The Ten Best Live Musical Acts of 2008.

Paste Magazine just ranked the “20 Best Live Music Acts of 2008.” I really like the choices of ‘TV on the Radio’ and Sigur Ros. I’d love to see either of these bands live. If you haven’t checked out ‘TV on the Radio,’ you should. Very 80s. Here’s a clip. 

Published in: on December 31, 2008 at 6:57 am  Leave a Comment  

A different sort of “Lost.”

I think that even as a very young child, I still remember thinking that this show was really cheesy. And this summer, it’s up for a re-do with Will Farrell and Danny McBride.


Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 7:50 am  Leave a Comment  

ONE more Christmas Post.


 I know the season has pretty much passed us by. But if there’s any love in your heart for stop-motion Rudolph and Rocky IV, then you should  definitely watch this.

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 6:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Merry Christmas!

At first glance, sure, it’s a little tacky. A Christmas tree consisting of beer bottles? But before you turn up your nose at it, watch a bit of the video. Not only is the construction quite impressive, the end result is actually quite beautiful in it’s own drunk, little way.

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Best Holiday Special Ever?

I gotta say it’s either “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer” or “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.” And I’m not talking about the cartoon versions. It’s gotta be the stop-motion old-school version or nothing at all. Here’s the trailer, and it is AWESOME.

My wife? She’s partial to the one with the rats. Here’s a clip…

Here’s a ranking of the top ten most underrated Christmas specials ever. What’s your favorite?

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Hi, I’m Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?”

I really hate that I missed out on this. Turns out that back on December the 18th, it was “International Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day!” Man!

This movie has become me and Tanya’s Christmas Eve tradition! We watch it every year and love it. It’s become so popular now that we really have to go out of the way to make sure we don’t watch it until then. We laugh at all the same jokes every year. And we love it. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.

So what are our plans tonight? I’m singing at our Christmas Eve services this afternoon. We then go to Outback with my brother and his wife and their kid and our friend Greg and eat WAY too many cheese fries. And then it’s home to watch “Elf.” That is a great day!

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Star Wars Holiday Special


Any of you guys that actually remember this? I do. I actually remember watching this. It was broadcast only once…in November 1978. I was seven years old. And I was such a Star Wars fan that we were GLUED to the set. 

It’s become infamous since then. In a world where you can find almost everything on YouTube, this one’s actually a tough get. The production value is pretty bad…even for the late 70’s. The storyline is set back in Chewbacca’s home world where they celebrate “Life Day.” One blogger says: “Essentially, they crammed the Star Wars Phenomenon into the 1970’s Variety Format. And the end result is long, disturbing, and just silly.”

Some call it George Lucas’ dark secret. At one Australian fan convention he reportedly said: “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.” Some people have posted fan sites with interviews with the cast.  But back in the day, I LOVED it. Check out this site for a great breakdown of the storyline. Vanity Fair even did a piece on it that’s really good. And here’s a couple of clips I found on YouTube.

And it looks like somebody has posted the WHOLE THING here. 

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 5:54 am  Leave a Comment