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by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


Robyn Hitchcock
I Often Dream of Trains in New York
(Yep Roc)
Releasing: 10 November

This CD/DVD set includes most of Hitchcock’s 1984 album, I Often Dream of Trains (minus “Furry Green Atom Bowl”, plus a few odds and ends), performed live at Symphony Space in New York, of all places. There will be a deluxe package, which folds out into a working phenakistoscope, which is sort of like a one-person zoetrope, which is… maybe Wikipedia can help. He’ll be going on a short U.S. tour this month, check the dates after the jump.

01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
02 Nocturne (Prelude)
03 Flavour of Night
04 Cathedral
05 Sounds Great When You’re Dead
06 Uncorrected Personality Traits
07 I Used to Say I Love You
08 Winter Love
09 This Could Be the Day
10 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
11 Trams of Old London
12 My Favourite Buildings
13 That’s Fantastic, Mother Church
14 Heart Full of Leaves
15 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
16 I Often Dream Of Trains
17 America
18 Up To Our Nex
19 Goodnight I Say

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


In 1994, Madonna made a historic appearance on the Dave Letterman show. The host was flabbergasted as Madonna cursed, used sexual innuendos repeatedly, and decided that she would not leave the set in an effort to rebel against American television. As a result, ratings went through the roof, the censors had their hands full, and many were worried about the Material Girl’s mental state.

Fast-forward fifteen years to 2009. The two have since buried the hatchet, and Madonna appeared on the Letterman show again to promote her CD, Celebration. This time around, she was able to remind her fans of the refined woman that she has evolved into, while still keeping the laughs appropriate for late-night television. The appearance concluded with Madonna and Letterman sharing a slice of New York-style pizza, which the singer had somehow managed to avoid her whole life.

by Faye Rasmussen

2 Oct 2009


The Black Lips have released their fourth video from 200 Million Thousand, titled “Let It Grow”.  The band chose director Matt Dilmore to film the video using the Vidster, a late ‘90s toy camera, to create a unique effect incomparable in resolution to today’s hi-def standards. 

To follow up on their summer festival appearances at NXNE, Athfest, Pitchfork, and the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Black Lips have planned a fall tour at select cities:

TOUR DATES
10/09/09 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/17/09 Portland, OR @ Scion Garage Fest
10/28/09 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/29/09 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/30/09 Memphis, TN @ Young Ave Deli
10/31/09 New Orleans, LA @Voodoo Experience

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


On a nonspecific afternoon, comedian Chris Rock was spending time with his daughter. The little girl, who recently admired the hair of her Caucasian friend, turned to her father and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”

The question inspired Chris Rock, along with director Jeff Stilson, to travel to hair salons, barbershops, and trade shows to ask haircare professionals, clients, barbers, and beauticians alike to share their stories and definitions of “good hair” in an effort to educate himself enough to be able to respond to his daughter’s question.

In his travels, Rock manages to keep the conversation educational and humorous. He speaks to regular Janes and Joes, and also talks to celebrities—such as Ice-T, Al Sharpton, Paul Mooney, and Dr. Maya Angelou—to get their perspective on what “good hair” is, how it can be attained, and if it’s a realistic goal to have. The film will hit select theaters on October 9th, with a wide releasing coming October 23rd.

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


Well-known actress Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of a Texas teenage girl Bliss (Ellen Page) who decides to rebel against her beauty pageant upbringing and trades in her chances for a crown in for a pair of roller skates to enter the world of roller derby. “You are my new hero,” Bliss tells one roller derby star who she watches pass out flyers for an upcoming event. The derby star tells her, “Well, grab a pair of skates and be your own hero.” Her mother (portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden) vehemently disapproves against her choice and makes her opinions known as her father secretly supports her efforts.

The movie is about relationships, focuses on female empowerment and the world of derby gives Bliss the opportunity to find out where she belongs, make some friends and find herself along the way.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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