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out today 5/6...the last shadow puppets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 6, 2008 10:23pm | Post a Comment

I really thought the new album by The Cure would be out by now. I talked about it on this blog almost a year ago back in July of last year. I was very excited back then. But I am still holding my excitement. I guess it might be even stronger since their shows are coming up at the end of the month. They are playing at the Hollywood Bowl and the Shrine in Los Angeles. I know they are also playing at a city near you, in case you don't live in Los Angeles. But the album has been delayed a bit and is now coming out September 13th. They are doing something a little special before the album comes out, maybe to make it up to their fans for making us wait so long for the album. For the next four months they are going to put out a single with a b-side every month on the 13th. This should be starting on the 13th of May, which happens to be next Tuesday. I am still not entirely sure the label is really going to be able to pull this all together in time for a domestic single, but hopefully by next week I will have a copy of the new Cure single, "The Only One" in my hand. If they are smart it will be coming out on 7" as well, since they should know that we will buy it in all formats they give us. You can hear the single on their website right now. Just in case you were wondering, this new Cure album will be their 13th album --this explains the singles coming out on the 13th. By the way, The Cure still owes us a couple more of those fantastic double CD reissues. They stopped with Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. I am still highly anticipating two of my favorite albums, Disintegration and Wish. Maybe they will happen before the new album-- there is a good four months still. That really should be enough time. So come on Robert Smith, finish what you started.

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TODD HAYNES' "I'M NOT THERE" AVAILABLE ON 2 DVD SET

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2008 07:55am | Post a Comment


Even non-Bob Dylan fans should enjoy Todd Haynes' unorthodox and loosely structured Zimmerman biopic I'm Not There (out today on DVD) that fluidly captures the many sides of Bob Dylan with six actors each portraying the various
slices of the life of the celebrated singer-songwriter from his early folk days through his much- publicized electric crossover stage and beyond. Even if you saw this film last year on the big screen, be sure to check it out on the newly issued 2 disc DVD version which includes audio commentary by director/co-writer Todd Haynes.

Actors who loosely play variations of Dylan include Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere,
Ben Whishaw and the young Marcus Carl Franklin, as an eleven year old who calls himself Woody Guthrie -- all of whom are complimented by a flawless ensemble that include the Joan Baez- styled character played by Julianne Moore and David Cross' inspired turn as Allen Ginsberg (see clip above with the Blanchett- portrayed Dylan).

As a Dylan fan, what moved me even more than I'm Not There's subject matter was how Haynes so beautifully structured this heartfelt tribute to the artist, effortlessly shifting from one Dylan incarnation and stage of his illustrious career into the next. Truly amazing film-making!  My bet is that we will be seeing many future biopics that adapt this same unique approach pioneered by Haynes.

Tres De Mayo-Pt.2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 6, 2008 02:24am | Post a Comment
After the Cinco De Mayo Parade (and when I was done with my laundry), I went to my show @ The Knitting Factory. I deejayed between the groups that played that night. Rebel Diaz from Chicago were the headliners, with Jroz & Ethos, Los Poets Del Norte & Olmeca on the bill as well. There was a low turn out for the show because of the numerous fight parties that were happening the same night all over East L.A. Last week all the clubs blamed their low turnouts on Coachella. For the East L.A. set, a fight with Oscar De La Hoya on the bill is death to whatever event you are planning at the same time. Though the numbers were smaller, the groups were red hot!



It's been a minute since I've seen Jroz1 & Ethos. Good to see them still rocking the mics & tables. I first met Jroz when she was still in high school. She won a freestyle battle, humiliating MC's who thought they were much better than they were.

Nico & Shortee from Los Poets Del Norte. Part Culture Clash, part Last Poets, all Boyle Heights. They performed with two bands on either side of the Poets. Los Pequeños Del Norte played Norteños and two guys from the band Resistencia played behind them as well.

This was my first time that I got to check out Rebel Diaz. They were political without being preachy and just rocked it on stage. Homegirl (I forgot her name) has star potential written all over her. She can sing like Celia Cruz and rap like Biggie. Awesome.

Curtis Fuller Wed 7th - Sat 10th @ Jazz bakery

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 5, 2008 10:18pm | Post a Comment
Detroit native Curtis Fuller graces us with his presence this week at the Jazz theatre known as the Jazz Bakery. Nestled in the upscale Helms Bakery district of Culver City,  the Jazz Bakery is a non profit performance space run by the lovely jazz singer Ruth Price. I popped in this past Friday to check out the legendary Lee Konitz, who of course still kills it (at 80!) without breaking a sweat.

Mr. Fuller has led on quite a few albums, originals often fetch $500+.  Just try tracking down a copy of his debut on Transition or an orig. Bone & Bari on Blue Note and you could be doubling or tripling that.  And yes...he's that good.  Curtis also sided for Miles Davis and John Coltrane, for a stretch in the early 60's he was the sixth man in the Jazz Messengers and he played on the Wayne Shorter masterpiece Schizophrenia.  Of course he's kept busy since those glory days, check out the cut below recorded in 2005 followed by an amazing vintage cut "Children of the Night"...






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