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Rave Ups:  Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

Rave Ups: Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

By in Blog on March 4, 2009

Our Band Could Be Your Life:  Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981 -1991 by Michael Azerrad Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s 3rd Rock book chronicles the early histories of 13 original American Indie rock/Hardcore bands.  Including the following: Black Flag The Minutemen Mission of Burma Minor Threat Husker Du The Replacements Sonic Youth Butthole Surfers Big Black Dinosaur Jr. Fugazi Mudhoney & Sub Pop Records Beat Happening Azerrad [...]

Rant Downs:  I Hate American Idol

Rant Downs: I Hate American Idol

By in Blog on March 10, 2009

I HATE American Idol!! There is the obvious stuff… the music sucks, the singers are boring, and they have no talent…  I could go on and on.  The whole point of the show is to find the next big music star - and how well have they done so far?  Really only one person has found [...]

Rave Ups:  The Clash - Westway To The World

Rave Ups: The Clash - Westway To The World

By in Blog on March 11, 2009

The Clash - Westway To The World This documentary was released in 2000 before Joe Strummers death on December 22nd 2002.  The movie is a pretty dry re-telling of the bands history straight from interviews specially filmed for this documentary from each of the bands members. Included in the movie is a treasure trove of live footage [...]

WTF? The Starchild is a painter!

WTF? The Starchild is a painter!

By in Blog on March 16, 2009

Paul Stanley, lead singer/guitarist of the costumed rock band Kiss is a serious painter.  I guess its not such a huge surprise when you consider all the face painting over the years.  What is the most surprising to me is that I didn’t hate all of his paintings.  I’m no art critic, but I know [...]

Album Review:  Lily Allen - It’s Not Me, It’s You

Album Review: Lily Allen - It’s Not Me, It’s You

By in Blog on March 17, 2009

I was a late adopter to Lily’s debut record Alright, Still… but no matter your stance on popular music it has got some charm.  Here is my review of her newest.  See the explanation of my reviews here. (You may have trouble viewing this embedded PDF, if so you can trying updating Adobe Shockwave Player, or [...]

Rave Ups:  Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD)

Rave Ups: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD)

By in Blog on March 18, 2009

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps (DVD) The live concert video featuring a performance from the 1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour.  Originally released in 1979 and reissued by Sanctuary on DVD in 2002.  I’ve never really enjoyed live concert films very much, but I regard this one as a gem with its classic [...]

Rave Ups:  Shakey - Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Rave Ups: Shakey - Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

By in Blog on March 26, 2009

For the last couple of months I have had the great pleasure of reading this book and re-examining the catalog of Neil Young.  I have been a fan of Neil’s music ever since a friend turned me on to Decade (1977 career retrospective) in high school.  This book allowed me to literally dissect Neil [...]

Who Would You Rather 2?

Who Would You Rather 2?

By MF in Blog on March 9, 2009

Tricia Helfer (BSG) Evangeline Lilly (Lost) Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)You know that these three are mega hotties when Tricia Helfer finishes in third place. Helfer is super hot as a Cylon in BSG, but for me, she is a bit behind the other two.Now, if you asked me three years ago who was hotter than Evangeline Lilly, I would find it difficult to come up with an answer. "Freckles" has one of the best bodies I have ever seen, and even though she was dating that Hobbit guy, I couldn't hold it against her. If I ever met him, I would probably kill him and take his body to a lab to be dissected. Then we could find out what type of weird scent he was releasing that would make a girl like her want to have sex with a guy like him.But then one day a crazy thing happened, I started watching a show about a nerd working at Best Buy. When I first saw Yvonne Strahovski, I actually wasn't that impressed. I thought she was just another hot blonde, but that was about it. But as she kicked ass in skimpier outfits every episode, my lust meter went through the roof. I know it's weird to say, but her character changed my perception of her. At times she had that innocent fuck me look. Then it was an ass kicking fuck me look. Other times it was a stern fuck me look. Her fuck me look range was off the charts!So to sum up, Strahovski would be my choice at the moment barely edging out Lilly. This could change as easily as the direction of the wind, but that is my final answer today.Thoughts?

