I honest to God did not know the Boreds still existed until Morgan told me so last night, so hola again people! Hope everyone's been doing well and kept themselves out of prison or from catching a crippling drug addiction. New Thrice album is good, nothing mindblowing though. Gets an 8/10 for me and I like it more than Major/Minor. Yes, "Hurricane" and "Salt and Shadow" are the best. I will argue that "Whistleblower" is 3rd best. "Black Honey" and "Death from Above" have grown on me, but man I am not digging the new political Dustin. Maybe its because I work in BIG GOVERNMENT now, but he writes like a college freshman still. "Paper Tigers" is more nuanced than "Death from Above", don't know what that says about the band's progression 13 years later (also holy shit, Riley is 40 now!). I still miss the old riffage from the Thrice, or the maximalism/electronic side we started to see in Vheissu, but I'm happy they are still writing solid anthems.
Went to the show at the Shrine last night. I was stoked that Thrice could pull that large of a crowd still. That said, I think it was made up of people thinking it was another reunion/throwback show ala Taking Back Sunday and the Used, with the band only playing their early hits. Whatevs, I'm always entertained by the fan diversity at these shows. I will apologize for my dumb drunk friend who was the stereotypical "Play Deadbolt/TAITA!!!" yelling guy. I still do think he has a valid point though, because those songs really are leaps and bounds better than their newer stuff. The set list was really hit or miss. I expected this after seeing them last year. They start off really strong, but then the middle DRAAAAGS with their slower stuff, and then they kill it with their final flurry of intense, heavy tracks. "Hurricane" was easily the best of the new songs. The others did blend together, and though I like "The Long Defeat", I think I might like it less now because it was pretty boring live. Should have gone with "Whistleblower" dammit! I will also agree with some of you who ask why they still play "Silhouette" and "Daedelus"... they are repetitive and take up space that could be better used for songs like "Atlantic" or something from the Water album (which they played none of dammit). I just read that they played "Backdraft" and I didn't even realize it, but that song sucks and any other track off of Fire would have been better. On the plus side, I was super stoked that they played "For Miles" and "Of Dust and Nations" (I feel like you only get one or the other at shows in the last 5 years). The biggest surprise was "In Years To Come" which is a fucking awesome track, and the one song I think inspired every shitty Screamo act that existed during the 2000s (just read the lyrics, I like em but man they can easily be considered pretty over the top and corny). No "Stare at the Sun" was whatever, but I do love me some "Deadbolt" no matter if I've heard it at 12 different shows, so I was a bit bummed that they didn't play it. Pretty funny to hear all the comments from random frustrated fans about that though. Overall, it was a solid show, but it's going to rank in the middle of the pack of the many Thrice shows I've seen over the years (the TAITA release show at the Glass House in Pomona will always be on top, with the "Final" show at the Observatory my 2nd fav). I know alot of casual fans were left frustrated that they didn't play alot of their hits, but I saw that coming a mile away. Their catalog is just too large and diverse now to satisfy everyone, so you just gotta be happy that they played 5 of 6 of "YOUR" songs at the very least (for me that was "Hurricane", "Cold Cash", "The Earth Will Shake", "For Miles", "The Sky is Falling" (which actually isn't that good now) and "In Years to Come").
Someone finally beat it guys. I've been posting about this show for 10 years and someone actually beat it. This is insane. This is the Lost finale all over again for me. Never thought I'd see it happen. Props to you Jesus Lookalike, Isaac Caldiero. You are the great athlete in American history. Meanwhile Geoff Britton is just as awesome (because he has forearms like Popeye) but somehow he got jack squat for being the first American Ninja Warrior. Wow. http://deadspin.com/someone-finally-completed-american-ninja-warriors-final-1730712623
^ Cue the 1000 word treatise about how Pats fans were right all along. God I don't care. But it does make Fantasy Football a lot more interesting now, since so many people have waited to have drafts this weekend.
Well the finale was anti-climactic, since they just up and time-jumped 2 days and told us matter of factually that yup, Elliot and Tyrell executed the plan to perfection. At least they set the stage for season 2 really well. Now we will get to see what happens in Fight Club after they succeed in taking down the credit card companies. Am I crazy for thinking the best scene was Elliot meeting Tyrell's wife? It was just so bizarre despite how basic the conversation was.
