I posted this before awhile back, but The Illusionist is now set to open in theaters this weekend. The film stars Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Beil. View the trailer, why don't ya.
This is the trailer for Christopher Nolan's (Batman Begins, Insomnia, Memento) similiar-looking film The Prestige. This one stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie and tells of two battling magicians. The Prestige opens October 27th.
So by now you've all seen the OK Go "Here It Goes Again" treadmill video, right?....if you haven't then watch it now...
The OK Go boys will be performing that exact dance tonight, August 31st on the VMA's! Crazy, I know. Damian and Tim are a little nervous, so they decided to ask Backstreet Boy J.C. Chavez for a little advice....in the bathroom. Check it:
DeVotchKa are easily one of my favorite newfound bands. Their name may sound Russian, but the Denver-based quartet are indeed American. The band's roots lie in rock, however their music also includes heavy doses of Eastern European folk, mariachi, and punk. Lead singer Nick Urata wins bonus points for lifting the band name from the book (and movie) A Clockwork Orange. Excerpt: “They were getting ready to perform a little of the old in-out, in-out on a weepy young devotchka they had there.”
If you're not yet familiar with DeVotchKa's music, have no fear, I shall point you in the right direction...
Michael Moore has recently been editing a piece titled The Great 04 Slacker Uprising. It's a scrappy road trip movie following his two months of daily campaigning against George W. Bush in the 2004 election. Toronto Film Festival audiences will get to see segments from this work-in-progress. This is obviously, not his long in production "Sicko" about health care in America. More details soon.
HBO Documentary Films presents A Spike Lee film titled When the Leeves Broke: A Requim in Four Acts. All four acts will be aired Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00 p.m.-midnight), marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than play the blame game, which really could've been quite easy (from FEMA, to the president, on down to the Mayor or the Governor) Lee simply tells the story. This is an emotional six minute clip featuring New Orleans native and jazz musician Terence Blanchard, musician and composer on several of Lee's films.
Sundance 2006 feature This Film is Not Yet Rated will premiere September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films. Directed by Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) film ratings system and takes a look at its impact on American culture. IFC Films will release the movie unrated.
IFC Films also plans to screen the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 22 - July 2) featuring a new cut of the film. Along with taking a look at some controversial ratings decisions, the film also spotlights the organization's efforts to protect copyright in the name of piracy, as well as exposes the identities of the ratings board members themselves. The documentary features cameos from filmmakers John Waters, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Kimberly Pierce, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, and Mary Harron.
In the Vice Guide To Travel, correspondents from Vice Magazine are dispatched around the world to visit the planet's most dangerous and weird destinations. They went to such far-flung locales as the Pygmy villages of the Congo, the radioactive ruins of Chernobyl, and the bomb-pocked refugee camps of Beirut so that you never, ever have to go for yourself as long as you live.
I've had a little crush on Metric's lead singer Emily Haines for quite some time (see pics here), but that's besides the point. She is finally (almost) ready to release her debut solo effort. On September 26, Last Gang Records will release Knives Don't Have Your Back, which was written and recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and New York over the last four years, and features contributors including Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff, Stars' Evan Cranley, and Metric's Jimmy Shaw. This song is a bit more down-tempo than Metric's usual sound.
Marc Stevens’ world goes profoundly and utterly wrong. When his car breaks down in the middle of the isolated backcountry, he’s forced to seek refuge in a rural inn. Marc is taken in by Bartel, a lonely and psychologically fragile innkeeper who promises to help. But when Marc catches him dismantling his car, he realizes that the innkeeper has other plans for him. Fabrice Du Welz directs this gruesome French horror film due to hit theatres August 25th.
Andy Richter hosted the event and performed some hilarious skits in between sets.
The Mountain Goats kicked off the night, in what was intended to be a quiet show but decided to launch into (a crowd pleaser) "This Year", in which John Darnielle stated "I'm going to scream at you now".
