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June 30, 2006

{The Road to Guantánamo}

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Plot Summary: Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on four British mates who embark on a wedding trip with and side adventure, only to find themselves held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. The film is directed by Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, Code 46, 24 Hour Party People, Wonderland) and Mat Whitecross. The film is currently playing in select theaters.

View the trailer here.

June 29, 2006

{Spiderman 3}

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Fanboys rejoice! From the looks of this teaser trailer, it appears Marvel will finally be making another entertaining summer action flick for you to look foreward to.

Plot Summary: Harry Osborn's insanity drives him the edge and transforms him into the Green Goblin. In an effort to destroy Peter Parker he hires Flint Marko to aid him in his quest. Meanwhile Peter must balance his relationship with Mary Jane and the arrival of a new love interest, Gwen Stacy. The final showdown then pits former best friends against each other as a new villain looms on the horizon. The film opens May 17, 2007.

View the trailer here.

{Lost Figures}

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McFarlane Toys has officially announced they will be making Lost figures. McFarlane Toys plans for the first series to include: Sawyer, Jin, Walt (with Vincent his dog), Michael, Boone, Libby, Ana Lucia, and Ethan. Each figure will include a "prop replica" relevant to their personal story, such as: Kate and her toy plane, Hurley and his lotto ticket, and Charlie and his "Drive Shaft" ring. They will also be releasing Lost deluxe boxed sets re-creating key moments between multiple characters, and small-scale dioramas, replicating central locations such as the mysterious island and the infamous hatch.

What, no Ecko or Sayid? That's just crazy. Read more here.

{Julieta Venegas}



Oh, how I love me some Julieta Venegas. This is the first video from her new album Limon Y Sol. Order the album here.

{The Rosemont Family Reunion}

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The Rosemont Family Reunion were nice enough to send me a copy of their debut album, so now I'd like to return the favor by spreading the word. The Rosemont Family Reunion are an Americana outfit based in Washington DC and have just released their debut LP titled Forever Ruth. They describe themselves as half Carter Family and half Ramones. The Rosemonts combine folk, rock, blues, and computer manipulation to form a unique reflection of American music. The band has began booking dates around the east coast, see their site for more details.

Have a listen:

"Stomp"

"Please"

Order Forever Ruth here.

June 28, 2006

{Possible Side Effects}

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This is a collection of often hilarious essays by Augusten Burroughs (author of Running with Scissors and Magical Thinking). Possible Side Effects finds Burroughs dealing with issues like: alcoholism, a Nicorette habit, compulsive Web surfing, social isolation, and being unfit for employment. Much like David Sedaris, he manages to come off as warm, bitchy, and self-deprecating all in the same breathe. Burroughs keen sense of comic sensibility on everyday humiliations make this is a perfect light summer read.

Listen to 37 minutes of the audio book FOR FREE! Just go to iTunes podcast category and search 'audible audio book excerpts', and listen (and laugh) for yourself...trust me you won't regret it.

Purchase the book here.

June 27, 2006

{Boy Kill Boy}

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You can get the catchy Boy Kill Boy single "Suzie" from iTunes FOR FREE this week. Hear more from Boy Kill Boy's MySpace.

{World Trade Center}

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Have you seen the trailer for Oliver Stone's World Trade Center? He's making more and more mainstream Hollywood movies these days. I think I like the old Oliver Stone better, but who knows this one may just may bring a tear to my eye. The film is set for an August 11 opening.

Synopsis: This is the story of the heroic survival and rescue of two Port Authority policemen – John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno – who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, after they went in to help people escape.

Watch the trailer here.

{Muse}

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You can stream the new Muse album Black Holes and Revelations, in it's entirety, from Muse's MySpace. Well, what are you waiting for!

{Stranglehold}



Fernando mentioned this Stranglehold video game awhile back (Read about it here). This video game is a sequel to the classic John Woo film Hard Boiled. Watch the action packed trailer.

