Monday, August 08, 2005

The Weekly, Volume Eleven

So the eleventh edition of this sober journal of cultural enquiry finds your humble typist unable to sleep at an hour that should rightfully be well passed his bedtime. I shall therefore admit that my words on this occassion simply do little justice to the excellent works of artistry summarized below -- suffice to say, I've "mailed it in" this time. But don't let that stop you! No, read on, valiant warriors!

Album:
Rolled Gold (The Action)

Fantastic (previously) unreleased '60s mod/psychedelia. My frame of reference for this sort of stuff is basically limited to similar efforts from The Who and The Byrds (and the obvious contributions to the genres by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles), but here, The Action manage to sound less dated than any of them. Barring the demo quality sound and the few dodgy lyrics that pop up here and there, Rolled Gold features some truly cracking songs. "Brain" is one hell of a tune.

Film:
2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)

Something of a companion piece to the director's moving In the Mood for Love, which was released to critical acclaim in 2000. The film follows a melancholy journalist as he writes science fiction stories and seduces various women. Of course, such a trite description hardly does justice to this work, which, although flawed, is more achingly poetic than any other movie you'll find in cinemas this summer. And, basically, Tony Leung is a god.

Concert News:
Okkervil River to Toronto

According to a particularly precocious and knowledgeable source, the alternative-indie-country-pop-rockers from Austin, TX are coming to the ol' Hog Town sometime in November. So keep you eyes peeled for the Black Sheep Boy(s).

4 Comments:

Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

You were spot on about the Vitalic disc, which I recently picked up. David Ruffin's Unreleased Album was last year's disc of the year had I actaully been able hip enough to hear it. So I gotta get me some Rolled Gold by the Action 'cause I love the '60s Mod sound and getting something unreleased from tha era is a real treat.

8/08/2005 11:04 a.m.  
Blogger the man with no name said...

didn't know you were a wong kar-wai fan. you should've taken hong kong cinema with me last semester. we watched 'as tears go by'.

8/08/2005 11:17 a.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

Mike D., I think you'd really enjoy The Action. If you have trouble finding the album (in stores or otherwise) let me know and I shall rectify the situation.

NatMac: I am indeed a fan of WKW's austere contributions to asian cinema; though I have yet to see "Chungking Express," which I hear is one of his best films.

8/08/2005 1:18 p.m.  
Blogger the man with no name said...

i would also like to get my hands on some rolled gold.

8/08/2005 3:57 p.m.  

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