Wednesday, August 29, 2007

DVD Review - The Flaming Lips - UFO's at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City (***1/2)

I'm not usually one to get too excited about concert films. To me, unless I am actually at a live show in person, then I'd rather just listen to an artist's recorded work. The only live music DVDs I actually own are The Last Waltz, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival, that Led Zeppelin DVD and The Electrifying Conclusion, the latter of which was given to me. It's not that I don't enjoy watching my favorite bands on the small screen, it's more because of the fact that I don't ever really feel the need to watch them more than once. Well there goes that rule, because you can now add UFO's at the Zoo to the list of concert films that demand a second or third viewing, if not more. Recorded at the Lips' 2006 show at the Oklahoma City Zoo, UFO's at the Zoo documents a sort of homecoming for the group as well as the unveiling of their biggest prop to date, a massive metal UFO from which the band members emerge as it lowers from the top of the stage.

It should come as no surprise to anyone but neophytes that the Lips have never once considered moderation in anything they do, from the music to the drugs to (especially) the spectacle of live performance. Their shows could literally make KISS blush - there is more confetti, smoke, fake blood, streamers, dancing aliens, giant Santa Clause's and eye popping lights than the human mind can possibly handle in one sitting. This would all be overkill if the music didn't fit the occasion though. The Lips are the preeminent psych-rock of my lifetime, amassing a body of work over the past 20+ years that can match nearly any other band. The set list for UFO's draws almost exclusively from their last three records, two of which are stone cold classics, so you know most of the music rules. Unfortunately this show was recorded not long after the release of At War With the Mystics though, the Lips' first record in over 10 years not to really make my jaw drop. But I'll give them credit: they at least choose the best songs ("My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion", "The W.A.N.D.") from Mystics to include here. And although I still can't really stomach "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" or "Free Radicals" in recorded format, they are both helped immensely in the live setting, where the audience is free to go nuts and the Lips can cut loose with crowd participation and the occasional confetti bomb. The energy is palpable.

Or course the Lips know what side their bread is buttered on, and they appease with a number of selections from both the The Soft Bulletin ("Race for the Prize", "The Spark that Bled", "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton") and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (the title track parts 1&2, "Do You Realize?"), in addition to ending the set with a couple of classic early songs ("Love Yer Brain" and the incomparable "She Don't Use Jelly"). Instead of a straight live set though, director Brad Beesley (who directed the very good Lips documentary The Fearless Freaks, which I'd recommend even over this) decided to intersperse clips from the events leading up to show, including footage of Wayne Coyne meeting & greeting with fans, a backstage look at the construction of the Mothership and crew members recruiting fans to dance around on stage in the aforementioned alien and Santa costumes. These intermissions are never overlong, so they don't really kill any momentum. Instead they offer a glimpse of the energy and passion that goes into a Lips show. What it boils down to is the music though, which is pretty stellar throughout. If UFO's at the Zoo can teach us anything, it is exemplified best by Coyne and his speech prior to "Do You Realize?", where he speaks of the overwhelming communal spirit of pop music in it's rawest form. And on that basis, The Flaming Lips and UFO's at the Zoo succeed marvelously.

Note: UFO's at the Zoo is available in MVI format, which plays on any Region 1 DVD player. The disc's bonus features are unlocked if you insert the disc in your computer however. It includes a digital booklet, downloadable wallpapers, a buddy icon, a ringtone maker and the complete performance in MP3 format so you can load it onto your iPod or burn it to a CD.

Here are a couple video clips from UFO's at the Zoo

"Race for the Prize"

"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1"

Monday, August 27, 2007

"Control" Builds Momentum

Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis bio-pic Control has been one of Stereo Sanctity's most anticipated films for quite some time, and with the announcement of the film picking up two major awards (Best Film and Best Performance for Sam Riley) at the Edinburgh Film Festival, excitement only continues to grow. Go to Yahoo Movies for the whole story.

It is also being reported that a Joy Division documentary is premiering next month at the Toronto Film Festival. On top of all that, there are rumors circulating that Joy Division's 2 albums (Unknown Pleasures and Closer), in addition to b-sides/rarities collection Still will be reissued and remastered by year's end.

Playlist #2

Here we go again. 15 songs you must hear right now! Click the big play button over in the side bar to play each song in full. Click 'em individually for (most of the time) 30 sec previews.

Young Marble Giants - The Taxi: The minimalist post-punk legends received the long awaited reissue treatment this year with the 3 disc expansion of their sole 1980 LP Colossal Youth.

