This song has a lot stacked against it. For instance, whenever I read the song’s title, I start shaking my fists at the sky and cursing the passage of time and this temperate climate. But the track (produced by Machine Drum could talk the Incredible Hulk down from a temper tantrum. His mixtape has a Smiths-cribbing title (This Charming Mixtape) and Elvis Costello-aping album art, but “Enjoy the Sun” is sort in its own world. Go to his MySpace for the mixtape and a few more videos.
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The elegiac Grouper has just released a new video for her song “Hold the Way”. Directed by Weston Currie, the hazy, black and white cinemascope and the horror imagery lull one into a trance. A very scary trance.
Rosanne Cash performed for a sold-out crowd Saturday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to celebrate the release of her latest album, The List. The album, like Ms. Cash’s own repertoire, spanning both genres and epochs, is a selection of songs from a list of 100 that her father, Johnny Cash, presented to her in 1973 as a rudimentary syllabus of country, or rather American, songs. Her set drew heavily from the new re-interpretations while mixing in her own classics as well. The crowd (equal parts inebriated yuppies and nostalgic boomers) was excitable yet polite, holding their collective breathes for poignantly delicate numbers like “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow,” where her guitar danced and curtsied with John Levinthal’s, and “500 Miles.” Other numbers like “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Motherless Children” became haunting spirituals over guitar, Ms. Cash’s strong vocals beguiling each with gentle vibrato. However her set wasn’t all downbeat dirges and laments: “Heartaches by the Number” possessed country-twang and “Radio Operator” imbued both her father’s ruggedness and army career. The best song of the evening—and Ms. Cash’s proclaimed favorite on the The List—was “Long Black Veil,” its underlying darkness ruefully exhumed. During the encore Ms. Cash drew from her father’s songbook, playing “Tennessee Flat-Top Box” and forgetting the third verse while her band vamped behind her. It wasn’t a tell of her own age, but revealing her daughter’s request for a list of 100 essential songs was.
In 2008, Entertainment Weekly conducted an online poll of the 25 most controversial movies of all time, and Natural Born Killers ended up at number eight. Copycat killers linked to Natural Born Killers surfaced, even leading to a lawsuit against director Oliver Stone and Time Warner. Natural Born Killers seeks to expose the sadistic nature of media by glorifying two pitiless murders, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis). The provocative film will be re-released on DVD tomorrow.
Last Wednesday, Wyatt Cenac interviewed Dirty South rapper Slim Thug on the effects of the economy on his lifestyle. Wyatt plays the role of accountant as Slim Thug lists how his life has been shaken up, devastated by the loss of key members of his crew. Watch both the hellaciously funny interview and Slim Thug’s music video for “Still a Boss” below.