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March 30, 2006

{Morrissey -"You Have Killed Me" B-Sides}

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I for one am pleasantly surprised with Ringleader of the Tormentors, I've even been letting the whole album play through without skipping now.
Here's a couple of the B-Sides from the "You Have Killed Me' Single
(Courtesy of Kill Your Co-Workers)

"Human Being"

"Good Looking Man About Town"

Order the "You Have Killed Me" single here.

The NME previously reported that Morrissey revealed the group was offered $5 million dollars to play last year's Coachella festival. Johnny Marr reveals The Smiths haver been offered even more cash to reunite...read on here.

For up-to-the-minute Morrissey news visit True To You.

{Clean}

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I've been waiting for this film to release nationwide for quite some time now. Clean stars the usually-glamorous Maggie Cheung (In The Mood For Love, Hero) and is directed by Cheung's ex-husband Oliver Assaya (the two divorced during post production).

Plot Summary: After several years of living together, Lee Hauser (James Johnston) and Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) are all washed up. Mythical rock star of the 80s, Lee no longer has a recording contract. He goes from one small town to another giving concerts. But their carefree life of easy money and fame has disappeared, destroyed by their dependence on drugs and now even their son lives with his grandparents - Lee’s parents, Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary Hauser (Martha Henry).

When Lee is found dead from an overdose in a motel room, Emily is arrested for possession of drugs and put into prison. Her life falls to pieces. Released six months later, she decides to start over in Paris where she once lived. But everything has changed. Emily focuses her attention on getting her son back and rebuilding her life from the ruins of a rock and roll past …and go (you guessed it) clean.

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Maggie Cheung’s portrayal of a heroin junkie/rock girlfriend won her top honors at 2004's Cannes Film Festival. Not interested yet, how about if I mention that the film features cameos from Tricky and Metric (yes, that's the beautiful Emily Haines singing "Dead Disco" in the trailer). Clean has now began playing in select theaters stateside, but my guess is that since it originally released in 2004, it shouldn't be too hard to track down an all region dvd.

View the international trailer here

Metric - "Dead Disco"

Purchase Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? here.

Tricky - "Aftermath"

Purchase A Ruff Guide here

March 29, 2006

{On the Local Front}

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This friday (March 31st) Soy Machin will be having a Clothing Line Launch Party at the Sol Art Cafe Gallery in Santa Ana. They'll be performances by : Juguete, Cubiky, Torino, and Ruido Masivo, all for just $5. We'll be there, y tu?
Torino - "Bailamos y Gozamos"

{Kelis (featuring: Too Short) - "Bossy"}

March 28, 2006

{The Streets}

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"When You Wasn't Famous" was the first track to leak off The Streets forthcoming album The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living, and I gotta admit I didn't think too highly of it. However, now having heard a few killer tracks I'm excited about the album all over again.

Go checkout "Hotel Expressionism" and "Can't Con an Honest Jon" from A Disillusioned Japanophile Deals Death to the Neocons with a Samurai Sword and "War of the Sexes" from Pardon My Freedom...do it, do it now.

**************UPDATE**************
Gorilla vs. Bear posted another track "Two Nations", go get it!

**************YET ANOTHER UPDATE**************
Neiles Life posted yet a few more tracks: "Pranging Out", "Memento Mori", and "The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living"...well, what are you waiting for?

Perhaps we'll be hearing more from The Streets MySpace soon.

{On the Local Front}


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Waves of protests have been held in abundance over the past few days, none as impressive as the march in downtown L.A. on saturday. Angry over pending legislation on Capitol Hill that would, among other things, make it a felony to be an illegal immigrant in the United States, a crowd of marchers estimated around a half million strong marched the streets of downtown Los Angeles. We joined an estimated 3,000 people in a downtown Santa Ana march yesterday, I don't know about those kids marching on the 101 freeway.

Sign a petion to stop the passing of the bill.

Suggested listening (courtesy of Awesome Until Proven Guilty):

Tchaikovsky - "1812 Overture"
Rolling Stones - "Street Fighting Man"
Rage Against The Machine - "Street Fighting Man"

...and now for something completely different.

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Over the weekend I watched (and enjoyed) Inside Man, here's that cool song featured in the beggining and the ending of the film...

Sapna Awasthi & Sukwinder Singh - "Chaiyya Chaiyya Bollywood Joint"

March 27, 2006

{Pio Leiva}

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Buena Vista Social Club member Pio Leiva died last week of a heart attack continuing a string of deaths by members of the Grammy-winning group...read more on that here. Thanks to the success of Buena Vista Social Club documentary, both the album and the film, many musicians were able to resurrect their careers, and deservedly so.

Here's some of my favorite tracks from Pio's 2002's album Soneros de Verdad. While his voice may not be as strong as yesteryears, he still carried a note. His voice projects much emotion on the bolero "Cuando Ya No Me Quieras", and while the title indicates this is a Pío Leiva album, he's not the only one singing lead on some cuts. Younger members of Soneros de Verdad also lend a hand.

