Needle in the Hay

I said it was coming, so here it is, a selection of Death Cab for Cutie gig posters.

From left to right, top to bottom.

- @ the Mann, Philadelphia, 5th August 2011. Art by Joe Castro.

- @ Bikini, Barcelona, 23rd Feb 2006.  Art by Salvador Lopez.

- @ Graceland, Seattle, 21st December 2001. Designed by Tyler Stout.

- @ Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, 26th October 2006. Art by Strawberryluna

- @ The Grand Theatre, Reno, 12th July 2009. Art by Furturtle Printworks.

- @ Crystal Ballroom, Portland, 8th December 2011. Art by Ben Wilson.

- @The Ryman, Nashville,  3rd-4th May 2009. Designed by Print Mafia.

- @ Stage AE, Pittsburgh, 13th July 2012. Designed by Strawberryluna.

It’s the 27th of August, Steel City, England and it’s so damn cold.

I know England is generally pretty chilly but not in August, It feels more like late September, early October.  Either way it’s a reminder that autumn is not that far away and with that comes multiple layers, chilly nights and Death Cab for Cutie.

I always seem to bang on Death Cab, The Early November and Brand New’s TDAGARIM when Autumn creeps around.  I know I’m a little early but I can’t help feeling like summer has already left this little island behind.

So because I can’t help but be reminded by DCFC at the minute I think I feel a mega post coming up.  In the meantime here’s a video with my very favourite Death Cab song, 405 (acoustic).

Classic posters ahoy! 

I’ve decided to give Netflix’s new original series Bojack Horseman a go.

I’m only three episodes in but the first one has definitely been the strongest so far.

The show has some pretty big name voice actors with Will Arnett as Bojack and also featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and the beautiful Alison Brie.

I really do love the opening titles, so unique and incredibly well directed.

The above scene really made me laugh. Don’t worry Bojack, I can’t be responsible for my own breakfast either lol.

I miss camping :(

I miss camping :(

Hey, it’s Your Funeral Mama

It’s been a quiet week,  I think I’ve had bloggers block or just nothing exciting to write about.

This song has been stuck in my head allll week.

I love Alexisonfire, especially this song and the album Watch Out.  Saying that I’ve never listened to anything post-Crisis. 

I think I really need to sort that out.

Man I love Golden Axe.
Golden Axe and Streets of Rage are up there as two of my very favourite video games of all time.
I love all 2 player co-op games from Sega’s glory years, they’re just so much fun.
Since I’ve re-assembled my Mega Drive I’ve been itching to play Golden Axe 1 & 2. 
I just need to find someone with mad skills to be my player 2 who doesn’t hog all the potions those pesky pixies drop :p

Man I love Golden Axe.

Golden Axe and Streets of Rage are up there as two of my very favourite video games of all time.

I love all 2 player co-op games from Sega’s glory years, they’re just so much fun.

Since I’ve re-assembled my Mega Drive I’ve been itching to play Golden Axe 1 & 2. 

I just need to find someone with mad skills to be my player 2 who doesn’t hog all the potions those pesky pixies drop :p

Scott Pilgrim reference!! 
When I found this in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s latest comic book, Seconds, I couldn’t help but smile :)

Scott Pilgrim reference!!

When I found this in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s latest comic book, Seconds, I couldn’t help but smile :)

Finally the last book in this six novel epic is in my hands.
Well technically it’s not in my hands, it’s on the floor but you catch my drift.
I have 4 pages of The Hound of the Baskervilles left to read and then I can finally start this beast of a book.
The tower is here.

Finally the last book in this six novel epic is in my hands.

Well technically it’s not in my hands, it’s on the floor but you catch my drift.

I have 4 pages of The Hound of the Baskervilles left to read and then I can finally start this beast of a book.

The tower is here.

RIP Robin Williams
Out of all the images of Robin Williams I could find, this one seemed to hit home the most. 
I loved his work from Aladdin to Insomnia, Jumanji to Good Will Hunting.  He was such a talented and diverse actor that brought joy to so many people.
It’s so damn sad it had to end this way, it really is.  Depression is still such a taboo topic even today, often whispered or mentioned/mocked as if it’s nothing at all.
I think we all have known someone who’s had it or have been through it ourselves. It’s tough, damn tough. 
Ever since I heard the news this morning, I’ve not been able to think of almost anything else.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

“Genie, you’re free”   Thanks for the laughs Robin.

