Hello again…well…it probably feels like hello for the first time, being that this is my first blog entry in about five months. I have obviously dropped out of my blogging ways, but my friend Jennifer started a blog and my other friend Lauren has returned to her blog, which is now reminding me that I need to get back into this whole thing…right….NOW. So here we are. Just about a month away from a one year blogging anniversary Woo!! (forget about my slackness). So I figure the easiest way to jump back in, while the water is luke warm, is to do a Summer Movie Pruview, my old specialty. And with an exciting Summer ,which officially kicked off for most people this past weekend, I will have plenty to discuss. Now keep in mind these are only the movies that I want to see. I am not mentioning every movie. In fact you will not here the names Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks, Bruno, or whoever is in Final Destination 14. I will first hit the pruMUSTs for me (movies that I MUST and WILL see this summer NO MATTER WHAT). I will then get into my pruHOPEs (movies that I want to see but probably won’t due to time constraints). I will conclude with a few pruWHA?s (movies that I am strangely drawn to, and might be able to sneak in). So LET THE BLOGGING BEGIN!! (that kinda hurt my fingers).


sto09poster_uka1Star Trek

Ah yes. Who woulda thunk it? I’ve never really been a fan, but here I am, probably more stoked about this film than any other this summer. It looks awesome! Which means it will probably be a letdown, but surely not. Not with my boy J.J. Abrams running the show. If you are not aware of Mr. Abrams, he created the greatest television show of all time, LOST. So I have faith that this will be the movie of the summer. The Dark Knight (though probably not that good) of this year. I hope so, or J.J. will have a nerd army of Trekkies at his doorstep.






terminator_salvation_ver8Terminator Salvation

“Do you want me to trash your &%$*#! lights”. That was a great first preview to Terminator Salvation. Ah that Christian Bale. The dedication!! Destroy your own class for the sake of the movie. Dedication. Great first name. On the subject, Family guy did a funny skit about it here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/58008/family-guy-yelled-at-by-christian-bale      I am a fan still. I watched him back in Empire of the Sun (great flick btw) all the way up to now. Good actor. So to play in this movie makes sense. Will it be amazing? Probably not, but the effects will rock. I’ll put this one up there with Transformers. Awesome action, mediocre movie. We’ll see though. Also do you think Awnold will cameo. I hope.






Now I haven’t seen much on this movie, but really all you have to say to me is “Pixar”. That’s all I need. I’ll go. They have not let me down once. I can’t say I’ve loved the recent ones as much as I loved the Toy Story movies (maybe Wall•E is the exception), but they are all still incredible. Funny for all ages, and BEAUTIFUL. They even got into deep themes in Wall•E, which was a bold step, but it worked. I’m sure Up will have some of that too. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m excited. And I’m also pumped for the Pixar short before the movie.






land_of_the_lostLand of the Lost

Like the word “Pixar”, I’m the same way with the name “Will Ferrell”. Just say that, and I’m there. Throw in “Danny McBride” and I’m double-there. Now I didn’t watch this when I was young because I was born in  1980 and therefore am not old like the rest of you people. Just kidding…wink. I have a feeling that it’s not gonna matter. The trailer was quite hilarious, so I have no doubt that the rest will be also. Of course they could be pulling a Bewitched on us, then we are screwed, but I don’t think that will happen. I have a feeling. And it’s….drumroll…a good one.






the_hangover_movie_poster_showest_2009The Hangover

Now this is the most recent addition to my list. I just saw a new trailer, and I’m ready for this awesome looking comedy from the director of Old School. I was almost sold on the concept of the guy having a baby that he found in his hotel room the next day and him walking around with him in a baby bjorn. Throw in Andy from The Office and Bradley Cooper from Wedding Crashers, and the Mike Tyson scene from the trailer, and this film became a pruMUST.






harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince_ver141Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Who is the Half Blood Prince? My wife knows. And most of you know. But I don’t so don’t tell me. I, to my surprise, have become almost (and I stress almost) as excited about this movie as my wife, who has read these books like 20 times, literally. Now I could find out this question by just reading the books, right? Nope. I don’t read. Outside of the bathroom, I don’t read. Laziness I guess. But probably when I start, this will be where I start. Now I am stoked to see more of Voldemort (sp?) and his whole backstory. It’s becoming a little like LOST in a way. A piece of puzzle here and there, except it’s gonna be like 2015 before I know the end of the Harry Potters. But I can wait. They are that good.





