Archive for January 6, 2013


Maroon 5 front man and judge on “The Voice,” Adam Levine, will step on the stage of “Saturday Night Live” Jan. 26. He won’t be performing as a musical guest though. He will be the host. The musical guest will be Kendrick Lamar.Levine has already gotten his feet wet in the acting world with a cameo on “American Horror Story” and a role in the upcoming film “Can a Song Save Your Life?” It will be interesting to see how he does in his latest gig.Actress Jennifer Lawrence has also been slated to host “SNL.” The “Hunger Games” star will be at the helm of the Jan. 19 show. The featured musical guest will be The Lumineers.

What do you think of these choices? Is “Saturday Night Live” lining up hosts who will keep viewers happily entertained or could they do better? We still want to know why Michael C. Hall hasn’t been asked to host yet.

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The Golden Globe Award is an accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.[1]

NBC originally had exclusive broadcast rights to the ceremonies, but on January 11, HFPA President Jorge Camara announced there would be no restrictions placed on media outlets covering the January 13 press conference, announcing the winners at 6:00pm PST.[10]As a result, E!CNN, the TV Guide Network and KNBC-TV, the network’s Los Angeles owned-and-operated affiliate, aired the 31-minute event, emanating from the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel live, leaving NBC to fill the hour from 9:00–10:00pm ET with announcements, made after-the-fact by Access Hollywood hosts Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell.[11] The remaining hours of programming, set aside for the ceremonies by the network, were filled with a special two-hour edition of Dateline, hosted by Matt Lauer, that included film clips, interviews with some of the nominees and commentary from comedienne Kathy Griffin and the panelists from Football Night in America.


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Michael Haneke‘s “Amour,” which won the Palme d’Or last May at Cannes, was voted Saturday the best film of 2012 by the prestigious National Society of Film Critics. The award, coming on the eve of voting for the 2013 Academy Awards, confirms “Amour” as a Best Foreign Film frontrunner. Other NSFC winners will also draw welcome attention.

Daniel Day-Lewis was voted the year’s best actor for his work in the title role of “Lincoln.” The veteran French actress Emmanuelle Riva, 85, won for Best Actress for “Amour,” in which she-costarred with another legend, Jean-LouisTrintignant, 82, in Haneke’s story of a long-married and happy couple whose life is interrupted by illness.

Amy Adams and Matthew McConaughey were semi-unexpected but deserving winners in the supporting categories. McConaughey played the enterprising star of his own male stripper revue in Tampa in “Magic Mike.” Adams was the wife of a cult leader said to be inspired by the Scientologist L. Ron Hubbard in “The Master.”

Runners-up in the best actress category were Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty.” In the supporting actor category, second- and third-place finishers were Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln” and Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master.”

Unlike the Oscars, the NSFC reveals its actual vote totals. The top three films were “Amour” with 28, “The Master” with 25, and “Zero Dark Thirty” with 18. The diectors of those three, shuffled slightly, finished this way: Haneke with 27, and Kathryn Bigelow and Paul Thomas Anderson, both with 24.

The year’s best documentary film was “The Gatekeepers,” focusing on the surviving chiefs of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency. Runners-Up: “This Is Not a Film,” by Iranian filmmake Jafar Panahi, who was banned from working and “made” a film directed by others about how he wasn’t making one. “Searching for Sugar Man,” the incredible story of a 1970s rock star named Rodriguez who was forgotten in this country but became a superstar in far-away South Africa. “This is Not a Film” was also named Best Experimental Film.

Tony Kushner’s sript for “Lincoln” won in Best Screenplay category, followed by P. T. Anderson‘s for “The Master” and David O. Russell‘s for “Silver Linnings Playbook.”

Honored for their cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr. for “The Master,” Roger Deakins for the James Bond adventure “Skyfall,” and Greig Fraser for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

On a sentimental note, this year’s awards were dedicated to one of the Society’s founders, the great Andrew Sarris, who died June 20, 2012. Originally formed as an alternative to the New York Film Critics’ Circle, which was deemed too mainstream, the Society is considered more highbrow and exclusive than many other awards groups.

