Archive for December 28, 2012


Weezer – Blue Album (1994). A Peak At Their Debut.

If you grew up in 90’s and you’re into rock music. Try to make this list: 30 CD’s/cassettes to buy/listen/borrow/steal in the 90’s.  There must be Nevermind (Nirvana), Ten (Pearl Jam), Superunknown (Soundgarden), Rage Against The Machine (debut album), Black Album (Metallica), Melon Colie And The Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins), Soundsystem (311), Use Your Illusion (Guns And Roses), The Downward Spiral (NIN), maybe Dummy (Portishead) and.. Blue Album from Weezer! Rite?

No? Well you have problems with your ears :p _weezer_-_blue_albumWhat has happened in 1994.

  • Nirvana played their final concert in Munich. Few weeks later he shot himself.
  • Frank Sinatra received the Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Pink Floyd embarked on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supported their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000.
  • Blur and Oasis started to invade USA
  • Green Day released Dookie album. Their masterpiece till now.
  • Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
  • Pearl Jam filed a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U.S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business.

You know that Buddy Holly music video directed by Spike Jonze (well known for film Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and also plenty of music videos). Remember Beastie Boys‘ Sabotage or Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet? I’ll stop here before i start blabbering  about him. That Buddy Holly video is one of the most anticipated video of the 90’s. Along with November Rain by Guns And Roses or maybe Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. Earned heavy rotation by MTV back then.

Weezer’s alt-rock godliness was of the likes no one had ever seen before. They were different. In the 80’s, it was all about partying, Girls Girls Girls, and hair. At the turn of the decade, it was all about anger, With The Lights Out, and grunge. Then it became laziness, Longview, and punk. So when Weezer came around, naturally the people who weren’t punks, partyers, or flannel wearing lumberjacks found their voice. Rivers Cuomo‘s simple yet effective songs became staples for every geeks collection. Bands since then have tried ripping off their geekiness (One geek band going so far as to be called Wheatus), but Weezer perfected the art of nerd long before the pretenders. When uncovering the lyrics behind the songs, you find happy little childhood dreams mixed with songs about girls and beer. Lines like “Wee-oo I look Just Like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh and you’re Mary Tyler Moore” became anthems for the whole generation. Rivers had the gift for turning a monologue of Hemingway quality into a rocking track. The 6/8 opener My Name Is Jonas is a track centered around some folkish finger picking. The literate rants are cut off midway through for a headbanging bridge thats just so random and funny. (sputnikmusic)

There have been very few albums that can change the face of music both culturally and musically. Weezer made it cool to be an honors student. Weezer made it cool to be a geek. But with Blue, Weezer made it cool to be all those things, and be rock stars. My only complaint is the upsettingly short ten songs. Weezer’s never been good at packing in the extras, but another few songs wouldn’t have killed the genius of the other 7 or 8 great songs on here. But in terms of musicianship, charm, songwriting, and cultural signifigance, Weezer’s debut album is the pinnacle of their career. Kinda sucks when you peak at your debut, eh? (sputnikmusic)

STAN LEE TURNS 90: Colleagues salute the Marvel legend and ‘goodwill ambassador for comics’

STAN LEE — the man, the mastermind, the seemingly tireless global goodwill ambassador for comics — is spinning his way toward a milestone: On Friday, he turns 90.

So how does Stan the Man feel about becoming a nonagenarian?

“One bit of philosophy I made up some time ago,” Lee tells Comic Riffs this week, “[it’s] a bit of a paradox: Everyone wants to live to a ripe old age — but no one wants to be old!”

Although he had pacemaker surgery this past fall, Lee defies a sense of seeming “old.,” forever moving like a human torch of kinetic energy. He even wrote in September upon his return: “In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years!”


The 1961 debut of the Fantastic Four: Lee calls it “the turning point of my life.” (STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY – Marvel Comics)Stanley Lieber has been in comics since his teen years — the first Timely/Marvel editor, “Captain America” co-creator Joe Simon, hired Lee as an office boy during the World War II era — and his career arc began to bend toward greatness about two decades later, when he created the flawed superheroes who make up the Fantastic Four (what he calls “the turning point of my life”). As all fans know, editor-writer Lee — working with such greats as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan and John Buscema — helped transform the comics industry as Marvel soon unspooled Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and X-Men.

