Random 10 for Aug. 29, 2008 August 29, 2008 1. Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 2. William Shatner, “Real” 3. Queen, “You’re My Best Friend” Not bombastic enough to be typical Queen, the group’s “You’re My Best Friend” is such a perfectly pitched ode to true love — and in the most non-mushy way possible. 4. Aimee Mann,... Read More
Video of the Day: The Walkmen, “In the New Year” August 28, 2008 The Walkmen have long been favorites, but while few of their recent songs have stuck with me, this bodes well for the quality of their new disc, You & Me. And you have to love the Max Shreck. Read More
Random 10 for Aug. 28, 2008 August 28, 2008 1. Lou Reed, “Satellite of Love” 2. John Lee Hooker, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” Born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi (the true birthplace of the blues), John Lee Hooker offered a sound and vocal style as primitive as it was unequivocally powerful. My all-time favorite bluesman, no... Read More
Video of the Day: My Brightest Diamond, “From the Top of the World” August 27, 2008 By the looks of things, it’s Tim Burton’s world that Shara Worden has scaled on the Sufjan alum’s first clip from A Thousand Shark’s Teeth. Or maybe Henry Selick’s world. Read More
Random 10 for August 27, 2008 August 27, 2008 1. Asobi Seksu, “Walk on the Moon.” Despite Matthew Perpetua’s recent rant about shoegaze revival being pointless and excruciating, the new wave of gazers can be pretty astounding. Asobi owes its debt clearly to Lush, while A Place to Bury Strangers, who opened for NIN a week and a half ago at Ford Center,... Read More
DVD Review: “Recount” August 27, 2008 Rating: 80 Face it, the movie industry has big problems if the only way for Jay Roach’s stunning “Recount” to get a decent airing is as a TV movie on HBO. Roach’s journalistically precise account of the battle over hanging chads, county-by-county tallies and bourgeois riots in Florida at the end of... Read More
Staticblog Afternoon Movie: “Arrested Development” Episode 3: “Bringing Up Buster” August 27, 2008 We’re going to have to work out extra hard to work off these cornballs. Read More
Random 10 For August 26, 2008 August 26, 2008 1. Wire, “Kidney Bingos.” Wire spent most of the ’80s broken up, but returned in 1987 with The Ideal Copy and a follow-up EP in 1988, Kidney Bingos. No, it doesn’t make any natural sense at first, but the stream of consciousness list seems, along with the phrase “money spurs people on,” to... Read More
Staticblog Afternoon Movie, “Arrested Development” Episode Two: “Top Banana” August 26, 2008 Read More
Video of the Day: John Legend Performs New Song, “If You’re Out There,” at the DNC August 26, 2008 Read More
Music Review: “Shwayze” S/T (Suretone/Geffen) August 26, 2008 Rating: 13 If Shwayze’s self-titled debut is any measure, music biz kid Cisco Adler will always have more hits on TMZ.com than he ever will on Billboard — his post-Whitestarr project with rapper Aaron Smith is a toxic green haze of lazy rhymes, low aims and money-bred sleaze set to dime-store beats.... Read More
Guestroom Records Sales Chart, Week of August 15-22, 2008 August 26, 2008 1. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (Sub Pop) 2. Conor Oberst “Conor Oberst” (Merge) 3. Beck “Modern Guilt” (Interscope) 4. Sufjan Stevens “Illinois” (Asthmatic Kitty) 5. Wolf Parade “At Mount Zoomer” (Sub Pop) 6. Wolf Parade “Apologies to the Queen Mary” (Sub... Read More
Random 10 for August 25, 2008 August 25, 2008 1. Kanye West feat. Adam Levine and Bernie Mac, “Heard ‘Em Say.” Featuring Bill Plympton animation is possibly the most extreme way for a mainstream hip-hop star to declare his independence. In typical MTV fashion — and this galls me since that network provided Plympton with his greatest forum, “Liquid... Read More
Video of the Day: Shad, “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home” August 25, 2008 Completely synched with the indie ranks’ love of the old school, Shad’s latest takes a giant bite out of Will Smith. Love the low-budget breakdown at the end. Read More
“American Idol” Adds a Platinum Weird Judge August 25, 2008 Kara DioGuardi As Idolator noted this morning, this contains the distinct whiff of someone (or hell, an entire show) needing a “break” for “exhaustion.” Songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who was briefly in a wildly unsuccessful project with Dave Stewart called Platinum Weird (allegedly a recently... Read More
Staticblog Afternoon Movie: “Arrested Development” Pilot August 25, 2008 Starting today, Staticblog will serialize my favorite post-”Seinfeld” sit-com, “Arrested Development,” in running order. The teases concerning an “A.D.” film keep coming, with Jason Bateman appearing semi-regularly on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” to stoke the fires, so here’s... Read More
Video of the Day: The Futureheads, “Walking Backwards” August 22, 2008 A band full of Guy Smileys — that’s what we need! Read More
Movie Review: “Bottle Shock” August 22, 2008 Alan Rickman in “Bottle Shock” Rating: 64 “Bottle Shock,” the true story of Napa Valley vintner Chateau Montelena’s victory over French wines in the 1976 Judgment in Paris competition, could be the oenophile equivalent to sports underdog movies, but this rich story’s earthy charms result in... Read More
Random 10 for Aug. 22, 2008 August 22, 2008 1. General Public, “I’ll Take You There” 2. Sun Volt, “Drown” 3. The Pretenders, “Thumbelina” 4. Bruce Springsteen, “Growin’ Up” Another early Springsteen classic from his first record, way back in 1973: “I pushed B-52 and bombed ‘em with the blues / With my gear set stubborn on... Read More
Movie Review: “The House Bunny” August 22, 2008 Kat Dennings, Anna Faris, Katherine McPhee, Emma Stone and Rumer Willis in “The House Bunny.” Rating: 56 “The House Bunny” is a proudly featherweight comedy that might have been completely intolerable, but this farce from the writing team behind “Legally Blonde” could be the vehicle that... Read More
Staticblog" is a repository for the musings and harangues of Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang, featuring indie music videos, movie news.
Articles from George Lang
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- Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms drink in success of 'Hangover' series
- Movie Review: 'Fast & Furious 6'
- Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma singer packs tour bus with donations for storm victims
- Heather Graham returns to the 'pack' in 'Hangover Part III'
- Movie Review: 'The Hangover, Part III'
- Network 'upfronts' reveal genius of Netflix
- Static: 'Recently Added' pages reveal Netflix and Amazon strategies
- Static: Amazon pilots take off with minor turbulance
- 2013 summer movie preview