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Von Iva- S/T EP
"In 2005, not too many artists are really making this kind of music, let alone making an honest effort in capturing both the spirit and swagger of rock & roll like Von Iva does. They slap you up good..."
“David Roland’s songs create a tractor beam effect that will not let you go once it has you in it’s grasp. Defined as ‘life’s complexities set to music’, the songwriting is engaging & the music vaguely reminiscent of Ted Leo. There is a cool intensity to Roland that is hard to put your finger on, but courses through his lyrics.”
"Justin Langlois and Erin Fortier are the two folk behind The London Apartments. Embracing technology alongside bedroom pop songwriting ethics, The London Apartments' eyes light up under the glow of computer screen and delay pedal LEDs, while their hands fill with guitar and synth surrounded with glitchloops and drum-machine rhythms. Close your eyes and breathe in these sounds."
"In this ever-shrinking world, we tend to see blips in our expectations of what cultural products various geographical areas can produce. For example, you can find beautiful Scotch made in Asia and excellent Sushi in Halifax. In the Stevenson Ranch Davidians, I found some great British pop from sunny California. The band has recently released a self-titled EP of lush, dark, dream pop that would not sound out of place on a mixed CD with The Doves and The Verve.”
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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities."
- Charles Bukowski
XS/ Grita Radio Anniversary Party
So, we’re getting a makeover and we should be semi-functioning in about a week or so...so stay tuned. The highlight of last weekend was seeing Goldspot (who may very well be the perfect pop band) and Dios (Malos) at the El Rey thanks to tix from ZM Radio. If I could’ve been in two places at once I would’ve went to see Vale and The Soft Hands at the Prospector...at least Fernando went...although I doubt he took any pics. This wednesday we’ll be partying with Soy Machin down at the Knitting Factory for the Festival XS/ Grita Radio Anniversary Party with: Los Abandonded, Juguete, and Pastilla...so come on down and have some drinks before your thanksgiving feast.
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Let’s get things started with the sure shot that is Wild Zero. Wild zero doesn’t have what you would call a story line that "makes sense”, believeable characters, or even convincing zombie make-up, yet none of these things stop this film from becoming an absolute must see. The movie is melting pot of good ideas that include: exploding zombie heads, aliens, Rock-a-billy love, naked girls with guns, and the Japanese rock band Guitar Wolf (who act as the voice of reason throughout the film). This movie knows exactly what it is ...a good time, and runs with it by putting a drinking game option on the dvd, with a little glass that pops up in the corner of your screen to remind you to throw one back. The story follows Guitar Wolf and a young billy named "Ace", who become blood brothers as they fight thier way throw zombies, "scary uncle" type managers, and ufo's! All in all, Wild Zero is the most entertaining drinking game out there and I suggest you do what we did and have a few friends over for some drinks. Aside from earning cinephile points, odds are in a few weeks you'll be mocking other friends by saying "You havent seen Wild Zero?!?!!?" Purchase here.
Ok, ok sometimes even I get distracted by pretty cover art, and that was pretty much the case with Casshern. The movie is visually amazing and I really wanted to like it, but something was lacking. The first few minutes I wasn't even sure it was going to be live action, because there was so much awesome computer graphics. Then the actual people showed up and I spent most of the rest of the film being let down a very basic, yet incomplete story. Like some anime, the long drawn out artsy scenes weren’t enough to take away from the fact that there was very little storyline. Again I think if you had some type of party this might be great to float in the background just as a visual, but this movie doesn’t have any business at center stage. It was however, better than the last matrix...but just barely. Visit the official site or view the Japanese trailer here.
If you have paid attention at your local blockbuster you might have seen this sitting on the shelf. Living Hell boasts Hirohito Honda of Battle Royale and makes references like "A Japanese Texas Chainsaw Massacre". It's hard for any movie to live up to that hype, so let's look at what this movie really has to offer. First off the movie cost 100,000 to make and was shot in 9 days! Keeping that in mind the movie is worth viewing...but I wouldn’t recomend buying it. The plotcenters around wheelchair-bound Yasu (Hirohito) and his unfortunate new situation of being watched by crazy houseguests who torture him while no one is looking. His reactions to the torture are very comical and no one believes him so the torture does go on for some time. You will see a few things in this film that you just won't see anywhere else: death by scarab, a siamese twin brutally killing it's "other half", and scene with a tazer to the balls. If you don't take this film too seriously, then it won't let you down. The ending was quite enjoyable and made watching the rest of the film worth it. View trailer here.
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Woody Allen’s latest film Match Point, is said to be a complete departure from his usual and has already been hailed by the foreign press. Allen is known to base his films in New York...Match Point (his ninth film) however, is set in London with an almost-all English cast. The drama is about a tennis pro (Rhys-Meyers) who has an affair with an aspiring actress (Scarlett Johansson), and the twists and turns of what happens after that. The film is due to hit theatres December 25th. View trailer here.
Off The Shelf
Gene- Drawn To The Deep End
All the recent talk of Morrissey’s next album ‘Ringleader of the Tormentors’ (to be released in March 2006) reminded me of the British band, Gene. Their first record, Olympian (released in 1995) released to generally positive reviews, with many comparisons to The Smiths, a comparison that, while fair, was beaten to death. On their second release 1997's Drawn To The Deep End, Gene began to break from some of those comparisons. Yet...the lyrical content always draws the group back to The Smiths. "Why I Was Born" could have easily been an outake for "Asleep" and on the key track "Where Are They Now?" Rossiter sings "I can not stand alone / I'm incapable of breathing / Incapable of love".. words which could easily have come from Morrissey's mouth...this was a magnificent record largely ignored in the States. I for one, am just glad that I got to see them live before they broke up. Mp3’s: "Where Are They Now?" / “We Could Be Kings" Purchase here.
