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Finally. Game of Thrones starts tonight!

Nights Watch Oath:
Night gathers, and now my watch begins.
It shall not end until my death… I shall live and die at my post.
I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

The Keyboard Version:

Thrash Version:

I thought the keyboard cover of this was pretty sweet and a nice contrast to the song itself. This is one of the first Slayer songs I ever heard and I’ll never forget the day i heard it. I was in the backseat of a car in Charleston SC it was late at night and it came on the radio and i had that “who the fuck are these guys moments” It was awesome. Those moments happen too infrequantly it seems. To this day it is still one of my fav slayer songs

Play Ball!

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For many of you today is the last day in March. For me and all the true believers who still think of baseball as America’s Game today is “Christmas Lite” Baseball starts today and for the next six months we will watch the boys of summer on their journey to hoist the championship trophy!

I’m not good at predicting things but I’ll put it out there so you all can have a laugh later on:

American League

East-Yankees
Central-Twins
West-Angels
Wild Card-Red Sox

National League
East-Phillies
Central-Reds
West-Rockies
Wild Card-Braves

World Series

Yankees over Phillies

National League Awards

Cy Young- Yovani Gallardo
ROY-Ardolis Chapman
MVP-Prince Fielder

American League Awards

Cy Young-Justin Verlander
ROY-Jeremy Hellickson
MVP-Adrian Gonzalez

What is better then a deer attacking someone? A deer attacking a fat guy. Happy hump day. If your week is like mine i hope this will give you a momentary break from the hell the work week brings:

2 More days to go…

The Weekend is coming (thank god) so here are three wonderful songs to help you ease (or bash in the last songs case) into the weekend! I love all three of these. I’ll share two new and one old with you all.

Check out the National’s newest video starring none other then John Slattery known better as Roger Sterling on AMC’s Mad Men. Yep the guy who can show up late to meetings because his name is on the building! This is one of my favorite songs from the album so i’m glad they made a great video for it too:

The National

I thought that was cool but this next one has me giddy. I loved J Mascis’s “Martin & Me” acoustic live album. In fact since hearing it I’ve always wanted him to deliver set of orginals as an acoustic album because though he is known as the face melter his lyrics can be quite endering. That aspect of his music often gets lost in the fuzz and ear assault. Check out the first track from his all acoustic album out next week. It is a great folk song:

Below is the text i got from my brother and quite honestly I could not say it better myself. It is a great way to rock into you weekend. Let me see your horns bitches!

“Amon Amarth’s new song War of The Gods just launched a metal assault on my ears ODIN would be proud of”

Enjoy

Game Of Thrones

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News is just pouring out about the new series. Here is the first full length trailer.
I was worried how the Wall would look but it looks AWESOME

EPIC WIN

Someone check the weather in hell as it may have frozen over! The long awaited 5th book in George RR Martin’s series is finally comeing out on:

JULY 12th!

Not surprisingly two weeks after the HBO series wraps up. I’ve never purchased a book the day it came out but i’ll be in line for this one!

Jesus this looks awesome. I’m so ready for this i wish i could just jump to april 17th. The new trailer just makes me more excited

 

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Can you really put a price on your life?

This is always my favorite time of year to see movies. College football for the most part has ended freeing up time on Saturday’s, it is dark at 5:30 so you feel like you should not do much after work on the week night, and many of the Oscar hopefuls release their films around this time as well. You seem to get a better selection of films that are done artistically as compared to your summer blockbuster’s that generally are created for another very important pleasure which is pure entertainment.

The last three movies I’ve seen have all been pleased me in one way or another so I wanted to run them down quickly and give us a forum so others could talk about them, but also mention some others I may have missed that have come out that are good as well.

Onto the movies…..

Black Swan

There is a nice overview of the movie at  Wikipedia.

