In an alternate world where everyone tells the truth, an unpopular, unlucky writer named Mark (Ricky Gervais) discovers the ability to lie. He begins to realize the power of his words as his life changes for the better and people around him begin to take his word as absolute truth. Mark then has to ask himself about the consequences of lying as his biggest stories get him fortune and fame, but not the good graces of the woman in his heart (Jennifer Garner).
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I Often Dream of Trains in New York
Releasing: 10 November
This CD/DVD set includes most of Hitchcock’s 1984 album, I Often Dream of Trains (minus “Furry Green Atom Bowl”, plus a few odds and ends), performed live at Symphony Space in New York, of all places. There will be a deluxe package, which folds out into a working phenakistoscope, which is sort of like a one-person zoetrope, which is… maybe Wikipedia can help. He’ll be going on a short U.S. tour this month, check the dates after the jump.
01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
02 Nocturne (Prelude)
03 Flavour of Night
05 Sounds Great When You’re Dead
06 Uncorrected Personality Traits
07 I Used to Say I Love You
08 Winter Love
09 This Could Be the Day
10 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
11 Trams of Old London
12 My Favourite Buildings
13 That’s Fantastic, Mother Church
14 Heart Full of Leaves
15 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
16 I Often Dream Of Trains
18 Up To Our Nex
19 Goodnight I Say
In 1994, Madonna made a historic appearance on the Dave Letterman show. The host was flabbergasted as Madonna cursed, used sexual innuendos repeatedly, and decided that she would not leave the set in an effort to rebel against American television. As a result, ratings went through the roof, the censors had their hands full, and many were worried about the Material Girl’s mental state.
Fast-forward fifteen years to 2009. The two have since buried the hatchet, and Madonna appeared on the Letterman show again to promote her CD, Celebration. This time around, she was able to remind her fans of the refined woman that she has evolved into, while still keeping the laughs appropriate for late-night television. The appearance concluded with Madonna and Letterman sharing a slice of New York-style pizza, which the singer had somehow managed to avoid her whole life.
In some ways, a one-hit wonder is in the eye of the beholder (or more accurately, the memory). A-Ha peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Sun Always Shines on TV”, a great song that spent four months on the chart. But most people only remember “Take on Me” (and the phenomenal video that accompanied it), so A-Ha is mistakenly thought to be a one-hit wonder. Vanilla Ice fared no better. “Play That Funky Music” was on the chart for four months and peaked at #4, but the song was overshadowed by the enormous success of “Ice Ice Baby”, so he too is often labeled a one-hit wonder.
This bothers me. The geek part of me cringes when Katrina and the Waves, for instance, is labeled a one-hit wonder. They actually had three Top 40 hits, “Walking on Sunshine”, “Do You Want Crying”, and “That’s the Way”. And my love for music makes me feel sad that radio stations (and as a result, listeners) have completely forgotten that “Real, Real, Real” was almost as huge a hit as “Right Here, Right Now” for Jesus Jones and was, in fact, a great song too.
So today I want to talk about so-called one-hit wonders who actually had more than one hit. There are literally hundreds of singers and groups who are remembered primarily for the one hit among many that lived on, from the Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back” was just one of four Top 40 hits for the female pop trio) to Spandau Ballet (“True” peaked at #4, but “Gold” and “Only When You Leave” were also Top 40 hits in the US). I thought it would be interesting to talk about “one-hit wonders” who released successful songs I personally liked more than the hits they’re remembered for.
The Black Lips have released their fourth video from 200 Million Thousand, titled “Let It Grow”. The band chose director Matt Dilmore to film the video using the Vidster, a late ‘90s toy camera, to create a unique effect incomparable in resolution to today’s hi-def standards.
To follow up on their summer festival appearances at NXNE, Athfest, Pitchfork, and the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Black Lips have planned a fall tour at select cities:
10/09/09 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/17/09 Portland, OR @ Scion Garage Fest
10/28/09 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/29/09 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/30/09 Memphis, TN @ Young Ave Deli
10/31/09 New Orleans, LA @Voodoo Experience