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Friday, Aug 3, 2007

Punk-indie band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists continue their seemingly never-ending tour, building a strong following in the process. Formed in 1999, the band served as a solo project for Ted Leo after his last band, Chisel, broke up. In 2001, Ted Leo signed to Lookout! Records and released The Tyranny of Distance, an album receiving 4.5/5 on All Music Guide. In 2006, they left their record label, and signed with Touch and Go Records. On March 20, 2007, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists released their latest album, Living with the Living. Currently, the band is on tour, and if they are not coming to your town, they will be soon.


Cover of Since You Been Gone:


Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?:



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Thursday, Aug 2, 2007

New York-based The National has been recently receiving widespread critical praise. The 5-man indie band was formed in 1999. In 2001, they released their first album, The National, on their record label, Brassland Records. In 2005, they switched to Beggars Banquet Records and released Alligator, a highly praised album by critics. On May 22, 2007, the band released Boxer, featuring many artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Regina Spektor.


Abel:



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Wednesday, Aug 1, 2007

Renowned director Ingmar Bergman created some of the greatest films ever made, influencing directors ranging from Woody Allen to Akira Kurosawa to Chan-wook Park. His films often dissect the abstract ideas of life, death, and faith. Unlike many directors, Bergman expressed these ideas directly. For example, in The Seventh Seal, death actually exists as a person whom the other characters interact with. In his lifetime, he was nominated for nine Academy Awards, won seven awards at Cannes Film Festival, and received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Although he did not make any films after Fanny and Alexander (1982), he leaves behind many cinematic masterpieces and will be missed by all.


An interview with Ingmar Bergman:


 


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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007

Jazz legend Charles Mingus is still recognized today as one of the great jazz composers and performers. In 1956, Mingus released Pithecanthropus Erectus, his breakthrough album. Since then, he continued to release album after album until his death in 1979. Although he has been dead for 43 years, Blue Note recently released Cornell 1964.


The Charles Mingus Sextet, Live in Norway in 1964 (Partial):


Flowers for a Lady in 1975:



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Monday, Jul 30, 2007

Comedian Zach Galifianakis continues to entertain audiences with his quirky, odd sense of humor. Host of the short lived talk show, Late World with Zach, Galifianakis quickly reached fame as a comedian, performing on the Comedians of Comedy tour with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Maria Bamford. On March 6, 2007, he released a DVD of his stand-up act, Live at the Purple Onion. Most recently, Zach, along with Will Oldham, filmed a music video for Kanye West’s new song, Can’t Tell Me Nothing.



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