We’ve really been enjoying the new record from Phosphorescent. Moving to Brooklyn becomes him. From Aquarium Drunkard:
Released this week, Pride, the latest full-length from Phosphorescent, finds Matthew Houck and company improving on the recipe that first drew us in (two-plus years ago) with release of his second album Aw Come, Aw Wry. An Elephant 6 like mixture, filtered, through, say, Bonnie Prince” Billy, it became one of our favorite LPs of 2005. Now part of the newly minted Dead Oceans label, and having moved from Athens, GA to his new home of Brooklyn, NY, Phosphorescent tightens things up creating his best work to date.
You can download a couple of tracks here.
Like Harvest Moon, and most recently Prairie Wind, (both of which, odes and/or continuations of themes and motifs originating from 1972’s Harvest) Neil Young returns to retail shelves next week with Chrome Dreams II; a nod to his mid-seventies album, of the same name, which, sadly, never saw the light of day. In lieu of an intact Chrome Dreams, Young purloined songs from the album scattering them over various projects (see: American Stars ‘N Bars, Rust Never Sleeps).
Neil is quoted as saying Chrome Dreams II is ‚”more like After The Goldrush or Freedom, with different types of songs working together to form a feeling. Now that radio formats are not as influential as they once were, it’s easier to release an album that crosses all formats with a message that runs through the whole thing, regardless of the type of song or sound.” … What you see below is a bootleg acetate version of what is thought by many to be the original track listing for Chrome Dreams just prior to Young scrapping the project in 1977.
While the rest of the city is wallowing in CMJ hell tonight, we’ll be checking out M.I.A. at the brand spanking new club Terminal 5. The club has 3 floors and the sound was great at last week’s National show. And unlike other clubs in the city, there are enough bars at Terminal 5 to keep you from waiting for a half hour for an overpriced Heineken. M.I.A. will be playing with Baltimore’s Rye Rye [think a tamer Yo Majesty] and DJ Blaqstar. Here’s an interview with the ridiculously cute M.I.A. on “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos (not to be confused with George Stephanopoulos):
Information about Terminal 5 can be found here.
We loved the first covers record and can’t wait to hear Jukebox on January 22 (when its released). CCR’s “Fortunate Son” should be especially interesting. Here’s the full list: [via Pitchfork]
01 Theme From ‘New York, New York’ (Kander/Ebb; popularized by Frank Sinatra/Liza Minnelli)
02 Metal Heart (Cat Power)
03 Ramblin’ (Wo)man (Hank Williams)
04 Song To Bobby (Cat Power– new song)
05 Aretha, Sing One For Me (J Harris/Eugene William; originally sung by George Jackson)
06 Lost Someone (James Brown)
07 I Believe In You (Bob Dylan)
08 Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
09 Silver Stallion (Lee Clayton)
10 Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman/Dan Penn; originally sung by James Carr)
11 Don’t Explain (Billie Holiday)
12 Woman Left Lonely (Spooner Oldham/Dan Penn, popularized by Janis Joplin)
We find Dave Eggers to be a visionary editor and publisher (McSweeney’s) while being an extremely annoying writer (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). Because of the latter, we’re delighted to hear good things about his screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are. From The Vulture
In transforming the 338-word story of Where the Wild Things Are into a 111-page screenplay, Eggers and Jonze have fleshed out the story not, unexpectedly, with wild plot developments, and not, thankfully, with densely packed pop-fiction references. Instead Where the Wild Things Are is filled with richly imagined psychological detail, and the screenplay for this live-action film simply becomes a longer and more moving version of what Maurice Sendak’s book has always been at heart: a book about a lonely boy leaving the emotional terrain of boyhood behind….
We were deeply nervous about anyone taking on a story this beloved yet difficult, even talents like Eggers and Jonze, but this screenplay — if it hasn’t been changed too dramatically since October 2005, when it was turned in — goes a long way toward reassuring us that this movie, which is coming out in 2008, will be something special.
The Vulture’s got more details here. And we’ve got the original animated version after the jump.
Here’s Hillary Clinton entering Cono & Sons, a restaurant in Williamsburg. At the door she greeted Vito Lopez, before going inside to receive the endorsement of the Kings County Democratic Party.
“She’s paying her respects, which I think is a very good characteristic,” Lopez said about her visit.