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April 28, 2006

{The Coup - Pick A Bigger Weapon}

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“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
- Walt Whitman

“I’m a walking contradiction,
Like bullets and love mixing”
- The Coup

The Coup are Oakland duo Boots Riley and Pam The Funkstress. Their new album Pick a Bigger Weapon features a backing band that includes: Tom Morello, Dwayne Wiggins, and veterans of Parliament-Funkadelic, the Gap Band, Toni! Tony! Toné!, Jesse Johnson, and Maze. This album showcases Boots' signature humor/rage storytelling that produced the classic "Me & Jesus The Pimp In A '79 Granada Last Night" (from Steal This Album).
You may remember hearing about the controversy surrounding their last album, Party Music, which was scheduled for release shortly after 9/11, but became a cultural flashpoint amidst Cheney-Ashcroft hysteria. The album’s original cover (completed three months prior to 9/11) depicted The Coup setting off an explosion in the World Trade Center using a guitar tuner and drumsticks. The band's label, 75 Ark, pulled the cover immediately after the attacks. "As far as the record industry was concerned, it was the end of my career," Boots says. Instead, the album's became an underdog favorite making many year-end critic's lists.
Here's a couple tracks from Pick A Bigger Weapon that I especially dig. "I Just Wanna Lay Around All Day" features Boots is talking to his gal towards the end, tellin' her 'We go together like grits and cornbread, we be in bed together like Bush and Hussein', funny stuff. And I just can't seem to get this hook from "Laugh/Love/Fuck" out of my head...'I'm here to laugh, love, and drink liquor/ and help the revolution come quicker'...

"Laugh/Love/Fuck"

"I Just Wanna Lay Around All Day"

Hear more from The Coup's MySpace.

Stream the album in it's entirety here

Purchase Pick A Bigger Weapon here.

{Strangers With Candy}

ThinkFilm presents an Exclusive first look at the Strangers With Candy movie trailer.
This movie has been finished for quite some time now. Warner Bros Independent decided upon shelving it awhile back...for unknown reasons. Now the cult-classic Comedy Central show has finally got a release date (June 28th). The story is said to be the prequel to the series, in which features Jerri Blank is a 46-year-old "boozer, user and a loser" who tries to put her life back together again by returning to high school with girls 1/3 her age. Stephen Colbert's deadpan humor is hilarious as always and Amy Sedaris is just plain nuts...and I love it. Purchase the Strangers With Candy series here.

April 27, 2006

{The Balck Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets}

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Back In ‘89 Tom Waits got together with avant-garde director Robert Wilson and legendary Beat writer William S. Burroughs to create a new theater piece, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets.
The three of them began to re-work an old German folk tale about the Black Rider, in which a young marksman encounters a devilish stranger whose magic bullets improve his hunting prowess in superhuman ways.

Tickets for the production range from $25-$95 and are still available for the Ahmanson Theater, however the show sold out in London, Sydney and San Francisco.

Read more on The Black Rider (plus a Q & A with Tom Waits from the Orange County Register)

Tom Waits - "How's it Gonna End?" (Mp3 courtesy of Anti, from the album Real Gone)


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This was the Beat giant’s first audio release, recorded at the famed English Bookshop in Paris in 1965. It features Burroughs slipping in and out of many oddball characters, have a listen...

William S. Burroughs - "Bradley the Buyer"

William S. Burroughs - "The Fish Poison Con"

Purchase Call Me Burroughs here.

{X-Men: The Official Game}

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The always funny Alan Cummings did a quick interview with Gamespy.com explaining why the character Nightcrawler (which he played in X2) isn't going to appear in the new X-MEN movie (The Last stand). It's sad turn of events, but he does get to be in the video game (X-Men:The Official Game) which is set up as the prequel to the movie coming out May 26. The game comes out a week before the movie on Xbox 360 and I'm sure I would play if I had one.

Here is a quote from the interview...

GameSpy: If you had his teleportation power, where would you
teleport... besides work when you're late?

Alan Cumming: I'd teleport to your office and whack you for asking such
dopey questions. Read the rest of the interview here.

Checkout trailers for the movie and video game here.

