Last Week on PasteMagazine.com: 7/14-7/18/08
I'm going to blame my lateness on
this last week's update on The Dark Knight. That's fair, right? I think so, if only because a) it's awesome, b) it's breaking records and c) Heath Ledger's Joker was more terrifying than an Andy Dick mugshot. At any rate, one of this last week's highlights on PasteMagazine.com was our review of the movie (linked above, natch). But oh, there was so much more...
Our Band of the Week
this last week was Thee Oh Sees, which writer David Marek calls "no-frills garage rock that's free
of pretension and full of psychedelic goodness." Have a listen to a couple of their tracks and I think you'll agree.
We slapped the review treatment on new music from The Hold Steady, John Mellencamp, Nas, Albert Hammond, Jr. and Nomo. Meanwhile, in addition to the previously mentioned bat-themed film, we weighed in on Space Chimps (hint: it's bad) and Hellboy 2 (hint: it's good). Elsewhere, Gavin Paul Giovagnoli took pictures of Flavor Flav and people dancing silly at the Pitchfork Music Festival for our Festivus blog, Rhymes with Five critiqued spam messages, deputy/games editor Jason Killingsworth visited the E3 conference in Los Angeles and Ingrid Michaelson performed live on our A/V blog. (OK, this isn't entirely true. She actually performed live at Paste HQ recently. The video was posted to the website this week. Watch it!)
News, news, news. There was a lot of news last week, as usual. There was a trailer here, a trailer there, record releases were announced, interesting collaborations popped up, and at least one more legend had his name associated with Guitar Hero. Meanwhile, if you ever went to a Showbiz Pizza (where I'm told a kid can be a kid) back in the day, you'll appreciate this story. Oh, and the Emmy nominations were announced. Finally, all sorts of folks are going on tour, including Willie Nelson, Beck, The Wedding Present, KT Tunstall, Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, TV on the Radio and Of Montreal. Of course, you should really peruse the news section because there's no way I can list all the notable stories. Even as I type this, more news it being written up. Egads.
Two interviews of note from last week. We spoke with Ron Sexsmith, whose new album, you may recall, we like quite a bit. We also caught up with funnyman Michael Ian Black, who has a new book out, and informed us that we should give it five stars on Amazon.com. He also called Paste a "stupid magazine," so we're kinda hoping Tucker Max kicks his ass. (We kid because we love.) Meanwhile, our first-ever International Issue hit stands last week, and one of the primary features from the magazine, wherein Andy Beta goes to China and tells the story of the country's rock scene, is now on the website. Read it right here.
That about wraps it up for now. Feedback is appreciated. Talk soon...
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