- My Podcast is in beta, perhaps permanently. I'll try to make it work properly, but it may be flaky at first.
Where all the stars go to die. A catalogue of on-screen 'deaths'.
L33t version of google.
- Bjork to release charity record
- Wired: Mark Cuban wants to put digital projectors in Landmark theaters
Moving from film to digital would reduce studio distribution costs, improve the picture quality of copies, facilitate movie theater operations, and help indie filmmakers.
- Yahoo catching up to Google
- John Malkovich introduces pricey designer line
$70 for a t-shirt? Did he iron-on the design with his own hands and dye it with his blood?
- Schiavo dies | South Park the night before: prescient and irreverent parody
Evan Dando and Sabrina Brooke - Summer Wine
Evan Dando (of Lemonheads fame) and Sabrina Brooke cover Nancy Sinatra's 'Summer Wine' (link via Salon). Sabrina's voice works great in this tune, while Evan Dando's flanged contribution is a bit rough.
- NYT: Sin City provides blood in three colors
Not to be confused with the Kieslowki trilogy, Rodriguez' Sin City features blood in three colors: white, yellow, and when he wants to show real pain, red.
- Wired: How Robert Rodriguez made Sin City possible
- People.com: Inside the life of the lovely Jessica Alba
- Mick Jagger's house is haunted
His family reports seeing the ghost of a beheaded French Revolution nobleman, not Jagger's emaciated apparition.
- NME: Oasis says new album is best since 'Definitely Maybe'
I hope "Lyla" was not their proof. Yawn.
- Suge Knight sued for a chunk of Death Row
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Weezer's 'Beverly Hills' vs. Queen vs. Joan Jett vs. Lynard Skynard
It certainly can't make 'Beverly Hills' sound any worse.
We Will Rock Beverly Hills (Tripp's What's All This Hype Mix)
- Gelf magazine interviews Mark Cuban on Grokster (Thanks David)
- Copyfight has the latest on Grokster
- Grokster on Flickr
- Andrew Leonard on Grokster
- NPR Stream: Music's Future, Online and Digital
With Chris Anderson (editor-in-chief, Wired magazine), Matthew Perpetua (mp3 blogger; editor and curator, fluxblog.org), Tim Quirk (general manager, Real Network's Rhapsody).
- LCD Soundsystem to tour with M.I.A.
Odd bedfellows, if you ask me.
04-02 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05-10 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
05-11 Seattle, WA - Showbox*
05-14 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore*
05-15 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey*
05-19 Chicago, IL - Metro*
05-20 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall*
05-21 Toronto, Ontario - Opera House*
05-22 Montreal, Quebec - Le Tulipe*
06-09 Boston, MA - Avalon*
06-10 New York, NY - Webster Hall
06-11 Philadelphia, PA - Transit
06-12 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club*
* with M.I.A.
Pitchfork also reports that the Strokes Near Completion of Third Album
- Lollapalooza back on in Chicago
Let's hope they bring back Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, the Flaming Lips, the Pixies, Wilco, and Modest Mouse, who were supposed to be at last year's before they cancelled it. The Lollapalooza site.
- Felix Da Housecat to collaborate with Radiohead?
House fans and Radiohead fans scratch their heads.
- New Scientist interviews pioneers of electronic music instruments
Bob Moog (first synthesizer), Peter Vogel (first sampler), and Dave Smith (father of MIDI)
- How long should media storage last?
- David Lynch to release extended edition Dune DVD
Stream it: Quicktime (mov) | Windows (asx)
Featuring simulataneous split screen shots as well as the illusion of within-t-shirt stop-motion animations, time elapsing from day to night, and sliding across the sidewalk. A pretty cool video for Hot Hot Heat's best song.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Long Don Silver - Pirate Mix | Tracklist
The first 8 minutes are among the most enjoyable mashed-up bits I've heard all year. So much is mashed in here, it's impossible to keep track.
Snoop vs Crydajam - Signs On The Playground
Snoop gets Discoized
The Strokes vs. Chemical Brothers
The Modern Age vs. Surface to Air
Mosaic is a seasonal outdoor lounge located at Power Plant Live! in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Grand re-opening features Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw.
Residents: DJ Lovegrove & Adam Auburn, Zak & Keith
Also featuring many other guest DJs.
More info here
- How-to: Configure your Winamp to use FreeDB
Don't use CDDB. It's run by GraceNote, who is affiliated with the RIAA. Winamp sets CDDB as the database default and there is no easy way in versions of Winamp after 2.77 to change the setting unless you follow the steps outlined in the FAQ. The in_cdda.dll file that you need to do the tweaking is found here (link is down on the freedb site). Note: the mod works for me. Use it at your own risk, I won't troubleshoot for you or take responsibility for you screwing up your Winamp.
- How-to: Get RSS feeds on your PSP
- Americans too sleepy for sex
- NYT: Wearing religion on your *ahem* chest
- PT Anderson to direct Upton Sinclair's 'Oil!'
- Todd Haynes to direct Bob Dylan biopic
- Esteemed French film mag Cahiers du Cinema issues #600
Featuring a Takeshi Kitano manga
- Wong Kar-Wai's '2046' wins big in Hong Kong
- Master P Hit With Gun Charge
- New White Stripes LP on June 14
- Village Voice on Beck
- Village Voice on reggaeton taking over New York
Say it ain't so, hiphopmusic laments.
- David Byrne launches internet radio station
Everyday, we bloggers post what is dear to us, what is interesting to our readers, or hopefully, a combination of both. We take it for granted that we have the ability in a legal sense to do what we do. In light of this, it is important to emphasize that there is hardly a more weighty news event that merits the attention of bloggers, blog readers, and all Internet users at large, than MGM vs. Grokster.
In the most important court case since the 1984 Supreme Court Sony Betamax case, the Supreme Court justices will hear MGM vs. Grokster today, which boils down to the issue of whether P2P companies can be held liable for infringement committed by users. Moreover, the decision will fundamentally affect what is permissible in the realm of file sharing, storage, publishing, distribution, etc.
The previous ruling by the 9th Circuit Court echoed the Betamax precedent, that P2P companies can't be held liable for infringement committed by users. However, the entertainment companies appealed the ruling and now, the Supreme Court will weigh in.