Dave Eggers showed a video, pleaded for donations, and then shelled out hugs for $20 donations.
Jenny Lewis performed a few songs off Rabbit Fur Coat and invited Jonathan Rice out for a new tune.
Sarah Vowell read a funny new story.
Jake Gyllenhall couldn't make it, but The Office's John Krasinski stepped in to read a hilarious new story by one of the kids who frequent the 826 program.
Aimee Mann performed a handful of some of her best songs. This was easily the highlight of my night, so decided to beat the crowd and end the evening on that note.
The Mountain Goats, Jenny Lewis, and Jonathan Rice returned to sing a Hank Williams tune as I was leaving.
826 is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
With this in mind, 826 provides drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
With only two employees on the payroll in Los Angeles the program relies on tutors to volunteer their time (as little or as often) as you can.
If you are unable to get away from your busy schedule, please donate whatever you can spare.
Back in 2004 the Los Angeles rock quartet known as The Blood Arm put out their self-released debut album titled Bomb Romantics. The album had a limited run and has been out of print for some time now. I recently found a site that posted some tracks off the album, so if you never got a chance to hear it, then now's your chance to hear half the album! When Bomb Romantics came out the band recieved comparisons to Oasis, The Strokes, The White Stripes and even The Libertines and Franz Ferdinand, but The Blood Arm were able to create their own raw-guitars-mixed-with-rawkus-piano retro vibe. The limited release is most likely the only reason the band never blew up the way they should have. It's downright criminal that the entire world hasn't heard the gem "Do I Have Your Attention?". Do yourself a favor and watch this band perform live when they roll through your town...you won't regret it.
"Do I Have Your Attention?"
"Want x 3"
"O Passionate One" (Courtesy of The Daily Growl)
Also: You can listen to a few tracks from The Blood Arm's forthcoming album Lie Lover Lie (due out September 25th) from The Blood Arm's MySpace.
I recently recieved an email informing me of this NYC art opening. I don't live in New York, but if I did then I would definitly be there. Anyhow here's some great artwork to checkout regardless.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery Presents...Doze Green: The Left Hand Path and Andrew Schoultz: Cataclysmic Mayhem...Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World September 9th - October 7th.
Doze Green:The Left Hand Path is a solo exhibition of new works by celebrated artist Doze Green. His exhibition of new paintings is inspired from roots in modern graffiti and based upon metaphysical and ethereal ideologies through stream-of-consciousness painting.
Andrew Schoultz: Cataclysmic Mayhem...Capturing the Feelings of the Modern World focuses on capturing an overall mood. Andrew Schoultz depicts such underlying themes as the resilience of nature and the beautiful dichotomy between man and his relationship with nature. His new works comment on current tragic and catastrophic global politics and environmental and economic concerns.
The Jonathan LeVine Gallery exhibits a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic books, graffiti art and pop imagery. Their goal is to expand the genre beyond its Pop Surrealism or Low Brow roots and bring it to the forefront of contemporary art. For more info visit The Jonathan LeVine Gallery site.
Basement Jaxx score again with a damn near perfect dance album that touches on pop ("Hush Boy"), what they call "banjo house" ("Take Me Back To Your House"), Balkan folk woven into vocals from Swedish popstar Robyn ("Hey You"), hyper grime featuring Lady Marga ("Run 4 Cover"), and a Wil Malone-scored beauty featuring legendary British singer Linda Lewis ("Lights Go Down").
I'm currently on a Weeds marthon run to get through the first season so that I can get caught up for Season 2. You gotta love a show that is so blatantly clear about it's stance on getting stoned. Weeds humor is found in the day-to-day absurdities of contemporary life in the suburbs...and all that goes on below the surface.
The Weeds Soundtrack includes music from: Sufjan Stevens, Michael Franti, Sons & Daughters, The New Pornographers, The Mountain Goats, Flogging Molly, The Be Good Tanyas and more.
