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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The Disco Beaver from Outer Space
I remember seeing bits of this back on HBO back in 1980 or so, but it's never been released on DVD (or even VHS, from what I can find). With all the crap National Lampoon slaps their name on these days, you'd think this fun retro flick would certainly be worth their time to re-market. I remember a scene where a guy is ironing and the phone rings, so he accidentally answers his iron and burns his face. Anyone here actually seen this thing? How could it not be great?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Siouxsie Sioux Redioux
Here's a fun new video from the long dormant goth diva that started it all!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Nike is pissed
The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes a Nike rep today re: Michael Vick

This could be the latest financial hit for Vick. On Friday, Nike official severed its ties with the quarterback, saying in a statement, "We consider any cruelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable."

Now let's go make some shoes out o' cows the loving and gentle way!
Remembering The King
The New York Times has a pretty swell piece on Jack Kirby today. Here's an excerpt:

Mr. Kirby did a lot more than just draw. As the critic Gary Groth so ably put it in The Comics Journal Library, “He barreled like a freight train through the first 50 years of comic books like he owned the place.” He mastered and transformed all the genres, including romance, Westerns, science fiction and supernatural comics, before he landed at Marvel.

CLICK HERE for the entire article.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Friendly Fire
What a funny term. You accidentally shoot a fellow solider and it's called friendly fire. That's a pretty shitty friend. So if you knife you're girlfriend is that a "love stab"?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm a Reunion Junkie
I went to my 20 Year High School Reunion for Arroyo High School (San Lorenzo, CA) last Saturday and and loved the hell out of it. Way more than I thought I would. It blew my mind how nice and cool everyone was. I wasn't expecting to get hazed and thrown into a locker, but aside from a small handful of good friends that I've mostly kept in touch with since high school, I wasn't expecting much. It seemed more often than not, even people I hardly talked to much had lots of great and enthusiastic things to say and memories to share. It was so funny and surreal to see girls that you had a crush on back in 3rd grade after so many years. My wife and I both had a very good time.

There was plenty of booze and mingling, and nobody made an ass of themselves. It was probably the best mingling experience of my life. Maybe it was the alcohol as a social lubricant, but nearly everyone there was smiling ear to ear and just happily chatting away. All the goofy clique-iness of the past was just thrown aside.

We had been all communicating via Yahoo Groups (mostly because that god-awful Classmates site really really sucks) for over a year, so we've been catching up via email long in advance. It was nice to have a lot of people check out retroCRUSH and tell me nice things about the site at the place.

One of my friends, who I won't name so as not to embarrass her was charming as anything when I talked with her. She was sort of this arty slightly misfit type girl. I told her that in retrospect she was one of the coolest people in high school that never got credit for being cool back in the day. She was stunned and said, "That's about the nicest thing anybody ever told me."

The alcohol certainly helped me to let the compliments (heart felt ones) fly throughout the night. You know, if you think someone is great, let them know. Holding it in doesn't do anybody any good, and boy can you make their day/week/year/whatever if you let it out. Too many people hold on to nice things to say until it's time for the funeral. What good does that do anybody?

Now I went to Arroyo High School for my 8th-11th grades, but my parents had some fucked up idea to move to Kentucky that summer, which lasted about 4 weeks before we moved back to California. In the process I went to Hayward High School (about 15 miles away) for my senior year, which was another great experience.

And another great opportunity to go to a 20 year reunion, which is going to be at Scott's at Jack London Square in Oakland. I can't wait.

You can check out a few pictures of the reunion at my Myspace page, if you so desire.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Mr. Bucket!

Most unintentionally funny (or intentional?) lyrics for a TV commercial ever.
Rilo Kiley's New CD "Blacklight" is out today
What I really want is another Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins CD, but I'll take what I can get. I just got this off iTunes and am excited to hear the latest from Rilo Kiley, regardless. They have a ton of tour dates coming up soon, too.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Meet Kim Deitch and Megan Kelso

Underground Comix Legend Kim Deitch and Alternative Cartoonist Megan Kelso at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Friday, August 31.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome two of the country’s most accomplished cartoonists to Seattle on Friday, August 31. Kim Deitch and Megan Kelso represent two generations of alternative narrative art. The bookstore will host a book signing and exhibition of original artwork and prints by these extraordinary artists. The reception, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, is open to the public at Fantagraphics Bookstore, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle’s lively Georgetown arts community.

