Thursday, April 30, 2009

be on the lookout

I am a trailer junkie. When bored I like to watch trailers of upcoming movies, get excited for them, and mark their release date in my iCalendar. Here are some of the ones I am most excited for.

Valentino:The Last Emperor


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Away We Go

Where The Wild Things Are

Is Anybody There?

Inglourious Basterds

Make your own list.

still cool after all these years?

Let's face it. U2 has been around forever and, hey, they deserve it. Who could ever lose their love for those Irishmen? They were the first concert I ever saw, and a truly amazing experience to see live.

I recently rekindled my love for U2, as I do for so many bands while I lose myself on concentrating finding the newest, trendiest music. I mentioned this to a friend and she commented on how even though U2 isn't "cool" to listen to, she will never stop loving them. U2 is uncool?! I thought. How could Bono, the King of Shades, ever be uncool? Perhaps it isn't their music that is uncool but liking them instead. For our parents' generation, U2 will always be cool because they grew up with them and serenaded them in their early adult years, but what about for us? Are we so consumed with finding the "hippest" music today that we've deemed some of the best bands ever as uncool and dated?

A sad day when this occurs indeed. But for me, I'll keep playing "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" and rocking out to "Elevation," even if it does means I'm uncool.

music magic

It's an interesting experience when a mediocre film has an amazing soundtrack. I'm usually intrigued and keep watching because of the music, not the film. And at the end of it all, though the movie may have been truly horrible, I generally end up liking the film. This could be just because I love music so much, but maybe it's the actual impact music has.

Two movies come to mind.

Starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.
With lines like "Do you ever just think I'm fooling everybody?" it may be hard not to gag. But the banal love routine is jazzed up by its incredible folk/country soundtrack. Sold in two volumes, the soundtrack includes "It'll All Work Out" and "Square One" by Tom Petty, "Long Ride Home" by Patty Griffin, "My Father's Gun" by Elton John, "Where to Begin" by My Morning Jacket, and many, many more.
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The Last Kiss.

Starring Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson.
Another obnoxious, but definitely worse, love story. The whole film really should be disregarded (its cute trailer reveals nothing of the actual film). Yet again though, the soundtrack is awesome. A combination of blues and alternative, the music is honestly the film's only redeeming quality. My favorites include "Paperweight" by Joshua Radin And Schuyler Fisk, "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright, and "Prophecy" by Remy Zero.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

new discoveries

Willy Mason: 24 year-old folk singer/songwriter from Martha's Vineyard. Though his musical roots are in folk, both of his parents were folk singers, Mason's music has an alternative edge to it. Check out: Fear No Pain and Save Myself.

Noah and the Whale: As their name suggests, this band has a fun, poppy sound reminiscent of children's music and twee. They sound like something you'd hear in a Wes Anderson film (they sort of look like it too). Check out these Brits: 5 Years Time and Shape of My Heart.

Devendra Banhart: By no means new to the scene, Devendra Banhart is a personal new discovery. For perfection listen to: Long Haired Child.

horrible or great? i really cannot decide. i believe it's a conundrum.

under your tweeds, you sweat like a teenager

word on the street is that Vampire Weekend is coming out with a second album. exciting. but until it's out (later in 2009), their new(er) song Ottoman will have to tide me over. Ottoman was made for the film Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which I did not see...but the song's great.

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Many films since Napoleon Dynamite have tried unsuccessfully to reach that same or similar humor. It takes a precise amount of self-awareness, satire, and good acting to make a true comedy about quirky people and their lives. And though there have been many failed attempts recently, director Ari Gold was able to find the balance needed in his film Adventures of Power.

Starring Gold as the eponymous Power, the movie follows this man on his conquest to out why God made him an air drummer. Yes, an air drummer. These men and women believe that true music and soul comes not from the instrument of the drum itself, but from the ability to pretend to play the drums. As Power faces the big city of Newark (coming from his small town in New Mexico), falling in love for the first time (his love interest is Silas' deaf girlfriend, for those of you who watch Weeds), making his father proud, and beating his enemy in an air drumming competition (who is played by Adrien Grenier), hilarity ensues in every aspect of the film. Gold has made a film that is simply ridiculous, but it works because it is aware of its absurdity, which makes it even funnier.

Michael McKean and Jane Lynch are familiar faces in the cast and both give great performances. An Official Selection of Sundance 2008, the film won the Audience Prize, proving that this movie is not only an overwhelming crowd pleaser, but also that it's not to be missed. Hopefully it will soon be more available for people to see more widely. And when it is, you must see it. But until then, just remember:


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sadsteve makes me happy

being able to download music for free always makes me happy.
(as long as i don't get caught).

therefore, makes me very happy.
i'm not sure why steve is sad but you should check out his website,
maybe it will make him happy.

not only can you download music from bands you already know, but the featured section lets you discover new bands and check out their music.