The ruling, expected by June 2005, will likely have far-reaching implications for other technologies. A P2P defeat would set a precedent facilitating the entertainment companies' ability to initiate crackdowns in the realm of many aspects/modes of file sharing, including websites, blogs, bulletin boards, and podcasting...and possibly other technologies, the EFF contends: Xerox machines, instant messaging, e-mail, VOIP, VCR, CD-Rs, and dual deck cassette recorders.
Record companies should perhaps ask why there is music piracy. When you price CDs above consumer demand at $15+, there will naturally be a gap: a small percentage of consumers with high demand or high disposable income will shell out the dough, but the majority of consumers will seek other means to obtain the music, legal or not. It is time for record companies, or, likely failing that, the artists themselves, to embrace the digital age and try to meet consumer demand where the listeners are.
- EFF: MGM vs. Grokster information
- MP3: Oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court
- A look back at Betamax
And the similarities of the entertainment industry's arguments then and now.
- CNN/Money : The war over downloading
They also have this interesting graphic of who's taking sides:
- Wired News: Supreme Showdown for P2P's Future
- CNET: Top court to hear landmark P2P case Tuesday
- CNET FAQ: Betamax--tech's favorite ruling
- Boing Boing: MGM vs. Grokster posts
- The Economist: "...attacking the technology behind file-sharing could stifle innovation without tackling the industry’s long-term problems"
- Liveblogging MGM vs. Grokster
- C-SPAN RM
Ted Olson (Entertainment industry) vs. Fred Von Lohmann (EFF)
Has the latest about the case, including Justice Scalia asking how an inventor can know how an invention will be marketed.
From their site: "CopyNight is a monthly gathering of people interested in ensuring freedom for artists and tinkerers, fostering innovation, and restoring the balance between the public interests and intellectual property rights holders for the benefit of all."
The first meetings are tomorrow in Washington D.C., New York, Providence, Raleigh, Austin, L.A., San Francisco, and Seattle.
May 14, 2005 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD
New York Dolls
Echo and the Bunnymen
Pretty strong indie/alternative lineup. $40. On sale starting Saturday, April 2.
Strong work for a radio station that almost had no home.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Videos: Gorillaz, Decemberists, live Bright Eyes, live Death Cab for Cutie, live Explosions in the SkyGorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (asx) | Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (ram)
Removed the Yahoo link posted earlier because it does not work with Firefox.
Decemberists - 16 Military Wives (torrents)
Mmm, Wes-Anderson-esque. Me like.
Bright Eyes - "Motion Sickness"
Live @ Austin City Limits (9/20/03) in Austin, TX
Death Cab For Cutie - "Title And Registration"
Live @ Trees (4/26/04) in Dallas, TX
Explosions In The Sky - "Memorial"
Live @ Emo's (6/19/04) in Austin, TX
Live videos thanks to Silence magazine
Inglorious Bastards, Bloods and Crips, Aging hip-hoppers, Bhangra stabbings, Misc. electronic promos
- Tarantino wants Willis, Stallone, Schwarzenegger...
John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, and Adam Sandler for 'Inglorious Bastards'. I hope he finds some hotties to balance out that testosterone.
- Bloods and Crips get feisty at auto show
- Toronto Star: Aging hip-hoppers
- DCist: Stabbings at Bhangra Blowout
Thanks to totally fuzzy for the breakz.ru link. I'll hope you sort through the fodder.
Meat Katie - All I Need (dylan rhymes remix)
Meat Katie plies his trade (breakbeat/house) creating a droning anthem that's already rocking dancefloors.
Lee Coombs and Andy Gardner - Obsessional Rhythm
This bangin' electro-house tune rocked crowds last year.
New Fantastic Four trailer
Why? Because Jessica Alba is in it. That's why. Damn good trailer.
New unreleased M.I.A., M.I.A. and Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism, Dizzee Rascal, and more grime/dancehall!
M.I.A., live at Boom in Manchester, April 7th.
What can I get for 10 dolla? Apparently, not the frikkin M.I.A. album from Best Buy. While they are an electronics fan's heaven, their CD selection can be quite a joke. I was pissed and I dropped my stack of CDs and DVDs and drove on over to Tower, where I got the M.I.A. and Doves albums, finally, and for only $21.98. Got the Black and White Town CD single for free as a bonus too!
Well, M.I.A. lives up to the hype. I cranked it up 11 in my P.O.S. Altima, trunk rattlin'. My computer stereo doesn't do justice to this album. Politics and polemics aside, it rocks hard and deftly (loudly!) melds grime, ragga, dancehall, electro, breakbeat, and hip-hop, throwing in riffs that vary in intensity from sensible pop to hardcore bass. M.I.A. does for girme what Missy Elliot does for hip-hop. Excellent performance and production from all involved. (Don't miss Pitchfork's informative grime primer. Also, more on grime at this interesting blog).
There's talk among some critics about how M.I.A. is exploiting the grime/street music sound. (There's an interesting discussion here. Btw, I disagree with his opinion that the net is creating havens for niche/extremist musical factions, although it certainly may have that tendency in a vacuum. However, I choose to remain open-minded and have become progressively more inclusive as I continue to sample and blog).
More M.I.A. discussions:
- The excellent M.I.A.: Pitchfork Interview
Fun fact: M.I.A. was gifted a Roland MC-505 groovebox from Justine Frischmann of Elastica after working with them on their tour documentary.
Telling quote: "My problem is that politics is the first thing that defines who I am. It's like, "You're just The Other, you're this thing. You have evil thoughts about the world." When I watch President Bush on the telly going, we need to fight the axis of evil and kill these terrorists by all means necessary, I just go, "Sh*t, poor Dad." In the 70s all he wanted to do was be a revolutionary like Bob Dylan. He had idealistic views about changing the world for the better and fighting for people who don't have a voice-- the same thing that Bob Dylan wanted to do. Now, he's like this straight-up, evil terrorist; a gunned masked man with a semi-automatic ready to take down and behead people."
- Seattle Weekly: Music: Playing With Fire by Geeta Dayal
- I Love Music M.I.A. thread
It's hard to believe that this former Sri Lankan refugee and Tamil Tigers daughter is inauthentic in her approach or in her motives. I'd like to think that 'Arular' expands and builds upon the street scene since, although I'm not a grime/dancehall expert by any means, I hear many electronic influences that have emerged from outside the street scene, ranging from electro, to dub-n-bass, to tribal house. Perhaps it is this clever manipulation that refines M.I.A.'s sound just enough, making it amenable for the musical pallettes of MP3 blogs and fawning music critics out there. Whatever the case may be regarding the origins or motivations of M.I.A., I know that if I can't just sit back and enjoy groundbreaking music like this without ulterior considerations, I'd be bleary-eyed from reading essays and cultural dissertations instead of just listening to great music.
