Category Archives: Pop Culture

Casting Call: Preacher

If you’ve been reading my site for any amount of time (which you probably haven’t because you’re not my mom), you might be aware that Hollywood has taken my advice and is finally adapting Preacher. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, longtime fans of the comic, will produce a TV show for AMC.

I gotta say, I’m pretty excited. Per usual, I have some ideas on who I would like to see in the series.

Jesse Custer

Jesse is the titular preacher, who has been imbued with the voice of God after the Genesis (the unholy result of an affair between an angel and demon) enters him. He needs to have a little swagger and a wry wit. Additionally, he needs to be able to handle himself in a fight.

Basically, Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins have both been playing similar characters to Jesse on the excellent FX show Justified. They have mastered the sly banter between their characters, and Goggins is especially adept at delivering engrossing monologues.

With the show’s end in sight, it’s reasonable to assume either one could be available.

However, I appreciate that AMC might want to go younger with Jesse. I’m a big proponent of Boardwalk Empire and Jack Huston in particular. Combine the swagger of his character from American Hustle and the grit of Harrow from Boardwalk Empire, and you have a pretty decent Jesse Custer.

Tulip O’Hare

Tulip is Jesse’s partner in crime, so to speak, and love interest. She’s also a crack shot who often covers Jesse when the two get into trouble. She needs to be able to keep with Jesse and look comfortable handling weapons and action sequences.

I think everyone would love to see Jennifer Lawrence’s take on the character, but, if we’re being realistic, that’s not going to happen. I’m also a big fan of Emma Roberts (especially in American Horror Story: Coven and Scream 4), but she seems a bit young for the role.

I think Katie Sackhoff embodies the character of Tulip. After playing a badass like Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, the role wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

Cassidy

Cassidy is a hard-drinking Irish vampire (yup), who also happens to be friends with Jesse and Tulip. Michael Fassbender would be perfect, but that’s probably not going to happen. I think Ewan McGregor would also be great, but that’s doubtful as well.

Although he might skew a little young, Richard Madden (AKA Robb Starke) has the potential to be great as Cassidy. Recently, he was on the Nerdist podcast and seemed like a genuinely funny, charming dude. It would be nice to see him in something where he doesn’t have to be so serious.

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My Favorite EPs

In music, albums and singles are praised all the time–whether it be at the Grammys or by an arts and entertainment magazine or just some dude’s blog.

However, EPs (extended plays for you those of you not with it), the no man’s land between singles and albums, often go unrecognized. After thinking about it, I confirmed that I did, in fact, listen to enough of them to put together a little list.

These are the ones that have stuck with me.

Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)

I imagine when all the hair metal bands in LA heard this, they just collectively shit their pantaloons.

Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are the bands that get credit for starting the grunge movement, but Mudhoney was really the heart and soul of that scene. Before the success of Nevermind, this is the record that put Sub Pop on the map.

Mission of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches (1981)

I remember hearing “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver” for the first time and thinking this is one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

Mission of Burma were all trained musicians (in a scene where that wasn’t necessarily positive) and thus knew where to bend the rules. The complex compositions (relative to contemporaries) and strategic use of noise and feed back created a one-of-a-kind sound you’re not likely to forget.

Minor Threat – Minor Threat (1981)

When you get into punk music there are a few bands you’re required to listen to, Minor Threat is one of them.

It only clocks in at about 9 and a half minutes, but Minor Threat’s first EP is a powder keg of aggression and exuberance.

At this age, it’s hard to get behind some of the youthful righteousness of the EP. But, when I have a rough day at work, “I Donna Wanna Hear It” is the perfect form of catharsis.

Fugazi – Furniture (2001)

Fugazi is another Ian Mackaye band that seems to be required listening. The band was rooted in punk but moved away from the brevity and bluntness of the hardcore scene.

I think most Fugazi fans might be inclined to favor the band’s first self-titled EP or Margin Walker, but it’s always been Furniture for me.

It’s only three songs, but it’s 8:51 of brilliance. “Number 5” is one of my favorite instrumental songs because it’s so unrelenting.

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Futurama Jack-o’-Lantern

It’s been a long time since I carved a pumpkin, but this year I decided to enter a pumpkin carving contest at work. I had some trouble deciding on what to carve, but the final two themes were Futurama and Batman.

I decided to go with Futurama–Bender specifically. I couldn’t find a good bender pattern online, so I had to freestyle it. But I think the result was pretty good:

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

Bender Bending Rodriguez.

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Pizza Ad Campaigns Decoded

Pizza is a staple of any 20-something’s diet, especially college students. However, lately, I’ve noticed how ridiculous national pizza chains’ advertising is.

Pro tip for you pizza big wigs out there: People in America will always eat pizza. Always. But, if you insist on continuing to waste your money, I’ll let you know what you’re really saying to us.

Domino’s: Hey guys, we really don’t suck anymore! Really!

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Domino’s got a boost from some not-so-subtle product placement with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

That allowed them to coast through the rest of the ’90s and most of the ’00s shoveling out below-average, cardboard-crusted pizza for elementary-school birthday parties and drunk college students.

Subtle.

Then came the proliferation of the Internet. Suddenly, entitled jerks with nothing better to do could tell Domino’s (and anyone else who would listen) just how much they sucked. Domino’s realized the jig was up and this was the result:

Their current TV commercials are so desperate that it’s difficult to watch. Domino’s is basically the guy at the bar after last call hopelessly trying to get someone–anyone–to come home with him.

Unfortunately, not even coeds eight vodka Red Bulls deep really want to eat Domino’s pizza.

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My Favorite Albums of 2012

It seems like everyone else is doing this list, so I figured I might as well.

*Also, this a subjective list of my favorite albums and not an objective list of the best albums of 2012.

17 Delta Spirit- Delta Spirit

I’m compelled to put this on the list because I’m such a big Delta Spirit fan, but I’ll be honest it disappointed me slightly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very good album. It’s just different.

If you were expecting something similar to Ode to Sunshine or History From Below, like me, you were in for a surprise. The band moved away from the roots rock approach on its previous albums. Delta Spirit is more polished and obviously more produced.

That being said, “California” is a great song, even if it’s no “Golden State.” (See what I did there? Jokes!)

16 Dr. Dog- Be The Void 

I love Dr. Dog because they have a knack for creating catchy, layered songs that keep you humming. Up until Be The Void came out, Shame, Shame, their last album, was my favorite. However, I think Be The Void has replaced it.

Despite being very catchy, sometimes their songs, and therefore their albums, can feel a bit drawn out. But this one didn’t feel like that at all. It felt intimate, and maybe  a little darker, but fun nonetheless.

The baselines and hooks in “That Old Black Hole,” “These Days” and “How Long Must I wait” will grab you immediately.

15 Zeus- Busting Visions 

Pretty much everything I just said about Dr. Dog applies to Zeus as well. They’re like the Canadian Dr. Dog. Actually, they might be catchier.

14 Nada Surf- The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy

Wait, the guys that sang “Popular” are still around? I’m sure that’s what you’re saying, and, yes, they are.

Currently, there seems to be a disturbing lack of rock bands doing the power-pop thing. Since Teenage Fanclub stopped making albums, and since this whole scene seemingly died with the 90s, I had to find my fix elsewhere. I had to look no further than Nada Surf.

I dare you not to feel good listening to “Teenage Dreams.”

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