Friday, May 27, 2011

Video Of The Week: Gil Scott-Heron

All the heroes of the past are dying. Just a few hours ago, it was poet/musician/revolutionary artist Gil Scott-Heron's turn to pass away, at age 62.

Some called him ''the black Bob Dylan'', others yet ''the first hip-hop artist'', but even as a contemporary of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, he was a man with a style and a voice all his own.

I spent the week listening to some Al Green, thinking next week could be for Scott-Heron. Now I know I have to.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, indeed.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

R.I.P., Macho Man

TMZ, as usual, called it first: Randy 'Macho Man' Savage died, yesterday, in a car crash brought upon his having a heart attack while driving.

And while many are saying 'he's joining his Elizabeth', let us not forget he had been married for a year with a new woman. She was in the car at the moment of the accident. Those who pray should keep her in their prayers.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video Of The Week: The Kills

They were in town 10 days ago to provide the kind of show they're able to, in a room full of fans and fanatics - and they delivered. They have just released their fourth record, Blood Pressures (not quite No Wow or Midnight Boom, but still pretty good, and much better than what you'll hear on the radio, of course), and will be touring Europe this summer.

And if you don't know The Kills, maybe you'll remember singer Alison Mosshart from her side-project with Jack White, The Dead Weather.

Usually, The Kills focus more on guitars and vocals than in this single, but I guess in a sea of White Stripes, Black Keys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you kind of have to work on your originality a bit to make it work - and work it did, as this is probably their most ''successful'' song.

How Many Offensive Things Can You Find On This 1910 Cigarette Card?

It's called ''Puppy Stew'', for starters...

Two In The Win Column For Common Sense (And People's Rights)

The one time Sean Avery says something intelligent - well, that makes common sense, at least - and I am referring to his public support for gay marriage alongside many other famous New Yorkers such as Michael Bloomberg, Bill Clinton and Julianne Moore - got a player agent (Todd Reynolds) so angry he tweeted his disagreement.

Many people reacted, most condemning him for being dumb and behind the times, a few in support. Sportsnet's Damian Godard was fired after supporting the agent, because we thought Canadians were more evolved than Americans on the matter.

Yesterday, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley, ever the quotable man, said he'd probably played alongside homosexual basketball players on at least two teams. And that he was fine with it (which surprised me a bit, I must admit).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

They Also Have A Kids' Section

Here is the famous ''Barstool Cowgirl Beer Pour'' trick...

<br/><a href="" target="_new"title="Hooters Girl Bar Stool Beer Trick">Video: Hooters Girl Bar Stool Beer Trick</a>

... don't know why it's news-worthy, though...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Video Of The Week: A Devil's Din

In 2008, long-time Montréal underground musician Dave Lines (of Mongrels, Test Pilot, Moondata Collective, The Mother Funkers and Bokomaru semi-fame) decided that being respected by his peers was no longer enough and he wanted to become a songwriting legend, so he formed the band A Devil's Din with Colin Burnett (drums), Thomas Chollet (bass), Chuck Doucet (guitars) and Dominic Léger (multi-instrumentalist whose skills on guitar and keyboards border on genius), and Lines himself writing the songs, singing, and alternatively playing keys and guitars.

The result is an aural assault best described by infidels as ''Syd Barrett humping the Pixies'', but is easier explained as ''great rock bordering on non-cheesy prog played with a punk attitude and force''. Kind of like... Syd Barrett humping the Pixies. Fine.

For their first video off of their (2011) debut album One Day All This Will Be Yours, A Devil's Din recruited Lee Schnaiberg, not just a leader in the field of found-footage video (he has worked with such acts as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Moby and Orbital) but also a leader in greening up large-scale music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Osheaga.

This time around, he uses WWII footage to accompany the song Wargasm! - to great results, similar to Metallica's One video, with the added bonus of having no Metallica in it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Sure, it's just another fake Hallmark holiday, but your mom deserves the best. And flowers.

The best flowers.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Douchebag Solidarity

Good to know people who look like they're straight out of Jersey Shore (or, in my town, guys from Laval who go out on Crescent Street) now admit who/what they are:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Video Of The Week: Beastie Boys

I'm really not a fan of the Beastie Boys. As musicians, they don't really hold a candle to either punk greats or jazz commoners, and as lyricists and rappers, while their flow reminds us of early-80s Brooklyn greats, they too often fail to achieve the level of intellectual stimuli their forefathers brought to the table. In my humble opinion, of course.

And I will admit there are a few exceptions to that, namely Sabotage and Intergalactic. But seeing them live in 1998 was one of the worst live show experiences I've ever had.

However, whether it's for their best singles or their so-so ones, one thing remains a Sure Shot: their videos will fucking rule. Another fine example is this one, Make Some Noise, which features a list of guest celebrities a mile long. How many can you name?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mitt Romney Wants To Hang Obama

Another Republican puts his foot in his mouth...

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

It's been 10 years, but they caught the man said to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks. He was in Pakistan.

Barack Obama may have overstated his importance when he said:
“For over two decades, Bin Laden has been Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
He even added ''Justice has been done'', which is false on so many levels. Bin Laden may be dead, and his body in American custody, but Justice would have been to try him in court, to get him to admit to his crimes - some of which we may even be unaware of. The death of a suspect is not and will never be the equivalent of a judge or jury's verdict. Never.

Here is Obama's complete speech:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

NHL Playoffs: Round 2 Predictions

(another post from Thursday that didn't post)

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Sure, it's got to be the Caps' year, and sure they're trying to play defense for a change because people from a long-gone generation believe the football cliché that ''defense wins championships'' is true for hockey., when in fact, it's no longer true. Chicago 2010? Pittsburgh 2009? Detroit 2008? Edmonton 1984-90 (except for two years)? Pittsburgh 1991 and 1992? A killer offense beats a serious D. But the Caps don't wanna go all-out on Tampa, and I'll tell you right now: 35 shots a game on Dwayne Roloson is not enough to win against him in the playoffs. 60, maybe.

The only reason I see this series going the distance is that when Tampa will lead it 2-0 or 3-1, Alex Ovechkin will win 2 by himself. But it'll be too little, too late. And Bruce Boudreau will lose his job.

Lightning in 7

Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins

I fully expect Tim Thomas to win one or two by himself - despite the borderline-racist comments he made about P.K. Subban after the Montréal series. But the Bruins' defense has proven to be slow, and the Flyers will knock them on their asses for two full weeks, maybe even injure a couple of them. Maybe Andrew Ferrence can get a taste of his own medicine. And the Flyers' top-5 defenseman are all better than Boston's #2 guy. This is uneven.

Flyers in 6

Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators

The Canucks can win a series without the Sedin twins at their peak, just with super-utility players Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kessler; Roberto Luongo's back in shape. No chance for Nashville, despite their awesome defenders and goalie: their offense made of pea shooters just won't be able to get the job done in the long run.

Canucks in 6

San Jose Sharks vs Detroit Red Wings

The firepower and goaltending is about even in this series, but the Wings are a team full of winners (Stanley Cups and Olympics), while the Sharks remain the chokers par excellence. And I so wouldn't mind history repeating itself.

Wings in 6