Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wild and Crazy Guy

Friday, March 12, 2010

Two Bands We Love

First we'll shake our own hand and tell you The Compound is one of the greatest bands of all time. They make the music for RSStB. They're working on an album and (hopefully) it'll be available to download soon on iTunes. They don't have a MySpace yet, but for now subscribe to their YouTube channel at

In Arizona, an awesome metal band to watch is Sinshrift. They always have a show coming up. Listen to tracks from their EP at and send them a friend request at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

J.D. Salinger died soon after the picture above was taken. That's him stopping the release of an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye. Maybe he hung on for as long as he did because he wanted to make damn sure nobody tampered with his work. He let MGM adapt his short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" in 1949 and it was a disaster. Salinger was so dissatisfied with the film, released with the title My Foolish Heart, that he never gave up rights to another one of his stories. Wes Anderson brought the Glass family to the big screen, only Anderson changed the name from Glass to Tenenbaum (joke).

Salinger never published another book after 1963's Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters. Neighbors in his hometown of Cornish, New Hampshire described Salinger as acting eccentric and looking unkempt. There's been a fantasy among Salinger fans that after his death someone will turn up a pile of unpublished material in a safe deposit box and we'll finally get to read new stories. Even if unpublished stories do exist, I'll bet Salinger left them with somebody who will keep publishers' grubby hands off. Terrence Malick and Francis Ford Coppola have tried to film Catcher but the movies never got off the ground. Maybe Salinger passed with his writing in a death grip. I hope so, because movies are phony.


Download a PDF of Salinger's short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" here:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save the Price of a Ticket

David Foster Wallace on David Lynch

"it's sometimes hard to tell whether the director is a genius or an idiot."

- David Foster Wallace in his essay "David Lynch Keeps His Head"

Read an edited version of the essay here:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Help Us Make a Horror Movie

People often ask us when we'll make a feature length movie. We have an idea for a horror comedy and we started to shoot scenes. It's currently untitled. We want to release this on DVD within the next few months, but it's difficult to balance with RSStB. We'd like to keep posting episodes of RSStB while we shoot our movie, so we ask for your support. To ensure the completion of our feature, buy a Ricky Shore Sings the Blues DVD from

DVDs come with customized covers and contain bonus features. We pay for shipping and guarantee prompt delivery. If you can't buy a DVD but you want to donate to our cause, even a dollar would be appreciated...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Don't Watch the 82nd Annual Academy Awards

Nicolas Chartier, a producer of The Hurt Locker, was barred from attending the Oscars this year because he violated Academy rules by campaigning directly to the voters. He sent out this message in a mass e-mail:

"'If everyone tells one or two of their friends, we will win and not a $500 million film... We need independent movies to win like the movies you and I do, so if you believe The Hurt Locker is the best movie of 2010, help us!'"

Oscars are bought and sold. Trade papers before Oscar season are three times the size they normally are to accommodate the bombardment of "for your consideration" ads. I bought my first issue of The Hollywood Reporter when I was in middle school. It introduced me to the "for your consideration" ad and scarred me for life.

An Oscar means less each year so maybe this Chartier drama is a publicity stunt. It's Oscar's way of getting his name in the headlines. Maybe Chartier is playing martyr to get his e-mail printed in the trades. Why is campaigning directly to the voters against the rules anyway? The Weinsteins have spent billions on campaign advertising over the past two decades. People like the Weinsteins are threatened that a grass roots approach might be more effective than glossy magazine ads so they ban guerilla marketing. Oh well. Let Hollywood throw its poop around.

Oscars are like mock elections in high school.