Sunday, October 31, 2010

On a Halloween Related Note, It Is Like a Werewolf Transforming Minus The Fur

Please watch all of this video. Please. I promise it's worth it.

On a sidenote, Some slightly more personal posts are in the close future. I just need to motivated myself to finish them.

Matt and Kim have a new album coming out called Sidewalks. I really like the cover to it, and the font. It looks really nice. I'm a font geek.

Joel Samson Berntsen (No P***y Blues - Grinderman)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Conan O'Brien & The Blog Promoted Viral Video of Exploding Testosterone

The moral of the story is I'm a sucker for explosions and promoting TBS.

Joel Samson Berntsen (Changes - David Bowie)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two Strangers Bonding Over a Love of Burly Man Comics

One night I walked past a group of kind of hard-core looking guys smoking hash at a fountain. One of them had a awesome Wolverine t-shirt on.

"Cool shirt," I said.

The dude looked like he was going to kill me.

"Are you serious?" 


His face went from contempt to a long look of puzzlement to a big, goofy grin.

"Thanks dude."

Dudes don't like having there shirts insulted.

A form of this cover was on his shirt.
  Joel Samson Berntsen (Lola - The Kinks)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Banksy Devises Darkest Simpson's Opening Ever

A very dark Simpsons intro by the infamous graffiti artist Banksy:

I love how it just goes back to the super chipper theme music at the end. 

Joel Samson Berntsen (Lisztomania - Phoenix)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Grinderman 2 review

Originally published as a blogpost for The Maneater 

 Nick Cave initially founded Grinderman after messing around with a guitar — an instrument Cave rarely played — in 2006 and discovering that his lack of skill emoted a primitive and raw style that garnered a new enough sound for his band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, to transform, with all the same members, into Grinderman. It worked well, and Grinderman met success with a jangled smile, collecting both critical acclaim and commercial success.  Enter 2010 and Cave and the boys are back to premiere the sequel: Grinderman 2.

Grinderman 2 starts off much like any sequel, giving the audience a new taste of old material. The opening track “Mickey Mouse and The Goodbye Man” revs up with the same driving guitar force that barreled through the last album. The first three songs ring with the familiar distorted grit that defined the first album, but after the lead single “Heathen Child,” Grinderman 2 takes a new and different turn.

Suddenly, it’s just Cave reciting his haunting lyrics to the back drop of a steady, soft drumbeat or the plucking of a blues guitar. The song “Palaces of Montezuma” sounds more like the Rolling Stones than Grinderman. It’s a risky move, but a smart one. In an effort to avoid becoming stale, Grinderman evolves from primitive to sophisticated. It isn’t seamless, but Cave and company manage to maintain innovation through several more indirect tracks, proving that Grinderman is more than just a side project.

The main problem plaguing Grinderman 2 is the lack of an album-defining track. It has plenty of entertaining tracks — Cave’s zealous shouts and lyrics shine through as always — but there’s not a stand-out single.

At the end of it all, Grinderman 2 is just another diverting roll in the mud with Cave and company leading the audience through another dark night drive, and while it’s not the best effort, it’s still a throttle-stomping ride through the twisted brain of Nick Cave.

Grade: B

Joel Samson Berntsen (Intergalactic - Beastie Boys)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guillermo del Toro Gains Friends and Influence

The following is just a bunch of quotes from Guillermo del Toro when was at  Portland's Baghdad Theater & Pub. I ripped all the quotes and words past this introduction from this:, which has further quotes and videos and in all is very interesting. This is just the stuff I personally found very entertaining and intriguing.
  • When asked about he assembled his filmmaking team: "I draw and sculpt, but I'm not a great sculptor, I'm not a great draftsman. So you hire people who are better than you, and you are loyal to those people... The rule is to work only with people you admire or you love. Or both."
  • On adapting other peoples' work: "Once the material is out, it belongs to all of us." And: "Adapting material is like marrying a widow. You have to be very respectful of the late husband's memory, but at some point you've gotta fuck."
  • He thanks people for listening to his DVD commentaries. He prepares his DVD and Blu-ray special features "very carefully" so that they're "as educational as possible." "DVDs are the most democratic way to teach film."
  • "We fear the dark. Make no mistake about it: You can drive your Prius and and type on your iPad, but if we leave you in the dark, you will shit your pants."
  • "Do whatever the fuck you want, even if it's wrong, and then tell about it with honesty. That is filmmaking to me." And: "Success is fucking up on your own terms."

  •  The way he made the little kid in The Devil's Backbone tremble during a key scene? He dumped a bucket of ice down the kid's pants. "I should be in jail!"
  • The last question of the night was about videogames. Del Toro, a dedicated gamer — his children serve as his "wingmen" when he plays Left 4 Dead — is moving into making games, stating matter-of-factly that they're as legitimate of a medium as film and literature. "I expect and hope to create what I would like to see in a videogame," he says, after rattling off some of his favorite videogames at near-incomprehensible speed, just as he did when someone asked him his favorite authors: Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Gadget: Invention, Travel, & Adventure, Marathon, Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty, Katamari, Left 4 Dead, Red Dead Redemption, Prototype, Bioshock, Uncharted 2
 Joel Samson Berntsen (Cut Your Hair - Pavement)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kanye West Kills Saturday Night Live with Power

I wish I had a red suit like this. A pair of Louis Vuitton sneakers wouldn't be that bad either. 

Joel Samson Berntsen (Kayne West - Power)