Article Title: My Media-Verse – August 2007
“My past two posts were podcast heavy, so I wanted to write something more for everyone else – so I figure what better topic then what I’ve been watching/listening to/reading in my media consumption? Hope you give some of this stuff a try – I’ve been finding a lot of really cool stuff!
Singles wise – I’ve found some neat stuff”
Bang Camaro has a rocking song called “Push Push Lady Lightning” which sounds a hell of a lot like old Kiss – it’s a great fun fist-pumping rock song, which is perfect for cranking in the car.
Prince‘s new song “Guitar” is a genre crossing pop song that would actually sound greaty on alternative radio if they could pull themselves away from all that emo stuff. Alternative used to be about being an alternative to all kinds of music – not just a sub-genre of rock. I highly recommend this track!
For pure cheese factor I’m enjoying the Sean Kingston song “Beautiful Girls (Suicidal)” which echoes Ben E King’s “Stand By Me”. It’s no deep track by any means, but it is a lot of fun.
And of course because my wife is a Creed/Alter Bridge fan I checked out Alter Bridge’s new single “Rise Today” which is a socially conscious rock anthem. Well – as socially conscious as a rock anthem can get. But it’s a fun track nonetheless.
Podsafe stuff – checking out music from Joe Colledge, Junior, and Alamance in preparation for a re-launch of the Jersey Jamcast (!). Also Sarah Donner‘s song “Dodgeball” is great fun. She’s a local folk act and the whole high school theme of that song is really great.
Album wise – Chris Cornell’s new album is excellent. A lot of really rockin’ stuff like his theme to Casino Royale – “You Know my Name” to “No Such Thing”. But the real gem on the album is his cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. He takes a song that was kind of a “mad” song and gives it the angst and anger it truly deserves. Rooney’s new album “Calling The World” is full of fun power pop and shows them maturing since their debut. I still need to listen through to the new Maroon 5 and Prince albums.
Took Melissa to see Ratatouille and I don’t see why people are touting this as a great movie. I thought the plot was just average and while the animation was well done, the characters fell flat for me. For me – it was the worst of all the Pixar films – even below Bug’s Life. I really wanted to like it but felt like our money would have been better spent on Shrek 3 (our other possible choice) because at least we would have known and enjoyed the characters.
I went to see The Simpsons Wednesday night by myself and while I really enjoyed seeing them on the big screen I felt like it was just an extended episode. They took the plot back to basics – which for me was an homage to the first season – before they started to get edgy with pop culture references. I loved the animation – as they were able to do things they couldn’t do on a TV screen and thankfully they did not get gratuitous with their ability to include vulgar things they couldn’t on TV. It was fun but I didn’t feel it was worth the full $9 ticket price.
Brenda and I are watching both Hell’s Kitchen and Top Chef and enjoying. I got the 6 episode series “This American Life” from iTunes and have been watching it during lunch on the video Ipod. I also watched the World Series Of Pop Culture, and now Who Wants to Be A Superhero which is just as much fun as last year’s series. I’m also trying to get caught up on Rescue Me.
Podcasts: Some new podcast discoveries.
The Shameless Plugcast – interviews with podcasters. Some real gems here. I got turned onto at least one other video podcast through Zack’s interview with the producer star…and that one is:
The Galacticast (video)- Sci-Fi Parody skits – this is the coolest video podcast I’ve seen, ever. If you’re a geek, into Sci-Fi, comic books and horror you must watch this. I guarantee once you start watching some of the episodes, you’ll have wasted a good hour at least.
Feed Me Bubbe (video) – a Jewish cooking show – a lot of fun – grandson and grandmother together showing how to cook various Jewish dishes.
Books & Magazines:
Finally – to the books, magazines, and comic books. Very light here – but I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m also about 2/3 of the way through Jeff Smith’s Bone. I am anxiously awaiting the next issue of Geek Monthly – which has to be my ultimate favorite magazine of all time. I need to get caught up on a lot of my comic books too, although I am up to date on Knights of the Dinner Table.
So – a challenge to all my blog readers – what has been in your media-verse lately?