PopCultureShock :: Comics : Games : Movies : Lifestyle http://www.popcultureshock.com Sat, 03 Mar 2012 23:58:28 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 2008-20010 chanzero@gmail.com (Comic Book Club) chanzero@gmail.com (Comic Book Club) 1440 http://www.alexzalben.com/comicbookclub/comic-book-club-logo-144.jpg PopCultureShock :: Comics : Games : Movies : Lifestyle http://www.popcultureshock.com 144 144 The live, weekly talk show about comic books! Comic Book Club is a live weekly talk show about, you guessed it, Comic Books, featuring the best comic book creators, and the best comedians around, just hanging out and chatting, with your hosts, Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage. This is the audio podcast of that live show, recorded in a theater, in front of an audience, with guests, on a microphone, uploaded to a computer, totally awesome. The show was named a Best of New York 2007 by The New York Press, has been featured in The New York Times, and was nominated for Best Variety Show at the ECNY Awards. The show has welcomed dozens of guests weekly, including: Joe Quesada, Andrew W.K., Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Scott Adsit, Perry Moore, Timmy Williams, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Klaus Janson, Greg Pak, Mike Oeming, Dan Slott, Alex Robinson, Cecil Castelluci, Jimmy Palmiotti, Bill Willingham, and many more. Check them out live every Tuesday at 8:00pm! comic books, comics, comic book club, comedy, justin tyler, pete lepage, alex zalben Comic Book Club Comic Book Club chanzero@gmail.com no no Interviews From Image Expo Pt. 3 http://www.popcultureshock.com/interviews-image-expo-pt-3/57605/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/interviews-image-expo-pt-3/57605/#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2012 23:58:28 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57605

In addition to all the great Image creators I spoke with at Image Expo last weekend, there were also quite a few self-published writers and artists looking to spread the word about their books, and it was a privilege to speak with some of them. Check out the video interviews from the event, after the jump.







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Fresh Fridays Vol. XXVII http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxvii/57604/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxvii/57604/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:25:03 +0000 Eric Blair http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57604

 

Adventure Gallery – Weekend Lovers: This song is freaking awesome! The pace of this song is what really pulls me in; it goes from calm to exciting and fun throughout the song. If anyone has been following Fresh Fridays you guys would know I love songs with “Hey” in the background of the song. I am a simple man.

 

Big Deal – Talk: I like this song for its realism dealing with ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. Talking to your ex after the fact you guys has broken up for awhile. You just want to talk, f*ck anyone else.

 

Chiddy Bang – Zeroes: I have been talking about this group for six months plus. At this point there isn’t much to say about this group. Turn this up and let the beat and lyrics do the talking. Don’t forget to pick up their debut album Breakfast.

 

DJ EFN Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Mayday, and Blood Type – Thanksgiving (Remix): I like this song for its Hip-Hop tone. There is a DJ and few MCs flowing like emcee should flow. I really do wish Kendrick comes out with an album already because this kid is really nice.

 

Eric Turner – Waves of You: The beat is what turned me onto this song. This beat is just cool. I have never felt this way before about a song but the beat just might be cooler than the lyrics. Eric’s lyrics remind me of Bruno Mars’ Grenade with his whiny, sorry lyrics. The beat really saves this song.

 

Gorillaz featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy – Do Ya Thaig: I think the music Gods above actually listens to me praying at night. I thought about it, what if Andre 3000 and Gorillaz done a song together; SHAZAM! Here is Do Ya Thing, the music God do listen after all. Dope-ness!

 

Guards – Do It Again: This is a fun, Indie Rock song. I love the lead and background vocals and their good ole band sound that this group gives off on this song. I like this song.

 

Issa – Close: This beat is very catchy in a great way. The background vocals are what stand out to me in this song. I don’t know why the background vocals really catch my ears; it could be because the background vocals are unique. This song gives me an early 90s House and Dance feel, I feel like dancing the night away.

 

J. Cole – Grew Up Fast: Maaaaan, that David Ruffin sample is sickness! The beat is madness and if this is J. Cole’s follow up to Cole World, I just might turn my ears back towards J. Cole. Shaking my head, this is a niiiiiiice song.

 

Joywave – True Grit: I don’t know why but I can’t get into this song. It really doesn’t click with me. Before you all ask why would I pick this song for Fresh Friday allow me to explain. When I first listened to this song it kind of sounded cool, I liked it. After listening to it a few more times I had begun to dislike this song. I really don’t enjoy the lead vocals; they don’t really stand out to me, almost generic.

 

M.I – Amsterdam and Stoned: Allow me to introduce to you all M.I. This guy just dropped a mixtape called The Coldplay Sessions. He sampled few Coldplay songs and made magic out of those samples. The Coldplay Session is AMAZING! This mixtape reminds me of early Kanye West with his soulful samples and beats. The Coldplay Sessions is my Jam of the Week! If you want to hear The Coldplay Session for yourself just click here ====> http://www.goodmusicallday.com/blog/2012/02/21/m-i-the-coldplay-sessions-mixtape/

  

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) – Kalifornia: This was a great week for new, in this case classic music. Mos Def dropped an album of unreleased and b-side songs. I love when Mos Def sings because he doesn’t have a traditional singing voice but when he sings it’s beauty to my ears.

 

Robert Glasper Experiment – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Cover): This is one amazing cover! This just might be one of my favorite covers so far this year. Overall Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment’s new album is AWESOME but this cover really made my ears smile. This is a great cover!

