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28th Feb 2013

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The Fourth Dimension

Full-length new compendium movie up on YouTube- first up, Harmony Korine directs Val Kilmer. On a BMX... Looks like a Vice/Grolsch team up.

via Indiewire:

Synopsis: The Fourth Dimension: where fawns are the miscreants of nature, time travel only applies to ants, and velvet is evil. Channeling the spirit of Tristan Tzara in his manifesto to deliver magic and other things, Eddy Moretti—aka the General of this cinematic synecdoche, and in other dimensions known as one of the masterminds behind Vice magazine—deploys a troika of strange and talented-as-hell directors to carry out his orders to form a more perfect union of space and time. The journey begins with Harmony Korine's new age brainchild "The Lotus Community Workshop," starring Val Kilmer as "Val Kilmer." Alexey Fedorchenko comes next with "Chronoeye," the story of a Russian time traveler whose expectations for seeing the past stifle his ability to live in the present. Fittingly, we end with the quasi-apocalyptic and ominously allegorical "Fawns," directed by Polish newcomer Jan Kwiecinski. All three directors transcend convention by challenging themselves and audiences to find something new in cinema. Together, the triptych of pieces crash but don't clash in a fashion that would make both Einstein and Eisenstein beam. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.]


26th Oct 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

8 Bit Community

More from the ever-evolving world of Community: an 8 bit trip c/o the warped mind of Hawthorne's dad, featuring Giancarlo "Gus" Esposito. In the words of Abed: cool-cool-cool. Expect to see it sometime in 2013 if you're in the UK and watching on Sony Entertainment 


18th May 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Community Goes Anime

after last year's festive puppet ep, Community's gone anime. love this show, really don't get why Viva don't want to show it again in the UK


2nd Dec 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Best of 2010


Just because most of our 2010 reviews have been happening on Twitter doesn't mean quality music hasn't be coming in thick and fast this year. Here's my top 5 for 2010:

Abe Vigoda - Crush
Probably my most unexpected favourite for 2010, Crush finds LA Smell regulars Abe Vigoda moving up a notch to make their most accessible album yet. If a band like this can ever hit the mainstream, this is certainly great prep - like Interpol with more ideas and better beats.

The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
The San Diego post-punkers graduate from community college with straight A's in 'chorus'. After a lot of hype and a fairly average live sighting, I was surprised to find myself so engaged with this first album proper. Side A rules.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
The bubble may have burst as LCD Soundsystem set to disband, but there was still time for one last go-around. Not quite as ace as Sound of Silver, but with tracks like 'All I Want' and 'Home', it's still stuffed with classics.

Spoon - Transference
Harnessing all their studio 'accidents' into another masterfully produced masterpiece, Spoon yet again deliver a five star album. So consistent I almost forget about them. Some great slow burners on here.

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Almost forgot this one ...which is a surprise considering how bombastic it is. After the note perfect In The Future, Black Mountain had no hope of topping getting even better just yet, but the least they could do was shore up their legend. Old Fangs and the title track cruised into their best-ever playlist.

DULY NOTED: Weezer - Hurley / Pinkerton Deluxe
With their departure from a major label, it seemed certain that Weezer would put aside all the contractually-obliging crap they're been churning out and finally release a great record again. Nope. Hurley crawled back up to a 3, but luckily the time had come for a deluxe edition of 90's classic Pinkerton. A re-release shouldn't be anyone's best album in a decade, but this one is stuffed full of long-lost tracks, b-sides and oddities - plus it's getting a five star rating for being overlooked the first time round.

Monsters was a great movie. Somewhere one of the worst ever. Kings of Leon, The National and Band of Horses all disappointed. Roll on 2011.


1st Jan 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Spotify Plus

The developer community is building around Spotify's platform - as noted by their recent community awards. Playlistify was the overall winner, allowing you to convert an iTunes playlist into a Spotify one. Minus the songs they don't have - which is still proving to be their weak link.

You can see a Spotify clickable export of the Chimpomatic master library here. Although it's a couple of months out of date. Will send word down to the tech basement requesting an update.


