Everybody was kung-fu fighting...
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior star Tony Jaa returns in this new action-packed film.
Another summer begins...
Cosmic Rough Riders- "
Revolution (In the Summertime)"
Purchase Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine
This track is off the 2001 release Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine. The album combines the best moments from the Scotish folk-rock act's first two albums, 'Deliverance' (1999) and 'Panorama' (2000) as well as a few songs written just for this album.
Past meets future...
View 2046 trailer
Secret Garden- "Adagio"
Purchase 2046 Soundtrack
2046 picks up with In The Mood's character Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) moving into in a cheap hotel and still pondering his almost-affair with a married woman (Maggie Cheung). He develops relationships with a call girl (Ziyi Zhang), a hotel manager’s daughter (Faye Wong) and a gambler (Gong Li). All the while he is writing a pulpy sci-fi novel about a hi-tech train to the future while incorporating his own memories and desires.
This film premiered at Cannes last year and has yet to be released in theaters stateside. Wong Kar Wai assembled a stellar cast to accompany the seductive visual atmosphere created by award-winning cinematographer and long-time Kar-wai collaborator, Chris Doyle. I picked this up at my local Asain video store but I hear this is also available through Netflix.
Singin' the blues...
Mickey Champion-"I Wonder"
Purchase What You Want
Here's a jazzy number from Mickey Champion's last album What You Want. Miss Mickey has played and recorded with everyone from Ray Charles and Billie Holiday to Count Basie and Johnny Otis. You can catch her perform at Little Pedro's every tuesday around 9pm with free fried chicken and cornbread buffet around 11pm and mondays at Babe's & Ricky's Inn . Don't miss your chance to catch this living legend!
Cat Stevens- "
Purchase Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits Vol.2
After watching the cult classic Harold and Maude, I was inspired to post a little Cat Stevens for everyone to enjoy. Bud Cort's brilliant potrayal of a troubled teen along with Stevens stellar soundtrack make for a memorable, heartwarming and highly dysfunctional film.
Smoking Popes- "
Need You Around"
Purchase Born To Quit
The 1995 release Born To Quit featured Smoking Popes at their peak. "Need You Around" was the logical first single and even though Smoking Popes are history this cd is an essential indie-rock album full of melodic songs that will no doubt linger in your head long after their done.
Late Night Sounds # 12
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: Mia Doi Todd, Frausdots, The Boy Least Likely To, BBQ, Supersystem, and The Sunshine Family...Listen here or visit Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs. If you like these selections cast a vote at Podcast Alley.
In a world of black & white murder brings just a touch of color...
Barry Adamson- "
The Sweetest Embrace"
Purchase Oedipus Schmoedipus
Barry Adamson got his start playing bass for Magazine, The Birthday Party and then with Nick Cave's Bad Seeds before finally going it alone. On "The Sweetest Embrace" Barry is joined by his old pal Nick Cave for an eerie tale of a love gone sour. This 1996 album seamlessly blends storytelling with jazz, hip-hop beats, big band, industrial, and cinematic themed scores and remains my favorite amongst Adamson's work.
We're robots , bitch...
8-Bit - "
Purchase You Ain't No Robot
Imagine the Beastie Boys and N.W.A. as robots that rap over old school Nintendo beats then you'd start to understand where 8-Bit are coming from. Their bio states that they landed on this planet back in 2002 and have grown accustomed to the humaniod lifestyle which includes getting drunk and eating tacos...sound like my kinda robots.
Honey Where You Been So Long is an MP3 blog that specializes in pre-war blues. Every week we regularly get schooled by wonderful selections which are gaurenteed to make a fan out of music lovers...even if you don’t like pre-war blues all that much!
Rock N Roll Inferno #7
This weeks Rock N Roll Inferno features music from: Lucidnation, The Winks, The Scotchgreens, The Dents, The Half Empties, and The Black Keys...listen here or visit the Rock N Roll Inferno page to catch past programs. If you like these selections then cast a vote at Podcast Alley.
