this is what is coming out today...4/10...blonde redhead...bright eyes...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 9, 2007 10:18pm | Post a Comment
OK...there are some exciting new release out today for you all...

First up is the new Blonde Redhead "23" and it has nothing to do with that horrible new Jim Carrey movie that already disappeared.  It's been about 3 years since their last album "Misery is a Butterfly." This is their second album for 4AD. However, it has much more in common with the album before "Misery" which was "Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons." "Misery" was a bit forgettable. Still good, but it did not remain in my head for days later after listening to it.  I still can just think of "Melody" for just a second and conjure up all the great amazing and tragic memories all tied up with that album. I seriously listened to that album every day for months. It was just that good.

Blonde Redhead has always been good. The band is made up of Kazu Makino and the scary twins Simone and Amedeo Pace. I only say scary, because twins tend to scare me, although I am also strangely intrigued by them.  The band is usually made up of just vocals, drums, and guitar.  The vocals are amazing on their albums.  I often have to go read the lyrics to be able to follow along.  The songs alternate between male and female vocals,  kind of like a combination of Versus and Dead Can Dance. It's amazing to have an album this good, seven albums into their existence. Again, I find myself addicted to Blonde Redhead. I can't stop listening to this album. It quickly draws you in and there is really no going back.

This band also replicates their albums beautifully live.  The most exciting thing about a new album by them means a new tour!

also out today...

"Cassadaga" by Bright Eyes
. So I will admit, I never really liked Conor Oberst. Something about him always made me want to punch him. But like most people who don't like him, I also never really bothered to listen to his albums. A couple of years ago my boyfriend was listening to him all the time. It was right before the 2 albums came out in 2005. I knew that I either had to get in fights with him and be upset having to listen to Bright Eyes all the time, or, just give in and make myself like him. After going to see him live about 10 Times in 4 different cities and listening to his 2005 albums, "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" and "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" over and over again, I actually started to appreciate him. I quickly realized, he wrote some damn good songs. It'sdifferent then what I usually find myself listening to. But it sort of made its way into my life and sort of into my heart.  This is about his 6th album, and while he still looks about 16 he has matured as a musician. One thing I do respect a lot about him, is that he has stuck with his label Saddle Creek through all his success.

This album feels very full of life, there is a a lot going on. He has made a great indie rock country album with some great sing-along choruses. His last album had Emmylou Harris on it and on this one he got Gillian Welch. Maybe he can get Willie Nelson to be on the next one! His songs are often introspective and depressing, but there is optimism in there if you look a little harder.

also out today...

"Grinderman" by Grinderman...this is basically a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album with a couple less Bad Seeds. And it sounds more Birthday Party than he has in a while.

     "Life Is a Grave & I Dig It" by the Nekromantix

"Remixed and Covered" by Xiu Xiu


                          "Adventures of Ghost House & Still Born" by Cocorosie


"Heartland" by Client


                                                         "Night of the Furies" by the Rosebuds

 "Judgement" by VNV Nation

                                                                       "Mosaic" by Love of Diagrams

April 8, 2007

Posted by phil blankenship, April 9, 2007 03:04pm | Post a Comment

Drive-In Massacre

Posted by phil blankenship, April 9, 2007 01:17am | Post a Comment

Cult Video #C7

unrelated to drive-in massacre but familiar to
Canadian Grindhouse viewers:

Entourage Is the New Sex and the City...

Posted by Miss Ess, April 9, 2007 12:06am | Post a Comment
......well, maybe not exactly, but there are some major similarities.

Mainly, that I eat up both programs with a spoon. They are both so light, so fresh, so speedy and zeitgeist-y. They are both addicting. When I watch either show, I am drawn in so quickly because the dialogue drops so fast and there are tons of in-jokes. Oh, and there's so much eye candy each scene is popping with it. Four friends take on L.A., much like four friends taking on NYC.

Only different.

Boys will be boys, right? I mean, Entourage is very obviously created to appeal primarily to a straight male audience, with all its t&a and constant video game playing. Yet still, it manages to appeal to a "sophisticated" lady like me...not to toot my own horn here, but I think that has something to do with how smart the show is. 

Those four guys, Vince, Eric, Turtle and, of course, the luggish Drama, are so danged believable. We all know crews of dudes that are just like them and operate just like them. It's fun to be "in" with a group of friends like that, just as it was when Sex and the City was on and I loved watching the gals sit around the coffee shop table exchanging witticisms.

The amount of Hollywood culture present in the show also acts as an addicting draw. As with the city of New York on Sex and the City, Hollywood is a character on Entourage. Entourage never talks down to its audience. The writers deftly presuppose we as viewers are either bursting ourselves with pop culture and film industry knowledge, or that we are willing to be dragged along for a kamikazi crash course.

And then there's Ari.

Played to perfection by Jeremy Piven, who has at last found a role into which he can intelligently channel his frenetic-bordering-on-overboard- energy, Ari has no real comparison. It's to Piven and the writers' credit that it's easy for me to empathize with a guy who displays all his distasteful simpering and relentless workaholic-ism so boldly. He is redeemed by the love he has for his family and the way relishes his job so completely.

Entourage Season 3 is now out on dvd, and like many of us suffering in the purgatory-like cable-less world, I immediately devoured disc 1 via Netflix. Now I have to wait seemingly endlessly (but more like two days) for disc two...reminds me of waiting for Season 6 Part 2 of Sex and the City.<

go see grindhouse!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 8, 2007 08:34pm | Post a Comment

So I went and saw Grindhouse on Friday at the Bridge. And I knew that I was gonna like it. But I was seriously blown away by how good it was. 10 minutes into the first film by Robert Rodriguez "Planet Terror" I wanted to see it again and was already getting excited about owning the DVD and watching the uncut version. I am a big fan of all the movies that these guys are in love with. It was so great to see them do an excellent job of replicating these movies. There have been so many horrible remakes of horror movies the past couple of years. It has almost made me not want to see these kind of movies anymore. Always so disappointing. But like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, I was totally surprised at how great these movies were. I am a big fan of Freddy Rodriguez from Six Feet Under. It was so great to see him in a completely different role in Planet Terror. He was awesome as the hero of the film. Rose McGowan is awesome as well. She has great roles in both films, but really outdoes herself as a one-legged stripper in Planet Terror. It was so great to see both Tom Savini (makeup artist for many of the 80s greats: Martin, Dawn of the Dead,  Friday the 13th, Creepshow, etc.) and Michael Biehn (star of two of my favorites Terminator and Aliens) as two cops in Planet Terror. The movie was nonstop action and gore. Like nothing I have seen in a long while.

In between the two movies are some awesome fake previews. So great, I really wish they were real. Next up is Death Proof.
It really is hard to follow Robert Rodriguez's film. Even for Tarantino. I was so excited by the first that I wanted to feel the same for the next movie. However, Tarantino takes a bit longer to develop his story. He loves the dialogue. And there is some great dialogue between the the women in this film.It really is all worth it when you get to the end of the movie. One of the greatest chase scenes I have ever scene. The ending was brilliant. Kurt Russell is great as Stuntman Mike. He was obviously cast due to his great roles in Escape from New York and The Thing. Two movies both these directors were obviously influenced by. Usually I like to wait and see movies after they have been out for a couple weeks. But it was so much fun to see this movie in a single screen theater like the Bridge with a crowd full of people loving the movies. I think I will be seeing these movies again as soon as I can. And so should you!

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