Evil Come Liesti and the Not So Evil Band

Evil Come Liesti and the Not So Evil Band

By Jude Terror in Blog on February 23, 2009

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Can We Please Just Stop Overdoing It?

Can We Please Just Stop Overdoing It?

By MF in Blog on February 18, 2009

Look, I don't want to say bad things about a dead guy, but can we stop pretending that Heath Ledger was the greatest actor ever? Can people also stop coming out of the woodwork proclaiming themselves Heath Ledger fans or how awesome he was?Let me explain. I think he was a good actor and his portrayal of the Joker was phenomenol, but one year later and people are saying how amazing he was.This quote for example: "One other guarantee is that I'll be a sensitive mess when Ledger wins (the Oscar). That dude was awesome, and it sucks that he

The Base System Finally Explained!

The Base System Finally Explained!

By MF in Blog on February 11, 2009

So I guess I got kicked off another My Little Pony Forum

So I guess I got kicked off another My Little Pony Forum

By MF in Blog on February 9, 2009

A few notes:1) The guy who did this is either a genius or insane. Or both.2) There are My Little Pony Forums?3) Don't fuck with Princess Biscuit.

Todd McFarlane Jumped The Shark

Todd McFarlane Jumped The Shark

By MF in Blog on February 5, 2009

This character looks vaguely familiar. Hmmm...

