Check This Out: Black Panther Parody of Jaden Smith’s “Icon” Video

In a handful of short hours Black Panther will be following up on a crazy successful preview night by officially hitting cinemas across North America. To mark the occasion Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist has put together a Black Panther parody of the ridiculous Jaden Smith music video for his track “Icon.”

The music video is pretty spot on, featuring the same background and parked car as the original video. Nerdist put together some pretty funny lyrics for T’Challa to spit while he tussles with random bad guys decked out in military garb.

Nerdist isn’t the first to parody “Icon” though, Jaden’s father, the Fresh-Prince himself, Will Smith created his own video to celebrate the song’s 100,000,000 streams. You can check out Will’s excellent dad-dancing below!

What’s more amazing is that Will Smith posted a video in 240p in 2018. He is getting old isn’t he?

 

 

Remembering Blade

In 2018, it’s difficult to imagine a world without superhero movies. They absolutely dominate the box office whenever they release, and there’s little sign of the genre slowing down soon. But that wasn’t always the case.

There was in fact, a time where superhero flicks were a joke among industry. Though there were some successes like Tim Burton’s Batman, you also had massive flops like the reprehensible Batman & Robin.  You can thank George Clooney and his Bat-Nipples for nearly killing the genre. But it was an unlikely candidate that would revive the genre and prove to the world that superhero movies weren’t just for kids, and they didn’t have to suck.

Blade premiered in theatres in 1998, and it took the world by storm. It was unthinkable to many that audiences would flock to the cinema for a superhero flick that wasn’t titled “Batman” or “Superman,” let alone an R-rated film about a super-powered black vampire. But it was a massive success globally. New Line Cinema’s action-packed thriller proved to the world that superhero films could work, and quickly paved the way for other studios like FOX, and Sony to do the same.

In the wake of Blade’s success, superhero films started getting fast-tracked to theatres, including the original X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. These films continued to prove the success of the genre, fast-forward and here we are 20 years later; enjoying films for of our childhood comic book heroes on the silver-screen 4 or 5 times a year.

Today marks the premiere of Black Panther, a film fans all over the world are excited for. Unfortunately, it’s also the first black-led superhero franchise since the completion over the Blade trilogy. A tragedy when you consider that Blade proved it was viable two decades ago. I hope that Black Panther will prove to the corporate big-wigs that audiences don’t care if the superhero is black, white, Asian, gay, or whatever. What matters to the audience is good storytelling, great action and more than anything else, fun.

If it wasn’t for the success of the first Blade movie, there would be no Spider-Man, no X-Men, and certainly no Avengers films. It was a black superhero that kicked off this superhero zeitgeist, and if I’m a betting man, Black Panther is starting the next.

Check This Out: COACH Dating App from Black Mirror

If you managed to binge-watch season four of sci-fi anthology Black Mirror (and lets be honest, if you haven’t STOP what you’re doing and watch it! It’s a sci-fi masterpiece) you definitely remember Episode 4, “Hang the DJ.” The episode was a dystopian dissection of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Grindr. The episode’s featured piece of tech was the futuristic dating app COACH.

COACH relied on hundreds of simulations, where participant’s avatars were forced to date others for predetermined lengths of time, to determine your preferences in a mate. Meaning, even if you were to fall in love with someone, you were forced to terminate the relationship in your quest for the “perfect” spouse.

Well Netflix has brought COACH to life just in time for Valentine’s Day! You can check it out at https://coach.dating/! Send it to your partner, and find out how long the two of you have left together.

Of course, this a merely a fun tie in for fans of the episode. Or is it?

On the bright side, if it all turns out to be real I only have to cook five more Valentine’s Day dinners.

 

 

 

Get To Know Evolution: James Bryce

Get To Know Evolution is a series of profiles focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask our staff basic questions, so you can get to know us a little better. Today I spoke with James. James is a man of many nicknames, including “Hummus” … don’t ask. He’s one of Evolution’s top tier talents, and music experts. Without further adieu, James Bryce.

What do you want people to remember you for?

Let’s be honest whatever I say won’t matter cause they’ll all remember me for that guy with long hair. But I’d say being that chill guy, willing to help out and giving a musical opinion here and there. Also never being irritated when asked “Has anyone told you, you look like Steve Aoki”

What made you get into Radio?

People telling me at many of my pasts jobs “You have a voice for Radio” Also my passion for listening to music and thinking huh if I work at a radio station I’ll always be around music, nice”

How has the program changed your view on radio?

Well I did yoga for the first time because of this course so that was not useless at all. But my view on radio hasn’t really been changed it’s more been reinforced that it isn’t going anywhere soon.

The program has made me more aware of how difficult it is to create you’re on air presence. And the amount of work put in behind the scenes of a radio station. It has also helped me stand up and speak up when I notice something wrong regarding how a program is run.

What are your Favourite bands and why?

This will always change for me but at this moment I’m into “Daft Punk, NSYNC, Tame Impala, Savage Garden, MGMT, Seal, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Nat King Cole and of course The Spice Girls.

