When I hear or read about things like this, I always think about that line from Jurassic Park, when the parks creator John Hammond says “Spared no expense”. If this full 1:1 scale model of The Millennium Falcon is any sign of J.J. Abrams dedication to these movies, I’d say he’s in it to win it. According to Geek Tyrant, the rumors that J.J. was going full scale with the MF (yeah, just realized that too), were floating around for awhile, but according to YAHOO, this is happening/happened.
My only guess as to why they’d go through with such a project, is that they have enormous plans for the ship, which probably includes it’s installation at the Star Wars theme park at Disney. You can quote me on that shit!
“A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming. The Falcon is done – inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood.”
Well, at least now Star Wars fans have their Mecca and now know that a pilgrimage will and must be made by the true followers.
- Millennium Falcon spacecraft built for Star Wars: Episode VII (theguardian.com)
- Full-sized Millennium Falcon already built for Star Wars VII? (geeknative.com)
- Full Scale Millennium Falcon Completed for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII! (geektyrant.com)
- STAR WARS EPISODE VII’s Millennium Falcon Has Reportedly Been Built Already (comicbookmovie.com)
- Full scale Millenium Falcon and a new planet ready for Star Wars (techandle.com)
You heard that effing right! The Nolanator is back with another amazing new movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, and John Lithgow called Interstellar. According to The Film Stage, the first trailer for the movie is coming out on December 13th and will be attached to Warner Bros.‘ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
I’m always intrigued to see Un-Dark Knight related material from Christopher Nolan. Each original film he does, proves more often than not, that he’s one of the best science fiction directors of our time. I expect no less from Interstellar, this should be an event sociological.
The story “chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”
- Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Is Coming December 13 (geektyrant.com)
- First Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Attached To THE HOBBIT: TDOS (comicbookmovie.com)
- Christopher Nolan’s First ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Coming in December (slashfilm.com)
- First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Reportedly Attached to THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (collider.com)
- First ‘Interstellar’ Trailer to Debut with ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (screenrant.com)
- Runtime of the Hobbit revealed, Interstellar Trailer to be Attached (flipthetruck.wordpress.com)
- ‘Interstellar’ trailer is on the horizon (louissherman.wordpress.com)
Nothing makes me more upset than when someone claims to enjoy “everything”, but can’t enjoy the simple things in music. I mean, pop and radio rock is the least challenging form of music to listen to. I understand there are many acts that are pretty bad (Nickelback, Finger Eleven), but claim bands that garner a large amount of success or airplay as not worth listening to is the prime example of pretentiousness. 2013 is nearing the end of it’s spectacular run, and it’s coming down to crunch time when picks are made, and time and time again my most listened too seem to be everyone else’s as well. It goes to show the popularity of an artist.
Now as I type this, I have a certain sound in my head when I think of constant radio airplay. It’s one of three categories. First is the club bangers, think big name rap artist featured on some pop stars track. Second category is the new, popular indie artist that everyone pretends they only like, (Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Capital Cities), and my final category is the tried and true rock. Since the 70′s, rock has been the only form of popular music that still receives radio airplay, even if it has fluctuated throughout the years. Different Days is a Montreal based band that grows from that popularized rock sound we all know. Strong, steady drumming, prideful vocals, and the one of a kind guitar tone. Oddly enough, throwing on the EP I received from them the first thing I thought was, “Is this PJ Harvey in 2000?”. It’s a spot-on comparison I’ve been told, and I guarantee if you listen to “A Place Called Home” and compare it to the band’s “Inconspicuous”, you’ll agree.
The group takes pride in their self-sufficient way of doing things. Having multi-talented members who can design artwork, master albums, and brag about a degree in classical production(?), they seem to have everything set. “Different Days” is not only the closer to the same-titled EP, it IS the epitome of their whole band. Feedback that salutes Sonic Youth, incredibly strong fills, and even the opening finger picking foreshadows the ultimate climax. There are so many different sounds on one EP. There’s a heavy metal sound, followed by a top 40 rock vibe, but it doesn’t feel forced with the exception of the opener, “Breathless”. It came across as tinny and lifeless. The upside is that the vocals are incredibly catchy, so it would be a different experience live.
Different Days is a band with a bright future. From PJ Harvey to Bikini Kill, the band knows their roots. They pick and choose only the most engaging parts from each artist to combine it into one unique, colorful blend of music. Different Days EP is a solid showcase into what the group has to offer. When experience and experimenting comes, they should be a band that brings a lot to the table for record labels. I guarantee them as the next indie sweethearts. Listen to “Static” and attempt to put a frown on, which is only acceptable when headbanging.
Listen to the entire EP below, and download!
Be to check out their facebook page here
To commemorate the release of the highly anticipated documentary Bettie Page Reveals All directed by Mark Mori and narrated by Bettie Page herself, MITNG and Filmbar, are hosting a contest. “What kind of contest?”…you ask?
