The Employee Interview Part XXIV: Erin

Posted by Miss Ess, March 16, 2010 04:50pm | Post a Comment
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Miss Ess: First, let's talk about something we both love: the new Joanna Newsom record. have one on me joanna newsomTell me, what is it that makes it so fantastic for you, and what are your favorite tracks?

Erin: Okay, so I am really into the new Joanna Newsom record [Have One on Me] for a number of reasons. I was obsessed, totally in love with her last album, Ys, but that album was very structured, very rigid compared to this one. It was definitely a song cycle, whereas this one is a little more free form. She's loosened up quite a bit and her singing has improved. The things I love about her are still the same -- her love of words, her incredibly poetic turns of phrase -- but she has relaxed a little in a way that I'm enjoying. Some of the songs on here, like "Good Intentions Paving Company" and especially "Baby Birch," are some of the best she's ever written, I think. She's really only getting better. 

ME: What else is turning on your record player these days?

Erin: I've also been listening to Greg Gardner's comp In A Cloud -- all really great local artists. My favorite track on here is the Paula Fraser one. And the first Giant Sand record -- Valley of Rain. 
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ME: I know you love Montreal. What bands from Montreal are you favorites? What do you think of the music scene up there?

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Films and Video Games

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 16, 2010 12:34pm | Post a Comment

With Tron – Legacy, the sequel to a movie about video games, scheduled to open in theaters this coming December and Tron – Evolution, a video game based on a sequel of a movie about a video game scheduled for release in November, now seems like a perfect time to look at the Ouroboros-like nature of film and video games and film.

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In the early 1980s, Hollywood still sometimes made films that weren’t re-makes, adaptations or sequels and before there were movies adapted from video and computer games, there were movies about video and computer games. Tron (1982) was the granddaddy of them all. The Wizard (1989), WarGames (1983), Joysticks (1983), Cloak and Dagger (1984) and The Last Starfighter (1984) soon followed. 

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Iggy & Stooges Among Those To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2010 03:25pm | Post a Comment
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As predictable as the negative reactions to most published year end "best of" music lists (typically cries of "Hey, how come so-and-so is not on the list?)," so too are the flood of negative reactions to the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which is especially understandable since only a handful of artists make it each year. With just five new artists chosen from thousands upon thousands of acts from the past several decades of music, an outcry is totally understandable.  But rather than whine and moan about who is not on the list, I prefer to celebrate the music of those who did make it on the list this year.

Happening this evening, this year's induction is being broadcast at 8:30pm on Fuse TV. The lucky five inductees include Iggy Pop's seminal punk act The Stooges, Genesis, The Hollies, ABBA, and Jimmy Cliff -- all of whom are featured in the video clips below. Included there are a live Iggy and the Stooges clip from 1970 performing both "TV Eye" and "1970" live with an entertaining TV announcer doing a play by play of Iggy's on and off stage antics, ABBA's 1977 video for their hit "Take A Chance On Me," The Hollies doing their mid sixties hit "Bus Stop" live, Genesis live from 1973 when Phil Collins was still on the drums and vocalist Peter Gabriel was still with the group, and Jimmy Cliff from the soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come

Tonight's TV broadcast will also feature performances from Chris Isaak, Faith Hill, Adam Levine, and many others. More info here.

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Hair Penitent: Shampoo (1975)

Posted by Charles Reece, March 14, 2010 10:33pm | Post a Comment

Peter Biskind's new book, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, is an enjoyably salacious tale of the intersection between star power, the death of the 60s and auteurship. During the editing of Reds (1981), Beatty's team took to calling him Masturbeatty due to his obsessive-compulsive tendencies that resulted in an estimated 3 million feet of film (which shifted even Stanley Kubrick to Ed Wood's one-take side of the production curve). He made Gene Hackman do over 80 takes for one line, and then required his editors to consider the nuances of each delivery to divine the best interpretation. Editing took about a year and a half. That is to say, Beatty wasn't fond of the accidental and liked to be in complete control, which sums up his personal relations, as well:

"Two people cannot both live for one person[.] Warren didn't want me to act. He wanted me to be with him all the time[.] When Barbara Walters asked him about all the women in his life, he said, 'Well, they always broke up with me, I never broke up with them.' While I was watching the interview, I was holding m stomach laughing so hard [I fell] on the floor. That certainly is the strategy that works for some men. But you can't go with a hundred different women and a hundred different women reject you, over and over again, when you're such a wonderful person." -- Michelle Phillips

Probably the most notorious Lothario of the 60s and 70s, Beatty's line of sexual conquests rivals his spools of film footage (Biskind estimates over 12,000, not including hand- and/or blowjobs). Like his politics, his sexual preferences were rather staid, but the power trip wasn't all that far off from what Pasolini depicted in Salò. He'd point, and one of his handlers would fetch. "Masturbeatty" is right -- who needs one's own hand when others are willing to do it for you? And like most cads, he was possessive of the women (at least the ones who stayed with him for more than 5 minutes), narcissistically requiring a level of devotion that he never expected of himself ('serial monogamy' was his euphemism for it). He was the embodiment of what many feminists defined as "free love," another excuse for male domination.

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Retro World Music Vinyl Releases For 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 14, 2010 09:20pm | Post a Comment
It's great to see so many people buying World Music vinyl. Our World Music LP section went from a little portion at the end of the section to an afterthought at the end of Rock Vinyl, and now has its own row at the beginning of the World Music section. Not only can you get many of our new releases on vinyl, but you can also snatch up plenty of used gems, vinyl only releases and many items that were never issued on CD. Of the Top 40 World Music sellers in February, several were vinyl releases. 
Here are some of our latest releases that you may want to check out for yourself. Everything from World Psychedelic to Afrobeat to French Crooners and Afro-Colombian jams...

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