Headsup: The Dark, The Night and The Man With No Name

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark DVD
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Blu-Ray
Super Hybrid Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:37:46+00:00 September 12th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Win American: The Bill Hicks Story on Blu-Ray!

American: Bill Hicks Story Blu-Ray

It’s American: The Bill Hicks Story, hitting Blu-Ray thanks to BBC Home Video. And I love the hell out of some Bill Hicks, so I’m quite pleased to be giving away some of his stuff. First, here’s what they have to say for themselves:

The award-winning documentary shines a spotlight on the amazing true story of one of modern culture’s most iconic figures, as told through stunning photo-animation and intimate takes on Hicks’ unique life as relayed by the people that knew the comedian best. Selected for more than 25 international film festivals over the past year, including the London Film Festival and SXSW, the unique documentary film also enjoyed a successful theatrical release in the UK. American: The Bill Hicks Story delves beyond the documentary and accesses the comedian’s personal audio journals, along with over 1.5 hours of featurettes including a Q&A panel from Austin’s SXSW festival with Hicks’ friends, a 15th anniversary tribute, alternate scenes, a 16-page liner notes booklet and more.

Trailer? You betcha. NSFW for language, in case you aren’t familiar with Mr. Hicks.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:40:27+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Contests|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #111: The Gum Would Like a Word

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that has a giant checklist, comprised of things you’re not supposed to talk about on podcasts. And it’s working its way down it, one item at a time. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Or for members of the band The Faint. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Burt Reynolds.  With a puppy.  On a horse.

'I'm on a horse.'

Agenda:

  • ScottC is introduced to the concept of TV on the Radio. And bass. And music, in general.
  • April 20th
  • ScottC, not a Bond girl
  • IMAX webcams?
  • “Old Mac Users”
  • Zombies and hemp
  • The sad lemonade story
  • Of hurricanes and hyperbole
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Stake Land vs. Skateland
  • The Night Train
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Protecting you from terrorist waves
  • Bill Hicks
  • David Bowie and America
  • The Americanization of Time Fucker!
  • Terrifying transcriptions
  • We heart Paw Paw
  • Don’t do math while driving
  • The Jack Train Chinstrap story
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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:45+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Bill Hicks Returns to The Letterman Show

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks returns to David Letterman‘s show. Seriously. Mary Hicks, Bill’s mom, is going to be on the show tomorrow night to introduce footage that got axed from Bill’s appearance in 1993. Apparently the show’s producers thought his routine was too controversial to air (especially his “pro-life” bit). Hicks never got a copy of the performance. Five months later, we lost him. The only extant copy of the performance is owned by Mary, who got it sent to her before the masters were destroyed and it’s never been seen by the public before.

Here’s the material from the routine, presented in an amusingly censored program from Trio called “Uncensored Comedy.”
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By | 2017-09-24T23:06:34+00:00 January 29th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Voltron Movie Not Yet Thrown to the Lions

  • The Banana Splits are back. With short films, music videos, DVDs, CDs, and live performances at Banana Splitsville, a new part of Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They are going to be on Cartoon Network, both the channel and the website. Their new album is called Go Bananas Your Way. All four Splits, Bingo, Drooper, Fleegle and Snorky are returning. Floobus, the Pete Best of the group and “Fifth Split,” will be featured on an upcoming episode of VH1: Behind the Music. Source: Variety.
  • Laurence Fishburne is officially on board with CSI and shows up in the ninth episode this season. Source: Variety.
  • Sopranos: The Complete Series

  • HBO is putting out The Sopranos: The Complete Series. 86 episodes, remastered on 28 discs, plus two bonus discs and three discs worth of soundtrack. Asking price on Amazon right now is $280. And of course, 3.5 hours of bonus stuff is “never-before-seen,” so if you bought all the season boxed sets…I know you’re probably using some profanity at the moment. I know you’re going to want to know what’s in that 3.5 hours, and here’s what the release says…

    Supper with The Sopranos, two sit-down dinners with cast and crew full of insider trivia like what was the one condition Stevie Van Zandt made in order to play Silvio and what did Edie Falco as Carmella forget to wear during the final diner scene; as well as a separate, exclusive two-part interview of creator David Chase by actor Alec Baldwin (a huge fan who tried to get Chase to cast him in an episode) where Chase shares his personal views including his first impression of James Gandolfini during his audition and who was his inspiration for Lidia in the show.

    You can pre-order it here.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:54+00:00 August 18th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Tom Waits Names His Favorite Albums

    Tom Waits

    Tom Waits, actor and musical genius, gave a list of his “cherished albums of all time” to The Guardian. It’s from 2005, but the list is brilliant and timeless. I don’t know how we missed this before.

    Here’s a brief snippet: his opinion of #15, Bill HicksRant in E Minor.

