Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Sounds: MIDNIGHT SUN



I don't buy CDs ... but I bought this one, from our friends, The Sounds (on Letterman 2 Fridays ago). Metric's newest offering is also in my future.

Anyway, midnight sun! It begs the question: 9 pm Pacific, Midnight Eastern? Or is it Midnight Pacific, 3 am Eastern?

LYRICS
Waking up with sunbeams in my eyes
And the world outside seems to pass me by
Embrace the land where the ocean meets the sand
And your motion fades away until you take my hand

I will be coming with you
Tonight, you're all that I want
You're all that I have, you're all I need
You will be shining on me
Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free
You will set me free

Still so young and anxious to be free
But now I'm trapped inside
All these memories
There's more than this if you open up your eyes
And then soon you will realize
Those days are all gone

I will be coming with you
Tonight, you're all that I want
You're all I have, you're all I need
You will be shining on me
Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free

We need to find the way to live
There's more to take, there's more to give
We tried so hard, we tried to so hard
This time we're all away

I will be coming with you
Tonight, you're all that I want
You're all I have, you're all I need
You will be shining on me
Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free
Like a midnight sun, you're the only one who can set me free.

Like a midnight sun
Like a midnight sun
Like a midnight sun

Friday, June 26, 2009

Metric: TORTURE ME


LYRICS:
Get the rope, tie me to the bedpost.
Because I can't find within myself the happy host
If I find my peace of mind, torture me
If I seem too serene, torture me

Torture me with all I've wanted (torture me)
Hit me with the way they're flaunted (with all I've wanted)
When I am surrounded (torture me)
Torture me with all I've wanted
Torture me with all I've wanted

Bring me meat, bring me fire, one backless strapless copper thread gown, giddy kitty gut twine.
Bring turpentine, I can't stand by high streets that fight the bland,
I've got to bite the hand; so if i find a piece of mind, torture me.
If I seem too serene, torture me.

Torture me with all I've wanted (torture me)
Hit me with the way they're flaunted (with all I've wanted)
When I am surrounded (torture me)
Torture me with all I've wanted
Torture me with all I've wanted

Torture me with all I've wanted, When I am surrounded
When I am surrounded
When I am surrounded

Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. King of Pop

I remember renting the VHS video for "Thriller" like a dozen times back when VCRs were brand new and buying a tape cost like $75 or something ridiculous. MJ was worth shelling out the bucks for a rental. When it came to his moves and his grooves, I was a true believer. Rest in peace, Jacko.

Welcome to Oakland, Kid


Here's to Stephen Curry finding a way into the guard rotation with Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson and the other two schmoes the Warriors just traded for. I really hope Ellis doesn't get butt hurt over the W's drafting another combo guard. Curry seems like a nice kid and he can really shoot it. Here's hoping they can pull off that massive package deal for Amare Stoudamire and really make a run at the playoffs.

Let's go Warriors.

Metric: POSTER OF A GIRL

METRIC - Poster of a Girl


Remember those old IBM/NFL FILMS Commercials where you as a fan are told "you make the call"? It was an invitation to interpret a play that happened on the field and officiate or judge it. Same kind of thing here: we have a lead singer in her skivvies with a silk blindfold as we see her through a peep hole. Dare I say, "you make the call"?

Here's a link to a better quality video from YouTube that doesn't allow for embedding to the old O.D.B. POSTER OF A GIRL VIDEO.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Trippy. I'm game for this.

Any man that can dream up and make Frankenweenie, PeeWee's Big Adventure, Batman (1989) and The Nightmare Before Christmas is the tops in my book. PeeWee's and Batman are like two of my top ten all time faves. Johnny Depp will rock the bacon as the Mad Hatter and he'd make for a killer 'Riddler' against Chirstian Bale in Batman 3, don't you agree, true believers? Also, here is Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Can't really say I'm familiar with the foreign actress who got the role of Alice.



Metric: SICK MUSE


Soooo siiiick, pun fully intended, TBz. I can forsee the flapper dress coming back into fashion - same goes for sparkler-style fireworks. ENJOY:

Watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness,
Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life.
You better watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness,
Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life,

The one I better lead
All the blondes of Fantasies

And we looked at them eleven ways
You said, 'look at me', I looked away
And you wrote the song I wanna play
I'll write you harmony in C

Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
Play the lead
Play the lead

Watch out Cupid, money is a sick muse
Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life.
She said: I'm with stupid. Money is a sick muse
Pull your little arrows out and let me live my life

The one I better lead
All the blondes of Fantasies

And we looked at them eleven ways
You said, 'look at me', I looked away
And you wrote the song I wanna play
I'll write you harmony in C

Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
Everybody, everybody just wanna fall in love
Everybody, everybody just wanna play the lead
Play the lead
Play the lead

Fairyland @ Lake Merritt - Oakland

Spent an afternoon the 'town on Saturday. I washed it all down with a pumpkin ale down at the hippest place in the Haystack: Buffalo Bill's on B Street.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

'TEEN WOLF' RE-MAKE IN THE WORKS!