The great thing about grime is that it is edgy but easy to dance to, unlike its danceable, safe, and often dull progenitor, UK garage, which lacks that edge, and unlike UK d'n'b, which is danceable only to a small minority of us. Add to this edge M.I.A.'s keen political commentary (although incisive and inflammatory, it's buried behind the fat beats), and you have an incendiary audio device.
I think that M.I.A. may do for grime what Massive Attack, Tricky, and Neneh Cherry did for downtempo/trip-hop. I am not hyperbolizing when I say that 'Arular' often has the power and brilliance of 'Blue Lines' and 'Maxinquaye', although only time will tell if it has the staying power of a true classic.
The fawning Arular reviews that I spake of:
Anyway, if you aren't ready to shell out the dough, maybe the M.I.A./Diplo mash-up that's been circulating since late 2004 will change your mind. On the XL Recordings site, they even encourage you to track down these white label tunes to convince you of how good M.I.A. really is. Fans of 'Galang', 'Amazon', and 'Sunshowers' will be missing out if they don't hear the LP versions of 'Bucky Done Gun', 'Fire Fire', and '10 Dollar'.
M.I.A. - Do Ya
M.I.A. gets uncharacteristically freaky in this minimalist grimey jam.
M.I.A. - untitled
This song has Latin flavor, more Reggaeton than Rio Baile Funk
Link to a massive archive
M.I.A. - 10 Dollar (poj cutprice mix)
M.I.A. vs. Super Mario Bros. - Superlangalang
This is as silly as you think it would be.
M.I.A. and Diplo
M.I.A. and Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism
01-galangaton (diplo mix)
02-galang featuring lil vicious
03-ll cool j_cavemen - two bit rhythm (m.i.a. mix)
04-fire bam (diplo mix)
06-m.i.a._missy - one for the head skit
07-amazon (diplo mix)
08-the clipse - definition of a roller
11-you're good (diplo mix)
13-sunshowers (diplo mix)
14-baile funk one
15-bucky done gun
16-baile funk two
17-china girl (diplo mix)
18-baile funk three
19-lady killer (diplo mix)
20-uraqt (diplo mix)
21-bingo (diplo mix)
More grime and dancehall songs/mixes:
Diplo - Favela On Blast
Listen to minute 8 when The Clash's Rock the Casbah comes in. Wow.
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp | video
One of his grimiest, hardest rockin' tunes.
Dizzee Rascal - Dream
Dizzee Rascal - Respect Us
Dizzee Rascal vs. Prodigy - Stand Up Fool
Dizzee Rascal real audio
Crazy Titch - Just an Arsehole
Crazy Titch starting beef with Dizzee Rascal? Hilarious, but annoying.
Klass A-Why Do You Do This
Sway ft. Wonder - Call My Name
Catchy grimey tune samples 'Like a Prayer'.
Rufus Dork - Sesame Roads
Kardinal Official - Fast Forward
Pitbull - Pitbulls a Bastard 2
Lady Sovereign - Random (brucker and sinden remix)
Petey Pablo - Freek-a-Leek (dj eddy remix)
Hot Reggaeton remix.
Swiftkick - Raver in Love
This is more a cross between breakbeat and hardcore than grime, but I thought I'd throw it in here. Features sample of 'C.R.E.A.M.'
So Solid Crew - Oh No (zip)
Big thanks to Boomselection, DJ Semtex, Kid Kameleon, and Cry On My Console, who are well-immersed in the scene.
- First look at Yahoo! 360
Looks like Yahoo is doing something innovative with their new social networking service and are not just a johnny-come-lately. They will feature a way to integrate blogs, friends lists, photos, and other personally relevant content like movie reivews, restaurant reviews, and book lists which are dynamically updated along with the content of one's friends.
- Mark Cuban to support P2P in MGM vs. Grokster
- Schiavo's communion and last rites
- Ex-Crowded House drummer commits suicide
Sunday, March 27, 2005
- Happy Easter!
- Flashback: Larry Levan Real Audio
- Slow news day
- 80s vs. 00s mash-up
- New Kylie Leaked
- Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (video)
- Random news, including Britney's upgrade
- Ambulance Ltd. Videos: Heavy Lifting, Stay Where You Are
- The Chemical Brothers - Believe (video)
- Pingomatic bookmarklet or Firefox extension?
- Dsico's vocoderized versions of Strokes and White Stripes
- Flashback: DJ Pete Rock: Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989
- Three LOL stories of the day
- Unreleased Ryan Adams (Destroyer Sessions)
- Flashback: De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, LA, 1996
- Gorillaz update, stream the new track 'Feel Good Inc.'
- The Killers - Sombody Told Me (mylo mix)
- HFStival?, The La's, Sin City, Affleck directing, Al Sharpton, Kanye, White Stripes...
- Salon with Spoon, Tom Waits, Asian-American hip-hop, Grokster, Gap drops SJP, 2046, Radiohead, Weezer, Eros, Schiavo
- The Outlaws
- Flashback: Frankie Knuckles, Summer 1984, Chicago
- Mash-ups that make you wanna dance
- Flashback: Jam Master Jay, WGCI Mastermix, Chicago, 1986
- New Beck track, Roxy Music, N.E.R.D, Bobby Fischer, David Spade, The Subways, Ourmedia, Social networking
- Flashback: Junior Vasquez Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92
- Live and Rare Audio/Video: The Cure
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Some Saturday Night Old School from the legendary Larry Levan.
Along with Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan pioneered the development of house/garage music from New York in the 70s and 80s. His eclectic style fused soul, African and Carribean world, disco, new wave, punk, and hard rock, setting the stage for the transformation of disco into a more vibrant, soulful, and culturally inclusive form of party music, house.
Larry Levan, Live @ Ministry of Sound, UK 1991
Stream | Download
Larry Levan, Live @ The Choice (Final), New York, 3/16/1990
Stream | Download
A new way to get MP3 blog recommendations! Haven't tested it out yet, but it sounds like it would be a useful service (if people participate).
Block Fox News on your TV!
- Death Cab to appear on the O.C.
- Ashlee Simpson want to go 80s
- Obscene stuffed animals: Tigger and Tickle Me Elmo (video)
Sorry. Blame Boing Boing.
The Cheekyboys - 15 Minutes of Cheek
I guess it's a guilty pleasure to find this enjoyable.
