Monday, January 31, 2005

E-Pro Videeeo & Coachella Gnus

Here'e a link to the egg-cellent new Beck video "E-Pro" off of his forthcoming album "Guero." The clip was directed by Shynola, who previously directed the also-egg-cellent "Pyramid Song" vid by Radiohead. Props to my man Beck Hanson for using them.

Also, I'm way late on the (8) ball but here's the updated website from Coachella that lists the entire lineup:

Here's who I wanna see:

Coldplay/Bauhaus/Weezer/Chemical Brothers/Rilo Kiley/Cafe Tacuba/Bloc Party/NIN/New Order/Bright Eyes/Black Star/The Arcade Fire/British Sea Power/Aesop Rock/Stereophonics/The Bravery/ and my fave band du jour SPOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 28, 2005

Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors

Ok, so some of you know, and some of you don't know about my undying obssesive love for the band Radiohead. I don't usually post about them here, because well, I'm too scared. ANYway here's something I just couldn't pass up sharing with all my lovelies aka: you guys. On filmmaker Ed Burke's website you can find several short films. On one of them, entitled 'Japan', Radiohead's 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' scores the film. The movie was shot with a hand held camera, and edited in Final Cut Pro. Enjoy.

Putting The "Inc." In Clink

Irv Gotti is so going to jail:

Thursday, January 27, 2005

...And When I Think Of It My Fingers Turn To Fists...

Here's an interesting update via about the unreleased Fiona Apple album "Extrodinary Machine." I really wish those fuckwads over at Sony would release the damned thing already. The response to the 2 leaked tracks "Extrodinary Machine" & "Better Version Of Me" were extremely favorable, so you'd think her fans would be rewarded with a release date. As of now, Sony/Universal has nothing from Fiona slated for release this year. Should she pull a "Wilco" and buy back the masters hoping for interest from another label? You betcha!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Grave Misunderstanding

Another CGI masterpiece from Tim Burton, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter (who just happens to be Burton's bi-atch and baby's mama.) Here's the link for a preview of Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride."

She's Still A Joke, Not Yet A Woman

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Somethin' For Nothin"

According to indie `zine Ambitious-Outsiders, New Order & Portishead are confirmed for Coachella 2005. Here's their list:

Confirmed for April 30 / May 1

» Nine Inch Nails (by reps at William Morriss Agency) » Coldplay (by reps at William Morriss Agency)

» Portishead (by reps at Goldenvoice) » New Order (by reps at Goldenvoice) » Gang of Four (by reps at Goldenvoice & the New York Times) » Rilo Kiley (by Jenny Lewisthe Futureheads (by Dave Hydethe Doves (by Billboard.comAutolux (by their email newsletterM83 (by their new promo sticker put out by the label)» the Bravery (by their manager Pete Galli) » Radio 4 (by their manager Brian Long)» Fiery Furnaces (by Billboard.comthe Killers (by the NMEWolf Eyes (by SubPopthe Arcade Fire (by many emails I've received)» Boom Bip (by the Windish AgencyFour Tet (by the Windish AgencyDiplo (by the Windish AgencyMatthew Dear (by the Windish AgencyMiss Kittin (by the Windish AgencySixtoo (by the Windish Agencythe Perceptionists featuring Mr.Lif, Akrobatik, and DJ Fakts One (by the Windish Agency)

PULP ~ Massive Attack ~ Garbage ~ Bjork ~ Prince ~ U2 ~ Trail of Dead ~ Jay-Z ~ Danger Mouse ~ Chemical Brothers ~ Outkast ~ Foo Fighters ~ Coldplay ~ David Bowie ~ Nine Inch Nails ~ PJ Harvey ~ Interpol ~ The Faint ~ Franz Ferdinand ~ Polyphonic Spree ~ Boards of Canada ~ Yeah Yeah Yeahs ~ Squarepusher ~ Clinic ~ French Kicks ~ Secret Machines ~ Phoenix ~ Dogs Die In Hot Cars ~ Helio Sequence ~ R.E.M. ~ Tears For Fears ~ Wilco ~ Bright Eyes ~ Jimmy Eat World ~ Mos Def ~ Badly Drawn Boy ~ The Streets ~ Spoon ~ Cake ~ Postal Service ~ Shins ~ Sleater-Kinney ~ Moving Units

New Releases

Some great albums being released today. Czech `em out:

  • Digital Ash In A Digital Urn....Bright Eyes
  • I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning....Bright Eyes
  • Worlds Apart....And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  • Push The Button....The Chemical Brothers

P.S. Pitchfork can suck my ass for this Trail Of The Dead review

Monday, January 24, 2005

I'm Freaking Out, It's Monday

Now, I don't condone this sort of thing, but if you're so inclined here are links to download both of Bright Eyes new albums. Links courtesy of

Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Creepiest. Video. EVER.

