Someone has good taste! A fan of both The Office and Fire Flies has created a video tribute to Jim and Pam from the hit show (and personal favorite). They used the Flies "More than This," in the video.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Album number four for the Hold Steady is in the Can! The album is called Stay Positive and will be released later this year.
More good news for "Yuppie!" I would like to take this moment again, to thank The Editors for featuring my review of their concert at Terminal 5, not only on their website, but on their Myspace Page as well. The band took a handful of their favorite reviews and tossed them up on the networking site. Check it out here and see what people had to say... http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=11745651&blogID=359720611
From my friend Mike, another music / film / art lover, comes The Cynical Humanist. A worth while venture into humanity, music, film etc. Check it out at http://www.thecynicalhumanist.blogspot.com/ .
Now from another close friend and colleague, Mr. Bill Reese, a name synonymous with this site, comes his online novel The Class of No Tomorrow. An interesting and intricate story done by one of the best writers I know. Read it all at http://www.classofnotomorrow.blogspot.com/ .
Monday, February 25, 2008
Glen Hansard:Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two Handycams. It took us three weeks to make. We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It's been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you. It means a lot to us. Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all the people who've helped us, they know who they are, we don't need to say them. This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.
Marketa Irglova:Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we're standing here tonight, the fact that we're able to hold this, it's just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much those who helped us along way. Thank you.
Here are the band performing there Oscar winning song "Falling Slowly" at the Awards last night:
Thursday, February 21, 2008
10 Best Films of 2007:
1. Gone Baby Gone
2. No Country For Old Men
3. La Vie En Rose
4. There Will Be Blood
5. This is England
6. Michael Clayton
8. Eastern Promises
9. Hot Fuzz
10. American Gangster
My Oscar Picks for 10 Categories:
Best Picture -
No Country For Old Men
Best Actor -
Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress -
Best Supporting Actor -
Best Supporting Actress -
Best Director -
Best Screenplay (original) -
Best Adapted Screenplay -
No Country For Old Men
Best Cinematography -
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Original Song –
“Falling Slowly” from Once.
We shall have to wait and see on who takes home the statues this Sunday.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
In related news, sorta, The Klaxons will perform with Rihanna Thursday night at the Brit Awards.
U2 are still working on their forthcoming album, however, according to producer Daniel Lanois has speculated there is so much material that U2 could have two albums under their belt. "We're going to try and break new sonic ground and deliver a masterpiece," Lanois tells Billboard.com, "The sleeves are rolled up. Bono is all charged up with a lyrical angle." No date for the record has been set, but I cannot wait.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
One of my favorite Singer - Songwriters, Joseph Arthur performs "Into the Sun," on Letterman. "Into the Sun," was originally written by Michael Stipe and Chris Martin and was featured on a E.P. back in 2006 with Stipe and Martin singing and Coldplay backing. The E.P. can be found on Itunes and Arthur's latest Can We Survive? will be available in March.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
- Living Well's the Best Revenge
- Mansized Wreath
- Supernatural Superserious
- Hollow Man
- Until the Day Is Done
- Mr. Richards
- Sing for the Submarine
- Horse to Water
- I'm Gonna DJ
Friday, February 8, 2008
Also in Indy news, Spielberg and Co. posted a new behind the scenes video of our favorite hero through the years. The video entitled "Indy's Hat and Jacket," is a look at the wardrobe made famous by Harrison Ford and how it has become synonymous with adventure. Check out the video at www.indianajones.com
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. (of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company
With that in mind, can someone define what it means to be “indie” today. The music world seems to be tossing this term around the way Javier Bardem’s character in No Country For Old Men tosses bodies. It is just so common for bands of different backgrounds, non-radio friendly, artistic musicians are being called. Yet, with all of that said and the definition above, there are few bands who can rightfully call themselves “indie.” Take for instance my boys in Fire Flies, they have been kicking around the music scene for a few years now and are not looking to make a profit, but are looking to get their music out. Irish rockers The Frames have been around for over a decade, have six albums under their belt and have never gone to a major label because they do not want their art tampered with. Maybe with a major these bands can and would get more exposure, but for them DIY and staying with independent labels seems to work. Now take for instance the Arcade Fire, a band I love and admire, who are probably the biggest “indie” band in the world right now (with the exception of Radiohead, who just left EMI last fall).
Granted the music world is much different today than it has ever been. Much different I am sure from when The Wonders sighned to PlayTone records in That Thing You Do. Due to myspace and the fall of big record companies, getting music out there is not as difficult as it once was, getting attention is a diverse situation. Though as diverse as the situation is today for musicians, "indie," does not seem to classify much. Arcade Fire I am sure have had offers left and right from the majors, but refuse to join the band wagon. These bands are just some examples. In many cases it is the punk thing to do, but many bands today are not making and living by the old punk code of DIY. Nevertheless, these artistic bands are emerging and “alternative” is coming back in a huge way.
Now take for instance, Badly Drawn Boy, a singer songwriter from the U.K. who I also adore. His lyrics are passionate, his music full of life, and he is known as a “indie” artist. The catch---he is signed to EMI, one of the biggest labels of all time, a label that boasted The Beatles, Coldplay and the recently departed Radiohead. Another artist, Beck, cannot be considered "indie," at all in my opinon, people call him that, I don't know why. I respct the guy, love his music, but he has been with the major's since the begining. I am not saying that going to a major label is a bad thing either, in many ways it helps certain artists. After the Grey Album, DJ Danger Mouse was able to link up with Cee-Lo to form Gnarls Barkly and created one of the most brillant albums Atlantic Records has released in years. So in some cases, majors do work.
I just cant figure out how this term can be tossed around so loosley. Remember pop sensation Hanson? Well guess what kind of music they are making now, yep, you got it! “Indie.” I have herd what they are making now, it is country fused folk. It is almost as if any band coming out of Brooklyn or have decided to leave the mainstream world are considered to be this term. Although this term does not define the type of music they are making, but how they are selling it.
What you need to understand and what I am trying to figure out is, “indie,” is not a genre, it is a label choice and lifestyle to a certain respect. The term, what everyone is looking for is alternative. As dictionary.com defines this word:
1. Allowing or necessitating a choice between two or more things.
a. Existing outside traditional or established institutions or systems: an alternative lifestyle.
b. Espousing or reflecting values that are different from those of the establishment
or mainstream: an alternative newspaper; alternative greeting cards.
If anyone could further my argument, pose one themselves or just shed more light to my mystery I would greatly appreciate it. Leave comments and enjoy. I hope this got you thinking.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Oasis have left the U.K. for warmer pastures to finish their latest disc. According to the band's website, "Oasis have flown out to Los Angeles to finish recording their seventh studio album with Producer David Sardy. Once recordings are complete, they will stay in L.A. to mix the album." The record is due out sometime this year.
Tapes 'N Tapes has announced the release date to their sophomore record, Walk it Off. It is a follow up to 2006's critically acclaimed The Loon, the record hits stores April and the band has also released the cover work, and looks strikingly similar to their debut.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Boston's finest Dropkick Murphy's performed on the Late Show with David Letterman a few weeks back. They had only aired the Murphy's playing "The State of Massachusetts," here is the internet only exclusive of "Shipping up to Boston," taped from the same performance.