"Cuando Ya No Me Queras"

"Sonero de Verdad"

Desvuelo de Amor"

"Para Bailar Mi Son"

Order Soneros de Verdad here.

March 23, 2006

{Little Miss Sunshine}

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Oh, how I love to see families more dysfunctional than mine on the big screen. This one was choosen as an Official Selection of The Sundance Film Festival so it must be good, right?

Plot summary: The film tells the story of the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families ever seen on motion picture screens. Together, the motley six-member family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams.

The film stars: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin. Release Date: July 28th, 2006

View the trailer here.


{South Park- "The Death of Chef"}

I'm going to assume you've all heard about the Scientology vs. South Park feud, well, last night South Park's revenge was complete. In an episode titled "The Death of Chef" the character that used to be played by Isaac Hayes is brainwashed and turned into a pedophile by a psycho group called the Super Adventure Club. The children try to save him, but as Chef tries to leave the club, he turns back at the last moment. Then in true South Park fashion, he is struck down by lightning, falls into a ravine, and is dismembered by a mountain lion and a grizzly bear.

Watch the death scene...

March 22, 2006

{Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere}

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Official Bio: So who is Gnarls Barkley ? Diligent pen pals to legendary rock critic Lester Bangs, soul giant Isaac Hayes, and Violent Femmes ringleader Gordon Gano? Well-kept romantic consort to pop stars Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson? English teacher to synth-rock legends Kraftwerk? Croupier at a mysterious annual gathering in the Bay Area that allegedly draws members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Britian's Stuckist art collective? It seems that, in the music world, Gnarls Barkley is always nearby yet impossible to find. The membership rolls of both the Atlanta hip hop collective Dungeon Family and Athens, Georgia’s psychedelic enclave Elephant Six list Barkley as an affiliate, but mention him to either group and they’ll shoot each other frightened looks and start talking basketball. The rumors fly hard in every direction and remain defiantly unverifiable.

Clinton Jacks works as a cook in a Waffle House restaurant near the South Carolina coast. “One night back in the year 2000,” he recollects, “I saw Danger Mouse come in here. Cee-Lo was with him. And they had this other dude with them, dressed up like H.R. Pufnstuf. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo ate big meals, but H.R. Pufnstuf only wanted hash browns. Then they left, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo, but H.R. Pufnstuf stayed around for hours. He must’ve had twenty cups of coffee. I went in the bathroom, and when I came out, he was gone. But he left a $500 tip on the table. And he left a little note that said, ‘Compliments to the chef. Gnarls Barkley.’”

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Danger Mouse, a/k/a Brian Burton, produced the infamous Grey Album, a full-length blend of the Beatles’ music and Jay-Z’s raps that became a cult classic after it was suppressed by EMI. He recently garnered a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year for his work with the “virtual band” Gorillaz. Having recorded with enigmatic rapper MF DOOM, not to mention a cast of voices from “Adult Swim”, Danger Mouse is no stranger to outsized characters. He admits that he helped out with St. Elsewhere, the first album credited to Gnarls Barkley. “A lot of people ask me about him,” says Danger Mouse when the topic arises. “He found one of my Pelican City records, which was this downtempo experimental stuff I did in college, and I started getting letters from him. He’s not [Blur frontman and Gorillaz co-creator] Damon Albarn – I can blow that myth out of the water for you. A lot of people think he lives in South Carolina. Personally, I think you’d be more likely to find him in Europe.”

From beneath his shroud, Burton's spiritual adviser, the usually silent “Dr. President”, murmurs something unintelligible and then…”Not that I know where he is.”

Cee-Lo Green, a/k/a Thomas Calloway, is a Dungeon Family alumnus, once-and-future member of Goodie Mob and a wildly eclectic solo artist. His music is steeped in the gospel and blues traditions of the Southeast, merging timeless soul with experimental funk and hip hop. He confirms reports that his dramatic voice and soul-rummaging lyrics appear on portions of St. Elsewhere. “Yes, I believe that I sang on at least some of the Gnarls Barkley record,” he says. “But we are not the same person. I am Cee-Lo. I am a humble trumpet, and the wind of God blows through me. You might consider Gnarls the spit valve on the trumpet, were you inclined to consider him at all.” As he walked away, Cee-Lo could be heard to mutter, “You want to know who he is? He’s the dude who owes me thirty-five dollars, that’s who he is.”

