Home movies: Transformers, Carlos and Viva Riva

September 30, 2011

Recently released DVDS: L’Amour Fou (Not rated, 98 minutes) — A very cool, slow-moving French documentary about designer Yves Saint Laurent’s ascension to fame and his long, slow slide into depression, narrated by his longtime business partner and lover, Pierre …

Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown clips and extras

September 29, 2011

Both Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown get Blu-ray releases October 4. Here’s a preview of the discs. Pulp Fiction – Film Clip: “Le Big Mac” YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxXhjFvNNGc Embed Code: Pulp Fiction – Film Clip: “Dancing” YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCY7iinhmgM Embed Code: Pulp …

Steve Earle faces mortality

September 29, 2011

By Peter Larsen of The Orange County Register SANTA ANA, Calif. — Singer-songwriter Steve Earle says it wasn’t until after he’d written and recorded all 11 tracks for his new album that he fully realized what he’d created: a unified …

A Killing Should Be Done

September 29, 2011

A Killing Should Be Done by Johnny Wink A killing should be done With a Bible in one Hand and a gun In the other. That’s what the pamphlet said, The one I snatched up from the street In Gulfport, …

Rosanne Cash: Close experience with Sept. 11 attacks made recent anniversary ’particularly hard’

September 29, 2011

I wrote about Rosanne Cash’s Composed when it was released last year. It’s now out in paperback, and below you’ll find Barry Gilbert’s recent interview with her. But first this from my review, which began talking about Cash’s voice, which …

Comedians on comedians: Theo Von’s Reality Check

September 29, 2011

By Steve Hofstetter Ten years ago, Theo Von couldn’t walk into a bar without someone recognizing him from MTV’s Road Rules. Interesting twist on an old punch line: “A man can’t walk into a bar.” It was a bar that …

A.A. Bondy, “Surfer King” (free mp3)

September 28, 2011

By Carter Maness For a song with the title “Surfer King,” A.A. Bondy’s new single seems more suited to the mountains or an isolated cabin. Opening with Christmas eve bells and quickly taking a smoky, assured roots rock atmosphere with …

Unreservedly strong opinions: Hitchens’ essay collection Arguably

September 28, 2011

By Nick Owchar of the Los Angeles Times Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens by Christopher Hitchens Twelve (816 pages, $30) Christopher Hitchens’ writings on politics and his public face on a variety of TV programs and in other forums have …

Nick Lowe reads a lot … That Old Magic sort of reviewed

September 26, 2011

B+ The Old Magic Nick Lowe Yep Rock If you offered me any voice in pop music to have as my very own, I’m not sure I wouldn’t take Nick Lowe’s. He’s certainly figured out an answer to the old …

Von Trier exemplifies conflict between work and words

September 25, 2011

I think this is the sort of piece newspapers ought to run. I know I’m in the minority, but it’s what I believe. On the other hand, part of being a grown-up is realizing that your hero is probably a …