Within Temptation – The Howling

The Dutch gave us their ovens, clogs and that fun style of jumprope. They were also good enough to export music from Temptation Within.

Because it’s a rock band with a female lead singer you instantly get the Evanescence comparisons, which in itself isn’t altogether bad because I like them but, These guys are in a different sub-genre. They call themselves Symphonic rock, I call them kick-ass.

This song was featured in the opening of the video game The Chronicles of Spellborn.

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Girls Are Not to be Trusted

Once again a gem from Stumbleupon. This vid is great!

I don’t want to say any more about this video because I don’t want to give anything away.

See more from the Hammerkatz comedy group at derrickcomedy.com Great job!

[NSFW] for language

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George Carlin Dead at 71

George Carlin the legendary comic died June 23rd 2008 at the age of 71.

One of my favorite comedians (and shining time station conductors) he will be sorely missed.

Here’s one of my favorite bits of his. Now he knows that he was right or he’s got a lot of explaining to do :).

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Chunkit! Personal Search Engine

chunkit logoThe web is getting to be a difficult place to navigate. The more general search you do the more results you get (Obviously). Unfortunately, searches are not great (yet) at knowing what we’re REALLY looking for when we search for general topics. The Chunkit! toolbar tries to help with that.

Chunkit! tries to chunk information from searches and large web pages into bite-sized previews so you can quickly see if what you’ve found is in fact what you’re looking for.

The toolbar is available for Firefox and IE and it provides a larger preview of search results from huge sites like Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist. Although it will work on any site.

I met these guys last week at Educomm 2008 in Las Vegas and they were some really awesome folks with a neat product (did I also mention it’s free?) So head here and give it a try for yourself.

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Shiny Toy Guns – Rainy Monday

Score one for the U.S. of A.! Shiny Toy Guns is a great band out of Los Angeles, California (home of the not NBA champs the Lakers.)

Their irresistibly danceable tunes are coupled with seriously catchy melodies that get stuck in you head all day (in a good way, not in the “I’m going to find a tower to climb with my high-powered rifle” sort of way.)

Check out my favorite track from We Are Pilots (v3): Rainy Monday.

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10 Independent and-or Creator Owned Comics that Deserve Movies

With the current glut of DC and Marvel comic book inspired movies releasing and doing very well, it got me thinking about some of my favorite comics that don’t have movie deals (yet)..

Even the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back makes fun of the fact that with the success of the X-Men movies that every single comic book property has been optioned.

Here’s a list of comics that don’t seem to have anything in the works but should. (p.s. I counted anything not Marvel/DC as “independent.” It’s my list and I can do that if I wanna.)

Pitt

Pitt

What is it?:
Pitt a tender coming-of-age story of a young boy named Timmy who finds out that his unborn brother was stolen by aliens and had his DNA cross-bred with that of an alien race called the Creed. That unborn brother grows up to be the gray skinned, noseless, muscle-bound Pitt! He then escapes said alien race to reunite with Timmy and fight crime/aliens/ninjas.

It’s also the brain child of Dale Keown, famous in comics circles for penciling the Incredible Hulk in the early 90s.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Pitt has space aliens and a huge cross-breed killing machine with 6-inch talons. What wouldn’t be awesome about it?

Powers

Powers

What is it?:
Detective Christian Walker heads-up the powers homicide investigation division. He has an advantage when he checks into murders involving super humans because he was once one himself, a hero named Diamond. Now stripped of his powers he, along with his partner Deena Pilgrim, throw the book at supers who think they’re above the law.

Why it would make a cool movie:
Two parts Sin City one part Justice League, Powers would make that breakthrough adult comic book movie everyone was hoping Wanted would be. Being written by Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t hurt either.

Nexus

Nexus

What is it?:
Set 500 years in the future, Horatio Valdemar Hellpop (say that three times fast) was chosen by another race of intrusive aliens called the Merk to wield the power of the Nexus. The catch? Horatio is required to eliminate a number of mass-murders in order to keep the power. Doesn’t seem so bad. Then he finds out that once a target is chosen he’s tormented with visions of his victims and horrible headaches until the deed is done. Oh, and his first target is his own father!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Nexus has the potential to become a better personal drama than Batman. At least Batman wasn’t forced to kill his father for the good of mankind.

 

Walking Dead

Walking Dead

What is it?:
Who doesn’t love a good zombie flick? Seems like we’ve had a flood of them recently so why push for another one for the stack? The difference here are the characters and the human story. We see a story of a marriage on the rocks, uneasy alliances and a group of great 3-dimensional character (not archetypes like “the nurse” and “the gangsta”) trying to stay alive. Also it’s image’s number 3 best-selling comic. Only behind Spawn and Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealers. Not bad considering it’s only printed in black and white.

Why it would make a cool movie:
ZOMBIES!

Milk and Cheese

Milk and Cheese

What is it?:
Milk and Cheese are dairy products gone bad. Not as in their experation date but in the sense that they usually violently kill hundreds of people in a one page strip. In a movie setting the story could be a flimsy stringing together of ultra-violent scenes (kinda like the Die Hard movies) which doesn’t come to any sort of real ending, just a burning city and Milk and Cheese standing on a pile of corpses yelling “MERV GRIFFIN!”

