21 December 2009

Under Great White Northern Lights

O.M.G. I want!

UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS chronicles the Stripes’ Canadian tour that took place over two years ago. Jack and Meg did it up right – they played every province and territory in the country, and not just in traditional venues. They played in a boat! On a bus! In a park! The results were all captured by a film crew for the documentary.

The Stripes are now issuing a massive box set to be released on March 16. The limited edition set will include UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS on DVD, along with a DVD of the Stripes’ 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia, a 16-track live album from one of the dates on Canadian tour (in both vinyl and on CD), a live 7”, a tour book clocking in at over 200 pages (with photos by Autumn de Wilde and a foreword by the incomparable Jim Jarmusch), and a silk screen print. The DVD will also be available separately on March 16.


Box set at The White Stripes website here!! It's only... 110 pounds plus postage *gulp*

Movie Wish List #12

There are so many cool films coming out I actually had to stop listing them all here! (I'll save them for a later post e.g. Kick Ass, Clash of the Titans etc). These will keep us going for a long while:

Last Updated:24 March 2011

Avatar [imdb] - NZ Release 16 December 2009
Director: James Cameron; Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
The Plot: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.
The hype for this film is crazt. The 3D is meant to be awesome.

Sherlock Holmes [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Guy Ritchie; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
The Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Niels Arden Oplevc; Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber
The Plot: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a journalist and a young female hacker.

Whip It [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Drew Barrymore; Starring: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Marcia Gay Harden, Shannon Eagen, Zoe Bell, Juliette Lewis
The Plot: In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Fantastic Mr Fox [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Wes Anderson; Starring (voices of): George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson
The Plot: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

Up in the Air [imdb] - NZ Release 14 January 2010
Director: Jason Reitman; Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is a corporate-downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Nine [imdb] - NZ Release 28 January 2010
Director: Rob Marshall; Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson
The Plot: Famous film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Lee Daniels; Starring: Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
The Plot: In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen (Sidibe) who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Edge of Darkness [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Martin Campbell; Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston
The Plot: As homicide detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent (Winstone) tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

The Book of Eli [imdb] - NZ Release 18 February 2010
Director: Albert Hughes Allen Hughes; Starring: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gamb,on, Jennifer Beals, Gary Oldman
The Plot: In a post-apocalyptic United States, a lone man (Washington) fights his way across the country in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Shutter Island [imdb] - NZ Release 25 February 2010
Director: Martin Scorsese; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams. Patrica Clarkson
The Plot: When a psychotic killer (Mortimer) disappears from a mental institution on Shutter Island, a pair of U.S. Marshals (Ruffalo and DiCaprio) race against the clock in order to track her down.

Alice in Wonderland [imdb] - NZ Release 4 March 2010
Director: Tim Burton; Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas
The Plot: 19-year-old Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Daybreakers [imdb] - NZ Release 11 March 2010
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
The Plot: In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

MicMacs [imdb]
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Starring: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon
The Plot: A man is accidently shot in the head, survives due to a medical miracle, but ends up homeless. He is befriended by an eccentric bunch of misfits, who help him plot to take down the weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullet used in his shooting.
From the genuis director that gave us Amelie, The City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen - I'm *really* excited to see this film. I hope it gets a NZ release soon, or I might be tempted to buy the DVD from overseas.

Armored [imdb]
Director: Nimród Antal; Staring: Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Jeno, Skeet Urlich
The Plot: A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.
'Vacancy' wasn't bad (also by Nimród Antal). I am guessing this will be full of action. Plus I am bias towards Jean Reno (Matt Dillon and Skeet Urlich help too!).

Brothers [imdb]
Director: Jim Sheridan; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
The Plot: Sam Cahill (Maguire) returns from being held as a prisoner-of-war in Afghanistan to find that his ex-con brother (Gyllenhaal) has become the man, of sorts, of the household where Sam's wife, Grace (Portman) had been living under the assumption that she was a widow.

The Last Station [imdb]
Director: Michael Hoffman; Starring: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti
The Plot: The Countess Sofya (Mirren), wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy (Plummer), uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple (McAvoy), whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.
A total of 5 Independent Spirit Awards nominations greeted the period piece a few days before its U.S. release. Will it be matched (at least) by its Oscar tally?

Youth in Revolt [imdb]
Director: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, and Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday).

Legion [imdb]
Director: Scott Stewart; Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black
The Plot: At a remote truck stop diner, in the wake of a biblical apocalypse, a group of strangers unwittingly become humanity's last line of defense when they discover the diner's young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.

When in Rome [imdb]
Director: Mark Steven Johnson; Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Angelica Huston, Will Arnett, Jon Heder
The Plot: Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, when she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love during a whirlwind trip to Rome, she finds herself aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
Cos I am a sucker for Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Rome.

A Couple of Dicks [imdb]
Director: Kevin Smith; Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Sean Williams Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollack
The Plot: A comedy about two cops (Willis and Jordan) whose adventures include locating a stolen baseball card, rescuing a woman, and dealing with gangsters and their laundered money.
This cast directed by Kevin Smith - how could it go wrong?!

Japanese Tarantino!

Auction for Audrey Hepburn Dresses

Waaaaah! Wish I had a spare 60,000 pounds!

Link at stuff.co.nz

11 December 2009

Best of Lists: Albums

NME's 'Top 50 Albums of 2009'. I've listed the top 10 here, and bolded my favs:

10. Jamie T 'Kings and Queens'
09. Fever Ray 'Fever Ray'
08. Fuck Buttons 'Tarot Sport'
07. The Big Pink 'A Brief History of Love'
06. Grizzly Bear 'Veckatimest'
05. Animal Collective 'Merriweather Post Pavalion'
04. Wild Beasts 'Two Dancers'
03. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'It's Blitz!'
02. The XX 'The xx'
01. The Horrors 'Primary Colours'

(4 of the top 10 I have never heard of!)

The full list is at NME

(Special Mentions: 34. Phoenix 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix', 26. Florence and The Machine 'Lungs', 23. Doves 'Kingdom of Rust', 22. Bat For Lashes 'Two Suns', 16. Mumford and Sons 'Sigh No More')

Best of Lists: Albums

NME have compiled 'Top 100 albums of the Decade'. I've listed the top 20 here. My favs are in bold:

20. Blur 'Think Tank' (2003)
19. The White Stripes 'White Blood Cells' (2001)
18. The White Stripes 'Elephant' (2003)
17. Sufjan Stevens 'Illinois' (2005)
16. The Streets 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' (2004)
15. Queens of The Stone Age 'Songs For The Deaf' (2003)
14. Radiohead 'Kid A' (2000)
13. The Shins 'Wincing The Night Away' (2007)
12. At The Drive-In 'Relationship of Command' (2000)
11. LCD Soundsystem 'sound of Silver' (2007)
10. Radiohead 'In Rainbows' (2007)
09. The Streets 'Original Pirate Material' (2002)
08. Interpol 'Turn On The Bright Lights' (2002)
07. Arcade Fire 'Funeral' (2004)
06. PJ Harvey 'Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000)
05. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Fever To Tell' (2003)
04. Arctic Monkeys 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' (2006)
03. Primal Scream 'XTRMNTR' (2000)
02. The Libertines 'Up The Bracket' (2002)
01. The Strokes 'Is This It' (2001)

See the whole list at NME

(Special Mentions: 87. Bon Iver 'For Emma, Forever Ago', 79. Kings of Leon 'Youth and Young Manhood', 75. The Shins 'chutes Too Narrow', 70. Glasvegas 'Glasvegas', 65. Muse 'Black Holes and Revelations', 49. Muse 'Absolution', 43. Wilco 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', 42. Vampire Weekend 'Vampire Weekend', 40. Ryan Adams 'Gold', 38. Bloc Party 'Silent Alarm', 37. The Knife 'Silent Shout', 33. Arcade Fire 'Neon Bible', 32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Show Your Bones')

Best of Lists: Songs

Tis the season for Top/Best Of lists. NME announced their 'Top 100 tracks of the Decade'. Here are the top 20. My favs are in bold:

01. Beyonce Knowles - Crazy In Love
02. MGMT - Time To Pretend
03. The Strokes - Hard To Explain
04. MIA - Paper Planes
05. OutKast - Hey Ya!
06. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
07. Klaxons - Golden Skans
08. Blur - Out Of Time
09. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
10. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
11. The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
12. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
13. The Walkmen - The Rat
14. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
16. Rihanna - Umbrella
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
18. OutKast - Ms Jackson
19. Radiohead - Reckoner
20. Hot Chip - Over And Over

See all 100 here

Best of Lists: Movies

Flicks.co.nz released not a 'Top Movies of 2009'; they went whole hog, and announced their take on 'Top 50 Movies of the DECADE'!