Does St. Elsewhere shed light on this mysterious personage, or does it further obscure him? It’s a complex record, to be sure. It employs the full spectra of pop music and human emotion. The warm, breezy single “Crazy” and the spry finger-snapper “Smiley Faces” recall "Songs In The Key Of Life" and “Good Vibrations” in equal measure. “On Line,” a lament for the lonely and ambitious, could be a tricked-out G-funk holdover. Often dark and unpredictable, St. Elsewhere nevertheless retains its sense of joy throughout. Even Cee-Lo’s darker moments, his introspection on “Necromancer”, and the chilling “Just A Thought,” on which our hero fights off suicidal ideation, flourish in their lush, funky surroundings. It constantly shifts its shape and never sacrifices momentum. And it contains a mess of contradictory clues about just who Gnarls Barkley actually is.

“I’ve made him my life’s work,” says Milton Pawley, a Los Angeles music writer widely considered the world’s leading Barkley scholar. “And even with all the evidence I’ve gathered, I’m still not sure he really exists. Maybe Gnarls Barkley isn’t a person. Maybe he’s out there in the wind. Maybe he’s inside of all of us. Like ‘Bob’ from Twin Peaks, only more funky and less evil.”

Perhaps Gnarls Barkley will never fully reveal himself. But if St. Elsewhere is any indication, his music bears Marvin Gaye’s depth of feeling, Jeff Buckley’s emotive theatrics, and wild courage not seen since Prince’s prime. Behold the most exciting debut of 2006. A psychedelic soul masterpiece. Gnarls Barkley may not be easily located, but he won’t be a stranger.

Republicum posted the newly leaked track "Smiley Faces"...go get it!

Stream more goodness from Gnarls Barkley's site
or from Gnarls Barkley's MySpace.

{Ron Sexsmith - "All in Good Time"}

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The new single "All In Good Time" from Ron Sexsmith's forthcoming album Time Being, debuted on Canadian radio yesterday. As thanks for support, Ron is offering the new single as a free download on his site and writes for fans to spread the word, so that's what I'm doing. Time Being was recorded in Santa Monica, California with producer Mitchell Froom. Early reports say he has never sounded better as he delivers his most confident and accomplished album to date. Time Being is set for a May 16 release date.

"All in Good Time"

Order Ron Sexsmith's albums here.

March 21, 2006

{Coming Soon to Theaters}

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In Contention posted a list of a whole lotta interesting films due to hit theaters this year, including: Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion", Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel", Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige”, Brian De Palma’s “The Black Dahlia” and too many more to mention...go read the list for yourself. I have my doubts about Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center”, not only due to the subject matter, but also because of Oliver Stone's track record lately.

On the topic of 9/11, I read this interesting article from Prison Planet about how over the past two years, scores of highly regarded individuals have gone public to express their serious doubts about 9/11. These include former presidential advisor and CIA analyst Ray McGovern, the father of Reaganomics and former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Paul Craig Roberts, BYU physics Professor Steven Jones, former German defense minister Andreas von Buelow, former MI5 officer David Shayler, former Blair cabinet member Michael Meacher, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds and many more.

A couple of days ago actor Charlie Sheen described in an interview with Alex Jones about his immediate skepticism regarding the official reason for the collapse of the twin towers and building 7 on the day of 9/11.

"There was a feeling, it just didn't look any commercial jetliner I've flown on any time in my life and then when the buildings came down later on that day I said to my brother 'call me insane, but did it sorta look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition'?"...read the rest of the story here or listen to the audio here. Since then the interview has received a mainstream media blackout...read more on that here.

On a lighter note, checkout this bizzare clip from Michel Gondry's forthcoming film The Science of Sleep, I don't quite understand what the hell is going on, but this looks like it may be as wildly imaginative as Human Nature or Eternal Sunshine.

{Stereolab - Fab Four Suture}


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Nellies Life posted a handful of tracks from the new Stereolab album Fab Four Suture, plus one more from Sixeyes. If you dig it, order the rest of the tracks from eMusic.

Stereolab will be around my neck of the woods on March 28 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and March 29 in San Diego at the House of Blues.

Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt (both memebers of The Sea and Cake) will open both shows.
*(Click the links to stream both of their albums)

March 20, 2006

{Late Night Sounds March Mix}

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The Late Night Sounds March Mix is alive and kicking...
I've inserted links to bands' sites and Mp3's (if I could find 'em)...give it a listen or checkout the artists on your own...

"Late Night Sounds March Mix"

Tracklisting:

1. Gotye - "Learnalilgivinandlovin" (Mp3 courtesy of Comfort Music)
This Australian artist is due to release his second album in January 2006. This song's got a rich Motown vibe, you can download more tracks from his MySpace.

2. Colder - "Wrong Baby"
This song is from Colder's (aka Marc Nguyen Tan) 2005 S/T album, which is full of new wave and electro pop...stream this track and a couple others from his Official Site or hear more from this fansite MySpace.

