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Happy 10th To Bring You My Love


"To bring you my love" Original Release Date: February 28, 1995

[ Down By The Water (live) ]

I bought this album without having heard one song on it based on the fact that Flood had produced it and U2's Manager had become her manager. I trusted Paul McGuiness to have good taste. My previous exposure to Polly was one late night viewing of the video for "Rid Of Me" on 120 minutes. It quite spooked me. Minutes after buying it, my friend who gave me a ride tuned in to the local alt rock station and they played "Down By The Water". I knew I'd made the right choice. My friend was not so sure. To me, "TBML" is like a great lost western movie starring this bad ass woman we've never heard of with her long snake moan and her endless search for love.

+ Recollections based on the album To Bring You My Love, by PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey Audio including Moon River as performed live by Vincent Gallo, PJ & John Frusciante
+ Video Stills from her videos.
+ Classic Albums: Rid Of Me - "
The first choice as producer was Tom Waits.."

More of Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machine"

[ 5 Tracks off Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine ]

In addition to last year's "Extraordinary Machine" and "Better Version of Me" now we have "Not About Love", "Used To Love Him" and "Get Him Back". "Not About Love" is the standout to me. The more songs that are leaked the more cohesive this work of hers becomes. Mind you, it has been well over a year since Sony faked us out and started press this album. So who knows what's next.

+ For nostalgia's sake: Mark Romanek's Criminal
+ Seattle radio playing new Fiona tracks
+ Alternate link to the songs

Classic Albums: Achtung Baby

BBC RADIO - Classic Albums: Achtung Baby

Unrelated: Bjork talks about Lars Von Trier on the new issue of BUST, which also has a Tori interview. All they needed was some PJ Harvey content and they could of had the holy trinity.

Over at Copy, right?: Okkervil River "Unravel" (Bjork cover)

" The sin I want to confess is intolerance. The excuse that I was seduced by the  arrogance of science is itself a lie that plummets to the ground. Perhaps it   is true, I did try to intoxicate myself in a cloud of sophistry about the meaning   of art and the duty of the artist; that I invented ingenious theories about   the anatomy and nature of film; but, and this I openly confess, at no time was   I ever able, with this simple smoke screen, to suppress my deepest passion:  my carnal need."
- L.V.T's Manifesto

Via Filter Magazine - the new Garbage Single "Why Do You Love Me?"

+ Garbage announces first leg of North American tour

HST - Texas style

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And Today's WTF moment goes to the crummy newspaper The Austin Statesman. What kind of story is this "Before Hunter S. Thompson, Texas had its own literary outlaws" ? So tacky. When someone dies you are supposed to do a tribute, not a "we have better ones here, he didn't come up with anything" story.

" If Hunter S. Thompson hadn't existed, Texas would have had to invent him. "

+ AP Interview: Son says Thompson may have just decided it was time

Unrelated: O'Quinn Finds Belated Stardom on 'Lost

Nellie McKay circa 2005

Wow. She looks...different. Like she grew up in an instant. And by growing up I mean, she doesn't have that 50's look about her.

Nellie McKay lives a lot of her life on the road. At one point last summer she performed in 30 different places -- including a benefit for Chinese children at the Great Wall of China -- in 60 days.
On the aggressiveness of some of her followers: ''There's not that much difference between putting your hand in your pocket and pulling out a pen for me to sign something with and pulling out a gun.''
The New York Times: An Alt-Cabaret Diva

+ Nellie to perform on the same bill with Coldplay and Rilo Kiley in March
+ Nellie hangs out with The Dressden Dolls at Sundance
+ Cumming, Falco, McKay Set for New Broadway Threepenny Opera

In Stores on March 22nd: Get Away From Me on Dual Disc


- Entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound and enhanced LPCM Stereo
- Includes an intimate live performance that captures Nellie's unique bravado
- Shot in High Definition video and includes Stereo and Dolby 5.1 Surround mixes
- Features live favorites "Ding Dong," "The Dog Song," "It's A Pose," "I Wanna Get Married" and more

SXSW 2005 Music Schedule is up

SXSW 2005 Music Schedule is up [ via seeyouinthepit ] Some Choices: Kathleen Edwards ( She's gonna be on David Letterman March 1st )  , Aqualung ( "Brighter Than Sunshine" in Windows Media ) , The Raveonettes ( You can listen to "Love In A Trashcan" , the first single from their new album - scroll down a bit ), Tegan and Sara , Bloc Party ( some say "Bloc Party is the Best Motherf*ckin Band in the World" ), more later.


Auster's Smoke

Has it really been ten years since "Smoke"? I love that film. I file it under "movie I like that no one I personally know has seen or heard of". I Even appreciate the improvised "sequel" ( Lou Reed being the best part of it). The curious thing about it is the fact that the director of this sublime film went on to make "Maid in Manhattan" and "Because of Winn-Dixie". The good news is he will be directing a movie with Ziyi Zhang.

