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Daniel - Bat for Lashes

This somewhat dark, goth song reminds me a lot of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." What a dreamy landscape Bat for Lashes has created. My little nephews, at 11 and 7, even like this song! Check it out on iTunes.



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Man, I've been into Phoenix since I heard the song "If I Ever Feel Better" nearly five years ago at the Virgin Megastore here in Los Angeles. When I heard "Listomania" in the finale to "Entourage" I knew they were starting to blow up. Wolfgang Amadeus is probably my favorite album this year.

It's also nice to see Vibe Magazine covering groups like this in their comeback issue.


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The Fantastic Mr. Fox

I saw this movie this week. As with most Wes Anderson films, and most notably Rushmore, this film does not disappoint. It has a very warm color palette and the settings are pastoral and visually appealing and engender a sense of coziness. A sense of being ensconced in the (largely) underground and make believe world of Mr. Fox and his unusual collection of pals. But I had the same feeling of wanting to rewind and more closely review many scenes for details that I did with Coraline, although that film ultimately has more heart and was more polished and technically amazing than Fox. Coraline was a classic; Fox is just a really good stop motion animation movie.

Rat is played by Willem Dafoe and that is probably the funniest role in the movie. Just listen to that slow, southern drawl when he tells Mr. Fox "It's my jaw-ob (job)"

The part of the movie I wasn't so crazy about was the second half, when the farmers really become focused on trying to capture and kill Mr. Fox. While never overtly violent, the tension and sense of imminent danger is in stark contrast to the cozy, relaxed feeling in the beginning of the film.

All in all, a very enjoyable movie going experience, like most Wes Anderson movies.


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