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Do You Think Macklemore Did This Intentionally? Corey O'Brien |
05/19/2014 | Filed In: Macklemore | Corey O'Brien | Seattle | Racism

Do You Think Macklemore Did This Intentionally?

UPDATE: Macklemore offers up an official statement.

The interwebs were in a tizzy today because Macklemore might have been portraying the stereotype of a Jewish person at a secret show in Seattle.  He was wearing a hat, beard, a dark suit and a fake nose (you can see a gallery here from The Seattle Times). Bloggers started fanning the flames and wondering why more people weren't offended by the outfit.  Seth Rogan even tweeted, "First you trick people into thinking you’re a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you’re Jewish?” Wow, pretty harsh.

I just don't buy it.  Remember the song, "Thriftshop"?  The outfit Mack was wearing pretty much epitomized that track. I just don't believe Macklomore is that guy. I've got to think this was a bad coincidence. Aren't racists usually proud of their ignorance? We've gotta think from the evidence, his work, Macklemore is an inclusive guy.

To argue the other side, it could have been a joke in bad taste.  Artists take risks and those risks backfire at times. We have all been guilty of bad judgement from time to time - forgotten ourselves.  It's embarrassing and we get a quick life lesson out of it, though some lessons are worse than others.

Am I burnt out on "Same Love"? YES! Am I burnt out on everything Macklemore? Yes, it means he won. Am I anticipating his next album? I'd be stupid not to.  He is an entertaining guy and makes interesting and fun things to listen to and watch.  He is great live and you can tell he kills himself on stage for his fans. Mackleless? Nope. I am sticking with Macklemore.

Oh, and he did post this, which pretty much cleared things up for me:

 

Here's this for old time's sake.

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5 Things You Need to Know About the New Zach Braff Movie Corey O'Brien |
05/19/2014 | Filed In: Movies | Zach Braff | Garden State | Corey O'Brien | Wish I Was Here

5 Things You Need to Know About the New Zach Braff Movie

Zack Braff hit his Kickstater goal, so we're all getting this for Summer.

1. The guy, Donald Faison, from "Scrubs" makes an appearance.  I hate "Scrubs" so this trailer is already giving me a bad taste in my movie-loving brain. It seems like every time I turn on Comedy Central they are showing it like NPR plays "A Prarie Home Companion" on the weekends. Couldn't they show something that is actually funny?  For the record I think Donald Faison is funny.  I just really hated "Scrubs" and I couldn't explain to you why.

2. Expect slow motion shots of people doing things that "surprise them" and "will affect them for the rest of their lives."  You will laugh, cry and feel emboldened until you leave the theater and hit the closest fast food joint, being slammed back to your life.

3. There is a new Shin's song in the trailer.  It doesn't have a title, but that's no matter because you don't really remember any of The Shins' song titles anyway.  You just know why all go "ooooOOOOoooouhhh Oooo ooo ooooo uhhhh" and that's just how you and I like them.

4. This is not "Garden State 2", but let's face facts.  It should be.  Every critic will hold it up to that candle. The math is too easy.

5. With all that said, I will still go see it.  I will get warm and fuzzies and probably want a wife, family life and the strength to embrace middle-age problems when they arrive at my doorstep.  Then I will wise up.  Also, Mr. Braff has such dreamy blue eyes.

Here is the trailer.  The Shins track really kicks in about a minute in. I am pretty sure you would know it right away with me pointing it out.

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New "Guardians of the Galaxy" Trailer Corey O'Brien |
05/19/2014 | Filed In: Movies | Corey O'Brien | Guardians of the Galaxy

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" shared a new trailer today.  I love everything about this movie, especially the racoon with a gun.  What I hate about this trailer and what will annoy me about the movie is the music. "Spirit in the Sky" again, really?  How much money is Norman Greenbaum sucking out of the collective pool of royalty money amongst music budgets in Hollywood. Who is Mr. Greenbaum's attorney that negotiated the sale of his soul to Satan for such blanket coverage? I would like to hire that lawyer.

Here is an actual list of movies and TV shows this song has been in. Put a bag over this song and don't take it off until its spirit is actually in the sky.

If that particular music selection didn't have you sticking tree branches in your ears it's followed by Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." Did the music supervisor for this film graduate from the University of Unoriginality with a major in boring and a minor in trite?  "Hooked on a Feeling" has haunted me since its use in "Ally McBeal." Remember that stupid dancing baby?  

If these two songs were house guests you would have asked them to leave years ago or resorted to blunt force trauma and a backyard burial just to get away from their grating overuse in mass culture.

We are decades past the 70s, 80s or whatever decade these songs were conceived, back when people made out to them. All they do now is make us wretch and rightly so.

Now that I've got that off my chest I will say something positive...I really can't wait to see this film.  It looks original, close to the comic and it's Mavel so you know it will be slick.  Enjoy the trailer below.

 

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The Offspring Are Coming! The Offspring Are Coming! Corey O'Brien |
05/16/2014 | Filed In: The Offspring | Concerts | Saltair | August | Corey O'Brien | Pennywise | Stiff Little Fingers

The Offspring Are Coming! The Offspring Are Coming!

You can add one more must see show to your Summer list.  The Offspring are coming along with Pennywise and Stiff Little Fingers to Saltair on August 26th.  Killer lineup, bro!

Rumor also has it that The Offspring may be working on new music.  Noodles told Tut.by that the band planned to head in the studio after they wrapped up their last tour.  I guess we will have to wait and see on that front.  

Of course last month was the 20th anniversary of "Smash" the album that made The Offspring pretty damn big.  Pop that one in your playlist and remember what a badass this album made you feel like until you see them in August.

 

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Spiderman Breaks Out In Arcade Fire Video for "We Exist" Corey O'Brien |
05/16/2014 | Filed In: Arcade Fire | Relflektor | We Exist | Corey O'Brien | Spiderman | Andrew Garfield

Spiderman Breaks Out In Arcade Fire Video for

I am watching this video to see if I can spot myself or any of my friends as it was filmed at this year Coachella. Andrew Garfield, who is the current Spiderman, was seen wandering around the festival in a dress, which is where the end of this video was filmed.  Though a couple of my friends were wearing cutoffs I can't seem to spot any of them. Maybe they formed a dance troop while I was waiting in the line for some Spicy Pie.

The video certainly elaborates on the verse of "We Exist".  The thing with Arcade Fire that many people like and some may hate is how atmospheric their songs are, especially with the tracks on "Reflektor", that you get lost in the music and miss the words.

Andrew Garfield, who born in California, but grew up in the U.K., is certainly most known for his role as Spiderman, but certainly also from "The Social Network." It is a different side for an actor the U.S. is just getting to know and let's face it, this video may be challenging for some.  That is what makes it a good video and a great companion piece to the song.  There's nothing original about just standing on a stage strumming. It's always better when a band has something to say and a story to tell.

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