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Lego Nerds! Build Something On Your Chest & Feel Uncomfortable!

I love how ThinkGeek is constantly trying to invent new consumer goods for their super-nerd customer base, but honestly, this may be one of the strangest ideas yet, so much so that I had to make sure it wasn’t April 1st and this wasn’t one of their amazing April Fools Day products.

Behold the Brick Construction Shirt. Essentially, it’s your basic black t-shirt, but attached to the chest is one of those giant construction block base plates, which you can then build your latest creation upon.  Not just for Lego fans, the shirt also accommodates PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks and K’NEX Bricks.  Either way, I’m just confused at how uncomfortable it must be to wear, especially on a warm day, and then how awkward it must be to walk around with your new TIE Fighter set extended from your torso.

Even with that said, I honestly anticipate seeing dozens of these things over the 2010 convention season. For $18, it can be yours. Nerd it up, nerdlingers.

Original Post: ThinkGeek :: Brick Construction Shirt.

New SMASHING PUMPKINS Album To Be Free/Completely Unrealistic

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The fall of the old music industry empire continues as Billy Corgan announces that the next Smashing Pumpkins album will be free.

Following in the footsteps of Nine Inch Nails (free/pay what you want), Radiohead (pay what you want) and dozens of others, Corgan announced on the Smashing Pumpkins blog today that their next album will be distributed for free online.  As one of the few people who honestly didn’t hate Zeitgeist, this sounds pretty cool, but then the issues come in. And there are many.

First, let’s start with the new album’s title, which hinges on self-parody: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

Next, the release format: Teargarden will be a series of ELEVEN 4-song EPs, where each track will be released individually, starting around Halloween, with the following tracks to be released at an undetermined interval. So if Billy has a temper tantrum about how the release goes, as he has about…well, everything else since the Smashing Pumpkins “re-formed”, I’d imagine we may see the album halted oh…forty tracks early.

Third, this will be their first album with their new drummer Mike Byrne. Bryne, who is NINE-FUCKING-TEEN years old. He was SIX when Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness came out. Christ I’m old.  Sure, kid could be amazing, but I don’t have high hopes.

Last, and far from least, the presumed artwork for the releases, attached to Billy’s blog post:

If that wasn’t enough, Billy’s last line sounds like some random brag from a child, like those kids who would say “My Uncle works for Nintendo in Japan and he’s seen Super Mario 10!“.  On how many songs are completed for the project he says….

I already have 53 songs written for the record, so I am quite confident that I already have much of the material that I would need to undertake such an extensive project.

Smashing Pumpkins’ Lisa Frank-themed Teargarden by Kaleidyscope should start releasing this fall. Maybe.

Original Post: Smashing Pumpkins dot com | announcement from billy corgan about new smashing pumpkins album.

Site Admin Stuff: IE Ain’t Broke No’ Mo’!

Considering it looks like I’m up for About page, make it look good for the new visitors.

Ergo, I fixed a long running issue on here.

Typically, you view the site on….oh, any web browser ever, and it would look like this:

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However, when you would visit it on Internet Explorer (the web designer’s enemy), it’d get all screwy and look like this:

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Well, now thanks to my good buddy, co-host, wingman, and all around swell cat, Ross Nover, that’s been fixed.

So no longer do you IE users get stuck with a ghetto Blast-O-Rama! Enjoy!

Ho-Hum: Spidey 4 Has A Release Date

With the release of an IMAX release date announcement from Sony, we now know when to expect Spider-Man 4 to hit theaters.

Being released in both standard and IMAX formats (but thus far unannounced as being shot in IMAX, so…really, eh.) the 4th flick for the Marvel webslinger will hit screens on May 5, 2011.

You may be wondering, why am I so blase about the release of another Spider-Man film, especially if you knew that I am one of the few people that defends portions of the 3rd film?

The reason is this…the return of Sam Raimi, Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst.   You watch Spider-Man 3, and the parts that worked the best, or had the most spark of life, were the new elements…Thomas Haden Church as a forlorn Sandman, Topher Grace doing an interesting interpretation of Eddie Brock as a ‘bizarro Peter’ and Bryce Dallas Howard playing a perfectly ethereal Gwen Stacy.  By contrast, Raimi seemed beaten down by studio politics, Tobey felt/looked too tired and old to play superhero, and Dunst was just…terrible.

Raimi showed sparks again in this past summer’s Drag Me To Hell, but honestly, I have a bad feeling this is less people doing the movie for a “make-good”, but more because of the giant dumptrucks of Sony cash at their doors.

In a perfect world, Spider-Man would be handled like the Bond franchise, with new actors and creative team members flowing in as the one prior flows out.  But I guess instead, we’re going to see if there’s enough gas left in the tank for one more installment.

As a life-long Spider-Man fan, for whom the first two movies are popcorn-perfection, please gang, don’t let me down.

Original Post:  Imax books ‘Spider-Man 4’ for 2011.

Iggy, What Happened?

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You remember Iggy Pop, right?

The street-walkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm?

The dude who used to cut his chest open on stage?

That guy?

Yeah, he’s now a Lego Man, appearing as such in Lego Rock Band.

The definition of “rock and roll” sure has changed.  I mean, sure, dude was on Pete & Pete, but this is just ridiculous!

Could always be worse though. Look at what Activision did to Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5…

Original Post:  Iggy Pop goes shirtless for Lego Rock Band.