[THE STAN LEE PROFILEA sit-down with the legend]

Today, even as that same industry still wrestles with creators’ rights and compensation, Lee is the biggest living name in comics — the face of the superhero business to millions, both ebullient convention-hopping ambassador and Hollywood’s Marvel cameo king.

Wherever there are masses of comics fans, there seems to be smiling Stan Lee (who has been a special guest at Baltimore Comic-Con each of the past two years). When he warms to a spotlight, the throngs, in turn, heat up. And what is a star, ultimately, but a shining presence in its universe that gives off heat?

[THE STAN LEE INTERVIEWThe co-creator upon Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary]

At 90, this is how Stan Lee sums it up to Comic Riffs:

“I‘ve enjoyed every minute of my work all these years, and especially dealing with all the great fans.”

Upon his birthday, Comic Riffs asked several fellow creators and editors to share their thoughts on Stan. Fans of his themselves, here’s what they say:


STAN THE MAN (PLUS ONE): Lee — who co-created such Marvel characters as the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man — in his office. (Reed Saxon / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

MARVEL RISES: A vintage photo of then-Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. (Gerald Martineau / THE WASHINGTON POST).

“Stan’s that rare figure who, while he’s adopted a larger-than-life persona in the eyes of the world, is the same person off-camera that he is on screen — he’s just as energetic, enthusiastic, bombastic, a touch corny, and charming even when he’s just picking up the mail or buying groceries. Because that’s not a persona — that’s the real deal.”

— Veteran Marvel editor TOM BREVOORT.


IN HIS ELEMENT: Stan Lee on the red carpet for the April 2012 premiere of “The Avengers” in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

“He’s still a big kid. He’s got a great sense of humor.. I mailed my ’Spider-Man’ Sunday [strip last week] and I always write him a little note. I must have 500 notes from him [that] I’ve kept through the years — every one funnier than the previous. … I enjoy so much talking to him. Sometimes he’s not feeling well, but you’d never know it. He’s always so joyful. He’s a fun guy to be around.”

— Top Marvel inker JOE SINNOTT, 86, who says he has worked with Stan, off and on, for six decades

“Stan should be remembered as the man who brought increasing humanity and realism to the comic-book superhero, and thus began to attract the older readers who otherwise would mostly have quit reading comics, never to return, by the time of puberty or thereabouts.


Lee in his Beverly Hills office, in 2011. (Jonathan Alcorn / for The Washington Post)“Of course, along with having the initial ideas for superheroes like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk et al., he also became one of the most influential writers in the history of the field — and, as editor, he kept ever in mind the idea of an interrelated ‘Marvel universe’ even before the term was created [by fans]. His greatest gift to comics is the concept of the Marvel Universe — and the idea that superhero comics need not appeal only to sub-teen readers. Readers should understand that

“Stan Lee did this all as a professional, to make a living, not as a fan — but that he’s as big a fan as anyone could be of [the talents of] artists-creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Bill Everett and others.”

— ROY THOMAS, the Hall of Fame writer-editor who immediately succeeded Stan as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics

“Co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and so many other iconic characters is an incredible legacy all on its own. Ditto for creating a personal bond with his readers through the letters pages and the bullpen bulletins, and for creating and building the Marvel brand identity. And becoming the goodwill ambassador for comics as whole is an amazing accomplishment. Stan informed and reminded people that comics as a medium is a valid and valuable part of our cultural smorgasbord.


IN HIS WEB: Stan Lee at the 2011 ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (VALERIE MACON – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)“Stan’s combination of creative genius, promotional savvy and a work ethic that won’t quit are an impressive array of talents with which to engage the world. … Somehow, together with his collaborators, Stan initiated ideas and developed them in ways that resonated with countless numbers of people across multiple generations. Who did exactly what? No one was in the room or in their heads when Lee and Kirby created their characters and stories together, and my impression is they worked together in different ways at different times. They had a synergy that resulted in elegant concepts, brilliantly developed and executed. …

“It’s amazing that [Stan] is so active and available. Considering how tiring it can be, and the fact that there are those elements of controversy that trail him, it would in many ways be easier for him to spend his time at his home or office. It was pretty impressive that, less than a week after having a pacemaker put in, he was spending long days at the recent New York Comic-Con. …

“He’s … one of those people without whom we might have no comics industry — and therefore none of the media spinoffs — today.

— DANNY FINGEROTH, the veteran writer-editor (notaby edited Marvel’s Spider-Man books), educator and co-author of the 2011 treasure-trove that is “The Stan Lee Universe”

Happy Holiday From Stan Lee – World of Heroes

–all article compiled by michael kavna for washingtonpost.com

First 4 minutes of ‘Warm Bodies‘ offers a look inside the mind of a zombie: Watch

’50/50′ director Jonathan Levine helms the undead rom-com adaptation

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Zombie R (Nicholas Hoult) has a “conversation” with a fellow member of the undead in “Warm Bodies.”

“What am I doing with my life? I’m so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture is terrrible. I should stand up straighter. People would respect me more if I stood up straighter. What’s wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can’t I connect with people?”

If you’ve ever found yourself having thoughts like these, you’re not so unlike “R” (Nicholas Hoult), the undead protagonist of director Jonathan Levine’s (“50/50”) upcoming zombie rom-com “Warm Bodies.” Indeed, these are the opening lines of the young flesh-eater’s interior monologue in the first four minutes of the film, which Summit Entertainment has now made available for your holiday-viewing pleasure.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, the film centers on the relationship that develops between R and a teenage girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) after the former devours the brains of Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) – an action that allows him to experience the memories of the young woman’s paramour and consequently develop romantic feelings for her.

Though the book was championed by the likes of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and the resulting film financed by the studio behind the wildly-popular teen-vamp franchise, this first look suggests a far more sophisticated (and less self-serious) treatment of the supernatural than that offered by its blockbuster predecessor. Check out the full video below and let us know what you think.

“Warm Bodies” hits theaters on February 1.

 

–by chris eggertsen for hitfix.com

Exclusive: Britney Spears Will Get Fired From X Factor

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Britney Spears attends “The X Factor” Season 2 auditions at the Dunkin Donuts Center on June 27, 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island.Credit: Marc Andrew Deley/WireImage.com

Looks like Britney Spears‘ X Factor gig will be a one-and-done kind of deal.

As the new issue of Us Weekly reveals, the “Hold It Against Me” singer is on her way out as a judge for Fox’s hit reality competition, which wrapped its second season on Dec. 20.

PHOTOS: Britney’s most memorable music video looks

“Britney will get the boot,” an insider tells Hot Stuff of the pop star, who joined the show in May, along with fellow newcomer Demi Lovato. “Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working.”

One reason? Spears’ $15 million contract, which sources say the low-energy mentor hasn’t earned. “They paid all that for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps,” a second insider tells Us.

Adds a third source of show co-creator Simon Cowell, who is leading the charge to axe the performer: “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.”

PHOTOS: Britney’s bikini body through the years

Spears’ firing would be the latest in a long line of departures over the show’s short lifespan. In the space of just two seasons, the series has lost or let go of Paula AbdulNicole ScherzingerCheryl Cole and — most recently — L.A. Reid, who announced his decision to leave earlier this month.

Spears is likely next on the chopping block, but Cowell, 53, hasn’t always had it out for her. During a conference call in October, he told reporters that she had been “a lot better than everybody thought…She’s very engaged…She has been, I think, a very, very good judge.”

PHOTOS: Britney and Jason’s road to romance

Alas, their professional relationship seems to have soured some, as has the singer’s personal relationship with fiance Jason Trawick. Sources tell Us that the mom to Preston, 7, and Jayden, 6, has been increasingly butting heads with her beau.

“They are pulling away from each other,” a pal explains to Us. “Unless things change, they will split for good.”

— from usmagazine.com

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