Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Between today and the last time I posted anything I've had the pleasure of listening to a few new(ish) albums, four to be exact:

Daft Punk - Tron Legacy Soundtrack

This album is exactly what it says it is: A soundtrack. It's a movie score, not a sci-fi infused electro album full of bangers, even though that's what I wanted it to be. Did you see Inception? Remember the over-the-top music filled with epic strings and loud drums? This is basically what it is, with distinct sounds of Punk's synths mixed in. It works, imagining light-cycles and disc-battles to the music is made easy with the tone the music sets. Most of the 'album' is simply film score, making it not the most exciting thing to listen to. If you're looking for the next Homework, this isn't it. There are however, a couple choice tracks that may not quench, but at least temporarily satisfy a thirst for fresh music from the robotic duo.

You can grab the leaked album here: If it asks you for a password at any time, it is

Check out:

"Son of Flynn", "End of the Line", "Derezzed", "Disc Wars", "TRON Legacy (End Titles)"

Smashing Pumpkins - Teagarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare

Let me start this off by saying that I'm a huge Pumpkins fan, and have been listening to them for years. When Billy Corgan 're-created' the band and released Zeitgeist I was excited. And then I listened to Zeitgeist. All my excitement faded and turned to worry. What was this human/martian hybrid doing with my beloved Pumpkins? Kaleidyscope isn't any different. These four songs (apparently out of a possible forty-four to be released later) are a continuation of the same streak of shit started with Zeitgeist. Thirty-seconds into the first track "The Fellowship" and you can tell something is wrong. There's something bizarre and inherently wrong with hearing Billys voice over a storm of electronic music. There aren't any tracks worth checking out, skip this immediately.

Neil Young - Le Noise

Neils newest album helps to drive home the argument that he was in fact, the undisputed "Godfather of Grunge". His newest album is soaked with lo-fi guitars, heavy bass, and has enough Rock and Roll to attract even the most stubborn folk-haters. The first track "Walk With Me" sounds ready-made for large-scale stadium rock. Not to worry, there is enough of the softer Young we all know and love. The somber "Love and War" reminds us of the debt war creates, and the families who must pay it. Neil's passion on the issue of War was shown in his Living with War album that was released a few years ago, and it's obvious that passion has not dissipated.

Check out: "Love and War", "Walk With Me", "Rumblin", "Peaceful Valley Boulevard".

Kanye West - My Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye is back with another album, thankfully deciding to skip out on the R&B auto-tune-fest that was 2008s 808s and Heartbreak. I still don't know if that whole thing was a joke or not. Anyways, with Fantasy Kanye has returned to the music that helped make him the biggest name in Hip-Hop. If there were any doubts about Kanyes lyrical prowess, or his affinity for creating great beats, this album should put those to rest. Admittedly I used to think the size of his head did not match up with the quality of his output, but he is certainly making a case for himself with Fantasy. I still think he's slightly over-rated (see pitchfork), but there is no doubt this is an epic hip-hop album. The guest-list reads like an all-star line-up of musics biggest names: Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver, the RZA, John Legend, and Rick Ross all make appearances on the album, along with others. Definitely, definitely check this one out, as it will surely be one of, if not the biggest albums of 2010(11?).

Check out: All of it.

*edit: There are a few songs I don't really dig ..namely "All of the Lights", "Hell of a Life", "Lost in the World".

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another quick thought on the Leafs...

Anyone notice how fucking quiet it is inside the Air Canada Centre? Sounds about just as loud as a Coyotes game, and they have trouble attracting 9,000 fans a night. Considering attendance at the ACC is usually an announced crowd of around 18,000, this is just embarrassing.

Can I get a GO LEAFS GO please? The loudest the crowd got last night (other than when the Leafs scored) was when they boo'ed Kovalchuk as he touched the puck, and in the last twenty seconds of the game after they had it in the bag. Seriously Toronto, make some NOISE! There's no doubt players feed off the crowd, and the fans in there aren't exactly giving them much.

Surely this can be attributed to the 'suits' which make up most of the lower bowl seating, trying to hammer out their next business deal. Perhaps a lowering of ticket and beer prices would get the crowd going, but there's no way MLSE would ever be interested in that. How unbelievably frustrating...

Netflix Gems (continued)

Continuing to browse through the Netflix selections, I came across the classic 1987 action-film Predator. Then I noticed what could possibly be one of the best descriptions I have ever seen for a film:

"Two real-life governors -- Arnold Schwarzenegger (Dutch) and Jesse Ventura (Sgt. Blain) -- use their muscled intellects to pursue a force more sinister than a state budget crises: an otherworldly creature deep in the jungle."

