Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I've seen Shaun several hundreds, thousands, lots of times and know all the jokes, best one-liners, etc. (I was Shaun for Halloween even last year,) and now I can start boning up on my repetition of the memorable Fuzz moments with its release on DVD today. Unlike the UK, where the movie went straight to number one at the box office Valentine's Day prompting them with a two-disc special edition with features out the wazoo in June, the US version does still have a healthy heap of extras. Besides the usual plethora of deleted scenes and outtakes, there's something noted as being a US Tour Piece ("The Fuzzball Rally,") and what I'm guess to be documentaries named "The Man Who Would Be Fuzz" and "Hot Funk." Either way, I'm sure it will be worth the money you spend on it. Still just makes you wonder what they will be doing for their next movie.
Buy: Hot Fuzz [here]
Friday, July 27, 2007
To support their newest Mute offering, the band has been handpicked by Interpol to open up for them on their fall tour of the states. It'll definitely be interesting to see band that is primarily used to playing small venues figure out what to do with all that space on stage at such venues as, oh I don't know, Madison Square Garden!?
Besides the huge venues being new to the fold, Liars the album finds Liars the band stripping away some of their famed experimentations to bring forth a more typical song structure approach. Lead singer Angus Andrew is even surprised by what the band has churned out, even going as far as to use the word 'shocked' to describe the end result.
Hear/watch the Liars sound in the video for first single "Plaster Casts Of Everything" -
Go see the Liars rock with Interpol -
09-10 Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
09-12 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
09-14 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09-15 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
09-16 Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
09-18 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
09-19 Miami, FL - BankUnited Center
09-21 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
09-22 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09-23 New Orleans, LA - Sugar Mill
09-25 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
09-26 Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
09-27 Dallas, TX - Palladium
10-10 Kansas City, KS - Uptown
10-12 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
10-14 Denver, CO - Fillmore
10-15 Salt Lake City, UT - McKay Center
10-16 Boise, ID - Big Easy
10-18 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
10-19 Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
10-20 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10-23 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Automatic Automatic will be playing The Great Scott out in Allston, this Monday July 30th. First person who sends in a message to the e-mail address over on the right gets a pair of tickets to what I am sure will be an awesome time. Best of luck!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This fall, Anderson returns with The Darjeeling Limited, a story about a trio of brothers (played by Anderson players Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, who wrote the film with Anderson and Roman Coppola, and Adrian Brody) who attempt to reconnect with one another and find themselves on a train trip across India. From the looks of the trailer, this might be one of the more powerful films in Anderson's pictures, but I am sure it will still have its moments of hilarious subtlety (see: "I love you too, but I'm gonna mace you in the face!) The movie will open up this year's New York Film Festival on September 27th.
The Darjeeling Limited is released via Fox Searchlight Pictures on September 28th.
Watch: The Darjeeling Limited Trailer [Here]
Monday, July 23, 2007
Download: "Bottom Of The Rain" [mp3] /// [Buy Here]
Thursday, July 19, 2007
"Your Lips Are Red" is a brooding rocker that stands out from the rest of the album, and finds Clark (who is a former member of the Polyphonic Spree) channeling her inner PJ Harvey. She'll be on the road throughout the rest of the summer in support of Marry Me, out now on Beggars Banquet.
July 19 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
July 20 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
July 21 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
July 22 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
July 24 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
July 25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
July 26 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
July 27 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
July 28 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
July 30 Vancouver, BC Lamplighter
Aug 01 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Aug 03 San Francisco, CA Cafe du Nord
Aug 04 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Aug 05 San Diego, CA Casbah
Aug 07 Phoenix, AZ Modified
Aug 08 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Aug 09 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Sept 01 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
Download: "Your Lips Are Red" [mp3] /// [Buy Here]
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I remember being in my old basement bedroom and "Stars And Sons" came on the radio. It would be my first experience with Broken Social Scene. Brendan Canning's inhales before he delivers the deepest vocal I think I have ever heard. That bass line. That bass line, so intense, such a grooved, etched in to my memory deeper than any etching on the side of a vinyl record. The words, at times, seemed jumbled yet they were not. He seemed incoherent, yet all clear at the same time.
Because audio always needs visual to compliment:
Buy: You Forgot It In People [here]
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Amid much fanfare and worry, The Simpsons Movie is definitely going to fill up the theater, yet with what kind of people? Yes, it'll be 99%-110% Simpsons fans, enthusiasts and the like from all ages young and old. But what are the fans thinking? How skeptical are they? The show still pulls in millions of viewers after 18 years on television with no end in sight, but several fans say the show peaked around season 10 or 11, which would've been halfway through it's life so far. I still look at season 14's "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" as a highlight where Homer gets sent to rock and roll fantasy camp with Mick and Keith, Elvis (Costello), Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, et al. Or, season 12's classic "Trilogy Of Error" with everyone's favorite grammar robot, Linguo.
