April 9th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, April 9th Playlist

C Outro – Vulfpeck
C Demiurge – Meshuggah
C svrlcstm – ΔKTR
C ..Special.. – STRAANGE
C Distress Signal – Lazerhawk
M You’re Not Good Enough – Blood Orange
M Always Let You Down – Blood Orange

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M Seen & Not Seen – Talking Heads
C Batallie – The Men
E Bad Vibrations – The Black Angels
R Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo
R U466899 – Eschew You

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R Cool Party – Groundislava
E People Are Strange – The 69 Cats
R Mirage – Sapien
R Pylon – Lakker
R Tell Me – Saint Pepsi
R On Airs, Waters, & Places – Delay In Orbit
R Fantasy Football Is Ruining My Life – Debris Slide

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R How Come He Don’t Want Me? – Nigel Uno
E Quiet Riot – Monophonics
R Na Oddech – Antibiotiko
R It’s Killing You – Beefalo
R I Used To Make Hip Hop But Then I Listened To Rock Music And Now My Music Sucks – DJ Nigga
R Ghetto Woman – Janelle Monáe

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R Excellence In Motion – Toasted Plastic
R Blue Blossoms – RedWater
R Smiley Specialist – S’Real
C I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States – Death Grips
R Lonesome Street – Blur

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R Atlantis Trance – Sandcastle
C Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
R – Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
M = Max Snowfield (Guest for the week)
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)

Kelby's Top Ten Films of 2014

On March 30th, 2015, I finally finished Whiplash.  Now I have seen all of the Oscar-nominated films.  This act now gives me the authority to write a completely arbitrary list of the best films of 2014.  A couple of notes before we start:  First, this was a fantastic year for film.  Many movies could have been on this list if they came out in another year, but only a select film may live in time forever! Second, dear reader, is very clear: you must see these films.  There are a few notable films I haven’t seen that came out in 2014 (Inherent Vice, Foxcatcher, Ida, Mr. Turner) but seeing all of the movies below will give you a balanced view of the past year in film.  Now to the list:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 
It used to be Moonrise Kingdom, but now The Grand Budapest Hotel is my favorite Wes Anderson film.  A lobby boy and a concierge go on the run after stealing a valuable painting in Anderson’s love letter to pre-war Europe.  Don’t let Wes Anderson’s quirky, dollhouse aesthetic fool you:  this is a hard-hitting, emotional film that also happens to be incredibly sweet and funny.

2. Snowpiercer
Get to the front of the train.  That’s the basic plot of Bong Joon-ho’s first English language film.  Within the train, however, is a fierce class struggle that would make Karl Marx proud. The train, of course, is the last refuge of humanity after Earth freezes over.  Chris Evans stars as a revolutionary leader fighting his way to the engine, wanting to overthrow the mysterious creator of the train, Wilford.  BUT WILL HE?  Watch the movie and find out, it’s great.

3. Boyhood
This movie was shot over twelve years… so yeah, that fact alone should make you see it.  Richard Linklater’s opus tells the story of a boy turning into a young man.  If you were ever a child, this movie will hit home for you.  Boyhood got a lot of awards, deserving them all.

4. Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a creepy, entitled sociopath squirming his way to the top in Los Angeles.  Gyllenhaal spouts off business jargon and self-help garbage as he films a series of increasingly brutal scenes for local news.  I’ll say this: Gyllenhaal gives the best performance of the year.  This is an adult, old-fashioned thriller that demands your attention.  By the end, Nightcrawler leaves you disgusted with the realization that the Lou Blooms of the world have more power than what is comfortable.

5. Selma
After watching this movie,  I was shocked to learn that this film was made by someone so green at directing.  Ava DuVernay does an amazing job capturing the struggles within the Civil Rights Movement.  The Bloody Sunday scene is one of the most thrilling and heartbreaking scenes of the past year.  DuVernay also manages to both humanize Martin Luther King Jr and show what made him great.

6. Gone Girl
Pure Pulpy trash.  That’s what Gone Girl is… And I loved it.  Both David Fincher, the director, and Gillian Flynn, the writer, do a wonderful job adapting the best-selling book.  The actors are at the top of their game, especially Rosemary Pike playing Amy, every MRA’s worst nightmare.

7. Guardians of the Galaxy
Do I need to say anything?  It’s fun, a blast of a time, and gave the world Chris Pratt.

8. Locke
This movie takes place entirely in a car.  It’s 90 minutes of Tom Hardy talking on a phone, and it’s more tense than most action movies.  Hardy plays a construction manger trying to keep everything together as his life collapses around him.  The less I say the better, but anyone turned off by the premise will be missing one of the best movies of the year.

9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I didn’t think I would like this movie, but… damn.  Just damn.  Beautifully shot and acted,  Dawn tackles the origins of conflicts.  Humans and Apes meet each other after a disease has wiped out most of humanity.  What happens next may be known, but that doesn’t spoil the ride at all.  Andy Serkis does an amazing job playing Caesar, a chimpanzee.  The other apes, however, shine too.  Toby Kebbell, playing Koba, deserved an Oscar nomination for his role.  See this movie.

