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.)

30 August 2009

Wish I never saw the sun shine

Hello. It's been a while. I've been going crazy with the random posts of goss and such, but I thought it was about time I wrote something myself... Not that my goss is anywhere near as exciting as, say, Robert Downey Jr potentially playing Lestat in a new vamp movie hehe

I'm just going to start with 1st August, cos I guess that's when my goss starts ;)

That week has been dubbed 'The Week From Hell' (TWFH) - I was tired, depressed, grumpy, had a flight to Napier, got fucked over by the CHCH office (my boss was on my side though)... Everything just snowballed until I was a mess.

Saturday 1st August was all about moping in the aftermath of the week. However, I had the White Lies concert. Can I just say I was sooooo not in to going. Yes, I bought the tickets, and a week ago (before TWFH) I was uber-excited.

I tell you, it was an effort. I was running super late for dinner at my friend's - which made me more upset (headless chicken, flapping about...)

But once I got to Jo's: good company, wine, tunes, laughs. TWFH started to fade just a little...

The gig itself was a blast - I drank too much, too fast. The NZ opening act, Collapsing Cities, had been getting a heap of airplay on bfm, so I was into them.

Yes, I met a Boy; it's always when you least expect it. I think the Ryan Adams t-shirt was a sign... Anyways, I don't just met random people - that doesn't normally happen to me.

As it turns out, the group of us headed to the bar next door for the 'after party'. It ended up being really great night.

So, its now 30th August; a month since TWFH:
  • Shared two bottles of Sake on a Monday night (well, there were only two of us, so I guess we had a bottle each!). Note to self: Mondays aren't the best nights for sake-overload.

  • I got a free facial from the place downstairs from work (thanks to a purchase of two Joyce Blok facial products. I am digging the NZ, mostly natural face care - it's a good price too). Anyways, it was my second ever facial, and divine!

  • I saw 'Harry Potter' (the first 12 minutes in 3D). It was 'ok'; seriously, just ok.

  • 'GI Joe' - cheese-on-toast hilarity. Had a good laugh; very entertained

  • I've brunched in Kingsland/Mt Albert, and bumped into an ex-work colleague. It was strange talking with her (she was a bit of a trouble maker), but nice to see her again.

  • I saw 'Drag Me To Hell' - loved it. Black comedy - the way I like my horror.

  • Lunched/caught up with another Colliers ex. It was her bday so we celebrated that too.

  • Spent a Friday night, drinking, eating cheap thai, and then heading to a see a Beatles cover band. Honestly, not as bad as it sounds. Turned into an awesome night (again, a little too much wine). Ended on a very low note, but I won't go into that.

  • Had my first massage - work organised a '$15 for 15 minutes' deal with the place downstairs. It was pretty nice... Not sure if I am a convert though.

  • Got my hair cut and coloured. Nice.

  • Spent three nights in Christchurch to celebrate Angela's 30th birthday. Yes, she was *truly* surprised to see me, and we all had a fab time hanging out over the weekend. We saw 'District 9' on the Friday night (AWESOME) and ate out at a tiny, but delicious, Italian restaurant. Saturday was Angela's afternoon tea followed by Cocktails bday party. All went really well (bar the blocked drains... that's another story!).

  • Saw 'Inglourious Basterds' for free (thanks Jo!). Loved it (I am Tarantino biased though).

  • Chilled out with wine, cheap thai, and Jack Black (on the DVD). I great why to unwind with a friend after a long week.

  • Introduced an 'Arrested Development' virgin to the show. Turns out it's still funny to me on the fourth or so viewing. I just have to try not to laugh too soon or I spoil the jokes!

It's a gloomy Sunday here in the city. Bat for Lashes on my mp3 player has ticked through a whole heap of 'B' named artists - now on Beth Orton...

Those who care, it turns out Benediction is still pretty good when it comes to savoury scones (no date ones in sight though). I had a nice Sunday brunch there today (with said Boy).

Next week brings with it: two hours of being a buddy to two Uni students (honestly, what I can teach them I have NO idea - why do I always get picked for these things?! The best thing is I actually have to give them SIX hours; I just thought I'd knock off two tomorrow), seeing a friend of a friend sing at The Dog's Bollix, a potential visit to the Auckland Art Gallery on Saturday (turns out the Boy may be cultured hehe - it was his idea!)... Who knows what else!

Hugs.