Blancmange - living on the ceiling
D.C. - lose my breath (acapella)
Scritti Politti - wood beez
Men without hats - safety dance
Tiga - hot in herre (acapella)
Human League - dont you want me
Snoop - drop it like its hot (acapella)
Missy - work it (acapella)
Freez - AEIOU
Phil Collins - sussudio
50 - candy shop (acapella)
W.S. - gettin jiggy with it (acapella)
Tom Tom Club - wordy rappinghood
Salt n pepa - push it (acapella)
A treat for my regulars. I guarantee you this is going down soon.
Kylie - Loving You
Kylie - I Know
Kylie - Made of Glass
Again, might be a radio edit. Kylie sounds Madonna-ish, which isn't inherently bad. It's infectiously catchy and quite sing-songy.
More at Arjan Writes
Friday, March 25, 2005
- Britney's upgrade
No, it's not all that food she's been eating.
- Le Tigre collaborating with *gasp* Paris Hilton
- Tofu Hut's legendary Feist post
- Grafedia = graffiti pointing to web entities
Not sure what the point of this is
- Seinfeld's TV dad is dead
- Canada's less restrictive copyright policy
- Real-life GPS/WiFi game
For uber nerds only
- Yahoo adds Creative Commons search
- My butt's burning
- Coming soon: the Pez MP3 Player
- Eavesdropping on your car stereo?
- Dirty old man: Pat O'Brien
- Terri Schiavo status Firefox extension
Someone is going straight to hell.
Ambulance Ltd. - Heavy Lifting
I love it when the frenzied fuzzy guitar washes into the beautiful coda.
Ambulance Ltd. - Stay Where You Are
Video for one of my favorite songs on the album.
Stream The Chemical Brothers - Believe (video)
Hey voyeur, how does it feel to be stalked?! This is an entertaining and frightening music video about machines stalking man. The moral of the story: Don't take LSD if you work in a factory.
Other bookmarklets I use: Imageshack transloader, Blog This!, Create new post, Tehcnorati ping, My Yahoo ping, Rapidshare countdown. (I tried posting the code for these but the WYSIWYG preview was having fits.)
Dsico - 12:51
Sounds like Daft Punk stole the track and had fun with it.
Dsico - Seven Nation Army
Makes you wanna do the robot.
Dsico - Missy vs. Joy Division - Love Will Freak Us
Posted this one before, but it deserves another turn.
Dsico's other mind-bending mixes
Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989, part 1
Marley Marl In Control Rap Show, WBLS, NY 8/12/1989, part 2
Thursday, March 24, 2005
CNN.com: Man smuggles own art into New York Museum of Modern Art
...as well as other museums. More pictures here
Update: Now with video goodness, featuring the Pink Panther theme. OMG, I'm gonna die laughing.
Bee delay: Swarm ends Rockies-D-Backs game
Quote of the day from Darren Oliver on his coconut oil hair and running away from bees: "I love this game, but I like myself a little bit more."
Boing Boing: Octopuses (octopi?) dressed up as sea coconuts sneaking on two legs
Unreleased Ryan Adams (Destroyer Sessions)
De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, 1996, part 1
De La Soul, Live for Power 106FM, 1996, part 2
Fans can ask the Gorillaz questions here!
Crap, looks like stereogum beat me to this. That's what I get for sitting on this yesterday afternoon and waiting until Thursday to post. Oh well, better late than never.
Stream the new Gorillaz tune (1st single off their new album): 'Feel Good Inc.'
This track sounds like a mix of Prince, Beck, and De La Soul. The latter is appropriate because, if my ears don't deceive me [yep, I just looked it up], De La Soul actually does collaborate on this track! Man, if you liked 'Dirty Harry', you will get up wherever you are and start shaking it with this tune, guaranteed.
Gorillaz comic book
You can actually 'flip' the flash animation like you're leafing through a book.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
The Killers - Sombody Told Me (mylo mix)
Rename to .mp3
Thanks to Essential Beats
- DCist: HFStival Lives (We Think)!
I wasn't too depressed when radio station WHFS was forced by the forces of evil at Clear Channel to adopt a Spanish music format, since I don't listen to the radio much anymore. However, if I run out of CDs or I'm riding shotgun in someone's car, the lack of WHFS as an option does leave me with an empty feeling, especially when I think of the many great years that WHFS did have and the two HFStivals I attended. Nothing against Spanish music, but please find another frequency.
Tentative list for May 14 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore:
(* = bands I might actually care to see)
Billy Idol (wtf?)
NY Dolls (they still exist?)
Also, WHFS still lives online, albeit at the lair of evil known as AOL. Speaking of which, Latin AOL is on the rocks.
As an anomymous commenter informed me, WHFS is still on the air in Baltimore part-time at 105.7 FM.
- The La's return
- Newsweek interview with Robert Rodriguez on 'Sin City'
- Affleck wants to outdo Gigli
- Rev. Al Sharpton To Buy His Way Into Hip-Hop
- Kanye recruiting multi-intstrumentalist Jon Brion?
- White Stripes finish new album
- Roger Clemens' Hummer stolen
- Yahoo will up mail storage to 1 GB
Salon with Spoon, Tom Waits, Asian-American hip-hop, Grokster, Gap drops SJP, 2046, Radiohead, Weezer, Eros, Schiavo
- Salon: Spoon interview excerpt
Is the Beatles' influence as huge in your music as it seems to be?
It's huge. I'm a huge fan. There was a period when we were working on this record where [the Beatles'] "Revolver" was the thing I was listening to over and over again, and I would go to sleep with headphones on listening to "Revolver," But then there was a period where [Prince's] "1999" was the record I was listening to over and over again, and then the soundtrack to [Steven Soderbergh's 2002 film] "Solaris." People in the band didn't really get that one.
Do you always get so obsessed with records?
I do go through periods of obsession with certain records.
I just got out of a period of obsession with [Prince's] "Around the World in a Day." And the Arcade Fire record, ["Funeral"]. It's a classic.
- The Observer: Tom Waits' Top 20 albums
- Boing Boing: Crosscultural Asian/American hip-hop
- Boing Boing: Technologies that will be criminal if we lose Grokster: email, blogs, Xerox machines
Crossing our fingers that the Supreme Court won't curtail our digital rights.
