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July 31, 2007

{Heroes}

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Heroes returned to this years Comic-Con with a panel of the entire cast. Here's some highlights from that panel...

Dania Ramirez (X-Men: The Last Stand) will play a Mayan woman from the Dominican Republic.

Alex Ross and Jim Lee will be doing covers for Heroes online comics, which will actually come out on hardcover on DC comics this fall.

The most exciting news revealed was that Kevin Smith will be directing the first episode of Heroes: Origins. Smith came out on stage and joked that he wanted to direct an episode about the first 'gay heroes'. He also joked about how the 'two Japanese dudes' were gay. Heroes: Origins starts in April.

The panel concluded by previewing a teaser from Season Two featuring scenes of Hiro trapped in the past, a bearded Nathan Patrelli, and Claire cutting off her little toe with scissors. There were also a few shots of some samurai battles, and a battle in the Dominican Republic.

View the footage of the Heroes at Comic Con (in parts 1 through 7) on Youtube.

{Atmosphere}

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Ah...Stereogum's beat me to it! No matter, "Sunshine" is thee perfect summer jam from Atmosphere's forthcoming album titled When Life Gives You Lemons...., which is due early next year.

Hear "Sunshine" (Track courtesy of Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Hear more from Atmosphere's MySpace

July 30, 2007

{Comic Con Poster Preview}



Here's a handful of neat looking posters that were unveiled at Comic Con.

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Above is the poster for J.J. Abrams forthcoming monster flick for Paramount which is currently going under the name Cloverfield (I think the title Monsterous has been cnacelled out).

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Above is the poster for the film adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic series Whiteout. The film stars Kate Beckinsale and is directed by Dominic Sena.

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Above is the poster for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. It looks slightly dark and disturbing, much like the source material, and just the idea of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp together again should be reason for us all to get excited.

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Above is the poster for Rogue Pictures and Crystal Sky Pictures forthcoming thriller from British writer-director Neil Marshall ("Dog Soldiers", "The Descent") titled Doomsday,

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Last but certainly not least is the poster for Indiana Jones 4. Karen Allen is back as Marion and Harrison Ford is finally suiting up as Indy once again.

{The Golden Compass}

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A full 5 minute trailer was shown at Comic Con for the forthcoming fantasy film The Golden Compass. The footage has now surfaced online. Look for the film in theaters in December.

View the footage right here

{The Incredible Hulk}

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Lots to mention from this years Comic Con, which went down over the weekend in San Diego. I've still got a pile of fliers to look through, but in movie related news here's a scoop on Marvel's panel for the forthcoming film The Incredible Hulk.

The big news to come out of the panel was the shocking announcement that Edward Norton wrote the screenplay for The Incredible Hulk, and we're not talking about a polish job neither, but is pretty much a full on script change (with director Louis Leterrier). Here's a peek at the concept image for The Hulk so that you won't worry and think Hulk will look like Ang Lee's version.

July 25, 2007

{Dappled Cities}

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Mp3 bloggers have been going crazy over this five-piece indie rock band from Sydney, Australian indie rock band lately...and for good reason! Their recently completed second album Granddance, has been on constant rotation for the past couple of weeks.

You can find tracks from the album all over the Hype Machine

Hear more from Dappled Cities' MySpace

Purchase Granddance here

July 24, 2007

{Southland Tales}

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Samuel Goldwyn Films announced that director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) will be at Comic-Con to make a special announcement regarding his forthcoming film Southland Tales starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Cheri Oteri, Miranda Richardson, and Jon Lovitz. Following the announcement, Kelly will be onhand signing posters from the film.

Now I realize that this film boasts a less-than-impressive cast, but I'm willing to give Kelly the benefit of the doubt...especially when this clip looks pretty hilarious. Look for it in theaters November 9th.

View a clip right here.

View the Official Site, which will be fully operating soon!

{UNKLE}

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UNKLE blends electronic, hip-hop, dance, and rock music. UNKLE's pprevious albums have featured collaborations with Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), and Ian Brown (The Stone Roses).

For UNKLE’s third album, titled War Stories, the group features guest vocalists Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Ian Astbury (The Cult), 3D (Massive Attack), The Duke Spirit, Autolux and Gavin Clark (Clay Hill). You can stream the new album in it's entirety right now!

Stream War Stories in it's entirety from UNKLE's MySpace.

{The Darjeeling Limited}

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The trailer for Wes Anderson's forthcoming film The Darjeeling Limited premiered over the weekend before screenings of Sunshine and Once. Now an official trailer has surfaced online!

The quiet comedy is about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant landscape of India. Look for it in theaters September 29th.

View the trailer right here.

