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I Luv Halloween

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The above is from a card I got from my #1 fan. I even got a Donnie Darko pen! You are jealous and you know it. Been partying up all weekend with my pals. The girls were good and evil and my buddy was Ed from "Shaun of the Dead". My friend Chad had a noose around his neck and a shirt that said "I voted": He was a hanging chad.

I don't know why "I Luv Halloween" didn't come out, but I like the art.

As far as scary movie watching, I'm going to watch The Kingdom II. A few Halloweens ago there was a Kingdom marathon at a local theatre and it was great. I think they alternate between The Kingdom and Twin Peaks. At one point there were rumours of a Criterion DVD edition of The Kindgom. I wish it came true.


Fight For Your Right To Copy

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November issue of WIRED Magazine features a cover that says "Fight For Your Right To Copy: The Free Revolution Gets Real" and comes with a CD.

"These muscians are saying that true creativity needs to be open, fluid and alive. When it comes to copyright, they are pro-choice.

Here are 16 songs that encourage people to play with their tunes, not just play them."

Below you can click to see the list of artist who contributed. Kuddos to folks like Spoon, David Byrne, Dan the automator, et al.

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+ torrent


Top Albums of 1994

The 30 Greatest Albums of 1994 . . . Has it Really Been 10 Years!?

MOJO - THE 25 BEST ALBUMS OF 1994

Alternative Rock Review: Essential Rock Albums: 1994

Albums that still matter to me from the above lists:

Jeff Buckley - Grace
Portishead - 'Dummy'
MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
Turbulent Indigo - Joni Mitchell
Tori Amos - Under the Pink



Speaking of 10 year old albums, here comes a "10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" of NIN's "The Downward Spiral" [ via musictap]


Darko's Two Disc Set

UK DVD Release Date: 4th October 2004

Extra Features:
All new Audio Commentary with Richard Kelly & Kevin Smith, Director's Cut Trailer, Donnie Darko Production Diary Featurette with Optional Commentary by Stephen Poster, 'They Made Me Do It Too - The Cult of Donnie Darko' (UK doc) 'Mad World' Music Video, TV Spots, Interviews with Cast & Crew, Original Cut Trailer, B-roll Footage, 'They Made Me Do It' Making of Art Gallery Featurette, 'They Made Me Do It' Gallery, Cunning Visions Infomercials, Cast & crew Filmographies, Twenty Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary

Ahem...When The Hell do we get this in the USA?

+ Review of DVD
+ Donnie Darko Director's Cut: The Changes
+ "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut": The Strange Afterlife of an Indie Cult Film


Chip Kidd & Frank Miller

(My favorite designer) Chip Kidd & (one of my fave writer/artists) Frank Miller come together. Mr. Kidd has designed new editions of Mr. Miller's Sin City volumes ( at least two for now ). To be released next year to coencide with the movie.

+ A Dame To Kill For
+ The Hard Goodbye

Designer Chip Kidd: Entertainment Weekly, 1992
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From my singed copy of "The Cheese Monkeys"
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[ Automatic Baby - One ]

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum: Remarks to the Community in Bowling Green, Ohio,September 26, 1992

So Governor Clinton doesn't think foreign policy is important. But anyway, he's trying to catch up. You may have seen this in the news. He was in Hollywood, seeking foreign policy advice from the rock group U2. Now, understand, I have nothing against U2. You may not know this, but they tried to call me at the White House every night during their concert. But the next time we face a foreign policy crisis, I will work with John Major and Boris Yeltsin. And Bill Clinton can consult Boy George. I'll stay with the experts.

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January 20, 1993: Automatic Baby's one-night stand

Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton join forces with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills to perform "One" at the MTV 1993 Rock N Roll Inaugural Ball for newly-elected U.S. President Bill Clinton. The musicians name themselves "Automatic Baby" for the night, using their own band's recent releases as inspiration (Automatic for the People and Achtung Baby).

[ Automatic Baby - One ]


Pulp Fiction is 10 years old

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Release Date: October 14, 1994

I took a girl on a date to see "Pulp Fiction" the day after it came out. Her mom came up on the drive way as we were leaving and asked what movie we were going to and I told her "oh, just a little ditty about drugs, guns and violence". She laughed it off. We had no idea what we were in for. Throughout the movie the girl and I would look at each other in many "Wow" "WTF" "HA HA HA" moments. We came out of it cursing up a storm. For a solid week we had very filthy mouths. By the Monday after the movie came out I already had the soundtrack and my circle of friends were getting hip to it. These were fun times. Of the other date movies of this particular year. (The Crow, Interview with the Vampire) Pulp Fiction was the absolute highlight.

+ SECRETS OF 'PULP FICTION' by Roger Ebert

+ Pulp Fiction F.A.Q.

+ Roger Avary FAQ

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Also ten years old: Netscape Navigator.


r.e.m's Monster


Original Release Date: September 27, 1994
I totally forgot to talk about Monster's 10 anniversarry. This was the first R.E.M CD I got the day it came out. I remember there was an AOL download with little animations from the cartoons in the booklet. Musings:
Crush With Eyeliner//Best video from this album?
King Of Comedy//The darkest disco I’ve never been to.
I Don't Sleep, I Dream//Stipe playing the guitar when they performed it on SNL. The one and only time I’ve seen him hold an instrument.
Tongue //Least likeable track on the album for me.
Bang And Blame //I was fighting for her attention at times and the girl would sometimes go for this total emotionally abusive type. How was I supposed to know she was a masochist?
I Took Your Name //A teacher I had the year before, who married young, took this song to heart so I think of her when I listen. Also, it was the song they opened with when I saw them live the first time. A part of the show was broadcast on MTV so Tabitha Soren appeared about 10 feet from me.
You//Sounds like gravity leaving the room. Combine that with “toys with chew marks” and I get visuals from AKIRA, the part where toys sort of float about and attack Tetsuo.


Bone

Last week I got something I never thought I'd see: a complete collection of the comic book "Bone". I started reading bone when I was in high school, where I had an art teacher that endlessly reminded us never to give our art to girlfriends or boyfriends or whatever. Did I listen to her? No. Well, I didn't give away any of my art but I stood in line for a long time to meet Jeff Smith and he drew "Thorn" for me (which he claimed to only do once per signing) and sure enough I gave it to a girl.

+ What is BONE?
+ Onion Review

The boneville site also features a comic book library where you can read some pages from the often meantioned here "SIN CITY"