13 June 2007

Tony Soprano kills everyone but the Hoff

I couldn't resist that headline. It's fantastic! Except of course its referring to TV ratings in America (read the article here).

Apparently The Hoff is now part of the judging panel on 'America's Got Talent'. I've never seen the show, but I'd watch an episode just to see the dynamics between him, Sharon Osbourne and Jerry Springer. How low can TV sink??!

In honour of The Hoff:

10 June 2007

Easy Tiger

If Auckland's rainy Sunday was getting you down (stranely I am bouncing off the walls with the energy of a group of 5 year olds hopped up on sugar and violent cartoons), then perhaps this will at least make you smile. I don't know how I missed this news!!

Easy Tiger is the new Ryan Adams album - his nineth solo album. Amazon have the release date at June 26th - so that means I get to celebrate a friends birthday (yes, you Mel) and the advent of 13 new Ryan Adams songs!!

Read all about it at Amazon and perhaps even pre-order.

05 June 2007

Astedwae ittlae ejaysdae

OMG! What a night! It's been a long weekend here - I didn't go away or actually do much at all. I spent mine mostly feeling crap, curled up on the sofa watching DVDs or in bed asleep. At least I didn't miss much - the sun showed itself now and then, but mostly there was rain and cold.
After *almost* not going, I was out the door and on my way to see The View by 8pm last night (which, was just a few hours ago... I soooo should be asleep but I'm too buzzed!). Jo & I wandered down to The Kings Arms (conveniently close to my house) in time to see all support acts. This included: a pretty good band I've never heard of and who weren't on the bill... International something-or-rather... honestly, I can't remember, but they were fun, The Sneaks, and some guy reading poetry to a saxophone... at one point he had a KFC container on his head like a hat... all very amusing and utterly random.
The View didn't appear until around 10:30pm I guess, and by that stage the place was getting packed - lots of pushing and squeezing. And when they started, they ROCKED!!! Yes, The View were on fire. They opened with Comin' Down - the crowd was jumping... and not always in a good way (I think I'm getting too old for gigs like this!).
An awesome time was had - they sounded fantastic live, and despite some audience problems (I was almost squashed in a fight between 2 large and sweaty guys, a small drunk guy decided to enjoy the concert by facing me and rubbing himself against me while brandishing a beer bottle that we were sure was going to hit someone on the head, and the general drunken post-teens trying to crowd surf etc... all and all a normal time I am sure!!) I couldn't stop smiling. I know they are young - they look even younger - but they can play and the voice on Kyle is darn-tootin! The only way is up, up, UP.
Go The View, and welcome me back to the small-gig world. I'll have a few bruises tomorrow to be sure, but as wise sage once said: I'll take a bruise for the music.
Ok, I'm losing my post-concert energy (my ears are still buzzing though) so time to turn out the lights.
And Alex, darling, thank you for the album!!

Read an article on The View by the NZ Herald Herald here (and they are totally right - it was impossible to understand anything they said when they talked between songs!).

Freaky Carnies

I am always one to enjoy the supernatural - a little fight between good and evil... Throw in carnivale freaks and how could HBO go wrong??! Well, I don't think you can, but unfortunately HBO did, and Carnivale was cancelled after 2 seasons, though the creator had mapped out an additional 4 seasons.

I don't watch TV - maybe a little music TV and the odd show if I can be bothered, but I do enjoy renting shows (Entourage, Deadwood, Kingdom Hospital...).

Over the long weekend we rented the first season of Carnivale - 12 episodes. I love it! Two separate plots slowly converging, freaky carnies (complete with the bearded lady, reptile man, and comatose psychic tarot card reader), an avatar for good and one for evil, mysterious pasts...
Ok, its subject matter can be rather disturbing - as can be some of the scenes themselves, but I am hooked regardless.
And if none of that sells you, then how about Nick Stahl and Clancy Brown - one is good and one is evil; both are great actors (I'll never forget Clancy Brown as The Kurgan in the Highlander movie).

I tell ya where would I be (or TV be) without shows like: Twin Peaks, American Gothic, Buffy, Angel, Highlander: the series, Wonderfalls, Eerie Indiana, Wolf Lake, The Kindred, Roar & Point Pleasant.
I tried watching the show actually called 'Supernatural' on TV the other night and it just didn't engage me *shrugs*.

Then there's the quirky fantastic: Picket Fences, Six Feet Under, Arrested Development, Spaced, & Northern Exposure. I've also caught a few episodes of Veronica Mars (a favourite of Joss Whedon, who actually had a small role in an episode I watched) & Joan of Arcadia - both shows were very good, which surprised me as I didn't think I'd like them!

Other supernatural or quirky-sounding shows that I've not seen but am keeping my eye out for: Dexter, The Dresden Files, Eureka, Lost Room, Profit, Miracles, Surface, Dead Like Me, & The Book of Daniel.

This weekend I am going to thoroughly enjoy watching the second season of Carnivale, though I have read that, due to its cancellation, not all the sub-plots are resolved (which is annoying!). I also have the first disc of Neverwhere, a BBC mini-series which I have read the book of (and loved!).

04 June 2007

Ooooohhh Yeaaaah

(A solo performance preview of his new album 'In Our Nature', out September 2007)

Jose Gonzalez is a Swedish-born singer-songwriter of Argentinean descent whose debut album, 'Veneer' (Gold+ sales in New Zealand) is a stunning collection of subdued acoustic folk music stamped with his trademark sound of a solo classical guitar with soft melody.Gonzalez's sensual and sensitive vocals blend with his gifted classical guitar style to recall underground folk favorites such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Hayden, and Mark Kozelek.The show is seated and standing, only 200 public tickets are available and they will be snapped up quickly.

Jo, Rich & I have tickets. My gig-drought is now a bubbling brook.