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Music Monday Corgan – “Panopticon” by The Smashing Pumpkins

Posted by KingShamus on January 7, 2013

Here’s a song I overlooked last year.  My bad.

This little ditty is taken from The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest full-length disc Oceania, which came out in 2012.

Lead Smasher Billy Corgan can be such an arrogant doucherocket, even by platinum-selling guitar hero standards.  He’s never really matched the consistent high quality of the Gish/Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie era.  He had a seriously lame mid-period lull in the late 90’s/early 2000’s because he had to over-analyze and over-produce every single idea that breezed through his head.  He somehow alienated the ultra-adorable Paz Lenchantin when she was in his other band Zwan.

But when Corgan nails a song, it’s amazing how good it is.  Forget about his big radio hits.  That’s hunting cows with a grenade launcher.  Homeboy designed the singles to be irresistible earworms.

How do you know BC is talented?  Look at some of the Pumpkin’s deeper tracks.  “Tristessa” filters a bit of punk rock simplicity through Jimmy Page’s cranked Marshall stacks with excellent results.  “Geek USA” is exuberant rock music that doesn’t fall into Corgan’s hyper-cerebral trappings.  Da Punkins somehow figure out a way to simultaneously celebrate and mock the mopey goth-kid ethos in the woefully underrated “Here Is No Why“.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ enduring genius was, and still is, the ability to meld hippy-dippy kumbaya dreams with carefully orchestrated heavy rock riffs.  From what I’ve heard of Oceania, Billy Corgan might just be ready to embrace this legacy rather than run away from it.  I’m still not sold on SP version 3.0–or is it 4.0?–but still, “Panopticon” is pretty great.

One More Thing:  Billy Corgan has a habit of hiring lady bass players.  Why not run through a partial list?

Darcy Wretzky

Darcy Wretzky

Darcy, again

Darcy

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Melissa Auf Der Maur with Bass

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Ginger Pooley

Ginger Pooley 1

Ginger Pooley 2

Ginger Pooley

Nicole Fiorentino

Nicole Fiorentino

Nicole Fiorentino1

Paz Lenchantin

Paz

Paz2

Paz3

Does this count as a Rule Five post?

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New Movie News–“The Watch”, featuring Cathy Shim and Rosemarie DeWitt ( #RuleFive )

Posted by KingShamus on June 22, 2012

Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn on their own are capable of funny movies. “Superbad”, “Wedding Crashers” and “Meet The Parents” are a few of the best comedies of the last 15 years.  Hopefully they don’t lose the magic when they get together.  Their new movie “The Watch” comes out July 27th.  Here’s the trailer.

Could be decent, although the red band trailer (NSFW) shows us a movie that might be both funnier and more disgusting than the g-rated preview led us to believe.

Anyhoo, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of eye candy going on.  Only two gals are mentioned in the cast.  That’s sort of a head-scratcher.   In a sci-fi comedy, you really can’t go wrong with five or six hotties running around.

Oh well.  We might as well take a look and see whats doin’ here.

Rosemarie DeWitt

 

 

 

 

Cathy Shim

 

 

 

 

 

Okay.  I take it all back.  Cathy Shim is fairly rockin’.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Super Bowl 2012

Posted by KingShamus on February 5, 2012

Well, for a football season that almost didn’t happen, this year has been a helluva ride.  The lockout might’ve put a scare into players, owners and fans, but once it was over the NFL put the rocky offseason behind it in short fashion.  The 2011 Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, had a dominating 15-1 record only to lose in the second round of the playoffs.  Teams like the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders, who both have long histories of losing, were finally competitive and have potential to be strong in the future.

After a great season, it makes sense that this year’s Super Bowl is full of drama.  The 2011-2012 edition of the New England Patriots features a high-powered offense led by All-Universe quarterback Tom Brady. Most teams have one fair to good tight ends.  The Pats are blessed with two spectacular TE’s; Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez both had insanely productive seasons.  Wes Welker is one of the more dangerous wide receivers in the NFL.  As usual head coach Bill Belichick has his hydra-headed running back attack of Danny Woodhead, Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley, which allows him to plug in three guys into the position and keep all of them rested.

