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by John Lindstedt

27 May 2010



The audition process can be a harrowing and embarrassing experience for any young actor, but at least young unknowns don’t have to worry about some botched tryouts leaking to the web. And then there’s poor Chris Klein. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Klein is usually a supporting player in hit movies like the American Pie movies and… I’m sure there’s another one somewhere, but he’s never really caught the public eye in a big way. He’s just famous enough for this terrible audition for Mama Mia to make serious rounds in the meme-verse (has that been used before? Can I coin it? Probably shouldn’t? OK). It really is a must watch. Klein’s usual affable oafishness is put to the test when he tries to “emote”, for the lack of a better word. And those eyes, my god, those eyes.

But like any good sport, Klein took the opportunity to get in on the joke. He recently appeared in this Funny Or Die video showing   more of his leaked “auditions”. That’s some redemption right there.

by Benjamin Aspray

27 May 2010


Sometime last week, Titusandronic.us, a great fan site for the equally great Titus Andronicus, posted an unofficial album of previously-unreleased, or out-of-print, recordings from the band, including a few live cuts. If you thought their studio work sounded scrappy, wait till you hear some of the nearly-inscrutable, stereo blow-outs on Feats of Strength. Or don’t. Newbies should go for The Monitor, their phenomenal (and wrongly dismissed, by this very website) Civil War concept album from earlier this year. The devastating version of “To Old Friends and New” on The Monitor, the first of which appeared on the first Titus Andronicus EP and reappears here, is a fitting illustration of how far the band has come in just half a decade.

As lead singer Patrick Stickles says on his band’s official blog, it’ll give you a chance to “tell all yr [sic] friends, ‘See? I told you they sucked!’” That being said, serious devotees might get a kick out of their rambunctious cover of the Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner”, and Stickles’ solo version of “No Future”, from Titus Andronicus’ first full-length, The Airing of Grievances, strips naked a ballad that was emotionally bare to begin with.  In any case, the curious should go download it for free here.

by David Reyneke

27 May 2010


This week, Canadian-bred emcee D-Sisive let loose of his latest single, “Ray Charles (Looking for a Star”, which features a fantastic closing verse from King Reign. Ever since hearing D’s solo LP last year, Let The Children Die, I have been craving more. Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer for some new material, as we also get word that D-Sisive will be dropping Vaudeville on June 22 in Canada, and July 27 in the US. I know it is difficult to check up on every new piece of music these days, especially from artists you have never heard of. But if you are going to check out any hip-hop project this year, I urge that you throw Vaudeville on that list. If you are open to a progressive and refreshing sound, then this is definitely something for you to check out. You better watch out US emcees, Canada is knockin’.

 

by Oliver Ho

27 May 2010


A playfully weird take on classic tarot images, this project reinvents divination cards with such images as “The Molar Beetle” and the “Znakir of Thrax”.
“I describe my pictures as key frames or storyboards for some sort of bizarre movie,” says artist Ellis Nadler. “Or perhaps as stage sets for an opera I shall write some day.” I would love to see a full deck of these evocative cards in real-life. Imagine the strange fortunes people would tell. [via A Journey Round My Skull]

by Jonathan Simrin

27 May 2010


Rachel McAdams stars as a young woman whose new job in New York could be the chance of a lifetime. The new gig quickly becomes more taxing than she anticipated, though, as it wreaks havoc on her personal life. Will she make it? Who knows, but chances are she’ll encounter some entertaining big shot New York-types along the way. If this sounds like familiar turf that’s already been traversed by Anne Hathaway, it should. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has takes us away from Runway magazine to Day Break, a morning news show. McAdams stars as the hopeful producer trying to keep control over the star hosts (played by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford), while juggling a personal life. It might be tempting to write Morning Glory off, but its slew of co-stars is nothing to shake a stick at (Ty Burrell, 50 Cent, and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few).

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