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Are you Mike D or Spike Jonze

Some good stuff in the latest Mike D-edited edition of Monster Children magazine, including the film below and a double edged driving playlist, curated by Mike D and Spike Jonze. I've only got two of the tracks in the Mike D playlist, but pretty much everything except Rock Lopster for Spike Jonze'.

THE SUBURBAN
Mike D, Kassia Meador, Rob Machado, Photographer Morgan Maassen
THEIR PLAYLIST
Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo - Hero
Portugal. The Man - Work All Day
Jai Paul - BTSTU (demo)
Can - Sing Swan Song
Silver Apples - Lovefingers
T Rex - Life’s a Gas
Neil Young - Journey Through the Past
Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
Soko feat. Ariel Pink - Monster Love
MIA feat. The Weeknd - Sexodus
Major Lazer - Get Free
Jai Paul - Jasmine (demo)
Cassius - I <3 U So
Brian Eno - Some of Them Are Old
Christian Tiger School - Various cuts
Darkside - Golden Arrow
Chromatics - Tick of the Clock
Kanye West feat. Bon Iver - Lost in the World
Chief Keef - Citgo
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
EPMD - You Gots to Chill


THE JEEP
Spike Jonze, Ford Archbold, Alex Knost, Tanner Rozunko and cinematographer Alex Kopps
THEIR PLAYLIST
Billy Joel - The Longest Time (start a 6am drive with this and everyone is feeling pretty good)
Jane’s Addiction - Summertime Rolls
Girls - Summertime
Guided by Voices - A Salty Salute
David Bowie - Five Years
Pavement - In the Mouth a Desert
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
The Strokes - Someday (As we got closer to the spot, we would start picking it up…)
Minor Threat - Salad Days
X - Los Angeles
Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva’s Operation
Pavement - Gold Soundz
The B-52’s - Rock Lobster

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5th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Trailer Park: Jersey Boys

Clint keeps us guessing. After watching this trailer I feel like I've seen the movie already.

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18th Apr 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Ian MacKaye talks about stuff

Fascinating Library of Congress talk from Ian MacKaye via Jenkem, including his insightful thoughts on skateboarding and how he got into punk. Well worth a watch.

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18th Mar 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Terry Callier

The soul, folk, jazz legend died in Chicago yesterday. Here's two great tracks that showcase his talent for setting a mood and taking it as far as it can go: I'm A Drifter from 1968's The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier and Lazarus Man from Timepiece, his 1998 comeback.

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29th Oct 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Title says it all really, except that @JerrySeinfeld is the man behind this interview/comedy web series. Kramer and Jerry in the final episode alone makes it worthwhile.

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2nd Oct 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Trouble With The Curve

After his supposed retirement/hiatus Clint Eastwood is back in front of the camera, being directed by someone else for the first time since In The Line of Fire. Looks alright too.

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10th Aug 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Tougher Than Leather

While digging up old Beastie Boys clips in the last couple of weeks (#RIPMCA) I came accross an upload of the entire Tougher Than Leather movie - starring Run DMC, but with cameos from the Beasties (doing non-album track 'Desperado') and other 80s Def Jam stars.

The movie itself is like a feature-length A-Team episode.

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19th May 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: MCA

Absolutely gutted to hear that MCA has passed away, and I suspect Nathaniel Hornblower might have gone with him. As an 11 year old hip hop fan, the disreputable Beastie Boys were clearly going to be a one hit wonder as far as the parents of the world were concerned, but who would have thought they would have evolved to be so endlessly influential and culturaly significant. As a director, Adam Yauch put his hand to many of the Beasties inspiring videos - and more recently through his company Oscilloscope he has become a truly influential character in the world of indie film.

A true loss that hits hard, especially when he was taken so early. RIP.

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4th May 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

John Peel's Record Collection

Lovely website up documenting John Peel's record collection, with an interactive view of his studio, plus clickable racks of records with scanned covers and links to play on Spotify where available. It's just the first 100 A's for now, with a plan to upload the first 100 of a new letter every week. That's still going to be a tiny dent of the 24,000 LPs and 40,000 singles ...but it's a start.

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1st May 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Moebius

the legendary French comics artist est mort

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10th Mar 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

85 Films Martin Scorsese Thinks You Should See

Fast Company magazine has an interesting list of films mentioned by Martin Scosese as influentual to him. He's certainly consistent, as he's been talking a lot of these up since I was at film school - directly prompting me to check out Faces, Duel in the Sun, Gun Crazy, Kiss Me Deadly, The Leopard, A Matter of Life and Death, Peeping Tom and The Red Shoes ...amongst others. Pretty sure he put me onto Black Narcissus too - my favourite Powell & Presseburger movie.