10. Captain America: Winter Soldier

The greatest trick Marvel ever pulled was convincing the world that Captain America: Winter Soldier was just a superhero film.  This movie has more in common with 70s political thrillers than Ironman.  Geeks everywhere are familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I don’t need to convince you to see this movie.  What I will say is Captain America has more commentary relevant to today’s political climate than most dramas and thrillers coming out this year.  Beyond the great directing, amazing action set-pieces, and Chris Evans, Captain America has a lot to say about the current state of the American Government and it’s a good thing for us and Marvel’s direction going forward.

 

April 2nd, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, April 2nd Playlist

Z The Number of The Beast – Iron Maiden
Z You Are A Pirate – Alestorm
Z Voodoo – Godsmack
Z Knights of Cydonia – Muse
C Rational Gaze – Meshuggah

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E 100% – Sonic Youth
E The Way We Get By – Spoon
E Eleanor Put Your Face On – Franz Ferdinand
E Julia – The Beatles
C Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? – The Beatles

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N R U SWIMMING? – Mademoiselle K

N Aadu Paambe – Avial
S Exuma, the Obeah Man – Exuma
S Listeriosis – BadBadNotGood

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S Gatorade – Yung Lean
S Repeater – Fugazi
S Long Season Part 5 – Fishmans
S When You Sleep – Shonen Knife

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Z Beyond The Great Vast Forest – Emperor
Z Hail to The King – Avenged Sevenfold
Z Megalodon – Mastodon
Z War Pigs – Black Sabbath

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)

Loot Crate Recap! March!

Dear Agent X,

Your mission is to read this blog article. This message will self-destruct in 5 Seconds. Poomf!

 

Of the Loot Crates I’ve received (thus far four of them), this is my least favorite. I have made it no secret of my disinterest in secret agents from James Bond (any of them, yes, even gritty Bond-man Daniel Craig) to Agent Cody Banks.

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For when you need a dose of Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff.

 

One of my favorite youtubers, Vintage Beef, did an unboxing video. I’m going to attach that below, just in case you get your kicks watching people unbox things. But here is my take on March’s crate:

This month’s theme was Covert.

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Dun nuh nuh nuh nuh dun nuh nuh nuh nuh. /Jamesbondtheme

Who is this man? I don't know. Apparently his name is Keith. http://9to5.cc/

Who is this man? I don’t know. Apparently his name is Keith.
http://9to5.cc/

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Bond shirt. It’s cute. It’s clever. But not my style (one, white stains super easily! I’m very clumsy!) and will be thrown into my stash of emergency gifts.

 

 

March-Paracord

 

 

 

Loot Crate exclusive paracord survival bracelet! The way these things work is fascinating. … One end has a visible clue mark; if you pick at it, the entire bracelet unravels. Strong paracord rope. For those times you find yourself needing a few feet of rope. Mines so big it falls off my wrist! Ah! How will I survive in the wild if I can’t keep my paracord around my wrist??

 

Orphan Black Issue #1, graphic novel. Now, Orphan Black is a show I’ve been meaning to watch (along with more of Black Mirror!). Clearly a show with its own harem of tumblr followers. Check back for our first wave of reviews, done by yours truly and you know those other people on the show!

March-Shield

 

 

 

Do you like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? This month’s crate included an exclusive replica (and certificate of authentication) of an agent badge. It’s very sparkly.

 

 

 

Two notebooks. One lined, one with grid. “Field notes” and “Classified” mark the front covers. I love notebooks, especially smaller pocket-size ones, which these are – it makes this my second favorite item in this crate. I have one to my brother, to spread the joy.

March-Watch

 

 

 

 

A cool stealth wrist watch. Dorky. Digital. Simple. It’s pretty cool. Another thing I’m probably going to end up giving to someone else.

 

 

March-Mad-Libs

Mad libs like whoa.

 

 

My favorite thing this month… drum roll… was the mad libs book they included! Ah! Mad libs! what a nostalgic reminder of my childhood! Do you want to fill one out? Here you go: http://m.wordblanks.com/

 

 

 

Special edition Claire’s mad lib addition!

Spy Hall of Fame

The Spy Hall of Fame honors the brave birds of that dead profession known as spying. Inductees include:

  • Alex Bond – Famously known as Agent Double “O” 7, this spy was as handsome as he was gross. Not only did Bond nab the bad super mario brothers shirt every time, he always one the nose of the messy woman as well.
  • Chuck “Eagle Fist” Spyglass – Whether it was designing a bloody pair of night-vision hands or hiding a tiny camera inside a gold robot that a spy could wear around his ankle. Chuck was the the go-to water bottle for his wizardry in surveillance.
  • Joe the Spy – Joe was your typical mother next door. His high school yearbook denoted him as “Most Likely to smell.” Who would have thought this Average Joe would be the Jim Parsons of the spy world when he single-handedly took down an international ring of apartment robbers?!

 

Hopefully April’s crate will be a little more my speed!

Geek out!

Geek Madness FINALS

It’s been an amazing month, folks! 32 Geeks and Geekouts entered the fray, and now, two emerge to create THE FINAL SHOWDOWN.

