Thursday, 31 May 2012

Rereading Stephen King: week one – Carrie

Reposted from The Guardian (originally posted Thursday 24 May 2012 13.02 BST)

This should make for an interesting series of posts:
James Smythe has read everything Stephen King has ever written – and now he's revisiting each novel in chronological order. First: a young girl with some dangerous powers

Carrie is Stephen King's first novel. A large part of its fame comes from the fact that it was actually the fourth novel he wrote and submitted to publishers – a story that people love to tell when discussing the roads to publication of big-name authors. "Did you know King wrote three books before he was accepted?" goes the common confidence-boosting phrase. And, nearly as famously, he actually threw his only draft of it away at one point, until his wife convinced him to rescue it from the rubbish. The rest is, as they nearly say, a 70ish-strong publication history. (The first three books King wrote, incidentally, were Rage, The Long Walk and Blaze, all of which found publication in later years, and all of which will be covered soon enough.)

Dark Horse Does Vampires Right Sampler | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

If you've got a taste for bloodsuckers, then look no further! Dark Horse does vampires right and gives readers who crave creatures of the night a crypt full of creepy comics!

Press Release: New Stephen King Novel Coming from Hard Case Crime (and 100th Post!!!)

JOYLAND to be published in June 2013

New York, NY; London, UK (May 30, 2012) – Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, today announced it will publish JOYLAND,a new novel by Stephen King, in June 2013.  Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.  JOYLAND is a brand-new book and has never previously been published.  One of the most beloved storytellers of all time, Stephen King is the world’s best-selling novelist, with more than 300 million books in print.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Joss Whedon On Avengers 2

Originally posted on Empire Online - 16 May 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Hero Complex

Slightly belated posting of this. I've also seen around the traps speculation the Whedon's next project could be Wonder Woman, though how likely that'll actually turn out to be is anyone's guess.

Joss Whedon On Avengers 2
'You know, I'm very torn...'

Feature: The Full E3 2012 Schedule - Nintendo Life

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Crossover Kings: Writers Who Can Do It All

A list of insanely talented people of whom we should be very jealous (from The Slacker Hero):
When most of us think about writers, a very specific form comes to mind: Books. Or comics. Or movies. Or any number of other kinds of media. When we hear the name Stephen King, we think of a guy (who looks like a serial killer, let’s keep it real) who has had success so huge as a novelist that it seems like something ripped from the fiction he writes. Think about it for a minute, and you’ll realize that the same thing happens when you focus on any genre.

Sigur Ros let slip Australian tour plans | music news | triple j

Triple J Music News:
Sigur Ros will be visiting Australia for the first time since 2008 later this year.

As Fasterlouder reports, the news came via an interview frontman Jonsi did with Drowned In Sound.

"We're doing a short North American tour", he said during the chat.

"And a few European dates as well as the festivals, then we're off to Australia."

Accroding to Jonsi, the band hope to make the visit with an orchestra in tow.

"I think we'll want to take some strings with us, especially when we're playing the new album. It will be difficult to translate those songs live without them."

The timing of their visit makes them a strong contender for Harvest but that line up isn't expected for a little while yet.

Sigur Ros' new album Valtari is due May 28.

Awesome news!

Which Underdog Movie Could Be This Summer's Sleeper Hit? [Poll]

My money's on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, though I'm not entirely sure it counts as an underdog.

Every summer, there's at least one smaller movie that breaks out of the pack. A film that's not based on a huge comic book or toy franchise, with a budget under $100 million. Even though summer is supposed to belong to the big superhero and toy movies, there's always at least one upstart that surprises everybody. A Moon or a District 9, say. Or a Super-8. More »

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Love for the KING!

Some very positive reviews for Stephen King's latest entry in his Dark Tower series. If your a King fan &/or have read the other Dark Tower novels, then this is probably already on your must read list; if not, it's well worth checking out anyway as it can (almost) act as a stand-alone story in it's own right.

By Stephen King Publisher: Donald M. Grant
Jonathan Wright, 20 April 2012

Just as it’s intriguing to wonder how Iain M Banks’s career might have panned out had he first found fame for the Culture rather than as a literary novelist, Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels offer an interesting question. Specifically, would readers be so interested if King hadn’t first written Carrie?

By Stephen King Publisher: Scribner 
Brian Truitt, 23 April 2012

Sit yourself down for a spell. Uncle Stevie has a few tales to tell around the campfire.  

Stephen King's newest effort, The Wind Through the Keyhole, combines two of the author's more masterful skills: creating short stories with similar themes in a single package, and writing chapters set in his Western-tinged fantasy The Dark Tower series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. 

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By Stephen King Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Guardian 
, 18 April 2012

It has been eight years since Stephen King presented readers with the controversially open ending to his epic fantasy sequence, The Dark Tower. The seven-book series eventually stretched to nigh-on 4,500 pages, and it would have been fair to assume the author was done with a story he began over three decades ago, inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", and by the spaghetti westerns of the 1970s. 

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(Post-Rockin) The Legend of Zelda!

Music from The Legend of Zelda as recorded by Cory Johnson, who writes:
This is a post-rock inspired rearrangement of Koji Kondo's music from the Legend of Zelda series.

