nate patrin.


AN IMPORTANT NOTE

I don’t really have anything to say about Vampire Weekend right now.



ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: VIDEO GAME JOURNALIST (5 GP)
January 29, 2008, 5:10 pm
Filed under: video games | Tags: ,

Acting under the idea that if I spend a good amount of time dinking around on my 360 and Wii I might as well write about it, I’ve started blogging about video games for City Pages’ Culture to Go Blog. Here’s the first entry, all about how I thought I’d hate Burnout Paradise but didn’t somehow.



SIX HOWAHS OF POWAH
January 22, 2008, 11:31 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Music

Why do I look forward to Tuesday nites? Well, reason #1 happens to correlate to the fact that I don’t work on Wednesdays, but reasons #s 2 and 3 are radio-related. Specifically, Internet-streamed, New Jersey radio-related:

The Best Show on WFMU is a program I’ve dorked out over before, but I’m not really sure if my Pfork review did it justice; it takes an exceptionally talented man to get away with bashing Steely Dan and Death Proof without bumming me out and Tom Scharpling is that exceptionally talented man. His particular brand of put-upon, world-weary yet enthusiastic irritability is endlessly entertaining, and not only does he have a good ear for scuzz-rock (and ABBA), he knows the value of good, high-quality comedy, which is why guys like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins and Zach Galifianakis make regular appearances. Also making regular appearances: Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, who plays the oblivious/pompous/arrogant/murderous antagonist foil to Scharpling in a pairing that’s been favorably compared to Bob & Ray. I haven’t actually heard much of any Bob & Ray so I’m assuming this comparison means they’re geniuses.

-Coincidentally enough, the show that immediately follows Best Show is Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange, which hits each and every one of my beat-nerd buttons over the course of 180 minutes. An hour and a half into tonight’s show, he’s played Joe Bataan, Budos Band, O.V. Wright, Link Wray, Dynamix II, Roxanne Shante and Biz Markie, and the Rapture. Unbelievably enough, he’s had even more schizoid shows.



2008 SO FAR
January 15, 2008, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Criticism, Miscellaneous, Music | Tags: , ,

Del! Atmosphere! Caroline! The Idolator Pop ’07 deal!

Also: watched The Long Goodbye, Two-Lane Blacktop, The Third Man and the Final Cut of Blade Runner. Two of these movies feature memorably colorful cinematography, one of these movies features memorable black-and-white cinematography, two revolve around dead(?) best friends with questionable morality issues, three feature people being fatally shot (note: definition of “people” may vary), two take place in Los Angeles, two have reoccurring theme songs that have become inextricably wedged in my head, two of them feature lead actors who spend most of their dialogue mumbling inarticulately, two of them feature a lead or co-lead character that I would spend an evening just watching spin bullshit-laden stories for two hours, two feature cats as memorable plot devices, two are Criterion editions, one features Arnold Schwarzenegger in weird-looking ’70s underpants, one features prominent product placement for companies or corporations that no longer exist today despite taking place over a decade from now, and one is probably the only thing prominently featuring James Taylor that I will ever own, much less enjoy.

And: I pre-ordered No More Heroes, which promises to be all kinds of weird. Some sources say that the “gameplay” is a mixed bag, at least according to the kinds of people who think “gameplay” is some rigid idea of Miyamoto-or-bust Innovation! (NOTE: Innovation copyright first-party Nintendo franchises and 10-year-old PC titles; all rights reserved) and not a  preferably (if not necessarily) entertaining diversion on the road to experiencing the fun of a completely ridiculous mise-en-scene.