April 2008

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Josh Ritter live at Recher Theater in Towson, MD

I just got back from seeing Josh Ritter at The Recher Theater in Towson, MD.  This is the second time I’ve seen Ritter in the last few months, and if at all possible it won’t be the last.  Ritter commands the stage with almost reckless enthusiasm, sweeping the audience along through his evocative songs.  Behind him is one of the tightest bands you’ll ever see, locking the upbeat tunes into a hard groove and subtly adding presence to the ballads.

Highlights of the show included “Snow is Gone”, “Harrisburg”, a solo rendition of “Girl in the War”, the always amazing “Kathleen” (which included a 30 second group slow dance), and a version of “Lilian, Egypt” that ended with a disco sing-along, done in stages that represented major periods in American history from the 1860s to present. It’s hard to explain. I guess you had to be there.

Another high point was Ritter’s solo performance of a new song, which he announced as “Folk Bloodshed”. It was very much a Mississippi blues tune, with lyrics that incorporate the Stagger Lee story that’s so popular in the genre. A great new song.

If Josh and his band are coming anywhere near you, do yourself a favor and go see them. You won’t be disappointed.

This new trailer doesn’t officially hit the internets until Sunday, but it’s running 12 cities and someone managed to capture it. So here’s a bootleg to tide us over until the real thing hits:

Removed at WB’s request. Check back when it gets officially released
Here’s the real thing:

So what do you think?

New Posters for The Dark Knight
Courtesy of some true heroes down in Brazil, here are five new posters from The Dark Knight. Check them out below, then we’ll dicuss.

Poster for The Dark Knight - The Joker and his CardPoster for The Dark Knight - BatmanPoster for The Dark Knight - Half of Harvey Dent

Poster for The Dark Knight - Three AmigosPoster for The Dark Knight - Gotham Chopper

Pretty damn cool, huh? Especially the closeups of Joker, Batman, and Harvey Dent. I love the way half of Dent’s face is covered. The Batpod one is pretty lame though. So far that’s the only thing I’ve seen from the movie that doesn’t look completely badass. Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all…

Here’s yet another new one, courtesy of Film School Rejects
Poster for The Dark Knight - The Joker

Alan Cohen of The Alan Cohen Experience

Alan Cohen is something of a one-man-band.  Actually he’s exactly a one-man-band.  The Alan Cohen Experience’s debut album, Revolution, features Cohen on vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, and kazoo.  He’s the only person that appears on the album, and he produced it himself.  So, if many great albums are built from collaboration, the synergistic swapping of ideas, the give and take of creative ideas, how does Revolution sound?  Can one man’s vision truly provide the musical variety and the depth of lyrics required to provide a satisfying album?
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the latest poster for The Dark Knight

There’s a great new poster out for The Dark Knight.  It shows Batman against the backdrop of a building with the bat symbol burned into it, and features the tagline “Welcome to a World Without Rules”.  This.  Is.  Going.  To.  Be.  AWESOME!

(click the header to see the full poster)

Punk sounds so much sunnier when it’s played on a ukulele…

Here’s a cover of The Ramones’ “Blitzkreig Bop” by Gus and Fin, two guys with ukes.

Check out Sunday Music Spotlight alums Vampire Weekend performing “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” on the Kimmel show, with a high school marching band’s drumline. It’s kind of like a much preppier version of Fleetwood Mac getting the USC marching band to perform on “Tusk”…

This summer will see the release of the latest movie in the Will Smith, Action Hero genre. This time the Fresh Prince plays a reluctant super hero in Hancock. Check out the first real look into what the movie is all about:

Hancock is due to hit theaters on July 2nd. What do you think? A worthwhile summer popcorn flick? Or more mindless blockbuster poo?

Uma Thurman in Kill Bill

It looks like the badass DVD edition of Kill Bill we’ve all been waiting for may actually be on its way, and it may be even more badass than we could have imagined. Uma Thurman let slip to MTV that Quentin Tarantino is working on the Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair version of the DVD, and it’s set to include both movies. Plus an intermission. Made up of a whole new chapter of the story. Done in anime. Kick ass.

No word on a release date, but you can bet we’ll be keeping our eyes out.

Brendan Fraser

G.I. Joe\'s Gung HoNoooooooooooooooooo! Über-suck actor Brendan Frasier is going to appear as Gung Ho in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. You may remember Mr. Fraser from such “films” as The Mummy, Encino Man, The Mummy Returns, George of the Jungle, and Duddley Do-Right. Yep, a world-class resume of suck. Any hopes for the movie to be cool just went out the window. Because Brendan Fraser is the antidote for good movies.

Full details at Slash Film

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