Thursday, August 31, 2006
Rumors sped at light speed on the Internet Tuesday that Paramount is working on an enhanced version of the original 79 Star Trek episodes that it plans to sell as a syndication package to broadcast stations. According to the reports, state-of-the-art visual effects will replace those in the series, new music will be added, and the show will be offered in high definition. Presumably, the new series will also be packaged for sale on high-definition DVD after the syndication package airs. The website DigitalBits, however, observed that "rather than going with a proven effects house, CBS has chosen to do the new CG work in-house. One hopes that they've got someone with REAL Trek effects experience and knowledge involved in the effort -- and they they're taking care to preserve the look and feel of the original shots."
Is this really neccessary? George Lucas did it because the special effects didn't match up to HIS original vision, so tinkering with it made it closer to the story that he always wanted to create. Gene Rodenberry has been dead for a long time.
First of all, who knew that Yeoman Rand was a pot addict (and is that even a real addiction? Maybe she was just addicted to Funyuns.) Second of all, it's not the special effects or the music that make the original interesting. Ask Ben, he can't stand watching TOS but will watch the same episodes of Next Generation over and over again. It's the imagination, the stories, the overdramatic acting, the look and feel of sci-fi in the 60's. To me, watching old Star Trek doesn't seem dated. I don't rewatch the episodes because I've seen all of them already (some, like the one with the Gorn, I must have seen a dozen times. I just saw the Family Guy that references it too) but it's not the fact that the special effects are outdated that new people aren't watching the old series. It's because all the shows from the 60's have such a drastically different sensibility than they do now.
Nick at Nite is all 80's shows now and who do you think under 30 would dig on Get Smart! ? The 60's were so huge because there were so many Boomers, now those people are grandparents. I dunno, the original stories are imaginative and fun, but they also capture a moment in time, a snapshot of social relevance that created icons and invaded the culture, but getting a teenager to sit through an episode of the original series now must be like watching a history lesson. Maybe improved special effects will do the trick, but I don't think so. Trust me, I believe we need William Shatner now more than ever, but I'd rather see new stories than watch the same ones with effects that didn't needed to be updated in the first place (okay, maybe the one with the silicon-based pizza monster, but that's about it.)
Watch out for the pepperoni, Spock!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
That's Clay from our friends in Baby Rocket. He's Tony Iommi tonight.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
That's really, really awesome, thanks for playing Sunspot, Adam! And if you guys haven't gotten into podcasting yet, you'll have to check it out immediately. You don't need an iPod, you just need a computer or MP3 player to see that there's a ton of cool stuff out there that's waiting for you.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Take this quiz!
I got Donna? C'mon. I was hoping for Audrey Horne. Oh well.
As you might have guessed, we're waxing and relaxing this week. Ben's on vacation, so we're just using the time to gear up for a killer Fall. We'll be doing some shows Labor Day Weekend. We'll have some new material for you then and it'll be a preview of what we've got in store for this autumn.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I'll be sifting through video from this summer's concerts and we'll have some more podcasts up soon.
Here's the direct link for download:
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Remember www.rotten.com, the place that had all the shots of accidents, suicides, and accidental dismemberments? Maybe I'm just thinking about accidental deaths because I watched Final Destination again last night but I'm conflicted about the idea. Originally, I thought that looking at all those shots of people dying was a good idea, because you get to stare at real gore right in the face. Most of us are completely unfamiliar with our physical frailty (unless you work for Aftermath, Inc. or are a doctor or soldier) so much so that we freak out at the sight of blood. I've never even been in the presence of a dead person outside of a funeral home where they're all cleaned up. I thought it was cool because it removed me from my comfort zone and shook me up. People in other countries see it all the time, or think about the people who lived through the Plague, where they watched a quarter of the population die in an ugly, ugly way.
We're so shielded from it that we go to movies to watch it in action. I think special effects are awesome the more realistic they are (or unrealistic, as long as they're gruesome.) We all start feeling our mortality at one point or another and obsession with death is part of the human condition.
I never thought I'd be one of those people who rails against the commercialization of things (I kinda hate those people and now I'm becoming one), but we've already fucked up our expectations and conceptions of sex with advertising, do we want to do it with death too?