3. Happy End - "Kakurenbo" (Hide and Seek) (Get the Mp3 from this Happy End fansite MySpace)
You may remember this '70s band from their song ("Kaze Wo Atsumate") featured on the Lost in Translation Soundtrack. Here's their bio, in a nutshell...In 1970 the Japanese quartet, Happy End, began making rock music in Japanese at a time when most Japanese rock musicians sung in English. Influenced by Buffalo Springfield, the band began to interpret the music of the west coast rock, while singing the songs in Japanese. The band released their first self-titled album in 1970, their second album "Kaze Machi Roman" is hailed by fans and critics as a masterpiece of Japanese rock. By 1972 Happy End had called it quits. I found a link to this fansite MySpace, where you can download this song and a few others.

4. Owen - "I Woke Up Today"
You may recognize Chicago's Mike Kinsella from the handful of bands he's played with, including: Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, The One Up Downstairs, American Football, Owls, Maritime, or Aloha. Owen is his solo project, this track is taken from the Polyvinyl Summer/Fall 2005 Compilation.

5. Pilotdrift - "Passenger Seat"
I don't know much about this band, beyond the fact that they opened for Supergrass the last time they were in my town and that this song is incredibly infectious. Radiohead fans might dig this. For kicks, head over to their Official Site and figure out how to navigate your way around. Hear more songs from their MySpace.

6. The Research - "I Love You But..." (Get the Mp3 Courtesy of Marathon Packs
The research make happy-go-lucky, Casio-friendly, elegantly crafted pop songs, don't belive me? Hear more from their MySpace.

7. Ciaran Flynn - "Stay the Night" (Get the Mp3 from Ciaran Flynn's MySpace)
Ciaran Flynn is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland and I don't know much else about him beyond the fact that I like this song alot.

8. Joselo - "Muerete" (Get the Mp3 from Joselo's MySpace)
You may know Joselo as a member of the world famous band Cafe Tacuba. This track is from his debut solo album Oso and it will linger in your head long after it's over.

9. Viva L'American Death Ray Music - "Push and Pull"
This is really great garage rock tune from a band that I believe is no longer together. You can hear snippets from eMusic or hear a track from this MySpace.

{Lollapalooza 2006}

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Lollapalooza has announced an initial list of confirmed acts for the 2006 festival to be held at Chicago's Grant Park. This a pretty diverse line-up thus far and I for one am going to try everything in my power to make it out there.

Line-up:

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kanye West
Manu Chao
Wilco
Death Cab For Cutie
The Raconteurs
The Flaming Lips
Ween
Queens of the Stone Age
The Shins
Common
Matisyahu
Ryan Adams
Umphrey's McGee
Sonic Youth
Thievery Corporation
Sleater-Kinney
Nickel Creek
Blues Traveler
Broken Social Scene
The New Pornographers
Iron & Wine
Poi Dog Pondering
The Secret Machines
Eels
Panic! At the Disco
The Disco Biscuits
Reverend Horton Heat
The Smoking Popes
Andrew Bird
Gnarls Barkley
Stars
Cursive
Blackalicious

This list only includes about half of the number promised, so there will definitely be more acts to be announced. The list was presented at a press conference during the SXSW Music Festival.

March 16, 2006

{St. Patty's Day}

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Tomorrows St. Patty's Day and everyone gets to be Irish for a day. So go have a corned beef hash sandwich, some green beer, and listen to some Irish drinking tunes with a few of your closest alchies at your local Irish pub. Here's some tunes to get ya off in the right mood...

The Pogues:

"Boys From the County Hell"

"Dirty Old Town"

"The Sunny Side of the Street"

Order The Best of The Pogues here.

Flogging Molly:

"Selfish Man"

"Salty Dog"

"Devils Dance Floor"

Order Swagger here.

March 15, 2006

{SXSW}

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Well, the SXSW is in full swing now...the bands, the booze, the films, the giveaways, the BBQ and I'm just sitting here, but I'm not bitter...okay, maybe a little. For the unlucky few, Paved.ca has a nice overview on who's blogging at SXSW and points us to the excellent CBC Radio3 podcast, which features some of Canada's best who'll be playing SXSW or Another Record has a ton of these neat little SXSW mixes broken up into genres like rock, indie, punk, acoustic, and so forth. In the meantime I'll continue wishing I was there and glued to the Austinist for coverage.

{Origami Project}

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Sorry all you Mac users, the next revolution in computers doesn't involve you....yet. As of now the hand held computer is all PC. Last week Microsoft unveiled the Origami Project, an "ultra-mobile" PC (UMPC) that is light weight and capable of doing almost everything you think it can't. There are 2 units that will be available to the US (Samsung's Q1 and Asus R2H) and both units will feature Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS support. These first reports indicate with the a weight of about 2 pounds these first gen handheld will be able to pack 900 MHz, 512 MB of Memory and a 40 gig hard drive with a 7" screen. With those specs, any eye candy games wouldn't run, but I'm sure you would be too busy blogging, chatting, downloading, and besides what's better than Minesweeper? In any case you'll be able to play Minesweeper and do most any normal computer functions on this baby and it will run for about $1000. It's cool, It's small, but is even smaller better? We will see what new features are added by the time it is released in a year or perhaps my nerd fantasy might come true and Microsoft will let me test and review one. Until then...

