The Weekly Pop Blitz

Hey there Popsters, how was your week? Mine was…..long and I am so very glad the weekend is finally here! I’ve got lots of pop news for you this week so, without further yada, yada, yada, let’s get this party started!

 
Darth Vader Wants You!

The gang over at PBH Network posted a collection of incredibly awesome Star Wars Propaganda posters this week and I highly recommend you surf it when you have the time. It’s impressive work from some very talented artists and I know you’re really going to love it! Check it, Popsters!

http://www.pbh2.com/astounding/incredible-star-wars-propaganda-posters/

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Weezer on the Cars 2 Soundtrack

When Pixar’s Cars 2 hits the big screen on June 24th the theater speakers will be rocking as Weezer puts their spin on The Cars‘ 80s hit “You Might Think”. Here’s a brief clip of the guys talking about the flick, followed by a very short vid of them in the recording studio. Enjoy!


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Ken and Barbie Go to Hawaii

Speaking of Cars 2, in case you didn’t already know, the short playing in front of the Pixar feature this time around will feature the Toy Story gang in what I’m calling Toy Story 3 1/3. The plot will revolve around Ken and Barbie on their Hawaiian Honeymoon…or not. Here’s a quick clip for you!

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New Trailer for Fright Night Remake

I’m still not sure how I feel about Hollywood remaking one of my favorite horror comedies from the 80s but, I have to admit, this trailer looks pretty freakin’ cool! I have to give the filmmakers credit, Colin Ferrell was an inspired choice. Fans of the original flick will notice the character of Peter Vincent, (originally played to perfection by Roddy McDowell and, this time around, David Tennant), is nowhere to be seen in this preview. Is that a good or bad thing? Who knows. We’ll see when Fright Night hits the big screens this August.

The posters I’ve seen for this remake are very reminiscent of the original and it’s heartening to see they’ve kept all the original character names, it’s clear the people involved are true fans of the first film. Here’s hoping they don’t mess this one up!

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Pink Floyd Lives!

(….At Least For a Few Minutes)

Last summer– shortly before Roger Waters began his “Wall Tour” – he played a brief set with his former band mate David Gilmour at a benefit for the Hoping Foundation. At the time, it was rumored Gilmour had agreed to make a cameo on Water’s “Wall Tour” at some point in the next year.

Well, that rumor and promise finally came to pass this week at London’s 02 Arena! Waters and Gilmour performed “Comfortably Numb” as the crowd at the arena went  insane. During the finale of “Outside the Wall,” Gilmour returned to the stage alongside Nick Mason, who played a tambourine.

The London audience was treated to a rare moment in rock and roll history as this was only the second time that Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Waters had played together in the last 30 years. 

Thankfully, today’s technology all but guarantees that somehow, someway, these fleeting moments of history will always be captured. God bless the amateurs and their cell phones!

 Just as he did on the original 1980/81 tour, Gilmour plays his epic solo on top of the Wall. 

I have to admit, this clip gave me a couple goose bumps and brought a little mist to my eyes. In my opinion, “Comfortably Numb” is one of the ten best rock songs ever written and David Gilmour is a true guitar God! Enjoy!

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Once More, with Less Feeling

Fans of the now classic indie film, Once, may have been longing for a sequel but I’m doubting this is the story they were hoping to see. 

The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar’s on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour fractured their fated bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame. 

For the record, Once, is an all time favorite of mine and I’m also a huge fan of The Swell Season, the band Glen and Mar formed following the success of their movie. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Glen and seeing the band in concert last year and it was a night and show I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. This is why I find this trailer so heartbreaking, it’s a sad but true example of art imitating life imitating art. It’s like a cinematic infinity mirror.

The Swell Season doesn’t have a release date as of yet but, if I were to guess, this one is destined for our most melancholy of seasons, you know, when all the leaves begin “Falling Slowly”? (I couldn’t resist.)

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Armistice- Mission Bells

Here’s one from a band featured in this week’s Pop Bitez PopCast which is available on this page every two weeks. Of course, if you really want to be a cool and loyal Popster, you’ll just subscribe to the PopCast at iTunes and have it automatically download to your iPod every other Friday!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to POP for this week Popsters! Thanks for stopping by! Have yourselves a poptastic weekend! Cheers- Scott

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Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good

Given May is National Military Appreciation Month I thought this week would be the perfect time to talk about the most moving and patriotic film I’ve seen this year.

While attending the 2011 Sedona International Film Festival I had the great pleasure of viewing several excellent films but none more inspiring or deeply affecting as director Jonathan Flora’s Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good.