 

The-Dream Featuring Casha – Kill the Lights: I am a part-time Dream fan. There are some songs I’ll like then there are some I’ll dislike. This song is pretty good; not my favorite but it’s a solid song. I enjoy his sensual tone on this song, it’s not too over sexual; it’s just right. 

 

Yalls – Settle Down: This is an f*cking awesome song. Wait, let me restart this track one more time. Yeah…I like that vibe, my head is rocking. The beat is right and the vocals are nice therefore this song is my third Jam of the Week! I feel like breaking to this song.

 

Zebra Katz Featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx – Ima Read: My second Jam of the Week! This is an awesome, catchy, mindless song. This song came out awhile ago; I looked over this song until my good friend Keri put me on this song. Thank you Keri! I don’t want to like this song but I love it!

 

 

Before I go, for all those up and coming artists out there looking to have their music featured on Fresh Fridays you can reach me at @HeavyAsHeaven84 on Twitter.

 

 

“It’s Fresh Fridays; hope you have a nice weekend!”

 

Download Fresh Fridays Vol. 27

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Interviews From Image Expo Pt. 2 http://www.popcultureshock.com/image-expo-interviews-pt-2/57600/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/image-expo-interviews-pt-2/57600/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:27:11 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57600

More video interviews from the Image Expo in Oakland, California, including Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust), John Layman and Rob Guillory (Chew), and Daniel Corey and Anthony Diecidue (Moriarty). Check back later this week for more interviews, and check out photos from the event on our Facebook Page.







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The Gateway: A Wonder Woman Movie And The High Cost Of NOT Being Brave http://www.popcultureshock.com/gateway-woman/57594/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/gateway-woman/57594/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:02:55 +0000 Devon Sanders http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57594

Gladiator. 300. Clash Of The Titans. Immortals.

What do they all have in common?

Anyone?

Correct! They’re all box office hits.

Correct! They’re all someone’s boyfriend/brother/husband’s favorite movies.

Impressive AND correct answer, you, they all have a connection to ancient Greco-Roman history & mythology.

Looking at all of the above answers, I have one last question:

Why isn’t anyone breaking their neck to make a Wonder Woman movie?

I mean, it’s deeply based in the Greco-Roman mythology that today’s moviegoers seem to be looking for nowadays. In the comics, her main adversary is her brother Ares, The God Of War.

That’s right, on the regular, she picks up her sword and goes wherever her brother, the freaking personification of WAR goes and wages war against… WAR.

And wins.

Wonder Woman’s is a continuous existence of quests, campaigns and crusades. Wonder Woman more than any other character epitomizes this and yet, when someone brings up the idea of Wonder Woman as a major motion picture, the answer always comes back to this:

“People won’t go see action movies with women in them.”

If you look at the numbers for action flicks featuring female ass-kickers, the numbers truly aren’t that great. The recent movie “Haywire” featuring MMA superstar, Gina Carano was recently cited to me as an example but I think the issue there was more that folks just aren’t that interested in seeing a Steven Soderbergh movie not featuring George Clooney and Brad Pitt trying to rob a casino but that a whole ‘nother discussion.

No, the problem, Wonder Woman movie-wise is twofold.

One: Everyone when you say “Wonder Woman movie,” their first thought and rightly so, moves to Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the character in the 70’s TV series. Despite weak scripting and limited budgets, Carter just got it. This singular thing that Wonder Woman possesses and can carry out into the world: dignity.

Dignity is something to be protected and in that, we, as her caretakers, want to make sure that dignity is honored.

Here’s the thing, though. That Wonder Woman is nearly 40 years gone. It’s time for some thing and someone new. I can think of no better way to honor Wonder Woman than by collectively destroying the nostalgia pedestal we’ve collectively built for her and open ourselves up to the idea that there may be a woman out there who can own that shit in the same way a Lynda Carter did.

Until we even entertain that thought, you’ll get more things like this.

Two… and this is the hardest to overcome: Hollywood simply doesn’t have the balls to put an action heavy movie out there where a female protagonist goes as hard… No, harder than any male.
Seriously, what would happen if someone in Hollywood asked themselves, “Could we have done with Wonder Woman what we did with Immortals or Clash of The Titans?” Pick up the first volume of George Perez’s Wonder Woman run “Gods And Mortals” and the question answers itself.

They’ll never do that, though. It’s a bullshit gender-based butterfly effect. We live in a world where the actions or better yet, the box office inaction of Angelina Jolie’s “Salt” can adversely affect the possibility of a Wonder Woman being made. It shouldn’t but it does.

What should be happening is the application of the same bold thinking, asking of questions and allocation of resources it took to make the leap from a Adam West-driven Batman cult TV show to a Christopher Nolan-driven blockbuster Batman franchise.

It’s called opportunity. It’s called taking a chance. Warner Bros. get your act together and and make the Wonder Woman movie the world deserves.

By the way, am I the only one really, really looking forward to “BRAVE”?

Of course not. Carry on.

 

 

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Angelo Libutti Interview http://www.popcultureshock.com/angelo-libutti-interview/57581/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/angelo-libutti-interview/57581/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:52:08 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57581 A talented artist and animator, Angelo Libutti has worked on several films such as 9, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the award winning animated feature, The Triplets of Bellville. I had the pleasure of speaking with Angelo recently, about his inspirations and influences, and the unique challenges that come with working in animation.

