Film, Trailers

Mogwai To Release Live DVD/CD This Summer

Nick Nicoludis :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 5:55 pm

The seminal Scottish post-rocker group Mogwai have joined together with directors/film makers Vincent Moon and Nat Le Scouarnec to create a groundbreaking audio/visual project. The collaboration manifests itself as a live CD and DVD. The combined release, Burning being the DVD portion and Special Moves the CD portion, is footage from three live shows shot in Brooklyn during their 2008/2009 American tour. The film premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival this past February, and has a proper release date of August 2010. But don’t scoff so quickly at the idea of a concert film, because this is nothing like any other concert DVD you’ve seen before. Watch the trailer and get more info after the jump MORE »


News, Polls

Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?

Nick Nicoludis :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 5:00 pm

It may be appropriate, seeing that tomorrow is May Day, a.k.a. International Worker’s Day (the cross-cultural holiday celebrating the induction of the eight hour work day and worker’s rights) that a new study has come out exposing how loyal Americans are to their employers. Reuters, in conjunction with Ipsos, conducted the poll, and they have some bad news for employers: your employees are more loyal to their favorite soda, TV show or car than they are to you. MORE »


Dick of the Week

This Week’s Dick: Rosie O’Donnell

Shannon Hassett :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 5:00 pm

Rosie O’Donnell, you dick! But really, Rosie O’Donnell, do you have a dick? In a move this week shocking to no one, the definitive D-lister decided it was time for her comeback. Washed out but not oblivious, Rosie knew a sex tape would be the ultimate nogo, so she did the next best thing: attacked Lindsay Lohan.

While little LiLo has long been on the outs herself, it’s the type of nosedive ripe for resurgence, which she was clearly poised to do in a matter of weeks. Kicked off her latest movie, forced to watch as her Father gets engaged to a girl her own age (23), banned from her favorite VIP clubs and then the picture with the gun on twitter, LIndsay was reaching rock bottom right on schedule. All that was left of the master plan was for a gracious, benevolent Hollywood royal to sweep her into rehab, put her in her next movie and pacify American’s concerned conscious in the process (not to mention contribute some serious brownie points to her own career).

Way to fuck it up, Rosie. I didn’t think it was possible, but you actually seem even less qualified to dispense advice to celebrity train wrecks than Dr. Drew, whose coattails you are unabashedly tugging in your attempt to “save” Lindsay. Go adopt another child and leave the Hollywood orphans on public display where they belong.



Eastbound and Down Season 2 Finally In The Works

Matt Kiebus :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 4:40 pm

HBO seems to finally have their act together. The hilarious Eastbound and Down starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, the worst role model in sports television history, is set to start production of season two in Puerto Rico next month. It’s been over a year since the finale of season one and we saw our hero quit his job as the gym teacher at Jefferson Davis Middle School and hit the open road. In season two we’re going to see Powers down in Mexico trying to rejuvenate his career, which is like bringing an alcoholic to Octoberfest. MORE »



Robot Jams With Human Musicians

Amy Laviero :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 4:00 pm

Maybe he’s not as cute as WALL-E, but Shimon is still pretty adorable and he can jam pretty well! Not only can Shimon play the marimba, he can improvise based on what other musicians around him are playing. Developed by Ryan Nikolaidis, a PhD student at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, the robot uses complex algorithms to analyze the beat, tempo, and chord progressions of the music being played. From there, Shimon can create something that will enhance or compliment the music. He even acknowledges people around him, taking subtle cues from other musicians about their solos. Click through to check out the amazing video! MORE »



The Worst Drunken Idea Ever

Amy Laviero :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 3:00 pm

Whether it’s through the movies or first hand, we’ve all seen some stupid drunken pranks, though most involve permanent markers or something relatively harmless. However, The Sun has officially reported one of the most horrific pranks gone awry. After a night out on the town, a 59 year old chef in China fell into a drunken slumber, leaving him vulnerable to his friends’ idiotic ideas. Apparently, this man’s genuis buds decided that it would be hilarious to shove a 50 centimeter Asian Swamp eel up his rectum. When it was discovered that the man had passed away in his sleep, he was brought to the emergency room where doctors discovered the slimy eel had devoured half his bowels. Happy Friday, everyone!


News, Tour

Titus Andronicus Extend Summer Tour

Nick Nicoludis :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 2:50 pm

Titus Andronicus must be having a killer time on tour promoting their newest album The Monitor, because they’ve announced another round of dates for this summer after their return from Europe in late May. I know I’ll be gleefully attending their two shows in Brooklyn, and you probably should too (where ever you are). In addition to extending their tour they’ll be extending they’re band. The quintet will become an eight-piece ensemble featuring keyboards, cello and horn players taken from tour mates Hallelujah the Hills. The shows will probably be an epic surge of drunken energy and sing-alongs as they recreate the grandeur of their newest album. Click through to see the dates. MORE »



Free Comic Book Day

Amy Laviero :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 2:30 pm

Although Record Store Day has come and gone, there are more festivities to be enjoyed this weekend with Free Comic Book Day! FCBD is celebrated on the first Saturday in May when comic book shops around the world release limited and special edition issues printed specifically for the event. Most issues are short previews of upcoming stories. For this year’s FCBD, S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, wrote a special edition biography comic called Fame, which features Lady Gaga. To check out a full list of available titles and locations, visit FCBD’s official website.