Melvins - Honey Bucket: The sludge metal icons take to the road this year in association with the Don't Look Back series where they will play Houdini in its entirety. Joining them in LA will be Mudhoney, who will tear through Superfuzz Big Muff Plus Early Singles. I feel dirty just thinking about that show.

Sunn O))) - Cursed Realms (of the Winterdemons): Drone-metal mavens Sunn O))) take on Immortal's "Cursed Realms" with assistance from Malefic, whose inhuman screams (recorded in a coffin) will undoubtedly haunt your dreams. From 2005s modern classic Black One.

Chavez - Repeat the Ending: The sadly underrated indie rock band Chavez got some much deserved payback last year, when Matador reissued their 2 studio records with all accompanying singles and rarities under the title Better Days Will Haunt You to universal acclaim. "Repeat the Ending" was Chavez's debut single, released just before Gone Glimmering.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Taste the Floor: In one of the most unexpected moves of the year, The Jesus and Mary Chain regrouped to play a number of shows, including the Coachella fest. They are said to be working a new material for a brand new record. "Taste the Floor" can be found on the Mary Chain's first (and best) record Psychocandy.

Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck: The ethereal dream pop band at perhaps the height of their powers. From 1990s Heaven or Las Vegas.

Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke): It's funny to think back at all the hubbub over Wilco's wildly experimental 2003 record A Ghost is Born. Funny because I don't think anyone would mind another record like this after hearing their disastrous follow-up, this year's AOR headache Sky Blue Sky.

Akron/Family - Future Myth: The Brooklyn based avant folk collective known as Akron/Family return with a new album later this year. So here's "Future Myth", from a 2005 split LP with Angels of Light.

Manitoba - Hendrix with KO: Dan Snaith just released a wonderful new psych-pop record called Andorra under the Caribou moniker, which is polarizing audiences over its unapologetic pop tendencies. "Hendrix with KO", from 2003s much loved Up in Flames shows Snaith in his earlier, more electronic/shoegazey mode. He may not surpass the heights of Up in Flames, but everything he has done since seems like a logical extension of the same sound artist.

Broadcast - Black Cat: The electro-pop duo Broadcast has been keeping a relatively low profile since dropping their great Tender Buttons record a couple years back, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth revisiting.

The Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine: Of all my purchases this year, CD86: 48 Tracks from the Birth of Indie Pop may be my favorite. The Sea Urchins, who's "Pristine Christine" is featured on the collection, are actually one of the most well known bands on the comp, which goes to show you how deep this collection dives. It also happens to be one the most perfect pop songs I've ever heard.

Scott Walker - Tilt: The title track from the avant garde sound sculptor's 1995 masterpiece Tilt.

Panda Bear - Untitled (03): Before Panda Bear became this year's most critically acclaimed pop savant, he was just one of the 4 members of (then) cult group Animal Collective. He released a modest solo acoustic album back in '04 called Young Prayer, which consisted of 9 untitled tracks that played as a kind of, well, prayer for his recently deceased father. I've heard a lot of records, but nothing quite sounds like Young Prayer.

Elliott Smith - Angel in the Snow: The most startling thing about the new Elliott Smith rarities collection New Moon is just how deep this man's catalogue was. He seemingly tossed away songs that most singer-songwriters would kill to attach their names too. "Angel in the Snow" is one of those songs.

Dungen - Gor Det Nu: Dungen's new LP Tio Bitar, the Swedish psych band's follow-up to their epic Ta Det Lungt hasn't experienced a fraction of the hype that that record did, but it more than hold it's own as a strong record. "Gor Det Nu" is one of the better songs on the very strong first half of Tio Bitar.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm Not There & Jesse James Trailers

I am headin out of town for the weekend, so I leave you with the just released trailers of 2 of the year's most anticipated films: Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan bio-pic I'm Not There and Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I'm Not There

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

DVD Review - House of Games (****)

David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut House of Games arrives on a fabulous new DVD courtesy of Criterion today, providing this influential crime-noir the treatment is so richly deserves. When discussing Mamet, one tends to focus on his words, as the Pulitzer Prize winning scribe has continually proven himself as one of the best writers - both for the stage and on screen - of the past quarter century. Taking House of Games as a stand alone piece however, it's not at all hard to see that the man has as great a flair for the visual as for the written word. House of Games is a labyrinth con-man thriller in the vein of Blood Simple or more recent fare such as Hard Eight or Matchstick Men, although it happens to be head and shoulders above all those films. This new digital transfer from Criterion cleans up the film considerably, accentuating the deep shadows and smoky bar scenes, which were carefully mapped out and filmed by cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia.