Favourite concert memory?

My whole volunteer experience for Squamish Fest (the last one ever put on) Saw too many great acts and lets just say I was feeling good the whole time. Shout out to the giant lizard I took many pictures with.

Favourite TV Shows and why?

At the moment Attack On Titan and Game of Thrones run my world. They both have deeeeeeeep down in the dungeon, kingdom type storylines. One has dragons and the other Huge titans that eat people. So you can’t really go wrong. Also shout out to American Dad and Rick and Morty. Both shows are perfect to put on while eating or hating life.

Favourite Movies and why?

Oh nelly, well I’m pretty hot for science fiction/Superhero movies. So I would have to go with The Dark Knight and Jurassic Park are two movies I can just watch at anytime, and just enjoy the cinematic masterpieces.

Favourite Sports and why?

Hockey, Basketball and Slamball. Oh don’t know what Slam Ball is? It’s basketball but with trampolines. Too many people get hurt but its hard not to watch people getting dunked on.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be an why?

Europe, simply cause I haven’t been to that continent. Though I’ve only been on 2 continents anyway but hey, shout out to South America, that’d be interesting.

What would you be doing, if you weren’t in radio?

Working the streets, doing drugs…but also maybe somewhere else involving music or pursuing an acting role.

What’s your dream job in the industry?

Voice over artist for a popular cartoon/movie series.

Strangest thing you’ve ever done?

Fill this sheet out.

You can hear James with his co-host Mike for the next couple of days 3-6PM, and on-air again later this semester Buhle 3-6PM starting March 19th! Follow James on Instagram @Jamsbry and Twitter @Jamzbry !

HOT NEW TRACK: “Lemon Glow” by Beach House

Even as a massive Beach House fan it’s hard to deny that the Baltimore dream poppers have settled into a familiar rhythm. I absolutely adore all 6 of their LPs, but the duo very rarely shift away from their trademark breathy vocals and floaty synths. That being said, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! On their newest cut, “Lemon Glow” Beach House sticks to their guns, but turn up both the tempo and the acid aspect of their sound.

Though somewhat familiar, “Lemon Glow” feels like it’s going to propel Beach House into new territories. The most drastic alteration would have to be harsh, and urgent synth; though out of character, the change is welcome. Out of typical Beach House fashion, the track is a long crescendo that builds towards a sharp, and abrupt finish highlighted by booming percussion. The end result is an excitement, I haven’t felt hearing Beach House since 2010’ Teen Dream.

The track dropped fittingly late Valentine’s Day, and Beach House has continued their makeout-song crusade with promise of their 7th record releasing Spring 2018. If “Lemon Glow’ is any indicator, their 2018 LP is set to be one of the years finest indie pop records.

Review: MGMT – Little Dark Age

2007’s Oracular Spectacular absolutely blew my mind as a teenager, I must’ve played that record a thousand times over the past decade. More importantly, MGMT were one of the gateway bands that forced me to graduate from the emo bands that plagued my iPod into a world of indie/alternative music I had never explored. Despite the massive shake-up in taste, my relationship with the duo just kind of fizzled out after that, and it appears that I’m not the only one…

According to Spotify, MGMT’s 2013 – self titled release has received a mere 4% of the streams of their debut! Clearly something has gone awry in the past decade for MGMT. Despite that staggering fall-off, MGMT has chugged along supported by a modest hardcore fanbase, and the run-off of their magnum opus Oracular Spectacular.

Other than the occasional spin of OS, I had essentially forgotten about the group. That is, until I heard “Little Dark Age” late last year. That single changed everything in an instant. The lack of innovation I heard on their previous releases, was a complete afterthought after I heard that sweet goth synth. Just like that, the group had their hooks in me for the first time in a decade and I nervously awaited the release of the full record.

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I’m happy to report that Little Dark Age is not a disappointment. In fact, it delivers auditory excitement in spades. The duo don’t make a return to the sheer catchiness of “Electric Feel”, or the rock-star dreams of millennial anthem “Time to Pretend”, but instead provide that much needed innovation to their sound.

The record shows off the duo’s evolution immediately on the funky and absurd, “She Works Out Too Much.” The sound delivered is eclectic, and many will be turned off immediately but persist and you will be rewarded, the track is a grower. MGMT later shift in and out of 80’s genres; the goth perfection of “Little Dark Age,” and the perfect mix of bubble gum pop and psychedelic on “Me and Michael” feel like they belong on a John Hughes soundtrack.

Midway through the record, MGMT continues to surprise, most notably on the chill-wave inspired instrumental “Days That Got Away.” It’s sonic display of MGMT absorbing and studying their evolving contemporaries like, Washed Out and Toro y Moi. The track sounds like the Bee Gees in the fifth dimension, I mean what’s not to love?

Fans expecting a return to the pop-sensibilities of MGMT’s indie classic, Oracular Spectacular, will be greatly disappointed. But, if your taste has evolved in the past decade, god willing, you will absolutely find something to enjoy on Little Dark Age.