Spike Jones directs Icelandic nymphette/freak of nature Bjork's new track "It's In Our Hands" off the too-ahead-of-it's-time snoozer "Medulla." Thing is, it's filmed entirely in night vision. I know! This will either go down as one of the more artistically etherial or retardedly lazy videos of all time. Talk amongst yourselves. Here, I'll give you a topic: Bjork is neither cutting edge nor relevant anymore. Discuss.

Hit The Switch

Even though you'll be able to buy it tomorrow, and even though it's been leaked online for quite some time now, I'm still gonna post the link to Bright Eye's excellent track "Hit The Switch" from the forthcoming "Digital Ash In A Digital Urn." The album also coincides with the dual release of the more rootsy "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" but I gotta level with you... I'm way more excited for "Digital..." I'm really hoping main Eye Conor Oberst can pull his own version of a "Kid A" `cause if he can, then he will have earned all the hype he's received as America's newest Dylan. Enjoy this tune, I can't stop listening to it. Link from

Incidentally, here's a review from

Friday, January 21, 2005

Hello! Hello! Hola! I'm In A Place Called San Diego!

Everyone's favorite martyr's U2 have announced that the first leg of their US tour will kick off in San Diego on March 28th! Sa-weet jeebus I can't wait! From what I hear, GA tix start at $45, while reserved seats will start around $90. Ouch! I think my wallet just bit me.

Spit or Swallow?

Apparently, Oasis were going to release a double album of sorts, but then they decided 66 shitty songs would just be too cruel.

Ultragrrrl reveals Jack White’s stunt double. Who the fuck are My Chemical Romance and who the fuck really cares? Eat a fucking Big Mac for chrissakes! I'll let `em slide though `cause of how much I dig Ultragrrrl.

Achtungbaby has a live Snow Patrol mp3 up that’s sure to piss off somebody. I know I am.

Electro Beck reveals tracklisting and release date for new album Puto, i mean "Guero"

Also, if anyone still cares, Portishead are working on their first new album in 8 years.

Still bored? Here's Lindsay Lohan having problems swallowing. No people, get your heads out of the gutter.

link to for more juicy couture...i mean gossip. i did.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Carson Daly Would Be SO Proud

Because I fucking love this song, & because it's such a fucking great live version, I bring you a live clip of The Killer's on TRL performing "Smile Like You Mean It." Hot fuss indeed my friends. Hot fuss indeed.


Musical Potpurri

Queens of the Stoneage have new tour dates up:

Bloc Party's US tour dates are up. You are listening to Bloc Party right? RIGHT?!

The fantastic Drive By Truckers begin their 3 night stand at the legendary 40 Watt club in Athens, Georgia. If you live in Athens then you're in luck. If you don't, sucks to be you (and me):

Great article on DBT:

Pitchfork dismisses new Beck track; gives it 3.5 stars anyway:

Modest Mouse & Guided By Voices are on Austin City Limits this Saturday ya'll! Check for local times:

Still bored? Check out this new Volkswagen ad sure not to offend anyone:

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Best. Video. EVER.

"We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service, directed by Jared Hess of "Napoleon Dynamite" fame. Kistchy kitschy ya ya daaa daaa!!!

Sheer "Joy"

Well well well. Looks like the "almost-but-not-quite" shelved biopic of the late Ian Curtis will finally see the light. Anton Corbijn of Depeche Mode photos/videos fame is tapped to direct; no word whether Jude Law still wants to play the late Joy Division singer, who famously hung himself on the eve of their first U.S. tour. Read on:

Monday, January 17, 2005

The "Stop Ashlee Simpson" Petition

Some people have finally taken their disgust of Ashlee Simpson and created an online petition to remove her from the entertainment industry. I don't think that's fair though. Just because somebody has no talent doesn't mean they shouldn't be paid millions of dollars to get booed at. Are we really living in a society where we judge entertainers by their talent? That would be like only letting smart people work at NASA. Crazy I tell you!

The Stop Ashlee Simpson Petitition [via ]

Globes? We don't need no stinking globes!