RIP Robin Williams

Out of all the images of Robin Williams I could find, this one seemed to hit home the most. 

I loved his work from Aladdin to Insomnia, Jumanji to Good Will Hunting.  He was such a talented and diverse actor that brought joy to so many people.

It’s so damn sad it had to end this way, it really is.  Depression is still such a taboo topic even today, often whispered or mentioned/mocked as if it’s nothing at all.

I think we all have known someone who’s had it or have been through it ourselves. It’s tough, damn tough. 

Ever since I heard the news this morning, I’ve not been able to think of almost anything else.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

“Genie, you’re free”   Thanks for the laughs Robin.

The other day a screen cap of the Simpsons popped up on my dashboard that had me laughing out loud.
That screen cap was Ralph Wiggum with the immortal line “Hello Super Nintendo Chalmers”   It still makes me laugh typing it out now, it’s one of the most memorable moments that I can recall.
I grew up watching this show and often quote it to myself and others whenever something reminds me of it.  
So I decided to write down the first 10 Simpsons quotes that came to my mind, so here they are.
 1.Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all/Stupid sexy Flanders
2.Sir Loves-A-Lot the bear that loves to love.
3.       Dr Zaius, Dr Zaius… - Ever since I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes last week I’ve been singing this
4.Walk through the wall, I will remove it for you….later.
5. That name again is Mr Plow
6.U-R-Gay – Homer reading the globe and discovering Uruguay.
7.       Ketchup, Katsup, Ketchup, Katsup – I can’t resist doing this when I’m in the ketchup aisle when I do a food shop.
8.       I choo-choo choose you and it had a picture of a train – I actually printed the card out and sent it as a Valentines day card, true story.
9.       Thank you Smithers for turning me on – Mr Smithers welcome message from Mr Burns when he boots up his computer.
10.Sweet sweet candy
Classic!

The other day a screen cap of the Simpsons popped up on my dashboard that had me laughing out loud.

That screen cap was Ralph Wiggum with the immortal line “Hello Super Nintendo Chalmers”   It still makes me laugh typing it out now, it’s one of the most memorable moments that I can recall.

I grew up watching this show and often quote it to myself and others whenever something reminds me of it.  

So I decided to write down the first 10 Simpsons quotes that came to my mind, so here they are.

 1.Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all/Stupid sexy Flanders

2.Sir Loves-A-Lot the bear that loves to love.

3.       Dr Zaius, Dr Zaius… - Ever since I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes last week I’ve been singing this

4.Walk through the wall, I will remove it for you….later.

5. That name again is Mr Plow

6.U-R-GayHomer reading the globe and discovering Uruguay.

7.       Ketchup, Katsup, Ketchup, Katsup – I can’t resist doing this when I’m in the ketchup aisle when I do a food shop.

8.       I choo-choo choose you and it had a picture of a train – I actually printed the card out and sent it as a Valentines day card, true story.

9.       Thank you Smithers for turning me on – Mr Smithers welcome message from Mr Burns when he boots up his computer.

10.Sweet sweet candy

Classic!

Look what was waiting for me on my doorstep when I got in!

I have the worst tooth ache in the world right now (okay so that’s a huge exaggeration but it kills none the less) and this has really cheered me up.

I adored the Scott Pilgrim series and still miss those characters so I really hope Seconds helps fill the void.

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Dark Tower VII has still not arrived for me at the library,  the person who currently has it is now two weeks overdue.  Hurry up dude, I need my Tower fix!

In the mean time I’ve picked something from the classics pile.  We have a huge collection of classics at home so I decided to try Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.

I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes novels before or any of Conan Doyle’s work so this is a first for me and I’m really enjoying it so far.

I spent at least 3 hours of my Saturday playing this!
Get Bomberman in Super Smash Bros! You know it makes sense! 
Such a fun game.

I spent at least 3 hours of my Saturday playing this!

Get Bomberman in Super Smash Bros! You know it makes sense!