June 26, 2006

{The Dears}

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I'm assuming your no strangers to the Britrock flavored Canadian act The Dears. Their upcoming album Gang of Losers is due in stores late August, but you can preview a handful of songs right now:

"Whites Only Party"

"Death or Life, We Want You"

"Fear Made the World Go Round" (Courtesy of Red Blondehead)

"Hate Then Love" (Courtesy of Myself Myself)

Buy The Dears music here.

{The Gray Kid}

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The Gray Kid's (aka Steve Cooper) debut full-length album …5, 6, 7, 8 (in stores now) is a fresh jolt of indie rap dance that finds influence in everything from Mick Jagger, L.L. Cool J, Noel Gallagher, to Eminem. My favorite tracks include the UK grime flavored "I Feel Fly" and "Lonely Lov", which features an infectious New Order bassline.

The Gray Kid's story goes: he splits from his band in early 2005, moves to New York City, and begans working under a different guise. He is described as a 'mic wrecking, song writing, hip shaking, guitar playing, soul crooning, music making dynamo who drops electrified, Jeep-beat anthems that’ll shake your speakers and make you shake your ass'. With catchy melodies and magnetic hooks his self-styled underground pop has quickly been winning fans of all genres.

The Gray Kid performs at The Key Club in L.A. on August 10th, 17th, and 24th.

Have a listen:

"Lonely Love"

Hear more from The Gray Kid's MySpace

Also checkout The Gray Kid's Unplugged MySpace.

Purchase …5, 6, 7, 8 here.

June 22, 2006

[Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan}

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About a week ago a Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan trailer popped up on youtube, but was quickly removed. Now a legit trailer has surfaced. Borat has a flick coming this Fall. Borat is of course, the creation of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show). The Borat character, a TV reporter from Kazakhstan, made news awhile ago for pissing off the actual Kazach government for making fun of their country, which is pretty funny.

Watch an exclusive trailer here.

{Scott H. Biram}

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Scott H. Biram is a one-man-band who plays dirty rock blues. On his forthcoming album Graveyard Shift (set for a July 18th release) he sings alot about life on the road, sinning, finding jesus and the loss of his best friends. Here's a taste:

"Been To Long" (Courtesy of Bloodshot Records)

"Only Jesus" (Courtesy of Songs Illinois)

Pre-order Graveyard Shift here.

{iPod Gramophone}

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(From Boing Boing) Here's a little something for all you indie-yups out there...it's a record player, iPod dock, CD player and wine-rack with a gramophone horn? I was thinking, instead of wine rack, why not put someplace to store your records, but I guess hipsters couldn't play tunes without a little bubbly. No pricing yet. Does this look ridiculous or is it just me?

June 21, 2006

{Official Giveaway}

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In conjunction with a bunch of other folks, we got hooked up with an INSANE contest to post on, in which one Grand Prize winner will receive:

* A trip for two to Warped Tour 2006 August 11th at Tower City Amphitheater in Cleveland, OH - plus accommodations and transportation to and from the show!

* A pair of tickets for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame tour

* A guitar signed by all participating artists

* Backstage passes and the opportunity meet all the artists and attend a BBQ with Warcon artists Helmet and Adair

* A video iPod from Fuse.tv loaded with shows from FUSE, participating artists' videos and current albums

* An annual subscription to download all of your favorite Warped Tour bands from past and present from Audio Lunchbox

* An annual subscription from Alternative Press Magazine

The contest is part of The Official Warped Tour '06 Giveaway and runs til the 10th of August, enter here.

