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?
Melissa Auf Der Maur
Does this count as a Rule Five post?
Posted in Music Monday, The Posts of Morale | Tagged: 1979, Billy Corgan, Darcy Wretzky, Geek USA, Ginger Pooley, Here Is Now Why, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Nicole Fiorentino, Oceania, Panopticon, Paz Lenchantin, Rhinoceros, Rule Five, Smashing Pumpkins | 3 Comments »
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.
Okay. I take it all back. Cathy Shim is fairly rockin’.
Posted in The Posts of Morale | Tagged: Ben Stiller, Cathy Shim, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Rule 5, Rule Five, The Watch, The Watch Red Band Trailer, The Watch Trailer #2, Vince Vaughn | 4 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on June 30, 2011
Yes, I stole the pic from the Daily Mail. Yes, I’ve been on a Daily Mail kick today. Sue me.
Posted in The Posts of Morale | Tagged: Boardwalk Empire, Paz De La Huerta, Rule Five, Steve Buscemi | Leave a Comment »
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!
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.
Posted in The Posts of Morale | Tagged: Camila Rodrigues, Cleo Pires, Hot Brazilian Chicks, Morena Baccarin, Natalia Anderle, Raica Oliveira, Rule Five | 11 Comments »