July 23, 2007

{Owl and The Sparrow}

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

After posting about this film the other week I found an article in the OC Register about the new Viet film wave that's been gaining momentum. The article mentions to four directors in particuar, which resemble the cinematic alliance of Mexico's "Three Amigos" (Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu) due to the fact that they are all close friends and offer advice on each others screenplays and in the editing room. Read the article right here.

Owl and the Sparrow (Cú và chim se sẻ in Vietnamese) is a film by Stephane Gauger that follows the fictional story of three Vietnamese individuals (a runaway child, a zoo keeper, and a flight attendant) over a period of five days as they meet in Vietnam. The movie premiered at the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, where it won the "Best Narrative Feature".

View the trailer right here.

{Gogol Bordello}

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Gogol Bordello's are back with a new album titled Super Taranta! The gypsy punks blend punk, metal, rap, flamenco, and roots reggae to a form a unique sound. You can now stream Super Taranta! in it's entirety online right now.

Stream the album in it's entirety from Gogol Bordello's MySpace.

Here's the video for Wonderlust King

{Revenge of The Bookeaters Benefit}

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The one-night-only yearly event brings together some of our most celebrated comedians, writers, and indie-rock songwriters for a rare evening of intimate performances is coming soon! The line-up changes from city-to-city so I'm eager to see who will be headlining the tour when it makes it's way to Los Angeles. The line-up for the NYC performance has been announced and includes: Feist (reading), Grizzly Bear, Jim James (from My Morning Jacket), A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers), Sarah Vowell (best-selling author and This American Life contributor) and host Demetri Martin (Daily Show regular)

This event, which is named after a story by an 826NYC student, is a follow-up to last year's much-heralded event and six-city tour by the same name. Proceeds go to benefit the 826NYC program for kids.

Purchase tix and get more info here.

July 18, 2007

{Web Crash 2007}


Here's a little funny for your day courtsey of The Onion.

July 17, 2007

{Death Sentence}

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James Wan's (director of the original Saw film) movie Death Sentence, based on the comic book, stars Kevin Bacon as a father who seeks out revenge on a crime gang after his family is attacked. Wan and Bacon will both be onhand at the San Diego Comic Con next week, see the site for more details.

View the trailer right here.

{Ladybirds}

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I got this guilty little pleasure in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I've had it on regular rotation ever since.

The collaborative pop project Ladybirds is fronted by Tyler Pursel (of Gym Class Heroes), and Teeter Sperber of Ley Royal Scam). Other contributors include Max Blemis (of Say Anything), Justin Johnson (of The Danger O’s), and Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids). Fans of Postal Service will dig the overly poppy sound. I was a little resistant at first, but ultamitely Ladybirds won me over with a few of their infectious teenie bop/indie pop songs.

Here's a couple of highlights...

"The Brown and Red Divide"

" Regional Community Theater"

Hear more from Ladybird's MySpace.

Purchase Regional Community Center here.

{I'm Not There}

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I trust you all saw this clip from the forthcoming Bob Dylan movie from Todd Haynes titled I'm Not There. The scene features Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan and David Cross as beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The movie is to be released on September 21.

If you have not yet seen the clip, view it now why don't you...

July 15, 2007

{Ferraby Lionheart}

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Megan over at Nettwerk Records pointed me towards a free download they are offering from Ferraby Lionheart's forthcoming album Catch the Brass Ring, which is to be released August 7th / September 4 Physical. Catch the Brass Ring contains hints of big brass bands and notes of vaudeville.

Download "Small Planet" here

Hear more from Ferraby Lionheart's Site.

{Cloverfield}

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

Websites and an official trailer have surfaced!

Did you catch Transformers over the holiday? Well then you probably already caught a teaser for a top secret untitled J.J. Abrams (of Lost) movie. The project is rumored to be called Cloverfield and is supposedly a giant monster movie, featuring something that's being referred to internally as “The Parasite". I understand most of the film is going to be shot using home video cameras, as if from the point of view of real people who are experiencing an attack on New York. It’s designed as a fairly small picture that will deliver some wild thrills (like an earthquake that levels Manhattan or an oil tanker flipping over by the Statue of Liberty), but it’s reportedly not going to turn into a giant $150 million movie.

This looks like one of the freshest marketing tactics I've seen in a while (The Blair Witch Project comes to mind). The teaser only shows “Produced by J.J. Abrams" and says “1.18.08″ and that's it. The trailer has recently been taken down from YouTube so here's a link to a bootleg copy of the teaser.

View the trailer right here.

View some Sites: Ethan Was Right, Ethan Was Right Videos, Viral Blogging, Ethan Was Wrong.

