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April 30, 2007

{Wynton Marsalis}


It could partly be due to the fact that I haven't listened to a whole lotta jazz lately, but Wynton Marsalis' new album From the Plantation to the Penitentiary just sounds incredibly fresh to my ears. Spurred on by the war in Iraq, the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina (which ravaged his hometown of New Orleans), and what he views as a gluttonous, vapid, misogynist and deeply racist American culture. is From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is an instant classic Blue Note record and that's been on my constant rotation for the last couple of weeks. Have a listen...

"Where Y'all At"

Watch Wynton explain the album in six convenient segments here.

Purchase From the Plantation to the Penitentiary here.

{Maximo Park}


Listen to Maximo Park's sophmore album Our Earthly Pleasures, in it's entirety from Maximo Park's MySpace.

{Old Joy}


A handful of interesting films come out on DVD this week (Little Children, Alpha Dog, and The Queen among them). Here are a couple of films I intended to post about recently, not having any idea that they were heading straight to DVD. So here's a qiuck synopsis and trailer...

Old Joy is the story of two old friends, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. The critically-acclaimed film stars Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) and Daniel London, and features a soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.

View the Trailer



This bittersweet coming-of-age story about a close group of friends, all of whom are forced to embrace change as their small-town way of life is soon to be altered forever. Diggers stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton, Ken Marino, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Rudd.

View the Trailer

April 26, 2007

{Coachella Webcast}


If you can't make the trek to Indio this weekend (or are only doing one day) AT&T will be webcasting Coachella again all three days! Last year the service was slightly erratic, let's hope it's fully functioning this year. The web portal opens at 3pm each day and will also offer behind-the-scenes reports and blogs. Tune in here.

Also Thrillist led me to this nice little Coachella Playlist that I've been thoroughly enjoying.

April 25, 2007


Let's get you amped for Coachella (now just days away) with some videos of live performances from some acts that we suggest you try (if humanly possible) to check out. Here's some of fridays highlights...

Bjork - "Wanderlust" (Live on SNL)

Interpol - "Obstacle 1"

The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Just Like Honey" & "Inside Me"

Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor"

Jarvis Cocker - "Black Magic"

DJ Shadow - "Six days"

Brazilian Girls - "Pussy"

Peaches - "Shake Ur Dix"

Rufus Wainwright - "Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk"

Julieta Venegas - "Me voy"

Benny Benassi - "Satisfaction"

The Noisettes - "Dont Give Up"

Gogol Bordello - "I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again"

Sonic Youth - "Diamond Sea"

April 24, 2007

{The Tripper}


Nevermind for a sec that this film is directed by David Arquette ok. The trailer for a Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer who targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert actually appears to be entertaining. Arquette and wife Courtney Cox make cameo appearances in the horror ensembler, which also stars Jamie King, Thomas Jane, Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Lukas Haas, Paul Reubens and Balthazar Getty. Visit The Tripper's MySpace for more info.

April 23, 2007


What's that you say? A funny Saturday Night Live skit. Scarlett Johansson and Bjork but the TV Funhouse cartoon Torboto was the real highlight.

{This is England}


This is the trailer for Shane Meadows' latest film, This Is England. Based largely on his own experience as a youngster the film is about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983.

The film releases in the UK on April 27th. No word yet on a stateside release date.

April 19, 2007

{Elliott Smith}


On May 8th the Kill Rock Stars label will release New Moon, a double-disc of unreleased songs from singer-songwriter Elliott Smith recorded between 1994-1997. Three of these songs have been released before (on compilations), and bootleg versions of many of these songs have floated around for years, but now Elliott Smith fans will get the opportunity to hear the mastered studio recordings. A portion of the album sales will go to Outside In, a Portland-based organization serving homeless youth and low-income adults.

Listen to "High Times" (New Moon version) here

See the New Moon tracklisting here.

April 18, 2007

{Mark Ronson}


Stream Mark Ronson's brand new full-length album titled Version, which contains "Stop Me" (a soulful rendition of The Smiths "Stop Me if You Think Youv'e Heard This One Before").

Stream Version in it's entirety from Mark Ronson's MySpace!

April 17, 2007

{Newport Beach Film Festival}


Lots of good movies on display at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off this thursday (April 19th - 29th). Here's some interesting films I was able to find trailers for...enjoy.

