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February 28, 2006

{Yeah Yeah Yeahs}


It's been three years since Yeah Yeah Yeahs post-punk masterpiece album Fever To Tell and now tracks from their upcoming album Show Your Bones have began popping up all over the the web. These new tunes introduce us to a much more polished YYY's. The album officially releases March 28th, now here's some linkage...

"Warrior" (Courtesy of Yoorp)

"Honeybear" (Courtesy of Pardon My Freedom)

"Gold Lion"
"Gold Lion" (Diplo Mix) (Courtesy of Disco-Not-Disco)

"Dudley" (Courtesy of Music Cherry)


"Turn Into"
"The Sweets" (Courtesy of I Guess I'm Floating)

Pre-order Show Your Bones from Insound.

{Round the Interweb}

{Overheard in New York}


I was listening to NPR and heard a great time waster. Overheard in New York is just that...quotes people submit that have been overheard. It was started by friends S. Morgan Friedman, Michael Malice and 8 million of their closest friends. They've been eavesdropping on strangers since 2003 and It's pretty damn funny, here are a few examples;

Girl #1: My friend Chandra thinks she's still a virgin because she's
only had anal sex.
Girl #2: How do you know this girl?
Girl #1: She goes to my church.
--New York Public Library, 40th & 5th

Kid #1: Paper beats rock. BAM! Your rock is blowed up!
Kid #2: "Bam" doesn't blow up, "bam" makes it spicy. Now I got a SPICY
ROCK! You can't defeat that!

--6 Train

Woman #1: It's really small, you know, but the sex is wonderful.
Woman #2: You mean he's rich?
Woman #1: Yeah. Exactly.

--Union Square

Dumb teen: Hey, look at this! It says "Train for jobs in biotch."
Smarter teen: Fool! That word is biotech. Why you gotta be ignorant all
your life?

--1 train

Girl #1: Guess who my dad saw in an elevator yesterday? Johnny Carson.
Girl #2: I'm pretty sure he's dead. Don't you mean Johnny Cash?

--55th & 3rd

Read more examples here.

February 27, 2006

{Essential Viewing}


I have yet to actually see either of these films, but I've read rave reviews about both. This coming weekend I plan to take in at least one of these films.

Tsotsi plost summary:
On the edges of Johannesburg, South Africa, 19-year-old Tsotsi’s life has no meaning beyond survival. Orphaned at an early age, he has learned to fend for himself. One night, driven to the brink of desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman’s car. But as he is driving off, he makes a shocking discovery in the backseat. This film is based on the novel by Athol Fugard. View the trailer here.

Transamerica plot summary:
Stanley is a perfectly adjusted, conservative trans-sexual who’s about to take the final step to becoming Bree, the woman he always wanted to be - until he finds out that he is the parent of a long-lost 17 year old son. Afraid to tell the rebellious teen-ager the truth, he embarks on a journey with him that will challenge and change both their lives. View the trailer here.

{Off The Shelf}



Electronic was the on-off project formed by New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr (of The Smiths). The duo had a minor hit with the song "Getting Away with It" back in '89, which featured both Sumner and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on vocals. Even though I'm not particularly crazy about every song on the album, there are enough moments when everything comes together. This album is essential for New Order fans, as it leans much more towards the style of their music. Electronic released three singles from this debut album: "Get the Message", "Feel Every Beat", and "Getting Away With It". A year later Neil Tennant made another guest spot on the single "Disappointed". Over the years Electronic released a couple more albums and while the pairing of this supergroup didn't surpase the brightest moments of the bands they will be most remembered for, there are definetly some songs that are worth seeking out. Here's a few of my favorites...


"Getting Away with It"

"Some Distant Memory"

Purchase Electronic's S/T album here.

February 24, 2006

{Album Spotlight}



This week I've been all souled-out, listening to albums from Breakestra and A-KO. Breakestra's latest album Hit The Floor (released by Ubiquity Records) is full of raw funky soul. This makes me wanna dig out my James Brown's Funky People Compilations. You can download a few tracks over at My Old Kentucky Blog.