July 10, 2007

{In the Valley of Elah}

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Paul Haggis' (director of Crash, writer of Million Dollar Baby) trailer for his forthcoming film In the Valley of Elah has hit the net. The film is an Iraq themed drama about man looking for his son. Look for In the Valley of Elah in theaters on September 21st.

View the trailer right here

{OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer}

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Checkout Stereogum's song-by-song covers compilation of Radiohead's OK Computer titled OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer. You can read liner notes, download songs track-by-track or as a zip file, and get cover art too.

This is the tracklisting:
Doveman - "Airbag"
Slaraffenland - "Paranoid Android"
Mobius Band - "Subterranean Homesick Alien"
Vampire Weekend - "Exit Music (For a Film)"
David Bazan's Black Cloud - "Let Down"
John Vanderslice - "Karma Police"
Samson Dalonoga feat. The Found Sound Orchestra - "Fitter Happier"
Cold War Kids - "Electioneering"
The Twilight Sad - "Climbing Up the Walls"
Marissa Nadler feat. Black Hole Infinity - "No Surprises"
My Brightest Diamond - "Lucky"
Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble - "The Tourist"


What are you waiting for? Jump over there right now!

{Before the Devil Knows You're Dead}

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is a forthcoming thrillerfromSidney Lumet and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei.

The story revolves around two brothers who try to rob their parents' jewelry store, but when an accomplice ignores the rules his actions trigger a series of events that effect everyone.

View the trailer right here WARNING: This trailer may not be suitable at work.

{Spoon}

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Spoon's excellent new album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which officially released today, can now be streamed at Merge Records homepage!

Stream Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in it's entirety right here.

July 09, 2007

{Margot and The Wedding}

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Margot at the Wedding is the forthcoming film from Noah Baumbach (Mr. Jealousy, Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale). The film stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, and John Turturro. Look for Margot at the Wedding in theaters on November 9th.

View the trailer right here.

July 06, 2007

{Late Night Sounds Summer Dance Mix '07 Part 1}

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The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

In the summer month's I like to change up the format a lillte bit by throwing together a couple of Summer Dance Mixes. Part 1 of the mix features: French pop from Numero #, afro cuban funk from Antibalas, an 80's inspired electro dance from Chromeo, rockabilly from Link Wray, a soul number from Sonny Jim, Southern soul from Ryan Shaw, Latin disco from Alex Syntek, electro from Mesh, and garage rock from Pop Levi, give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds Summer Dance Mix '07 (Part 1)

Tracklisting:

1. Numero # - "Hit Pop" (Get the download from Miss Coco)

2. Antibalas - "Che Che Cole"

3. Chromeo - "Call Me Up" (Get the download from Feed Me Good Tunes)

4. Link Wray - "The Swag"

5. Sonny Jim - "Can't Stop Moving" (Get the download from Good Weather For Airstrikes)

6. Ryan Shaw - "Do The 45"

7. Alex Syntek - "Tu Necesitas"

8. Mesh - "Side A"

9. Pop Levi - "Dollar Bill Rock"

July 05, 2007

{Josh Rouse}

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A couple of weeks ago I received Josh Rouse's new album Country Mouse, City House in my mailbox and I've been listening to it ever since. This album brings to mind the laidback vibe of his 1972 album. Recorded in just six days in Rouse's new adopted home of Spain there is a blend of '70s styled pop ditties with some jazz infused numbers thrown in for good measure.

Here's a couple of highlights...

"Sweetie"

"Hollywood Bassplayer"

Hear more from Josh Rouse's MySpace.

Purchase Country Mouse, City House here.

{El Topo}

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The 1970's cult classic by director Alejandro Jodorowsky has recently been re-released on DVD! If you're into mainstream Hollywood films, than El Topo (or any of of jodorowsky's films) is not your cup of tea. Jodorowsky's 'surreal cinema' style is surely unlike anything you've ever seen. The plot to El Topo is almost non-existant though most decibe it as a very abstract "western".

Vist the official UK website right here.

Purchase El Topo here.

View the trailer...

{Pelle Carlberg}

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We've been out-of-commision for about a week (aka: a year in internet time) so it's time to play catch-up.

Pelle Carlberg's new album titled In A Nutshell recently arrived in my inbox and it's been on constant rotation ever since. This album will definitely appeal to fans of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, or Acid House Kings.

Here's a couple of highlights...

"Clever Girls Like Clever Boys"

"I Love You, You Imbecile"

You can stream Pelle Carberg's In A Nutshell in it's entirety right here.

Purchase the album here.

{Morrissey}


This is Morrissey's forthcoming single titled "That's How People Grow-Up" (with Kristeen Young on backing vocal) as performed on the David Letterman show Monday, June 25th.

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