Sunday, July 29, 2007

MOVIES OF THE MONTH RETURN!


Barbara Stanwyck TV Shot
Originally uploaded by Walker Dukes
Sorry, Jfro fans, I've been so busy lately that movie mini-reviews have fallen by the wayside. I'm determined to get caught up in August. Here's the reviews for December 2006.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

JFRO, QUEEN OF ROCK & ROLL

Over at the Chunklet Blog, they've been talking about who they would induct and de-duct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, were they in charge. Here is my list:

Induct: The Monks, The Troggs, Guided By Voices, ESG, The Ohio Players, The Runaways, The Modern Lovers, Badfinger, The Jam, T. Rex, Scott Walker, Mission of Burma, Buzzcocks, Roxy Music, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, The Melvins, The Misfits, New Order, Gang of Four, Wire, Pavement, Husker Du, The Minutemen, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Big Black, Monster Magnet, Naked Raygun, The Stooges, Motorhead.

De-duct: The Greatful Dead, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & The Papas, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash (anyone see a pattern here?), Billy Joel, The Eagles, Bobby Darin (an excellent Sinatra-style crooner, but his good songs aren't rock and his rock songs aren't good).

Who would you choose?

Friday, July 13, 2007

ALT-WEEKLY DEATH WATCH?

Here's an interesting article on New Times buying out LA Weekly and OC Weekly. This explains a lot about why the Village Voice and the Twin Cities' own City Pages (both owned by the same company) have been going downhill lately. Here's my favorite quote:

The company has imposed a "fat layer of middle management," to which editors are required to report. "Our covers have to be approved by a guy in Oakland. The film reviews are assigned by somebody in Denver. Five people oversee the marketing manager. They say it's a sophisticated business system. My sense is that it's lard. People who've never edited a newspaper tell editors how to edit." Another LA Weekly employee familiar with New Times's corporate strategy said the chain runs "the most Stalinist operation imaginable," with "commissars in Phoenix" overseeing every phase of the seventeen newspapers, "from graphics to the web."

Maybe I'm getting old and jaded, but getting the new CP just doesn't excite me the way it used to. The Pioneer Press weekend section is just about as hip, covering lowbrow art, alternative craft shows, zine fests, and manga art exhibits. To be fair, CP's art coverage has always been pretty craptastic. I just hope doesn't get as bad as the New Times-owned SF Weekly, AKA "oops-I-meant-to-pick up-the-Bay-Guardian".

Sunday, July 01, 2007

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LIVIN' LA VIDA GEEKSTER

So, I was going to the comic book store the other day to pick up a copy of Shojo Beat and the cashier asked what I was doing this weekend. I said, "Playing World of Darkness and going to see Fantastic Four." Am I the geekiest geek in the world or what?

Or am I? I also went to a hip gallery and saw a lowbrow artist, bought an obscure 80's Swedish garage band record, and took some graffiti shots. Am I a hipster pretending to be a geek, or a geek pretending to be a hipster? Maybe a whole new nomenclature is needed--"geekster": a person who is half geek, half hipster.

In a recent posting on the Chunklet Blog, Henry Owings accused new musical sensation Dan Deacon of being a hipster disguised as a geeky outsider musician, while in the comments his defenders say Deacon is %100 percent sincere. These days, with movie stars wearing fake glasses to premieres and million-selling emo punks playing at being outcasts, it's hard to tell who's who. I guess to me, the true spirit of geekdom is when you do what you do because you have to, not to get money, power and sexual partners. Although I don't believe in judging art by intent, poseur-ness usually comes out in the results sooner or later. On the other hand, you can be sincere and still suck.

As for Deacon's music? It's OK, I think it would get pretty repetitive after a while, though. When it comes to "geek rock" it's nothing compared to my beloved Unicorns LA.