Top 10 Reality Shows

Top 10 Reality Shows

By MF in Blog on February 2, 2009

Ah, reality shows. We love them and we love to hate them. I've wasted many hours watching these crappy shows. Reality shows are a testament to how low society has fallen, but I just can't stop watching these train wrecks. I even watch America's Next Top Model, which didn't make this list because of my intense, seething hatred of Tyra Banks.So without further ado, the Top 10 Reality Shows list: 10) American Idol8 SeasonsOnce American Idol reaches the final 12, the show gets incredibly boring. It is a horrible talent show and I usually dislike all of them. Where American Idol shines is during the early stages of the competition, when deluded individuals who think they can sing get verbally berated by Simon Cowell. It makes for some great TV.Watching these contests try and sing is hilariously funny, especially when they beg to sing another song or just start singing again over the judges. Cowell definitely makes it funnier, despite Paula Abdul's drunken, stoned attempts to ruin the show. 9) Tommy Lee Goes to College1 SeasonI hesitated adding this because it was as much a reality show as The Hills or Laguna Beach, in other words, it was completely scripted. But it really was a funny show and the writers deserve credit. Watching Tommy get into one "zany" adventure after another was better than most shows that are labelled as sitcoms these days. 8) The Surreal Life 6 SeasonsThe Surreal Life actually performed a public service. Firstly, it gave work to some of the most washed up "celebrities" out there.Secondly, it informed me on how things were going for stars of the past like Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer and Peter Brady.This show had some great moments. Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer pissing in the house, Vanilla Ice having meltdown after meltdown breaking things, including breaking down a door because he couldn't find any salt and the emergence of Flavor Flav as a reality star. 7) Foursome2 SeasonsIf you've never seen Foursome, then congratulations, you're not a pervert and don't subscribe to the Playboy Channel, but you are also missing out on one of the funniest, most over-the-top reality shows.The premise is simple, 2 guys and 2 girls stay in a house for 24 hours. During this time, different games and outings with sexual themes are arranged for them. Then they have sex. It's pretty awesome. Of course, since the show is on the Playboy Channel, nothing is censored and these porn stars in training don't hold back.One hilarious episode had the two girls taking a bubble bath together. One of the girls was feeling kind of down, so the other one decided to cheer her up by getting her "toy" and...well you get it now right? 6) Hell's Kitchen5 SeasonsGordon Ramsey is a dick, but watching him swear and throw things at total morons is fun.This show let's aspiring chefs take over one of Ramsey's restaurants if they win. Why in God's name anyone would go to these restaurants after watching this show is beyond me. None of these people are ever any good and their personal hygiene leaves a lot to be desired. Watching Ramsey berate them is the only reason to watch, but it is a good reason. 5) The Apprentice8 SeasonsSpeaking of assholes, Donald Trump may very well define that word, but watching The Donald fire wanna-be yuppies every week is a lot of fun. Even the celebrity version of this show wasn't bad, not including Stephen Baldwin acting like a douchebag. But what makes this show is the normal version. Watching The Donald tell these losers off, fire them and then have them thank him ("Thank you, Mr. Trump") is fantastic. Just once I'd like someone to get voted off and tell Trump to kiss their ass. 4) The Amazing Race14 SeasonsIt was tough to decide between The Amazing Race and #3 choice for the title of "Best of the Legitimate Reality Shows," but coming there is no shame in second place.The production of the Amazing Race is second to none. Its editing is incredible and makes for a fine viewing experience. Host Phil Keoghan is a legend to TAR fans for never standing still while describing the next leg of the race. He is ALWAYS walking.The puzzles are fun and the destinations are interesting. Other than the "ugly American" stereotype that certain teams exhibit, this show is always exciting. 3) Survivor18 SeasonsSurvivor is the granddaddy of U.S. reality shows. When Richard Hatch won the million dollar prize as the evil mastermind of season 1, the TV landscape was changed forever. Survivor would have been higher on the list, if not for the trend lately of undeserving players winning. The strong and smart are usually voted out, because some idiot makes a dumb decision or gets lucky.But Survivor has also had some great moments, none greater than Richard Hatch pulling off a win in that very first season. Despite its flaws, Survivor is still a must watch show. 2) Rock of Love3 SeasonsTo the untrained eye, there isn't much difference between Rock of Love and other similar VH1 and MTV shows like I Love New York or A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, but Bret Michaels and the women(?) that are vying for his heart are above all the rest.It begins with Bret Michaels trying to act like he actually wants to find love. Looking for love in a group of porn stars, prostitutes, strippers and aspiring actresses is like looking for a hit Bret Michaels' song, impossible.Bret is at his best when his righteousness takes over. This season he scolded and eliminated a girl for giving away a gift that he claimed meant a lot to him. That Bret, he sure is a classy guy. Of course, 5 minutes later he probably had another orgy like he did in seasons 1 and 2. Bret trying to be smart is also priceless. For example, this season one of the girls had a hidden cell phone and called her boyfriend. Bret of course had no idea. At the end of the episode, he threw her off the show and stated that he always knew. Sure Bret, the producers didn't tell you what was going on did they? Of course the other girls also warned Bret, but who would listen to them anyway.The other thing that makes this show awesome is the girls. It's not that they are eye candy. Most of them are so used up that Bret should probably be wearing a hazmat suit when he comes into contact with them.  1) Real World/Road Rules Challenge16 SeasonsThis is a controversial decision for all 3 of you that read this, but the Real World/Road Rules series of reality competitions is the best. Let me make it clear, The Real World and Road Rules both suck individually, but there is something about the Challenge, which pits them against each other.One of the best parts of this show is that contestants appear in multiple seasons, while new blood is brought in from the new RW and RR seasons.You really get to know all of these professional challenge players and hilarity always ensues. You get to see the drama of how many of these people have slept with each other (answer: all of them). You get to see people "retire." Yes, people retire from the Challenge and announce it with pride and a speech. The drunken fights, the sober fights, the fights about fights and the love decagons all make this show the best reality show.Another excellent facet of this show is the scouting. You watch the Real World and Road Rules, to see which cast members would make good additions to the challenge. It's like watching a college basketball season to see who will get drafted by the NBA.And of course, a lot of the contestants are hot. Very hot. 0 1

