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by Sean Murphy

1 Oct 2009

I won’t try to improve upon the excellent commentaries being made all around the papers and blogs regarding L’affaire Polanski. My take on the matter is rather simple: don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Polanski did the crime and admitted as much. End of story.

Anyone (then or now) who has deluded themselves into thinking he actually fled the U.S.A. (and stayed gone) because he was afraid of a vindictive judge, as opposed to the more primal fear of going to jail (as he would—and should—have done), needs a swift knife to the nose, a la Jake Gittes.

In any event, how nice to see that the insular Hollywood country club has circled the wagons to support their fugitive friend. A petition to release Polanski? Don’t you sign petitions for, you know, innocent people being oppressed by malevolent governments? Only imbeciles from L.A. could confuse Polanski’s (self-imposed) plight with a situation that actually warrants mass protest. Like, say, health care reform.

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Parallel Uni-Verses
(Gold Dust)
Releasing: 13 October

The tracks that Del & Tame One have released from their upcoming collaboration, Parallel Uni-Verses, are about as funky as they come. The verses on “Flashback” go on by-the-numbers about Adidas and nostalgia and the like, but the beat is more than hot enough to forgive some uninspired rapping.

1. Intro (Magic)
2. Keep It Up
3. Flashback
4. The Franchise
5. Specifics
6. Im A…
7. Before This
8. We Taking Over
9. Life Sucks
10. Teddy
11. Special
12. Gaining Ground

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Special [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009

James McMurtry
Live in Europe
(Lightning Rod)
Releasing: 13 October

McMurtry’s latest is patched together from the finest, hand-picked recordings made on his very first European tour, in early 2009. The performances come from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany, and the album will come with a bonus DVD with video from the Amsterdam set.

SONG LIST
01 Bayou Tortue
02 Just Us Kids
03 Hurricane Party
04 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
05 Fräulein O.
06 Ruby and Carlos
07 Freeway View
08 Restless

BONUS DVD
01 Choctaw Bingo
02 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
03 Freeway View
04 We Can’t Make It Here
05 Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
06 Too Long in the Wasteland

James McMurtry
Bayou Tortue [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

1 Oct 2009

In celebration of the September 29 release of Yeah Ghost, Zero 7 has released four videos of live performances of songs off their new album.

The UK band is expected to announce their US tour dates in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the four new songs:

by Ashley Cooper

1 Oct 2009

Zombieland wants to make zombies funny. Other zombie/infected people films have done so, some intentionally (Shaun of the Dead) and others not (Doomsday). It’s a hard feat because the idea of being devoured by a creature is anything but funny, but the fine line is successfully drawn and tip-toed on by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.

Inspired to make the film by the aforementioned Shaun of the Dead, Fleischer says that it is America’s turn to laugh at the grunting, moaning and bloodthirsty creatures that scared us so in the landmark film Night of the Living Dead He promises that his zombies are not the slow, mumbling and easily defeated creatures of the original Romero presentation, but more the 2004 Dawn of the Dead version, who can run, sprint, climb, and are strong enough to be formidable foes and also have the ability to solve logical problems, like opening and unlocking doors.

The film takes place in an post-apocalyptic United States, where a super virus is turning most of the population into zombies. A group of uninfected survivors begin to fight back. The movie focuses on the dynamic between two men, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who is a fear-driven coward, and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a gun-toting lover of killing zombies who is on a quest to find and eat the last Twinkie before it expires. They join up with sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to seek solace in an old amusement park that they believe to be free of zombies, but with plenty of shooting and maiming to be had along the way.

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