I've bolded my favs. There are only two I haven't seen ('Grizzly Bear', and '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' - I have the latter at home to see though)

50. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
49. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
48. Whale Rider (2002)
47. Sunshine (2007)
46. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45. Pineapple Express (2008)
44. The Descent (2005)
43. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
42. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
41. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
40. Grizzly Man (2005)
39. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
38. The Pianist (2002)
37. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
36. Memento (2000)
35. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
34. District 9 (2009)
33. The Science of Sleep (2006)
32. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
31. The Incredibles (2004)
30. Amelie (2001)
29. A History of Violence (2005)
28. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
27. Irreversible (2002)
26. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
25. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
24. Apocalypto (2006)
23. Spirited Away (2001)
22. Battle Royale (2000)
21. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
20. Wall-E (2008)
19. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
18. Pan's Labyrinth (2007)
17. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
16. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
14. The Lives of Others (2006)
13. Let The Right One In (2008)
12. Zodiac (2007)
11. Adaptation (2002)
10. Children of Men (2006)
09. The Dark Knight (2008)
08. Lost in Translation (2003)
07. Donnie Darko (2001)
06. City of God (2002)
05. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
04. Oldboy (2003)
03. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
02. There Will Be Blood (2007)
01. No Country For Old Men (2007)

Check out the list here at flicks.co.nz for full reviews.

10 December 2009

Wednesday Squee!



Chocolates were delivered to my work for me (yes, from Rob). So sweet.

09 December 2009

Exhausted

The Animal Collective gig Tuesday night was fairly epic. I had a great time, but only wish they played a little more from their latest album. Blurry mobile phone pic follows:

08 December 2009

Animal Collective Tuesday



Animal Collective Tuesday! (also, yay Google - celebrating E C Segar's, creator of Popeye's, Birthday)

07 December 2009

05 December 2009

Bit & Bobs

  • Back in August I blogged about Steven Spielberg's remake of the film 'Harvery' (which I love!). I was a little horrified to think of it being remade, so I am pleased to say I just read this: Spielbery Dumps 'Harvery'. Apparently there were problems with the script (the original is just fine!) and he couldn't find a star to take on the role of Elwood P Dowd (he approached Tom Hanks, then Robert Downey Jr). Unfortunately, Fox 200 Studio is still working on the project.
  • It's too soon to go on a Movie Wishlist, but I've been reading about 'Hesher', which is screening at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It's written and directed by Spencer Susser, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. The plot sounds intriguing: A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss.
  • We (Jo, Becs, Rich, and I) had our last 'Project Runway' marathon for season 6. Not my favourite season I have to say, but we had fun. This morning I was shocked to learn that Bravo (that used to run 'PR') has it's own fashion challenge show called 'Launch My Line'. How can this be?! No Tim, no Heidi... no "make it work". However, I am disturbed and also curious to read that some reviewers are saying its "fiercer" than 'PR'. I'm skeptical. Read about 'Launch My Line' here.
  • Rumours are around again about an 'Entourage' film, with executive producer Mark Wahlberg saying: "We’ll see; there could be more, but then a movie." In the meantime I am just happy that there will be more of the show - it's a huge hit and there are at least 2 more seasons in it's future (being worked on now).
  • Another film that is a little while away is 'Master'. The religious drama, set in 1950s America, will be fifth collaboration between director of 'There Will Be Blood' and Oscar-winning actor. Hoffman acted in Anderson's debut feature 'Hard Eight' back in 1996 and took supporting roles in 'Boogie Nights', 'Magnolia' and 'Punch-Drunk Love'. The film will star Hoffman as an intellectual in the mould of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, who sets up a successful faith-based organisation. Variety reports that the tale focuses on the relationship between "the master" and his pupil – a young drifter who joins the group and then starts to doubt its ideals and ambitions.
  • 'The 40 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It' is an actual movie. Straight to DVD. It's going to suck. I don't think I've heard of even one of the cast. And no, this isn't a Wayans' brothers movie.

03 December 2009

Difficult Difficult Lemon Difficult

The office is almost empty. It's rainy and grey outside, but today is our charity golf day. I'm not involved (a blessing), which leaves me at work, surrounded by 30-odd empty desks. There are perhaps 6 people on this floor.

I'm a little off task (due to the general ghost-town feel of this place). I kinda wish I could just skive off home (I'll probably leave early), but it's nice to be able to just do my own thing in the office, without being interrupted (I get to blog etc, which is completely unwork-related!)

Due to dead office, I did get to go through my BRAND NEW 2010 diary. I took quiet-bliss in filling in all the birthdays, anniversaries, concerts I have so far, and holidays (I'm a geek).

This week has been generally less busy, though I have been roped into organising the staff xmas party (STRESS!!!).

I managed to see 'New Moon' again (with a twihard friend, and a friend who hadn't seen it yet). We had fun hanging out, and seeing it a second time wasn't so bad.

Last night Rob came over for dinner. We got Thai take-out across the street, drank wine, and watched 'In The Loop' ("It's going to be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy" "No, it's going to difficult-difficult-lemon-difficult"). It was nice to have a lowkey night. Really nice :)

Unfortunately I was super-stressed and tired yesterday evening before Rob arrived, and I had a meltdown :( Went into crazy-lady tidying and yelling at poor Rich. Then there were tears! Talk about irrational female behaviour (although some of the reasons I was upset were completely valid). Everything is sorted for now though.

Tomorrow night Rich and I are hosting the last 'Project Runway' watching marathon (to the end of Season 6). In addition to great viewing, fun company, and alcohol, we have planned a great menu (aka Rich has planned a great menu. It's not that I don't cook; it's that he loves to cook so much he mostly does it).

I am hoping to catch 'Where the Wild Things Are' at the cinema on Saturday sometime (already saw 'Zombieland' - it rocked!!). I also need to make this years Xmas cards (big job), tidy our under-the-stairs-cupboard (bigger job), read library books, watch some DVDs that need to be sent back, and hopefully finish off the last of my Xmas shopping.

Next week is looking CRAZY; something every night! Movies on Monday ('Valentino: The Last Emperor'), Animal Collective concert Tuesday (YAY!), Dinner with Danielle Wednesday (yum), Dinner with Rob's work Thursday (*gulp* and *eek*), and a work lunch on Friday (which will no doubt lead into afternoon drinking...).

That's all for now I think. Should really get back to work.

02 December 2009

Happy Birthday Guadalupe

New Killers track/video (starring Luke Perry hehe!).
It's The Killers annual Xmas song, but also for (RED), the organisation that raises $$ for the Global Fund through the power of good music.

29 November 2009

WTF

Weird... to me anyway!

Summertime Clothes

So excited about seeing them 8th December!

28 November 2009

Forces of Nature?!

Ok, I am easily amused. Found this error on the RealGroovy website. I am sure Tarantino would be horrified!