Ranking the Presidents of 24

Ranking the Presidents of 24

By MF in Blog on January 27, 2009

(Certain Presidents are not added for a variety of reasons. Deal with it.) 5) President Allison TaylorSeason 7 and RedemptionOk. It's only been 5 episodes. But Allison Taylor is easily the worst president in the history of the show. She's boring. She's too fucking good. "Oh the poor Sengalans." Please. Like a President of the U.S. would ever act like that.I'm not sure if she is being portrayed as a "bleeding heart liberal," but this is ridiculous. She allows her citizens to die because she wants to fight a war in another continent. What type of idiot president would do that? But seriously, the truth is that so far she has no ulterior motives for doing things. She wants to held Sengalans cause it's the right thing to do. That's just bullshit and boring. I hope she gets more interesting soon. 4) Wayne PalmerAs President: Season 6Also appeared in Seasons 3 & 5Wayne was much more interesting when he wasn't President and instead was his brother David's Chief of Staff. He was having affairs, breaking into people's houses and getting people killed. He was awesome.As President, his biggest moment was almost getting killed and coming back to work early before falling into a coma. Sure, that showed he was a hardass, but nothing compared to all the cool things he did before.  3) Noah DanielsSeason 6I was hesitant to put Daniels on this list because he was President for about half a season. He only took over after Wayne Palmer was almost assassinated.But Daniels deserves a special mention because the guy was a gigantic asshole. As vice-president, he tried to authorize the implementation of racial profiling and detention centers. He ordered a nuclear strike against an unnamed country despite the opposition of most of his cabinet. He had one of his advisors prejure herself to try and steal the presidency. Worst of all, he tried to have Jack Bauer arrested. Douche. 2) David PalmerAs President: Seasons 2 & 3Also appeared in Seasons 1, 4 & 5I never thought there would be a better President that David Palmer. His friendship with Jack was great and you always knew Jack was in good hands.Palmer was a good man, but unlike the current crappy President, made tough decisions that weren't always the "right" thing to do. That is what is missing from Taylor. Anyway, Palmer survived multiple assassination attempts till he was killed in the season premiere of Season 5. Still, he always seemed Presidential and was a great ally for Jack.  1) President Charles LoganAs President: Seasons 4 & 5Also appeared in Season 6There was no better President than Charles Logan (as portrayed by Gregory Itzin). He took over after President Keeler was incapacitated after Air Force One was shot down.  The character grew from there.During his time as acting President, Logan was a sniveling, cowardly worm. He decided to lead from a bunker instead of the Oval Office because he was scared for his life. He was completely unprepared to make any decisions. You wanted to reach into the TV and smack him around.He had David Palmer come in and make all of his decisions for him. Logan was also known for throwing a temper tantrum like an insulted school girl when he didn't like something.Then in Season 5, Logan really hit his stride. He gave in to terrorist demands over and over again, sacrificing the lives of 11 Americans in a mall. He was even prepared to let his wife and the Russian Prime Minister be killed, but they were saved by Aaron Pierce. Logan also invoked martial law, was complicit in the assassination of David Palmer and the selling of nerve gas to terrorists. He also ordered the murder of one of his Secret Service agents and threatened to have his wife, Martha, committed.Logan also decided to take on Jack Bauer (always a big mistake) by having a warrant issued for his arrest, then ordering a navy jet to shoot down a passenger plane Jack had...um...commandeered that had evidence of Logan's illegal acts. With help from Martha, Jack eventually kidnapped Logan and tricked him into confessing all his illegal acts. He was arrested and currently lives under house arrest.But all these acts were played so well by Itzin that you just HATED Logan. To give a comparison, his portrayal of Logan is on par with Michael Emerson's portrayal of Ben Linus on Lost. He is just a guy you love to hate.Logan's most heinous act may have been having sex with Martha in-between a three minute commercial break. When the show went to commercial, they weren't even partly undressed. Charles Logan was also a minute man.

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