Under The Radar
Entertainment Weekly wrote “With their echoing guitars and luscious vocals, British rockers Vib Gyor sound like a heavenly hybrid of Coldplay and Sigur Ros. No wonder folks in the UK are falling for them.” Influenced (in equal parts) by Radiohead and Sigur Ros, Vib Gyor create shoegazing pop set to sweeping vocals. Take a listen from their MySpace page, or for some acoustic Mp3’s visit their official site.
I recieved an email about indie interviews, an interview-based podcast with band interviews that are broken up into 15 min. podcasts. The artists featured to-date are a few Texas bands : Midlake (Denton), Sound Team (Austin), Zykos (Austin), I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness (Austin), The Polyphonic Spree (Dallas), The Baptist Generals (Denton) and non-Texan bands The Wrens, Magnolia Electric Co, Scout Niblett, Fruit Bats, The Decemberists, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Vashti Bunyan, Two Gallants and interviews from: The Octopus Project, BunnyBrains, LCD Soundsystem, Ghosty, and The Long Winters in the works. Episode #15 host Garrison Reid sits down with David Dondero, who discusses writing on the road, joining Team-Love and writing South Of The South. Episode #16 is an interview with Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart. Aaron discusses the departure from Palm, working with The Ship Collective, and dealing with struggles and their presence on Treble & Tremble. He also talks about an untitled release featuring Grandaddy members Jim Fairchild, Aaron Burtch, and Jason Lytle.
Read: McSweeney's Internet Tendency: On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor here.
I (and every other music-related website) received an e-mail asking me to promote the release of this great tune from NYC band Soft. This is Soft's new single "Higher" from the band's debut EP. If you like what you're hearing go to Insound to buy.
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We're going to be making some changes in the coming weeks, there will be a periodic post (or likely even a seperate page) where we will focus on local bands or events going on around our neck of the woods. More on that later, but on that note my weekend begins with the day off on friday (Nov.11) so I thought I would head down to Amoeba Music and catch a free acoustic set from one of my favorite Canadian bands Stars. You can listen to their album Set Yourself on Fire in it's entirety here. (You could also catch them later that evening opening for Death Cab for Cutie at The Wiltern).
Also on friday night Santa Ana's very own indie-garage rockers The Panties play a free show at Devas Bar in Tustin (9pm). Come down, have some drinks and show The Panties some love. You can also catch 'em at Mr. B's on Nov. 25th and Dec.1 at the UCI Senior Thesis Exhibition.
This saturday (Nov.12) is A Free Night of Art and Live Music in Long Beach with new works of art by Jay Whitecomb and other guest artists and music from The Pop Kids and Jakamaniak (at 9pm). The flyer even mentions something about free food, beer 'n booze...they had me at The Pop Kids (purchase their EP for $5 here). The party starts at 7pm, here's the adress: 3431 East 4th Street Long Beach, CA For more info go here.
Okay, no more lame Star Wars humor after this, but if you have you ever wished that Star Wars was less "Leia" and more homoerotic love story? Then watch the Romance of th Jedi video here.
You can catch a new episode of the televsion show Kitchen Confidential (based on Anthony Bourdain's tell-all book about the restaurant industry), which will air monday Nov.14 from their MySpace page here.
South Of The South is the new album from one of my favorite singer-songwriters David Dondero, who delivers yet another impressive collection of literate folk-blues numbers. Dondero writes in a stream-of-consciousness style with equal parts humor, condescension, lust, and sentiment. His music shares a kinship with folk music troubadours Woody Gutherie and Townes Van Zandt...but in his lyrics there is always some sort of political message (wether it be the politics of love, war, or sex). So, I guess from that angle he'd even have some Bob Dylan influence in there too. Dondero recently switched labels from Future Farmer to (Conor Oberst's ) Team Love Records and I feel sorta guilty pointing out that South Of The South is available for download FOR FREE in it's entirety courtesy of Team Love here...so make sure you check him out when he comes to a venue in your town. If your a fan of Bright Eyes then you should know that in the past Conor has listed Dondero as an influence stating that "It was hearing his voice that made me comfortable with my own.” Nuff said.
Thao Nguyen- Like The Linen
Since the age of twelve Thao Nguyen worked at the family laundromat; cleaning, making change, and most notably, folding the linens (hence the album title). Over the course of that time she also managed to learn to play guitar and write songs...and thank god she did. I try to imagine walking into that laundromat in suburban D.C. and hearing Thao's delicate voice and the gentle strumming of the guitar chords and I can't help but think how I would've undoubtedly became a stalker of sorts. With clever lyrics and catchy guitar melodies Nguyen crafts songs that range from the country tinged "What About" to the lounge flavored "City Sky"...but she's clearly at her best on straight-forward folk songs like "Hills", "Tallymarks", "Chivalry", or "We". Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton, Cowboy Junkies, and Erin Mckeown are amongst her influences and you can definitely detect hints of all of these artists in her music, but filtered through a voice that is all her own. Like The Linen is a compelling look at a genuine singer/songwriter who pours her heart into every phrase. Purchase the album from Never Trust Me Corporation so that she can get the funds to come out and tour L.A. Here's a couple of Mp3's courtesy of Thao Nguyen's official site: "Hills"/ "We"
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
The Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith dvd is out now...this is an easter egg clip featuring Jedi Master Yoda dancing and singing to some hip-hop, while clonetroopers stand behind him bobbing their heads...Yoda is so gangsta. This should at least make you chuckle...take a look here.
