James Franco Roasted

francoWho didn’t love the short lived TV show Freaks and Geeks? James Franco played the good looking stoner and he made high school burnouts look pretty hot. These days he seems to interchange really impressive work with other projects that have everyone rolling their eyes. He made a perfect James Dean, cracked us up in Pineapple Express, and got serious in 127 Hours. But then he co-hosted the Academy Awards and bombed, got into “art”, started a band called Daddy, and played that corn-rowed, gold-grilled rapper in Spring Breakers. So you could say there’s a lot of material for him to be roasted, right? That is exactly why I have to watch his Roast on Comedy Central. I’ve only watched two before and cringed the whole time. I had to watch the Donald Trump episode because he’s the WORST and Steve-O was on the panel, then I watched Charlie Sheen’s because everyone wanted to know what he had to say after that whole troll/tiger blood phase. Now I have to watch again to see how bad James Franco, the face of Gucci, gets it. I’m guessing it will be a lot about his recent time at UCLA or his art endeavors. Whatever it is, I’ll be tuning in. The Roast of James Franco is September 2nd on Comedy Central, set your DVR!   ~Dutch

Between Two Ferns

 

zachWhere have we been?? I can only speak for myself and I have been crazy busy so blogging has had to fall by the wayside. Cwall…well, he just left me hanging. Hopefully, he will be back one day.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis has been a hit on Funny or Die since 2008. If you haven’t seen it, imagine Zach at his weirdest interviewing celebrities with embarrassing questions and a sometimes uncomfortable but always hilarious exchange. Of course, the set up is a couple chairs between two fern plants with microphones taped to the guests and Nintendo-age graphics. Apparently, the guests don’t know what will happen or what questions they’ll be asked and Zach thrives in the inappropriateness of his conversation. He’s had quite a few big stars from Sally Field to Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman, and is even part of The Lonely Island’s new song/video “Spring Break Anthem”. I can’t imagine too much going into these episodes but people love them and the show got nominated for an Emmy this year! I bet everyone was surprised to hear that. Go to Funny or Die to watch it or check here for the best episodes so far.   ~Dutch

Instagram Videos?

videoToday’s Throwback is to yesterday, that is before Instagram added videos. I’m not happy about this. Sometimes I just like the simplicity of things. Remember how on MySpace, you could customize your backgrounds and then Facebook came out and everyone had the same one? So much less complicated. Then Facebook had to add things like more buttons and then the dreaded timeline. I suppose if people are constantly switching between their Instagram and Viddy or Vine, they might like having it all in one place. But Instagram became so popular because it was JUST photos. That’s why it’s so great. I remember when it first came out, of course I got it right away and loved the filters. What I didn’t know was that you had followers and people were able to see what I was taking pictures of…awkward! I made my account private right away. None of my friends had accounts and I liked using mine to share photos with my family. Flashback to today: everyone I know is on it, I have hundreds of photos, and I’m pretty much addicted to it. I’m sure I’ll get used to the new video addition, but for now, I’m protesting. Update your app to get the new feature…if you like that sort of thing.    ~Dutch

Random Access Memories

Reading a recent Pitchfork article on Daft Punk makes me feel old. I had no idea they’d been around for 20 years! I was graduating high school when One More Time was making its rounds in clubs, and prior to that I was listening to Around The World that I downloaded off Napster in 1997. The release of their latest album Random Access Memories was a couple weeks ago, and it’s just what the EDM world needs. I generally am not a huge fan of current electronic music, the genre name is even redundant, Electronic Digital Music, come on! What Daft Punk has done different is collaborate with a number of artists to breath a new life into the digital age of music.

Recently I had a random Sunday night and managed to get some free tickets to see the Daft Punk Tribute band “One More Time,” which on paper sounds awful, but the guys playing tribute put on a really great show, and reminded me why I used to listen to Techno and House music in the first place. I haven’t seen a crowd that sweaty of dancing glow sticks since I was in college. I made fun of those people because at the time, indie music was my current music to be sad to. I guess the point of all this wandering text is that there will always be a place for both electronic and traditional instrumental music. Now that I’m old and have sweet salt and pepper beard thing going on it’s okay to like both. Now I have to to go shave and look presentable for work tomorrow. In the meantime, check out the audio for the track Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams below, and google “Daft Punk – Collaborators” to find all the episodes on YouTube of the artists they worked with on RAM. ~cw4ll

NFL Player Problems

It is perfectly acceptable to mix up your kids’ names when you are trying to get their attention, especially if you have a few. I have a big family and am used to being called the wrong one. I did find it strange that I was always confused with just one sister though. We didn’t look much alike and are eight years apart. But all my siblings are from the same two parents and if you sat my parents down, they could definitely come up with all our names. Maybe even our ages too, or close to it. That brings me to today’s video. Antonio Cromartie plays for the New York Jets and this video circulated a few years ago that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. He struggles to remember his kids’ names and ages and from what it sounds like, all of them were 3 years old. Pretty sad Cromartie! What’s even worse is after this video went around, he had 4 more kids! Which brings his total to 12 kids from 8 different women.  Really, Cromartie?? I’m shaking my head at you.   ~Dutch

