Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene Drama

Here's a playlist we've put together with rain noises and words. For Austin, I shall call this the "Lord, beer us rain" playlist.

I've compelled a few of my favorite things from this week's trending topic. Below is a soberly beautiful video by two filmmakers in NYC. Above was a picture rotating around the internet waves that was supposedly taken in Puerto Rico but is regretfully fake.

Irene NYC from Buffalo Picture House on Vimeo.

This is just a link to some pictures of the devastation.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bon Iver & James Blake

UPDATE: The EP will be released October 10th.

Florence + The Machine - "What The Water Gave Me"

Listen and watch Florence + The Machine talk about the water in this brand new track that will be a part of her new album, due out November 7th.

Here's what she had to say about the song:

"It's a song for the water...Because in music and art what I'm really interested in are the things that are overwhelming. The ocean seems to me to be nature's great overwhelmer. When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who've lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. It's about water in all forms and all bodies. It's about a lot of things: Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title."

Whipped Cream of the Day

  • Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV drops midnight on August 29th after the MTV VMAs which puts him as the first artist to pull something like this off. Check out the video for "How To Love" but prepare yourself, it's heavy stuff. 
  • Greek goddess Marina Diamandis aka Marina And The Diamonds has uploaded two new music videos  of epic proportion with something tagged on it called Electra Heart. Part 2's "Radioactive" is definitely pointing her towards the mainstream electro-dance genre which is something the we haven't yet seen from her. 
  • My new favorite R&B artist The Weeknd has a video for "The Birds (Part 1)" and it's perfect in the way that it could be something right out of Black Swan
  • Stream The Red Hot Chili Peppers new record I'm With You over at iTunes
  • Ryan Adams released the first single from his next album, and I'm happy to report that his music hasn't changed a bit. Listen to "Lucky Now" over at Soundcloud; Ashes & Fire is out 10/11. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


When I first heard about this movie, I was all about skipping it.  It seemed like Hollywood was delivering another reboot of another seemingly-dead franchise just to milk it for everything it had left... starring James Franco... and I actually like James Franco.  It's just... James Franco in a movie with a monkey... and it's supposed to be serious?  C'mooooon... It had all the ingredients of terrible, terrible movie...
But I was wrong.  RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, despite a terrible title, is a great movie.  Not good.  Great.  And it's an excellent way to finish the summer.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Whipped Cream of the Day

Happy 100th post to us!! 

  • I can't think of a better way to start the new season of SNL on Sept. 24 than with Alec Baldwin as the host and Radiohead as the musical guest. 
  • Coldplay announced their newest album Mylo Xylo (pronounced MY-lo ZY-letoe) will be released to the masses on Oct. 24. The cover art is enough to get me psyched. 
  • New song by Feist from her upcoming album Metals, out 10/4. 
  • In Weezy related news, here's a track featuring Drake that will be a part of Tha Carter IV (hopefully dropping on 8/29). If you like to look at pointless track listings, here's what you can expect to be on the album.
  • Not too much Our Lady of Cheetos news on here (thanks Michael K!) but here's a version of "Till The World Ends" that's far from anything like the original and actually sounds like the world is going to end. 
  • Another amazing track from Chris Taylor's side project CANT (9/13). 
  • My favorite scarlet-haired songstress Florence + The Machine is finished with a new album. No weak tracks and more soul, I can't wait for round two! 
  • It's only fitting that Bon Iver debut the video for "Holocene" on National Geographic's website. Watch beautiful music paired with beautiful landscapes here. In other Bon Iver news, him and James Blake are collaborating at something called "Fall Creek Boys Choir" which I assume is nothing less than awesome (unlock the mystery 8/24). 
  • Download The Weeknd's second mixtape Thursday here at the website; it's just as good as his first mixtape which you can also find at the link.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Ladies and gentleman, with this post, we are officially at 99.  Yes!  99 Posts!  We thought about a playlist or at least a couple of songs to celebrate good ol' 99, but after "99 Problems," the pickins become slim.  (We acknowledge that  "99 Red Balloons" is a classic.)

So... If you havin' post problems, we feel bad for you, son.  We got 99 posts... and... a bitch ain't one... (Okay, that was meaningless...)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Anne Hathaway Raps About the Paparazzi on Conan

This is just adorable.

Film Review: ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)

ATTACK THE BLOCK is a British import featuring a cast of mostly unknowns (to we bloody colonials, at least) and the always adorable Nick Frost (from SHAUN OF THE DEAD).  It tells the story of an alien invasion set in south London.

I think that this was my favorite alien movie of the summer, actually.  It totally pisses on COWBOYS AND ALIENS and serves as a great companion piece to SUPER 8.  Both ATB and SUPER 8 tell the story of kids dealing with extraordinary circumstances involving extraterrestrial beings.  But ATB never takes itself too seriously (despite some children's deaths), and it's less weighty than SUPER 8... If SUPER 8 was comparable to STAND BY ME and ET, ATB is comparable to THE SANDLOT.  It's that movie that is a bit ridiculous which makes it fun.  More after the jump...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Radiohead - TKOL RMX 1234567

Radiohead has been releasing a series of remixes of tracks from the King of Limbs album. The full remix album is due out on the market September 16th. The tracklist is below & some of the names are pretty exciting!

