What we did on our summer vacation: watch lots of Criterion movies, see a few quality blockbusters, and rock out to some sweet summer jams. Oh, and not post very frequently. But fortunately here’s a special end-of-summer podcast to let you know what we’ve been doing this summer pop culture-wise as we head into the cold hard crispness of Fall.
Daft Punk, Eminem, LCD Soundsystem
The Hold Steady, Wilco, TV on the Radio
Fleet Foxes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay
Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Yo La Tengo
Modest Mouse, Bon Iver, Godspeed You Black Emperor
Arcade Fire, Springsteen, Broken Social Scene
Radiohead, Brand New, everyone has U2
Outkast, Weezer, still haven’t heard Ween
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Welcome to another edition of Rokk Talk! This week John, Colin, and special guest Sean talk about their top ten favorite albums of the 2000s. The reason?… Is you. Continue reading
Maybe I don’t really wanna know, how your garden grows cos I just want to listen to Rokk Talk. Some pretty interesting things have been going on across the pond, lately. So let’s roll back to a simpler time… the 90s! Listen as John and Colin reassess the biggest Britpop bands of the time. Who knows what they will uncover? “Just because you sell lots of records it doesn’t mean to say you’re any good. Look at Phil Collins.” Bless you, Noel Gallagher.
An event is coming! Another event is coming! Summer is here and we all know what that means: Blockbuster movies. 2017 has more franchise and sequel flicks coming out than any other year in history, so we thought we’d celebrate that absolute glut of cinema by actually celebrating the highest achievers in the medium. So, this July, be on the lookout for 30 reviews of 30 films by 29 directors from the Criterion Collection. We’re so excited about the foreign, silent, and black and white films that will be dropping on you that we even had to do a draft so we could each claim the reviews we wanted to do. Check out the podcast, the tentative schedule is after the break.
Who’s to say what makes a good year for music? After all, every year is just compiled of 365 days that will see a completely random assortment of independent artists making music that may or may not be good. Well, unless you’re talking about a year like 1967 or 1977, in which lots of scenes and genres, born of the turbulent eras they were made in, produced some of the most lasting music of the rock era. Now which year is better? Well, Colin and John didn’t really debate that. However, that did try to cram in as many shout-outs to great albums while trying not to leave any truly notable ones out (spoiler: they did leave some notable ones out). Continue reading
What is The Matrix? We know the answer to that question now, but do you know its real source? One of the Wachowskis’ biggest inspirations was a 1995 film called Ghost in the Shell, one of the first anime movies to find success in the United States. Tragically, now that movie risks being lumped in with a bunch of half-cooked Scarlett Johansson sci fi action flicks, like Lucy, The Island, or We Bought a Zoo, thanks to a modern, live action remake. But maybe the remake, despite all the controversy surrounding it, isn’t that bad? Maybe the original isn’t that good? Let’s find out this week, on Good Movie/Bad Movie!
No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens but no one else is in the room where it happens. In this case, I’m not talking about the post-Revolutionary War American government, but actually the dirty work of pitching movies. This week, the four of us try to come up with some really good ideas for ways Hollywood could cash in on the recent success of musicals like La La Land. What’s our name, man? Pitching Tents, our name is Pitching Tents, and there’s a million things we haven’t done, just you wait, just you wait.