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Evil Genius

An interview with the guy I’ve wanted to punch a few times — sincere apologies, I know it’s not your fault — who created the dreadfully ubiquitous Comic Sans, Vincent Connare on the WSJ. I went and checked out the typeface he mentions priding himself in, Magpie, and it looks quite nice, though the whole preview method used on the site kinda sucks. (Kinda sucks as in it doesn’t offer much, and what it does is kind of interesting but not very useful.) I must admit I never thought about the fact that perhaps Vinnie boy didn’t intend for his simple creation to be the Black Death of modern typography — a little empathy I guess. Cool that he referred to both Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns (the latter of which I’m still working on).

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Unwigged, But Still Hilarious

Caught the opening show of Spinal Tap: Unwigged & Unplugged in Vancouver last weekend. I was a little skeptical towards the opening moments of the show, but it was totally worth it.

When I read the words Spinal Tap and Vancouver, I jumped on the tickets immediately. An undying fan of the movie, this seemed like a dream I had never had come true: I would get to see the infamous Spinal Tap live. Live! Then a few days after buying the tickets I decided to do a bit more research to see what the show had in store. That’s when I discovered the ‘Unwigged & Unplugged’ sub-title of the show. Shit.

A friend and I had grande illusions of dressing as uber metal fans, sporting tight jeans, ragged sleeveless metal shirts and big wigs, rocking out to some of the best metal ever recorded. Obviously this all changed when the performers themselves wouldn’t be donning such costumes. Apprehension began to build as I considered what drab, and borderline sacrilegious events might take place on this approaching night.

After consideration however I figured it wouldn’t be that bad. These guys are responsible for a lot of hilarious material, so what’s the worst they could do? And that was the right mentality. They played great acoustic renditions of some Tap hits as well as some of David and Nigel’s earlier material as The New Originals and upwards. There were some tunes from their other movies (A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman) as well as a few new tunes. All in all, a really enjoyable show. Oh, and I picked up a sweet shirt showing my exact inner structure.

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NIN|JA 2009

Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction are doing a tour with guests Street Sweeper, Tom Morello’s new project (Morello being of Rage Against the Machine fame, as if you didn’t know). Probably going to be an amazing spectacle according to what’s been said of recent NIN shows — wish I could go. 

To ease my pain a little, there’s an EP available for download here — some solid tracks with the heavy price tag of your email address. I’m rollin’ pretty hard to the first Street Sweeper track. “Now can you clap for the killahs…” [clap clap clap].