Kayode: One of the articles that I read about you said that you got your original influence to become an animator from Disney movies when you were a kid. Is there any particular movie or moment that really sparked a desire for animation?

Angelo: The movie that really sparked my desire for animation was Disney’s Cinderella; the moment just after her two step sisters tore apart Cinderella’s dress, and her little mice friends came to her rescue. Looking at those little mice helping Cinderella, resembles the amazing value of friendship, unconditional giving, and being there for your friends when they need you most. Values that I always treasure and strongly believe. I understood that with my gift of drawing, I could help to share those important values to others, as soon I could grasp the skill of animation.

K: Also, how much does animation differ from life like drawing on a creative level?

A: Well, I believe that by attending animation School and then by working in the industry for several years, this art form becomes a more rounded way to become an artist in all aspects… they teach you every art form . . therefore a rounded understanding of what art is, to be creative at your maximum level. By knowing modeling, painting, life drawing, by studying anatomy, studying art history and film history, by getting your hands dirty and not just by reading a book, learning to simplify with just few lines the essence of forms and finally by exploring what is the soul inside us, and to be able to replicate an un-animated object.

K: What’s your work process for concept or storyboards?

A: In Feature film I/we have to be flexible and learn the style that was been chosen from the Directors/ and Art Directors… So I usually take the concept artwork they chose as structure and try to copy and think why that line overlaps the next one, or why/how come they want those proportions.. Not in a critique negative kind of way but in a positive learning way.. You want make that style become yours….. When I see that I accive that point I start to do some research video and images on that matter and learning the anatomy and proportions and attitude for that specific character/animal , after reading the bibble structure that the writer and directors made I start to touching the pencil again and try to combine all that information in a drawing.

K: Also, how much does animation differ from life like drawing on a creative level?

A: Well, I believe that by attending animation School and then by working in the industry for several years, this art form becomes a more rounded way to become an artist in all aspects… they teach you every art form and it encapsulates all forms of art in one… there fore a rounded understanding of what art is, to be creative at your maximum level. By knowing modeling, painting, life drawing, by studying anatomy, studying art history and film history, by getting your hands dirty and not just by reading a book, learning to simplify with just few lines the essence of forms and finally by exploring what is the soul inside us and to be able to replicate an un-animated object.

K: Do you have a preference between story boarding live action movies or doing animation?

A: Well in Animation, you have more time to explore and perfect a particular sequence or the movie as a whole, and well-define the overall image of what the movie will look like including how the scenes might (or might not) work together in editing. Push it forward by covering details, that in live action you can’t due to the short timing of execution. It’s why most big directors from Ridley Scott and Akira Kurosawa to Spielberg and Miyazaki find it indispensable. Hitchcock emphasized that storyboards helped to resolve some “un-do-able” camera movements in his interview regarding Foreign Correspondent. Referring to the shower scene in Psycho which had 78 shots for the 45-second scene. He said he wouldn’t ever have made it without storyboard panels as visual support. In my opinion, he never would have created the masterpiece that we all know today. Storyboarding is a process that lets you see your film project as a work in progress. It’s not contradicting the writer but rather it’s a stepping-stone to perfecting the writer’s vision. Katzenberg has said it gives you the time to “find the heart of the characters.” and all this can make you feel proud as an artist.

Storyboarding is more of a team work excercise, and a chance to make the film better. Two minds work better than one, and three better then two!!

Animation is a full time job, so it gives you a stable and financial base to your life.

It is more creative due to the fact that you can learn more from other artists and by having more time than you would in live action film.

More chance to be part of a team that will be nominated for an Oscar since as Katzenberg mentioned in one interview, animation movies have a larger chance of success in theaters due to the extra work put into the story from the whole story team.

Doing storyboards for live action is captivating for different reasons;

It gives you the chance to be closer to the actors and sets, and it feeds your creativity to be around the famous actors, cameras and directors energy.

In live action they use storyboards mostly for action sequences, (contrary to some directorsRidley Scott and Hitchcock, they used storyboards in all their movies) and this leads you to having the honor of storyboarding just the climax of the movie or the “coolest” sequences of the movie.

Storyboarding for live action, since the project turnaround is quicker, allows you to have more credits under your belt since a movie is shot mostly in 6 months vs 3 years for an animated movie.

In live action there is less input form the storyboard artist to come up with new ideas since they tend to follow the script, and lack of timing to explore different scenarios.

If a director loves you, he will carry you on to future movies.

The number of storyboard artists is less in live action so you have more space to shine.

Live action, having a shorter production time, can be more creative since every project is different, as compared to animation which can be a bit frustrating to see whole sections of story redone, thus losing or changing large chunks of your work after revising sections of story over and over.

You can use your artwork on your portfolio faster, since the release dates to the theaters are shorter for live action as compared to Animated films.

K: When you are working on a movie, how much of the story do you get to come up with?

A: It all depends on the directors, but for sure in Animation you have more input. What if I told you that Walt Disney “never “ used a script for his movies but relayed his ideas to the storyboard team? I would like to emphasize the fact that storyboarding is not just drawing a picture, but it’s like hiring a writer with stronger cinematographic visual skills. We are making a movie and not a book, the writers are the storyboard artists…

K: How closely do you get to work with the actors when it comes to them following your story boards or voicing your animations?