This was a fun movie that really shows the slippery slope of someone who is a little unstable being pushed over her edge. The begins to blur reality and Nina’s mind a bit but it never goes too far out of left field that you can’t tell you are in Nina’s mind and not the real world. The direction is great, the cinematography does a good job as well although the mirror motif may have been slightly overplayed in the movie. It is a nice character study that I enjoyed. Natalie Portman was really good in this. She has had some shaky roles previously that made me wonder if it was her acting or the script that damaged her role, but she leaves no doubt here in her ability. Mila Kunis plays her part very well also. I think working for a director like Darron Aronofsky helps bring out the best in everyone. I would not be surprised at all to see Portman win the best actress as I don’t think I’ve seen anyone better this year.

On a side not she may be nominated for TWO AVN awards (that’s adult video nominee for those not in the know)! One for best solo scene and one for hottest same sex lover scene. :)

It is a well made movie that holds your interest the entire way. I would give it a 4 our of 5 stars and would recommend it to all.

True Grit

Overview from Wikipedia

The Coen Brothers take on the late 60’s classic novel is a very nice western. I’ve never read the novel and it has been MANY years since i saw the orginal film that starred John Wayne, so this review will be based solely on the movie itself. What I really liked about the film was the acting and the dialogue.  Everyone in the film was supurb and that starts first and foremost with Jeff Bridges. All due respect to the Duke I don’t know how anyone could play Marshal Reuburn J “Rooster” Cogburn any better then Jeff Bridges did. His sidekicks in the movie Mattie Ross and Texas Ranger La Boeuf played by Elizabeth Marvel and Matt Damon respectively play their parts extremely well. Elizabeth Marvel particularly stands out in her role. Not to be forgotten is the villain of the tale Tom Chaney played by Josh Brolin who again like the others puts in a top notch performance.

The dialogue is very witty and quite humorous. Many times I found myself catching the joke a second too late as they did not stop for you to laugh but kept the movie moving along. The pace of the movie is very quick and the time seems to fly by in the theatre. It seems to keep to the story of the original movie very closely from what I can remember but it has been some time since I saw the original.

My only issue with the film is it is a stereotypical 50’s/60’s western. Good guys are gonna win and there are some plot points that I don’t think work in a generation that is used to “grittier” violence. I don’t think I can fault it too much for sticking to its source though. It is just an issue I found that held this movie back from being even better, but I don’t know if it could have been made any better based on the original source material.

If you are a fan of westerns I think you will enjoy this. I went with someone who loved the original and left very happy with this movie. If you are a fan of fantastic dialogue and excellent acting this is a good movie to watch. I would not be surprised to see Bridges win Best Actor for this. I am going to rate this a 3.5 out of 5. It is a very solid movie that is carried by it’s acting.

The Fighter

Wikipedia’s overview

Okay when I first saw the preview of this I honestly had no interest in it. Another boxing movie…. Big deal one comes out every 5 years and people gush about it. Well I was wrong this movie is great. Lets just go ahead and get it out of the way Christian Bale is winning his first Oscar and it is going to be for supporting actor as Dicky Eukland the pride of Lowell Massachusetts. He was phenomenal. At the end of the movie you meet the real Mickey and Dicky as the credits are rolling and you see just how spot on Bale was.

Yes at its heart it is just another boxing movie but I was really entertained throughout the entire film. During the last fight I found myself rooting for Mickey I wante him to win it is like I was there. It is well directed, but perhaps more importantly it was copletly enthralling and entertaining. I won’t ruin anything about this one by revealing plots. It is based on a true story so the ending is out there and can be found easily, but I did not know what was going to happen when I was watching and I found that to make the movie even better.

Go see this for Christian Bale’s performance,  and go see this to entertain yourself with a story that pulls you in for 2 hours. 4.5 out of 5.

I have not seen Tron yet I was hoping one of you all may have seen it?

What better day to talk about the upcoming HBO series “A Game of Thrones” then on the Winter Solstice. If you have been around me the past two months you already know how excited I am that George RR Martin’s first book “A Game of Thrones” of his series “A Song of Fire and Ice” that is set to come into our TV’s this April on HBO. As excited as many of you were at the prospect of seeing the “Walking Dead” come to life on the TV screen I am equally enthralled at this series.