And then of course there is that script (you can't avoid it), which still stands as one of the best of its kind and one of the most original of the entire 1980s. It's twisting plot and trap door structure has been endlessly pillaged by less talented filmmakers for the going on 2 decades now - there is absolutely no point during the entire course of film where the audience is allowed to know more than any of the characters, making it nearly impossible to guess where the plot is headed at any one moment. It's one of those film's like the Usual Suspects where you will forever cherish the first viewing, as that initial shock will never be forgotten. This seemingly endless oneupmanship on the part of the characters makes the film impossible to summarize, and I won't try, as to not give away the film's treasure chest of secrets and well earned revelations. However, this is not to say that a single viewing is enough to unravel the intricacies of Mamet's morality play. Let's just say that the cat and mouse game between Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantenga is engrossing enough to warrant multiple viewings. And that's to say nothing of the supporting performances from J.T. Walsh, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy and Lilia Skala, who all turn in strong work in brief but important roles. House of Games was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as picking up the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards from both the Venice Film Festival and the London Film Critics Circle. It also made film critic Roger Ebert's list of the 10 Best Films of the 1980s.

This new DVD is a typically fantatsic job well done for the folks at Criterion who, as I said before, have remastered both the sound and the picture, while preserving the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. As for the special features, there are brand new interviews with both Crouse and Mantenga in addition to original on-set footage with Mamet. The highlight of the disc though is the informative audio commentary from Mamet and Rick Jay, who lend insight and shed light on the film's interesting genesis. There is also a large booklet with an essay on the film by critic Kent Jones as well as a lengthy excerpt from Mamet's original introduction to the screenplay. This is one of the year's most pleasant surprises in terms of DVD releases, providing the perfect opportunity to either revisit or discover for the first time this oft-forgotten classic.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Playlist #1

I technically started this last week, but I didn't really have time to breakdown the actual songs, which I plan on doing with each playlist, for the sole purpose of establishing some context if you've never heard the artist or band. No theme this week per say, just tons of great tunes. You'll find the player right over there in the side bar, just click the play button and go about your business.

Laurie Anderson - "Big Science": The title track from experimental sound artist Laurie Anderson's recently reissued classic Big Science.

Frog Eyes - "Bushels": The unhinged 9 minute centerpiece from Frog Eyes' masterful new record Tears of the Valedictorian.

Animal Collective - "Infant Dressing Table": Experimental audio collage from avant pop savants Animal Collective. Originally from 2003s breakthrough Here Comes the Indian.

Seefeel - "Polyfusion": Ambient techno track from electronic/post-rock pioneers Seefeel. From Quiqui: Redux Edition, finally reissued earlier this year.

Bjork - "Declare Independence": One of the few salvageable tracks from this years disappointing Volta. It also happens to be one the year's best songs though.

Sleater-Kinney - "Oh!": I never got a chance to pay tribute to the sadly departed indie rock mainstays Sleater Kinney last year. So now I offer you this, one of the strongest tracks off their darn near perfect record One Beat.

Sebadoh - "Scars, Four Eyes": Recently reformed with the original lineup, Sebadoh have experienced a mini revival of sorts with last year's reissue of their stone cold classic record III (from where this song is taken). Their debut record The Freed Man was reissued this year as well.

Big Black - "Jordan Minnesota": Figured I get this outta the way. In case you were wondering where I got my "internet" name from. The song itself deals with a child molestation ring broken up in Minnesota in the early 80s. Lovely, right?

The Fall - "Spoilt Victorian Child": The Fall are a band that rotates as one of my answers when someone asks me who my favorite band is. This is one of their best songs, taken from their towering masterpiece This Nations Saving Grace.

Charalambides - "Stroke": Lengthy mind trip from the experimental psych-folk act. From their disorienting epic Joy Shapes.

Fugazi - "Bed for the Scraping": Somehow no Fugazi record made our Top 25 Albums of the 90s list (not for lack of trying though: 4 different records received votes). I'll right that wrong right now: "Bed for the Scraping" is the ferocious 2nd track off their classic record Red Medicine.

The Mountain Goats - "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton": What, you need further recommendation outside of that title? From All Hail West Texas.