March 14, 2006

{Zodiac}

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Based on the true story of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history, Zodiac is a new film from David Fincher, director of Seven and Fight Club. As a serial killer terrifies the Bay Area and taunts police with letters, investigators try to track him down as careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues. The film is based on the book by Robert Graysmith and stars Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin, and Phillip Baker Hall. The film opens in select theaters this weekend. Visit the Official Site or view the trailer and 6 clips
here

{Torso}

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and in related news...
David Fincher (Zodiac director) recently signed on to direct Torso, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis. The film follows Eliot Ness and takes place after the events in The Untouchables when the Capone case is closed. Ness moves to Cleveland and begins a new investigation when dismembered body parts and headless torsos start washing up on shore at Lake Erie Sound. This is a "based on a true story" type tale that fictionalizes some parts to surmise what may have happened. Raed more on the real-life Cleveland Torso Killer case from CourtTV's Crime Library site.

{Gomez - How We Operate}

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I Wonder Why We Listen to Poets posted a couple of great new tunes from the forthcoming Gomez album How We Operate (to be released May 2). One song is from Ian Ball ("Notice") and the other from Ben Ottewell ("See the World")...you'll also find a couple of b-sides too.
If you're not all-that-familiar with Gomez, you can hear a song from each of their albums courtesy of Out the Other.

*******UPDATE*************
From How We Operate:

"Girlshapedlovedrug"
"Tear Your Love Apart"
"Chasing Ghosts with Alcohol" (From Think Tank)

"See the World"
"Hamoa Beach" (From Kill Your Co-Workers)

Stream their first single How We Operate from their Official Site

"Notice" (From I Wonder Why We Listen to Poets)

Gomez will be performing at the KCRW Sounds Eclectic Concert with Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Harper, Lewis Taylor, Feist, and Goldspot on March 25 at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. However, it should be noted that only Ian, Ben and Tom will be playing.

Here's a neat vid for "Silence"...

Buy Gomez albums here.

March 13, 2006

{Best Films of 2005}

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The Oscars took place a couple of weeks ago and I can't really say that I cared too much...the Spirit Awards were where it was at folks. Here's a clip of Sarah Silverman hosting...

These awards shows reminded me, that I never did compile my own Best Films of 2005 list...and for good reasons. One, being that I missed hell-of-alot of films this year, and two because I'm sure you've read about alot of these films already. Well, I believe I've finally caught up on my movie-watching now and I've assembled a list of some films worth viewing. Nothing too extensive, just a brief description with links to the trailers in case there's a few films here that you may have missed. I'm going to assume you don't live on the planet mars and that you've seen or heard of some of these films, so I'll just include a trailer for those...shall we:

Crash

Howl's Moving Castle
Hayao Miyazaki is considered a god in the animation world, so much so, that Disney was finally able to co-produce this film with his Studio Ghibli production company. The film is about a girl who believes she is plain and has resigned herself to a dull life in her family's hat shop. Until the Witch of the Waste transforms her into a 90-year-old woman. In her aged guise Sophie must search for a way to break the Witch's spell and of course they'll be unexpected adventures along the way. *Interesting fact: Howl passed Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke to become the #3 biggest box office film in Japanese history, behind his own Spirited Away and James Cameron's Titanic.

Sin City

The Constant Gardener
City of God director Fernando Mereilles does an amazing job adapting John LeCarre's novel surrounding the international conspiracy involving the wrong doings of pharmaceutical companies in Africa.

Lord of War

The Aristocrats
No not Disney's The Aristocats, this is The Aristocrats, a documentary that features 100 comics telling their own versions of the worlds dirtiest joke. This is worth it for Bob Saget's rendition alone. *Interesting side note: Joe Franklin wasn't amused by Silverman's "Joe Franklin raped me" bit and even threatened to sue over it.

Brokeback Mountain

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From one of thee best modern directors of our time (Wong Kar-Wai) comes the third installment of a trilogy-of-sorts (following Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love). This one is a sci-fi, film noir romance that is one hell of a pretty picture.

Inside Deep Throat
No, not the government conspiracy Deep Throat, this is about the 1972 porno flick that starred Linda Lovelace (as a sexpot with unique oral sex skills) and her well-endowed costar Harry Reems. The film was filmed in 6 days for 25 thousand dollars. It was banned in 23 states. It grossed over 600 million dollars and it is the most profitable film in motion picture history. More than 30 years later this documentary examines the legacy that the most profitable film of all-time left on society.

Thumbsucker
Director of music videos by Moby, Pulp and Air, Mike Mills makes his feature-length debut with this comedic drama about Justin (Lou Pucci), a high school senior who sucks his thumb and is urged to breaks his habits through meds...the film also stars Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio and Vince Vaughn.