At first blush Flora’s documentary is a simple, nicely structured chronicle of muti-talented actor/ musician Gary Sinise and his gifted band mates on their seemingly never-ending USO tour but, as the film unfolds, it quickly becomes clear this movie is about something much more than just Sinise’s band on the run. Continue reading Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good

Pop Bitez 2.0 Has Arrived!


Well, here we are Popsters, POP BITEZ IS BACK! 

Before we get into “All the News That’s Fit to POP” today, let’s start by talking about some of the changes you should expect going forward.

1). This is a temporary set up on wordpress, I don’t plan on being here indefinitely. I have always considered Pop Bitez a weekly column, NOT A BLOG. Maybe, it’s just me but I’ve never been a big fan of the term “blogger”, I personally prefer the title “columnist” or “Pop Culture Reporter”. Admittedly, this is really just a case of semantics but, in the near future, you will be seeing the debut of the Official Pop Bitez Webzine. I decided to go with this format temporarily as I have some interviews and upcoming events that require me to be back on-line ASAP.

2). The original Pop Bitez was a weekly column, appearing every Friday and while the new Pop Bitez won’t be updated daily, it will no longer be limited to once a week . A great way to stay up to date with “All the News That’s Fit to POP!” is to SUBSCRIBE!

3). No American Idol or Dancing with the Stars here Popsters, I have a very strong aversion to “reality” of any kind. While It’s true, reality T.V. is currently a major part of our popular culture, with very few exceptions, I personally find paint drying and watching insects fuck on the sidewalk more interesting.

And with that, enough of the yada, yada, yada, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

Happy Mother’s Day 2011 or- for many of us- National Guilt Day!

So, given this Sunday is the day we all celebrate the woman responsible for bringing our goofy asses to the party, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to feature five of my favorite videos featuring “Mom”.

Let’s start with this “Mother’s Day” classic!


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And then there’s the remake!

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For some people Mother’s Day is all about flowers and candy but, to my mind, nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” more than a rap from Mr. T.


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The song is weak, the guys are dorks and can’t really sing but….the moms are wicked hot, ’nuff said.


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In the event I haven’t completely ruined your Mother’s Day by now, Carol Brady and her son Greg are here to pound the final nail, (and your eardrums), with their decidedly creepy duet! Enjoy!


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The truth is Popsters, I am fortunate enough to be the son of a pretty exceptional woman and consider myself quite blessed to still have her here on the planet with me. One need look no further than this pic to see our relationship has always been a special one. Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Love ya!

* That’s her on the left, I’m the goofy Macaulay Culkin wannabe in the stripes. (This pic actually placed third in a Awkward Family Photos contest last year.)

Derby Weekend is Here Again!

Can you believe the Kentucky Derby is here already? I, myself, have always been a big fan of this perennial race, especially after having spent some quality years in Louisville, way back when.

The Horses will run and the celebs in their couture’ hats will be sucking down more than their share of mint juleps today at Churchill Downs but, what do you suppose will be on the menu?

For my money there really is only one, perfect dish for Derby Day and that, of course, would have to be the Hot Brown!

What, you might ask, is a “Hot Brown”? It almost sounds like something you’d pay extra for in an Amsterdam brothel but, I can assure you, this is one delicious dish!

In the 1920’s, The Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville Kentucky drew over 1,200 guests each evening for it’s dinner dance. In the wee hours of the morning, the guests would grow tired of dancing and retire to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Diners were growing rapidly bored with the traditional ham and eggs, so Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests’ palates. His unique creation was an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. Exemplifying our unending dedication to serving our guests, The Hot Brown was born!

And now The Hot Brown – a Louisville tradition with worldwide appeal – has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, NBC’s Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, as well as being included as a regular entry in many of the finest cookbooks.

The Legendary Hot Brown Recipe

Ingredients (Makes Two Hot Browns):

  • 2 oz. Whole Butter
  • 2 oz. All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Qt. Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, Plus 1 Tablespoon for Garnish
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 14 oz. Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 2 Slices of Texas Toast (Crust Trimmed)
  • 4 slices of Crispy Bacon
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, Sliced in Half
  • Paprika, Parsley

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

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Alright, Popsters, that’ll do it for today. Next week I’ll have my exclusive interview with Fee Waybill, lead singer of one of my all time favorite party bands, The Tubes, as well as a brand new PopCast for your listening pleasure! Thanks for following me over to this new site and also for your continued patience and support as I put this new and improved webzine together. Please, stay tuned and, as always, have a great weekend! Cheers- Scott 

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