In unrelated blog stuff, I'm going to try to have my top music list(s) up soon. I originally made a deadline for myself around two weeks ago, but...well, we all knew that wasn't going to happen. My top movies of 2008 list probably won't be up till the new year, and I doubt I'm going to even do a top TV show list this year (it was hard enough to try and think of 5 shows that I actually watched this year...)
So, to anyone that watched the Vol. 3 finale of Heroes last night...
Jeph Loeb's way to make Sylar scary...is to rip off Saw?
Now, unlike Loeb, I'm not a terriblecomicbookwriter, so I guess I can't really talk about homage vs. outright swiping, but if I may make a suggestion: the next time you want to make your audience feel a real kind of threat from a character, you may want to focus on better characterization, rather than relying on references to a well known movie franchise to provide it for you.
Here he is performing "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)" On Fernwood 2 Night in 1977.
I'm going to celebrate my favorite musician's birthday by listening to Swordfishtrombones and Small Change while driving to Pennsylvania today in the snow. It will be quite an adventure.
Also, since I apparently missed it, November 22nd was Little Steven Van Zandt's birthday. Little Steven, other than being Bruce Springsteen's guitarist in the E Street Band, and the actor who played Silvio on The Sopranos, is also the DJ and founder of the greatest radio program of all time: Little Steven's Underground Garage.
Here is a clip from Little Steven's Underground Garage Festival back in (I think) 2004. The clip features Bruce Springsteen introducing the fantastic Chesterfield Kings.
You know, it's really sad, that I was at the Underground Garage Festival and I don't remember what year it was...it was August, I remember that...and there was a hurricane warning, and Julian Casablancas from The Strokes yelled at one point: "They told us to hurry up our set because there's a hurricane coming...WELL I DON'T SEE NO FUCKING HURRICANE!"