Forever The Sickest Kids - Underdog Alma Mater
> Universal Motown Released: April 29, 2008 If Panic At The Disco and Hellogoodbye had a baby, it would probably be one of the Sickest Kids. After seeing these guys on Conan O’Brien (via TiVo) I couldn’t help but dig their sound. I’m not usually impressed with everything that the Warped Tour has to offer, but these guys some how stuck out to me. Everytime I see a band on...
Thief: Safe to Ignite
MGM 1981 Rarely does a film with such heavily dated 80â€™s synth-rock hold up over time. But it just may be that perfect soundtrack that sets the intense pace of this high-stakes diamond job. Thief was essentially revisited as Heat some 16 years later by the same writer and director Michael Mann. Itâ€™s an intense neo-noir heist film that focuses more on the man than just the job. Every shot...
Dave Barnes - You + Me + The World
Razor & Tie Entertainment Released: April 1, 2008 If you’re looking for a little soul or just a simple love song, then Dave Barnes’ You + Me + The World has the market cornered. With his Mississippi roots and his passion for writing songs, not albums, Dave Barnes brings a bunch of soulful love songs that you can relax to our put in the car while on a date. My first experience...
Sigur Ros - Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Beggars Xl Recording Released: June 24, 2008 If you’re looking for music to provide you inspiration, then Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust should be your next purchase. I must admit that I’m not a long-time fan of Sigur RÃ³s. I’ve listened to a few tracks over the years and have always been intrigued by their language (Icelandic) and style (majestic), but I’ve never...
The Dark Knight: The Face of Chaos
Warner Bros 2008 Same Bat-time, completely different Bat-channel. Batman has always been one of the darkest superheroes in the comics and on the screen, but this time around may just be the caped crusaderâ€™s most sinister cinematic endeavor yet. The Dark Knight, hence the name, is certainly not your cookie-cutter summer superhero sequel. Leave the kiddies at home as this ride may be too...
Jack’s Mannequin is back with another full length album due out soon! JacksMannequin.com is going to release some tracks via their website starting Monday July 21st and you’ll be able to pre-order the new album titled “The Glass Passenger” on July 30th. For all those first comers they’re giving away a free track, so be sure and check it out. More at the Jack’s...
The Poet and the Bear: Short Film Fun
Northern Ireland Screen 2006 This 7 minute short film from Northern Ireland is a fun little exploration of art school dreams. Captivated by the writings of nineteenth century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, Ruth eagerly awaits news from the Paris School of Art. As it is a short film, it only leaves room for a short review. The Poet and the Bear is just a silly little short movie by up and coming...
Children of Men: Fishers of Men
Universal 2006 Faith, hope, and salvation are central themes in this post-apocalyptic road movie where one child will be the redemption of all humanity. I love to look for glimpses of Christ in secular literature and film and it couldnâ€™t have been better portrayed as a subliminal message than as it was in this film. I was blown away the first time I saw Children of Men in theatres and more...
Augustana - Can't Love, Can't Hurt
Sony Records 2008 My vote has been cast: Augustana’s latest Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt is the best new album of 2008. I’ve probably listened to this album thirty times since it’s release in late April, but after my first listen I couldn’t help but think it would be a classic. Augustana never ceases to impress me. They have been the only band in the past ten...
New Anberlin Track on MySpace
Anberlin has released a new track called “Disappear” on their MySpace. Their new full-length titled New Surrender is due out 9/30/2008. Click here to visit their MySpace. Thanks to Jered Scott for the head’s up on this one…
Mute Math @ 175BPM
Mute Math is in the studio recording a new album. In other news, drummers around the world feel tired and meaningless after watching this:
Last.fm to Bands: Evade the Record Label
[via ReadWriteWeb] Last.fm (social music site and friend of evade the noise) has launched a program today that will start paying independent and unsigned bands for their music. Though we here at evade don’t care if you’re signed or not, we can appreciate the efforts of putting money in the hands of bands that deserve it. So if you’re an artist and think people will listen to...
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Atlantic Records 2008 The boys from Seattle maintain their roots in a soil full of bands that could care less about where they came from. My first interaction with Death Cab’s latest Narrow Stairs came from their website just a few months before the album was released. DCCF’s website featured a video teaser of the then upcoming release in which the song “I Will Posses Your...
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Premise Media 2008 For a documentary film, it certainly hit theatres with a big bang. Eternal questions are asked and egos are put in perspective when truth is divided. Expelled will definitely remain one of those films that will be argued about for years to come as its subject matter is the age old creation versus evolution debate. More comments and biased reviews can be found about this film...
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Capitol Records 2008 Coldplay’s fourth, full-length Viva La Vida is making the top of everyone’s playlist—even the cool kids. For lack of adjectives… Viva La Vida is awesome. I actually saw Coldplay here in southern California and Chris Martin said they wouldn’t be back for three years. He went on to explain how they were going “into hiding” and...
Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)
Geffen Records 2008 Crunchy guitars, rap lyrics, and hymns are just are a few of things that make this album great, but more than anything we’re just happy to have Weezer back. Weezer’s Red Album is a breathe of fresh air for the band that’s basically been missing for the past few years. Honest, silly, and generally very fun, the Red Album brings back the Weezer we’ve...
Samurai Fiction: That Old Bushido Blade
Cine Qua Non 1998 Samurai films of the 50â€™s and 60â€™s have never looked so good. Add a little rock-n-roll to the beautiful feudal setting with a post modern twist and you have one fun-filled quest for honor. With the kinetic energy of an MTV movie audience in mind, itâ€™s nice to be reminded that what makes a Japanese warrior exciting is just the simple slice of that old bushido blade. ...
Derek Webb doing it again
Derek Webb and wife, Sandra McCraken are both now offering their latest albums free through a new service called NoiseTrade. Listeners can choose to either tell three friends or pay whatever dollar amount they wish in order to receive a link to download the albums. The album available for Derek Webb is his latest, The Ringing Bell and Sandra McCraken is offering her album Gravity/Love through...
Rhapsody + 4th of July = Free Music
Rhapsody.com is giving away free music this 4th of July to promote their new mp3 music store. Be patriotic and download free music (legally of course).
Wall-E: A Robot Even I Can Like
Disney/Pixar 2008 In 1986, Johnny 5 warmed our hearts with his “input”, jokes, and aliveness, but in 2008 Wall-E makes us all wish were as hopelessly romantic as he is. The story of a little robot with a big heart is another truly inspiring and creative work from the people at Disney/Pixar. Visually stunning and with a surprisingly limited amount of dialogue, Wall-E taps into...
The Killing: The Essential Retro Heist
MGM 1956 Don’t let the name of the movie throw you off. It’s not about murder. It’s a heist film taking its title from the phrase â€œmaking a killing. And that’s exactly what’s at stake, in this glorious black and white tough guy thriller. As a Christian who loves action movies, I find it hard to find a film that doesn’t overwhelm me with senseless violence or...