Singer-songwriter and all around good guy, Jonah Matranga (onelinedrawing, Far, Gratitude) wrote a song about Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Check it out.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Marshall went on to also say that "I would say it's closest to the third one (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). It's all adults. I mean, you have the sidekick in Shia (LaBeouf), but you don't have a Short Round and I think the banter between the characters is as fun as it was in the third movie." I seriously cannot wait any longer.
Also in that issue you will find an exclusive picture of Harrison Ford holding a Bazooka with Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen riding in a truck with our hatted adventurer. Check it out at http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=21881
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I wanted to let you know about some changes I have made to the site...From now on I will not be posting "Buy Now!" lists, instead if you look to the left of the page, right above the archived posts you will see what records I am currently jamming out to. I encourage you to listen to them as well. Also, in relation to that you will see a "Currently Watching" Section in the same neighborhood, they are films or shows that I believe are defiantly worth your time in theaters or on DVD.
Please also leave comments. I want to make this site as interactive as possible, if you have a Gmail or Blogger account please leave comments, if you do not have a Gmail or Blogger account you can get one for free. It is great to hear from my readers and welcome thoughts, subjective opinions and most of all see what you are into.
Also, I am currently enrolled in a contest from Edun. It is a contest curated by Bono and his Wife Ali, at the top left corner of the page you will see a little blurb about Edun. Please click on those links and they will send you to the Edun page. It is a great company to check out and it not only helps others but gives me a boost in this contest as well.
Lastly, my good friend Manny has created a blog himself. I may have inspired him, which is dope if I did, but defiantly check it out. It is the perfect companion to this site. Where as "With This I Think I'm Officially A Yuppie," centers mainly around music and touches on film. Manny's site "Everyone's A Critic," centers mainly around film and touches on music. Check it out its a great site http://everyoneacritic.blogspot.com/ .
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Badly Drawn Boy - "Born in the U.K."
Feist - "The Water"
Bjork - "Declare Independence"
Beck - "The Golden Age"
Swell Season - "Falling Slowly"
The Hold Steady - "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
Eddie Vedder - "Long Hard Sun"
Edith Piaf - "Heaven Have Mercy"
MGMT - "Time to Pretend"
Muse - "Starlight"
Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In other cancellation news, Bjork was forced to cancel her headlining appearance at this weeks Big Day Out Festival in Australia due to swollen vocal chords.
Actress Scarlett Johansson is set to release her first solo record this spring. The album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, was supposed to come out last year, but due to her hectic work schedual it was pushed back. Anywhere I Lay My Head features 10 Tom Waits covers and an orginal by Johansson.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The Hold Steady are busy working on the follow up to Boys and Girls in America, check out what the band is doing as they post weekly photos of them having fun and growing bears (seriously, they are having a beard growing contest). It is all at www.holdsteady.com
The unfortunate and untimely death of one of Hollywood's true artists, Heath Ledger, has posed more questions than answers. Pitchfork Media has posted this article about the paradox between Ledger and 70's singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Check it out http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/48205-the-heath-ledgernick-drake-connection
Long Live The Joker--Heath you will be missed...
Monday, January 21, 2008
Also, this is PURE RUMOR at the moment...but some sources are stating that the teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could make an appearance at the Super Bowl, while other sources are saying it will be hitting theaters at 12:01 AM February 15.
Friday, January 18, 2008
2004 buzz band Louis XIV opened the show and played NYC for the first time three years. Singer Jason Hill was probably one of the most frightened front man I have ever seen, full knowing that a New York crowd will make or break his career and could ruin the bands re surging hype. Jason Hill and his band mates have nothing to fear, opening the show and raising the bar on a tight set playing songs from their debut The Best Little Secrets Are Kept and their latest Slick Dogs and Ponies (Due at end of month). This is a band who I never really cared for, but after displaying fantastic musicianship, energy and performance, I can understand why people take to them. What they lack on an album, they make up for live. After raising the bar and foreshadowing what was to come, Louis XIV made room for the rest of the nights acts to take the torch even further.
2003 buzz band Canada's Hot Hot Heat, ignited the stage and looked like they have so much fun doing what they do. Really getting the crowd involved and dancing away with their hybrid of new wave-rock-electro, they did not disappoint. Playing all of their hits, including "Bandages," "No Not Now," "Middle of Nowhere," and "Goodnight, Goodnight." Their catalogue of hits and songs you have defiantly herd before-but never knew who sang them, made their set all the more enjoyable. With Hot Hot Heat, once again the bar was raised.