{The Mountain Goats - "No Children"}

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I was reminded over the weekend of how much I love John Darnielle's "No Children" track when I heard a bootleg version of his San Diego audience enthusiastically singing it (due to the fact that he's been performing despite feeling ill). In my opinion, it is one of the most brilliant songs ever written. Outrageously bitter yet executed with such bouncy cheerfullness, it is a brilliant study in contrast. In fact the album Tallahassee in it's entirety is a stellar look at love, despair and resignation. Darnielle's gift has always been his ability to tell a story through song and Tallahasse is filled with vignettes of a married couple and their slow and drunken descent into marital hell. The great thing about this album is that their love for each other still shines through despite all the misery they chose to endure and in turn dish out. It is simply an album that you have to listen to at least once...

"No Children"

"No Children (Live)" (Courtesy of Largehearted Boy)

Order Tallahassee here .

{Robert Rauschenberg Exhibit}

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It wasn't until I was in college that I discovered that Pop Art consisted of more then just Campbell Soup cans and comic strips. Of all the artists that I learned about in my required art course only a few remain in my memory. Among them is Robert Rauschenberg who along with Jasper Johns helped ignite the Pop Art scene in the United States. Since summer is here I am obligated to drag my non-accomadating child to a musuem so that he can detox from his daily fix of non-stop video gaming. What can be better then the Rauschenberg exhibit at MOCA? Rauschenberg who became an artist late in life had a tendencey to use materials that were outside the norm. Pieces in the current exhibit include 'Coca-Cola Plan" (which features suprise suprise glass coke bottles) as well as other works.

For more info visit the MOCA website.

{The Science of Sleep}

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Michel Gondry has brought us imaginative films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Human Nature. His next film The Science of Sleep stars Gael García Bernal, and proves to be just as (if not more) wildly outrageous. I think the movie is about a guy who loves to sleep and dream, but I can't be sure of that.

Watch an exclusive trailer here.

{Murder City Devils Reunion Show}

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I meant to post on this earlier, but hey better late than never...

From Murder City Devils: "It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are able to tell you that yes, we will indeed be playing a show this summer. Since the rumor started spreading a few weeks ago, we have received an amazing amount of emails full of very kind words and urgent questions. Here are the answers to some of them.

All members will be playing. This means that Dann and Nate will be playing guitar. Coady will be playing drums. Spencer will be singing. Derek will be playing bass. And yes, Leslie Hardy will be playing keyboards. A few of you seemed concerned that Merchbot 2000 might not be there, but rest assured you will be able to pay him a visit as well.

The show will be in Seattle. It will be at The Capitol Hill Block Party. We will be closing the outdoor stage on Saturday July 29. For extra fun, come on Friday July 28th, and see Big Business and Pretty Girls Make Graves."

Here's a few of my favorite Murder City tunes:

"Rum to Whiskey"

"Boom Swagger Boom"

"Midnight Service At The Mütter Museum "

Hear more from Murder City Devils MySpace.

June 20, 2006

{Pitchfork Festival Promo Album}

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eMusic recently made available a Pitchfork Festival Promo Album FOR FREE! The sampler contains songs from artists that will be playing the fest. There’s music from The Walkmen, Art Brut, Ted Leo, The National, and many more as well as new material from Yo La Tengo and The Mountain Goats. The real highlight of the comp is The Mountain Goats song entitled "Woke Up New". It is 's a real heartbreaker about getting used to being alone.

"Woke Up New" is taken from their upcoming album Get Lonely, which is set for a August 22 release.

The Mountain Goats - "Woke Up New"

Get the album FOR FREE here.

June 19, 2006

{The Lives of the Saints}

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The Italian streetwear label stuns the film industry with The Lives of the Saints. Initially Augusto Romano, head of the Italian streetwear label, was only looking for a new way to present the next collection. He proposed to his creative director Rankin to shoot a short film, but Rankin wanted more and ended up convincing Romano to produce a real feature film.

View the Trailer

{Five Minute Laugh}

{Sarah Silverman}



This is a clip of Sarah Silverman on Jimmy Kimmel, complete with a skit of Silverman taking over Chappelle's Show.

