The Summer Movie Feast Begins

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  • on April 30, 2009
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This is always my favorite time of year, mycoplasmosis and not cause of the weather, no rx even though I’m from the Sunshine state I’m an Oregon purist, site I love the rain and the clouds and of course, the overcastyness. It’s cause tomorrow is the day the summer movie season kicks off. Which in years past, had me sitting in front of my computer typing up a 5000 word epic about what is in store for you, the filmgoers through out the summer. Now I dont have the patience to put up with myself for that long anymore, but I’m sure I will still end up crapping out 5000 words about it through out the summer time.

These are the flicks that I’m gonna go see, and millions and millions of Americans will go see, it’s just that time of year, never quite understood why a vastly summer obsessed culture wants to spend several hours indoors (it’s gotta be the AC baby), as opposed to outside frolicking in the happy funtime sunlight, but I’m not judging. That’s not my style, ok, that’s completely off base.

Tomorrow, Friday May 1 (Seriously ? May, holy hell)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Now it’s no secret of mine that I have a devout man-crush on Ryan Reynolds (I know he is not playing Wolverine, he is playing Deadpool, who is cooler than Wolverine anyways), and that as a steak loving American male, frankly I should be getting all excited for the summers first helping of special effects, stabbings with super strong claws, swords, guns, and one would think that I would be stoked and primed to kick the summer movie season off in the right way possible, hell even my little sister is going to see this at midnight. Me, I have little plans to see it opening weekend, I may, I may not, depends on how early it’s playing on saturday morning, and if I drank too much scotch the night before.

Now what really gets my blood pumping, and makes me wanna rush to the local theaters…..

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

I have issues, Im not afraid to admit it, I’ve gotta figure out a way to go see this with out feeling like a lonely tool. Cause it’s gonna be seriously great. Like I said, issues.

PREDICTIONS:
Wolverine $90-115 million opening weekend.
Girlfriends $45-55 million opening weekend.

Preceded only by Reputation

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  • on April 29, 2009
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Many of you may know “of” me, read but you may not know me, opisthorchiasis this my friends and future followers is about to change. I’m the eldest, recipe thus wisest, and clearly best looking of the triumvirate phenomenon known as “The Whiteman Brothers.” I’ve been blogging on the interwebs for quite some time. Today I got an email sent by the digital mastermind who runs this site, asking if my brothers and I would do what we could to carry out the film portion of Truckerspeed. Frankly, I need need a hobby. So I jumped at the chance to begin a new blogging adventure, and I know that I have to stick around and keep my little brothers in check, so I logged on, and Im getting a brief little intro to me, and what I plan on doing for this site’s Film section. 

1. I will do my best to make you laugh. 
2. Weekly Preview of the whats hitting at your local Cinemaplexes.
2a. Weekly preview of movies that I’ve added to my Collection (Which is vast)
3. A completely random column Entitled  “What’s Pissing me off about Hollywood Now”
4. Much Much more, that even I don’t know about as of yet. 
5. News about movies that have not come out yet (No, I do not have a time machine, I’m working on it though)
6. I’m thirsty.

Well that sure wasn’t much of an intro about me and my cinematic insanity, now was it ? But it’s what your gonna get for now. Oh and Im a real badass, seriously, a badass who digs chick flicks on a level that I probably shouldn’t. I promise I’ll be back soon.

Episode 2 of Truckerspeed, in 3D

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  • on April 29, 2009
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Blimy this post has been a long time coming! Here is episode 2 of Truckerspeed in 3D, doctor our weekly variety show on Portland public access TV. Watch new episodes live, before they’re online – Monday at 7pm and Thursday at 9pm on channel 21 or Saturday at 10pm on channel 11.

Show Notes

  1. Our guest is James Jacobsen who is the main Penny Jam sound guy and runs Dexterous Production.
  2. Featured song: My Wing by Narwhal versus Narwhal – myspace
  3. The first video features a 3-sibling band called The Good Ship Astoria, the song is called “Tried so Hard.” The standalone video is episode 2 on the Penny Jam site. The lead singer, Luke Ysdie also plays standup bass for Blind Pilot.
  4. Crazy Carl’s is located on 36th and Division. Carl was actually very level-headed and demonstrated his business acumen through his this unusual promotional op.
  5. No one on the crew or in the band had shoes on during this set
  6. Featured song: Superlazy by Grey Anne – myspace
  7. Featured song: La La La La La by Boy Eats Drum Machine – myspace
  8. The second video is The Romantic and Bombastic at Next Adventure, Listen to the song “Glory to Glory by the Romantic and Bombombastic” watch the standalone video, episode 20 of the PJ or go to the band’s myspace
  9. Featured song: Factory Moon by Jon Itkin – myspace

The Ascetic Junkies at Mt Tabor Legacy

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  • on April 27, 2009
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I ran into a few videographers outside the 7th annual Filmed by Bike premiere on Clinton Street last Friday. I was attracted to the home made Fig Rig they were sporting. Aliye just posted the resulting video:

Check out more by Aliye on his Troma Intern Diary blog.