This tune is one of my favorites (courtesy of Feed Me Good Tunes)

"Don't Need A Dance"

Hear more from their MySpace. Purchase Hit the Floor here.



A-KO is a talented kid from the Midwest who creates some funky ass music.
O-Dub from Soul-Sides wrote it best...
"A-Ko is scary. I mean, dude is like...11? Ok, he's really 17 but does it really matter? When I was 17, I was working food service at Magic Mountain, ok? I was driving a busted ass Chevy Citation, rocking an AM car radio with only one speaker, which was blown out anyways. I was not making ill funk-collage tracks in my bedroom and then pressing them on 7". I think I might hate him. Just a little bit."

"Soul '69"



Purchase A-KO's albums through his MySpace.

February 21, 2006

{Late Night Sounds February Mix}


The Late Night Sounds February Mix is all the way live...
I've went ahead and inserted links to bands' sites and Mp3's (if I could find 'em)...so give it a listen here or checkout the artists on your own...


1. Jens Lekman - "The Opposite of Halellujah"
This track is off Jens Lekman’s very first EP on Hidden Camera’s label Evil Evil. This song (which is the name of the EP) has this wonderful hand clapping, Northern Soul-esque rhythm that I'm particularly fond of. I highly recommended picking this one up. Purchase The Opposite of Halellujah EP here. I don't know who's running these MySpace accounts and I'm sure everyone who knows me is sick of me going off about Jens, but head over to this first MySpace page and checkout "Maple Leaves 7Inch" and on this second MySpace give a listen to "Sweet Summer Night"...'Oh, I still remember Regulate with Warren G.'...oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

2. Cut Copy - "Time Stands Still" (Mp3 courtesy of Music Cherry)
This song is from Cut Copy's 2005 album Since Bright Like Neon Love and it is amongst the catchiest of the bunch. The Australian trio desribe their sound as a fusion of scuzzy disco, post-post-punk, electric lovers rock, and sweet space pop...you can hear what they sound like for yourself from their MySpace.

3. El Otro Yo - "No Me Importa Morrier"
This is a classic El Otro Yo song from their 1999 album Abrecaminos. The Argentinian trio play poppy punk (think The Buzzcocks or The Ramones) en espanol.Hear more from their MySpace, you can download this song there.

4. Adonis Cross - "The Wizard of Flaws"
Fans of Aimee Mann or Jon Brion will love this track from Adonis Cross' soon to be released studio album, tentatively titled "The Wizard of Flaws". You can hear this song and others from his GarageBand page or more from his MySpace.

5. Cold War Kids - "The Soloist in the Living Room" (Mp3 courtesy of 3hive)
This quartet have sound thats reminiscent of The Walkmen, or maybe it's just a similiar vocal delivery? This track is from the album Mulberry Street, which they used due to the fact that they honed their craft in a storage room atop Mulberry Street restaurant in downtown Fullerton, CA. Hear more their MySpace.

6. Jim Noir - "I Me You I'm Yours"
Fans of the Pernice Brothers or The Shins should definitly check this guy out. He's definitly working that '60s jangly pop angle. This song is off Jim Noir's new album A Quiet Man. You can stream the album in it's entirety from his Official Site.

7. The King of France - "Sick of the Life"
This track is from The King of France's new self-titled album. This Brooklyn duo's album is filled with great pop/rock melodies, hear for yourself from their MySpace. Order the album here.

8. Delta 5 - "Try" (Get the Mp3 courtesy of Lost Bands of the New Wave Era)
Delta 5 were a three-woman, two-man group from Leeds, England who ran in the same circles as Gang of Four & The Mekons. The band formed in September of 1978 and their unusual line-up featured both double guitars and double basses. This classic post-punk tune was originally released as single and now a newly released collection gathers the groups singles, Peel sessions, and live recordings. Purchase the album here.