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Looks like a busy year on the album fron in 2013. We can’ vouch for all of these getting released but with a mixture of rumour and of definite releases we can give you the top 50 albums to look forward to in 2013…

1. Stone Roses : TBA
They are still rehearsing away. There are reports of new songs. My guess is album in the autumn or maybe early next year?
2. Savages : TBA
Very much the band of the moment with their dark tinged, powerful music hinting at Bauhaus and Joy Division and all the great female icons of the punk era rolled into one but with very much their own stamp on things.
3. Adam Ant ‘…Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter
We heard it a year ago and it sounds great–rough and raw edged and the demo quality adds to its power- breathtaking variation of songs as well from industrial to twangy to neo ballads…
4. Nick Cave : Push The Sky Away
After the fab and noisy mid life crisis of Grinderman Mr Cave returns to sumptious, sly and darkly brilliant song writing of his other incarnation- himself…
5. Iceage : TBA
Now signed to matador Danish discordent punk band can either get more wilfully wild or strip it down- this will be a fascinating release…
6. Factory Floor : Fall Back
The great dirty disco band are back with anew album of stripped dow, dark electronic pulses- could be one of the albums of the year.
7. Mogwai : Les Revenants Soundtrack
More loud/quiet atmospheric guitar brilliance from the great Glasgow band
It’s been mastered. it must be ready…will expectation kill the long awaited album or will people just listen to as a piece of music… an intriguing release…
9. Johnny Marr : The Messanger
The Mancunian guitar hero is back…his gig last year in Manchester was great like he was reclaiming his own heritage which is a good sign for the album…
10. The Bronx : The Bronx IV
LA punk rock crew show how punk rock should be played in the 21st century- tough and powerful but with a mind of its own that is not bogged down by any limitations…
11.M.I.A.: Matangi
At last the album is ready for release- could be one of the big ones as MIA redefines the modern beat and the electronic pulse of the world’s inner cities to her own agenda.
12. No Age : TBA
making the perfect noise for the new millennium, they were fighting some light and shade in their abrasive noise and could be due a big jump…
13. Richard Thompson : Electric
English folk hero arrives in the middle of the folk revival with a veteran’s wink of an eye…
14. The Horrors: Higher 
Their last two albums showed a big and brilliant swerve in sound from garage rock to moody soundscape- expect further explorations and experimentation from one of the best young UK bands…
15. Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
She burst on the scene last year with one of the freshest sounds hip hop has heard for years, the new album should consolidate this.
16.  The Joy Formidable : TBA
Moody indie pop big enough to fill stadiums
17. Forest Swords :TBA
Quirky brilliant, guitar twanging, moody soundscapes with electronic clatter- brilliant  stuff- really looking forward to this one.
18. Black Sabbath :TBA
With or without drummer Bill Ward this April album is one of the biggies- could be the last stnad from one of the most influential bands of all time whose dark metal casts a long shadow over most contemporary culture.
19. CharliXCX : TBA
The february release of girl singer and perveyour of goth pop will see her establish herself as a thoroughly modern pop star who can hook into the underground with her darkly smart pop
20. The Pastels : TBA
New album rumoured in February from the highly influential Glasgow kings and queens of indie.
Ferocious punk rock from Liverpool band
22. Palma Violets : TBA
If they can defy the hype the latest British guitar band that want to change the world with song can make their mark.
23. The Asphodells : Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust
The brilliant Andrew Weatherall returns in the guise of moody electro pop…
24. Mudhoney : TBA
The kings of grunge were on a psychedelic tip last we heard- whatever they do it’s tinged with genius…
25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs : TBA
rumoured spring album from the hipster band who transcend the world of cool with great songs and a brilliant front woman.
26. Sleigh Bells : TBA
Their last album veered too much towards ‘hoping to sell records’ . lets hope they find their abrasive touch again.
