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The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles

Article: The Poison Tree’s “My Only Friend” Through The Lens Of Orson Welles

In the history of cinema, there are few shots as technically stimulating, or as spectacularly choreographed as the opening tracking shot of Orson Welles’ 1958 Film Noir masterpiece, “Touch of Evil.” There are other contenders to be sure, Altman’s homage to Welles’ famous shot in “The Player” comes to mind. Long amazing sequences in “Magnolia”…

Micheal Cera Plays Bass For Real With Mister Heavenly

Article: Micheal Cera Plays Bass For Real With Mister Heavenly

Mister Heavenly is the modestly named new band comprised of Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer, Islands’ Nick Thorburn, and Man Man frontman Honus Honus, aka Ryan Kattner. They just played their debut show Tuesday night in Seattle and then hit Portland Wednesday night, each time joined by Michael “Scott Pilgrim” Cera on bass. Cera’s really going…

Watch: Lohio’s “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath”

Article: Watch: Lohio’s “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath”

Pittsburgh’s Lohio make folk pop that is surely inspired by their nearby Appalachian environs and Grandfather’s old Chaise. They just released a self titled EP whose five songs shouldn’t go unpraised. The band recorded one of them, “We’ll Hide Ourselves Underneath,” on Halloween morning with Draw Us Lines. It’s all cozy living room, warm trumpet…

The Clash Biopic “London Calling” In Development

Article: The Clash Biopic “London Calling” In Development

The BBC reports that a film about The Clash is a go and that it is to center around the making of their 1979 record, “London Calling.” The band, then composed of the infamous Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon worked with influential British producer Guy Stevens to record the iconic…

British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves

Article: British Sea Power in Favor of “Mad Max”-Style Governments, Wild Wolves

Noble, Yan and the lads of British Sea Power chatted with Contact Music about their record “Valhalla Dancehall” and had a few choice things to say, not least of which came from a roadie of theirs named Paul who chimed in about the name of the accompanying “Zeus” EP — which has nothing to do…

Jared Leto’s 13-Minute “Hurricane” Video Banned For Sexual Content

Article: Jared Leto’s 13-Minute “Hurricane” Video Banned For Sexual Content

It takes a few rolls of the scroll wheel to read through all the shots that got flagged in 30 Seconds To Mars’ new video “Hurricane.” Having actor Jared Leto (“American Pycho,” “Alexander”) as your frontman doesn’t help your band get a video played on MTV when it’s filled with as much sex and bondage…

Anna Calvi’s “Love Won’t Be Leaving” So Hot Right Now

Article: Anna Calvi’s “Love Won’t Be Leaving” So Hot Right Now

Lust, loneliness, and devilry are a few of the things that Anna Calvi sings about, and indeed seems to physically exude from what I’ve seen of her so far. I was not lucky enough to witness this Londoner personally when she opened for Grinderman in Europe, but the videos below are proof enough to me…

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction

Article: Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction

Dylan’s original hand scrawled lyrics for his archetypal coming of age protest song, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” have turned up at Sotheby’s, where they go up for auction Dec 10th. Selby Kiffer speaking for Sotheby’s books and manuscripts department told The New York Times that Dylan originally gave the lyric sheet to fellow folk…

David Lynch’s “Good Day Today”

Article: David Lynch’s “Good Day Today”

David Lynch released an uncharacteristically electronic single called “Good Day Today” on iTunes. It’s not as pleasing to my ear as his film soundtrack work with Angelo Badalamenti or Julee Cruise, nor as cool as the kind of hazy oldies sounds he created with Dangermouse & Sparklehorse on Dark Night Of The Soul. Still, as…

Exclusive Premiere: “The Model: Oshun and The Dream” Featuring Seu Jorge And Almaz

Article: Exclusive Premiere: “The Model: Oshun and The Dream” Featuring Seu Jorge And Almaz

Earlier this month we premiered the first part of the short film,”The Model,” featuring the golden throated Brazilian charmer, Seu Jorge (“City of God,” “Life Aquatic”) as a character called Marcello. Along with the smoothest version of “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” ever recorded, Seu Jorge And Almaz’s cover of Kraftwerk’s “The Model” was teased at…

Recommended: Interview With Director Joseph Kosinski On “Tron: Legacy” Soundtrack

Article: Recommended: Interview With Director Joseph Kosinski On “Tron: Legacy” Soundtrack

