Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Gravity Always Wins

Sarah Silverman is a comic godess. Hopefully, the majority of you aren't sctraching your heads right now thinking "Who in the hell is Sarah Silverman," but for those of you who are, please watch a preview of her 1st concert film. You can watch the trailer here. And if you aren't convinced/laughing your ass off after the first joke she utters, well then you need psychological attention. Preferably in an "in-patient" setting.

Props to my brother from another mother over at for choosing Radiohead's "The Bends" as his #1 album of all time. Mine would be "Kid A' but that's a whole other story in itself. Check out these two superb tracks from "The Bends":

Fake Plastic Trees

Here's some more RH news for you via NME/Kingblind:

RADIOHEAD are working on new material – and guitarist JONNY GREENWOOD has spoken for the first time about a rare live appearance next week in LONDON. As previously reported, new music from members of Radiohead will be played for the first time at the London Ether Festival. Material penned by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will form part of The London Sinfonietta at the London Royal Festival Hall (March 27-28). Organisers say the events will feature "two evenings of experimentation, collaboration and cross-genre juxtaposition". New music from Greenwood and Yorke will form part of the show, along with more classical composers and traditional Arabic song. Speaking in The Guardian newspaper, Greenwood explained the challenges of the shows, and how they will influence the next Radiohead record. He said: "I feel embarrassed talking about it. I'm so patchy. I'll be obsessed with a few composers, and know nothing about the rest. I get these enthusiasms which can drive the band crazy, but I just say: ‘Listen, French horns are amazing, we've got to find a way of using them. Or I'll say, ‘It would be great if this song sounded like Penderecki, or Alice Coltrane’. ” And it's childish because none of us can play jazz like Alice Coltrane, and none of us can write the kind of music that Penderecki does. We've only got guitars and a basic knowledge of music, but we reach for these things and miss. That's what's cool about it." Speaking about working with the Sinfonietta, he added: "They're a great orchestra because they're up for radically changing things at the last minute. I cut six minutes out during rehearsals… There's something about classical musicians - they tend to be totally without ego, and so enthusiastic, but also just so talented." However, Greenwood has ruled out working in classical music full-time, saying that his heart remains with Radiohead. He concluded: "Radiohead is always going to be the centre of what I do. Everything starts with songs, and with Thom, and with the excitement you can get in the band when you hear new music, and you know you've got the chance to watch it mutate and change. There's nothing like that, nothing as exciting. We're rehearsing at the moment, and again it's fun. We all want to push forward, and when you have five people who are all like that, you couldn't ask for a better thing." (Via NME)

I wrote about how much I loved The Bravery a while ago, and it was nice to see that Cellophanegirl at Me You, We Two has a lovely acoustic version of "Honest Mistake" up for your previewing pleasure. You can check out her site from thru my links on the left.

The Bravery - Honest Mistake (Acoustic)


The La's have confirmed their first UK dates in over a decade, NME.COM can exclusively reveal. The influential Liverpool band, which now features Lee Mavers, John Power, Jay Lewis and Nick Miniski, will warm-up for their performance at Japanese festival Summer Sonic with three British shows. The dates are:

Sheffield Leadmill (June 13)
Manchester Ritz (14)
London Shepherds Bush Empire (14)

No word yet on any Stateside shows, but nonetheless I'm still extremely spastic about this great piece of news. The La's debut (and only) album remains one of my all-time favorites. You know me and my feelings regarding "pop sensibility." Lee Mavers and Co. crafted a loose, hook laden album and then promptly fell off the face of the earth. Glad to see them back!


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