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Friday, February 26, 2010
 

 
Thursday, February 25, 2010
  Tomorrow:


 
  more dumb words

HEY THERE buster lemme link a few things. Bioshock 2 is better than anybody expected, but I disagree with my review's headline that it's better than the original. It might be as good, but even though its story is more satisfying it lacks the unique impact of the original.

Also: Bayonetta is completely fucking ridiculous.
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
  !!!!!

 
  oh God I've watched some wrestling recently

I don't know why I still do this. I pretty much quit back in 2001/2002, and every time I'd fall back into the habit something horrible would happen. I'd tentatively watch a few Raws in a row, or rent a DVD, and then Eddie Guerrero would have a heart attack and Chris Benoit would murder his family and I would remember why I quit watching in the first place. But since getting a DVR last August I've paid intermittent attention to WWF WWE, TNA, and Ring of Honor. I don't watch any of them regularly, and don't even regularly record the WWF or ROH shows, but tune in just frequently enough to understand the storylines. Not that that's hard to do, or anything.

Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked. I was going to write about WWE NXT, a new show that premiered last night in ECW's old Sci-Fi Channel timeslot. It's basically set up like a wrestling reality show, but it's obviously worked and no rules have been announced, so it's nothing like Tough Enough. Eight wrestlers from the WWE's developmental league are mentored by eight established WWE veterans, with the winner getting a guaranteed WWE contract. It can't be taken seriously as a competition, though, as one of the contestants, Bryan Danielson (new WWE name: Daniel Bryan), already has a big-league deal. A lot of wrestling fans are sore over Danielson's involvement, as he's been wrestling for a decade, had a WWF developmental deal early in his career, and made a few appearances as a jobber on long-gone low-level WWF shows like Heat and Velocity. They're also pissed that Danielson's mentor is the Miz, a guy who's only been wrestling for a few years, and who's probably still best known as a former Real World cast member. That's the reaction the WWE was hoping for, and they've wasted no time starting up the "indie legend" vs. "established WWE superstar" feud. NXT's first episode was bookended by Miz/Danielson segments; it started with Miz ordering Danielson to prove he could cut a promo and introduce a good catchphrase, and it ended with the Miz pummeling Danielson after a hard-fought loss to Chris Jericho. Obviously NXT won't be a one-feud show, and McMahon wouldn't create a show solely to get Danielson over, but that was the focus of last night's episode.

It was annoying to see Danielson give a solid promo and then have the announcer, Michael Cole, act like it was completely horrible, but then Cole's natural ineptitude has long since been turned into his gimmick. Last night was the first time I've seen Cole act like a straight-up heel, disparaging Danielson for being a nobody who's only wrestled in high school gyms in front of internet nerds. At least I hope that was supposed to make Cole a heel.

Other highlights from last night: David Otunga, aka Punk from I Love New York, aka the future Mr. Jennifer Hudson, gave an awesome heel interview about how he's better, richer, smarter, and more successful than everybody else. The best wrestling characters are grounded in reality, and all Otunga has to do to make people hate him is list off his real-life achievements. Between Harvard Law, marrying an Oscar winner, and visiting the White House twice, Otunga's a natural heel. His thinly veiled contempt for his mentor, K-Krush, as they walked to the ring; Krush danced around, delivering his horrible rap, while Otunga kept his distance and headed straight for the ring. He didn't look too good in action, though; his match was a super-quick squash, but he bungled the Ron Simmons spinebuster he used as a finisher.

The only other rookies that stood out last night were Wade Barrett, a tall, deep-voiced Briton who's paired up with Chris Jericho, and Darren Young, the "South Beach party boy" who got squashed by Otunga. Barrett was good on the mic when he introduced Jericho, and has a unique, old-fashioned look; both he and Danielson look like they could be right out of the '40's or '50's. Young's electric-shock hair and over-the-top excitement is a good and potentially funny contract with his mentor, the deadly serious straight-edge asshole CM Punk.