It is set in a world much like Medieval Europe on a continent called Westeros. The first season will largely focus on setting up future events between some of the major houses in the books such as the Starks of the North, the Lannister’s of Casterly Rock, and the current King and family the Baratheon. This is a world were seasons last years and sometimes Decades and we are plunged into the world at the end of a long summer. Long summers tend to mean longer Winters and the hardship that it brings are not to be taken lightly.

Though it is a fantasy series it is light on magic especially in the first book. It is much more of a look at the fight for power from a political perspective for the Iron Throne. We get a close look at the backstabbing that corrupts the political system in this world. What is most appealing about the books is the author paints with a Gray brush and everyone seems to be more realistic because of it. There are few outright “good” and “evil” characters. More so you think you have someone pegged as one or the other only to learn more about that individual and understand why they do what they do. It may not make it right but you learn to be more sympathetic for that individual.

The casting was supurb although it may be a little light on star power as the biggest star in the series is Sean Bean (he played Borimir in the Lord of the Rings)  who plays one of the main characters Eddard”Ned” Stark the father of the Stark Clan and the man who childhood friends with the King and helped him win his throne.  Many of the other individuals cast for their roles seem to be perfect matches.  Lena Headey looks like a deliciously seductive Cersi Lannister, her brother Jamie Lannister “The Kingslayer” is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and looks as arrogant as I suspected he would, while their younger brother Tyrion the dwarfIimp is played by Peter Dinklage and no one could be more perfect for their role. Others cast include the beautiful Tamzen Merchent as Dany Targaryen, Richard Maddon as Rob Stark, his half brother Jon Snow is played Kit Harrington, and their sisters Sansa and Arya are cast as Sophia Turner and Maisie Williams respectively. The only casting that has made me blink an eye is that of Ed’s wife Catelyn Stark being played by Michelle Fairley. Harry Potter fans may remember her as Mrs. Granger from the HP movies. She seems a bit old for this role but I have to assume everyone is being aged up some. The story contains a lot of violence and a lot of sex and it thrust the children in very awkward situations. I have to assume with the boys and girls being aged up they felt it necessary to do the same for the mother.

The show will premier on HBO in April and truth be told that is a long way off, but I hope to finish reading the first 4 books that a released by that time and MAYBE RR will grace us with the next book sometime in 2011 “A Dance with Dragons”. 

Take a look at the trailers below the first is a shorter one for those not as inclined to watch the 12 minute behind the scenes special that will follow it. The longer video interviews the actors, directors, and the author himself and gives you a good glimpse at what is to come. Enjoy and remember to get ready be cause black wings bring black news and as the Direwolfs would say: Winter is Coming

It is odd that 2010 has come and gone so quickly, but it is that time of the year again to take a look back at the music we have consumed and reflect on how much we enjoyed each album. It was an odd year one that found me giveing almost 40 new albums a listen, but this year unlike others it seemed I found much less of what i was hearing to my liking then I have in the past.

Some did stand out though so I’ll countdown my Favorite Eight of the year starting with……

8. Teen Dream- Beach House

This is one I thought was good when I first listened to it early in the year, but I did not anticipate it being an album I went back to much. I was wrong I really started liking this album more and more particularly as the colder months set it. It just has a nice feel from start to finish. They do great at capturing that moment and feeling in their songs.

7. High on Fire- Sankes for the Divine

I imagine when James Hetfield heard this he wanted to cry and Lars Ulrich probably wanted to sue Matt Pike. You see Metallica just can’t write riffs like this anymore, but Matt Pike isn’t just turning out albums of re hashed Metallica riffs he is killing it like only he can. The album as a whole is very solid, but this one muscles its way to number 7 on the strength of the titile track “Snakes for the Divine” and “How Dark we Pray” both are killer songs with riffs so big it demands you turn it up and bang your head.

