Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen

I have a nagging suspicion that I shouldn't be sharing this with you. Surely, some of you may already be familiar with it. Rarely have I been shocked by something I've seen on the internet. Enough with the disclaimer...
I'm just gonna post the site and move on. If you see it, you see it. Be warned it's disgusting and graphic and you might wanna think twice about watching it. My vagueness is probably enticing you even more. Maybe you won't be shocked at all by it. Regardless I was and here it is: www.2guys1horse.com

P.S. I heard about it in a documentary I saw called "ZOO", when someone, who will remain nameless, put it in their netflix queue ok. That's innocent enough. It's not like I seek out this stuff. Sheesh!

With that out of the way, we've been laying low for the most part. We're home for another few weeks and then back out on the road for a good long stretch. Tourdates are going up on our myspace as we confirm them, so check early and check often, cyber ones.
As for me, I've been reading and watching alot of movies. Some things I recommend:
Books:
The Dark Side of Genius: The life of Alfred Hithcock (I'm a huge Hitchcock fan and this really illuminated alot of things about him, though I question how the author could possibly have known his deepest, darkest secrets just by watching his films.)
I also recently read the wonderful Hitchcock/Truffaut book. Both are definitely for those with more than a passing interest in his movies. Other books -
Agatha Christie anthology, David Mamet "Bambi vs. Godzilla",
Martin Amis - Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (about Stalin and the 20 + million people he had killed)

Movies: I managed to find all 3 Harry Palmer Films from the 60's on DVD - "The Ipcress File", "Funeral in Berlin" and "Billion-Dollar Brain". They're great 60's cold war spy thrillers with Michael Caine as a sort-of anti-James Bond. Highly recommended. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" by Jaques Demy - This is one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. All of the dialogue is sung. Don't let this put you off, though. It's wonderful and young Catherine Deneuve might be the most beautiful girl I've ever seen.

Music: The Delta Spirit "Ode to Sunshine" - great album. Tom Petty - "She's the One" soundtrack (really just the song "Walls" though) and Vivaldi (I forget which pieces. I'd have to upstairs and root through my stuff and that's just not happening right now)

Finally, I'm researching about the nuclear blackmarket for a screenplay I'm working on. Just in the beginning stages, but I'm pretty excited about it. Everybody needs a hobby, I guess.

Take care,
Mark

Friday, January 16, 2009

Worst Woman Alive

i stumbled across this gem of a news story recently...

"New York (ChattahBox) – In an unusual case that proves some gifts are not unconditional, a New York doctor is suing his ex-wife for $1.5 million dollars for a kidney he donated during their marriage, after alleging she had an affair.

Richard Batista has also stated that he would be happy to receive the kidney back, instead of the money, and that the choice is completely up to her.

The bitter lawsuit comes following a divorce that he alleges occurred because of an affair his wife has with a physical therapist, who she was seeing due to an unrelated injury, two years after Batista gave her his kidney to save her life.

“I saved her life and then to be betrayed like this is unfathomable. It’s incomprehensible,” he told reporters. “She engaged in an extramarital affair and refused to go to marital counseling and reconciliation.”

He also states that she delivered the divorce papers in the middle of a surgery he was performing on a patient, and then refused to allow him to see their three children, adding added pain to the betrayal."

ouch.

josh

Monday, January 5, 2009

Good Grief!

My car only plays casette tapes. I was digging through the armrest and found a tape that was not labeled. Lo and behold, it turns out to be a mixtape I made for myself many moons ago when I was in the 7th grade, I believe. Through Side A I thought of myself as a really cool little kid. But Side B kind of demolishes any good taste I had on the A side. Maybe they cancel each other out and leave me as just a normal
7th grader. Either way, this tape is very of it's time, that being the mid 90's.
Now you can figure out (roughly) how old, or should I say young, I am.
Without further ado... (?)= me guessing at the song title with wikipedia's help

SIDE A
GREEN DAY - Pulling Teeth
FUGAZI- Forensic Scene
FUGAZI- Combination Lock
JAWBOX - Static (?)
AVAIL - Simple Song
GUIDED BY VOICES - As we go up, we go down
GUIDED BY VOICES - Game of Tricks
THE CLASH - Stay Free
THE CLASH - White man in hammersmith palais
SEBADOH - Soul & Fire
EVERCLEAR - Nehalem
ALL - Million
MY BLOODY VALENTINE - 1st song on Loveless
HURL - (?)
THE TONICS - (?)
NWA - Express Yourself

SIDE B
{cringing!}
SKANKIN' PICKLE - 4 songs from the Green Album, the only Skankin' Pickle album I ever owned. Honestly.
SUPERCHUNK - Detroit has a skyline
SCREECHING WEASEL - Instrumental from A better Tomorrow
JAWBREAKER - Million
SWERVEDRIVER - Sandblasted
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE - Seven
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE - In Circles
SPECIALS- Do Nothing
GOLDFINGER - (?)
DANCE HALL CRASHERS - (?)

Glad I got that off my chest. Yeah, there's some embarrasing ska/punk on there. But whatever, I'm sure you also had the best taste in music in the 7th grade too.
Later,
Mark