For tickets to the screening fool!
On December 6, 2013 Filmbar is going all out!!!
On First Friday December 6th FilmBar will celebrate the Arizona Premier of the new documentary Bettie Page Reveals All with a Classic Car Show, Bettie Page Photo booth (by Allons-y Media) & Bettie Page inspired DJ Set. The film will screen at 6:30 & 9pm (with additional show times throughout the week). The Classic Car Show begins at 6pm with a focus on pre-1965 American made automobiles. Patrons can pose with a pinup in the photo booth from 7:30pm onwards & DJ JP Woody of the MONDO TWANG podcast and Aquarium Drunkard music blog will provide swinging sounds in the lounge with a DJ set inspired by Bettie Page beginning at 9pm.
Yep…it’s going to be quite a time and you can be apart of it. Here’s how!
1. Tell us where Bettie Page was born. Give us the name of the photographer/former pin up model, who worked with Bettie Page and lastly, share our screening event on your Facebook page. We will be notified of your “sharing” by going to our Facebook page “Liking” it (if you haven’t already) and sharing the event from our site. You could send us a screen cap of the share, but it’s not necessary.
2. Post your answers in the comment section of the Bettie Page event on MITNG’s Facebook.
3. The first one to answer correctly will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the event
And that’s it! Do this and we will contact you to get your name and the time you’d like to see the film as well as the name of your guest! Feel free to dress the part on Dec 6th! It’s going to be an awesome night!!
- Trailer for Bettie Page Reveals All finally talks to the woman herself (mitng.org)
- First Look: Unpublished Nude Photos of Bettie Page [NSFW] (nymag.com)
- Trailer for Bettie Page Documentary, BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL! (aintitcool.com)
- ‘Bettie Page Reveals All’ Maintains the Pinup Artist’s Mystique (Review) (popmatters.com)
- New Trailer for “Bettie Page Reveals All” Reveals A Lot [VIDEO] (coed.com)
Turntablism (if that’s a word) has come a long way since the release of it’s arguable epitome of Entroducing….. in 1996 Although that primarily fits in as a hip-hop record, it led the way for future acts such as Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, and even AraabMuzik. Now these latter musicians take a more electronic roots approach by using an MPC as their weapon of choice, but still continue on the sampling, mixing, and hip-hop approach used by DJ Shadow. Yes, there’s a lot more to it than one record, but electronic music is continually looked at by what influences it instead of what it has influenced.
A great example is the jounreyman of electronic music in Europe, Sound Strider. Combining elements of psychedelia, hip-hop, and dance music, Sam Waks (Sound Strider) has created a name for himself in the ever growing live electronic scene overseas. With a recent EP released titled Intrepid Travels EP, it’s a little hard to believe that Waks music has been played in front of audiences in the thousands. The track “The Stakes” opens with glitchy snare track that flutters with an open hi-hat beat that cannot stick together. It’s a psych-rock drummers dream to have this beat, but it seems it can only be done on a drum machine. It’s complexity, along with a wonky bass line and a voice over from the the past telling me I’m about to leave this world, is almost too weird to dance too. Still, Waks finds away to keep the music abstract, yet dance-able at the same time.
Every second I listen to Sound Strider, I have a new musician or act in my head that I’m comparing him too. James Blake? Underworld? I’m pretty sure I’m doing this wrong if that’s the way I think, because the list would never end. Waks has a unique sound that draws from all angles of electronic music from post-dubstep to traditional deep house. It’s why he’s labelled as IDM, because like Aphex Twin, it requires a deeper dive into the world of his music. “Menlo Park”, the second and longest track off this 30 minute, 5 track EP has the beefiest drum track on the album. It kicks in so heavily when the subtle, but aggressive bass jumps along to the ever changing track. It’s hard for me to believe the beginning and the end are from the same album as the song just grows and grows.
I made a comment earlier saying that it surprised me that Sound Strider has played in front of thousands of people. It wasn’t a back handed comment, but an assumption based on the genre of music. He plays in a genre that’s a little out there. Psychadelic IDM is pretty rare to hear in a scene where the heaviest bass drop wins. Waks seems to take pride in subtly, creating an atmosphere that the listener can indulge into. “Childhood’s End” brings this to light with the progression of the track losing and gaining drum tracks every few seconds. The melody seems to be a contrast between reverbed voice overs and off-kiltered vibraphone notes that lead to driving key strikes. Everything about the music screams pride, and unlike a lot of the bro-step movement in the US, Waks crafted these songs based on a message, not bass drops.