Here, some scenes from the Globes:

• Said Robin Williams of the characteristic unpredictability of the evening: "I've been coming for 27 years. It's like wild-card night. There are always surprises." What makes it great: "It's not just the open bar. It's kind of wild. It's like foreplay for the Oscars."

• What makes the Globes different from other awards shows, said Virginia Madsen, from Sideways: "It's a very big deal, but it's also a party and people get really loaded, I must say."

• Raquel Welch walked into the ladies' room, where Hotel Rwanda's Sophie Okonedo was touching up her hairdo. Said Okonedo, "I'm just going to try to have a good time. If you told me at this time last year that I would be here, I would have told you to up the medication."

• Shatner was riding high from his win but played food critic: "The shrimp were a little soggy," he said backstage. And of his work: "Acting is a bit like being in a sandbox and getting to pretend again." THIS after he frenched his wife. Ewwww.

• The balcony overlooking the pool where smoking is permitted was the cool place to be. Spotted schmoozing and/or smoking: Okonedo, Kevin Spacey, Natasha Richardson, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein and Johnny Depp.

• When asked about partying, Lost's Maggie Grace said before the show, "I have a feeling we're gonna be the bad kids who get put in the back of the class." Co-star Ian Somerhalder added, "Yeah, we get in lots of trouble in Hawaii," where Lost is filmed.

• Foxx had everyone in the house singing with him as he stood on stage after winning for Ray. When asked backstage how the Globe would affect his love life, he said, "I call it leverage. You know, when you're in a club and you ask a girl to dance, and she says no?" Foxx then lifted his Golden Globe. "You sure you don't wanna dance?"

• Winner Teri Hatcher, clutching her Golden Globe, thanked ABC, "a network that gave me a second chance at a career when I couldn't have been a bigger has-been."

•Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross was giddy not to be in character. "I am so excited I don't have to be Bree tonight. Bree would never wear this — too much cleavage."

• Marc Cherry, creator of the hit Housewives, brought his mother, Martha. When asked if he named the just-murdered character Martha Huber after his mom, he said, "Oh, of course, absolutely." Hey, a compliment's a compliment, right? Right?

• Annette Bening said it was "really fun" to be there. Later, when she won for Being Julia, she toasted herself before getting up to receive the award.

• Jeffrey Tambor, one of the stars from Arrested Development, said he loves the Globes. "They are relaxed and fun, not so buttoned up." He waved to Michael Chiklis from The Shield. "We have the same hair stylist." At that point, Chiklis came over and hugged Tambor, and they put their bald heads together.

• Nicole Kidman was spotted exiting the ladies' room with her sister, Antonia, a brown-haired version of the star. Asked who is taller, Kidman said, "We're both 5-feet-10-and-a-half." Whoop-edee fucking doo. Stepford wife.

• Natalie Portman, on winning an award for Closer, said from the stage to her director: "Mike Nichols, I love you. You're the nicest, smartest daddy, friend, rock star." Okaaaaay.

• Meryl Streep, presenting an award, got on stage and sniffed, "Congratulations, Natalie," and made a bunch of faces pretending anything but good wishes to the star who beat her performance in Manchurian Candidate.

• Glenn Close, after winning for The Lion in Winter miniseries, said from the stage: "Meryl, is it OK? Are we still friends?"

• "The Golden Globes are much more celebratory," said Laura Linney, comparing the night with other awards shows. "They serve alcohol all night, and that has a lot to do with it, honestly."

•Sideways star Sandra Oh proved that to be true. Oh walked around the ballroom with a bottle of Moët champagne in her hand. "You can't drink wine all the time. You've got to balance things off, especially when you are drinking every night like we did" during the filming of the wine-soaked movie.

• Joan and Melissa Rivers appeared to celebrate their new TV Guide Channel red-carpet gig by guzzling Moët. As the camera cut away from one shot, Joan took a big swig and even spilled it on her dress. Masks with Joan's face were circulating in the bleachers.

• Clint Eastwood made it a family affair. He brought wife Dina Ruiz, ex-partner Frances Fisher and daughters Kathryn, Alison and Francesca. What's the key to a happy family unit? "Lots of forgiveness and lots of love," Fisher said. A couple of mil in the bank don't hurt either.

• Schwarzenegger, with wife Maria Shriver, said, "The high point of the night has been seeing Clint win (best director). He has been my idol since I was a boy. I have seen Million Dollar Baby twice."