Disc 1

01. Caribou – Little By Little Rmx
02. Jacques Greene – Lotus Flower Rmx
03. Nathan Fake – Morning Mr Magpie Rmx
04. Harmonic 313 – Bloom Rmx
05. Mark Pritchard – Bloom Rmx
06. Lone – Feral Rmx
07. Pearson Sound – Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx
08. Four Tet – Separator Rmx

Disc 2

01. Thriller – Give Up The Ghost Houseghost Rmx
02. Illum Sphere – Codex Rmx
03. Shed – Little By Little Rmx
04. Brokenchord – Give Up The Ghost Rmx
05. Altrice – TKOL Rmx
06. Blawan – Bloom Rmx
07. Modeselektor – Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx
08. Objekt – Bloom Rmx
09. Jamie xx – Bloom Rework
10. Anstam – Separator Rmx
11. SBTRKT – Lotus Flower Rmx

Also check out Coco & Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes performing a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep. “

Whipped Cream of the Day

Lolla madness plus Texas heat has taken the life out of me. This post is slightly dull but still has all the deats you need to know.

• Drake’s “Headlines” is the first single from the impeding album Take Care (10/24).

• One of the first album reviews I wrote was for the LateNightTales compilation series by Midlake. I’m excited to hear that the next act to put one together is MGMT. It arrives 10/3.

• Head over to NPR to tap into another track from Neon Indian’s next album Era Extraña.

• Taylor Swift has been covering tracks from all types of genres and artists while on tour. Watch this pretty toned down cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on her stop in Detroit.

• Nothing but exceptional, The Kills performed on Fallen on nailed it in style.

• I love mysterious videos! Especially when it involves Sigur Rós.

• The always-temperamental yet remarkable Ryan Adams is back with Ashes & Fire on 10/10. Collaborating on the album is Beatles & Bob Dylan legend Glyn Johns, Norah Jones, and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Head over to Stereogum for more details & a couple of live tracks.

Something from SWING KIDS (1993)

I swear this was an actual movie and not a crazy dream... SWING KIDS starred Batman (Christian Bale) and Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) swing dancing during pre-World War II, Nazi Germany...

Really, its just an excuse to listen to Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing."


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Film Review: COWBOYS AND ALIENS (2011)

It's amazing and confusing just how underwhelming this movie is.  There is no reason that this shouldn't have been the action-pack romp that we've all been waiting for all summer.  Maybe it was crushed by expectations?  You have cowboys (which are awesome) and aliens (which are awesome).  You have a novel idea: cowboys and aliens (which sounds awesome).... and yet...It could have been titled Cowboys and Meh-lians.  Cause of all the "meh."  The "meh."  (ahem...)  More after the jump...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Look at Henry Cavill As Superman

For a larger version, click here
1. Very dramatic moment in this pic.  This is a good thing since most of SUPERMAN RETURNS was basically almost three hours of Superman lifting things and putting them down (except for the epic plane crash).  This looks action-packed.  So, that's good.
2. I'm not totally happy with the costume.  The S looks good, but the colors shouldn't be muted.  They should be bright and vibrant.  Superman is a sign and symbol for hope and help.  Metaphorically speaking, Superman is the bright red fire engine with the flashing lights.  Also, I really don't get the scaly-ness of the costume.
3. Henry Cavill is a good looking dude, but he's making a scary, rape-face in this pic.  Superman shouldn't have scary rape face.  Angry Superman can be good.  Dark, scary angry Superman is not.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Terrible Song From My Youth - "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)" by LL Cool J

Deep Blue Sea was actually a decent movie featuring one of the greatest, most spit-take worthy moments in recent memory. It was a modern shark movie featuring genetically altered sharks that gained intelligence. And it also featured LL Cool J's TERRIBLE song tie-in, "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)."

What was LL trying to accomplish with this song?  Well, I think that he was trying to be Will Smith... (which is sad because Will Smith never had a song as catchy as this.)  Will Smith went through that stint in his career where he'd be in a fun, summer movie, and he'd accompany said movie with a song tied to the movie... Men in Black, Men in Black 2 (whose song was far superior to the first), and Wild Wild West.  There was something fun about those songs. They seemed to embrace their ridiculousness.  They were light-hearted and fun.  "Deepest Bluest" takes itself way too seriously.  You know why that's a problem? "Deepest Bluest" is a song about LL Cool J imagining himself as a shark.  Sharks are scary.  LL Cool J is kind of intimidating.  But this song is flat out ridiculous.

Where to start?... The song is called "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)." That's bordering on nonsense. I like that he felt that he needed to add "Shark's Fin" in ellipses. That's some artistic stuff, right there.  More after the jump.