June 15, 2006

{Happy B-Day}

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Today is CH's very own Fernando's birthday! Tonight we will be hangin' over at his place (no, none of you are invited) and whether he realizes it or not, I plan to take full advantage of the turntables he's recently set up and spin some of my horribly cheesy old records like these...

ABBA - "Fernando"

Shawn Brown - "Rappin' Duke"

Ollie & Jerry - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us"

Krush Groove All Stars - "Krush Groovin""

{Put The Book Back On The Shelf}

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Last March Belle & Sebastian released their latest album The Life Pursuit and a week earlier Image Comics released Put The Book Back On The Shelf: A Belle & Sebastian Anthology. It's 144 page, full color collection of stories inspired by the groups songs, over the course of their whole career. The stories range from a short amount of pictures that explain a simple concept, while others stories convey complex ideas inspired by the mellow indie pop sounds. Definitely, listen to the music as you read along, it sets the tone perfectly. On all fronts, this is much more than a cross-marketing idea. I can't wait for Image to do something like this again. Creative writers and talented artists collaborating to deliver something new and imaginative like this is exactly the kind of thing that attracts people that normally don't end up in the comic shop in and end up validating the industry a little more.

Purchase Put The Book Back On The Shelf here.

June 14, 2006

{New York Doll The Movie}

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New York Doll: The Movie is now available on dvd. The documentary focuses the life of New York Doll Arthur Kane, who died from leukemia last year at age 55. He was a founding member of the legendary 1970s band and took part in a recent reunion. The film picked up the Grand Jury Prize at last years Sundance Film Festival and features a bonus interview with Morrissey...what more do I need to write.

View the Trailer

Purchase the dvd here.

{Sonic Youth}

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The 21st Sonic Youth record came out yesterday and it might not be what you expected, but don't judge just yet. Although it might sound more structured than what you are use to it's still Sonic Youth to the core. For a quick audio interview of the band and three tracks off the new album Rather RIpped checkout NPR or you can stream the album from AOL Listening Booth.

June 13, 2006

{Brookville Giveaway}

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The New York band Brookville will be in L.A. on Wed. June 21st to perform live on Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW (tune in online kcrw.com), later that night the band will appear at Hotel Cafe and I've got a pair of FREE TICKETS to give away to whoever wants 'em...so email me or drop a comment.

Brookville's new album Life in the Shade is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Andy Chase (also of Ivy and Paco). The album features guests: James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, Perfect Circle), Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter, Eric Matthews (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), and members of the Brazilian Girls (Didi Gutman and Sabina Sciubba).

This perfect-for-summer tune featuring Brazilian Girls frontwoman Sabina Sciubba is my favorite of the bunch...

"Nothing's Meant To Last"

Stream tracks from Brookville's site

Hear more from Brookville's MySpace

Purchase Life in the Shade here

{Camera Obscura}

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I've been listening to Camera Obscura's new album Let's Get Out of this Country quite a bit lately. Here's some links to preview some standout tracks from the album, so you can hear for yourself just how good this album is...

"Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"
"Dory Previn"
"I Need All The Friends I Can Get" (Courtesy of Nellies Life)

"Tears for Affairs" (Courtesy of DIY Rockstar)

"Come Back Margaret" (Courtesy of Villians Always Blink)

"Let’s Get Out Of This Country" (Courtesy of KRLX).

Purchase Let's Get Out of this Country here.

Here's the cool new video for "Lloyd Cole, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"

{Kill Rock Stars}

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Here's some brand new freebies courtesy of the Kill Rock Stars site...

The Robot Ate Me - "Djien" (From their new album Good Word)

The Paper Chase - "We Know Where You Sleep" (From their new album Now You Are One of Us)

Amps For Christ - "Scotland The Brave" (From their new album Every Eleven Seconds)

Visit the KRS site for more info.

{On the Local Front}

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Over the weekend The Sound the Hare Heard Tour rolled into town. Performances from singer songwriter Thao Nguyen and Lovers' Carolyn Berk were amongst the highlights of the evening. The tour goes on and picks up different artsits in each city, so see Kill Rock Stars for tour dates.

