Friday, July 30, 2010

Nick Cave to Rewrite 'The Crow'

In 1994, it seems like we couldn't get enough or get away from The Crow. The cult film also saw the on-set tragic death of its star, Brandon Lee. The incredible soundtrack that featured The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, and others was also pretty steady in the minds of countless grunge kids growing up around that time.

Well here we are, 16 years later, and word on the street is that Nick Cave is set to write the screenplay for the remake of the film. This is good. This is very good.

According to Consequence of Sound (via The Wrap), the Bad Seeds frontman is rewriting a script by Stephen Norrington (Aliens, Blade) and '"a major actor" will take the revenge story to the Southwest and urban setting of “Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that."'

This could be very cool. Man, Cave has his hands full these days with all this film stuff and with the second Grinderman album out this September.

He made his screenwriting debut in 1998 with John Hillcoat's Ghosts ...of the Civil Dead. Almost a decade later he rejoined Hillcoat for the 2005 outlaw film starring Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone, The Proposition. As previously mentioned here, Hillcoat and Cave are supposedly working on a made-for-TV adaptation for Cave's latest novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

[Photo take by me, September 2009 in NYC]

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Flaming Lips Rule 'Letterman'

Thanks to audioperv for sharing this. Check out Flaming Lips' performance of "See the Leaves" on "The Late Show with David Letterman" from Wednesday (07.28.10). Absolutely brilliant. I love these guys.


Lessons Learned

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm."

-- Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

[Thank you Famous Poets and Poems for the image]

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coming to America (Again): Florence + the Machine

My dear Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is set to return to the States this fall. Excellent news! According to her official site, Flo and her crew will land in New Orleans for the annual Voodoo Music Experience on October 30th. Additional shows in New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles are set to follow, with many other dates yet to be announced.

I'm sooooo tempted to fly back to the Big Apple to catch her in November. Here's hoping she returns to the Windy City as well. Her House of Blues show this past spring was freaking phenomenal.

Florence + the Machine fall tour dates:
October 30th - Voodoo Music Experience, New Orleans
November 1st - Terminal 5, New York City
November 2nd - Terminal 5, New York City
November 3rd - The Sound Academy, Toronto
November 6th - The Wiltern, Los Angeles

Lucky for UK fans, you can get your hands on Florence's ITunes EP. She's had quite the summer overseas, owning the stage at this year's Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals. This little six-song effort captures her show at the Roundhouse in London from earlier this year and looks to be simply a stunner. Wish the US iTunes group would GET THIS!!!!

Florence + the Machine: Live at the Roadhouse tracklisting:
1. Ghosts
2. Drumming Song
3. Girl With One Eye
4. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
5. Cosmic Love
6. Between Two Lungs

[Thanks to Your Afternoon Tea for the image.]


Bruce's Springstreets

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Brooklyn-based animator and designer Dan Cassaro pays homage to New Jersey's finest, Bruce Springsteen, with his "SpringStreets" map! This map of the Garden State includes more than 200 references to Springsteen's vast catalog of songs. You can also get your hands on this 23x32 work of art via Cassaro's own Young Jerks site.

[Thanks to Neatorama via Young Jerks.]


'Postcards' from Manic Street Preachers

Yes! Another Manic Street Preachers album! That kind of news always makes me happy. Hot on the heels of 2009's Journal for Plague Lovers, the Manics are set to release Postcards From a Young Man September 20th in the UK. [NME]

Postcards From a Young Man, the tenth album from the Welsh trio, is apparently the band's "one last shot at mass communication." "(It's Not War) - Just the End of Love" will be its premiere single the week of September 13th.

A slew of guests also appear on the dozen-song effort. Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch appears on "Some Kind of Nothingness". Fellow Welshman John Cale (Velvet Underground) plays piano on "Auto-Intoxication," while ex-Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagen performs on "A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun". Nicky Wire also steps up to the mic to take on "The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever."

