Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spongebob Squarepants 2: Sponge Out of Water (Trailer). 31 July 2014.

The trailer for the new Spongebob Squarepants movie, Sponge Out of Water, is up now, and it looks fantastic. As a grown Spongebob lover, and a father of two children - I'm quite excited for this 2015 movie release.
I'll admit, I was skeptical when I heard that CG would be used for the above water sequences, but I'll be honest - it looks great. I think the blending of animation, live action and CG is going to make this movie very unique and interesting. Reminds me of the Roger Rabbit movies, or "Cool World" back in the day, anyone remember that?

Release Date:  February 15th, 2015.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Fall TV Lineup - What I'm Looking Forward To. 27 July 2014.

Gotham
Premier Date:  22 September 2014
Network:  Fox
Premise:  "GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time."
Why I'm Excited:  Come on, who isn't excited about this?  I have high hopes going into this and look forward to hearing more about the backstory of not online Jim Gordon, but the heroes and villains of Gotham city.



Family Guy/Simpsons Crossover
Premier Date:  28 September 2014
Network:  Fox
Premise:
"Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa befriends Meg and tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff."
Why I'm Excited:  After seeing the 5 minutes released after Comic Con 2014, I can't imagine the exploits the Simpsons and the Griffins will get into in this episode.  It's going to be fantastic.

5 Minute Preview Video at Entertainment Weekly:  (Link)

Mulaney
Premier Date:  5 October 2014
Network:  Fox
Premise:
"From Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) comes MULANEY, a multi-camera ensemble comedy series about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around."
Why I'm Excited:  When comparisons to Seinfeld immediately began being drawn, I was torn - but still interested.  I'm going into this without high expectations of this being "The Next Seinfeld", because nothing will ever be that funny, but hopeful that it will be a good show.



The Flash
Premier Date:  7 October 2014
Network:  CW
Premise:  A modern retelling of The Flash. "For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash."
Why I'm Excited:  After seeing the crossover episode on Arrow, I was increasingly excited at seeing what Grant Gustin would bring as The Flash.  I watched the leaked pilot episode, and was instantly impressed.  This series is going to be fantastic.



Arrow
Premier Date:  8 October 2014
Network:  CW
Premise:  "Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow."
Why I'm Excited:  Arrow has been, easily, one of the best shows of the past several years.  It seemingly spawned a new rush of superhero TV shows.  The last 2 seasons have been fantastic, and season 3 looks to be nothing short of awesome. With Roy becoming Arsenal, the inclusion of the Atom and now Ra's al Ghul - I can't wait.



The Walking Dead
Premier Date:  12 October 2014
Network:  AMC
Premise:  From the preview, it looks as though the main crew, along with the folks from Terminus, head to Washington, DC in pursuit of the cure.
Why I'm Excited:  The Walking Dead is one of the shows along with Lost and Breaking Bad that has captivated America and will leave a legacy that well outlives it's cast, producers and fans.  It made zombies "cool".  This season looks to be one of the most exciting ones yet.


Constantine
Premier Date:  24 October 2014
Network:  NBC
Premise: "Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, "Criminal Minds") is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he's decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows... maybe there's hope for him and his soul after all."
Why I'm Excited:  Because Constantine needs live action redeeming after the Keanu Reeves abomination. The preview looks like a serious take on the story, and one I could see as a long running series.

Emerald City
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  NBC
Premise:
"Desperate for clues that will lead to the identity of her biological mother, a young woman breaks into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night... and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own - a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you've never seen before, where wicked witches don't stay dead for long and 20-year-old Dorothy Gale becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. You're not in Kansas anymore, and this is not your grandmother's Oz."
Why I'm Excited:  In the same vein of Once Upon A Time, this is a more grown up Oz.  I grew up on The Wizard Of Oz, and I'm very excited to see a new take on it.

Mike Tyson Mysteries
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  Adult Swim
Premise:
"It's Scooby-Doo meets the A-Team... with Mike Tyson."
Why I'm Excited:  Did you not read that premise?  Take.  My.  Money.