Based on the 1975 novel by Charles Bukowski, the story centers on a jack-of-all-trades Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon) who wanders around Los Angeles trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interests: women, drinking, gambling and writing. The film is directed by Bent Hamer and also stars Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei and is scheduled to hit theaters November 18th. View the trailer here. Entertaining as this looks, I doubt this will be as poignant as the novel. If you haven't read it yet, Purchase it from here from Amazon right now.
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Re-post: The Artists District in Santa Ana will be doing their yearly tribute to Dia de Los Muertos on Nov 5th. The promenade will have enough art to keep you away for another year. The Night Gallery will feature 19 artists including: Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac), Alex Pardee, as well as Eric Pigors of Toxic Toons . There are new shows every 2 months at the Night Gallery and not all of them include free cheese and wine, so don't miss this one.
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Neil Diamond-12 Songs
Columbia Records will release 12 Songs, the first new studio album from Neil Diamond in four years, on November 8. The album pairs the pop music icon with legendary producer Rick Rubin."Most of the songs were recorded with Neil playing and singing at the same time," said Rick Rubin in a Rolling Stone article "and it's a different animal. It's taking him back to being more of a singer-songwriter. He really blows me away." The backing band features Tom Petty's Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (piano/organ) as well as guitarist Smokey Hormel (Beck, Tom Waits) and an alternate version of "Delirious Love" with Brian Wilson. Listen here.
Raised on Miami Bass and DIY DJ party culture, Diplo began DJ-ing and producing his own tracks in his late teens. After submitting his demo to Ninja Tunes’ Hip Hop offshoot Big Dada, he began releasing his own albums and turning heads. FabricLive 24 is DJ set of fast paced, funk, Hip Hop, dub step, electro, rock and techno featuring music from Outkast, Plantlife, Aphex Twin, The Cure, Le Tigre, Cybotron, Cat Power, and of course his grilfriend M.I.A. amongst others. Preview tracks from Phonica Records here. Mp3: Diplo Live on XM Radio
Ashbury- Last Sensation EP
I’ve been an aficionado of this band ever since I picked up their self-titled debut EP, which is filled with meloncholic lyrics set to familiar new wave rhythms. Quite simply, they had me at the opening line of “Blood on Stone” (“I could never be the one to trust with your life, I would only break you down with time”). Over time Ashbury have drawn comparisons to The Killers or The Faint (simply because they play electro-rock), but to my ears Ashbury finds influence in a Joy Division/ New Order hybrid. With so many L.A. bands begining to gain notoriety worldwide (The Blood Arm, Moving Units, Autolux, Dios (Malos), Giant Drag), it will be interesting to see how much longer can this band remain one of L.A.’s best kept secrets? On this second EP, the East L.A. five-piece seem to be coming into their own with a darker and more polished sound, which may be the result of working with Hot Hot Heat Producer Warren Huart. The EP is filled with sleazy synths, pounding drumbeats, electric guitars, hard bass lines, and singer Jesse B.’s signature stoic delivery. With one foot planted firmly in the past and one in the future, all this group needs now is a full-length album under their belt. Listen to tracks from Last Sensation here or checkout a couple of Mp3's from their debut EP: "This Doubt Remains"/ "Blood on Stone" and on that note...
AFI Fest Presents: Little Athens
There will be many films from around the globe to take in at this years AFI Fest 2005. One film in particular that caught my attention is Little Athens...the story follows a whirlwind day in the hapless lives of small town youth caught in a dead-end post-high school void. The journies of four groups of late teens/early twenty-somethings unfold through four different storylines with their paths colliding at an explosive house party. Little Athens stars: John Patrick Amedori (The Butterfly Effect), Jorge Garcia (TV’s Lost), Shawn Hatosy (Faith of My Fathers), Michelle Horn (Hostage), Tory Kittles (Get Rich or Die Tryin'), Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Rachel Miner (Bully), Kenny Morrison (NeverEnding Story II), Leonardo Nam (The Perfect Score), Michael Pena (Crash), DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow), Jill Ritchie (D.E.B.S.), and Eric Szmanda (TV’s CSI). Little Athens also features a red hot soundtrack that includes classics like "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp and "Let Down" by Radiohead, as well as soon-to-be classics by: Ima Robot, The Vacation, The Walkmen, and Ashbury (whose song "Blood on Stone" is also featured in the trailer). View the trailer here. Little Athens screens at the ArcLight Theatre on Nov. 8th and 9th, visit the AFI Fest 2005 website for more details.
