Wednesday, April 30, 2008

TDK Countdown Continues

So more posters have arrived, and there's a new trailer on the horizon.

If you don't see a new The Dark Knight trailer before Iron Man this weekend, you surely will before Warner Brothers' other big summer release, Speed Racer next Friday May 9th. If you weren't already drawn in by the hype of those two summer busters of blocks, now you certainly have just cause to join the masses.

Click the images to enlarge (And then save them to your desktop or decorate your locker with poor quality printouts).

I haven't been this excited for a movie since, well, since Batman Begins. Or maybe Batman Forever, but back then I used to close my eyes during any commercials on TV and remember feeling like a righteous fool as I closed my eyes in the theater when the trailer came on. I guess the more things stay the same, the more things change. More simply, I'm a nerd - always have been. The new one-sheet is below:

Monday, April 28, 2008

Song of the Week (/Year)

The incomparable M.I.A blesses us with Paper Planes (right click for MP3).

There's various remixes, but this is the original track from Kala.

A warning to those close to me... this song will be on repeat all summer. And it will make all of us cooler.

Check out the video, which is ace. Also, the song is featured in the trailer for the new Seth Rogen/James Franco/Judd Apatow/David Gordon Green picture, Pineapple Express.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

81 Days

Holy Schnauzers!

This new TDK poster is the sickness (click to enlarge).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Man Man & Yeasayer: A Contrast in Fashion

Finally made it to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco's always interesting Tenderloin neighbourhood. I wish I would've got here sooner, because it is definitely one of the most visually appealing music venues I've ever been to. The sightlines aren't great, but the sound was exceptional and you've hit the jackpot if you can find a space on the mostly reserved balcony.

The concert was Man Man, supported by Yeasayer.

I was there for Yeasayer and had been eagerly anticipated how All Hours Cymbals would come across live. Well, it came across fantastic. There was an added heft to the songs, which were played with a real passion and talent. They played a couple that weren't on the album too, that were immediately gripping. Every member of the band caught my attention at one time or another, both by their stage presence and their technical ability. I was surprised with their confidence too since they're a pretty young band. I can't wait to see them again when they're the headliners.

Then came Man Man. The lead singer from Yeasayer had introduced them earlier as "the greatest live band in the world" (as his bassist scoffed). And I get that that's their identity to a great extent, that they are a wild, leave-it-all-on-the-stage kind of band. All dressed in white casual summer wear, with white war paint splotched on their faces, these guys definitely are exuberant. And I was willing to give them a chance (even after they underwhelmed me a couple years ago at the Silver Dollar in Toronto).

But after watching a sold out crowd be whipped into a frenzy (relative to the Yeasayer reaction and SF crowd behavior in general), I felt like I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone. I do not get Man Man. Their music is nursery rhyme simple, with a diluted Tom Waits thing going on that even 5 guys singing and clanging at the same time can't match. Maybe the reason they're so "wild" on stage is that they can't believe people are actually buying into their antics, and they're waiting for other shoe to drop at any moment. I'm all for an interaction of rock music and performance art, but with Man Man it just seems like a charade - a meaningless pantomime.

I don't know, like I said, I don't get it and maybe I'm missing something. So if anybody can explain to me why Man Man isn't bullshit, please do. I really can't picture anybody listening to their Man Man records 5 years from now, like I know I'll be doing with Yeasayer. Man Man screams fashion band to me... which sucks for them because when they come back to San Francisco in 2010 and play to a half empty room, they'll be wondering where all their old fans went.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Constantines Video - "Hard Feelings"

Check it. Solid performance video with a nice style to it.

And check out WillCon stepping out from behind the keys to dazzle us with a Horsey Craze style solo. Don't worry Steveie Constantine, we'll never forget about you.

And I'm not sure if it's a fist pound or a pick exchange, but it's awesome.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Freeway Friday

Salmonblaster, the long extinct Canadian indie band, provide the perfect jumpstart to your weekend.

"Freeway" was one of my favourite songs back in the early '90s. Muchmusic used to play the video in pretty high rotation (yeah, the old Muchmusic before it became a lowest-common-denominator tweener station for Haylie Duff fans).

