The Coen Brothers return this Christmas with their take on True Grit, Charles Portis’ 1968 western novel. Of course, the book was already adapted into a 1969 star-vehicle for John Wayne, but judging by this trailer, the Coens’ version promises to be darker in tone. The role of Rooster Cogburn is filled out by Jeff Bridges, making this his first collaboration with the Coens since the Big Lebowski. It also stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.
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The nominees for the 2011 Grammys won’t be announced until December 1st, on a glitzy CBS TV special similar to last year’s event. However, industry insiders and general music fans are buzzing about a rumored “entry list” that was leaked to a public website.
Before a song can be nominated, the record label behind it has to submit it to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for consideration. Therefore, the submission list that was posted online has to contain the year’s nominees.
This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award. While we can safely assume that submissions like Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed” and Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj’s “My Chick Bad” are a long shot, remember last year’s winner was Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.
Modeselektor’s new record Modeselektion Vol. 01 releases 9 November in the US and on 5 November everywhere else. Berlin’s Monkeytown Records created this video to preview the new release.
I had the pleasure to participate in the 6th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival, which wrapped up last week. The festival program offered an impressive variety of short and feature-length selections, including several state, regional, and world premieres.
As the festival name suggests, many of these works blended film and music. Among the more lyrical documentaries were Nicholas Kleczewski’s On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round, about the touring and recording experiences of band The Snake the Cross the Crown, and Gianfranco Firriolo’s La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth), which features Italian musician Vinicio Capossela and Calexico.
On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round:
La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth):
Green was a power pop band who put out a series of records in the ‘80s and ‘90s that was heavy on jangle heavy on rock and heavy on hook. The songs were really, really good but unfortunately the production sometimes lagged. They got very far beyond a few very dedicated fans. In the last few years their records are being rediscovered due to CD reissues on their own label, Gangreen Records.
Part of that rediscovery is this cover by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Telekinesis. “Gotta Get a Record Out” is a joyful celebration o ambition, a rousing invitation: “kids, get hip to this sound”. The two bands collaborate and put out a fresh take on a fun record.
For comparison’s sake and to give a taste of “Green”, here is the original from Green’s MySpace page.