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Time to Accept the Truth…

It seems as if Midtown, while not officially broken up, will not be performing or recording any longer. At least, not any time soon. If ever.

I think I’m going to have to suck it up soon and buy the Cobra Starship record and attempt to like it.

I was just about ready to accept my inner angsty hipster too.

Oh well.

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Thank You Zach Miller

joe and monkey nintendo wii

For knowing exactly how to put it.

That is all


Pop Culture

‘The Prestige’

The Prestige‘ was everything a good movie should be. It had everything: thrills, suspense, mystery, heartbreak, humor, and romance.

Much applause for Christopher Nolan, who really put together a fine film. I was also floored by the excellent cast and the stellar performances all around.

2006 has been an excellent year for movies. I am curious to see what the holiday season will bring.

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Killers singer ‘offended’ by Green Day

Apparently, Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, was a bit annoyed by Green Day‘s 2005 DVD ‘Bullet In a Bible’. In particular, the performance of American Idiot and how Billie Joe pumps the audience during it.

“I just thought it was really cheap,” he explained. “To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it.”

After reading the article, I tend to agree with him. There are parts of ‘Bullet In A Bible’ that kinda struck me as Green Day deliberately missing their own point and playing up anti-American hatred. That said, to get offended is somewhat ridiculous if you ask me. What were they supposed to do, not play the song?

That said, the phenomenon he’s referring to does bother me. While I was in Ireland in 2004, there were a ton of kids wearing ‘Not My President’ shirts with swastikas drawn on Bush’s forehead. I wore that shirt with pride as an American just as I sing along to American Idiot. With pride in my nation and what it stands for, in civil disagreement of my government’s policies. Not because I hate my country, but because I love it. Somehow I don’t think those kids in Europe get that. In that sense, I agree with Flowers, and it scares me.

It’s just a shame it he is saying it a year too late, and for shameless self-promotion:

The Killers frontman said he believed that his band’s new album ‘Sam’s Town’ is a much better representation of America.

“People need to see that, really, there are the nicest people in the world here!” he declared. “I don’t know if our album makes you realise that. But I hope it’s from a more positive place.”

(Via Punknews)

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Understanding Value

Wow. This makes my stomach turn but I cannot believe how true it is.

Why Paris Hilton matters.

It’s incredible, hilarious, but incredible how right on this is. This should be a cause for a great deal of thinking. I never imagined that something so superficial could be such a good model for success.