To The Maxx

leap, year
February 25, 2008, 4:55 pm
Filed under: music


hello i am back hello.
i was thinking i wouldn’t be making any more mixes this year. had a feeling that nothing in early 08 was going to strike my fancy.
i was wrong.

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1. Sunny Levine “Caffe Rhinoceronte” a little tease from the retooled and fit for mass-consumption Love Rhino coming out on soon on Quango.

2. Atlas Sound “Ativan” This solo thing from Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox is so up my (kirstie) alley.

3. The Kills “Cheap and Cheerful” it’s all about that phlegmy cough at the beginning. short and sharp and sweet and sour. simple, singsongy, handclappy, Peaches-esque.

4. The Whigs “Right Hand On My Heart” american indie rock circa 1995. the video captures it perfectly.

5. Tornado Rider “In A Colorful Night” Rushad Eggleston and Gabriel Cazes. cello and drums/synth. Cowboys, goblins, wizards and a lithe Frenchman. produced by the aforementioned Sunny Levine. unsigned… for now.

6. Kelley Stoltz “Everything Begins” I’ve always liked this guy’s music and, yeah, the new stuff sounds good.

7. The Raveonettes “Dead Sound” I was always a little more into the idea of this band more than I was into the actual music, but I’m quite enjoying this new record. Texture goes a long way, I tell you.

8. Apes “Beat Of The Double” new lead singer, same old macramé-sweater wearing weirdos.

9. Wolfkin “These Are All Illusions” another wolf band? really? but…. oh, this came out in Denmark two years ago, so they were kind of ahead of the curve.

10. Amazing Baby “Invisible Palace” simon o’connor and will stone from stylofone, will roan from lions & tigers, and leah cary who played in nebula and spalding rockwell. they’ve got three songs on their myspace and thus far they are three for three. expect more greatness and body-paint photoshoots from these people very soon.

11. The Honeydrips “The Walk” This band is actually just one Swedish guy. they’ll be on tour in the states with countryman Jens Lekman in march and april so go see them… him.

12. Black Mountain “Wild Wind” a very restrained track from these Canadian droners. a rolling stones reference in the lyrics, a radiohead reference in the chord progression and a simple structure: verse, chorus, bridge thing, out.

13. The Ruby Suns “There Are Birds” i really dig the changing vibe of the song…. the various movements. they’re a new zealand trio. i hope to catch them at sxsw. they’ll be in the states touring with le loup in march and april. i first heard this song on the great fluxblog.

14. Snowblink “iii. Heckling the Afterglow” Daniela’s new album is mixed, mastered, finished and wonderful. she performed some of the new tunes in an auditorium in venice, ca a little while ago and it was, as usual, a real treat.

15. Foals “Balloons” buzz band from Oxford UK. i am not ashamed to dig it.

16. A Sunny Day In Glasgow “The Best Summer Ever” they are from philadelphia, but they sound like a dream i had where i was flying over the British Isles in my pyjamas

17. Nat Baldwin “Lake Erie” beautiful stuff from this Dirty Projectors associate and onetime Wesleyan based upright-bass improviser.


film 2007
February 1, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: film

Here, now, one month into 2008, I present my favorite films of 2007.

MY TEN FAVORITE FILMS (arranged alphabetically):

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford dir. Andrew Dominic

Black Book dir. Paul Verhoeven

The Darjeeling Limited dir. Wes Anderson

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly dir. Julian Schnabel

Great World of Sound dir. Craig Zobel

No Country For Old Men dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

Red Road dir. Andrea Arnold

There Will Be Blood dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

This Is England dir. Shane Meadows

Zodiac dir. David Fincher

AND, COMING IN AT HONORARY ELEVEN: The best film from 1977 that finally saw a proper theatrical release in 2007…

Killer of Sheep dir. Charles Burnett

Best performer of 2007:

Ben Foster
in Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night and 3:10 To Yuma.


12:08 East of Bucharest, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Away From Her, The Band’s Visit, Black Snake Moan, The Bourne Ultimatum, Brand Upon The Brain, Day Night Day Night, Eastern Promises, Enchanted, The Exterminating Angels, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz, In The Valley Of Elah, Jellyfish, The King of Kong, The Kingdom, L’iceberg, Last Mistress, Michael Clayton, Once, The Orphanage, Ratatouille, Rescue Dawn, The Savages, Shoot Em Up, Sunshine, Superbad, Sweeney Todd, Syndromes And A Century, The Wind That Shakes The Barley