Where to go, what to do...
Magazines of America presents Black Book List 2005- Los Angeles. This little pocket size guidebook is like the holy grail for finding the hottest restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels in the Los Angeles area. From Los Feliz to Santa Monica, from Hollywood to San Fernando Valley this book will guide you through all the best local hangouts L.A. has to offer without all the tourist traps. For all you city dwellers who get around there are also Black Book List guides for New York and San Francisco...so start exploring!
Visit site here.
This weeks propaganda...
Want to debunk your brain? Challenge things you wouldn't even consider thinking about? Good, hopefully by now you have come across at least one book in the disinformation series, but if you haven't here is a great starter. Ten bucks will get you 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know...that's 20 cents per interesting fact! Here are some things you will find out in you're new coffee table/ bathroom reader: The first genetically modified humans have already been born. The main hero of the movie Black Hawk Down is a convicted child molester. One of the Popes Wrote an Erotic Book - The Suicide Rate Is Highest Among the Elderly and more... and just in case you don't believe these crazy facts they have a nice reference guide in the back which will lead to hours of playing "is this for real?" all over the Internet and encyclopedias...good luck!
For more information on the huge series of books and DVD's check out the official site here.
Late Night Sounds #11
New and improved now with even less talk!
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: The Elected, Color Theory, Laika & The Cosmonauts, The Cloud Room, Cansei De Ser Sexy, and Contact...Listen here or visit Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs. If you like these selections cast a vote at Podcast Alley.
A place like this should be kept secret, but some things you just can't keep to yourself. Located in L.A.'s Jewish community, this venue has built quite a reputation as a place that discovers new talents. Elliott Smith, Aimee Mann, and Ryan Adams all built their reputations here. Elvis Costello, Beck, Fiona Apple, Ron Sexsmith, and Joseph Arthur have all graced Largo's intimate stage. Regular highlights include producer and multi-instrumentalist extrodinaire Jon Brion (who has been filling the club every Friday since 1996) and David Garza's frequent residencies and comedy nights as well. There is a Live At Largo CD collection in the works. Visit Largo's site to see who's performing this month and checkout their audio/video section to get a taste.
Pros: Great musicians in intimate settings
Cons: Known to get crowded/overpriced food
BBQ- TIE YOUR NOOSE (BOMP! RECORDS)
So just how hot is this BBQ? Well let’s just say that this authentic flavored garage rock album is so smoking that if your not careful you might get burned. BBQ is actually a moniker for a one man band (Mark Sultan of The Sexareenos) who appears to be caught in a beautiful time warp of some Hazel Atkins or LInk Wray brand of rock n’ roll. Had this album been released in the late '50s or early '60s there would be some gauranteed floorshakers, some songs have such a familiar rhythms that one can’t help but want to throw on your dancing shoes and head out to your local record hop. Highlights come when BBQ borrows some of Hazel Atkins signature growls on “Tie Your Noose” or when he gets a little Buddy Holly on “Record Machine”. Songs like “Waddlin’ Around” or “Don’t Hold Out On Me” are instantly infectious and will linger in your head long after they’ve finished. This will definitly leave you pining for some more good old fashioned rock n’ roll. Listen/buy here.
TOM THUMB- SONGS FROM HOLIDAY (TOM THUMB MUSIC)
Iron & Wine and M. Ward are but a couple of artists whose unique lo-fi approach has earned them their own niche in contemporary music. Now it’s Tom Thumb’s (aka Andy Arch) turn to carve his name in the tree trunk of acoustic melodies. There’s a level of sincerity that shines on tracks like the infectious Josh Rouse flavored "Motel in Phoenix" or the catchy Wilco-esque "Gracie’s Mine". Other standouts include the reflective school yard tale ‘Boot(y) Camp” and the handclapping, toe tapping tune “Wine & Cigarettes”. This entire album is littered with intimate songs whose melodies linger around in your head long after their done. Some musicians would kill to have a debut (let alone any) album as good as this. Songs From Holiday is one album that is worth seeking out...you’ve heard of comfort food well this is comfort music. Listen/buy here.