Postcards From a Young Man tracklisting:
1. (It's Not War) - Just the End of Love
2. Postcards From a Young Man
3. Some Kind of Nothingness (with Ian McCulloch)
4. The Descent (Pages 1 & 2)
5. Hazleton Avenue
6. Auto-Intoxication
7. Golden Platitudes
8. I Think I've Found It
9. A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun
10. All We Make Is Entertainment
11. The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
12. Don't Be Evil

In other Manics news, Wire announced via the Manics blog that he's attempting to write a script to Doctor Who, the widely popular science fiction TV show on the BBC. Apparently Wire's script is tentatively titled "Do Not Go Gently" and the story takes shape around Welsh-born poet Dylan Thomas' final days in New York.

** UPDATE (07.30.10): NME reports that British actor Michael Sheen is slated to appear in the band's video for "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love." Sheen is best known for portraying former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the 2006 film, The Queen. Brilliant film, by the way. Americans will also recognize him from several episodes from the fourth season of 30 Rock.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Easy Does It

I feel like this sometimes.

Have you bought any new albums recently? Check out the Amazon carousel to the right to see what I've been listening to lately.

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Tiny (Plexi) Bubbles

New York City-born photographer and film director Melvin Sokolsky made quite a splash in 1963, when Harper's Bazaar showcased his famous "Bubble" fashion photo series. Elegantly-dressed women "floated" above the streets of Paris and above the River Seine in giant clear plastic bubbles. Absolutely stunning.

More exquisiteness can be found here. Thank you Voyonsvoir!


Morrissey's 'Bona Drag' Turns 20

My high school years were spent scouring old Rolling Stone issues at the local library and keeping my ears glued to the Detroit-based 89X station--when it played great alternative stuff. I was pretty much obsessed with anything English, so I devoured nearly every band and album that came out of the Madchester, shoegaze and Britpop scenes. Morrissey was at the forefront for me and his Bona Drag album was high on my listening list.

Fortunately for fervent fans like me, Bona Drag will be receiving the reissue treatment this fall. First The Cure's Disintegration and now this? This is my year!

True to You announced Monday (July 12) that in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary, EMI will re-release it via the newly resurrected 1960s imprint, Major Minor, on September 27th. The remastered special edition will also include six previously unreleased songs from that time.

Apparently Morrissey has also decided to revert back to the original color for the "November Spawned a Monster" video (where his shirt is black, not brown) for the album's artwork. The back cover and inside artwork will also be redone, with rarely-seen photos personally chosen by the Mozzer himself. It looks like I'll have to get the vinyl, too, as the LP version will be double heavyweight 180 grams, encased with a wide-spine sleeve with a pull-out poster. Morrissey fandom never ends.

Bona Drag tracklisting:
1. Piccadilly Palare
2. Interesting Drug
3. November Spawned a Monster
4. Will Never Marry
5. Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference
6. The Last of the Famous International Playboys
7. Ouija Board, Ouija Board
8. Hairdresser On Fire
9. Everyday Is Like Sunday
10. He Knows I'd Love to See Him
11. Yes, I Am Blind
12. Lucky Lisp
13. Suedehead
14. Disappointed
15. Happy Lovers at Last United (Previously unreleased)
16. Lifeguard On Duty (Previously unreleased)
17. Please Help the Cause Against Loneliness (Previously unreleased)
18. Oh Phoney (Previously unreleased)
19. The Bed Took Fire (Previously unreleased)
20. Let the Right One Slip In (Alternate long mix, previously unreleased)

And for good measure, True to You also released this fantastic photo of Morrissey with Rick Astley, captured backstage at Top of the Pops in London in February 1989. I guess Morrissey's "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" and Astley's "Hold Me In Your Arms" were released on the same day and both hit the charts that first week out. I got Astley's first album, Whenever You Need Somebody, for my 10th birthday in 1987.

[Thanks to Oh No They Didn't for the awesome Morrissey image above]

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Thing of Beauty

Whenever I'm home in the summer, I love photographing my Mom's various roses and flowers. Here's a look at some of her collection, captured in Fenton, Michigan during July 4th weekend.

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