Avi Buffalo is a quartet from Long Beach, California who puts out sweet, happy, guitar pop music. They are led by 19-year-old frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg. You’ve heard this kind of thing before, but not often is it this well done. Plus, the lyrics carry a bit of a melancholy edge. The CD is out now on Sub Pop and here is a free MP3 of the single “What’s in It For?”
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Here we have the music video for Hanson’s “Thinking ‘Bout Something”, the first single off of their upcoming Shout It Out album. It recently got over a million views on MySpace, partially because band member Zac promised he would write a song called “Refresh” if it did. That’s not the only reason, however. The video is an awesome homage to Ray Charles’ role in the 1980 movie classic The Blues Brothers and has inspired the dance tutorial in the video below. Also, not to be missed is their live performance of it on The Late Show With David Letterman, where you see the wicked keyboard solo and brass section up close. Does this make you as interested in the rest of their upcoming album as I am?
And the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings TV appearances continue to pile up with a Fallon spot closely following behind one on Colbert. Plus, I seen the new CD, I Learned the Hard Way in every Starbucks I visit. Cultural omnipresence. Next stop the Nordstrom Rack, which has started selling CDs for some odd reason when almost everyone else has stopped.
If you weren’t already surprised that a major motion picture studio is optioning a toy that’s been around since 1946, perhaps you would like to know that a film treatment for the Magic 8 Ball has been in the works since 2006. New York magazine reports that Universal had interest in developing the project four years ago, with Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Evan Almight) attached to direct.
Somewhere between then and now, Universal lost interest, perhaps it felt its resources could better serve some other toy franchise that needed to be translated to screen. Polly Pocket maybe?
Now, Paramount has taken hold of the project, with a tentative 2011 release date, according to IMDb. Tim Kilpin and Barry Waldo from Mattel are backing the film as executive producers, because clearly, this film needs the kind of creative support only toy company execs can provide. Jon Gunn and John Mann (Mercy Streets) will write the script. Apparently, they’re going for a National Treasure feel.
Interpol has just posted a new song to their website, which you can nab in exchange for your email address. They’re using this to tease a new release around the corner, which doesn’t have a specific date yet. It’s internet marketing in the oughties, go forth and widget thyself.