Despite the blatantly home made stylings, Sean Young has a great selection of personal photos on her apparently 'official' and seemingly up-to-date website, including this great batch from her days on the set of Blade Runner.
According to a soon-to-be-published report, Darth Vader might have been suffering from a borderline personality disorder. No kidding.
Lou Reed has launched a music-unrelated iPhone app, which seems to be a little short-sghted.
If they would only integrate a ringtone purchasing scheme, the David Lee Roth Soundboard would score a perfect 10.
Another best-of-the-century list. Sufjan Stevens' Illinois at number 1?! Weird, as even he's not that into it.
We're still months away from the end of the decade, but the best-of-the-century so far lists are already appearing. Here's one from Uncut.
Religious outrage, as the Bangor based founder of the Jedi 'religion' is ejected from Tesco for wearing a hood. I actually saw some hood-based discrimination in my own local Tesco only yesterday. Seriously.
Some nice work over at the Becks Music Inspired Art page on Flickr, where people have re-worked classic album covers.
Update from CSF: I like the Paul's Boutique meets 5 Boroughs mash-up
These guys probably would have rocked the house at Queen Amidala and Anakin's wedding. www.aerosith.com
Free download of the the debut single from the super-ish group featuring Conor Oberst, M.Ward, Mike Mogis and the newly renamed Yim Yames.
Giant Squid terrorise the Californian coast
.... streamed over at Stereogum from the forthcoming 'Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy'.
Terry Gilliam explains the genius of Harvey Kurtzman, who as creator of MAD magazine, inspired a generation of satirists.
At fancyfastfood.com Erik Trinidad transforms convenience food into gourmet creations
These days, it only takes a sentimental Cameron Diaz movie to rustle up a new Jeff Buckley Song - We All Fall In Love Sometimes.
Former members of Oasis, Pulp and Babyshambles recount why they decided to jump ship.
Rooks rival chimpanzees in their ability to use tools
Mumbai Council urged to bulldoze the Batman Star's house .... one can only dream.
'Luke, I am your father' from The Empire Strikes Back tops a poll of memorable movie misquotes
Latest in Wilco Court House News: former member Jay Bennett is trying to take Jeff Tweedy to the cleaners
£75,000 to sit on your arse on a Desert Island anyone?
Apparently it was Gauguin and not Van Gogh who cut off the famous missing ear.
Interesting article but aren't they missing the point slightly?
The lovable Christian Bale speaks out about his infamous rant on the set of Terminator Salvation.
Not happy with the huge choice of modern rock festival, chimp favourites Spoon are organising their own. For three nights running at legendary Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, you can catch Spoon, + other bands - including LOW, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Atlas Sound. Tickets here.
Perhaps a little under-advertised, you may have missed Channel 4's screening of the new Wilco movie Ashes of American Flags on Friday. Fortunately their 4OD on-demand service has the movie available for another 27 days.
It was out on DVD on April 20th.
Are Larry David and Woody Allen the perfect double team? New movie Whatever Works should answer the question.
Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
‘Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free’ is Akron/Family’s follow up to 2007’s well received ‘Love Is Simple’ and their first self produced album and as a three-piece, after the departure of founding member Ryan Vanderhoof.
In the past, whilst having their obvious strengths, they have been somewhat of a demanding listen, requiring a little time and patience. Not so, with ‘Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free’, which is by far their most accessible and immediate collection of songs to date.
So what has changed? Well, they seem to have markedly extended their record collection but rather than being swamped by their influences, they have breathed new life and freshness into their sound. The most notable aspect is the Ali Farka Toure-like guitar parts on ‘They Will Appear’ and the beautiful ‘River’.
Meanwhile, the excellent ‘Creatures’ bizarrely sounds like it could have come off Massive Attack’s ‘Mezzanine’. Whilst the trippy ‘Many Ghosts’ could sit seamlessly on Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’. The title track falls back into more conventional Neil Young-style territory, but the trick they managed to pull off brilliantly, is that it all sits together seamlessly and coherently.
The only (very minor) gripe is that when they do rock out, on ‘Gravelly Mountains Of The Moon’ and ‘MBF’, rather than being rousing it simply jars the ear.
It’s turning into a good year already: another very, very good record.Read more 4 star reviews
Interesting article at The Guardian on independent record shops which are still bucking the trend.... and staying open.
Don't worry, ART will prevent credit crunch Britain from turning into a ghost town.
An effortlessly Swedish addition to the always fascinating Black Cab Sessions: Peter, (not Bjorn) and John perform the title track from their recently released album without the merest hint of a whistle.
Korean sculptor Gwon Osang creates sculptures from hundreds of photographs of his subject, overlaying them into lightweight life-sized mannequins. Good for building up points on the Snappy Snaps loyalty card at the very least.
Not getting any? Chimps, give away you food to ensure success with the ladies.
Ever wondered what happened to the actors from some of your favourite TV shows ....
The Atlantic Ocean
Firstly, I have to eat a little humble pie, for the lukewarm review of Richard Swift’s last album ‘Dressed Up For The Letdown’, which turned out to be something of a grower, sounding better and better with repeated plays.
After the unpolished garage rock of last years excellent ‘Richard Swift as Onasis’ comes his next album proper ‘The Atlantic Ocean’. Swift describes the sound as ‘Prince sitting in on John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band’ and is actually a pretty good analogy of what’s going on here, especially on the title track and ‘The Original Thought.'
However Swift is far from a one trick pony and mixes up his influences nicely; the catchy ‘The First Time’ has a touch of the Wilco about it (Swift recorded the album in their loft after meeting Jeff Tweedy on Later With Jools Holland), where as the excellent ‘Bat Coma Motown’ is pure Harry Nilsson.
A slight disappointment is that many of the best songs here already appeared on last years ‘Ground Trouble Jaw’ EP. ‘A Song For Milton Feher’ manages to be insanely catchy after only couple of bars and the closing ‘Lady Luck’, points to where Swift might be going next. With simple and soulful motown style backing, Swift demonstrate a whole other unexplored side to his vocal range.
‘The Atlantic Ocean’ is utterly listenable and cements Swift as a talent to watch, it will be interesting to see where he goes now.Read more 3.5 star reviews
The dark brooding ‘Tonight’s The Night’-like cover points to a return to the bleak and sombre days of ‘I See A Darkness’ for ‘Beware’, Will Oldham’s latest album under his Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker. However this is misleading, as this is Oldham at his most mature and confident, the fragility of his Palace days seem a long time gone. The sounds here is full and accomplished, complimented on occasions with forceful backing vocals, fiddles, slide guitar and trumpets.
As ever, Oldham’s gloomy yet playful side prevails, turning seemingly conventional compositions into more interesting beasts altogether. The rousing opener ‘Beware Your Only Friend’ sees his ‘soul sucking thoughts’ go from ‘you want to be my daughter’ to ‘I wanted you to be my Mother’.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy albums are awkward buggers, as at first they can be quite underwhelming, but this is often misleading. Although his style changes, it often does so subtly and on initial listens you get pretty much what you expect. However, after some time they have a habit of slowly and surely getting under your skin.
‘I Don’t Belong To Anyone’ is up there with his greatest songs and best of all is the single ‘I Am Goodbye’ which is foot-stompingly upbeat for Oldham and catchy as hell to boot. So another very good Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album but as ever, it might take a few plays to see if it’s a great one.Read more 4 star reviews
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