19 December 2008
1. Boston (too fucking good)
2. Cleveland (also really fucking good)
3. Orlando (finally fucking good)
4. Atlanta (surprisingly fucking good)
5. Detroit (surprisingly not so fucking good w/ AI)
6. Miami (Dwyane Wade is fucking good)
7. Toronto (disappointingly not fucking good)
8. New Jersey (definitely not fucking good, but it's a start)
9. Chicago (Derrick Rose will be fucking good)
10. Philadelphia (should've known they wouldn't be fucking good)
11. New York (a little fucking better)
12. Milwaukee (send Redd to Cavs so they can be really really fucking good)
13. Indiana (surprisingly fucking fast)
14. Charlotte (never will be fucking good)
15. Washington (fucking terrible)
1. LA Lakers (they're looking shakier than Boston & Cleveland at this point)
2. New Orleans (started slow, pulling it together)
3. Denver (we forgot how good chauncey was)
4. Portland (roy is legit)
5. San Antonio (just get out of my league already)
6. Phoenix (porter needs to let them run free)
7. Utah (boozer wants to ditch them like he ditched lebron)
8. Houston (still injury plagued, no surprise there)
9. Dallas (most likely to not succeed of the nine)
10. LA Clippers (pulling it together for morale's sake)
11. Memphis (oj mayo... wow)
12. Golden State (even with monta they're not good enough)
13. Sacramento (john salmons is their go-to guy right now... wow)
14. Minnesota (kevin mcFAIL)
15. Oklahoma City (this is what you get for leaving Seattle you fucktards)
2nd Round: Cleveland over Orlando, Boston over Atlanta, Lakers over San Antonio, New Orleans over Phoenix (all expected shit)
Championship: Lakers over Cleveland (Kobe and his all-star team will pull together... Boston is too old to be pushing it 30 games into the season, they'll fade, once Bron gets Redd or Miller, they'll be unstoppable in the East.... but the Lakers will be too much... Odom is their fucking sixth man for fuck's sake)
MVP Voting: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard.
ROY Voting: OJ Mayo, Derrick Rose, Rudy Fernandez, George Hill, Michael Beasely.
1st Team: Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade
2nd Team: Yao Ming, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Brandon Roy
3rd Team: Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowiztki, Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups
Others receiving votes in no order: Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Allen Iverson, Devin Harris, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal.
June 26 (Friday) in Pomona
June 28 (Sunday) in Ventura
June 30 (Tuesday) in Phoenix
August 1 (Saturday) in Chicago
August 7 (Friday) in Boise
August 22 (Saturday) in Whale's Vagina
August 23 (Sunday) in Los Angeles
For more dates: Click here
A Day to Remember
A SKYLIT DRIVE
Big D and the Kids Table
Dance Gavin Dance
Dear and the Headlights
ESCAPE THE FATE
Hit the Lights
I Set My Friends on Fire
Less Than Jake
Meg & Dia
SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS
Sing it Loud
The Devil Wears Prada
THE WHITE TIE AFFAIRr
There For Tomorrow
Therefore I Am
18 December 2008
It contains the following video. Apparently, contest entrants can make a short video about themselves. Winners get to sing on the new AFI album.
15 December 2008
- If you haven't gone outside after finals, opting for catching up on masturbation and movie rentals, it's raining buckets.
- Good news for you Office fans on a rainy day, which will hopefully cut out the bad news.
- A great piece done by the LA Times (newspapers relevant? who knew!) on the dreams of families done in by the housing bubble-burst here.
- While weather is on your mind, it might snow in my hometown of Santa Clarita tonight (elevation around 2,000'). Which means hit the slopes nearest you. I will come Thursday.
- If you opted to celebrate with hideous festive sweaters over the weekend, you missed one of the best SNL's of the season. No Jizz My Pants, but apparently the send-off of Amy Pohler, involving cheap blind governor jokes (just watch) is causing quite a stir on the other coast. Video below.
- If you haven't seen The Prestige yet, please do. An absolute breathtaking project that will make you appreciate The Dark Knight and Batman Returns ever-s0-more.
- Guy Ritchie just got a shit-ton more rich-ie-er. (I try) Note to self: Once wife gets semi-old and ridiculously rich, introduce to douchebag male athlete.
- Here goes my only chance to get on a jumbotron.
- As to why me and Matty didn't take a year off of school and think of this, I will forever hold it against me.
- The whole TO/Tony Simpson/WhiteBoyWhitten thing gets wierder by the day, with ESPN's "factual" reporting taking the blunt hit in all of this. If you quote an "anonymous " source with just a couple people involved, how hard is it to just say who told you?