The Exploding Hearts - "I'm a Pretender": Just one of the many anthemic tracks from the deeply missed pop-punk revivalists. Taken from Guitar Romantic, still one of the decades best records. RIP

The Books - "Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again": The laptop-folk sound sculptors craft yet another evocative mood piece.The opening track from their cult classic Thought for Food.

The Fiery Furnaces - "Quay Cur": The mountainous ten minute opener from Blueberry Boat, one of the decades most divisive records. Still the peak moment for the Furnaces I think.

And that's that. Enjoy.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Jeff Buckley - I Know It's Over (Smiths cover)

A couple months ago, a compilation entitled So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley was released, which I also reviewed. I stick by what I said - if you have his sole record Grace and either/or Live at Sin-e & Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, then this comp is totally useless. There is one thing that salvages the cash in though, and that is Buckley's heartbreaking rendition of The Smiths' The Queen is Dead classic "I Know It's Over". It was recorded live and the intimacy bleeds through. Buckley is one of the few that can actually hold his own with Morrissey in the vocal department, making this one of the few successful Smiths covers I've ever heard. I know its over ten years old, but this is still one of my favorite musical discoveries of the year.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tons of Leaked Dark Knight Pics!

These pics are spreading like wild fire all over the net. Yes, Ledger looks awesome - case closed on that question. Here's what i can find so far. Go to Cinema Fusion for the full size pics though.

Couple New One Sheets + Trailers

These two one sheets - for David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises & the George Clooney-starring Michael Clayton - both surfaced this week, and both are fantastic. Eastern Promises probably won't translate with the Academy (that's just the nature of Cronenberg), but Michael Clayton looks poised to make a run, not only for Clooney, but for Tom Wilksinson and the Original Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (who also directed). And in case you missed them, here are both the trailers as well. (thanks to Awards Daily)

Michael Clayton

Eastern Promises

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

DVD Review - Inland Empire (****1/2)

"Strange, what love does..."

With the official announcement of the long awaited Twin Peaks box set, and now this week's release of Inland Empire on DVD, this is turning into the year of David Lynch. Inland Empire, Lynch's follow up to his landmark 2001 feature Mulholland Dr., placed at a cool #2 on my list of the 10 Best Films of 2006 (see sidebar----->), but this DVD release will likely be the first time most people have had a chance to see this twisted masterwork considering Lynch personally distributed the film to only a limited number of theaters last year. So this is a cause for celebration, as not only is the film now available for us to decode and ponder, but it is augmented with over 210 minutes of special features on a 2nd disk (sic: Lynch's typo, not mine).

The film itself was shot completely on digital video, a format which according to Lynch, he plans on using from now on. It certainly looks cheaper on the surface, but it also lends the picture a more realistic, sometimes documentary feel that 35mm just can't offer (it also allows Lynch to shoot a god awful amount of footage, represented here by an hour and a half of deleted scenes). This is not however the best place to start if you have never sampled the art of Lynch, as Inland Empire is his most aggressively avant-garde film since his 1977 debut Eraserhead. For the Lynch enthusiast though, it is a god send. Follow me: Inland Empire is a movie inside a movie inside an enigma wrapped in a riddle and then dropped and shattered into a million disparate pieces, all refracting light and absorbing thought, memory, dreams and nightmares, only to be spewed out into a melange of lost identities, broken hearts and faded memories. This is film in opposition of the highest order.

Laura Dern gets top billing, and rightfully so as she carries a nearly 3 hour film on her shoulders, in what had to be one of the most psychically and emotionally draining performances in recent memory. Justin Theroux and Jeremy Irons are listed as co-stars, and that they are, although both have relatively small roles. More prominent in the cast are the lesser known actors, who are represented in the film as The Phantom, The Lost Girl, Visitor #1 & 2, a family of life size rabbits, and a troupe of dancing prostitutes. Confused yet? Yeah it's true, it will take multiple viewings of Inland Empire to unravel even a fraction of its seemingly infinite mysteries, but as with most Lynch films, that patience is duly rewarded. And as always, separated from their plots, Lynch films work great as visual art and sound art, with nearly every shot a work of handmade beauty/grotesqueness and every ambient hum and ear shattering shriek perfectly sculpted and articulated. In then end though, Inland Empire is quite simply an impossible film to shake from your pysche. Once it gets it's hooks in you, you'll be lucky to ever erase it's haunting images, which - like it or not - will no doubt be forever burned into you subconscious. Inland Empire is one of the most perfect marriages of the cerebral and the visceral ever captured on film, and as it stands now, one of the decade's greatest works of art.

