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Posts made in May 31st, 2010

PANDA RIOT-Far and Near (EP)

I’m really not sure how to evaluate—or classify—Panda Riot’s, “Far & Near.”  The Chicago band’s synthbeat and shoegaze vocals may lull and disarm, but then a song like “When You Said, When I Said,” will cut in with razor guitar lines.  You may remember their awesome cover of MIA’s “Paper Planes” from back in 2008.  On this EP, they seem to be playing with their genre—not standing dream pop on its head so much as taking it to the edge of the precipice.  Then jumping off.

Very interesting stuff.  It’s shoegaze for folks who find shoegaze boring.  Like me.  For fans of: Liz Phair, The Stars, The Cocteau Twins.

Oh, and remember their cover of MIA’s Paper Planes?  Check it out…..

When You Said When I Said

Paper Planes (MIA cover) ()

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I decided to bust out my weekly musings on superdoings into print and moving media this week, because there’s just so darn much I wanna talk about!

Please, give me comments if you like these features—I enjoy writing them, but I know that most of my regular readers come here for music . . .

1.  MORGAN SPURLOCK MOVIES. The top story this week has to be that one of the most brilliant documentarians of all time, Morgan Spurlock, is going to turn his lens on the San Diego Comic-Con.  Stan Lee, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles will executive produce.  They’re also looking for folks to interview and put in the movie.  Here’s the details:

We are looking to cast original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere.  If this Convention will be the highlight of your year and you have a story to share about your passion, let us know. Join the fellowship, take part in this epic documentary, and write us at Include your name, phone number, a picture, and tell us your story.

2.  MARVEL MOVIES. I guess the hype machines are going again.  Rumor has it now that the 2012 film will feature the Skrulls and a hypnotized Hulk.  True Merry Marvel Marchers know that Loki got Hulk to do nasty stuff way, way, WAY back in The Avengers #1, so we’re not totally rewriting history here.  Just mostly.  Rumor also has it that the film will be (ugh) in 3D.  Non-rumor has it that Dominic Cooper is confirmed to play Howard Stark (Tony’s poppa) in the Captain America movie.  I expect he’ll be designing the shield that made a cameo in Iron Man 2.

3.  D.C. MOVIES. Is anyone who saw the preview even close to being interested in seeing Jonah Hex when it comes out in a few weeks?  Looks terrible.  On the other hand, Green Lantern moviepeople are already talking sequel.  If the flick is good, I’ll consider forgiving them for stealing away our chances of getting a Deadpool movie any time soon.

4.  IRON MAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS, AND HOWARD STERN. On Sirius Radio’s “Geek Time” show, Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau said that “Senator Stern” was named after Howard Stern, and offered the radio host a role in Cowboys & Aliens.  (Stern said he wasn’t interested.)  But of all the so-called superhero geeks associated with The Howard Stern Show and with Geek Time, had nobody heard of Roger Stern, the most important and influential Iron Man writer in history?  Seems to me Favreau was clearly kissing Howard’s behind.

5.  SMALLVILLE. Will be cancelled after next season.  It’s about time.  The show is getting old.  Very old.  And they’re still not saying whether he’ll put on the suit.  Or if Lex Luthor will return.  These are the two biggest faults with the series, so if these aren’t fixed, I doubt I’ll stick with it.  I fast-forward through almost every episode these days, anyway.

6.  METRIC—YES, THE BAND. And for my regular music readers, this last item: I’m not a fan of the Scott Pilgrim comic (it’s not bad, it’s just not my thing), but the movie looks great.  As does the soundtrack, which will feature Metric, among other bands.  Remember when Metric used to be one of the hugest things on the blogosphere, along with Rilo Kiley?

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (Bob Dylan) (acoustic)-Metric (direct link)

Such Great Heights (Postal Service cover)-Rilo Kiley (direct link)



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