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CH is having a little backyard Halloween Party this Sat. Oct. 29 and your invited...well, maybe not all of you! There will be bands and booze...and perhaps a few surprises. Here are links to hear some tunes from the bands that will be playing: The Narodniks, Bronco Tatonka, Tyranis...(early flyers had Geisha Girls performing too, however they regretably had to cancel...but they're still our friends so be sure to go check 'em out anyways). On that note here's a few Halloween related Mp3's: The Ramones- "Pet Cemetary"/ Misfits- "Halloween"/ The Coral-"Skeleton Key"
Looking for some scary movies to watch that you haven't already seen a million times? Well, here's a few newly released dvd's to get you in Halloween spirit. This French film (which received an NC-17 rating) is a story of two classmates (Marie and Alexia) who drive out to the country to Alexia's parents secluded farmhouse to prepare for exams. But in the dead of night a stranger knocks on the door...and the terror begins. I don't really want to give too much away, but let's just say that this film might just be a bit too clever for it's own good. View trailer/ Purchase
Zombies and aliens...need I write more! In this Australian film a meteor shower covers the countryside and spreads an infection that transforms people into flesh-eating zombies. Running for her life Rene finds refuge in an isolated farmhouse, where she meets four others who survived the disaster. Together, they fend off the walking dead and uncover the truth about those they're fighting. Judging from the opening scenes you just know that this is gonna be a wacky ride. With it's gorey effects, comedy and John Woo stlye action, this film isn't really scary so much as it is entertaining. View trailer / Purchase
The Eye 10
In this film a group of teenagers summon troublesome spirits in the third installment of the Pang Brothers' horror series. Then why is this called The Eye 10 you ask? Well, while vacationing in Thailand, a group of friends obtain a mysterious 10 Methods book that unviels methods of contacting ghosts. You'll begin to notice that the longer this movie goes on the less scary and more zany it becomes. For non-fans of The Eye I wouldn't start with this...start with the original, it's easily the best of the three.-View trailer / Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised to hear from James Apollo via e mail this morning and I haven't been able to stop streaming his new album Good Grief since. The album is filled with western-rich folk, hints of Latin rhythms and Tom Waits-style cabaret. The album plays out like the soundtrack to an old movie with tales of the civil war, sunrises, and broken hearts. Mp3's: "Dead Men Weigh More"/ "Three Birds"or stream the album in it's entirety here. Purchase here.
This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute To The Beatles' Rubber Soul
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' legendary album, Rubber Soul, Razor & Tie Entertainment is proud to announce This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute To The Beatles’ Rubber Soul. The 14-track album hits stores on October 25th and will mirror the sequencing of the original Rubber Soul album. This Bird Has Flown features: Sufjan Stevens, The Fiery Furnaces, Ben Harper, Ben Lee, The Donnas, Ted Leo, Ben Kweller, Rhet Miller, Cowboy Junkies and more. Stream some tracks here. Purchase ere
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If you checked Stereogum recently you found that the link to the 22 unreleased demos (from Elliott Smith B-Sides) didn't last too long. There are however, a couple of the same tracks posted on the official Elliott Smith site ("Placeholder"/ "See My City Dead") which may end up appearing on the next posthumous release. Just a week shy of the second anniversary of Elliott Smith's death, the 22 songs are being circulated under the title From a Basement on the Hill II. The leak includes a variety of unreleased songs that were previously unavailable as well as some that were likely to be some of the last songs that Elliott worked on. Here's a couple of my favorites...Mp3's: "New Disaster"/ "I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out"
If you haven't already heard the first track to leak off The Strokes forthcoming album First Impressions of Earth, you can listen to it here (via Music Remedy) or download it here (via Badmiton Stamps). Personally, I haven't really gotten into this song yet, but I am loving (another recently leaked track) Mp3: "You Only Live Once"...if the rest of the new album sounds anything like this then I'll be all over it!
Dios (Malos) new self-titled album is out now. If you liked their debut, then your likely to dig this too. Checkout a couple of new tracks here. Mp3: "Asshole" (courtesy of Startime International) The band recently had to change its name from Dios due to legal battles as JP Caballero explained "we got an injunction letter from his attorney, and we thought it was a joke. Then we found out it wasn't. We didn't have any money to hire an attorney and battle it out, so we changed our name. And, yeah, it pretty much blows." Their website confirms that they had a track appear on the O.C., but at least they have sense of humor about it as Caballero notes "In January we're going back out for a West Coast tour, but if you can't wait till then, you can go pick up O.C. Soundtrack Volume Two. Somehow one of our songs is on there, and maybe our souls are on there too."
The Clientele's new album Strange Geometry is out now in the US on Merge Records. The London trio is back with another album full of lush melodies and mid-tempo folk pop and this time around they are accompanied by string quartet arrangements. Listen to a couple of tracks here or go to Merge Records site to stream even more. If you're in need of some dreamy 60s styled pop, then this is guaranteed to brighten your day.
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Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks
Now I'm sincerly hoping this doesn't suck...Kevin Smith is a funny man, but going back to revisit his greatest film could prove to be a bigger disaster than Jersey Girl (ok maybe not that bad). There is a teaser and Kevin Smith is keeping a video journal, my favorite is the latest addition the Revenge of the Mullet. View here.
Depeche Mode's 11th studio album Playing The Angel hits stores Oct. 18, stream the album in it's entirety here. I must admit I wasn't feeling this album right away...it wasn't until I realized that this needs to be listened to at an excruciatingly loud volume (especially with the album openers) that I began to appreciate this album. I haven't been won over just yet, but there are a few songs that I've began humming to myself, so it's probably only a question of time.