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27th Feb 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Oscars 1976

Fascinating video of Steven Spielberg watcing the live Oscar nomations in 1976, following the massive box office success of Jaws.

Via AICN

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27th Feb 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

David Sylvian - A Victim Of Stars 1982-2012

New two-disc best-of David Sylvian on the way, covering his solo stuff from 1982-2012. Still hold up Ghosts as one of the most original singles to ever chart in the top ten ...

CD 1
1. Ghosts (Remix)
2. Bamboo Houses (Remix)
3. Bamboo Music
4. Forbidden Colours
5. Red Guitar
6. The Ink In The Well
7. Pulling Punches
8. Taking The Veil
9. Silver Moon
10. Let The Happiness In
11. Orpheus
12. Waterfront
13. Pop Song
14. Backwaters
15. Every Colour You Are (Live)
16. Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II) Returning To The Womb (Remix)

CD 2
1. Jean The Birdman
2. Alphabet Angel
3. I Surrender
4. Darkest Dreaming
5. A Fire In The Forest
6. The Only Daughter (Original)
7. Late Night Shopping
8. Wonderful World
9. The Banality Of Evil
10. Darkest Birds
11. Snow White In Appalachia
12. Small Metal Gods
13. I Should Not Dare
14. Manafon
15. Where's Your Gravity? (previously unreleased)

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3rd Feb 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

J Mascis: Bobblehead edition

Dinosaur Jr guitar legend now available in replica form

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27th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Kon-Tiki

Film based on the adventures of explorer Thor Heyderdahl who was so convinced that Polynesian people had sailed the Pacific before Europeans that he built his own balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki and sailed off on a 8000 km trip with a tiny crew for 101 days. No sat-nav, no iPod. Loved the idea of this guy when I was a kid

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25th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Wooderson is back in business

Dazed and Confused legend Wooderson is back in business, for this promo for the Butch Walker and the Black Widow's track - Synthesizers. Quite the coup.

He's looking a little out of shape since his epic slow-motion entrance to Hurricane, but it's good to have him back. I get older ....he stays the same age.

Via AICN

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24th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Saul Bass Video Pitch for Bell Systems

Have a look at this fascinating video made by Saul Bass in the 1970's, as his pitch to redesign the identity of Bell System ....now AT&T.

The first half is all about identity design, the second half is the actual pitch. Amazing that anyone was making a video pitch in the 1970s.

Via Brand New.

From the AT&T Archives:

Bass' work in logo design and movie title credit sequences spanned the latter half of the 20th century, with prominent work in each field. He worked closely with AT&T, designing not only the 1970 "bell" logo that was ubiquitous for a decade, but also, upon the divestiture of AT&T, he designed the original "death star" logo, unveiled in 1984.

One reason for this bell logo's ubiquity? That redesign was the largest corporate re-identity program in the U.S., ever. The redesign covered:

* 135,000 Bell system vehicles
* 22,000 buildings
* 1,250,000 phone booths
* 170,000,000 telephone directories

This film was made by his company as a presentation to AT&T executives. It would have extended to be shown to the public, but a number of his ideas in the film were not ultimately adopted, like his phone booth designs, and men's and women's uniforms. But a great many were—including, most memorably, the telephone vans and hardhat designs of the 1970s. He designed down to the details, showcasing in this film a myriad of ideas, right down to the yellow pages book designs, cufflinks for executives, and flags.

Bass' other very recognizable logo designs that persist today include those for Minolta, Girl Scouts of America, Avery International, Geffen Records, Warner Int'l, and many more. Bass' design for AT&T was the foundation for the logo that the company has today, redesigned in 2005 by Interbrand.

Produced by Saul Bass

Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

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18th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Wedding Present Album: Valentina

Chimp heros The Wedding Present are back with a new album in March. Valentina will be released through the band's own Scopitones label in the UK on March 17th. Other labels around teh world in the days after that.

The band will be at SXSW to launch the album and then on tour in America, Europe, The World. Can't wait.

Via Scopitones.

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18th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

fIREHOSE rEUNION

More info on that fIREHOSE reunion: Consequence of Sound are reporting that as well as playing at Coachella, the band will reunite after 18 years for a US tour. Which makes me 18+ years older than I thought, as me and Cnrth saw them at the Marquee in 1991-ish.