The Waitress Trailer

This is the story of one woman trapped in a life from which she dreams of escape. Jenna has a gift for making unusual pies whose recipes are inspired by the trials, tribulations and circumstances of her life. Her secret ambition is to save enough money from her waitressing job to leave her overbearing husband. The film stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), and Andy Griffith. This was the final work of the late writer, director, and actress Adrienne Shelly. The real news though is that Nathan Fillion (AKA Captain Malcolm Reynolds of the Firefly class spaceship "Serenity") will be at the premiere on Saturday, April 21st! So, all you Browncoats be sure to head out.

Eagle Vs Shark Full Trailer

two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.

Paprika Trailer

Dr. Atsuko Chiba is an attractive but modest Japanese research psychotherapist whose work is on the cutting edge of her field. Her alter-ego is a stunning and fearless "dream detective," code named PAPRIKA, who can enter into people's dreams and synchronize with their unconscious to help uncover the source of their anxiety or neurosis.

Big Dreams Little Tokyo Trailer

The story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate Jerome, is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American. He aspires to be a sumo wrestler but finds his weight and blood pressure are thwarting his dreams. Together they struggle to find their place in a world where cultural identity is seldom what it seems.

Dante's Inferno Trailer

Using paper puppets and sets, Dante's Inferno is a satirical update of the classic tour of Hell. It's venue is the familiar places of modern civilization: mini malls, airports, gated communities, used car lots, and the U.S. capitol. The ancient Roman poet Virgil (voiced by James Cromwell) guides our hapless Dante (voiced by Dermot Mulroney) through the nine circles of the underworld. Much like an animated graphic novel, the film follows the hapless slacker Dante as he accompanies Virgil into the depths of the Inferno, encountering various popes, princes, presidents, and pimps along the way.

The Restless Trailer

The Restless is a neat looking Koren fantasy action movie.

He Was A Quiet Man Teaser

Bob Maconel is about to have a bad day. Another eight hours of sitting in a dull grey cubicle, ignored by his co-workers, existing in a world where he feels completely out of sync. On this particular bad day Bob crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero. This film stars Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, and William H. Macy.

Death Note Trailer

Death Note is a Japanese manga series that centers around a high school student who decides to rid the world of evil with the help of a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

Always - Sunset on Third Street Trailer

Sorry no subtitles, so I'm not really sure what's going on here, but this gorgeous period piece of 1950's Japan has a Frank Capra feel, plus it's the winner of 13 of Japan's 14 Academy Awards!

For a complete list of all the films see the Newport Beach Film Festival site.

{The Landlord}

This hilrarious Will Ferrell bit has been making it's way around the inkernet...funny stuff.

{Grindhouse Don't}

April 16, 2007

{David Lynch}

And now David Lynch on product placement!

{Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip "Thou Shalt Always Kill"}

This single is burning up my ipod right now. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and post the lyrics too...

"Thou Shalt Always Kill"

Thou shalt not steal if there is direct victim.
Thou shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets.
Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmond Decker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barret in vain.
Thou shalt not think that any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a peadophile… Some people are just nice.
Thou shalt not read NME.
Thall shalt not stop liking a band just because they’ve become popular.
Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry.
Thou shalt not judge a book by it’s cover.
Thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover.
Thall shalt not buy Coca-Cola products. Thou shalt not buy Nestle products.
Thou shalt not go into the woods with your boyfriend’s best friend, take drugs and cheat on him.
Thou shalt not fall in love so easily.
Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls’ pants. Use it to get into their heads.
Thou shalt not watch Hollyoakes.
Thou shalt not attend an open mic and leave as soon as you're done just because you’ve finished your shitty little poem or song you self-righteous prick.
Thou shalt not return to the same club or bar week in, week out just ’cause you once saw a girl there that you fancied but you’re never gonna fucking talk to.
Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.

The Beatles - Were just a band.
Led Zepplin - Just a band.
The Beach Boys - Just a band.
The Sex Pistols - Just a band.
The Clash - Just a band.
Crass - Just a band.
Minor Threat - Just a band.
The Cure - Just a band.
The Smiths - Just a band.
Nirvana - Just a band.
The Pixies - Just a band.
Oasis - Just a band.
Radiohead - Just a band.
Bloc Party - Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys - Just a band.
The next big thing - JUST A BAND.
Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-English speaking countries as to those that occur in English speaking countries.
Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.

Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music
Thou shalt not pimp my ride.
Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster.
Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness.
Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit.
When I say “Hey” thou shalt not say “Ho”.
When I say “Hip” thou shalt not say “Hop”.
When I say "he say, she say, we say, make some noise" - kill me.
Thou shalt not quote me happy.
Thou shalt not shake it like a polaroid picture.
Thou shalt not wish your girlfriend was a freak like me.
Thou shalt spell the word “Pheonix” P-H-E-O-N-I-X not P-H-O-E-N-I-X, regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary tells you.
Thou shalt not express your shock at the fact that Sharon got off with Bradley at the club last night by saying “Is it”.
Thou shalt think for yourselves.
And thou shalt always kill.