Warriors come out and play! In case you hadn't noticed Warriors-mania is in full effect. The 70's cult classic film has just been re-released as an Ultamite Directors Cut (with comic book-style intervals), a remake is in production, Warriors figures are now available, and the video game hits shelves later this month. Checkout the official site for the original theatrical and the ultamite directors trailers here. Apperrently the re-make of the film will not be set in the same time period, nor will there be any of the same gangs and (are you ready for this) will not even be set in New York City! The video game however appears to be fully loaded, with the story begining three months before the Warriors leave for the big meeting. The game will also give backround to the characters and gangs from the original movie in the form of flashback scenes and special missions for key characters. There's even a graffiti competition with the mime make-up gang the High Hats. So let's review: check out the video game, the Ultamite Directors Cut, and the action figure set, but skip the movie, because the only thing worse than 1970's cheese is 2005 cheese.
Here's a little funny for your day. These are taken from Lewis Black's cd The End of The Universe. Many of you may be familiar with Lewis' segment on Comedy Central's Daily Show in which he rants about politics, the superbowl and all of the other things that our culture obsesses about. Now he takes his hilarious, biting commentary on the road for his Nothing is Sacred Tour (his most recent book). He brings his trademark angry observational humor to The Grove in Anaheim on Sunday October 30th. Mp3's: "The End of the Universe"/ "Coke and Pepsi and the Super Bowl of 2001"
Made in Sheffield
This amateur documentary takes a look back at the 1980's New Wave scene in Sheffield and touches upon some of the great (and relatively unknown) bands that shaped the industrial city's musical history. This ain't no Live Forever, in fact this documentary is lacking quite a bit, but it does delve deeply enough into the music to make it worthwhile viewing. The creators located a few of the original musicians, who share brief stories, and move on, never providing a context for the disjointed snippets. Using Chris Watson as the sole face of Cabaret Voltaire might not have been the best route to take (founders/main members Stephen Mallinder and Richard Kirk kept the band going for more than a decade after Watson left). The most interesting bits come when some of the more obscure bands (Artery, 2.3) are mentioned, but we get no insight as to why these bands are so important. We see Jarvis Cocker here and there, but there's no Pulp history and where's Martin Fry (ABC) or Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)? If you're a fan of any of these bands you may find this interesting despite it's flaws, if your not a fan and have no interest in these bands whatsoever then you should probably just skip this altogether. Mp3's: Human League- "Being Boiled"/ Artery- "Into the Garden"/ Pulp- "Death Goes To Disco"
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I'm spending entirely too much time on the Lost Messageboards, there are some interesting theories being posted, this is one of the best theories I've seen . There's a new spoiler page that pops up when you use the code "theislandiswaiting" on oceanicflight815.com (Click on the barcode and enter the code to see a script). There is also a link to the Hanso Foundation site (Click the hidden Dharma Initiative and it will play the introduction video) and a Dharma Industries site (which apparently is on lock down). For some tunes (or laughs) checkout the official Driveshaft website or if you still want to waste some more time read Walt's comic book. I'm contemplating re-watching all the episodes from the begining to look for clues. Because I'm quite certain I missed some, after a marthon-esque push to get through all the discs before the second season got under way. As you can see I'm totally lost.
This is the long-awaited collaboration from two of this generation's most respected hip-hop artists Danger Mouse and Doom. Inspired by Adult Swim cartoons, The Mouse and the Mask will be released on Oct.11 from Epitaph Records, in association with Adult Swim. The album will contain character voices and skits from Adult Swim's most popular shows, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (paging MC Chris). Listen to an exclusive preview of the album here or get a couple of Mp3's here.
The Darkness release their long-awaited (we suppose) follow-up album on November 14th. It's titled One Way Ticket To Hell... and Back. How can it be a one way ticket if it gets you to hell
and back, I'm not exactly sure? Listen to the single "One Way Ticket" here.
October 4th marks the release of Si-Se's follow up to their 2003 self-titled release on David Byrne’s world music label Luaka Bop. These days the band has relocated to Fuerte Records. The six-piece band mix Latin, electronic, and trip-hop and sing in both English and Spanish (as well as some instrumentals) with a touch of some downtown New York flavor. Listen to some new songs here or hear more from their official site.
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Rock and Shock Convention
It's finally October so we can post some creepy stuff and not feel like weirdos. Some of us are starting the month off right and heading over to the first horror convention of the month, Rock and Shock. The only real draw back is that its in Massachusetts . Other than that, it's filled with everything you would want out of a horror convention, bands like GWAR and Turbonegro are headlining the festivities and throughout the 2 days you'll get to see people like George Romero, the cast of movies like the Devils Rejects, and a bunch of kids completely wasting their parents money. For more info visit their official website.
World Horror Convention
Although the Rock and Shock convention has everything it takes to be "cream of the crop", if you can only choose one horror convention, you have to check out the World Horror Convention. This is held in San Francisco and is more of the author/artist type of convention. So instead of Rob Zombie you're gonna see Clive Barker, but hey Rob might be there too, you never know. Lots more speakers and guests and surprise lots more money. Visit their site here.
Santa Ana Artists District
OK lets get a little local here. If conventions aren't your thing, then head out to the Artists District in Santa Ana on Nov 5. They will be doing their yearly tribute to "Dia de Los Muertos". The promenade will have enough art to keep you away for another year. The night gallery will feature 19 artists including Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac) Alex Pardee and Eric Pigors of Toxic Toons . There are new shows every 2 months at the Night Gallery and not all of them include free cheese and wine, so don't miss this one.