2006 buzzers and headliners The Editors had a heavy weight to lift with openers as fantastic as Louis XIV and Hot Hot Heat. Birmingham England's pride hit the stage with their sound resembling a better version of Interpol and displaying a heavy influence from fellow UK acts such as Coldplay, Joy Division and Duran Duran. Singer Tom Smith played his guitar and jumped around on stage, banging his piano as if he was Chris Martin on crack. Smith's deep brash voice is one of the key elements to the bands sound and he never missed a beat. Playing a majority of songs off 2007's An End Has A Start, The Editors barnstormed a dance heavy set and looked as if they had no signs of stopping. I can understand now, why in the past 12 months they have played New York City a total of three times (excluding last night) and all three times there shows sell out so fast. Last night at Terminal 5 was no exception.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
‘Famous Old Painters’
‘Glass Of Water’
‘Cemeteries of London’
Congrats to Eddie Vedder for picking up a Golden Globe for his music for Into the Wild. Unfortunately for Vedder it was at the worst broadcast in Award Show history...
This is news that really excites me, former Clash members Topper Headon and Mick Jones shared the stage together in London over the weekend. This was the first time two out of the three existing Clash members have been on stage in 25 years. Headon joined Jones with his new band Carbon / Silicon.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Incubus' Ben Kenney and DJ Chris Kilmore are hitting up clubs on the West Coast together for a series of dates. No word on if or when they will make it out East.
In more new album news, Billy Bragg announced track listing and release dates for his latest, Mr Love and Justice. The album will only be coming out in the UK at the moment (DAMN IT!), but hopefully will pick up distribution here across the pond. Here is the track listing and Mr Love and Justice is expected on UK shelves March 3.
1. I Keep Faith
2. I Almost Killed You
3. M For Me
4. The Beach is Free
5. Sing Their Souls Back Home
6. You Make Me Brave
7. Something Happened
8. Mr. Love & Justice
9. If You Ever Leave
10. O Freedom
11. The Johnny Carcinogenic Show
12. Farm Boy
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Coldplay - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Summer
Recording the record in both old Spanish churches and cramped recording studio's in England and mixing part of it in New York, one of my favorite British acts are really looking for the international appeal on their fourth record. Also calling to the table Timbaland and Brian Eno to produce the record.
U2 - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Fall
From working with Rick Rubin to the band's dynamic duo of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. From going to Morocco to Ireland, U2 are not far behind Coldplay as far as a conglomerate of locations and people are considered for the bands 11th studio recording.
Death Cab for Cutie - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Spring
Much like another indie band hitting the studio this year, The Hold Steady, Death Cab is rumored to be channelling Jack Kerouac for their 6th disc.
Portishead - Still Untitled
Expected Release: ????
The band has been completely mum about their much awaited third release. An album that was supposed to come out last year, has fans keeping their fingers crossed that it makes it way in 08.
The Love Ones - Build and Burn
Expected Release: 2/5/08
The Philly punkers--now a four man group, will storm stages and record stores with the release of their second disc. Produced by members of the Bouncing Souls, this release is sure to kick ass.
Patent Pending - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Summer
As their myspace page will tell you, they are "Writing fresh jams," yet we all can wait to see what these Long Island punkers can crank out in the new year.
Weezer - Still Untitled
Expected Release: ???
With his graduation from Harvard and his solo recordings behind him, River's Cuomo can now relax and go back to making good music...and something better than Make Believe.
The Verve - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Spring
Probably out of all of the comeback's in 2007, this announcement was one of my favorites. I simply cannot wait for this release!
The Cure - Still Untitled
Expected Release: Spring
Originally supposed to come out this past October, the bands double disc and tour will be pushed back to this spring.
Bauhaus - Going Away White
Expected Release: June
The original Goth rockers will put out their final recording and possibly do a farewell tour after reforming only 3 years ago.
Protest the Hero - Fortress
The craziest band to ever come out of Canada. Mixing thrash, hardcore and punk will release their sophomore disc. By the singles they have posted on their myspace page as an indication, Fortress will melt your face off.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
A full bearded David Letterman returned to "The Late Show," last night after cutting a deal with the WGA. With his return, he still showed his love of new music, Lupe Fiasco performs one of the best songs out there now, "Superstar," off his latest The Cooler.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The Hold Steady have emerged from their rehearsal space in Brooklyn and will be hitting the studio soon to record a follow up to 2006's breakthrough Boys and Girls in America. The band posted this on their website: "Since the band's beginning, this is the longest we've gone without being in the studio. I've never looked forward to being placed in a giant aquarium with headphones like I have been lately." The band hopes to have the record out by years end--reserve a spot on your top 10 lists now and don't say I didn't warn you!
Radiohead's Thom Yorke spoke exclusively to the BBC about the CD and Vinyl release of In Rainbows. Check out what Yorke had to say here http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7167759.stm
May 22 cannot come soon enough!