Such a fun game.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Dir. James Gunn
Last Friday I went to see the latest Marvel outing, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Whilst I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable on Spider-Man, X-Men and the more mainstream names I grew up with, I have to admit I’d never even heard of these guys until the film was announced to be in production.
I won’t go in to spoilerific detail but Guardians of the Galaxy has to be the feel good hit of the summer.  It has everything a fun August blockbuster needs to be successful and ticks all the right boxes for kids and adults alike.  It’s like a comedy version of the Avengers.
It’s ludicrous, ridiculous, over the top and doesn’t take itself seriously one bit but then what were you expecting from a film which features a talking racoon.  It really is so much fun, full of in jokes, adult jokes and everything you would expect from a toned down former Troma director.
The effects are top notch and so is the production design.  The architecture of the buildings and especially the space craft are beautiful, the Nova corps ships really are something else (imagine Wipeout on PS1). 
Chris Pratt is immense, Star Lord (i need his jacket!) is an incredibly flawed and likable lead.   His performance makes the role, I don’t think it would work half as well with anyone else.
What about the rest of the crew?  Rocket Racoon and Gamora are my two favourites here. Well I’m going to run away and marry Gamora (Zoe Saldana) green or not, I don’t really mind, whilst if Rocket Racoon doesn’t go on to sell millions of merchandise I don’t know what will.  He’s brash, arrogant and absolutely hilarious.  Groot’s a real hoot too (sorry couldn’t resist) whilst I personally wasn’t a major fan of Drax.  Dave Bautista did a good job, he was just the weakest character of the gang in my opinion.
People are already discussing the possibility of a mega team up against Thanos for the 3rd Avengers film but as awesome as a team up would be I’d be happy if series stayed separate.  It’s so much fun and I’m incredibly excited about the future possibilities of this new franchise.
I can’t end this review of sorts without mentioning the soundtrack.  James Gunn has made music such a large part of this film it’s almost a supporting character in itself, they really hit the nail on the head in terms of juxtaposing music.
I adored this film, it’s just so much fun filled with incredibly awesome fight scenes and great dialogue, Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a comic book movie should be,  zany, cheesy, humorous and with some of the most kick ass intergalactic fight scenes out there this summer.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Dir. James Gunn

Last Friday I went to see the latest Marvel outing, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Whilst I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable on Spider-Man, X-Men and the more mainstream names I grew up with, I have to admit I’d never even heard of these guys until the film was announced to be in production.

I won’t go in to spoilerific detail but Guardians of the Galaxy has to be the feel good hit of the summer.  It has everything a fun August blockbuster needs to be successful and ticks all the right boxes for kids and adults alike.  It’s like a comedy version of the Avengers.

It’s ludicrous, ridiculous, over the top and doesn’t take itself seriously one bit but then what were you expecting from a film which features a talking racoon.  It really is so much fun, full of in jokes, adult jokes and everything you would expect from a toned down former Troma director.

The effects are top notch and so is the production design.  The architecture of the buildings and especially the space craft are beautiful, the Nova corps ships really are something else (imagine Wipeout on PS1). 

Chris Pratt is immense, Star Lord (i need his jacket!) is an incredibly flawed and likable lead.   His performance makes the role, I don’t think it would work half as well with anyone else.

What about the rest of the crew?  Rocket Racoon and Gamora are my two favourites here. Well I’m going to run away and marry Gamora (Zoe Saldana) green or not, I don’t really mind, whilst if Rocket Racoon doesn’t go on to sell millions of merchandise I don’t know what will.  He’s brash, arrogant and absolutely hilarious.  Groot’s a real hoot too (sorry couldn’t resist) whilst I personally wasn’t a major fan of Drax.  Dave Bautista did a good job, he was just the weakest character of the gang in my opinion.

People are already discussing the possibility of a mega team up against Thanos for the 3rd Avengers film but as awesome as a team up would be I’d be happy if series stayed separate.  It’s so much fun and I’m incredibly excited about the future possibilities of this new franchise.

I can’t end this review of sorts without mentioning the soundtrack.  James Gunn has made music such a large part of this film it’s almost a supporting character in itself, they really hit the nail on the head in terms of juxtaposing music.

I adored this film, it’s just so much fun filled with incredibly awesome fight scenes and great dialogue, Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a comic book movie should be,  zany, cheesy, humorous and with some of the most kick ass intergalactic fight scenes out there this summer.