• Josh Brolin and Diane Lane strolled into the ballroom hand-in-hand. He was arrested last month for misdemeanor domestic battery after Lane called police, but she did not press charges
• Jason Bateman, after winning for Arrested Development, checked his pants, saying, "Fly is up."

• Jim Carrey, introducing Lorenzo Soria, joked about the power of the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, saying, "He can put my table in the men's room."

• Sharon Warren from Ray was wearing a long wig: "I had a chemical misunderstanding, and before I did a Sinead O'Connor, I thought I would try some other options."

• Kathy Griffin, working the red carpet for E!, said, "I'm trying to get myself off the worst-dressed list." Sorry sweetie. Try harder next year.

• Christine Lahti said during a pre-show interview that husband Tommy Schlamme, producer of The West Wing and Jack and Bobby, was in the bar watching football. Good for him!

• David Cross from Arrested Development wore pearls with his tuxedo and carried the Book of Mormon. He joked, "These award shows can get kind of boring, so I brought something to read."

•Mary-Louise Parker showed up with old friend Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Said Duritz: "She's here to introduce me to a lot of cute girls."

• Will Ferrell came on stage wearing an eye patch to present an award. "Rest assured the boating accident was not as bad as reported," he deadpanned. "I did not lose my eye, I just have to wear this for a couple of months." Then he donned glasses to read the cue card, making for a double sight gag.

• Lisa Ling asked Johnny Depp during NBC's pre-show if there was a role he always has dreamed of playing.
Depp's reply: "Mae West."

Friday, January 14, 2005

Musical Potpurri

Queens of the Stoneage reveal tour dates and info on their upcoming new album "Lullabies To Paralyze."

Awesome NYC new waver's The Bravery extend UK tour, plan sweep of the US:

Yeah Yeah Yeah's promise "new sound & totally new direction" for upcoming release:

The Killer's are on the cover of SPIN this month:

As Britney Spears would say: "Have a great weekend ya'll!!"

I'm out. Peace.

Coachella Cha-Cha-Cha!

Coachella 2005 Lineup


Rilo Kiley [Billboard]
Doves [Billboard]
The Futureheads [Ambitious-Outsiders]
Autolux [Ambitious-Outsiders]

Strongly Rumored
(Band names that just keep coming up)

Phoenix [from the Coachella board: "the french band Phoenix recently told a friend of mine they are playing coachella" link]

The Bravery [from the Coachella board: "I recently emailed The Bravery's booking agent as well as their management and asked if The Bravery were planning on performing at this year's Coachella Festival. Their responses, respectively: "Probably" and "The Bravery are confirmed to play Coachella this year" link]

(Bands mentioned once or twice on message boards. Take with a handful of salt)

Coldplay #*
Nine Inch Nails*
Chemical Brothers
U2 # (and supposedly they are playing in Oakland on May 2-3)
Outkast #
David Bowie *
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Yeah Yeah Yeahs*
Franz Ferdinand #*
REM #*
Jay-Z #
Danger Mouse #
Gang of Four #
PJ Harvey*
The Faint*
Polyphonic Spree*
Boards of Canada*
TV on the Radio*
French Kicks*
Secret Machines*
Beep Beep*
Dogs Die In Hot Cars*
Death From Above*
the Helio Sequence*
Tears For Fears*
Bright Eyes*
Jimmy Eat World*
Mos Def*
Badly Drawn Boy*
The Streets*
The Postal Service*
The Shins*
Sleater Kinney*
Radio 4*
Iron and Wine*
The Arcade Fire*
Moving Units*
Eisley [they do have shows on 4/30 and 5/1, but the festival dates haven't been officially announced yet)

Who WON'T Be There

Modest Mouse [ according to band's website]

Random Notes

Bands with a # after the name were all first mentioned on ProductshopNYC
Bands with an * after the name are all mentioned on that hoax list that made the rounds back in late November (although Coldplay was added by the press). But many of these bands are still being mentioned and besides, even an incorrect rumor is still a rumor, and I'm trying to be thorough here, dammit!

What REALLY Happened With Brad & Jen!

Finally! Someone has learnt the truth! Check out this fantastic rendition in flash animation:

I dunno.... :shrug: It sounds about right. Right?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Buckingham Palace Religious Sensitivity Training 2005

Prince Harry drinking and smoking at a costume party = good.
Prince Harry dressed up like a Nazi at said costume party = not so good.

check out the little wanker:

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Touch Me I'm Sick...

