Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
Hell Is Chrome
Funny thing for a horror/suspense movie, From Hell wasn’t really scary or suspenseful. I mean, it was alright – I didn’t dislike it, not at all. I thought they telegraphed the identity of Jack the Ripper way in advance, but the way the rationale unfolded was compelling enough to keep me interested. Still, it felt kinda flat overall for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on. The look of the film was lacking, at no point did I believe in the slightest that I was look at turn-of-the-centuty London. It looked like sets on a soundstage. I think this is mostly due to the lack of any sky or environment whatsoever in the scenes aside from some establishing shots, it’s all walls and alleys. A minor niggle, I guess, but it really affected how absorbed I got in the film. I haven’t read the graphic novel so I don’t have a point of comparison, but I’m reasonably sure that the book, as always, is better. Moving on.
A happy St Patrick’s Day to all – I was going to post some Irish-themed MP3s, but Teaching The Indie Kids To Dance Again has done a bang-up job instead. Pogue mahone! Yes, I know what it means.
Wilco has posted a new old song from the YHF sessions on their website. You can download “Cars Can’t Escape” in either mp3 OR MP4 format. That’s my boys, always on the cutting edge. I have a different, more downbeat version of the song on the YHF Demos bootleg as “Rhythm”, but more Wilco is always a-ok with me. Meanwhile, Said The Gramophone has an mp3 of “At Least That’s What You Said” recorded live in Oregon last September. What’s strange is that I have another mp3 of the same song that purports to be from the same show, BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME. One of these tracks is lying. LYING. Trust no one. It’s slated to be the leadoff track on A Ghost Is Born, out June 8.
Update: Don’t trust Winamp. Its browser said Sean’s download was a live track, but it’s not – it is, as he said, the actual album track. Leak leak leak!
Plexifilm are well on their way to becoming my favorite people in the world. In addition to having already released DVDs for Pavement, Ted Leo and Wilco’s I Am Trying To Break Your Heart doc, they will be putting out a Galaxie 500 double DVD in June featuring live footage from the band’s personal archives, music videos, an interview and “acoustic” session filmed for UK television, and two complete “bootleg” shows. It’s enough to make a man weep with joy. Details from Damon & Naomi.
How great is it that the Dalai Lama has his own listings on Pollstar? The spiritual leader of all things Buddhist drops phat beats from his latest album April 25 at the Skydome. Kid Koala and Barenaked Ladies to open.
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