Deitch and Kelso will also appear (with Fantagraphics Books publisher Gary Groth) at the Bumbershoot arts festival in Seattle on Sunday, September 2, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM at the Leo K Theater.
Al Columbia Signing

"THE LAND OF BROKEN HEARTS" is a new series of illustrations that
serves as a preview for a new collection of work that Columbia will
release in 2008 from Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books. Floating World
will have all of Columbia’s published works to date on hand at the
event, including The Biologic Show, Blab!, Mome, and Zero Zero.

The opening night reception will be documented on film by Kevin
Belli, a Boston filmmaker who has been creating the documentary
"Whatever Happened to Al Columbia?" over the last four years.

WHO: Al Columbia and “The Land of Broken Hearts"
WHAT: Opening Reception & Book Signing with the artist
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 6th, 6-10PM
Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101
Portland, OR 97209

“The Land of Broken Hearts” runs through Oct. 2

Floating World Comics is greatly honored to host Columbia, who will be visiting from his home in Connecticut. “I've been a fan of Al Columbia's since I first read his groundbreaking masterpiece, ‘The Trumpets They Play’,” says Floating World Founder Jason Leivian. Published in the anthology Blab! Vol. 10 in 1998, “The Trumpets They Play” has been hailed as one of the great short stories the comics medium has ever produced, retelling the story of the apocalypse from the Book of Revelations in a style that looked like stills from a 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. The story caused an instant stir, and comics fans couldn't wait to see what Columbia would do next. Unfortunately, after “Trumpets” was released, Columbia more or less disappeared from the comics scene. This show will end a 9 year silence for him and offers his fans a very rare opportunity to meet him in person.

A Wax Goddess

Aishwarya Rai's Wax Figure Debuts At Madame Tussauds New York
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: A wax figure of Indian actress Aishwarya Rai debuts at Madame Tussauds in Times Square on August 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Finally, a goddess from India that only has 2 arms.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Michael Vick in more trouble!
"Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" lawsuit filed by a South Carolina inmate who alleges the Atlanta Falcons star stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to buy "missiles from Iran," FOX News has learned."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Zombies On Sauce Talk About Halloween

Man, I don't know about you but I am HELLA looking forward to Rob Zombie's Halloween movie that comes out August 31st. Both Rob and his lovely wife Sherri will be hosting "The Sauce" on FUSE on August 28th to talk all about it.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6pm ET!

Van Halen is Back

David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, along with the other fellas announced that VH will reuinte and tour this year! Finally! I know some folks think they won't have what it takes anymore, but I've been dying to see Diamond Dave front the boys since he left 20 years ago. It ain't Van Halen otherwise. I'm sure it'll be a great show.

Bassist Michael Anthony has been replaced by Dan Schneider from TV's Head of the Class.

If Dave brings his trademark energy, shown off even in this press conference, all should be well.

I'm jealous of Dave's badass shirt and jacket. I guess he's outgrown the headhunter mask and spandex pants.

I'm in, retroCRUSH fans! Are you with me!

(Photos by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

...and a little bit Rock and Roll
The Osmond family reuinted in Las Vegas of all places for a PBS TV special taping that will air in early 2008 yesterday. Donny and Marie still look pretty damn good, considering they're each about 86 years old now. Maybe there's something to that clean Mormon living after all. Those rumors that Marie bathes in the blood of the damned to keep her youthful appearance are reportedly false, however (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images).
Monday, August 13, 2007
King of Kong
NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: Steve Wiebe (L) plays Donkey Kong as Picturehouse president Bob Berney (R) looks on after the screening of Picturehouse's 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters' at the Museum of the Moving Image on August 12, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

With all of these reports of Hollywood "Running Out of Ideas", it's cool to see a film like King of Kong: Fistfull of Quarters opening that tells the story of an obsessive Donkey Kong champion. You'd think after Super Mario Brothers, you'd never see another Mario themed feature film again. Someday, I'm going to make a movie about my childhood friend, Bill, who used to get mad at his Atari and throw the joysticks and cartridges across the room in angry fits when things weren't going his way while playing Activition's Decathlon (which broke your joysticks during gameplay, anyway).
What's the worst angry thing you've done while playing video games?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Who Was Your Favorite '80s Pop Band?
Just thought we'd try putting a regular daily poll up in here.

What Was Your Favorite '80s Pop Band?
The Cure
New Order
The Smiths
Depeche Mode
The B-52's
Culture Club
Adam and the Ants
Duran Duran
The Go Gos
The Bangles
The English Beat
The Human League
The Eurythmics
The Talking Heads
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Tears for Fears
Simple Minds
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Never forget to buy Kanye West's new album!