29 August 2009

WTF Files - 'Heathers' on TV

Loved this film. Own it on DVD. But, a musical?? A TV Show?? And a movie re-make?! *sigh*



Long live Christian and Winona.

Read about it here: IMDB News

26 August 2009

Animated Buffy

I'm kinda behind on the whole animated 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' - I've read a few of the newer comics (set in season eight of the buffyverse), but not much else.

Turns out Fox started to develop an animated TV 'Buffy', set during season one of the actual show. It didn't really end up going anywhere... but some stuff got onto the Net (doesn't it always?!)

All the stars voiced their parts... the exception being Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her replacement is pretty on the money though.

Watch four minutes at Daily Motion

25 August 2009

Holy God - NIN in New York...

All I can say is this would've been *awesome*! I mean, I got to see them twice, but the 1000 odd people at this gig must've been in heaven!



Nine Inch Nails fans in New York got more than they bargained when the rock band played its 1994 classic The Downward Spiral in its entirety for the first time ever.

The Trent Reznor-led act, on a Wave Goodbye tour of small venues, had the 1000-strong crowd at Webster Hall drenched in sweat within minutes of launching into the punishing rock of Mr Self Destruct.

It was soon clear that the band was plowing through Downward in sequence. Reznor later told the audience, "I've always wanted to play that whole record, and this seemed like the time to do it."

The Downward sequence of course featured Nine Inch Nails' iconic single Closer, which wasn't played the night before during the band's stop at the 550-capacity Bowery Ballroom, and finished with the hushed Hurt, which became known to an entirely different audience thanks to Johnny Cash's memorable 2002 cover version...

Read the rest at Stuff.co.nz

Re-Booting Lestat on film?!

It's no secret - I love all things Vampire. Over the years I've read the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles. I own 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Queen of the Damned' on DVD...

It looks like everyone is clammering to get on the vampire bandwagon, which suits me just fine! It means more vamps in books, on TV, and film! (Most of this is due to 'Twilight' - it's just a shame it couldn't have been purely due to a better written series, or cool show like 'Buffy' way back in the back)

Anywho, looks like the Anne Rice vamps are about to be brought back from the dead (... ok, baaaad joke). We've had Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend play Lestat... Who's next???

Well, quite possibly Robert Downey Jr!!! That is darn awesome news in my opinion.

The Ann Rice Vampire Chronicles (published):

Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)


From Bloody Disgusting

24 August 2009

Beautiful Revolution

A friend sent me a link to this blog. It's glorious. Love it. Random like Ed Monkton, but different. Andre Jordon and his Beautiful Revolution - worth a surf!

22 August 2009

Spielberg to remake 'Harvey'?!

(The one with the giant invisible rabbit). I *love* this film and was very surprised to hear that a remake is in the works...

Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he will only be serving as a producer on Matt Helm. His next film as director will be Harvey, according to Variety.

The story of the middle-aged eccentric whose best friend is an invisible six-foot rabbit named Harvey has, of course, been filmed before, as the 1950 classic starring James Stewart. That film was also based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase, and the official line on the new version seems to be that it's a fresh adaptation rather than a remake.

This will be the first Dreamworks production following its divorce from Paramount, and has been set up with Fox. Spielberg has several irons currently in the fire, with Helm, Lincoln and The 39 Clues all heating up following his work on Tintin. But Fox's chairman Tom Rothman was able to snare the director with a ready-to-go script by novelist Jonathan Tropper.

The film is expected to start shooting early in 2010, and Variety namedrops Tom Hanks and Will Smith as possible contenders for the lead (well, if you're recasting a Jimmy Stewart role and Hanks' name doesn't come up, you're doing something wrong).

Empire

20 August 2009

Caprica + James Marsters!

I was a latecomer to the remake of Battlestar Galactica, but when I started it I watched it all the way through in record time.

I have yet to watch the pilot for 'Caprica', a prequel to BSG, but it looks like the show has been picked up for more episodes.

EW (Ausiello Files) reports that Caprica exec producer Jane Espenson is using her powers as a charter member of the Whedonverse for good. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Buffy/Angel all-star James Marsters is joining the Battlestar Galactica prequel for a sizable arc.

Marsters will play a dangerous terrorist leader by the name of Barnabus Greeley in a minimum of three episodes. Driven by desires both moralistic and carnal, Barnabus is as lethal as he is unpredictable.

And no ones does lethal and unpredictable better than Marsters.

