Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pee WWE Herman

This is real history.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arcade Fire + Spike Jonze "The Suburbs" Video









I still think the Where the Wild Things Are trailer with "Wake Up" is the best. Hopefully there is more to this, because it hints at a lot more than it says.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hellboy - Mike Mignola back in the drawer's seat!

Mike Mignola is back to drawing Hellboy for an 8 page story called Hellboy: The Whittier Legacy which you can read online at USA Today.

Mignola talks about the H. P. Lovecraft influence on this story: "I've gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I've never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That's what this Whittier story is."
"The message for this story is: Don't mess with the stuff that's out there in the universe."

He also talks about the upcoming year in Hellboy:
"In the next year, we're going to do some really exciting things. Hellboy is going to be able to step away from the baggage he's been carrying around for all these years. It's a pretty big ending."
With an excited tone, Mignola adds an ominous forecast: "We're going to blow stuff up that we won't be able or willing to fix. We're going to change everything."

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Roots & John Legend cover The Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"

Not as good as the original, but ?uestlove makes the drums different enough to be interesting. At least three lyrical mistakes, but who's counting? (I am.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

X-Men Arcade Game

Finally a reason to buy an Xbox (Truth be told, I have been playing Gears of War at my friend's house lately). Konami's 1992 X-Men Arcade game is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. I once spent 42 tokens to beat this game at Chuck E. Cheese. Despite my undying devotion to Wolverine (especially this costume), Colossus is my first pick in this lineup (also including Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler and Dazzler?!) because of his unstoppable and completely made-up special move (rrruaaAAHH!). I only wish I owned the six player arcade cabinet:

Oh, would that you were mine.
This also reminds me of X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, an 80s cartoon pilot that the arcade game seems to tie in with. The opening theme song is astoundingly even catchier than the 90s one. The animation is classic 80s outsourced to Japan (ie Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, etc.), and Wolverine inexplicably has an Australian accent.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

FREE 22 Song Hydra Head Digital Sampler

Hydra Head Records (full disclosure: I work there. That is me on the bottom right) has unveiled a FREE digital sampler called Phoning It In. It is chock full of 22 metal tracks that run the gamut from crushingly heavy to maniacally fast, to hauntingly ambient. Some are previously unreleased, some are rare, all are awesome (and one is a joke. Guess which?) Peep the list below, procure the music, and find some new gems to jam out on your digital listening device of choice (or record them to cassette to ride high on the wave of neo-nostalgia). This is the soundtrack to your heavy metal summer.

Download the FREE Hydra Head digital sampler here!

1. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" From Songs for the French (5:46)
2. Daughters - "The First Supper" From "s/t" (3:18)
3. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" From Dolores (5:31)
4. Knut - "Calamity" From Wonder (1:43)
5. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
6. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
7. Helms Alee - "Lionize" From Lionize/Truly 7" (2:45)
8. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
9. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" From Here's to the future (5:54)
12. Jodis - "Continents" From Secret House (7:27)
13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" From Krach (5:16)
14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" From Planets of Old (2:30)
15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" From Coyote (11:13)
16. Keelhaul "THC for One" from Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
17. Clouds - "New Bombs" From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" From 2005 Demo (7:02)
19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" From Amber Gray (1:06)
20. Greymachine - "Wasted" From Disconnected (8:43)
21. Bergraven - "Hunger" From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
22. Torche - "UFO" From Songs For Singles (2:01)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lego AK-47

If they had actually manufactured this as a(n incredibly politically incorrect) set, it would have had the top slot on every birthday and christmas list I ever had. Even if I got it every time.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Human Pixels

These koreans make cheerleaders look like neutrinos (I'm not going to explain).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Six Degrees of Black Sabbath

This site can connect pretty much any two musical acts you can think of. I managed to stump it with Liberace and Mayhem, but it did manage Clay Aiken to Mastodon in six.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ghostbusters Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere had three ghosts and four Ghostbusters show up at the New York Public Library reading room (the actual location used for filming the original movie) for a performance sponsored by the NYPL to raise awareness about their budget cuts. I wish more stuff like this would happen when I am out.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Alex Welsh

This photo of a burning playground is by Alex Welsh from a project called We Out Here.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Slow-Mo Volcano

Awesome time-lapse video of Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano in Iceland that's been grounding air traffic in Europe) by Sean Stiegemeier. The time lapse dolly really puts it over the top, as well as the bullet-riddled airplane carcass, and featuring music by Jónsi of Sigur Rós. Click the vimeo logo to watch it in HD.

