Surprisingly acceptable mockney caper. Think The Long Good Friday with flashes of Only Fools & Horses.
18th Feb 2012Read more 3 star reviews
This novel, stylish, pretentious biopic fails to make the most of its biggest asset...Bob Dylan's music.
10th Feb 2012Read more 2.5 star reviews
A near flawless set and perfect venue elevated this to more than just another MMJ show.
8th Nov 2011Read more 4 star reviews
Well-paced suspenseful original as Arnie's relentless cyborg hunts its target, spawning a franchise.
17th Jun 2011Read more 3.5 star reviews
Simply awful. George Formby does \#PearlJam
3rd Jun 2011Read more 2 star reviews
The time Happy Mondays tried to kidnap Johnny Marr and take him to Barbados.
Comedy from The Lonely Island + Julian Casablancas
Never mind all this debate about whether we should be re-living the old masters or focussing on new art & literature - we can now have the best of both worlds. Screenwriter Adam Bertocci has re-written old classic The Big Lebowski as The Two Gentlemen of Lebowski. Check it out on his website.
VIA The Guardian
Royal Mail has launched a series of stamps based on classic album covers. The chosen covers will no doubt produce debate at Chimp HQ.
Vampire Weekend are streaming the whole of their new album Contra over on their MySpace page
Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances
The XX - XX
A late entry
John Frusciante - The Empyrean
Mr prolific returns
Doom - Born Like This
Quality in a struggling genre
Ian Brown - My Way
Despite his pedestrian lyrics still doing his own thing well.
Gig of the year (didn't go to enough)
Micah P Hinson - Zaragoza, Spain
The title says it all really....
While often noted as the 'loudest band in the world' in the 90's, it seems like Dinosaur Jr may have mellowed in their old age.
You can exchange your CD on this website. Wimp.
Brooklynradio.net have a great series of free downloads available from their regular show The Rub. There's one for each year charting the history of hip-hop from 1979 with 1991 being a particular highlight so far.
It seems Science Fiction is creating more new words than Science itself. No entry for the Wamp Rat yet though.
With Pinewood and Shepperton studios set for recognition at the upcoming Baftas The Times have a good, albeit slightly sentimental, write up from Roger Moore on his experiences at the studios over the years.
The Guardian have followed up a recent Chimp discussion on the downside to free daily newspapers.
With chimp hero John Frusciante's new record The Empyrean hitting the stores today, here's a quick cheat-sheet to guide you through the minefield that makes up his extensive back catalogue. Load up this list on your iPod and hit the road.
London venue Astoria closes its doors for the last time this weekend. A victim of the Crossrail project the venue has hosted most of the big names in music since it was converted to a venue from a cinema in 1976. With bands such as The Rolling Stones and Radiohead citing it among their favourite places to play it will not just be audiences that miss its intimate (sometimes beer throwing) atmosphere.
I was thinking about the Beasties this morning and reckoning Paul's Boutique must be 20 odd years old now. Low and behold the remastered 20th Anniversary edition comes out at the end of January.
This is the first time I have genuinely been made to feel old by an album re-release.
Great pictures of aurora borealis or northern lights over at The Guardian
Why? - Alopecia. Leftfield hip-hop of a high standard
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend. Song of the year: "Walcott"
Mighty Joseph - Empire State. As close as we've come to a follow up to the excellent Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes. I came to this late having enjoyed them on Later recently
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid.
Close: Despite a few clangers My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges has been working its way back up my playlists. It also has one of the worst album covers ever.
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Didn't go to enough
Biggest disappointment - The Dark Knight. Didn't live up to my high hopes, especially after Batman BeginsRead more 5 star reviews
My Morning Jacket feature on tonights Jools Holland. BBC2 10pm
Dan McCarthy is an artist from Massachusetts who largly produces his own prints but has also provided artwork for Wilco and others.
As an up-and-coming artist he provides a monthly print subscription where he sends you his allocated print for a flat annual fee.
Cheapest tickets here
Sony are struggling with the concept of DRM free MP3 downloads. They are going to offer them, but you'll have to walk to a shop if you want to buy them
I was not without trepidation approaching this show. Springsteen has been top of my “most wanted gigs” list for longer than I care to remember. A bit like a kid who has been saving his pocket money for months, when it came to the crunch did I have the guts to go through with it? What if it couldn’t match my expectations?
Three tracks in and all fears had been completely dispelled. The opening chords of Radio Nowhere, from this year’s album Magic, made the hairs on 20,000 necks stand sky high. No Surrender and Night quickly followed and then he spoke for the first time. “Hello London. This is a really big building…but that’s okay…cause we’re the big building killers” And he was right. Despite the size of the show, both Springsteen and the E Street Band pulsated with the raw energy you imagine they had back in New Jersey 30 years ago. The political fervour from that era is also still there, denouncing the current US administration in the lead in to Magic “Its not Magic. It’s tricks”
It speaks volumes for an artist who has been recording and producing this long that half the show was made up of tracks written and released this side of the millennium. Magic and 2002’s The Rising produced songs that were as well received as all the classics we had come to hear.
The tempo of the night was perfect as we were taken up and down at all the right moments, never tired of rocking, or weary of some truly moving ballads. Racing in The Street was a particular highlight, with rasping vocals over Roy Bittan’s piano. The main performance closed with a rousing Badlands with the entire audience calling out the background vocal.
