Month: October 2008

Exit Robert Plant, enter…

Exit Robert Plant, enter…

Music
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding but the current word out of the Led Zeppelin camp is that the group (co-founders Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, as well as new drummer Jason Bonham) don't much feel like waiting around for Robert Plant anymore and will take to the road without him. Jones also stated that this new singer will not simply be a Plant sound-alike, in order to avoid seeming like a tribute band.  So the big question is: Who will be the one to step into Plant's skin-tight bell bottoms?  While the safe choice would be someone with some strong pipes and a decent hard rock pedigree (but not necessarily a big name), a new contest by the good people at Popdose has given me inspiration to think outside the proverbial box. So indulge me for a moment, while I spitball a few
Can you handle another trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

Can you handle another trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

Movies
Of course you can.  At least you'll have to, since the movie's release is inexplicably being pushed back until July 2009.  Thanks a lot, ignoramus studio executives! Oh yeah, the trailer.  It looks even darker than the previous movies, which of course is to be expected, but the touch of humor at the end is most welcome.  What's not welcome is the continuing de-evolution of Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley), whose face looks like it continues to suffer the ravages of the full moon.
BFF + RM = GFS happy

BFF + RM = GFS happy

Music
It's a rare pleasure when one of your favorite bands gets back together to play, long after having broken up (well unless you're a fan of Kiss, Eagles, The Police, etc.).  It's rarer still when they spend their lone reunion show playing one of your favorite albums of all-time. But it happened for me when Ben Folds Five got together about a month ago for a one-off concert at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall to play the entirety of their criminally overlooked swan song, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.  That's right, the whole thing - Ben's dad even came out to recreate his answering machine message as heard on "Your Most Valuable Possession."  How fucking cool is that? To me, the band sounds like they've never been apart.  The only giveaways are Ben hiding what appears t
Retrotisements: Halloween edition

Retrotisements: Halloween edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
It'll be at least another week or two before the usual bombardment of Christmas/holiday marketing kicks in, so let's take a minute to enjoy some classic Halloween-themed advertisements.  Not surprisingly, most of the ads you'll find are very costume or candy-centric, as Halloween is most definitely seen as a children's holiday.  Of course it wasn't always that way, and even today there are many visible vestiges of the holiday's pagan roots.  But I digress... Now I don't remember getting any Cracker Jack in my bag when I went panhandling for goodies (aka 'trick or treat').  And even if I had I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had the gall to stand there and eat it right there on the person's front walk.  (Cracker Jack, 1954) Witchcraft?  No, that's just Procter & Gamble's patente
Album cover of the week: Wind & Wuthering

Album cover of the week: Wind & Wuthering

Album Cover of the Week
OK, it's been a few weeks (more like four or five) since the last entry in this series, but what can I say?  I needed a break I guess.  But now that summer is a distant memory and the first frost of the season is almost upon us (in central Jersey anyway), I found some inspiration. This week's featured album art is the 1976 Genesis classic, Wind & Wuthering.  And I think you can see why. Beautiful, isn't it?  Reminds me a lot of Fleetwood Mac's Bare Trees actually, another album I really like.  It fits perfectly with the slightly chilly mood of the album, which turned out to be guitarist Steve Hackett's last with Genesis (leaving the trio of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford). And surprise - this is another Hipgnosis effort!  Doesn't look like one, does it?  Col
Geek alert: New Star Trek photos

Geek alert: New Star Trek photos

Movies
Courtesy the MTV Movies Blog, a half-dozen production photos from the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie are online for your geek pleasure.  Actually, they've just collected the photos from various other sites, and so I've done the same for you.  Enjoy! 1. Eric Bana as Nero, waiting to hear back from the casting director for the new reality series Romulan Ink. 2. A Federation ship identified as the USS Kelvin takes a wrong turn and ends up somewhere over Camden, NJ. 3. Ain't no party like a Federation party, 'cause a Federation party don't stop!  (l to r.: Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Simon Pegg as Lt. Montgomery Scott, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, John Cho as Sulu, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura) 4. Zachary "Sylar" Quinto shows some of that famous Vulcan
Little People, Big World drinking game

Little People, Big World drinking game

Games & Toys, TV & Radio
It snuck up on me, but sure enough the newest season of TLC's dwarf docudrama Little People, Big World is upon us.  The first episode was heartwarming enough - Roloff family patriarch and little person Matt Roloff traveled to Baghdad to visit an Iraqi family with three dwarf children, as a precursor to getting them some much-needed medical attention. But I'm certain that soon enough the Roloffs will be back to their old ways, and so fans of the show can up their enjoyment with this handy drinking game.  And hey, even if you're not a fan you can print this out, watch the show, and still have tons of fun!