    Bill Hicks, blowtorch, excavator, truthsayer and brain specialist, like a reverend waving a gun around. Pay attention to Rant in E Minor, it is a major work, as important as Lenny Bruce’s. He will correct your vision. His life was cut short by cancer, though he did leave his tools here. Others will drive on the road he built. Long may his records rant even though he can’t.

    Amen, Brother Tom. Read the whole list here. Found via Utility Fog.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:19:53+00:00 April 25th, 2008|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Bill Hicks on Dennis Miller: Studying Hard

    Bill Hicks: Live on Stage

    Some classic Bill delivered while on Dennis Miller’s show.

    And for those of you who prefer your Bill Hicks entirely unleaded (i.e. balls to the wall), a small snippet of Bill going off after the break.

    Um, it goes without saying that if you’re at work you might want to put on headphones for it. And, you know, turn the volume down lest your ear lobes combust.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:29:52+00:00 July 9th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Bill Hicks Contest!

    I’m sure Bill Hicks would have removed this site from the artistic roll call since we’ll shill for anything we enjoy, but that’s okay. We’re not letting Satan do us while we eat Doritos. So that’s something in our favor. Maybe.

    May that as it be, you want to win his latest CD and DVD. So find out how to do so here.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:50:08+00:00 January 22nd, 2006|Contests|0 Comments

    Weekend Recommendations: Books and CDs

    Each weekend, Needcoffee.com’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. And hey…if you have something you want to recommend–whatever it is–drop us a line.

    Incidentally, we’ve provided links where we can for you to buy the stuff or find out more if you’re interested, courtesy of those Amazon types.

    Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we?

    Audiobook of the Week: The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs. Well, as Aslan’s roar destroys the box office, some of you might be looking for more reading material along those same lines. Why not go to the real primary source material–i.e., the life of Lewis himself. This Harper Audio release is read by the author, who wants to use the life of Lewis to tell you how and why Narnia came about as it did. Interesting background info for fans of the man and of the series. (Buy it)

    Biography of the Week: Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy by Mark A. Vieira. If you are a fan of the actress, then this Abrams release is going need to hit your coffee table. Focusing on her filmography, it’s part biography part excuse to trot out an incredible array of photos, some never before published. Like I said, the fan should go ahead and give in and buy. (Buy it)

    Comedy Book of the Week: Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by James Lileks. Lileks rocks the house. He simply does. If you haven’t seen his take on the food of yesteryear or the home decorating styles of yesterday then you have no idea how much of your ass is going to be laughed off by his take on the experting parenting advice of days gone by. It’s amazing our parents (or anyone else for that matter) survived. This Three Rivers Press release is a must-have for Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Or just to chortle at by yourself. Trust us. (Buy it)

    Anthology of the Week: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. If you want to play catch-up on the latest in the genre, this St. Martin’s Griffin release is definitely for you. Benjamin Rosenbaum, Vernor Vinge, Christopher Rowe, Catilin R. Kiernan, Michael F. Flynn and many more grace the pages, and at almost 700 pages, it can also be used as a blunt instrument in the wake of an EMP assault by aliens. Bonus. (Buy it)

    Book of the Week: The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil is the guy who thinks the future is going to get here faster than most would suspect…and all signs that I’m aware of point to the fact he’s right. In fact, it’s his idea of the singularity that informs a lot of the background for Dark Blue Monstropolis. In this book it’s when the line between technology and biology blur that things are really going to take off. Are you ready for immortality? Where the hell do I sign? Check out this release from Viking. Fascinating, mind-bending stuff. (Buy it)

    Collection of the Week: Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace: 1951-1952. Fantagraphics gets much respect. Not only are they bringing us the complete reprints of Peanuts, but forty-four years of Dennis are in the offering. If you’re smart, you’ll get in on the ground floor of this one, which has all the entries from the first two years. There’s nothing like getting to see these strips we’ve grown up with (usually in the comic strip version of “syndication” or “reruns”) develop as they did as time passed. Most excellent. (Buy it)

    CD of the Week: Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker. What I decided a long time ago is that nobody…I mean nobody…can cover a Beatles song like Joe Cocker. Badass covers like “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and “With a Little Help From My Friends” are just the tip of the iceberg on this two-disc remastered edition of the album, packed with lots of unreleased goodness and B-sides, just like all the deluxe editions from A&M and Universal Records. Snag it if you haven’t already. (Buy it)

    Comedy CD the Week: Salvation: Oxford, November 11, 1992 by Bill Hicks. I’m of the opinion that you can never have enough Bill Hicks. So having a full-on two-disc unedited performance of his makes my eyebrows spin around with glee. On one hand, a lot of this you’ve heard snippets of spread across previous releases, but here you get the whole thing unexpurgated. Wonderful stuff where you really get to hear the gears in his head spin. This wonderment hits from Rykodisc. (Buy it)

    By | 2017-09-24T23:51:03+00:00 December 18th, 2005|Recommendations|1 Comment