....sick of all this goddamned rain, that is. We are in need of a reprieve. But for now, enjoy my man Terence Trent D'Arby as he sings about being washed away:

  • rain.mp3
Take off your topcoats
Put on your raincoats
And now give up your birthright
And don't you cry
'Cause in 23 verses now
A storm is a-comin'
And you'll be too surprised
To wonder why

And it will
Rain rain
Go away, go away
Rain rain
Come back again another day

Step out your cool suit
Snap on you wet boots
And now eat all you mushrooms
Until you see
That in 22 verses now
A storm is a-brewin'
And you'll be too annoyed
For victory

'Cause it will
Rain rain
Go away, go away
Rain rain
Come back again another day

China glass and a chocolate bar
I'm leaving behind
So my children's children
Children's children
Will see what's left of me

Cue up the James Brown
And jack up the funky sound now
Say it won't be the last time
You hear a scream
'Cause in 21 verses now
A storm is a-ragin'
And you will satisfy your destiny

And it will
Rain rain
Go away, go away
Rain rain
Come back again another day

Monday, January 10, 2005

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

From The Superficial (

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have separated after 4 1/2 years of marriage.

"We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate," they said. "For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months."

It's probably for the best that these two never had a child. Their combined genes would have created a beautiful monster the likes of which no human could resist. Hey, sort of like me!

Apparently, the couple's final showdown took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London when Aniston, 35, told Pitt, 41, that she wanted to put movies ahead of motherhood. :shocker:

They must feel that there is a lot of unfinished business, since they promised to bring peace to the Middle East. Given that we no longer have Bennifer for a fallback plan, I guess the Middle East will continue to smolder.

Ok peeps, back to your regularly scheduled mundane lives. Nothing to see here!

Read Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Separate [Yahoo]

Thursday, January 06, 2005

If You're Bitter & You Know It Clap Your Hands!

Uncle Grambo is pissed! Czech it out:

"If there's one thing that your Uncle Grambo is sick of, it's Fucking Bloggers and their Fucking Top Ten lists. Wait, don't tell me, you really liked the Arcade Fire album! Get OUT, you should be an A&R person at fucking Sire! Fucking shock me shock me SHOCK ME with your deviant human behaviour! And you thought that Humble Rodent was the soundtrack for the summer? BAAAAAAA! But hold on a minute, Joanna "Don't Call Me Ozzie" Newsom and Devendra "The Dirty Hippie" Barnholio hit you so emotionally hard that you almost gave up the blow (key word being "almost")? What a buncha fucking geography students! Okay blogfuckers, we GET it. You all like the same music. As if anything could be more duhvs! If any of you had any balls, you would've given your number one to Damage Plan. "

link for more glorious accolades:

I still like my list though. Blogga at a brotha if you feel the same. Or even if you don't.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Top 10 Singles of 2004

Here, again in all it's belated ( bloated?! ) glory, & in no particular order:

C'mon C'mon....The Von Bondies
The Rat....The Walkmen
Blinded By The Light....The Streets
Drop It Like It's Hot....Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell
Neighborhood #1 (tunnels)....The Arcade Fire
Jesus Walks....Kanye West
Float On....Modest Mouse
Tighten Up London....The Chemical Brothers
99 Problems....Jay-Z

Honorable Mentions:

What You Waiting For?....Gwen Stefani
Mr. Brightside....The Killers
Slow Hands....Interpol

On a side note, after reviewing my best of list, my brother Neil scolded me ( well, not actually, but he should have) for not including the following brilliant album to my top 10 list:

The Slow Wonder....A.C. Newman

Monday, January 03, 2005

Top 10 Albums Of 2004

Here; in all it's belated glory & in no particular order:

From A Basement On A Hill....Elliott Smith
Bows + Arrows....The Walkmen
Give Up....The Postal Service
Funeral....The Arcade Fire
The College Dropout....Kanye West
Hot Fuss....The Killers
Love.Angel.Music.Baby....Gwen Stefani
A Crow Left Of The Murder....Incubus

Honorable Mentions:

Talkie Walkie...AIR
Good News For People Who Love Bad News....Modest Mouse
More Adventurous....Rilo Kiley
Sons of Sound e.p.....Saints + Lovers
American Idiot....Green Day

Albums That I Refuse To Add To My Best Of List Because Honestly They Sucked:

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb....U2
A Ghost Is Born....Wilco