What drew me into Sound Strider was the complexity and uniqueness to his music. There’s glitchy trip-hop, post-dubstep, plunderphonics, and soothing ambient sounds that grow into odd, but catchy tracks. His own style comes into play but creating an outside world for the listener, taking them on a journey into not only the universe, but inside Waks mind of sound. If I were to watch him live, I wouldn’t know whether I’d be the guy in the front dancing to every track, or standing off to the side, taking in the entire experience. That’s the beauty to Sound Strider. He’s able to appeal to both, without taking away from either side.
Be sure to listen to the entire EP below:
I think I might’ve liked this video or videos, better if it wasn’t such an exercise in endurance. The song Happy which was featured in the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, is a Motown ditty that sounds like something written by Raphael Saadiq, but it’s not, proving again that Pharrell is a master at imitation. That being said, it’s a good song, but even on the first run of this song it was repetitive so about a minute into this four hour video, I was done. I will say this, the song is in my fucking head now. Directed by the We Are From L.A. group, the video features cameos from Jamie Fox, Steve Carrell, Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Jimmy Kimmel, and Magic Johnson…none of whom I saw in the video, but they’re probably strategically placed within this four hour long “test of patience”, so you’d have something to look forward to. Guess what? I can’t do it.
I don’t know. After several years I still can’t decide whether I like this guy or not.
Below I posted the four hour video, but if you’re feeling frisky you can catch the actual 24 hour video HERE
- How Pharrell And A Cast Of Hundreds Got Happy For A 24-Hour Interactive Video (fastcocreate.com)
- Pharrell – “Happy” 24-Hour Music Video (stereogum.com)
- Pharrell – Happy (Video) (getmybuzzup.com)
- The world’s first 24-hour music video for ‘Happy’ by Pharrell (littlehedonist.com)
- Pharrell Williams Releases 24-Hour Music Video For “Happy” (allhiphop.com)
- Pharrell Williams “24 Hours of Happy” music video (joindahunt.com)
- Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Music Video Runs for 24 Hours (theloveoftech.wordpress.com)
Before passing away on April 16, 1999, actress, model and screenwriter Zoë Tamerlis Lund left behind some cult treasures among these, she co wrote the screenplay for Bad Lieutenant and also appeared in an episode of Miami Vice. Alright, so their not amazing credits, but I can’t help but think that if she was alive today she would’ve been right up there with Quentin Tarantino. All that being said, her most notable work and what will probably go down as her best role, is her character Thana in Ms. 45. She’s a regular Charles Bronson in this 1981 classic about a women, having been put upon by a ton of assholes, sets out to fuck up any man that stands in her path. Directed by Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral) Ms. 45 is a classic tale of revenge chock full of brutal death, quick edits and eye brows.
Drafthouse films in there constant pursuit of bad ass movies, is re-releasing Ms.45 into theaters on December 13, 2013 and will be well worth the trip to your local art house theater.
- New Trailer For Abel Ferrara’s ’80s Rampager MS. 45 (badassdigest.com)
- The re-release trailer for Abel Ferrara’s MS. 45 is packin’ some heat! (aintitcool.com)
- Drafthouse Films nabs “Ms. 45″ Abel Ferrara cult revenge thriller (panarmenian.net)
- Thoughts on Nick Johnstone’s “Abel Ferrara: King of New York”. (fluidkarmafilmreviews.wordpress.com)
- Top 10 Notable and Notorious Exploitation Films (toptenz.net)
Well about damn time! I new the ATL’s own, couldn’t stay buried for too long. Rumors have it the rap duo intend to reunite for a tour in 2014, they also intend to play Coachella or what I like to call the “Watered Down Woodstock”. No matter, as long as we get some new music along with the reunion it’s all gravy. The last time these cats released an about together was back in 2006 with the soundtrack to their movie Idlewild. Needless to say a reunion is long overdue.
Stay tuned for more news.
Writer David S. Goyer is rumored to be pitching a Sandman script to Warner Brothers with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as lead
No God! It’s been years since it was last rumored that Warner Brother’s wanted to tackle the, Neil Gaiman Dave Mckean, nineties classic and if memory serves me right, Jeff Goldblum was being considered for the lead. Years later, a new writer wants to step up, a writer whose prowess to cover such material has yet to be seen. Writer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), according to Badass Digest, says that Goyer has pitched a treatment to the WB and wants actor Joseph Gordon Levitt to be in it, most likely as the lead Morpheus the Dream King.
Before I continue, allow me to get you up to speed as to what and who Morpheus/The Sandman, is.
The Sandman’s main character is Dream, the Lord of Dreams (also known, to various characters throughout the series, as Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Murphy, Kai’ckul, and Lord L’Zoril), who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.
