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by Brian Parks

25 Aug 2009


Me and Orson Welles
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes
Opening: 25 November

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat—Zac Efron is not, I repeat not playing Orson Welles in the upcoming film by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock). Let’s pause for a moment so that we may collectively let out an enormous sigh of relief before continuing on to the task at hand.

Ready? The good news is apart from that, Me and Orson Welles looks to be an engaging and entertaining view of Welles’ Mercury Theater and its 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. Despite having recieved excellent reviews since its first screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the film has had trouble finding a distributor here in the United States. The fault for this, however, would seem to lie more in the limited appeal of its subject matter (with nary a crime-fighting guinea pig or wisecracking robot to be found!) rather than in its level of quality. We’ll find out for ourselves on November 25th when it is scheduled for release.

by Ashley Cooper

25 Aug 2009


Nikki Lynette, a fresh faced hip-hop ingenue, has become something of a fixture on the independent Chicago hip-hop scene in recent years. Whether modeling along with her backup singers, singing a commercial jingle, writing lyrics for rap artists or interviewing people such as reggae master Sean Paul, she has her hands in all aspects of the entertainment medium. Her songs can be found on sites like MySpace, as well as through her own website.

Her sounds are reminiscent of the artists that she calls her musical inspirations: OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Prince and Queen. As a result, much of her music is energetic, lively and designed to make your hips move to the beat and has a signature all its own. She breathes life and fun into her music, which can best be called hip-hop punk.

She is a Chicago native and will be performing one last time at the Cubby Bear on August 27th before she relocates to New York City to record a full length studio album.

Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison Street in Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm and there is no cover. You must be 21 and up for entry.

Here is a sample of what you will hear at the show, which SHOULD NOT be missed.

by Tyler Gould

24 Aug 2009


Lou Barlow
Goodnight Unknown
(Merge)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) will be releasing his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown, on October 6, and to commemorate the occasion, Merge Records released this documentary on the making of the record. It’s 30 minutes of pretty rare insight into the man’s creative process, at times brooding, manic, obnoxious, euphoric—regardless of the outcome, his personal investment is indisputable. Shorter behind-the-scenes installments will be up in the coming weeks.

Barlow will be touring with Dinosaur Jr. this fall and performing an opening set of his solo material, backed by Mike Watt-backers the Missingmen. Tour dates after the jump.

SONG LIST
01 Sharing
02 Goodnight Unknown
03 Too Much Freedom
04 Faith in Your Heartbeat
05 The One I Call
06 The Right
07 Gravitate
08 I’m Thinking…
09 One Machine, One Long Fight
10 Praise
11 Take Advantage
12 Modesty
13 Don’t Apologize
14 One Note Tone

Lou Barlow
“Gravitate” [MP3]
     

by Brian Parks

24 Aug 2009


Lead singer Thom Yorke recently stated in an interview that Radiohead would not be releasing a new album anytime in the near future. While this unfortunate fact has not changed, it has not prevented another new song, “These Are My Twisted Words”, from being leaked to the public last week.

This five-and-a-half-minute track opens with three minutes of ominous instrumental krautrock and is the most recent in a long line of unconventionally beautiful songs for which Radiohead is renowned for. You can decide for yourself, however, as it is currently available via free download on the band’s website.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Aug 2009


Gogol Bordello
Live from Axis Mundi
(Side One Dummy)
Releasing: 6 October

Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are releasing a deluxe new live DVD and CD set in October featuring many of the most popular tunes from their incendiary sets. Plus, the set will gather many rarities from their various TV appearances and well as demos and videos.

SONG LIST
DISC 1 - CD
01 Ultimate (BBC Sessions)
02 Wonderlust King (BBC Sessions)
03 Mishto (BBC Sessions)
04 Alcohol (BBC Sessions)
05 American Wedding (BBC Sessions)
06 You Gave Up (Roumania) (BBC Sessions)
07 Stivali E Colbacco (Super Taranta Sessions)
08 Troubled Friends (Gypsy Punk Sessions)
09 60 Revolutions (Demo)
10 Immigrant Punk (Demo)
11 Immigrant Punk (Instrumental)

Disc 2 - DVD
LIVE FROM AXIS MUNDI
Ultimate
Sally
Not a Crime
Dogs Were Barking
Wonderlust King
Mishto
Forces of Victory
Tribal Connection
60 Revolutions
Start Wearing Purple
Think Locally, Fuck Globally
Punk Rock Parranda
Illumination
Baro Foro

EXTRA TRACKS
Immigrant Punk
East Infection
Avenue B
Harem in Tuscany

VIDEOS
Start Wearing Purple
Not a Crime
Wonderlust King
American Wedding

BONUS CHRONICLES
Creative People Must Be Stopped!
Sacred Darling
Purple (The Pizdetz)
Musika Agressia

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