Murfins and Burgalinks

11 Apr

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Songwriter Jeffrey Lewis shares his 2008 in comic-strip form.  I thought this was super hilarious – it totally captured the confusion of touring in a band with your girlfriend (and brother, and friends), and also how disorienting it can seem to play with so many different lineups over the course of a year.  The last panel is pretty classic, too.

In what might be the most over the top, criminally cheesy, mind-blowingly advanced display of clarinet chops I’ve ever seen, clarinetist Mate Bekavac tackles the Carmen Fantasy, originally written for violin.  I have never heard an upper register like this, and while it’s a bit too flamboyant for my tastes (I can’t see myself listening to this for anything other than the chops), there is no denying that the man has unparalleled skill.

In “Oh, Jesus Fucking Christ” news, it sounds like the California state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is on the verge of causing serious headaches for SF clubs, particularly those that put on all-ages or 18+ shows.  Really?  Seriously?  THIS is where we’re putting our energy, huh?  The thought of Great American, Bottom of the Hill, and Du Nord going out of business is more than I can handle.  12 Galaxies, Pearl’s, Bruno’s, all gone, and I swear, if this happens, The City’s local music scene is going to be dead in the water.  Why would anyone want that?  What am I missing?

Joe R. at Low Resolution posted his take on the new Eminem song, “We Made You.”  I couldn’t agree with him more – the whole thing feels 100% like a Weird Al video!  With the cheesy dated pop culture references, and the dress-up, kinda vulgar reenactments in the video… remember when Eminem was, like, an edgy rapper?  With chops?  Wow.  Shit’s changed.

ben-linusMan, I am wrong about a lot of stuff, and I happily admit that I was totally misguided in my worries about this season of Lost.  Without a doubt, this has been the most enjoyable season of the show (well, maybe other than the first one).  The writers have created an awesome funhouse in The Island, and they’re doing a great job of letting these characters play around with it.  But really, for me, discovering the secrets of the island has officially become secondary to finding out the fates of the various characters, which is what I’ve always said was the thing they’d need to do to keep me interested.  Sepinwall’s got a write-up of last week’s fantastic “Dead is Dead,” in which he instituted the rule of “Dayenu.”

Speaking of TV, and my past opinions, I’m going to go ahead and say I was right – Dollhouse has gotten waaaay better in recent episodes.  Too bad it’s never getting a second season.

Speaking of I was right, in reviews of the generally well-received Guitar Hero: Metallica, folks have mentioned a new “Free Drumming” mode in which drummers can play their own parts while the game uses Lars’ sampled drum sounds to make their drumming fit with the track.  Sounds familiar.

In a similar vein, IGN posted an editorial (rare in and of itself, that), called “The Year the Music Died.”  I thought it was interesting, and probably about right. Also, Mitch Krpata at Insult Swordfighting just posted a solid rundown of the history of the Guitar Hero franchise. While there will always be interactive music games, we may have seen their peak for a little while, at least until the technology makes another quantum leap.  Incremental increases in the awesomeness of the plastic peripherals aren’t going to be enough to keep people coming back for more and more plastic guitars.  Speaking personally, my storage space is about full up.

Last but not least, the folks over at Throwing Things posted the following video, entitled “Adam Lambert Roundtable.”  Lambert is the only reason to watch American Idol this year – I have never seen a more bland and uninteresting group of singers in my life. But really, the dude is probably the most compelling performer in Idol history, so he more than makes up for the charisma deficit left by the other singers.  Regardless, this video absolutely kills me:

Have a great weekend, thanks for reading!

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2 Responses to “Murfins and Burgalinks”

  1. Lindsay April 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    I agree. LOST rocks my socks this season. And my sister keeps telling me I should watch Dollhouse… mainly because my favorite Buffy episodes were those when Faith was around. God, she was a badass. Man I miss that show.

    • Kirk April 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

      Don’t even get me started on missing Buffy. Did I mention how stoked I am that season three is finally on hulu? Because it is, and I am. I just watched “Amends,” which is possibly one of the cheesiest episodes of all time. It’s the one where it fricking snows at the end of the episode. Blerg. But… Oz! Willow! Amazingness.

      I just watched last friday’s Dollhouse, and the show continues to get better and better each week. Just in time to vanish and never return. Why couldn’t it have started out this strong? Alas.

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