BTW I hope that its Shayla at the door and he just starts imagining her as someone who can help get his mind together
Those closing 10 minutes were completely perfect. Super badass fight scene, featuring Hannibal and Will murdering together; the oddly endearing and romantic hug and fall; and Gillian Anderson's heaving boobage, all ready to eat her own leg. Seriously can't think of a better ending. Which is even more awesome because I thought the episode was kinda weaksauce leading up to it (the way they let Hannibal escape was super convoluted and dumb). I am content with the show not coming back (it did get tiring to watch at points this season), but I would be stoked if it did return. I really wanna see the Silence of the Lambs play out, but I think that would be season 5, not 4.
^ I'll allow it. Poor poor Jordy. Oh well, at least they have Devante Adams waiting in the wings to breakout. Thank god they re-signed Cobb too. Also nice timing with them drafting Ty Montgomery (he was dope at Stanford). Plus they have Jeff Janis, who is basically another version of Jordy, albeit shittier.
Anyway, I'm gonna delay this Boreds fantasy draft another week to see if we can get more teams. C'mon you guys, joiiiiiiiiiiiin.
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation (Thought I wrote about it in here last week, oh well). Super Solid movie. I never gave a shit about the MI franchise before, but went because the reviews were solid here. Great stunt work all around, and the girl in it should become a big time breakout star after. B+ Straight Outta Compton Saw it last night, and it was way awesome. It has obvious flaws -- its one big Ice Cube wankfest in a way, plus the guy they got to play Suge Knight kinda sucks and isn't intimidating at all -- but they did a great job at showing the innate charisma each of the main 3 NWA dudes possessed, and how each of them were products of a crazy fucking environment and time period. I was worried it'd be an elaborate white washing, black & white version of their past too, but they did a great job of showing how fucked up they used to be. I was also surprised that they made Jerry Heller such a nuanced character. It's also pretty damn funny. Didn't expect to see an elaborate origin story behind the "Bye Felicia" throwaway line from Friday, or Ice Cube literally saying "Man, this shit is funny!" outloud while writing the script for Friday. I hope the guy they got to play Easy E blows up after this too, he was probably the most solid actor, with Ice Cube's kid giving the 2nd best performance. I don't think this movie will win awards, but it's definitely gonna be something I watch over and over again on cable. A-/B+
Yup last night's episode was good. No twists, just solid character development and Elliot catching up with the audience (aka another split personality of his) and a solid reference to Fight Club (but its not even the end of the story, just the episode, that's the best part). I like how Tyrell's life went completely down the shitter and now he's all in with Elliot, whatever that means. I also dig how we have both a protagonist we can't trust, with an antagonist we can't trust, working together to change the world, and with no hint at what could possibly happen in the wake of it. Finale should be solid. I'm bummed it's already gonna be over because it's been a hell of a week long love affair for me.
Sooooooooooooooooo we still got spots in our Boreds Fantasy League. Still gonna do that $50 buy in, which we can all send in on draft day. Who is interested? C'mon Atila and Fellside and Chris Benoit and HpH. Draft is scheduled for Sunday August 30 at 7 PM PST
Gotdamn she is smoking hot in that video. She's got like a Rachel Leigh Cook vibe here. She probably shouldn't have engaged with those dumb 4Chan trolls in another crusade against how horribly misogynistic the internet can be, but fuck anyone who posts on 4Chan anyway. She's the shit. So far the two new songs (this and "Never Ending Circles") are pretty good, but don't blow my mind. I kinda wanted more guitar on their next album and that's not happening on either. Also both these songs sound exactly like something Genesis made. Whatevs, they're probably my favorite band out there now, so I'm sure the new album will be good regardless.
As for other music I'm digging, I actually suck and got really really into the Paramore album from 2 years ago. I never listen to the radio, so I definitely missed out on when "Ain't It Fun" got huge, but fuck that song is amazing. The rest of the album is actually great from top to bottom too. Just goes to show you that those two brothers who quit the band and threw all that shade at Hayley and the other two were holding them back. This album just fucking owned their asses. Oh and the 2nd new song from The Wonder Years is good. Deafheaven released a new song today from their new album, which is probably only 2nd to Chrvches on my list of most anticipated of the year. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17629-deafheaven-brought-to-the-water/