9. Man Man - "Engwish Bwudd"
This band made their way around the music blogs last month with tracks from their forthcoming album Six Bag Demon, which releases this month. This is my favorite track off the album...dig that pirate harmony. Hear more from a couple more from Everything is Fire or from their Official Site .

{On the Local Front}

{Mark Ryden}

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Mark Ryden will exhibit his painting "Rosie's Tea Party" at the "Drawn to Expression" group show running from February 12 to April 23, in the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

Also while cruising around the Mark Ryden website I found that you could buy the banners that were once hung in L.A. to advertise his Wondertoonel exhibition. It reminded me of when I originally saw them and plotted a ridiculous scheme to steal them. It involved a large truck, jaws of life, and balls of steal. Unfortunetly all I had was the truck. Now that I know they just sell them, I'm looking for jaws of life on ebay.

February 20, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Dilated Peoples}


For your listening pleasure, L.A. underground hip-hop favs Dilated Peoples put their new album '20/20' up on their MySpace in it's entirety. Dilated Peoples have been bringing the sound of the underground to the masses since the mid '90s, get your daily hip-hop fix here.

{Arctic Monkeys}


Also, hear NME darlings Arctic Monkeys album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' from this fansite MySpace here. Arctic Monkeys are just the latest in a stream of British exports to wash up on American shores surrounded by hype. These however, ain't your average Monkeys and this is one hell of a debut.

February 17, 2006

{Round the Interweb}


Fluxblog posted the first single 'When You Wasn't Famous' (to be released March 27) from The Streets forthcoming album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, which is due to be released on April 10.

The widow of "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson said on Tuesday she would release a rarely seen photo of the writer on the first anniversary of his death. Downloads of the black-and-white picture, which she took at the landmark hotel Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, will be available after midnight, February 20 at Gonzo Store.

I found this link to what was listed as a Rated R Promo Reel for Basic Instinct 2 and while I wouldn't even think of watching this movie I would invest a minute or two in this t'n'a heavy trailer here. WARNING: THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR KIDS.

Indoor Fireworks posted a few Placebo songs from their new album Meds.

Read this article from the OC Register last week about a UCI professor who has a website that takes a scholarly look at the television show Lost...visit her website Lost Studies.

Pardon My Freedom posted the track "Drugs" from the forthcoming Adam Green album Jacket Full of Danger.

Read from USA Today that Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox have just gotten engaged...if she were to hyphenate her name would that make her last name Mohr-Cox? Sorry I just couldn't resist.

February 16, 2006

{Essential Viewing}


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Since I just posted on something comic book related I thought I'd stay on the topic for just a moment longer. I read that Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is currently writing a comic for Marvel. Lindelof has admitted that comic books have been a large inspiration for how the show is being shot and told in the past. Last night I also noticed that Jeph Loeb (whom comic fans may recognize) is credited as a 'supervising producer’...interesting.

I'm not going to discuss any of the plot points, if you're looking for that than get over to the Lost Message Boards, there are always interesting theories being posted and there were definitely a couple of things I missed from last nights episode. One thing is for certain though, they need to stop adding more characters, there isn't enough character development as is, now I found out that another new character (a young girl) is supossed to be introduced on the next new episode.

Also, how cool was that seeing Clancy Brown (whom you may remember as Brother Justin from Carnivale) on last nights episode...Iv'e got a feeling that won't be the last we see of him.

Here's that cool DHARMA Initiative video...

{Essential Viewing}

{Ultimate Avengers}


Essential viewing? I think not. This first ever animated motion picture from Marvel (in conjunction with Lions Gate Films) may just end up being the first and the last. This straight to dvd animated feature just doesn't appear to have any bang for my buck. I grew up reading Marvel comic books, so as a fan, it would've been incredible to see a studio put some real time and energy into putting together some nice animation with a bit of a storyline. This however, doesn't even look as good as that crappy Avengers cartoon that aired years ago...and don't even get me started on this lineup? Black Widow? Hulk and Thor, on the same team? They should be fighting against each other, now that would be a treat! I've got these old Hulk cartoon episodes where he fights against Sasquatch and Ghost Rider...now those were neat. Okay, I think the fanboy in me has vented. Still, this looks less silly than some of the stills I've seen from the X-Men 3 movie. Watch the trailer here, just don't say I didn't warn you. Order it if you like here.