- Gap drops Sarah Jessica Parker
- Sony picks up U.S. distribution rights to 2046
My review of the film posted at the end of last year:
2046 - This was the film I was most eagerly anticipating this year. It's Wong Kar-Wai's follow-up to 'In the Mood For Love', which was one of my favorite movies this decade. According to Wong, the idea for 2046 comes from the promise the Chinese government gave to the Hong Kong people: 50 years of no change in its political and economic systems after the 1997 handover by Great Britain. Chow (Tony Leung) is a writer whose novel describes a mysterious train that leaves for the year 2046, a year/place where people are said to revisit the past and recapture lost memories. This is mere speculation since no one has returned from 2046. Chow stays at the Oriental Hotel. He is a womanizer who relives his past affairs with his old neighbor's wife, Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung, playing the character from In the Mood for Love), a card shark by the same name (Gong Li), and a high class madam, Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi). His current neighbor, Jingwen (Faye Wong), is the daughter of the hotel's owner and she encourages him to write the novel. If you're confused, so was I. This film was rushed to Cannes, did not receive any awards, and was panned by many critics. I think there are some good ideas here but not enough for a coherent full-length feature film.
- Radiohead start work on new album
- Pitchfork: Weezer Set Release Date and U.S. Tour For Make Believe
- Eros trailer
Featuring contributions from Steven Soderbergh, Michael Antonioni, and Wong Kar-Wai. I didn't even know Antonioni was still directing. Do short film collaborations like this ever work?
- Salon: "This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life"
Don't forget the Salon bypass to get by their forced ad.
The Outlaws: "Too Many Fools Following Too Many Rules"
Stream the album
This is pretty hot mash-up album from last year that managed to slip under my radar. It features mash-ups of electronic tunes with hip-hop/soul/pop. I especially like the DJ Shadow vs. Chemical Brothers track and the Ludacris mash-up.
1) Intro + Young Mc And The KLF : You Know What Time It Is
2) DJ Shadow And The Chemical Brothers : Chemical Donor
3) ILS And The Sugababes : Next Load
4) Prince And Freq Nasty : When Freq'y Doves Cry
5) Michael Jackson And Dave Clarke : Dirty Dave
6) Ludacris And Sonic Infusion : Reformatted Rolls
7) Layo & Bushwacka! And Mc Hammer : Love Hammer
8) Donna Summer And Josh Wink : I Feel Higher
9) Abba And Prisoners Of Technology : Chiq
10 Raw Deal And Britney Spears : Headless Baby
11)Aliyah And John B : Try My Secrets
12) Ed Rush & Optical And Destiny's Child : Survive This
These magazine reviews sum it up:
Mixmag: "So good they should be locked away for a very long time"
The Face: "Fresh, funky and f*cking ‘aving it!"
Frankie Knuckles, Summer 1984, Chicago
Frankie Knuckles was one of the undisputed godfathers of house.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
- JoolsMF - J to the Low
You know who vs. DJ Shadow vs. Chris Isaak. This mash-up blows my mind.
- TBP - Shout Just Round
Tears for Fears vs. Lulu & The Lovers plus funky guitars and big beat goodness.
- Dunproofin - Casbah Wonder
Rock the Casbah is good, clean fun that defies genre classification. Thus, it's no wonder (pun intended) that it goes well with something as unrelated as Steve Wonder.
- DJ Tripp - She Wants Animals
Ace of Base vs. NIN. I'm not kidding.
Jam Master Jay, WGCI Mastermix, Chicago, 1986
Monday, March 21, 2005
New Beck track, Roxy Music, N.E.R.D, Bobby Fischer, David Spade, The Subways, Ourmedia, Social networking
- No decision yet
- Razoblade Runner has a link to a new Japan-only Beck track: "Crap Hands"
- Roxy Music re-form
Alas, sans Brian Eno. A new LP release is possible, which would be their first in 20 years.
- N.E.R.D. disband
- Chess legend Bobby Fischer gets Icelandic citizenship
He is wanted by the U.S. government for violating sanctions on Yugoslavia by playing a match there.
- David Spade's penis nose makes it past censors
- The Subways have their debut album stolen!
- Ourmedia introduces free file hosting for life
This sounds waaaay too good to be true. But I will be checking it out, especially since it's from the lovely people who brought us The Internet Archive.
Update: Man, their site is getting hammered. I really do hope the site takes off though. Sounds like a great idea.
- Wired: Is anyone still social networking?
Junior Vasquez - Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92, Part 1
Junior Vasquez - Live @ The Sound Factory, NY 03/15/92, Part 2
Junior Vasquez kicks off a week of flashbacks on this site this week. Deep house with more soul.
The Cure, Audio
2 live concerts (Toronto 8/09/04 and Bern 07/14/95) and numerous rare tracks
The Cure, Videos
Various music videos and live videos
Sunday, March 20, 2005
- Mike has a nice link to Mogwai's remix of 'Plans' by Bloc Party. He also kindly provided a stream of the new Bravery LP, which I've re-hosted here (rename to .wpl)
- Largehearted Boy has some delicious torrents, including Doves live at SXSW. Grr.
- Behind Blue Eyes has a link to the new NIN single.
- Scenestars has new Stephen Malkmus (former Pavement frontman).
- The Senate wants to water your vegetables
Sorry, that's a terrible slang expression along neurosurgeons for keeping someone comatose or in a persistent vegetative state alive. Please get a living will or designate a power of attorney so this never happens to you or your loved one. Contrary to what the 'right' would have you believe, discontinuing a feeding tube in a person with PVS does not typically cause pain or hunger and is a painless, peaceful, natural, and dignified way to die (at least more dignified than dying with tubes, lines, and monitors on you 24/7).
- Yahoo buys Flickr
- NYT: A night out with Keren Ann
- NYT: Darren Aronofsky's 'The Fountain'
The director of "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream" has something new for us: a time-traveling film about the quest for eternal life, starring Hugh Jackman. Sounds overly ambitious, even for a skilled director like Aronofsky.
- NYT: Bush's prepackaged news
- Inventor of the DeLorean dead at 80
Awesome: Boing Boing green-lighted my DeLorean post, my first Boing Boing green light! Thanks, Xeni, even if most of the traffic is going to the AP site, hehe.
- Mash-ups: Kasabian vs. Kelis - Get I.D., Elastica vs. ...
- Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (video)
- Random: Fiona Apple torrent, new POP77 mix, Heidi Klum preggers with Seal's kid, Hedwig's new explicit film, Von Trier, Paula Abdul
- Stream the New Beck Album
- Who looks better in HDTV? And worse?