For the movie, creator Matt Groening says the writers have come up with the best plot possible to bring to the big screen (something to do with Homer saving his family, and the world!?) A lot of my friends and co-worker's fear that I won't like it and it won't be good, but I'm looking forward to it. Alot of other people have been complaining about the marketing overhaul, what, with the transforming of 7-11's in to a Kwik-E-Mart? That Blue 'Whoo Hoo!' Vanilla in my limited edition Simpsons cup with Homer chasing his pig on it rocked! Have to get a Buzz Cola at some point too to pour in to my bowl of Kusty-O's.
Also, make sure to check out the official website for the movie, where you can play some games, view trailers, and most importantly, create your own Simpsons avatar!
Your faithful blogger, in Simpson form (and that is a SQUISHEE on my shirt):
The Simpsons Movie is in theaters on July 27th.
Monday, July 16, 2007
While honing in on a somewhat distinct alt-country sound, the band really lets the indie rock show with the cut-up/start-stop beat of album opener "Devil's A-Go-Go." Throughout the quick 33 minutes, the 13 songs cross the barriers of down and dirty ("Country Caravan,") to a song I was expecting to hear on the last Joggers record ("Miss Spiritual Tramp.")
The video for "Devil's A-Go-Go" is below this sentence. The strobes and quick camera cuts really line up with the songs above mentioned beat and groove. Warning: may cause a seizure.
The band is currently on the roads of the US of A, playing alongside David Vandervelde. Catch them when they roll through your town (like I plan on doing next week)
07/16 - Emo's - Austin
07/17 - The loft - Dallas
07/18 - Walter's On Washington - Houston
07/19 - Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg
07/20 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta
07/21 - Bella Festa - Wilmington
07/22 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington DC
07/23 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia
07/24 - Great Scott - Boston
07/25 - Bowery Ballroom - New York
07/26 - The Icon - Buffalo
07/27 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor
Download: "Wild Mountain Nation" [mp3] /// [Buy Here]
Beyond their stint on the Warped Tour (running through the July 24th date in Virginia Beach,) they have a handful of headlining dates around the U.S.
07.13 Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
07.14 Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
07.15 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center at Reliant Park
07.18 Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amiptheatre
07.19 Green Cove Springs, FL @ Reynolds Park Yacht Center
07.20 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Waterfront Park
07.21 Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park
07.22 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
07.23 Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
07.24 Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
07.26 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07.27 Hartford, CT @ Sweet Jane's
07.28 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
07.30 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
07.31 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
08.02 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
08.03 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
08.04 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
08.06 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection Lounge
08.07 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
08.08 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theare
Friday, July 13, 2007
What's even cooler for these ladies is that while playing at this year's installment of the T In The Park Festival, the ladies got some down time to chat with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. I'm sure they were much obliged as he was, even taking a moment to get a picture together.
Aren't they cute?
07/13 - Nectar's - Bulington
07/14 - Quebec Summer Fest - Quebec
07/15 - The Boat - Toronto
07/17 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto
07/19 - The Annex - New York
07/20 - Great Scott - Boston
07/21 - State Theatre - Falls Church
07/22 - North Star - Philadelphia
07/24 - The Dame - Lexington
07/27 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis
07/28 - Wicker Park Festival - Chicago
07/29 - Metro - Chicago
It’s rare that such a slickly produced record interests me so. But between their Brit-pop posturing and their Coldplay like melody my inner anglophile needs to be edified. I’ll proceed without further homonym.
The band was named after Steinbeck's book East of Eden, as a play on words. Apparently Oprah had recommended they read it. East of Eden was written as a requiem for Steinbeck he referred to is as his greatest work. Its biblical themes so complex, and subtle that the average English. major can’t see the plot thru the mud. He even struggled with the title. After transcribing the 16 verses of Cain and Abel in the bible itself that the answer came to him. He took the last three words of the final verse, "East of Eden", as the novel's title.
That verse is as follows: “Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.” This passage is generally recognized as a mistranslation; "nod" is the Hebrew root of the verb “nuwd” meaning "to wander."
Did the band know all of this? Perhaps, or perhaps not. But if they do it would explain why they’ve been touring non-stop since the record came out.
Stream: End Times [Here] /// [Buy Here]
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The Kings of Power Pop, Knoxville, TN's Superdrag have apparently been rehearsing for the past eight months to get ready for the stint that will find them bringing the original line-up of John Davis, Brandon Fisher, Tom Pappas and Don Coffey, Jr. to the stage for the first time in a decade. Rumors had been spreading for months ever since the release of the rarities comp Changin' Tires On The Road To Ruin that something was a-brewing down south, especially when pictures of Davis, Pappas, and Coffey rehearsing popped up on Davis' MySpace. On top of all this, the band announced they have a compiled a 2-disc, 40 song set of rarities dating from 1992-1995 (that's about pre-Darla for all you 'Drag fans counting) to be sold exclusively on the upcoming tour.