50 Cent has said that if Kanye West's new album outsells his upcoming disc (both of which come out on September 11th), he'll never make another record. For the love of all that is good, please make sure you each buy 3 copies of Kanye's record on that day! What other acts would you like to see make a pledge to never record again?
John From Cincinnati Finale

So what did you think of that crazy finale to John From Cincinnati (damn I hate spelling that word)? I thought it was a fun end to a very fun and quirky show that had brilliant performances. I'm OK if it's the true last episode and wasn't renewed for a 2nd season, though, because there really seemed to be some finality to it all, albeit with some confusion. I just don't know where they'll go from here.

Now quit fucking around, HBO, and give Milch and his folks the dough they need to bring Deadwood back!



After watching The Coexist Comedy bunch perform in The Geery Theater in Sacramento last night, it felt special, amazing, and hilarious. The angle of putting a Christian, Jew, Hindu, Atheist, and Muslim together seems a bit gimmicky on paper, but it worked amazingly well. Instead of what could have been a giant preach-off as to who's way is the right way, it was a self-depreciative romp that ultimately let you laugh at the silliness in all religion (or lack thereof, in the case of godless Keith Lowell Jensen). Trust me when I tell you that these 5 comics are some of the most original stage humorists you're going to see, and you have a chance to get into them early enough give you "I saw them way back when" bragging rights to your friends. They're already sold out for the rest of their Sacramento run, but you can visit their website to see when they're coming to your circle of Hell. Make sure you check out some of their video clips as well.


Merv Griffin was a true pioneer. A go getter from an early age, he got a radio show at San Francisco's KFRC at the age of 19. He went on to record a #1 song, "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts", and in 1953, his open mouthed kiss with Kathryn Grayson in "So This Is Love" was the first such kiss in a feature film. Merv went on to become a legendary talk show host, and created and or produced the most popular game shows of all time, including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Furthermore, in 1991, he was immortalized in one of the craziest non-sequitor comic strips ever created when Milk and Cheese artist Evan Dorkin featured the duo causing all manners of mayhem while shouting "MERV GRIFFIN!" Merv died an incredibly wealthy, and (from what I've read) an incredibly nice and well loved man who gave the world a lot, and got a lot in return.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I am The Cure
(Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

I saw the cure back in 1986 or so for their Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Tour in Oakland, CA. Robert Smith performed like he had his feet nailed to the stage, maybe shaking his hips twice. But the music was damn nice, and from what I hear, he's as good sounding as ever, keeping that whiny voice in great shape. The photo above is from their Sydney concert on August 8th, and if you go to their official website, you can be preregistered to buy tickets when they come to your town.

Furries and a Shoe

Sesame Street & New Balance Team Up With The New York Mets
NEW YORK - AUGUST 09: Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and Elmo and New Balance's Giant Sneaker and Mr. Met Mascots present the first 'Mets Shoelace Day' at Shea Stadium on August 9, 2007 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Man, these furry conventions are getting way too mainstream. You have to admit, "Giant Sneaker" is about the lamest name for a mascot since, well... Mr. Met!
Banksy Does Warhol

Graffiti Artist Banksy Daubs Art Work Outside New Exhibition
LONDON - AUGUST 10: Passers-by view the work that graffiti Artist Banksy added to the pavement outside the Hospital after the opening for the exhibition Warhol v Banksy on August 10, 2007 in London, England. The exhibition opened on August 9 and will run until September. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

Say what you want about Banksy, he's one of the few modern artists that actually knows how to work the hype machine. I think Thomas Kincade needs to start pulling ballsy shit like this to restore his street cred!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-AUGUST 10: Ronnie James Dio performs on stage with Heaven and Hell during their Heaven and Hell 2007 tour at Rod Laver Arena on August 10, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. Heaven and Hell is a musical collaboration featuring Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Funny, they certainly got the "Hell" part covered, but until they put Stryper and Amy Grant on this tour, I think it's misnamed.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
AICN calls Rush Hour 3 "Fucking Retarded"
Ain't it Cool News writes (in a much bigger font), "RUSH HOUR 3 is fucking retarded. The majority of the jokes are so old and worn that you almost can’t believe they’re doing it. Did they really just do another version of Who’s On First? Did they really just do a fried chicken joke? Did Jackie Chan speak ebonics again? Hey look, that Frenchman hates America! Yes. The movie is retarded. It is the textbook example of big dumb studio comedy."


