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

Monday, June 23, 2014

*STRAIGHT CASH IN MY TITTY STASH!!!

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With a sexy moniker like JUNGLEPUSSY, it's unlikely she'll ever become a household name, but this 22 year-old lady rapper hailing from Brooklyn certainly has the skill set (and attitude) to become the next Queen of Hip-Hop... VICE MEDIA is already lending a hand, having premiered her new mixtape SATISFACTION GUARANTEED a couple weeks back, which you can currently find streaming on SoundCloud...

Check out the scandalous video for her very first single "Cream Team" and try not to blush at all the durrty durrtiness...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

*SMACK IT UP AND FLIP IT, THEN I RUB IT DOWN... ZIP IT UP, AND THEN I SHIP IT TO ANOTHER TOWN...

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FREDDIE GIBBS and MADLIB have been recording tracks together for a few years now, so it was only a matter of time before we were treated to a proper full length and that's precisely what was delivered earlier this year with the album PIÑATA... Far too many guest spots to name, but while you're here I'll just mention appearances by DANNY BROWN, RAEKWON, SCARFACE and rapper extraordinaire EARL SWEATSHIRT...

Earlier today, the awesome first single "Deeper" was presented to us in a visual format for perusing... Originally hailing from Gary, IN, the 31 year-old GIBBS has quickly become one of my favorite emcees of late, so check out his killa flow...

 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

*BIG DOG IN THE PLACE TO BE!!! BIG DOG MAKE YOU SCREAM!!!

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Final post for the month of May and I fink I'll end it on a freeky note... Whether you dig their music or not (I actually do), credit must be given to the South African rap duo DIE ANTWOORD as they keep churning out some of the greatest music videos around...

Their third album DONKER MAG comes out in a few days and the terrifying video for the second single "Pitbull Terrier" has recently surfaced on the webz... Please view at your own risk and don't blame me for any canine-themed nightmares...

*WE MUST CONFRONT THE REALITY - THAT NOTHING IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, CAN HELP US...

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After giving phenomenal performances in the brilliant HBO series TRUE DETECTIVE and recent indie gems like KILLER JOE, MUD and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, the pride of Texas hisself MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY has quickly reshaped his career into something quite stellar...

It only seems befitting then, that his next role should find the space cowboy teaming up with director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN for the mind-scrambling space odyssey that is INTERSTELLAR... Check out this emotionally-charged trailer and prepare to be impressed with the top-notch supporting cast and overall sexiness of my one true love JESSICA CHASTAIN...