Two other rookies wrestled last night, but neither impressed me. The "one-man rock band without instruments" Heath Slater was completely obnoxious, but played an okay Ricky Morton in his tag match. The rookie on the opposing team, Michael Tarver, has a good look and was introduced with a solid interview package, but showed nothing in the ring. He also took the pinfall, laying down for Slater's mentor Christian. Seems like a bad idea to have a guy lose his first televised match against a mid-carder. But then the point of NXT is that these rookies aren't quite ready for the big-time and need help from WWE pros to make that jump. In that context losing a first match isn't as harmful as it can otherwise be.

Anyway, yeah, wrestling still exists, and I'm still a god-damned idiot. Awesome!
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
  Radio Undefined playlist 2/22

Janelle Monae - Tight Rope (feat. Big Boi)
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach
Shout Out Louds - Walls
The Knack - Good Girls Don't
Prince - When You Were Mine
Hanoi Janes - Across The Sea
Yeasayer - Madder Red
Smith - Baby, It's You
The Aquarian Age - 10,000 Words In A Box
The Soft Pack - More or Less
Blue Oyster Cult - Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
Dr. Dog - Shadow People
Nirvana - Love Buzz
Them Crooked Vultures - Mind Eraser, No Chaser
Besnard Lakes - Albatross
Mitch Hedberg - My Necklace
The Replacements - I.O.U.
Moon Duo - Stumbling 22nd St
The Know - I Like Girls
Generation X - Ready, Steady, Go
Strange Boys - Be Brave
The Homosexuals - Walk Before Imitate
Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drum
 
  Still Flyin' - All Lips Touch (Italian Radio)

 
Saturday, February 20, 2010
 



Just finished up the artwork for the new Pizzas 7"! The two songs are sick.
 
 



Oh shit, Aziz's cousins are now on twitter:

Team Harris.

Team Darwish.
 
 

 
Friday, February 19, 2010
  Ice told me about this and I cant stop laughing...

From Deadspin:

Mark, a former collegiate golfer, tells the site:

My friend played in a Pro-Am with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. They introduce themselves and walk up to the first tee. Arnold has this huge cigar in his mouth as he puts the tee in the ground and asks my friend, "When was your last blow job?"
My friend chuckles a little bit and says, "A couple nights ago, I guess." Arnold doesn't say anything, pulls back the club and mid backswing (in his "Terminator" voice) asks, "How did it taste?" and swings through and shanks the ball 50 yards dead right out of bounds.
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010
  Reports playing "Arrows" at a show last night

 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
  Radio Undefined playlist 2/15

DR. DOG - SHADOW PEOPLE
THE SOFT PACK - C'MON
STRANGE BOYS - BE BRAVE
STATUS QUO - PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN
FREE ENERGY - HOPE CHILD
CARNIVORES - HEART OF COPPER
THE BEAT - WALKING OUT OF LOVE
THE HUSH NOW - HOPING AND WAITING
JOE JACKSON - SUNDAY PAPERS
WILCO - SPIDERS (KIDSMOKE)
PHANTOGRAM - WHEN I'M SMALL
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - PICTURES (LEAVE YOUR BODY BEHIND)
FRIGHTENED RABBIT - NOTHING LIKE YOU
SPOON - TROUBLE COMES RUNNING
THE BUZZCOCKS - WHY CAN'T I TOUCH IT?
THE FACES - STAY WITH ME
JOHNNY CASH - AIN'T NO GRAVE
SOLID GOLD - ONE IN A MILLION
MARIE LAFORET - PAINT IT BLACK
LOVE - YOU SET THE SCENE
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
  Repost from Crews...

Best skit in a while...
 
  WOAH!!!!!

 
Monday, February 15, 2010
  Great Still Flyin pics from Paris...

BEST PROMOTION EVA!!!!!

(Look how much fun Licky is havin!)
 
  Gonna have a whole bunch of ebay shit going up soon...here's Round 1:

Boss RE-20 Space Echo Pedal
Marshall MS-2 Amp
Deluxe Memory Man Analog Delay Pedal
Tortoise Japanese Import
Desert Sessions 7&8
Lou Barlow & His Sentridoh Rare Record
 
  lemme link a few things

that I have been working on.

