It’s not quite the same thing as being part of a legendary post-punk band 30 years past its prime, but you can help out in the making of Gang of Four’s latest project, Content. By chipping in anywhere from £10 for a CD of the finished product to £950 for the absurd privilege of riding on a helicopter with the band on its way to Glastonbury, you can bankroll the content on Content. So if you’re going to buy the new album when it’s due this summer anyway, you might as well go to Gang of Four’s Pledge Music page and help to make sure it becomes a reality by pitching in. In addition to an explanation of what Gang of Four is up to by legendary guitarist Andy Gill, there’s a snippet of a new track at the site titled “Do as I Do”, which at least sounds like the band is trying to revisit its late 1970s glory days.
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It’s always nice to see Clooney a little more toned-down in his roles and not simply playing another charming variation of George Clooney. In The American, Clooney stars as Jack, a hit man who wants out of the game, after a job goes terribly wrong. Will he find vindication in picturesque small town Italy? The trailer, with its great long camera shots and dramatic score, has a decidedly slow pace, but still shows promise.
Contrary to any images conjured up by the name, Adam Kesher is not a solo act. Rather, they are a French five piece, whose infectiously catchy debut Challenging Nature is set for release on the May 25th. Picking up stylistic cues from the likes of Phoenix, Adam Kesher have carved out a fine line in Gallic infused electro/pop and seem set to make 2010 their own. It’s little wonder when you consider they are supported by big names like Dave One (Chromeo) at the helm for production duties, while Philippe Zdar (Cassius) and A Trak were also both on hand to provide additional mixes.
As a taster for their forthcoming long player, the band have put out a free to download of high energy single “Hour of the Wolf”, (mixed by Philippe Zdar) which is waiting here, for your aural pleasure.
Volumes could be written about You Can’t Do That on Television, the Canadian kids’ show which ran in the States on the cable channel Nickelodeon all through the 1980s and into the ‘90s. Subversive in its silliness as great comedy often is, YCDTOTV offered a brand of children’s sketch comedy that has yet to be duplicated to this writer’s knowledge. And the intro to the show fairly neatly captures all that makes the show itself great.
The theme music is bizarrely catchy, an odd marching-band arrangement punctuated by screams. This gives a very definite Monty Python feel to the intro, as does the use of cut-out animation. Then, there is the cutting imagery of the “Children’s Television Sausage Factory”, mechanically cranking out “product” of child actors on an automated assembly line. This ought to resonate with anyone who has ever noticed how insultingly bland and rote a lot of children’s televison can be. Then, the kids are loaded onto a bus and cut loose in a TV studio. The face of Les Lye, the actor who played all of the adult male roles on the show, in various costumes and with various voices, is stamped with the show’s title. This is a fairly empowering image for the young viewer, a sort of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” for the Romper Room set.
One often wishes to take care to not tread down the glittery lane towards nostalgia, lest one gets stuck living in the past. So it is nice to see that something one grew up watching turned out to be far more layered and interesting than one could have articulated at the time.
Just watch for the green slime.
Releasing: 29 June
There has probably never been a bigger week for fans of Canadian alt-rock collectives than this one. Not only have the new Broken Social Scene and New Pornographers albums hit the stores, but the first songs from the forthcoming Wolf Parade full-length, Expo 86, have been leaked. If you thought the group’s “difficult second album” At Mount Zoomer sounded sprawling, the two new tracks, streaming courtesy of Pitchfork, hint at something even more ambitious on Expo 86. Both “Ghost Pressure” and “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” have almost proggish qualities to them that have smoothed out the scruffiness of Wolf Parade’s earlier work, even as the band’s sound seems as full and brimming over as ever. Expo 86 is set for release on June 29.
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody’s Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
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