Mission Control
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  NBC
Premise: "Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she's a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys' club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she's up to the challenge... until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, "The Mindy Project") - a former hotshot test pilot and overall man's man - to co-manage her team. It doesn't help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary. Between him, her astronaut boyfriend Cash and her offbeat all-guy team, Mary certainly has her hands full... but at the end of the day, they all want the same thing: to get a man on the moon. It might just take a woman to get him there."
Why I'm Excited:  This new series comes from Will Ferrel and Adam McKay, and once I heard that it was reminiscent of the sense of humor found in Anchorman, I was sold.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman (Greatest Hits) Vinyl. 25 July 2014.

A greatest hits compilation of Ozzy Osbourne's solo work is seeing a release in August. The release is up for preorder at MyPlayDirect.com. There will be two formats - a picture disc (pictured here) for $59.98 and a standard black LP set for $39.98.

They describe it as, "The definitive best of compilation from The Prince of Darkness on 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl. Memoirs Of A Madman serves as a career spanning audio release featuring 17 of Ozzy Osbourne's greatest hit singles remastered and compiled in one place for the first time in his career. This set offers fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy(r) winning singer and songwriter the ultimate collection from Ozzy's distinguished solo career. Ozzy's ongoing solo career spans four decades--as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath--and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. For all the things Ozzy Osbourne has been known for, Memoirs Of A Madman puts the focus squarely on the thing he does best: crafting some of the best, most passionate rock and roll of all time."

The track listing is as follows:

Side A
Crazy Train
Mr. Crowley
Flying High Again
Over The Mountain

Side B
Bark At The Moon
The Ultimate Sin
Miracle Man
No More Tears (edit)

Side C
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Road To Nowhere
Perry Mason
I Just Want You

Side D
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
I Don’t Wanna Stop
Life Won’t Wait
Let Me Hear You Scream

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DMB By Request Tour - What If? 24 July 2014

I was recently made aware of the Metallica By Request tour. A band doing a setlist request show isn't something new, other artists such as Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Hanson, Franz Ferdinand, Avenged Sevenfold, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Motley Crue, My Morning Jacket, moe. and others have done this before.  But it was rather interesting to me to look at the set lists the fans turned in and see what the results would look like.

So I decided to put it to a vote.  "What if Dave Matthews Band let fans pick the setlist?"  I drafted up a little poll and set it at 20 songs that fans would most like to see performed at a DMB show. I used the number 20 as it was the average number of songs performed in the Summer 2013 Tour. The voting was for full band studio album songs only, so covers and unreleased songs weren't included in the poll. As a member of AntsMarching.org, I knew there was a wide range of fans there, but that the "hardcore element" was adequately represented there, so I announced it to the AM.org community for voting. I was also aware of the DMB Family group on Facebook which had a representation of both hardcore and casual fans.  The poll was presented to both groups - the DMB Family and the AntsMarching group for voting.  The results were rather interesting.  I was surprised by how common the results were amongst both sides of the fence.  I've noticed in the past via social networking that the most outspoken fans on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are from the casual fan side of the fence, so I made sure this poll was promoted on social networking as well, to draw in voters from the casual contingent.

In the end, the DMB Family brought 152 votes, whereas the AntsMarching group brought 96 votes - for a total of 248 votes. A full spreadsheet of the results can be downloaded here, in PDF format. Now, onto the results.



















