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Saturday, August 16, 2008

8/16/08 Mixtape!

Here's another mixtape from the best new music from the week that was, including Franz Ferdinand, Cat Power, and Fleet Foxes! Take care now ..


1.) Franz Ferdinand - Lucid Dreams
2.) DeVotchKa - The Clockwise Witness
3.) CSS - Jager Yoga
4.) Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
5.) Cat Power - He Was a Friend of Mine (Bob Dylan Cover)
6.) Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines
7.) Jay Reatard - See/Saw
8.) The Stills - Eastern Europe
9.) This Is Ivy League - London Bridges (French Horn Rebellion Remix)
10.) Calexico - Two Silver Trees

Friday, August 15, 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Movie Review

Directed By: Dave Filoni
Voices: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is somewhat complicated. The movie itself? No. But reviewing it compared to the live-action Star Wars Saga is. When at first preparing to view The Clone Wars, the audience must make a heavy footnote - that this isn't going to be the giant Star Wars you wanted it to be - before you buy your ticket. No, this movie is heavily annotated by The Clone Wars TV series released on Cartoon Network three years ago (which was actually better than Episodes I and II.) And another huge note; The Clone Wars was not directed by George Lucas, so it had it's shot to be great.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a minor adventure in the Anakin story-line that takes place between Episodes II and III (notice Anakin's scar is already visible, and hair is beginning to change), in which Skywalker is assigned to take Ashoka Tan, a Jedi Padawan, under his teachings. If you wish to talk about the film's major flaw, there it is. Ashoka, through almost the entire movie, is unbearable. She preens the attitude of an American teenager with an ideology of "anything you can do I can do better." In any matter of speaking, she's just annoying and doesn't fit the fictional universe well. The two are assigned to rescue Jabba The Hutt's son, who was kidnapped from the Tattoine crime lord, under conspiracy plans by Count Dooku.

The film does have it's share of bright spots, however. The action, while at sometimes overshadowing story, is joyfully relentless, like how you would figure a war in the Star Wars galaxy should be. And the dialogue is tweaked away from whining and terrible rational, to almost normal and understandable verbiage. The one real shining quality though were the Clone Troopers themselves. Instead of the CG stiffness they received in the prequels, the troopers received a bit of personality this time, and you actually enjoy seeing them on screen.

The film runs short - about 100 minutes long - and doesn't really give the viewer much of anything to interpret into the big picture that is Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the rest of the story. That being said, while you can note the film had no downgrading falls other than Ashoka, there's nothing that really amazes the viewer either. It's nothing special to the casual fan, and it may come off even worse to someone who knows little to nothing of Star Wars. It's for serious fans only. And even then it's somewhat lost.

Score: 7.1 out of 10.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Captain Obvious' Cover Mixtape VIII

This was my first venture into Captain Obvious' Website, which I found while scoping Elbows for another Okkervil River single from their forthcoming Stand-Ins album. While I still can't get an MP3 copy of "Starry Stairs", I got another quality mixtape for you guys. I'm straying away from my usual dash of electro-club music for a moment, and sticking with my indie-alternative roots (?). The Covers Mixtape XIII is a damn well made collection of rare cover tunes by a few of today's best acts, including the ever elusive Okkervil River, with their cover of John Phillip's "April Anne," and Lackthereof's cover of The National's "Fake Empire." I wont have a lot of time to enjoy it though because i'll be waiting for the Star Wars: Clone Wars midnight showing. But you guys have your fill.



Mike Myers Set To Play Small Role in Inglorious Bastards?!

Apparently, Mike Myers is going to have a small role in the new Quinten Tarantino film, Inglorious Bastards. Can the comedian bring a touch of The Love Guru in the WWII Remake? If Satan has his way again, possibly.

Let's Go to War

DJ Cirkut, Peter-John, and Sonny G make up Let's Go to War (Myspace), an electro-outfit from Toronto that have been somewhat under the radar for a while. The trio have done heavy club work, including pairing with M.I.A., and are ready to break away from the opening stages of their career. You can check the Canadians out at New York's CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival (Oct. 21-25), but grab a few download's before you leave.

let's go to war - whole city's got a cold* - Badassssss .....
let's go to war - life we live
let's go to war - push up ya lighter

Original article posted by Aleks at Discodust.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Curtis Vodka - Get Down Tonight Mix

Producer and DJ Curtis Vodka just released his huge mixtape, entitled Get Down Tonight, for Krudmart. It's an enormous 80's mixtape that goes through the works from Erik B. & Rakim, to De la Soul, to Mateo & Matos.