April 26, 2006

{Off The Shelf}

Pet Shop Boys - Behavior

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Pet Shop Boys are most known for their early hits like "West End Girls", "Opportunities", and "Suburbia", but it would be years later that they would perfect their unique brand of intelligent dance music. Behavior is amongst their work and some might say it marked the peak-period of the Tennant/Lowe greatness. The album introduced us to a more introspective, less disco side of Pet Shop Boys. The album is filled with their signature irony, wit, and sophistication as they tackle adult themes like adultery ("To face the Truth") and alcoholism ("Only the Wind"). On every album they've released since, they've captured some flashes of magic, but they have yet to do better than Behavior, and I don't think they ever will. Here's a few highlights...

"Being Boring"

"Jealousy"

"Only the Wind"

Purchase Behavior here.

Here's a video from the 1993 album Very...

Pet Shop Boys - "Can You Forgive Her?"

April 25, 2006

{Tribeca Film Festival}

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So you won't be making out to the Tribeca Film Festival? Well, neither will I, but we can only hope that some of these films will make it to a theater in our town soon. If you are lucky enough to be in NYC, the Festival will run April 25th through May 7th. Here's some films that I'll be keeping an eye out for...

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Al Franken: God Spoke
Synopsis: This hilarious documentary about one man’s unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken’s transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring: Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger.
View trailer.


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Akeelah and The Bee
Synopsis: Akeelah is a precious 11 year-old from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Depite her mother’s objections, she enters several spelling contests, and with the support of a special tutor and the entire neighborhood, she earns a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This uplifting film stars: Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer and Curtis Armstrong.
View trailer.


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Here's a couple of interesting foreign flicks...

Hanging Garden
Synopsis: Meet the Kyobashis, a model suburban Japanese family. Or are they? In director Toshiaki Toyoda’s skillful examination of contemporary domestic malaise, a mother’s plan for the perfect family initially seems to be working, but we soon learn that her perceived perfection is a lie that each family member chooses to believe at the expense of reality.
View trailer.


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Taking Father Home
Synopsis: Filled with bitterness and a thirst for revenge, a 17 year-old boy leaves his rural Chinese village to seek out the father who abandoned him 6 years earlier. But once the boy arrives in the big city of Zigong, the long-awaited encounter with his father leads him to make a dramatic decision.
View trailer.


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LoudQuietLoud
Synopsis: The Pixies reunite 12 years after their inauspicious split and set out to re-conquer the world, and their own demons. This dazzling concert documentary eschews rock-god cliches and goes straight to the heart of four people who need music (and one another) more than they ever knew.
View trailer.


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Civic Duty
Synopsis: A seemingly well-adjusted American loses his job and becomes obsessed with terrorist plots and cable news propaganda. When an Islamic student moves next door, the accountant’s suspicions lead to shocking conclusions in this post- 9/11 thriller starring Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause.
View trailer (under the Discovery section)


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Too Tough To Die
Synopsis: On September 12, 2004, just two-and-a-half days before Johnny Ramone’s death, a group of musicians and friends- among them Deborah Harry, Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, Pete Yorn, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers- staged a benefit concert to celebrate The Ramones’ 30th anniversary and to raise money for cancer research. Mandy Stein’s touching rockumentary captures that unforgettable evening.
View trailer (under the Midnight section)

For more info visit the Tribeca Film Festival site.

April 24, 2006

{Murs - Murray's Revenge}

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Murray's Revenge is Murs latest collaboration with producer 9th Wonder. This is the Los Angeles born and bred MC's first release on LA based record label Record Collection (The Walkmen, John Frusciante) after two albums on the Def Jux label. Murs has been rappin' for over a decade with the Living Legends. Here's a couple of standouts from the album, one of these tracks namedrops Moz..."She likes The Smiths, The Cure, really into Morrissey" ("Dark Skin White Girls"). The other is an ode to the city that I love and hate ("L.A.")...and would you believe Murs doesn't swear or use the n-word on the whole record. Be sure to catch Murs perform at Coachella this weekend, if you're making the trek out there.

"L.A."

"Dark Skin White Girls"

Hear more from Murs MySpace.
Purchase Murray's Revenge

April 21, 2006

{Gnarls Barkley - Stream St. Elsewhere}

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Cee-Lo + Danger Mouse = Gnarls Barkley, Stream their album St. Elsewhere in it's entirety from their MySpace...and be sure to catch 'em at Coachella next week, if you can.

