at some point. As a self-professed Nirvana fanboy, having read tons and tons of books on Kurt/grunge/seattle/etc., this saddens me. I read the book the movie will be loosely founded on, Heavier than Heaven, and it is FAR too pro-Courtney Love for my liking. Since she also had to agree to license everything for this movie, that means it will most likely paint a somewhat favorable picture of her, rather than portray her as the succubus she was in regards to Kurt and his well-being. That's too bad.
He obviously would never have agreed to something like this had he still been alive, but that's what you get for killing yourself, I guess.
I was recently at the Mint in LA watching a performance by the Stone Foxes, one of my favorite bands out of the Bay Area. While there, I saw a flyer for the show the next day....featuring something called 'BushWalla'. As a child of the 1990s, I of course assumed this was the name of a 1990s rock cover band...but apparently it isn't. In fact, it's a really cool indie hip hop/soul/rock artist. Check out this video:
He's apparently even friends with Jason Mraz, who joined him onstage during the Mint show...
and the Internet has somehow managed to stay afloat, despite the typical freakout that goes on when Goldenvoice's annual desert-rock festival gets its lineup posted all across the Web.
This year features headliners jay-Z (with a rumored collaboration with Alicia Keys and Kanye West), Muse, and Gorillaz. Of course this list isn't final, there will be other additions as the weeks go on....but I wonder if any of those will be involving the headliners, or if it's basically set. We shall see.
Not a bad lineup, though, there's something for everyone, even the Specials and SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. Who saw that coming?
This is silly. Owl City, who already amassed a Number 1 hit on iTunes by copying the style of the Postal Service with that "Fireflies" song, is now apparently accused of stealing album art as well. Adam Young, the 'mastermind' behind Owl City, released the hit album Ocean Eyes in 2009, with this image on the 2nd page of the booklet:
Looks neat. Too bad it is just a LITTLE BIT similar to this photo taken by some guy named Ben Eubank:
So....this Owl City dude likes ripping off guys named Ben (as in Ben Gibbard from the Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie)? I guess? or else...what? There's no escaping the fact that this is exactly the same image, just with some Photoshop tweaking. Shameful.
And yet Owl City continues to rise and rise and rise in popularity.....sigh.
this was first brought to my attention via Stereogum, a marvelous site.
A couple years back I saw a delightful British comedy called Death at a Funeral. It was an offbeat tale of a bunch of odd people and the catastrophes that happened at their father's funeral...it was distinctly British, with the same type of humor I love (and some people in the US just don't appreciate). The film seemed to slip under almost everyone's radar here in the US, which was sad.
Yesterday, at the movie theater waiting for Up in the Air to start, I saw a trailer that made me uncomfortable. It opened with Chris Rock at a funeral for his father, but it wasn't his dad in the coffin! This seemed familiar because this was, in fact, A REMAKE OF DEATH AT A FUNERAL. Starring Rock, Martin Lawrence (ugh), Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan and Jason Marsden. Oh, and the little person who was in the original film is the same actor this time around, the guy who was also in Nip/Tuck. And what the HELL is Luke Wilson doing in this mess??
Words couldn't express my confusion as the trailer continued. Why did someone think it necessary to re-make Death at a Funeral? There's NO reason to do that, let alone junk it up with Martin Lawrence and his nonsense. This just made me sad. While this version will probably do well because of the names attached to it, I wish people could just have seen the original, vastly superior British version....or just LEARN TO APPRECIATE BRITISH HUMOR. Gah.