I'm not saying that they shouldn't have made the magazine, because they have a right to print whatever they want. In the past, I probably would have been the first to pick it up and have it on the coffee table. But what's the point of looking at something that makes me take the focus of my life right now? That takes me out of the moment and makes me start thinking of something that I won't be able to prevent or control. Hey, I like schadenfreude as much as the next guy, but there's so much negativity and sadness in the world already. Why be reminded of it?
A Flight and A Crash by Hot Water Music
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
For fuck's sack, do we ever love to hurt each other.
Okay, I just saw the drummercams from this weekend and that certainly put me in a better mood.
Hey, is Dale wearing my sunglasses in the first picture?
Currently listening to:
Monday, August 14, 2006
It was really a fun weekend; thanks to everybody for making it another memorable tour. We'll definitely be back to Ohio again soon!
Now, it's time for me to crash. We'll be posting weekend recap, drummer cams, and podcast in the next day or two.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Just enjoying the beautiful day and some tasty eats. A big thanks to our friend Kurt for tipping us off to this place!
The radio interview this afternoon was awesome, thanks again to Debra at WAIF for hosting us!p & Jem for setting it up!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I've been having trouble lately, because my sweet new camera that I bought right before SXSW stopped working... :(
So, unfortunately I've missed the DrummerCam at some shows, and for others I've been borrowing cameras, which just means it takes a little extra time to upload the photos since I need to retrieve them first. Thanks for your patience!
Things have also been a bit slow on the Blog and the Podcast because we've been very busy getting ready for some exciting new stuff coming up this Fall (new songs, web site, more acoustic shows, etc., etc.). I think we'll try to get back into the weekly Podcast though, because that was a lot of fun. We just need to find a different way to record it, since I think my laptop is nearing the end of its life -- the plastic on the back of the monitor is cracking big time, and using it in the van while driving doesn't help things (the van is lacking certain mechanical components, shocks being one of them).
Anyway, hopefully this weekend in Ohio we'll get some more good drummer cams, and some Podcast fodder to get things rolling again. I'm really excited for the trip! :D
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
I'm in the Porta-Jon at the Cornstalk Festival and we're having an awesome time. Cactus Joe and The Mobius Striptease are about to start rocking. There's talented acts from all over the country here and the setup is pretty sweet.
We got here just as the belly dancers were finishing up. There's a ton of cool entertainment at the fest. I might get my palm read in a little bit (hey, it's cheaper than therapy!)
Keep your fingers crossed that the rain holds off!
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star Eric Szmanda is nursing a bruised ego after a large woman beat him up in a bar on Hawaiian island Kauai. The actor, who plays forensics sleuth Greg Saunders on the hit show, was holidaying with friends recently when they decided to check out a local tiki tavern on the island. After posing for pictures with fellow holiday makers and locals, Szmanda was leaving the bar when he was confronted by "a big Samoan woman." He recalls, "I thought she wanted to shake my hand, but she clocked me in the face." The actor is still none the wiser as to why he became a victim: "Maybe she didn't like my Hollywood kind in her bar." Hawaiian police detectives are investigating the bar brawl."
Beat up by "a big Samoan woman"? Fuck, man. His "Hollywood kind"? Gimme a fucking break, you're from Mukwonago. You acting's great, man, but can you pretty please with sugar on top try not to get your ass kicked by a girl next time?
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
It has the acoustic version of "Eat Out My Heart" that we recorded earlier this year. Here's what they have to say about the track:
"Sunspot - "Eat Out My Heart"
From the bittersweet to the bitter as cyanide (but catchy!), Sunspot's unreleased "Eat Out My Heart" is bouncy viciousness at its best - "I hope you have an ugly boyfriend/I hope you're working at a car wash/I hope your life went down the drain and everything is not OK/I hope your best years passed you up." I don't think a wish of death for a former lover ("I never told you all those times/I wish you'd died in the car crash") has ever been so hummable, but, such is the magic of Sunspot. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll bob your head while wishing that you'd thought up the lyrics late on a sultry night."
There's some other cool songs on there too (like our friends in Pale Beneath The Blue), so make sure you take a look!