Thursday, February 19, 2009

Record Store Day April 18th, 2009

It looks like record store day will be even better this year. There will be some free stuff and some exclusives available for that day. Heather and I will cook up some tasty treats and I might even have an a band play live.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Blood The Last Vampire

Live action adaptation of the anime staring Jeon Ji-hyun aka Gianna Jun (the star of "My Sassy Girl"). By the director of Jet Li's "Kiss Of The Dragon", Chris Nahon. Scheduled to come out this summer everywhere in the world but no US date as of yet. It is filmed in English.

Sumtom trailer Thai action film

One of the films that looks like it will be a lot of fun to watch is Sumtom, a new Thai action movie featuring Nathan Jones. Nathan has been in Jet Li's "Fearless", Tony Jaa's "The Protector" and Jackie Chan's "First Strike". In this Thai film he is a gentle giant befriended by a young girl who can fight (she was in "Born To Fight") There's lots of funny moments to the fights. Nathan's character doesn't know how to fight until he eats hot peppers and then he destroys everything in sight. The trailer starts with a clip of him fighting Tony Jaa but after a couple of seconds the new movie kicks in. Also there are lots of subtitled clips of the movie on youtube so if you enjoy this check them out. And a piece of trivia, the movie company that made the movie is called "Baa Ram Ewe". Those are the magic words to control sheep in the movie "Babe".

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hard Boiled Update 2-6-09

As of this coming Monday (Feb 9th) the store will be closed on Mondays for the foreseeable future. Having Mondays off will allow me to search for more rare records to sell in the store.
In last week's update I forgot to mention the Touch & Go and Matador new releases. We have the Volcano Sun reissues and the new cd from A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers.

In today.

Eno Moebius Rodelious - After The Heat LP Classic 1970's Eno collaboration.

Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate CD New album on Bpitch Control. Hopefully not their last. RIP-Charlie-Cooper-of-Telefon-Tel Aviv

George Coleman - Bongo Joe LP On Mississippi Records.

Spiritual Singers - s/t LP On Mississippi Records.

V/a - I Woke Up LP Yet another great collection of rare pre WWII music on Mississippi Records.

Wire - 300th issue of the British music magazine.

Crystal Stilts - s/t CD/LP On Woodsist Records

Wavves - s/t CD On Woodsist Records

And there is a new Red Hot & Blue, AIDS Benefit cd coming out on Feb 17th. The double cd willbe $13.99 and the triple LP will be $23.99. If you want one of these let me know and I will reserve one for you.

The Story:
Dark Was The Night will be released on February 17th, 2009. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer. A total of 31 exclusive tracks have been recorded for the compilation. It will be available as a double cd/triple viny and will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Red Hot was founded on the premise that even without a cure, AIDS remains a preventable disease – and music is a great vehicle to raise money and awareness for it.

This is the 20th year of Red Hot, and this is the 20th release!

Track Listing:
Disc 1
1. Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2. Cello Song - The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3. Train Song - Feist + Ben Gibbard
4. Brackett, WI - Bon Iver
5. Deep Blue Sea - Grizzly Bear
6. So Far Around The Bend - The National
7. Tightrope - Yeasayer
8. Feeling Good - My Brightest Diamond
9. Dark Was The Night - Kronos Quartet
10. I Was Young When I Left Home - Antony + Bryce Dessner
11. Big Red Machine - Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12. Sleepless - The Decemberists
13. Die - Iron & Wine
14. Service Bell - Grizzly Bear + Feist
15. You Are the Blood - Sufjan Stevens

Disc 2
1. Well-Alright - Spoon
2. Lenin - Arcade Fire
3. Mimizan - Beirut
4. El Caporal - My Morning Jacket
5. Inspiration Information - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
6. With A Girl Like You - Dave Sitek
7. Blood Pt. 2 - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8. Hey, Snow White - The New Pornographers
9. Gentle hour - Yo La Tengo
10. Amazing Grace - Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
11. Happiness - Riceboy Sleeps
12. Another Saturday - Stuart Murdoch
13. The Giant Of Illinois - Andrew Bird
14. Lua - Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
15. When The Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16. Love vs. Porn - Kevin Drew

Also Record Store Day is coming up in 2 months and I will be figuring out something cool to do for that day.


Chemical Brothers Get Yourself using Shaw Bros footage

Several years ago the Chemical Brothers released the track "Get Yourself High". Although it was a good 6 years since I had really liked their music I bought the cd single because it contained the music video that was made using footage from the Shaw Brothers "Two Champions Of Shaolin".

RIP Lux Interior of the Cramps

Out of the great bands to come out of the NYC early punk scene was the Cramps. Somehow in 25 years of concerts I never saw them live. They made some great records. The Daily Swarm has a good overview of the band. Here is footage of one my favorite Cramps tracks.

A Bittersweet Life (Korean film)

One of my favorite Korean directors is Kim Ji-Woon. I have liked every movie he has made. One of them, "A Tale Of Two Sisters" has been remade as "The Uninvited" in the US. And my copy of "The Foul King" came with a rubber wrestling mask. His latest film, "The Good, The Bad, The Weird" played at the International Film Festival last year, and may get a release this year (fingers crossed). But my favorite film of his is the gangster film "A Bittersweet Life". It is the story of a mob enforcer who feels sympathy with someone for the first time, unfortunately it was with the mistress of his boss. Things go wrong and there is lots of bloodshed. Here is the trailer for the movie.

If this looks good, then search on youtube for the whole movie as someone has posted it with subtitles. It has been 4 years since it came out in Korea so I doubt that it will get a US release, which is a shame.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Devil At Your Heels

One of the movies I will buy if it ever comes out on dvd is "Devil At Your Heels". It is a documentary about a Canadian stuntman, Ken Carter, and his five year quest to jump a car over the Canadian/ US boarder, a distance of a mile. At times it seems Spinal Tap-esque, you refuse to believe that it is a real documentary. It is available on vhs at collectable prices on ebay and amazon. It is as good as "Grizzly Man" or "Hands On A Hardbody". Here is a 10 minute clip on youtube.