it I got was brief.  The hammerhead was much more people friendly.  I was however impressed with the collection of jellyfish.  The displays were lit up immacutely, and the colors were astounding.  The coolest jellyfish though wasnt photographed because unless I had a video camera you couldnt capture the magic.  It looked like a translucent burning man float with neon electricity shooting thru it.  If only I remembered the name.

Here are a few of my favorite shots, and you can see the rest of the visit here.  Creepy.

So different…yet all so beautiful

Three hour time suck

So i am obsessed with So You Think You Can Dance.  The unfortunate part about this obsession is it has been monopolizing my mid-week after work time.  (Thanks to Mick for being so understanding). Two hours on Wednesdays and one on Thursday for the elimination, and Im stuck on my couch watching Twitch and Kerrington and Matt and Courtney and all of the other dancers wearing awesome costumes and moving in ways I could only dream of.  I mean seriously.  Splits and twists and grace.  I am by far not the most graceful person in the world, and I would love to be that bendy.

Seriously.  These kids are super talented.  You get a hip-hop guy doing the tango, and a contemporary artist doing the fox-trot and thats entertainment.

During the results show, they pull in “professional” dancers in one genre to kill time.  Last week it was this asian hip-hop dance troup, and they performed this killer routine to Blackalicious’ Chemical Calisthenics, and I had never heard the song before.  Loved it, and so at least I can say that even though this show is sucking my valuable time away from me…I got new music out of it.

These are not the contestants.

I didn’t watch the show last seasons.  I may have been better off.  With no new programming this summer, the reality shows are pulling me in, but this is the only one that Im finding I cant live without.  If only someone would shoot Mary in the face and destroy her toothy grin…then I’d be ok.

Dethklok was hot last night!!

I don’t know how much you know about Dethklok (as a cartoon band). I’ll break it down for you, per what I know (and with the help of Wikipedia.)

  • The band in the adult swim cartoon Metalocalypse
  • They enjoy a popularity level unheard of in reality, ranking just above Belgium as the twelfth largest economy on Earth. They are so popular that impressionable fans will often do anything their songs tell them, even if it means death, which is usually the case.
  • In addition to their uncanny ability to command worldwide attention and effortlessly persuade masses of people, the band members indirectly cause death and bad luck to those near them.
  • They also frequently summon natural disasters, severe weather phenomena, and paranormal anomalies through the live performance of their music. As a result of this, the band’s concerts are notoriously violent, often resulting in the physical injury and fatality of many or all of the crowd.
  • developed the animated series “Home Movies,” which also aired on the Cartoon Network and was based on Small’s life as an 8-year-old. (a great show, only slightly different than an extreme death metal band. 🙂 )

Here is a picture of the band…

Flash forward to yesterday. Dethklok is touring, and Mick scored tickets from some dude off of craigslist. They had been sold out for a while, and as little as I like metal, I like the show, and was curious as to how they would pull a performance off. Maybe make it a bit Gorillaz-ish with a screen and the band behind it? Needless to say I was looking forward to the show. We decided to forgo the opening bands, and left the house at 9ish to walk over to the Fillmore. Maybe a poster was in order? Sold out show at the Fillmore? We hoped this was the case.

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