The Wax Poetic Gallery
None of these tickle your fancy? How about a mix of all of them! Saturday, October 8th, while I'm in Massachusetts you could be in Burbank! The Wax Poetic Gallery presents their annual Halloween show, which also doubles as a dress up goth ball. This year will feature the vivid pastel nightmares of Matthew Price. The exhibit will run through November so if you run out of black nail polish you can always check it out later. For more info go here.
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Rock N Roll Inferno #11
Show #11 features music from Alex White & The Red Orchestra, The Bloody Hollies, The Distillers, and The Compulsive Gamblers. Listen here or or visit the official Rock N Roll Inferno page to catch previous programs.
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This 200 film is based on the true story of William S. Burroughs' (played by Keifer Sutherland) ill-fated performance of his "William Tell act" which resulted in his wife Joan Vollmer (Courtney Love) getting a bullet to the brain with a shot glass on top her head, quickly becoming the stuff of Beat legend. The story begins when the two create a new life in Mexico City after being slapped with a drug rap. Their relationship begins to take a turn when Burroughs takes off for one of his obvious homosexual relations. Joan is visited by a young Allen Ginsberg (Ron Livingston) and Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus) and the three go on a road trip brimmming with sexual tension. Those of you with an interest in some of the most influential writers of the "Beat Generation" might enjoy this, for the rest of you go get caught up on episodes of Lost already. View trailer here. Purchase here.
William S. Burroughs
On that note, this is the Beat giant’s first audio release recorded at the famed English Bookshop in Paris in 1965. This reading was unavailable for decades and features Burroughs slipping in and out of different characters. This is eight recordings without the distraction of any background noise that will either transfix or bore, depending on the individual. Mp3's: "Bradley The Buyer"/ "The Fish Poison Con" Purchase here.
Stream Fiona Apple's long awaited new album Extraordinary Machine here. Extraordinary Machine will be available as a regular CD and a DualDisc. The DualDisc DVD side includes brand new videos for "Not About Love" and "Parting Gift (Live)", Live performances of 5 songs filmed at the club Largo in Los Angeles, (including "Fast As You Can" and "Paper Bag") and more. The album hits stores october 4.
Stream the Elizabethtown Soundtrack here. With this soundtrack Cameron Crow is able to evoke a timeless rootsy vibe with both new artists (Ryan Adams, Wheat) and classic rockers (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham). Petty, Buckingham, and My Morning Jacket all contribute new tracks, while Crowe and film scorer (wife) Nancy Wilson wrote the theme song ("Same in Any Language") for I Nine to perform. But just as "Tiny Dancer" was the clear highlight of the Almost Famous soundtrack, an old Elton John classic ("My Father's Gun") overshadows the rest. The song was taken from Elton's 1971 album Tumbleweed Connection. Get Elizabethtown tracklisting here.
Also stream the new Grandaddy EP Excerpts From the Diary of Todd Zilla here. Apparently Todd Zilla is the name Jason Lytle noticed a few years ago on the vanity license plate of a grossly oversized, giant tire style pick-up truck while vacationing in Lake Tahoe, CA. Upon seeing the license plate, he immediately entered it onto his notebook under "Things To Do".
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Late Night Sounds #19
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: The Inbreds, The Books, Dean is Dead, Hockey Night, Acid House Kings, and Metronomy...Listen here or visit the Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs.
If you have yet to discover the beauty of Jean-Luc Godard’s films than this is as good a place as any to start. Often reffered to as one of the most (if not thee most) influential of the French New Wave movement Godard’s films ooze with stylized imagery , bebop jazz, and wreckless editing. In this film, a nomadic thug Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is on the run from police and finds solace in an aspiring journalist Patricia (played by one of the most beautiful women to grace the silver screen, Jean Seberg). The two evade capture as they steal cars in an attempt to drift off into the sunset. This is an absolute must view for film buffs. Purchase here.
Watch video for new Depeche Mode single "Precious" here. The single is released on Mute Records on October 3rd followed by the album Playing The Angel on October 17. Mp3: "Precious". Depeche Mode recently announced a world tour which kicks off in November, visit their official site for more details.
Stream the new Oasis single "Who Put the Weight of the World on My Shoulders" courtesy of NME's media player. This song is written and performed by Noel Gallagher and has a classic Oasis feel. This is available on the Goal! Soundtrack .
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Jacksonville City Nights is the next release from Ryan Adams and his new band The Cardinals. This is the second of three albums Adam's plans to release this year. This time around the prolific singer/songwriter put together an album chalk full of old school country ballads. The album drops Sept. 27th, "The Hardest Part" is scheduled to be the first single. My Yellow Country Teeth has some Mp3's. This is one of my favorites Mp3: "A Kiss Before I Go"
Crown Dozen has a new interview with punk-rawk filmmaker Jon Moritsugu...you'll get crusty and splashed with PBR just reading it, and just in time for Halloween there's an interview (that I did awhile back) with ScaryGirl creator/artist Nathan Jurevicius. C12 also has a forum/message-board that will be fully fuctioning soon and last but not least: Drown Cozen. Yes, where Crown Dozen brings you "All the Cream, None of the Crop", our nasty relative Drown Cozen makes damn sure that you know just what all the crop is that we left in the pail out back. Go check it out. Drink up. Take in our venom, and don't forget to leave your own...comments are open! You can find the link in pink on the right-hand side of the Crown Dozen page...see you there.