But anyhoo, this song is great to blast (no pun intended). Too bad I can't find my old mix tape with it on it. Their debut (only?) album is available to listen to on youtube, but I can't find better quality elsewhere yet. Not sure what the rest of it sounds like, but "Freeway" is classic.

Salmonblaster! The original animal name band.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Urban Futurism

Something out of place here?

Yes, that's a Clone Trooper lurking around your local subway concourse. Watch it Trekkies.

Artist Cedric Delsaux created this realm traveling urban Star Wars photoset. Check out Cinematical's photo gallery for the rest.

Scarlett & Snake Eyes sitting in a tree...

New production photos from the upcoming G.I Joe Film are out (click to enlarge).

I was always more of a Lady Jay fan myself (one day I'll maybe let you in on my theory of my sexual evolution, where she figures prominently). Still, Rachel Nichols ("Alias", upcoming Star Trek film) is making me a fan of Scarlett too.

And below is Ray Park (ie. Darth Maul from Phantom Menace) as Snake Eyes. I have to admit both photos are promising, although it's all pretty predictable in the kind post X-Men realist cartoon character mold.

Read more about it at USA Today and Check out the rest of the cast here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Born (Ruffians) in the Ca.Na.Da

After a couple of spazzy, hooky EPs, Born Ruffians recently released their debut LP, Red Yellow and Blue. The preceding video is track #4 from said album.

I really like the homespun video, and the album ain't half-bad either. It's got a wider ranging musical palette than one would've expected, all of it very affable.

Listening to and thinking about the album, the first thing that springs to mind is its distinctly Canadian MO (and not just because of the Dundas Square references). Not Canadian in a Tragically Hip or Constantines way, but Canadian in a "Mr. Dressup" kind of way.

Born Ruffians are arts-and-crafting much like Ernie Coombs did during the 30 year run of that institution of Canadian children's television. Like "Mr. Dressup", they communicate the same virtues of simplicity, cooperativity, and a playfulness. They're pretty young guys, I wonder if they grew up watching the show.

Watch the opening and a clip of "Mr. Dressup" and see if you might agree.

Incidently, the lead track off of Red Yellow and Blue, Barnacle Goose is the song of the month (right click for mp3 downloadification).

Friday, April 11, 2008

In Praise of Constantines

A great man once said (toot toot), "They're the biggest band in the world in the world I want to live in." No wonder vagabonds in Rome are covering their tunes ("Nighttime Anytime", from their second LP Shine A Light). As a greater man once said, "It's hard not to surrender."

And now they've got a new album coming out. Kensington Heights is available April 15 (tomorrow) in Canada and April 29 in the US.

Check out: "Brother Run Them Down" (rightclick for MP3)

Is it me or is BryCon smirking at Wehrlcon's creeper stare?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Song of the Week

Treating you to a Special 2for1 Edition of "Song of the Week" is Mclusky.

The now defunct three-piece from Wales are as hilarious as they are pulverizing. Here's a taste from their final proper LP, The Difference Between Me and You is That I'm Not On Fire.

"Forget About Him I'm Mint" (right click for MP3)
"1956 and All That" (right click for MP3)

They're short little ditties, but the economy is part of the genius (so is the Star Wars reference).

Uwe Boll VS The Internet

He of such video game adaptations as BloodRayne, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Alone in the Dark speaks out against the petition started to get him to stop making his ridiculous films.

He's got quite the sailor's tongue, cussing out the likes of George Clooney and Michael Bay. Nice going "genius" (actually, considering his new movie Postal is due out May 23, this guy must be a marketing genius)...

Pro-Boll: Sign here
Anti-Boll: Sign here

He's no Roger Corman, but at least he's got some spirit.

UPDATE!! Boll's spitting more rancor (both hilarious and insightful). Link via Defamer.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charleton Heston R.I.P. (1924-2008)

He was awesome, he was crazy, he was a movie star!

This clip is from Soylent Green, which I think is one of the first movies I watched on CityTV. Earthquake, The Omega Man, The Ten Commandments and Touch of Evil all have a place in my heart as well.

Movie stars never die.