Month: February 2008

Album review: Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree

Album review: Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree

Music
While the temptation for Goldfrapp to continue riding the wave of commercial success generated by the one-two punch of 2003's Black Cherry and 2005's million-selling Supernature must have been great, in the end they opted for a sonic left turn with Seventh Tree. While this latest effort from the duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory is not at all a retreat to the sonic territory carved by their otherworldly, cabaret-styled debut, Felt Mountain, neither is it a continuation of the electro-glam of Black Cherry or Supernature. That much is made clear on the opening track, "Clowns," a tender and understated folk-styled number that opens with nothing but Alison's vocals and some delicate acoustic guitar work. It sets the stage for a record that is more appropriate for a sunny Sunday morn
Mixed (message) martial arts

Mixed (message) martial arts

Rants, Sports, TV & Radio
CBS recently announced that they will begin airing cage fighting (aka mixed martial arts or MMA) this spring. In reading the article, I was reminded of something I see quite often whenever advocates of the sport defend it - they try to play up the strategy aspect of MMA and how it does actually prohibit a lot of nastiness such as gouging eyes or striking groins. Then they actually try to pass MMA off as some kind of beautiful ritual - in the case of this article, the CEO of an MMA promotion company said, "This is a sport of highly trained, highly talented ... world-class athletes," he said. "It is a chess match when these guys get in there and fight, when you understand exactly what they're doing. It's like a beautiful dance." OK, I'll grant that most of the MMA participants are actual...
Ninja Warrior haiku

Ninja Warrior haiku

TV & Radio
If there's a better show on TV right now than Ninja Warrior (Sasuke), I haven't found it. Inspired by the greatness of this classic piece of programming, I'm dusting off my quill pen and composing a few haikus in honor of it. I've also included some clips, which will probably get yanked at some point. Speed, grace, strength, talent a Ninja Warrior needs That and a wetsuit Check out Nagano This guy is a friggin' beast It's not even fair He's a weird old dude But I'm about half his age He could kick my ass
Could this be the end of Smiling Bob?

Could this be the end of Smiling Bob?

Advertising
If you've watched a football game or any programming on Spike TV or G4 over the last few years, chances are you've seen this image: He of course is none other than Smiling Bob (aka Smilin' Bob), the mascot/pitchman for Enzyte "male enhancement" tablets. What the tablets are supposed to enhance has never been made clear, although the TV ads left little to the imagination. The general theme was that the amount of problems you had in life was inversely proportional to the size of your penis. Despite the dubious and vague claims and utter campiness of their ads, Enzyte became a cash cow. Probably because this country is full of men whose vanity is outstripped only by their gullibility. Anyone with half a brain could see that the ads were total bullshit. That much was made clear durin...
Monday music stuff – Michael Jackson, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Monday music stuff – Michael Jackson, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Music
This month saw the release of a 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's seminal album Thriller (even though it originally came out in November '82). I owned the album on vinyl back in the day, and loved it to death before I officially renounced All Things Not Metal around '84/'85. My palette is considerably broader than it used to be, so I gave the album another listen today. Removing any historical context from Thriller (which is difficult), it is still a very good album; I just can't say that it's deserving of its near universal acclaim and ridiculous sales figures (more than 104 million sold!). There are some rather clunky production flourishes added by Quincy Jones (the title track in particular sounds pretty goofy now), and a lot of it does sound rather dated. That said, ...
Showdown: Hasselhoff vs. Shatner

Showdown: Hasselhoff vs. Shatner

Funny Stuff
Truly these are great times to be alive, my friends, for we have walking among (amongst?) us mortals two men of such legendary accomplishments, that to even utter their names is to inspire greatness. I am speaking of course about David Michael Hasselhoff and William Alan Shatner. And while we are lucky in that we would never have to choose between the two, I thought I'd take a minute to compare the careers of these two titans to see just which one comes out on top. It's on! (more…)
Political trivia time

Political trivia time

Funny Stuff
What has less balls than a hockey game? What makes John Denver sound like 50 Cent? What makes deafness seem like a nice alternative to hearing? What makes Watergate look like a minor lapse in judgment? What will have you wishing the Internet was never invented? "Hillary4U&Me", that's what. I can't decide if this video, ostensibly produced to get you to vote for Hillary Clinton, is a sadly misguided attempt to rally hearts and minds to her cause, or a fiendishly clever Barack Obama campaign strategy.
Turn up the radio

Turn up the radio

Blogstuff
A little housecleaning seems to be in order on the ol' site, especially since the sidebars are getting rather full.  So I took out a few things you probably won't miss anyway, and added one new feature - GFS Radio.  If your inter-webs browser is fully functional you should see it on the top of the right sidebar.  It's provided by last.fm and the playlist is comprised of songs that yours truly listens to.  Now I can be the tastemaker I always knew I should be.  So listen and enjoy!