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February 19, 2009;/h3>

{     "Let the Right One In" by John Ajvide Lindqvist     }    

let-right-one-in-john-ajvide-lindqvist-paperback-cover-art23325587523.jpg Set in 1980 in the Swedish suburb of Blackeberg, this unusual re-telling of the vampire myth manages to transcend all of our expectations of that genre. It's also one of the most complex, intimate and endearing coming of age stories put to the page, as well as an examination of the darker heart of Sweden. The novel steps beyond the golden-ABBA-sunshine stereotype into the shadows where we encounter a host of characters struggling with their morality. Human and otherwise, we observe as their lives play out, each action and its consequences propelling us into further and further transgressions.

Those who've seen the film based on Lindqvist's novel will readily identify these themes as part of the central story, but if you've only seen the film you're missing half of what the novel has to offer. That's not to say that the film isn't remarkable in its own right. It is, and it's deserving of every bit of praise thrown its way. But as is often the case, there's a bit more to be discovered on the page, and with the time and space to introduce and fully develop several characters that simply couldn't be approached given the film's necessarily limited scope, we see a much broader picture here.


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Singles

February 17, 2009;/h3>

{     Fever Ray "When I Grow Up" Video     }    

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Another amazing video just surfaced this evening for the second single from one of my favorite recent releases, Fever Ray (side project of Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife). The first Fever Ray video, for "If I Had a Heart", completely owned my eyes for every second of its four minutes... and somehow she and director Martin de Thurah have managed to do it again. See for yourself:

- Fever Ray "When I Grow Up" (MP3 via Mediafire)
- Fever Ray official site
- Video for Fever Ray's "If I Had A Heart" on Vimeo

Singles

February 14, 2009;/h3>

{     Happy Valentines, Doo da doo doo     }    

This video below contains some explicit cartoon scenes, flashing lights and is for grownups only. Music by Flying Lotus, directed by Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric for Warp Records. More info at dancefloordale.com

- Flying Lotus "Parisian Goldfish" (MP3 via Mediafire)

Singles

February 9, 2009;/h3>

{     On Tour Gloves     }    

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Some things are so simple... Coming soon from OnTour.

Singles

February 5, 2009;/h3>

{     Lux Interior R.I.P.     }    

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I just found out that Lux Interior, lead singer of ghoulish surfabilly punks The Cramps, died today (February 4) due to an existing heart condition at the age of 62.

The Official Statement (from Girlie Action, The Cramps’ media representatives):

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2009

Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, passed away this morning due to an existing heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST today. Lux has been an inspiration and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and wife Poison Ivy’s contributions with The Cramps have had an immeasurable impact on modern music.

The Cramps emerged from the original New York punk scene of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, with a singular sound and iconography. Their distinct take on rockabilly and surf along with their midnight movie imagery reminded us all just how exciting, dangerous, vital and sexy rock and roll should be and has spawned entire subcultures. Lux was a fearless frontman who transformed every stage he stepped on into a place of passion, abandon, and true freedom. He is a rare icon who will be missed dearly.

The Cramps, as some of you may know, have been quite possibly my favorite band since first hearing them over a decade ago, and, well, I don't know what to say...

- TheCramps.com

Singles

February 4, 2009;/h3>

{     MWM B/W B:5     }    

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Matt W. Moore, or simply MWM, just released two new books of his meticulously detailed drawings, MWM Alphafont 3.0 and MWM B/W B:5, and I can't wait to see the latter of the two. All 100% hand-drawn black and white illustrations, Matt's style is at first nearly annoying in it's initial impression of sketchbook simplicity, but soon it's repetition and pattern begins to entrance and you'll find yourself studying the finer and finer details of each page. Admittedly, in such dense content you'll find much you simply do not care for, all of which is far outweighed by what you'll come to appreciate.

- Buy a copy at MWMGraphics.com

Singles

{     Red Fang "Prehistoric Dog"     }    

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In the above photo a Grolsch mini-keg reborn as warhammer waits, ready to wreck havoc thru the hills in the gnarly fists of PDX's latest loud-as-fuck rock vikings, Red Fang. A more fitting symbol for the pummeling four-piece will not be found, unless it was rather a keg of PBR.

Unleashed on New Year's Eve of 2006 in Portland, Oregon, Red Fang stormed out of the gates and into a sweaty, seething basement with a new kind of unforgettable fist-pumping, beer-chugging rock. Simmering somewhere between Black Flag and Black Sabbath, Red Fang easily shifts from barn-burning punk to mid-tempo, hyper-distorted bass destruction all while maintaining a cohesive stoner rumble - truly a gigantic rock sound. Since that night, the band has continued the same intensity and energy, becoming a tour juggernaut, playing alongside the likes of The Melvins, Big Business, The Sword, and currently the mighty Clutch.

Red Fang's self-titled debut, a collection of the band's first two EP's, sees a US release on March 10. Tour dates, the LARP-y video for "Prehistoric Dog" and an accompanying MP3 download free after the jump!

- Official Red Fang site
- Red Fang on Myspace


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