Get To Know Evolution: Turner

Get To Know Evolution is a series of profiles focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask our staff basic questions, so you can get to know us a little better. Today I spoke with Turner. You might’ve noticed that Turner doesn’t have a last name, but neither did Madonna or Cher, and he’s just as fabulous.

What do you want people to remember you for?

My flaming homosexuality and love for Pepsi.

What made you get into Radio?

I worked at a call centre and had enough people ordering pizza saying “Gee, you sound like you should be on the radio!” that I decided to dive head first into this realm of broadcasting and I haven’t looked back.

How has the program changed your view on radio?

Honestly, I didn’t realize people, be it those who have worked in the industry, like our teachers, or listeners themselves could, be so passionate about the music and personalities on their local radio stations.

What are your Favourite bands and why?

Easily, hands down, has to be Florence + the Machine. There’s something about the way their frontlady, Florence Welsh performs and creates her music that just simply resonates with me on a deep, emotional level. Second place? Bastille, followed by Alt-J/Two Door Cinema Club tied for third.

Favourite concert memory?

Andra Day, a gorgeous American R&B artist who has a 1970/80’s vibe about her, looks like Rihanna and sings like Adele, played a show in Vancouver at the end of 2016. During my favourite song by her, “Rearview”, I sang along with her and she HEARD ME IN THE CROWD. I very fortunately got it on tape. Whenever I’m feeling down, I play the clip on my Instagram, @turneronair.

“Sing, you sound so good.” – Andra Day

Favourite TV Shows and why?

Family Guy for the immaturity and the laughs, Grey’s Anatomy for the drama, and Fargo/Mindhunter for the crazy blood and gore.

Favourite Movies and why?

5) Silver Linings Playbook. Why? Jennifer Lawrence.

4) Anchorman. Why? Will Ferrell.

3) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Why? Will Ferrell

2) Skyfall. Why? Adele

1) The King’s Speech. Why? PERFECTION.

Favourite Sports and why?

I’m a Montréal Canadiens fan through and through, but I also avidly follow a few different racing series! Indycar and F1, mainly.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

I’m torn between choosing mainland France, namely Paris, and Martinique, a French speaking Caribbean island. Did I mention I speak French yet?

What would you be doing, if you weren’t in radio?

Probably working towards managing a Starbucks or insuring airline passengers had their seatbelts properly fastened in mid-flight.

What’s your dream job in the industry?

I dream of waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning, entertaining and informing the people of Vancouver on their drive into work. Preferably on a pop station I think. Montréal is lovely too though! Or Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg even…

Strangest thing you’ve ever done?

I once loved working for Starbucks. OH! I also pretended to be straight for a bit there.

 

As you can see Turner is quite the personality and he brings a maelstrom of energy whenever he hits the air. You can hear Turner and his co-host Nick Toren on the “Rinickulous Turn Up Show” starting next week, 6-9AM. If you need a little more Turner in your life, be sure to follow him on Twitter @TurnerOnAir

 

The Energy at Rogers Arena is On the Upswing

The Canucks have been my team since birth. Growing up there was no team I would rather watch; not even my hockey hero Joe Sakic, and the Avalanche, a team far, far superior at the time. Visiting GM Place as a kid, even if the Canucks were losing, I remember the arena always had a great and positive atmosphere. It might just be rose-tinted glasses, but there has undoubtedly been a shift in the rink’s energy in the past five or six years. But the last couple seasons have been insufferable, and dragging my self-downtown, and shelling out for game hasn’t been worth it. It’s not just because of the poor play; it’s the crowd. They’re silent.

Rogers Arena, October 13th 2017, the Lowest Attendance in 15 Years.

I was fortunate enough to land some free tickets to Tuesday night’s Canucks vs. Kings Matchup. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Canucks crushed the Kings 6-2. Before the game was even six minutes old, the Canucks had racked up 3 goals, and the crowd was absolutely electric. My girlfriend, unfamiliar with sport, tugged on my jacket, and quietly asked me if the screaming fans, and three quick goals were normal.  I laughed, and quickly told her that it wasn’t, at least not in the past 7 years.

We are often criticized by other sports towns, as being “fair-weather” fans, and as Canucks fan who’s been watching them play for over two decades, the last couple years this has never felt truer. Ever since our unsuccessful 2010-2011 cup run, the atmosphere in Canuck’s home Rogers Arena has gradually diminished. A crowd that was once excited, and engaged was slowly replaced with bored, corporate suits, and fans more interested in their cellphones. I suppose it didn’t help that the Canucks were playing with the intensity of a wet blanket. But we’re slowly crawling back towards a halfway-decent sports atmosphere.

You could chalk it up to the Brock Boeser effect, or a far more exciting playstyle than the constant pass cycle the old-Canuckleheads employed. Whatever it is, the atmosphere at Rogers Arena is improving exponentially. For the first time, in a long time, being at the game live felt like a special experience for me. If the Canucks can keep this successful rebuild going, they just might return to the consistent sell-outs of the Kesler-Bieksa era. At the very least, they’ve brought back one previously disgruntled fan. Next step, drop that stupid Orca-logo, bring back the rink!

