As Mad Men fans desperately wait for July 25 to roll around, when they will finally be able to catch up with their favorite gone-rogue ad agency and Reno’s newest (and poutiest) housewife, they can find some comfort in this new compilation of pick-up lines from the show. Thanks to filmmaker K. Ryan Jones, fans can enjoy a refresher on all of the characters’ lustful desires, from the creepy (Remember neighbor boy Glen and his thing for Betty’s hair?) to the classic (Don’s under-the-skirt business negotiation). So take out that bottle of scotch from your desk already and watch.
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The first episode in the new web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, this short introduces Trevor Drift, a young man who discovered his superpower young in life but has kept it secret (mostly from his father), developing his incredible dancing abilities.
The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers has been doing promotions and performances for about a year, appearing on So You Think You Can Dance, during the Glee tour, during the Oscars, and at a TED Talk. They’ve been posting teasers online throughout this lead-up, but this episode marks the true beginning of the web series. The first episodes will show the origins of the members of the Legion and hint at the forces that will be arrayed against them and “The Uprising”.
In LXD, director John M. Chu applies a superhero metaphor/skin to a dance crew, highlighting the seemingly-supernatural abilities of top-end dancers. Motifs of the genre are already at play, from origin stories to inter-generational inheritance of power and secret organization offering training to individuals with incredible abilities.
The storytelling is mostly in service of highlighting the dance, but we’ll see how the story of LXD develops as the cast assembles and they move past the origins.
R.E.M.’s 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction has been remastered and will reissued on July 13th on Capitol and I.R.S. It’s been 25 years since this sometimes under appreciated record appeared. The 25th Anniversary edition will feature remastered versions of the album’s original 11 tracks, and a second disc of 14 demos. These demos include versions of the original 11 plus several other songs such as demos of “Hyena” and “Bandwagon” and a song entitled “Throw Those Trolls Away”. Here’s a stream of the demo version of the album’s opening track, “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”. Track list after the jump.
On July 7th, 1940, Richard Starkey was born in Liverpool, but from 1959 on, he would mostly be known to the world as Ringo Starr. He gained that stage name while he was a drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes because of the many rings he liked to wear, and the country and western sound to it. In 1962, the Beatles were looking for a new drummer to replace Pete Best. When they asked Starr, who had previously worked with them, what he thought about drum solos, he reportedly said, “I hate ‘em!”, which was the right answer for them.
A veteran DJ and a celebrated mixtape master compile 49 summer-related anthems for your auditory pleasure. Knowing the notable track records these guys have, you should expect a good blend of genres and anticipate a whole lotta partyin’.
[Download] - Track list after the jump.