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November 26, 2007

{Stephen Chow's CJ7}

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The first teaser trailer from Stephen Chow's forthcoming film CJ7 has finally hit the web. The sci-fi comedy revolves around a poor Chinese father and his son who have their lives turned upside down by the arrival of a strange “pet”. The teaser is pretty short and doesn't explain much, but it's something. CJ7 hits theatres overseas on February 8th, no word on a stateside release date yet.

View the trailer right here..

{Marqui Adora}

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Marqui Adora are a rock quartet with a knack for catchy new wave inspired melodies. The band recently got in touch to inform me that they were giving all of their music away FOR FREE on their website...and much to my surprise they've got some quality material.

Have a listen for yourself...

"The March"

"Empty"

"I Suppose"

If you like what you hear you can grab a bunch more songs from their Official Site

November 20, 2007

{The Charlatans}

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The legendary Britpop band The Charlatans will offer their forthcoming single “You Cross My Path” FOR FREE!

Later, The Charlatans plan on giving away a second single and then eventually their forthcoming (as-yet-untitled) album. The Chartlatans manager Alan McGee and the band believe that the business model for selling music is moribund and that future income will largely come from ticket sales for live shows and merchandising.

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McGee said he decided to give The Charlatans’ music away after they were offered a deal he considered less than satisfactory by their record company, Sanctuary. “I thought, ‘well nobody buys CDs anyway’. If you talk to a 19-year-old kid, they don’t buy CDs. In eastern Europe, nobody buys a CD – everything is digitally downloaded from the internet for nothing. I came to the conclusion, ‘Why don’t we just give it away for nothing.”



You can also get the download from The Charlatans site

{Purple Violets}

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The first feature film to be launched exclusively on iTunes opened today! Written and directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets is a romantic comedy starring Selma Blair, Debra Messing, and Patrick Wilson. Read more about it The LA Times. Set in lower Manhattan, Purple Violets is a relationship comedy about four friends from college ready for change.

View the Trailer

Hear some tunes from The Blue Jackets MySpace (who provide the soundtrack to the film)

{Bloc Party}

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Bloc Party have just released a new track with some remixes titled the Flux EP, which is available exclusively with November's NME. I recommend you grab the "Flux (JFK Remix)".

Get the Flux EP courtesy of Manifatturiere Broz

Subscribe to NME here

November 19, 2007

{The Raveonettes}

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The Raveonettes will release their third full-length album, Lust Lust Lust, to American audiences on February 19th. The follow up to 2005’s Pretty in Black is the Danish-bred noir-pop duo’s Vice Records debut. Released in the UK on November 12th, The US release will include a pair of bonus tracks not packaged with the UK version, and will be available on LP, CD and in digital format.

Have a listen to the first track...

"Aly Walk with Me"

Hear more from The Raveonettes' MySpace

Pre-order Lust Lust Lust here

{Daft Punk}

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I've had Daft Punk's forthcoming release (due stateside Dec. 4th) Alive on rotation over the weekend. The live disc was recorded at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, an 18,000-capacity sports arena in Paris, on June 14th, 2007. Alive captures Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's first hometown show in 10 years in front of a capacity crowd of thrilled fans.

Pictured above is the incredibly cool Japenese flier for Daft Punk's DaFunkFest.

Visit the official Alive Site for more info.

Order Alive here

Get the Alive 2007 Bonus Cd courtesy of Sous les paves, la plage (a 10-minute audio of the live encore of "Human" / "Together" / "One More Time" (Reprise) / "Music Sounds Better With You" / "Stardust")

Here's a live video of "Alive" that captures some of the Daft Punk live experience...

November 14, 2007

{Shortcomings}

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I enjoyed reading Adrian Tomine's new graphic novel Shortcomings so much that I pretty much devoured it in one short sitting. Tomine (pronounced toe-mean-ay) is most known for his Optive Nerve comics, but some of you may have also seen his work featured in The New Yorker, Details, or Esquire just to name a few publications. Tomine's art has also graced covers and posters for indie bands like The Eels and Weezer.

Read some rave reviews for Shortcomings from Jonathan Lethem and The Village Voice here, from the NY Times here, or from Paste Magazine here.

Visit the Shortcomings Mini-Site

Order Shortcomings here

Read a Q & A with Adrian Tomine from NY Magazine

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Checkout some of Adrian Tomine's great artwork here

November 13, 2007

{City of Men}

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Fernando Meirelles' 2003 film City of God was argueably one of the best modern day films, giving Meirelles the credibility to go on to direct the Oscar winning picture The Constant Gardener. Now, comes the spin-off to City of God titled City of Men, with Mereilles taking producing duties. Look for City of Men in theaters Jan. 18th.

View the Trailer

{Enon - "Dr. Freeze"}

{Christine Fellows}

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I recently received Christine Fellows' new album Nevertheless in the mail and I've had it on constant rotation ever since. Nevertheless is an interestingly narrative album about an elderly protagonist and may appeal to fans of alt. folk (a la Joanna Newsom) or showtune inspired artists (i.e. Nellie McKay).

On an interesting side note, Fellows is married to The Weakerthans frontman John Samson.

Have a listen...

"Not Wanted On The Voyage"

"Saturday Night on Utopia Parkway

Hear more from Christine Fellows' MySpace

Purchase Nevertheless here

{The Killers}

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The Killers have just released a collection of B-Sides and rarities titled Sawdust. The album also contains the new track 'Tranquilize' featuring Lou Reed.