Pearl Jam Afterglow

(Updated 28 Nov - Photos added)
The concert last night was legen--dary! Bloody awesome. Pearl Jam played for 2.5 hours, with Liam Finn, and Ben Harper playing an hour each beforehand. One of the highlight for me was during the Ben Harper set - Eddie Vedder came on and they played a cover of 'Under Pressure' together. It was incredible.

Setlist
01. Daughter
02. Severed Hand
03. Corduroy
04. Hail Hail
05. Faithfull
06. Hold On
07. Even Flow
08. Johnny Guitar
09. Unthought Known
10. Unemployable
11. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
12. Black
13. Given To Fly
14. Amongst The Waves
15. Got Some
16. Grievance
17. Wasted Reprise
18. Better Man

Encore:
19. Just Breathe
20. Red Mosquito (with Ben Harper)
21. Love, Reign O'er Me (The Who cover)
22. Do The Evolution
23. Why Go
24. Porch

Encore 2:
25. Not Given Lightly (Chris Knox cover) (with Neil & Liam Finn)
26. The Fixer
27. Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover)
28. Yellow Ledbetter

Video (more for the music than the picture)


Review [stuff]

Photos

(ed: the only beer available to buy?! Westie Lion Red! Made me feel slightly sick, and want to put a rusty car with no wheels on my lawn!)


26 November 2009

Muppets

This is classic!

Gifts from the Gig Gods!

I've already got tickets to see The Dead Weather, The Pixies in 2010. Still have to get tickets for BDO and Laneways. Now, I have these too:

Wilco return to NZ in April 2010 [undertheradar]

The band will play at Auckland's Civic Theatre on April 27 and in Wellington on April 28 (venue TBC).

For those who missed their shows at the 2008 Blues Fest or their much praised Auckland and Wellington shows will need to get their skates on not to miss this one.

Tickets go on sale December 1.


The Dodos return to NZ January 2010 [undertheradar]

So, so, soooo much summer awesomeness heading our way - just announced is the return of The Dodos! They will play a raft of shows in January starting with Camp[us] A Low Hum being held in Bulls over three days - Jan 23/24/25. They will follow up this with three more shows:

Friday 29th Jan -Bodega - Wellington with Orchestra of Spheres.

Saturday 30th Jan - Bacco Room - Auckland with special guests.

Sunday 31st Jan - Leigh Sawmill - Leigh with special guests.

24 November 2009

The Real World

It's been a while (again!). But, yes, it's me, with some real news from my real world. Ok, it's not really "news" - I don't want to hype things up unrealistically! Let's break this down:

TV
I don't watch any TV. But I do watch TV shows... just not on TV. Lately I've been enjoying:

[Bones Season 5 - new eps are fun, though the will they/won't they between Booth and Brennan is getting a little tired] [Lie to Me Season 2 - still brilliant. Love Tim Roth] [The Vampire Diaries Season 1 - ok, ok, I tried the first episode and loved the soundtrack, but thought the show was soap opera Twilight styles... Then somehow I watched 9 more episodes. Whoops] [Dexter Season 4 - fantastic! I thought it might get old, but this season's plots are great. John Lithgow is super-creepy as 'The Trinity Killer'] [Project Runway Season 6 - my only reality show guilty pleasure. Not as exciting as other seasons (as far as personality clashes go), but I'm still enjoying it] [Gossip Girl Season 3 - another guilty pleasure. This season doesn't "pop" much, but there have been a few fun moments. I'll keep watching] [How I Met Your Mother Season 1 & 2 - I'm a late starter on this one, but always knew I'd like it. And I love it. Sat down last weekend and seriously knocked down, like, 20 odd episodes! I'll be catching up to the current season soon I am sure]

Not surprisingly I haven't gotten around to watching the following - they are waiting for me when I do have time: Nurse Jackie Season 1, Breaking Bad Season 2, V (reboot), Californication Season 3


MOVIES
Had a wee run on movies (listed on my Movie 2009 page). Ones I feel like mentioning: [Julie and Julia - totally cute and well done. Made me want to read the books again. Even my Dad liked this film] [Away We Go - I've read 2 star reviews for this film, but I really enjoyed it. Great cast, soundtrack, story. One of those touching funny romantic quirky films]

Again, I have a stack of DVDs I have yet to watch, so many in fact that I am not going to go into it here! (e.g. Angels and Demons, Duchess, The Edge of Love, The Visitor, Brideshead Revisited...)


MUSIC
Lots of new stuff has me on my toes (dancing?). I must be almost ready for a new/another mix tape! High rotation at the moment: [New Moon Soundtrack - I am still stunned and mind-boggled at the awesomeness of the bands that got on this soundtrack!] [Massive Attack EP - totally grown on me] [Fever Ray - had no idea the chick from The Knife made a solo album! Bloody great!] [500 Days of Summer Soundtrack - great mix of new and old tracks by a mix of artists] [The XX - subtle and enchanting. Hope to see them live in Feb 2010]

Not on high rotation, but worth a mention: Karen O & The Kids (Where the Wild Things are Soundtrack), Mumford & Sons, Editors (In This Light and On This Evening)


WORK
It's all going ok. I am mostly busy and/or bored. I finished a big project for Marketing (apparently they were too busy), and have just been recruited for an ongoing Marketing job (gathering together and writing deal summaries, checking them, then sending them to be published). I don't mind that job so much as the person I am helping by doing this is wonderful and very grateful.

A couple of weeks ago I got nominated and won our monthly staff thingy - $150 voucher was greatly appreciated! Plus it's nice to be acknowledged!

Also, I've been moved again (aka voted off the Island... nah!). My desk is now waaaay down the other end of the office. I now sit with Marketing and Research (who I have sat with before, but there have been staff changed). It's ok actually - a lot quieter, which is good. And sitting with other admin people like me is fun. I do miss sitting next to Jo and across from Ronald - we had our own little foibles and traditions (like Lolly Friday).


PLAY
I've been getting over an illness for a while now (I put up with a sore throat and feeling miserable for over a week, then went to the doctor). Antibiotics helped a bit I think, but I still have a ghost of a sore throat now (it's been 18 days).

Anyways, that has stopped me from living it up Lindsay Lohan styles (ermmm). I have managed to see a few movies, go out to dinners, catch-up with friends, and hang with Rob.

Rob, who's facebook alert email made me shout "OH MY GOD!" earlier this week. What's with a relationship request anyways?! "Rob has requested that you add him as your boyfriend". LOL. I accepted it and immediately caused a ruckus on FB; I've never had so many "likes" before! So now the FB world knows. (Ed: interesting that it was him that started the "What sort of rel/ship are we" conversation on our weekend away a while back, and is now the one to declare us to FB. Actually, it's not really that interesting, and it's not that surprising given my 'it is what it is, take it a day at a time' attitude).

Ok, so it's obviously very sweet. I'm not freaking out. I was just surprised at seeing the request. I'm flattered, and it's cute. And it's true - we are in a rel/ship.

On that note, a gorgeous and jealously-inspiring bunch of tulips were delivered to my work for me last Friday. The note simply said: I hope you are having a lovely day. It's the first time Rob has given me flowers and it was wonderful :)

Of course, all this means things with Rob and I are going very well. We click. He is so sweet to me. We haven't had a fight (yet).

And this is all for now - I'm excited about having this Friday off and going to Pearl Jam! I've also got Animal Collective coming up, Rob's department dinner (he asked me to go with him), my admin lunch, work xmas party (did I mention I've been roped into organising it?! Bloomin marketing grrr), the annual admin treat (I'm getting a work sponsored pedicure again)... Busy is good though.

Kevin Smith: Twihard?

Ah, no, but this is hilarious!

20 November 2009

Is Social Media a Fad?

Great presentation on YouTube. Really interesting!

13 November 2009

More Whedon igoogle

igoogle and Joss Whedon (two of my favourite things). Quote of the day.

05 November 2009

Jimmy Whistlenut

Was totally set to blog on this yesterday (very excited!), but I twittered instead... Annnyways, Ryan Adams update.



Ryan revived Pax-Am records with the welcome news of a new single that wasn't joke metal or conscience(less) rap, and then for Halloween released another: PAXAM 005 release "OBLIVION" b/w "People Need Sunlight," the first of which was recorded "right before Easy Tiger came out right before I quit getting wasted. Those were wild and crazy times indeed and I have always loved this track. You can almost taste the pollution in my mouth." It's out on pink vinyl, but it's already sold out!



While you're waiting for the digial release, or if you just missed the lighter side of D.R. Adams, have a listen to "Jimmy Whistlenut," which is the pretty, epic ballad of Jimmy Whistlenut's sax blowing wife, trouser licking dog, penchant for tripping on Robitussin and crack, time machine, break dancing, and jumping jacks. Not a non-non sequitur in the bunch, so you know it's good.

Jimmy Whistlenut mp3 - at Stereogum

Stereogum article here

02 November 2009

22 October 2009

Mumford & Sons

Thanks to Jo I am instantly hooked on folk rock London band Mumford & Sons. Absolutely billiant.

Description of Mumford & Sons on YouTube: I have been trying to Describe this Racket and I would Say its a Half asleep Pikey and a HillBilly or Two and a Misfit Bass Player that Had No friends all Having a Good Thrash about after Too Much Cider New age Bullshit Man!!

Listen to them now. Do it. Doooooooo it!

20 October 2009

Laneway Music Festival!!

Britomart Square will play host to its first music festival in February.

The day-long Laneway Festival on February 1 will be headlined by British post-punk band Echo and the Bunnymen, highly-touted British act Florence and the Machine, and noisy New Zealand pop rock band the 3Ds, who play for the first time in 12 years.

In the past the square has been a venue for concerts, Auckland arts festival shows, and even motorcross, but Laneway will be the biggest music event to be held at the inner city site.

The name of the festival comes from Melbourne's Caledonian Lane where it started in 2004. The idea behind the festival is to bring together some of the world's "legendary" bands with the best up and coming acts for a concert in the heart of the city.

It's this concept of a venue situated in, and around, the lanes and alleyways of the inner city that attracted Britomart to the festival.

Britomart marketing director Sarah Hull said while the area does not have a lot of lanes at present the plan is to create more in the future.

"For us it was about doing something that will fit with the area in the long term. We just think Laneway fits with where the precinct is heading and our long time goal of making sure people get access to the heart of the city."

The line-up, with more acts to be announced in December, is: Echo and the Bunnymen, Florence and the Machine, The 3Ds, The Dirty Three, The XX, The Black Lips, N.A.S.A, Cut Off Your Hands, Family Cactus and Dear Times Waste.

Wild Things

After seeing 'Where the Wild Things' first preview, Arcade Fire was totally stuck in my head (not a bad thing). But the soundtrack (which is cool) is ALL Karen O & The Kids... no Arcade Fire.

Then I read that Spike Jonze wrote the whole script while listening to Funeral ("[the] record is thematically very connected to the film") and that before shooting he cut a mood piece soundtracked by "Wake Up" to inspire his crew.

Sooo... why no Arcade Fire in the movie I wonder?!

19 October 2009

Gomez 18 Oct 2009

It was fucking brilliant. I am way too old to be partying til midnight on a belly full of beer and sake on a Sunday night, but if I am going to do it, I'm doing it with Gomez (and with my Dad)!!

Review from stuff.co.nz - strangely obsessed with comparing them to Coldplay

Photos taken by a friend at the gig:



Movie Wish List #11

Last Updated: 15 November 2010

Surrogates [ imdb ]
Director: Jonathan Mostow; Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames
The Plot: In a futuristic utopian world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, an FBI agent (Willis) begins to investigate the first murder in years, and unravels a vast conspiracy.

Law Abiding Citizen [ imdb ]
Director: F. Gary Gray; Starring: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb
The Plot: After family man Clyde Shelton (Butler) is failed by the court system, he concocts a series of events designed to exact his revenge on the killers of his wife and daughter. And from inside his jail cell, the mastermind lures the prosecutor (Foxx) who orchestrated the unjust deal into his deadly plan.

New York, I Love You [ imdb ]
Director: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner; Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper
The Plot: An anthology of love stories set in New York City.

An Education [ imdb ]
Director: Lone Scherfig; Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina
The Plot: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. Screenplay worked by Nick Hornby - this film is getting all sorts of great reviews.

Flame & Citron [ imdb ]
Director: Ole Christian Madsen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Lindhardt
The Plot: A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

The Vinter's Luck [ imdb ]
Director: Niki Caro; Starring: Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel, Keisha Castle-Hughes
The Plot: In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage.

Where The Wild Things Are [ imdb ]
Director: Spike Jonze; Starring: Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Forest Whittaker, Michelle Williams
The Plot: An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Away We Go [ imdb ]
Director: Sam Mendes; Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney
The Plot: A couple (Rudolph and Krasinski) who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family.

Whatever Works [ imdb ]
Director: Woody Allen; Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill
The Plot: An eccentric older man (David) encounters a Southern belle (Wood) and promptly falls in love. But how will the couple, her family, and his New York City friends mix? Woody Allen, with Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Patricia Clarkson... I'm sold!!!!

Chéri [ imdb ]
Director: Stephen Frears; Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates
The Plot: A romantic drama set in 1920s Paris, where the son of a courtesan (Friend) retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman (Pfeiffer) who educated him in the ways of love.

All Good Things [ imdb ]
Director: Andrew Jarecki; Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The Plot: A detective (Morgan) begins to unravel a missing-persons case that might spell doom for the heir to a New York real estate dynasty (Gosling), who fell for a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks (Dunst).

Adam [ imdb ]
Director: Max Mayer; Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher
The Plot: Soon after Beth (Byrne) moves into her new apartment, the beautiful, emotionally fragile writer is drawn to her downstairs neighbor, Adam, a handsome young guy who has Asperger's Syndrome.

The Time Traveler's Wife [ imdb ]
Director: Robert Schwentke; Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston
The Plot: A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Another book I loved - I am in anticipation of this movie!

Julie & Julia [ imdb ]
Director: Nora Ephron; Starring: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina
The Plot: Frustrated secretary Julie Powell (Adams) tries to shake up her life by chronicling her attempt to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year's time. I really loved this book and can't wait to see it on the big screen, especially with Amy Adams starring.

Two Lovers [imdb]
Director: James Gray; Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
Comment: Leonard (Phoenix) returns to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where he soon falls for two very different women: the family friend his parents wish he would marry (Shaw) and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor (Paltrow). I'm a sucker for an indie romantic drama.

Youth in Revolt [imdb]
Director: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi
Comment: Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday). This could be another Juno (without teen pregnancy).

A Perfect Getaway [imdb]
Director: David Twohy; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant
Comment: A Hawaiian honeymoon turns dangerous for two lovers (Zahn and Jovovich) when they discover they are being stalked by a pair of killers (Olyphant and Sanchez) who are posing as friendly hikers. Sounds a little "done", I know. But the cast is cool, and I have heard some good buzz. The film was made in one month.

Adventureland [imdb]
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds
The Plot: During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.

The Brothers Bloom [imdb]
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo
Comment: A pair of brothers and veteran conmen (Brody and Ruffalo) target an enigmatic wealthy woman (Weisz) as their potential last job, fully unaware of the twists in the road ahead of them. This made it onto all my lists last year - I am hoping this year I will get to see this film.

My Sister's Keeper [imdb]
Director: Nick Cassavetes; Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric
The Plot: When a family matter leads to Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin) learning the truth about her conception, she enlists the services of a seasoned lawyer (Baldwin) in an effort to emancipate herself from her parents (Diaz and Patric).

The Goods: The Don Ready Story [imdb]
Director: Neal Brennan; Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames
The Plot: Used-car liquidator Don Ready (Piven) is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.

