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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

On a nonspecific afternoon, comedian Chris Rock was spending time with his daughter. The little girl, who recently admired the hair of her Caucasian friend, turned to her father and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”


The question inspired Chris Rock, along with director Jeff Stilson, to travel to hair salons, barbershops, and trade shows to ask haircare professionals, clients, barbers, and beauticians alike to share their stories and definitions of “good hair” in an effort to educate himself enough to be able to respond to his daughter’s question.


In his travels, Rock manages to keep the conversation educational and humorous. He speaks to regular Janes and Joes, and also talks to celebrities—such as Ice-T, Al Sharpton, Paul Mooney, and Dr. Maya Angelou—to get their perspective on what “good hair” is, how it can be attained, and if it’s a realistic goal to have. The film will hit select theaters on October 9th, with a wide releasing coming October 23rd.



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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

Well-known actress Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It, the story of a Texas teenage girl Bliss (Ellen Page) who decides to rebel against her beauty pageant upbringing and trades in her chances for a crown in for a pair of roller skates to enter the world of roller derby. “You are my new hero,” Bliss tells one roller derby star who she watches pass out flyers for an upcoming event. The derby star tells her, “Well, grab a pair of skates and be your own hero.” Her mother (portrayed by Marcia Gay Harden) vehemently disapproves against her choice and makes her opinions known as her father secretly supports her efforts.


The movie is about relationships, focuses on female empowerment and the world of derby gives Bliss the opportunity to find out where she belongs, make some friends and find herself along the way.



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Parallel Uni-Verses
(Gold Dust)
Releasing: 13 October


The tracks that Del & Tame One have released from their upcoming collaboration, Parallel Uni-Verses, are about as funky as they come. The verses on “Flashback” go on by-the-numbers about Adidas and nostalgia and the like, but the beat is more than hot enough to forgive some uninspired rapping.


1. Intro (Magic)
2. Keep It Up
3. Flashback
4. The Franchise
5. Specifics
6. Im A…
7. Before This
8. We Taking Over
9. Life Sucks
10. Teddy
11. Special
12. Gaining Ground


Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Special [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

James McMurtry
Live in Europe
(Lightning Rod)
Releasing: 13 October


McMurtry’s latest is patched together from the finest, hand-picked recordings made on his very first European tour, in early 2009. The performances come from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany, and the album will come with a bonus DVD with video from the Amsterdam set.


SONG LIST
01 Bayou Tortue
02 Just Us Kids
03 Hurricane Party
04 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
05 Fräulein O.
06 Ruby and Carlos
07 Freeway View
08 Restless


BONUS DVD
01 Choctaw Bingo
02 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
03 Freeway View
04 We Can’t Make It Here
05 Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
06 Too Long in the Wasteland


James McMurtry
Bayou Tortue [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

In celebration of the September 29 release of Yeah Ghost, Zero 7 has released four videos of live performances of songs off their new album.


The UK band is expected to announce their US tour dates in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the four new songs:



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