Can life get any better, true believers? One of my all-time faves, Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox is getting re-made. I hope Fox gets a cameo, or perhaps the role of the father in this flick.

There are so many images from the original movie burned into my memory:

-Teen Wolf surfing & doing hand stands on top of a delivery van
-Teen Wolf howling as he gets frisky with the drama queen in the dressing room
-Teen Wolf doing the "wolf dance" at the prom in his white suit
-Teen Wolf sticking his hands behind his back and getting backwards high-5's from a row of admiring classmates in the hallways of his school.

All I can say is this: I ... must ... have ... a "wolf buddy" t-shirt at some point!

For now: a nice tribute to Teen Wolf's best friend, Stiles.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Help, I'm Alive


My heart is beating like a hammer ....

If you like this, check out THE SOUNDS' new CD, "Crossing the Rubicon."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Captain America (aka Steve Rogers) Lives Again!


Yes, Captain America #600 hit the newstands on Monday, but the reality is most shops will begin merchandising this gem tomorrow, on traditional "new book Wednesday." I can't wait to crack into this 100+ pages of goodness. If I am to believe all of the pre-release hype, this issue will set the stage for the re-birth of the original Captain America, Steve Rogers. Killed off by Marvel in issue #25 on March 14th of 2007, Cap has been dead for a good while now, and many are starving for a triumphant return, especially your boy O-dogg.



Here is the purposely vague logline for #600 from the good folks at Marvel Comics:

The Story: Where were you when Captain America died? It's the anniversary of the day Steve Rogers was killed, a day of reflection and mourning in the Marvel U...a time to look back on the things Steve did and what he stood for... or is this issue actually the beginning of the most wicked plot twist since issue 25? Yeah, actually it's both. Plus, contributions from Cap creators past and present, including a very special essay by Joe Simon, a classic story from Cap’s Golden Age, a full gallery of 600 Cap covers, and more anniversary shenanigans than you can shake a shield at! New and Reprints/Rated T $4.99.

Summer Movie Grades

Took the day off from work Monday and among other things, went and saw the new Star Trek movie. I don't know a thing about the lore of the U.S.S. Enterprise, so I enjoyed it for what it was: a SciFi action thriller for a general audience with solid character development. I wasn't too concerned with details, hence no geeky anxiety over minutia that isn't relevant to anyone but geeky trekkies.

Anywayz ... without Transformers and GI Joe out in theatres yet, here is an incomplete report card for this summer's offerings to date:

Star Trek: (A-) I don't know enough about Star Trek to knock it, so I really latched onto the strong characters
Terminator: (B+) I'm no expert, so I enjoyed it for what it was: guns & robots
Angels & Demons: (B) Some details were left out, but a solid book adaptation
Wolverine (C-) I am expert on Wolvie, and will knock this disappointing adaptation

I predict B's at best for Transformers & GI Joe. I'm semi-expert on both universes, but casual enough not to have a meltdown over details that don't match the cartoons or comics.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

'The Ropes' Clubs in Europe Forever


Waving the white flag ...

'Kick Ass' comic book adaptation already in sequel mode as a movie

Wow, things are moving fast for creator/writer Mark Millar. It seems like just yesterday that Kick-Ass #1 was just hitting the shelves at selected comic shops around the U.S.

SCI FI Wire talked to Mark Millar about his involvement in the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kick-Ass adaptation and he addressed a possible sequel. Here's a clip:

"Wanted made $350 million. So that was the thing that opened the doors. I didn't expect that. For some reason I just assumed, 'Oh, yeah, this will come out and do OK. If I get another movie at some point, wonderful.' But what happened very quickly was that several of the titles got picked up to be made into movies. Kick-Ass. War Heroes. I'm doing American Jesus. Kick-Ass 2 is already being plotted out. We're planning it, because all the actors are quite young and we have to make it relatively quickly. So we'll definitely do that inside the next 18 to 24 months."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Restaurant Review: Red Coats Pub, downtown Pleasanton

Last time I was here 'twas the night before Valentine's Day and I rolled in with my boys 'round 8 or 9 p.m. We had a few beers and they all ate dinner but I passed because it was too late in the day. Since then, I've been dying to revisit Red Coats and reminisce 'bout the one that got away ... the dinner that got away, that is.

I got my chance yesterday to see what the joint is like more as a restaurant, as opposed to a night spot with karaoke, DJs, cougars and what not. It was a different vibe around 5 o'clock on a Tuesday; there was a good mix of families, cougar prides, business men and bikers. I was there for a business dinner and our party sat upstairs in relative privacy. Dinner was good, but not great - portions were smaller than expected. If you're health conscious, the portions are good, if you're recession conscious, you probably would get better value at a standard sit-down restaurant.

