Archive for December 24, 2012


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Django Unchained has released a final trailer, featuring a few new snippets of footage from Quentin Tarantino’s Deep South tale of revenge and redemption.

The new trailer includes a couple more looks at Kerry Washington’s character Broomhilde, the wife of Jamie Foxx’s Django, held captive by the villainous Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

There are also some new scenes between Django and his mentor Schultz (Christoph Waltz), as the older man readies his protégé for his new life a bounty hunter.

Take a look below…

As with most of the others that have gone before, the new trailer is impossibly cool, and gives a nice taste of the razor-sharp dialogue and note-perfect performances that really set the film apart. Meanwhile, giving a few extra scenes away matters less when you’re working with a 3 hour run-time.

Co-starring Don Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Walton GogginsDjango Unchained opens in the UK on 18 January 2012.

–words and image from george wales for totalfilm.com

 

R.I.P. Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia

R.I.P. Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia

Rolling Stone reports that Mike Scaccia, guitarist for metal bands Ministry and Rigor Mortis, has died. He collapsed on stage with a seizure last night in Fort Worth, Texas after asking the club to turn off the strobe lights. He was 47.

Scaccia formed Rigor Mortis in 1983. (The Fort Worth show was a 50th birthday celebration of that band’s singer, Bruce Corbitt.) Then, in 1989, Al Jourgensen invited Scaccia to join Ministry. His first recording with the band was their acclaimed 1992 album, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs. He was a part of the band on and off over the years. He was most recently featured on their 2012 album, Relapse.

Here’s a statement from Jourgensen:

“I just lost my lil’ brother and my best friend – the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family – and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp – kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career. . . . everything! … Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family.”

Here’s a statement from Corbitt (via Rolling Stone):

“My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”

Ministry – “N.W.O.”:

Rigor Mortis – live 1988:

— by evan minsker for pitchfork.com

 

2012 Christmas playlist: the XX,Blink 182, Dropkick Murphys,The Killers and more

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Every Christmas you’re forced to endure another airing of Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’, whatever dreck Micheal Buble has released this year and – if you’re lucky – maybe someone will dig out A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector. This year has seen the record store bargain bins filled with new Christmas albums from practically every failed American Idol contestant, third rate opera warbler and even the horrendous return of John Travolta and Olivia Newton.

FL’s 2012 Christmas playlist has avoided those horrors but, like that cracker joke your uncle will tell at lunch on Christmas Day, this list of songs is still fairly questionable. Check out new Christmas carols from NOFX, Blink 182, Dropkick Murphys, The Killers, CeeLo Green, Kate Nash, Sufjan Stevens, Glassvegas, Tracey Thorn, and even a bizarre John Jarratt carol for Schapelle Corby.

NOFX – ‘Xmas Has Been X’ed’

Probably the only Christmas song to feature a lines about priests and nuns molesting each other, naked evangelicals and the death of St Nick. This NSFFL (Not Safe For Family Lunch) carol appears on the latest NOFX record Self Entitled.

Sir Christopher Lee – ‘Little Drummer Boy’

Sir Christopher Lee has made over 200 films appearing in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars series, The Wicker ManThe Man with the Golden Gun and a string of Hammer Horror films. He has also released three album including Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. His new album Sir Christopher Lee’s A Heavy Metal Christmas does exactly what it says on the box. You really, really need to hear his version of ‘Little Drummer Boy’.

Blink 182 – ‘Boxing Day’.

This cut from the maturing pop punks isn’t technically a Christmas song; it’s a day after Christmas song. The maudlin track from the band’s new EP Dogs Eating Dogs has Tom DeLonge singing about feeling “empty like the day after Christmas” in a way that makes you long for the days when their songs were just about penises. Hardcore fans can add the “Santa’s Lap” version to their Xmas wishlists – it comes with a t-shirt, limited edition poster, wrapping paper and a Christmas card.

