28 July 2009

"The State" LIVE

ONe of the best sketch shows ever. Check out the video playlist of some of the best stuff below:

Click here to watch on the YouTube playlist page.

24 July 2009

TRON Teaser Trailer

The new Tron trailer looks pretty sick. Love that the Dude is coming back for this one.

Enjoy the light cycle goodness:

Big thanks to /Film for the trailer story

Bella & Tara - Adorable Animal Odd Couple

I love this video. KO showed it to me one Sunday morning and it made my day.

Friday seems like a good pick me up day...so here you go:

Don't you just love it? If so, here's their followup to all the buzz this story generated for Tara and Bella:

Happy Friday!

22 July 2009

The World of Chemistry

See how fun Chemistry can be.

If it was that fun in school, I'd be Louis freakin Pasteur.


21 July 2009

Google Voice


Late to the party...as usual.

This service looks pretty cool. Plus, being the Google fanboy that I am, I've signed up for my invite to get a Google Phone Number.

Truth be told, I can't help feeling like it's one step closer to "1984" with Google assigning me a number. That said, I'm still excited to try it.

Here are a list of all their videos detailing the many features of Google Voice.

Below is their Overview video:

20 July 2009

My First 8 Tracks Online Music MixTape

I'm trying out this music mix creation site called 8Tracks.

It works just like any other social network...create account..make profile, post bio, etc. Then, when you're all signed up...you can make "mixtapes" of at least 8 music tracks from their impressively stocked library.

What makes it different from other music sharing sites? I'll tell you.

I love making mix CDs..and before that mixtapes. I'm of the Rob Gordon mold who expresses my many moods and random music tastes through the use of a sonic encyclopedia that conveys the many sides and shades of my psyche.

Sorry to get a little sappy and weird with that last sentence..but it's true.

This site gave me an online outlet to throw out 8 songs rattling around in my head at the moment. I tried to order them in an easy to listen format...much like a album.

But, let's be honest. There's very little in common with all these artists. Except that I love them all.

So, expect more random audio droppings such as this in the future. I'll try to explain here why they're stuck in my head at the moment.

With that..my first mix:

1. Too Fast For Love > Motley Crue
I've been a little obsessed lately with trying to replace my lost CDs of the first 3 Crue albums...looking for that G Hits Red White and Crue is hard to find. Anyone got the 1st 3 albums they wanna burn for me? I'll be eternally grateful. Until then, I'll just listen here, on Blip.fm and Sirius/XM Hair Nation.

2. You Never Know > Wilco
I just bought the new Wilco album (review here). I'm really enjoying it, and could've put many songs on this list..but I put this on on..because it reminds me (and KO) of the next song of my list...

3. My Sweet Lord > George Harrison
Great, great song. Just gorgeous...and I hadn't thought of it in years...until the new Wilco album. Now, I just want to listen to it. I hope you can understand.

4. What Will You Do When Your Suntan Fades? > Beulah
This is one of my favorite songs by Beulah. Great to listen to on a sunny Florida day at the beach. It's the song that inspired the "album art" on the mix player. Interesting note: The album this song was on was released on September 11, 2001. A little creepy, huh? Like a rose in a desert of sadness and loss.

5. In the Garage > Weezer
I was hanging at a friend's house last Saturday..and the lady of the house did me a solid: playing The Blue Album. If you know me...it'll be no surprise that it's my favorite album of all time..and this is close to my favorite song on the record. (Say it Ain't So is tops) I picked this b/c it's a good fit @ this stage in the mix. I hope you agree.

6. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver > Primus
Song's been coming and going in my psyche since I saw Zak & Miri. I've always liked it...and I wore it out for a week earlier this year.

7. Cut Your Hair > Pavement
This is a random selection. I really wanted to put in a Pavement song among all these other '90s songs...and settled on the most accessible. Is it their best? Not hardly. But, good song, for sure.

8. Mystifies Me( Ron Wood Cover) > Son Volt
A great closer. One of the better covers from a great band and great songwriter in his own right, Son Volt's Jay Farrar. This Stones cover is a great song by them...but, in the hands of Farrar...really moves me still to this day. It's the closing track from Son Volt's debut album, Trace, one of the best records from that decade, IMO. Closing tracks are very important to me...just as much as openers. I'm careful to find the right one when I make a mixtape. I hope you enjoyed this little trip as much as I did...thanks to 8tracks.com.

Update: I just noticed that it plays it as a random mix...so all that effort to present it in a specific order was all for not. Oh well...at least YOU know the order.

The things I do for you people.


16 July 2009

Review: Wilco (the album)

My friend Brock reviewed the latest Wilco album. He and I are of like minds...so I'm asking you to check out his review...as this is a response to his writing.

Here's the last thing he wrote about it. He's dead on.

Now there are a few really good songs on here. It starts off great. "Deeper Down" and "One Wing" are fantastic. "Bull Black Nova" reminds me of Spiders (Kidsmoke). That's great. "You and I" has a duet with Feist. Better on paper than in the song, but still sweet. That's when things take a turn for the bad.

There are two songs on this album I really don't like: "You Never Know" (the harmonies piss me off) and "Sonny Feeling" (it's called "Sonny Feeling"). Any momentum during the first half of this album comes crashing to a halt during "You Never Know." It takes several songs to recover. "Country Disappeared" is good enough. "Solitaire" is very nice. Then "I'll Fight" is fantastic. Then it's "Sonny Feeling." Again, terrible.

That's the story with this album, and really Wilco as a whole right now. If I compare this album with Wilco's highest points, it's very disappointing. As a stand alone album, it's pretty good. Above average. It just lacks the experimentation of previous albums. The writing has become very pedestrian. However, I still like this album okay. It's worth picking up. It is just very difficult to judge within the whole Wilco catalogue.

As for the entire review...I agree to a point.

The thing with me: I really like the new Album. I must be ready for this Wilco and the one that recorded on "Sky Blue Sky"..which I adore. Jeff shares his views in this great Chicago Public Radio interview on Eight Forty-Eight.

For the record...my top 3 favorite Wilco records are

1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Still their seminal album. A brilliant masterpiece.
2. Being There - Same as above...until my mind was blown away by YHF.
3. Sky Blue Sky - So simple. So elegant. So optimistic. When I go for a drive listening to this album..it changes the way I look at the world.

Sky was so warm and inviting...like curling up with soup next to a fire. No experimentation, that's for sure..and I do miss that element.

At the same time..I like to revel in great musicians just enjoying their time playing in this great band.

That's the feel I got from Sky..and I'm getting from The Album.

That said..Sky was the only album I loved from the word go. This album reminds me of the others...with the slow burn and the numerous listens necessary to peel back the layers.

So far...Wilco the album hasn't turned out to be onion.

15 July 2009


Here's the trailer for the new movie Zombieland, hitting theaters this October.

I can't decide what I think of it...but Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson have me a little intrigued. That said...it could be a bad spoof film...but I'll reserve judgment for a little while.

I do have a few months to build up my hate spew. I DO like that they used Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" in the trailer...very underrated Van-DLR song.

Enjoy...and let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me: @coryodonnell