Stuff You Need to Know: RZA to Direct the Original Khan

Yes, sorry, we've been away...but we've been trapped down in this hellhole with rats, a huge hole in the floor and a pendulum. Long story. Anyway, here's the gist: a lot of sites try to turn a bunch of press releases into blog posts and articles. You wind up reading 500 words to find out some start from The CW is now the tertiary lead in Saw XIV. Not here. We distill all of that stuff into an info smoothie that you can suck down in one sitting and get on with your life. Enjoy.

(If you do enjoy, stuff that we cite here as up and coming or of interest--if you're going to buy it from Amazon anyway, if you do it through our links, we get kickbacks. Thanks in advance for your support.)

  • Speaking of which, the Amazon deal of the day is for the Alien Anthology on Blu-Ray for 64% off. That's just $25 for a sweet, sweet set. Normally it's $69.99. Only available today and until they run out.
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    By |November 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Music Monday: Dana Leong, Firewater, Animal Collective & More

    Dana Leong

    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.

    We open with a cover that I stumbled upon--it's Dana Leong taking the lead on a fantastic and wild version of Firewater's "Another Perfect Catastrophe." And I don't normally post two versions of the same song, but when you have an opportunity to hear somebody (in this case, Edmar Castaneda) accompanying a trombone with a harp on a Firewater song? You just, you know, go for it. That kicks us off after the break. (Image by Mat Szwajkos, taken from the Glide Magazine interview with Leong.)

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    By |November 12th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    The Sound Board DragonCon 2012 Special: Britpop

    Britpop by Pop Bakery

    Recorded at DragonCon 2012, the three of us partnered with the Brit Media track for yet another iteration of this, a discussion of British music which roams (despite the attempt by special guest star Aaron Poole to keep us on topic) from place to place. Our fifth panelist and special guest star is Kim, who will attempt to keep us relatively mainstream.

    As always, you have various and sundry table noises that we can't avoid because we were all seated at the table. And I have no idea where the damn interference is coming from. And we apologize in advance for any questions you can't hear. Also, please note: some sort of interference occurred for a few seconds around thirty minutes in that would have made you bleed from the ears, so we had to lose that short bit.

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    By |November 10th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

    Kickstarter Kthursday #7: Smith Tapes, Killer Chihuahuas & Cthulhu Combat

    Frank Zappa: Smith Tapes Box Set

    It's no secret that we're big on posterity around here. It's important to keep stuff around so it can be enjoyed/studied/maybe-even-understood by future generations. Hence we lead off this round of Kickstarter fun with The Smith Tapes Box Set. Video comes after the break but the gist is this: Howard Smith, Village Voice writer and DJ, conducted interviews between 1969 and 1972. You might have heard of some of the people he talked to: Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker and scads more. The original tapes of these interviews have just recently seen the light of day again. They're going to be released via iTunes--a hundred of them--eventually.

    However, for those people who still appreciate physical products--they're doing a limited edition, numbered twelve-CD boxed set with eighteen interviews on it. The Kickstarter supports the creation of this set. (The Zappa disc cover art is pictured.) While the set is too pricey for me, there are ways to get in on a lower level and support the project. Hell, I just wish they had a way to pledge and get the digital version. But regardless, this is a sweet project and it looks amazing--and better yet, from the snippets they make available, it sounds like it's going to be fantastic.

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    By |November 8th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

    Music Monday: Diamond Rings, Matt & Kim, Eytan & the Embassy and More...

    Diamond Rings: Free Dimensional

    More music picks for your Monday, co-curated by Rob & Widge. 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.

    Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

    First up, we have from Ontario (as David Letterman is about to explain), Diamond Rings and their new album Free Dimensional. Rob says, "You are best off to not deny this is a dance record. Just embrace it and groove to its off-kilter quirkiness." As for me, I'm trying to figure out what two or three musicians from the 80s had their DNA spliced together by a mad scientist. I want to say Billy Idol is one. Give me some time, I'll come up with the others.

    The track here is "Runaway Love."

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    By |November 5th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    Headsup: The Rabbit, The Fairy and an Abundance of Cats

    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.

    Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2 Blu-Ray
    Secret of the Wings Blu-Ray 3D

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    By |November 3rd, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #178, A Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that was also purchased this week by Disney for $1.45, two bags of Doritos and a half-eaten cinnamon roll. They'll be coming for you next.

    Stevie Wonder: Master Blaster


  • Your sports talk
  • Scott returns and a revelation. Plus details.
  • Leigh's memory and context
  • Interpreting Shakespeare with sex toys
  • Dreamcasting Witchiepoo
  • Marvel, Lucas and lots and lots of money
  • Howard the Duck reborn?
  • DisneyWorld changes
  • Things the dog ate
  • The return of Jem plus chicks dressed as cats
  • Trick or treating and street candy
  • Xmas decorations. Yes, already.
  • Thanksgiving music
  • Crisis on Infinite Disney
  • Working Star Wars to Once Upon a Time
  • Walking Dead and the upcoming zombie apocalypse
  • Boardwalk Empire
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    By |November 2nd, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi's Dead

    Bauhaus: Bela Lugosis Dead

    Many great songs have been written over the last five decades that capture the spirit and frightful spirit of Halloween. However, when it comes down to expressing everything that is macabre about All Hallows' Eve, none of them hold a candle when compared to "Bela Lugosi's Dead" By Bauhaus.

    In a nutshell, Bauhaus was a massively influential band comprised of brothers Kevin and David Haskins, Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash. The Northampton band formed in 1978 and split up in 1983. Murphy went solo, although he did make an album with Mick Karn of Japan under the name of Dalis Car. Ash, and Kevin Haskins formed Tones on Tail with Glen Campling before settling in as Love and Rockets with David J (Haskins) replacing Campling in the band. David J also recorded several solo albums and collaborated with Alan Moore.

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    By |October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

    32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 32: The Final Day

    Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing

    Well, the undead fat lady is about to sing for 32 Days of Halloween. As we've been sifting through the madness of the season, we hope you've enjoyed yourselves. If so, do let us know. That's how we decide if there's going to be a Part VII or not. As always, we try to launch the final day with the various and sundry bits that didn't seem to fit anywhere else. And that seems to sum up our first video, which is part of a training vid that Vincent Price recorded for Sears. Sears Roebuck had The Vincent Price Collection of art available for sale...and no, we're not talking stuff like prints by Giger and Wrightson...Price was a Serious Art Guy. Showing here...

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    By |October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

    32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 31: Setting Horror to Music

    The Fly: The Opera

    So the news that a House of Wax musical from Tim Burton may have been in the works got me thinking about the drive to have the stage added to the Law of Relative Development...since practically everything is being prepped for a stage production these days. And I decided to go exploring. We've already talked about Carrie and Aliens on ice for example.

    We've also mentioned before The Fly: The Opera...the opera adaptation of the Cronenberg film which Cronenberg himself directed and Howard Shore wrote the music for. That was 2008...and they've never released a cast album. Back then there weren't really any videos of the songs...but here is a German documentary where they basically take you through an abridged version of the entire show. It looks bloody mental. Suggestion: skip forward a bit and then watch from about fifty minutes in on...because how many opportunities to you get to see a baritone Seth Brundle in full stage-Fly gear entering while crawling on the ceiling upside down? Oh, and singing all the while?

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    By |October 30th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments