Ah, Comic-Con. This year’s inexplicably hyphenated gathering of geeks and gawkers has come to an end, leaving San Diegans feeling hungover, used, and sore in strange places. This was my first crack at the convention, and I went (almost) all in. Continue reading…
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Poetic Memory: Murder By Death (List)
Since Murder By Death took their name from a 1976 spoof that actually guest starred Truman Capote, it wasn’t surprising when their Poetic Memory came back consisting mostly of (goofy) movies. Everything from Big Trouble to Bogus Journey is represented in their list, so the next time you embark on a long trip, you’ll have all the materials you need to effectively plan your van viewing.
The Indiana alt-rockers just released Good Morning, Magpie on April 6, and it’s a gooder. They’ll also be playing the Casbah on April 11. Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity — two other excellent bands — will open the show. We posted Linfinity’s Poetic Memory yesterday; Murder By Death’s list is below. Continue reading…
The Judgment of Conan O’Brien
In the final moments of Fridayâ€™s The Tonight Show, the now former host, Conan Oâ€™Brien, grabbed an ax (that’s slang for guitar) and joined The Max Weinberg 7 to perform â€œFreebird,â€ which also included one of the dudes from ZZ Top (the long-bearded guy), Ben Harper, Beck, and Will Ferrell on lead vocals. The spectacle turned an otherwise melancholy moment into something amusing (the segment, along with the rest of O’Brien’s final episode at the helm, can currently be viewed, with limited commercial interruption,Â atÂ Hulu). The supergroupâ€™sÂ competencies notwithstanding, there were two remarkable things about the performance. First, Oâ€™Brien’s ability to shred (that’s slang for play ax); and second, his alternating expressions ofÂ joy,Â sadness, and,Â more interestingly,Â relief.
Heâ€™s been through a lot (frankly, we all have). O’Brien was having fun jamming, for sure, but by the end it was like watching someone who, after coming to terms with the fact that thereâ€™s nothing more the doctors can do for him, happily dies in his sleep while dreaming and, once dead, ascends to heaven. Or something to that effect. Continue reading