Music supervisor, Jason Bentley (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Tron:Legacy”) is also LA radio station KCRW’s music director and longtime DJ. He sat down with “Tron” director Joseph Kosinski for a chat on KCRW exclusively about Daft Punk and the soundtrack for the much anticipated upcoming electrogasm starring Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde. It was a lengthy…

The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton Music Box

Article: The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton Music Box

“This is kind of a geeky thing,” Danny Elfman said, about his music box set coming out based on all of his work with director Tim Burton over the years. It includes 13 original scores that the former Oingo Boingo frontman composed for Burton films from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” to “Batman” right up through…

Axl Rose Brings Lawsuit Against Guitar Hero Game Company

Article: Axl Rose Brings Lawsuit Against Guitar Hero Game Company

Axl Rose has been having a rough time with the success and ensuing fallout he had with Guns N’ Roses, and although ancient history in music business years, remains fascinating as a continuing public tragedy. Now, this hatred of epic proportions between Rose and former bandmate, Slash, is the basis behind a lawsuit brought against…

Freaked Out “Black Swan” Music Video

Article: Freaked Out “Black Swan” Music Video

Natalie Portman spent a year becoming an insane ballet dancer, for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” Even though dancers train from birth and work for decades to hone their craft, Portman has managed to pull off a very convincing ballerina act, actually doing about 90% of the dancing herself. This latest music teaser for the film…

Converse’s “Rubber Tracks” Studio

Article: Converse’s “Rubber Tracks” Studio

Converse is one of those rare brands that not only retains it’s cool but seems to accrue more of it. Everyone loves Chucks. I wear mine in the city, on the farm, shit I even wear some to the beach. Low tops, no socks. Converse’s ongoing music branding campaign seems to be working out well…

Quincy Jones Keeps The Record Straight On Kanye West, Michael Jackson

Article: Quincy Jones Keeps The Record Straight On Kanye West, Michael Jackson

Quincy Jones has been making the rounds for his new album, “Q Soul Bossa Nostra,” which is also a tribute album to none other than legendary mega producer, Quincy Jones. He’s had some choice things to say yesterday about all these Michael Jackson releases (which he says “should have all stayed in the vault”) and…

Malachai “Return To The Ugly Side”

Article: Malachai “Return To The Ugly Side”

Malachai is the most bizarre band I know of from the UK, and possibly the strangest act on a label in the Western hemisphere. I first stumbled on them watching the unreleased (in the US) Eva Green Ryan, Phillippe, Sam Riley film “Franklyn,” which is pretty strange in itself. They had a captivating song in…

Wilco Releases An Organic Coffee

Article: Wilco Releases An Organic Coffee

If you’re schleping to Dunkin’ Donuts to get through your day, consider this “Wilco Selection” available from esteemed Chicago roaster, Intelligentsia. The band went slurping at Intelligentsia’s Cupping Lab to select a favorite coffee and unanimously picked this single origin, Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homecho Waeno.” Wilco’s offering it for sale along with some coffee mugs…

Exclusive Premiere: Husky Rescue’s “Fast Lane”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Husky Rescue’s “Fast Lane”

Finnish band Husky Rescue was inspired to make their third album “Ship of Light” after songwriter Marko Nyberg was captivated by a UFO sighting near his home in Helsinki. They used a diverse array of instruments on the album from the bizarre Memorymoog, a device from the early ’80s, to a pieces-of-wood-on-a-string noisemaker, a contraption…

Spike Jonze’s Arcade Fire Video Is A Bleak Portrayal of “The Suburbs”

Article: Spike Jonze’s Arcade Fire Video Is A Bleak Portrayal of “The Suburbs”

Spike Jonze’s vision of “The Suburbs” is at first a very familiar one with big open skies, endless subdivisions, fast food parking lots and enough fences and walls to shut out the rest of the world. Who needs the rest of the world when everything you want is right there? But Jones, inspired by The…

Daft Punk Took A Baroque Approach To Scoring “Tron: Legacy”

Article: Daft Punk Took A Baroque Approach To Scoring “Tron: Legacy”

It’s been almost a month since I’ve written about “Tron: Legacy” or about Daft Punk’s score for the long awaited sequel to the original 1982 film, which was notable both for it’s ground breaking visuals as well as it’s score by synth pioneer Wendy Carlos. We’re clearly due for an update and I’ve got some…

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