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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

Julian Casablancas
Phrazes for the Young
(Cult)
Releasing: 19 October (UK) / 20 October (US, Europe)


The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas is set to release his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young, off Cult Records. Recorded during sessions in New York, Los Angeles, and Nebraska, the intergalactic synth-rock of Phrazes for the Young combined with Casablancas’ telephone-like crooning thrives on the same vein as the Strokes’ gutter-glam antics, but is uniquely Casablancas in its sonic splattering, plus that “z” in the title just screams “way too hip”.


SONG LIST
01 Out of the Blue  
02 River of Brake Lights  
03 Chords of the Apocalypse  
04 11th Dimension
05 Ludlow St.   
06 Glass  
07 Left & Right in the Dark  
08 Tourist


 


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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

Vampire Weekend is giving away the deliciously-named “Horchata” from their upcoming album, Contra (releasing January 10th). The guitar-free track is slightly new ground for the group, and between its title and mention of aranciata, if nothing else it will make people thirsty. The cynical among us may suspect a viral marketing ploy by San Pellegrino. It’s probably 50-50.


Vampire Weekend
Horchata [MP3]
     



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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

This week’s episode of Glee, “Vitamin D”, pits the boys against the girls in a glee-off. In the clip below, see the boys take on a mash-up performance of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” and Usher’s “Confessions Pt. II” as part of their intra-squad competition. Tune into your local Fox channel on Wednesday at 9/8c to catch the rest of this week’s episode of Glee.


The first official soundtrack, Glee: The Music, Volume 1 hits stores on Tuesday, November 3rd. Singles from the first five episodes are available via iTunes.



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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

Trick ‘r Treat had a lot of hype in the horror community as being the new age version of anthology horror film, a la The Twilight Zone Movie. However, this was two years ago, back when quality horror films were seemingly taking a sabbatical from mainstream audiences. After jumping through some hoops, either with the studio, the director, or the producer (who knows these days?), the movie is finally due for direct-to-DVD release in early October.


Directed by Michael Dougherty, the film is an anthology of four Halloween-related stories. The common tie is the presence of a burlap-wearing trick or treater, who serves as the moral conscience for those who behave badly, which includes going against the rules of the Halloween holiday. It features creatures such as werewolves and goblins, the mentally disturbed, and even someone dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood.


The film stars Anna Paquin (of HBO’s True Blood), Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker. It should be noted, the reviews say that this movie is actually very scary and should not be watched alone.



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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

Cute. Comical. Slapstick funny. These are just some of the tricks Hollywood abuses and exploits to mask the sexual harassment of women and appeal to the male gaze. And since men control the beat, tenor and tune of the industry, women’s roles are as thin now as they were then. This is the beauty of checking out old flicks—they help us unmask the new tricks of the trade.


Check out this scene from Which Way is Up, a flick seen by many modern bloggers as kids on cable way back in the day, since the film debuted in 1977. It was on regular rotation on the movie channels in the early ‘80s, and probably never registered as sexual harassment—a term that genuinely came into the American lexicon via the Senate’s confirmation hearing of Uncle Tom. Anita Hill stuck her neck out, but the nation’s leaders failed to go the distance, which is unsurprising given the tacit harassment of women in pop culture. The sitting president could not even bring himself to correctly pronounce the word harassment, as most Americans do, instead rebuffing something more akin to “harris-mint”.


 


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