Dropkick Murphys – ‘The Season’s Upon Us’

The band that aspires to be the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock has delivered an anthem we can all bellow after a few too many egg-nogs. “My sisters are wackjobs, I wish I had none/Their husbands are losers and so are their sons/My nephew’s a horrible wise little twit/He once gave me a nice gift wrapped box full of shit”

CeeLo Green – ‘All I Need Is Love (ft. The Muppets)’

According to Statler and Waldorf the Muppets have hit a new low and his first name is Cee. (Ba-doom-ching!) But how can you go wrong with a Christmas video that combines The Muppets’ classic ‘Mahna Mahna’, a shiny red suit that would made the 1980s version of Eddie Murphy jealous and Muppetified version of CeeLo?

The Killers – I Feel It In My Bones ft. Ryan Pardey

It’s a holiday tradition for The Killers to release a Christmas song. The past six years have brought us ‘Don’t Shoot Me Santa’, ‘A Great Big Sled’ and a collaboration with Mariachi El Bronx titled ‘¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!’. The video for the seventh Killers Xmas tune features a series of Xmas killings as Santa track down and murders the members of the band.

August Burns Red – ‘Jingle Bells

All I want for Christmas is a metalcore version of ‘Jingle Bells’ – said no one ever.

Tracey Thorn – ‘In the Cold, Cold Night

The voice of Everything but the Girl has delivered the best Christmas record of the year (not that she was faced with much competition). The album features covers of Low’s ‘Taking Down the Tree’, Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ and this White Stripes classic. Sure, it’s not really a Christmas song, but the album’s called Tinsel and Lights so we’ll let it pass.

Sufjan Stevens – Chopped And Scrooged

Following his five-disc Christmas album, Sufjan Stevens now has a Christmas rap mixtape with the festively punning title Chopped And Scrooged. The mix features guest appearances from ex-Das Racist member Heems, Nicky Da B, Busdriver, and others rapping over music from Silver And Gold, Sufjan’s five EP set of Xmas tunes recorded between 2006 and 2010. Download the Chopped And Scrooged mixtape here

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – ‘Christmas Eve Can Kill You’

A typically uplifting cover from old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy although it’s not a new song – the Everly Brothers’ recorded this way back in 1971.

She & Him – ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

Well it’s Zoeey Deschanel who sings the song. So i put the song on the list. 😀

Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey & The Roots – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

This one’s a special gift for your little sister who loves Mariah but should be listening to the Roots.

A Christmas message from Andrew WK and Lil Bub

Usually Andrew WK only has one word of advice: PARTY. As most of us have no difficulty partying over the holiday period Mr WK has another important message for us about the importance of looking after your animal friends.

Annie Lennox – God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

Randy & Ronnie Brooks – Grandma Got Over Run By A Reindeer

The XX – Last Christmas (Wham Cover)

The Pogues ft. Kirsty Mc Coll – Fairy Tale of New York Christmas

Frank Sinatra – Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire

— words taken from tom mann for fasterlouder.com.au, songs compiled from many sources, image from sheknows.com

 

Stream the Merry Indie X-Mas album featuring (fake) Bon Iver, Gorillaz, Interpol, The xx

The biggest names in indie rock cover timeless holiday classics.

… as interpreted by Adam Horne

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So many artists get too comfortable around the holidays and unveil asinine, mostly tongue-in-cheek covers of Christmas staples. She and Him, Sufjan Stevens, Starbucks, and even John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have all capitalized on this practice, mostly to varying results. Recently, guitarist Adam Horne of CoSign’d Bear Ceuse assembled what might be the greatest gag meme that Saturday Night Live never touched. He created a faux Christmas compilation aptly titled, Merry Indie X-Mas.

All the seasonal classics are covered through nine hilariously spot-on renditions of Bon Iver, Gorillaz, Interpol, The National, Wavves, Mumford and Sons, The xx, Das Racist, and Beach House. From each band’s respective quirks and recording techniques to their snarls and levels of distortion, Horne managed to hit all nine nails directly on the head. What’s more, it’s even accompanied by a holiday informercial, too (via ANIMAL).

Watch the video here: animalnewyork.com/2012/merry-indie-xmas-animal

taken from adam horne’s soundcloud, words from cos. 

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