13th Apr 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Out Of Print Clothing

nice collection of book covers on t-shirts at Out Of Print

"Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.

In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each shirt we sell, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa."


1st Feb 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Another Day, Another 2009 List...

Here's the start of Rough Trade's 2009 Top 60...

1. The XX – XX
2. The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
3. The Horrors – Primary Colours
4. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
5. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
7. The Leisure Society – The Sleeper And The Product Of The Ego Drain
8. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
9. Forest Fire – Survival
10. The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa 

... here's the rest


23rd Nov 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet

Feature: Dead Record Shops

Perhaps this will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, but we are fast approaching the death-throes of record retailing in the UK. Of course, we've all been predicting it for years - how online purchasing would lead to the demise of retail - but rather like the possibility of a death in the family we've tended to put it out of our thoughts until it actually happens. Sadly it's about ... read article


23rd Oct 2009 - 3 comments - Add Comment

Making Of

A lot of celebs seem to be investing online these days. Natalie Portman is one of the creators of film website Making Of - with behind-the-scenes film community type stuff to help and inspire potential film makers.


23rd Jul 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet


Caught myself reminiscing with someone recently about Alex Cox's excellent Moviedrome series from the late 80's / early 90's, where Cox would introduce a (usually rare) film, followed by a screening.

The Last Picture Show, Coogan's Bluff, Rumblefish, Rope / 84 Charlie Mopic (double bill!) and THX1138 were among some of the more main-stream US movies, while more obscure screenings like WeekendThe Spider's Stratagem (outstanding), Q The Winged Serpant, Vamp and Yojimbo provided otherwise unseen screenings.

It's hard to believe there was ever a time when you couldn't watch anything you want whenever you want to, never mind even further back (pre-VHS), when film makers like Coppola and Scorcese would have pulled all their knowledge from actual cinema screenings.

Check out an archive listing of what was screened here, and a list of DVD-available titles over at Lovefilm.

Alex Cox is also on YouTube. And I heard rumours of a Repo Man sequel, entitle Repo Chick.


21st Jul 2009 - 1 comments - Add Comment - Tweet

True Blood

(creator: Alan Ball)


As a huge Buffy fan I wasn't overly excited by the prospect of another show taking a bite out of the vampire world. But True Blood is strong enough to be a distinct and quite different beast altogether.

The set up is that vampires have finally come out to the human world thanks to a Japanese brand of synthetic blood (Tru Blood - bottled like a six pack) that means they don't have to snack on people anymore. Cue a range of reactions from far-right politicians who want to round them all up ("God Hates Fangs!" to groupies (aka "fang-bangers" in TB-speak) who are keen on getting a closer look for themselves.

It's set in a smalltown in the Cajun south, where waitress Sookie Stackhouse
(Anna Paquin) is excited to find the town's first vampire walking into her bar. Just to add a bit more fantasy to the mix, she's also a telepath who can hear everyone's thoughts around her. She's learned how to block her friends' and co-workers' minds - on the whole - but there are a lot of customers who suddenly find themselves on the wrong end of a drink. But, as she discovers, she can't hear what vampires are thinking...

You can see why Alan Ball was attracted to the Sookie Stackhouse novels that True Blood is based on. Like Six Feet Under, there's plenty of room here to get under the skin of a smalltown community, to discuss smallmindedness, difference and yes, sexuality while telling a great story. Add in a possible serial killer, vampire "drainers", some NSFW scenes, a great cast (including cameos as cops from cult faves Chris Bauer and William Sanderson - aka The Wire's Frank Sobotka and Blade Runner's JF Sebastian) and a strong sense of humour (Sookie's grandmother is thrilled to meet someone from the US Civil War) and you've got the makings of a show worth getting into. Plus the second series has just started in the states so you don't have to worry about it being canned anytime soon.


20th Jun 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Twistori is a great website which taps the all-too-familiar themes running through the ever-exploding Twitter community.


22nd May 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet

More Frusciante

We've been getting some love from the John Frusciante community this week - which has led me back to this excellent Frusciante career overview at Indie Paws (Part 1, part 2).