1. I reviewed Mass Effect 2 for Paste Magazine. It runs in the April issue but is online right now. ME2's a big improvement over the original, by the way.

2. I've got a review of MAG in today's Boston Herald. Ignore the horrible name and give MAG a shot if you own a PS3 and dig online shooters.

3. I had reviews of No More Heroes 2 and Chime in last Tuesday's Boston Herald. My favorite part of No More Heroes 2 is helping my cat Jeanne lose weight. Also at least 60% of the profits from Chime, an excellent puzzle game downloadable through Xbox Live Arcade, go to charity; even without the altruism it's worth five bucks and a few hours of your time.

4. Finally Hillary and I dusted off Shazhmmm again and did a thing about Sean McKeever's Nomad miniseries. I like that comic book.

That's it, nothing else to say whatsoever.
 
  I kinda wanna see this:

 
Sunday, February 14, 2010
 

 
Friday, February 12, 2010
  Dark was right, Parks & Rec rules...

 
Thursday, February 11, 2010
 

 
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
  Radio Undefined playlist 2/8

JOHNNY CASH - AIN'T NO GRAVE
GRINDERMAN - I DON'T NEED YOU (TO SET ME FREE)
TALKING HEADS - THANK YOU FOR SENDING ME AN ANGEL
MALACHI - SNOWFLAKE
THE FALL - BLINDNESS
THE SOFT PACK - C'MON
REIGNING SOUND - DEBRIS
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - ALTERNATIVE ULSTER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - GIRLS FM
THE MYNABIRDS - NUMBERS DON'T LIE
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - OH! SWEET NUTHIN'
THE BOOZE - HATE CITY NIGHTS
THE B-52'S - PRIVATE IDAHO
ELVIS COSTELLO - PARTY GIRL (LIVE)
TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS - EVEN HEROES HAVE TO DIE
AZIZ ANSARI - SHEETS
BUILT TO SPILL - GOIN AGAINST YOUR MIND
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES - 69 FACES OF LOVE
THE 101ERS - SILENT TELEPHONE
BAD SPORTS - CAN'T REMEMBER YOUR NAME
SHAM 69 - BORSTAL BREAKOUT
BLACK SABBATH - HAND OF DOOM
 
Monday, February 01, 2010
  Radio Undefined playlist 2/1

YEASAYER - MADDER RED
MODERN LOVERS - ROADRUNNER
THE SUBURBS - LOVE IS THE LAW
GIRLS - LAURA
THE MUMMIES - LITTLE MISS TEE-N-T
RED PENS - HUNG OUT
STRANGE BOYS - BE BRAVE
QUEEN - MUSTAPHA
MOS DEF - THE TOURNAMENT
THE RUMOUR - EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC
THE MEKONS - WHERE WERE YOU?
NEU! - HERO
BROKEN BELLS - THE HIGH ROAD
JOY DIVISION - DISORDER
GOODIE MOB - BLACK ICE
THEM CROOKED VULTURES - REPTILES
THE POLICE - NEXT TO YOU
FOLLOW THAT BIRD! - THE GHOSTS THAT WAKE YOU
BAD SPORTS - CAN'T REMEMBER YOUR NAME
SUGAR - HOOVER DAM
SPOON - TROUBLE COMES RUNNING
TV ON THE RADIO - PROVINCE
RIDE - LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND
 

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je suis france
still flyin'
reports (a band with dark in it)
elliott
crog
dark
crews
LD
MB
cgervin
scarnsworth

some weblogs:
unrealized scripts
oceanchum
hillary brown
shazhmmm...
garrett martin
old man crews
microzaps kindercore
talking radio towers
corp. hq of the san antonio gunslingers
crabber
overundulating fever
ryanetics
blunderford
dehumidifier
big gray
unwelcome return
day jobs
maybe it's just me
captain scurvy
movies stella has not seen

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still flyin'


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