After a brutal and mesmerizing performance at the Chain Reaction, I had a chance to talk to the death/grind band from San Diego, Cattle Decapitation. Amid the closing band’s set, and the subsequent stream of leaving people, we sat on the tailgate of their truck and shot the shit about San Diego’s scene, the future of the band and music, and some other crap that you’ll only be able to find out by reading on…
It’s always interesting when a band has history. Especially when it was a reference point of a contemporary movement in music. Hey Mercedes has a history. Those who have followed the morphing of indie rock into emo, knew of an impressively creative Urbana, Illinois outfit known as Braid. While the band excelled in vision, talent and drive, they were the victims of being the cool thing about five years too soon.
“This is the band I always wanted to be in.”
And no, he’s not referring to the band most of you know Phil from. He is in a new state of mind. It’s all about Superjoint Ritual right now. Just like anything else Phil has ever done, it’s full on with as little bullshit as possible. He’s still escaping the shadows of his previous work, but that only seems to fuel his current directions.
It was a fairly strange and uncommon night, for as much as I can recall of the very first time I encountered Les Savy Fav. This unusual evening took place several years ago in Southern California, when a small group of my friends suggested we go check out Ugly Casanova, as their tour would be rolling through town on such an eventful and listless evening.
The world of stand-up comedy is a bold and treacherous one at that. Take it from me, someone who’s actually been there! Well in all honesty, I’ve never actually been on-stage performing live, in front of some sauced-up crowd at a nightclub – although I have walked past the Improv and Comedy Store a few times – and Foster Brooks once vomited on my shoes. And I’m sure that must count for something?
Lewis Black can be seen Wednesday’s on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, hosted by Jon Stewart, and on various other appearances (like Tough Crowd, also on Comedy Central, and on Conan O Brian). A funny comedian and a damn good American to boot, I tried to get Lewis riled up to the point of enragement. After all, the name of his new album is, “Rules of Enragement,” and since people hate it when you incorrectly say their name or something they’re working on, so began my interview.
The broad community of space science has lacked the vocal prowess required to keep both lawmakers from being myopic with our future, and the public informed, educated and engaged. Not an easy undertaking by any means, as that type of pedestal requires the accredited individual who is smart, well-spoken and forward-thinking enough to address the US Congress, but also able to shake off the frigid, deep nerdiness typically associated with said talent. Toss in some humor with a shake of average Joe vitality useful in appearances on radio and late night talk shows, and you’d be describing Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The Irish writer James Joyce published The Dubliners, a collection of satirical stories portraying the Irish middle classes in Dublin in the early 1900s. In “Two Gallants,” one of the stories within, we meet two con men, Lenehan and Corley. The story addresses a theme common in Joyce’s work: cultural and social paralysis. The two con men end their journey right where they it began; they are trapped in a vicious cycle of repetition.
Sci-Fi director Paul Anderson’s (Resident Evil, Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat) new film, Aliens Vs. Predator, is a ‘prequel’ to the Aliens series. It also happens to be the ultimate comic geek fantasy, with gossip about this film (and it’s premise, the race of Aliens versus the Predator species) going back over a dozen years and fueled extensively by the comic book of the same name, the videogame and of course, the appearance of an Alien skull inside of the Predator mothership in the film Predator 2.