Readers are also coming in from the Chili Peppers discussion boards, as well as fan site Invisible Movement, who I notice now host the unobtainable internet only album  From The Sound Inside that Frusciante released for free in 2001 (way before In Rainbows, people). They also have the demo and acoustic versions of Shadow Collide With People.

All good of course ...but don't hope for anything better than you may already have.


23rd Jan 2009 - 1 comments - Add Comment - Tweet

Prepare For Take Off

I wouldn't exactly describe it as a tidal wave, but the HBO PR machine is revving up nicely for the new season of Flight of the Conchords, which starts on HBO on Jan 16th. You can of course watch the first episode now, over at Funny or Die, HBO and YouTube, but if you're strong enough to avoid those mini-outlets you can tide yourself over with a load of downloads from Murray's Street Team, karaoke some of the songs over at Lip Dub Video Fansterpiece, join the Facebook group or get sucked into the fan club at Mel's Blog.


2nd Jan 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet

Interview: No Age

I'd have to say that No Age's LP Nouns has really been the stand out record of this year for me and in more ways than one. Its infectious energy has made it hard to resist but has also encouraged me to delve deeper into the context in which it was created and as a result a whole new scene has opened up to me and introduced me to a wealth of new talent. It's a scene loosely centered aroun... read article


10th Dec 2008 - Add Comment

Interview: Sub Pop

When Nirvana went global and 'Grunge' became a household word, Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt's fledgling record label hit the big time. Geffen Records bought out their contract with Nirvana in a tidy deal that gave the Seattle label percentage points on future Nirvana releases - as well as reviving sales of Bleach to make it the label's biggest seller to this day. With interest in S... read article


26th Aug 2008 - Add Comment

Concrete and Glass Line-up

The line-up has been announced for the Concrete & Glass festival on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October 2008. TV On The Radio and Port O'Brien look like the chimp highlights:

20 Jazz Funk Great/ Anni Rossi/ Apes & Androids/ Barringtone/ Bass Clef/ Beyond the Wizards Sleeve/Bjorn Torske/ Blacktape Records/ Blacktape DJs/ Bloggers Delight/ Bodies of Water/ Border Community/ Casper C/ Cats in Paris/ CMN/ David Thomas Broughton/ Dead Kids/ Eat Your Own Ears DJs/ Errors/ Euros Childs/ Ezra Bang (Hot Machine)/ Fairmont live/ Frightened Rabbit/ Greco-Roman/ Grovesnor/ James Holden/ James Yuill/ John Kennedy presents/ Kid Harpoon/ Kim Hiorthoy/ Kimmo Pohjonen/ Let's Wrestle/ Lindstrom/ Liz Green/ Lucius Works Here/ Ludovico Einaudi/ Magistrates/ Matthew Sawyer & The Ghosts/ Mechanical Bride/ Merok Records/ Micachu/ Muscleheads/ O'Death/ One Little Plane/ Oren Marshall/ Owl Project/ Pete and the Pirates/ Pilooski + Dirty Sound System/ Port O'Brien/ Primary 1/ Screaming Tea Party/ Semi Finalists/ Serious Presents/ Sky Larkin/ Small Town Super Sound/ Stolen Recordings present/ Sweet Baboo/ Swn Fest present/ Telepathe/ Ten Thousand Islands/ The Big Pink/ The! Local present/ The Oscillation/ The Real Heat/ The Stool Pigeon/ Younghearts/ Threatmantics/ Time Out Barcelona/ Time Out London/ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs/ Truckers of Husk/ TV On The Radio/ Twisted Wheel/ Untitled Musical Project/ Vladislav Delay/ Wave Machines/ Wet Paint/ Wichita Recordings/ Zun Zun Egui





5th Aug 2008 - Add Comment - Tweet


lots of these online tv shows starting to surface at the moment: Quarterlife comes w "from the makers of My So Called Life" cred, and kind of works, like a slacker (or whatever the kids are called now) version of Friends. been picked up by one of the US networks, but in a way it seems to work quite well online. not sure about all the "join the community" blah


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