"Sucked Out" - takes me back!
Tickets for all six shows go on pre-sale tomorrow for $10 and also get you an autographed tour poster. You can bet I'll be eagerly awaiting high noon.
10/05 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
10/13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/20 - Knoxville, TN - Barley's Taproom
11/02 - New York, NY - Fillmore at Irving Plaza
11/03 - Boston, MA - Paradise
11/08 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Speaking of My Formative Years, James Montgomery writes a great weekly column over at MTV News called Bigger Than The Sound. This year's topic on albums that suffer from what he cleverly dubbed "The Pinkerton Effect" definitely reminds me of my diatribes on the records that shaped my life. Do check it out!
"The Golden State"
July 11 - Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX (w/ John Doe)
July 12 - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX (w/ John Doe)
July 15 - The Abby Pub - Chicago, IL (w/ John Doe)
July 16 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI (w/ John Doe)
July 17 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA (w/ John Doe)
July 18 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN (w/ John Doe)
July 19 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA (w/ John Doe)
July 20 - The Reverb - Cedar Falls, IA (w/ John Doe)
July 23 - Club Café - Pittsburgh, PA (w/ John Doe)
July 24 – 8x10 – Baltimore, MD (w/John Doe)
July 25 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA (w/John Doe)
July 26 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY (w/John Doe)
July 27 – T.T. the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA (w/John Doe)
July 28 – Jake’s Bar & Grille – Providence, RI (w/John Doe)
July 31 – Iota Club & Café – Arlington, VA (w/John Doe)
August 2 – Capitol Ale House – Richmond, VA (w/John Doe)
August 3 – Hideaway BBQ – Raleigh, NC (w/John Doe)
August 5 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA (w/John Doe)
August 25- Safari Sams - Los Angeles, CA (w/John Doe)
September 2- Summer Strummer Festival Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
They're far from My Formative Years, but Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins (or can we just say it's Corgan hiding under a moniker after TheFutureEmbrace,) have made a record I'm not ashamed to say I'm listening to constantly. Or, at least a few songs. After seven years, the messy solo record, and a decent supergroup that came out of Zwan, old Billy and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin shacked up and (as one of my best friends would put it) wrote songs in the vein of the Pumpkins to make Zeitgeist. Some songs, they honestly do shine: opener "Doomsday Clock" is gargantuan and on par with any song from Siamese Dream; "For God And Country" sneaks in elements of Machina; "Tarantula" actually isn't a bad single! But where the album strives, it also has its pale moments. With the use of three different productions teams (either Corgan and Chamberlin themselves, or with the help of Deftones producer Terry Date or the legendary Roy Thomas Baker,) the album at times has three distinct sounds. Where "Clock" has that signature brutal guitar and pounding drums, "Starz" sounds like a rough demo with lead guitar overdubs. The finale "Pomp And Circumstances" sounds as awful as anything we were expected to Embrace on Corgan's solo effort: covered in synths and all kinds of unnecessary electronic elements, the squealing guitar solo that comes in mid way makes you want to turn it off and question why this song is on the album? Luckily, the 10-minutes of "United States" is worth every second: holier than thou guitars, movements and changes like "XYU" almost. It's as close as we'll get to the Pumpkins of yesteryear. I do suggest checking out the multiple bonus tracks from various retailers (or blogs.) "Stellar" is exactly that, and makes me wonder why that isn't on the album instead.
Stream: Zeitgeist [Here] /// [Buy Here]
If Boxer (or, yeah that War Stories record) were the safe bet for my album of the year, "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" is without a doubt the best song to come out in 2007. In 3:08 (not even, since the song ends at 2:44,) Spoon made me go cuckoo for Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. With the simple tambourine, the bright brass, and, is that a xylophone(?), Britt Daniel and the rest of the Austin band (now featuring ex-Get Up Kids/current White Whale bassist Rob Pope) craft a gem that I've been saying for two months now is the Greatest Motown Hit Barry Gordy forgot about. Besides the saccrine blast of "Bomb," Ga features what sounds like a sonic throw down between Chicago and a random mariachi band (the Jon Brion-produced "The Underdog,") brooding melodies that almost sound out of place ("Eddie's Ragga,") and the obvious inclusion of the hand clap, world's cheapest instrument ("Don't Make Me A Target,") Spoon have grown from their previous efforts into an even more comfortable zone and still don't let me down. First editions come with the Get Nice! EP: 12 songs in 22 minutes that fit perfectly as the soundtrack to 3 A.M. on Saturday after a long night out.
