Friday, April 11, 2014

Might As Well Go For A Soda, Nobody Hurts And Nobody Cries

There's a cool quiz on Buzzfeed on 200 classic movies from the past 100 years right now - basically a 'how-many-have-you-seen' type thing. I've seen 36, but A) I saw a number that I'd like to see eventually and B) I'm glad to see some of my favorites on the list.

I've seen:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Gone With The Wind
The Wizard Of Oz
Citizen Kane
The Maltese Falcon
It's A Wonderful Life
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre*
Singin' In The Rain
Rear Window*
The Ten Commandments
North By Northwest
West Side Story
The Sound Of Music
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly*
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
The first Star Wars trilogy * (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return Of The Jedi, as one option; technically this brings my total to 38)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The Terminator
Back To The Future*
Die Hard
Beauty And The Beast
Forrest Gump
The Shawshank Redemption*
The Lion King
The Toy Story trilogy (again, this adds two to the technical total, making 40)
Saving Private Ryan
The Big Lebowski*
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy * (42!)
The Dark Knight

*These movies are my all-time favorites, hands down.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

He's Got A Future In British Steel

Keep searchin'.

Shulamith - Poli├ža
Up From Below - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Mechanical Bull - Kings Of Leon
Port Of Morrow - The Shins
New Moon - The Men
Heartthrob - Tegan & Sara
Hummingbird - Local Natives*
The Suburbs - The Arcade Fire*
Reflektor - The Arcade Fire
Vapor Trails Remixed - Rush

3 - Gamma
Lights Out - UFO
Drums & Wires - XTC
Crystal Logic - Manilla Road*

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Loved His Gun And His Sweet Cocaine

The ironic right to keep and bear arms? Or the right to keep and bear ironic arms?

Uh... Don't you mean...the police?

Also - you fail gun safety forever.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What's The Agenda, What Were You Thinking?

Just learned that Guided By Voices drummer Kevin Fennel was fired from the band before their fifth LP since the reunion. Apparently, Fennel put the drums he used on the landmark album Alien Lanes up for sale for about $55,000. Ok, nothing wrong with that, right?

Apparently not if you're Robert Pollard. The GBV lead fired Fennel from the band and derided him for using the GBV name and the use of the set on Alien Lanes as his key selling point. He also had a few choice words to say about Fennel's drumming skills, none of then supportive. Bob, I love the music but seriously, take a chill pill.

It's kind of silly for Pollard to be pissed at Fennel over this as firstly, they're Fennel's drums. He can do whatever he wants with them. Secondly, it's as though Pollard is trying to make the point that he and he alone is GBV, which he's said in the past (something that I find kind of big-headed, but ok he's the key songwriter, I can let it slide), but here it doesn't make much sense. Fennel is credited with the drum work on Alien Lanes, whatever Pollard might have to say about it.

If Pollard is unhappy about his bandmates riding on his coattails, I don't feel he's chosen a good battlefield this time. I think he's off base.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Is She Promised To The Night, And Her Head Has No Room?

I just realized something. We're using a word in two surprisingly opposed senses, given that both senses involve gender. We're talking about racks, people.

We refer to these as such:

It's the antlers that we're concerned with. Antlers, or horns in sheep and cattle, are a giveaway that the animal is a mature male. Meanwhile, we also refer to this with the same term:

Thanks, Wikipedia...
Yes, we're talking about boobs. Again, they're a sure biological sign that we're looking at (and quite distractedly, I must add) a mature woman. So somehow, we took the term the term for the second most distinctive male physical characteristic in the animal kingdom and used it as a slang term for the second most distinctive indication of human femininity. 

Is this a current thing? Is the meaning of rack as slang-for-breasts a recent development, or does it have more of a history than I would guess? The internet doesn't have a clear answer so for the time being I'm at a loss. 

This confuses me, if I think too much:

Uh... nice rack(s)?