Needless Natas Kaupas plug below.

fIREHOSE 2012 Tour Dates:
04/05 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
04/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
04/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/09 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music
04/10 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
04/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
04/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Historic Coconut Grove Ballroom *
04/13 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
04/18 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre *
04/19 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

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13th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Hands Off The VU Banana!

The Velvet Underground are taking on the Warhol Estate's plans to licence Andy's banana design for iPod covers

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12th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

New / Vintage GBV

Guided By Voices' new LP "Let's Go Eat The Factory" arrives on Jan 16th (Jan 17th in the US via Rockathon or NOW via US iTunes), but you can listen to the whole thing today over at NPR.

The record is the first to feature the 'classic' line-up of the band since 1996. That's the classic line-up pictured in 1995 above. And the vintage version of the classic line-up below.

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22nd Dec 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

I Am Your Father!!!

Brilliant video capturing a son's reaction to the brutal truth.

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3rd Oct 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Star Status: Peter Weir

How does Peter Weir rate in the Chimpomatic Star Status Movie Maths Generator?

It's 10 points for a Hit, 5 for a Maybe and 1 for a Miss... No TV movies or shorts, just cinema releases to date.

After re-watching Dead Poet's Society recently, for the first time since its release, I was struggling to think of a non-spectacular film by Australian director Peter Weir.

A quick disclaimer: I haven't personally seen early efforts Three To Go or The Last Wave but IMDB rates them 8.2 and 7.1 - so I've erred on the side of caution (due to their enthusiastic rating) and rated them Hit / Maybe here.

The Way Back (2010) MAYBE
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) HIT
The Truman Show (1998) HIT
Fearless (1993) HIT
Green Card (1990) HIT
Dead Poets Society (1989) HIT
The Mosquito Coast (1986) HIT
Witness (1985) HIT
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) HIT
Gallipoli (1981) HIT
The Last Wave (1977) MAYBE
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) HIT
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) MAYBE
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael") HIT

HIT 11
MISS 0 
MAYBE 3 

Another disclaimer: No generosity applied to these ratings, with the possible exception of The Year of Living Dangerously, which is perhaps merely 'good'.

So that's 125 points out of a possible 140.

Peter Weir: you have scored an unbelievable 89.3%

If you dare make a purchase (and, er I think you should), you can do so here, allowing Chimpomatic to profit from his success. Check back soon for more Star Status movie maths. Same Chimp Channel, same Chimp Time...

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23rd Sep 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Terrence Malick breaks cover

The picture above left has served as one of the only publicly available images of reclusive director Terrence Malick for a couple of decades - but last week he popped along to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, with Christian Bale and a camera crew.

Bale must have gotten a hall pass from the still-shooting Batman sequel, as he was swanning around around the festival playing some sort of rockstar type - check out the fascinating video here. It had been announced that Bale was cast in a Malick film, set to shoot in 2012, so this shoot may have only been a test - or just grabbing the opportunity to film at a large event like this - but a possible project could be something based around the life of Jerry Lee Lewis that Malick has been working on, which would tie in with the casting of the much-younger-than-Bale Haley Bennett as the other lead. More pics and info here, here and here.

Probably the most surprising thing about all of this is that Malick still looks exactly like that archive photo, right down to the hat.

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20th Sep 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Jeff Bridges and The Abiders

Fun piece up at AICN documenting Jeff Bridges' musical appearance on legendary TV show Austin City Limits.

UPDATE: Rolling Stone have a live session with the band.

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14th Aug 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Daniel Craig's My Wookie Bitch Now!

The Harrison Ford revival continues, with this amusing skit from the Jimmy Kimmel show.

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28th Jul 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Beastie Boys w/ Santigold

Another epic, over-long promo up from the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze. This one features action figures.

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19th Jul 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Steven Spielberg: Game Changer

Fascinating discussion video up at the Director's Guild of America website, with a panel of James Cameron, JJ Abrams and Michael Apted chatting with Steven Spielberg about his career.

It's something of a circle jerk in places, with Cameron coming off as a bit of a know it all, but 's well worth watching. And 1hr 45mins long.

Click the first thumbnail for the full video.

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8th Jul 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Newsflash: Harrison Ford not in a coma

Despite his many zombie-esque performances in recent years, this series of interviews show that Harrison Ford is in fact still a functioning human being - even with a sense of humour. If he can just translate that to screen.

Jon Favreau is asking the questions, and the whole thing was done as promotion for the upcoming flick Cowboys and Aliens, which may or may not be OK.

Via AICN

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29th Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Yeaaaaaah Boyyyyy!

