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by John Lindstedt

2 Apr 2010


As any fan knows, Lost does not feature an opening credit sequence (aside from the title screen), but a little hangup like that isn’t going to stop fans from imagining what one would be like.

Throughout its broadcast history, various fan made interpretations have surfaced, many of which are hilarious for their erroneous juxtaposition.

The first theme montage to gain traction is this one, and it’s notable for actually composing an original theme. The cheesiness of the song completely ignores the often brooding and somber tone the show thrives on. Something about it screams “syndication”:

The next one to surface screams “syndication”, but much more intentionally. Here’s Lost... if it were Baywatch.

If you went to go search on iTunes for the Baywatch theme immediately after watching that, you are not alone.

The latest take on Lost‘s opening credit sequence takes a page from the Saul Bass playbook. This ‘60s style credit sequence mimics Bass’s work on such classic films as Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest. It’s more visually pleasing than funny, but there a few clever visual puns in there to make viewers chuckle.

Last but not least, although this next video isn’t exactly a take on Lost‘s opening credit sequence, it deserves to stand with the rest of these clips.

Ladies and gentlemen, witness “Hurley in the USA.”

by Jennifer Cooke

2 Apr 2010


Band of Horses will release the much-anticipated follow-up to 2007’s Cease to Begin on 18 May. The album is called Infinite Arms, and this is the video for the first single, “Compliments”.

TOUR DATES
04/08 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’or
04/09 – Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie
04/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04/12 – London, UK @ Koko
04/14 – Koln, Germany @ Kulturkirche
04/16 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
04/17 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Tradgarn
04/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
04/23 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04/24 -  Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04/27 – Gainesville, FL @ Rion Ballroom
04/28 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore
04/29 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
05/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest
05/02 – Memphis, TN @ Beale St. Music Festival
05/27 – Davis, CA @ UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05/30 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater %
05/31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
06/05 – Bangor, IE @ Ward Park $
06/09 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
06/12 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Bellahouston Park $
06/19 – Toronto, ONT @ Olympic Island Concert !!
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater

by Arnold Pan

2 Apr 2010


The New Pornographers
Together
(Matador)
Releasing: 4 May

In advance of their new album due in May, the New Pornographers have dropped a few pop chestnuts from Together for your listening pleasure. In the egalitarian spirit for which the indie collective is known, the leaked tracks include “Your Hands (Together)”, a head-bobbing multi-vocalist number, and “The Crash Years”, one of those Neko Case sing-alongs that make you wish she’d make a whole album of pop songs (it’s available for purchase at iTunes). If these two songs are any indication of the album as a whole, it sounds like the New Pornographers have picked up the pace and stepped up their game since 2007’s Challengers.

SONG LIST
01 Moves

02 The Crash Years

03 Your Hands (Together)

04 Silver Jenny Dollar

05 Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk

06 My Shepherd

07 If You Can’t See My Mirrors

08 Up in the Dark

09 Valkyrie in the Roller Disco

10 A Bite Out of My Bed

11 Daughters of Sorrow

12 We End Up Together

Your Hands (Together)
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by Peta Jinnath Andersen

2 Apr 2010


Everyone’s heard of The Hunger Games, right? It’s the hot new young adult dystopia by debut author Suzanne Collins, about a world in which 24 kids are forced to fight to the death on live TV.

Part of The Hunger Games’ appeal is its originality—except that, uh, it’s not actually the first book about a reality show where teens fight to the death. Here’s the trailer for the movie adaptation of Battle Royale, a Japanese book in a similar vein published in 1999 by Koushun Takami.

Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Battle Royale? Can you see any similarities?

by John Lindstedt

2 Apr 2010


Websites typically have a field day on April 1st, surprising unexpecting visitors with drastic revamps, sensational news stories, and fake company buy-outs.

Google, for instance, claimed they were changing their name to “Topeka” after the Kansas city decided to change their name to “Google.” ABC.com, on the other hand, unveiled a line of new shows like “Flasher Forward” and “Dancing With The Tsars.”

If you fell for any of these, you must be the office favorite this time of year.

The best of the bunch, however, had to be Funny Or Die, which appeared to be taken over by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Visitors to the site were treated with a video greeting from everyone’s favorite moppet baby telling them he bought the site, now called “Bieber Or Die.”

The homepage was filled with Bieber-related videos, some of which were hybrids of familiar memes like Bieber After Dentist and OMG Bieber Vs. Chuck Norris Vs. Bear.

Say what you will about his musical style, but the titular tyke has a surprisingly knack for comic timing.

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