What New England doesn’t have is a lock-down defense.  With the exception of  Vince Wilfork, there aren’t a lot of bona-fide stars on the Patriots’ defensive team.  This is somewhat surprising, as Belichick made his NFL reputation as a defensive mastermind.

The New York Giants are in the Super Bowl, but at times during the year it was doubtful whether they’d make it to the playoffs.  From mid-November to mid-December, the G-men lost five out of six games.  During that swoon, head coach Tom Coughlin was allegedly headed for the unemployment line.  Whispers of a rebuilding effort in the offseason were heard.  Player grumblings and dissention was a factor.  Instead of slouching towards a January tee time, the Giants rattled off five straight victories and turned what could’ve easily been an epic failure into a potential Super Bowl victory.

Emphasis on ‘potential’.  In the Patriots, New York faces unique challenges.  The Giants pass rush is a dangerous weapon that has proven that it can get to any quarterback in the league.  However, stopping the run is not their strong suit.  Even their pass defense has some holes.  If the Giants aren’t putting pressure on the passer, their secondary can be overwhelmed and end up burned for big plays.

It looks like the Super Bowl will come down to the match-up between the Patriots offense versus the Giants defense.  If the Giants are hitting and sacking Tom Brady, the Patriots are in for a long game.  If Brady and Bellichik can mix in the run and pass and keep the Giants on their heels, the Patriots have the talent and weapons that could turn this game into a New England route.

I could also see special teams factoring in here.  The Giants are not known for their great special teams play.  Lawrence Tynes can hit a clutch field goal, but he doesn’t have the strongest leg on kick-offs.  Even if New England doesn’t run back a kick-off for a touchdown, they could get serious yardage on kick-offs which would set up their offense on short fields.  On the other hand, Bill Bellichik has been known to take risks if he thinks he can catch the other team off-guard.  Fake punts, onside kicks; the whole gamut of trick plays could be possible in this match-up.

My long-running support of the New York Football Giants is hampering my normally completely fool-proof football prognostication skills [sarc/].  My heart wants the Gints to snag their second Super Bowl in four years.  My head tells me that the Giants defense is superior to the Patriots defense, which should be enough to secure a New York victory.  My pessimistic streak–located somewhere in my bunions–says that since everyone on the planet seems to be picking the Giants, New England could sneak out a victory.

I really don’t know about the game.  I’m too much of a fan to really look at this objectively and make a pick.  I do know that I like cheerleaders, though.  Lots and lots of cheerleaders.

Enjoy the Super Bowl, homies.  And the girls too.

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Rule Five-Paz De La Huerta

Posted by KingShamus on June 30, 2011

Butterface?

 

Betterface.

 

Yes, I stole the pic from the Daily Mail.  Yes, I’ve been on a Daily Mail kick today.  Sue me.

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Rule Five Brasilia Edition: Raica Oliveira, Cleo Pires, Natalia Anderle, Camila Rodrigues, Morena Baccarin

Posted by KingShamus on March 26, 2011

Brazil.  It’s not just the home of a very specific kind of waxing or blow-out.  No, Gentle Reader, Brazil has more to offer than it’s various hair treatments.  I know this is going to come as a shock to many of you, but Brazil has been known to have a few attractive women.     

I wanna let you all know something:  I had a really hard time finding hot Brazilian chicks.  As you can all imagine, it was utter torture.  But I went through that misery for the most important people in the world–my readers.

I just hope you appreciate the sacrifices I make for you.

Anyhoooo, on to the cheesecake!

Raica Oliveira

Cleo Pires

Natalia Anderle

Camila Rodrigues

Morena Baccarin

ENJOY!

UPDATE:  Big up to The Daley Gator for hooking us up with some linky love and a nice Gator-lanche to boot.  Thanks to all the Gator-Fans who stopped by.  Come back any time.

As for my readers, I highly reccommend you take a gander at The Daley Gator’s Rule Five Mega-Post.  It’s awesome.

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