Purchase the compilation here.

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I also caught an excellent in-store performance from Josh Ritter down at Fingerprints in Long Beach. This was his last stop of a lenghtly tour, but make you sure to catch him when he comes back to your town, you won't regret it.

Here's a couple tunes from his latest album The Animal Years Courtesy of his site:

"Thin Blue Flame"

"Girl in the War"

See Josh Ritter's website to stream albums, collect more plenty more Mp3's, or purchase his albums.

June 12, 2006

{Ron Sexsmith - Time Being}

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Long considered one of thee best songwriters, Sexsmith's work has been praised by rock 'n' pop luminaries like Elton John, Bono, Radiohead, Coldplay and Elvis Costello.

The overriding theme of this new record is time – the impermanence of life, and the inevitability of death. As always, Sexsmith’s songwriting is in top form, but this time around there's a cynical side that Ron has never before been displayed. The album has it's fair share of ballads, but also includes some edgier material like "The Grim Trucker", which features the poignant line 'Some say that if we get it right in this life than we never come back'. "Jazz At The Bookstore" is another interesting number that introduces some blues tension, while "Never Give Up" is such a charming lullaby it’s hard not to fall in love with it. Time Being is set for a June 20 release.

Here's a couple of new tunes:

"The Grim Trucker" (Courtesy of In House with Jeremy Paterson).

"All in Good Time" (Courtesy of Ron's site).

Here's an old one from Ron Sexsmith's first self-titled album

"Speaking With The Angel" (Courtesy of Ron's MySpace).

Pre-order Time Being here.

{The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things}

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Asia Argento's latest film The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things is now available on dvd. It looks like some harsh viewing, but then I would expect nothing less from the daughter of master of macabre director Dario Argento.

Plot Summary: Seven-year-old Jeremiah lived a calm, comfortable life in the care of a loving foster home until the day his young mother Sarah came to take him back. Immediately following, Jeremiah is thrust against his will into his mother's reckless life of turmoil and depravity, bouncing between desolate truck-stops, flea bag motels, strip joints and drug dens. Deadbeat surrogate dads swoop in and out of Jeremiah's life until he finds himself in the custody of his ultra-religious grandparents. Soon after Jeremiah adapts to his new life as a Christian fundamentalist, Sarah returns to claim him. Back on the road and bound by a love only a mother and son could have for each other, Sarah pulls Jeremiah further and further into her dementia. When Sarah is finally and wholly consumed by drugs, prostitution and violence, Jeremiah is forced into a desperate struggle to survive the madness of his surroundings.

View the Trailer

June 09, 2006

{Gnarles Barkley at MTV Music Awards}



Here's that Gnarles Barkley's performance at the MTV Music Awards with an intro from Borat (aka Ali G)!

{The World Cup 2006}

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I rarely post about anything sports related, but c'mon this is The World Cup, it's an exception to the rule! It only happens once every four years, and it kicks off today in Germany. I still get a little teary eyed when I think of 2002's finale and the highlight real that closed the ceremony, which featured clips of victories and losses set to Oasis' "Half The World Away". For the next month, my schedule will revolve around soccer matches, everything else is secondary. Watch this YouTube World Cup 2006 Preview and get excited with me! I'm using way too many exclamation points today.

Oasis - "Half The World Away"

*********UPDATE***********
Final Score of the first match: Germany 4 Costa Rica 2.

June 08, 2006

{Peaches}

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Impeach My Bush is the highly anticipated third album from everyones favorite dirty mouthed rapper. The sound on this album is more polished and less stripped down than her previous efforts, but with songs with names like: "Tent In Your Pants", "Hit It Hard", "Two Guys (For Every Girl)", "Slippery Dick", and "Stick It To The Pimp", you just know this will be a fun ride. Impeach My Bush features guest stars: Feist, Joan Jett, Beth Ditto, and Queens of the Stone Age, the album hits stores July 10th.