February 15, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Iron & Wine - Live Session: iTunes Exclusive EP}


Iron & Wine has just released Live Session, an iTunes exclusive EP, which features both Sam Beam and his sister Sarah. The EP includes newly recorded versions of tracks from 2004's Our Endless Numbered Days, a previously soundtrack-only cut ("Trapeze Swinger"), and the real highlight...a cover of New Order's "Love Vigilantes".

"Love Vigilantes"


01 Love Vigilantes
02 Faded From the Winter
03 Sodom, South Georgia
04 The Trapeze Swinger (Clean)
05 The Trapeze Swinger
06 Cinder and Smoke
07 Naked As We Come

{On the Local Front}


This friday (Feb. 17th) come live La Dulce Vida (The Sweet Life) at Bar 107 in L.A.
This event is FREE and they'll be giveaways from 100tifico and Soy Machin...oh yeah and they'll be music from: The Health Club and The Tarpaulins.

On Saturday (Feb. 18th) party favorites Los Super Elegantes will be playing with jazz and blues legend Mickey Champion, the cumbia flavored Very Be Careful, and indie-pop band Dreamdate at Safari Sam's in L.A. for only eight bucks.

{Album Spotlight}

{Jens Lekman - Tour Only EP's}


I read from Chromewaves that three limited edition EP's that Jens Lekman previously sold on tour-only, were now available for download for free courtesy of his website! Those of us who've never had a chance to purchase these tunes are happy campers, or city folk, or indie yups, or whatever. These tracks haven't all really gotten under my skin yet, but here's a few that I like:

"I don't know if she's worth 900 kr"

"La Strada Nel Bosco"

"Run Away with Me"

One EP contained a photonegative glued to the front, so you could develop the picture. Get the rest of the downloads here.

If you're not yet familair with Jens start here:

"Black Cab"

"Rocky Dennis Farewell Song to the Blind Girl"

"You Are the Light"

Here's the "You Are the Light" viddy...

February 14, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Ron Sexsmith}


Over the weekend I drove down to Little Tokyo, LA and had the best sushi ever, but that's an entry for my foodblog. On the way up there I heard this brand new Ron Sexsmith song on KCRW called "Never Give Up" from a forthcoming album. Ron is currently looking for a label to release his next album (produced by Mitchell Froom). I cut this clip straight from the radio so it doesn't exactly start on cue, New Ground host Chris Douridas called the new material his best work to date.

"Never Give Up"

Last year Ron Sexsmith and his longtime drummer and cellist Don Kerr released an album under Sexsmith & Kerr called "Destination Unknown" full of dual vocal harmonies in the Everly Brothers vien. Listen here.

Here's a couple of my favorites from the Cobblestone Runway album:

"Best Friends"

You may have heard this one if you've caught The Olympics...

"Gold in Them Hills"

Here's the video for "Gold in Them Hills (Remix)", this is the version that Chris Martin bullied his way onto by clearing it with producers and never even speaking to Ron about doing a duet, fucking Coldplay...

Buy Ron Sexsmith albums here.

M3 Online posted the best Valentine's mix tape I've seen.
What Would Jesus Blog and I Guess I'm Floating posted nice mixes too.

February 13, 2006

{Round the Interweb}

{Law & Order, X3 Valentines}


'Woke up quick at about noon, just thought that I had to be in Compton soon'...I'm not sure why, but I awoke this morning with N.W.A. on my mind...that can't possibly be Valentines Day related? On a totally different note, if you're feeling slightly more mature than you were last year, send your special someone a Law & Order SVU card (by Brandon Bird).