A: At the beginning of my career not often, but now that my role is more influential, due to my decade of working experience and respect from the directors and producers, I do get to work with the actors more often, and in live action on a daily basis. In animation it’s just when we record the character’s voices.

K: I also read that you are interested in becoming a director. Do you have any directors that you have worked with that you particularly enjoyed?

A: Dan Saint. Pierre, the art director from Lion King and Tarzan, and the ones I am working with now, Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams, and all for the same reason… since they are artists as well they remember and they do appreciate more the teamwork from the story department. It’s great work with people that believe in teamwork, and don’t have any egos, but instead, just a great sense of knowledge in this field.

K: Is there a directing style that you would like to recreate when you are in that position?

A: A mix between;

1.Spielberg for his sense of lights and composition

2.Miyazaki and Walt Disney for their creativity and charming feeling, where all kids can relate to their films and push where Hollywood doesn’t allow

3.Ridley Scott, Brad Bird and my Chris Sauve for their great sense of story

So what other projects are you working on?

A: A reprint of my novel Fantastic 4N. “4N” is based on the themes of overcoming obstacles of culture and stereotypes. The main character, Angelo, his journey from Italy draws on themes from Joseph’s biblical struggle. And a parallel story from 2 immigrants : Angelo and Pasquale, where both of them have superhero powers and both of them want try to move to the land of opportunities, sadly one of the two, Pasquale, will choose to brake the rules and eventually the law, and turns evil. And he’ll eventually have to confront his travel friend Angelo.


This is a story based on my personal experience of moving here to a new country, and the characters will have to have some of the experience I had as foreigner !! :) Since all the best stories are stories told from personal experience, I decided to draw influence from all the great illustrators, art directors and concept artist I met in my journey here in North America since when I left Italy. And you will be able to find artwork from Dan St. Pierre ( art Director for Tarzan and Lion King), from Seth Engstrom ( one of the Art Director and concept artist from Avatar, Alice the Wonderland, Green Lantern ) , Ricky Baba ( phenomenal artist and veteran from DreamWorks and now Art Director at Facebook ), Robin Joseph ( concept artist from Rio, Horton Hears A Who etc) and more artist like Chris Sauve ( animator lead for Iron Giant), Aaron Blaise ( Director and Lead animator for movie like Beauty and the Beast, Brother Bear, Aladin), Tom La Baff ( storyboard artist for Disney and recently for the movie Rio) and Woody Woodman ( story artist from Disney ).

And for the re print, that will going to happen at the end of March I will going to have more illustrations from Goran Crazybrush ( concept artist from Throne), Nathan Stefan -Bart Tiongson-Andy Cotnam-Mark Sinclair ( concept artist from Video Game companies like War Craft), and few more.

K: Well, it’s been great speaking with you, Angelo, and I wish you the best in all your future projects.

A: Thank you. It’s been a pleasure.

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New Music From 112′s Q. Parker – “Show You How” http://www.popcultureshock.com/music-112s-parker-show/57595/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/music-112s-parker-show/57595/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:33:59 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57595

Slim may have been the unofficial frontman for 112, but Q was always the one I think most would agree was the best vocalist in the group, and I have to say, it’s about time homeboy went solo. “Show You How” definitely feels like a “good n’ grown” pop/R&B track, and Q clearly hasn’t missed a note.

Q. Parker’s debut album, The MANual, will be in stores later this year.

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Interviews From Image Expo Pt.1 http://www.popcultureshock.com/interviews-image-expo-pt1/57591/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/interviews-image-expo-pt1/57591/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:15:18 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57591

This past weekend, Image Comics held its first annual Image Expo, in Oakland, California, which coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the comics publishing company. The event featured all the Image founders, with the exception of Jim Lee, as well as Robert Kirkman, and celebrities like Milo Ventimiglia, Norman Reedus, and Steven Yuen.

In addition, the event featured several comic creators, some who have created books for Image, as well as several other independent creators. I was fortunate enough to interview many of these individuals, and I’ll be posting video interviews from the event throughout the week. Check out the first few interviews after the jump, including Bryan Glass, Matt Wagner, and Enrique Carrion.







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Katsucon 18 Cosplay Interviews Pt.3 http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt3/57590/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt3/57590/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:12:40 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57590
We wrap up our Katsucon coverage with the last of our interviews from the event, featuring a heavily-armored Diablo III cosplayer, and a trio who put in a lot of work into their Trinity Blood costumes.




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Fresh Fridays Vol. XXVI http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxvi/57589/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxvi/57589/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:29:10 +0000 Eric Blair http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57589

 

B.o.B – So Good: New B.o.B, pretty solid song. I am not quite impressed with this track. I can’t really put my finger on it but it’s not catching my ear like it should be. It’s a very solid track therefore enjoy!

 

Chiddy Bang – Grab A Plate: Maaaaaan, this beat is so soulful, Hip-Hop, and sick! I am so looking forward for their new album on February 28th. I really feel like this is going to be a good album because Chiddy and Jones make a great duo with their combination of soulful beats and catchy and clever lyrics. I am excited!

 

Colin Munroe Featuring Pusha T – The Fight of My Life: Before I go beyond this point, this song really could have done without Pusha T. Pusha T’s few bars really took away from the goodness of the song. His lyrics are a little too aggressive for this song; other then that this is a good song. The beat is great and the passion in Colin’s lyrics are felt greatly.

