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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 05, 2013 0 comments

The Replacements: Songs for Slim

New release (New West; MP3 only)

Slim is Bob “Slim” Dunlap, lead guitarist for the latter-day Replacements. A year ago, he suffered a severe stroke that has left him ailing and in need of financial help. To that end, two original ’Mats — guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson — reunited to record most of this benefit EP (joined by guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson).

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Mark Smotroff Posted: Dec 04, 2012 0 comments

Lips & Friends Cover King Crimson's 1st

You know, with the Internet, you can blink and miss out on important stuff. While I was on vacation - seeing the premiere of The Flaming Lips' musical of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, in fact - NEW news appears from the Lips camp. This came from their Facebook page:

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

Black Sabbath: 13

New release (Vertigo/Republic; tour dates)

“What is this that stands before me — again?”

That’s the unavoidable question you’ll ask yourself when you hear “End of the Beginning,” the first track on 13. After all, this song isn’t just Black Sabbath; it’s “Black Sabbath,” the first track on Black Sabbath. That opening to the band’s 1970 debut had quiet, three-plucked-note verses alternating with massive, three-power-chord choruses, all taken at a slow pace until a choppy riff sped us away. “End of the Beginning,” from the original band’s first album together in 35 years, has quiet, four-plucked-note verses alternating with massive, four-power-chord choruses, all taken at a slow pace until a choppy riff speeds us away.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Feb 19, 2013 0 comments

Argo

Based on real-life events, the nail-biting dramatic thriller Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, is set at the height of the chaos of the Iranian revolution when, on November 4, 1979, militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran taking 52 Americans hostage and six embassy workers went out the back door.

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 28, 2013 0 comments

Cleopatra

For its 50th anniversary - along with the hoopla of a Cannes Film Festival re-release, a limited theatrical engagement in more than 200 theaters, and Richard Burton's posthumously receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to Elizabeth Taylor's - Cleopatra has been newly digitally restored in a 243-minute original theatrical cut.

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

Remake/Remodel

Roxy Music The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982
Reissue (Virgin)

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Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 25, 2012 0 comments

Bond 50

On this, the golden anniversary of the very first film appearance of the suavest, most unforgettable, most cinematically thrilling character ever, all 22 James Bond movies (not including the 1967 comedy version of Casino Royale), from Dr.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Nov 20, 2012 0 comments

Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection

Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by writer-director Quentin Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career from 1992-2009 - pretty much his entire auteur oeuvre - that has brought joy to lovers of cinema and inspiration to filmmakers everywhere.

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Ken Richardson Posted: May 28, 2013 0 comments

John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone

New release (Vanguard)
Photo by Nela Koenig

Dusting off old songs, a veteran rocker teams up with (mostly) younger musicians for duets: Often, this can be a recipe for tedium, if not disaster. So it’s a joy to report that John Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone is among the best of such tributes.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Apr 30, 2013 0 comments

Silver Linings Playbook

In Silver Linings Playbook by director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees), former high school history teacher Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) gets out of a state institution after spending eight months incarcerated there.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 14, 2012 0 comments

Jaws

The arrival of a giant man-eating great white shark on the shores of a New England beach resort in 1975 and its cruise out of the universal unconsciousness and through the international zeitgeist from was a historical and game-changing event.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

This is a story of fathers and sons. As previous seasons have shown, every gangster, it seems, starts as a kid with a difficult relationship with their dad and every hood has an equally important relationship with their boy. James "Jimmy" Darmody (Michael Pitt) stabs his father, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman).

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