- Pepperdine's disgraced son and national douchebag-of-the-month embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich thinks he has a fighting chance and won't give up.
13 December 2008
Coheed and Cambria played sixteen shows these past couple months: Four in New York, four in Chicago, four in Los Angeles, and four in London. What makes this significant is that in each city, the band played one of their four albums, from beginning to end, each night. They told the story of Coheed and Cambria.
These shows are finished. However, Coheed is releasing a box set of this concert series. The Neverender box set can be ordered online for $110. It comes with 4 Live DVDs, 4 Live CDs, a documentary DVD, a hardcover photo book, and a dragonfly.
Learn more at www.coheedandcambria.com/neverender
21 November 2008
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14 August 2008
Well i got hear at 6pm, and NOBODY knew where the parking was for media. And then Chivas got all bigtime on us (isn't that the Galaxy's job?) and the media had to pay to park tonight. Wasn't too happy about that.
Just caught a Tony Parker sighting. He apparently escorted Becks into the estadio tonight and just got done giving a Mexican TV station a quick interview up here.
The worst thing about the Home Depot Center (HDC from now on) is that its in fucking Carson. The worst spot to put a stadium. Always bad traffic. Not near anything. Wherever you are in SoCal it takes you an hour+ to get to this stadium.
So granted the estadio is only half-full right now 30 min before game time but probably about ten minutes into the match it will be sold-out craziness. Chivas tix are cheap compared to Galaxy's, so the booze will be flowing and the rivarly, which has picked up since you know who arrived, will be in strong form tonight.
Gonna go grab some tortillas y shredded beef from the Media Room, get my grub on and be back with starting lineups.
8:15pm- Your starting lineups are...
Interesting things to note:
- The Galaxy switch back to the classic 4-4-2 under the first game with Cobi Jones, and so far its paying dividends. They look sharp and hungry. The biggest question asked by the media was how they would come out and respond and with Klein beautiful pass to streaking Donovan on the right side for the 7th minute easy goal. Seems to be working
- Chivas is without Sascha Kleijstan tonight, who is still at the Olympics. He is their best player and most important in the midfield. With the Galaxy controlling that area early on it seems to be quite the uphill battle for them early on.
8:20- GOAL! Donovan streaks down the right side, perfect leading pass from Chris Klein. 1-0 Galaxy, looking very very strong early on.
8:25- AEG CEO Tim Leinwieke is in the press box, as is Bruce Arena, former US National team coach. They just did a presser with ESPN2, although Bruce I guess is not in the coaching hunt. Soo....why go on TV? To say he's not even though you invited him? Look for Arena to be the next GM I feel. I think he is done with high-profile coaching.
8:35- Chivas is starting to collect a few runs and string some nice passes, but its ultimately nothing compared to the runs the Galaxy are putting together. Each one has the potential to be a goal so far. El estadio is full now, loud, the way it was built to be. Beckham is playing all over the field tonight and his cross field passes are just a beauty to watch.
8:50- Halftime. The Chivas girls are out on the field doin there thing.
"Not very synchronized," leans over a reporter. Whatever gets a gringo fired up you know.
The field was recently sodded after they tore it up for the X-Games. It looks horrible. I really think they need to find another venue to have the motosports at. It probably costs a signifigant amount of money to get the field back into shape year in and year out.
I'm gonna go exploring, the guy I'm job shadowing isn't exactly Mr. Yapper over here.
9:02- Wow, what a day for stories. Buzz around the press box is that Sasha IS HERE. We didn't even know he was in the building! He just returned from the Olympics a couple hours ago. Maybe if they show his face on the jumbotron it could give the fans a little boost after Chivas ended the half on a strong with some good chances and free kicks in the last 15 min.
9:11- GOAL! Chivas strikes as I predicted. The Galaxy's defense is looking very lax like they did with Gullit right now. They pretty keep up the offensive attack so they don't expose their defense.
9:14- And they do just that with several opportunities in the last few minutes. Donovan and Buddle both recieved beautiful passes from Beckham but after Landon beat the goalkeeper to the left with a dribble he lost control and couldn't put it home. Buddle was called offsides.
9:20- Chivas is pulling their defenders up big time to stop this barrage of Beckham lead passes. Donovan just got called offside twice in a row. Jesse Marsch from Chivas, the man who high-kicked Becks in the stomach last year, just got a yellow in the 59th
9:25- Becks picks up a yellow in the 61st. I don't blame him, play was dead and some dude tried to laser shot a blindsider at him.
GOAL! Quick counter from Chivas and Harris and Nagamura play beautiful touch football inside the penalty. Easy goal for Nagamura. 2-1 Chivas.
