Wednesday, October 29, 2014

*IT'S THE BEAUTY AND THE UGLY OF IT ALL...



For those unawares, BLACK MILK is a talented rapper/producer from Detroit who just released his latest album IF THERE'S A HELL BELOW yesterday, which includes this next dope song that I've been bumping for a few months now...

As the year starts closing in, I can boldy declare "Detroit's New Dance Show" as one of my favorite Hip-Hop tracks of 2014... Let's boogie!!!

*WAS SHE THE GIRL THAT'S FROM THE VIDEO???



Earlier today, that sexy UK trip-hopper FKA twigs released a creepy new video for the song "Video Girl" and it's pretty damn awesome... Along with being slightly horrific at times, it also makes the perfect musical/visual accompaniment for a gloomy October evening... Don't be scurrred...

Her debut album LP1 is available right now, so cop that shit...

*MERSH (noun) def: COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA USUALLY CONTAINING SEEDS & STEMS...



Easily one of my favorite artists around, the homie DEAN BLUNT will be releasing his latest record BLACK METAL on Tuesday, November 4th courtesy of ROUGH TRADE RECORDS...

While it's virtually impossible to top his 2013 album THE REDEEMER, this new one still has some really great tracks on it including this song "Mersh" which was previously released as a 10" single over the Summer... Catch a monster buzz and check'er out ya'll!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

*YOU GOT A SERIOUSLY WEIRD-ASS WAY AT LOOKING AT SHIT...



While I'm still not a fan of KENDRICK LAMAR, I do think that this new Red Band trailer for NIGHTCRAWLER looks pretty great... JAKE GYLLENHAAL has been on a damn roll lately, following up last year's two excellent thrillers PRISONERS and ENEMY with this latest film that opens on Halloween... Looks like a real treat!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

*I JUST BROKE INTO YOUR MIND, DON'T FORGET ME... I JUST THINK I'M ON MY GRIND, HEAVEN SENT ME...



I'd have to say that Atlanta rapper ROME FORTUNE is one of the dopest emcees out there right now, having just released SMALL VVORLD a couple weeks back, his second free mixtape of the year...

Peep the crazy video for his song "One Time For", which features production by the wonderful Electro artist FOUR TET and looks like it was filmed while ROME was touring the festivals with some super stoney hippies... Dig it!!!

*OH LORD, PLEASE DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD...



Another film that I am absolutely dying to see right now is BIRDMAN (or THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE), which just opened on both coasts yesterday but sadly not here in The Chi... Guess I'll still have to wait a week or so...

All you really need to know though is that the director ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU has previously brought us some brilliant, albeit intense indie dramas like BIUTIFUL, BABEL, 21 GRAMS and AMORES PERROS... This guy is obviously a master filmmaker and the awards buzz surrounding MICHAEL KEATON's performance is spreading like the ebola scare (but in a good way)... Check out the hilarious trailer!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

*WE LIVE IN A TIME OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITY...



Tomorrow night is the Season 1 finale of THE KNICK and I really need ya'll to understand that this is easily the best new program on television... All 10 episodes have been directed by the great STEVEN SODERBERGH and feature a phenomenal score from his longtime friend and collaborator CLIFF MARTINEZ... And who wouldn't want to watch CLIVE OWEN as a cocaine-addicted surgeon in New York, circa 1900???

Check out this early teaser trailer that features the haunting track "Home" by one of my favorite artists around, COLIN STETSON... Damn CINEMAX, you done real good...

Monday, October 13, 2014

*IT'S A DARK DARK DAY....



I've been listening to ZOLA JESUS for many years now, so it took me a second to warm up to this polished new Pop direction she's taken with her latest album TAIGA... But after some repeated playings, I am well on-board and actually dig it a lot... Does this mean I'm experiencing manopause???

Anyways, Nika Roza Danilova (aka ZOLA JESUS) is playing this week at THALIA HALL and I am seriously contemplating walking around the corner to purchase a ticket... Who's with me??? Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum!!!

*OHH MY HEART, OHH MY HEART - SHIES FROM THE SORROW...



Having spent most of my teenage years listening to the 4AD catalog, I first heard "Song to the Siren" on a THIS MORTAL COIL album and immediately loved it... After discovering that this was only a cover, I tracked down the original version by TIM BUCKLEY and the rest is history... I've been a huge fan of this brilliant folk pioneer ever since and so should you really...

Below you can view an amazing live performance of "Song to the Siren" by the man himself, TIM BUCKLEY... Decide for yourself, which version you prefer...
 

*THIS IS OUR LAST EMBRACE - MUST I DREAM AND ALWAYS SEE YOUR FACE???



After hearing the song "Last Goodbye", my enthusiastic teenage self went out and purchased an audio cassette of JEFF BUCKLEY's stellar debut album GRACE back in 1994... I'm also pretty sure if I did some hardcore digging through the personal vaultz, I would still find a wonky VHS copy of the classic live performance you see posted above...

Now if only I owned an actual VCR, what other gems could I dig up....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

*THEY'RE DRIVEN BY A STRANGE DESIRE - UNSEEN BY THE HUMAN EYE...



This song always reminds me of Fall, which also happens to be my favorite time of year, so take a moment to check out this beautiful yet melancholy track from 1993, "The Carnival Is Over" by the Aussie goth duo DEAD CAN DANCE... Ahhh, memories...

Monday, October 6, 2014

*I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS WILL LEAD US, BUT I HAVE A DEFINITE FEELING IT WILL BE A PLACE BOTH WONDERFUL & STRANGE...



I know that there's far more important shit going on in the world these days, but the recent news that DAVID LYNCH and MARK FROST are returning to TWIN PEAKS with nine new episodes to air on SHOWTIME in early 2016 is easily the most exciting announcement of the past decade... And this my friends, is where MY priorities are at...

Monday, September 29, 2014

*DOC MAY NOT BE A DO-GOODER, BUT HE'S DONE GOOD....



Well my friends it's finally here, the first official trailer for what I expect to be one of the best films of the year, INHERENT VICE adapted and directed by the great PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON... Need I say more?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

*PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME, FIDDLY DIGITS - ITCHY BRITCHES!!!


If you haven't seen it yet, check out this great performance by THE SORONPRFBS of their hit single "I Love You All" from THE COLBERT REPORT back in early August... And yes, that really is actor MICHAEL FASSBENDER on lead vocals and wearing a giant fake head...

Monday, August 11, 2014

*I THINK YOU'RE THE GREATEST THING SINCE SPICE RACKS...

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Really sad to learn about the death of ROBIN WILLIAMS today from an apparent suicide... The beloved comedian/actor was only 63 years-old and still hard at work at making "the funny", but has been dealing with rehab stints and depression they say... What an incredible bummer...

Everyone's got a favorite ROBIN WILLIAMS performance and while I'm actually old enough to remember watching MORK & MINDY as a child, I've always been deeply-touched by his Holy Grail-obsessed homeless character Parry from the highly-underrated 1991 fantasy-comedy THE FISHER KING... Watch this master thespian, master the delicate art of comedy, drama and romance in this charming scene from one of my all-time favorite movies...

ROBIN WILLIAMS - R.I.P.
July 12, 1951 - August 11, 2014