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Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday's Links: 01/21/08



* That amazing artwork is from the forthcoming, Guy-Manuel_de_Homem-Christo (the gold robot from Daft Punk)-produced Sebastien Tellier album, Sexuality. If you can't wait, here's more information (and a song sample). And the super hot video for the first single, "Sexual Sportswear" is here:



* Get ready for Rambo.

* Oscars tomorrow, Razzies today. You've got to love it, although it's kind of a bummer that Paul Verhoeven chose to release a genuine masterpiece this year instead of a laughably wonderful flop a la Showgirls.

* Speaking of Oscars, it looks like Johnny Greenwood's revolutionary There Will Be Blood score could be fucked over for the Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. If true, it could be totally devastating. We'll see tomorrow.

* Courtesy of Pitchfork, pop genius Jamie Lidell has a new album coming (YESSSSS), and Dizzee Rascal's amazing Maths + English is finally being released stateside (double YESSSSSSSSSS).

* Here's a great New York Times article on AMC's new series Breaking Bad, which premiered last night and was, to my estimation, pretty great. Vince Gilligan, author of a few totally amazing X-Files episodes, including the one with Luke Wilson as a vampire ("Bad Blood"), the one where Darin Morgan played a shape shifting loser ("Small Potatoes") and the one where those crazy people worshipped a giant worm (a.k.a. the grossest episode ever in life - "Roadrunners"). My hopes are high.

* Looks like everyone loves Cloverfield as much as me.

* Billboard confirms what I said last summer: that the new Franz Ferdinand album is going to be fucking incredible.

AAAAAAND THE QUOTE OF THE MOTHERFUCKIN' DAY IS:

"I thought Scarlett was good in it and I had a good time working with her. And Djimon [Hounsou] was fucking gorgeous in it, and brilliantly mean in it and cool. And Michael Bay blew up a lot of shit in it." - Ewan McGregor on The Island, via EW and NY Mag

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday's Links: 01/15/08




* Tom Cruise is certifiably batshit. Scientology is even scarier when it's coming out of his mouth in a rambling, uninterrupted monologue with the Limp Bizkit "Mission: Impossible" theme playing in the background.

* On a related note, Katie Holmes got asked some softball questions from Diane Sawyer. No quizzing was done as to whether or not Katie was impregnated by frozen L. Ron Hubbard sperm.

* The New York Times, New York Magazine, and New York Post all hate the new Little Mermaid Broadway musical. Not surprisingly, Jim Hill liked it. I refuse to believe it can be any worse than the wretched Tarzan musical, which has already been canned.

* Perez sez East Coast Coachella! (Man, that line was dumb.) [UPDATE: Confirmed, although without the "Coachella" brand.]

* iTunes starts "renting" movies.

* Mars Volta played a long, presumably boring show.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday's Links: 1/14/08


* So-so screenwriter Roger Avary killed someone, which now ensures his place in Hollywood history as "the new Eric Red." At least now he's done something worse than Rules of Attraction.

* National Book Critics awards were finalized. I really want to read Sacred Games.

* Supposedly there'll be a new Coldplay album SOON-ISH (but not soon enough).

* Pitchfork streamed a track from the totally excellent new Kelley Polar album, Hold on While the Sky is Falling, although I'm not sure it's "an ambitious tangle of vocals, strings, and synths that conjures up Human League, the Free Design, and Reading Rainbow in equal parts" (fucking Pitchfork).

* Wild Cloverfield speculation continues, and the thing is out on Friday. Patience is a virtue.

* WMG is stupid (I remember when this was happening - I was very close to someone on the inside of this deal).

* The Brit Awards nominees were revealed.

* Here's an interesting article explaining that amazing Rambo poster.

* The trailer for George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead debuted online. It looks pretty fucking amazing, I must say (it's supposed to come out on February 15th).

* And here's the YouTube video I just... can't... stop... watching... (thanks Charles)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Please Don't Stop Rihanna



Awwww, she loves Ed Banger too!

Via Asian Man Dan.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Excelsior!


I got to write not ONE but TWO articles on comic books last week.

Mission: accomplished.

(Actually, mission accomplished would be WRITING A COMIC BOOK. But some dreams have to wait.)

Anyway, enjoy. Be sure to poke around the rest of the Weekly site, lots of good stuff (as always).

Goldfrapp Galore



To paraphrase a line from the mediocre horror movie Hard Candy: “I fucking love Goldfrapp.”

