Germany’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar looks to be the amazing director’s ticket to the gold. Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Cache are among his recent masterworks, and The White Ribbon is one of my most anticipated of the year!
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Are you tired of your only “performances” of The Ting Tings being dudes at bars screaming “THEY CALL ME STACY!” into beer bottles? Me too.
This can all change when the UK duo comes back to the U.S. in September for a 12-stop tour. Katie White and Jules De Martino will be showcasing their 2008 CD, We Started Nothing by means of an arena circuit over the face of the US (and one stop in Canada too!).
Columbia Records are hosting a fly-away contest for The Ting Ting’s upcoming performance at New York’s acclaimed Madison Square Garden. To enter, simply count the total number of times Katie says “That’s Not My Name” in the video. Everyone who answers correctly is automatically entered to win, with one lucky winner earning two round-trip tickets to New York, one night of hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to the show.
If you can count, you can win.
15 Seattle, WA - WAMU Theater
17 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
18 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
20 Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena
23 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
24 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
26 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
28 Fairfax, VA - The Patriot Center
30 Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Center
2 Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
3 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
5 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual
by Loren Rhodes
Releasing: 29 September
This looks to be a collection of bone chilling tales with a dark humorist twist.
Your favorite Japanese-all female-banana chip lovin’-pop punk trio is back. With new bassist Ritsuko Taneda added to the lineup, alongside lead/guitar Naoko Yamano and drummer Etsuko Nakanishi, Shonen Knife has released their new album Super Group on Good Charamel Records this past Tuesday, August 25th. On the album’s cover, the ladies look like an amalgamation of Charlie’s Angels and the Powder Puff Girls bordered by neon prism configurations, pretty, all grown up, and in fact, super.
Continuing their oeuvre of childhood fantasia as well as quantifying cute, Shonen Knife keep alive the cheery minimalist instrumentation and lyrics that made Kurt Cobain an admirer of the band in the ‘90s. With beyond adorable verses sung in Naoko’s signature cadence, “The super group is perfect / Masters of rock music / Make fantastic sound / Waiting for the tour / They’re going to come and play in my town” my inner hello kitty anima is reborn. For that matter, whose wouldn’t be?
Her retro style and immovable coiffe may draw Imelda May comparisons to Amy Winehouse, but she eschews the lazy-though-potent soul power of the latter in favor of relentless boogie. Her impish snarl is the highlight of this new video for her rockabilly-by-numbers track, “Johnny Got a Boom Boom”, where she’s backed competently by a blur of pomade and bowling shirts. Occasionally, you’ll see her bang on a traditional Irish drum called a bodhrán, which is buried so deep in the mix as to be totally superficial, but it sure looks fancy.
You can find the song on her 2008 release, Love Tattoo, and you can find Imelda May embarking on her first ever US tour this September. Check out the clip for some rapid camera zooming and very sassy lateral head-bobbing, along with her performance on Later… with Jools Holland:
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