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by Alistair Dickinson

19 May 2010


Idris Elba, the man known to most as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, wants to promote a new alter-ego. This time he’s “King Driis”, a multi-accented singer and rapper who has a new song and music video, “Hold On”, to share with the world. The British-born, half-Sierra-Leonean and half-Ghanaian Elba forces us to sit through a barely-decipherable, Mos Def (or a Mos Def look-alike) starring skit before we get to his new tune. It may well be worth it, however, thanks to producer 9th Wonder’s delirious dancehall beat, a laid-back, bouncy number which provides the perfect backdrop for “Driis’s” questionable range of patois.

by Oliver Ho

19 May 2010


David Lynch wrote and directed Lady Blue Shanghai, a 16-minute short film with Dior branding that suggests someone here might want to sell a purse, or something. From Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to Clear Blue Easy home pregnancy tests, Lynch’s work is unmistakable. The glowing bag recalls the briefcases in Pulp Fiction and Kiss Me, Deadly, while the creepy, hushed interiors seem like they’re just down the long, dark hall from those in Lost Highway. With the odd angles, red curtains and flashing lights, it would be no surprise if a backwards-talking little person danced into the film to whisper the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer. [via Salon]

by Chris Catania

19 May 2010


When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they’ll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I started to dream a bit.

And unfortunately since the Cubs are (so far) really sucking it up this year, I decided to escape the pain of watching the Cubs and wonder what it would be like to see some of my favorite Chicago artists rock Wrigely Field, if the Cubs aren’t going to.

So just off the top of my head, I’ve listed a few Chicago bands that I’d like to see play the best baseball park in the world… Wrigley Field:

  • Common
  • Wilco
  • A Chicago blues showcase featuring Buddy Guy and other local blues legends
  • Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Miraculously bring Steve Goodman back from the dead to play a concert that he rightfully deserves since he’s the genius who wrote “Go Cubs Go”.

Like I said, I’m biased to the Windy City, so I’d like to know what favorite hometown bands and baseball teams would you like to see join forces to rock your favorite ball parks?

by Dean Blumberg

19 May 2010


After reading all Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels to date and devouring the first two seasons of HBO’s True Blood, you may be left wondering, “What’s next?” Thankfully IDW Publishing, the comic book publisher specializing in licensed properties like Angel, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The A-Team, is bringing True Blood to the graphic medium in a six issue mini-series starting this summer.

The comic is a new partnership between IDW and HBO and appears to be more reflective of the television series than the novels with character art influenced by the show’s actors. The IDW website hints at a more adult-oriented audience, saying, “The first six-issue True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor and intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for.”

The comic has very close ties to the HBO series as the plot was developed by Oscar-winning show creator Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) and will be written by series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow in conjunction with co-writers David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. David Messina (Angel: The Curse, Star Trek: Countdown) is responsible for art duties and his personal blog, Spider Behind the Mirror, offers fans lots of preview illustrations. Additionally, IDW recently posted a sneak peek of issue #1 on the True Blood Facebook page.

True Blood #1 arrives in July.

by Chris Catania

19 May 2010



Chicago retro soul post-punk band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently released a video to go along with their latest and very crafty single, a swingin’ and soulified cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”. They’ve been performing the song live for the last year or so and the new video makes it official—and I’m sure Wilco would most certainly approve.

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