9:28- Sometimes David Beckham can be to unselfish. He picks up a wide open lane on the right side from a pass from Donovan inside 18 and decides to pull back and cross it rather than blast it with his $250 million dollar right leg. His free kick is good a minute later but nothing comes out of it.
9:30- Chivas almost scores! A header goes off the cross bar and a diving Cronin breathes a sigh of relief.
Some more Galaxy chances. Beckham corner and Chris Klein has his shot blocked by his own midfielder Pires!! Oh what a chance! Pires just had a serious lapse of judgement!
The atomsphere is really picking up here. Both Chivas bands are going and the Galaxy band just played some old school and well-needed Offspring. The Galaxy need to equalize quickly before Chivas drops back too much and plays for the 1-goal win.
9:55- GOAL! Allan Gordon on a nasty header from 10 yards out! I'll write more when I get back gotta go down to the trophy ceremony and lockerroom. Galaxy equalizes in stoppage time to get the SuperClassico crown.
Galaxy GM (and former US national player) Alexi Lalas and coach Ruud Guillit were tossed by AEG CEO Tim Linwieke Monday and put in recently retired Cobi Jones in charge as interim head coach.
12 August 2008
P.S. If you're like D-Rock and haven't seen Pineapple express your to-do list is as follows:
1. Support your local drug dealer, and buy a dime bag
2. Smoke out your Hyundai on the way to the theatre (bring Ozium to spray after smoking)
3. Buy tickets and like me get your ID checked three times before entering theatre
4. Enjoy the cross joint and vulgarity
07 August 2008
An upgrade I say. Note the sweet Atari graphics!
The first verse in the new song (which seems to only be a few bars in length)? A diss to Oasis.
BLUEPRINT 3 from kwest on Vimeo.
06 August 2008
The most catchy and consistently exciting album I've heard in awhile. The band is made up of two brothers and a sister. On the surface, they're just a punk band, but there's a lot of meaning in their lyrics. Some that I've found most profound are explorations of lost youth (All My Balloons), violence on TV (You Know We're All So Fond of Dying), and the Book of Revelations (Final).
2. Alesana- Where Myth fades to Legend
Melodic screamo at its best. This is the stuff I live to listen to. Screams are all over the spectrum, both growls and shrieks... only adding to the energy. The choruses are super catchy and powerful. Induces moshing.
3. 3OH!3- Want
I already posted about these guys, but I was really impressed with the consistency of their album. There were MANY quality sing-a-longs on this album. For those who don't know. 3OH!3 (named after the area code for their hometown of Boulder, Colorado) is a bunch of white kids acting gangster and crunk over some catchy techno beats.
4. Flo Rida- Mail on Sunday
When I first heard of Flo Rida, I thought he was gonna be a wack one-hit wonder. However, I took a listen to some of the iTunes previews for his album. They piqued my interest enough to coerce me to buy the album. WOW are there a lot of great rap songs on this album. The hooks are solid, the beats are solid. Flo Rida's style is more based on delivery than lyrical content, and he comes through on delivery.
5. The Used- Shallow Believer
This was The Used's B-side album. Because they're such talented song writers, the album is still great quality despite it being full of songs that didn't make the cut on their first three albums. Hopefully they bring back the emotion we saw on their debut when they come out with their next LP.
6. A Skylit Drive- Wires and the Concept of Breathing
See the description for Alesana's album. Same style, same quality, same energy. Not as consistent an effort as Alesana's, however.
7. Does It Offend You, Yeah?- You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
Props to D-Rock for finding this band. Throw some techno and electronica (and maybe a little insanity) into The Killers and this is what you get.
8. Flobots- Fight With Tools
Motivational, inspiring punk rap. When I say punk, I don;t necessarily mean the style, I mean the political mindset. Their lyrics are a lot like Rage's. Yet they sound like Eminem rapping over guitars and brass.
9. Machinae Supremacy- Overworld
Swedish alt-metal with synths. They sound pretty produced and manufactured, but the songs and solos are quality.
10. Take the Crown- Relapse React
They come from the same scene as my boys from National Product (whose debut, Luna, I would HIGHLY recommend). Orange county hard rock with higher-range vocals and few screams.
The Audition- Champion
Panic at the Disco- Pretty. Odd.
Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III
Tyga- No Introduction
I'm currently still listening to and judging many more albums including Trapt, The Classic Crime, Nas, From First to Last, Tickle Me Pink, There for Tomorrow... and some albums that take many listens to actually define, like Coldplay and The Mars Volta. They'll be on this list sooner or later.
