Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Indy Watch


MGMT Live on Letterman

Brooklyn rockers MGMT hit The Late Show back in January and rocked out (in capes) their latest single "Time to Pretend."

Indy Watch

George Lucas spoke to USA Today recently and is saying that Indy 4 is "Just a movie." Well George, for some of us, its a passion....check out the article in full here

Also, if you are living in the UK check out Empire Magazine's latest issue which hits newsstand's Friday. It is an entire issue dedicated to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is packed with secrets, photos and a separate booklet of production diaries. That issue will go worldwide, later in April.

Quick News

Coldplay have officially named...then RE named their forthcoming album. Last week I reported that it is going to be called Viva La Vida, well now it is officially titled Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends.

Bjork once again is breaking new ground and paving the way for the future of music. Now the groundbreaking artist is changing the music video as we know it. For her forthcoming single "Wanderlust," she has created the world's first 3D music video. You can catch the 2D premiere on Monday on Yahoo, however, the 3D version will be released on DVD (and yes, with glasses) in Mid April. Check out for stills and more info.

Death Cab for Cutie have released the album cover to their new record Narrow Stairs. The cover can be seen below, the album comes out May 13.

Monday, March 24, 2008

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Spielberg and Co. have posted a very action packed and fun video of Shia LaBeouf on set in New Haven and Mexico during his stunt training. Check it out at

***You may notice some of the New Haven footage I featured in my July post when I visited the set****

Shine a Light

Stones + Scorsese = April 4

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Quick News

Coldplay have officially released the title to their much anticipated new record. For the past couple months, speculation has been brewing as to what the title of their fourth record maybe. According to Rolling Stone, the band is calling it Viva La Vida (Long Live Life) . The Spanish title comes from the band recording in Spain around this time last year and comes from a series of paintings by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Singer Chris Martin tells the magazine “She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said Viva la Vida [...] I just loved the boldness of it.”Martin then began to joke “Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect.” Viva La Vida is due out this summer.

Also speaking to Rolling Stone is E Street Band guitarist and Soprano's Alum, Little Steven "Silvio Dante" Van Zandt. He gives a great interview on the band, his projects and being on stage every night with one of the greatest bands ever. Check it out here:

While Little Steven and Chris Martin are talking to Rolling Stone, The Roots are talking to pitchfork. Drummer ?Love and Co., discuss some details on the bands forthcoming tenth record Rising Down. Check out the interview, Rising Down drops April 29.

If you happened to log onto iTunes yesterday you may have noticed the free single from The Kills, free REM video (both of which you should snag), however, the real surprise comes when Gnarls Barkley unexpectedly released their sophomore disc The Odd Couple. The album which never had a release, aside from Spring 08, came out digitally yesterday and on disc next week.


It has taken nearly a decade to hear new music from the English trio. Finally here it is, the long awaited single "Machine Gun," from the bands much anticipated Third.

300th Post!!

Proud to announce this is number 300!!!
Thanks for reading, leaving comments and making me continue...I hope I have inspired you the way you are all inspiring me.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

RIP Anthony Minghella

One of the best directors to emerge out of the U.K. suddenly past away this morning. I was shocked to read the news that Anthony Minghella had departed. The 54 year old Academy Award winning director of The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain had died of a brain hemorrhage according to reports from I remember the first time I saw Talented Mr. Ripley and its slick cast of Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman had a very Mediterranean vibe. Granted the film is set all over Italy, but something just seem to be too perfect and stick out. It was something much to much for a director from England to grasp, it was then that I learned of Minghella's Italian ancestry and passion for the area that film was set. The film was a display to audiences how fantastic Damon was as an actor, but more importantly broke the career of Jude Law. Law and Minghella would go on to work together many times after, including Cold Mountain and Breaking and Entering, a script Minghella wrote for Law. They were a great actor/director combo with much energy and passion for what they did. Minghella will truley be missed. Cinema has lost one of its rising legends behind the camera.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Calling All NIN Fans!

Trent Reznor is calling on all Nine Inch Nails fans to create videos for the band's latest instrumental only internet release Ghosts I-IV.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

WQAQ Presents...

