Google Buzz does not help me

Google Buzz is the Web’s latest Twitter-like tool, launched on February 9th. At this point in the game, it’s not the features of these sites (among them being Facebook and FriendFeed) that developers are focusing on, but the built-in user base; Megan Berry on HuffPost agrees. Buzz is just adding to all the loud Web chatter, making it hard to find relevant content. Ironically, I’m adding to the chatter, but only because people have asked me to! Here are my top (admittedly geeky and childish) reasons why Buzz is lame.
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What more can you say about Led Zeppelin?

First of all, let me apologize to my subscribers for the flood of entries this week. I’ll likely return to my post-a-week-or-two instead of three posts in as many days. Onto the topic at hand: I was recently asked what more I could say about Led Zeppelin. It turns out that new material, in one form or another, is released every year to their fans (the latest being Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band).

In case you weren’t aware, Zepfanman.com is named after Led Zeppelin. It has been a while since I’ve featured them, though, so I thought I’d give my latest thoughts and also create both a YouTube video and Grooveshark audio playlist of their work over the years—press play now. Why am I such a huge fan of this band? Read more What more can you say about Led Zeppelin?

3 films I probably won’t get to see in theaters

Documentaries are starting to get more theater time, but there are three recent ones that I probably won’t get to see until they’re out on DVD: Creation, Outrage, and Crude.

Coincidentally, I had started on this post just before going to the free Kentucky Short Film & Video Showcase on Tuesday night. I met one of the Louisville Film Society directors and mentioned Outrage & Crude. He said that both had played in town within the past two months! I was impressed, so I’m definitely on their mailing list now.

Why won’t most of us see these films? I hate to say it, but Americans just don’t like to think when they’re watching movies, even if they’re fascinating (as I’m sure all three of these films are). For example (re Creation), “a new British film about Charles Darwin has failed to land a distribution deal in the States because his theories on human evolution are too controversial for religious American audiences, according to the film’s producer” (Daily Mail, Sep. 13). Promoters cater to the lowest common denominator, or literally the biggest bang (explosions and sex) for the buck. Simple as that!

What movies do you want to see that aren’t in wide release?

Into the Presence is nostalgically fresh

Whoa. Got my Amie Street e-newsletter today and was blown away by Into the Presence. Others can give a more complete review (ex: The Vinyl District First Date with | Into The Presence) but I couldn’t resist sharing the news about today’s release of this self-titled album. You can hear three tracks on imeem (better than the MySpace page).

One of the catchiest tracks is currently available for free download: Lovers

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Next to listening to the music, the best way I can describe them is by comparing the voice to Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Matthew Bellamy (Muse), guitar work like Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden). Into the Presence is mainly Tim “Herb” Alexander’s (Primus drummer) project but showcases new talent from vocalist and guitarist Luis Carlos Maldonado. Basically, if you like classic rock, you’ll love this “progressive rock” release. It’s a throwback unlike anything I’ve heard in a long time. It reminds me of Nuno Bettencourt’s breakthrough with Extreme II in 1990!

For guitar fans, here’s one of their many MySpace vids:
Into The Presence – Pedal Board

On a mostly unrelated note, Amie Street recommended another brand new release: Colonia by A Camp. This is one of Nina Persson’s (The Cardigans) side projects; she continues to produce solid music. “Love Has Left the Room” is a free track.

Cornell revisits Reznor’s Exotic Birds

I love the 90s. For those following the Trent Reznor vs. Chris Cornell feud/cat fight, Cornell tweeted a quick followup this morning to what seemed like a coup de grâce from Reznor on April Fools’:

Now I am sad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJYBx5NJULY

After yesterday’s prank, I began to suspect that this was all a hoax. I can’t imagine that Trent Reznor would be so disgusted with a cotaneous musician’s latest work. Cornell also replied to a fan this morning with:

@ldoz NO , I like him just fine. I think he is brilliant. also not a personal issue. I have never fallen victim to the media spun cat fight

I may edit this post with the full history of the feud ASAP. Maybe the research will reveal clues to Reznor’s true feelings about Scream.

New blog for all things J. J.

I’ve just installed WordPress 2.7.1 on my website. This is the obligatory first post. The what, when, and why will come later. Basically, though, I’m reviving my blogging blood. It’s always bugged me to have my online identity spread all over the web (Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, etc.), so I’m back to a proprietary blogging platform. Yay friendly permalinks!

Expect an eclectic variety of topics to come, approximately once or twice a month. This is my personal blog, so I’m not targeting any specific readership demographic. Almost-daily content (twitter, photos, music, etc.) can be found on my FriendFeed.