And there were a lot of albums that I didn't like... but I don't believe in unnecessary negativity towards art, so I won't mention those.
01 August 2008
Its been extremely hot as me and almost 70,000 others have braved the 90-degree heat (plus about 40% humidity). Right now is the end of my beergarden break (aptly named The Leiderhosen) as we are a mere 10 minutes away from Radiohead bringing the city to its knees.
During my break I did my usual sports blog surfing and found these two gems.
I will write tomorrow morning about Day 1 so for now let Will Ohman (Pepperdine grad) --reliever for the Braves serenade you with his pitch-perfect Harry Carey impression (I'm not to shabby myself which has become my staple here in Chicago at the bars)
Ohman Does Carey
And what do to star point guards do during their downtime (and not playing for their national teams)?
They make a Step Brothers trailer parody and dance on 3rd Street in Santa Monica of course.
31 July 2008
Keep in mind I have to interview Jordan Farmar via phone tomorrow @ noon.
Catching the beginning of The Go! Team's set, then running across the park to see acoustic sets from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Rogue Wave
The Black Keys
Beergarden break (gonna be seriously needed as I talked about the weather in the Day 0 post)
Catching 2/3s of the Grizzly Bear set. Not really sold on them but this is the quite before the storm on Friday. The madness begins....now
The Cool Kids (my apologies to The Racounteurs, I wanna dance and feel thug today)
The one, the only Radiohead.
Radiohead canceled their gig tonight, citing lead singer Thom Yorke's "sick". Hopefully this doesn't damper what should be the highlight of my musical life as we know it tomorrow night.
The Black Keys w/ Magic Wands
Metro, $30, 10pm
- TBK latest showed them actually stepping into a recording studio, and with a big producer (Danger Mouse) to boot. The result: More polished (of course) + some serious blues rock
The Kills & Black Kids w/ Foals
Apple Store, Free, 7pm
- Solid lineup. Too bad it will be in a fucking store and not a solid venue. Hosted by hometown Kanye protege Kid Sister.
Brand New w/ Manchester Orchestra
House of Blues, 9:30pm
MGMT w/ Mates of State
Double Door, 10pm
Rogue Wave w/ Dr. Dog
-Somewhere douchebag John Mayer, ginger Brett Dennen and lesbo Colbie Caillat are playing.
Bloc Party w/ Does It Offend You, Yeah? & CSS
House of Blues, 9:30pm
- Wear very tight clothing and make sure it breaths 'cus you will be dancing and moshing all night long with some serious hipsters (who know they're hip)
Battles w/ Foals
Double Door, 10pm
- If you rock your calculator with slim jeans, this is for you.
Chicago is great, amazing city. And after a rousing bar hop that involved a sloppy wingman, Irish Americans (the drink and the people) and some good ol' fashioned late night streaking, I'm ready to bring on the record heat, humidity and a possible Obama appearance.
Up tomorrow is none other than Radiohead among 10 other bands that I have on my schedule.
Over at Rockdaily, festival curator Perry Ferrell has also upped the ante with a full on rave club and beer-garden inbetween Millenium and Grant Park.
I also might go check out the FC Barcelona v. Chivas game on Sunday night at Soldier Field
So we'll have reports every day from concert review, nightlife (we are attending Pete Wentz's Angels and Kings afterparites) etc.
For now, new vid from Vampire Weekend, get ready to get your Thiller/Preppy-Goth on!
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Now excuse me while I look for my streaking partner's underwear, socks and wallet
24 July 2008
I could put a bunch of Anchorman and Robert Goulet vids up here, but we are going WAAAYYY back in time.
Try not to laugh when you hear the line "I got my own snowcone here"
Step Brothers comes out this friday and early reviews claim it to be Ferrell/McKay's best work yet. Here's praying Anchorman 2 tops that.
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"Love is Noise" is the first single of their new album Forth, whose album cover btw is already in my top 10.
The Verve - Love Is Noise
Produced By Pharrell - Santogold, Julian Casablancas, N.E.R.D.
08 July 2008
Projekt Revolution 2008 Preview Featuring Busta Rhymes
Projekt Revolution 2008 Preview
26 June 2008
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Holyfield- Seattle, WA
Holyfield really caught me by surprise last night. Realtivley low myspace plays for such an amazing debut album. A mix of piano-power-pop (a la Cartel) with great digital polishing (Hellogoodbye) to make a bright sunny summer record.
Don't be surprised if you see these guys take a Boys Like Girls sky-rocket to the top in the late summer if they get signed. For now, you can buy there stuff on iTunes (don't bother looking for it online or in stores) and I'll give you a live performance of their best song that examplifies their style, "Act Faded" live.
