Boing Boing founder Cory Doctorow’s new YA novel, For the Win hit shelves in the US, UK, and Canada this week. A subversive cult classic in the making, FTW is about gold-farmers, workers who do repetitive work in video games such as World of Warcraft to earn valuable game items which are then sold on to the highest bidder.
In April, Ben Schumer said of Jónsi’s Go, “The Sigur Rós frontman’s first solo foray (featuring explosive arrangements by Nico Muhly) is a triumphant success.” Last night he dropped by the Craig Ferguson show to play “Go Do”.
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.
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.