My true place in the world, it turned out was somewhere beyond myself, and if that place was inside me, it was also unlocatable. This was the tiny hole between self and not-self, and for the first time in my life I saw this nowhere as the exact center of the world.
Paul Auster, The Locked Room

In a related note: Paul Auster's "Collected Prose" came out in the US.
+ In his Collected Prose, Paul Auster remains an incomparable writer, Another Review.

Constantine, the Hellblazer


Promotional ad for "Dangerous Habits", on which the movie is based

An annoying aspect of the Constantine movie is all the product placement. Never have I noticed so many: 76 gasoline, Apple computers, 7-Eleven, Pepsi, Quiznos, Ozarka, other drinks, some signs in a downtown scene, and whatever Converse /Adidas  shoes Rachel Weisz just had to wear in a bathtub.

+ I'm new with Constantine...some help please
+ Hellblazer FAQ
+ The Vertigo Comics Chronology
+ Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean did an issue of Hellblazer

Alan Moore vs. Constantine?

Moore has done the unthinkable. He's washed his hands of the entire debacle. That's right – he's instructed (DC Comics) to not credit him as the creator of the character. And putting his money where his mouth is, he has instructed that the royalties that he was splitting with his co-creators goes exclusively to the artists (Rick Veitch and Stephen Bissette). ... Often we hear about an artist upset that his creation has been butchered but this is the first I can recall where the creator asked that both name and money be rejected."

+ Another DC comics movie watch: James Purefoy Joins Portman In 'V For Vendetta'
+ Another Keanu movie watch: A SCANNER DARKLY Trailer


Bandnews.org - for music addicts like us
"Bandnews.org is a portal and search engine for the latest band related news, directly from the official source, and automatically updated throughout the day to present the most recent news first. The news are collected by a spider, then easily made available on one page"

I like artist commentaries. Liked it for Tori's Scarlett's Walk, liked it for Rufus` Want One. Now Moby has text commentary on his new album here.

Does anyone know what font is used on this Beck "E-Pro" Remix e-card thingy?

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Rachael Yamagata -  How to Survive Valentine's day

Aberfeldy Video for "Love is an Arrow", MP3.

The Austin Chronicle gives Eisley 2 stars in a very lazy review. Instead of using Rolling Stone's Barbie analogy, they use My Little Pony. Yawn.

Thom Yorke interview from December 04

+ SXSW Hyperlinked Band List

3 versions of crime


Entertainment Weekly tries to make fetch happen by having a Sin City cover similar to past Tarantino covers. The official site is now online.

"Originally, the film was going to include the story featured in the "Sin City" maxi-series "To Hell And Back", with Johnny Depp in the lead role as Wallace. This was scrapped before production began but will most likely be filmed for a sequel as Rodriguez plans to film all of Miller's stories at some point."


+ 3 new re-releases of the Sin City books come out tomorrow with new Chip Kidd cover desings. Dark Horse has art, etc. For people who like to read the book before the movie.

+ The song on the Sin City the trailer is "Cells" by The Servant.

Funny and Blue Valentines


[ Rufus Wainwright - My Funny Valentine ] from Sweetheart: Love Songs


[ Tom Waits - Blue Valentine ]

Other songs that strike my fancy today:

Wally Pleasant - In Love With A Geek
The Rolling Stones - Stealing My Heart

+ Derek Kirk Kim's Valentine's Day


Heart Comics

 " Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new."
Ursula LeGuin

2 lovers, 1 year, 9 songs

Have you heard the one about a movie by the director of "The Claim" that's basically a "porno" featuring exclusive live performance footage of:       
+ Trailer
+ Review, What the critics say.
+ Official Site 

Development Hell & Batman


"Before Christopher Nolan took over, director Darren Aronofsky was attached to make a Batman movie based on the graphic novel "Batman: Year One" and have the author Frank Miller write the screenplay. By 2003 there was a first draft screenplay with story boards, which are properties of AOL Time Warner. Warner's decision for not producing the film is unknown, but based on the details that have since leaked out, it would probably have to do with the screenplay, which strayed a considerable amount from the source material, making Alfred an African-American mechanic named "Big Al," the Batmobile being a suped-up Lincoln Towncar, and Bruce Wayne being homeless, among other things. This is all detailed in David Hughes' book "Tales from Development Hell." {source}

+ Review of "Tales from Development Hell: Hollywood Film-Making the Hard Way" by David Hughes

Don DeLillo whiskey

"I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes."

+ In which Mr DeLillo visits UT @ Austin: Novelist leaves audience wanting more
+ Ransom Center Acquires Archive of Noted American Novelist Don DeLillo.
+ Game 6, which stars Michael Keaton, with a script from novelist Don DeLillo.

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government. There are so many temptations for American writers to become part of the system and part of the structure that now, more than ever, we have to resist. American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.
--Don DeLillo, from the 1988 interview with Ann Arensberg

Proverbs for Paranoids

1. You may never get to touch the Master, but you can tickle his creatures.
2. The innocence of the creatures is in inverse proportion to the immorality of the Master.
3. If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
4. You hide, they seek.
5. Paranoids are not paranoid because they're paranoid, but because they keep putting themselves, fucking idiots, deliberately into paranoid situations.
--Collected from Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon.