Beach House: Bloom [Pitchfork Review]

A deservedly glowing review for Beach House's new album by Pitchfork; this album is no doubt on track to feature in many a year's end "Best of" list. See also my own earlier review.
Beach House's decision to call this record Bloom is almost too perfect. Over the course of four albums that's exactly what this band has done. Two people from Baltimore started by making incense-smelling, curtains-drawn bedroom pop. Now, eight years later, they make luminous, sky-sized songs that conjure some alternate universe where Cocteau Twins have headlined every stadium on Atlantis. "Bloom" is also what these 10 songs do, each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion. The word captures the music's slow sonority: the round, gleaming edges of Alex Scally's arpeggios and how, in Victoria Legrand's unhurried mouth, all words seem to have a few extra vowels.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

New band of the day: Last Dinosaurs (No 1,266)

More Australian music love from The Guardian, this time for one of my favoutite bands to have emerged in recent times:
Australia's Last Dinosaurs are proof that indie pop doesn't deserve to be driven to extinction.
Hometown: Brisbane.
The lineup: Sean Caskey (vocals, guitars), Lachlan Caskey (lead guitars), Sam Gethin-Jones (bass), Dan Koyama (drums).
The background: Last Dinosaurs are a four-piece whose debut album has been described by one magazine as "a strong contender" for best Australian album of the last two decades. When was the last great Go-Betweens LP? The point is, listening to Last Dinosaurs' debut album In a Million Years you don't feel like laughing at his, or her, assertion, you feel like applauding. We're no more fans of guitar-based indie pop than we are of the sea shanties and polka dottiness of yesterday's new band, but when it's done as well as it is on In a Million Years, with such exuberance and finesse, it suddenly becomes our favourite genre in the world, ever.

Music Alliance Pact – May 2012

Another month, another Music Alliance Pact (May 2012):

Be sure to check out all the awesome music the world has to offer, and send your love to any of the featured blogs whose selections you like.
The Music Alliance Pact is a project started up and run by The Pop Cop in which a heap of blogs around the world come together on the 15th of every month to share their favourite song and then simultaneously give away the whole lot for free (with permission from the artists, bien sûr). Be sure to check out the MAP archive on the right-hand side of this site.

This month’s choice for Scotland is the delightful Julia And The Doogans from Glasgow.

After the jump you can click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 34-track compilation through here.

Forget indie-pop stereotypes, Cats on Fire are just great

Another write up of an awesome band from The Guardian. Seriously, it's like someone over there has been checking out my recently loved music and then writing about it.

Check out the glowing review of Findlands Cats on Fire after the jump, then be sure to head on over to The Guardian Music Blog for more Indie Music news and reviews.

[Review] The Temper Trap

Some well deserved love for Australia's The Temper Trap from The Guardian
"This is criminality, pure and simple." Kicking off a Scottish gig with a track that samples David Cameron doesn't seem like a sure-fire recipe for winning local hearts and minds. But if The Temper Trap aren't yet alive to the nuances of devolved regional government – the Melbourne band only relocated to the UK three years ago – they know they've got a belter in London's Burning. Inspired by last year's riots, it's spooky and spiky yet also naggingly melodic.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Marvel Pinball 3D's eShop Release Swings Closer


Article: Marvel Pinball 3D's eShop Release Swings Closer

It's been a while since we had an update on Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball 3D, but fear not — it's definitely still happening.

Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson to Co-Direct Pinocchio

Guillermo del Toro will co-direct Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson (Animation Director on The Fantastic Mr. Fox ). The Jim Henson Company production will be a 3D stop-motion animated version of "Pinocchio" based on the edition of Carlo Collodi's classic tale illustrated by Gris Grimly. Inferno will represent the property to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

EP BIO: Stonefield – Bad Reality [Wunderkind]

Bad Reality EP_

EP BIO: Owl Eyes – Crystalised [Wunderkind]


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Modern ANTIQUES/MODERN Antiques by Silence is Sexy

Two albums for the price of none!

Hailing out of Utrecht in The Netherlands, Silence is Sexy describe their music as "bombastic psychedelic indie pop rock" (or words to that affect).

Their new double album (titled Modern ANTIQUES and MODERN Antiques) totalling 19 new tracks is due to be released on 6th June; the first track from each is available for free download from the group's Bandcamp page or you can stream them both after the jump.

"Late Bloomer" by Allie Moss available for free on Noisetrade

"Late Bloomer" by Allie Moss available for free on Noisetrade:

If you don't have Allie Moss' last album "Late Bloomer", you can now download it for free on Noistrade. You can download the entire album + 3 brand new The Age Of Rockets remixes.

Eyes of the Dragon Headed to Syfy Channel

Eyes of the Dragon Headed to Syfy Channel: It has been confirmed that Syfy will adapt Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon for either a TV movie or mini series.

Details regarding the specifics of the project are still emerging, but it'll be interesting to see if they go for any kind of crossover with The Dark Tower given the minor links in the books. Probably pretty unlikely, actually, but it'd be cool to see.

Outlaws by The Toot Toots Toots [AWESOME!]

A foot stompin', horn honkin', go-go dancing, psychedelic freak-out. Five members on record, nine on stage. The Toots' live shows are a haphazard spectacle filled with sweat, glitter and trumpets. A garage, country, big band bonanza whose songs tell ol' tales of rural Australian misfits.

CATCALL debut album out now!

The Warmest Place