You can stream the entire Weeds Soundtrack (track by track) here!
The Rapture have a new website up for their forthcoming album Pieces of the People We Love, which is scheduled for a September 12th release. Head over to the site, upload a pic of yourself (or something else) to put unto the collage, and hear preview 5 songs from the album.
This is a teaser trailer for Clint Eastwood's first of two directorial efforts on the subject of WWII, Flags of Our Fathers. The story largely focuses on the life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima. Has Clint got another Mystic River or Million Dollar Baby left in him? Who knows. The second WWII film Clint is working on, titled Red Sun, Black Sand is currently in post-production.
Stream OutKast's forthcoming soundtrack for their upcoming film Idlewild from Outkast's MySpace. The album will officially launch on August 22, the film (which is set in the 1930s) releases three days later. The first single ’Mighty O’ is reportedly based around a famous scatting sample from Cab Calloway’s ’Minnie the Moocher’.
The music will be fitting for a movie about running a speakeasy, OutKast said, but still in the band’s usual style. "It’s hip-hop. It’s OutKast," Big Boi said. "It is what we’ve been doing for years. Some songs have a little more piano or whatever, but the whole project was a natural progression from a double cd."
My inbox is overflowing with some pretty good tunes, but rather then 'post like crazy' I prefer to actually take some time and listen to the songs. So here's something that was sent to me recently that caught my attention...
Bel Auburn are an indie rock band from mid-Ohio. They have just released their second album entitled Lullabies in A & C. They're getting ready to announce a fall tour in support of the new album within the next couple of weeks so check Bel Auburn's site for more details. Radiohead, Wilco, Appleseed Cast, and The Notwist are amongst some of their influences.
I've mentioned Borat's movie trailer before, but have you seen Borat's MySpace page? Sacha Baron Cohen (star of HBO’s hit comedy Da Ali G Show) takes his hilarious Kazakstani reporter character Borat to the big screen as he travels from his primitive home in Kazakhstan to the U.S. to make a documentary. The movie hits theaters November 3rd.
Brazilian Girls new single “Jique” has popped up online recently. The song is the first single from their forthcoming album Drop La Bomb, which is set for a September 12th release. The album may have more of a new wave feel to it seeing as it is produced by Mark Plati and Ric Ocasek.
Martin Scorsese returns with a remake of a 2002 Hong Kong film called Wu Jian Dao (aka Infernal Affairs), which starred Andy Lau and Tony Leung. This remake stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Matt Damon.
The plot revolves around a rivalry between the Massachusetts police force and an Irish-American gang. A gangster is chosen to infiltrate the police force while a young police officer is chosen to infiltrate the gang. When their paths cross, what will be the result?. The Departed is scheduled for a October 6th release. Infernal Affairs is available through Netflix.
Producer Dan “the Automator” Nakamura has worked with Del tha Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, Kool Keith, and with Handsome Boy Modelling School project, Lovage project, and of course Gorillaz. His new album 2K7 features some of the hottest rappers of today lend their
skills to one of the most esteemed producer of his time. The result is
a vibrant collection of classic hip hop burners.
Says Dan The Automator: "From the start, I was interested of exploring
the various facets of today's Hip Hop. It was a matter of making their
style match mine, without forcing the rappers into what they don't
sound like and at the same time keeping the record a continuous work. I
think we did a great job. Someone from the Bay Area like E40 comes off
equally as interesting as someone from the East Coast like Ghostface or
someone from the South like Slim Thug".
The soundtrack will hit stores as a stand-alone CD and a digital download September 19th. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 this fall. A PlayStation 3 version is also in development.
In addition to the hip-hop soundtrack, the game will also feature some hip-hop all-stars as playable characters in the game, many of which were also playable in 2K Sports' NBA 2K6. Phife, Flavor Flav, Common, the Roots' ?uestlove, Slim Thug, Aceyalone, Aesop Rock, and Rakaa of Dilated Peoples will all be able to throw down in NBA 2K7.