Caprica is set to make its debut on Jan. 22.

Awesome!!

19 August 2009

HEMA link

I got this via email the other day. It's one of the coolest shop websites I've seen (and I can't read Dutch hehe)

HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam.

Take a look at HEMA's product page. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch - but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens.

Don't click on any of the items in the picture, just wait!

Click link below and enjoy - you need sound to enjoy it best!!

http://producten.hema.nl

13 August 2009

Austin, zombies, and monsters

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jane Austen novel in possession of added gore will be a surefire best-seller.

That's the conclusion reached by publishers since the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an unlikely literary sensation created by adding dollops of "ultraviolent zombie mayhem" to Austen's classic love story.

Zombies - billed as 85 percent Austen's original text and 15 percent brand-new blood and guts - has become a best-seller since it was published earlier this year, with 750,000 copies in print. There's a movie in the works. And it has spawned a monster - or, more accurately, a slew of literary monster mash-ups.

Next month, Zombies publisher Quirk Books is releasing Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which adds giant lobsters and rampaging octopi to Austen's love story.

Out this week from another publisher is Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, a supernatural sequel which portrays the aloof hero of Pride and Prejudice as an undead bloodsucker. Later this year comes Jane Bites Back, in which the author herself develops a taste for blood.

Even Austen purists admit a grudging admiration for the Zombies concept.

"In publishing terms, it's brilliant," said Claire Harman, a Columbia University professor and author of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World.

"Why did I spend three years writing a critical book on Austen? Why didn't I just think of that?"

Quirk Books editorial director Jason Rekulak said he was inspired by the internet-unleashed wave of "creative copyright infringement" - musical and video mash-ups that mangle styles and genres for comic or dramatic effect.

He made a list of classic books whose copyrights have lapsed and were ripe for pillage, from Moby Dick to Great Expectations.

"Then I made a list of things that might enhance these novels - robots, ninjas, zombies," Rekulak said. "As soon as I drew a line between 'Pride and Prejudice' and zombies, I knew I had a great title."

The irresistible title is key to the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book itself keeps most of Austen's story - girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl is won over by boy's good looks and large fortune - with added chunks of zombie violence by US writer Seth Grahame-Smith.

Zombies and its successors are the latest mutant offshoots of the unstoppable Austen industry.

The author wrote just six novels before she died at age 41 in 1817, but they have inspired endless spinoffs, from "chick-lit" novels like The Jane Austen Book Club to time-travelling TV series Lost in Austen and Bollywood-tinged movie Bride and Prejudice.

There are books on everything from etiquette (Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners) to gardening (In the Garden with Jane Austen), and a huge internet-based community of passionate Jane-philes.

It's a remarkable turnaround for a writer who achieved limited success in her lifetime and was largely forgotten after she died.

FEISTY HEROINES

Harman, who studied Austen's resurrection by a band of late 19th-Century admirers, said her global fame rests partly on the appeal of her elegant, witty books, with their blend of social commentary, feisty heroines and romantic happy endings.

"Because there are only six of them, (readers) want more and they will riff on the scenes she provided," Harman said. "People want to wallow. They want to get in that lovely warm bath and have a longer bath."

And partly, Harman said, it's good timing, "a kind of technological luck."

The emergence of the internet coincided with a wave of Austen adaptations, including the BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice and Ang Lee's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility the same year, that brought the writer new fans.

That doesn't explain the surprising affinity between Austen's Regency world, with its horse-drawn carriages, country-house balls and empire line dresses, and the supernatural.

"There's more overlap between the two worlds than I ever imagined," said Rekulak, who was startled to find a large number of Austen fans at Comic-Con, the San Diego conference devoted to all things science fiction and fantasy.

"It struck me that that kind of Regency romance is its own sort of fantasy," he said.

It's not so far-fetched to see echoes of handsome, brooding Mr. Darcy in the teen-heartthrob vampires of the Twilight books and movies or the TV series True Blood.

Amanda Grange, author of Sourcebooks' Mr Darcy, Vampyre, said she found it easy to add dark, Gothic overtones to the story of Darcy and Lizzy Bennet. Austen wrote against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, and in an era that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the first vampire stories.

Like many good publishing ideas, the trend could soon spiral out of control. Rekulak says he can't stop friends and family sending him ideas for more books - he has a list of more than 200 titles, from A Farewell to Arms and Legs to The Brothers Kara-zombie.

