This Friday, writer/director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow brings us Get Him to the Greek, a spin-off of the critically acclaimed comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). Russell Brand again plays rock star Aldous Snow, who releases a disastrous song called “African Child” that basically torpedoes his career, until music exec Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) drags him from London to LA for a career-rebooting reunion show. Brand sings his own tunes in the film, rather like Jeff Bridges recently in Crazy Heart. Get Him to the Greek opens this Friday and this brought to mind other examples throughout film history of actors playing musicians for real and singing songs for themselves. These are some of my favorites… share yours in the comments section.
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Just as Born Ruffians offer up their new album, Say It, this week, the band plays an acoustic session for Grandcrew.com.
Some mornings you wake up to great news that can carry you for the rest of the day until your landlord shows up and demands this month’s rent. Today just happened to be such a day.
As of 10 a.m. EST, pre-sales of the forthcoming Arcade Fire tour have gone live through their website. For those who have been able to listen to the new singles (available for a spin here and on their website), it sounds like another exceptional album. The Suburbs’ title track permeates with dystopian melancholy, while ‘Month of May’ channels a powerful punk core and is infused with their recognizable sense of urgency. They kick-off their tour next week in Quebec before hitting the summer festival circuit in North America and Europe, with a few scattered shows with Spoon in between.
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art
7-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
8-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
30-June Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
2-July Tromøy, Norway – Hove Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
9-July County Kildare, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
12-July Quebec, Canada – Quebec City Summer Festival
13-July Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
31-July Montreal, QC – Osheaga
1-Aug Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
2-Aug Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts (w/ Spoon)
4-Aug New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Spoon)
6-Aug Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Spoon)
8-Aug Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9-Aug Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-Aug Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Spoon)
14-Aug Toronto, ON – Olympic Island
27-Aug Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
27-Aug Reading, UK – Reading Festival
29-Aug Saint Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
2-Sept Bologna, Italy – I-Day Festival
The humble pixel, millions of which we see everyday and take for granted, finally gets it’s due in the form of a fascinating short documentary, by Australian animator and pixel artist, Simon Cottee.
Cottee film explores the pixel’s place in our culture, from it’s humble beginnings in videogames to the present day. Where collective nostalgia for the simplicity of things bygone, has found the pixel increasingly represented in contemporary mainstream art and animation. Going so far as to even spawn a musical sub-genre, in the form of the increasingly popular chiptune.
Watch the documentary and check out Simon Cottee’s blog.