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May 28, 2008

{Grand Performances}

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Every year Grand performances offer a FREE show, this year it takes place during the day June 7th 2008 at Cal Plaza/Marina Pavillion in Downtown Los Angeles.

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This year one of my favorite singer-songwriters David Garza will grace the stage (at 3:00pm) Garza first gained noteriety with his 1997 self-released 4-Track Manifesto EP. After refusing major label recording offers, choosing instead to record and distribute music on his own, he eventually signed with Lava/Atlantic to release his major label debut 1998's This Euphoria. As a live performer, Garza is regarded for passionate and charismatic performances, he continues to release his own music. He will also be playing the New Largo on La Cienega in Los Angeles on June 14th.

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Also gracing the stage will be Ceci Bastida, whom some of you may know from her early days fronting Rock en Espanol’s progenitors Tijuana No!, or more recently as a member of alterna-pop icon Julieta Venegas' band. Bastida will showcase some of her own new solo material.

Have a listen:

David Garza - "Float Away"

Ceci Bastida -"Ya Me Voy"

See Grand Performances shcedule right here

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{Twilight Zone}

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Generations of tv viewers have enoyed the creepy wonders of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. Now a group of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design has re-imagined original Twilight Zone scripts as a series of eight graphic novels.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the cult phenomena comes the only graphic novel series based on the legendary show. The first two of eight graphic novels will be published this fall: "Walking Distance" and "The After Hours." These two classic Twilight Zone episodes from October 1959 and June 1960, respectively, are based on the original and unedited scripts in their entirety, written by Rod Serling. Artists from the SCAD sequential art department have taken on the challenge of creating this new dimension that will allow fans to make the journey from black and white videotape into the world of full-color images in a graphic novel.

Read (or listen to) the full story from NPR

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{When You Are Engulfed in Flames}

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames is a forthcoming collection of essays by David Sedaris, which is set to be released on June 3rd, 2008.

Sedaris's sixth essay collection assembles essays on trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, associations in the French countryside, buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina, having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane, armoring windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds, lancing a boil from his backside, and venturing to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, which features the memorable line: "I hated leaving a hole in the smoking world, and so I recruited someone to take my place."

Sedaris fans will be happy to hear about his breakneck tour for this book. Beginning on June 4th, Sedaris will embark on a 29-cities-in-29-days tour of bookstores. This tour should be a good warm-up for his fall tour of theatres where he will perform at 33 venues in 33 days.

See his performance schedule right here

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May 21, 2008

{Largo - The Film}

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I'm really looking foreward to viewing Largo - The Film, which will be in the Documentary Competition section of the LA Film Festival.

Tickets go on sale June 2nd at 10 am. Screening dates, times, and venues are listed at the official LA Film Festival Site

The trailer features snippets of performances from: Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Galifianakis, David Garza, Grant Lee Phillips, Michael Penn, John C. Reilly, Bic Runga, Margaret Cho, Colin Hay, Aimee Mann and many more.

View the Trailer here or right here...

{The Kooks}

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We're still digging The Kooks recently released album Konk, which is classic Brit-pop, chalk full of singable hooks!

Now here's "No Longer" from The Kooks Rak (the limited edition accompanying bonus disc to Konk) for your immediate consumption right here

Also here is a zip file featuring an acoustic version of The Kooks "Tick of Time" and a live version of "Always Where I Need to Be" here

Order The Kooks Konk right now!

Here's The Kooks video for "Always Where I Need To Be"...


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May 20, 2008

{Dollhouse}

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Joss Whedon’s (Buffy, Firefly, Serenity) upcoming Fox TV show Dollhouse, which received a seven-episode order shortly before the strike, will debut midseason.

"Dollhouse" revolves around a group of young men and women, aka "Dolls," who are imprinted with different personalities for different assignments. They have no memories of their previous lives, until Echo (Eliza Dushku) begins to try to find out who she was.

View the Trailer right here...



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{Australia}

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Not really feeling any excitement for forthcoming action flicks like Batman or Indiana Jones? Well, here's one for you...

Australia is Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming romantic action-adventure. Set prior to World War II, Australia centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Hugh Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

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{Late Night Sounds May Mix 08}

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The Late Night Sounds Mix is no longer...well, not in the same format anyhow.