Mildly embarrassing mid-80's Beastie Boys promo surfaces on YouTube.

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28th Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Metallica Machine Music

World's most unlikely team-up? Lou Reed and Metallica are recording together...

SET LIST 

Waiting For The Sandman

And Justice For All Tomorrow's Parties

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22nd Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Fincher and Nolan vs Malick

Here's a nice featurette on the Tree of Life, with Christopher Nolan and David Fincher discussing Terence Malick's work.

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If you like Malick, you'll like this: He's allegedly already preparing a six hour cut of Tree of Life, as well as a complimentary IMAX movie documenting the evolution of life.

Don't worry if that sounds too much. His next movie is a romantic drama. Which is promised to be "More experimental that Tree of Life".

Via The Filmstage

Malick has also asked his crew to keep summer and autumn free for another possible feature shoot.

Via LA Times

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17th Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Beastie Boys Mystery Quiz

Here's a mystery: I was watching a Smiths concert on TV last night, recorded for German TV institution Rockpalast in 1984. As Morrissey and Marr were followed back to their dressing room, I spotted the above Beastie Boys sticker on the dressing room door.

As we all know, the Beasties didn't get anywhere near the mainstream until the build up and release of Licenced To Ill in 1986 - and research shows that they didn't appear on Rockpalast until 1998. A quick Google brought up the video below of them from 1984 (not from Rockpalast, from the Scott and Gary Show), so they were on the radar to some extent and Ad Rock even seems to have a similar sticker stuck on the front of his guitar.

Add your suggested explanation in the comments.

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16th Jun 2011 - 2 comments - Add Comment - Tweet

Watt + Grohl + Vedder + Smear

Mike Watt wrapped up his US tour in Seattle this week - and in a throwback to his epic 90's feats album "Ballhog or Tugboat?", he was joined on stage by Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder and Pat Smear for a run through of Big Train, followed by an extended, enthusiastic jam. Dave Grohl rules it.

A suitably excited fan filmed the performance.

Via Pitchfork.

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28th Apr 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Tree Of Life Arrives ...Soon

Terrence Mallick's new movie The Tree of Life is having it's Cannes Festival world premiere screening on May 16th - though it may allegedly or not be arriving in UK cinemas on May 4th. Cannot wait either way. I might even go to the cinema to see it.

Visit www.twowaysthroughlife.com for some more vague info.

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15th Apr 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

New J Mascis: Is It Done

ever since I spent three days thinking I'd finally blown my hearing after standing a bit too near the speakers at a Dinosaur Jr gig, I've kind of preferred it when J Mascis keeps things quiet... so I'm looking forward to this acoustic-ish album he's got coming out, with loads of guests (Kurt Vile, A Silver Mount Zion’s Sophie Trudeau, Kevin Drew, Ben Bridwell, Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins, Matt Valentine etc). great primer track over at PFork and if you hand over your email Sub Pop will give you another

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5th Mar 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Captain Beefheart dies aged 69

Avant garde musician and visual artist Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, has died aged 69.

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18th Dec 2010 - 1 comments - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer park: Back to Back To The Future

Back to the Future is getting a re-releases in UK cinemas next month, in honour of its 25th Anniversary. It's a digital print, re-mastered especially for the upcoming Blu-Ray release by the sound of it - and it has been described as 'breathtaking' by writer/producer Bob Gale. Need I say more?

Via AICN

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10th Sep 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Steve Albini Speaks

Steve Albini is perhaps one of only a few musicians who could challenge Jeff Tweedy at an open mic night at the Stand Up Comedy Club. Great interview over at VBS.tv showcasing his many unique viewpoints on music and more.

Via Sound Theory

Also, check out two previous Albini classics:

Steve Albini Has A Problem With Music

Squirrelbait Family Tree

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6th Sep 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Harvey Pekar

RIP underground comics legend Harvey Pekar 1939-2010 

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13th Jul 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Dennis Hopper

the Easy Rider has bowed out at 74. Take a load off dude

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29th May 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Shaun White Olympic Gold!

he's literally quite good! nice rundown of his skills/ways to pay the bills here. didn't see him on the slopes during the recent chimpolympics mind you...

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18th Feb 2010 - 1 comments - Add Comment - Tweet

Non Frusciante

It's official. Guitar hero John Frusciante won't be returning for the Chili Peppers 10th album, and has officially left the band. According to his website, he left 12 months ago while the band took a hiatus.

The Empyreum still ranks as one of my albums of the year. Read the review here.

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17th Dec 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet