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New Flight of the Concords LP on the Way…

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Friday, July 24, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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You know, I really hate Pitchfork sometimes, but in the same breath I can say that sometimes they are really great. After bashing Entourage they announced that my favorite New Zealand Folk duo is back again with their Sophomore album. The new album will be entitled I Told You I Was Freaky, and it will feature the tracks from season 2 that Brett & Jermaine have been releasing, as well as 3 songs never sold before. According to the Pitchfork article the album will also feature the instant classic “Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)” which is one of my all-time favorites on the show. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading

TV Series Review: The Wire

Posted in TV Series Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on Saturday, July 11, 2009 by Tim Althaus

the_wire_-_season_5I went out and bought the complete series box set of The Wire on a whim because I had heard many good things about it. A lot of what I had heard in the past was blurbs from celebrities, and not to mention one of my best friends telling me I would love the show. The thing that really strikes me after finishing this show, is that it didn’t win any awards and relatively flew under the radar with commercial success. I am going to go on record and say that this is easily one of the top three shows I’ve ever seen. The way that this show is shot is unparalleled by any other show that’s been on television. You get an inside look into the lives of drug dealers, drug users, city law officials, blue collar workers and more. I feel like I was sleeping under a rock for not watching this show.

One thing that The Wire does exceptionally well is drive character development on both sides of the fence. You will feel like you start to know the characters like they are your acquaintances because the character development is so good. From Avon Barksdale to Marlo Stanfield you will learn everything that you need to know to become a kingpin drug dealer. If you are interested in becoming a detective in a high crime city just follow the lead of Jimmy McNulty, Kima Greggs or Lester Freamon. If you need to know how to run politics you can gain interest in Tommy Carcetti or Clay Davis. It’s all there, every aspect of a large metropolitan city (the drug trade, the ports, government & bureaucracy, the school system & print media) brought to you in an excellently exceptional matter never seen before. I also have to comment on the acting in this show, because a great majority of the actors/actresses in the show are relatively unknown. They put on a great show just like any other top quality actor/actress would.

Another thing that The Wire brilliantly boasts is that is incredibly authentic. According to an article I read in the UK Telegraph Online said that each of the story lines came from real life. That exact same article said, that during a 2005 drug trial in New York, drug dealers were studying The Wire to learn about the newest types of police surveillance. They did all of the shots on scene in Baltimore and all of the casting was done there as well, it just so happens that series co-creator Ed Burns was a former Baltimore Homicide Detective. If that doesn’t scream authentic, I don’t know what does.

The thing that I loved the most is that you can never actually know what to expect. There are so many twists and turns in this show that it can’t easily be explained in words. I found myself clinging to characters and hellaciously hating others. When I was nearing the end of seasons 4 & 5 I just wanted to see someone take Snoop’s little ass out so bad, and seeing Marlo get shot up would have probably brought a subtle grin to my face. My favorite parts of The Wire was watching McNulty & Bunk’s journey through friendship as well as trying to be “good police”, not to mention their dastardly drunken escapades.

I think that everyone should get a chance to see this show in its entirety. Many people laugh when I try to tell them that I think The Wire is one of the greatest shows to grace the TV screen, but I am sturdily steadfast when I make that comment. The Wire is truly five seasons of one of the most brilliant shows that television has ever seen. It truly a tragedy that the show ended when it did, I can guarantee that I will be watching this show for many years to come.

10 Wire Taps out of 10

Flight of the Concords to release new song every week

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on Thursday, January 15, 2009 by Erik Burg

Can’t wait to get your hands all over the new Flight of the Concords mp3s every sunday after their new episodes? Well during Season 2 each Monday after the episode airs, the duo will release the songs from that episode on iTunes for download. A nice gift to go along with the new episodes I’d say.

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So no complaints here, I’ll definitely be rocking out every Monday to the sweet sounds of hilarious parody-folk, and I hope you will be too. If you haven’t streamed the first episode of Season 2 yet you’re missing out, lucky for you the site is still streaming it here

Go and indulge yourself, I have about three times now thanks to this damned Minnesota winter. Can you say Cabin Fever?? Well, I can.

Skillz: The Wire 5 Minute, 5 Season Rap-Up

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Thursday, January 8, 2009 by Tim Althaus

For those of you out there that are huge enthusiasts of HBO’s series The Wire this one is truly for you. If you have listened to any of Skillz’s end of the year Rap-Up’s, you know that this guy can spit about a lot of information in a short amount of time. He single handedly goes through a summary of each season of  The Wire with that razor sharp flow that Skillz is known for. I personally have been listening to this guy a lot lately and I have to admit that I wish I would have started listening to this guy earlier, he has some serious mic skills (no pun intended). To be honest there aren’t many guys that can sound as natural on the mic as Skillz.