Viva Le Week-End...
Stereo Total put on a great early show sunday night at The Casbah in San Diego...the duo peformed a well rounded set which included classics (such as "L'Amour À 3", "Nationale 7", and "Holiday Inn") as well as material from their new album. They even got a little help getting the crowd going from the energetic opening one-man act Hawnay Troof who joined the duo onstage for a few songs. Despite their lowbrow stage antics Stereo Total are a first rate act. Here's some mp3's.
Late Night Sounds #10
New and improved now with even less talk!
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: Tom Thumb, Rogue Wave, Metronomy, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and The Legendary Shackshakers...Listen here or visit Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs. If you like these selections cast a vote at Podcast Alley.
Benny Benassi and The Biz- Hypnotica
Italian club sensation D.J. Benny Benassi delivers a full length album that brings his dirty dancefloor electro-house out of the clubs and into your ipod. Hypnotica is filled with bleepy electro songs that all flow in such a similair fashion that you'd think this was one giant club mix.
Fun with M.I.A.
Add your own beats to M.I.A.'s vocals or just listen to others here.
Here's a few creepy trailers of some films that may or may not be playing soon at a theater near you...
Rob Zombie's The Devils Rejects
George Romero's Land of the Dead
Wes Craven's Red Eye
This weeks Rock N Roll Inferno features music from: The Irish Brothers, BBQ, The It's, Turbonegro, The Murder City Devils, and The Urgencies...listen here or visit the Rock N Roll Inferno page to catch past programs. If you like these selections then cast a vote at Podcast Alley .
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: Colin Meloy, Sam Roberts Band, Lismore, Jennyanykind, The Faraway Places, Zap Mama and Soundrix...listen here or visit Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs. If you like these selections cast a vote at Podcast Alley.
Checkout some sweet soul music from British vocalist Jamie Lidell's upcoming album Multiply from Warp records (...yes Warp records) available June 13. Preview a few tracks and pre-order from boomkat.
Amadou & Mariam- Dimanche A Bamako
Often reffered to as ‘the blind couple of Mali’ Tinder and Miriam met at a school for the blind nearly thirty years ago and have been performing together ever since, granted their first cd wasn’t released until 1977 (Penny Nor Tilé). International music star Manu Chao (a legend in his own right) tracked down the African duo to produce this album titled Sunday in Bamako. With a help from Manu, who often guest spots, this album should have what it takes to reach a wider audience and possibly make them the Buena Vista Social Club story of the year. You can order this through amazon.
Coachella Day 2
Well it wouldn't be a music festival without all the exhibitionists and pot smokers. Being a Coachella veteran I've come to terms with the fact that the bigger the festival gets, the less amounts of bands I will be capable of taking in. So aside from more people, some of the things we had issues with in previous years were: the long lines to get in, the parking, and the time delays in between sets, but from our standpoint promoters seem to have remedied all of these problems. This year my only beef was with really tall guys, guys with cowboy hats, and really tall guys with cowboy hats who always popped up in front of us blocking our view (..funny they never seemed to be there when we staked our spot?) at nearly every performance. At least these were not the assholes who pushed and shoved their way in as the band in question would began playing. This might not have been the most memorable Coachella, however this was the smoothest Coachella we have ever experienced...and the cooler tempatures were definitely a plus.
Started the day off watching Diplo spin a killer mix in the Sahara tent. (Bonus points for the cool screens).
Jem sings her heart out.
Caught a little hip-hop courtesy of Beans.
The first showstopper of the day was M.I.A.
She even got the indie kids dancing with anthems like 'Sunshowers', 'Galang', 'Bucky Done Gone', and '10 Dollar'.
The Futureheads rocked some three-part harmonies (unfortunetly the wind blew their sound around).
Somewhere way over there is Gang of Four...and they got down!
The Arcade Fire was really the second highpoint for us (even though they had some sound issues during the opening of their set).
