Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Who knew that getting back onto the same major label he so desperately wanted off of years ago would help Prince to get some of his creative mojo back again? After a string of independently released albums that were mediocre at best, he has returned to Warner Bros Records with the sort of record we had been waiting for him to make. The smart blend of classic R&B sounds with some of the modern electronic experimentation he had become known for in the 80's is a refreshing return to form for the artist. It may not rank amongst his all-time best releases, but it is certainly the best of his 21'st century output.
While director P.T. Anderson has yet to have made a bad movie in my opinion, has last 2 films ("The Master", "There Will Be Blood") have been somewhat more subdued, so it would be nice to see him return to the sort of sprawling, batshit-crazy dramas that helped him establish his name ("Boogie Nights", "Magnolia"). Luckily for me, based on the trailer, it looks like his latest project may be exactly what I'm looking for.
Monday, September 29, 2014
As anyone who recalls having seen the most infamous episode of Gordon Ramsey's "Kitchen Nightmares" ever filmed already knows, the owners of Amy's Baking Company are completely fucking insane. As such, this recent footage of one of the owners chasing a customer into the street whilst brandishing what appears to be a knife (they claim it's actually a pen) should come as no surprise. I honestly have no idea how these people manage to stay in business, but at least it provides for entertaining moments like this.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" comes from a recent "Battle of the Bands" show in Chicago, which featured the Chicago Sinfonietta and Mucca Plaza. I don't know what the rest of the concert was like, but if it was anyway near as entertaining as this clip suggests, it was likely a great time. [Tip: Click on the "HD" icon in the video for best viewing experience]
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I'm hardly the first person to go out of my way to support Apple, as the only product I've bought of theirs in years is stock, preferring to use Windows or Android in my personal life. That being said, while the story of the new iPhone models being extremely susceptible to bending was certainly interesting on a variety of levels, it seemed pretty unlikely that Apple would be allowing such a shoddy product out onto the marketplace. It is not surprising then that Consumer Reports testing has shown that, as usual, the media got itself wrapped up in a story without bothering to check facts and ended up blowing the whole thing out of proportion.
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As anyone will tell you, often the first thing one has to attend to upon waking is a trip to the toilet for #1. As any man will tell you, a certain part of our anatomy can often make this far more challenging than usual. Of course there are a number of reasons why guys tend to wake up with an erection, but that still doesn't make it less annoying when you need to pee. FULL STORY: IFLSCIENCE!
I certainly don't hate the recent "SimCity" reboot nearly as much as some people do. In fact, I really did have quite a bit of fun playing around with it, although there are some pretty obvious shortcomings, namely the pretty severely limited city sizes. As a result, like many others I would really like to see something come along to take its place, and hopefully this could be just what we all are looking for. The trailers look promising so far, but we won't know for sure until the game comes out, and that is still a ways off yet.
Yes, I know, you're probably sick to death of seeing people pour water on their heads, but it is for a good cause, and this one isn't a person doing it, but a very cute dog. Best of all, the dog actually does it to itself, which is pretty amazing. And entertaining. And adorable.
It's been a long time since we've had any proper new releases from Aphex Twin (real name Richard D. James), but finally, after more than a decade, he has given us "Syro". Combining the best elements of all his previous work, this is easily the best electronic record of the year so far, and it proves that even though many acts have been influenced by his style in the years since his last album, no one does it better than he does.