This Week on PasteMagazine.com: 7/21-7/25/08
Someone just started blasting the DuckTales theme song (and Tiny Toons and Animaniacs and Jem...apparently the weekend has officially begun) here in the office, so it must be time for This Week on PasteMagazine.com.
Our Band of the Week this week isn't a band at all. Her name is Samantha Crain, and she's a part of the wonderful Ramseur Records roster (of which Paste unabashedly loves, like, for serious, not kidding), and you'd do well to give her a listen.
Plenty of reviews this week, too. If you're curious about the quality of movies like Step Brothers, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, American Teen, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired or Death Defying Acts, well, we've got you covered. Some are awesome, some are less than awesome and some are about what you'd expect, though I'll let you read the reviews to find out which is which.
On the music side, we've got reviews about new tunes from Black Kids (we opted for words, not pugs), David Bowie (a live reissue from 1972), Dr. Dog, High Places and Mugison. The latter, from one of our favorite Icelandic music heroes, was supposed to come out this week, but has been bumped to Aug. 19. I didn't find that out until just a couple minutes ago, so please pardon our earlybirdedness on the write-up. As you can tell from the review, you should pick it up on 8/19. It's pretty fierce. So fierce, in fact, I've decided Mugison is the reason that Young Jeezy's new one has been bumped to Sept. 2. There is no way the music-buying public could fathom both Mugiboogie and The Recession on the same day.
It's easy to forget sometimes that we also cover books. Lots of them, in fact. This week, we posted a review of of Fadhil al-Azzawi's The Last of the Angels, which touches on light, fluffy summer topics like corporate imperialism, government corruption and the like. But it's good, so if that's your thing, get to reading.
On the feature front this week, you had the choice to read about Paste managing editor Nick Marino globetrotting with Diplo, editor-in-chief Josh Jackson talking with both Jayhawks (Mark Olson and Gary Louris) about the new album they have coming this fall, an interview with one of the Funk Brothers, a short feature highlighting Shooter Jennings' new project with his father, Waylon, our conversation with the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and, finally, a 49-minute examination (with 49-second editing) of Paul Westerberg's recently released new album, 49:00, which he's selling on Amazon for 49 cents. Yep.
Finally, there is news. So much news. Here are 15 of the more notable stories:
Darren Aronofsky is trying his hand at Robocop.
The U.K. is thinking about taxing folks who download music.
Dustin "Screech" Diamond is writing a Saved By the Bell tell-all book.
That Boondock Saints sequel might actually happen (it has a plot now).
The Dark Knight: The Video Game: The Coming Soon: The News Story
Weezer and/or Rivers Cuomo may have new material out this fall.
Chuck Norris is unstoppable.
I want this Madvillain box so bad (which is to ask, can I borrow $125?).
Seattle folks, take heed: this looks very promising.
The Gong Show is back and it looks like Match Game is on the way.
Crosby, Stills and Nash are going to record cover songs with Rick Rubin.
Mark Kozelek is doing all sorts of stuff.
Estelle Getty is dead.
Kevin Smith's Porno is getting an NC-17 rating.
And, last but most certainly not least:
TV on the Radio has a new album coming out in September!
But that's not all, of course. There were approximately 40 more news stories this week, and you can peruse the whole lot of them right here. While you're at it, take a spin through the blogs for more words and videos.
As always, thanks for reading. This Week on PasteMagazine.com will be on hiatus next week while I bum rush the Midwest to see family, attend Cardinals games and the like. Keep it real in my absence. Talk soon...
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