Looks like I won't be heading to the library for another couple of hours.

Leafs vs. Devils (3-1)

The Buds claimed victory over a fellow basement-dweller last night, continuing some of the good things exhibited during their last game: Solid power-play, cutting down of the defensive lapses, and another great performance from Nazem Kadri. Versteeg continued to live up to his 'Verbeauty' moniker, with another goal on the PP. Speaking of nicknames, Jonas 'The Monster' Gustavsson was just that last night, turning away 29 of 30 shots while filling in nicely for an injured J.S. Giguere.

Coach Ron Wilson must be an avid reader of this website, because Lebda was a healthy scratch for the game and Gunnarsson was in his place posting an even +/- with zero points. What a coincidence the Leafs just happen to win after that change. You're welcome Ronnie!

*end-note: Kessel scored last night too, but it's not worth mentioning him in great extent unless he plays poorly or has a stellar performance. Anything less than a decent performance is insulting considering what we gave up for him. Yeah, I said it.

Trio of Terror

I was browsing through the 'New Arrivals' section on Netflix last night, and came across three films that were somehow overlooked at the 2002 Oscars. Three straight-to-DVD masterpieces that include stars such as Jeremy Renner, Michael Reilly Burke, and Mark Holton! What do these three have in common? No, they weren't all in The Hurt Locker. They all had the prestigious honor of starring as three of Americas most notorious serial killers! Jeffery Dahmer, John Gacy, and Ted Bundy were all immortalized in 2002 with a trio of films aptly named Dahmer, Gacy, and Ted Bundy. Creative huh? Judging by the trailers, this is b-grade, perhaps even c-grade cinema at its finest. It would be safe to say my schedule for next week is pretty busy.

I would have posted the actual trailers here, but they're in wide-screen and this layout isn't friendly to those videos...perhaps a move to another blogging site is in order. Right-click that shit and open a new tab bitches. Enjoy!

Ted Bundy

Notice how the music in the Gacy and Ted Bundy trailers are nearly identical? High production value is the name of the game here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Victory!

The Leafs were finally able to pull out a win last night after losing eight games in a row. The game itself wasn't exactly the prettiest of tilts, but I'll definitely take the win. I almost turned the game off, seeing as the Leafs were down 3-0 within the first twelve minutes of the first period.

On any other night this would be a guaranteed loss, but with the help of Nashville's extremely undisciplined play, the Leafs were awarded three straight two-man advantages in which they capitalized on, and would eventually lead to a 5-4 Leafs win. Again, something that was pretty out of the ordinary, considering they have one of the worst man-advantage percentages in the league. On those power-plays, Versteeg was able to finally show that he might actually be worth what he's being paid by scoring twice, something that hasn't been seen up until this point. Whether or not he, and the team for that matter, can keep up the effectiveness of their PP remains to be seen.

The rest of the team played reasonably well, and Schenn potted his first goal of the season, along with Kadri getting his first point with an assist. Schenn has been one of the few shining lights for the team, leading the Leafs in the +/- category. One glaring issue with the team though, is the play of that plug Brett Lebda. Too many times have I seen him cough up the puck, or make a very poor defensive play resulting in the other team scoring. Case in point: Last night he had the puck on the offensive blue line, fell over, coughed up the puck, and handed a breakaway goal to Nashville. Why isn't Gunnarsson playing? He at least has an even +/- and an assist while Lebda continues to have a team-worst minus 9, and zero points. Needless to say I continue to question Wilsons decisions, but we're stuck with him for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Today, President Obama awarded Sgt. Sal Giunta the Medal of Honor, which hasn't been bestowed on any living person since the Vietnam War. It's the highest honor a United States soldier can receive.

What's most interesting about Giunta receiving the honor, is that filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were following his platoon making a documentary while they fought in the Korengal valley, which is considered to be the most dangerous place in Afghanistan. They were able to document the very actions which led to Giunta receiving the honor. The documentary itself covers an entire year in the Korengal valley, and the fighting that Giuntas platoon had to endure.

Below is a segment telling Giuntas story. The footage they've acquired looks amazing, I can't think of any other full-length film that features such footage of combat from the ground. This ground-breaking footage coupled with the human emotion in the film will be what sets it apart, as it will surely garner plenty of attention. Restrepo airs Monday November 29th on the National Geographic Channel.

The Sal Giunta Story from Sebastian Junger on Vimeo.

