Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Che: The Movie" t-shirts and iPods coming soon!

Walter Salles's celebrated Motorcycle Diaries was able to gloss over the less-inspiring aspects of Che Guevara's life by framing the story in the icon's pre-revolutionary days (while attempts to tell a different side of the story have had mixed results). Steven Soderbergh's new Che, then, walks a careful line by focusing intently on the warfare Guevara waged.

The four-hour-plus, Benicio Del Toro-starring biopic will be released in two parts (The Argentine and Guerilla, respectively), as well as screened in one sitting at select venues, including Cuba's New Latin American Film Festival. Shot in Spain and Bolivia, Soderbergh claims to have refused to portray "St. Che," while still seeking to showcase Guevara's ability to capture imaginations worldwide. The degree to which the director is successful - and the reaction to it - should be interesting to see...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Living off the land and car insurance

Minneapolis enviro-orchestral-indie rockers Cloud Cult swung by Double Door over the weekend, winding down their fall tour in support of this year's excellent Feel Good Ghosts LP. Word is they'll be back for an extensive spring tour, along with a new documentary on the band.

In the meantime, check out their recent, unlikely starring role in one of those weird, animated Esurance commercials:

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reno the Dog to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff

Beyond the facts that Chuck "Walker" Norris starred in Top Dog, and that Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel is Top Dog of the Obama Administration, the action hero and current Congressman/future White House Chief of Staff, respectively, have much in common: their tough, tenacious acts of battle feats are the stuff of legend.

Fitting, then, that recently made its debut, modeled in the style of the famed Chuck Norris Facts - except true. (Sample fact: "Rahm Emanuel declared his enemies 'dead' while repeatedly stabbing a steak knife into the table.")

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ever wonder...

...what happened to the Nevermind baby? Probably not, but Entertainment Weekly's got the update on the (now 17-year-old) subject of the seminal Nirvana album cover. 

In answer to the piece's question, I distinctly recall taping "Smells Like Teen Spirit" off the radio in elementary school, and it basically blew my mind. Good thing it wasn't until high school that I discovered the Pixies, because that would've melted my face off. Here's to you, Nevermind Baby!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Is America ready for a black rapper?

Sure, the president-elect is black, but what of that last frontier, hip hop? Break it down, Brother Ali: his new track, "Mr. President (You're the Man)" was recorded on election night, and is available here

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


MTV has a clip of Nas's brand new - recorded today, from Norway - track, "Election Night." A bit mediocre, but what do you want? Dude recorded it today.

This, on the heels of Jay-Z and M.I.A.'s ("Gotta get Bush out the chair/ Give Obama the floor") "Boyz" remix. Looks like no one on the corner has swagger like Obeezy. Tell me you can't see him walking in slo-mo to some Just Blaze beats in the picture above...

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