Luke Top- Silver Lake, CA
06 June 2008
Coldplay's new album Viva La Vida or Death & All His Friends leaked online yesterday afternoon on file-sharing sites around the globe. So naturally, the next step to take (which seems to be one that is happening to curb people from downloading) is to stream the album for free online.
While most bands turn to MTV's The Leak, Coldplay's new album is on this site, IHeartMusic, an album review will be up at the end of the weekend. I have already heard the opening instrumental "Life in Technicolor", "Lost!", "42", "Viva La Vida" and "Violet Hill" (the first three from an unnamed at Capitol Records), so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the album blends in to what I have heard.
So far, a lot less open synth-scapes fuel the background, a lot more closed in, much like Death Cab for Cutie's great new album Narrow Stairs.
29 May 2008
23 May 2008
They know that you don't watch music videos on TV anymore, so why make one that is TV-worthy? In the video for "Pork and Beans" it is VERY Youtube worthy. As in they get pretty much every Youtube star (even Chocolate Rain, Ms. South Caraliona, and the Mentos dudes) known to man and somehow make an amazingly side-splitting video out of it. Long live Weezer!
Have a great 3-day weekend!
22 May 2008
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In other news....SNL has Steve Carrell and Usher on for their season finale (watching right now) and both are killing it. Usher dance moves haven't lost a step, keepin it straight funky fresh. John McCain also is stopping by to finally get his schitck in (Hillary and the Bama have already been on twice). BTW, if you have yet to catch The Office season finale.....wow, just wow, please click here and watch it so we can talk about it next time we run into each other.
17 May 2008
14 May 2008
Like milking a dead cow, ABC has picked up LOP's beloved Scrubs for one more final season. And by season, they are picking up the show for an "8th and final season" mid-season (follow me on this) to air the final episodes that NBC didn't want to produce. Then, if the show performs well, ABC will pick it up for additional seasons. So....when is it gonna end is what I am asking? Give Scrubs the proper burial it deserves and give it a great last season instead of milking it for syndication money.
13 May 2008
Summer can only mean one thing. No not summer lovin' you fuckin gutter-minded Pepperdinian, it means summer album. The big boys. Bringin out the big guns. You want Love in this Club? Usher is gonna give it to you pretty soon. Do you just wanna Viva La Vida all summer? Coldplay's got that for you to.
So the start of summer Week 1 of summer album has a pretty hefty lineup, and LOP has got the lowdown for you all summer.
First up, Derek's favorite garage-indie band We Are Scientists, whose debut album, 2005's With Love and Squalor was a great, fast-paced debut to get your groove on and smash some things when your parents wouldn't let you have the car for the night. After a couple months abroad (they are huge in the UK) the album Brain Thrust Mastery makes it way to the US. Gone is crazy-delicious drummer Michael Tapper, and the core duo of singer-guitarist Keith Murray and bassists Chris Cain lead the way. Its a shift in pace twoards a more bass-heavy, NewWave sound that harkens back to Duran Duran and other early 80's acts. One of the best pop songs of the year so far, "After Hours" is the single and I'll post it for ya here. They are also hillarious dudes so check out their writings and videos on their site here. Overall, I would download of few tracks, definetley not a stong body of work but has its bright moments.
Next up is the highly anticipated Death Cab for Cutie album Narrow Stairs, which is streaming live online for you to preview at MTV.com on their Leak page. I have listened to the album all weekend and I must say it is worth the praise. I would put it on the pedestal as the album to beat this year in the Grammy catagory (unless Radiohead's In Rainbows gets recognized). It is dark on subject yet upbeat in lyrics. The craftsmenship in musical detail is amazing, and credit goes to producer-guitarist Chris Walla making a beautiful record. I would strongley recommend buying this. There won't be too much like it the rest of the summer. The lead single "I Will Posses Your Heart" is a 8 1/2 minute long jam session that you won't turn off and it will stay in your head.
LOP favorite Kidz in the Hall comes at you with their first album on a label, The In Crowd. K'n'H is a Penn grad duo that brings their smooth, silky, we know-we-are-fly beats and rhymes front and center. The album is streaming on their myspace which can be found clicking on their name above. The first single's video can be found in a previous post yesterday, which is their most radio-ready single.
Also in stories today, N.E.R.D. comes back with Everyone Nose, Jason Mraz with We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Ummm, sure Mraz.
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Monday, Waters offered $10,000 for the lost pig, which ended up splitting in half over two backyards in nearby Palm Desert.
From their new album Brain Thrust Mastery which comes out next week here in the US. I have the UK version and its a solid album from the funniest dudes in indie rock.