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Linkdown: 5/27/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell

The latest flop examined by AV Club is Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, “[o]ne of the most promising, inspired, and disappointing comedies of recent years”

Details on the 12-14 “Lost” epilogue to be included on the complete series dvd set

“Dexter” gets a new cast member for season 5 in Julia Stiles

– Cinematical: Have Movie Titles Become Too Long?

– The new Arcade Fire album The Suburbs will be released in August

– EW: David Sedaris lends his support to National Audiobook Month

– Albums from LCD Soundsystem, The Black Keys, and Band of Horses all wind up in the Billboard top ten for last week



Linkdown: 4/8/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Justin Long, who says the I’m a Mac ads are probably done

Cursive covers Starship‘s “We Built This City” in this week’s AV Undercover

– Aziz Ansari has been cast in Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s upcoming 30 Minutes or Less

Tim Riggins to star in Peter Berg’s Battleship board game adaptation

“Real 3D” vs. “Fake 3D”: Should Studios Advertise the Distinction?

Menomena announce new album, Mines, to be released on July 27 on Barsuk

Dr. Dog played “Stranger” on Fallon recently

– A ridiculously awesome but also imaginary 8-bit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog video game:



Linkdown: 3/30/10 by Barbecue Bros
March 30, 2010, 10:13 am
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– A breakdown of some of the biblical references from “Lost” (via @vultureblog)

– A new video for “Flash Delirium” is available at MGMT‘s website (via Consequence of Sound)

A second quarter music preview from Consequence of Sound

– There might be two Independence Day sequels? For real?

– A Frank Darabont written and directed zombie series is coming to AMC this fall

– A new Hold Steady song can be heard here

– Sad news that Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) was robbed after a show in Brooklyn over the weekend

– Spin’s 9 Best Moments of the Big Ears Festival



Linkdown: 3/24/10 by Barbecue Bros

Diplo on the new M.I.A. album:

“…It’s sort of like an Animal Collective/ gospel/ giant-drum record. And she’s singing on it. I think you might expect some rap/club music, but nothing on there. It’s more of a heavy record. All kinds of different sounds. We did, like, a punk thing. … It’s weird.”

Blitzen Trapper announce a new album, Destroyers of the Void, to be released on Sub Pop on June 8

Photos from the first show of The xx and jj‘s tour; will be seeing both of them tomorrow night and can’t wait

Ben Folds is not the Chatroullette piano guy (that guy’s name is Merton), but he did pay tribute to him at his recent show in Charlotte

An entertaining memo from David Mamet to writers from his now-canceled show “The Unit”

– Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Jorma Taccone discuss MacGruber

The Strokes are recording music, just not with Julian Casablancas (yet)

The 10 most redundant things that are put on movie posters (via Vulture)

– The Ryan Adams unreleased album Blackhole is apparently finished



Album News: The National – High Violet by Barbecue Bros
March 5, 2010, 12:14 pm
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The fifth album from The National is due May 11 on 4AD records, and is entitled High Violet. May already has releases from LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses and the Hold Steady so its clearly shaping up to be a huge month.

In a recent interview, Matt Berninger described it as “meaner”  and also had the following to say about the record when talking to Stereogum recently:

We started out trying to make a fun pop record. I had the word HAPPINESS taped to my wall. We veered off that course immediately. We’ve narrowed it down to about 15 songs now and it’s going to be our best record (one song you can dance to) but it can’t be described as happy.

Although I would rather see them in a club, I’m interested to see how their show translates outdoors when I see them at Bonnaroo this year.

You know I can’t wait.



Linkdown: 3/3/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Vulture has an exclusive on how a Sacha Baron Cohen/Ben Stiller Avatar sketch was cut from the Oscars so as not to offend James Cameron on live tv

“Let’s just say that Cameron isn’t known to be, shall we say, ‘self-deprecating,’” explained one insider familiar with the decision to cut the sketch.

Interview with “Parenthood” actor Peter Krause on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Six Feet Under” and his new Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced show

Interview with Zach Galifianakis from the Details 10th Anniversary party:

Lupe Fiasco recently used your name in a rap lyric about his own greatness. How do you feel about that?
I heard that. I haven’t heard the song. I will be happy when Dolly Parton uses me in a song, then I’ve made it. There are a lot of rap guys out there.

“The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will no longer be available on Hulu

“Michael and Michael Have Issues” has officially been canceled

Band of Horses has officially announced a new album due May 18, entitled Infinite Arms

Interview with James Murphy about the Greenberg soundtrack and the new LCD Soundsystem album



Linkdown: 2/24/10 by Barbecue Bros


– GQ’s list of the best movies that made less than $1 million dollars

– North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue will be heading to Hollywood in March with a new tax incentive to keep the filming of Nicholas Sparks movies in state; Sparks is a New Bern, NC native and interestingly a neighbor of Governor Perdue

The first song off the Aziz Ansari/Raaaaaaaandy mixtape with Dave Sitek – “Aaaaaaaangry”

Interview with Alia Shawkat, aka Maeby from “Arrested Development”

– Some deets on a few upcoming albums from The Walkmen and The Hold Steady

A brief review on the latest album, One Life Stand, by electro-poppers Hot Chip

– Hey Generation X (who uses that term anymore?), MTV just isn’t into you anymore