British Sea Power: "No Lucifer" Video
British Sea Power play amplified rock music and are based in Brighton, East Sussex. Over the past couple of years, they have variously found themselves sharing tea and talk with Julian Casablancas, John McEnroe, Jarvis Cocker, Julian Cope and Jeremy Vine (just to stick to the letter Js). You have to ask yourself, how on earth did this happen?
The low-fi video is a dark and spooky trip, directed by Jarvis Cocker.
Brian Cooley reveals the technology of headlights, from where they've been to where they're going.
With this early Aphex Twin video, director Jarvis Cocker uses entrancing stop-action footage to create a surreal day at the beach.
The Jive Aces live at the Saint Hill Charity Concert, Sussex, England. Jump, jive and wail to the UK's No.1 jive and swing band and one of the hardest working bands on the road today!
It is a measure of the extraordinary esteem in which she is held that Charlotte Gainsbourg, one of the brightest stars of modern French cinema, should make an album in partnership with such luminaries as Jarvis Cocker and Air.
Tom and Rafe talk about the gadgets they've been using like Windows Home Server, a Canon printer and the PS3 as a Blu-ray player.
San Francisco's psych-pop wonders Oranger are pleased to offer you "Shutdown The Sun", their latest release. Once described as "Pete Townshend and Keith Moon wrecking Brian Wilsons sandpit as Wayne Coyne wipes blood from his face," with Shutdown they move beyond retro-psych into pure pop, informed by years of record collecting, enhanced by mood-altering substances, and melded into something quite its own, thank you very much. They've been busy the past few years, touring with Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices, Pavement, R.E.M., The Apples In Stereo, and Wilco, to name a few -- each time invited at the artists request. While the band has been recording "Shutdown the Sun" for the past couple of years, they've also been balancing other projects: Matt joined The Posies, Mike and Jim played in Scott Kannberg's Preston School of Industry, and Patrick played with Tarnation's Paula Frazer. Mike Drake, lead singer and songwriter, is a Florida native who moved to California and joined up with Matt Harris, Oranger's bass player, co-songwriter, engineer monkey, in the Overwhelming Colorfast. Matt drove a U-Haul truck to Iowa, put drummer Jim Lindsay in it, and drove back to California. Patrick Main, keyboardist, joined shortly thereafter. In 1998 Oranger recorded their debut record Doorway To Norway on 8-track cassette. Despite copious amounts of woo pitched by major labels, they decided to release it on Spiral Stairs a.k.a. Scott Kannberg's (Pavement) fledgling indie label Amazing Grease Records. Early shows were frequently played under fake names such as "The Invisible Chocolate Glove" and "The Apricot Yardstick" for no other reason than to confuse fans. By 1999, the band had released 1 CD and 3 singles and were headlining shows in the Bay Area. They recorded The Quiet Vibrationland on their own using a 16-track tape machine once owned by Brian Wilson. QVL also saw the addition of Patrick Main on keyboards. 2000 saw the band hand-picked by Elliott Smith to open his European tour and QVL released in Europe on Creation Records-founder Alan McGee's new Poptones label. By this time, "Eggtooth" - off of Doorway To Norway - was being played at SF Giants games. In 2001 the closing of SF's Downtown Rehearsal evicted Oranger and 499 other bands and subsequently the band spent more time on the road, including another UK Tour as well as some US dates with Guided By Voices. Recorded and mixed by the band in 2002 at their Plymouth Sounds studio in SF, the 11 songs on Shutdown The Sun evoke a stripped-down and raw approach, compared to the baroque chamber psych of 2000s The Quiet Vibrationland. Most of the songs were written on acoustic guitar, and it shows. While the title track does end in an Acid Mothers Temple-style feedback scrawl, tunes like "Tree Bent Gun" and "Othersider" have a Crazy Horse/Muswell-era-Kinks hard-rock/country groove. Preston School of Industry and David Dondero alumnus Chris ?The Texican? Heinrich lends some spaced-out pedal steel on the country-psych "Cut Off Yer Thumbs" and "The Writer (H.F.)," while big-ass guitars and thick harmonies on "Bluest Glass Eye Sea" and "Going Under" keep the bolo tie hidden in the bottom of the sock drawer. Mike and Jims time on the road opening for Wilco (as part of PSOI) rubbed off on the delicate noise-folk textures of "Delivered By Compass" and "Static On The High Desert."
Songwriter. Poet. Counter-culture icon. Consummate ladies' man. Since bursting onto the scene in 1967, Leonard Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. Now, Lions Gate is proud to celebrate Cohen's legacy with director Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man," an intimate look at the songs, poetry, and life of one of music's most celebrated and influential troubadours. In January, 2005, Lunson traveled to Sydney to film the historic "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House organized by famed music producer Hal Willner. "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man" includes behind-the-scenes interviews and live performances from this event by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Christensen and Perla Battala, as well as a special performance of "Tower of Song" by Cohen and U2. And in a series of candid interviews, Cohen himself reveals his trademark wry humor and soulful intensity, using his own artwork, poetry and personal collection of photographs to reflect upon his colorful past and his creative process.
At the Apple WWDC 2008 in San Francisco, Sam Altman, CEO of Loopt, previews a new application for the iPhone that uses location-based services. The new app blends social networks with the Maps application, so you can see where your friends are. You can also go to their journals to see what they've been doing today, what pictures they've added, and so on. This app will also be free.