"Beautiful Losers is...."

" Beautiful Losers is
a love story
a psalm
a black mass
a monument
a satire
a prayer
a shriek
a road map through the wilderness
a joke
a tasteless affront
an hallucination
a bore
an irrelevant display of diseased virtuosity
a Jesuitical tract
an Orange sneer
a Scataological Lutheran extravagance
in short
a disagreeable religious epic of astounding beauty."

"This is a difficult book, even in English, if it is taken too seriously.  May I suggest that you skip over the parts you don't like? Dip into it here and there.  Perhaps there will be a passage, or even a page, that resonates with your curiosity.  After a while, if you are sufficiently bored or unemployed, you may want to read it from cover to cover.  In any case, I thank you for your interest in this odd collection of jazz riffs, pop-art jokes, religious kitsch and muffled prayer æ an interest which indicates, to my thinking, a rather reckless, though very touching, generosity on your part. '"

+ Excerpt from "Beautiful Losers"
+ Amazon: Look inside this book
  Beautiful Losers is my favorite book.


"Lost" is my favorite TV show. I watch it while wearing a shirt that says "Jack Bauer: Stay Out of CTU", born out of a friend saying "Why do they even let this guy in at CTU, he's nothing but trouble". I would rather wear a Locke shirt. When is ABC going to get on the ball with some "Lost" merchandise.

+ If you've missed an episode: A show-by-show guide to 'Lost'
+ Fuselage - Official Site of the team behind Lost
+ Lost promo posters
+ SFX (UK) Article Scans
+ Spoiler Fix: Lost

Miss Rachael Yamagata & Regina


[ Rachael Yamagata Worn Me Down ( Live ) ]

Since she was on the O.C. the other night.
+ See Rachael Speak About the Music
+ Gorgeous Concert Photos from last December.
+ Sony: Connects Set - Sadly, it requires downloading some Sony software. Lame. And their webpage doesn't work with FireFox. Worthless. Yet they also have sets from Snow Patrol, Tegan and Sarah, Ted Leo et al.
+ Mischa complains about the press.

While we're at it, here's Regina on Blender recently and her Video for "Us".

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"People make you nervous, you're thinking the world is ending and everybody's features have somehow started blending. And everything is plastic, and everyone's sarcastic and all your food is frozen and needs to be defrosted. You'd think the world was ending, you'd think the world was ending, you'd think the world was ending right now. People are just people, they shouldn't make you nervous. People are just people like you." R.S.

+ nitpick - Album Review

Dear Dominique


What the hell were you thinking? You were born to play Dolores Haze then for the longest time I had to refer to you as "Travolta's daughter in Face/Off". Years of absolutely lameness and then I miss this movie. Well, let's hope that years in the making movie with Thora Birch, Jena Malone and Marla Sokoloff gets you back on track. Also, ask Nick Cassavetes if he can get you into Iron Man. Tony Stark needs a cute secretary.

Dear Parker Posey


"Why do we love Parker Posey?  That's easy: She's a fascinating actress. A natural beauty, and an iron willed woman who refuses to play by Hollywood rules. Plus she has one pisser of a wait."
Out Magazine, February 1999

Of course that quote was right before she did Scream 3. I ignored the first time she went Hollywood in a Tom Hanks movie but I didn't mind Scream 3 much. Damn it, she was terrible in Blade Trinity. Has it really been been ten years since Party Girl? Can't someone do an adaptation of "Brightness Falls" and put her in it? She'd make a great recovering yuppie.

+ Some nice Parker pics in Giant Magazine (under Women of Giant) and a Q&A with the New Yoker [ via goldenfiddle ]

Co-Creator Ditko

Stan: "I have always considered Steve Ditko to be Spider-Man's co-creator."

60 Minutes did a whole piece on Stan Lee's lawsuit against Marvel and I just don't know why they didn't mention Steve Ditko. Sure he didn't file the suit but he Co-Created Spider-Man for God's Sake! I'm sure there was a reason he wasn't mentioned I just don't know it.

+ Who Created Spider-Man?
+ Wikipedia: Steve Ditko


+ Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko HC
+ I'm not the only one with these sentiments

The Fifth Eisley show


First the the girls played Waterloo Records by themselves acoustically. Highlights included "They All Surrounded Me" and "Golly Sandra".


At the show later that night after many shouted requests for "Blackened Crown" they perform it as an encore. "Blackened Crown" has become Eisley's version of Radiohead's "(Big Ideas) Don't Get Any" - the holy grail of live performances. It was last performed at their Austin show in December of 2003. 2 Pics from last night added. BTW: They are on the line up for Coachella.

+ avi of almost all of "Blackened Crown" live in Austin 1-31-05
+ Blackened Crown recorded version on mp3
+ A remix of "Lost At Sea" to appear on Urban Outfitters Compilation For Tsunami Funds
+ Houston Chronicle: Eisley looks for national attention through 'Noises'
+ Telescope Eyes - EP on Itunes:
  Telescope Eyes - EP