Get To Know Evolution: Phelan Glenn

Get To Know Evolution is a series of profiles typically focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask our staff basic questions, so you can get to know us a little better. But today we wanted to shed some light on what happens behind the scenes.

Phelan Glenn is one of Evolution’s producers, he puts together the splitters, commercials and other production that make our station special. Stay tuned for some exciting video content from him in the coming weeks!

What do you want people to remember you for?
I’m solidly split. Professionally, I would like to be remembered as someone who did great, creative work. Personally, I would like to be remembered as someone who made people happy; a good friend.

What made you get into Radio?
I think it’s a singular realm of storytelling. It’s portable and, if done right, engaging. You can talk about ANYTHING.  From movies and tragedies to the competency of political leaders, it’s all fair game.

How has the program changed your view on radio?
It is so much more universal than I ever knew. This is true with most industries, but there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than one may realize. It’s people – real human beings – that make media happen. It’s not just what is aired on the radio itself. It crosses over to touch online content, television, podcasts.  Radio ain’t even close to being dead folks, not by a long shot.

What are your favourite bands and why?
My favourite band of all time is hands down Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which made these last few months a hard time as you may imagine. I recognize my own bias but I know that while their music was the soundtrack to my teenage years, it goes beyond that. It’s a quality you can’t properly put into words, where someone’s music makes you feel complete. It heightens experiences you relate to and makes you feel like you’ve lived experiences that you actually haven’t. That was, is and always will be TP and The Boys for me.
Close follow-up favourite band is Queen. Without question, gods among men. Love you Freddie!

What’s your favourite concert memory?
Dead tie.  I saw Tom Petty three times. I cried like a man-baby-child the first time, in 2014. The second time, he was opened by The Lumineers who would have been worth the price of admission alone. The third time was two days after the second and was sprung on me. In my memories, I treat them as one concert linked together by a love of music, despite the very different stages of my life I was at when each one happened. A lot changes in 48 hours!
Other choice, Bruce Springsteen in 2012. The Wrecking Ball Tour. I believe that if they loosed that man on a stage to speak with all the world’s politicians, we could end wars.  I yelled so loud I swear I felt my eyes almost burst.

What’s your favourite TV Show and why?
If I could only choose one, Arrested Development.  2003 was a simpler time and damn was it funny (yes, I know I’m only 21 years old).

What’s your favourite movie and why?
Tie between The Lord of The Rings trilogy and Little Miss Sunshine. On the one hand is the magic of childhood fantasy. On the other, the reality that adulthood is hard and ugly but worth it. Respectively of course.

What’s your favourite sport and why?
I associate playing soccer with being outside in the summer sun or home watching the World Cup.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be an why?
Ireland. I have quite a romanticized view of beautiful landscapes and character filled towns. I’d love to know how that lines up with reality.

What would you be doing, if you weren’t in radio?
I think I would be working in minimum wage customer service while thinking about the future and leaning towards doing something film or television related. Not glamorous, but honest.

What’s your dream job in the industry?
Hosting an entertainment based interview series/ podcast that allows me to do production work and shape my creative output.

Strangest thing you’ve ever done?
Depends who you ask. The former classmates from my second grade glass would tell you that it was when I used to put raisins in my chocolate pudding at lunch time. I say some people have no vision.

Give Phelan a follow on Twitter @PhelanGlenn96 for quirky quips and sneak peaks at Evolution production, before they hit the air!

Get To Know Evolution: Sadie Vadnais

Get To Know Evolution is a series of profiles typically focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask our staff basic questions, so you can get to know us a little better. But today we wanted to shed some light on what happens behind the scenes. Sadie Vadnais is one of our sales representatives, and undoubtedly one of Evolution’s brightest.

What made you get into Radio?

I was selling USB cables at Staples and the customer stopped my spiel to say I had a voice for radio. I signed up for school and quit my job two weeks later. In hindsight, always keep your day job!

How has the program changed your view on radio?

Radio is the most important thing on earth and don’t let anyone tell you any different.

What do you want people to remember you for?

I want to be remembered as a spitfire! I was the little lady that came through with big projects! Also that if you ever needed a lead/story/interview/event, chances are I knew something.

What are your Favourite bands and why?

The Coathangers for hard gutter bound girl rock and … ugh… Diarrhea Planet. The worst name, but totally thrashy rock with punk sensibility. 4 guitars, who the hell do they think they are?!

What’s your Favourite concert memory?

Flying down to Arizona for Tool on Halloween, they came out dressed like Led Zeppelin and played No Quarter. Then we couldn’t afford tickets for the next day so we rented a boat with some strangers and watched the show from behind the stage on the river.

What’s your Favourite TV Shows and why?

M*A*S*H but without the laugh track. That’s just good television.

What’s your Favourite movie and why?