If your still as immature as you always been than go ahead and just send an X-Men 3 card. Equally as funny are these X3 cards (spoofing the musical Rent). Singing heroin addicted gay mutants in a New York neighborhood with AIDS? I forsee this Marvel series going in a whole new direction...


Here's a couple of gangsta hits, re-imagined:

Nina Gordon - "Straight Outta Compton"

Dynamite Hack -"Boyz in the Hood"

February 09, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Clinic- Tusk}


I must've listened to Clinic's 2002's album 'Walking With Thee' so many times that I eventually had to retire it for awhile. The album was slightly spacier, edgier, and featured more fuzzed organ than their previous effort. 2006 will see the release of a new record, apparently a 'party album', but as always Clinic continue to ignore any of the trends of the music industry. They were kind enough to host their new single from their forthcoming album for free on their website...


"Jigsaw Man"

Here's some tracks from their Peel Sessions back in 2000...

"The Bridge" (Peel Session)

"Jouster" (Peel Session)

"The Nuns" (Peel Session)

"Daisheeki" (Peel Session)

Here's a couple from Walking with Thee...



Buy everything Clinic here.

Checkout their site for more goodies, like the Monty Python-esque video for "The Magician".

Visit Clinic's MySpace.

{Album Spotlight}

{Massive Attack}


Did you know that Massive Attack was recently added to Day Two of Coachella? I was only going to be able to make it out to Day One, but now I seriously need to re-think this. Check out the Music Player on Coachella.com. There are currently 99 songs to get you started on this year's festival journey.

The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday posted a few tracks from Massive Attack's brilliant 1991 debut album Blue Lines. Now over fifteen years old, this album remains a prime example of what trip-hop was all about and still sounds as fresh as it did when it was released.

TMWSIY also posted some tracks from Massive Attack's seven year old album Mezzanine.

Stream all of Blue Lines here.

Here's my favorite Massive Attack viddy...dig the Kubrick / Lynchian feel...

February 08, 2006

{eMusic Pick}

I've had these eMusic banners at the top of this site for awhile and I've managed to persuade a few of you out there to take advantage of their 50 Free Downloads offer. So, as a reward to you (and to keep my downloads rollin' in) here's another regular feature where I will highlight a reccently purchased album from eMusic's vast catalogue. Now, I should note at this point that I love eMusic for their hard-to-find catalogue, so I won't be posting too many new albums in this category anytime soon. This time around...

{A Man In Love: Classic Soul Jewelry 2}


Fans of soul and blues music might enjoy this album. This compilation pulls together some hard-to-find recordings from the Jewel-Paula Records catalogue. The collection includes tracks from: George Perkins, Eddie Giles, Tommy Ridgley, Joe Perkins, Johnny Adams, and Clarence Carter. Some tracks are more in the blues vien, but my favorites are the soulful tunes. The name of this album may be called A Man in Love, but that don't mean these are all lovey dovey songs, the compilation also contains it's share of down-and-out love songs too.

Have a listen:

George Perkins - "Baby, You Saved Me"

Eddie Giles - "Losin' Boy"

Get the rest of this album with eMusic's 50 Free Downloads offer now.

February 07, 2006

{Rock N Roll Inferno #19}


Rock N Roll Inferno goes Pop...Pop N Roll Inferno?

I know, I know. It's Rock N roll Inferno and I go and do a show that isn't a rock n' roll show.
So what. I had to get it outta my system! Man can not live on garage rock alone! Well, some men can....but they are usually drunk all the time and are cooler than me...anyway.
So here I am. First show of Febuary with a bunchy of catchy tunes. If you are close minded and can only
dig on rock n roll you might wanna skip the other side of Inferno!!!!

