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On “New Shoes” and “Rehab” March 9, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Music, Music Videos, Random Thoughts, YouTube.
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In case you were wondering, no, I didn’t get new shoes, and neither was I in rehab. I’m talking about music today.
I was sitting in the car yesterday, going through my shopping list before picking up some groceries, when I heard a darn catchy tune on the radio (I forget which station). Did a little Googling – and found the singer of the song, and darn me if he doesn’t look cute, although a little stoned. The singer is Paolo Nutini, and the song – “New Shoes”:


(you might want to turn up the volume, the sound isn’t good in this video)

So who is this Paolo Nutini? He’s a Scottish 20 year old singer, whom U.S. Rolling Stone named one of the “10 Artists To Watch 2006.” Check out his website for more info.

I also found out he did a cover version of Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab”. I couldn’t find a music video of the cover version by Nutini on the web, but the nearest is a slide version. (Click on the link to check it out on YouTube).

So I’ll leave you with Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”, the live version instead of the music video, because she actually sounds better live (or maybe as rumours say, better when she’s high?). It’s the blues weekend baby!


Notice these singers really don’t sound like they look – they’ve got this sort of deep, unique voice? Although Amy Winehouse does remind me of Fran Drescher (both vocally and visually):

Or maybe a really stoned, heavily painted version of Drescher….

“….they tried to make me go to rehab… but I said no.. no.. no…” 

Spiderman 3 – Venom Tidbits, Trailer and Other Assortments March 8, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Movies, Spiderman 3, YouTube.
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Just found some yummy pics of the upcoming “Spiderman 3” movie, at “Pink is the New Blog“. Here’s a tidbit of it :


Photo source: Pink is the New Blog

Are you drooling yet?!?
Apparently it’s the production image for the movie.

Here’s the poster we’ve been seeing all over the news and trailers :

Photo source: RottenTomatoes.com

It’s a bit of a shame though. I know the new Venom costume looks cool and all of that, but still, here’s what I remember growing up with :

Venom in Wiki
Photo source: Wikipedia

Half of me is looking forward to the movie; but the Spidey fan side of me is skeptic. The past movies haven’t exactly followed the timeline of Spidey’s life – I mean, where’s Gwen Stacy, the Black Widow, and all the villains? Plus, the Goblin saga is more complicated that what’s on the silver screen, and the Sandman character in the comics differ from the movie version.
Having 3 villains in “Spiderman 3”- Sandman, Green Goblin, and Venom – just seems so cluttered; perhaps the thought of losing Tobey after the third Spidey movie was so traumatizing that they just had to squeezed all the villains into one last possible movie to milk us of our cash? We’ll see what happens in May. It looks like they’re sticking to the correct storyline for Venom’s – albeit a few loose strands (pardon the pun).

Here’s a tour of where the costumes, special effects equipments and weapons are kept, found at the movie blog.

And now I leave you with a video found on YouTube, showing clips from the movie and the trailer – plus some commentaries from the stars. (Look out for Sam Raimi – it’s been ages since the days of Xena and Hercules, but dang, doesn’t he look like his brother, “Joxer“?)

For more info on “Spiderman 3”, visit Sony’s website. Remember to disable your pop-up blocker for this.

Update: “Spiderman 3” gets released in Malaysia on May 3rd, a day before the U.S. Release date of May 4th. Why? Apparently Sony might be pushing for the Asian market, but according to Variety.com, Japan gets the world premier on April 16th and the release date for the 3rd Spidey flick on May 1st. Also, the Japanese Golden Week starts on the April 29th (one week of holiday, imagine that), and probably to avoid clashing with the other summer blockbusters – “Pirates of the Caribbean 3” and “Shrek 3“. Feeling spoiled for choice? Better book your tickets a week in advance – I know I’m going to catch all three!

Update 25/04/2007: I’m such a lazy-ass for not updating this. Malaysia gets to watch Spidey 3 in cinemas on 1st May, along with a bunch of other countries. After some shifting around, U.S. gets a swing at the movie on 30th April. Click here for my review on the web crawler’s third film.

REAL Singers don’t need American Idol… March 2, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Drowmage's Philosophy, Music, Music Videos, YouTube.
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“American Idol” has degenerated into a popularity contest – ever since the year Carrie Underwood actually won. I don’t even want to watch it anymore.

I did some free-surfing in YouTube and found this gem of a song, sung by a beautiful voice belonging to Katie Melua. Never heard of her, but I was enchanted by the song, and mesmerized by the music video… the concept of ‘face-off’ is tastefully done here..

The song is called “I Cried For You”

Check out her website : Katie Melua

See, real singers don’t need American Idol to know they’re good; they just are good.

Hurrah to Jennifer Hudson for winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress! I watched”Dreamgirls” and it was obvious she owned the whole movie – Beyonce (who’s become more of an entertainer, not a singer lately – I miss Destiny’s Child) was definitely on the poster to lend some ‘star-power’. Beyonce fans – don’t throw something at me just yet! and go watch “Dreamgirls”, and listen out for the song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Jennifer Holliday owned that song on Broadway; and now Hudson owns it on the silver screen.

Even the Ex-PM is on YouTube! February 6, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Drowmage's Philosophy, Journalism, Random Thoughts, YouTube.
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Caught something on Jeff Ooi’s blog – the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir, actually recorded himself talking about his latest conference topic “Criminalising War” and had his people put it up on YouTube.

Dr Mahathir on YouTube!

Who says the older generation aren’t tech-savvy?

He’s 81 years old, been assaulted, yet he’s still going strong. Not going to back down without a fight.

Yeah to Dr Mahathir!

Here’s a tidbit I found, this is why the Drowmage loves the Internet.

The Drowmage muses : On her top 100 things to do before joining her ancestors in the other realm, the Drowmage would probably want her picture taken with Dr Mahathir. He’s truly a living legend . No matter the things he may or may not have done during his rule of 22 years, he brought the country out from underneath the rock and brought it out into the world.