Month: August 2009

Listening Booth – Sergei Prokofiev, “Dance of the Knights”

Listening Booth – Sergei Prokofiev, “Dance of the Knights”

Listening Booth, Music
Alright, time for you cretins to get a little culture.  Even if you don't like classical music, you gotta give it up for Sergei Prokofiev.  The man could write some really stirring music.  Although my favorite Prokofiev work is his film score and cantata for Alexander Nevsky, today I'm highlighting a piece from his ballet, Romeo and Juliet (Op. 64). Here's a selection from Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet - "Dance of the Knights" (also known as "Montagues and Capulets").  Muse fans will recognize this as the piece the band plays over the PA prior to some of their live shows.  If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us.
Book report: From Russia, With Love

Book report: From Russia, With Love

Books
I've been a James Bond fan since I was a kid, when I rented just about every Bond film available (actually my mom rented them, but whatever) and spent countless hours absorbing them.  But for some reason I never got around to tackling any of the source material - Ian Fleming's Bond short stories and novels.  I guess I never figured there was a reason to dig that deeply into 007, even though I've developed a taste for spy novels in my adulthood. But during a recent trip to a used book store I spotted some older editions of a few Bond novels and decided to take the plunge.  So I've finally finished my first Bond book, 1957's From Russia, With Love.  It's Fleming's fifth Bond novel and became, in 1963, the second in the film series.  I think I picked a good one to start with. (more&hel
Venture Bros. season 4 trailer?  Oh yes!

Venture Bros. season 4 trailer? Oh yes!

TV & Radio
The trailer for the upcoming season of The Venture Bros, which was shown at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, is up on the Adult Swim website.  But I'll save you the trouble and just post it here. Not sure how much more of Sgt. Hatred I can take, but other than that this is pure win.  J.G. Thirwell's music continues to be a vital part of the Venture experience, and the animation is at least as good as last season's.  I caught a nice Raiders of the Lost Ark reference, and had to look up LARP.  Oh and I laughed a bunch of times. Yeah, this is shaping up to be a kickass season.
Listening Booth – Can, “Vitamin C”

Listening Booth – Can, “Vitamin C”

Listening Booth, Music
I came across a rather interesting combination today on YouTube - the music of legendary Krautrock group Can as the backing track to some random action from the Sims 2 video game.  You can find that here, but I'm not featuring it mainly because they've edited down today's song - "Vitamin C" - and I want to use the whole thing. So here's a full version of "Vitamin C" from the brilliant 1972 album Ege Bamyasi.  Enjoy the clever guitar chords and top-notch drumming.  It really is a stunning song. And don't forget those lyrics... Her daddy got a big aeroplane, Her mommy holds all the family cash, A beautiful blows, I stay at the corner, She is living in and out of tune. Hey you, You're losing, you're losing, you're losing, you're losing your vitamin C. Hey you, You're los
GFS at the movies: RiffTrax Live – Plan 9 from Outer Space

GFS at the movies: RiffTrax Live – Plan 9 from Outer Space

Movies
It's been almost 10 years since the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired, but I'm happy to report that the legacy lives on.  Not just through a dedicated community of fans trading episodes, but through the creative forces behind the series.  There are actually two post-MST3K projects kicking around these days - Cinematic Titanic features MST3K originals Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu (Crow #1 & Dr. Clayton Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo #1), and Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), as well as later addition Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester).  I've never seen any of their stuff to be honest, but then again I was never a huge Joel fan. I have seen a fair number of works by RiffTrax, headed by former MST3K host and head writer Michael J. Nelson, as well as Kevin Murphy (Tom
New Kiss?!  WTF?!?!

New Kiss?! WTF?!?!

Music
As sure as I'm sitting here, I never thought I'd see the day that I would write about a new Kiss album that isn't a total rehash of old songs.  But it's real and it's coming - the unfortunately titled Sonic Boom is only a month and a half away.  Not only that, the band has released its first new single - "Modern Day Delilah" - since 1999.  There's nothing official on YouTube yet (and I won't bother linking to an unofficial version since it'd probably be gone in minutes), but interested parties can hear the song in its entirety on Kissonline.com (a word of warning - the stream is very loud and there is no volume control). I have to say, while this is not groundbreaking music by any stretch, it's a lot better than I expected from a group that for the most part hasn't been musically releva
Listening Booth – The Roots, “How I Got Over”

Listening Booth – The Roots, “How I Got Over”

Listening Booth, Music
This has been making the rounds for a few weeks, but I just heard it today.  It's the lead single and title track off the next Roots album, How I Got Over.  This has already been played on Jimmy Fallon's awful show, so I guess I'll have to find a clip. Nice.  The groove is undeniable, thanks in large part to ?uestlove always tasty drumming. That's Black Thought singing on a few verses, with better-than-expected results. I have no idea if this R&B style is the direction the new album will take, but I like it already.