Download Show 19 here or go to the Rock N Roll Inferno site to listen to past shows.
Here's what was played:

1. Stereo Total- " Lunatique"

2. Bloc Party- "Banquet"

3. Five Star Dive- "Silence"

4. Pop Noir- "Girls of Prey"

5. Electric Six- "Synthesizer"

6. Peaches- "Bag It"

February 06, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Ringleader of the Tormentors}


More Moz news...Ringleader of the Tormentors opens with the glammy ‘I Will See You in Far Off Places’, then flows into the cinematic ‘Dear God, Please Help Me’ (orchestrated by Ennio Morricone), then comes the catchy tune "You Have Killed Me" (to be the first single off the album). Listen to "You Have Killed Me" from Morrissey's MySpace.

The album is due out from Attack/Sanctuary on April 4th, 2006. Sign onto Morrissey's site for updates.


I Will See You In Far Off Places
Dear God, Please Help Me
You Have Killed Me
The Youngest Was the Most Loved
In the Future When All’s Well
The Father Who Must Be Killed
Life is a Pigsty
I’ll Never Be Anybody’s Hero Now
On The Streets I Ran
To Me You Are a Work of Art
I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
At Last I Am Born

I couldn't resist hosting a Moz clip..."There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (LIve)"

{Live Review}

{Vale @ Que Sera, Long Beach}


Vale are the combined efforts of vocalist / guitarist Dave Johnson, drummer John Haddad, guitarist Dillon Fuller and bassist Brian Fritz. The So Cal quartets' music is a fusion of Brit-pop, indie, and new wave and last thursday night these guys were the main attraction down at Que Sera in Long Beach. I've been a big fan of this band ever since they got started a few years ago and I've got such a soft spot for this band, simply beacuase they contain hints of all of my favorite artists like: New Order, The Smiths, David Bowie, and Placebo. Lineup changes halted their plans, but now the band is frequently playing gigs and gearing up to record a follow-up to their self-titled 6 song EP. Vale opened their set thursday night with "Wrong Boy" and quickly ran into some sound issues, but some knobs were adjusted and by the time Vale got into their second song the band sounded equally as impressive as they do on their studio recordings. They played a number of songs from their EP and tested out some new material as well. This is one band that I'll be expecting to hear some great things from in the future.

Here's some pics:




Suggested listening:

"Wrong Boy"



"Eva Braun" Demo (Brand New!)

...and I couldn't mention Vale and not point you towards this track, which happens to be one of my favorites. This one is from their out-of-print demo Picked It Up to Put It Down, tell me you can't hear a little "There is A Light That Never Goes Out" vibe in there...

"Blue (Mind on You)"

Order Vale's self-titled EP here.
Be Vale's MySpace friend.

February 03, 2006

{Album Spotlight}

{Morrissey - Ringleader Of The Tormentors}


The track "I Will See You in Far Off Places", from Morrissey's forthcoming album Ringleader Of The Tormentors leaked onto a handful of blogs today.
Here's the track, posted by A Boy and His Blog...

"I Will See You in Far Off Places"

The album is set for a April 4th release date. Nuff said.

A Boy and His Blog posted yet another...

"Dear God, Please Help Me"

Did tou know Morrissey and the Charlatans were added to the updated SXSW List...see the extended line-up from Done Waiting.

{Album Spotlight}

{Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan- Ballad of the Broken Seas}


I've really been digging this collaboration album from Isobel Campbell (former member of Belle & Sebastian) and Mark Lanegan (former frontman of Screaming Trees) lately. Playlouder wrote- "If you want to know what a duet between Mary Poppins and Satan sounds like then 'Ballad of the Broken Seas' is surely a close approximation." The contrast between Isobel's ethreal vocals and Lanegan's wounded howl work so well together. This is perfect mood music that would be right at home in a David Lynch film. My Old Kentucky Blog posted a few tracks and you can download another from Isobel Campbell's site.