So to the encore, with a plethora of some of the best hits still not heard. It was Jungleland that raised the bar again. Piano leading the whole band into a mass of power and expression on stage with Clarence Clemons’s incredible saxophone. And then more, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, and American Land. Finally, Christmas hats were thrown on stage from the audience for Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. We felt like he'd already arrived.
College Humor have theorized how Jack Bauer might have fared in 1994, and it's not pretty.
(dir. Len Wiseman)
The original Die Hard movie is up there with the best action movies. Die Hard 4.0 is down there with the worst.
Bruce Willis claimed that he would only make this film when the story was right. They clearly offered him so much money he couldn't say no. From the off it just didn't feel like a Die Hard movie. There was no intriguing build-up as we have previously had with the villains enacting their plan, no reluctance from Willis to save the day (again), and no wit or real humour. Within minutes of the start, John McClane is battling it out against numerous submachine guns. From then on in it was just a string of stunts culminating in a ridiculous finale in which he takes on a US fighter jet (including jumping on and off it whilst it hovers in mid air).
Die Hard 4.0 was more like Under Siege 3.0. but Seagal must have turned it down.
This reviewer is giving it 1.0
The free music revolution continues. Radiohead's new album In Rainbows will be available for download for a donation from users from October 10th. Likewise The Charlatans look set to offer their new offering for free through the Xfm website. The reasoning being that they will recoup the revenue through appealing to a bigger audience and increasing live ticket sales and merchandise. Apparently for every CD now purchased it is copied nine times.
The Boss is back October 2nd with a new album. Magic is his first album with The E Street Band since 2002's The Rising
Also rumours of a world tour with London papers reporting a possible date at the o2arena at the end of 2007
Tokyo Summerland swimming pool has been pretty popular of late.
Good article on the chances of survival of new TV drama in the USA. Makes you wonder how HBO ever persisted with The Wire
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Two cops, more interested in pursuing other careers, search for the killer after a nightclub murder. Harrison Ford makes one movie per year these days making this choice inexplicable. It really is that bad..Read more 1 star reviews
Music retailer and favourite chimp store Fopp is in trouble...
'It is with great regret that we announce the closure of Fopp.
Our store chain is profitable, well regarded and loved by our loyal customers and staff. However we have failed to gain the necessary support from major stakeholders, suppliers and their credit insurers to generate sufficient working capital to run our expanding business.
We would like to thank staff and customers for their support over the past 25 years'
A fopp spokesperson
Google have added some excellent street level photography to their mapping website. Just seems to be for New York City but expect a bigger roll-out in the future. Find your location then select "Street View". Requires Flashplayer 9
New Beastie Boys website up with blogs, audio and video in advance of their forthcoming instrumental album of new material The Mix Up.
Nice trailer up for the final episode in the Bourne trilogy
Death Star plans are in the post...
Short interview with popular chimp tech fiction author Douglas Coupland on his thoughts on Blogging, YouTube and more.
This was an assured, powerful and entertaining performance from London four-piece The Rifles. Lesser debutants may have melted under the lights, playing in front of a sold-out Astoria. These boys simply rose to the challenge.
When a band has only one album behind them there is room for few surprises during a live show, but surprises were not what the audience wanted. The english storytelling style of Joel Stokers lyrics made each track an anthem as if the audience had been listening for years. With thousands of voices ringing out to each chorus there was a sense of homecoming in the atmosphere.
Blasting off with single She’s Got Standards, One Night Stand and Repeated Offender the pace was set and it was clear we weren’t going to be hanging around all night. With a presence on stage mixing arrogance and accomplishment the band looked and sounded as if they had experience well beyond their years. Its difficult to imagine the bands by which The Rifles are clearly influenced being so assured at the same stage in their careers.
Slowing down for She’s The Only One and the rolling drums of Fat Cat we stepped through most of the album. Strong b-side NLL broke things up and a new track suggested there is likely to be some musical evolution when a second album comes along.
An encore including Narrow Minded Social Club and Local Boy sent the audience home wanting more but feeling they’d seen something special. Drummer Grant Marsh’s grandparents made it to the show; lets hope they enjoyed it as much as everyone else did.
(dir. Sylvester Stallone)
We revisit Rocky who is now running a modest restaurant but in need of one more challenge.
Not the worst big-name follow-up that we will see this year.
(dir. John Hillcoat)
19th century lawman Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures Charlie (Guy Pearce) and Mikey Burns. In order to save Mikey from hanging, Charlie is released and given nine days to find and kill their older brother Arthur Burns (Danny Huston), a grusume criminal.
This brutal narrative, penned by Nick Cave, gives a vivid impression of an early, lawless Australia. The oppresive heat, vast landscapes and ruthless characters add to the sense of drama here. The early signs of destruction of the Aboriginal peoples are here. Some have been tempted into the world of the settlers and others fighting to proetect their community and native culture.
Whilst all these components set the film up nicely the action doesn't quite live up to the potential. Certain relationships such as Winstone's with his wife (Emily Watson), and why he suffers from chronic head pain are only alluded to. Likewise, the dynamic between the outlaw brothers is never really uncovered. At only 1 hour 40 there was some room to expand on these themes further, but still an enjoyable and interesting experience.