The Wolf Man [imdb]
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt
The Plot: Nobleman Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) returns to his ancestral homeland, where his brother has gone missing and villagers are being killed by a nightmarish beast. The search reunites him with his estranged father (Hopkins) and draws him near to his brother's fiancée (Blunt), however, Talbot's lager concern is the discovery of a side to himself which he never could have imagined existed...

The Lovely Bones [imdb]
Director: Peter Jackson; Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan
The Plot: Young Susie watches over her family from heaven as they deal with the aftermath of her brutal rape and murder.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [ imdb ]
Director: Phil Lord Chris Miller; Starring: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell
The Plot: Inspired by the children's book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.

Zombieland [ imdb ]
Director: Ruben Fleischer; Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
The Plot: In a world overrun by zombies, a guy described as "the most frightened person on Earth" (Eisenberg) musters the courage to lead a band of refugees on a cross-country pilgrimage to an amusement park where they think they'll be safe.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant [ imdb ]
Director: Paul Weitz; Starring: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek
The Plot: A traveling freak show's most mysterious attraction recruits teenager Darren Shan as his assistant, though the young man soon finds himself used as a pawn in a battle between vampires and their deadlier counterparts.


The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day [ imdb ]
Director: Troy Duffy; Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly
The Plot: The MacManus brothers, who are living a quiet life on the family farm in Ireland, return to Boston to exact their unique form of revenge on the mob forces who have framed the brothers for the murder of a local priest.

A Christmas Carol [ imdb ]
Director: Robert Zemeckis; Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
The Plot: An animated retelling of the Charles Dickens novel about Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey), a Victorian-era miser who is taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

The Fourth Kind [ imdb ]
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi; Starring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
The Plot: An investigator (Jovovich) is dispatched to Nome, Alaska to puzzle out a 40-year-long mystery involving an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Her videotaped evidence looks to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

The Box [ imdb ]
Director: Richard Kelly; Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella
The Plot: A young couple is gifted with a mysterious box that promises them a handsome windfall with deadly consequences.

The Men Who Stare at Goats [ imdb ]
Director: Grant Heslov; Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey
The Plot: In Iraq, reporter Bob Wilton (McGregor) meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), whose seemingly wild claim - that he's a member of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions - causes Wilton to join Cassady's hunt for the battalion's founder, whose gone missing.

The Messenger [ imdb ]
Director: Oren Moverman; Starring: Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson
The Plot: A soldier (Foster) struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer (Morton).

Playing catch up

I decided on a quiet weekend and ended up catching up on:

+Bones S05 ep 4 & 5
+Dexter S04 ep 2 & 3
+Dollhouse S02 ep 1-3
+Gossip Girl S03 ep 1-4
+Lie to Me S02 ep 1 & 2
+Model Family S01 ep 1-4
+Out of Africa - DVD (Streep and Reford; long and sad)
+Four Minutes - DVD (German w subtitles; female prisoner plays in piano contest)
+Role Models - DVD (Paul Rudd; way funnier than I thought it would be)
+A Film With Me In It - DVD (Dylan Moran. Not very good.)

17 October 2009

Post #300: A Music Note

New and loving:

Editors - In this Light and On this Evening
Karen O & The Kids - Where the Wild Things Are (Soundtrack)
Massive Attack - Splitting the Atom (EP)
Various - (500) Days of Summer (Soundtrack)

Growing a Cat

Phoebe found an interesting resting spot in the sun...



Puffy the Eyebag Slayer

On Monday when I arrived at work in a fluster (late!) I found a parcel from the UK waiting for me! What an awesome start to the day/week (shame it was all down hill from there).



Meet Me On The Equinox

I don't care if this is for New Moon - I really like this song!

15 October 2009

Interview

Check this: Owen Wilson interviews his best bud Stephen Dorff about Stephen's starring role in the new Sofia Coppola flick!! (and a whole lot more)

Read here (you won't regret it)

14 October 2009

'Social networking'

Ok, so I was all set to post a proper real post, I promise. I even have some random pics to upload (no, not of me, of *things*). Instead I have run out of time (must get an early night tonight) and find myself wanting to 'vent', per say, about something entirely different.

(ed: I am also getting distracted by downloading twitterberry app to my crackberry - I am quite into twitter now, no matter how geeky that is :P Like it better than FB)

Hmm, ok, so where was I?! Right 'social networking'. I've been vocal (not here, but inperson) about my dislike of facebook (though I participate). Lately, I've been getting into twitter - I like to blog, and twitter gives me 140 characters to say whatever I want, from my PC or mobile. This concept appeals to me more than fb does - twitter doesn't have to be status updates, but it does go to whoever is following you; like a global text to all your friends. I wish more of my friends twittered (hint hint, become a twit like me ;P)

Anyway, I really only follow celebrities/bands, as none of my friends twitter... Random people have added me, and some of them I have removed (spammers etc).

But today I got an email that a certain texas cowboy was 'following me' on twitter. Those of you in the know will have my reaction, which was an audible gasp, followed by a mental "WTF?!" (I was at work; not about to yell outloud).

It's the ease of which it occurred: 'so-and-so is now following you on twitter' - not even a personal message from him after that. After all these years (friends, then nothing... years pass.... friends again, the nothing... years pass. I honestly have LOST COUNT now), to be casually added, like he now wants to see my tweets.

What about a "OMG, hi... how's it going?" or a "Howdy stranger, s'up?". *sigh*

Ok, vent over. That's all. It's just... well, I won't be dramatic (maybe I covered that base already), but I guess I'm conflicted - it's that ol'emotional thing. Do I really have the energy to be that friend again? How can I not be? Friends get over this sort of thing, that's why they are friends.

I can't help but wonder what Mrs Cowboy will think of him 'following me' though. I got the impression she was ok with our friendship at some point, yet... a bad taste lingers.

How long will this friendship last? Do I take bets? Or am I just being mean and bitter now?! Yeah, I am, I apologise - I did say the vent/rant was over.

Comments, thoughts... hellllllooooooooo?? *listens to the echo of her own voice*

07 October 2009

Google Barcode

I heart google more each day - today they celebrated the invention/anniversary of the barcode. Awesome.

28 September 2009

Lost Boys 3: The Thirst

The first one was awesome. The second one not so much. The third one?? We'll have to wait and see!

Posted on Corey Feldman's blog:
In keeping with that positivity, I have some exciting news that I just can't keep under wraps any longer! Well actually someone leaked it first but since its already all over the net here goes... as the title above us reads we are finally going to make a third installment to The Lost Boys series.

I am very excited to get started. The title of the film will be Lost Boys: The Thirst and I am excited to say it will be a full scale return of the Frog Brothers(that means Jamison Newlander). Not like the tease in the last film. I would say this will be much closer to the comic book series.I do not want to tell you too much about it other than I have been lucky enough to be asked to Executive Produce the film for Warners. What that means is that I will have more creative involvement than ever before. I promise to do my very best to give the fans what they want this time around. This film will also have a bit more modern of a look to it as it is being directed by Italian director Dario Piana who directed a very futuristic Horror film called "The Deaths of Ian Stone".

I am also pleased to announce that Truth Movement has been asked to contribute some music to the films soundtrack. Which is an absolute dream come true for me, as I so much loved the soundtrack from the original film. I can not tell you anything more about the cast at this time. We are set to start shooting in November in South Africa. I will miss you while I'm gone but don't worry I'll write while I'm away.


I'm going to research this. Watch this space!

UPDATED

Rough plot located: When veteran vampire hunter Edgar Frog finds himself destitute and almost friendless, when [sic] a wealthy vampire-romance novelist offers him a small fortune to go on the vampire hunt of a lifetime and rescue her son.