1. Intro
2. Jungle Brothers - Bragging & Boasting (Instrumental)
3. Big Daddy Kane - Get Into It
4. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full (7 Minutes of Madness the Coldcut Remix)
5. De la Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
6. Indeep - The Record Keeps Spinning
7. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
8. Orlando Johnson & Trance - Chocolate City
9. Joyce Sims - Lifetime Love
10. Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx
11. Kenny Dope - Petey Wheatstraw Returns
12. Sagat - Funk Dat (Inst-Raw-Mental)
13. Saturn V - Come Into My Life
14. Logic - The Warning (2 Copy Mix)
15. Bass Hitt - U.K. One Day (That Over Night Thang Mix)
16. Club Ultimate - Carnival 93 (The Mardi Gras Mix)
17. DJ Pierre - Pump It Up
18. Korin Ladke - A Dozen Rosies
19. Jimpster - Dangly Panther
20. Joyful Noise - Song For S. Part 2
21. Rhythm Warfare - Two Notches
22. Mateo & Matos - Rainbow

Story originally published by Mark Richardson at Pitchfork.

Lesser Panda

These bits came through Slutty Fringe yesterday about Lesser Panda, an English disco house group with a fan base including DFA's own Tim Sweeney. If you know me personally, that's enough to throw me on board. You can check out L.P.'s Myspace here, and take these download's home with you.

Wes Anderson and Jason Shwartzman Go To Borders

I found this video through Whitney Matheson's Pop Candy (again) of director Wes Anderson and friend/actor Jason Shrwartzman strolling through a Borders Store in Ann Harbor Michigan, giving their picks for favorite music and films. You can't really tell if they're serious at any point, but it shouldn't detract you from watching.

Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

Directed By: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan, and 4500 cameos.

Ben Stiller, in his first directorial role since 2001's Zoolander, has created possibly the most epic comedy in years. To truly gross what Tropic Thunder is, one has to engulf the massive - I mean massive - cast in this film; think The Departed but funnier with dozens of more cameos.

The film centers mostly around Stiller's character Tugg Speedman, an action movie vet in the likeness of Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal, who is set to play Sgt. Four Leaf Tayback in the Vietnam War biopic, Tropic Thunder, based off Tayback's (Nolte) book. Speedman stars alongside Jeff Portnoy, played by Black, a comedy mainstay akin to Eddie Murphy, Alpa Chino (Jackson), a rapper getting his first shot at movies, Kevin Sandusky (Baruchel), an upstart actor getting his first big break, and Kirk Lazarus, played by Robert Downey Jr. It's already well documented through the trailers (to clear up any ill will) that Lazarus is the Daniel Day Lewis of Stiller's world, winning a total of five Oscars throughout his career, and going over the deep end to play his roles. So deep in fact he changes his skin color to play Thunder's black Sgt. Osiris. For myself, Downey has really climbed the personal latter of "favorite actors" for me, going right up there with Ewan McGregor and Clive Owen after Thunder and Iron Man.

As for the movie, it's really hard to ignore Thunder's two most surprising roles - Matthew McConaughey as Speedman's agent Rick Peck, and Tom Cruise as the hyper violent super producer Les Grossman. It's exciting to know that these two were actually in the movie, despite Cruise's public negativity, and McConaughey's awful track record in film. The two are grossingly funny, especially Cruise, and give the film another enjoyable edge. As for the central cast themselves, each of them comprise their roles to complete a movie that isn't only funny, but actually a damn good action movie. Tropic Thunder completely passes the months of hype, and delivers the summer's funniest movie; yes, even better then Pineapple Express.

Score: 9.1 out of 10.

The Tenth Dimension

I'd like to thank Bobby Solomon at Kitsune Noir for finding another gem of a video piece. This one, called "Imagining the Tenth Dimension," was created by Rob Bryanton, and catapult's the casual viewer into the physics and logic behind the ideologies of multiple dimensions. It's a wonderful find if you're like me and enjoy the non-necessary learning's of far and beyond science. Think of it as watching Discovery without having to deal with the reality of Ice-Road Truckers promos in between segments.

You can check Bryanton's website, Tenthdimension.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tropic Thunder Premiere Tonight!

I'm ready for the Downey Jr. Thunder!

I'll have the review up by tomorrow.

Free Album!: We The They - Abbey Road Sessions EP

We The They's Abbey Road Sessions EP was produced in part by Ben Kweller and Albert Hammond, Jr. in case you were worried that this was too insignificant to touch. The EP, which is only a musty three songs, but a joyful collection of poppish guitar songs, none the least. Have fun with it!

We The They - Abbey Road Sessions EP MP3

This was originally posted by Ekko at Berkeley Place.

Kanye West - Champion Video

Sticking with the Olympic/Puppet theme that Bears and Bullets is so fond of, I proudly bring you Kanye West's newest video for Champion. It's the story of (puppet) Kanye finally(?) getting accepted after into the "Unified Games" as a runner after a long process of committee deliberation.

Whatever, watch the video.

Kanye West's album Graduation is available at Island Def Jam.

Radiohead Are Even Better Than I Thought They Were!