As I stated before, the DVD contains 1 1/2 hours of deleted scenes, but not as previously thought, edited into a separate feature. All the scenes are mastered and supervised by Lynch however, with all the requisite sound editing and picture sharpness cleaned up to maintain the utmost quality; and all of them stand alone as interesting scenes. Most are fascinating as side notes though, working as background on a number of characters who are (perhaps purposefully) left vague in the film. There is also a lengthy interview with Lynch included, in which discusses the genesis of the project, the events surrounding the film and lots of other off topic issues, including his aversion to scene selection on DVDs and his anger regarding fans who watch films on iPods, phones or computers. Most interesting is the behind the scenes footage though, which shows Lynch working closely with his cast and crew, with very funny footage of him yelling and getting frustrated with everyone from Dern to his lightning guys - it's a complete 180 to the soft spoken persona that he conveys in interviews. Rounding out the disc is a short film entitled "Ballerina", which is basically (you guess it) footage of a ballerina dancing, as well as a cooking lesson with Lynch in which he teaches you to make Quinoa (what, you were expecting something normal?). It's one of the best initial release DVDs you are likely to find.

Watch the trailer
Watch David Lynch Interview (

Sunday, August 12, 2007

IFC &'s 50 Greatest Sex Scenes

The title pretty much says it all. You can read about and watch most of the scenes here and here. I can't believe Basic Instinct didn't make the cut though. That would have gotten my vote. But this was really just an excuse to post that Naomi Watts/Laura Harring pic you see above. Thanks to Awardsdaily for the tipoff. Here are the top 10:

10. Young Frankenstein (1974)
9. The Big Easy (1987)
8. Secretary (2002)
7. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
6. Betty Blue (1985)
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
4. Risky Business (1983)
3. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
2. A History of Violence (2005)
1. Don't Look Now (1973)

Apparat - Fractales Pt. 1

Sascha Ring, electronic mastermind behind the Apparat project just released a solid new record entitled Walls. The record combines his usual techno trickery with a series of pop minded vocal tracks that aren't quite as strong as the purely electronic instrumental tracks, but the record is a nice surprise nonetheless. Smack dab in the middle of the record though is "Fractales Pt.1 & Pt. 2", which together make up one of the better electronic pieces I've heard all year. Unfortunately I am unable to find a stream of Part 2 right now (which if this were a Nike Original Run Mix, could be classified as the cool down after Pt.1's tempo rising heat up), but Pt.1 is proof enough of this man's talents. And in terms of this year's electronic songs divided into separate parts, "Fractales" is right up there with Justice's "Phantom Pt.1 & 2", if that means anything at all. You decide.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Free Panda Bear DVD

I'm sure most Panda Bear/Animal Collective fans already know about this, but People Party, a visual document of the avant-pop sound collagist's massive 3 date summer tour is now available for FREE from Eattapes. There is a single disc version that "features nearly 2 hours of material including a song by each opener, full Panda Bear set edited from 3 nights, sound checks, other random footage, and an exclusive interview with Panda Bear", as well as a 2-disc version (pictured above) that includes all that plus your choice of 2 of the 3 nights' complete sets. The 2 disc set asks for a small donation if, ya know, you actually wanna support this guy who hand made all these DVDs. Of course Panda Bear isn't the most visuualy intersting live act, as he is just one man behind a laptop, but the music is too stellar not to swoop this up. Here's a small taste of what you can expect.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Trailer Roundup

Okay, I've slacking off on this, but there here some trailers for a few of the years biggest Oscar hopefuls. There is a good chance at least 1 of these makes it to the final 5. Which one? Who cares, Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino are in the same movie! And Daniel day Lewis may be corralling his second Oscar.

Marc Forster's The Kite Runner

Terry George's Reservation Road

Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood

Paul Haggis' In The Valley of Elah

Early Buzz for "There Will Be Blood"

Brian Kinsley's new Page to Screen feature over at Incontention deconstructs P.T. Anderson's highly anticipated adaption of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!", There Will Be Blood. Here's an excerpt:

"The screenplay’s conclusion is harrowing, disturbing and utterly perfect; it seals the deal that this is a potential masterpiece and a classic waiting to appear on the big screen."