Few things equal, for pure pop majesty, the beauty and sheer, unadulterated joy of 2005’s Supernature. (I remember the exuberance I felt at finding the album, on the first week it was released in the native UK, at a Tower Records in Chicago, Illinois. Nobody else cared and it would take another year for the masterpiece to – finally – be released in the United States.) That album was a whirligig dance. odyssey and it was pretty much flawless. The new album, February’s Seventh Tree, is like the satin lining to Supernature’s sequin-studded evening gown: smooth, elegant, and (like Supernature) is pretty much flawless.

It’s an early contender for the album of 2008. (It’s that kind of great.)

Here’s the stunning video for the stunning first single (email me nicely and I’ll send back the dope-ass Hercules & Love Affair remix):



And here’s the great single sleeve:

The Zombie's Year in Pop 2007: MUSIC



01 LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (EMI/DFA)
This album leaked in November of 2006, and still, with all that time and all those repeated listens, nothing in 2007 even came close to eclipsing it. James Murphy may very well be the savior of modern pop music. It positively shimmers. Murphy proves that you have to be smart to be a smart ass, and on this collection of songs he is both snarky (on “North American Scum”) and (especially with the final song “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”) sincere. It’s a fine line to walk, between art and pop, between intellectualism and dance-your-ass-off, but he does it with such assured brilliance that you can’t help but be in awe; this album is both the party and the reflective come down afterwards. In short: a towering achievement.

02 M.I.A., Kala (Interscope/XL)
It’s the least annoying “world album” ever made. Who cares about the politics? Sure, they’re there, but should only enrich the experience of listening to a really amazing pop records and if you don’t pick up on her nods to globalization and terrorism, you’re not missing out on anything. (Why bloggers choose to flex their degrees on inferring socio-political leanings is beyond me.) It’ll be a long wait for album three.

03 Private, My Secret Lover (Universal Denmark)
A late entry to the list but totally deserving: it’s one of the most compulsively listenable (and loveable) albums of the year and you know it almost instantly. (Sorry for the overdose of adverbs there, I’ll try to control myself.) Masterminded by Thomas Troelsen (who was also partially responsible for the girl group album of the year, Monrose’s amazing Strictly Physical), it sounds like a ‘80’s pop album engineered in the distant future. Here’s hoping for a domestic release.

04 Kanye West, Graduation (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Kanye whittled down the overstuffed musical opulence of Late Registration into a thirteen-song electro soul record and ended up making his best album to date. For some reason both his restraint (again: thirteen songs, only a handful of guests) and his pop savvy (Steely Dan and Can samples on a “rap” record that whooped 50 Cent) are routinely ignored.

05 Justice, (Vice/Ed Banger)
Yes, it was the electronic album of the year, but only since I can’t count Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 as a “new album” (fuck).

06 Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad/The-Dream, Lovehate (Def Jam)
Everyone loves “Umbrella,” but no attention is paid to the fact that it came from a remarkably solid ALBUM. Good Girl Gone Bad is an uncanny, expertly produced collection of pop and R&B jams, while “Umbrella” co-writer The-Dream made a great album full of fake Prince songs (written and recorded in nine days, no less!) – with Rihanna singing on one track!

07 Midnight Juggernauts, Dystopia (Siberia/Inertia/Modular)
I could have put the Midnight Juggernauts’ debut album on my list for a lot of reasons but I think I’ll choose the fact that it sounds a lot like Queen’s Hot Space as a deciding factor.

08 Britney Spears, Blackout (Jive/Zomba)
Why Amy Winehouse can be a fucking mess in her personal life and release a mostly forgettable album of boring pop pastiches and Britney (admittedly, a fucking mess) can release a brilliant album that actually sounds like it was recorded in the year 2007 (or beyond) and totally be ignored is beyond me. Never should a distinction between artist and art been made more strongly.

09 Dizzee Rascal, Maths + English (XL Recordings)
An album so good it should have at least merited a PHYSICAL RELEASE IN THE UNITED STATES. Jesus Christ, there were a lot of bone-headed decisions in the record industry this year. Sadly, Dizzee’s third (and best) album was a casuality of these horrible judgment calls and got a fraction of the audience it should have.

10 Silverchair, Young Modern (Eleven/Atlantic/Independent)
Who would have thought the best pop rock opera since the original Bat Out of Hell would have been produced by a snotty Australian band best known for their role in the inception of the hideous grunge movement? (Not me.)