Video of the Day: The Pretty Black Chains, “Ambulance” August 31, 2009 |
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Video of the Day: Girl in a Coma, “El Monte” August 25, 2009 Girl in a Coma |MTV Music This is the latest from the San Antonio band that wears its Mozza adoration on its sleeve and its name. Got turned onto the trio by Kurt Andersen’s “Studio 360″ a couple of weeks ago, and Kurt’s attention was certainly merited. Naturally, the man who values imitation as the... Read More
Video of the Day: Dan Deacon, “Paddling Ghost” August 24, 2009 Welcome to Literal-Minded Puppet Theatre, starring an actual “Paddling Ghost” and a sock representation of Mr. Deacon. From Bromst. Read More
Video of the Day: Florence + The Machine, “Drumming Song” August 21, 2009 Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song Sort of the Goth “Crazy in Love,” and I mean that in a good way. From the superb debut, Lungs. Read More
Movie Review: “Post-Grad” August 21, 2009 Rating: 49 “Post Grad” illustrates that reality still bites for those finishing their college education and facing a job market that does not match their career expectations. But while this light, intermittently enjoyable romantic comedy has some solid bullet points on its resume, the experience is... Read More
StaticBlog Passes 50-Grand a Month August 21, 2009 Yeesh — Benday dots and bad hair, circa 2004 I don’t do a lot of crowing about StaticBlog, but the last two months have seen this blog’s popularlity roughly double, and as of today, StaticBlog is attracting over 50,000 unique visitors per month. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to larger music and... Read More
Video of the Day: The Walkmen, “On the Water” August 20, 2009 Creepiest animated story involving rabbits since “Watership Down. Read More
Video of the Day: The Antlers, “Two” August 19, 2009 Music effervesces around a Williamsburg apartment until escaping through a window and floating like happy bubbles over the New York skyline. From the remastered version of Hospice released yesterday. Read More
DVD Review: “Adventureland” August 19, 2009 Rating: 77 “Adventureland” got cheated by a marketing campaign that presented it as the second coming of “Superbad.” But while Greg Mottola’s follow-up to that ultra-nasty teen party comedy is also concerned with growing up, it is far more weighted with young-adult emotions, the terrible ecstasy of first... Read More
Music Review: Florence + The Machine, “Lungs” August 19, 2009 Rating: 90 Don’t even try to put Florence Welch in a box — Florence + the Machine’s expectation-defiant debut, “Lungs,” is powerful and diverse enough to break the confines of any genre. Welch’s siren songs reverberate with Detroit soul and Renaissance faire Gothic swirl, raw garage rock impulses and... Read More
Carl “Uncle Zeb” Bartholomew Dies at 78 August 18, 2009 Carl Bartholomew, who hosted “Uncle Zeb’s Cartoon Camp” on KTUL Channel 8 in Tulsa from 1969-79 and on TCI from 1990-97, died today at age 78. The show was something of an institution for kids growing up in the Tulsa area, in which kids sat on a wooden bleacher while Uncle Zeb organized games and brought... Read More
Concert Review: Paul McCartney, August 17, BOK Center, Tulsa August 18, 2009 Paul McCartney at the BOK Center Monday. (Photo by Tom Gilbert, Tulsa World) Rating: 99 Paul McCartney does not sell out stadiums simply because he’s Paul McCartney. Sure, he could roll out a little over an hour’s worth of effort and generations of fans would be perfectly happy hearing a handful of Beatles... Read More
Video of the Day: Free Energy, “Free Energy” August 17, 2009 Those 6 x 9 coaxials and that Rockford-Fosgate amp you just installed in your Trans-Am will be so happy to blast these sounds out of the T-top. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem produced this beautiful piece of happy stoner rock. Read More
Video of the Day: Mew, “Introducing Palace Players” August 14, 2009 This first single from the exhaustingly titled No More Stories/Are Told Today/I’m Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I’m Tired/Let’s Wash Away is in line with what the Danish band self-identifies as “pretentious art rock,” replete with ominous laser-emitting monoliths. This screams... Read More
Movie Review: “District 9″ August 14, 2009 Rating: 90 All the best science fiction — the stories that survive no matter how technology advances — achieve their lasting impact because they say something profound about people, not machines. This is how Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” gets under the skin. It spellbinds with its performances and... Read More
Video of the Day: Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson, “Relator” August 13, 2009 Those left unimpressed by Scarlett Johansson’s This Mortal Coil-alike collection, Anywhere I Lay My Head are likely to be more taken by this ultra-bouncy first single from her album of duets with Pete Yorn, Break-Up. They come off like a sunnier version of Dean and Britta (or a less-perverse Serge and Brigitte),... Read More
NY Times: Molly Ringwald on John Hughes August 12, 2009 While I was eulogizing John Hughes last week here on Staticblog, I was surprised at how emotional I became when I learned about his passing and then had to sit here and convey my feelings about losing the director of films from my youth such as “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris... Read More
Video of the Day: Yo La Tengo, “Avalon or Someone Very Similar” August 12, 2009 The third Yo La Tengo clip on Staticblog in the past two weeks, “Avalon” fits in with the band’s quickie aesthetic for the Popular Songs videos, and the song is utterly irresistible hot weather music. Read More
Music Review: Amanda Blank, “I Love You” August 11, 2009 Rating: 51 Philadelphia rapper Amanda Blank became buzzed-about thanks to her light-speed lyrical flow and taste for ultra-filthy rhymes, but after popping up on influential compilations and collaborations, Blank’s debut disc, “I Love You,” sounds curiously been-there, heard that. This is not a matter of... Read More
Video of the Day: Sian Alice Group, “Close To The Ground” August 11, 2009 Troubled, Shaken, Etc., the new disc from Sian Ahern and company and follow-up to last year’s 59.59, is yet more proof that 2009 has been an extraordinary year for women in art rock. Read More
Staticblog" is a repository for the musings and harangues of Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang, featuring indie music videos, movie news.
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