This was filmed during a show we organized on January 2nd of this year. The show also featured Derrek Wayne and Grey Anne. Sean and I filmed, mind each plugged into our own projector, view
although the second one is out of frame, unfortunately.

When we filmed the Ascetic Junkies for their Penny Jam episode, this song, “Kansas Road Trip” was the unused B-side. We really liked the track but the weather was wild that day and the wind was pretty harsh in the mic. The video was featured on episode 4 of Truckerspeed, in 3D.

Filmed by Bike Festival Craziness

I ran into a few videographers outside the 7th annual Filmed by Bike premiere on Clinton Street last Friday. I was attracted to the home made Fig Rig they were sporting. Aliye just posted the resulting video:

Check out more by Aliye on his Troma Intern Diary blog.

Episode 1 of Truckerspeed, in 3D

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  • on April 3, 2009
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Check out the first episode of our public access TV show! If you’re in Portland you can check out more episodes on Monday at 7pm and Thursday at 9pm on channel 21. Also on at 10pm on channel 11. It is our first application of the green screen recently constructed in our basement.

Show Notes

  1. Featured song: Kali All I Do – Ascetic Junkies. myspace.
  2. The first video is episode 6 of the PJ, pilule featuring the Ascetic Junkies performing “Gone Shootin” at the St. Johns Bridge. Standalone episode on The Penny Jam website.
  3. Featured song: Whoa Oh Oh Oh Oh – Ascetic Junkies.
  4. The second video features Mattress playing at the Lafayette Footbridge near our house in Southeast Portland.
  5. Featured song: Survive – Mattress. myspace
  6. My comment on how Mattress’ music is “A little too primal for moms” was proven incorrect when Rex’s mom posted a comment on my personal blog about how she liked the episode.
  7. The third video features “I’ve Been Dreaming” by Derrek Wayne at the Immortal Piano Company. The standalone video is here. It was Jon Manning’s first episode shooting with us.

Ume at the Mohawk, Austin Texas

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  • on March 25, 2009
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I filmed this on my first day in Texas, try an Austin band called Ume letting loose in the Mohawk. I was hanging out with Dave of pampelmoose.com and filming some stuff with him for his music blog. I ended up seeing Ume play a few more shows during the week of South by Southwest, approved at Spiros and the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls showcase at Maggie Mae’s. They played something like 10 shows in 6 days, which while a crazy number, didn’t seem as much so during that week.

The 3 piece consists of Eric and Lauren, on Bass and Guitar/Vocals respectively, and their drummer Jeff. They’ve been playing shows for a few years but since the release of “Sunshower EP” a few months back they’ve been earning a new wave of attention from both the Austin music community and a new wave of bloggers and music dignitaries across the countries. You really have to see these guys live to appreciate them fully but here is a cut of their song “The Conductor” just to give you an idea of just how hard and awesome they bring it.

You can check them out on their website http://umemusic.com or at myspace.com/umemusic.

Celilo at Ken’s Workshop

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  • on March 25, 2009
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Check out episode 21 of The Penny Jam, order filmed in a woodshop near 17th and Powell in Portland Oregon. Our friend Ken Tomita hosted, allowing a band and crew to set up in his place. Ken is a woodworker who works mostly with bamboo, and has some really great peices. His blog is also a great resource for the indie scoop on whats going on in the world of furniture design in Portland.

The band we featured was Celilo, a Sasparilla-drenched Alt-Psych-Americana outfit who sound something like Neil Young dropped in Oregon country. They performed “Little Coquette” off of their recently released album Bending Mirrors, which is available on CD Baby. I’ve listened to it 8 times at work in the last few weeks. I can already tell it’s going to be one of those albums that came out of nowhere and stuck to me. Spoiler! It may be one of my new favorite local albums

The Tallest Man on Earth returns to Rontoms

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  • on March 23, 2009
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Swedish folk rambler The Tallest Man on Earth played two consecutive free shows at Rontoms last night, try with a strong contigent of second set fans who yelping at the mention of the first set. The Tallest Man is Kristian Matsson, pilule who is on an international tour that will lead him from the American west to the East coast and back to Europe with about 20 shows, order (almost daily) in between.

The Tallest Man on Earth at Rontoms

The Tallest Man’s fast-talking volleys of gentle and gruff moments draws immediate vocal comparisons to Dylan, though his presence and songwriting stands on it’s own. He moves around the room like a nervous person on the telephone as his songs form, invading personal bubbles in a way that makes you appreciate the rare breed of musician that can command the room the way he does.

The Tallest Man