Monday, February 28, 2011

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Guess they didn't like it (enough to put it into the show).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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How I feel about James Franco...

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It's Here, It's Here, It's Really Really Here!  Are you watching?


Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Teams vs. Star Slinger - Punch Drunk Love

Marthas & Arthurs - Clamour For A Fudge

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Ellen and NPH reenact Best Pic nominees!



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Getting sleepy to "O Nathaniel" by Hiss Golden Messenger

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Fun KCRW set from Grouplove (a band I told you about earlier).  They remind me of a louder sounding Local Natives.

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Tiny Desk Concert feat. Local Natives.  They do "Wide Eyes", "Cards & Quarters", "Airplanes."  I love their live version of "Wide Eyes."  Great.

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Are you ready?  It's coming...

Is it just me or is Oscar's voice less grouchy?

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I want to see this movie, but couldn't they have come up with a better title?  "Bad Teacher"?  Really?

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From the guys who brought you this ukulele duo.  Here's two more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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I think Part 2 should be, I don't want to marry you until YOU have a job.

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Remember when I blogged about a year ago about the Japanese Zoo tiger drill?  What to do if there's an earthquake and the tigers break free?  Well I'm happy to say that they've upgraded their tiger to one that looks a lot cleaner, brighter, and less threatening.

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Happy Adele Release Day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

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MTV's Live in NYC Series

Sleigh Bells- "A/B Machines"

The National- "Fake Empire"

Neon Indian- "Terminally Chill"

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Just saw this at the Giant Robot Shop.  It's a smoking gnome and a white rabbit for year of the rabbit.  It's $300 if you want to get it for me.

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Better than a music video is real life.

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest from Matt Wisniewski on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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83rd Academy Awards Nominees

 

The Academy Awards are in 1 week and I'm ready to make my predictions!

 

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan”
  • “The Fighter”
  • “Inception”
  • “The Kids Are All Right”
  • “The King's Speech”
  • “127 Hours”
  • “The Social Network”
  • “Toy Story 3”
  • “True Grit”
  • “Winter's Bone" 

Predicted Winner: The King's Speech- I've seen all the nominated movies this year and am pretty happy with the selection (although I would've liked to see "Rabbit Hole" and a comedy like "Red" or "Please Give" in the mix).  I think that "The Social Network" was the most overrated movie this year, so hopefully it doesn't pull off a win, although it does deserve the nomination.  I'm personally rooting for "True Grit" which surprisingly was my favorite movie of the year for its overall entertainment value.  And too bad "Toy Story 3" doesn't have a chance because that was one amazing movie too.  However, "The King's Speech" has all the momentum behind it and will probably win it.  I thought it was alright.  

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Predicted Winner: Jeff Bridges- So I didn't see "Biutiful" so I can't judge Javier Bardem's performance (although I have no doubt that he was fabulous after "No Country For Old Men" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," but oh wait, he did "Eat Pray Love" this year...).  James Franco was fine in his movie. Jesse Eisenberg basically played himself.  Odds are strongly for the stuttering king, Colin Firth (won the Golden Globe and SAG), but I will predict an upset by Jeff Bridges who played a drunk cowboy so well (unfortunately it doesn't help that he won last year for basically the same character).

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Predicted Winner: Christian Bale- The weight loss and the accent by Christian Bale make this one an easier prediction, although Geoffrey Rush could pull an upset.  I think it also helps that Bale and Rush got significantly more screen time than John Hawkes and Jeremy Renner got in their movies.  And I'm still not sure if I can take Mark Ruffalo seriously as an actor.

 

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Predicted Winner: Natalie Portman- This is a great pool of actresses but also an easy prediction.  It's the year of Natalie Portman and I think she has it in the bag (she's already won the Golden Globe and SAG).  Plus, the people want to see her growing belly on stage delivering a speech.  I think it's deserved because she gave a bone-chilling performance that still gives me the heebie jeebies.  But I do want to mention that Nicole Kidman was on top of her game, as was Michelle Williams, both giving emotionally wrenching and truthful performances.   