Listen to: “Do Ya” (Courtesy of Big Stereo)

"Downtown" (Courtesy of Loudersoft)

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

Also hear:
"Hit it Hard" and "Two Guys" (Courtesy of Pardon My Freedom)

Perhaps we'll be hearing one more from Peaches MySpace soon.

Pre-order Impeach My Bush here.

June 07, 2006

{The Mountain Goats}

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"Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise" from The Mountain Goats new Babylon Springs EP is one of my current obsessions. My better half recently informed me that the song is in fact a cover of Trembling Blue Stars, off their 2000 album Broken By Whispers. I prefer The Mountain Goats version, having heard it first, but the original version is also great. See which you prefer...

The Mountain Goats - "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise"

Trembling Blue Stars - "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise"

The Mountain Goats will be in my neck of the woods next week, on June 14th at the Troubadour in West Hollywood and the 15th at The Casbah in San Diego.

Purchase the Babylon Springs EP here.

Purchase Broken By Whispers here.

{The Puffy Chair}



The Puffy Chair is the Duplass Brothers’ first feature. It premiered at Sundance 2005, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and was acquired for theatrical distribution by Roadside Attractions/Netflix in January of 2006. The film also picked up the Sundance Audience Award at this past SXSW. The Puffy Chair is currently playing in select theaters and will open nationwide this summer.

Plot Summary: The Puffy Chair is a simple yet strangely elegant story of a man trying to get his father the perfect birthday gift and the strange events that he, his girlfriend and his tag-along brother encounter along the way.

View the Apple Trailer

The indie soundtrack features music from: Death Cab, Decibully, Spoon, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Matt Pond PA, and Of Montreal. Stream the tracks from The Puffy Chair's MySpace.

Here's a couple of my favs:

Matt Pond PA - "Closer" (Courtsey of bands' site)

Of Montreal - "Disconnect The Dots" (Courtesy of Polyvinyl Records)

{Late Night Sounds June 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 June '06 Mix is up, up, and away. 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...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds June Mix '06

Tracklisting:

1. El Perro Del Mar - “Here Comes That Feeling”

This has got such an infectious rhythm that I just had to start this month's mix with this tune from this Sweedish songstress. This sounds like a tune that one of the girl groups of the '60s would've done. This is off El Perro Del Mar's self-titled album...fans of Jens Lekman might dig this one. You can get some downloads from El Perro Del Mar's MySpace.

2. Clearlake - “It's Getting Light Outside” (Mp3 courtesy of Bands' site)

This is a catchy Brit-pop number with a heavy drum beat. This track is from Clearlake's forthcoming Amber Demo. Hear more from Clearlake's site.

3. Casey Dienel - "Doctor Monroe" (Mp3 courtesy of Collective Music)

For one reason or another, I've been listening to alot of piano based female pop lately. This track is from the album Wind-Up Canary. Fans of Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, or Fiona Apple might enjoy Casey Dienel's somber indie-pop and cabaret style. Hear more from Casey Dienel's MySpace.

4. Trashcan Sinatras - "Leave Me Alone"

Originally, I was going to play an early Trashcan Sinatras song, but something kept drawing me back to the 2004 album Weightlifting. This one is easily one of my favorite Trashcan Sinatras songs. I'm not sure why this band never really blew up stateside, but fans of Travis or Coldplay should go out and buy all the Trashcan Sinatras albums.

5. Federico Aubele - "Ante Tus Ojos"

Federico Aubele got the attention of ESL Music label heads Rob Garza and Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) and the duo were so impressed, they signed him to their label and produced his debut album. The result was Grand Hotel Buenos Aires, a sound collage of latin guitar and dub-influenced tracks with Spanish vocals. Hear more from Federico Aubele's MySpace.

