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

American Hustle Trailer

I don’t know if it’s the Led Zeppelin song or the shear number of great actors and bad hair that makes me want to see this movie. This is David O. Russell’s follow up to Silver Linings Playbook, so you know it’s got to be good! Let’s hope he can keep the magic rolling in this movie based on the FBI’s ABSCAM back in the seventies and early eighties. Enjoy! ~cw4ll

Smeared Black Ink

If The Postal Service didn’t give you goose bumps when they released their Give Up album in 2003, than we can’t be friends. Dutch probably has some beef with Ben Gibbard after he divorced Zooey Deschanel last year. I’m just stoked to see that they are touring again this year! Unfortunately they aren’t coming anywhere close to me, and most of the shows are already sold out. Here’s to hoping they add some more dates in the future. If you happen to be in any of these places maybe you can catch some tickets on craigslist or sell your soul to the devil for a pair of passes. In the meantime you should spend the next fifteen minutes watching this mini documentary on the band entitled Some Idealistic Future. ~cw4ll

P.S. After too long of a hiatus I’ll be back to adding my voice to the blog, hopefully my brain can decompress some of my new adventures into text on a page.

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

The Lion and the Weenie Dog

Remember that old movie Milo and Otis? It was supposed to be a cute kid’s movie about the unlikely friendship of a dog and a cat. I didn’t like it. A dog and a cat can be unusual but not as much as a dog and a lion. Milo and Bonedigger are getting famous from their strange friendship. Bonedigger is a 500 pound lion at an Oklahoma park and Milo is a cute little dachshund, my favorite! Bonedigger has some kind of disability which could contribute to his temperament and he has been best friends with a pack of dachshunds since they were all young. Now, my dachshunds are sweet as can be but even so, we have to separate them for feeding time because one gets real mean when anyone tries to share her food. It’s crazy to see this giant lion sharing piles of meat with these little dogs and even letting them sleep on him! There are a few videos out there from this park but I will post a sweet one of when they were younger. Enjoy!   ~Dutch

The Best Video You’ll See Today

Check out the video for Magic Clap by The Coup featuring one of my favorite comedians Patton Oswalt. This post is about the amazing video and the music, I realize that there are political undertones to the song, but the video is too amazing not to post. Lyrically the song is impressive no matter what your opinion is. ~cw4ll

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

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

Filming in Progress

It’s the first Friday in May and if you live in East Tennessee you know that First Fridays are a good day to enjoy free wine, free art and free music. Today is a bit different though, I’m “working”, if you can even call it that. My friends local band the KVillians are playing a show tonight at the Jackson Avenue Market in the Old City of Downtown Knoxville, and I’ll be filming the show for a project I’m working on. You most likely won’t get famous being in one of my videos but you will end up on YouTube. The show is free tonight at the market, so if you’re in the area come check out the KVillians, and stick your face in my camera! Check the video below for their single “Unfinished Business” ~cw4ll