{The Newport Beach Film Festival}

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This weekend, over 350 films from 40 countries are set to premiere at The Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 20-30. Here are but a handful of trailers...


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Art School Confidential is the new Terry Zwigoff film based on the comic by Dan Clowes. The story follows Jerome, an art student who dreams of becoming a great. Arriving as a freshman at a prestigious East Coast art school filled with every artsy type there is, Jerome quickly discovers his affected style and arrogance won't get him very far. The film stars: John Malkovich, Anjelica Huston, and Max Minghella. View the trailer.


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The Oh in Ohio is a love triangle comedy starring: Parker Posey, Danny DeVito, Paul Rudd, Misha Barton, and Liza Minelli. View the trailer.


Here's a couple of Korean films making their So Cal debuts...

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Typhoon is an action-adventure involving espionage between North and South Korea. View the trailer. (Sorry, could only find a foreign trailer)


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Rikidozan, based on a true story that chronicles the life of Korean-born wrestler Rikidozan, who, after being barred from Japanese wrestling because of his ethnic origins, became a sensation in the United States in the 1950s. View the trailer.

Here's a couple of other highly anticipated films premiering (one opening the festival, the other closing), however I was unable to find trailers for these...

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The Illusionist follows a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna who falls in love with Princess Sophie, a woman well above his social standing. When she becomes engaged to Crown Prince Leopold, the magician uses his dark arts to win her back and undermine the stability of the royal house of Vienna. The film stars: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, and Rufus Sewell.


Neverwas is a mystery/drama of a psychiatrist forced to confront his own demons when he learns that one of his patients was inspired by a book written by the shrink's late father. The film stars: Aaron Eckhart, Nick Nolte, Alan Cumming, Vera Farmiga, William Hurt, Jessica Lange, Ian McKellen, Michael Moriarty, and Brittany Murphy.

For more info scroll around The Newport Beach Film Festival's site.

April 20, 2006

{Late Night Sounds April Mix}

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The Late Night Sounds is a monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar bands, both past and present. The April '06 Mix is finally up...
I've inserted links to bands' sites and Mp3's (if I could find 'em), so feel free to give it a listen or checkout the artists on your own...

"Late Night Sounds April Mix"

Tracklisting:

1. Baby Dayliner - "Go On Baby"

I don't know a whole lot about Baby Dayliner (aka Ethan Marunas), I know he's from New York, this song is off the album Critics Pass Away, and it reminds me of some of the synth pop I used to listen to as a teen. Hear more from Baby Dayliner's MySpace.

2. Danielson - "Trumpet" (Mp3 courtesy of Secretly Canadian Records)

Well, this song already made it's way around the music blogs, but I had already thrown it in this mix, so give it a listen again. This track from Danielson's forthcoming album Ships...hear more from Danielson's MySpace.

3. Shugo Tokumaru - "Light Chair"

Shugo Tokumaru makes melodic lo-fi folk music in Japanese. This song is from the 2004 album Night Piece. Fans of Iron & Wine might enjoy this one. You can hear this track and others from Shugo Tokumaru's MySpace.

4. Peggy Honeywell - "Faint"

This track is from Peggy Honeywell's 2005 album Faint Humms. She has drawn comparisons to Cowboy Junkies or Mazzy Star. Listen to samples here.

5. Kelley Polar - "Tyurangalila"

This song is from Kelley Polar's 2005 album Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens. It was easily one of my favorite albums of 2005. I love the hook towards the end, where Polar repeats the verse "I can't wait til your back here in the dark with me". Fans of Erlend Oye might want to pick this one up. Hear this song and others from Kelley Polar's MySpace.

6. Los Bunkers - "Te Vistes Y Te Vas"

This South American Spanish rock band have drawn comparisons to The New Pornographers and Weezer, but I think they've got a few more things in common with (the now defunct rock band) Zudrok. They make catchy indie-rock...hear samples from eMusic or visit their Official Site.

7. The Blood Arm - "Can I Unwind" (Mp3 courtesy of band's website)

The Blood Arm are an L.A. underground garage rock flavored quartet...they are not to be missed when they come through your town. Hear more from The Blood Arm's MySpace.