district9District 9

Another recent addition to the list. My friend Chris sent me a link to this movie that I did not know about the other day, and I was instantly excited. This film is produced by Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings fame. So this takes the term illegal alien to a more true meaning. I’m thinking they are gonna stay away from and Independence Day feel or a Men In Black feel or any other Will Smith movie feel. It will hopefully be badass, and since Mr. Jackson is involved, I’m sure it will be. Very curious.







transformers-revenge-posterTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Now this one has just barely fallen out of my pruMUSTs because I wasn’t as impressed with the first film as I was hoping. Now my expectations were a bit high considering…well..it’s Transformers, the coolest toy ever made! But Michael Bay, Michael Bay’d it up and made it a little much for me. Awesome action, but a little much. Megan Fox was nice though.







YR1_ADV_IT_1SHT_4Year One

The concept for this one sounded amazing, but the trailer let me down a bit. It might be hilarious, but I’m skeptic. I’m a big fan of both of these guys, but I’ll probably wait for the reviews on this one.








public_enemiesPublic Enemies

You can’t go wrong with Johnny Depp. Throw in a little Christian Bale and you’ve got yourself a potential blockbuster. This one has a little Road to Perdition vibe about it, which sounds very cool to me, but it doesn’t seem to have that must-see factor, but ya never know.








funny_peopleFunny People

Now I probably will see this one since it’s a Judd Apatow film (Anchorman, Knocked Up). Again I liked the preview, but didn’t love it. But with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogan in the same film, it has classic written all over it. OK I’m ready to see it.








gi_joe_banner_snake_eyes_ray_park GI Joe

I swear it took like 10 years to make this film. I heard about a potential GI Joe movie when I was in high school. Here it is. Finally. And who’s the big name of the film…Dennis Quaid??? Could they find noone else? He’s like the only significant actor in the entire movie. I’m not gonna count Sienna Miller or Marlon Wayans because…because I’m NOT OK. I’m not giving up however. The teaser during the superbowl looked awesome, so maybe there’s potential there. I hope so.






pruWHA?s — 3 Movies that I am strangely drawn to. I don’t want to put these on the pruMUSTs, but the probably will end up being pruMUSTs for me…at least for the last one.

beth-cooperI Love You Beth Cooper

Now there is one obvious reason for seeing this movie and one surprising reason. The obvious reason is look at the movie poster. The surprising reason is that Chris Columbus is the director. Hmmm. Interesting. Home Alone, Harry Potter and now I Love You Beth Cooper. I’m sure its goofy, and stupid, but maybe not. And if it is, at least its got Hayden Panttierre in it.







taking-woodstockTaking Woodstock

Now I don’t know much about this movie. I haven’t even seen a trailer, but I know its an Ang Lee movie (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and it stars Demetri Martin, who is one of my favorite comedians. Sounds like an interesting combo. I’m the soundtrack will be fantastic also.







away_we_go_posterAway We Go

Now I saw the trailer for this tonight and it might end up being the best overall movie of the summer. That might be a stretch, but the trailer is very convincing for me. See for yourself: http://www.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/awaywego/








pruBONUS — I just saw a preview for this movie which comes out in October and it blew my mind! Can’t wait.

spikejonezwherethewtareposter33Where The Wild Things Are



THE RETURN OF THE THURSDAY MIX!!!! Well, the email anyways. I’ve been slacking, but that will end TODAY!! Of course, I’m on vacation next week so nothing then, but THEN I will recommit to it.