Out On the Town
SalSoul genius Joe Bataan makes an exclusive West Coast club appearance at Little Pedros in Los Angeles. Along with Machito, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente, Bataan stands as one of the most original and influential figures in New York's Latin music scene, fusing elements of salsa, boogaloo, funk, soul, jazz, and rock into a genre he dubbed SalSoul. Joining him as his backing band for this special appearance are members from War and Tierra, so bust out your brown berets and get ready to groove! Tickets are available through inticketing.com. Mp3's: "Under the Street Lamp"/ "My Cloud"/ "Muneca"
Also at Little Pedros, don't forget about Bluesdays with Miss Mickey Champion with free fried chicken and cornbread buffet served up around 11pm every Tuesday. On September 20th they're planning on having a formal night where guys and dolls dress up and Mickey would love it if everyone was "nice and fancy" as she put it. A story on Miss Mickey was recently done on local NPR affiliate KPCC...listen here. Mp3's: "Emotions"/ "My Little Boy Blue"
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Despite Saw being one of my favorite films from last year, I remained skeptical of Saw 2, especially since it felt like they were churning this out simply to make a fast buck. Seeing, however that the original screenwriter Leigh Whannell was involved with the screenplay, and given that the trailer look like it's definitely still playing in the same vein as the original. I guess I'm willing to go along for the ride. View Trailer.
David Garza- 'Chuy Chuy Yall' 5 Song EP
Does it seem like David (pronounced Dah-veed) Garza releases a new EP on a monthly basis? Well, that's practically so and that's not even including his Summer Songs 6 Collection (sold out). David Garza will be in L.A. at Largo on October 20 & 27th, don't miss him. Here's my favorite tune from this EP Mp3: "She's My Ocean". Order the Strange Mess of Flowers Box Set.
On the Telly
If I had to choose just one hour long show or two half hour shows to watch, I'd go with Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential on monday night (both on Fox). The hilarious Arrested Development is in it's third season, I recommend that you find a way to watch seasons 1 & 2 (season 1 is available on dvd, season 2 is being re-run on Fox on friday nights and will be out on dvd on October 11th) since part of the fun comes from running motifs that develop throughout the season. There's an early buzz surrounding Kitchen Confidential, which is based on Anthony Bourdain's book about a chef who gets a second chance after his rowdy ways got him in trouble when he became a world class chef, it will be intersesting to see how much debauchery they can get away with on primetime. I also recommend getting absorbed in the best new drama Lost. Go through season 1 before the second season gets under way.
Directors Label Series Boxed Set
The original trio of dvd volumes released under the Directors Label Series featured videos from Chris Cunningham (the genius behind those mindbending Apex Twin videos), Spike Jones (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). This time around the collections (Volumes 4-7) feature the works of Anton Corbijn (Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, U2, Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, Joy Division), Jonathan Glazer (Jamiroquai, Radiohead, Blur, Massive Attack, Richard Ashcroft), Mark Romanek (Fiona Apple, Eels, Johnny Cash, Sonic Youth, Beck), and Stephane Sednaoui (Tricky, Bjork, R.E.M., Mirwais, Garbage). These discs are also sold seperatly, but there’s no denying that all four of these discs are must haves. My favorite director of the first collection was hands down Chris Cunningham, with this collection it’s a toss up between the works of Jonathan Glazer or Anton Corbijn. Who wil your favorite be? Pick ‘em up and find out. View Trailer / Purchase
Off The Shelf
Since I couldn't decide, I'm going to post about two of my favorite April March cd's. April March (a.k.a. Elinor Blake) is a California girl by way of New England who sings in English and French. The 1995 record (from Sympathy For The Record Industry) Chick Habit is a fantastic blend of garage, exotica, and retro-pop. Mp3's: "Chick Habit"/ "Cet Air-La"
Chrominance Decoder came out in 1999, it is a strange and original record that seamlessly blends '60s girl pop, Yé Yé, trip-hop grooves, and garage rock with Beach Boys harmonies and Gainsbourgian crooning. Go here for full discography. Mp3's: "Mon Petit Ami"/ "Mignonette"
New From Sub Pop
This Montreal quartet has been together a little over two years now. Montreal, in case you hadn't already noticed, is the latest city to be made collectively nauseous with media attention, having been anointed as the "most influential scene in American music." Hype aside, Wolf Parade is the genuine article, they were brought to our attention by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock (whose interest dates back to Dan's previous band, Atlas Strategic), who recorded much of the album. Time magazine (albeit their Canadian edition) picked Wolf Parade as one of "Canada's Most Anticipated Indie Albums of the Year." Expect to see and hear much more from them. Mp3: "Shine A Light".
Thomas made her Sub Pop debut back in 2001 with When We Were Small. If Songs Could Be Held is Rosie Thomas' third full-length album. The Seattle songwriter approaches universal topics of introspection and identity. If Songs Could Be Held marks the first time she has collaborated with musicians outside her circle of family and friends, including a warm duet with songwriter Ed Harcourt on “Let It Be Me”. Mp3: "Pretty Dress"
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Memoirs of A Geisha
Do we talk about geishas enough? No, I don't think so.