New Order anyone?
Bernard Sumner jumbo screen close-up.
Peter Hook jumbo screen close-up.
Stephen Morris jumbo screen close-up.
As you can see, we came for New Order, they performed classics like "Bizzare Love Triangle' and 'Regret' as well as a few Joy Division songs.
British Sea Power doing their thing.
Caught some of Nine Inch Nails on the way out (yeah I missed NIN's complete set and The Faint and Bright Eyes but that was a small price to pay considering that we got out of the parking lot and home in about an hour and half! How rock and roll are we???? For more pics go here.
OLD SCRATCH REVIVAL SINGERS
OH, DIDN’T HE RAMBLE
About as far from trendy as trendy can be Old Scratch Revival Singers have all forms of roots music covered with styles ranging from bluegrass, ragtime, Dixieland, and gospel.
This Iowa sextet manage to create an album that is truly refreshing by mishmashing styles that are about as old as dirt. Purists will say that these genres have all been touched upon, but they’ll always have something to complain about. Every once in awhile a band will come along that does something exciting with roots music...this is one of those bands. The highlights are in abundance so do yourself a favor and seek this one out. Catch a taste here.
If you enjoy music that is wordy, confessional, and altogether poetic then you need not look any further. Bora Yoon is a NY singer-songwriter who pens thought provoking lyrics set to jazz influenced folk. Proscenium (describing the two-dimensional plane that separates the offstage world from the onstage) draws inspiration from artists such as Ani Difranco, Beth Gibbons and Joni Mitchell and is filled with great storytelling set to seducing guitar and piano melodies that grow on you with time. Bora didn’t win the John Lennon songwriting contest (for the song “All Day Through the Rain”) or the Billboard song contest (for the song “Poetry vs. Coincidence) for nothing. This is the second solo album from a remarkable talent with a true gift for wordplay. You can listen to Bora Yoon via her myspace page or go to her official site.
Bob Dylan- Chronicles Vol.1
I guess it should really come as no big surprise that Bob Dylan’s new memoir (much like his music) is riveting and full of insight and depth. Chronicles Vol.1 begins with Dylan’s move from Minnesota to Greenwich Village circa 1960 and brings to life all the influential books he discovered, the establishments he frequented and the people he met. Greenwich Village comes alive through the pages as Dylan reflects on poignant moments in his life and encounters with people whom he found inspiration in (i.e. Thelonious Monk, Gorgeous George, Jack Dempsey, and Frank Sinatra Jr.). Something else worth mentioning is the rustic lingo he uses, phrases like “scallywag”, “roustabout”, and “phoney baloney” are the sort of down home style Bob writes in. Dylan comments on the sorry state of radio (…some things never change). “I still kept turning the radio on. probably more out of mindless habit than anything else. Sadly whatever it played reflected nothing but milk and sugar and not the real Jekyll and Hyde themes of the times. The ‘On The Road’, ‘Howl’, and ‘Gasoline’ street ideologies that were signaling a new type of human existence weren’t there, but how could you have expected it to be? 45 records were incapable of it.”
You also get a real sense of his love for written word- “There was a letter from Archibald MacLeish waiting for me on the table. MacLeish, Poet Laureate of America-one of them. Carl Sandburg, poet of the prairie and the city, and Robert Frost, the poet of dark meditations were others. MacLeish was the poet of the night stones and the quick earth. These three were the Yeats, Browning, and Shelley of the new world,were gigantic figures, had defined the landscape of twentieth-century America. They put everything in perspective. Even if you didn’t know their poems, you knew their names.” He even slams the door on truth- “Truth was the last thing on my mind, and even if there was such a thing, I didn’t want it in my house. Oedipus went looking for the truth and when he found it, it ruined him. It was a cruel horror of a joke. So much for the truth. I was gonna talk out of both sides of my mouth and what you heard depended on which side you were standing. If I ever did stumble on any truth, I was gonna sit on it and keep it down.” Chronicles explores critical junctures in the early years of his rise to stardom and works it’s way unto what would be called the later stages of his career. Simply put this memoir is a literary must for Dylan fans as well as those less enthusiastic to his music. Buy here.