8. El Perro del Mar - "God Knows" (Get the Mp3 from El Perro del Mar MySpace)

El Perro del Mar is from Gothenburg, Sweden. She released a split vinyl single with Jens Lekman a few years back...it has since sold out. This track is from the EP entitled You Gotta Give To Get. On the 10th of April her self-titled album will finally be released in UK and Europe (in France on the 9th of May) on the British label Memphis Industries.

9. Vic Thrill - "Circus of Enlightenment"

Vic Thrill & The Saturn Missile are the definition of an underground band. Despite their allegiance to the sub-culture, they have been discovered by major promoters and publications with recent shows in Italy opening for Iggy & The Stooges, they opened for Devo at The Hammerstein Ballroom (NYC), The Amsterjam (NYC) w/Peaches, Snoop Dogg, Gogol Bordello, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The group’s last record CE-5 (Circus Clone Records) was ranked Top Ten of 2003 by The Washington Post and received praise from many respected publications such as NME, which described it “Like Bentley Rhythm Ace and The Boggs covering songs from Oh Brother Where Art Thou...clever catchy space-funk fusions of everything from Eastern European folk to world music rhythms...weird.”

*From NPR - Vic recently signed a movie deal with Paramount Pictures and a book deal with Random House, telling the story of his life from 1998-2004 when he was living in an old gas station that served as band headquarters and “…a thrift shop version of the Warhol Factory”, known as The Vic Thrill Salon. The book, due September 1st, is forecasted for release in the winter of 2006 and the movie sometime soon after. Producing the movie are Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn with Tina Fey (SNL, Mean Girls) writing the screenplay. The story is set around the Salon and focuses on Vic's friendship with a young Hasidic man who, under Vic's guidance, morphed into something of a cult hero on the Brooklyn underground music scene (this story aired years ago on This American Life). The film will feature much of the band’s music and Vic himself will play a large role in the production as Co-Producer, Co-Music Supervisor and Executive Producer of the soundtrack album.

This track is from their album Circus Of Enlightenment...hear more from Vic Thrill's MySpace.

{Little Britain}

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"Britain, Britain, Britain, land of technological achievement. We've had running water for over 10 years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru, and we invented the cat," narrates Tom Baker at the opening with the hilarious British sketch comedy series. Creators and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams acknowledge a large debt to The League of Gentlemen, but the duo create their own niche of comedy (and characters) that takes viewers all over Britain to find it's most eccentrics.

From Darkly Noon, where Vicky Pollard gives anything but straight answers ("Yeah, but no, but yeah"), to the Welsh village with only one gay ("But I'm the only gay in the village"), to the council estate where Lou looks after his wheelchair-bound mate Andy ("Yeah, I know"), to Kelsey Grammar School where pupils are continually baffled and confused by their teacher. Many of the sketches rely on a single incident or catchphrase repeated over and over in only slightly different contexts, but that never makes 'em any less funny...

Head over to the Little Britain site for more clips and intreviews with Matt Lucas and David Williams.

Purchase Season 1 & 2 of Little Britain.

April 19, 2006

{The Flaming Lips}

Exclusive: The Making of the Making of the Video, Part 1

Watch Wayne Coyne describe the technical details and creative process behind the video for "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song", the first single off the Flaming Lips new album, At War With The Mystics.

{The Devil and Daniel Johnston}

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This documentary recently opened in select theaters...

About the film:
Director Jeff Feuerzeig depicts a perfect example of brilliance and madness going hand in hand with manic-depressive singer/songwriter/artist Daniel Johnston. As an artist suffering from manic depression with delusions of grandeur, Daniel Johnston's wild fluctuations, numerous downward spirals, and periodic respites are exposed in this moving documentary.

"The Devil and Daniel Johnston" melds current footage, vintage performances, home movies, and dozens of recorded audiotapes from Daniel's life. Testimony from friends and family add a rich layer to his personal history, but it is Daniel's poetic songs interwoven throughout the film, that tell their own story. Now in his mid 40s, Daniel Johnston has recorded over ten full-length albums, and his supporters have included: Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening, The Butthole Suffers, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Mike Watt, Yo La Tengo, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Beck, The Flaming Lips, and an ever-growing international cult audience.