Thanks to all who listened to the monthly mixes I made (and sent me nice comments) over the years. Hopefully (at some point) I introduced you to a wonderful song you hadn't yet heard. With 'real life' increasingly taking up more time it has become difficult for me to keep splicing songs together into an mp3 file, adding links to the artists sites, and/or links to the mp3's, So the Late Night Sounds Mixes will now continue in the form of a Muxtape, thus making it far easier to manage.

The Late Night Sounds May Mix features tunes from: Langhorne Slim, I Am Kloot, Say Hi, Talking Heads, Emmy The Great, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Pacifika, Cut Copy, and Those Dancing Days...enjoy!

Listen to the Late Night Sounds Mix right here

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May 19, 2008

{Snuff}

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Chuck Palahniuk's latest book titled Snuff (due in stores tomorrow) is about a pornstar (Cassie Wright) who intends to cap off her career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. Leave it to the guy who brought us Fight Club and Choke to bring pornography into the realm of literary fiction, as this is sure to be a wild and funny ride.

Palahniuk has put together some funny vintage-inspired porno trailers to coincide with the book. Here's a couple of clips (Note: Not appropriate for work).

Cassie Wright's "The Wizard Of Ass"...



Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang...


Order Snuff Right Here

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{The M's}

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Chicago, Illinois' The M's are set to release their forthcoming album, Real Close Ones, through Polyvinyl Records on June 3rd. This is the M's first album since 2006's Future Women.

Have a listen...

"Big Sound"

"Don't Be Late"

"Pigs Fly"

Stream the album in it's entirety here

Pre-order Real Close Ones Right Here

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May 15, 2008

{Sunset Junction}

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This years Sunset Junction Festival in L.A. will take place August 23rd and 24th. The full line-up has yet to be released, but Saturdays headliners will include Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, The Cold War Kids, and Broken Social Scene. Sundays headliners include Kinky and The Black Keys.

Visit the official Sunset Junction site for more info.

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May 14, 2008

{Mates of State}

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Indie-pop duo Mates of State add to their signature sound for their forthcoming album titled Re-Arrange Us. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have long been kicking out tunes with their organ and drum combo, but for their fifth full-length album they add guitar, strings, horns, and piano! Re-Arrange Us officially releases next tuesday (May 20th).

Stream the album in it's entirety from Mates of State's MySpace

The vinyl LP version (with single-use code to download the entire album as high-quality MP3 files) will be available June 17th through Barsuk Records

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{Cannes Film Festival}

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Nope, we couldn't make it to this years Cannes Film Festival either, but that doesn't stop us from getting psyched about some of the films (premiering at the festival), which will make their debuts nationwide later this year.

First let's mention the official poster, which is a photograph by David Lynch, adapted by French cinema poster artist Pierre Collier. It pays tribute to the talent and works of the renowned American filmmaker. The event organizer said the poster's design conveys the same tone as director Lynch's films. David Lynch's films have been nominated four times at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the Golden Palm award for Best Picture in 1990 (for Wild at Heart) and an award for best Director for the film Mulholland Drive in 2001.

There are just too many films to mention making their debut at the festival. Amongst those I'm looking forward to hearing about are Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, Steven Soderbergh's Che, and Clint Eastwood's Changeling. Couldn't find any trailers for those films, but here's a couple that I did find trailers for.

Fernando Meirelles' (director of City of God, The Constant Gardener) Blindness...



Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona...



Visit the official Cannes Film Festival site for more info.

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May 12, 2008

{Apocalypse How}

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Apocalypse How is a comprehensive cataclysmic guide that walks you through the Nine Most Likely World-Ending Scenarios, and provides useful and hilarious advice on every aspect of surviving in the new world to come. The book is from Daily Show writer Rob Kutner and covers everything from food, shelter, and relocation to social life, dating, recreation and careers.

Stephen Colbert says, “If you buy only one book to accompany you through horrific worldwide catastrophe, make it this one.”

Read book excerpts from Chapters 3, 7, and 8 Right Here

Watch an animated promo titled Apocalyptic Exercises...


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{The Heavy}

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I've been enjoying the new album from The Heavy titled Great Vengeance and Furious Five, whose sound is both a bit retro contemporary. On the track "Coleen" the band sound like they can rival Gnarls Barkley's best, on "That Kind of Man" they sound like Curtis Mayfield with electric guitars, and the trip-hop tune "Brukpockets Lament" finds them at their best.