The Shining. I celebrate Kubrick from the marrow in my bones.

What are your favourite sports?

Rugby and Curling. Very Canadian!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

For some weird reason I’m obsessed with Texas right now. But check me next week, it’ll be something different.

What would you be doing, if you weren’t in radio?

If I wasn’t in radio I’d be hawking poetry for pennies on Commercial Drive. Or take a bigger role at the movie theatre I work at. Free popcorn for life doesn’t sound that bad.

What’s your dream job in the industry?

Honestly, I’d love to be at the CBC but I’m not sure what sort of copy they need!

Strangest thing you’ve ever done?

I can’t legally answer this question.

Business owners beware, Sadie will be shaking you down for advertising sooner than you think. Her copy will be more than enough to convince you to sign on that dotted line!

Follow @SadieVanais on Twitter for all the inside scoops on our upcoming promotions

Get to Know Evolution: Nate Leigh

Get to Know Evolution is a series of profiles focused on the on-air performers of Evolution. We ask them a series of basic questions so you can get to know your favourite on-air hosts a bit better! Today we talked to Nate Leigh, our current weekday 12-3PM host

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What’s one thing you want us to remember about you?: I’m a total geek. And Proud!

What’s your favourite concert of all time. Why?: I haven’t been to too many, but I once attended an outdoors “Arrogant Worms” concert

What’s your favourite memory of radio?… Riding with my brother in his truck to university and listening to the “Early Morning Groaner Jokes” on Rock 101

Out in the city or out in the wilderness? Depends on the weather, I’ve camped plenty of times but I do enjoy walking around a city and exploring the area.

When playing truth or dare, which do you choose? Truth. I don’t want an embarrassing dare. I don’t trust my “friends”

Who’s your Favourite Artist/Band. Why?: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Because I love the amazing covers, that are all well performed and make me want to dance! As terrifying as that is.

What’s your Favourite Podcast. Why?: Welcome to Nightvale. Because it’s weird, scary, hilarious, and a little heart touching. It’s also one of the first podcasts i started listening to, and introduced me to the idea of fictional storytelling podcasts.

Best place to get late night food. Why? What kind of experience have you had there?: Wendy’s: their food gets cheaper after midnight (in my home town at least). The drive through usually took awhile but the food was worth it. One time I was tired and not thinking so I paid for my food and then kept driving….without the food!

Nate

 

You catch Nate all week Noon to 3PM, and from March 19th through April 8th on weekends 6AM-12PM on Evolution 107.9! Make sure you follow him on Twitter @NathanielLeigh1

The Razzies Snubbed the Absolute Worst Film of 2017

The Golden Raspberry list of nominations for their “anti-awards” was released yesterday featuring exactly what you would expect –  a whopping 9 nominations for last year’s installment of the garbage fire of a franchise,  Transformers, as well as a slew of nominations for the critically panned Emoji Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, and The Mummy. Despite getting so much, so right, the Razzies managed to snub the REAL worst film of 2017.

The Snowman. Before its release it had all the makings of a great film; the thriller was produced by Martin Scorsese, and starred one of Hollywood’s current brightest, Michael Fassbender. Even the trailers seemed relatively promising. But when reviews started rolling out, it was clear that The Snowman was destined to be a commercial flop, and a critical failure for Universal Pictures. The Snowman currently boasts an average 3.1/10 rating on Metacritic, and a 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 161+ reviews. The film travesty quickly melted away from theatres, grossing a mere $43.1 million worldwide on a $35 million dollar budget. Despite all the bad press, all the bad reception, The Snowman didn’t receive a single Razzie nomination! To make the snub even worse, the Razzies prominently feature one of 2017’s best films…

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! might be the most polarizing film of last year. Certain critics lambasted it, perhaps most notably Rex Reed of the New York Observer gave the film zero stars stating “I hesitate to label it the ‘Worst movie of the year’ when ‘Worst movie of the century’ fits it even better.”” Others gave the psychological horror film great praise. Peter Bradshaw writing for The Guardian, gave the film 5 stars, saying “Darren Aronofsky’s toweringly outrageous film leaves no gob unsmacked. It is an event-movie detonation, a phantasmagorical horror and black-comic nightmare that jams the narcosis needle right into your abdomen.” Considering critics were split, the Aronofsky film doesn’t deserve the nomination.

Fans of Aronofsky and Mother! shouldn’t fret however, Mother! will join the prestigious ranks of wrongly-nominated Razzie films like The Shining, and Scarface. Everyone knows those movies are just AWFULLLLL.