So, I had Cajun Cod & Shrimp with a hot cup of cream o' mushroom. Paired with a couple of cold Blue Moons, I rate the dinner a B-. The atmosphere was comfortable, and as I closely studied the decor, I noticed the place was trying too hard to be swanky without attention to detail. The colored walls had sloppy paint jobs, the fancy flat screens TVs and paintings were hung crooked and the wait staff wasn't too sophisticated or polished.

Would I return? Yeah, but probably not for dinner.

Mickey Rourke as 'Whiplash' in Iron Man 2

USA Today and ScreenRant have published a first look at Mickey Rourke as villain Whiplash at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in director Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, opening in theaters on May 7, 2010. Rourke stars with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Favreau, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Garry Shandling, John Slattery, Kate Mara and Clark Gregg in the sequel.

Whiplash sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one used by Iron Man. "The technologies are definitely related, and that's part of the core theme of the film," says Favreau.

The character's alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who, Favreau says, "has constructed his own version of a suit." Among the creative alterations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit's glowing chest piece. Whiplash "is going to light them up," says Rourke.

Monday, June 08, 2009

My life is now complete - SPACEBALLS returns as an animated cartoon



Ever since Mel Brooks' Spaceballs Yoda character, 'Yogurt', alluded to Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money, I have been salivating ... waiting for some form of sequel since the 1980s. Now, on Sept. 21 on the G4 Channel, I will finally get my wish.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Holy Sith! New Star Wars game announced @ E3



Many new games from LucasArts, but this 'Old Republic' is THE ONE. Get the toilet paper ready, fan boys! Here are some of the new offerings from LucasArts:

The Old Republic Cinematic Trailer. Perhaps the biggest buzz from the show on the Star Wars front was LucasArts and BioWare unveiling an action-packed and dramatic cinematic trailer that introduces the conflict and environs of their forthcoming MMO game, The Old Republic. If you've ever wondered what a full-on battle between legions of Jedi Knights and Sith would look like, this video is a must-see.

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. The popular Battlefront saga continues on handheld platforms as Elite Squadron comes to the Sony PSP System and Nntendo DS this Fall. The single player campaign follows a deep original story that spans the entire Star Wars saga, while the game also offers an endless source of pick-up and play action.

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
. The Clone Wars saga continues in September with an all new story that bridges the span between Seasons One and Two of the smash hit animated series. This multi-console release puts you in command of Jedi Knights and clones troopers in over 30 unique missions that plunge you into the heart of the Clone Wars, and against enemies both familiar and new.

HOT, HOT, HOT: The Young Knives "Counters"


Lyrics:
We're not numbers
We're not numbers anymore
We're the counters
We're not numbers anymore

We're not numbers
We're not numbers anymore
We're the counters
We're the counters

It seems that all the milk's gone sour
And I can't believe my eyes
I drank to put me out of my misery
cruel to be kind
The sweat has dried into my shirt
and I tried to bite my tongue
I know you think that I am joking around
you've got that wrong, wrong, wrong

Sitting in the front seat
Turning on the motor
Sucking on the hose pipe
Keep it turning over

It seems that everything's gone wrong
Since you entered my life
For me to stay here would be a bad idea
And thats not so nice, nice, nice

Sitting in the front seat
Turning on the motor
Sucking on the hose pipe
Keep it turning over
Keep it turning over

Thursday, June 04, 2009

R.I.P. David Karradine

Paraphrasing from Pulp Fiction:

Vincent Vega: What are you gonna do?
Jules Winfield: I'm gonna walk the Earth.
Vincent: Watcha mean, walk the Earth?!
Jules: I'm gonna be like Caine in 'Kung Fu' - walk around, meet people, get into adventures.

Werd. Carradine was a salt of the Earth type of dude. He will be missed and remembered for his seminal TV role as a traveling Shaolin priest in the 1800's Wild West.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Can you say "Heathers 2: Electric Boogaloo"?

Yes, it's true. A sequel to the movie "Heathers" with Christian Slater and Wynona Rider is in the works. I think Rider is out, but Slater is supposed to get a glorified cameo in a 'spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi' type of role. Wow. I can't wait to see what other 80s classics might get re-made. Here is a vote for "3 o'clock high" or "Weird Science."

Holy ... well, what else can I say but "holy" with this?


Assassin's Creed 2 cinematic trailer. Wow. I've never wanted to be in Italy so bad ... 15th century Italy with a mask on, that is!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard represent the maze and blue






Two of the greatest of all time, college or pro: former Wolverines, and former Oakland Raiders ... and Heisman Trophy winners. I love these guys no matter what, always have and always will. Go Blue, Go Raiders forever.