Better plot summary found at Bloody Disgusting: When veteran vampire hunter Edgar Frog finds himself destitute and almost friendless, he thinks his live has hit bottom - but wealthy vampire-romance novelist Gwen Liebling offers him a small fortune to go on the vampire hunt of a lifetime and rescue her son Peter from the Alpha Vampire D.J.Dusk. With the help of his friends Zoe, Lars and Blake, Edgar heads into a bloody battle to exterminate evil."

[ed: Ok, "D J Dusk"??!!! THAT is the name of the uber-vampire?! God help us... ]

IMDB: Classified the film as 'In Development'

Confucigoogle



Confucius (Chinese: 孔子; pinyin: Kǒng zǐ; Wade-Giles: K'ung-tzu, or Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ; Wade-Giles: K'ung-fu-tzu), lit. "Master Kong," (traditionally September 28, 551 B.C.E. – 479 B.C.E.) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese thought and life.

His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Legalism (法家) or Taoism (道家) during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E. – 220 C.E.). Confucius' thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism (儒家). It was introduced to Europe by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci, who was the first to Latinise the name as "Confucius."

27 September 2009



Happy 11th Birthday Google!

22 September 2009

Decade in Indie Music

This article is a brilliant 'review' of Indie pop/rock, and its rise. It's not short, but take the time - it's worth it!

Nitsuh Abebe's Decade in Indie

Complete New Moon tracklisting

I was forwarded this today, cementing what I was saying earlier about this soundtrack being... well, all kinda of awesome!

After weeks of rumors and speculation, we finally have the tracklist for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, aka the album that will help millions of teenage girls make that tumultuous transition from goth and pop-punk brooding to indie brooding.

According to Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer's website, Thom Yorke really does contribute a new song exclusive to the soundtrack. It's called "Hearing Damage" (perhaps a meta-commentary on the effects of Twilight's dialogue?). And he's not alone.

There's also new stuff from Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, the Killers, and-- possibly most intriguing-- a collaboration between Bon Iver and St. Vincent called "Rosyln" (which is not the name of a Twilight character, according to this list I just found on Wikipedia). As previously reported, Death Cab for Cutie created the soundtrack's first single, "Meet Me on the Equinox".

If this doesn't reinforce Nitsuh Abebe's excellent Decade in Indie piece, I don't know what does ((ED: Indie music lovers, read this article - it's brilliant. So good, I am going to post it again separately!)).

The Twilight: New Moon soundtrack is out October 20 on Chop Shop/Atlantic.

Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack:

01 Death Cab for Cutie: "Meet Me on the Equinox"
02 Band of Skulls: "Friends"
03 Thom Yorke: "Hearing Damage"
04 Lykke Li: "Possibility"
05 The Killers: "A White Demon Love Song"
06 Anya Marina: "Satellite Heart"
07 Muse: "I Belong to You (New Moon Remix)"
08 Bon Iver and St. Vincent: "Rosyln"
09 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: "Done All Wrong"
10 Hurricane Bells: "Monsters"
11 Sea Wolf: "The Violet Hour"
12 OK Go: "Shooting the Moon"
13 Grizzly Bear: "Slow Life"
14 Editors: "No Sound But the Wind"
15 Alexandre Desplat: "New Moon (The Meadow)"

From Pitchfork

21 September 2009

Emmys 2009

EMMY WINNERS

Drama Series: Mad Men

Comedy Series: 30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close, Damages

Writing for a Drama Series: Kater Gordon & Matthew Weiner, Mad Men ("Meditations in an Emergency")

Directing for a Drama Series: Rod Holcomb, ER ("And in the End")

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me

Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Cherry Jones, 24

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Emerson, Lost

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Original Music and Lyrics: 81st Annual Academy Awards, "Hugh Jackman Opening Number"

Writing for Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Directing for Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Bruce Gowers, American Idol

Miniseries: Little Dorrit

Made for Television Movie: Grey Gardens

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Dearbhla Walsh, Little Dorrit

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Andrew Davies, Little Dorrit

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Ken Howard, Grey Gardens

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam

Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst, Survivor

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

Writing in a Comedy Series: Matt Hubbard, 30 Rock ("Reunion")

Directing for a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Blitz, The Office ("Stress Relief")


RANDOM EMMY PICS I LIKE AND/OR LOVE


The host, Neil Patrick Harris (almost typed Howser!)


Sarah McLachlan sings during a tribute


The awesome Toni Collette wins for 'United States of Tara' - well deserved!!


Love the pairing - 'Vampire Bill' and 'Angel'

Dog Get Down From There!



More hilarity here

Interview with Alan Ball



Well, I've finished Season 2 - very enjoyable! Was stoked (not staked haha) to see this interview with Alan Ball.

How long until Season 3? Ball says: It’s probably going to premiere around the same time it did this year. We’re going to try to shoot one episode before the Christmas break. I don’t know if HBO will bring the show back earlier, but it certainly won’t be later.

Weekend

I actually had a really good weekend - yes, it went too fast they always do, but I shouldn't complain.

I managed to leave work on Friday a little early (people started boozing at 4pm). At home, we cleaned the house (highly recommend getting this chore out of the way before the weekend), and then showered, dressed for my date.

We had yummy Japanese at Taiku in Kingsland. Unfortunately our service was crap - yes, they were busy, but when you can see people who arrived after you getting great service and leaving before you it sucks (plus my meal came out 15-20 mins after his, and that is still after waiting an hour for mains... His starter came *after* his main!). The food & sake was delicious though.

We had a wee wander around Kingsland and settled on having a drink at Ruby bar (his friends own it). I liked the decor, though the bar itself probably only had 8 people (it wasn't even 10:30pm yet).

My slightly spinny head and dry mouth the next morning told me I drunk more than I realised! The upside of this is I slept four whole hours in a row with him next to me (I usually sleep terribly).

After lounging around a while he left, and I did washing and pottered, until I got a text from Jo. I bussed into town - we had a quick catch-up, wandered up to Real Groovy then up to K'Road and Iko Iko. I walked home afterwards (invigorating!).

Rich and I went for a drive to Howick (he needed to borrow some liquors for a tiramisu) to see Mum - we hung for a few hours, watching some of the MTV music awards (yay for Muse live!!).

On the way home we stopped and got my *favourite* chicken on rice w salad and hummus from the best kebab place (Panmure). Awesomeness.

Sunday I pottered (Internet, reading etc)... It was a quiet but lovely day just relaxing at home. At 5:30pm the whole fam + Italian son + Dave's g/f turned up for dinner at Gina's. We had a nice, but extremely LOUD, meal. The wine was a highlight... Huntaway Sav, reserve if I remember correctly (I am going to look out for it again!!). The Italian son have his meal the thumbs up ("typical of pasta from Southern Italy").

Back at our place the seven of us tucked into a HUGE and delicious Rich-made tiramisu...

Great night! Great weekend!

Random Notes:

* Loving - Bowerbirds (alt-folk tunes), Dove's Green Tea & Cucumber range (I swear, its awesome. I have the deodorant, moisturiser, and shower gel), planning for weekend away, that Animal Collective are coming, Dr Horrible to perform a song at the Emmys

* Not Loving - Overdue library books and the ensuing fines, bad service at restaurants


PS: It's HG Wells birthday (if he was still alive) - one of the 'Fathers of Sci-Fi'. Thanks Google.

20 September 2009

Cry Little Sister

I'm a huge 'The Lost Boys' fan, and I like the show 'True Blood'... So, the original singer/songwriter (G Tom Mac) of 'Cry Little Sister', the Lost Boys theme song, has created a *new* swampy version, inspired by 'True Blood'!

I love the original version, but this is pretty catchy too. Enjoy!

This just in!

Animal Collective are to play Auckland's Powerstation, Tuesday 8th December!!

Squee!

Read about it at Under the Radar

19 September 2009

New Moon Soundtrack

Regardless of the contents of the books or the movie (the movie is better than the books in my opinion), the contents of the soundtracks are bloody surprising - and good!

