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by Oliver Ho

21 May 2010



From their official site: “Planet Earth is ravaged by a strange disease that turns people into mindless murderers. As civilization struggles to survive, a small team of US Navy SEALs must protect a doctor from the Center for Disease Control on a mission to evaluate the claims of an erratic scientist who may have discovered the secret to mankind’s salvation.”

This intriguing new web series stars D.B. Sweeney, Doug Jones and a number of other familiar faces. Apparently episode two should be up in early June. The quote from “Private Joker” and the military verisimilitude (explained in the “About” section of the official site) bring to mind Max Brooks’ masterpiece, World War Z. [via io9]

by Quentin B. Huff

20 May 2010


Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven wonders of the world. On May 18, 2010, late night television’s David Letterman hosted the eighth. Janelle Monae, the hardest working android in show business, performed the single “Tight Rope” from her recently released album The ArchAndroid.

by Oliver Ho

20 May 2010


On the day of this recording, Ian Fleming picked up Raymond Chandler at 11am, and already Chandler’s voice was “slurred with whiskey”. Undaunted, the creator of James Bond conducted a fascinating interview with the hard-boiled legend, which is available in four parts on YouTube.

Part 1 (of 4): Ian Fleming interviews Raymond Chandler for the BBC (note: the actual interview begins around 5:45)

by Henry Guyer

20 May 2010


From the moment the first piano keys reverberate on Soap & Skin’s “Thanatos”, you know you are in for a spellbinding ride. She introduces herself with a whisper, slowly lulling you into her spell, before shattering any preconceived notions you have of her with the wailing force of a Banshee. Any emerging female solo artist of her stature will immediately bring up comparisons of PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, and Nico. I will do the obvious and compare Soap & Skin to Nico and Björk for very good reasons, rather than from an unimaginative knowledge of female artists. She shares Björk’s inclination for experimentation with both electronic and organic sounds, while she can also powerfully hit the consummate depths of Nico’s vocal register. Born Anja Plaschg, this Austrian enigma has recently only turned 20 but has already built a reputable niche for herself in Europe and it will be just a matter of time before she’ll cross the Atlantic.

by Oliver Ho

19 May 2010


Best known as “Ginger Grant” from Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise recorded several swingin’ albums, the most notable of which was 1957’s It’s Time for Tina. The single, “It’s Been a Long Time” is available for listening on the YouTubes (non-embeddable, dammit ... but there’s an excellent album cover). According to Wikipedia, the album featured Coleman Hawkins (!) on tenor sax, and Harkit Records may be re-releasing it. Their site is worth browsing for the album art alone. Also, Louise’s real name was Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, which is just awesome.

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