Kung Fu Hustle
Stephen Chow (writer/director/star) delivers an action-packed comedic martial-arts adventure. Complete with wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns, dance sequences with tuxedoed mobsters, and Looney Tunes cartoon sequences...you've never seen action this zany before! *Interesting fact: Surpassed Steven Chow's previous film Shaolin Soccer in February 2005 to become the highest-grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong.

Corpse Bride

Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabitt
Both Corpse Bride and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabitt were done using claymation, and I have a huge amount of respect for that time-consuming art form. Also, they're both fun films that the whole family can enjoy.

Serenity
Six rebles on the run, a passenger with a deadly secret, an assassin in pursuit...I'm not a huge big sci-fi buff, but this was great ride. Josh Whedon's film is an extension of his cancelled television show Firefly, but you don't need to have seen the show to enjoy the film.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Sorry, all I could find was the foreign trailer, at least you could see the incredible animation. I'm not even an avid gamer (I had to have some bits of dialogue explained to me afterwards, as they pertained to the game) but I loved this film regardless. The fighting sequences alone make this one of the most visually stunning films I've seen this year.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

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Liev Schreiber makes his directorial debut by taking on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Everything is Illuminated tells the story of a young American Jewish man's (Elija Wood) quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. *Interesting fact: The film also stars hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, frontman for the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello).

Batman Begins

Look At Me
Agnes Jaoui's second film is the story of a girl, her famous father, her music teacher, and the music teachers' ambitious husband. It's a French film with subtle humor and romance.

Nobody Knows
Hirokazu Koreeda's drama is a film about four children who are abandoned by their mother and continue to live together in their small Toyko apartment. *Interesting fact: Twelve year old actor Ayu Kitaura won the Best Actor award at Cannes.

Match Point

9 Songs (WARNING: Trailer may not be suitable for work)
Lisa is an American student in London for a year. Matt meets her at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club concert at the Brixton Academy. They fall in love and the film follows their relationship through a series of explicit, unsimulated sex scenes as well as seeing songs from each of the concerts they go to together which include: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Franz Ferdinand, and Michael Nyman. Michael Winterbottom (director of 24 Hour Party People) pushes boundaries with this interesting experiment.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Departing from the fantasy swordplay and martial arts of the popular Hero and House of Flying Daggers films director Zhang Yimou has gone back to his simplistic storytelling of his earlier films in this story of a Japanese father who travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star.

Cinderella Man

North County
This story is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States (Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines), where a woman who endured a wide range of abuse while working as a miner and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.

King Kong

Sympathy For Lady Revenge
This is the third installment of Chan-Wook Park's revenge trilogy (following Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy). Lee Geum-Ja, at the age of 19, goes to prison for the murder and abduction of a child on behalf of her accomplice Mr. Baek, only to find out that she is betrayed. While in prison, she carefully prepares for her revenge by winning the hearts of her fellow inmates with her kindness, thus earning herself the nickname ‘kind Ms. Geum-Ja’. Upon her release from prison after 13 years, she finally sets out to seek revenge on Baek, with the help of her former prison mates.

Capote

Pride & Prejudice

Nine Lives
Rodrigo Garcia is one of my favorite new writer/directors, aside from his work on shows like Carnivale, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under he finds time to direct his own films. Nine Lives provides glimpses into the emotional crossroads of nine women as told through nine single unbroken takes, with characters re-appearing briefly in others stories.

In the Realms of the Unreal - The Mystery of Henry Darger
This documentary explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger…a reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night. Darger's 15,000 page novel details the exploits of the Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against a child-enslaving army. The film delves deep into the parallel life of Darger, really putting that ‘no man is an island’ theory to the test. What I is most amazing is that while he was living not a single soul would know about any of the work that he had created. With so little known about Darger himself, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu approached the story as part narrative, part fantasy, but overall as documentary, putting together a wholly original film that tells the story of a hidden universe. *Interesting fact: Since his death in 1973, Henry Darger’s work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. His art has inspired paintings, poetry, music, and works in theatre, dance, and opera.

Mysterious Skin
Mysterious Skin depicts pedophilia and underage prostitution, if you can stomach some of the emotionally disturbing content, you'll find Greg Araki's adaptation of Scott Heim's fictional novella a touching yet brutal exploration of two teens' sexualities.

Kings and Queen
Arnaud Desplechin's film is a moving foreign drama that captures complexity in it's portrayal of a woman and the four men in her life.

Whew...well that should keep you busy for awhile.

March 10, 2006

{Morrissey - "In The Future When All's Well"}

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Ah, now here's one that I can see growing on me...it's got a nice T. Rex vibe. Sounds a little familiar but this is a good song so I ain't exactly complaining...

"In The Future When All's Well"

Also...

