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January 26, 2008

Made In the Dark and A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation

I’ve had the amazing pleasure of hearing these two works non-stop for the past two days, and they are simply divine. Hot Chip’s release may be a bit fresher than The Wombats’, but I can’t shake myself free of the happy-go-lucky Liverpool indie rock sound that Love, Loss and Desperation masters to a pin.

First off is the electronic masterminds of Hot Chip, and for lack of a better phrase, they did it again. They created a well rounded album that mixes both energetic and calm electronic tracks that all share the trait of absolutely mesmerizing its listener. There are songs on the album that make ya wanna git up and dance, and there’s songs where your surprised that beats could grab hold of your heart and be so emotional. I wouldn’t quite rank it above The Warning but this is definitley something you will want to get your hands on. Check out some tracks.

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HOT CHIP – WE’RE LOOKING FOR A LOT OF LOVE [MP3]
HOT CHIP – DON’T DANCE [MP3]

Next on rotation…

Every song that made its way to my headphones via fate from Liverpool-based indie rockers, The Wombats, has been a complete personal hit. Their work on their new album, The Wombats Present: A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation, is emphatic and energetic but extremely fun to listen to and masterfully crafted to pretty much go to the exact places you want it to go. A great fun band and an excellent disc that deserves very much attention. Try some of it out.

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THE WOMBATS – PATRICIA, THE STRIPPER [MP3]
THE WOMBATS – PARTY IN THE FOREST (WHERE’S LAURA) [MP3]

P.S. – – – On the second track above, I was praying for a Twin Peaks tribute of some sort. Guess it was just a big mad coincidence. By the way, the Gold Edition is wonderful and I am enjoying what I had never seen of the second season, kinda makes me sad that I only have 3 episodes left, but if you haven’t been exposed to this wonderful series, get exposed. Now.

Anyways, cheers, and here’s the links to pre-order these too warm and fuzzy discs that inspired me to break a heavy chain of laziness and broadcast.
HERE– – – – – – – – and – – – – – – – –HERE

June 25, 2007

back to the basics: John from Cinci Edition

After Sopranos ended, I spaced, brain farted if you must, and forgot about my weekly reviews of the Sunday Nights in the world of HBO. I especially forgot to mention my immense excitement for the show John From Cincinatti, so now, I will cover the first 3 episodes of that, and the first two of the new season of Entourage.

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John from Cincinnati: First off, I realized I’ve been spelling Cincinnati wrong this whole time, my whole life. But anyways, I may be one in a dime here, but I love this show. From the first episode to the third I have been intrigued and enthralled. Everything about it attacks me and entertains me to to a point of submission. Ed O’Neal in particular rocks what needs to be rocked. Paranormal questioning, surfing, the beach, mysterious stranger, drug addict, Luis Guzman, levitation, family, birds, vintage, these are just some of the things that get me. The show’s calm but urgent activity is also a very interesting technique of television, it somehow makes everything go by so fast, producing thoughts of wonder and creativity and excitement for the scenes for next week. Last night was excellent in particular, the doctor was a favorite character of mine, as well as the softening side of Freddie and his messenger. Kai’s revelation was a remarkable scene, the foggy lens following a knee injury and a shootup by Butchie. And the final shot of the vert half pipe was impressive. A solid HBO program, be on the lookout.

And here’s the theme song that I just cannot get enough of.
mp3: Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros- Johnny Appleseed

Entourage: Last nights episode was a decent one. All parts were funny, even turtle, and all parts delivered sufficient performances. The only problem is my worry with the movie, and whether Eric’s right (it sucks), or Vince is right (it doesn’t), what even excited me more is the fact in the preview for next week Eric mentions it was entered in Cannes, I am interested to see how that turns out. The season premiere on the other hand was great. Hilarious, great plot line, great technique with the documentary film crew, great ending, great previews into Medellin. The season looks like it may be better than the third, I can only hope.

April 15, 2007

It is in the woods.

Filed under: David Lynch-ian, Stuff Inside the Body, TV Tube, What you see baby — thatguyfromla @ 5:14 pm

Finally. Twin Peaks :The Second Season is finally coming out to DVD Box Set, and I hate to say it but, it took whoever was in charge of this escapade long enough. Twin Peaks is easily one of my favorite TV shows of all time along with the brilliant Six Feet Under and the addictive The O.C.. But TP brings a different quality to the table other than addictiveness and intelligence (which it definitley does, I mean who didn’t want to know who killed Laura Palmer?), it brings something that diggs deep in the psyche and claws through the outer layers of your brain to hit the stems of imagination and wonder, wonder of what goes on beyond everything. What goes on in the woods?. The Second Season reveals the secret of the murderer (I will never tell, you just have to watch for yourself), and bottles up that sense of mystery and curiousity along with the question of what lies beneath, and almost multiplies it, exploding the bottle and sending this vibe all through out the experience of watching that season, so much that you cannot ignore it. Anyway I’m rambling, you can buy it on the link above labeled: DVD Box Set, and you will enjoy it (But you need season 1 and the pilot to fully succeed in that effort!). Always with love…BK

mp3: Angelo Badalamenti- Twin Peaks Theme Song

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