Not enough people make music like this anymore, and it’s a damned shame.
Movie of the Month:
You think you get a heart-warming holiday movie in 2016? Nopes! You get a horror movie about the consequences of giving up on generosity and the spirit of giving. *Cough.* It’s also a pretty funny movie at times, much in the spirit of a Joe Dante film. The low budget starts to be evident once the titular villain steps out of the shadows (where he is very effective) and you get a good look at him, but this is a great & fun horror comedy.
Website of the Month:
The Life You Can Save
You think you can’t afford to give? Are you reading this in your own home on a computer? In front of a fully-decorated Christmas tree? Perhaps with a flat-screen, high-definition TV in the same room? Then you can afford it. Don’t be a selfish asshole this holiday season; give to strangers who need it much more than you do. And as bad as things are likely to get in this country in the next four years, keep in mind that compared to much of the world we all might as well be eating caviar off of solid gold spoons. The great thing about The Life You Can Save is that it vets charities for you to find the most effective ones where your dollar goes the farthest and does the most possible help. Just frikkin’ do it.
It’s a green-screened, multi-headed sonic adventure, as JM+FFD are layered and re-layered and cross-faded and layered over each other (and themselves) some more! There’s also a charming, fourth-wall-breaking moment where you get to see Julia struggling to get Matt properly green-screened:
Get ‘im screened, Julia!
Anyhoo, enough from me; watch the new video here:
The new album, HeartTones, is being released in January! They’re having the Album Release Party at The Crocodile on January 12th at 8:00 PM (get tickets here). I’ll see you there!
First off, I’m super excited that two of my Fools Play colleagues, Andre the Crimson Fool and Laramie the Olive Fool, have published a (bizarre) book called “The Abyss.” They’re exhibiting it at JCCS right now!
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Greg’s wife Anne runs Sweetgyrl Designs, which offers awexome pop-culture tchotchkes. All the retro 80’s stuff you’ve been looking for, handmade and vintage! This year it looks like the booth has a “Stranger Things” vibe to it!
Movie of the Month:
The Little Prince
A very beautiful film, and an excellent blend of different animation techniques. It tells not only (most of) the story of the original Le Petit Prince novella, but it also creates a framing story and in a weird way a sequel. A surprisingly delightful and very moving and mature story about the joys of childhood, dealing with loss, and the importance of memory.
Show of the Month:
Imagine if some of the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 decided to make a wacky sci-fi sitcom, and the picture in your brain would probably look a lot like Other Space. And that’s no coincidence, since both Joel Hodgson (Joel of MST3K) and Trace Beaulieu (Crow & Dr. Forrester of MST3K) are involved in Other Space. It also has excellent comedic performances from Milana Vayntrub (best known as Lily in those AT&T commercials) and Karan Soni, best known as cabbie Dopinder from Deadpool. Other Space is about a bunch of incompetent weirdos trapped in a parallel universe. Unfortunately it is only 8 episodes long and more episodes look unlikely.
Instagrammer of the Month:
Taste of Streep
Take photos of Meryls Streep. Use uncanny skill to combine them seamlessly with photos of food. Voila: Taste of Streep. It makes me laugh a lot.
It’s for “This Is How We’re Gonna Say Goodbye,” which will be (I assume) on their next album. What next album? Oh, the one called HeartTones that is going to be released in January!
And this video also features a very good friend of mine, hip-hopster extraordinaire Chris Blount! Ch-ch-check it out here:
GOOD STUFF YES. Interesting note: this isn’t the first time that Julia and Chris have been in the same song together. They actually both recorded parts for the song I wrote for my daughter’s first birthday (which was almost exactly two years ago—early November is a good time for musics I guess).