So if you haven't heard the film adaption of Memoirs of A Geisha is due out December 9th...but this has nothing to do with the Oscars. The original release date was back in 2001 when Spielberg was set to direct it, but he passed. So Spike Jones was going to direct it.....but that didn't pan out, now Rob Marshall has taken the helm of the life of a geisha. The flick stars Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, and Michelle Yeoh. The story takes you through the life of geisha from a little girl bound to slavery, to the well rounded trophy wife. For a peak of what's in store, take a look at the acclaimed novel that took 10 years of geisha research by a harvard graduate! But really who wouldn't want to study geishas for 10 years. View Trailer, Purchase the Book, Purchase the Audio Book
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New from Touch & Go Records
The Ex- Singles. Period. (The Vinyl Years 1980-1990)------------- After their start in 1979 in the heydays of punk’s first wave, The Ex developed over the years into a melting pot of divergent musical styles. Noise, jazz, improvisation, and ethnic music have been interweaved in The Ex's music . More than 25 years later the band is still around and so is the demand for their old vinyl singles, especially those made between 1980 and 1990. None of those singles were released in the States and all of them have been unavailable for too long. Stream the album in it's entirety here
Coco Rosie- Noah's Ark------------------------------------------------ Coco Rosie are sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, born in separate states and raised all over the map. The two grew apart early in life, but met again in Paris, not knowing that it would lead to the recording of one of 2004's most haunting releases, La Maison de Mon Reve. This time around Coco Rosie get a litlle help from: Antony, Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove, Dianne Cluck, Jana Hunter, Ardzen, and Spleen. Stream the album in it's entirety here
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Goal! follows the story of Santiago Munez, a kid with a god given talent and a dream of becoming professional soccer star, as he journeys from the barrios of East L.A. to Newcastle in hopes of making his dreams a reality. The film stars Kuno Becker (who replaced Diego Luna as the lead), Marcel Iures, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Kieran O'Brien as well as professional footballers David Beckham, Kieron Dyer, Raul Gonzalez, Patrick Kluivert, Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer, and Zinédine Zidane. U.K. release date: 26th August 2005, U.S. release date: to be announced.
Oasis' music will be heavily featured in the film, the band contribute a brand new song called "Who Put The Weight Of The World On My Shoulders?". The soundtrack also features other rare Oasis material, with an unreleased mix of ‘Morning Glory’ by ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ producer Dave Sardy, plus the new UNKLE ‘Beachhead’ re-recording of ‘Cast No Shadow’ featuring Noel on vocals. The B-side ‘Acquiesce’ is not slated for the soundtrack, but featured in the film itself. Other bands set to appear on the soundtrack include: The Happy Mondays, The Bees, Kasabian, Dirty Vegas and Zero 7.
Hot Boogie Chillun are a German trio that formed in the early 90's and capture the very essence of British sixties beat combos fusing rhythm & blues, rockabilly, and garage rock. Hot Boogie Chillun called it quits for a few years, but returned due to their devoted fan base. These songs are from their 1999 debut album.-Mp3's: "You'll Never Know"/ "Come With Me"
Can't get enough J-Pop? Well Records of the Damned have heard your plea, the label has just released 3 new albums, here's the downlow:
YMCK- Family Music
Thise Japanese trio plays music that sounds like 8-Bit Nintendo meets jazz, YMCK's sound is built on the raw single tones of old game consoles and composed into jazz songs with pop vocals. Mp3: "Magical 8-Bit Tour"
---------------------Eel - People People ------------------------------ - Spacey electronic-rock-pop with tons of samples. This sounds like a toy box has exploded and the toys are finally free and playing at full speed. Mp3: "Minnie"
Mummy the Peepshow - School Girl Pop
A girl Rock/Punk Trio from Japan influenced by The Ramones,
and Buzzcocks, filtered through cuteness of the Power Puff Girls. -----Mp3: "School Girl Pop"
For more info and links to artists sites visit Records of the Damned here.
Comic Con Highlights
Host Elise Ivy and the ifilm crew paid a little visit to the 2005 Comic-Con International held at the San Diego Convention Center. They have exclusive interviews with stars and filmmakers, footage from the Masquerade Ball, the hottest booths from the convention floor. My favorite is the Girls of Comic-Con montage (view here)...what exactly compels women to dress up like Princess Leia, Catwoman, Tank Girl, or Elasti-Girl and walk around a convention filled with geeks? I don't know, but does it matter? For more video clips go to ifilm at Comic-Con here.
Sigur Ros- Takk
Iceland's champions of the avant-garde release their fourth album, their first for a major label and three years after their third album. Takk finds Sigur Ros in top form with starkly intimate and altogether unique sounds... Stream the new album in it's entirety from their MySpace page here.
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A Gift To You from TV On The Radio
From thier label: "we ( tvotr ) were back in the studio thinking and feeling again and made this song for all oureverybody... in the absence of a true leader we must not forget that we are still together.... hearts aresick ... minds must change ... it is our hope that this song inspires, comforts, fosters courage, and reminds us... this darkness cannot last if we work together. Let us help each other... heal each other.... look after one another ... the human heart is our new capitol.... this song is for you....us.....we....them...it is free. pass it on."
Download the unreleased TV On The Radio song "Dry Drunk Emperor" from Touch & Go Records here
Late Night Sounds #18
This weeks Late Night Sounds features music from: Jason Collett, Field Music, Cass McCombs, Ashbury, and Geisha Girls...Listen here or visit the Late Night Sounds page to catch previous programs.
Saturday Sept. 10 Hollywood Forever Cemetery screens the Woddy Allen classic about neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer who falls in love with the quirky Annie Hall and follows the ups and downs of their relationship in what is widely considered the movie that redefined the romantic comedy. Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this special screening under the stars. Gates open at 6:30, film begins at 8:00, tickets are $10.View trailer here