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Old Lady vs Mercedes

A douchebag in a Mercedes honks at an old lady crossing the street, but she pwns him with an economy of effort that is hilarious.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wooden Spoon Trick

I saw this a couple weeks ago and was laughing out loud. The guy gets so angry and his retaliation is so pitiful that it is hard not to. I can only imagine the screaming they could elicit from him with an atomic situp.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Secret Mission of the Terminator

A panhandling terminator uses spare change to charge his batteries and go to the Apple store.

via slashfilm

Damien Walters

Damien Walters has ridiculous control of his body. This occupies a space somewhere between athletics and art, as the movement is often so unexpected that it is clearly in the same veign of creativity as any high art impulse.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Old school gaming and new school digital effects collide in this reality warping video.

UPDATE: Adam Sandler bought the rights to this video.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Sword and Sworcery EP

I have been out of the video game loop since I moved out of my parents' house and left my systems with my younger brother. I am also pretty resistant to the iphone, and dead set against the ipad. But Sword and Sworcery EP by Superbrothers makes me actually kind of want one of them. It is clearly heavily influenced by classic console gaming of the 80s and 90s, with a strong dose of Zelda (fact: A Link to the Past for SNES is the greatest game ever made.). Throw in music by Jim Guthrie (half of Human Highway, the other half being Nick Thorburn of Islands and the Unicorns) and this just may become the game that breaks my electronic gaming sobriety. Simple, beautiful.

S:S&S EP - Song 1: Walk in the Woods from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery on Vimeo.

S:S&S EP - Song 2. The Grizzled Boor from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery on Vimeo.

via Boing Boing

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Tracking software uses the eye movement of a guy with Lou Gehrig's disease to be able to make art again.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Star Wars Day!

Today is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth... be with you). To comemmorate here are some outtakes from Triumph the insult comic dog's visit with fans in line for Attack of the Clones. I hadn't seen this until today, but I've enjoyed the actual segment aplenty.

Here is Carrie Fisher roasting Georgle Lucas (and herself):

and for good measure, here is the first part of the 70 minute Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace review. If you haven't yet, today is pretty much the best day to watch it (and the 90 minute Attack of the Clones review).

Star Wars Trilogy

Monday, May 3, 2010

8-Bit Lego Video: Rymdreglage - 8-bit trip

Apparently 1500 hours spent making stop motion lego animation leads to this monster of nostalgic wonder.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tool - "Lateralus" Japanese version

An 8 piece japanese koto ensemble covers Tool's "Lateralus". Seeing this led me to check Tool's site, (which I used to do obsessively in high school) where I discovered that A) They are mounting a tour this summer, B) They are in the studio and C) Adam Jones co-wrote an X-Files/30 Days of Night comic with Steve Niles.
Insanity, but a good kind.

via metal sucks

Thursday, April 22, 2010

8-Bit Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon arranged for the NES. Nostalgia collision.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Author and Punisher

Author and Punisher is a one man (Tristan Shone) band that builds big machines to make loud noises. Basically he uses pieces of terminators to play awesome doom / drone / dub music. The tone he gets from these technological monstrosities is unparalleled, and the aesthetic is pure post-apocalypse.

He is doing free in-stores at Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles on April 16th 7pm, and Aquarius Records in San Francisco on April 17th (Record Store Day) at 4pm

Tristan Shone, Author&Punisher (LIVE-> 2008-2009 Highlight Reel) from Tristan Shone on Vimeo.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Owen Pallett - Dan Deacon remix

Two of my favorite one man bands collide in Dan Deacon's remix of Owen Pallet's "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt" for the 12" of the same name. Pallett's gentle voice and looped violins mix with Deacon's hyper rhythms to make a happy medium that belongs in your itunes (or winamp).
Download it here.

via Pitchfork

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things

Yes. Yes. Yes.
Comic book drawer Dean Trippe has uncovered some revealing photos of our President taking in some of the most incredible things in the universe. Things like proton packs, hover boards, and Optimus Prime.
"In response to's clearly doctored A History of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things slideshow, I've decided to reveal the truth, using next-gen image decoding software I call Photoshop."
Thank you, Dean for spreading the truth.
The flickr album is here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Big Man Japan

I finally got around to streaming Big Man Japan on Netflix. Hitoshi Matsumoto directs and stars in what is probably the most mind-bogglingly bizarre entry into cinema history that I have seen. It is like a comedic Cloverfield / Ultraman/ Bubba Ho-tep combo that leaves you pleasantly dumbfounded after the credits. It's part of the 2008 six shooter film series, which also includes Let the Right One In. If you like surreal monsters, dry, subtle humor, and slight melancholy, queue this.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Electric Tree Branch

If Tesla was a mischievous middle schooler, this is probably what would happen.

via EpicWinFTW

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Zach Galifianakis Vs Preschool

I'm getting kind of tired of grown-ups. So here is my older doppelganger Zach Galifianakis telling jokes to pre-schoolers.