1. The Alternate Routes – “Time Is A Runaway”: I got this group from Meg the intern from last semester. Good song, kindof reminds me of Travis.
2. The Frames – “Revelate”: This song rocks–I’ve never had a good quality version until yesterday, so here it is. Really cool when the violin comes in.
3. Bendan Benson – “Cold Hands Warm Heart”: I’m pretty sure this is in a car commercial, but I think I originally heard it on The OC, Season One baby. Ah, memories.
4. Jeremy Larson – “Today”: This is my newest music find. Cool use of effects. Reminds me of Keane and also my buddy David Walker (which will be a future Album of the Day).
5. Company Of Thieves – “Oscar Wilde”: iTunes Free download this week. Cool sound. Female singer too. I’m recently getting into female singers. I’m a big fan of Paramore and Ingrid Michaelson lately. Both great.
6. Lindsey Buckingham – “Shut Us Down”: This dude can play and acoustic guitar. I guess that happens when you play for Fleetwood Mac. Cool track from the Elizabethtown soundtrack.
7. The Killers – “Forget About What I Said”: I hate it when bands do this. Release an album and then a few weeks later, release a “Deluxe” version with bonus tracks. Well, the Killers did this and here it is.
8. Common – “Universal Mind Control”: I heard this song on that Amex commercial. I think the background loop is awesome!
9. Does It Offend You, Yeah?- “Dawn Of The Dead”: Yeah, that’s the name of the band. Another new find. Their music can get a little out there, but this track is really cool. Very Killers sounding.
10. Rooney – “Sorry, Sorry”: I had forgotten about this band. Great California band–or at least this album was great.
11. Five Way Friday – “Vision In White”: I was big on this band from Greenville back in college. Great bar band.
12. Dave Matthews Band – “Raven”: Another song I had forgotten about. One of the better tracks off the mediocre Busted Stuff album.
13. Queens of the Stone Age – “3’s and 7’s”: This band just rocks. Definitely one of their coolest tracks. Awesome riff.
14. John Mayer – “Clarity”: Might be the most tight song off a John Mayer studio album. Just a very chill song that’s one of my all time favorites.
15. Justin Timberlake – “Senorita”: I close with another tight song. This is Justin’s best song straight up. Just cool. Probably over played, but understandable. Just cool.



Song Recommendations: Rainy Day, Glass of Water, Life In Technicolor II, Postcards From Far Away, Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground

“Two in a row?” you ask. NO YOU ARE NOT DREAMING MY FRIENDS. Two in a row. This album was a surprise to me. A MAJOR surprise. When Viva La Vida was released in June, I had it in my mind that we wouldn’t get any new Coldplay for at least another 4-5 years, but low and behold here we are today. A new album! They’re kinda gettin all Ryan Adams on us. I thought he was the only one to pull off the multiple albums in a year. And I was right, because this is just an EP. It apparently “features several tracks left over from the studio sessions” for Viva la Vida. After listening, I’ve decided that it’s not only as good as Viva La Vida, it’s better. I’m thinking to myself, how were these songs left out? How does Life In Technicolor II have lyrics and the one on the album not. How did “Violet Hill” and “Yes” make the cut, and “Rainy Day” and “Glass of Water”. I don’t know. I liked Viva La Vida, but I’m just a little surprised to see the other options they had. But whatever, I guess I’m just happy that we have more. Also check out “Postcards From Far Away” which is a short, incredibly calming piano track. Definitely check this one out soon!


For Yesterday


Song Recommendations: Human, Spaceman, The World We Live In, Losing Touch, A Dustland Fairytale, Joy Ride

Hi. My name is Christian. This is an album review. I feel like I need to do that because its been forever since I last sent out an album of the day. I’m sure you’ve been sad, but you will be sad no more!! So we’ve got new music from The Killers!!! One of my favorite bands, for some reason. They are. I guess whenever I seriously consider going online, to buy one of their t-shirts without seeing them live, I consider them a fav. I was however, at first, seriously dissappointed with Sam’s Town. It grew on me, but for some reason The Killers thing, is to have at least one incredible song and release it 3 months before the album is released (basically tease you). When You Were Young was probably one of the coolest songs I had heard in a really long time, so I was super-stoked for Sam’s Town. Unfortunately, what felt like 6 months of waiting for the album, got my expectations way too high. So of course, in the same fashion, Human was released a few months back and I was sold (not like I was with When You Were Young). This time they drop Spaceman on us like a month later. WHAT?! THIS SONG IS GOOD TOO! THIS ALBUM IS GONNA BE INCREDIBLE!!!!(here we go again) Well here it is. Day & Age. Notice, I’m not typing in all caps, so I guess you can sense my reaction. Now again, its not bad, but its just not “INCREDIBLE”, which I got in my head (yet again) that it was gonna be. Oh well. At least it’s new music. So check it out!