Murder In The City

img_7594I’m back, I’ve been super busy lately and haven’t had much time for posting, not to mention a small case of writers block. In my time away I have been scouring the web and exploring for a bunch of awesome stuff I have planned. Normally we reserve Thursdays for a throwback, however I’ve noticed that most of these posts often have to do with music. So today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite current bands, and to make Dutch happy I’ll explain why this is a throwback, kind of…

Tonight I’m going to see The Avett Brothers pending any possible distractions. Here is the throwback part, pay attention, roughly a year ago I had great tickets to go see The Avett Brothers in a small outdoor baseball stadium. I had something come up and had to sell the ticket last minute, my friends that ending up going still talk about the show. Hopefully tonight’s show makes up for my loss last year, the venue isn’t as good, but I have a floor seat which should help. The Avett Brothers are what I would call a “live” band, meaning they are better live than in the studio, 2010’s Live Volume 3 is one of my favorite albums of theirs. If you happen upon my local watering hole while I’m there, either in front or behind the bar, you’ll likely hear some Avett Bro.’s on the jukebox, their folk rock/bluegrass sound is pretty much perfect for a lonely pub. By now you should have already heard some of their music, either on the radio, late night talk shows or a Judd Apatow movie, if not, click play below. ~cw4ll

I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

In 2005, Bright Eyes released two albums on the same day: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. It’s no secret I love Conor Oberst and everything he is a part of. When these albums came out, I was 21 and maybe at the peak of my emo phase. I’m sure being old enough to buy liquor and making wedding plans had nothing to do with that phase ending…but anyway… I’m Wide Awake has some of Bright Eyes best songs: First Day of My Life, Landlocked Blues, We Are Nowhere and It’s Now. I think Conor’s lyrics have meant a lot to a lot of people but it’s not like he’s making millions like popular singers out now. What I am really happy to hear is this album was just certified Gold, meaning it has sold over 500,000 copies. This is a first for Bright Eyes and for Saddle Creek Records. Way to go Bright Eyes! I am posting below a video of him singing Landlocked Blues at Austin City Limits. I love this guy!   ~Dutch

Anchorman – The Legend Continues

7 months to go. That’s how much longer we have to wait for Anchorman 2 to hit theaters in December. A friend of mine got to be an extra in the film last month in Atlanta and said that Will Ferrell is amazing as always. The first Anchorman came out in 2004 and is a classic comedy. There are endless quotes from the movie still heard on a regular basis now. I’m really excited about the sequel and was glad to hear the original cast is back. Along with favorites like Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, and Christina Applegate, there will be cameos by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig. I know this is an early post and I really can’t imagine the second movie to be as funny as the first but either way, this is kind of a big deal.   ~Dutch

Nicole Richie Candid

I know I wasn’t the only one sad when The Simple Life ended in 2007. Paris and Nicole broke up so they couldn’t really keep having a show I guess. Nicole Richie made the show by being so crazy and came up with ridiculous ways to embarrass people. I’m happy to know that ten years from when the show started and two kids later, she hasn’t changed too much. This week, her new online series #CandidlyNicole premiered and I will be tuning in. Her first episode was at the tattoo removal doctor to talk about removing her tramp stamp. I’m posting a short clip below but you can watch the whole episode here. If you are a Richie fan, you’ll appreciate this new series.    ~Dutch

Twenty Years of a Free & Open Web

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the World Wide Web, and without this royalty free piece of software you wouldn’t be able to read this post today; at least not the way we have become accustomed to looking at the web. On April 30th 1993, CERN (yes that CERN) published a document allowing others to use the technology freely so that others could setup, and use web servers across the globe, therefore creating the communication platform we use today to look at everything from cat videos to recipes to MIT lectures to more cat videos. Thankfully, Al Gore didn’t invent the world wide web. I don’t think I or anyone else would want to live in that Inconvenient world. It was actually British physicist Tim Berners-Lee who is credited with the first website info.cern.ch, which today has a tribute to the anniversary of probably one of the greatest communication inventions to date. At that time, the internet was already being used for corporate and government communication and had a large set of standards for communicating between other connected computers. What the W3 did was allow anyone to post and easily view this information in a way that was relatively easy. By late 1993, there were an estimated 500 web servers already online. Twenty years later and there are over 630 million websites and billions of pages. In 2012, we added 51 million new websites, including this one! Want all the nerd-a-licious facts and numbers? Check them out here. ~cw4ll