Tuesday, May 31, 2011

HELP Spin the Black Circle: Matt Pryor's new Solo project "May Day"

I was a late to the game Get Up Kids fan, I started my journey on "On A Wire" which I would play late on snowy night drives home from work. I have especially fond memories of a particular night with fresh snow and a full moon while "Walking on a Wire" was playing.
After being hooked on that album I ate up everything they did. I got the back catalog, listened to any of the member's side projects and with the exception of Reggie and the Full Effect's "song not to get married to"( which helped me through a trying breakup) I've found that Matt Pryor's musical endevours have always had a special place in my heart. Everytime I had tickets or a chance to see TGUK play live I've been deathly ill. But I did once get a chance to see Matt play a solo set on his Confidence Man tour at the Triple Rock Social Club a few years back along with Chris Conley from Saves the Day (who played drunken acoustic sing-along renditions of S.T.D. favorites).
When The New Amsterdam's released "Killed or Cured"( which still gets many many spins) for free to download I was ecstatic.
Matt has also dropped two kids albums under the moniker The Terrible Twos which one of the highlights is a song titled "Lady Bug" that I love to sing to my daughter. Plus the song "Smickey" always makes me giggle, the little kid in me can't get enough.

The Get Up Kids newest album is still in my musical digestion process. I'm enjoying it, its different, a bit more electronic-tinged than I thought I would hear from TGUK but its overall pretty great. Though I am sick of one of the songs, which I hear 4 times a day at work. I think its awesome its getting play there but hearing it so often makes you not want to hear it again.
But I digress on that.

The point of this post is news that Matt Pryor from TGUK is trying to independently release his newest solo acoustic album he has titled "May Day" ,seeing as he recorded it throughout the month of May.
Ok so this is the call to all you Get Up Kids, Terrible Twos, New Amsterdam fans to come to action. Matt has set up a Kickstarter account to raise funds to release the album without the typical major label or even independent label support. Sure Radiohead is taking a new approach to getting their albums out to their fans and I'm really interested in Matt's approach on with distribution of his music. Anything that helps send the message to the major label system that to quote NoFx" Dinosaurs Will Die".
Alright then, you have your mission. Go forth and help a good musician get his music to the masses via the people who actually will enjoy the aforementioned music.
Below is the link for you to donate some cash to make this album's release a reality. Plus he explains it much better than I ever could on his page.
Depending on how much you donate it you have the option to receive something in return. All the way from a simple digital download to the amazing option of having an original composition written just for you or even a private show for you and friends.
I hope this helps to get you to bring this project to fruition.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Projection Booth: I'm "Green With Envy"

WATCH,WATCH,WATCH,WATCH,WATCH and let the little kid in you eek with excitement.

This is gonna be epic and so great. I love how the trailer head-fakes you right from the start with a terrible romantic comedy then it slams you in the face with glorious felt awesomeness. Once the full trailer hits I will be jumping up and down like the 10 year old inside me is on a massive sugar high.


Seriously, Jason Segel and Gonzo in the same movie, I just hope he gets to share some screen time with Camilla and no I'm not talking about Prince Charles' woman.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spin the Black Circle: Pearl Jam festival at Alpine Valley Amphitheater

Thanks to Punknews.org for bringing this exciting news to my attention earlier today.

Over Labor Day weekend Pearl Jam is continuing rolling out celebrations of their 20th year together, first we got new vinyl pressing of Vs. which was released all the way back in 1991, damn has it been that long already? I am getting old. Anyway they also gave us Vitology on vinyl which I picked up on Record Store Day this year. So now lucky lucky Wisconsinites are getting are very own festival put on by Eddie Vedder and crew at Alpine Valley Amphitheater just outside of Milwaukee for those of you who aren't fluid in Wisconsin locales.
Playing that weekend will, to name a few, be
The Strokes,
Queens of the Stoneage (if only Nick Oliveri were back in the line-up, maybe someday)
John Doe from X,
Liam Finn, amongst others.
Maybe there will be some interesting additions to the line up as the summer goes on.
June 4th is when you'll be able to get your grunge-y( you see what I did there) little hands on the tickets. I haven't found word on what a ticket is going to set you back yet but I'll try to throw it out to you when I find out.

