Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Act Yr Age' by Bluejuice (2011)

Today's feature song is Act Yr Age, by Australian indie/funk rock band Bluejuice. Bluejuice are based out of Sydney, Australia who have been in the Australian music spotlight since around 2007 and consists of members Jake Stone, Stavros Yiannoukas, Jamie Cibej, Jerry Craib and James Hauptmann. Act Yr Age is a new single that comes off their latest album, which is also their 3rd studio album and titled Company, set for release on October 28th, 2011. So looking forward to the new album, and if you are interested in more band info and music then head over to the official band website HERE. Quite the new moon this month aye......

Sneaks' Movie Reviews: 'Our Idiot Brother' (2011)

Movie: Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Director: Jesse Peretz
Rating: 4/5 Stars ****
This movie was way better than I thought it was going to be. The essentially ego-less and laid back character of Paul Rudd gets sent to jail for selling pot to a cop, and is released to find his girlfriend has shacked up with someone else and thus he has to move back in with his family and get help while he finds his feet again. Lots of funny moments, and actually is much more mature and interesting than the previews make it look. Don't miss this one, its well worth it.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin) by Theophilus London (2011)

Today's feature song is Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin), by American rapper Theophilus London. Theophilus London was born in Trinidad in 1987, and was raised in NYC, and is currently a rapper out of Brooklyn, NYC, USA. Why Even Try is a single off of his latest/second studio album titled Timez Are Weird These Days, which was released on July 19th, 2011. For more artist info and music you can head over to his website HERE

P.S. Movie Reviews: 'Passionfish' (1992)

Movie: Passionfish (1992)
Director:John Sayles
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars ***'
I have liked every John Sayles movie I have seen thus far, and this one continues with that pattern. A soap-opera actress is paralyzed from the waist down following an auto-collision, and has to face up with her new reality of being confined to a wheelchair and having a constant care-taker around. She meets up with nurse-carer Chantelle and the story goes from there. Check this one out, it is one of Sayles's more serious films.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Song of The Day: 'Sunlight' by Bag Raiders (2010)

Today's featured song is Sunlight, by Australian house-duo Bag Raiders. Bag Raiders are a Sydney-based house/electronica duo from Sydney Australia consisting of DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass who have been active on the music scene circa 2007. Sunlight was a single off the duo's Sunlight EP, which was released in November of 2010 in Australia, and in March 2011 in the USA. Check out their website HERE for more info and music. 

Movie Reviews: 'The Notorious Landlady' (1962)

Movie: The Notorious Landlady (1962)
Director: Richard Quine
Rating: 3.1/5 Stars ***'
A comedy movie from 1962 starring Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak and Fred Astaire. Jack Lemmon's character moves to London to start a new job at the US Embassy only to find that his attractive and youngish landlady is being investigated for the murder of her husband. This along with the fact that he is romantically interested, and so is just about every other man who she comes across, and the story unfolds. Check this one out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Your Oldies Rewind: 'Get Ready' by The Temptations (1966)

Today, Your Oldies Rewind returns after an extended hiatus, and yes its been called different things throughout time, but this is the latest title, and I may stick with this one, so yay! Today we feature the 1966 hit song Get Ready, by American Motown legends The Temptations. The classic five members of The Tempations were David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams , and Eddie Kendricks, which came out of Detroit, Michigan circa 1960. Many genres were covered and many classic hits were produced to echo throughout the decades and still do, and as many of you already know this song has been covered by many acts many times, but the original still holds steady. Get Ready was actually written by Motown singer Smokey Robinsonand peaked at #29 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Billboard Hot R-and-B Singles chart. Get Ready was released in 1966 on the group's Gettin' Ready album. And there it is, keep on people, keep on!

Brief Movie Review: 'Mojave Phonebooth' (2007)

Movie: Mojave Phonebooth (2007)
Director: John Putch
Rating: 3/5 Stars ***
This was an interesting movie about 4 different people living in Las Vegas who all go to a mysterious phone-booth to receive therapeutic talks and advice from a British-sounding stranger. Was a laugh to see Steve Guttenberg in this one, haven't seen him in anything since the 80's (ie Police Academy and Short Circuit) :) This one is a little odd, and not too optimistic, but human beings seem to be odd and full of drama/tragedy so it all fits together right?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Song of the Day: 'All Night Long' by The Frowning Clouds (2011)

Today's feature song is All Night Long, by Australian indie/garage-rock band The Frowning Clouds. The Frowning Clouds are and indie band based out of Geelong, Australia who have been active on the music scene circa 2008-2009 and consisting of members: Zak Olsen (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica), Nick Van Bakel (Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar), Daff Gravolin (Guitar), Ben Maton (Drums), and Jake Robertson (Bass guitar). The band have that 60's-70's rock sound, which seems to making a small sort of comeback in lots of Australian bands these days, harkening back to that old lo-fi rock sound. All Night Long is a single that was released on July 29th, 2011, and will also be appearing on their upcoming studio album. For more band info and music check out their page HERE, or their Unearthed page HERE

Brief Movie Reviews: 'How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog' (2000)

Movie: How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Director: Michael Kalesniko
Rating: 3.4/5 Stars ***'
Don't be fooled by the dodgy title of this movie, as it really has nothing to do with the movie, except that at the end of the movie someone's dog gets shot by a crazy person. This is a light-hearted comedy about a successful English-playwright who lives in Los Angeles and is struggling to balance his professional life with his wife's desire to have children, as well as be stalked by a fan who wants to be him. This was better than I thought it would be and actually has some clever dialogue and humor, check it out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Blood' by The Middle East (2009)

Today's feature song is Blood, by Australian indie-folk-post-rock band The Middle East. The Middle East are a musical collective from Townsville, Australia, consisting of members Jordan
Ireland, Rohin Jones, Bree Tranter, Joseph Ireland, Mark Myers, Jack Saltmiras, Mike Haydon, Tim Barwise, Javed Sterritt, and Jarrad Jones, and who have been active on the music scene circa 2005. The song Blood, can be found on their 2009 EP release titled The Recordings of the Middle East. Click on that last link to go to their website as well if you want more music or info on the band. 