AntsMarching.org 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

Pig - 85 - 88.54%
The Stone - 80 - 83.33%
The Last Stop - 76 - 79.17%
Best of What’s Around - 73 - 76.04%
Warehouse - 64 - 66.67%
The Dreaming Tree - 61 - 63.54%
Typical Situation - 59 - 61.46%
Ants Marching - 56 - 58.33%
You Never Know - 56 - 58.33%
Recently - 55 - 57.29%
Spoon - 53 - 55.21%
#41 - 53 - 55.21%
Two Step - 51 - 53.13%
Seek Up - 49 - 51.04%
Bartender - 49 - 51.04%
Minarets - 46 - 47.29%
Lie In Our Graves - 42 - 43.75%
Dancing Nancies - 41 - 42.71%
Say Goodbye - 40 - 41.67%

#20 (Two Way Tie) - Crush, Jane - 37 - 38.54%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 6 - 28%
UTTAD - 5 - 24%
Crash - 4 - 19%
R2T - 4 - 19%
Busted Stuff - 2 - 10%




















DMBFamily 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

#41 - 102 - 67.11%
The Stone - 93 - 61.18%
Pig - 91 - 59.87%
Warehouse - 81 - 53.29%
Two Step - 81 - 53.29%
Best of What’s Around - 76 - 50%
Dancing Nancies - 71 - 46.71%
Ants Marching - 70 - 46.05%
Grey Street - 68 - 44.74%
Typical Situation - 66 - 43.42%
Lie In Our Graves - 65 - 42.76%
Tripping Bilies - 64 - 42.11%
Crush - 62 - 4079%
The Last Stop - 61 - 40.13%
Halloween - 60 - 39.47%
Say Goodbye - 58 - 38.16%
Bartender - 56 - 36.84%
The Dreaming Tree - 56 - 36.84%
Seek Up - 56 - 36.84%

#20 (Four Way Tie) - DDTW, Jane, So Right, One Sweet World - 45 - 29.61%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 7 - 30%
UTTAD - 5 - 22%
Crash - 5 - 22%
R2T - 3 - 13%
Busted Stuff - 2 - 9%
Everyday - 1 - 4%

After putting those two groups results together, the conclusion was rather interesting. One, both groups like a majority of the same songs. Two, the combined results would lead to a fantastic show that would leave both hardcore and casual fans satisfied. In the event DMB ever did this, they could do it much like Metallica does - each show gets votes so each shows results could be slightly different, but a majority of these highly voted for songs would more than likely be present at each show. This goes to show the songs that fans are looking for at shows and what many consider to be their favorite songs.
 
Combined DMBFamily/AntsMarching.org 20 Song Setlist
Song - # Votes - % of Votes

Pig - 176 - 70.97%
The Stone - 173 - 69.76%
41 - 155 - 62.50%
Best of What’s Around - 149 - 60.08%
Warehouse - 145 - 58.47%
The Last Stop - 137 - 55.24%
Two Step - 132 - 53.23%
Ants Marching - 126 - 50.81%
Typical Situation - 125 - 50.40%
The Dreaming Tree - 117 - 47.18%
Dancing Nancies - 112 - 45.16%
Lie In Our Graves - 107 - 43.15%
Bartender - 105 - 42.34%
Seek Up - 105 - 42.34%
Crush - 99 - 39.92%
Say Goodbye - 98 - 39.52%
Tripping Billies - 98 - 39.52%
Recently - 96 - 38.71%
Grey Street - 95 - 38.31%
You Never Know - 93 - 37.50%

Percent of show:

BTCS - 5 - 25%
UTTAD - 5 - 25%
Crash - 5 - 25%
R2T - 2 - 10%
Busted Stuff - 3 - 15%

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

X-Men Days of Future Past, Korn and Rob Zombie Vinyl Releases. 23 July 2014.

Lots of new vinyl releases dropped today and I'm pretty excited. 

First - NewOnVinyl.com added this release - the soundtrack to X-Men Days of Future Past - limited to 2500 copies on colored vinyl.
Today, Music On Vinyl announced the full vinyl reissue campaign for the Korn library. The first release is their self titled album, "Korn", and is up for order at NewOnVinyl.com.
And via EnjoyTheRide, Rob Zombie's release "Hellbilly Deluxe" is coming to vinyl in it's first non picture disc format. It will be available July 24th at 1:30 EST. The store is limited people to 3 vinyl per purchase, so I'm assuming this one will sell fast. Only 500 pressed.