- George Kennan dead, Decemberists wuz robbed, DRM-free tunes on iTunes, Yahoo and Hollywood, St Etienne, Wolfowitz and Bono talk
- Random: Final Four, Air vs. Stakka Bo vs. Missy, Live Orbital, Family Guy live, Music on USB drives
- Led Zeppelin, live at MSG, 9/17/70
- Lil' Kim, 'Roid hearings, Determined Fiona Apple fans, Samsung MP3 players, Decemberists selling out?, G Unit & Co., M.I.A., Matt Pond PA, Woody Allen
- Live at KVRX: Broken Social Scene, The Futureheads, Ben Lee, Magnetic Fields, Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, The Walkmen, and others
- Coldplay - Live at Universal Amphitheatre 3-12-05 (KCRW-FM), Preview tracks from new album 'X&Y'
- Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (video)
- Rob Blake acquitted, Ramones documentary, iTunes reneg, Happy St. Patty's Day
- Yahoo blogs, Robotic crack babies, Snow Patrol ousts bassist, Ian Brown arrested
- SXSW coverage, IE 7.0 tidbits, Microsoft's RSS feed reader, Tarantino
- Weezer's Pixies cover, More mash-ups
- Beatallica is back, AOL revises AIM TOS, Bloggies, MSNBC on CC, DRM harm, Rock HOF, Billy Joel rehab, Stones tour, Canibus, Annie
- DJ Riko - P-Funk Is Playing At My House, The Roots vs. Radiohead mash-up
- St. Patty's Day - Traditional Irish Folk Bands
- Batman: New Times
- Viral promotion, Mario gone, The Shins tour, Coin Locker Babies, Brad Bird, Privacy (Amazon, AOL) and Piracy, Blog growth
- Z-Trip videos, including Z-Trip and Beck live at Coachella
- New Spike Jonze Adidas ad featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Ubuweb: Sound poetry, art, historical, contemporary audio
- Satellite Rides
- kasabian vs. kelis - get i.d. (mcsleazy bootleg)
Kelis does downtempo/shoegazer thanks to Kasabian.
- elastica v mya ft missy - love is never here (mcsleazy bootleg)
Goes together so well, it makes you wonder why more R&B artists don't crossover to rock. (Actually, we don't really want that).
This is NOT how I envisioned the video would be. I was thinking, uh, waifish hotties in a dark, smoky London club...not the geriatric afternoon dance all-stars.
Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (video)
Saturday, March 19, 2005
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Friday, March 18, 2005
Random: Fiona Apple torrent, new POP77 mix, Heidi Klum preggers with Seal's kid, Hedwig's new explicit film, Von Trier, Paula Abdul
- What do you want on your tombstone? Not a gigantic cell phone, I hope.
- Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (album, zip file torrent)
Lyrics and mirrors here
- POP77 has a new mix
- Heidi Klum preggers with Seal's kid
I'd like to see a Fark Photoshop of this.
- John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) sought sextras for his new film 'Short Bus'
That's right, extras who have random sex in his improv film.
- Lars Von Trier to direct... a sitcom?
- Paula Abdul caught in hit and run
64 kbps streaming wma
Que' Onda Guero
Go It Alone
Send A Message To Her
Thanks to NME and stereogum for the heads-up!
Thanks to Mike for creating and posting a .wpl (Windows playlist) so you can stream the entire album with one click.
I've re-hosted it here. Rename to .wpl
Lookin' sooo good:
1. Anna Kournikova
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones
3. Charlize Therzon
5. Scarlett Johansson
6. Halle Berry
7. George Clooney
8. Angelina Jolie
9. Liv Tyler
10. Penelope Cruz
The Uglier Ones:
1. Cameron Diaz
2. Michael Douglas
3. Britney Spears
4. Brad Pitt
6. Renee Zellweger
7. William Devane
8. Bill Maher
9. Jamie Lee-Curtis
10. Joan Rivers
Don't blame me. Here's the list.
George Kennan dead, Decemberists wuz robbed, DRM-free tunes on iTunes, Yahoo and Hollywood, St Etienne, Wolfowitz and Bono talk
- George Kennan dies at age 101
His policy of 'containment' died years ago. Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Rumsfeld will have him turning in his grave for a few more years.
- The Decemberists have their gear trailer stolen!
Thanks to You Ain't No Picasso for the heads-up
- Get DRM-free tunes on iTunes!
- Yahoo woos Hollywood
- Saint Etienne prepare new album
- Wolfowitz and Bono talk about poverty
Can anybody say, "Media ploy?"
- My Final Four picks: Arizona, Wake Forest, Kansas, Kentucky
Try not to laugh at me
- d/l: Gloomy Bear - Kelly Wash the Cars
Air - Kelly watch the stars vs Stakka Bo - Here we go vs Missy E - Pass that dutch
- Totally Fuzzy has a link to Orbital's last performance ever, intro by John Peel.
- Family Guy live!
- USB drives to distribute music
Led Zeppelin, live at Madison Square Garden
September 19, 1970
Madison Square Garden, New York City
NOT officially released, first emerged in 2004
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Lil' Kim, 'Roid hearings, Determined Fiona Apple fans, Samsung MP3 players, Decemberists selling out?, G Unit & Co., M.I.A., Matt Pond PA, Woody Allen
- Congratulations on matching, MSIVs!
- Happy St. Patrick's Day!
- Lil' Kim convicted of perjury
- Lawmakers blast baseball over steroid use
- Fans beg Sony to sell them Fiona Apple's shelved album
- Samsung asserts: "We’ll be no. 1 in MP3 players by 2007"
- The Decemberists ponder leaving Kill Rock Stars for a major label
"This is our last record for Kill Rock Stars, so I think we are going to be moving on. We’re going to talk to majors, but we’re also going to talk to a lot of indies as well, just because I don’t know if our music is meant for a major-label environment. I don’t know if we can be that big crossover indie-rock sensation that everyone’s been hoping for right now."
- G Unit, 50 Cent, Eminem tour in works
- Visa problems delay M.I.A.'s entry to states for tour
- Matt Pond PA U.S. tour dates
- Woody Allen is still making movies
Live at KVRX: Broken Social Scene, The Futureheads, Ben Lee, Magnetic Fields, Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, The Walkmen, and othersSince Austin is in the spotlight because of SXSW, here's a selection of excellent studio sessions through the years at KVRX 91.7 FM in Austin.