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Predicted Winner: Hailee Steinfeld- I'm definitely rooting for the young 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld to win this one.  And she might pull the upset.  I actually really enjoyed Amy Adams' performance in "The Fighter" and thought she really stretched her acting ability to a character that she usually doesn't play (it was not Enchanted).  So I would choose Adams over her co-star Melissa Leo who has been winning the awards for this category.  I always enjoy the eccentricity of Helena Bonham Carter but I don't think it's her year and I didn't care for the movie "Animal Kingdom," sorry Jacki Weaver.

 

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich 
 
THE Winner: Toy Story 3- Three words, cry laugh cry.  I also didn't see the other films.  This also seems a little odd to me because it is the only animated film that is also in the Best Picture category.  Is there any element of surprise?

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If you haven't seen this yet, this samurai shadow fight is pretty cool.  Really well choreographed.


I've seen this on a travel show before but it never gets old.  It's called "Folding Umbrella Market" in Thailand and the train passes right thru the market 5-6 times a day.

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There's been some controversy from animal activists about this Chinese magician's fish act.  They say that he is harming the fish by using magnets in his act.  The magician claims the fish are safe and obviously, won't reveal his secret.  I'd be more concerned about that fish being smashed into that painting.

Friday, February 18, 2011

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Tyra Banks can act a little.  I chuckled a bit.

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I could use a couple of these band posters for my room


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Baby Taekwondo

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Another Adele post.  I know, Adele saturation.  But she's just so good!  Here's her performance at the BRIT Awards of "Someone Like You."

2011 BRIT AWARDS WINNERS
(I should mention that Adele wasn't eligible for nomination)

British Male Solo Artist: Plan B
British Breakthrough: Tinie Tempah
International Album: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Critics Choice Award: Jessie J
International Male Solo Artist: Cee Lo Green
British Single: Tinie Tempah, “Pass Out”
International Group: Arcade Fire
International Breakthrough Act: Justin Bieber
British Female Solo Artist: Laura Marling
International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna
British Group: Take That
British Album: Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Band You Should Hear: Grouplove
 Sounds like Vampire Weekend married Modest Mouse
"Gold Coast"

"Colours"

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Meet the cute little Day After Valentines Day bear.

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It's like a bad episode of ANTM, but real life.

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Conan O'Brien presents the line-up for the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival June 9-12 in Manchester, TN.


Bonnaroo Lineup:
Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, the Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, the Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Bassnectar, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus, Dr. John and the Original Meters, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Pretty Lights, Florence + the Machine, SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John, Explosions in the Sky, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Beirut, Big Boi, Scissor Sisters, Gregg Allman, Ratatat, Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz Robyn, Warren Haynes Band, Deerhunter, Opeth, Atmosphere, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bootsy Collins & the Funk University, Wiz Khalifa, Matt & Kim, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mavis Staples, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chiddy Bang, Jovanotti, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Loretta Lynn, Cold War Kids, the Walkmen, Devotchka, Wanda Jackson, Neon Trees, Portugal. The Man, Sleigh Bells, Amos Lee, Best Coast, Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter, the Sword, the Drums, the Black Angels, School of Seven Bells, J. Cole, Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Wavves, !!!, Junip, Freelance Whales, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Deer Tick, Band of Skulls, Sharon Van Etten, Abigail Washburn, Omar Souleyman, Twin Shadow, Kylesa, Man Man, the Low Anthem, Alberta Cross, Railroad Earth, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Smith Westerns, the Head and the Heart, Karen Elson, Beats Antique, 22-20s, Phosphorescent, Clare Maguire, Hayes Carll

Monday, February 14, 2011

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This Hipster Hates Valentines

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This Valentines Day I'm in love with Adele's new album "21".  Listen to her perform "Someone Like You", "Chasing Pavements", and "Rolling in the Deep" at the Tiny Desk Concerts.  As NPR noted, her voice commands our attention despite her having little to no accompaniment.  I believe that this 22 year old is only getting started.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

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The pre-telecast portion of the GRAMMYs was hosted by Kathy Griffin.  Wish I could've seen more of this funniness during the telecast portion.  Only missing Anderson Cooper.



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What happened to Gaga's face?

Haha, same hair.

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The GRAMMYs Recap!

