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Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007

Indie rock band Interpol, transcending beyond the New York music scene, has reached global fame. Interpol’s break came when they released Turn on the Bright Lights, an album considered one of the best of 2002. Their follow-up album, Antics, was released in 2004, attaining greater commercial success than its precursor. On July 10th, Interpol released their latest album, Our Love to Admire.


The Heinrich Maneuver:



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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007

Critically acclaimed film director Werner Herzog constantly pushes the envelope, requiring audiences to see a new, original light upon an old story. He told a tale of rebellion with a cast of only midgets and dwarves in Even Dwarves Started Small, and illustrated the effects of poverty with Klaus Kinski’s brilliant, yet haunted acting in Woyzeck. Based on Herzog’s 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Rescue Dawn tells a tale of the Vietnam War without the use of special effects, relying on only what the director can create with his own two hands, a stunning difference from the plethora of motion pictures.


Behind the scenes look at Rescue Dawn:


Interview with Henry Rollins:



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Monday, Jul 9, 2007

Spanning the distance from children’s music to alternative rock, They Might Be Giants captures the attention of their audience with their unique brand of music. TMBG, consisting of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, gave us hits such as Birdhouse in Your Soul and Don’t Let’s Start as well as Particle Man and Doctor Worm. Their latest album, The Else, will be released on July 10th, 2007.


The 1989 hit, Ana Ng:



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Friday, Jul 6, 2007

Comedian Patton Oswalt’s career has reached celebrity status, but his comedic presence has not waned. His most famous roles consist of Spence Olchin on The King of Queens and Rémy in the new animated feature Ratatouille. As a comedian, he started the Comedians of Comedy tours and Comedy Central series, bringing together comics such as Brian Posehn, Zack Galifianakis, Maria Bamford, and himself. On July 10th, 2007, Patton will be releasing his second comedy album, Werewolves and Lollipops.


Link to a track off his new CD: The Dukes of Hazzard


Appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien:



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Tuesday, Jul 3, 2007

Seventy-eight years ago, Belle Miriam Silverman was born in Brooklyn, New York. By the age of seven, she already acquired a singing career, winning a “Miss Beautiful Baby” contest, performing on the radio show, Rainbow House, and singing in Uncle Sol Solves It. By 1939, the former Silverman changed her name to Beverly Sills, and became a frequent guest on Capital Family Hour. In 1947, Sills performed Frasquita in Bizet’s opera, Carmen, launching her long-lasting operatic career.  By 1958, she performed as Helon of Troy in Mefistofele, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and the title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe. On November 17th, 1956, Sills married Peter Greenough, journalist for The Plain Dealer.


In 1966, Sill’s performed as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, earning her international fame. She soon began to record her operas: Giulio Cesare, Roberto Devereux, Manon, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Tales of Hoffman. Sills then won praise singing Grossmachtige Prinzessin in 1969. Later that year, she debuted as Pamira in The Siege of Corinth, placing her on the cover of Newsweek. In 1971, Time magazine put Sills on the cover, describing her as “America’s Queen of Opera.” In 1975, Sills debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in The Siege of Corinth, leading to her future performances in Thais, La Traviata, Don Pasquale, and Lucia di Lammermoor. Later, Sills began to publicize opera, appearing on talk shows and becoming a recitalist.


Sills retired as a singer on October 27, 1980 at the New York City Opera, soon becoming its general director. In 2002, she became the chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, keeping the position until 2005 because of family problems. Her husband, Greenough, died on September 6, 2006. Less than a year later, Sills was diagnosed with lung cancer, leading to her death on July 2nd, 2007, at the age of 78.



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