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by Crispin Kott

2 Mar 2010


I didn’t want to like him, and for a long time I didn’t, instantly changing the channel whenever I saw his mottled face shouting bleeped swear words and inexplicably calling someone a Muppet. But then I got into contemporary cooking shows and somewhere in that transition I finally sort of understood the appeal of Gordon Ramsay.

British celebrity chef Ramsay is the histrionic host of numerous food-themed shows both here and in his homeland. “Food-themed” is me being generous, because while there’s certainly food here and there, shows like The F-Word, Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares are really more about manipulation, wallowing in manufactured confrontation and Ramsay’s gargantuan ego.

by Alex Suskind

1 Mar 2010


For a limited time only, the Guardian is streaming the upcoming Gorillaz’ album, which will be released 8 March.

1 .Orchestral Intro (ft. Sinfonia ViVA)
2. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (ft. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
3. White Flag (ft. Kano, Bashy and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
4. Rhinestone Eyes
5. Stylo (ft. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
6. Superfast Jellyfish (ft. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
7. Empire Ants (ft. Little Dragon)
8. Glitter Freeze (ft. Mark E. Smith)
9. Some Kind of Nature(ft. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (ft. Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (ft. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (ft. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud of Unknowing (ft. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
16. Pirate Jet

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Mar 2010


A brilliant and gorgeous video of abstract architecture by director Ian Emes, best known for his animation for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. For those unfortunate enough not to know, John Foxx started out his career co-signing as bandleader on the first three (and best) Ultravox albums and has since established a dynamic, intelligent, and challenging solo career that, as this tunes illustrates, continues to in this vein to this day.

by Jessy Krupa

1 Mar 2010


For as long as I can remember, people I know have always said that Hollywood is running out of ideas. This is usually said after seeing a new movie or trailers for what is coming soon. I used to think that maybe there was just a difference between them and popular taste or that they were jealous that they weren’t famous moviemakers. However, now that I think about it, they seem to be right. 

Many sequels are in the works. Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released this year. Meanwhile plans are being made for a sequel of sorts to recent box-office champion, Valentine’s Day, with the similarly holiday-themed New Year’s Eve. While Avatar is still playing in theatres, talk has already started that a sequel is in the works.

by Thomas Britt

26 Feb 2010


Philadelphia duo Pattern is Movement and Brooklyn quartet Via Audio will be on tour together for the next month, and both bands will feature new material in their setlists. Animalore, the upcoming LP from Via Audio, is scheduled for a March 9 release through Undertow Music Collective. Pattern Is Movement offers a couple of great new original tracks and covers of songs by David Bowie, the Smiths, and Beyonce on the Light of the World EP (Hometapes). The EP is a tour-only exclusive, so you will have to see the band on one of these upcoming dates in order to get your hands on it. Tour dates are after the jump.

Pattern Is Movement
“Light of the World” [MP3]
     

Via Audio
“Babies” [MP3]
     

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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