A lot of surprises tonight, including Justin Bieber losing Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding and Best Album going to Arcade Fire.  I got about half of my predictions correct this year.  Are the GRAMMYs becoming less predictable?  There were lots of performances including an entertaining Cee-Lo Green with some type of Muppet off-breed who outperformed a bland-colored Lady Gaga.  Who would have thought?

I enjoyed this Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers performance.


Unfortunately, Christina Aguilera couldn't overcome her Super Bowl performance because she fell down on stage.


Here were the winners:
Record of the Year: "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire
Album of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album: "The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "Hey Soul Sister," Train
Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Just The Way You Are," Bruno Mars
Rock Song: "Angry World," Neil Young
Rock Album: "The Resistance," Muse
Rap Song: "Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Rap Album: "Recovery," Eminem
Electronic Dance Album: "La Roux," La Roux
Alternative Music Album: "Brothers," The Black Keys

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Attention everyone, Lady Gaga has arrived to the GRAMMYs.  In an egg.

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Whose impression was better last night on SNL?  Lil Wayne or Eminem?

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GRAMMYs are tonight!  Here are the headlines...

BOB DYLAN TO PERFORM WITH MUMFORD & SONS AND AVETT BROTHERS IN A SPECIAL SALUTE TO ACOUSTIC MUSIC DR. DRE TO PERFORM ON THE GRAMMY STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME, JOINING EMINEM FOR A HISTORIC PERFORMANCE ON MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®

Adam Levine Also Set to Perform with Eminem

Zac Brown, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Clay Matthews, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Segel, Keith Urban, and will.i.am Added as Presenters to the Superstar Lineup for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards®
 Arcade Fire, Avett Brothers, Bieber, B.o.B, Dr. Dre, Jagger, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Paltrow, Smith, Spalding, and Welch will be performing on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time. All five Album Of The Year nominees are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Perry, as well as all five of the Best New Artist nominees: Bieber, Drake, Mumford & Sons, Spalding, and Welch. 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Parton

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Will someone send me a geeky card for Valentines Day?  And birthday, Christmas, wedding...

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Really creative animated short by David O'Reilly called "The External World."  Not since "Spirited Away" has my mind been stretched so far.  It's been winning a bunch of awards at film festivals, including Honorary Mention at Sundance.  WARNING: Highly recommended but it's not for children.

The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

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Inside the Mind of Kanye West

Check out Kanye West's new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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I'm glad there's a flow chart for everything.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Great new music from Jessica Lea Mayfield was released yesterday.  She's only 21 but this is her second album produced by Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys).  Check out the song "Our Hearts Are Wrong" below!

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New Baths called "The Nothing"- it's fun.
Baths - The Nothing by octobercountry22

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Haha, Idaho doesn't have a beer.  Go figure.

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I'll be waiting for this release to add to my children's book collection.

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A Capella "Thriller" sounds pretty darn good.

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Mildly entertaining if you're from Wisconsin. Texans Trying To Pronounce Wisconsin City Names.


And a quick recap of the Super Bowl.  Rather what went wrong.

Monday, February 7, 2011

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The New Pornographers- "Moves" (or a trailer and a trailer)


I love this one by Local Natives.  I thought it was overlooked by them, but I'm glad they are playing it now.  Super live version of "Who Knows Who Cares".

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Wish more songs sounded like this now.  "You and Me" by Penny & the Quarters, which is on the Blue Valentine soundtrack.  Good performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.  I recommend renting it on a rainy day.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

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Marching band stick figure moves!

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Ozzy is so funny.  And he doesn't even have to try.

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Happy Super Bowl Day!
Aaron Rodgers in 2002.
The play that got the Packers into the Super Bowl.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

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This is not Photoshop.  This guy actually paints himself into his surroundings.  Cool.  Read about the Chinese artist here.  And check out his art here.

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Can somebody make this for me?  Learn how to make a Chinese New Year Doll here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

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Wow, a lot of Stars lately. Here they are again doing my fav "Your Ex-lover Is Dead" and "Haunted"

Stars | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


A slowed down version of "Billie Jean" by Aloe Blacc (of "I Need a Dollar")

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Belgian commercial uses little dioramas to represent American TV shows.  My third grade diorama didn't look like this.  It was better.



On a similar note, tilt-shift photography makes things look like miniature models by shooting from a high angle.