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Linkdown: 8/12/10 by Barbecue Bros

Toy Story 3 has officially become the highest grossing Pixar movie ever, grossing over $895 million worldwide 

– Interviews with Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick

Arcade Fire‘s latest album The Suburbs lands at number 1 on the Billboard charts, with 156,000 copies sold last week

Interview with Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) about the “Lost” Epilogue

– The final season of “Friday Night Lights” will premiere on October 27 on DirecTV (via Vulture)

Bon Iver might be collaborating with Kanye West…wait what?

– Broken West‘s frontman had a brief cameo on this past weekend’s episode of “Mad Men”

– New Radiohead song, “Giving Up the Ghost

Interview with the awesome Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)

– Flavorwire: The Evolution of Teen TV Show Hangouts



Tuesday Trailers: 12/8/09 by Barbecue Bros
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Lost season 6 – The much bally-hooed trailer for “Lost” (aka “Perdidos” in Spanish!) season 6 from the Spanish network Cuatro. Nice use of  “Everything in its right place” by Radiohead. Also, great use of existing footage to fit in with the chess theme for the promo. Season 5 Blu-ray out today!

Better Off Ted season 2 – While this promo doesn’t utilize the best jokes from the show, this is definitely a clever show worth checking out. Especially if you happened to watch “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” the previous, short-lived show from creator Victor Fresco. Second season premieres tonight on ABC.

Jersey Shore – I wish I could find a better version of this trailer. If you haven’t watched the two hour season premiere yet, I suggest you find the next airing on MTV and do so. Seriously, you guys.



Top 5: My favorite albums from 2007 by Barbecue Bros

Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade.

After a few weeks, I return this week with 2007. A little bit of mix up in the top 5 from my original list.


1. The National – Boxer (Beggars Banquet) – Two years later, still my favorite album of the year by far. And also my favorite album from one of my absolute favorite bands.


2. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capital) – This only gets better through the years. “Someone Great” and “All of My Friends” are two of the best songs this decade for me for you.


3. Radiohead – In Rainbows (ATO Records) – Sad to say, but I had nearly lost interest in the 4 years between Radiohead albums. However, In Rainbows completely sucked me right back in. Silly me.


4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge) – I probably sound like a broken record/mp3, but Spoon was one of the most consistent bands of the 00s. Their four album run from Girls Can Tell in 2001 to 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga contained four of my favorite albums of the decade.


5. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin (Sub Pop) – Nice two year run for Band of Horses. Hard to believe it will be almost 3 years in their first album since Cease to Begin.

Others receiving votes: Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (Domino), M.I.A. – Kala (XL), Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence Limited), Prints – s/t (Temporary Residence)



Linkdown: 9/29/09 by Barbecue Bros

– Thom Yorke starts a new band…with Flea?!?

– Greg Daniels on the future of “The Office”

A profile on Gabby Sidibe, star of Precious

You can stream the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack online

– Some questions answered about the whole Roman Polanski thing, which has been going on since 1977 (via Pop Candy)

– Executive producer of “How I Met Your Mother” Craig Thomas: “There is some serious Mother action in episode 100”



Linkdown: 8/26/09 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Patton Oswalt, star of Big Fan

Radiohead‘s Kid A re-release gets another 10.0 from Pitchfork almost 9 years later; Amnesiac re-release gets a 9.5 after getting a 9.0 8 years ago

– Idolator: “Everyone Be Cool: Pitchfork Still Hearts Radiohead”

Rumor is that Megan Fox will play Catwoman in the next Batman film; I don’t see it and neither does Slashfilm

– “Guitar Hero 5″ will let you be Kurt Cobain

– The deets on a box set of recently unearthed Woody Guthrie tapes

– Kenny’s ten reasons why Magnolia is the greatest movie of all time



Linkdown: 8/17/09 by Barbecue Bros
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– Mr. Eko might be coming back for some scenes in the last season of “Lost” (!!)

– Ken Tucker touches on the Sal gay tryst from last night’s season premiere of “Mad Men”

– Speaking of which, an interview with Brian Batt who plays Sal

– Get this – AV Club’s The Hater hates the trailer for I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, hilariously

“Wow. So you went to a strip club for a bachelor party this one time, Tucker Max? What a crazy fucking story! Good thing ‘true story’ = ‘bucket of laffs.’ I know when I was watching The Hangover, I thought, ‘What this movie needs is more verisimilitude.’ Your movie is like The Hangover, but doused in buckets of beige frat boy vomit.”

Interview with District 9‘s director Neil Blomkamp, which won this past weekend’s box office with $37 million

Interview with Ken Jeong, recently of The Hangover and now in The Goods

– Contrary to rumors late last week, there is no new Radiohead EP released today

– According to NY Mag, Inglourious Basterds was worth the wait



Top 5: My favorite albums of 2000 by Barbecue Bros

Since this is officially the last year of “the oughts” or “the oh-oh’s” or whatever you want to call it, that means only one thing: we now need to figure out what we call the next decade (the teens, I guess?). It also means I need to figure out my top 50 or 100 or whatever albums of this decade. I’ll begin this week with the year 2000, when I graduated from high school and became a college freshman.


1. Radiohead – Kid A (Capital) – In hindsight, three years isn’t that long to wait between albums. But at the time, the wait between 1997’s OK Computer and 2000’s Kid A seemed interminably and excruciatingly long. This was the last and only album I purchased at midnight (Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough St), and this ended up being the defining album of my college life. I’m pretty sure I listened to it at least four times straight upon getting back to my dorm room, and was hooked immediately upon hearing the first minute of “Everything in its Right Place.”


2. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (Bloodshot) – At times, this has been my favorite album ever. The contributions from David Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris are perfect, the music is stark and spare, and Adams’ lyrics are literally heartbreaking.


3. Outkast – Stankonia (La Face) – A masterpiece of a hip hop album, and one that really opened my eyes to the genre. Of course it has the huge singles – “B.O.B.” and “Ms. Jackson” – but the best parts of the album are also how eclectic and all-over-the-map it is. Between its predecessor album Aquemini and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast can seemingly do no wrong (though the nearly six year wait for a true followup is a little maddening when you think of it).


4. Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (Kranky) – You don’t understand how much I loved post-rock in college, and it really began with this band and album. Long passages of strings and sparse instrumentation building up to cacophonous, wall of sound crescendos. This was the stuff that got me going as a college freshman.


5. Primal Scream – XTRMNTR (Astralwerks) – While Primal Scream has let me down with subsequent albums, this tour-de-force of visceral, semi-political, abrasive-at-times music for a time had me thinking they could become one of my favorite bands. And Kevin Shields’ contributions to the album certainly gave them cred in my mind.

Others receiving votes: Yo La Tengo – And then nothing turned itself inside out (Matador), Dirty Three – Whatever You Love, You Are (Touch and Go), Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump (V2), Coldplay – Parachutes (Parlophone)