» Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]


 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]


 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
"If Barack Obama wins New Mexico on November 4, he may want to thank Wizipan Garriott, the vote director of what the Obama campaign calls its 'First Americans' voter outreach program." SEE ALSO: With consequences for more than just Americans, "it's not surprising that Mexicans south of the border are paying close attention to the U.S. presidential election." PLUS: "After the longest presidential campaign in our history, Election Day is finally in sight." What to watch for in the campaign's wild last week. [10.28.2008 04:00 pm]

» When nobody understands: "The electronic age drives some languages out of existence, but can help save others." RELATED: "Few people know that nearly 100 native languages once spoken in what is now California are near extinction, or that most of Australia's 250 aboriginal languages have vanished. In fact, at least half of the world's languages may die out in the next century. What has happened to these voices?" SEE ALSO: In "Last Words", Elizabeth Kolbert writes about visiting Marie Smith, the last speaker of the Eyak language, who died earlier this year. [10.28.2008 03:00 pm]

» "An impatient White House served notice Tuesday on banks and other financial companies receiving billions of dollars in federal help to quit hoarding the money and start making more loans." RELATED: "US consumer confidence has fallen to a record low in October, as global stock markets fall, homes are repossessed and firms lay off workers." BUT: "A downturn wouldn't be a bad thing if we could clean up financial excess without returning to the early 1980s." [10.28.2008 02:00 pm]

» The Supersurface of Architectural Diaspora: "A recent article from a London rag baits readers like Nigerian scammers with this fantastic headline: Pictured: The 1,500-ton Catholic church moved 248ft and rotated 90 degrees to make way for a new road. When you actually read the half dozen or so sentences, you learn that it wasn't the cathedral that was moved. It wasn't even 'part of the church building' but an altogether unattached structure." NOT RELATED: "In Bulgaria an ancient city is about to reappear from the bottom of a lake. The city is called Seuthopolis." AND: A gallery of the World's Ugliest Buildings, as voted on by the public. [10.28.2008 01:00 pm]

» The Horse Trust, an animal charity in the UK, "has been inundated with an 'unprecedented' 500 requests to retire horses in the last three weeks, four times the usual amount," an increase it believes is tied to the global credit crunch. SEE ALSO: In November many Britons will make themselves look like Germans for charity. NOT RELATED: LAS features on the 2003 and 2005 World Beard and Moustache Championships. STILL NOT RELATED: Working with a theme of "Celebrities & Athletes in Action," the Celebrity Charity Coalition is a collection of 43 celebrity charities - including those founded by Alonso Mourning, Emmit Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James and Michael Jordan - under one umbrella, "for the purpose of increasing the effectives of humanitarian efforts to evoke great change," with help from the Portrait of Empowerment group. [10.28.2008 12:00 pm]

» Veteran Oklahoma rock troupe The Flaming Lips have spent the past two decades inventing their own world of music. More recently, the band has also done a take on the NBC theme-song. SEE ALSO: Frontman Wayne Coyne talks about the bonus materials included with a Deluxe Edition of the Christmas on Mars DVD, released on November 11th. Although all of the deluxe boxes will include things like shirts, stickers, postcard sets, and a "special screen printed popcorn box," only 10 of the sets qualify for Limited Edition status, and those will contain "a special Golden Ticket" good for two-person entry to see the band perform on New Years' Eve. AND: A review of Fearless Freaks, the band's 2005 DVD, from the LAS archives. [10.28.2008 11:00 am]

» With winter setting in some are already turning their thoughts to spring and, in particular, the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival taking place March 13-21, in Austin, Texas. Organizers have already announced the first round of confirmed speakers for the 2009 event, including a conversation between acclaimed filmmakers Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, as well as IMDb Service Limited founder and VP Col Needham and Stanley Kubrick producer Jan Harlan. [10.28.2008 10:00 am]

» Street-style design icon Shepard Fairey, creator of the infamous Obey Giant campaign, has teamed up with film producer Melissa Balin and a host of celebrities - including John C. Reilly, Will.i.am, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rosanna Arquette, Tony Alva, Flea, Saul Williams, and musicians from The Strokes, Duran Duran, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, She Wants Revenge, Rilo Kiley, and Living Things - to create an ultra-hop grass-roots project in support of Barack Obama's election campaign. Somewhat uncreatively named, the series of Vote For Change video postcards will be uploaded daily until the November 4th general election. Each 60-second spot was recorded, uncensored, at the Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, and the general public is also encouraged to submit their own videos as well. NOT RELATED: The typography kingpins House Industries have developed a Mac-based Font Kiosk for depolying their typefaces on DIY prints at the Fresh-Pressed print shop, in the Los Feliz Arts District of Los Angeles, where customers can screen their own, one-of-a-kind t-shirts. Designers from the company will be on hand for a kiosk tutorial during an Open House event at the store at 7pm on November 7th. [10.28.2008 09:00 am]

» French electro/dance duo Justice will be releasing a tour film, directed by Parisians Romain Gavras and So-Me, on December 9th. The film, A Cross the Universe, is a documentary "about the extraordinary things that can happen when a bunch of frogs gets dropped in dreamy America," and was culled from an archive of footage of "every second" of the band's second, 3-week US tour. The DVD will be accompanied by an 18-track live album, and there will be a screening of the film on Thursday, October 30th, at the IFC Center in New York. A trailer is online now, in quicktime and windows formats. [10.28.2008 08:00 am]



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