via funnyordie

Monday, March 8, 2010

Heavy Metal Director Shirts

Cinefile has been making these pretty awesome shirts appropriating classic band logos and combining them with the names of awesome directors. My favorite is the Herzog / Danzig shirt. If I was more of a Danzig fan I would totally bag that. Check out the whole series at Cinefile Video

via Decibel

Friday, February 26, 2010

Clearance Vinyl

If you, like me, are caught in the paradox of being both a record collector and a cheapskate, check out Vinyl Collective's clearance section. All the records on the list are at wholesale prices, and there are probably at least a couple titles you meant to have already bought.
I picked up Mogwai 's Mr. Beast and The Hawk is Howling 2xLPs, and The Magnetic Fields The Charm of the Highway Strip all for under $45 including shipping (I also googled "vinyl collective promo code" and found a 10% off code).
The list is here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Directing the Super Bowl

For everyone else who didn't know who was playing in the Super Bowl until yesterday, but has known which movie trailers will air during it for months, here is what the big game might look like if directed by Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard, Wes Anderson, and Werner Herzog (his is the best, I think).

via cinema blend

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Searching for Bill Watterson

Less than a week after JD Salinger grabbed that brass ring in the sky, the other creative recluse whose work effected all the best people grants an interview, maybe the first in over 20 years. Bill Watterson, the man behind Calvin and Hobbes, answers some questions here.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lord of the Logos

Dear black metal non-listeners,
Do you know that your music's logos are a waste bin full of recycled dinner compared to these things? You can't even read half of them, but that is because they are so insane and intricately composed by Christophe Szpajdel. Just like the dense despair that emanates from the albums these adorn. Plus putting them next to awesome photos of trees and fog and stamping gold foil on the cover put this on my amazon wishlist.

More info on the book is at

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Star Wars + Adidas + Beckham + Daft Punk + Snoop Dogg + fireworks + stickball

This commercial is like a bonkers casserole full of stuff that doesn't belong together, but works like an awesome collage by your crazy friend who talks too loud and buys candy wholesale.

I wore homemade mandalorian armor to all of the midnight screenings of the Star Wars prequels, and I've been pretty loyal to Adidas since The Life Aquatic, but none of this stuff is as cool as Ecko's Boba Fett hoodie that nobody's bought me yet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dear NBC,

Keep Conan, let Jay go.

Really, you should have parted ways with Jay when he left the Tonight Show. You had no obligation to create a new show for him, and made a mistake in replacing 10pm dramas like Law and Order: SVU.
Affiliates are pissed because Jay is a poor lead-in for the 11pm local news. I am not sure if this has occurred to you, but they are the lead-in for Conan. So if their ratings are tanking because of Jay, Conan's are doubtlessly effected similarly.
There are a lot of families who moved across the country to be part of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, a show that has been in the same time slot for decades.

Jay has a hangar full of cars, and a long, successful run on the Tonight Show. You don't owe him anything else. Like a parent without control of their kids, you didn't have the temerity to tell him his turn was over. You need to suck it up and tell him it is Conan's turn.
Conan isn't even through his first season and you are jerking him halfway back to his old timeslot. The way you are treating him is despicable. For the amount of work he has done for you, and the loyalty he has shown, the utter lack of respect you are showing him, and your cowardice in dealing with Jay Leno is pathetic.

It was your mistaken decisions that got you to this point, and I am sure you are aware of the firestorm of criticism that you are at the center of currently. You can argue that Conan's contract doesn't contain a set time slot for the Tonight Show, but what is legally allowable is not necessarily right. Get it right this time. Convince Jay that it is time to retire. And if you can't convince him, let him go mad. You owe it to Conan O'Brien to let him host the Tonight Show, in the slot it has always been. At this point, you also owe him an apology.

I promise, if you move Conan to a later time slot, I will stop watching any NBC Universal content that will generate revenue for you. I will encourage everyone I know to do the same. I love your thursday night lineup, but I will make sure that when I see it, you are not making a cent.

So please, give Conan a chance, say goodbye to Leno, and let me watch The Office, 30 Rock, and Community without hassle. I will even start watching Parks and Recreation.

Andrew Cox

email NBC at

Friday, January 1, 2010

Jeffrey Deitch sells mattresses

I saw a picture of Jeffrey Deitch and realized that not only does he sell awesome art in New York (see he sells awesome mattresses in Southern California as Larry Miller (Sit 'n' Sleep will beat any advertised price or your mattress is FREEEEEEE)! I thought that Superman being able to disguise himself with only a pair of spectacles was bologna, but if Deitch has gotten away with it for this long, I guess it works.

UPDATE: Jeffrey Deitch has been announced as the new Director of MoCA in Los Angeles. That should shorten his commute between jobs.