The Heavy hail from Noid, a small town in South West England and their debut album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire was released on Counter Records/NinjaTune in the U.K. in October 07 and has just released in the U.S.

Have a listen...

"Coleen"

"That Kind of Man"

Hear more from The Heavy's MySpace

Order the album here

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May 07, 2008

{Fear Itself}

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Here's an exclusive look at NBC's Fear Itself. The summer shock series features a new 1 hour mini movie every week from some of Horror's biggest names. The series debuts on NBC at 10pm on May 29th.

Visit the Official Site for more info or watch a clip right here..



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{Unaccustomed Earth}

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The beautiful and talented Jhumpa Lahiri has new book, Unaccustomed Earth in stores now!

We were big fans of her Pulitzer Prize–winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies. We were notsomuch a fan of her novel The Namesake, however she returns to short story form for this new collection of stories titled Unaccustomed Earth.

Listen to Jhumpa Lahiri read a story from Unaccustomed Earth Right Here

Order the book and listen to a Meet the Writers interview Here

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{This Is Ivy League}

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We posted about these boys about a month ago, but back then we only gave you the first single "London Bridges". Now we introduce you to This Is Ivy League's new summer single and a cover of Arcade Fire's "Crown of Love"!

This Is Ivy League's (Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton) debut self-titled album filled with Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian-esque pop, available now through Twentyseven Records.

Pitchfork said the album ”sustains a soft-focus weirdness, borrowing all the elements you’d expect from a postmillennial Chad & Jeremy -- blazers, bicycles, merry-go-rounds, a park in autumn-- while adding a few new flourishes-- women in animal costumes, gently evocative use of color and pattern. Alex Suarez and Ryan Blackinton croon their crisp harmonies, finishing each other’s sentences and riffs, nearly symmetrical as they perform atop their pedestals for the animal woman.”

Have a listen...

"London Bridges"

"The Richest Kids"

"Crown of Love"

Stream the album in it's entirety right here

Order This Is Ivy League's self-titled debut here

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May 06, 2008

{Lost Sneak Peaks}

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Here's a couple of sneak peeks from this weeks forthcoming Lost Locke-centric episode titled Cabin Fever...





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May 05, 2008

{Nortec Collective}

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The Nortec Collective began in the late nineties as a group of Tijuana electronic/techno music artists who came together using norteño music as the raw material for their new unique sound.

Tijuana Sound Machine is the new album by Nortec Collective’s core artists Bostich and Fussible. In honor of Cinco De Mayo songs from the forthcoming album were popping up everywhere online today, as well as streaming on their Tijuana Sound Machine Myspace page. The album will officially release tomorrow (May 6th).

Here's some links...

Listen to "Mama Loves Nortec" courtesy of KEXP's Song of the Day

Hear "Akia 47" courtesy of NPR's Song of the Day

Or why not just stream the album in it's entirety from the official Tijuana Sound Machine MySpace!

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{David Dondero}

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One of pur favorite singer/songwriters David Dondero played at Spaceland in L.A. this past friday (May 2nd) and despite having guitar issues he (and his band) sounded great.

I had a drink with Dondero while Nik Freitas was on and he persuaded me to stick around and catch El Olio Wolof...and I'm glad he did! No time to write a proper review, but good performances all around, so be sure to check any of these artists out when they come to a town near you.

Hear some tunes...

David Dondero - "Rothko chapel"

Nik Freitas - "Sun Down"

El Olio Wolof - "A Fire Breathing Dragon"

Here's a clip of Dondero performing "Rothko Chapel" from the Houston Chronicle


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May 01, 2008

{A Wolf at the Table}

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Augusten Burroughs new book, A wolf at the Table hit stores this week!

His 2002 hilarious, yet heartbreaking memoir Running With Scissors touched on his mentally-ill mother who deposited him with (at age 12) with her shrink. His 2003 laugh out loud memoir Dry focused on his years as an alcoholic and getting sober. With A Wolf at the Table he describes his early childhood with his father, when his parents were still married and living together. His memoir paints a picture of his father as a rage-filled alcoholic with a personality disorder.

Read a FREE chapter (as well as listen to some selected tunes) Right Here

Order the book and watch an interview with Burroughs discussing A Wolf at the Table Right Here

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{Spiritualized - "Soul on Fire"}





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