Oh, and here is the full list of noms, in case you were curious:

Worst picture
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst actress
Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)
Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!)
Tyler Perry (Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween)
Emma Watson (The Circle)

Worst actor
Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Darker)
Zac Efron (Baywatch)
Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Worst supporting actor
Javier Bardem (Mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Russell Crowe (The Mummy)
Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2)
Anthony Hopkins (Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Worst supporting actress
Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker)
Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)
Laura Haddock (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Goldie Hawn (Snatched)
Susan Sarandon (A Bad Moms Christmas)

Worst screen combo
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions – Fifty Shades Darker
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosions – Transformers: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis – The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp and His Worn-Out Drunk Routine – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Careers Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn-Out Wig – Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween

Worst remake, rip-off, or sequel
Baywatch
Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween Fifty Shades Darker The Mummy Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst director
Darren Aronofsky (Mother!)
Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight)
James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker)
Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy)
Anthony (Tony) Leonidis (The Emoji Movie)

Worst screenplay
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

What else did the Razzie’s miss? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook @Evolution1079

Get To Know Evolution: Mike Tagami

The “Real Mike Tagami” is our resident sports nut, and you can catch him this coming weekend 12-6PM, and the following three weeks Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3-6PM with co-host James Bryce!

Mike Tagami

I had the privilege to ask the self proclaimed “big time beauty” a few questions

 What’s one thing you want us to remember about you?: I have no idea, I guess my name?

Mike, what’s your favourite music venue and why?: The Commodore, I don’t get out to see as much live music as I should, but I have really good memories of the Commodore, my buddies band opened for Daniel Wesley there last year and that was a great experience. It’s a pretty surreal feeling seeing your friends on stage performing in front of that many people, especially when you know how much work they’ve put in behind the scenes to get to where they are.

What made you get into radio?: I grew up listening to sports radio in the car with my dad, especially Canucks games, that’s part of why I’m drawn to sports radio.

Would you rather live in the city or out in the wilderness? Out in the wilderness for sure, I don’t mind the city, just not big on all the crowds. My dream house is by the water with the the forest and the mountains behind me.

Favourite Artist/Band. Why?: That’s tough one, I don’t think I could pick just one and my music taste is kind of all over the board. I’m a big fan of some of the oldies, like Earth Wind and Fire and Electric Lights Orchestra, if it’s more modern I’d have to go with The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys, but I’m also into some old school hip-hop like A Tribe Called Quest, I’m really all over the place.

Favourite Podcast. Why?: Probably the Pat-cast by Jeff Patterson, I’m a big fan of him and Jason Botchford, not to mention a huge sports fan so this is one of my go to’s. I’m also a big fan of the Bill Burr Monday Morning Podcast because it’s funny as hell.

Best place to get late night food. Why? What kind of experience have you had there?: I’d probably have to go with the Warehouse, it’s cheap and delicious. I can remember going there on the way home after a long night with a few friends and I took down a burger and fries and split two appies with a buddy as well. It was an aggressive amount of food but I regret nothing.

Mike Tagami

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Hidden Gems: Cassettes?

If you told me at the beginning of the year that I would be driving around a vehicle ancient enough to have cassette player installed in it, I would have told you that you were out of your mind. Alas, the unthinkable has happened. Without a CD player I had to resort to one of those Cassette auxiliary adapters to source my music. However, as a music lover I naturally tried to track down some tangible releases to play on my crummy 90’s car speakers.

You’ve certainly heard it before; cassettes are back in style! Though if you were to step into the two largest (NEW) cassette retailers in Vancouver, Sunrise Records, or Urban Outfitters you would likely scoff at their selection. Sunrise carried maybe 5 or 6 tapes, all of which I already owned on vinyl or digital, cuts from Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, and King Krule. The selection at UO was even more bizarre; curiously dominated by soundtracks to Bob’s Burgers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Stranger Things.

I was on the search for something different. Something you wouldn’t find on the racks of your local record shop. For that, I would need to scour the web, after all you won’t find any unique cassettes on Amazon (though they have some great deals on blanks, for your next mixtape!) I quickly found myself on Bandcamp, which is notorious for being equal parts hidden gems, and horrible drivel. Cassettes were popping up left and right for lesser known genres like, chillwave, vapourwave and future funk. My curiosity quickly got the best of me, and my MasterCard bill took a minor beating.

I ordered three cassettes, two from local artist Aloe Island Posse, and one from Desired. Check them out below to get a feel for what they’re all about.

If you’ve been a major detractor from the cassette movement, it’s because you haven’t listened to one. I didn’t grow up with tapes, aside from having a Walkman collecting dust in my junk drawer, the nostalgia factor is completely void to me, but after listening I get what the buzz is about. It’s that cassette hiss in the background that adds a certain charm to the music. It’s the whirring sound of motors as your 96 Golf sucks this colourful plate into its deck.

If you’ve got an eclectic taste like me, dig up the Walkman in your junk drawer, an ancient car, or shell out your extra cash to buy a new cassette player. The cornucopia of weird, and underappreciated music that you can’t find anywhere else, exists there.

Hear Me Out: Records to Stream January 2018

New Year, new music, and a wave of articles detailing the New Year’s biggest releases, courtesy of every music publication known to man. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the plethora of lists that give you very little detail aside from an anticipated release date. That’s not what Hear Me Out is all about, after all, you’re probably already frothing in anticipation for the major releases this year. Once a month, come check out Hear Me Out, for details on a couple records that are set to fly just below the radar.

