Music, Videos

Video: Jimmy Eat World – “Always Be”

Jimmy Eat World have debuted the second video from their latest album, Chase This Light. The video is for the track, “Always Be,” and follows the story of romantic loss set in the most lovelorn of locations- the museum (…on second thought, museums aren’t too shabby). It works for two reasons: no Ben Stiller, and no dodgy computer generated T-Rex skeleton chasing him.

It’s a decent song and while certainly evokes the kind of winning sentimentality found on their break through 2001 album Bleed American, it really isn’t anywhere near the strongest effort of the record- in fact, it’s not even the second or third strongest. Here’s the hoping that either “Chase This Light” and/or “Firefight” become follow-up singles.

Chase This Light is the band’s sixth full-length record, and is the follow-up to 2004’s Futures. As of late January, the record has scanned some 164,000 copies in the US.


Short Takes

Frank Sinatra vs. Cat Power

At least, over at Spinner. Both have done renditions of “New York, New York,” and the site asks you to rate which is better. Personally, it’s Sinatra by a country mile, although Chan Marshall’s version does add a touch of cool smoky blues to it which I really enjoy.


Face to Face reunites!

Good news for fans of melodic punk; Face to Face are coming back! The California-based punk rockers have reunited for live performances after originally disbanding in 2003. The band’s front man, Trever Keith, wrote a message on his personal website announcing the band’s return;

After almost five years since calling it quits, Scott, Chad, Pete, and I have decided to get Face to face back together to play some live shows. Truth is we really miss it. We all get along well. There is no personality drama or anything. The fans are still out there. And we have a blast playing these songs, so why not?

We couldn’t agree more! While the band won’t be recording any new material Continue reading

Film, Film News, Videos

G.I. Joe film snags its General Hawk, Duke, and Destro

GI JoeThe upcoming live-action adaptation of 80s cartoon G.I. Joe continues to expand its cast with the signing of Dennis Quaid as team leader Hawk. Also freshly signed up for the film is The Mummy Returns actor Arnold Vosloo, Channing Tatum, and little known David Murray. The four join an already big cast that includes Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and *gasp!* Marlon Wayans.

The film is being helmed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helstink) and is scheduled for release August 7th, 2009. The current casting slate can be seen below. And for kicks, there’s some additional old-school G.I. Joe cartoon footage for those who missed out Continue reading

Film News, Trailers

Trailer watch: The Hammer

The HammerComedian and talk show host Adam Carolla isn’t known for his subtle humor. He is perhaps, best recognized as the man behind The Man Show, whose sole accomplishment is most probably the fact that ever week, they got big chested women to jump up and down on trampolines … so it is quite a surprise to see Carolla pop up in a new indie comedy that actually looks pretty good.

Titled The Hammer, the comedy stars Carolla as a down-and-out slacker who finds his calling as Continue reading


Anti-Flag preview their Bright Lights of America

Anti-FlagPittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag have posted a brand new song from their upcoming album, The Bright Lights of America. The song previewed is the title track, streaming now on their MySpace page. The new record is due for release April 1st and will be their second effort for major label RCA Records.

The band’s brazenly snotty attitude exhibited on their earlier releases seems to have now been replaced with a keen sense of melody, cleaner songwriting, and a distinctly more pop-oriented visage. It’s lacking a little potency but is a heck of a lot more fun to listen to.

Anti-Flag are currently in Australia making their rounds on this year’s Big Day Out Festival as well as opening for Rage Against The Machine on their sideshows.

Short Takes

The Majestic Twelve get on MTVu, help by voting!

An unsigned band on MTV? Yes! It’s possible- our friends in The Majestic Twelve are currently being featured on MTVu’s The Freshman and are seeking votes to help add them to the channel’s rotation. Don’t take it from us, just visit the site and watch their video for the track “Cry” and decide for yourself.

We’re like FOX News- we report, you decide … but actually we’re sending you subliminal messages, adapting scare tactics, and sending Bill O’Reilly over to your house to beat up your mom Continue reading

Film News

Guillermo del Toro to direct Hobbit films?

Guillermo Del ToroReports are now surfacing that acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro is close to finalizing his deal to direct the upcoming Hobbit films. The director of the widely acknowledged Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy outings is reportedly signing up to adapt the famous J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

The Hobbit is set to be a two-film adventure slated to begin production sometime in 2009- a time frame currently hobbled by the on-going writers strike. However, E! News is stating that 2009 is indeed to start date for production, meaning the completed project will not hit screens until 2010 or 2011 sometime.

The film was originally in doubt as Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson, and parent company New Line, tangled over royalty issues that could have easily halted the project for good. Initially, many directors were in-line to head up the production- including Spider-Man guru Sam Raimi- but now it seems final talks have settled with del Toro as soon as it was clear Jackson would not be available. Jackson’s schedule is currently filled with duties for The Lovely Bones, as well as upcoming work with Steven Spielberg for future Tintin films.