The Sandman series was my introduction to Vertigo Comics. The Sandman series taught me about homosexuality when no one else would. It spoke in metaphors that made so much sense to me, growing up at that time. The world that Gaiman created is so vast and enigmatic, that as much as I’d love to see this happen, I’d be more happy with hearing about it’s death. But let’s just say, for shits and giggles, that they were to make this into a film, they should scrap that idea and adapt it for television along with another one of Gaiman’s books “American Gods“. The Sandman is way too epic for a two hour film. I don’t even know what they could possibly talk about, seeing as how all the stories were so rich and highly involved and as for JGL as The Dream King, he’s nowhere close to being the personality needed for such an unbelievably magical character. I don’t know who could play the roll, but someone on another site did suggest Benedict Cumberbatch and I don’t hate that idea. Another would be actor Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral. X Men: First Class), his work in Antiviral was amazing. Yes, he’s a little young, but when this is ready, I think he would be a good fit. My two cents…take it or leave it.
- Although It May Seem Like One, Sandman Overture is Not a Dream (automatonera.com)
- The Sandman Cometh: Neil Gaiman’s Epic Masterpiece Returns (tor.com)
- The Sandman: Overture #1 (annikisbookcase.com)
- Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman re-emerges after 25 years (dnaindia.com)
- Dreams Come True With The Sandman: Overture #1 On The Wednesday Run – October 30, 2013 (biffbampop.com)
Let’s take a moment and review some of the antics this group has caused in the past year and a half. They single handily won over an entire audience with The Money Store, which received worldly acclaim, and then gave the middle finger to the same record company by releasing No Love Deep Web without their permission. Remember the Sharpie covered penis? Yes, that was Death Grips. Following this, they began a massive tour, which they cancelled before to release No Love Deep Web, and then ultimately cancelled the SAME tour again. They didn’t even bother to show up to the Lollapalooza after show either, which received a lot of coverage as well. Now the hardcore hip-hop group released a new album, titled Government Plates, to the surprise of everyone in the music community. Coming across as a logical progression to No Love Deep Web, it combines the sound of the prior with the structure of the universally acclaimed The Money Store.
Now I’m a Death Grips fan. There’s no denying that I enjoy their music, but I went off for a few months without hearing a single song. It may have been the overkill with The Money Store, or the fact that I wish No Love Deep Web sounded like the previous album. It felt like getting back with an ex when I started the stream of the new album. From the beginning of Government Plates, I realized the group was back in business. The album opens with the horribly titled, “you might think he loves you for your money but i know what he really loves you for its your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat”. Yes, that is the title, and it’s all lowercase. The first noise on the entire album is a crash of something glass, and then follows the high pitched ringing that echoes the massive bass hits that seem to be a reoccurring theme on the album. It’s arguably the best song on Government Plates, and the worst title in music history.
Follows this is “Anne Bonny”, which is a great throwback to The Money Store. What this album does so well is it sets itself apart from any Death Grips album by being plain odd. There’s a lot more of MC Rides screaming, and the electronics on every song come across as extremely eerie, but dance-able. “Two Heavens” opens with a rotating synth chord, but then a double bass break comes in with a distorted voice. It’s something I can headbang too, but also sit in the dark and squirm until it’s over. Flatlander, the noise specialist in Death Grips, really steps it up for this album. He doesn’t try anything particularly new, but every track contains an immense amount of bass this time around so I can’t complain.
Zach Hill as well lets loose for this album. He’s pretty much given the OK to try anything, and that can be seen on “This Is Violence Now (Dont get me wrong)”. Over top the preset drum machine, Hill’s chaotic drum fills are fixated to the song like a metal-heads dream. Listening to Government Plates gave me a whole new perspective of the man’s talent, and reading that he was self-taught woes me every-time. It does make sense though, because he plays like he’s feeling the beat with his body, hitting everything in sight, but it does work well. He overplays, but in only the best way possible.
Now the overplaying can be tied into the reason for the free release. It proves that Death Grips aren’t in it for the business, but for the sake of a creative outlet. I don’t know any other ventures Flatlander and MC Ride are in, but Zach has had a resume full of past bands ranging from Boredoms to Hella to Wavves. The group seems to be a release from the world around them, and them allowing us to experience it seems to be a hard thing for them to do. MC Ride does hold back on this album, but he allows the other two members to stand out. His highlight does come in with “Birds”, which has some of the groups most cryptic and eerie lyrics possible. “I’ve got a black hat/ It might live,” is bad enough to pass up, but with the minimalist mess that surrounds it adds enough of an effect to show that lines like these have an effect.
Government Plates is the oddest release yet by Death Grips. The whole idea of them releasing a brand new album for free makes me wonder what their intentions are. Just to note how far they’ve came, when they released this album on their own website, it crashed within 30 seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised if they meant for that to happen, or they meant for the insane buzz that surrounded their no-show at Lollapalooza. What Government Plates shows us is an honest look at what Death Grips wants to do. They want to let loose, they want to have fun, and they don’t give a fuck. If people call Miley Cyrus “punk”, just wait until they know about Death Grips.