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About Daniel Johnston:
As a teenager, Johnston began recording homemade cassettes. Unemployed and attending art classes sporadically, Johnston began to spend most of his time in his family's cellar, writing and recording songs. The cassettes he made there included 'Songs of Pain' and 'More Songs of Pain', both of which centered around his unrequited love for a woman named Laurie who ended up marrying an undertaker.

The aspiring cartoonist - whose playful sketches have graced the covers of his releases - moved to Texas in 1983. At this time, the onset of manic depression had begun. It was around this time that Johnston recorded the seminal cassettes 'Yip/Jump Music' and 'Hi, How Are You?'. The latter was recorded in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Both were recorded on a $59.00 Sanyo mono boom-box and are quintessential of Johnston's desperate bid to get his creations out of his head and onto the record of human experience. Although lo-fi and amateurish in approach, these recordings are unflinchingly honest yet painfully beautiful.

For a short spell, Johnston joined a traveling carnival, selling corndogs. His five-month stint with the carnival left him in Austin, where he decided to stay. In the midst of that city's mid-eighties music scene, Johnston became a local legend. While he continued to hand out his cassettes for free, Austin record stores started selling them; in fact, they became best-selling local releases. Johnston's biggest break came when a camera crew from MTV's seminal 'Cutting Edge' show decided to feature Johnston. His appearance on the show made him a minor celebrity, and the music press in the US and abroad began to take note. the independent label, Homestead, re-issued some of the cassettes on CD to a wider audience in the early nineties. His songs were used in Generation X film soundtracks such as 'Kids' and 'My So Called Life'.

View the trailer

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Here's a couple of fantastic early Daniel Johnston recordings:

"Living Life"

"Pot Head"

Purchase Songs of Pain here.

April 18, 2006

{Pitchfork Music Festival}

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I'm hoping to make it out to Chicago on July 29th and 30th for the Pitchfork Music Festival. The line up looks pretty solid thus far and bands are still being added. The rock snob elitists offer a single day pass ($20) and a two day pass ($30)...this (as you know) is ridiculously cheap. Now if only they could chip in for my airfare.

The line-up, thus far:

Silver Jews
The Futureheads
Ted Leo / Pharmacists
Art Brut
Destroyer
Mountain Goats
Band of Horses
Man Man
Hot Machines
+ Many more to be announced...

Plus Biz 3 stage:
Matmos
Dominik Eulberg
Ada
Ghislain Poirier
8 Bold Souls
+ Many more to be announced...

Os Mutantes
Spoon
Yo La Tengo
Devendra Banhart
Mission of Burma
Aesop Rock
The National
Jens Lekman
Tapes 'n Tapes
Chin Up Chin Up
+ Many more to be announced...

Plus Biz 3 stage:
Diplo
Tarantula A.D.
Tyondai Braxton
Bondo Do Role
+ Many more to be announced...

Check the official Festival Site for more info.

April 17, 2006

{Brick}

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I finally watched Brick last week...sheer brilliance on Rian Johnson's part to set his old-fashioned noir detective story in a contemporary high school setting. I Also love that Johnson doesn't take his film too seriously, playing along with the fact that we are watching high school kids, by noting so at key comic relief moments. The film pays homage to characters played by Bogart and Veronica Lake, complete with dialogue straight out of a pulp novel, and hints of modern cult classics like Twin Peaks or Heathers.

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Plot Summary:
Brick, the dynamic debut feature from writer/director Rian Johnson, won the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision. Brick, while taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of Dashiell Hammett, also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh territory - a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school (San Clemente). There, student Brendan Frye's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt of Mysterious Skin, Third Rock from the Sun) piercing intelligence spares no one. Brendan is not afraid to back up his words with actions, and knows all the angles; yet he prefers to stay an outsider, and does - until the day that his ex-girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin of Lost), reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes. Brendan's feelings for her still run deep; so much so, that he becomes consumed with finding his troubled inamorata. To find her, Brendan enlists the aid of his only true peer, The Brain (Matt O'Leary), while keeping the assistant vice principal (Richard Roundtree) only occasionally informed of what quickly becomes a dangerous investigation. Brendan's single-minded unearthing of students' secrets thrusts him headlong into the colliding social orbits of rich-girl sophisticate Laura (Nora Zehetner), intimidating Tug (Noah Fleiss), substance-abusing Dode (Noah Segan), seductive Kara (Meagan Good), jock Brad (Brian White) and most ominously, non-student The Pin (Lukas Haas). It is only by gaining acceptance into The Pin's closely guarded inner circle of crime and punishment that Brendan will be able to uncover hard truths about himself, Emily and the suspects that he is getting closer to.

