26 September 2008

Vampire Weekend & The Killers

Yay for new music! Vampire Weekend have a new single called Ottoman. Its a light and fun pop song, much like their debut album. Human, the new track from The Killers is also kicking around. I was blown away by Hot Fuss, loved Sam's Town... I think this song might be a grower, and I've only listened to it once so far. The synths are pure 80s; its crazy! I feel like its channeling The Neverending Story or something!

24 September 2008

Interpretive Dance Battle

There really aren't enough interpretive dance battles...

23 September 2008

Only By The Night

I am loving the new Kings of Leon album. Jo and I had a special lunch to mark the occasion of its release (well, we met up outside JB HI FI and both bought a copy, then had sushi at a food court). Anywho, it looks like a new release of Snow Patrol is just around the corner. Check out this link for more.

I'm also looking forward to The Killers upcoming release. Yay for great music!

17 September 2008

More Cyanide

I seriously can't get enough of these!

16 September 2008

M is for Metal

K is for Kiss, with make-up that runs. Gene is the one with the longest of tongues.

Children of the Revolution. This kids book totally cracked me up! It's the loudest alphabet book on earth. Check out the site: Baby's Got Style

13 September 2008

The new Bond theme

A unlikely duet: Alicia Keys and Jack White! Alicia Keys and the White Stripes' Jack White will record the theme song to "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd James Bond film, which hits U.S. theaters Nov. 7.

The song, "Another Way To Die," will be the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. White wrote and produced the song, and also will play drums. The soundtrack to the movie will be released Oct. 28. I've heard it and like it!

12 September 2008

Cyanide & Happiness

I'm loving the Cyanide and Happiness cartoons. I get a kick out of the humour - they're totally up my alley.

10 September 2008

Ryan Adams

Yes, I still love him. His blogs have come and gone (last one I found was under D R Adams, in reference to his full name David Ryan). I'm probably behind on the times but: http://cave.cardinology.com/ is a combined blog for The Cardinals.

07 September 2008

True Blood: The Review

I've now watched 3 episodes of the new HBO vampire show, True Blood (including the "pre-air" episode one). I got all excited when I first read it was being made, then kinda forgot about it - so often these rumors go around, and then you get let down.
However, the e! article the other day (blogged about here) got me all fired up again, especially when I realised I might actually be able to get my hands on some episodes!
Now, as a huge fan of the books (Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series) I had my reservations: after all when you read 8 books you are bound to imagine things a certain way, especially the characters.

Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

I was pleased that Anna Paquin was cast as Sookie; a fellow kiwi and all that. BUT, she doesn't fit my preconceived notions of Sookie.
Having watched a few episodes now I think she does well with the southern accent, and she pulls off being a blonde... I just feel something is "off". Perhaps she wasn't the perfect choice. All that said, I think she'll make the character her own. Trying to fill the shoes of a fictional literary character has got to be tough.

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton ("Vampire Bill")
I am super impressed with Stephen Moyer. Off the bat the character was his, and all my reservations went out the door. His transition to the role is much smoother than Paquin's. His performance is intense and mesmerising. I have no doubt he'll do the series proud. I don't know much about him as an actor - looking at this filmography, most of it is TV roles. Some of the shows I've seen, but I can't recall him. Still, I can't wait to see more of him!

The other key characters: Tara, Sam, Jason, and Lafayette, are good. The original Tara was replaced from the pre-air episode to episode 2. There is a big difference in the way the character is played, but she remains as sassy as ever. Sam is another that I had imagined visually different, but I am enjoying the way the character is being played; sort of a quiet dignity, with a reserved crush on Sookie. Jason (ex-'Home and Away' Aussie Ryan Kwanten) is brilliant as Sookie's dimwitted, man-whore brother. And I'm loving Lafayette - he's a real hoot.

06 September 2008

True Blood I

I am super-hyped about the new HBO show by Alan Ball (!!!), based on the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire series by Charlainne Harris (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I'll post more (hence the "I" in the title), but the first thing I saw on my igoogle page this morning was the RSS from e! ...

Ryan Kwanten Is Bloody Hot
Today 2:33 PM PDT by Marc Malkin

Ryan Kwanten has no problems being more naked than not on the new HBO vampire series, True Blood.
In the new drama from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, Kwanten plays Jason Stackhouse, a small-town Louisiana hick who doesn't seem interested in anything but bedding any woman he can get his hands on. Just watch in this coming Sunday's premiere—the 31-year-old Australian native is shown in some rather revealing compromising positions.

"The shirt doesn't get on much more than it does in the pilot," Kwanten tells me with a laugh. "But I definitely think it's part of what makes Jason Jason."

Oscar winner Anna Paquin costars in True Blood as Jason's mind-reading sister, living in a modern-day world where vampires live openly among regular folk. All this blood-suckin' has Kwanten thinking about the possible real-life existence of fang-toothed demons.

"I believe there are other forces out there," says Kwanten, who starred along side Zac Efron and Jesse McCartney in the short-lived television series Summerland about three years ago. "Whether or not there are vampires that exist, I'm not sure about that. But they do intrigue me. That fact that they have somewhat human qualities, the fact that they were once us!"

Kwanten's family back Down Under recently had a True Blood screening party. "They invited 30 of their friends over and watched it," he says. "They called me drunk late at night at like 4 o'clock in the morning to tell me what they thought about it."

So what did mom have to say about all his nudity? "You know, she's seen me naked before," Kwanten says with a laugh. "Probably not in those positions before, but we come from a pretty liberal society when it comes to sex and your body. So it wasn't too bad."

Let's just hope his family recognizes his voice when he calls next time, because he's done a darn good job perfecting Jason's hillbilly accent. "When we shot down in Louisiana, they thought I was a local," he says. "That was a nice thing to get."

(e! story reported here)