Should I Listen?

Buffalo Moon

Nick Nicoludis :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 2:10 pm

As spring begins transform itself into summer, and cool evenings become sweaty sun-drenched afternoons, a palpable transition of musical taste starts to occur. Enthusiastic springtime jams become lazy pop tunes around this time of the year. Finally, summer beach songs are starting to surface, and one band in particular is kicking my nonchalant summer mindset into gear. That band is Buffalo Moon. Hailing from Minneapolis, they perfectly blend bossa nova grooves and ’60s surf-pop. Hear some tunes après le jump. MORE »



The Kentucky Derby Is Just a Rich Man’s Daytona 500

Matt Kiebus :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 1:45 pm

The Triple Crown represents the only three days of the year when non-degenerate gamblers pay any attention to horse racing. The three races, The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, will combine to account for about seven minutes of unadulterated racing joy to see which precocious young horse can gallop around an oval first. It’s basically a prim and proper NASCAR event with fancier outfits and classier hooch. What I don’t understand is why is the Triple Crown held in such high prestige? MORE »



Brooklyn Avant Garde Garage Sale

Colm McAuliffe :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 1:15 pm

Buying second-hand goods from a legendary avant-garde artist is, unquestionably, the ideal way to spend a weekend. With this in mind, gender-bending avant-garde hero Genesis P-Orridge is holding his/her very own garage sale at Ridgewood/Bushwick May 1st and 2nd. Once denounced as a ‘wrecked of civilization’ by the British parliament, P-Orridge is selling his/her wares as a unique art project at Famous Accountants. One of the founding members of electronic pioneers Throbbing Gristle,  he/she more recently turned his/her own body into an art project, embarking with late wife, Jacqueline Beyer, on Pandrogeny where the two surgically altered their bodies and faces to look more and more alike, adopting the same gestures and mannerisms. Unfortunately, it came to a halt in 2007 when Beyer died of cancer.




Burger King to Test Brunch Menu, Mimosas

Amy Laviero :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 12:45 pm

Fast food chains are constantly coming up with new and “inventive” angles to sell their product. Take for instance, Taco Bell. They finally wised up to their stoner clientele, started staying “open late,” and capitalized on the “fourth meal.” Then there’s KFC who, after realizing no one gives a crap about their “healthy” grilled chicken, rolled out this wallop of a sandwich. Now, Burger King is trying their hand at creativity; ladies and gents, I give you the Burger King brunch menu complete with virgin “Mimosa.” The menu, which is being tested in Florida and Massachusetts, will offer Whoppers and a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, tomato, ham and bacon on Ciabatta bread. The BK brunch menu will also offer virgin “Mimosas” with Sprite acting as the bubbly. If it performs well, the menu will be available nation wide.

This doesn’t make any sense. Brunch is the only meal characterized by the presence of alcohol. When I’m hungover on a Sunday I don’t envision myself reaching for some virgin BK “Mimosa.” Nor do I envision myself ordering brunch in my car. If this is how The King gets his Sunday morning fix, I think I’ll spend Saturday night in thank you.



Rodrigo y Gabriela: Live Radio City Music Hall

Colm McAuliffe :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 12:15 pm

Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero took to the stage at Radio City last night like two possessed sonic surgeons, rifling their way through a relentless (mainly) acoustic set leaving the audience barely enough time to breathe. For the uninitiated, Rodrigo y Gabriela essentially play thrash metal on classical acoustic guitars. It sounds like a relatively simple concept but the execution is terrifying.




Doctor Who Does Hamlet Right

Shannon Hassett :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 12:15 pm

While many of you may be mourning the loss of the tenth doctor on the BBC’s belovedly campy Doctor Who, David Tennant is back in a big way. Taking the lead role in the film version of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 production of “Hamlet,” he stars alongside Patrick Stewart in what can best be described as Halo meets Hamlet meets a Time Lord. It aired on PBS on Wednesday night but is now available for your free viewing pleasure on the station’s site. It is a version for both Shakespeare lovers and scifi buffs alike and makes good use of Tennant’s penchant for wit, as well as Stewart’s superbly Claudius styled balding.



James Cameron: Now Schooling NASA

Shannon Hassett :: Friday, April 30th, 2010 11:45 am

Let’s face it, James Cameron is a cocky bastard, but there’s no denying his reign of the 3-D universe. Mars — not to be confused with Na’vi — has long been a point of fascination for NASA and the general public alike. And now Cameron — not to be confused with that other holy JC — is hoping to get a piece of the martian pie. The director has convinced NASA to purchase a 3-D camera to sit atop the mast attached to the rover Curiosity despite the camera that was previously built and delivered for the mission. It would be easy to complain about how much a now useless but space capable 2-D camera cost to build, but considering Cameron is a co-investor on the project (does that spell coolest imax documentary ever to anyone else?), I’ll hold my tongue. For now.