I failed to mention that Radiohead posted a $10,000 prize for whomever won an animated clip competition for their songs. The band recently chose four winners, and split $30,000 of their own respective cash to each of them. Here are the details of the winners from Pedestrian.TV.

"The four winning clips from Kota Totori of Japan (aka Hideyuki Kota), Wolfgang Jaiser and Claus Winter of Germany (aka 16tracks), Clement Picon of France, and Tobias Stretch of the United States are below and definitely have enough visual firepower to stand up to their audio counterparts."

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Database - Ugly Edit Vol. One Compilation

Well, something better from Discodust popped up. Database (myspace) are made up of Lucio and Yuri from Sao Paulo, and I might as well just stick to the out of the States theme for a while.

According to Aleks at Discodust, the duo have just added an entire compilation to their Myspace with multiple guest spots, including; "the twelves, bo$$ in drama, fisk, cello zero, roots rock revolution, fabrizio martinelli and midnight martyn." Good news for Disco House - Brazil Addition.

Raziek - Five Fingers

Miss Toats plugged this single and remix of Five Fingers by Raziek earlier today on Discodust, and I gotta tell you, if whomever is reading this loves anal, then this is the song for you. Particularly for my taste, anal isn't really in my quantified interests as of now (i'll give it top thirty), but i'm willing to make exceptions for free dance tracks from any French DJ - come on, you look at the nation's track record for electro and defy it.

Raziek - Five Fingers http://discodust.com/files/Raziek%20-%205%20Fingerz.mp3

Raziek - Gimme Five Ass EP Minimix

You can buy Raziek's Gimme Five Ass - EP at Beatport.

Another New Song from Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear has gone a recent tangent during the festival and Radiohead tours of playing an astonishing amount of new material. If you haven't heard already the group debuted four new songs at Lollapalooza (which I regrettably missed even though I was there), a week after premiering "Two Weeks" on The Late Show with David Letterman. Well, it turned out that the group premiered another new track at the recent Jersey City All Points West Festival (also regret that I missed). Check out their live performance from the festival of "Fine For Now."

Just wait for tomorrow night when the group ventures into Camden, NJ (joy's birthplace) with Radiohead. Here's a twenty saying they throw another new one at the audience (more regret that I can't go again.)

Priscilla Ahn on La Blogotheque

La Blogotheque has to be one of the greatest websites I've ever come across. If I asked someone (preferably magic) to create a website to my exact desires (non-porn) I would get something I feel similar to Vincent Moon's feed of glorious music videos, titled "Take Away Shows". In case you've never strayed into the French Website's foray, La Blogotheque is a website catalog of some of today's best alternative music, from Andrew Bird, to R.E.M., to Beirut (my favorite so far) among dozens of other respectable acts, filmed to the aesthetic of the wonderfully adventurous director.

And for those who need to skip the intro, Vincent Moon recently released his four part series of Take Away Shows with Priscilla Ahn (myspace), a Los Angeles native folk artist, alike the works of St. Vincent and the aforementioned Andrew Bird. Aside from the music side, well, she's really cute (sorry, needed to). Check it out yourself!

New Franz Ferdinand - Lucid Dreams

I'll forefront the apologies on this one that it's only a stream, and to actually stream the entire song you'll need to go to Franz' website and give them your email address (you don't have to be on their mailing list though). It's a slight bitch to go through for just streaming something, but usually Franz Ferdinand is more worth a stream than half other artist's downloads. The Scots stick with the routine of finely crafted guitar-dance opts that have been working for them for the past four years.

And if sports and video games make you go from six to midnight, then you'll be happy to know that this track will appear on tonight's midnight release of Madden 09'.


MSTRKRFT Remix Andre 3000 and John Legend

Thanks to Aleks at Discodust i've come across MSTRKRFT's remix of "Green Light," by John Legend and Andre (Benjamin if movie) 3000. Ironically, according to MSTRKRFT's Myspace, this is a completely legal download, contrary to RIAA original sources. But ignore that for now, and have fun!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fleet Foxes on Letterman

In case you missed their TV appearance last week on The Late Show with David Letterman, or if you're unaware that Sub-Pop's Fleet Foxes are quickly becoming this moment's best new artist, then check out their performance of "Blue Ridge Mountains," posted by Stereogum.

Mike the 2600 King's Drum Machine 8/8/8 Mix

I found this like collection through Soviet Panda two days ago, and wanted to share it with all of you. Mike the 2600 King (check Myspace) sent the mix to S.P. of the Roland-TR 808 (apparently the greatest drum machine ever).


Freestyle - It's Automatic
Tuff Crew - Gimme Some
Public Enemy -Power to the People
Sypder-D - Smerphie's Dance
2 Live Crew - Mr. Mixx on the Mixx
Egyptian Lover - Girls
Beastie Boys - Hello Brooklyn (Demo Version)


Thanks Mike and Panda!

More SwanS!!

This guy's incredible! He's already put out another entire mix! Download it here for the good of Mother Earth.