Velvet Underground - "Sister Ray"

Purchase the Soundtrack.

View the trailer.

April 12, 2006

{Sorry}

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Sign language for Sorry: Hold either fist, back forward & fingers inward, one hand's breadth in front of other breast; then jerk hand backwards till it touches other breast: return to original position and repeat action.

...and on that note, sorry for the lack of posts this week, we're on vacation. We'll be back on-the-ball next week.

April 11, 2006

{On the Local Front}

{La Dulce Vida}

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Spring Foward To La Dulce Vida this Saturday (April. 15th) at Bar 107 in L.A.
Dj's will be playing good tunes to make your ass jirate, it's FREE, and they'll be giveaways from 100tifico and Soy Machin.

April 10, 2006

{Un Chein Adalou}


And I thought that Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound was groundbreaking. That is the film that features the famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali, which includes astonishing images like huge floating eyes, twisted landscapes, and a faceless man in a tuxedo. This is a film by Luis Buenel, conceptualized by Salvidor Dali. It is titled Un Chein Adalou...enjoy.

April 07, 2006

{Ed Harcourt}

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Ah, something to look foreward to...Ed Harcourt's next album titled The Beautiful Lie will be released on June 5. You can stream of the first single, "Visit From The Dead Dog" and also "The Drunken Sea" via his website. You'll definitly be hearing more about that here, as more news breaks. That's all...I gotta get my ass to work now.

{Who's That Asian Boy}

Who's that Asian boy wandering around L.A.? I don't know, but it looks like he's in love with M.I.A.

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Actually, I do know...this music video is composed and directed by VJ Fader. *Click on the image to watch the video...hey ain't that the Santee Alley in the backround.

Also, Jax over at the Rock Insider tipped me (and probably all the music bloggers as well) off about The Magic Numbers live set from SXSW. Tomorrow AOL Music will officially premiere the 25 min. set, but it is already up at its deeplink...just click here.

{MacBook Pro}

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I know this isn't the norm for CH but I just had to rave about my new machine! Having used it to a point of obsession for about a week, there are no obvious flaws to the machine that I could find save for an occasional whine/grinding noise and the heat issues. Possibly my favorite element is the built-in iSight camera and Photobooth software which comes with some really neat effects such as Comic Book! Sigh...It truly is love at first sight.

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April 06, 2006

{Snow Patrol - Eyes Open}

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Snow Patrol"s upcoming album (out 1 May 06 in UK and May 9th in U.S.), Eyes Open has leaked it's way onto the inkernet and I can't get enough. I will now re-direct you to some standout tracks. On this album Snow Patrol continues to head in a more mainstream direction, which proves to not necessarily be a bad thing. The song "Hands Open" even name drops Sufjan, "Put Sufjan Stevens on/and we'll play your favorite song/'Chicago' bursts to life/and your sweet smile remembers [trails off...]", which automatically gives them indie-cred. This band has the potential to become one of the UK's next great arena-rock bands...they're certainly better than Coldplay. Give these a listen, while you can...

"You`re All I Have"
"Hands Open"
"Chasing Cars"
"Shut Your Eyes"
(Courtesy of Nellies Life)

"Beginning To Get To Me"
(Courtesy of It's Too Long)

Stream a clip of "You Could Be Happy"
(Courtesy of Universal)

April 04, 2006

{Lost Map}

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Decoded blast door map from last weeks Lost episode (Click to enlarge).

{David Hopkins}

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This morning I checked my (sometimes neglected) Late Night Sounds MySpace and found that I had a friend request from David Hopkins (or whoever runs that page). I was treated to a couple of unreleased songs, available for free download and I've been listening to 'em all morning. So I pass them on to you...enjoy.

Coincidentally someone recently e mailed me (because Late Night Sounds had come up in their inkernet search due to the fact that I had played a David Hopkins song on an early program), inquiring if I knew where Hopkins was or what he was up to (previously he had been living in San Fransisco). I meant to head over to his website and find out, but I got sidetracked as usual. Anyhow, David Hopkins MySpace informs that he currently resides and plays shows in New York City. If your not familiar with David Hopkins you can find his albums on cd baby. Recommended for fans of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Damien Rice, or David Gray.