I've been a casual Ani DiFranco fan for quite sometime, but I can't pretend to know her entire catalogue of songs. My better half has been listening to her alot lately, which means I've been listening to her alot lately...and I like what I've been hearing.
This is Richard Linklater's (director of Before Sunset, Berfore Sunrise, Waking Life, Dazed & Confused, A Scanner Darkly) fictionalized adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-selling non-fiction book, Fast Food Nation. The cast includes: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzman, Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Avril Lavigne, Esai Morales, Wilmer Valderrama and others. Fast Food Nation hits theatres on October 20th.
Don Henderson - a corporate executive at Mickey's Fast Food Restaurant chain, home of "The Big One" - has a problem. Contaminated meat is getting into the frozen patties of the company's best-selling burger, and he needs to find out why. Discovering the answer won't be as simple or as clean as he had hoped. Embarking on a journey to the dark side of the All-American meal, he leaves the cushy confines of the company's Southern California boardroom for the immigrant-staffed slaughterhouses, teeming feedlots and cookie cutter strip malls of Middle America. What Don discovers is that this "Fast Food Nation" is a country of consumers... who haven't realized it is they who have been consumed by an industry with a seemingly endless appetite for bodies, human and otherwise.
After reading Schlosser's book I couldn't bring myself to eat meat for an entire summer. The book examines how the dominance of fast food (and the industry which supports it) have led to changes in American society. In particular, Schlosser argues that the fast food industry has used political influence to increase profits at the expense of human health and the social conditions of its workers.
Thao Nguyen has some unreleased songs up in this weeks Daytrotter Session. Thao's currently working on her sophmore album and these tracks might be a rough indication of what her next album might sound like. Go and grab 'em while you can...
"Big Kid Table"
"Feet Asleep" (Acoustic)
"Fear and Convenience"
Those of us without cable must wait til series make their way to dvd for us to enjoy. Over the weekend I finally finished my Six Feet Under viewing experience. It was emotional, to say the least. I now feel compelled to listen to "Breathe Me", drive off into the sunset, and imagine how my loved one's will pass. I thought I was done crying?
Arthur Lee, the talented (and often troubled) singer/guitarist for the influential '60s psychedelic pop band Love, died in a Memphis hospital yesterday at age 61 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Read the full story here.
This YouTube clip is a music video of sorts for the song "Your Mind and We Belong Together".
This documentary from Aaron Russo takes a look at the gradual downward slide that this nation has taken toward a fascist state. Russo sets out to find the written law that requires Americans to pay income tax, in which he discovers...there isn’t one.
The documentary is comprised of compelling interviews with former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys, and constitutional law scholars. The undeniable fact is that the tax system is unconstitutional and exists only to benefit the power holdings of a few invisible entities.
Where does all the federal income tax money go? To build schools? Construct highways? Create a strong military? Property, gasoline and corporate taxes are take care of those expenses. The portion that is accounted for is paying the interest on the National Debt. Are you angry yet? You will be.
I've mentioned The Dears new album Gang of Losers before, but only recently have I truely began to absorb the entire album. Rather than go on about how much I like the album, I'll just re-direct you towards my two favorite tracks off the album:
Here's one that just may scare the pants right off of you. Pulse is an upcoming American version of the Japanese film Kairo. I'm not so sure how I feel about this re-make, but the original is definitely worth checking out. Pulse hits theatres on August 11th.
Here's the synopsis:
Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can’t be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they’ll get in, you’ll be infected and they’ll be able to take life.
Hmmm...that's alot of imagining...and no logging on to the internet! Sometimes these films don't always translate very well, but I still remain hopeful!
Win a chance to hangout with Zach Braff at the exclusive Last Kiss listening party and hear four tracks from the album at the Last Kiss Soundtrack MySpace
The Last Kiss is a dramedy about life, love, infidelity, forgiveness, marriage, friendship...and coming to grips with turning 30.