 

Cygnets – Teenager: I think this song is New Wave, would this song be in the “New” New Wave genre? Would 80s New Wave be Old Wave at this point? Disregard my small rant, Teenager is a fun song. This song gives off the 80s New Wave sound from their lyrics to the heavy usage of synthesizer. Nice!

 

fun. Featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young: I like this song but my only problem is I thought Janelle’s part in this song was going to be a little bigger. Do not get me wrong, I like her part; it added a nice flow to this song. I just wanted more Janelle. Oh well, still a good song.  

 

Gabrielle Wortman – Ghost: The beat built up is what does it for me in this song. This artist has a great voice. It’s not soulful but there is passion behind her voice. She can hit a pretty good high note.

 

Josh Xantus – Take 2: I have never heard of this artist until volume 26. I gave a few of his tracks a listen, and Take 2 stuck out to me. I really don’t like these types of sexy songs unless it’s the Weeknd or Prince but this guy is nice. I really like the beat and the way he carries a note throughout this song.

 

Logic – The Spotlight: My Jam of the Week! This dude is too F-bomb-ing sick! Yo, his flow, lyrical content, and his vibe on this song are so nice. Not average “nice” more like “niiiiiiiiiice” type of nice. I am debating if should I go to his show tonight in Philly, I know it’s going to be sick.

 

M.i – Nothing: I have a three song rule about new artists; if I hear three good songs from an artist or group I will check out their album. I think this is the second song from this artist that I like. I really feel the beat, its basic with sprinkles of soul behind each lyrics. Crossing my fingers, give me one more good song, pleeeeeease.

 

Melanie Fiona – Change The Record Featuring B.o.B: I am not really a big fan of Melanie Fiona but this is a solid song from her. Enjoy!

 

Miami Beat Wave – Hold My Heart: I hate Dance music, I really do BUT Boss Man K sent this group’s EP my way and I gave it a listen. This song stuck out from their EP – The Afterlight, the beat is good, the drop is nice, and the background vocals are my favorite part in this song.

 

My Great Ghost – Plain Sight: This is a really good song, I hate when I realize there is a good song in my presence too late. This is going onto my iPod right now. The beat is really what caught my ears, its pretty dope.

 

Rhye – Open: I am really feeling this song. This song is so sexy and beautiful; any woman who sings this song to me will have my boxer draws will drop instantly. The beat and her gritty but smooth voice are so lovely.

 

Sam Padrul – Let’s Make History: Why did I pick this song? This was an error on my behalf, my bad. I do not like this song because of the upbeat beat accompanied by this Dancehall type of lead vocals. Would this be Dancehall because I hate Dancehall and any Rave type of music.

 

Ting Tings – Soul Killing: I really like this song, this group kind of reminds me of No Doubt. For one, their lead singer is a woman and she kind of sounds like Gwen. For two, this song incorporates elements of Ska Punk, now that’s a call for dope-ness.

 

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) – N*ggas In Poorest: Mos Def meets N*ggas In Paris, enough said.

 

 

Before I go, for all those up and coming artists out there looking to have their music featured on Fresh Fridays you can reach me at @HeavyAsHeaven84 on Twitter.

 

 

“It’s Fresh Fridays; hope you have a nice weekend!”

 

Download Fresh Fridays Vol. 26

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Katsucon 18 Cosplay Interviews Pt.2: The Marvel Edition http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt2-marvel-edition/57588/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt2-marvel-edition/57588/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:27:07 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57588
Despite primarily being a convention for anime and manga fans, Katsucon 18 had no shortage of fans from other media, including a few Marvel cosplayers that Bria and I were fortunate enough to interview, including a group of Loki’s!!!







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Help Murs Launch Curse Of The Merch Girl http://www.popcultureshock.com/murs-launch-curse-merch-girl/57585/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/murs-launch-curse-merch-girl/57585/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:10:40 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57585

Popular emcee and avid comic book fan, Murs, is looking for support for his latest project through Kickstarter, Yumiko: Curse of the Merch Girl.

YUMIKO: Curse of the Merch Girl is both a collection of 10 NEW SONGS from the one and only Murs and a full length graphic novel (broken into 10 correlating chapters), written by Josh Blaylock with art by amazing newcomer Jose Garcia and colors by Jose and Juan Urueta.

You can check out Murs’ Kickstarter video below, and get more info on the Kickstarter Page.

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Katsucon 18 Cosplay Interviews Pt. 1 http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt-1/57582/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/katsucon-18-cosplay-interviews-pt-1/57582/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:42:10 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57582

Katsucon once again descended on National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland this past weekend, catering to anime, manga, and other fans across the country. One of the biggest anime/manga conventions on the East Coast, there were plenty of fans in costume, and I figured it’d be the perfect place to introduce Popcultureshock’s newest contributor, Bria LaVorgna, an avid costumer herself, who helped me interview some of the fans at the convention.







Check out our photos from Katsucon 18 at our Facebook Page.

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YOUR Future Ex-Wife Of The Week: Katrina Law http://www.popcultureshock.com/future-exwife-week-katrina-law/57578/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/future-exwife-week-katrina-law/57578/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:34:51 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57578

I can’t even argue with this one. Anyone not watching Spartacus Vengeance should at least check it out for her (be fair though, there are a lot of reasons to watch the show, but Ms. Law is definitely one of them!).

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PopCulutreCast Music – Episode Eight http://www.popcultureshock.com/popculutrecast-music-episode/57576/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/popculutrecast-music-episode/57576/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:25:12 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57576

Unfortunately, Eric couldn’t join us on this week’s show, but LeRon and I soldiered on to talk about the Grammy Awards, and the untimely death of Whitney Houston.