Hear more from Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip's MySpace

{Ghost Station}


This Thai horror/comedy is about Udd and Yai, a gay couple who leave the big city and move to a remote town where the scenery matches their favorite gay western movie Brokeback Mountain. There, they buy an abandoned gas station so they can settle down. Unfortunetly, Udd later finds out that Yai secretly has an affair with a local girl. When his pure love turns to jealousy, Udd plans to use the gas station to murder Yai. But, no one really knows that the gas station is already haunted, and the ghosts there have plans of their own. No word yet on a stateside release, but I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for this one.

View the Trailer

April 12, 2007

{Vietnamese international Film Festival}


The Vietnamese international Film Festival kicks off tonight and continues all through next week. Kicking off the fest is the highly touted epic romance drama The Rebel. Closing the fest (Sun. April 22nd) is Dust of Life, which offers a gritty look at displaced Vietnamese teens in Westminster. Screening locations include UCLA and UCI.

Be sure to checkout Han Tran's moving drama, Journey From The Fall, a story about loss and survival as a South Vietnamese family flees Saigon while a proud father stays behind. Journey From The Fall will be SCREENING AT UCLA FOR FREE!

Here's some trailers...

Journey From The Fall Trailer (above)

The Rebel Trailer (above)


View Dust of Life Trailer here

See the full schedule here.

April 11, 2007

{Screaming Masterpiece}


The tiny country called Iceland has produced some of the world's most original music of the past few decades, which is pretty amazing considering it is inhabited by just 300,000 people!

Screaming Masterpiece is a documentary (originally titled Gargandi Snilld) which chronicles the careers of well known Icelandic acts (Björk, Sigur Rós, Múm), as well as some lesser-known Icelandic acts (Bang Gang, Minuswith, Slowblow, Mugison).

View the Trailer

Get over a dozen Mp3's from many lesser known Icelandic acts courtesy of Eardrums Music.

{Human Giant}

MTV Human Giant Season 1 Trailer

Bloggers favorite comedian Aziz Ansari (and friends) show called Human Giant premiered on MTV last Thursday, but if you missed it, you can download the first episode now for free from iTunes!

See more clips from the Human Giant MySpace.

April 10, 2007

{Rufus Wainwright}


Rufus Wainwright has bits of two tracks from his forthcoming album (titled Release The Stars) streaming on his site. The tracks "Rules & Regulations" and the album's title track both sound pretty good.

Also hear the first single "Going To A Town" (Courtesy of It's Hard To Find A Friend)

Launch the ecard Here.

{Darjeeling Limited}


Penned by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, and Jason Schwartzman, this is the first poster to surface online for Darjeeling Limited. Ain't It Cool News has a report from a Wes Anderson fan who sat in on an early Darjeeling Limited screening and wrote “The main problem with the movie is that it really goes nowhere”. Judge for yourself.

Read the Script Here.

April 09, 2007

{Rob Zombie's Halloween}

In case you missed it, last week the new Halloween trailer hit the net. Rob Zombie's (the director) films are definitly an aquired taste, however this trailer of his rendition of Halloween seems to capture the spirit of the original.

Here's Zombie's faux-trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS from Rodriguez and Tarantino's Grindhouse.

{A Hope}


Good news cinephiles...Sony's HK company, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, have acquired the worldwide rights for Stephen Chow's upcoming sci-fi/comedy film titled A Hope! You'll know more when we do.

In he meantime, here's a nice interview with Stephen Chow from Film Freak Central.

{Hank & Mike}


Hank & Mike is a Canadian comedy about a couple of unemployed Easter Bunnies. The trailer is something shot as a promo piece long before the film went into production. After selling the concept the film got financed and is now in post-production. So, basically none of this is from the finished film, but it's hilarious nonetheless so be on the lookout for this one.

View the Trailer

Visit the Official Website for more.

{Bright Eyes}


I've been gone for a week but it feels like a year in internet-time. Over the past week more tracks have been leaking off forthcoming albums from Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Bjork, Bright Eyes, Tori Amos, Blonde Redhead, and Rufus Wainwright just to name a handful. See the Hype Machine for more. In the meantime get your fill of Bright Eyes' Cassadaga courtesy of Saddlecreek Records.

Stream Cassadaga in it's entirety!

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