Stream two tracks from The Killers Official Site

Hear more tracks over on the Hype Machine

Watch the video for "Tranquilize" right here

November 12, 2007

{Revolver}

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Guy Ritchie, who directed modern day classics like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch before marrying Madonna, has a new trailer online for his upcoming return-to-cool film Revolver. The crime-thriller stars Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre 'Andre 3000' Benjamin and Terence Maynardlooks. Look for Revolver in theaters on December 7th.

View the Trailer right here...

November 08, 2007

{Late Night Sounds Nov. Mix 07}

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

The November Late Night Sounds Mix features: indie-rock from Shout Out Louds, electro folk from Rubies, garage rock from My Pet Saddle, indie-pop from Greg Summerlin, rock en Esapanol from Cafe Tacuba, Swedish pop from Lykke Li, folk rock from The Felice Brothers, vintage soul from Nicole Willis, and electro soul from Sam Sparro. Give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Nov. Mix 07

Tracklisting:

1. Shout Out Louds - "Tonight I Have To Leave It" (Get the download from SwedesPlease)

2. Rubies - "I Feel Electric"

3. My Pet Saddle - "Ill fait Beau"

4. Greg Summerlin - "Unlucky in Love" (Mp3 courtesy of Fanatic Promotions)

5. Cafe Tacuba - "Tengo Todo" (Get the download from Burros y Perros)

6. Lykke Li - "Little Bit" (Get the download from Fluo Kids)

7. The Felice Brothers - "Frankies Gun!"

8. Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators - "If This Ain't Love" (Cosmo Vitelli Remix) (Get the download from CultureBilly)

9. Sam Sparro - "Black & Gold" (Get the download from Earwigs & Wax)

November 05, 2007

{Sally Shapiro}

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You be familiar with Sally Shapiro's electro pop and Italo disco falvored full-length debut album Disco Romance, seeing as it came out late last year on Austria's Diskokaine label. The album has just made it's stateside release and her labels digital media team sent over some tracks to post. Have a listen...

"I'll Be By Your Side"

"He Keeps Me Alive"

Stream "Jackie Jackie"

Hear more from Sally Shapiro's MySpace

Purchase Disco Romance here

{Your Friend the Rat}

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Pixar makes their first forray into 2-D animation with the 11-minute short Your Friend the Rat, which will be included on the Ratatouille DVD releasing this week. The short explores the three worst epidemics of the New York subway system: homeless gangs, rats, and feminists.

Pre-order Ratatouille right here

{Feist SNL}


"1234"

"I Feel It All"

November 01, 2007

{Thao Nguyen}

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Caffeine-Headache fav Thao Nguyen is gearing up to release her sophmore album (her first for the Kill Rock Stars label) and we're excited to say the least. We've been more or less crushing on her since her '05 debut album Like The Linen (the title inspired by her high school years working at her mom's laundromat in a D.C. suburb, passing time between customers playing her guitar). We Brave Bee Stings And All will release on Jan. 29th. Have a listen...

"Beat (Health, Life, And Fire)" (Courtesy of Stereogum)

Listen to some tunes from Thao's debut Like the Linen and from the Kill Rock Stars Compilation The Sound the Hare Heard...

"Hills"

"Moped"

"Feet"

"Chivalry"

Download more new tracks from Thao Nguyen's MySpace

Purchase Like the Linen here

{Songs for FINCA}

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Natalie Portman, who is an Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, curated this wonderful little benefit mixtape album available on iTunes for around eight bucks. "I am honored that so many of my favorite artists have so generously lent these beautiful songs in the name of ending poverty," said Portman. The IODA Network sent over a track off the compilation from one of Caffeine-Headache's favorite artists Sean Hayes. Here's the tracklisting...

Be Good - Tokyo Police Club
My Night With the Prostitute From Marseille - Beirut
Plaid Lined Jacket - Tom Brosseau
Tudo Bem Malandro - Curumin
Australia (Bjorn Yttling Mix) - The Shins * album-sale only
Ain't No Reason - Brett Dennen
Turnaroundturnmeon - Sean Hayes
Oh Yes, Another Mother - Thee More Shallows
The Beast - Angus & Julia Stone
Paddy's Gone - Antony & The Johnsons
Idle Ties - Vetiver
Broken - Norah Jones
There's Always Something Happening - Devendra Banhart
What Is a Soul? - M. Ward
Forgiveness Figg (Bethany Hotel Blues) - Wooden Wand
How We Landed - Rogue Wave * album-sale only

Have a listen...

Big Change: Songs for FINCASean Hayes
"Turnaroundturnmeon" (mp3)
from "Big Change: Songs for FINCA"
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Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album



*****Bonus******

Here's one of my favorite tracks on the compilation...

Brett Dennen - "Ain't No Reason"

{Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"}

{I'm Not There}

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

The trailer for Todd Haynes' forthcoming Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There has surfaced online. We catch a glimpse at all of the actors who will be portraying Dylan including: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw. I'm recommending to everyone I know to check out the 200 film Masked and Anonymous for a little Dylan inspiration. I'm Not There will open in select theaters on Nov. 21st. View the trailer right here...

{Wanted}

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

The trailer for the comic book to big screen adaptation of Wanted has surfaced online.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as an assassin named Fox, James McAvoy as Wes, an office worker turned deadly killer, and Morgan Freeman as the Fraternity’s leader who teaches Wes to unlock his powers. Look for Wanted in theaters on March 28th.

View the Trailer

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