Why it would make a cool movie:
Quentin Tarantino owes his career to ultra-violence, why wouldn’t it make a great movie if it’s a carton of milk and a wedge of cheese doing it?

Creator Evan Dorkin has had many offers to turn the duo into movies, TV shows and cartoons. Unfortunately for us he’s turned all of these offers down. Let’s hope for our sakes that someone eventually pitches the killer story that changes his mind.

Grendel

Grendel

What is it?:
Imagine if everything you tried worked. You never failed at anything; business, girls, school, everything that normal people struggle with. That’s how Eddie grew up. Unfortunately for him, the side effect of his perfection was apathy. With the realization that nothing in the wold mattered he threw away his life as a champion fencer and began an affair with fellow fencer Jocasta Rose. After her death, his life was shattered in two. He began writing successful novels under the name Hunter Rose and also became the costumed assassin Grendel.

Why it would make a cool movie:
If looks could kill Grendel wouldn’t need his pointy stick to finish off his marks. With the very stylized look of the Matt Wagner classic comic a studio could do a version reminiscent of 300 almost like a moving stained glass window. Plus ninjas are so hot with the kids right now.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars

What is it?:
Like Heroes, the TV show, Rising Stars takes a look at the superhero genre from the viewpoint of “What if It really happened?” One night a meteor crashes to earth and bestows amazing superpowers to 113 individuals who were in Utero at the time. The children were rounded up by the government and cataloged by their powers. Allowed to live normal lives most of the Specials (as they were known) blended into the background of society, until someone starts murdering them. The investigation into the murders revels that when one special is killed, their power is redistributed to the others, making them all more powerful. This fact swings the broom handle at the proverbial hornet’s nest and puts the Specials at odds with the government and with each other.

Why it would make a cool movie:
The convention of telling a story with flashbacks has been Lost’s bread and butter. Now just imagine that storytelling technique about cool superheroes in a murder mystery. Box office gold I tell ya!

J. Michael Straczynski’s epic graphic novel was once on track to become a movie but issues between Top Cow (the publisher) and Straczynski killed the process. Now that he’s directing the Silver Surfer and World War Z movies the prospect of seeing a Rising Stars movie any time soon seem very dim.

Astro City

Astro City

What is it?:
Astro City is a huge universe filled with spandex wearing super heroes and villains. The stories revolve around many of the characters and reveal nuances in their lives. Such as: does a hero who can fly, who is always busy saving the world, ever have time to enjoy it?

Why it would make a cool movie:
Astro City has a life of it’s own that would translate well to the screen. Once everyone is tired of the “blow-up everything” Michael Bay approach to super heroes Astro City will be a great deconstruction of the genre.

Ghost

Ghost

What is it?:
Patrick Swayze is killed by his business partner and makes sexy clay pots with Demi Moore… No wait. Elisa Cameron died, more specifically was murdered, but that doesn’t stop her from walking around investigating her own murder and shooting GUNS!

Why it would make a cool movie:
Ghost was written with a smart, strong, and not too shabby looking heroine. She would be good For supers of the female persuasion whos track record consists of Barb Wire and Electra.

Monkeyman

Monkeyman and O’Brien

What is it?:

Ann O’Brien’s father was a brilliant scientist who’s experimental machine 1. ripped super-intelligent apeman Axewell Tiberius (Monkeyman) from a different dimension into ours and 2. Turned Ann into a seven foot tall amazon with superhuman strength.

I’m going to be in my own lab accident one day because it’s obvious I’ll receive super-powers and not lymphoma.

Why it would make a cool movie:

In one issue Monkeyman swings live sharks to beat up the badguys. Shark wielding giant gorilla!!! ’nuff said.

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Dr. Tran [NSFW]

Dr. Tran, America’s greatest superhero doctor, super-spy, ass-kicker, who’s a real doctor in his latest ninja-killing feature film.

Everyone loves Dr. Tran!

Here comes Dr. Tran!

Check out the hickory-smoked video clip!

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Kaiser Chiefs

Why is it that Europe is coming out with so much more good music than the United States these days? Seems like we’re only interested in hearing new Beyonce albums.
Anyway the Kaiser Chiefs are an English band names after a South African soccer team.
I Predict a Riot is my favorite track of of their second album.


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Star Trek Rap [NSFW]

This parody has the freshest rhymes this side of strong island. Created by the internet comedians at Those Aren’t Muskets.

Download the mp3 here.

Very NFSW watch at your own risk!

 

 

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The Slants

The Slants are and all Asian band out of Portland, Oregon. They sound like a mix between The Clash and Depeche Mode. I heard about them in a recent NPR interview. Apparently some folks are offended by the band’s name and their instance on only admitting Asian members. Doesn’t bother me, it’s their ride and they can put whatever rims on it they like as far as I’m concerned.

I found it very interesting all the publicity they received over the controversy though. I think I might start a band called Whittey McCracka Ass Cracka and the Plantation Owners and see if that boosts sales.

Back on the subject: Unfortunately this is the best quality video I could find. This is a live video taken at sakuracon, an anime and manga dress-up convention where these guys are HUGE!

I loathe to suggest it because I believe myspace is the biggest blight and biggest polluter of the internet since geocities but you can listen to full versions of The Slants’ awesome music on their page here.

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