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Supernatural Season 7: ‘Repo Man’ BREAKDOWN http://www.popcultureshock.com/supernatural-season-7-repo-man-breakdown/57543/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/supernatural-season-7-repo-man-breakdown/57543/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:24:38 +0000 LeRon Dawkins http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57543 29659_429634542322_9991232322_5539409_4015852_n

Four years ago, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) helped a woman named Nora (Nicole Oliver) exorcise a demon that was systematically killing women in a small town. They managed to save the postal worker, Jeffrey (Russell Sams), while vanquishing the demon but now it seems the black-eyed monster has reared his ugly head and returned for a second helping. The brothers visit Jeffrey, who has been locked in a psych ward since the incident, to see if he can remember any of the demon’s plans while he was possessed.

Original Air Date: 17 February 2012 — Directed by Thomas J. Wright and Written by Ben Edlund.

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Sam Winchester’s demons have finally come out of hiding! Repo Man sees the return of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) in full colors and working his way through Sam’s sanity systematically. To further stoke that fire, another sinister being from the Winchester’s past rears its head and makes the game very personal for the boys.

The Hunt For Lilith

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Four years ago, while still on the trail of Lilith, Sam and Dean ran across one of her lieutenants possessing a ‘normal’ mail carrier named Jeffrey in Idaho. With the help of local Wiccan Nora Havelock, the boys managed to exorcise the demon possessing Jeffrey but only after working over his vessel. Jeffrey (in a quick lucid period granted by the demon) gave them permission to get it done.

Dropping Jeffrey off at the ER, Dean instructs Jeffrey that no one should hear any demon talk and that the whole incident was a mugging, which Jeffery agrees to completely. The rest is history…

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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Sam and Dean find themselves back in Idaho after gruesome murders following the exact same pattern as the case from four years ago pop up. Despite the Leviathan situation, this one is very much leftovers from their case and it can’t be ignored.


After the next body is found the boys arrive on the scene and run into Detective Sutton who call them out by their old ‘rock alias’ FBI identities. Dean worries about the moment when they actually run into big mouths lying in wait for them to appear on these crime scenes while Sam gets the shock of his life. Lucifer pops in and starts hovering in the background doing his damndest to throw the young Winchester off his game.

Up to this point, Sam has been doing a great job of keeping Lucifer at bay (we haven’t heard more than a peep from Lucifer since last October’s Defending Your Life) but Repo Man shows the real picture — Lucifer has been there the whole time. As Lucifer continues to whittle away at Sam’s sanity, the boys continue trying to figure out how their particular demon is back topside after going to severe lockup for rolling on his demon buddies during the apocalypse.

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Checking in with Nora, the boys don’t turn up anything solid. Nora hasn’t seen anything resembling the demon from before but she has gotten into the life a little more by studying spells and learning how to ward off evil. She does ask about Jeffrey, reminding them about the man who was a vessel and how demons are known to return to the same host if possible.

Jeffrey has been living a different life since his possession. Having gone insane, lost his job at the Postal Service and is a recovering alcoholic living in a halfway house, Jeffrey is trying to get his life back on track and has even adopted a dog from a local animal rescue. The Winchesters find him in an alley near the dog shelter, scaring him and his new dog witless in the process. Sufficiently freaked out from the news that the demon is back, Jeffrey reveals that the demon had a hit list of victims he was going to kill and that he still knew every name on the list. Sam volunteers to shadow the next victim (a heavyset librarian named Marjorie) while Dean stays behind with Jeffrey.

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While Sam is watching the librarian, Lucifer pounds away at his psyche. Sam quietly deals with it while Lucifer taunts him with boring chatter and pokes at Sam’s personality before suddenly getting more creative and needy with his approach. After successfully fighting off Lucifer’s advances Sam spots a shady greaser looking guy enter the library and follows him. Following sounds of a woman under duress, Sam spots Marjorie getting it on with greaser dude in one of the aisles and gives up on the suspect.

While going back over everything that he has, Sam (with a little prodding from Lucifer) realizes that something is out of place with the latest victims. Demons wouldn’t need to tranquilize their victims since they have enough supernatural strength to take care of anyone they need to. Dean isn’t answering his phone and something is definitely not right. And Sam makes a serious mistake in dealing with his Lucifer problem…

Jeffrey reveals the location of where the demon used to do all of his dirty work to Dean and that there is a chance that the demon could be stopped before getting his next victim. Dean decides to check it out, and after Jeffrey pushes that it’s just as important he goes along, the two of them check it out.

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Inside the demon’s hideout, Dean finds another victim tied to a chair, but this one is a man and not an overweight woman. While Dean tries to free the man that’s captured, Jeffrey grabs him and sticks a syringe in his neck, pumping him up with a dose of tranquilizer.

Sam breaks into Jeffrey’s room and starts looking for anything that he and Dean may have missed. Sam panics after finding a cell phone scrambler and an incantation in Latin designed for summoning a demon. The handwriting for the incantation was written by Nora which makes no sense whatsoever to Sam. Confronting Nora, Sam learns that the demon hasn’t been back — it’s been Jeffrey the entire time.

