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Best 12 Albums for 2012

27 December 2012 9:00 PM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include twelve more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered.

Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk)

I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year.

Father John Misty Fear Fun (Sub Pop)

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- Dusty Wright

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The 10 Hottest Men of "Dancing With the Stars"

28 November 2012 1:44 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Dancing With the Stars has never been my bag, but the reality juggernaut boasts three big perks: 1) Tom Bergeron is and always has been an exceptional host, and it's nice to see the veteran of Hollywood Squares and the cult FX talk show Breakfast Time helm a hit series with Emmy-winning flair; 2) Carrie Ann Inaba is a great judge; 3) Excepting So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars has given us the hottest men in reality TV history. The constant shirtlessness is a big help.

Since the show just wrapped its all-star season with an all-female Final 3, let's reorient ourselves with a look back at the movers and shakers we care most about: the sweaty, sweaty dudes.

10. Evan Lysacek

Figure skater Lysacek jumped from his gold medal-winning streak in Vancouver to Dancing With the Stars in record speed, and thank God: He was a sexy mover! He also »

- virtel

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‘Casino Royale’ a thrilling Bond movie that tries hard not to be a Bond movie

24 November 2012 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Casino Royale

Directed by Martin Campbell

Written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade & Paul Haggis

United Kingdom, USA, Czech Republic, and Germany, 2006

For reasons that escape me consciously, I’ve never been caught up in the James Bond phenomenon. I understand why the series holds such an allure to so many people—fast cars, beautiful women, cliffhanging action sequences, a dashing leading man, etc. And it’s not as if I’ve managed to live my life, to be on this planet for nearly 30 years, and not see a James Bond movie. However, until very recently, I’d only seen the movies where either Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig played 007. A year ago, out of sheer curiosity, I revisited a few of the Sean Connery-era Bond films, movies like Goldfinger and From Russia with Love, and found them more cheerfully antiquated than propulsive or purely entertaining.

Casino Royale, on the other hand, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Thankful For Some Tasty New Rock Music!

21 November 2012 8:37 AM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.

"You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside)

If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together. »

- Dusty Wright

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After Skyfall: 10 Viable Candidates For Next James Bond Theme Song

19 November 2012 1:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Throughout the last fifty years, a number of musicians have recorded songs for the James Bond series; from divas such as Dame Shirley Bassey and pop acts such as a-ha and Duran Duran, to surprising but effective choices such as Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

Though some, such as Jack White and Alicia Keys’ collaboration for Quantum of Solace, have been criticised, a Bond song serves as an essential element of the series formula, playing during the opening credits of a film and engaging the audience as they prepare themselves for the storyline and action sequences that await them.

The back catalogue of Bond themes have proved popular amongst the public, with several themes having gone to number one in different countries around the world, and within the music industry itself, with the songs being frequent subjects for both sampling (such as the use of Diamonds Are Forever on Kanye West »

- Alex Antliff

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Chris Cornell on Soundgarden’s New Album, the Queen of England, and Axl Rose

13 November 2012 8:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Thirteen years after forming, Soundgarden appeared to disband for good in 1997, following a rankling Lollapalooza jaunt. But another thirteen years later — after a highly visible role fronting Audioslave and releasing three full-length solo albums — singer Chris Cornell got his old band together for a new album, King Animal, which makes ample use of the 48-year-old’s four-octave wail. To mark this occasion, a contemplative Cornell chatted with Vulture about new songs and lost friends, then regaled us with stories about everyone from the Queen of England (“sweet”) to Axl Rose (“sad”).Did participating in the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary trigger any Soundgarden nostalgia for you? Was it an impetus to get the band back together?We were already doing that. We’d already met and had conversations about different things by then. So, no. But I suppose [it was] in the context of Soundgarden getting back together and hanging around those »

- Nisha Gopalan

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Soundgarden releases new wintry video, announces new wintry tour

9 November 2012 10:40 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s been 16 years since Soundgarden took a somewhat-unsteady curtain call with 1996’s Down On The Upside. Since then, drummer Matt Cameron hooked up with his fellow Seattle brothers-in-arms Pearl Jam, while lead singer Chris Cornell stayed busy with the likes of Audioslave and—sigh—that one solo album with Timbaland (2009’s Scream). But with the band back together and the new King Animal set for release Nov. 13 on A&M, Soundgarden is once again firing on all cylinders. The video for Animal’s first single, “Been Away Too Long,” plays like a menacing, wintry mix »

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Best of Bond...James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks review

1 November 2012 1:04 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Ignoring the 1954 American television version of Casino Royale (and one really should), it’s been 50 years this month since James Bond first graced the silver screen and entered the world’s consciousness and collective hearts. Created by author and former secret service agent Ian Fleming, Bond was a Commander in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy who became a Double-o agent of MI6. He’s a spy who kills and loves without conscience, suave yet deadly. The classic cliché of a man who women want and men want to be. Six actors and twenty-two official movies later, and Bond is still just as popular. And now, Capitol Records and MGM Music have released a new album filled with all sorts of musical goodies from those films.

The two-disc set starts off with The John Barry Orchestra performing the now iconic “James Bond Theme”, which is just as exciting to listen to »

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Soundgarden to play special David Letterman concert webcast

1 November 2012 12:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Soundgarden are to headline a special concert for David Letterman. The 'Live to Rise' band's special Live on Letterman set at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City will stream live on the internet on Monday, November 12. Soundgarden's concert is going to be available on Vevo, and will also be broadcast on the CBS Jumbotron in New York City's Times Square. Chris Cornell and the band are expected to play some of their classic hits as well as 'Been Away Too Long', the new single from their (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Bond-a-Thond #21: 'Casino Royale' (2006)

31 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

MTV Movies Blog is earning its license to kill with a feature we call the Bond-a-Thond. Every Wednesday we're taking a look back at a single (official) Bond film, giving you the vitals and seeing how it holds up, right up until the release of "Skyfall" on November 9. Feel free to watch along with us and share your thoughts or just kick back and enjoy the Bond.

