|Jarvis Cocker reaches for the sky in "Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets."|
The Ramones were New York City. The Beatles were Liverpool. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were Los Angeles. These bands belong to their points of origin. Hometown reverence is in the very sinew of their rhythms, fashion styles and melodies. And like these legends that embraced the places of their births, Pulp have looked to Sheffield, England as their eternal home and ground zero for inspiration.This fond nostalgia is the basis of Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, a documentary by Florian Habicht. The hardworking, long-suffering Britpop tour de force reunited in 2011 and sought to capture the spark by returning to Sheffield at the end of the year-and-a-half jaunt around the world. On camera, puckish front man Jarvis Cocker speaks quite fondly of the humble squalor and quaint elderly folk who populate the city of 1.5 million.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Think of bicoastal indie rock outfit Hideout as the Intergalactic Postal Service. Like Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello before them, Gabe Rodriguez and Cory Stier pieced together their debut album in separate states. But unlike the earthbound romances of the Postal Service, Hideout relish in stories about alien abductions, and worship at the altars of Ziggy Stardust and Explosions in the Sky.
Brought together in their youth and through a slew of nascent musical projects around San Diego, Rodriguez and Stier charged forth with Hideout’s Rookie (Thrill Me) while both were on tour as backing instrumentalists for Cults.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
|Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs at a 2014 concert. |
Photo by Claudia Heidelberger/Creative Commons
The most exciting thing about Weezer concerts is their unpredictable set lists. You never know when a zany cover (Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”) or an obscure fan favorite (“Susanne”) is going to pop up. Even when a tour is designated to celebrate a certain album – as this one was in honor of the new, stupendous Everything Will Be Alright in the End (Republic) – rarities dapple the run-through.
With Everything finding its strengths in old-school Weezer sonics (fuzzy guitar assaults, nerdy cool lyrics), it was a pleasant shock to see the L.A. foursome strip back for the first part of their performance at the historic Belasco.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The head-scratching popularity of bedazzled, crocheted winter wear has reached its apex. What was once the sole territory of cherubic Midwest aunties later popped up ironically at hipster holiday parties and at white elephant gift exchanges. Now high-fashion names like Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana have gotten in on the wonderfully chintzy act with their takes on the ugly holiday sweater.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Josh Graham came into the light by exploring the darkness of humanity. His alchemical, occult-ish visuals earned him full membership into prog-metal fortress Neurosis, though he didn’t play a note with the band. He’s helped boost the stage presence of luminaries like Madonna and Jay Z, and for the past four years, he’s been an integral part of Soundgarden’s comeback. His most recent works are the mesmerizing projections for the Seattle group’s tour with Nine Inch Nails, adding a level of menace to already-guttural favorites like “Fell on Black Days.”
Monday, August 18, 2014
There are plenty of meditative tomes on death and the afterlife. Mortality is undeniably universal, and often artists worry about their legacies. Humans, in their passing, can continue to offer love, guidance and support to those that cared for them… but what about beloved pets? Do our four-legged friends get a cozy place in the hereafter where we can one day reunite and play fetch with the stars?