6. Brady Harris - "Good To Know" (Get the Mp3 courtesy of Garageband)

Brady Harris makes country-folk balladry and stripped-down singer/songwriter fare. You can hear more from Brady Harris' MySpace.

7. A-House - "The Strong and Silent"

Legendary Irish indie greats, A-House, released 5 studio albums between 1988 and 1997. They had a number of UK chart singles, tours with The Go-Betweens, The House of Love, and were actually supported along the way by Radiohead, Blur, The Charlatans and Sleeper. They didn't generate much buzz outside the UK, this song is off 1994's 360 North Rockingham EP (produced by Edwyn Collins).

8. Tokyo Police Club - "Nature of the Experiment" (Mp3 courtesy of the Rock Insider)

Tokyo Police Club are a Canadian indie garage pop quartet...this tune is off the album A Lesson in Crime. Hear more from Tokyo Police Club's MySpace

9. Tom Verlaine - "Meteor Beach"

Tom Verlaine shaped the sound of modern music from his early days with the Neon Boys and Television, throughout his solo career, and most recently as the guitarist in Patti Smith's band. The Strokes and Dos are just a couple of acts that have stated Verlaine as a major influence. This is mellow instrumental tune from one of Tom Verlaine's two newly released albums. You can stream both albums in their entirety from Thrill Jockey Records.

June 06, 2006

{The Veils}

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Finn Andrews, son of Barry Andrews (who was a member of XTC) is the creative force behind The Veils. He is somewhat of a musical prodigy...Columbia Records even offered him a record deal when he was just fifteen. He ended up signing his band to Rough Trade Records in 2002 and went on to release their debut album (The Runaway Found) in 2004. It was argueably one of the best albums of the year, so I'm just hoping my expectations aren't too high for this (as yet untitled) new album due out September 2006. Listen to a few tracks courtesy of Obscure sound and hear one more from The Veils MySpace.

{Nathan Asher & The Infantry}

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There's nothing like waking up to good music in my inbox, so here goes...

Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nathan Asher describes the songs of his band, The Infantry, as "smart music for idiots." The Raleigh, NC band aims to create a distinct, modern version of Springsteen’s earliest, full band work with anthemic rock n' roll, reminiscent of U2, early REM, and The Clash.

Asher is an award winning poet, and playwright. The Infantry released their self-titled debut album in 2004, which features track, "Turn Up The Faders". The band's new album, Sex Without Love was released in September 2005.

Here's some suggested listening:

"Turn Up The Faders"

"Sex Without Love/ A War"

"Storms"

Purchase their albums here.

{Rob Zombie's Halloween}

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In other spooky-related news, Rob Zombie appears to be resurrecting Michael Myers for a new 'Halloween' fim. He got the approval of John Carpenter before dropping word of his plans on the web. After the horror-geek backlash began, Zombie stated, "I am not making 'Halloween 9.' That series is done, complete, over. But what I am doing is starting totally from scratch. Call it a remake, an update, a re-imagining or whatever, but one thing that [is] for sure is this is a whole new start — a new beginning with no connection to the other series. That is exactly why the project appeals to me. I can take it and run with it."...and run with it he shall, where he's heading, who knows. I can predict that he will want to outdo himself with the gore, but that's pretty much a no brainer.

Read the rest of the story from MTV

{The Night Listener}



I was searching for something 666-y to post today and this is the spookiest thing of interest that I found. This is an International Promo for the eerie film The Night Listener, which stars: Robin Williams,Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, and Rory Culkin.

Plot Summary: In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.

June 05, 2006

{Rock Kills Kid}

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Okay, I've got a whole lotta music and trailers pilling up in my inboxes, so it's time to start spreading the word. First up, some music...

I was sent a few exclusive acoustic Rock Kills Kid tracks from Total Assault Music Promotions. I think I might like these versions more than the originals, give 'em a listen and see what you think:

"Hideaway (Acoustic)"

"Midnight (Acoustic)"

"Paralyzed (Acoustic)" (You Send It Link)

Purchase their latest album Are You Nervous? here.