The first Twilight soundtrack, excluding a few songs, is actually pretty cool. And the announcements for the second movie, 'New Moon', are even cooler.

Representatives for The Killers and Grizzly Bear have confirmed that each will be included on the "Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack, according to an article in the New York Times.

"New Moon" music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who also crafts the music playlists behind "Gossip Girl" and "Grey's Anatomy," sat down with the newspaper to chat about crafting the tracklist, which will be revealed unto the world tomorrow (Sept. 18).

Patsavas declined to comment on the two above mentioned bands, and mentioned she was "confident" that Thom Yorke, Bon Iver and Band of Skulls -- three acts that "New Moon" director Chris Weitz exclusively revealed to HitFix as participants -- would be in the final cut.

"This is a much more somber movie than 'Twilight,'" Patsavas said of the first film. "There is a lot of love lost, so the artists that are going to make up the soundtrack reflect that longing - a lot of acoustic instruments, a lot of a cappella singing. This soundtrack definitely feels a bit more indie than the last one."


Full article here

Interesting - the music on 'Gossip Girl' and 'Grey's Anatony' tends to be cool too! (GG is a guilty pleasure of mine)

15 September 2009

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner...

RIP Patrick Swayze :(

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months."

And for some bad taste that is *way* too soon:

14 September 2009

Florence & The Machine

A friend alerted me to this interview on the stuff.co.nz blog. The most important part being:

I asked the obvious question you feel you have to ask when talking to an international musician with one album under their belt: will we see you out here in New Zealand?
The answer: "Yeah, definitely, around January I reckon..."
Ah, so Big Day Out then?
"Yeah, I think so, it's not definite, I don't know if I am allowed to say for sure, but I think so...and I hope so...until then we're doing plenty of shows around Europe. But definitely hoping to make it down your way and very keen to be there for the Big Day Out."


Read the full interview here

Please PLEASE be true!!!!! I think the first Big Day Out annoucement is next week!

13 September 2009

F' My Life

"Today, I got stuck in an elevator for 45 minutes. I am an elevator mechanic. FML"

Funny site to kill time: FML - Your Everyday Life Stories

The Church of Google

We all know I heart Google. I saw this article and had to share part of it:

Google inspires awe, which is one reason why the Church of Google has appeared on the internet. The site (founded in 2006 by a young Canadian, Matt MacPherson) posits this argument: ''We at the Church of Google believe the search engine Google is the closest humankind has ever come to directly experiencing an actual God (as typically defined). We believe there is much more evidence in favour of Google's divinity than there is for the divinity of other more traditional gods. Thus, Googlists believe Google should rightfully be given the title of 'God.' ''

The Church of Google offers what it calls nine proofs:

1. Google is the closest thing to an omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence.

2. Google is everywhere at once (omnipresent).

3. Google answers prayers. (''As an example, you can quickly find information on alternative cancer treatments, or new and innovative medical discoveries, and generally anything that resembles a typical prayer.'')

4. Google is potentially immortal.

5. Google is infinite. (The internet can theoretically grow forever.)

6. Google remembers all.

7. Google can do no evil. (Google's corporate philosophy is ''do no evil''.)

8. Google is believed. (The term ''Google'' is searched for more than the terms ''God'', ''Jesus'', ''Allah'', ''Buddha'', ''Christianity'' and ''Islam'' combined.)

9. Evidence of Google's existence is abundant. No faith is required.

Beyond this elegant spoof, and the serious philosophical argument it makes in favour of atheism, the entire Google phenomenon takes us down the slippery path of artificial intelligence, a direction computer science appears to be heading. Every day, the vast Google machine of 500,000 computer servers processes about 500 million queries. So many people are using Google that it is becoming akin to the collective brain of western society.


*LOL*

Read the whole article at Stuff

Neil Gaiman's Bookshelf

There are almost no words for the awesomeness that is Neil Gaiman's personal library. The man himself is, of course, awesome anyway - love his writing, but this is just... *gasps*

Neil's Bookshelf - Readers out there, follow the link and swoon at book heaven.

Emmy for Dr Horrible!!


(Nathan Fillion, aka Captain Hammer)

Joss Whedon won at the Creative Arts Emmys! 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog' took home the award for Short-Form Live Action Entertainment Special Class Program. Yay for Joss the Emmy Winner!! Let's all do The Dance of Joy (certainly makes a difference from The Dance of Shame)

Bite Me



I've always been interested in vampires. Empire Blog question the rise in vampire love (but apparently this all started with True Blood, Twilight, and Buffy... I argue this "vampire thing" isn't a "these days" phenomenon; it's been there for a looooong time, hollywood is just jumping on the bandwagon with dollar signs in their eyes).

Read about it here.

On that note, I just finished watching the pilot episode of 'The Vampire Diaries'. I read the books (there were four of them then) about 15 years ago... People have been drawing strong comparisons between these books and 'Twilight'. The TV show was completely Twilight-esque. Very teen. However, the soundtrack rocked (Bat for Lashes, White Lies just to name two tracks).
Basic plot: Gorgeous yet tragic Elena (both parents lost to a car accident 5 months ago) is strangely attracted to the mysterious new boy at school, Stefan Salvatore. Yes, he is a vampire. Enter Damon Salvatore, Stefan's older and way more evil vampire brother... Elena is a dead-ringer for Katherine, a girl both (?) loved in 1870s... Let the drama begin!
So far all it has going for it is: vampires, great music, and Kevin Williamson (screenwriter best known for Dawson's Creek, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty). I *might* risk watching episode 2...

10 September 2009

Ladyhawke back in NZ



Modular Touring & C4 Presents…

The New Zealand born chanteuse, Ladyhawke will sprinkle her heart racing vintage pop over her homeland for her three date headline tour.

Ladyhawke, aka Pip Brown has lived a rocket ride of an existence over the past 18 months, spending a lengthy stint abroad supporting her lauded, self titled debut and now she’s bringing it all back home. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 8th September.

Since her debut album was released last year, Ladyhawke has been in high demand - playing just about every European festival you could care to mention, she has been splashed across the tabloids, fashion bibles and music rags, a gold album in Australia, NZ and the UK, and has just been nominated for several New Zealand Music Awards.

The tour begins in Auckland, with a fleeting visit to her hometown Wellington before finishing up in Christchurch. Supporting Pip on the road across the New Zealand dates will be fellow New Zealanders, Over The Atlantic.

Her next single “Magic” – produced with her chief collaborator, world-renowned producer Pascal Gabriel (S-Express, Bomb The Bass, Kylie, New Order) will be released digitally in New Zealand on the 6th of October. The Collectors Edition of her debut album is out now.

Auckland concert - 31st October @ The Powerstation

I hope to be there!

Boy oh Boy

[I interrupt this post to bring an UPDATE: I called and spoke with Boy. He seems happy with my alternative. We are road-tripping to the Coromandel the first weekend of October. I am still scared, but in a 'feel the fear and do it anyway' kinda way]

So, I've had the last two days off work. I am such a wuss (and have no sick leave left), but I have been fighting off something for a week now. I thought I kicked it over the weekend, but Tuesday I wake with spinning head, nausea... Possibly sinus? I don't know. Anyways, yesterday I was miserable... today I'm miserable, but slightly less so... I've spent both days in bed :(

I did finish watched all of 'Freaks & Geeks', which helped cheer me up. Now I am in mourning as I have no more to watch (and James Franco really doesn't wash his hair the whole time hehe).

I also figured out how to deal with "weekend away". See I was getting all stressed: it was short notice and flights were expensive... I'd have to go with him during the week (which is fine for him as he is on holidays, but it would mean more time off work for me)... I tell you, I've been freaking.

