CNN reports on Kareem Salama who is bringing country music to the Arab world and incorporating Arabic poetry and language into a distinctly American music form to create something one might label “country and eastern”. Intriguing, but personally, I think Russian band Kukuruza does the eastern/western blend thing in more convincing fashion.
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Everyone wants to be in the music business these days, except for of course the actual music business itself, which would rather be in the licensing and events businesses. David Letterman has launched a new music TV series, Live on Letterman, and sorta-indie faves MGMT played a 50-minute set last night for the show.
Song for Dan Treacy
Time to Pretend
(encore) Brian Eno
The merits (or lack thereof, depending on your opinion) of Iron Man 2 aside, it was worth forking over the ten bucks to finally get a glimpse of Abrams’ Super 8, a project shrouded in the kind of secrecy Abrams likes in his film’s publicity (Think Cloverfield.)
For those who haven’t caught the trailer in theaters, Paramount has now released an official version online. It doesn’t offer much. It’s 1979 and there’s a train carrying classified Air Force cargo from Area 51. We can hear a secretive phone narration of the train making its progress, but then an old pick-up truck meets it in a head-on collision. Something survived the explosive crash and it’s busting its way out of the train car.
That’s about it, right? Well, thanks to some very good fan research, which /Film has gathered rather nicely, that’s certainly not all that’s going on in the trailer. For instance, in case you wondered what those letters that quickly run across a camera lens spell, it’s “Scariest Thing I Ever Saw”. That’s just a taste of Super 8‘s viral marketing campaign that is well under way.
The first teaser trailer, less than a minute long, actually has no dialogue. Nolan cuts together a series of striking images, accompanied by a dramatic, punctuated score: a spinning top, a glass filled with water, a man being dragged away from a helicopter, and Leonardo DiCaprio falling into (out of?) a bath tub. What does it mean? Who knows, but I’m hooked.
With DiCaprio providing the narration, we now know that he is Inception‘s protagonist and he needs to steal an idea. It looks like Ellen Page will be a Dicaprio’s student and assistant of sorts. This trailer, a few seconds longer than the first teaser, features a few lines of dialogue and we recognize a couple familiar faces from Nolan’s past work (Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe).
About two months before its theatrical release, Warner Bros. unveils a full-length trailer that’s perhaps worthy of a spoiler warning for moviegoers who want to stay in Nolan’s world of ignorant bliss. Dicaprio is a security agent, specializing in psychological security. Day to day, he creates dreams for people, puts them in the dream, and steals their ideas. Strong actors, like Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the supporting cast. Nolan teases us with some breath-taking images that stretch CGI to new levels: avalanches, buildings crumbling into the ocean, and astronauts falling down a mountainside. All in all, we still don’t know much about Inception, but we can’t wait to find out.
Los Angeles musical genre mashers Ozomatli earn a spot in our hearts with a big thumbs up in support of gay rights on their new tune “Gay Vatos in Love”. Raul Pacheco says it beautifully, “Do you believe that everyone deserves love? Yes, for sure. It is always a good time to challenge our own notions and boundaries of what can be.” Meanwhile, Ulises Bella adds that the song “has to come from a place of seriousness and reality… the connection of all our struggles together whether it’s the woman’s movement, African American movement, Chicano movement, Asian movement—you name it—our struggles are very much connected and it’s that point of seeing the connection that I think is very important for us to try to bring to light.” All we can say is bravo.