Stream: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Here] /// [Buy Here]
Monday, July 9, 2007
Like “Mammoth,” opener “Pioneer To The Falls” was previewed on tour dates earlier in the year and fails to disappoint on record. The opening chime of the guitars that start off the record would almost channel the opening moments of "Everywhere" from Tango In The Night if there was some wind chimes whistling away off in to the background. It’s near six-minute slow march that goes in to the standout “No I In Threesome.” From a pulsing bass line, comes a stomping beat and clang-clang piano which I really don’t remember them utilizing much before, and showing that the band again has given themselves room to grow and explore as opposed to just play everything by the book.
Admire does have the paint by numbers Interpol that we loved on Turn On The Bright Lights (the amazing finale "The Lighthouse,") and the one we kind of appeared to enjoy but maybe we didn't really with Antics (the sludge-like movement of "Rest My Chemistry.") Like Antics' lead off single "Slow Hands," "The Heinrich Maneuver" does not let down in the least, with its catchy hook spiraling about and hints of organ in the chorus (at least I think its an organ.)
So what are left with after the suspense is no more? An album that stands out beyond Antics, but still there will never be another record that comes out of them quite like Lights, and I'm fine with that. And I hope you are, too.
Stream: Our Love To Admire [Here] /// [Buy Here]
Thursday, July 5, 2007
What can you expect this round? Check it out:
Interpol - "The Heinrich Maneuver"
They Might Be Giants - "Take Out The Trash"
Ola Podrida - "Instead"
Robbers On High Street - "Crown Victoria"
Midnight Movies - "Souvenirs"
Buffalo Tom - "Three Easy Pieces"
No Second Troy - "Burned"
Go Motion - "Different In Time"
Pictures Of Then - "Instant Rocket To Glory"
Lay Low - "Mojo Love"
Verona Grove - "Goodbye Surrender"
Jupiter One - "Countdown"
The Mercies - "You Can't Stop Me Now"
The Yarrows - "Cellophane"
Sullivan - "Tell Me I'm Wrong"
Tiger City - "Dark Water"
Gogol Bordello - "Wonderlust King"
Bedouin Soundclash - "Walls Fall Down"
Chuck Ragan - "The Boat"
Drakes Hotel - "Broadcast To The Addicted"
Edison Glass - "All Our Memories"
DVD - videos:
Green Day - "Working Class Hero"
Young Knives - "Weekends & Bleak Days (Hot Summer)"
Midnight Movies - "Patient Eye"
Margo Guryan - "16 Words"
The Cribs - "Men's Needs"
Jesse Malin - "Broken Radio"
No More Kings - "Sweep The Leg"
Wildbirds - "421"
Ursula 1000 - "Electric Boogie"
Grand Atlantic - "Smoke And Mirrors"
Kava Kava - "Bank Job"
Loney, Dear - "I Am John"
Edison Glass - "This House"
Magic Bullets - "Yesterday's Seen Better Days"
Supersuckers - "Rock n' Roll (Ain't Selling This Year)"
Diet Kong - "Much Love In The Evil Sound"
DVD - Film Trailers:
The Simpsons Movie
Live Free Or Die Hard
Love's A Bitch
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Growing up, I was always a huge fan of Die Hard trilogy: the original was groundbreaking for its time, bringing a return to form to the action hero in cinema. It was also named the greatest action movie of all time the other week by the folks at Entertainment Weekly. Where the first one was all about one macho man with a gun taking down an army of terrorists, its sequel upped the ante by putting him on a race against time at Dulles Airport to stop another group of terrorists and get all the planes in the air to land safely before they ran out of fuel. The third film, Die Hard With A Vengence, is my personal favorite. Teaming McClane up with shop owner Zeus (played by Samuel L. Jackson,) the action was greater than ever and the villian was a relative of the original terrorist from Die Hard. High speed chases throughout NYC, subways blowing up, riddles and games every corner to be turned all added up to one big cat and mouse game. How would they top it?
Surprisingly, Live Free isn't that bad at all. Kept in tact was the humorous one lines from Willis' most famous character (example: "I'm tired of all this kung fu" or "He's like a damn hamster!") while make the action scenes more intense. In the several years since the last film, advances in special effects have only benefited the makes of the newest installment, helping wild ideas like police cars blowing up helicopters to become a reality. The plot, involving terrorists using computers and modern technology to just shut down the universe, proves an interesting villian and enemy to the non-so-tech-savvy McClane, who gets help from Matthew Farrell (played by Justin Long,) a computer nerd but such a strongman with a gun in his hand. Either way, still a good film, and they've kept a series of good films alive. Wonder what happens if they make a fifth one?