"Who's Gonna Save Me"

"Meet Me in the Morning"

{Rocketboom}

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I've been tuning in to the vlog (that's video blog, folks) known as Rocketboom on a daily basis now and it's not just because of the cute (albiet kooky) host Amanda Congden. Segments air daily and are usually around 3 to 5 minutes in length. This week Amanda informs us that this is Video Blogging week 2006. The topics are always quite random and funny, one informative segment introduces viewers to the Subservient Chicken developer Jeff Benjamin (who explains the technology used to make that guy in the creepy chicken costume move).

Funnier episodes mention random topics like: how google maps now searches Mars (in case you were planning a visit), the world record coconut orchestra in NYC, the iPod tie, Vancouver's Worldwide Pillow Fight, Pimp My Cubicle, and a host of other strange objects being sold on ebay or overseas. Watch 'em all.

April 03, 2006

{Sean Hayes - Big Black Hole and the Little Baby Star}

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Sean Hayes, the singer-songwriter, not the Will & Grace actor, is undoubtedly one of my favorite musicians. His new album Big Black Hole and the Little Baby Star has just been released (you can purchase it on iTunes or eMusic). I've only had this album for a few days, but I already know this will be one of my Albums of the Year. It's been far too long since Sean Hayes last album, but it sounds like he's been through a break-up, "F****d Me Right Up" is one the best (or saddest rather) break-up songs ever written, and found someone new, "Calling All Cars" tells of two broken hearts coming together. I have already listened to this album 1,500, 234 times...now I simply must turn it off.

Exerpts from article in SF Gate:
Hayes achieves that in spades on Big Black Hole. You can hear it in his vibrato-laden vocals, which share the open, vulnerable quality of such contemporary scene makers as Conor Oberst, Devendra Banhart and Antony (and the Johnsons), with a touch of Tim Buckley for good measure.

Now in his mid-30s, Hayes feels an affinity for the younger denizens of the freak-folk movement, who likewise hark back to the "primitive" sounds documented in the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. "Devendra [Banhart] has got something really cool going. I like what's happening. It's a vibrant scene, and I'm pretty excited to see it come up. It resonates with me, even though I'm a little older than those musicians. It wasn't around when I was in my early 20s."

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On recording the album (from Cd Baby): "In December 2004; I was playing a benefit for Kitchen Sink Magazine. The event was held in a big warehouse space in Oakland California. Rouge Wave played, a women was giving out free hair cuts, but most important for me was that I ran into Etienne De Rocher and he invited me to come to his garage studio to record some songs. One of the first tracks we did, using an old Ace tone drum machine, is the last song on the record “Turnaroundturnmeon”. Right away I wanted to record my next record in Etienne’s garage. It seemed right. I was in a dark space and this was a shining light. He has a small garage, hardly enough room for three people but I felt at home. Plus I have always really loved Etienne’s music. It took a few more months and conversations but eventually we recorded more songs. Hope you all like it…"

Sean Hayes will be performing on April 18 at Largo in Los Angeles, CA.

Here's some Mp3's courtesy of the SF Gate (although a voice comes in to let you know what you've just listened to towards the end):

"Boom Boom"

"Same God"

"3 A.M."

"Baby Black Hole and the Little Star"

Here's a couple of clean Mp3's courtesy of I Guess I'm Floating:

"Calling All Cars"

"F****d Me Right Up"

And what the hell, here's one more that I just can't seem to get enough of. I don't know why, but I just love the verse near the end when he sings "When the ladies have their high heel shoes on, they want to go out dancing"...poetry in motion.

"Pollinating Toes"

Listen to more samples here.

{Lonesome Jim}

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Well look at that, another down-and-out Steve Buscemi film.

Plot summary: Jim (Casey Affleck) begrudgingly returns to his hometown in rural Indiana after failing to make it on his own in New York. He soon remembers why he left: a doting but overbearing mother (Mary Kay Place), a distant father (Seymour Cassel), and a depressed older brother (Kevin Corrigan) whose “accidents” seem suspect at best.

This film is now playing in theaters. View the trailer here.


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