- Broken Social Scene
- Cat Power
- Edith Frost
- Explosions in the Sky
- The Futureheads
- Ben Lee
- Magnetic Fields
- Modest Mouse
- Of Montreal
- The Sea and the Cake
- Sondre Lerche
- The Walkmen
- M. Ward
- Xiu Xiu
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Coldplay - Live at Universal Amphitheatre 3-12-05 (KCRW-FM)
Listen to it while you can and preview 5 potential tracks from their new album 'X&Y' (Square One, White Shadows, A Message, What If, Speed of Sound [first single]). Concert was live at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA as part of KCRW-FM's annual A Sounds Eclectic Evening concert. "Square One" might actually not be on the album (it's certainly an electronic departure for them), as Chris Martin was quoted as saying on BBC Radio One that it is a song "designed to be played live". Take that for what it's worth. Another rumor is that the recently circulating "Talk" may be a B-side rather than an album track (which I find hard to believe, because it is an excellent tune).
Thanks to Stereogum for the heads-up.
Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (mov)
Left-click (streaming mov). The band is standing in a gallery of moving pictures. The video is stylish but the editing is sloppy and rather annoying with alternating close-ups, medium shots, below eye-level shots, reverse angle shots, and tracking shots thrown together haphazardly. The part with the birds is cool though.
- Rob Blake acquitted of murder
- IFilm: Intro to Ramones documentary, 'End of the Century'
- Apple is reneging on iTunes functionality
- Don't forget my St. Patty's Day post
You can't pinch me.
- Yahoo 360
Yahoo introduces beta of blogging and social networking service. Service launches March 29.
- Robotic crack babies
I bet your mom passed on this one in the toy aisle.
- Snow Patrol's bassist ousted
- Ian Brown arrested for on-stage fight
- SXSW video: How to be beautiful with CSS
- SXSW video: Interview with the creator of BitTorrent
This guy is definitely a geek, but he makes some good points about P2P changing the face of media distribution.
- Tidbits about IE 7.0
- Preview Microsoft's new RSS feed reader
Click on 'Show' on the top left. You can click 'Add Content' and see how your feed would look in their feed reader. It doesn't look like FeedBurner optimizes for it; but, then again, it's pre-beta Microsoft garbage we're talking about.
- Tarantino on Inglorious Bastards and an NC-17 re-release of Kill Bill
- Weezer - Velouria (Pixies cover)
- DJ Riko - Whistler's Delight
A mash-up of songs that feature whistling. Really bizarre.
- Nick Foster - I Only Want Renegade Masta's Shiny Balls
Bay City Rollers vs. Wildchild vs. Who Da Funk
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Beatallica is back, AOL revises AIM TOS, Bloggies, MSNBC on CC, DRM harm, Rock HOF, Billy Joel rehab, Stones tour, Canibus, Annie
- Beatallica is back
Sony has demonstrated that they will come after you for any semblance of a copyright violation when it comes to the Beatles, a fact that parody band Beatallica found out not too long ago. Thankfully, levelheaded analysis of the situation and productive dialogue was promoted by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Metallica's attorney coming to the band's defense. Long story short, Sony has agreed to drop the case and beatallica.org should be online in the near future.
- AOL revises their AIM TOS
Proof that the Slashdot community and blogs CAN influence policy.
- 2005 Bloggies
- MSNBC: Rewriting the rules of copyright (Creative Commons)
- How DRM will harm the developing world
- Rock and roll HOF inductees: U2, The Pretenders, The O'Jays, Percy Sledge, and Buddy Guy
- Billy Joel enters rehab, again
- Stones to kick off world tour at Fenway Park
- Canibus prepares 2 new albums
- Annie LP to see US release in May
- DJ Riko - P-Funk Is Playing At My House (featuring Gerald A and Katie Enlow)
A cover of LCD Soundsystem's hit with reworked lyrics and P-funk samples!
- DJ BC - The Roots vs. Radiohead - Nothing in its Right Place
DJ BC's mash-up features speed-rapping Roots and a mumbling, stuttering Thom Yorke. Interesting, but he's done better.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Just in time for the occasion: Traditional Irish Folk Bands. These are certainly an acquired taste. But by the time Thursday night rolls around, you will be singing along in drunken oblivion.
Archive of Traditional Irish Folk Bands
Monday, March 14, 2005
This is a student art project with animated lego people and landscapes, as well as voices by Adam West (Batman), Mark Hamill (Joker), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Catwoman), and Dick Van Dyke (Commissioner)! The tone is reminiscent of the animated series and the story is brief but well-done.
Batman: New Times (short)
Viral promotion, Mario gone, The Shins tour, Coin Locker Babies, Brad Bird, Privacy (Amazon, AOL) and Piracy, Blog growth
- NYT: Organizations are embracing the phenomenon of viral marketing
For example, check out this cartoon from the Consumers Union entitled "Prescription for Change", a satirical jab at the pharmaceutical industry (hosted on JibJab).
- Mario leaves American Idol
Maybe someone cares.
- The Shins: initial US tour dates
- DVDTalk's audio interview with Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles
The Incredibles comes out on DVD tomorrow.
- Vincent Gallo, Liv Tyler and Asia Argento up to topline Coin Locker Babies
The script was written by Sean Lennon based on the Japanese novel "Coin Locker Babies" by Ryu Murakami.
- CNET: "Amazon has continued to set the low bar for privacy on the Internet"
- Slashdot: AOL responds to privacy concerns
- Slashdot: European piracy crackdowns
- The exponential growth of blogs
Z-Trip's new album comes out 4/19/05. I respect Z-Trip because he's paid his dues as a turntablist before helping to foster the trendy mash-up scene. (Though Z-Trip asserts he is not a mash-up DJ, in this interesting article about mash-ups).
He even says the following:
- "It's sort of become the new karaoke, in my mind. You're at work, and someone's like, 'Hey, listen to what John did in Cubicle No. 4! It's pretty wacky: He did this thing with Christina Aguilera and the Strokes.' To me it's lost its appeal. And it's gone way, way out of the DJ realm."
DJ Z-Trip and Beck - Where It's At (live at Coachella)
Beck is such a tool, but that's why we love him.
Dust in the Wind mashed with ?. Excellent crowd participation with the lighters.
Crowd - Hand
Jane Says mashed with H to the Izzo
Up Close - Hand
Adidas - Hello Tomorrow
This imaginative ad is directed by Spike Jonze, acclaimed music video director and director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. It features Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, his current girlfriend.
