November 2008

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Philly band Man Man
I’m not sure what’s going on in Philly. A few weeks ago we featured Drink Up Buttercup on the Sunday Music Spotlight, and they were weird. Really weird. This week’s band is Man Man, another group of Philly miscreants, and they’re weird too. Really weird. Like “gypsies and Vikings are holding hands at the circus” weird. So weird that the members use pseudonyms like Honus Honus and Critter Crat and dress in white tennis outfits and war paint for live shows. That weird. But good…
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ABC has released a new preview of the upcoming fifth season of Lost, this time set to an annoying song by The Fray. There are a bunch of interesting new tidbits hidden in here, but the coolest may be the semi-subliminal flash of a new airline’s logo. If you pause the video at one of two very precise moments, you’ll see the logo for Ajira Airlines. If you go to their official site you’ll find that “destiny calls” you, and that they can help you “get lost in the world”. Hmm. I wonder if this could be important…

Check out the trailer for yourself, and weigh in on the possibilities the new airlines raises in the comments.

via CanMag

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in Role Models
It’s late, and I have to be up really early, so I’ll keep this short. Role Models is funny. Wrong. But funny. If you like to laugh, and aren’t easily offended, go see it. Or if you’re a KISS fan, go see it. If you don’t like jokes about drugs, sex, or gay robots, you may want to skip this one.

Rating: ★★★★☆

I was born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s, but I came of age in the 90’s. And one of the leading figures in my coming of age was 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant. Her long skirts, Doc Martins, and powerful delivery was just about the perfect cocktail for me. Here’s Natalie and the other 9,999 Maniacs performing Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen’s “Because the Night” on MTV Unplugged:

Sometimes in life you need to crank up the “surreal” knob, sit back, and think “Huh, that’s weird”. This, my friends, is one of those times.

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States (easy there Canadians, you already had your fun…). And with Thanksgiving comes the joy of spending time with those you love, and trying not to kill them while cooking with them. Imagine that your family just happens to include Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, and you’ll be in the pseudo-fantasy land where this clip was born:

I wonder if Martha’s website has the recipe for Snoop’s Yac Yac Mashed Potatoes?

via BoingBoing.

What can I say about a video that combines three things I love: hot chicks, ukuleles, and Skynyrd! Here’s Hayley Legg covering “Sweet Home Alabama”:

“A friend’s friend let us into an abandoned wing of the Grand Palais. There were empty spaces, as if abandoned at short notice, unreasonably high ceilings. The perfect place for the Fleet Foxes.”


The Raconteurs take to the woods for the video for “Old Enough”. While in the woods they play the song with copies of themselves, in a cool pseudo-kaleidoscope effect. Overall a pretty good video for a pretty good song, though the bass player and his clones look a little too much like the Hansen brothers from Slapshot for me to take it seriously.

Mama's Cookin' - a rock/funk/soul band
Merge hip-hop beats, dirty slide guitar, a little funk and soul, and some down-home blues and what do you get? The same thing if you mix some basic ingredients with good technique and a lot of love: Mama’s Cookin’.

Mama’s Cookin’ is a unique band from Boulder, Co. With all of the elements they mix into their music you would never guess the musical background of the band’s members: they were all jazz students at Colorado’s Western State College. Despite their western heritage, they moved to New York in 2007 to record their first album. The resulting eponymous LP is a lively mix of influences destined to get you moving.
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Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
If you grew up watching Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Ric Flair, and countless other professional wrestlers wear tights, talk trash, and hit each other while the referee was knocked out, you have a hard time taking wrestling seriously. So the fact that a movie starring Mickey Rourke as a washed up pro wrestler is getting award buzz is a little hard to fathom. But it’s true. Rourke stars in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, which follows Randy “The Ram” Robinson as he scratches out a living performing for tiny crowds in high school gyms. Along the way he faces health problems, a crumbling relationship with his daughter, and a burgeoning relationship with a stripper. Rourke is getting Oscar buzz, and Springsteen wrote the music. Those two facts alone should make you want to watch the trailer:

The Wrestler hits the big screen December 17th.

via SlashFilm

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