Brief Movie Review: 'Life During Wartime' (2009)

Movie: Life During Wartime (2009)
Director: Todd Solondz
Rating: 2.3/5 Stars **'

Life During Wartime is about a deeply troubled family (3 sisters and their families) that is filled with have many serious psychological and abuse problems. Some of the different family issues include a pedophile in the family, a delusional sister, a socio-path, loneliness, and of course the children that have to deal with having parents and relatives that are chock-full of drama. Interesting movie, although I am sure there were undertones that I didn't quite pick up. I would not watch this again, although it may be worth watching once if you haven't seen it. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Silverspoon' by Sonpsilo Circus (2011)

Today's feature song is Silverspoon, by Australian indie/psychedelic band Sonpsilo Circus. Sonpsilo Circus is a indie-psych-soul band out of Perth, Australia and consisting of members Peters Gowers, Benjamino McDonald, and Mitch McDonalds who formed the band back in 2009. Silverspoon is a single off of the group's debut self-titled 7-track album Sonpsilo Circus ,which was released on August 13th, 2011. If you like what you hear you can buy this album HERE, or you can head over to the band's website HERE. Enjoy!

Brief Movie Review: 'Daybreakers' (2009)

Movie: Daybreakers (2009)
Rating: 2.3/5 Stars **'
Thaaats right folks, another vampire/end of humanity film. The human species has gradually been infected with a virus that turns them all into vampires, and the power structure now serves the vampires ends of providing them with fresh blood (which is diluted due to shortages) for the new vampiric population. Again, seems to be some commentary there about rampant consumerism of a malignant society and how it uses the lifeblood and energy of others to continue onwards despite the impending doom and un-sustainable nature of its activities. This film is entertaining enough though if you tend to like vampire movies, which are always "so hot right now."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Ain't Hungry' by Lanie Lane (2011)

Yes this is a repost, mainly because the video is now up, check it out below :D Today's song is...Ain't Hungry by Australian pop-roots-blues-jazz singer-guitarist-songwriter Lanie LaneLanie Lane comes out of Sydney, Australia, and her musical style fits into many genres all at once. This song was produced by Jack White, and if you listen to the song you can definitely tell his influence is there, and the article on that is HERE. There is not a heap of biographical information on this artist, but I do highly recommend checking out her work, and if you are interested in finding out more about her you can go to her Unearthed page HERE, or her Facebook page HERE, or even her Myspace page HERE. Do note, that this song is still available as a free and legal MP3 download on herUnearthed page. Enjoy! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Song of the Day: 'Take 'Em Up (feat. Nancy Whang)' by Shit Robot (2010)

The song of the day goes to Irish electronica musician Shit Robot, and his song Take 'Em Up (featuring  Nancy Whang). Shit Robot (Marcus Lambkin) is a DJ/producer out of Dublin, Ireland who has been active on the electronic music scene circa 1992. Take 'Em Up is a single off of his 2010 From the Cradle to the Rave album and it features guest vocals by American singer Nancy WhangFor more info and music check out Shit Robot's website HERE

Brief Movie Review: 'Zombieland' (2009)

Movie: Zombieland (2009)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Rating: 2.8/5 Stars **'
This movie was actually kind of funny, and as others have mentioned, it was funnier than Shaun of the Dead, and I think Bill Murray's cameo may of had something to do with that, as it for sure made the movie for me ;-) Check this one out if you are looking for some good old-fashioned gory-zombie-comedy-fun time. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Your Daily Feature Song: 'Whatever Leads Me To You' by Geoffrey O'Connor (2011)

Today's feature song is Whatever Leads Me To You, by Australian trance artist Geoffrey O'Connor. Geoffrey O'Connor is a musician from Melbourne, Australia and is also the lead singer for the band The Crayon Fields. Whatever Leads Me To You is a single coming off of his latest album titled Vanity Is Forever, set for release this sometime in September 2011 (this month!). I don't have much other information on this artist, so if you are interested in more you can check out his Last.Fm page HERE, or his website HERE for more music and info. Whatever Leads Me To You by Geoffrey O'Connor from Geoff O'Connor on Vimeo.

Brief Movie Review: 'Nine' (2009)

Movie: Nine (2009)
Director: Rob Marshall
My Rating: 2.5/5 Stars **'
This movie is really more of a musical than I expected it would be. I don't really fancy musicals that much so I can't say I am going to be a very good reviewer of it. Basic story is about a famous Italian director who has seen his hey-dey and struggling to make another big hit. He also just happens to be a Don Juan sort of character who sleeps with lots of different beautiful women, most of whom are the actresses in his movies/musicals. Cast includes Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and more. I don't recommend this to you if you aren't a big fan of musicals as you will probably find it boring in that case.