Archive for May, 2008

Massive Attack Does Blade Runner at Meltdown Festival

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I just hear about one of the coolest festivals that will be hosted by Massive Attack in London. The event will feature live sets from the band on both the opening and the closing nights of the first annual Meltdown Festival. Other acts that will be performing during the festival’s run (June 13-22) includes Elbow, George Clinton, the Cool Kids, and Chillville artist Flying Lotus. Now the most promising part of this is that one of Massive Attack’s sets will be include the entire soundtrack to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner. The band will get instrumental help from the Heritage Orchestra throughout the show. Vangelis composed and performed the tracks; which is one of the first ambient electronic film scores ever. This should be a treat for all in attendance. 

The Cure and the Number 13

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The 13th album from The Cure will feature a nice promotional marketing touch over the next few months. The album is set to be released on September 13; however, you will be able to get a hold of four singles (plus b-side tracks) before the arrival of the LP. Starting this month you can download the exclusive songs on the 13th of May, June, July, and August. The first single to be made available is called “The Only One”, which also contains the b-side track entitled “NY Trip”. The Cure will be playing several U.S. gigs over the summer, and includes a sold out show at the Austin Music Hall. Hopefully, you were lucky enough to get a hold of some tickets.

Tuesdays with Mary

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


Live Music - Emo's
Yeasayer kicked off Wednesday night at Emo’s with an intensity-fueled set; their typically gorgeous harmonies suffered a bit live, but lead singer Chris Keating more than made up for it with prowling stage presence to spare. Then Man Man came on and blew everyone away. Live, they are a little like the craziest show you’ve ever seen, but with the addition of rubber snakes, kazoos, and a lead singer swinging from the rafters. Think Gogol Bordello, or White Denim cranked up a few notches, and you’re starting to get the picture. 

Coming up this week, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is playing a show that everyone should be buzzing about at the Mohawk this Wednesday with Port O’Brian and local group Loxsly. SSLYBY is quirky, lo-fi pop at its most charming; think of The Shins, only sweeter. If you want to spend the evening grinning at what you hear, check this show out.

Going further into the future, you may want to get your tickets now for the June 16th Rilo Kiley show at Stubbs. As if Rilo Kiley wasn’t reason enough, opening act is Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, a California group who was recently in town with Xiu Xiu. Singer Thao Nguyen has a voice that at first listen reminds you of Cat Power – full, quirky, and flexible. But just when you think you have them figured out, Thao will beatbox her way into a song whose carefree bounce reminds you of a Vampire Weekend tune (jaunty, catchy as all get out), and then the guitars will kick in and change their sound yet again. You can’t go wrong catching them and Rilo Kiley at the same time. A song that perfectly illustrates her lovely voice is “Beat (Health Life and Fire)”; listen, love, and head to their MySpace for more free downloads.

‘Master’ful evening with Stone, Pierson

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I had a great time at John Pierson’s master class down on the UT Campus this last week.

John, of course, is the indie film guru who is largely responsible for launching the careers of Spike Lee and Michael Moore and Kevin Smith (not to mention our own beloved Rick Linklater). These days he’s shifted to academia, in UT’s RTF department specifically. He teaches a “Master Class” where he invites in movie and TV types to speak to his students (recent guests include actor/filmmaker Steve Buscemi, The Wire’s David Simon and more).

You may also remember him from a hang in Chillville last year.

His book Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes should be required reading for every would-be filmmaker. You may also remember his television program Split Screen, which aired on IFC back in the late 90s.

Their conversation was a hoot. John really does a “master”ful job of engaging his guests in candid conversation (pardon the pun).

Stone was a total trip. You might have had the idea they he and partner Trey Parker intentionally push the envelope to get a rise out of the Comedy Central brass. In reality, they’re pretty much left to their own devices.

They still have to clear what is called “standards and practices.” But for the most part, there are no “notes” from executives. Considering that, as Pierson astutely pointed out, South Park pretty much built Comedy Central, I suppose that is a good thing.

I was also surprised that for such a mammoth enterprise, not to mention cash cow, that they can still be total slackers about how they go about it. According to Stone, they are usually putting together a week’s new show during the 7-10 days prior. In fact, they can add a joke or segment as late as Wednesday morning to air that night.

Also very interesting to me was his candor about having “The Simpsons” in his head. I can’t remember if he called it “the greatest show ever” (that could just be what I was thinking), but he acknowledged that on several occasions he and Trey will have a major lightbulb moment for South Park, only to realize it has already been done on the Simpsons.

The one edge he said they have (Pierson pointed it out, Matt concurred) was in being able to work on tight deadlines and insert topical material from the headlines before other shows (which they first learned with the Elian Gonzalez saga back in 2000).

Lastly, I was surprised that there is an entire archive of every South Park that can be viewed online, and that over 1,000,000 people view a new South Park episode online within the 24 hours it airs on CC. That’s a staggering figure if you think about it.

May 4th Catch of the Day – Ladytron

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

The most interesting thing about Ladytron is their electronic/industrial sound combined with pop-like, sweet vocals. Velocifero comes out on June 3, and I have to tell you that this LP is just as good as their previous release Witching Hour. You might not have as many chill or catchy songs as before; however, they have really embraced an 80’s new wave vibe on a few tracks. Be sure to check them out at Stubb’s on June 6. Today’s catch is the retro-sounding “Runaway”. Enjoy!

Chillville May 4, 2008

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Good morning everyone!!! Time for another episode of Chillville.

  • Midnight Movies – Nights in White Satin
  • Air – Sex Born Poison
  • Malcolm McLaren – About Her
  • Cat Power – Ramblin Woman
  • Radiohead – All I Need
  • Candyflip – Strawberry Fields Forever
  • (9:30) Coldplay – Violet Hill
  • Beck – Lost Cause
  • M83 – Too Late
  • Fauxliage – All Alone
  • The Shins – Phantom Limb
  • Portishead – Hunter
  • (10:00) The Cure – A Night Like This
  • Meat Beat Manifesto – Asbestos Lead Asbestos
  • David Garza – Float Away
  • Moby – Porcelin
  • Bent – Private Road
  • (10:30) Spoon – You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
  • Goldfrapp – Happiness (Beyond the Wizards’s Sleeve Re-Animation)
  • Flight of the Conchords – Ladies of the World
  • Elliot Smith – Because
  • Bjork – Bachlorette
  • (11:00) Soul Coughing – Circles (Extended Dub Mix)
  • Gorillaz – Tomorrow Comes Today
  • Cibo Matto – Sunday Part 1
  • Suttle Debris – Walking on the Moon
  • Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You
  • Wilco – I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  • (11:30) Shearwater – White Waves
  • Black Tie Dynasty – I Like U
  • Ladytron – Runaway (Catch of the Day)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  • Maggie Walters – Girls Like Us