My former radio station (and notebly the best College Radio Station ever), WQAQ, is holding its annual Spring Concert April 4 at Quinnipiac University. Minus the Bear are headlinging with Kevin Devine, Paulson and Great Ceasar and the Gogetters rocking out this year, the show costs $5 and I promise it is the best deal around. For more details head on over to

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No Words Needed.... (Click on image to Enlarge)


Hey folks,
Sorry I have not posted here in a while...No I have not forgotten about this site, I was away on holiday in London. Fantastic city with so much to offer, for those that have not been, defiantly go. Check out some of the albums I have picked up while I was there, you can see them in the "Currently Spinning," section on the left hand side of the page. Expect more updates to the site soon, I am still recovering from major Jet Lag.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Rising Aritist - Tripwires

When most bands try and befriend you or myself on Myspace you usually right them off. Or at least I do. However, for some reason I went to this band's site and checked them out. Of course it didn't hurt that they messaged me and told me that I would enjoy their music and they enjoyed my article on The Editors in NYC. After a quick listen to Tripwires, I was immediately hooked. The raw talent and unpolished production plus the haunting lyrics had me going. Think a cross between Joy Division meets Cooper Temple Clause. Its art rock tone and sound even caught the ears of the BBC as they described the lads as "Not only musically strong, incredibly catchy." Originally from Reading, Berkshire. The band consisting of Rhys Edwards (vocals, guitar), Joe Stone (synth, guitar), Ben White (bass) and Sam Pilsbury (drums) met at secondary school in 2002 and have been touring England and the U.K. ever since. I hope they make it across the pond soon because I would love to catch them live. As they are on the rise in Britain, they will be releasing their first world wide single at the end of the month, the single, "Kings and Queens," will be an independant release that I think/hope will lead to bigger and better things for this band. Check them out the way I did....

Movie of the Month - I Vitelloni

What more can I say and keep saying about Federico Fellini. The older I get, the more I appreciate his work, his stories and his craftsmanship. I Vitelloni is no exception, in fact, it is a turning point. The 1953 film about a group of five close friends living in a small Italian sea side town, are trying to get the most out of life and want more from it. The characters are as diverse from one another as oil is to water. There is womanizer Fausto, forced to marry a girl he has impregnated; Alberto, an adult but juvenile at heart; Riccardo, a want to be singer; Leopoldo, a writer looking for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. Combined these stories make up I Vitelloni (translation: The Guys). It is a semi-autobiographical film for Fellini and his second solo directorial effort. As these character's in the film struggle for meaning in their lives, the film's strengths (or Fellini's-depending on how you look at it), is that it was willing to take leaps and forwards and was Fellini's first push at censorship (it would later come full circle with La Dolce Vita). In I Vitelloni, Fellini shows womanizing, homosexual references, adulatory. These were things that one could not do back in motion pictures prior to the 1960's, even then it was a gamble. However, the gamble paid off, Fellini garnered an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay for this film and also began to receive international acclaim. Fellini once remarked, “Our duty as storytellers is to bring people to the station. There each person will choose his or her own train… But we must at least take them to the station… to a point of departure.” In fact he does, displaying one of the greatest endings to a film ever ***ATTENTION SPOILER ALERT****, Fellini takes Moraldo and as he gets on a train going anywhere that is not the sleepy town, it shows a tracking shot of what is going on with the rest of the guys. While they are snuggled in their beds, Moraldo seeks his escape. There are not enough words in any language to describe how amazing this film is, it must be seen.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Underated Classic-Chemical Brothers "Surrender"

Consisting of probably one of my favorite album covers of all time, The Chemical Brothers 1999 release Surrender, had myself and the end of the millennium do just that. It was the third release for the electronic duo and after their breakthrough success with 1996's Dig Your Own Hole, The Chemical Brothers had to stay on top and keep that genre afloat. It is not easy to get people to listen to electronica techno, whatever you would like to call it, yet Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons aka the Chemical Brothers know how to keep a person's attention. Surrender, a record of sonic proportions featured guest appearances by Noel Gallagher, Missy Elliot and Timbaland, and New Order's Bernard Sumner and Primal Screams Bobby Gillespie. Helping bridge the gap between the underground metropolitan scene and Europe's highly charged and popular rave/discotheque scene, The Chemical Brother's knew how to please everyone. They also knew how to utilize the MTV audience before they totally fell out of attention with music all together. They linked up with avaunt gard filmmaker Michel Gondry to cut the video for the duet with Gallagher on "Let Forever Be." The video was as groundbreaking as it was frightening, it told the story of a young woman's nightmare's becoming a reality. The genre the Chemical Brother's help pioneer may not sell a hundreds of thousands of records, yet the imagination and the work that goes into a record of theirs, especially one like Surrender cannot go overlooked. Due to the work of The Chemical Brothers, the genre is coming back in a big way with bands like Justice, Simian Mobile Disco and Spank Rock. These artists to name a few have taken what Rowlands and Simons and ushered in a new era. Surrender is one of the pivotal albums of the late 90's and should not be missed. It will have you head bobbing and dancing in no time.