The coming months promise more in the same bloody vein from a variety of publishers, including Queen Victoria: Demon-Hunter and I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas.

In the United States, where Quirk Books is based, all books copyrighted before 1923 are in the public domain. For other books, copyright generally expires some decades after the author's death, but this varies from country to country.

If nothing else, the trend proves the willingness of readers and writers to eliminate the gap between pop culture and what used to be known as high art.

Grange said she had the idea for her story years ago while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV show about a suburban California student who battles demons.

"I just thought that if they ever did a Pride and Prejudice episode it would work really well," Grange said. "You could have Buffy as Lizzy and Angel as Darcy.

"People used to live in more compartmentalised worlds," she said. "Now we are exposed to all of it - we study the classics at school but then we go home and watch TV."

From stuff.co.nz

Pearl Jam - OMG!

I'm GOING!! I've never seen Pearl Jam live, but that will change on Friday 27 November *grins*

Read all about it at Under the Radar

11 August 2009

Gomez!!!

Gomez are heading back to NZ to play 3 shows this October in support of recently released 6th album A New Tide.

In October 2008, Gomez celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Mercury Prize-winning debut, Bring It On. In the decade since, Gomez has stood apart from their peers, earning critical praise and an ever-growing fanbase for their eclectic and ambitious music. And finally, the band is bringing it on again for their ardent supporters here in New Zealand.

Dad and I are heading to see them at the Powerstation, Sunday 18th October! Yay!

Read all about it at Under the Radar

10 August 2009

Robin Hood Sent To The Future

The Robin Hood legend will be getting a futuristic update, says Risky Biz Blog.

Few plot details have been revealed about the project, but it will be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population. Producers describe it as "a futuristic action adventure" that will be "both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood." Sounds a bit like Paul Kane's graphic novel Arrowhead.

Commercials director Nicolai Fuglsig will direct the film, which will be produced by The Dark Knight's Charles Roven and 300's Craig Flores.

Strange that the project should be in development at the same time as Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe as the lead. Back in 1991 a similar thing happened, with Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves going up against another Hood film from Fox (which went straight to television).

The character of Robin Hood originated in medieval English folklore but has had many variations in pop culture through the centuries. It typically centers on a commoner who, pursued by an evil king, retreats with his band of followers to live as outlaws, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Flicks.co.nz

09 August 2009

iGod

It was only a matter of time. Talk to God here: http://www.titane.ca/concordia/dfar251/igod/main.html

Bloody hilarious stuff!

07 August 2009

John Hughes Dies :(

John Hughes, the legendary writer, director and producer, has died of a heart attack. He was 59. Hughes was best known for a string of 1980s teen movies, most notably The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Weird Science. As a writer and producer he was also responsible for the National Lampoon's Vacation series, the Home Alone series and assorted hits from Planes, Trains and Automobiles to the Miracle on 34th Street remake.

Hughes was born in Michigan, where he set many of his films, and started his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago, before going to work for National Lampoon magazine. After doing rewrites on several very bad films, he decided that he could do better, and started writing screen comedies. The sixteen films (as writer) and seven (as director) that followed during the 1980s gave him an incredible run of success, but he retired from directing after 1991's Curly Sue, and spent most of the last 18 years as a farmer in the Midwest. That said, he did still dabble in some screenwriting work for films like Just Visiting, the remake of the French comedy starring Jean Reno, and the Jennifer Lopez-starring Maid In Manhattan.

Hughes is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, and his two sons. If any children of the '90s out there are wondering why he'll be so missed by children of the '70s and '80s, this, this and this are good examples why.

*sniff* Empire

03 August 2009

Metronomy back in NZ

Metronomy are returning to Auckland for a one-off show in October. I missed the first one and I'm not sure if I'll make this one... I think it would be a blast though!

Following a sellout Auckland show at the height of summer with Parisian sleaze rockers Teenagers, Brighton synth pop quartet Metronomy return to New Zealand to reignite the passions their first visit aroused. The show was one of the hottest tickets in town, with queues around the block prior to doors opening, and a mad, heady crush inside. The crowd were not disppointed, as Metronomy's legendary live show stunned all in attendance, with songs like Radio Ladio and A Thing For Me (described in Real Groove's review as "pop songs which leap madly and capture their subjects perfectly") becoming pocket-sized anthems.

Read all the details at Under the Radar