Great brattish, guitar strewn loose punk rock- kinda like the Heartbreakers played by hardcore obsesed slackers- brilliant.
28. Bad Religion : True North
How many albums have they released? influential Cali-punks back for another, in late January, statement on the world with buzzsaw guitars.
29. Dutch Uncles : TBA
Highly tipped Mancunian band seek the formulae for the breakout- maybe this time?
30. Autechre : TBA
Rumoured new album from Sheffield based former Mancs who deal out spectral electronic music that breaks all the barriers.
31. Chvrches : TBA
Climactic, atmospheric pop that is already being tipped as being one of the triumphs of the year…
It’s just an internet rumour and they did release an album last year and never seem to be in a hurry to release stuff but we are hoping for more apocolyptic post hardcore with strings…
33. Earl Sweatshirt: Doris 
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile or Earl Sweatshirt from hip hop collective and mangler of genres Odd Future takes the solo route…
 34. Primal Scream : TBA
Again it’s only rumours but we are looking forward to the post mani Primals album especially after kick ass recent gigs…
35. Thought Forms : Ghost Mountain
Bristol based band who deal in  delayed guitars, feedbacks, drones, and layers of sound.
Possible return for the post hardcore band whose powerful music can get messy onstage.
37. Tyler the Creator: Wolf 
Another member of the Odd Future rewriters of hip hop history , Tyler- real name Frank Ocean came out this year which sadly shocked many people. This album will perhaps deal with this whilst still dealing cutting edge music.
Rumours and denials- let’s hope something is happening- could do with another dose of their tripped out rock.
39. Tomohawk : TBA
Return of one of the best rock bands in the world- showcasing the brilliant guitar work of Jesus Lizard, Duane Dennison and the effefescent Mike Patton.
40. Frightened Rabbit : TBA
Scottish folkies who broke big in the USA- always have a soft spot for them as they came from Selkirk in the Scottish borders where my mother grew up!
41. British Sea Power : TBA
Could there be a new album from the atmospheric and quite brilliant Sea Power…
42. Yo La Tengo : Fade
Long term Hoboken hipsters with ore crafted songs for music jouranlists to love!
43. Delphic : TBA
Moody electronic Mancs..
44. Pissed Jeans : Honeys
Still one of the great band names- we hope for more noisy fucked anthems…
45. AC/DC : TBA
They still have the second best selling album of all time to their name and still sell millions of records and never change their sound- just perfecting it with every album rumoured…
46. Suede : TBA
Arch Britpop glamsters making a rumoured return to the frey…
47. Edwyn Collins : Understated
More crafted guitar gems expected from the wonderful Mr. C.
48. New Order : Lost Sirens
Will the post Hooky New Order still cut it?
49. Depeche Mode: TBA
The influential Depeche Mode will hopefully be further exploring their dark side…
?50. Devendra Banhart : Mala
Tripped out guitar wonderfulness?
Veronica Falls  : Waiting For Something to Happen
New indie heroes!
Esben and the Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only The Face 
Great dark swirls of Neu Goth like Diamanda Galas from the shires…
Bring me The Horizon
Thrillingly noisy UK metal crew , massive round the world and should be Mercury prize winners…
65daysofstatic posted in their band blog on 12th December that  “Album number 6 is rising/hatching/forming like so many Terminator/Jurassic Park/The Thing analogies. This could be the weirdest one yet, but you?re going to have to wait a little longer” – this probably means an autumn release, and as in the three years since their last regular studio album there’s been the “Silent Running” film soundtrack as well as Polinski’s more electronic solo album I’m very excited to see where they go with this.
Manchester’s The Longcut seem to have been working on their third album for ever, though with band members becoming dads in the past year (including twins for one) this isn’t exactly surprising. Occasional dates in 2012 introduced some great new songs, longer and more prog inspired than ever: no release date as yet but we’re hoping it’s 2013!
Mixing up archive propaganda and, unsurprisingly, public servic broadcast samples with driving motorik rhythms, catchy synthpop melodies and post-rock inspired instrumentation Public Service Broadcasting.
and maybe, Franz Ferdinand…

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