If you want to watch that in a bigger size, click on "The Sal Giunta Story" just beneath it. If you want to know more, check out the films website.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This is what 100 million dollars looks like.

Just one more reason why both Russia and New Jersey suck.

I know the Leafs lost last night.


I don't want to talk about it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

South Park + Jersey Shore

I think this screen shot from South Parks episode "It's a Jersey Thing" sums up why I enjoy Jersey Shore so much. Their depiction of Snooki really evokes the same thoughts and emotions created by watching an episode of Jersey Shore: It's a horrific, ugly, nauseating, trashy train-wreck. But no matter how hard I try, I just can't look away.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reversing Falls

No, I'm not talking about the natural phenomenon out in St. John New Brunswick. I'm talking about the face-melters being pumped out of a small studio somewhere in Montreal. Less than two minutes is all these guys need to bring you to a state of listening euphoria.

You can buy the album for whatever price you wish here, or you can just stream it for free on that very website.

I'm With CoCo

Last night, Conan O'Brien made his triumphant return to the airwaves. After what seemed like an eternity he finally was able to come back on the air and stick it to NBC. Other than Letterman, O'Brien is the only talk-show host I can stand. Jay Leno is beyond unbearable, and Last Call with Carson Daily features, well, Carson Daily. If I wanted to watch an aging pop culture icon trying to grasp onto his last few moments in the spotlight, I'd turn on The Hour with George Strombolopoasdfojnweklj. At least George has interesting guests and usually has something relevant to say. I don't actually hate the guy or his show, there's just something about his refusal to accept that he's thirty-eight years old and the whole punk vibe makes it hard to take him seriously. You're not on MuchMusic anymore George, no need to continue being that 'edgy' VJ.

Wow I got a little carried away there.

Click the link below to enjoy Conan's premiere.

Check it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

State of the Maple Laughs

I use the title "Maple Laughs" because that's what we are at the moment. The laughing stock of the NHL. The way things are going right now, it doesn't seem as if things are going to change. I looked at a post I made 353 days ago, and it sounds as if things are exactly the same. No scoring, no future picks to look forward to, and only one legitimate prospect in the system.

On top of that, Burke said today that Ron Wilson's job is safe and continued to put 100% of the blame on his players. Really Brian? Maybe it's time to try and forget you two were such good college buddies, get your head out of your ass, and look at what's happening on the ice.

The Leafs lost to Buffalo on Saturday night after holding a two goal lead after the second period. Wilson, in all of his wisdom put the 4th line on the ice during the last 45 seconds of a one-goal game only to end up being scored on and subsequently losing the game in a shootout. It's the coaches decision who goes out there, and the coaches decision for who shoots in the shootout. Kaberle shooting over Kulemin? MacArthur who is 0-9 in his career for shootout attempts, and now 0-10? Maybe I'm missing something here, but all three coaching decisions cost us the game.

Now that I'm sufficiently pissed off, I will go and drown my sorrows in a few games of NHL 11, where my Leafs team can actually pass itself off as a well-run organization.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Food Inc.

This is one of the best documentaries I have seen since The Fog of War.

Well done, and well argued. A cry for sanity and regulation when it comes to the food industry and the way we consume, this film is impossible to ignore after you've seen it. It has inspired me greatly to shop at my local farmers market as regularly as possible and maybe, just maybe avoid fast-food. Though I wouldn't put money on the latter.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Three E.P.'s

I finally gave this album a well-deserved listen while actually paying attention. Surprising, since I got it about four weeks ago after watching High Fidelity. Cusak mentions the album and the band during a great scene in the film. Anyways, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Released in 1998, The Beta Band's The Three E.P.'s is a compilation of three E.P.'s (Champion Versions, The Patty Patty Sound, and Los Amigos del Beta Bandidos) that had been previously released. Creative title eh? The album plays all three E.P.s in succession, seamlessly. It doesn't sound like three albums smashed together into one at all, so don't worry. I have bascially had it on repeat for the past two days, trying to imagine why the fuck I hadn't heard this before. Maybe all of you had heard this previously, and are currently pointing at the computer screen cursing my lack of knowledge concerning lesser-known bands. Maybe not.

I honestly cannot recommend this album enough. I am not a music reviewer, so I'm not going make an attempt at explaining the 'sound' with strange terminology that when read slowly actually turns out to be non-sense. That's what is for. Listen to these two tracks and decide for yourself if you want to download/buy it. If you like Beck even in the slightest, this one should be for you.