After leveling a serious threat to Nora, Sam gets the full story of what’s been going on. Jeffrey contacted Nora wanting to bring back the demon because of the power he felt from being possessed. He kidnapped Nora’s son to get her to help out on being the vessel once more which coerced Nora to write the spell for Jeffrey. When the spell didn’t work (because of the lock down the demon was under), Jeffrey cut off her son’s ear and demand a better spell. The newest spell Nora discovered requires the blood of the previous exorcist (Dean) and some even darker stuff to make it work.

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Sam gets Nora to come up with a new spell, one to track the demon and Dean’s whereabouts using the ear of Nora’s son.

The Devil You Know…

Dean wakes up tied to a chair beside Nora’s son and catches Jeffrey preparing to work his new spell. Jeffrey explains how it was being possessed and why he needed it and Dean learns that four years ago, they rescued a man but freed a serial killer.

When the spell is invoked, Dean and Jeffrey are shocked to find that the demon has chosen Nora’s son as the new vessel. The demon’s plan from as far back as Jeffrey was to turn people on their darkest desires to add more souls to Hell and that his work was over with Jeffrey. The demon thanks Jeffrey for bringing him back, but casts him aside to stay inside his new vessel.

Sam and Nora make it discovering that the demon is already back and Sam tries to fight but is quickly overpowered by the demon who moments later gets snared in a Devil’s Trap (that no one knew about). Jeffrey gets back to his feet and attempts to kill the demon himself with Ruby’s knife, but Dean stops him before he can successfully kill Nora’s son in the process. Nora does the final deed of exorcising the demon and saving her son.

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Back at the motel, the Winchesters try to make sense of it all where Dean tells Sam that psychopaths act all them, acting like they’re normal and not balls-to-the-wall crazy. Dean passes out on his bed and Sam is ready to do the same except he can’t seem to get rid of Lucifer who’s finally stopped playing nice. Lucifer explains to Sam that he can’t get rid of him now because he finally dropped his guard and let him in full blast. The torture of Sam starts up immediately with Lucifer tormenting him while flooding his brain with images of hellfire and all the while Dean is not even 5 feet away from him.

Repo Man proved to be a really strong episode with a really clever story about victims and choices. A big contribution to the episode was Mark Pellegrino’s fantastic job of portraying the dark angel of Hell. Lucifer played a real constant in the set up for episode’s outcome and future episodes by showing what Sam has had to deal with since Castiel broke the wall in his head (season six’s The Man Who Knew Too Much). Add in that with Sam being prodded to go dark side and you have a well written episode that takes the audience completely by surprise.

It’s a little bit annoying to see the brothers continuously being separated during cases because trouble almost always ensues for them, but at this point it’s very much a plot device for the show since we don’t have characters like Bobby, Rufus, Ellen or Jo to feel worried about. The biggest problem with this episode (in my opinion) was the mysterious appearance of the Devil’s Trap that helped to save the day for the Winchesters. With no explanation of what’s up with it, we can only guess that the freak happenings that have been going on with the boys is related to this.

Ben Edlund is one of the best writers for Supernatural and the whit and humor of Repo Man is a trademark all his own.

The current trend of standalone episodes not really being related to the Leviathan story line has payed off big with a lot of the stronger writing actually happening in these episodes, but with only eight episodes left in the season, can the tie-in back to the Leviathan story really compete?

Supernatural goes on hiatus until March 9. When the show returns with the next episode titled Out with the Old we see that Sam is in real trouble from his fighting with Lucifer as he’s being wheeled on a stretcher. The teaser trailer also shows the return of Misha Collins!

The promo is probably a mash-up of scenes from episodes 16 and 17, because Collins isn’t scheduled to return until episode 17 The Born-Again Identity. See you in 3 weeks.

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Enter To Win Cash Cab Board Game and Gift Card http://www.popcultureshock.com/enter-win-cash-cab-giveaway/57573/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/enter-win-cash-cab-giveaway/57573/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2012 01:49:25 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57573
Discovery’s Emmy winning hit Cash Cab is now airing 5 days a week!

The funniest game show on TV, Cash Cab combines elements of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Family Feud and Candid Camera as taxi driver/comedian Ben Bailey picks up unsuspecting people hailing a cab and gives them a chance to win thousands.To find out where Cash Cab is playing in your area, visit http://cashcab.mgm.com.

In the meanwhile, Popcultureshock is giving a Cash Cab prize package to one lucky winner.

Just send your name and contact info to kkendall@pocultureshock.com.

One winner will be randomly selected, and receive the following:

· $50 Visa Cash Card

· Cash Cab board game

Deadline for entries is February 24th.

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Video: Halestorm – Love Bites (So Do I) http://www.popcultureshock.com/video-halestorm-love-bites/57570/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/video-halestorm-love-bites/57570/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:06:13 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57570

Halestorm frontwoman, Lzzy Hale, would like to kick you in the teeth, then kiss you on the mouth, if this song is any indication. It’s definitely the kind of aggressive, full-throttle rock that you just don’t hear very often. And Lzzy being as easy on the eyes as she is a beast on the axe, certainly doesn’t hurt.

The band will soon start touring in support of their second album, The Strange Case Of . . . , which will be released on April 10th.

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Video: Jordy Towers – Don’t Say It’s Over http://www.popcultureshock.com/video-jordy-towers/57567/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/video-jordy-towers/57567/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:37:34 +0000 Kayode Kendall http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57567

I kinda like this song. It’s got a nice little retro vibe to it, and Towers’ skills and an MC and singer are admirable if nothing else. I can even forgive him for looking like he was in the A/V CLub in high school! Speaking of which, the video for this is pretty on-point. Lots of talent on deck, a dash of theatrics, certainly worth checking out.