Read the whole article here

Monday, August 6, 2007

Dark Knight Joker Pic/Teaser Trailer

So yeah, not much going on today, but Kris over at Incontention found this interesting pic of Heath Ledger in his Joker makeup, which if nothing else just ups my anticipation for the movie even more. And if for some reason you haven't seen the teaser, take a look:

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Stylus Magazine's 50 Greatest Rock Drummers

Stylus Magazine is devoting their weekly feature to a list of the 50 greatest rock drummers this week. They are releasing 10 per day, which I will list out for you right here on Stereo Sanctity. In addition, I will embed streams of songs from some of my personal favorite drummers when they appear on the list. You can read their ongoing list here.

50. Rat Scabies (The Damned)
49. Damon Che (Don Caballero)

48. Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney)

47. Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
46. Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis' band etc.)
45. Lol Turhurst/Boris Williams (The Cure)

44. Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü)

43. Hal Blaine (session drummer for The Beach Boys, Elvis, The Ronettes, The Birds, Simon & Garfunkel etc.)
42. Gary Young (Pavement)

41. Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters)
40. Mik Glashier (The Comsat Angels)

39. Tony Allen (Fela Kuti and Afrika '70)
38. Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
37. Jeremiah Green (Modest Mouse)

36. John Densmore (The Doors)
35. Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four)

34. Zach Hill (Hella)

33. Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)

32. Reni (The Stone Roses)
31. Jim Eno (Spoon)

30. Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's band)
29. Brendan Canty (Fugazi)

28. Al Jackson, Jr. (Booker T. & the MG's, Otis Redding's band)
27. Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms)

26. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
25. Levon Helm (The Band)
24. Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)

23. Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Yes)

22. Neil Peart (Rush)
21. Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
20. Bill Berry (R.E.M.)
19. Joe Easley (Dismemberment Plan)

18. Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
17. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
16. Ginger Baker (Cream & Blind Faith)
15. Klaus Dinger (Neu!)

14. Glen Kotche (Wilco)

13. Tony Thompson (Chic)
12. Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)

11. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
10. Bernard Purdie (session drummer for everyone)
9. Moe Tucker (The Velvet Underground)

8. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
7. Topper Headon (The Clash)
6. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, QotSA etc.)

5. Stephen Morris (Joy Division)

4. Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones)
3. Jaki Leibzeit (Can)

2. Keith Moon (The Who)

1. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Final Twin Peaks Defintive Gold Box Features Revealed!!! has specified the final specs on the long awaited 10 disc (!) Twin Peaks Definitive Gold Box Edition. All the features are listed here, along with thoughts from Lynch (who personally supervised the entire endeavor) on the set. For those too lazy to click, here are the highlights:

First and foremost, the set will include the original pilot episode AND the European version of the pilot, which for those of you who don't know is basically the original pilot episode edited into a stand alone Twin Peaks movie, with footage shot by Lynch which would later end up in Cooper's dream sequence early in Season 1. It's more of a novelty item now since it doesn't correspond with the actual series at all, but it is a nice surprise. There is also a massive 4 part documentary on the making-of the series called Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks, which includes interviews with pretty much everyone. Also of note is the sure to be interesting "A Slice of Lynch", a gathering of Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan and (my love) Maedchen Amick in which they discuss the show while eating pie and a drinking coffee. And if things couldn't get any better, there will also be some recently unearthed deleted scenes, which have been cleaned up and remastered by Lynch. All the Log Lady intros will be included too, along with lobby cards and tons of promotional extras. October 30th, 2007 will live in infamy.

In other news: only 12 days until Inland Empire drops on DVD!

The Balcony Archive

Today, Thursday August 2nd sees the launch of The Balcony Archive, which is a 20 year database of original Siskel & Ebert/Ebert & Roeper reviews, all streaming in full, 24 hours a day. And Roger Ebert himself is doing an online chat at 5 PST (oh crap, that's right now!). Get to to watchin!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Come August....

Happy August

Criterion releases Days of Heaven specs

Terrence Malick's 1978 masterwork Days of Heaven finally gets the DVD treatment it deserves from Criterion in October. They have released the cover art (above) and the all the specs on their site. Check it out here. There is equally great news on the Criterion releases of Jim Jarmusch's indie classics Stranger than Fiction and Night on Earth.

If any director deserves the time and energy the Criterion crew puts into their DVD transfers it is Malick, who's 4 films to date - 1973s Badlands, 1974s Days of Heaven, 1998s The Thin Red Line and 2005s The New World - are among the most beautiful creations ever put on celluloid.

Watch the Days of Heaven trailer