Then it hit me - I just have to be honest (not that I've been lying), and I came up with a solution/alternative. We still go away for the weekend, but let's start with a road trip. The weekend away would be less pressure (we could stay somewhere relaxing), and we could see if we can coexist during separate things (but together)... It's still going to be fun, but instead of getting all expensive and touristy in Welly, we can sit at the beach, go for walks, read, watch DVDs...

So, believe it or not, and don't laugh, the majority of this was relayed through text messages - he's at school and can't talk, but kept demanding dates for flights! I promised to call him tonight... so, in maybe an hour, I am phoning him...

I can't see any reason why his feelings would be hurt, or he would be mad... I've been upfront from the start (and never actually got to say: "Yes I'll come". I said "Let me think on it" and somehow that turned into: "Yes I'll come"!), and I've given an alternative that still allows us to spent a whole weekend together.

Ok, yes, as you can see I am still freaking a little bit. Feeling slightly feverish doesn't help either. Good luck me.

Welcome Back Ryan Adams!

Looks like Ryan Adam's self-imposed break from music is over. I've missed his often crazy and constant internet banter, whether it's on his twitter, you tube channel, website, or facebook.

Finally he has started talking and, most importantly, RECORDING again.

Evidence #1
Ryan Adams, Foggy (I've already watched 3 or so different videos on the old school TV)

Evidence #2
Ryan Adams - Vimeo (Here is where the videos feed from I think. At least they have previous ones posted here and they are all recent!)


Happy Birthday from Ryan Adams on Vimeo.

Evidence #3
He's started his own record label called Pax-Am, and his first official digital release will be 'Lost and Found'/'Go Ahead and Rain', 11 September. Looks like this will also be on vinyl (which is not relevant for me, but hey, yay for him!)

Evidence #4
Ok, so this is not anything to do with him returning to music. He's got two books under is belt, and is now the Morrisons Hotel's (Gallery) First Artist in Residence. The showing of his work starts 23 September at the NYC galley. Thumbnails of his work below.



Evidence #5
Again, not music related, but this video game column he wrote for Awl is hilarious, and again reminded me how much I've missed his rants.

06 September 2009

Where is my mind?

I think I'm supposed to be excited to be asked to go away for the weekend with a Boy. Instead I feel a bit... well, in a word, "freaked". Of course things are only what you make them; if I make this a big deal, then it is. A mini-break to Wellington will be fun... won't it?

*sigh* Stupid freaked brain.

On the plus side, the weekend has been GLORIOUS - the sunshine is incredible, and there is that crisp, cool, spring air. I'm considering a walk down K'Road... or staying here to lie in the sun with the possibility of a sleep... I'm feeling lazy after brekky at Benediction (hilarity: orders getting fucked up all over the show. I felt so sorry for the waitress!! It was a royal mess!!)

Yesterday I went to the Auckland Art Gallery - for the first time in years. The gallery itself is being renovated, so all the exhibits more moved to the smaller 'new gallery'. When the old one is redone (to become the 'new new gallery' I guess hehe) it will be awesome - gotta wait until 2010 though.
Anyways, there was an early NZ art showing (Goldie and such), and a Rita Angus exhibition (which I really really liked!!).

Today is of course Father's day here, so its off to see the fam for a BBQ tonight - bloody perfect weather for the first "summer" BBQ.

04 September 2009

Fleetwood Mac!

Legendary super group Fleetwood Mac will return to New Zealand for the first time in nearly 30 years for an exclusive show at New Plymouth's beautiful TSB Bowl of Brooklands, 19 December (Saturday).

Following on the heels of their hugely successful 55-city sold out North American tour, Fleetwood Mac - Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie - will bring their 'Unleashed' tour to New Zealand on Saturday December 19.

The tour is a two-hour plus celebration of all the greatest hits from undoubtedly one of the most enduring, celebrated and influential rock groups of all time.

Ticket prices start at $120, and climb to $450!! At that price, I hope you are sitting on Stevie Nicks' lap! Don't think I'll make it to New Plymouth for the concert, but would LOVE to go... I was *this* close to being named Rhiannon after that song.

People are Strange

Two new 'links to make you laugh' for the day:

Not Always Right (The customer isn't always right you know!)

People of Wal-Mart (Proof that all the American weirdoes shop at Wal-Mart)

03 September 2009

'Deadwood' Quote of the Day

"Fuck yourself with a fist punch up the ass, today at the present moment." – Calamity Jane

The Pixies are COMING!!!

The Pixies have announced their first NZ gig!!! They will play Vector Arena March 12 2010. I am super-excited!!! (It's a three exclamation mark occasion!!!)

I have to admit, I am more a "know your hits" fan when it comes to The Pixies. But I will be immersing myself in their back catalogue in time for March.

The Pixies will perform all of the songs from Doolittle and its related B-sides, as well as classics such as Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, Here Comes Your Man, Hey, and Gouge Away.

The group - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will also play in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth after the Auckland gig.

Please don't sell out before I have a ticket!!!

Rhythm and Vines

New Years is not something I tend to celebrate with a lot of excitment... But the line-up for the Rhythm and Vines festival, on the Waiohika Estate Vineyard in Gisborne, sounds awesome. (Last time I was in Gisborne was for stage 3 Geography research paper at Uni... good times).

The second annoucement of artists includes: Moby, The Editors, 2ManyDJs, Ajax, Bang Gang, DJ Emerson Todd, Future of the Left, White Rabbits, Opensouls, Dane Rumble, Dictophone Blues and An Emerald City.

They join previously announced acts Empire of the Sun, Major Lazer, Midnight Youth, Krafty Kuts, Kora, Optimus Gryme, PNC, Sola Rosa and P-Money.

The festival runs from December 29-31 (onsite camping available)

01 September 2009

Random playlist

I had my gigabeat on random today... it's a great way to rediscover tracks and forgotten artists. Here's what it spat out:

The Fox, Sleater-Kinney
Breathe me, Sia
People C’Mon, Delta Spirit
Fistful of Love, Antony and the Johnsons
Stuck on a boat, Port O’Brien
Last Tango in Paris, Gotan Project
Apartment Story, The National
The Last High, The Dandy Warhols
Skeletal Lamping, Of Montreal
The French Open, Foals
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
The Devil, The Rapture
Nature of Man, Little Bushman
Hot Ride, The Prodigy
Where do you go my Lovely?, Peter Sarstedt
Why Go, Pearl Jam
Close Call, Rilo Kiley
Autumn Rain, Day One
Airport Disco, Athlete
Slow Moves, Jose Gonzalez
Teenage Dirtbag, Wheatus
Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple
Another way to Die, Jack White and Alicia Keys
Skream!, Skream
Back in the Day (Puff), Erykah Badu
No Rerun, Lou Rhodes
White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
Broken, UNKLE
Emotion 98.6, Mylo
Games, The Moths!
Where the Wild Roses Grow, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue
Honey, Tosca
Dance Party in the Balkans, Alaska in Winter
Bug Powder Dust, Kruder and Dorfmeister

31 August 2009

Band of Skulls

Band of Skulls is a British alternative rock band that formed in 2008 in Southampton, England. It consists of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums), who formed a band after they all met in college.

Initially, they played at night clubs in the greater London area and recorded some demos under the name of Fleeing New York before changing their name to Band of Skulls in November 2008. Their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, distributed by Shangri-La Music, was released exclusively on the iTunes Store on March 6, 2009, followed by a general release on March 20. The track "I Know What I Am" was chosen as iTunes' free Single of the Week to coincide with the digital release.

It has been announced that Band of Skulls will be featured in the second installment of the Twilight series "New Moon” according to director Chris Weitz. Band of Skulls are currently on a US tour this summer.

Band of Skulls played the 2009 Lollaplooza festival

Fucking love the track 'Patterns' (released July 2009). Am this minute seeking out more Band of Skulls awesomeness!!



(PS: I saw a man walking a cat through downtown today. The cat was wearing a hat with a fresh daffodil in it. Seriously.)