The film stars: Zach Braff (Garden State, Scrubs), Casey Affleck (Lonesome Jim), Michael Weston (Garden State, Six Feet Under), Rachel Bilson (The OC), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents), Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom), Lauren Lee Smith (The L Word) and Marley Shelton (Sin City). The screenplay is written by Oscar nominee Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash), adapted from Gabriele Muccino's acclaimed Italian film L'Ultimo Baccio.
No doubt, Zach Braff had something to do with putting this hip soundtrack music together:
1. Chocolate - Snow Patrol
2. Star Mile - Joshua Radin
3. Pain Killer - Turin Brakes
4. Warning Sign - Coldplay
5. Ride - Cary Brothers
6. El Salvador - Athlete
7. Hide And Seek - Imogen Heap
8. Reason Why - Rachael Yamagata
9. Hold You In My Arms - Ray LaMontagne
10. Prophecy - Remy Zero
11. Paper Bag - Fiona Apple
12. Today's The Day - Aimee Mann
13. Arms of a Woman - Amos Lee
14. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise) - Rufus Wainwright
15. Paperweight - Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk
What with all the re-runs on the telly I'm in the process of getting caught up on all the television shows I missed as well as past seasons of shows I now watch. The Office was one of the shows I began to watch with regularity last season (along with Lost, 24, and Scrubs). There are now four webisodes, which are basically five-minute clips, up over at The Office's website. In the meantime get caught up on the British version of the show...it's equally as (if not more) funny.
I know, I'm a bit late at giving The Submarines a listen, but for the last couple of weeks now I've had their album on constant rotation. For the few of you who haven't heard their back story, here it is in a nutshell...
The Submarines' Blake Hazard (her great-grandfather was F. Scott Fitzgerald) and John Dragonetti met, fell in love, broke up, then each wrote songs about their break-up and got back together and recorded their debut album Declare A New State.
The couple were together for four years, then moved to L.A. while Dragonetti worked as a film and TV composer (he scored the Showtime hit series Weeds in collaboration with the Pixies’ Joey Santiago, scenes for HBO’s Family Bonds and spots for Volkswagen and EA Games). The relationship however, did not survive the move, which eventually inspired the song "Vote".
After the break-up, John began writing and recording songs, as did Blake, though she still had to come to John's home studio to record her material. It wasn't long before the sparks began to fly again, both on tape and in their hearts. In fact, Declare a New State was eventually mastered by a mutual friend as a wedding present to the two. With clever wordplay and big choruses this is sure to be one of the year's standout albums.
One of the best things I found this year at Comic-Con was Sucklord, my new favorite DJ. At first glance he looked like just another Jango Fett costume but then I noticed the gold chain, rings, and '80s boom box bumpin old school tracks with Star Wars and sci-fi audios dubbed over. I quickly bought a CD from him and even though it was 10 bucks it was worth every penny. Sucklord makes custom toys, low rider bikes, and has made a few great CD's that I still need to get my hands on. There is a certain Nerd Core scene that is developing and weather you like it or not people like Sucklord actually make it worth looking into.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Amores Perros) directs a multi-global cast that includes: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Koji Yakusho, and Gael García Bernal. This will complete Iñárritu's "Death trilogy".
Armed with a Winchester rifle, two Moroccan boys set out to look after their family’s herd of goats. In the silent echoes of the desert, they decide to test the rifle… but the bullet goes farther than they thought it would. In an instant, the lives of four separate groups of strangers on three different continents collide. Caught up in the rising tide of an accident that escalates beyond anyone’s control are a vacationing American couple (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett), a rebellious deaf Japanese teenager and her father, and a Mexican nanny who, without permission, takes two American children across the border. None of these strangers will ever meet; in spite of the sudden, unlikely connection between them, they will all remain isolated due to their own inability to communicate meaningfully with anyone around them.