Thursday, August 19th, 2004
The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science
Check it out – Yahoo Movies has the first trailer for the new Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. It’s got a whole host of Anderson regulars (though no Kumar Pallana) and from the trailer, it looks pretty damn funny. And New Order’s “Ceremony” soundtracking it? Perfection. I’m waiting for the official soundtrack to be released to see what bands the patronage of Wes Anderson will elevate from obscurity to uber-hipness. The movie comes out December 1.
Here are some other things coming to the cinema this Fall worth getting excited about – is there anything I’m missing? The release date lists only seem to go as far as October.
The rumour mill places Morrissey at the Hummingbird Centre on October 12. This is not confirmed, don’t go camp out for tickets yet. Or actually, do – I’ll bike by and laugh at you. Update: All signs are pointing to this information being correct. So NOW you can go grab your sleeping bags and annoy the employees at Ticketmaster.
I’m really not normally one to nitpick reviews, but this line from Pitchfork’s review of The Hidden Cameras’ Mississauga Goddam had me doing a double-take: “Named for a dam in Gibb’s suburban Ontario hometown…”. Um, is he serious? Because if not, he forgot to make up a punchline for the joke. And if he is serious… well, he’s an idiot. Surely the press release mentioned it being a tribute to Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam”? Because only EVERY other review and article on the planet has mentioned it. Either way, this is the lowest review for a Toronto band from PF in ages – I guess the honeymoon is over. Someone probably didn’t like being peed on.
Largehearted Boy yesterday pointed out Being There, a new online mag with fine taste in music and film. Features in the first issue? Pieces on Joel Plaskett, Stephin Merritt and the Coen Brothers. Yes.
So I got my copy of More Adventurous yesterday, just a day later than the rest of the world. As good as the mp3s sounded, the album sounds even better through my stereo – the production on this record is great. Jenny Lewis’ voice has really come into its own with this record and sounds more confident and emotive than ever before. The album does tail off a little towards the second half but it’s still very very good – like year-end list good. It’s always so satisfying to see a band take that step to realizing their potential, to go from a good band to a great band. I think that with this record Rilo Kiley have made that leap and are destined for greatness, or at least a spot on The O.C. soundtrack. I also think that as good as this record is, they’ve got an even better one in them yet – and that’s even more exciting to contemplate than them soundtracking a makeout session between… um, that guy on The O.C. – the geeky one – and that girl. The really skinny one from The Sixth Sense. You know who I’m talking about. Okay, okay – I don’t watch the show, excuse me for trying to be current. Howabout “a makeout session between Joanie and Chachi”? Is that better? It’s probably not a good thing that I knew Joanie and Chachi were Erin Moran and Scott Baio without even having to look it up, is it. Hrmm. I think I’ve said too much. Where’s the off button on this thing?
np – Rilo Kiley / More Adventurous