Not one to get left behind in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s nostalgia rush, Britain’s ska heroes the Specials are back touring and played their first U.S. live appearance in some three decades on Jimmy Fallon’s show this week.
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Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!
Joe Copplestone earlier this week tagged the über poppy Marina & the Diamonds’ debut, The Family Jewels, as “a positively bipolar album, full of self-confident highs and blatant cockiness followed by self-effacing lows, but Marina seems to celebrate each extreme with the same affected deadpan”. Sounds like the tour oughtta be fun, eh? Marina just unleashed this special tour video.
To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from films never before released on home video, including The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944).
Product details from Image: The creator of such timeless masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers who ever lived — and for many the greatest artist the medium has known. Now, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Criterion Collection is proud to present this deluxe set celebrating his astonishing career. Featuring 25 of the films he made over the course of his 50 years in movies — from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations — AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available for home video.
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New York-based gypsy punks and long-time PopMatters faves Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album Transcontinental Hustle in mere weeks, 27 April to be precise. By way of early promotion, the band turned in a smoking version of the new tune on “Pala Tute”.