"The Youngest Was the Most Loved"
(Both courtesy of The View from Yoorp)

**********UPDATE**************

Kill Your Co-Workers posted "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", as well as a few other tracks we've already mentioned.

Pre-order Ringleader of the Tormentors here.

March 08, 2006

{George Carlin - Brain Droppings}

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I've been meaning to begin posting bits from comedy albums for awhile now, but I get side-tracked very easily. So, now that I remembered, I'll kick this off with a couple of tracks from George Carlin's 2002's audiobook Brain Droppings. I bought this ahwile back from eMusic and the bits are simply listed as Track 1, Track 2, and so-forth, so I don't know the actual titles, so I'm just going to go ahead and re-name these myself because I prefer to call them something...

"N.Y. vs. L.A."

"Stuff"

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

Here's George Carlin doing the Aristocrats joke. WARNING: Mature Content.

{Morrissey - "To Me You Are A Work of Art"}

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Another track from Morrissey’s upcoming, Ringleader of the Tormentors album. Yes, he says puke... “I see the world, it makes me puke, but then I look at you and I know that somewhere there is someone that can soothe me. To me you are a work of art, and I would give you my heart, that’s if I had one.”

"To Me You Are A Work of Art" (Courtesy of Obscure Sound)

Pre-order here.

Or you can just watch Moz and his lads looking cool from the glory days...

March 07, 2006

{CarnyCon}

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I know what you're thinking, not another convention with super-obsessed fans! Yes, but this one is different, it's CarnyCon.
CarnyCon 2006 is a 3-day convention for fans of HBO's Carnivàleand will take place April 21-23 in Los Angeles. CarnyCon will feature many members from the cast as well as the creative team behind Carnivàle. Heck, I would go just to meet The Man From Another Room, I mean Sampson, I mean Michael J. Anderson...yeah that's his name. I wonder if they'll be any cooch dancers? Visit the website for more details. Test your Hand of Fate here.

March 06, 2006

{Josh Rouse}

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I first heard Josh Rouse when he released his most perfect album to-date, 2002's Under the Cold Blue Stars and I've been a fan ever since. His new album Subtitlo is influenced and inspired by his recent move from Nashville to Spain and finds him revisiting the poppier '70s AM vibe of his 1972 album. I prefer the WIlco-esque style of his last full-length album Nashville, but I ain't complaining. The guy has the rare ability to channel Lindsey Buckingham, Marvin Gaye and Morrissey, so what more do ya want from him. Subtitulo is set for a March 21 release on Nettwerk but there are already songs floating around the interweb, here's a tracklisting with some Mp3 sprinkles.

Tracklisting:
1 Quiet Town
2 Summertime
3 It Looks Like Love
4 La Costa Blanca
5 Jersey Clowns
6 His Majesty Rides
7 Givin' It Up
8 Wonderful
9 The Man Who
10 El Otro Lado

Listen:

"Quiet Town" (Mp3 courtesy of ORTF)

"Summertime"

"El Otro Lado" (Mp3's courtesy of Sixeyes)

I'll go ahead and add one more to the list:

"It Looks Like Love"

Listen to a couple more from Josh Rouse's MySpace

{Morrissey -"You Have Killed Me" Video}

That's all.

March 03, 2006

{On the Local Front}

{Lebowski Fest}

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This is just my opinion which you could heed or discard...(although I strongly suggest the former rather then the later), but you should go to Lebowski Fest in good ol' Los Angeles. If you don't know the history of this yearly event, it all started in 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky and in a short amount of time found a whirlwind of support and camaraderie. In June of 04' the event brought over 4000 achievers and Jeff Bridges himself has come to support the event.
As is fitting to the events namesake, you can expect drinking, bowling, and costumes galore. It's like a star wars convention with booze. The website also has a trailer for the documentary, just in case you can't make it, so you can get a taste of what a good time you'll be missing. Is this thing for real? oh yes. This years event is being held at the Knitting Factory and Cal Bowl on March 3rd & 4th and tickets did sellout last year so I wouldn't wait too long. If you do end up going, look for me. I'll be the guy dressed like Jesus taking pictures.

March 02, 2006

{On the Local Front}

{Grrl Fair 2006}

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Some friends of ours will be participating in the annual Grrl Fair 2006 at The (newly renovated) El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana this saturday (March 4th). There will be performances by: The Narodniks, Jazz Thieves, The Panties and many more. Visit the Grrl Fair MySpace for more info.


{Break-A-Way}

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Sunday night (March 5th) Echo Park Records presents their first-of-the-month affair
Break-A-Way. Resident DJs include Senior ( Junior Senior) and Rudy Bleu (La Polla Loca)...this month's guest dj is Peaches. Nuff said.