First we get some great and/or fun bands playing Summerfest like Alkaline Trio and Taking Back Sunday( original line-up)  though these two bands are playing on separate nights they are both on free stages and opening up for Trio is going to be The Meat Puppets. Seriously, The Meat Puppets. How insane is that. Also at Summerfest is Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Girl Talk, The Dropkick Murphys, The Flaming Lips and Urge Overkill. All on free stages.  Finally Wisco is getting some good bands in a short amount of time.
Now if only these caliber of bands would start making stops up I-90/94 here in Madison.
Either way, this Pearl Jam show should be pretty kick ass. Just Mudhoney together with Pearl Jam alone would be fantastic and a blast from the early 90's.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Projection Booth: David Tennant in Fright Night(remake)

I usually hate remakes but if David Tennant (my personal favorite Doctor Who) plays the role of Peter Vincent vampire hunter and Russell Brand-ish looking host of Fright Night TV show in titular movie to the hilt then that alone is worth me sitting through a vampire movie. I don't really care for them with few exceptions( Lost Boys being one) but Colin Farrell as the villain and now David Tennant in this role.
Gotta say I'm salivating just a bit for this one. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Projection Booth:Thor

I should first off say that I don't know a huge amount about Thor's cannon except from the Ultimates and Civil War series as well as bits and pieces here and there like Beta Ray Bill but I wasn't expecting that to be addressed anytime soon.
I honestly wasn't familiar with the characters past Thor, Loki and Odin but I don't find that a hinderance seeing as that means I came into the movie without my typical "geek eyes" on like I did with X-men, The Watchmen, Iron Man or even when I watched the abortion that was Rob Zombie's Halloween remake.
I can say that although I was really looking for some more epic action I totally dug the film. It could have taken itself too seriously since Thor is obviously steeped in Norse mythology but it gives you a good Marvel interpretation of the material and without getting too heady on us. Caveat to that, I'm not say that a heady comic book movie is bad just that it wasn't talking over the head of the audience.
Asgard was beautiful as I imagined it would be. Anthony Hopkins was great and restrained enough when dealing with the Shakespearean power struggles.
Chris Helmsworth was damn near perfect casting as the titular character. He got the fish out of water confusion that Thor experiences once he comes to the "Earth realm". As per usual in the stand alone comic book movies they have to add a love story even if this one wasn't fully realized like other superhero films (cough*Superman Returns*cough). I love Natalie Portman and her role worked well enough without making you roll your eyes.
And a nice shout to Stellan Skarsgard for his scene stealing especially in the bar scene or I should say after. It was pitch perfect. Same goes for Kat Denning, more so for her comic relief, keeping things lite in the right spots.

Tom Hiddleston, wow was he amazing. He almost drew sympathy into the typically mischievous Loki. You felt a bit of his pain in being second fiddle to Thor in the eyes of Odin. Totally believable as to his motivations. I am looking forward to him as the main? villian in The Avengers next year.
I did expect the movie to be longer and was surprised when I began to realize the story was wrapping up. Not to give too many spoilers but I thought that Thor would have remained on Earth a while longer considering how he ended up there but I suppose they plan on bring him back in The Avengers so I guess its understandable.

I was really sad to see the Hawkeye cameo was so little and wasted. Great to show he will be in the Avengers BUT I'd have loved to see a bit more of his relationship with S.H.E.I.L.D. Again I suppose its another reason to watch The Avengers. Sucks though that this is all leading up to that movie and then what...? Spin off movies or a sequel to the star studded ensemble film? I have no idea. Probably both.
Also sad we didn't see Tony Stark, though he was mentioned a few times or any illusions to Captain America since thats the next attraction in two months time.

Overall I'd give the movie a "B" bordering on "B+". Very entertaining but more or less just a way of not having to explain too much when Thor shows up in the Avengers movie.

PS. loved the matte paintings throughout the film.