Headsup: A Movie About a Fake Movie and Other Such Nebulous Bits of Reality

Argo Extended Edition Blu-Ray

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.

As is the case with most breakout Best Picture box office successes, Warner Brothers goes back to the well and returns with Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition in its bucket. First bit of good news: from what I can tell, all the bonus bits from the original Blu-Ray release are here: picture-in-picture video additions, the audio commentary, a TV docu from 2005 and other featurettes. What do you get that’s new? Well, as part of the packaging, you get a mini-poster for the fake film, a 64-page book, a map and a replica ID badge. On the discs themselves, you get the aforementioned “extended” version of the film. Extended…by about ten minutes. There’s also a few other special features, including more interviews, a focus featurette on Affleck as a director, a cast discussion, a chat with the real Tony Mendez and others. All of which feel like miniature versions of what you would actually want from such things. The main question is: if you’ve already dipped, would you want to go again? Well, it depends on how much you love the film. As for me, I would find myself content with renting this version from somewhere, taking in the additional stuff and then taking it back. If you haven’t already purchased, a new version of the original Blu-Ray is going for as low as $4.50. So a $30 increase to get the stuff on here? Pretty much a non-starter. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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By |December 21st, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

Music Monday: Labrinth, Exitmusic, Chase & Status & More…

Labrinth: Electronic Earth

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

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Haven’t done one of these in a while due to time constraints. Shall we? Why not? Let’s open up with Labrinth with Tinie Tempah performing “Earthquake” at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. I’ve become fixated on Live Lounge of late. Especially the ones in which choirs and string sections are brought in to augment the inherit awesomeness. This might, incidentally, be one of the best choir sections ever.
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By |May 28th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #112: The Battery Episode

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is kept in a cage the size of a battery. Battery Park, really. But it’s fed nothing but batteries. But they’re provided by Viggo. So. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Or for people who are solar-powered. 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.

Tex the Armadillo

Agenda:

  • Scott’s been busy
  • Password security
  • Name issues
  • Flavor Flav’s Chicken RIP
  • Din’s vegetarian soapbox moment
  • Dylan Dog
  • Army envy
  • Sony and your info
  • Din vs. Tex the Armadillo
  • Spiders holding your beer, and probably your tongue as well
  • Fisher King: NOT a hobo documentary
  • Chaperone night!
  • Cee-Lo Green, slightly prickish
  • Dindrane: opera vs. soul
  • First!
  • Bruce Vilanch
  • Exuberance!
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By |April 29th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

The Curmudgeon vs. The Music of 2010

Katy Perry

Let’s establish a basic fact first before we get started. First, I really am writing this with a bias. I listen to a lot of indie rock and electronica throughout the year. Any soul and hip-hop I get turned onto is by word of mouth or from loads of press reviews or recommendations from people.

To be fair, I didn’t listen to a lot of pop music in 2010. I am rectifying that in 2011 and have already heard a lot more Keisha, Nicki Minaj, etc. Although I appreciate the production and style in most cases, a lot of popular music these days is pure excrement.

In 2010 there were two pop artists that I heard everywhere: Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. I appreciate each for different reasons. With Lady Gaga it is how she delivers a complete package of slickly produced pop, fashion, video glam and controversy in her work. I think it makes her far more interesting for the average person to watch and thus sells some records. The same can be said for Katy Perry, although her sugar pop is much more broad in scope and less reliant on effects and remixing. She also has a knack for having more infectious lyrics in her songs. They must be effective in some way because the critics loved them and they sold a ton of records.

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By |January 16th, 2011|Curmudgeon|2 Comments

The Sound Board #15: Tis the Season For That Thing and the Stuff

Killer Santa

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosted by Prof. J.M. Tuffley with Dr. Rob Levy and Widgett Walls attending.

This episode’s central topic is twofold: the best of 2010 and also alternate Christmas music. Also discussed: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Disco!; Captain Beefheart RIP; Local Community Radio Act of 2009; Fun with Radio; Christmas Songs; “The great villain of Christmas music!”; Rob-Palooza!; Cee-Lo Green; Janelle Monae; Arcade Fire; The National and more.

Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.
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By |December 24th, 2010|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Music Monday: Cee-Lo Covered With Strings, The Billy Nayer Show & ELO

Joey Stone

This week we kick off with from (L to R) Dominic Johnson, Joey Stone and Lauren Molina (from the most excellent Sweeney Todd revival) performing what might just be the best Cee-Lo Green cover in history. Apparently all three had just finished working on the recent Chicago production of Candide and because talented people do such things, decided to arrange a new version.

So how do you improve upon a song like “Fuck You”? Add badass strings in a new arrangement for violin, cello and voice. In D. Just watch this. And share it with whoever you can. Oh and if you haven’t figured out: NSFW for language, friends.
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By |November 15th, 2010|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Sound Board #12: The Album is Dead, Long Live the Album

Needcoffee podcasting

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosted by Dr. J.M. Tuffley with Prof. Rob Levy and Widgett Walls in attendance.

This episode’s central topic is the album. Is it dead? If so, who killed it? If not, why not? What is the difference between a good album and a concept album? And what are some albums that we consider to be shining examples of, well, albums?

Other topics include new releases, David Gilmour meets The Orb, Cee-Lo’s latest single, Klaxons and No Age, WTF is up with Lauryn Hill, the latest on Wyclef and more.

Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.
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By |September 17th, 2010|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Headsup: The Aliens Are Here, The Kickass Carl Douglas Cover Is Not

An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.

Daphne DVD Cover Art
Tribute to Evel Knievel DVD Cover Art
The Invaders Season One DVD Cover Art

Daphne is the story of Daphne du Maurier and her secret love life. Now, this automatically sounds like a voyeuristic job that should immediately be handed over to Scott, but not so fast. It’s a biopic hailing from the BBC and it looks at how her desire for first Ellen Doubleday (yes, the name from the publishing house) and then Gertrude Lawrence went on to form the basis for her writing. Geraldine Somerville, best known to most audiences at least for her role of Lily Potter in the Harry Potter films and for those that were able to stay awake, she was also in the legions of Gosford Park. Elizabeth McGovern is in the role of Ellen and Janet McTeer in the role of Gertrude. It’s well acted, as you might expect from this trio of leads, and is a no-brainer at-least-rental for any fan of the author. One bonus feature is Daphne Du Maurier’s Vanishing Cornwall, a special about her favorite part of England that was produced by her son. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

I’m no big fan of Jackass. I do enough stupid shit in my day to day life without seeing some people do even more ridiculous shit and be paid well for it. That being said, I at least have figured out why Mat Hoffman’s Tribute to Evel Knievel sits so well with me. Jackass is just stunts like Knievel, except with less training and probably less forethought. So pairing the two actually works for me. Go figure. But here it’s real non-Jackassers trying for real stunts with real prep. And I have a decent amount of respect for people who are absolutely mental. I think the main problem here is that the full running time is less than fifty minutes, and then there’s another hour of extra bits. And even at $14, it seems like a bit steep. Might be worth a rental to watch with some fellow extreme sports or Jackass enthusiasts, but beyond that, only worth owning for the hardcore. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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By |June 29th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: “Crazy” Covered by Robots

Okay. The string of covers of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” can stop now. Not only has the song been performed on the theremin, it has now been performed on the theremin by robots.

I think it’s gone as far as it can. Or at least as far as it should go.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via WFMU’s Beware of the Blog.

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By |November 19th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

B-Naut Goes to Barkley: A Review of Gnarls Live in Atlanta

Cee-lo Green from Gnarls Barkley in Atlanta

Our own resident turntablist, DJ B-Naut, was a lucky bastard this past weekend and got to check out Gnarls Barkley live in Atlanta. He was kind enough to write up the experience for us to share with all of you. Full article and more pics available after the break below.

As an unexpected turn to my evening yesterday, I had a friend of mine fork over some tickets to see Gnarls Barkley at The Tabernacle here for their final US homecoming tour date in Atlanta.

As to be expected, it was a packed house, standing room only. My partner in crime, Drifter (the Val Kilmer look-alike shown proudly posing with the free tickets we scored) and I arrived to the venue as the opening act was finishing their set. The crowd was a very cool and broad hodge-podge of different ages and demographics. As soon as the enormous Gnarls Barkley banner dropped from the ceiling to provide the backdrop for the band, the whole place cheered wildly.

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By |October 7th, 2006|Reviews|1 Comment