Words on Wainwright

The Wainwright dynasty offers anyone with even a passing interest in the family discography almost Corleone-levels of family drama and blood-letting – only theirs is the emotional kind, not the horses-in-beds kind.

So, as a fan of Rufus, Martha and the parentals, I was of course up for a spin of the new record from Loudon Wainwright III – that’s Papa Wainwright to the gay messiah and his little sister, Martha.

havent got the blues yet

‘Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)’ is merely the 26th (!) album from Loudon, so perhaps its most surprising facet is its freshness. To get on board, you’ll have to enjoy the sound of a grizzled folkster-cum-storyteller weaving witty, observational and occasionally gut-punching tales of both the personal and topical, but age doesn’t come into it; this is funny and warm music that escapes its occasionally stinging references to the ‘blues’ and late-blooming depression to become the latest chapter in the singer’s engaging meditation on that little thing called life.

Check out ‘I Knew Your Mother’, featuring Martha Wainwright’s backing vocals, below:

My capsule review is live now over at The Music Fix, right here: ‘Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)’.

Trailer Tuesday: Dead is Alive

One of the copious Comic-Con treats to emerge from last weekend’s annual San Diego geek get-together was this: the continuation of AMC/Fox’s zombie survival saga, based on Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novel series, ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 looks set to plunge us further into the grim post-apocalyptic world of Rick and his rag-tag bunch of no-hopers.

October isn’t that far away, but if you can’t wait then get your brain-gobbling gnashers around the extended promo clip below. It’s better than brains!

An Awesome LEGO Movie Giveaway

Because everything is AWESOME, especially oh-so-dependable LEGO®, here’s a Monday treat for you all: you can win ‘The LEGO Movie’ on DVD by doing two simple things…

1) Head over to the NiceToGeekYou Twitter ( @nicetogeekyou) and follow.

2) Retweet any one of the daily Tweets I’ll be sending out between now and the giveaway end date on Sunday 3rd August 2014.

Nice and easy, right? You might say it’s even easier than slotting two LEGO® blocks together.

lego movie

So, whether you want to keep the kids entertained this summer holiday or simply wanna geek out on the awesomeness of LEGO® (because, erm, it’s pretty awesome if the song didn’t communicate that), get tweeting and geeking to be in with a chance.

Prize giveaway Terms & Conditions

Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 03/08/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

The Last Picture Show

I’ll be bringing you news of 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con later this week, following its weekend wrap-up today.

However, news of an official movie adap of PS3 survival horror hit ‘The Last of Us’ is too exciting not to babble about before then…

maisie williams ellie

Announced at the start of the annual event, which attracts an ever-increasing geek pilgrimage year on year, a movie version of 2013’s ‘Game of the Year’ will be written by the game’s original scripter, potentially star Maisie Williams (Arya Stark herself!) as heroine Ellie, and – most notable for fans of cult movies and gore – will be produced by ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Evil Dead’ helmer, Sam Raimi.

Could this be the turnaround video games have been waiting for when it comes to game-to-screen updates? Sure, it would be nice if the original voice cast could translate to the movie, but the difference in age unfortunately means Ashley Johnson won’t work out as a teen Ellie in Hollywoodland.

Still, the credibility suggested by the CC announcement is enough to get fans tensed up for the nerve-jangling human vs fungus-people zombie apocalypse – even if it’s not out for another couple of years!

Art On a Roll

When pop meets culture, you get heroically good art work like that created by Brian C. Roll. The New Jersey artist and all-round creative brain may not have prints from his portfolio hanging in The Louvre but, if you register even just a #1 on the geek-o-meter, you’ll agree that this guy’s skills are super – just like his subjects!

Brian’s Odyssey Art site collects together his ‘who’s who’ gallery of pop culture icons, many of whom will be familiar to all you genre junkies, but all in his own unique artistic style.

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odyssey art

Thinking about doing some interior decorating? Luckily for those of us who don’t have his skill with a line, some of Roll’s most eye-catching work (including the Serenity crew above) can be bought from his online store.

And that’s not all. As his interpretations of classic pop culture heroes would suggest, Roll has a distinct eye for character and his very own good and bad guys will be discovered soon when his forthcoming Kickstarter-funded project ‘The Circle’ comes full circle. Can’t wait!

Trailer Tuesday: Ready For Love?

Hmm, this one could go either way. Could it be the next clever indie mind-meddler or a ponderous exercise in aimless pretension?

I’m holding out hope that ‘The One I Love’ is a movie to fall hard for. The pull quotes in the trailer reference Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, which is no small praise, and the presence of mumblecore maverick Mark Duplass and ‘Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss (so good in last year’s hypnotic ‘Top of the Lake’) continue to suggest quality.

However, the promo is not giving anything away – which, in this world of setpiece-ruining clips, is a rare treat but one that we’re no longer used to. What the hell are they doing in that weekend retreat? Are they really alone? Will they just talk at each other with their quirky faces in close-up for the whole movie or will something bizarre, as the off-kilter tone implies, actually happen? Find out and get loved-up later this year.

Making Time For Mickey

One of the things I did on my geek sorta-sabbatical was, well, pretty geeky.

After a period in my teens where I passed off all my VHS tapes to cousins and pretending I wasn’t cray-cray for cartoons, I’ve fully embraced my love of Disney once again. Of course, the Pixar catalogue has been a gateway drug leading backwards into the classic canon, and though not without some shabby entries (‘Oliver’s Company’, I’m looking at you) the Walt wonder years are not to be snubbed by any serious film fan – or eternal kid.

Because the Blu/DVD library and Disney Infinity figures aren’t enough, I took time out (guffaw) from my busy schedule to buy a Mickey Mouse watch from Ingersoll watches.

Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch

It’s just one of many timepieces starring the world’s most famous mouse, but the large dial and stainless steel bracelet meant this one won prime real estate on my hairy wrist. Everybody’s favourite Sorcerer’s Apprentice looks like he’s having fun telling me what time it is, dontcha think?

If you’re geared towards Goofy or would rather spend your time with a dwarf or evil queen, you’ll be happy to hear that Ingersoll have a Disney watches collection that I really wish I hadn’t seen because I now want all of them. Rolex has never been this much fun!

Ingersoll - Disney watches

Trailer Tuesday: Zombie Girlfriend Alert

It was 2004 when ‘Shaun of the Dead’ expertly took on zombie movie tropes with good-hearted British humour, and in the years since the zombie genre has taken a bite out of pop culture in a big way. ‘The Walking Dead’ may take top honours with its grim, post-apocalyptic world populated with rounded characters – but where’s the funnies gone?

The recent ‘Warm Bodies’ showed zombie tongue could be put firmly in rotting cheek if the undead in question just happened to be able to fall in love. It looks like new zom-rom-com ‘Life After Beath’ may be next in line, pairing indie-cred faves Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan as the couple separated by death. Throw in a great ensemble cast and a tone that suggests a balance between sweetness, jokes and boy-eating, and we may have a comedy that may not be DOA come its pre-Halloween UK release.