6. The Black Keys- Brothers

Ah easy blues rock that is just damn good. The Black Keys do what they do and they do it very good. The sprawling 15 tracks start strong and stay strong throughout the entire album. Its nice that the singles “Next Girl” and “Tighten Up” are easy on the ears but there is much more going on. Tracks like “Sinister Kid”, “10 Cent Pistol”, “Mud Hole” and others serve as a reminder that these two guys are at the top of their game together.

5. Titus Andronicus- The Monitor

I did not like this album much at all when i first heard it. I’m not really a fan of Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphy’s and this to me just sounded like a band from Jersey putting their spin on it. Sure it’s cool when during the opening song the evoke Springsteen with their scream “Tramps like us baby we were born to Die”, but I needed something a little more. Thanks to persistence of Mr. Murdock I kept listening and I’m glad I did. I mean what is there not to like about an album that uses the Civil War as an analogy of the current life in the suburbs of Jersey? The songs are drinking songs. Some are rowdy at the bar drinking songs others seem more about the bottom of the bottle. Either way the band handles both well and this is a damn good album.

4. Kylesa- Spiral Shadow

Another year another different Georgia metal band in the top five. Yawn. I’ve seen Kylesa live a few times and have a couple older albums and as much as I liked them nothing blew me away like this album. It is more hard rock then metal. Sounding like a combo of 80’s soundgarden and L7.  The songs are just damn good. The middle trio of “Don’t Look back”, “Distance Closing in” and “To Forget” immedialtly grab you and the riffs though simple get stuck in your head all day. I’m impressed and this album gets many plays and will continue for years to come I’m sure.

3. Wolf Parade- Expo 86

I love this album. I’ve only listened to it for a couple weeks but I have no problem placing it at third ahead of the others. Where their first two albums may have been a little more experimental this album has an immediacy that lends itself well to the listeners. Track after track Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner deliver the goods. It has a very easy indie pop sounds that you just don’t hear enough of these days. If I had to choose a favorite track I think i would say “Little Golden Age” gets stuck in my head the most.

2. The Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

Truthfully 1b is a better ranking then two because this album flip flops with my number one album quite a bit in my mind, but i decided I was more comfortable with this album at 2. Arcade Fire decided to follow up their first two great albums with a third that has the anthemic songs like Sprawl II and Half Light II, the rockers like Ready to Start and Month of May, as well as the catchy songs like We Used to Wait and The Suburbs. The lyrics are what all have come to expect from Win Butler and the music compliments everything they do very well.

1. The National- High Violet

It’s all about the lyrics. Dark, brooding and made for someone in their 30’s. The album stands tall from beginning to the end and drips with melancholy, but it never gets so dark that it collapses on itself. Sure there are albums with catchier songs and albums with more fun songs, but this one just hits home the hardest. It was odd i kept waiting for an album to come out i would like more then this one and it never happened. The album easily solidified their place in my mind as one of my current favorite bands.

A little Holiday cheer from Team Coco!

Last week the group “She & Him” performed a blazing rendition of  “Put a spell on you”  on the Conan show that also featured Sarah Silverman and Dr. Michio Kaku a leading String Theory scientist.

Evidently back stage Conan got together with the group and started spreading the holiday cheer a little early. Check out their rendition of  “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, and remember less then two weeks to go till the big man comes to town!

Kenny McKinley was found dead last night of an apparent suicide. It is extremely sad news for anyone who had the pleasure of watching him play football at the University of South Carolina. He loved the Gamecocks and spent four years there from 2005-2008. He amassed the most receiving numbers by any wide receiver ever to play at Carolina. He had 207 catches for 2781 yards both stand as school records. When he left he was 3rd all time in the SEC in catches.

Perhaps he was not as talented as others who played at South Carolina like Sterling Sharpe or Sydney Rice, but he played hard all the time and it showed on the field. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos after college.

On the outside I would think he had it all. He was playing in the NFL after having a great college career, but I guess apperances are not always what the seem for many. Thanks number 11…….

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