Checkout the dirty sweet video for "Ramblin' Man" (may not be suitable for work)

Isobel Campbell is set to embark on her First ever Solo Tour, here are the dates:
March 4 - Revival Bar - Toronto
March 5 - Schubas - Chicago
March 7 - The Troubadour - Los Angeles
March 8 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco
March 9 - The Triple Door - Seattle
March 10 - Richard's on Richards - Vancouver
March 12 - TBD - Boston
March 13 - Joe's Pub - New York
March 14 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
March 15 - Southpaw - Brooklyn

The Scottish beauty will be playing songs from Ballad of the Broken Seas and her two Gentle Waves LP's...as for Belle & Sebastian tunes, that remains to be seen. Backing her on the tour will be a group of fellow Glasgow luminaries: Eugene Kelly (member of the Legendary Vaselines), Eugenius and Captain America on vocals and guitar, Jim McCulloch (of indie faves The Groovy Little Numbers and The Soup Dragons) on guitar and vocals, along with sometime Teenage Fanclub member Dave McGowan (on everything from bass and keyboards to lap steel) and Dave Gormley on drums.

February 02, 2006

{Round the Interweb}


Clever Titles posted a couple of slammin' Blackalicious tunes...hear a couple more from their official site.

There's a trailer up for Scary Movie 4...I'm not sure why I'm mentioning this? None of the other Scary Movie films made me laugh much, but this one has a funny clip of Leslie Neilson mocking George W. so there's a glimpse of hope that this one might provide a few laughs. View the trailer here.

NPR replayed this interesting Talk of the Nation program from a July interview with Fernando Meirelles, director of City of God and The Constant Gardener. He discusses pharmaceuticals, drug trafficing, and how much he improvised both films. Listen here.

After 145 years, yesterday officially marked the end of the telegram...Read the story here.

Aquarium Drunkard posted the Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins EP in it's entirety.

Did you catch Lisa Loeb in a thong...good god. Watch the clip from Stereogum.

Ear Farm's Overlooked Albums from the 90's #17 post features a few tracks from the album Don't Try This At Home by Billy Bragg. Matt (of Ear Farm) even mentions how he originally purchased the album because of connection to The Smiths. Hey Matt, you weren't the only one!

February 01, 2006

{Essential Viewing}

{The Notorious Bettie Page}


Essential viewing or not, that remains to be seen. There is however, a sexy new trailer up for HBO's film The Notorious Bettie Page, which tells the story of the 1950's pin-up queen who’s had rockabilly kats drooling for over 50 years. Her legendary photographs made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and turned her into one of the first sex icons. The film stars Gretchen Mol as Page, which is a shame because this pretty girl ain't such a great actress. Although I must admit, even though she doesn't quite look the part, she looks more like Page than I would've ever imagined she could. The supporting cast includes David Strathairn and Lili Taylor. Press clippings describing the film as "a provocative exploration of sexuality, religion and pop culture." Well, alright. The film is rated R (for nudity, sexual content) so we should be seeing some recreations of those legendary topless pics. View the trailer here.

{Album Spotlight}

{The Prix}


The Prix (pronounced "Pree") are a quartet from L.A. who've recently had "buzz-band" write-ups in the LA Times, the LA Weekly, and will be performing at the Spin/AddVice party at SXSW (please tell me I ain't the only person who won't be in Austin Texas March 10-19). The band recently completed debut album "Frix the Prix", which they are about to release with a little help from Echo Park Records.

"Frix the Prix" is filled with up-tempo rock with an emphasis on fun. My favorite track off the album is the hand clapping anthem "(It's All in the Way That You) Trip", although the new wave/glam flavored "Shoot Out the Lights" is a distant second. The Prix also get a little garage rock on "Sweet Love Volcano" (you can hear this one from The Prix official site) and do some power-pop on the wannabe radio hit "Top Ten".
Kate Sullivan of the L.A. Weekly wrote "'(It's All in the Way That You) Trip' is the most joyfully danceable rock & roll song we've heard in ages"...ditto. Listen for yourself:

"(It's All in the Way That You) Trip"
"Shoot Out the Lights"
"Top Ten"

The Prix will be announcing some shows in L.A. very soon so stay tuned, in the meantime be The Prix MySpace friend.

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