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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: sale
« on: June 23, 2004, 04:34 PM »
Does anyone know if the vintage stands work for the modern GI Joe figures?

And WTF?! on s&h.  I wanted ten sets at $1.49 ea/ so a total purchase prise of $14.90.

And they want $17.89 for s&h... ???


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Wilco Thread
« on: June 22, 2004, 04:02 PM »
Bought it this morning on the way into work.  I'd avoided "spoiling" it by listening to the web stream, and I planned on waiting until I got home tonight so that I could put on some headphones and listen to the album straight through.

I couldn't wait, though, and popped it in on the drive to the office.  I only made it through the first four songs, but they all hit the spot.

There must be some kind of weird Jeff Tweedy thing going on in the cosmos, too, because "Shouldn't Be Ashamed" from A.M. was in my head all weekend.

Virex, have you heard Richmond Fontaine?  You should check them out.  Not as good as Wilco, IMHO, but they have a similar kind of vibe.  Worth looking into......

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: June 18, 2004, 12:46 PM »
For the other Wilco fans on here, have any of you checked out Richmond Fontaine?  They're from Portland, and have also been lumped into that alt-country genre, but it doesn't fit them as equally as it doesn't fit Wilco.

They have a similar kind of atmospheric melancholy derived from the roots of rock and roll (notice how I carefully avoided the term "roots-rock"?).

Give 'em a listen.  I'd particularly recommend:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: June 8, 2004, 12:05 PM »
No, no, no.  You can't call Velvet Revolver "the Velvets," since that's what people already call The Velvet Underground.

I was very tempted to pick up the VR cd this morning, but passed until I hear some more tracks or read some reviews.  I did pick this up, though:

It sucks.  Don't buy it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Creed disbands
« on: June 4, 2004, 04:34 PM »
You know who chews my balls?  Creed.

You know who chewed my balls?  Creed.

Hooray!! :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: June 4, 2004, 04:29 PM »
Potter does nothing for me sorry, can't get over the fact that these are kids books in my mind.  I know adults love them but its never donme it for me

No offense, but that has to be the most uninformed dismissal of the series possible (I've heard it before, too; a guy at my work said the same thing).

While the books certainly appeal to kids, and have kids--or at least adolescents--as the main characters, the stories themselves deal with much more complex subject matters than your basic Ramona Quimby novel.  There's love, lust, death, betrayal, good vs. evil, etc.  Additionally, they deal with what is actually very mature subject matter.  I mean, there's the "fun" magic stuff and Quidditch and all that, but these are the same books that brought the Philosopher's Stone and Nicholas Flamel into the mainstream (well, sort of), for crying out loud.

Alchemy and the occult have never really been the sole domain of rugrats.....

I've got tix to see a matinee with my daughter tomorrow, and I'm going to watch the first two back-to-back tonight.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: May 27, 2004, 12:04 PM »
Hmmm....I thought all of the kids were already substantially older than their characters are supposed to be.  I think I could could buy Harry and Hermione, but Ron's getting pretty huge.  He's already slouching quite a bit not to tower over his co-stars.

He's got the best handle on his character, though.  If they can pull it off with the originals, I agree that it would be awesome.

One thing in that article alarmed me, though.  The director for #4 is the same guy that shat "Mona Lisa Smile" into this world?  That's disconcerting, to say the least.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: May 27, 2004, 11:44 AM »
"Sister" is my favorite Sonic Youth album.

But for right now, I'm spinning

I know, I'm trendy.  Sue me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: May 22, 2004, 05:41 PM »
Man, I'm psyched as all hell about Azkaban.  It's by far my favorite of the books, and the movie looks awesome.  I've got my tix, and I can't wait...

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Episode III Title?
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:31 AM »
I don't like any title that includes the phrase "of the;" it's okay in two of the six, I guess, but half of them?!

Not too creative.

The best title so far has been "The Phantom Menace."  Unfortunately, it accompanied the crappiest movie, but still, a cool title.  Kind of eery, surmises the plot...just cool.  The Empire Strikes Back is pretty sweet, too--blunt and right to the point.

My vote for an Episode III title would be Fallen Order, referring both to the Jedi order and the order of things under the Republic government.

Mmmm...I dunno, though, that's probably just as lame as any other suggestion.

But at least it doesn't have "of the" in it. :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: May 5, 2004, 01:27 PM »
Bought this last night.

It's really good.  Easily the best of their efforts.  If you used to really, really like Built to Spill and early Folk Implosion, but now find yourself listening to the Shins more and more, you should probably like this album for exactly what it is.

At least I do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 30, 2004, 12:21 PM »
Cool pic, if a little too dark (but hey, it's Batman, so whaddaya expect?!)

Seems a little bulky, too.  But based on the previously released pictures of the Batmobile, this Batman takes his armor seriously.

The liberals are becoming desperate and shameless.

Unlike the GOP, who would never do anything like stooping to politicize tragedy by, for instance, putting images of the smoldering wreckage in NYC or the bodies of dead firefighters in President Bush's commercials... ::)

At least the ABC report falls under the auspices of journalism--whether you like owning up to the fact that Bush's stupid war has cost thousands of lives or not, that is news, and the public has every right to see what the cost of Bush's foreign policy has really been.

But I know where this is headed, and I suppose that when the bugs are worked out at another site ( ;) ) we can finish the discussion over there.

I'm done here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 29, 2004, 12:19 PM »

Most underappreciated rock band ever.  Every time these guys put out a new record it hits me like a brick in the face at how good they are.

Buy this cd now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 26, 2004, 06:47 PM »
I'm sure it's not news to Virex, but Tweedy was in rehab recently.

Here's hoping sobriety won't wreck the music, because with all the Wilco a-huggin' and a-lovin', I'm going to chime in, too.

If you want to enjoy a mind**** of brilliance, like the heavens literally opening, you have to imagine you were me on my 26th birthday.  Having never been a big Beck fan, I'd heard Sea Change was really something and was interested.  And having never hopped on board what was dubbed the "Alt Rock" bandwagon, I'd never been too interested in Wilco, but I'd heard Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was really something, too.  And having been amped by the Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin," I was interested in what I was hearing about their "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," because it was bound to really be something.

But being the poor, starving student that I was, I just hadn't had the means to add anything to my collection.

Then, on my 26th birthday, I had an almost O'Henry moment as I opened my wife's gifts to me: Beck's Sea Change, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

That night I listened to all three, in that order, and it remains one of the better of the best days of my life.

Those albums should really come together in some sort of box set, because I'm telling you, the three of them just totally go together--it's amazing.

But anyhoo, Wilco's contribution to the holy trinity of kind-of-sad-spaced-out-fuzz-surreality-songscape is absolutely brilliant.  It's definitely my favorite Wilco album, but I also really dig "Being There" for its almost haunting premonitions of what was to come.

A friend of mine is in a bar blues band, and they cover "Passenger Side" from "A.M.", and that intrigued me into buying that one, but like Virex, it's my least favorie Wilco album, but that's not really a bad thing.  It's really good, but just nowhere in the same stratosphere as the later stuff.  Truly, truly evolutionary goodness.

And now that I'm sure I'm going to listen to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot when I get home from work, I'm going to post what I was listening to at lunchtime, neither of which are anything like Wilco:


Edit: Hey guys, guess what?  If you write "mind" in front of the F-word, the censor-matic thing won't catch it!!

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