Ah, the DVD commentary track. It can enhance the viewing experience, highlighting artistic subtleties that deserve to be appreciated. It can also just be kind of distracting. Either way, the commentary will always include soft-speaking voices recounting cute anecdotes from production and how so-and-so was such a pleasure to work with. The people over College Humor went a little farther with this and came up with a film that’s entirely DVD commentary.
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PopMatters approved HEALTH has just released the latest video off their stellar 2009 full-length, Get Color.
While we wait for Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame to come out with a follow-up (or prequel?) to his acclaimed film, there is a new sci-fi short from Carl Erik Rinsch gaining a good deal of buzz and making the rounds on the Web. Rinsch, who was at one point in talks to direct the upcoming Alien prequel, made The Gift as part of the Parallel Lines series, which allowed five directors to make their own short films, each using the same, minimalist dialogue. Rinsch’s film The Gift is under five minutes in length and is already sparking interest from Warner Bros. and Fox.
We might have to wait some time yet for the Sleater-Kinney reunion Carrie Brownstein hinted at when she announced her own new project in this interview with the Guardian, but news of a Corin Tucker solo album will be more than enough keep their fans happy. According to Kill Rock Stars, Tucker will be releasing a solo effort in October 2010, which she has been recording in Portland. Tucker herself describes the upcoming album as “more of a middle-aged mom record” in the Portland Mercury, though, if YouTube videos of her performance at a bookstore benefit in March 2009 are any indication, her idea of mom rock is anything but mellowed out. Check out this sample of Tucker’s intense but slower burning solo work on YouTube from the March 2009 benefit, if you can bear with the crowd noise and the shaky camera frame.
Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.