Wednesday, July 30, 2014

8 Bit Grunge

Casket Girls at The Demo

Looking for something do do Wednesday August 6?

Well even if you weren't now I have something you should do.
An awesome band will be in town, and you should definitely go check it out.

The Savannah-based band features Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow) and sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene.

I have been listening to this a ton since I received it. It is dark, layered and dreamy.

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More info on the band:

So many pieces of Savannah, GA three-piece The Casket Girls seemed to happen by accident. From their beginning - when electronic sound-shaper Ryan Graveface found sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene under a tree in one of Savannah's many squares, playing Autoharp and singing bizarre songs - to the night they composed their sophomore album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, under circumstances that fall somewhere between séance and dream state, nearly everything about The Casket Girls seems to have been inspired by some kind of spooky happenstance.

Phaedra and Elsa had filled the disc with lilting, almost whimsical melodies about chemical hazes and love gone sour like a couple of fucked up Shangri-las, to which Graveface added a bevy of grinding, multi-dimensional psych-rock keys that will be familiar to anyone with a Graveface LP in their collection.

Listen to a couple songs:


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Don't trust me? Then here is what people who do this shit for a living say:

"The Casket Girls sound like homespun electronic kindred spirits to School of Seven Bells, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Au Revoir Simone, and other dream-pop groups centered around swirling sisterly vocals." - SPIN

"The Casket Girls' brand of goth pop is definitely dark, but it's a perfect mixture of doom and optimism that keeps you hanging on every word." - Bust

"creepy cool - emphasis on creepy" - The Washington Post

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Mad Max Trailer



Heisen-George is scared

Things on my Mind While At 7 Seconds

1. Kevin Seconds is 53?!
2. So people who are at the show and 40 years old were still only 9 or 10 when I was first going to shows.
3. I have known Tim, Rob and John John for 30+ years.
4. I can't still believe I am able to go do this.
5. Breakmouth Annie was really good. They were a cross between Jawbreaker, Pegboy and New Speedway Kings.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

7 Seconds

The new vettes are badass

Movie Review

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes-

I love the original movies. I thought Tim Burtons remake was a travesty. I really dug Rise of The Planet of The Apes. I was really excited about this sequel. The trailers kept looking cooler and cooler.

Was this perfect? No.

But was it cool? Yep.

I found it very entertaining, and what I really liked is I had no idea where it was going or what could happen next. I did think some of the trailers might have given away too much. I was very wrong.

This is the perfect sort of big screen summer movie to see.

I was expecting some sort of reveal as to where the next sequel will head more than what was done. I was thinking there would be a hint/nod to the original movie.

I do like what they've done with this reboot, by telling the story in chronological order. It makes a known story new again.

Funny Comic

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yeah, but not really

So here is an article about the importance of color and how from minimal poster deigns, these characters are so easily recognizable.

Yes they are.

But I would argue that it is far more from consistency than by color.

By adding the eyes, you know who they are right away. Take away the eyes and you'd relate each color to something from your own thoughts. I thought the orange one was Ernie at first. Because I never paid attention to Garfield.

Yes the color of these characters is a key part of them, but it's just part.

Why these work is because you have seen (two) these characters for as long as you've been alive. And these characters never changed. They did not get a re-branding or an updated look to go with the times.

To me these say… When you have something that works, stick with it. For a long time.

Upcoming Weatherbox Show

Come check out Weatherbox at The Demo July 27. They have a sound that is a mix of power pop, with a rough edge to it. There are moments that remind me of The Hold Steady. So go out and check them out.

Debuting at 28 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts, the first full-length release in over half a decade from the "smart, raucous San Diego combo," writes Entertainment Weekly, "draws its passionate thrust from front-man Brian Warren's struggles with psychosis. And despite the heavy feedback and punishingly sharp sadness," they note, "[Weatherbox] still dabble in radio-friendly sugar without ever weakening their teeth."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Draw and Get Drawn

Frenchgirls app. Go get it. Do it.


4 Bourbons and 2 Movies

Nicholas Cage is great in this very under the radar movie. The description does not do the movie justice.

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

These characters seem real. You get sucked in to their everyday. The end is a bit of a disconnect from the rest of the pacing of the film, but it doesn't ruin it.

You should by all means watch this.

Trivia: Gary was a homeless man given the part of Wade the Father by the directer, Green, who often casts locals in his movies. He died on the streets of Austin a couple of months after filming stopped.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty-
This was really good too. I was two for two last night.

It's a weird interesting tale of a quiet shy odd guy who sometimes spaces out imagining crazy circumstances far more exciting than his real life.

The acting was good. Ben Stiller also directed it, which I thought was also quite good.

I don't want to say too much, because I knew very little going in and loved seeing it all unfold.

I dug the soundtrack too. It made me buy an album by Junips, who had several songs in the movie.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Movie Review


I hated the trailer. It looked ridiculous. I didn't even make it through it.

But then a co-worker (and friend) who's opinion I value came into work on Monday raving about how great the movie was.

So last night I watched it.

I should've stuck with my first instinct to avoid it.

I hated it.

Yes it has some great actors in it. But they can't save this train wreck from going off the tracks. Bad pun I know.

I went in accepting the ludicrous plot:
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

But so many dumb things happen throughout the movie, I couldn't handle it. I just could never understand the rules of the world the filmmaker was trying to create.

So many unaddressed questions.
Things like, Why the fuck are they on a train?

Two heads not better than one

Read Some Odd Facts

Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.

[read them all here]