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Thursday, Oct 8, 2009

Alice in Wonderland will be out early next year March 5, 2010. Tim Burton here forgoes a direct remake of the animated film, instead reinterpreting it as something of a sequel to the original version of the story (yet not totally akin to the actual sequel to Alice and Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass). A 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) fears her Victorian socialite fate and runs away with the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). Alice returns to Wonderland in a time of radial regime change. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) has captured the throne, leaving Wonderland in chaos. The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) and a slew of other magical creatures team up with Alice and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to defeat the Red Queen and save Wonderland. Working with a combination of live action and digital techniques, Burton’s futuristic, neo-goth aesthetic translates well with the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland.



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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

Tegan and Sara
Sainthood
(Sire)
Releasing: 27 October


Sainthood will be Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara’s sixth studio album off Sire Records. Known for their highly personal lyrics, Tegan and Sara will be giving an even more intimate look into their onstage/offstage sisterhood dynamic by releasing a three-book set entitled, “On, In, At”, which will be available for pre-order Sainthood. The book set features writings and photographs taken from the band’s onstage experience, their writing session in New Orleans, and the final tour supporting their last album, The Con. The not-so-beatific first single “Hell” shoots barbs at city trash and the jaded. Stream “Hell” on Tegan and Sara’s official website, and check out the three tour dates they’ve just announced below.


SONG LIST
01 Arrow
02 Don’t Rush
03 Hell
04 On Directing
05 Red Belt
06 The Cure
07 Northshore
08 Night Watch
09 Alligator
10 Paperback Head
11 The Ocean
12 Sentimental Tune
13 Someday


TOUR DATES
Oct 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theater
Oct 30 - New York, NY - Town Hall
Oct 31 - New York, NY - Town Hall


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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

The voice on this young Brit could be pop gold a capella, and it’s simply unstoppable when paired with the production on “Under the Sheets” from her friend and frequent collaborator, Starsmith. Try and catch her live on one of the tour dates below. The “Under the Sheets” 7” will come out on Neon Gold on November 9th.


Ellie Goulding
Under the Sheets [MP3]
     


Wish I Stayed [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

“Feet of Courage”, the first single from Nancy Elizabeth’s Wrought Iron, has a very unassuming way of building on itself. The drummer starts off with a sultry beat supporting hypnotic looped vocals, and by the time the song was coming to a close I was enjoying a veritable a cascade of sweet, simple melodies draped over that same beat. A cascade, I tell you! Marissa Nadler might be the closest comparison, but, to make a totally not-insane analogy, Elizabeth is the Mage to Nadler’s Warlock: the aesthetic difference, for this particular song, anyway, is the difference between casting (Elizabeth) and channeling (Nadler). Nadler is possessed by some woozy musical spirit, while “Feet of Courage” is a tool to possess others. This all makes sense to somebody. Nancy Elizabeth joins Efterklang on some U.K. shows later this month, and heads to Italy in November.



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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

Faust, eat your heart out. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is Terry Gilliam’s highly awaited new movie, which is set to be released in the U.K. October 16th, and Stateside December 25th. Gilliam’s imagination reaches new transcendental heights with this latest fantasy thriller. Doctor Parnassus, played by Christopher Plummer, makes an infamous deal with the Devil in exchange for immortality. As a leader of a traveling theatre troupe, Doctor Parnassus showcases to the world his Imaginarium, a magical mirror that lets people explore stunning dreamscapes. Soon, the Devil (Tom Waits) comes to get his due and sets his diabolical clutches on Doctor Parnassus’ daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole). When a mysterious stranger, Tony (the late Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law), joins the troupe, he and Parnassus must rescue Valentina together. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is cinematic shock therapy at its most spectacular level.



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