{ESG Live @ The Echo}

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Opening bands are, one the whole an obligatory affair. Even more so when it’s a ska band with more musicians than necessary and their name has ‘pigeon’ in it. That being said, it’s one of my favorite parts of any show to watch the opening band for two reasons. One- they might surprise you and end up being good, if not a little rough, and then you get the always-gratifying sensation of discovery. Two- even if they are mediocre at best you get to satirize the whole experience and people watch. At the Echo for the ESG show on Friday, February 24th it was the latter that occurred.
That’s right, I said ESG. Emerald. Sapphire. and Gooooold. A little background? ESG formed in 1978 by the three Scroggins sisters and their friend Tito. Now the front woman’s and drummer’s daughters join them on stage. Their stripped down sound, focusing on bass, drums, conga and a precisely executed cow bell, coupled with their repetition and simple lyrics makes them one of the biggest foundations for hip hop and new wave sampling- which is likely the only place you’ve ever heard them. The KCRW DJ who introduced them said it best, “As a DJ, you play ESG when you want to gain back some credibility.” But as their late 80’s release reflected in the aptly titled “Sample Credits Don’t Pay Our Bills” they were never able to really break out of the underground and underrated (except among musicians) position they were put. Its easy to see though that they still have a lot of love and respect as they played to a full house of enthusiastic, happy fans who worked 2 encores out of them. The best part of the show was watching front woman Rene Scroggins groove with a serene smile that never faded while her daughter, Nicole, worked the room with a hair style that could best be described as a haystack on a spring and smooth jazz sex appeal. Her love of working the crowd was apparent when she led us eagerly into a participatory version of ‘step off’ and later instigated a competitive ‘ESG’ shout off. Our side won of course.
The funkdafied groove sometimes clashed with the visual spectacle of varying degrees of hipsters that is the usual clientele at the Echo. The vibe exceptionally clashed with that of a shoulder button flap group in front of us who, by all accounts, appeared to be spawning and seemed to really like yelling out unfunny phrases such as “you stink” to the band and then laughing riotously. This was an all ages show but these boys were wearing wristbands so I don’t allow them any excuses. I feared for the well being of my nose often. At one point they all seemed to pseudo gang bang the only girl in their crew- who then added a whole other level of surrealness to the situation by pulling out a can of mister (?!) and spraying them all off, laughing and giggling while their fervor increased. It was really, really, odd- and they ruined shoulder button straps for me. ESG was awesome though, and seemed really grateful for the support. Counted among those supporters was Chloe Sovigny, who my friend spotted post show at the bar and who may be the only woman ever to pull off a leather biker hat successfully.
A great interview with ESG can be found here.

For your listening pleasure:

"My Love For You"

"Erase You"

Purchase ESG albums here.

March 01, 2006

{Lost Theories}

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Holy crap, Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen might just have Lost all figured out...or he could be proven horribly wrong on the next new episode. However you look at it though, the man's theories make sense.

Jensen answers all the biggest questions in five easy steps:

1. The Island
2. The Dharma Initiative
3. The Hatch
4. The Numbers
5. The Answer to Lost

Pick up this weeks ET or read the article online here and judge for yourself.

...and because I know you've been craving a little Driveshaft lately, here's a link to one of the Driveshaft MySpace pages so you can download "You All Everybody" and listen to it all you want.

{Conviction}


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While watching Scrubs last night I remembered that a couple of weeks ago I downoaded a FREE pilot episode of the upcoming NBC drama Conviction. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these exclusives as tv execs come to realize that we spend more time on our computers these days than in front of a television. This is also a great way to get some good word-of-mouth before a show officially premieres. Conviction airs this friday, you can wait til then or you can click on the Conviction Pilot Episode Exclusive Premiere banner for a direct link.

Summary:
From Dick Wolf (Law & Order franchise), this new NBC drama focuses on the lives of young Manhattan assistant district attorneys and the challenging, emotional cases they confront. The complexities of the cases are matched by the personalities of those who prosecute them. Cool yet dedicated Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March, "Law & Order") has returned to the New York City District Attorney’s office as a bureau chief after an extended stint in witness protection.

Here's the song used in the commercial:

The Gabe Dixon Band- "All Will Be Well"

{The Smiths}


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Shhh...don't tell anyone you don't own The Queen is Dead!?!? It's gonna be alright, Jefitoblog posted The Complete Idoit's Guide to The Smiths to help get you started until you get around to purchasing every one of The Smiths albums. You can download:

“This Charming Man”
“Miserable Lie”
“William, It Was Really Nothing”
“Please Please Please”
“Headmaster Ritual”
“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
“Cemetry Gates"
“Bigmouth Strikes Again”
“Shoplifters of the World Unite”
“Panic”
“Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”
“Paint a Vulgar Picture”
”The Queen Is Dead"
“The Draize Train”
“What She Said”


{Shoplifters from Manchester Bootleg}

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Also rbally posted this Smiths bootleg called Shoplifters from Manchester, comprised of demos and live recordings. The quality on some of these tunes range from not-that-great to piss-poor, but fanatics (like myself) will end up giving it a listen anyhow.


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