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It's Monday and as we all know, Mondays suck! So here's some choice picks guaranteed to make yours a little brighter...joining me this week is Matt of Ear Farm. His site was a finalist for a 2006 Bloggie Award under the "Best-Kept-Secret Weblog" category...my guess is that Ear Farm won't be a secret for too much longer. Here's our picks...


1.  Islands

With sooo many different great bands out there that I'm constantly listening to I wondered, "how do I pick just one?"  Well, here's the thing(s).  I love(d) The Unicorns a bunch.  Then I went and saw Islands (featuring two ex-Unicorns) at the Knitting Factory in December and right away fell in love with them.  You might do the same if "you enjoy something along the lines of Graceland-era Paul Simon mixed with Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? (Unicorns album) as well as some general free thinking creative song-ing" (quote pulled from a post on my own site).  If that sounds nice you can go see my post that quote was pulled from HERE or see another Islands related post on my site HERE.  Both of those previous links will take you to places where you can listen to their music.  You can also catch them on tour with Metric.  

2.  Me and You and Everyone We Know

I rented and saw this movie last week and bought it the next day when I returned it.  It's one of the best films I saw last year by a long shot; one of the best I've seen in the last 5 years even.  From what I've realized so far, people either love it or hate it.  Well, I adored it.  I loved the tone and the acting and the overall artistic vision/message.  The struggle to connect with each other (and ourselves) in the contemporary world...the little moments in life...these are things which this film deals with ever so perfectly.  In portraying the humanity of the characters, Miranda July (totally have a crush on her now) touches on moments of laugh-out-loud comedy and beautiful honesty.  Nearly perfect, wait I pretty much already said that.  What I meant to say was ))<>(( and you know it.

3.  "24"

Look, not intentionally meaning to have the next thing be the total opposite of the last one but this show is just amazing.  I recently watched the first 5 episodes of the current season (which I had recorded) and was totally glued to the TV screen the whole time.  I can't wait for each week's episode and there's not another show on TV that does that to me these days.  I've never seen "Lost" but I'll betcha if you put "24" in a cage match with that show, Jack Bauer would have the characters of "Lost" calling themselves "Gilligan's Island" wannabes in no time.  I know that millions of people watch "24" each week but sometimes it's worth it to remember that millions of people liking the same thing doesn't always mean it sucks.  By the way, new episodes of "24" are broadcast on Mondays - watch tonight!

4.  Emily Nemens

Can't say I know a ton about current artists but I do know when I like something and Emily's work is really great.  Go check out her site, I'm particularly fond of the "she said he said" stuff, and if you live in New York City go check out her drawings on display at Bar Rio (558 broome street) until March 2006.  

5.  Y: The Last Man

Okay, so it's a comic book series and not a "book" but it's one of my favorites regardless.  This is Brian K. Vaughan's series that takes the age old male fantasy of being the "last man left on Earth" and turns it inside out.  The idea is basically that there's some kind of plague that kills every creature with a Y chromosome except one guy and his pet monkey and this series details his adventures in this post-plague world.  It's done in a very intelligent manner with nods to popular culture and artwork that perfectly matches the tone of the writing.  If you're new to the series, start by getting the trade paperbacks on Amazon.


1. Virgin Records "Soundtrack To London" (Vol. 3)

Head over to London Now, sign in, and you can get mp3's from 28 artists including: Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Lucky Soul, Field Music, Duke Spirit, Labarador, Broken Social Scene, and more.

2. Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Michel Gondry (Human Nature and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directed this concert flick hybrid with Dave Chappelle sometime last year in-between directing feature films. Chappelle bused-in people from all over to come see the concert that he put together. View the trailer here.

3. Onion Radio News

Doyle Redland reports hilarious top stories like: 'Clothing Catalog Creates Unrealistic Expectations For Shirts', 'Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids', and 'Lab Monkeys 96 Percent More Likely To Use Cocaine Than Those In Wild' (thanks for the tip Jamie).

4. Maximo Park - Missing Songs

Stream Maximo Park's album of demos and unreleased B-sides entitled Missing Songs courtesy of Scenestars.

5. David Lynch's Inland Empire

David Lynch celebrated his 60th birthday last week and I'm eagerly awaiting his next feature film Inland Empire. He's already been shooting the film under the radar for two years now. It's set to star: Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Jeremy Irons and a host of others who Lynch won't specify. The details are all very hush-hush, I'm just hoping that this film makes it into theaters this year. Read more about Inland Empire here.

Checkout previous Monday Picks with RNR INFERNO and CLEVER TITLES.


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matt has been telling me to rent me, you and everyone we know for weeks, and every time i go to my video store to get it, it's sold out. grrr.

maybe today i'll swing by and see if it's in.

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