Director: Spike Jones
Music: Composed by Squeak E. Clean and featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sunday, March 13, 2005 Ubuweb is a unique site featuring sound poetry, art, historical, and contemporary audio that is out-of-print, not readily available, or prohibitively expensive.
Some examples of precious archived material:
An extensive William S. Burroughs archive
1-minute song samples from their eponymous EP :
Love Is All That Matters
Kill Them With Kindness
What Do I Do
Man For You
Ever Be The Same
- News: The Hobbit, New Order technology, Spamalot, New AIM TOS, What's your #?, WWW over power lines
- M.I.A. - Galang (video)
- Tegan and Sara
- The Life Aquatic
- Misc: Archived concerts, Money and hip-hop, Yo La Tengo, P2P Spyware, Legal P2P in France?, Nintendo WiFi, Apple wins case, Paul Newman=old, Austinist
- Basement Jaxx - Oh my gosh (Bugz in the attic remix)
- New Star Wars Trailer (not the crappy camcorder version)
- Jadakiss - Checkmate, Kiss Tears 50 Cent a New One
- Unreleased Stereolab
- How music gets stuck in your head, 5 cents per song?, Dan Rather signs off, LexisNexis hacked, Benicio and Scarlett?
- Gorillaz SXSW Invitation
- Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies) music video
- The greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th
- Preventing image overflow?
- Morerandom stuff: Durst apologizes to Gawker, Naomi Watts vs. King Kong's hand, Ja Rule pleads guilty, MiniMozilla, BitTorrent 4.0
- Jimi Hendrix Live in Atlanta (video)
- The Clash vs. Stevie Wonder mash-up
- New Keren Ann
- R.I.P. Martin Denny, State Downloading Crime, Sued for P2P, Blogging on the Job, Free Napster, Sony Flash
- The Clash music videos!
- Get the new Wilco EP (only if you own 'A Ghost Is Born')
- Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King (live)
- Misc: The most expensive album never made, Shannon Elizabeth splitsville, Another hot mash-up
- Musical potpourri: New Coldplay, Common and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, Shins' Postal Service cover, The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers video
- News: Controversial UN landmine ad, Beck in NYTM, Yahoo vs. iTunes, AllofMP3.com, Nick Carter arrested, Oasis, Weezer, Sufjan Stevens LPs,indie mix
- Drum and Bass Archive
- News: Niche entertainment markets, Blogging limits, R.I.P. Tommy Vance, Schwarzenegger gets tough on roids, Finger aggression, Triumph on 50 Cent
- The Hobbit movie is three years away
- New Order uses Bluetooth posters to wire music to users
This is a novel idea that very well could be the wave of the future in advertising. Special digital posters beam song clips, ringtones, and photos to fans’ cellphones at HMV's in London and Manchester.
Define irony: Those who registered at the website for Monty Python's Spamalot, a Broadway musical, received a lot of spam when their information was pilfered by spammers.
- New TOS for AIM includes 'No Privacy' clause
"...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy." Thanks to Slashdot for alerting us.
- Can't remember phone numbers? Don't worry, most people can't.
- Japanese create a system for home networking over power lines
Saturday, March 12, 2005
M.I.A. is really blowing up. Even friends of mine in NYC typically oblivious to the latest music are listening and raving. The Galang video features garish graffiti-esque art and anachronistic, clashing early 90s leisure attire.
M.I.A. - Galang (video)
News about M.I.A. from various sources: RS|NYT|Eye|pm|pfm|New Yorker|CBC
Original info via Metafilter
The motherload of Tegan and Sara live and unreleased tracks
Tegan and Sara create an edgy blend of power pop, folk, and punk that is peppy and quirky despite many conventional musical elements and sometimes irritating, sometimes adrorable vocals. Be sure to check out their studio releases as well.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Criterion Collection
Release date: May 10. Droool. My gushing review from the end of 2004:
Wes Anderson's genre-bending adventure is my favorite film of the year. Add action and pseudodocumentary to his usual mix of offbeat drama and tongue-in-cheek dark comedy, and you have a quirky, winning combination. The cast is strong throughout: Bill Murray brings a unique energy to the screen and imbues his character with the complexity and edginess necessary to drive this rather unconventional mid-life crisis story; Owen Wilson's deadpan delivery as Zissou's possible long lost son works well; Willem Dafoe is funny as a jealous senior team member; Anjelica Huston is a commanding presence in her smaller role, sometimes even stealing scenes from Murray; Cate Blanchett is lovely as a pregnant journalist whose incisive questioning and romantic impassability rub Zissou the wrong way; Jeff Goldblum is hilarious as Zissou's ambiguously bi archrival; and Seu Jorge is a great supporting cast member who helps segue scenes with fun Portugese renditions of David Bowie songs. Initially, the atmosphere may seem lighter than that of Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums. However, the humor and quirky plot do not mask the dark undercurrent or detract from the poignancy of the film's climax. Although the screenplay seems a little bit more disjointed than those co-written with Owen Wilson, the playful randomness is a welcome element in this adventure and I didn't feel too much was missing from Wilson's absence in the writing department. The set pieces and costumes are appropriately weird and wonderful and Wes Anderson is certainly in his element with effective use of color (i.e. the helicopter scene), music, editing, shot selection, CGI, and mise-en-scene (especially the intro, the entrance and exit of key characters, and the ending).
Friday, March 11, 2005
Misc: Archived concerts, Money and hip-hop, Yo La Tengo, P2P Spyware, Legal P2P in France?, Nintendo WiFi, Apple wins case, Paul Newman=old, Austinist
- Archived concerts from the Netherlands
- Village Voice: Corporations killed hip-hop
- Yo La Tengo announce precious few tour dates
- New Coldplay album entitled 'X&Y'
- How P2P spyware is tracking you
- P2P More Legal in France?
- Nintendo Revolution will come with wi-fi connectivity built-in
- Apple -1, Bloggers - 0
- Paul Newman ready to retire
Just in time for SXSW, Austinist opens its doors.
Thursday, March 10, 2005 New Star Wars Trailer (mov) updated link
Torrents: Small Torrent | Large Torrent
Jadakiss asks, "Since when has it become cool to get shot and not shoot back?" Themz fighting words. He raps over 50's beat from "Animal", a dis record aimed at Murder Inc. on 50's 2050: Before the Massacre mixtape.
Jadakiss - Checkmate (50 Cent Diss)
Thanks to D-Blockworld.