Porches – The House

Alright, be forewarned, unless you enjoy healthy doses of electronic music mixed into your indie selection, Porches might not be for you. Even if that sounds like you, give his latest single “Find Me” a quick listen, the production is outstanding, and if there’s ever been a “grower” it’s this song. The cut is absolutely infectious, and after a couple listens you won’t be able to get those synths out of your head.

In contrast the other single off The House is something off kilter for the group. “Country” is an earnest, slow love song reminiscent of Bon Iver, demonstrating a growing versatility for Porches.

Mark January 19th down in your calendar, “The House” is going to be a game changer.

Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

Ty Segall is one of those one in a million artists that can absolutely slay, in any genre. The multi-instrumentalist effortlessly drifts through a multitude of sounds, including country rock, glam, hardcore punk, and psychedelic rock. Unlike 90% of artists who attempt to constantly hop from style to style Segall performance remains masterful.

For whatever reason Segall remains on the cusp, while similar contemporaries King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, and Mac Demarco have soared to indie stardom. Judging by the first single “Lady’s on Fire” off his new record Freedom’s Goblin, Segall might be making the jump to household name this year. Stay ahead of the pack, stream Freedom’s Goblin on January 26th.

Worst and Best: Black Mirror Season 4

Black Mirror is absolutely among the best television shows at the moment, and lucky for us, Netflix is ensuring that we get our annual fix of the dark, sci-fi anthology series. The newest season quietly launched on the streaming giant December 29th and has been receiving critical praise ever since. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet because of all the holiday hustle and bustle, drop whatever you’re doing, forget about the other series you’re binge-watching and watch it IMMEDIATELY! Trust me you don’t want the episodes spoiled for you!

Without further ado, here is the Worst and Best of Black Mirror Season 4!

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!

Worst: Crocodile
Black Mirror, is a dark, bleak show. But that darkness is typically intended to force the audience to ponder the implications of the feature technological advancement, or their own moral code. Crocodile is dark, for dark’s sake, and the technology on display in the episode feels like it was sandwiched into the episode so it would work for the series.


A woman meets with a man from her past, who wants to make amends with the family of a man they accidentally killed and covered up in their younger days. She decides to murder him because the threat of their crime surfacing would threaten the life she has since built for herself. She later finds herself in a peanut, after an automated van injures a man outside her hotel room, requiring her to come forth as a witness.

The tech featured in this episode is a device that recalls human memories that are used in police investigations, and insurance purposes. You can probably see where this is going. The protagonist goes on to murder the insurance investigator, along with her husband and baby.

The ending of the episode is just ham-fisted. It turns out, the baby she murdered was born blind, thus not a candidate for memory eyewitness. It just felt a little gratuitous, but they felt the need to keep pouring on the darkness for whatever reason. Ultimately, the police extract the memories from a guinea pig in the baby’s room. Which contradicts what we see earlier in the episode, considering how much coaxing needs to be done to extract memories. There’s no way they could have coaxed that memory out of a guinea pig. Then you have to think to yourself; how long is a guinea pig’s attention span/memory? The end result is by far the series’ cheesiest endings.

Best: USS Callister
This was a much, much harder pick than Black Mirror Season 4’s worst episode. Arkangel, Hang the DJ both made it a close race, but ultimately USS Callister is the year’s best episode of Black Mirror. If you only have time for three episodes, by all means, make sure you check these ones out!

The episode features this season’s biggest TV names, including How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti, and Jesse Plemons, affectionately known as “Meth Damon” amongst Breaking Bad fans for his stellar performance as the soulless turd, Todd. Both players are at their best in USS Callister, and really push this episode into the upper echelon of Black Mirror episodes.

Plemons plays a CTO working on a VR MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game, for those of you who aren’t nerds), who initially comes off as a sympathetic character. He’s abused and ignored by his business partner and subordinates. In response, he’s made his own private version of the VR he’s developed, where he can act out Captain Kirk-like starship fantasies, bossing around digital versions of his coworkers.

Any sympathy you feel for the character quickly goes out the window after its’ revealed that the digital copies are sentient, with memories of the real world. The digital copies are illegally spawned from their DNA, that Plemons’ character harvested from various sources, a lollipop, or Q-Tip swab from an old coffee cup. The science behind this is pretty janky at best, but considering how invested you are in USS Callister at this point, you’ll probably let it slide like I did.

Obviously, this could’ve gone even darker, but it’s revealed that Plemons created the digital copies without genitals so the sim would remain PG like Star Fleet, the original production it’s based on. But just because he’s not using the sim to have sex with digital copies of his coworkers, doesn’t mean we don’t see Plemons committing atrocities in the sim. The CTO uses the sim to remove a character’s face, transform a copy into a horrific spider monster, and forced a child out of an airlock in front of his father.

Eventually, Milioti’s character devises a plan to allow the digital copies to escape, and delete the sim. In true Black Mirror fashion, there’s not exactly a happy ending. However, justice is served for Plemons’ character, who’s destined to rot in his apartment, his consciousness lost in the deleted version of his sim.

