Posts from 20th September 2009

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Sep 09

BLU CANTRELL – “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)”

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The signature sounds of the 00s pop boom – all those staccatos, pizzicatos, clicks and bubbles – fix this track in its era even as the central, taunting string figure calls further back to long-ago good times, now soured. “Hit Em Up Style”‘s vicious storyline of economic revenge reminds me that at the time it wasn’t just the sonics that won modern R&B its attention: the music’s themes were given serious consideration too. Well, if being attacked as “man-hating” counts.

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The Most Important Game Ever Made #5: Georgebot Is A Playa

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuCl0Jn_CyY

The Cavern setlist continues with ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, another one I’ve not heard before now but apparently originally written by the liverpudlians for Billy J Kramer, according to the in-game factoid thing. Is it just me, or is the Kramer version a lot livelier? That seems to be the norm here, but I’m not sure if that’s iconoclasm on my part or a dulling-down of the sound created by the ‘live’ acoustics.

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My Ten Favourite Films Of 2008: 4. Planet Terror

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I was initially disappointed to find out that this was not a sci-fi film about some rogue wine makers terraforming a whole planet to make the best wine int he universe. But hey, someone else can make Planet Terroir.

I am not going to use this as an opportunity to slag off Quentin Tarantino. OK, maybe a bit. The whole Grindhouse project had at its heart great intentions to spread the love of shoddy, poorly written, poorly made, poorly acted exploitation movies. But given a much larger budget, better actors and a couple of film makers who already have a track record for making pretty good movies. All they can ever have made were pastiches. And a loving pastiche is lots of fun, but the difference between Planet Terror and Death Proof is that what Rodriguez wanted to pastiche was HIS ultimate Grindhouse film. And what Rodriguez has always been good at, if at the expense of other aspects sometimes, is throwing ideas at the screen and telling a story. El Mariachi is a Grindhouse film, Spy Kids is to all intents and purposes a Grindhouse film. There is a reason Tarantino didn’t direct From Dusk Til Dawn, when its about frenetic action and cheap effects Rodriguez is your man.

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