Sunday, March 30, 2008

you're never far from my heart

The new Langhorne Slim record is mad fresh. It drops at the end of April but is floating around the internets now.
It's reminding me a great deal of Josh Ritter's Animal Years and that's one helluva record.

Other stuff I've been digging on,
Spiritualized- Songs in A&E
David Crosby- If I Could Only Remember My Name
Murder By Death- Red of Tooth and Claw

Monday, March 24, 2008

in your eyes babe

Bon Iver- Skinny love

Tallest Man on Earth- I Won't Be Found

There's some superb folk music coming out lately.
The full lengths put out this year by these two musicians have been in constant rotation for weeks now.

Friday, March 21, 2008

go ahead and analyze me. i bet you can't surprise me

Ain't It Cool is often times unreadable, mostly the readers who send in reviews from early screenings they just saw.
This one is for a screening of the new Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder.
Even though the review is laughable (the guy uses a "thin red line" metaphor) what he has to say excites me.
Just like the AICN guy wrote, I certainly hope the film retains its hard R rating.
If anything Robert Downey Jr. is in it and you can't go wrong with him. The guy says its his funniest performance but I'm sure that's just a knee-jerk reaction.
Also, Jay Baruchel is in it which is wonderful. That young man is seriously funny and needs to get on screen more.
Now I'm going to go pop in Wonder Boys after all this Downey Jr. talk.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter.

Also, I can't say enough about the new album from The Tallest Man On Earth, it's called Shallow Graves. I've been listening to it all week and it's been the perfect soundtrack to the 532 inches of rain we got this week.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

those smug lovers, might as well just rub it in my face

Southland Tales was a bit too ambitious for Richard Kelly's own good.
Back in like freshman year of high school I rode pretty hard for Donnie Darko. Downloading all the songs from the movie off of soulseek, listening to the director's commentary and all that.
Where I still find that movie enjoyable, Kelly's latest was a mess.
The cast is quite interesting, as he made some risky choices with The Rock, Timberlake, Gellar, Mandy Moore, Sean William Scott.
I actually didn't mind The Rock for the most part, but I've never really seen any other movies he's done, so I don't have much to judge him on.
Timberlake and Scott were serviceable, neither had as much screen time as The Rock.
It was also nice seeing Wood Harris get a bit part, since it seems he's not around much after playing kingpin Avon Barksdale in The Wire.
As for the movie in whole, the premise is interesting. It's an apocalyptic film set in 2008 (?). I know it was delayed a bunch of times so the timeline would have been easier to digest if it came out in '06 or whenever it was originally slated to drop.
There is just so much going on and feels jam packed, even though it ran over two hours.
A director's commentary would have been nice to hear Kelly's vision for what he was really going for.
The kid's who love Donnie Darko are going to have a hard time digesting this one I do believe.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

when's the last time

Big Mike and I hit up the jukebox at the Pub tonight and payed for Clipse- When's the Last Time.
It never got played...
I've been gone for a bit, but here's a quick run down of what I've been listening to...

Jamie Lidell- Jim
Tokyo Police Club- Elephant Shell
The Tallest Man on Earth- Shallow Graves

I have seen the last ep of the Wire, but Andrew hasn't yet, so I won't post my thoughts until he's got caught up.
It's wonderful, enough said.

Friday, March 07, 2008

tell me anything you want, any ol' lie will do

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was finally in when I hit up Family Video today. It came out on DVD like a month ago and has been out consistently since then.
I highly doubt that so many people enjoyed this movie. Probably renting it on Pitt's name being attached and being hit upside the head with a slow burning western is not what most were expecting one could assume.
The movie itself was quite wonderful.
It is quite long but does not really drag. The beautiful cinematography and the ace casting hold everything together. Surely one of the best films of 2007.
Pitt is remarkable, if even acting a bit understated at times.
The real cornerstone of the film is Casey Affleck however. He basically hit it out of the park twice last year with this and Gone Baby Gone.
I feel he deserved a best actor nod this year instead of a supporting nom for the role. The range of emotion he portrays throughout the film is something special.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

bada bing

I trust Chase to only make this if the material furthers what the series did.
If it does, well I can't wait.

Monday, March 03, 2008

so i do it over snares and bass

Always excited for new Roots material.
Game Theory was mad underrated.