King Leonidas Promo for THE BASEMENT

Here is what King Leonidas has to say about the new program from Vinyl & VILLAINS; The Basement. Ignore the fact that he was hit too many times in the head by Persians.

Tournament Finals!

A little over a month ago, we debuted the Pop Culture Smackdown Tournament! It has been a rousing success.

It started off with the brackets that you see above and there have been some major upsets. It all ends now.

These two "warriors" are now poised in battle in the finals of this pop culture smackdown tournament!

From The Crow who has won some VERY close match ups with The Punisher and Jayne Cobb to The Doctor who has basically walked all over everyone that has gotten in his way.

Who do YOU think will win? Vote today!

Kanye: An Editorial

When Kanye made his comments after Hurricane Katrina, I will admit I kind of thought maybe he might have been hitting on something. Maybe he went about it the wrong way but perhaps he was reaching at something that needed addressing.

Then he pulled the stunt that he did at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video and Mr West decided to grab the microphone, interrupting her acceptance speech to say that Beyonce made one of the best videos ever. He made sure to emphasize that point. Ever.

Now I respect anyone who has enough balls to get up on stage and speak their mind. Don't get me wrong. This however was wrong. A friend pointed out to me that she may not ever win another award. Look at the state of music today. Success is fleeting. It's not like it was 10 or even 5 years ago. If you have a hit today, you might be flipping burgers with SNOW the next week. It almost pays to stay an independent artist, but I digress from my point. The point that Kanye decided to speak his mind at the wrong time. On someone else's time, that bothers me. Doesn't he have another record to auto tune? Shouldn't he be at the upcoming VH-1 Diva's performance?

I guess my point is, Kanye if you were going for crazy. Congratulations. We needed someone to fill in since we lost Ol' Dirty Bastard.

"Uprising" by MUSE at the MTV VMA's

If you are like me, and if you are reading this site you probably are, you don't really watch the Video Music Awards. No matter who Kanye decides to screw over. So I did a minimal amount of searching and I give you MUSE performing the first single off of their new album that drops on Tuesday, "The Resistance", "Uprising".

iPod Nano vs Flip Mini

Earlier today Steve Jobs announced the new iPod Nano will sorts of new features! We here at Vinyl & VILLAINS will give you the chance to weigh the options, and see if the new iPod Nano will lay the Flip Mini to waste, or will the Flip Mini come out on top?

For this article we are going to use the 120 minute Flip Mini.

Besides the 120 minute recording time, it has an 8GB memory with a price tag of $199. It is not designable and is loaded with accessories like a tripod or under water case. It also has software that allows you to upload directly to YouTube.

The new iPod Nano that was announced today has a multitude of features that you can access but for our purposes we are going to discuss the video recording feature.

The new iPod Nano can hold up to 16 hours of video with the 16BG Nano. Not only does it have all of that, but it also has 15 different effects that you can use on your videos, as well as the ability to upload it directly to Facebook, YouTube, or MobileMe. The price tag on this piece of equipment is $179

So the question is, what do you choose? Do you count in all of the other features that the new Nano has like an FM Radio, a pedometer, as well as its regular iPod features? Or do you just look at the video part and make your decisions with that.

The choice is yours. Which would YOU choose? Leave your comment below.

Retro Interview: Warped Tour Creator Kevin Lyman

This interview was with the creator of the Warped Tour on April 22, 2008. I hope you enjoy.

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus Preview

Unless you have been living under a rock in the comic world these past few months, you have been privy to one of the best cross-overs that I have read in a long time; Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: UTOPIA.

The story pits a power hungry Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers against Scott Summers and his X-Men who are still trying to adapt to living on the west coast.

In this final issue of the crossover, we find out if the X-Men can combat the threat of The Sentry, Ares the God of War and the rest of the Dark Avengers. Will the Children of the Atom overcome these odds, or will this be the final stand of Xavier's Students? Find out September 9th, 2009.

Written by Matt Fraction. Art by Terry Dodson & Mike Deodato

The Crow vs Jayne Cobb

So here is the final match up of the 2nd round of the Vinyl & VILLAINS Pop Culture Smackdown Tournament!

This determines who faces The Doctor in the finals, so vote wisely!

I don't need to tell you about these two combatants, The Crow vs Jayne Cobb!

Make your vote count!

and the winner is....The Doctor!

That's right. Like there was ever any doubt to the Whovians out there, but The DOCTOR has soundly defeated Captain Jack, he actually beat him by a higher margin than he beat John Connor. Those poor humans don't know what hit them.

So the Doctor has made it into the finals, who will be his opponent, The Crow or Jayne Cobb; Firefly's resident thug!

Stop by later for the poll for the final match of the second round!

Vinyl & VILLAINS Ep 6: Ronbeard the Pirate

In episode 6 of Vinyl & VILLAINS: Ronbeard the Pirate, Ron reviews of the new Deadpool, Invincible Iron Man, The Boys, Justice League: Cry for Justice and more!

Guy Ritchie To Direct PG13 Version of LOBO

In what I think might be the worst idea that I have ever heard, Guy Ritchie has been tapped to take on the LOBO film. What is the bad idea? Ritchie is known for his stylized violence. The problem is, Warner/DC want this incarnation of LOBO to be, you guessed it, PG-13!

With all the recent news and attention on Disney's Marvel deal, one wonders if this is an attempt by WB to shine the light on their productions. The picture is set to begin next year. Don Payne will pen the script (The Simpsons, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, My Super Ex-Girlfriend), with Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, and Andrew Rona producing.

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Trailer

I won't say much. This film speaks for itself. Just watch this RED BAND trailer of the new film Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and see what I mean. Oh, and don't blink. You may miss something.

REVIEW: GWAR - "Lust in Space"

GWAR is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the new album "Lust In Space". This is the 12th album by the might Scumdogs of the Universe and its a very solid effort. Not much has changed in the way the album flows with this release, but it just doesn't hold up to their previous release, "Beyond Hell".

This album starts off very strong with the title track leading the way and continues well into track 4, "The Uberklaw". However once it gets past the track "Metal Metal Land" things just kind of fall apart and the record becomes almost cookie cutter.

The record follows usual GWAR standards to that point, and shouldn't be cast aside. It's still an amazing effort that you should pick up. Just get "Beyond Hell" first.

3.5 out of 5