I wasn't expecting anything less.
Coexist Comedy Tour in California
Come check out retroCRUSH's own Keith Lowell Jensen along with Tissa Hami, Chad Lehrman, Tapan Trivedi, and John Ross with their inspired comedy tour that features a Jew, Atheist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Atheist. How will you know who is who? My guess is if you throw bacon onstage, you'll at least narrow the choices down a bit. Or you can go to their website, COEXISTCOMEDY.com and see for yourself. I'll be checking them out in Sacramento this Friday on August 10th! They're going to be in Santa Monica and San Francisco soon, too, so be sure to catch them before they're martyred. If you'd like to win tickets to any of these shows, drop me a line at rberry@retrocrush.com and let me know which show you're interested in. We'll be giving away a set for each.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Bloggers Want A Union!
This is hilarious! (from AP)

In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.

Bloggers want to unionize

Things must be getting a lot tougher down in Mom's basement.

Sunday, August 05, 2007
Book of Angels

If you're a super diehard fan of the Charlie's Angels series, you might really dig Angelic Heaven - A Fan's Guide To Charlie's Angels by Mike Pingel. It's packed with a ton of neat info and pictures, but the book just looks and reads like a rough draft. Mike seems like such a nice guy, so I hate to not recommend this book wholeheartedly, but it's riddled with mistakes that any competent editor should have easily caught before this thing went to press. Typos abound, and the font that's used for the headlines is rather hard to read, as well. It's also a shame to see such a great collection of Angel's photos collectibles with often blurry and bad resolution gray scale pictures. Basically, this book deserves a revised/cleaned up edition. It's hard to do full color pages without making the cover price sky high, but I just finished going through a My Little Pony collector book that looks gorgeous and costs less than this. Needless to say, the author's heart is in the right place, and if you're not an obsessive compulsive nitpicker like me, you'll probably dig the hell out of the book anyway. It's got a couple real nice introductions by Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd, to boot. You can pick it up on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.
Upcoming 20th Century Fox Films
Here's the stuff coming out from 20th Century Fox this Fall.

Release: October 12
Director: Xavier Gens
Screenplay by: Skip Woods
Producers: Luc Besson, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Chuck Gordon, Adrian Askarieh
Cast: Tim Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Robert Knepper, Olga Kurylenko, Ulrich Thomsen, Michael Offei

Agent 47 (Olyphant) has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire. His most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of his neck, and his only name. The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover. Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the HITMAN across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set him up and why they're trying to take him out of the game. But the greatest threat to 47's survival may be the stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a
beautiful, damaged girl.

I saw the trailer for this. If you like watching a bald guy shoot a bunch of stuff, it may be the film for you.

Release: December 14
Directed by: Tim Hill
Screenplay by: Jon Vitti
Producers: Janice Kardman, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, a global treasure that has delighted three generations of fans, comes to the big screen for the first time. The live-action/CGI motion picture event brings together the celebrated history of its beloved characters - Dave Seville and singing chipmunks
Alvin, Simon and Theodore - adding a new comic sensibility and edge. The squeaky-voiced trio and Dave Seville made recording, broadcasting and merchandising history - selling 43 million albums, winning several Grammys(r), and headlining an animated prime time series, numerous TV specials, and a top-rated Saturday morning series seen in over 100 countries and translated into 40 languages.

I'm surprised it took this long for the Chipmunks to be in a movie. It stars actor/Scientologist Jason Lee. If those stupid Garfield movies will find an audience, I'm sure kids will want to see this, too.

Release: December 25
Directed by: The Brothers Strause
Written by: Shane Salerno
Producers: John Davis
Cast: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Shareeka Epps, Johnny Lewis, Sam Trammell

In this follow-up to the worldwide hit ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage their most brutal battle yet in an unsuspecting Colorado town.

I never miss a Steven Pasquale film! Did anyone really want a A v P sequel? I'd hardly call Predator an iconic character, though, would you?

Release: January 11, 2008
Director: Anne Fletcher
Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna
Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Edward Burns, Malin Akerman

A woman who has made a career out of being a bridesmaid - but never a bride - faces her worst nightmare when her sister becomes engaged to the man of her dreams. Luckily, the wedding brings around the man who may change her bridesmaid status for good.

This could be the plot for the upcoming Sex and the City film.
Wiping it all clean and starting over
I took a look at this blog and didn't like the way it was turning out, so why not just dissolve it all and try for a fresh start? I hope we can build a fun community here, so please comment away!

I've been getting a ton of suggestions for our Coolest Movie Music Moments feature. Check out the front page and then submit your favorites.

I got pretty sick from Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum last night. Yuck that shit is nasty. I think the Captain personally ejaculates into each bottle.

It's been about a month since the last podcast. Just a mixture of business, travel, and not much to say. But I have some great ones lined up soon. I just got a nice used Dell Axim X30 Pocket PC that has a much better and lengthier audio recorder program on it, so my "field interviews" should be more frequent now.