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Fresh Fridays Vol. XXV http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxv/57566/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/fresh-fridays-vol-xxv/57566/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:25:56 +0000 Eric Blair http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57566

 

“Oooooooooh-wee! This is going to be a good volume today!”

 

Bear Mountain – Take Me Home: First song up, good song from the moment it’s melody graced my ears. The irony is this was the very first song I’ve found for volume 25. The beat and the lyrics together make this song for me.

 

Chiddy Bang Featuring Chip Tha Ripper – Extra, Extra: Heads up, Chiddy Bang’s debut album, Breakfast comes out February 28th. Chiddy Bang didn’t pay me to say that by the way. Anywhoo, this is a dope song, Xaphoon Jones’ production is on point of course. Ripper’s verse is my favorite.

 

Damian Marley – Affairs of the Heart: I swear, the f*cking Marley’s are smooth as silk suits on fat men. This song is really smooth, body moving, and maybe hip gyration for the ladies. Thank you, Damian; I can’t wait for the summer.

 

Dean’s List Featuring Sid Sriram – Youth: This track is sick! I have heard of Dean’s List before but never really gave them a listen. This week was my lucky listen because the chorus, beat, and the lyrical flow really caught my ear. This is really a good song.

 

I AM NOXIOUS – I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas Cover): I hated the original version of this song. I didn’t know the original song was a Black Eyed Peas until a year ago. This version is really good; the unique twist makes this song good. The calm vocals accompanied by an Electro-Pop version of the beat makes this cover candy to my ears.

 

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Gunplay – Cartoon & Cereal: Jam of the Week! This song is the glue that makes this week’s volume. The clever usages of classic cartoons and hood politics in this song are f*cking amazing! I just might be a new fan of Lamar, he’s a good lyrist. Funny, I don’t like Street Rap but Gunplay’s part on this song is my favorite part. “Nobody can mute me but I never said nobody can’t shoot me.” –Gunplay

 

The Knocks Featuring Mandy – Midnight City (M83 Cover): Real quick, I have been looking for a good cover to this song. Many have tried and failed at their cover attempts but this cover here just might be right. Thank you!

 

Mansions On The Moon – Take A Look: I am a fan of this group after hearing this song. This group really reminds me of MGMT. The beat on this song is what caught my ears, the beat sounds like a Neptunes’ beat with a sprinkle of Indie-Pop. Nice!

 

Maps & Atlases – Winter: Nice break from the flow of Hip-Hop and Alterative music. This song feels classic to me, what I mean by classic is their sound on this song is like the Rock/Indie Rock of the late 90s and the early 2000s. This song is a great mix for the tone of volume 25.

 

Sela Featuring Chill Moody – Dazed and Confused: I just recently had an interview with Chill Moody and this Sunday I will be interviewing Sela. Sela and Chill are from Philly. Their sound is very Hip-Hop, the beat is tight but what I really like about this song is the lyrical content. It’s clever and dark, just like the ghetto. Dope!

 

Usher – Climax: This is for the ladies, I never cared for Usher BUT this song is kind of hot. Diplo produced the beat and that’s what makes this song hot. In my personal opinion, Usher sounds like he always does on every song; just a singing, dancing a$$ dude. Enjoy!

 

The World Famous Tony Williams Featuring Kanye West – Another You: One question: Why does Tony Williams sound like Charlie Wilson on this track? Have fun with that.

 

Youth Lagoon – Cannons: C’mon, just give me one more good song Youth Lagoon and I’m a new fan. One more, pretty pleeeeeease! This song might as well be my 2nd Jam of the Week. I am really feeling the low vocals and how the beat kind of over powers the lead vocals. The beat is unexpected for this genre of music. There is a lot of snare over the drums and guitar rift in this song. Love it!

 

Zak Downtown – Cupid: You know how I like to support more independent artists. Here is another for your ears. This song is very catchy and upbeat, almost Hip-Hop-Pop. Would this be called Hip-Pop? Beside that this is a good song, it’s called Cupid therefore you all ready know the song is talking about women.

 

 

Before I go, for all of those up and coming artists out there looking to have their music featured on Fresh Fridays you can reach me at @HeavyAsHeaven84 on Twitter.

 

 

“It’s Fresh Fridays; hope you have a nice weekend!”

 

Download Fresh Fridays Vol. 25

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Lego Star Wars Licensed For Another 10 Years http://www.popcultureshock.com/lego-star-wars-licensed-10-years/57565/ http://www.popcultureshock.com/lego-star-wars-licensed-10-years/57565/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:01:21 +0000 LeRon Dawkins http://www.popcultureshock.com/?p=57565 lego-star-wars-1

Ready for some awesome toy and gaming news? Lucasfilm has renewed its licensing deal with the Lego Group.

The new deal will see that EVERYTHING Lego Star Wars keeps happening for 10 more years. Go ahead. We’ll give you a minute to compose yourselves…

Lego is currently developing products based on Star Wars: The Old Republic, and will be following up its most recent Lego Star Wars video game, The Clone Wars, sin the near future. The Lego Star Wars series has sold more than 30 million units worldwide since its launch in 2005.

It’s an awesome time to either be a kid, have kids, or act like a kid (we know who you guys are)!

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