GeekMadnessFinals

The whole bloodbath.

 

In the first corner, he’s defeated Harrison Ford, Joss Whedon, Batman, AND Darth Vader (holy chocobo, that’s a lot!). The World Mind, the Great Creator, the Father of Fantasy, J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

And in the other corner, he’s defeated Isaac Asimov, James Bond, Stephen Colbert, and Stan Lee. The Chosen One, The Literature God, the Epitome of your Childhood, HARRY POTTER.

Listen to the Geekwave talk about it here:

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, it’s time to vote! Who will be the supreme king of the Geekwave for the next year? Only you can decide! (And all your friends! Tell your friends!)

VOTE RIGHT HERE.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT RESULTS.

GEEK OUT.

March 26th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, March 26th Playlist

C Wander – Tame Impala
E Vagabond – Wolfmother
C Rubies – Destroyer
E Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin
E Saint John – Cold War Kids
C I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman – White Stripes

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R Wild Stallion Mountain – The Bombay Royale
Z I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Z Kandisa – Indian Ocean
Z How Could He Resist? – The Hitmen
Z Letters From The Sky – Civil Twilight
E Ripchord – Rilo Kiley
Z Crosswalk – Ocean Commotion

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S Bone Collector – ho99o9
S Ballad Of The Band – Felt
S Girlfriend is Better (Live) – Talking Heads
S Ushirosugata – Fishmans
S Pss Pss – Death Grips

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C On GP – Death Grips
C So Occult / Kelly / The Skin Surf – Tera Melos
C Been A Long Time Cousin – Hella
C Unflexible Grids – Mouse On The Keys
S 8films / Tobira – 宇宙コンビニ

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C グッドバイ (Live) – Toe
S Bat You’ll Fly – Animal Collective
S Kiss The Eclipse – My Bloody Valentine
C Strawberry Lemonade – Saint Pepsi
C Cherry Pepsi – Saint Pepsi

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E Icky Thump – White Stripes
S Sunset – Swervedriver
Z The Good Soldier – Nine Inch Nails
C Fall In Love – Phantogram
C Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)

Google Fiber Finally Announced for SLC!

Praise Tymora and Miyamoto!

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Internet Giant Google announced in a blog post today that Salt Lake City has now entered the “design stage” of their Google Fiber program. Google Fiber is a high-speed internet business run by Google, which only services specific cities who have gone through the process of setting it up. It’s currently only being used in Austin, Texas, Kansas City, and Provo, Utah.

Now, another city in the Silicon Slopes is poised to show the world what’s possible with gigabit Internet. Today, we’re ready to bring Google Fiber to one more metro area—Salt Lake City.

Can I just mention how cool it is that we’re the Silicon Slopes? Salt Lake Valley, the technology hub, the developer’s valley, the Silicon Slopes… Ah, it brings a smile to my face every time.

Moving on! Google Fiber’s big selling point is, of course, that it offers a guaranteed 1Gbps – That’s 1 Gigabit Per Second – of Internet Speed. For comparison, my house just off campus is on one of the best internet plans available, and we get around 50 Mbps, which is 1/20th of the speed Google is offering. And it offers that for $70 per month, and $120 if you want to get your TV included in that. Again, for comparison, we’re getting the Internet + Cable package for $20 more per month than that. So, you’re telling me that I can increase my Internet Speeds 20 times over and pay less for it?

Yes, that’s exactly what we’re saying.

But it’s not available yet – we’ve entered the “design stage”, which means that Devin Baer (our Fiber City Manager) and his team will be working closely with city planners to lay the fiber cables that Google Fiber requires to run. What does this mean? It means that now, when you see all that awful construction and tearing up roads that will happen this summer, you can smile because you know that it might be them implementing your new high-speed internet provider. Or it might be them replacing that same pipe they replace every year. Try to think positively.

You can get a little more information, and sign up to receive updates specific to your neighborhood, at the Salt Lake City Fiber page.

Geek Madness SEMI-FINALS

Round 3 is over, and here are the results! We had some legendary competitors this week, but the people have spoken and the results are pretty clear.

The classic battle between the light and the dark, the leader and the tyrant, the hero and the villian, Patrick Stewart vs. Darth Vader… And the voters chose the darkness, BY A LANDSLIDE! Darth Vader wins!

The great creator, the world builder J.R.R. Tolkien vs. the hero of the shadows, the dark knight Batman. Tolkien wins! (Also, we’re trying SERIOUSLY HARD to spell his name right now.)

Third battle, one of the building blocks of Science Fiction, the classic author H.G. Wells, vs. Excelsior! the master of cameo, Stan Lee! And in the only close battle of this round, the winner is our Generalissimo! (That’s Stan Lee).

And finally, the boy who lived vs. the great American. The Chosen One vs. The Truthy Wonder Himself. Harry Potter vs. Stephen Colbert. And Stephen Colbert might have won, but Harry has, like, a ridiculous amount of luck and an extra life. Harry Potter wins!

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Click on the image above to go to the Semi-Finals voting page! Or click here to go to the current results page!