For the die-hard film buffs: Spike Jonze interviews David O. Russell on The Fighter

January 31, 2011

On January 19, the opening night of his retrospective, at the Museum of the Moving Image, director David O. Russell spoke with Spike Jonze after a special screening of The Fighter. Here’s the nearly hour-long conversation: David O. Russell talks …

Winter’s Bone returns to Little Rock Friday

January 31, 2011

Just found out the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone, my favorite film of 2010, is returning to Little Rock’s Market Street Cinema Friday. Adapted from Daniel Woodrell’s novel of the same name, the movie is a rural noir set in the Ozark …

Two free tracks from Boxer Rebellion

January 31, 2011

London-based rock quartet The Boxer Rebellion offers us “No Harm” from their soon-to-be-released third album The Cold Still. There’s also an exclusive live version of the band’s current single, “Step Out of the Car.”

Movie week: Another Year and The Illusionist

January 31, 2011

The monkey will be scarce this week; as other projects and deadlines demand. But I wanted to let you know two of my favorite films from 2010 are supposed to open in Little Rock this week, Mike Leigh‘s Another Year …

Hayes Carll “KMAG YOYO”

January 31, 2011

Owes a bit to “Subterraean Homesick Blues” but i like it.

Kevin Brockmeier’s The Illumination premature mini-review

January 30, 2011

Kevin Brockmeier’s new novel The Illumination goes on sale Tuesday, February 1. Were I more conscientious or less busy — this next week is going to be hard and, if things go as planned, I’ll be traveling at the end …

Reminder:Rebirth Brass Band at Hendrix tonight

January 29, 2011

Kermit Ruffins and the Rebirth Brass Band play the Worsham Performance Hall — in the Student Life and Technology Center — on the Hendrix Campus, from 10 pm to 1 am. this evening.For more information, e-mail

R.E.M. “Uberlin” video

January 28, 2011

“Uberlin” from R.E.M.’s upcoming record Collapse Into Now out March 7.

Tera Melos’ “Manar the Magic” (featuring Mike Watt) (free track)

January 28, 2011

Tera Melos is a punk jazz (we’d call it “math rock” but they hate that) from Sacramento, California. “Manar The Magic” is from their forthcoming casette-only EP Zoo Weather, out Februray 22 on Sargent House. Former Minuteman bassist Mike Watt …

The Robert Redford (Teddy Ballgame) story

January 27, 2011

In 2000, I went to New York for the press day for Robert Redford‘s movie The Legend of Bagger Vance. it was, as these things sometimes are, a fairly miserable experience. These interviews are never fun (and certainly not glamorous) …