*New Release* Eddie Vedder: ‘Ukulele Songs’

Release date: May 31, 2011

01. Cant Keep
02. Sleeping by Myself
03. Without You
04. More Than You Know
05. Goodbye
06. Broken Heart
07. Satellite
08. Longing to Belong
09. Hey Fahkah
10. You’re True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights
13. Once in a While
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong To Me
16. Dream A Little Dream

My favorite tune: Hey Fahkah (or is it ‘hey fucker’, Mr.Vedder?)

When Cobain lambasted Ten as a sell-out, we were like “What the hell are you talking about, Kurt??”
Now two decades later, imagine Eddie stands in some street corner laying down a straw hat in the sidewalk, strums his uke, sings two-minutee easy listening songs.
His music is becoming irrelevant; insignificant. Whether he was an MTV huge grunge idol on a big stage, or in a movie soundtrack, or on a beach somewhere in fantasy Honolulu: Anybody can do this. Heck, a guy with a few ukulele chops will do!
Yes he has that legendary charismatic voice, it might be entertaining as a live show, but is it worth our time as an LP? Sure it’s ‘anti-commercial’ but this is also becoming a ‘meaningless’ musical piece. If he doesn’t really want us to buy this album, then what should we do after the last song ends? Clapping hands, dig our pockets, and throw some imaginary spare change?

My Rating: 3/10


Wir Sind Die Nacht (We Are The Night)

Why do some, or any people, ever wanted to be a vampire? Being a vampire gives you logic-defying powers, obscene sex appeal, but zero immunity to sadness. Thus, while most lives are so unhappy, at least us mortals always have a handy exit door coming soon.
Second question. Why do modern vampires always end up as rich obnoxious, sexist, club owners? It’s a logical choice, but can’t they just be some simple layman? A night guard maybe?

US release date: May 27

My Rating: 6/10

*New Release* Boris: ‘Heavy Rocks’ & ‘Attention Please’

Release date: May 24, 2011

Heavy Rocks
01. Riot Sugar
02. Leak -Truth,yesnoyesnoyes
03. Galaxians
04. Jackson Head
05. Missing Pieces
06. Key
07. Window Shopping
08. Tu, La La
09. Aileron
10. Czechoslovakia

My favorite tune: Key

My Rating: 8/10

Release date: May 24, 2011

Attention Please
01. Attention Please
02. Hope
03. Party Boy
04. See You Next Week
05. Tokyo Wonder Land
06. You
07. Aileron
08. Les Paul Custom ’86
09. Spoon
10. Hand in Hand

My favorite tune: You

My Rating: 9/10

It’s like suddenly these maestros are trying to be everything all at once. After last March’s near disastrous J rock mainstreamesque New Album, this time Boris comes with a much smarter decision by splitting their materials into two separate albums, minimizing potential ‘damage’, Heavy Rocks with all familiar classic drone metal male sound and Attention Please for their recent feminine shoegaze explorations. The results are stunningly marvelous: from sell-out to far-out!

The Silent Land

The Silent Land

“It’s almost like something is keeping us here in this village,” Zoe said, looking around her and up at the ceiling. “Like something doesn’t want to let us go.”

Can love defeat death? Maybe not like in this novel, but it sure can! Fantasy thriller? Of course not. This is more like a mild supernatural-mystery with many much romantic touch. A nice light reading with all familiar limbo setting that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Is this optioned for a movie already? If it is, yes, WETA can do the visual effects, but let’s just hope they won’t include Peter Jackson.

Mo shu wai zhuan (Til Death Do Us Part/Love for Life)

Maybe it is meant to be something of an arthouse tragicomedy, but the script has peculiar odd ways preventing us to cry or smile. Nearly all deaths happened off screen, one in extreme long shot; unfunny humorous scenes. And then our protagonists aren’t the most charming bunch either. They keep using their illness as an excuse to act eccentric or get what they want from neighbors and family members: food, divorce, remarriage.
Maybe the filmmaker doesn’t want this to be just another predictable melodrama or your casual tear-jerker, and really it doesn’t have to. But audiences do have the right to feel at least a little bit sympathy for these ‘less fortunate’ people.
We don’t want to be sidelined, brushed aside, like those bullied (portrayed as prejudiced and ignorant) villagers in the movie.

My Rating: 3/10