{Scoop}

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There's finally trailer up for Woody Allen's next film Scoop...
Plot Summary: An American journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) as the incident unfurls. The film is set for a July 28 release.

View the trailer.

{Dizzee Rascal}

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Dizzee Rascal has been busy starting his own label (Dirtee Stank Records) and appearing in his first film role, the British gangster film Rollin' With The Nines. Meanwhile, his next album Maths and English is being pushed back with no proper release date. However a new track "G.H.E.T.T.O" found it's way to the web, give it a listen courtesy of Exit Fare.

{Ed Harcourt}

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Over the weekend the new track "Revolution in the Heart" from Ed Harcourt leaked to the web, this is from his forthcoming album The Beautiful Lie. Hear it courtesy of There's Always Someone Cooler Than You.

{Five Minute Laugh}

{Sarah Silverman}



Jesus is Magic comes out on dvd this week...here's a clip of Sarah Silverman doing her thing on Conan O' Brien.

June 02, 2006

{Nobody & The Mystic Chords of Memory}

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Broaden A New Sound is the new EP from Nobody & The Mystic Chords of Memory (Featuring Devendra Banhart)

This collaboration between Elvin Estela (aka Nobody) and couple Chris Gunst (Beachwood Sparks) and Jen Cohen (The Aisler's Set) sounds pretty much as good as it appears on paper. The end result is unforced rhythms and warm melodies, giving these songs a classic summer-vibe.

These first two tracks are from the Broaden A New Sound EP, which you can purchase through iTunes. The other two tracks featured on the EP are cover of The Mystic Chords of Memory's "La Semilla (The Seed)", which features Devendra Banhart on vocals and a Dntel remix of "Feet Upon the Sand" (from the full-length album).

Have a listen courtesy of 3Hive.

"Coyote's Song (When You Hear It Too)"

"Broaden a New Sound"

This one is an alternate version featured on the full-length album Tree Colored Sea, courtesy of Black Balloon...

"La Semilla (The Seed)"

Purchase Broaden A New Sound and Tree Colored Sea here.

June 01, 2006

{The Divine Comedy}

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I'm loving this first single (and video) from The Divine Comedy's forthcoming album Victory For The Comic Muse, due to hit stores June 19th.

Watch the "Diva Lady" Video

Over the next few weeks we are going to be putting up some teasers on The Divine Comedy's MySpace. Full songs will be available for streaming and will only stay up for short periods of time. If you blink you may miss them! ("Diva Lady" is up there now!!)

{Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man}

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Leonard Cohen burst onto the scene in 1967, he has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one fo the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. Now Lions Gate celebrate Cohen’s legacy with director Lian Lunson’s Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man, an intimate look at songs, poetry, and life of one of music’s most celebrated and influential troubadours.

In January 2005, Lunson travelled to Sydney to film the historic “Came So Far For Beauty” show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House organized by music producer Hal Willner. Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man includes behind-the-scenes interviews and live performances by: Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker (formerly of Pulp), Antony (of Antony & The Johnsons), The Handsome Family, Julie Christenson, and Perla Battala, as well as a special performance of “Tower of Song” by Cohen and U2.

View the trailer.

Have a listen:

"Bird on the Wire""

"I'm Your Man""

"Waiting For A Miracle""

Purchase The Essential Leonard Cohen here.

I could fill stadiums with the number of Leonard Cohen covers there are out there, but here's a couple of my favorites. The Tori Amos cover is from Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the Ron Sexsmith cover is a live recording...

Tori Amos - "Famous Blue Raincoat"

Ron Sexsmith - "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"

Purchase Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen here.

{Wes Anderson Commercial}

Watch Wes Anderson's American Express ad starring Jason Schwartzman and Waris Ahluwalia!


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