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2010.05.23 Sunday

Miles Davis


Miles Dewey Davis III
 (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American trumpeterbandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebopcool jazzhard bopmodal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis' ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry MulliganJohn ColtraneCannonball AdderleyGeorge Coleman,Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace SilverBill EvansHerbie HancockJoe ZawinulChick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlinJohn Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul ChambersRon CarterMarcus Miller and Dave Holland; and drummers Philly Joe JonesTony WilliamsBilly Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

2010.05.23 Sunday

The Blues Brothers


The Blues Brothers
 are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively in character as lead vocalist "Joliet" Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues, fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The band made its debut as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live.The band began to take on a life beyond the confines of the television screen, releasing an album, Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978, and then having a Hollywood film, The Blues Brothers, created around its characters in 1980.
2010.05.23 Sunday

Reservoir Dogs


Reservoir Dogs
 is a 1992 crime film and the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino. It depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist, though not the heist itself. Reservoir Dogs stars an ensemble cast with Harvey KeitelSteve BuscemiTim RothMichael MadsenChris Penn, and Lawrence Tierney. Tarantino has a minor role, as does criminal-turned-author Eddie Bunker. It incorporates many themes and aesthetics that have become Tarantino's hallmarks: violent crime, pop culture references, memorable dialogue, profuse profanity, and a nonlinear storyline.

The film has become a classic of independent film and a cult hit.[2] It was named "Greatest Independent Film of all Time" by EmpireReservoir Dogs was generally well received and the cast was praised by many critics. Although it was never given much promotion upon release, the film was a modest success by grossing $2,832,029, which made its budget back. However, it did become a major hit in the United Kingdom; grossing nearly6.5 million, and it achieved higher popularity after the success of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. It is often criticized for its high degree of violence and profanity, and audience members reportedly walked out during the film's now notorious torture scene.

2010.05.23 Sunday

Beastie Boys


Beastie Boys
 are an American hip-hop group from New York City. The group comprises Michael "Mike D" DiamondAdam "MCA" Yauch, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz. Since around the time of the Hello Nastyalbum, the DJ for the group has been Michael "Mix Master Mike" Schwartz, who was first featured in the song "Three MCs and One DJ".[1]

Beastie Boys began as a hardcore punk group in 1979, appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash with Riot Fight and Beastie, and released their debut EP in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 release of experimental hip-hop 12" Cooky Puss, they switched to hip-hop in 1984 and a string of successful 12" singles followed culminating with their debut album Licensed to Ill (1986) which enjoyed international critical acclaim and commercial success. The group is well-known for its eclecticism; jocular and flippant attitude toward interviews and interviewers; obscure cultural references and kitschy lyrics; and for performing in outlandish matching suits.

2010.05.21 Friday

The Specials


The Specials
 (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in CoventryEngland.[1] Their music combined a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups. The group was formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, with Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (guitar, vocals) and a rhythm section. The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers)."[2] In 1979, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached number one in the UK.[3] In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" single also hit number one in the UK Singles Chart.[1]
2010.05.21 Friday

Stranger Than Paradise


Stranger Than Paradise is a 1984 American absurdist/deadpan comedy film. It was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and stars jazz musician John Lurie, former Sonic Youth drummer-turned-actor Richard Edson, and Hungarian-born actress Eszter Balint. The film features a minimalist plot in which Willie and his friend Eddie go to visit Willie's cousin Eva in Cleveland.

The film is notable for its high historical importance, particularly upon independent cinema. The low-budget aesthetics of the film set an example for later independent directors.

2010.05.21 Friday

Woody Guthrie


Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie
 (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land", which is regularly sung in American schools. Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress.[1] He is considered by many to be the greatest political songwriter of the Twentieth Century.[citation needed]
Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned traditional folk and blues songs. Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour".[2] Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States communist groups, though he was never an actual member of any.[3]
2010.05.21 Friday

Raoul Duke


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. The film, directed by Terry Gilliam, stars Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo.

Previous attempts to adapt the book into a film included Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando as Duke and Gonzo. At one point, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were considered for the duo; John Cusack was also almost cast. Animator/filmmaker Ralph BakshiMartin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone all tried unsuccessfully to direct an adaptation. Thompson met Depp and was convinced no one else could play him. Filmmaker Alex Cox was eventually hired to direct with Depp and Del Toro committed to starring in the film, but the filmmaker had "creative differences" with Thompson over the script treatment as documented in the documentary Breakfast with Hunter. Gilliam was subsequently hired and made the film with the writer's approval.

2010.05.21 Friday

Monty Brogan


25th Hour
 is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee and is based on the novel The 25th Hour written by David Benioff, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Edward NortonPhilip Seymour Hoffman,Barry PepperRosario DawsonAnna Paquin, and Brian Cox. Norton plays Montgomery "Monty" Brogan, a convicted drug dealer who has one last day of freedom before beginning a seven-year prison sentence.
2010.05.21 Friday

Neal Cassady


Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, perhaps best known for being characterized asDean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.
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