Bill Hicks- Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian
This is the first official DVD release from the late stand-up comedian Bill Hicks. This contains three classic performances “One Night Stand” from Chicago, “Revelations” from London, and “Relentless” from Montreal ” which feature Bills brash sense of humor that earned him comparisons to Lenny Bruce and Sam Kinison. Hicks died in 1994 long before he ever got a chance to rise to stardom and one thing i’ve noticed is that there is alot of talk of Bill’s in-your-face humor, however not enough is mentioned about how he was a thinking-mans comic (a la George Carlin). His abrasive humor shines in a bit where he calls non-smokers “obnoxious, self-righteous slugs” and there is plenty of Bush bashing (Bush senior) as well. In addition, there are also poigniant moments when he talks of how we can end world hunger. Accompanying this disc is a touching 40 minute documentary titled “It’s Just A Wild Ride” which features family and friends (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Eddie Izzard, and Richard Jeni) reflecting on Bill’s life and work. This is a perfect introduction to those who haven’t seen/heard Bill Hicks material. Visit his official site here.
This weeks Late Night Sounds podcast features music from: Bora Yoon, The Microphones, Old Scratch Revival Singers, Heavy Trash, Irving and Tigrics...listen here or catch past programs here. If you like these selections cast a vote at Podcast Alley here.
This weeks Rock N Roll Inferno podcast features music from: Crystal Skulls, The Clamour, The Guilty Hearts, Lady Killers, Grabass Charlestons and Volumen ...listen here or catch past programs here. If this rocked your ass then cast a vote at Podcast Alley here.
A Tale of Two Sisters
Part psychological thriller, part mystery, part ghost story. The plot unfolds when two sisters return home and have to deal with their evil stepmother and a haunted house. The details of their past and their real mother are sketchy and are filled in slowly over time. This movie has an eerie slow building quality combined with beautiful shots that fans of David Lynch would appreciate. If you liked The Sixth Sense or The Others then you should definitely seek this one out. View trailer here.
Some of you slackers may have became aware of MC Chris while stoned Sunday night watching Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. His entire first album Life's A Bitch and I'm Her Pimp is available free for download on his official site...here's a couple of highlights.
New to theaters nationwide...
Eros is three short films from three world-class directors (Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai) that address themes of love and sex. The film is in Cantonese, English and Italian, with English subtitles on the foreign-language segments...view trailer here or go to official site here.
Writer/director Todd Solondz new film is a haunting fairy tale that deals with abortion and underage sexuality. You can rest assure that there will be scenes that humiliate and degrade the characters, hell there's even a term for it, it's called: "Solondzian cruelty." This is the same guy who brought us uneasy-to-view films like Happiness, Storytelling, and Welcome to the Dollhouse...prepare to squirm. View trailer here.
Having just posted on the U.K. grime compilation Run the Road, I couldn't help but wonder why Audio Bullys weren't on there or why they din't blow up for that matter? Go to their egowar jukebox here and sample tracks from one of the best albums of last year.
Stream tracks from the Run the Road compilation which features some of the latest and greatest on the U.K. grime scene...this features music from Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, The Streets, Lady Sovereign, Kano, Terror Danjah, Goodz, Target and more.
Aimee Mann is about to release a new concept album album, The Forgotten Arm due in stores May 3. In the mean time, she's offering an iTunes Originals album which features acoustic versions of songs as well previously unreleased material.
Stream new Oasis single "Lyla" on myspace...this is off the forthcoming album Don't Believe the Truth album (set for a May 30 release date) and promises to be a the Oasis that blew you away and an Oasis you've never met.
This weeks Late Night Sounds podcast features music from Mark Geary, CocoRosie, Iron & Wine, Die Romantik, Crystal Skulls and Aerobic Jonquil...listen or go to website. If you like these music selections, give us a vote at Podcast Alley here.