Death Is Your Gift Edition
Todays links of interest:
- Interview: Drive-By Truckers
Patterson Hood, the leader of one of the 3 or 4 best rock bands of the 21st century, talks to Pitchfork: "It’s like a big ol’ V-8 muscle car. It ain’t real tight around the curves, but it’s real good on the straightaway! That’s the kind of band we are." Oh, and he talks about wanting to tour with The Hold Steady. Which would be just about the greatest thing ever. No, seriously, ever.
- Lou Reed vs. Pavarotti
Everything about this is just wrong. If only they’d used this opportunity to perform Heroin.
- Blu-ray Takes Lead in January Hardware Sales
You know how in a football game which has been close for 29 minutes, but then one team scores just before halftime? And then, after receiving the second-half kickoff, scores on their first possession in the second half? Right now, Blu-ray has all of the mo.
- "Mars" finale: Complete, satisfying
We have to ask: where was the love here in the U.S. for "Life on Mars?" While lesser BBC shows like "Robin Hood," "Torchwood," and "Jeckyll" get lots and lots of notice, the second series of "Life on Mars" — which ended brilliantly last night — went virtually uncommented upon. No word on a DVD here in the Colonies, either: the music clearances will probably be difficult, at best. The good news is that there is a sequel, called "Ashes to Ashes." It’s set in 1981, and examines the fate of the wholly awesome DCI Gene Hunt, who no doubt will have a lot to say about the post-Punk London he’s living in. Sure that y’all will miss that one, too, when it makes it here.
- Movie Industry Admits It Overstated Piracy on Campus
What’s this? An industry trade group actually backing down from a claim that an easily stigmatized, legally defenseless group is responsible for a huge part of their woes? I can imagine that the RIAA is going to call the MPAA and remind them that consumers are *always* the problem.
- The new world of New Weird
Genre fiction is leading the way when it comes to innovation in modern storytelling.