Though it’s far from the best episode of Black Mirror, there’s plenty to love in USS Callister, especially if you’re a Trekkie.

Marvel’s Fresh Crop of Flicks for 2018

A new year means a new crop of films, and there are few 2018 flicks audiences are anticipating more than the upcoming Marvel movies. The MCU dominated the box office in 2017 with three huge blockbuster releases – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel isn’t taking a break in 2018 though, they’re back with another trio of superhero flicks. Here’s everything you need to know about what Marvel Studios has in store for its “true believers” in 2018.

BLACK PANTHER – FEBRUARY 16
Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther will finally take the lead in his own film this February! Boseman made a huge impression as T’Challa in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and audiences have been pining for the character’s return to the MCU ever since. Black Panther will follow T’Challa as he returns to his homeland and takes the throne of Wakanda following his father’s demise.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the character himself, Black Panther will surely be worth checking out based on the talent behind the film alone! Hot off the critically acclaimed Creed, Director (and writer) Ryan Coogler is no stranger to fight scenes, and character building, and is sure to bring a lot of heart to character T’Challa. Boseman is also in good company, supported by a fantastic cast: Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR – MAY 4
Unless you’ve been in a coma, there’s zero chance you haven’t heard of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. But just in case, be sure to check out the record-breaking trailer below. Infinity War will see the fractured Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from assembling the Infinity Stones.

Marvel has kept this relatively quiet about the plot of the movie, but we can expect some huge twists, and certainly a handful of character deaths. After all, the core Avengers team: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye have been at it for nearly a decade.

Based the footage we’ve seen so far, Infinity War is poised to be the biggest film in 2018 by far. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a bearded Captain America beat the crap out of aliens, or Hulk go toe to toe with Thanos?

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – JULY 6
The upcoming Ant-Man sequel might not have the same buzz as Black Panther or Infinity War, largely because it’s half a year away, and it’s stuck following what’s sure to be Marvel’s biggest blockbuster to date. But don’t let the super-powered comedy fall by the wayside. Ant-Man is probably the biggest sleeper hit in the MCU and the sequel looks even funnier and more action-packed. It’s also been strongly hinted that the quantum realm will be a huge part of the movie, and have a lasting impact on the MCU moving forward.

Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is struggling to juggle his newfound superhero career with the responsibilities of fatherhood, but Hope van Dyne(The Wasp) and Dr. Pym have an urgent new mission for the Avenger.

Expect plenty of laughs courtesy of Rudd, and the hilarious Michael Pena, and wicked fight scenes for both Ant-Man and the Wasp.

 

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Jaws of Love. Will Have You in Their Gentle Grasp

Jaws of Love. is Local Natives’ lead singer Kelcey Ayer’s latest endeavor, and fans of his previous work will find plenty to relish on Tasha Sits Close to the Piano. Ayer developed the project shortly after Local Natives wrapped up recording their third outing Sunlit Youth, from the beginning Jaws of Love.’s aim was to create emotive, piano driven songs that wouldn’t quite fit the current Local Natives mold.

Following the release of Sunlit Youth, many fans were disappointed at the lack of the slower, darker songs that were littered on their well received sophomore effort Hummingbird.  The fans who fell in love with Hummingbird can rejoice, as Tasha Sits Close to the Piano delivers the melancholy introspective cuts they were craving in spades.

At surface level the star of Jaws of Love. is Ayer’s deliberate vocal performance which dips and soars through the whole record. We’ve seen Ayer grow as vocalist over the course of his three records with Local Natives, but we haven’t seen him flex his vocal muscle like this before. The evolution of his performance is best displayed on the tracks “Jaws of Love.” and  “Lake Tahoe.” the latter is easily the stand out track on Tasha Sits Close to the Piano in my opinion.

 

After a few listens, it becomes clear that it’s not Ayer, but rather Combat!’s deliberate synth programming that sets Tasha Sits Close to the Piano apart from it’s contemporaries. Tracks like “Microwaves” and “Before the Hurting Lands.” wouldn’t be the same without Combat!’s maelstrom of electronic production, bringing layers upon layers of additional sound to assist Ayer’s deadly vocals and piano.

Examining the lyrical content of the album, Ayer has clearly intended that Tasha Sits Close to the Piano serve as an examination of both the exhilarating joys and the daunting trials of matrimony. After all, it was his spouse who coined the record after the family dog’s preferred sleeping spot. It would be a stretch to call the songwriting on the record mature; in fact it’s probably the most simplistic lyrical content Ayer has released during his career. Nonetheless Ayer has crafted some tracks that are easy to swoon along to, and will be stuck in your head for weeks to come.

The group’s debut album is an outstanding intimate collection of soft rock love tunes that will satiate not only Local Natives fans, but also hungry followers of artists like City and Colour and Bon Iver. Tasha Sits Close to the Piano is an early Christmas present for fans of soft indie rock, and is poised to be one of this year’s hidden gems.