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I really need to listen to Dawn Landes’ music more often. Every time I do I enjoy it, but somehow it rarely crosses my mind to put it on. I’m not sure why that is either. She’s right in my wheelhouse: her music is in that quirky-country ballpark I tend to enjoy a lot. And, she’s married to Josh Ritter, to whom I have listened a lot.

Whatever the reason, I’m resolving to rectify the situation, and I’m starting by posting this, the video to “Young Girl”, from her most recent album, Sweet Heart Rodeo:

If you haven’t heard of The Expendables, take a second to go over the cast:

  • Sly Stallone
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Bruce Willis
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Jet Li
  • Jason Statham
  • “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
  • Randy “The Natural” Couture
  • Eric Roberts
  • Danny Trejo

So. Much. Testosterone. I don’t think it’s possible to stuff any more machismo into one movie. With a cast like that, the story would have to be about a team of elite mercenaries hired for an impossible mission. And it is. Meaning this could be the most badass movie ever made. Or it could be a complete trainwreck. Either way I’ll be there. Check out the trailer, which may set records for 80s action star appearances and explosions:

The Expendables storms into theaters August 20th.

The Onion’s AV Club is doing something kind of cool: they’ve made a list of songs they like, and want to see covered. They’re inviting bands in to cover the songs, and once the song has been covered it’s off the list. So the later a band comes in, the fewer the songs they have to choose from. One of the first bands in was Fruit Bats, and they chose Hall & Oates’ “One on One“:

Tahiti Boy and The Palmtree Family
Editor’s note: I have to be on a plane in about 7 hours, so I’m going to rely on Terrorbird Media’s description of Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family:

It seems like we’re all waiting for a story these days, some dream to escape to. A tale told by the fireplace with its heroes and villains, a That’s-all-Folks kind of ending and a piano playing I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas with the whole family around it. Tahiti Boy dreamt that dream and turned it into Good Children Go To Heaven. Here’s how the story goes.
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By this point I would think that everyone who reads this site knows of my love for Those Darlins. Frankly, I’ve written about them so much now that I’m having a hard time coming up with new ways to explain how awesome they are. So let’s just let their music do the talking for me, shall we?

The ladies were cool enough to do a session for Laundromatinee, playing a few tunes behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Check them out as they blow through their classic country-fried southern punk:

“The Whole Damn Thing”

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Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs the World

How many of us can relate to falling in love, only to find out that the object of your affection comes with a little baggage. Scott Pilgrim can. In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Micheal Cera’s title character falls deeply, madly in love with Ramona Flowers, but she comes with a catch. In order to keep her he must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Yoink. Check out the trailer for this unique movie:

Also, SlashFilm has 66 high-res photos from the film, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World comes to theaters August 13th.

Random Cover of the Week – Pomplamoose Goes GaGa

I’m back from the longest break I’ve taken from this site in over three years, and I bring a gift of reconciliation. It’s a cover that is SO much better than the original that it even comparing it is like saying the Mona Lisa is more artistic than a pile of dog shit. To make up for my three-day absence I give you the incomparable Pomlamoose covering Lady GaGa’s “Telephone”:

And, because I love you, and I genuinely feel bad about leaving you alone for a few days, here’s Pomplamoose’s even better cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”:

ChatRoulette Piano Improv (with Ben Folds)

I’ll admit, I’ve heard of ChatRoulette, but I can’t say I’ve ever actually tried it. The basic concept is that you get online with your webcam and get paired with random people. And you chat. Or show your boobs. Or whatever. This guy chose to compose and sing songs about the people he was connected with, on the spot. And he did it really, really well. Check out this video of him making new friends (and possibly enemies), and generally being the funny, musical dude I wish I was:

Ben Folds apparently liked the idea, and decided to pay homage to it. So he decided to do the same thing, live, during a concert in Charlotte, NC. Awesome.

Follow me here: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim got together to make a concept album about Imelda Marcos, the former Philippine first lady who is best known for having a shitload of shoes. That’s already a little odd, right? They the pair collaborated with singer/songwriter Santigold for the first single, “Please Don’t”. The song’s video is cobbled together from news footage of the exiled Filipino, and it’s strangely fascinating. Check it out:

via StereoGum

The Evil Dead, in 60 Seconds, in Clay

Who doesn’t love The Evil Dead? Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic is one of the great masterpieces of the horror B-movie genre, and set the tone for countless other (mostly less successful) films. And it introduced the world to Bruce Campbell!

Filmmaker Lee Hardcastle decided to pay homage to the classic, and created a condensed version of it. He managed to smash down all of the action in the film to 60 seconds, and recreated it in clay. As it turns out, claymation is a great way to keep the low-budget charm of the original. Check it out:

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