Song Recommendations: Better Man, Immortality, Last Exit, Corduroy, Nothingman, Whipping

Pearl Jam’s third, and I must say last “great” studio album (although I think great might be too strong of a word). Yield was OK, but Vitalogy marks the end of the albums I’ve actually kept. It’s third on my list with Ten being second, and my favorite being Vs., But that’s just me people. The first two were the best by far, but Vitalogy definitely has its share of good tunes. All my recommendations are great songs. I love that they did some slow ones (Nothingman & Immortality). And plenty of hardcore Pearl Jam tracks like Spin The Black Circle, Whipping, Las Exit, Corduroy and Not For You. Great songs. OK, maybe this album is great. The thing I don’t understand is the waste of space in the two tracks, Bugs and Hey Foxymophandi… whatever it is. What is the point of these tracks. Experimental? BS. I mean what is the producer like: “OK guys we need two more tracks, so, why don’t you guys go do some drugs and we can lay down something. I’ve got this accordian and these recordings from an old psychiatric hospital, so I’m sure we can put something together that will make people want to kill themselves”. I don’t know what that’s about, but its a trend on a lot of mid-90’s alt-rock albums. But other than those tracks, this album is pretty, well, great. So check it out!


For Yesterday

Song Recommendations: The Distance, Open Book, Frank Sinatra, Nugget, I Will Survive, Daria

I think I used this the last time I put one of this band’s albums up, but WHO DOESN’T LIKE CAKE? Really? I won’t go into it like I did last time, but I’ll just say this one word: funfetti. There. It’s said. Anyways, this is MY funfetti of Cake albums. All of their albums are good, but this one has the best “icing”. OK this is sounding stupid, so I will stop. Just a great collection of songs. And to think this came out in the mid-90s. This sounded like no other band out there, and pretty much still does. “The Distance” is probably my favorite Cake song overall. Both “Frank Sinatra” and “Open Book” have incredible head-bobbin’ intros. Nugget is an explicit yet excellent song for venting frustration. Include a pretty humorous chorus about a golddigger in “Italian Leather Sofa”. Tag in a Gloria Gaynor cover of “I Will Survive” and you’ve got yourself one heck of an album. So check it out today!


1. Cary Pierce – “Absence Of Love”: This guy was in Jackopierce, of which I was quite a fan of in my teens. This is one of his better solo songs.
2. Coldplay – “Daylight”: One of my favorites off the fantastic album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Reminds me of like a spy movie.
3. John Lee Hooker – “Mama, You Got A Daughter”: Cool, old bluesy classic. Actually reminds me of Van Morrison’s “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Probably some inspirations there.
4. Meiko – “Reasons To Love You”: Not sure where I got this track, but I was reading it was on Grey’s Anatomy, so there ya go.
5. Dr. Dog – “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer”: This band is so cool. They sound like they are from like 30 years ago. I love the title. Fun song.
6. The Ramones – “Judy Is A Punk”: This one was stuck in my head this morning for some random reason. Judy IS a punk. I know.
7. Kings Of Leon – “Manhattan”: This song kindof gives the feel of their entire new album. Just cool. Not their usual sound, but cool.
8. Genesis – “Land Of Confusion”: I heard the Disturbed cover of this song a few months back, and inspired me to download this classic Genesis tune.
9. Voxtrot- “Firecracker”: Another one I have no idea where it came from. A cool rock track though.
10. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – “Cobwebs”: I love the way this song starts out. Doesn’t sound like Ryan Adams at first. A good one from Cardinology.
11. The Figgs – “He Always Knows”: This sounds like its off the Van Wilder or American Pie soundtrack, but its cool–I like.
12. Mute Math – “Plan B”: This one is actually off their original EP titled “Reset, one of their best songs.
13. Elliot Smith – “Between The Bars”: A great song from an incredible songwriter.
14. Vampire Weekend – “Campus”: You have to spread out listening times on these guys. They get old quick, but before they do, they’re awesome!
15. The Album Leaf – “Eastern Glow”: Another great one from The O.C. Just a chill song. Awesome!