Casino Royale (2006)

Plot: To stop a terrorist financier from reclaiming lost funds, Bond must defeat him at the poker table.

Title Meaning: It is the name of the casino in Montenegro where Bond competes against Le Chiffre.

Song: "You Know My Name," performed by Chris Cornell

Bond: Daniel Craig, in his first appearance

Villain: Le Chiffre, a banker funding terrorists, played by Mads Mikkelsen

Bond Girl: Vesper Lynd, a representative from the treasury, played by Eva Green

"Bond, James Bond" Occurrences: 1

Martinis: 3

Card Games: 2 (one, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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Listen! New Soundgarden Song "Non-State Actor" Hits the Web

31 October 2012 12:29 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"Non-State Actor," the second single off Soundgarden's highly anticipated comeback album, King Animal, is in the wild. And by the sound of this hard-driving anthem, it feels as though the grunge rockers never left. The new tune features frontman Chris Cornell's signature growls and the gnarly guitar riffs Soundgarden is known for.  "Non-State Actor" follows "Been Away Too Long," the new record's first single that debuted in September and appeared in a recent episode of F/X's Sons of Anarchy. Soundgarden gets back together King Animal, which marks the recently reunited Seattle band's first batch of new material since 1996's Down on the Upside »

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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Bond theme songs

29 October 2012 5:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth's writing team vote for their favourite James Bond theme songs as Skyfall, the 23rd film in the franchise, hits cinemas...

The sky is finally falling. The 23rd official James Bond film, Judi Dench's 7th, Daniel Craig's 3rd and director Sam Mendes' 1st, Skyfall, swaggers into cinemas today. So far we've had to make do with teasers, trailers, video blogs, posters, stills and interviews. But one genuinely important, and indispensable, component of the actual film has already been released in its entirety.

Adele's theme song, innovatively titled Skyfall, has been worming its way into our eardrums for a while. Personally, I think it could have been better. Adele's powerful voice promised to deliver an unforgettable Bond ballad with punch and panache. For me, the power isn't quite there. It had the potential to be far more dramatic. Having said that, it's undeniably catchy and confidently understated. »

- Liam Trim

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Thn’s Bond Movie Titles Rundown Part 5

26 October 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve been on quite a journey, haven’t we? All 22 Bond film titles have been critiqued and now Skyfall is out for all to enjoy. But before we get there, we have four more movie names to investigate. There no rush, though. We have all the time in the world.

The World Is Not Enough

(1999) dir. Michael Apted

Bond fights Begbie whilst Denise Richards plays a scientist. Oh and Q bows out gracefully. Desmond Llewelyn, we salute you.

Does It Sound Like A Bond Film:

Absolutely, as it overtly conjures images of world domination, though not necessarily in the manner one might expect. If you are familiar with the 007 mythology, you’ll find unquestionably fits into the canon and it’s rather surprising that this title hasn’t been used until now.

Does It Get A Song:

Oh yes. On his second outing as composer, David Arnold get’s »

- John Sharp

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Soundgarden announce one-off London gig in November

18 October 2012 9:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Soundgarden have announced details of a one-off London gig next month. The reformed band will play at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Friday, November 9. The group's appearance will mark the first time they have headlined at the venue since they were the first band to play there in 1994. Tickets for the gig will go on sale on Friday, October 26 at 9am. The Chris Cornell-fronted grunge band will release their (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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A Definitive Guide to the 10 Best James Bond Themes

12 October 2012 10:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A word about Adele's "Skyfall," the theme of the upcoming same-named James Bond film starring Daniel Craig in his third turn as 007: Eh? The institution of the Bond theme is built on gorgeously overwrought music and ballistic emotions, and "Skyfall" feels like a drippy, austere tune with a so-so conclusion.

The best Bond themes combine five key elements: melodrama, a compelling vocal, classic James Bond appeal, a touch of the insane, and a palpable sexiness. Based on those criteria, "Skyfall" wouldn't even make a top 10 list of Bond anthems. But what would? I count down James Bond's 10 best musical triumphs (songs only, no scores) below.

10. Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name"

Melodrama: 6

Compelling Vocal: 7

Classic Bond Appeal: 8

A Touch of the Insane: 5

Sexiness: 7

Total: 33

By 2006, it'd been years since we'd heard a definitive "rock" Bond anthem, so Chris Cornell's sinister track felt like the freshest possible fit »

- virtel

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Klone – The Dreamer’s Hideaway Review

11 October 2012 5:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

With the re-emerging popularity of Gojira, French metal might be in for a renaissance period. Klone are a band who fuses together typical heavy metal sounds with grunge vibes that sound similar to Alice In Chains. Frontman Yann Ligner has a voice which at times sounds like Chris Cornell and this great range will undoubtedly serve them well.

There are tracks on the record which have that 90’s grunge feel to them which is obviously a positive aspect and gives the band an appeal to fans of a certain generation but also provides a platform for new fans to discover them and their unique sound. Songs like Into The Void have a real retro vibe and although in a lot of cases you would think it would make Klone sound awfully dated, it actually makes them stand out.


It’s a really progressive record which trundles along, »

- Greg Spencer

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Win The Best Of Bond. James Bond . New Collection Of Iconic Music From 50 years Of 007

9 October 2012 3:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond film franchise, and in conjunction with Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Capitol/Emi is proud to join the world.s celebration of 007. Best Of Bond. James Bond, a new commemorative collection of the legendary films. digitally remastered music, will be released in two configurations on October 9th (October 8th outside of North America). Best Of Bond. James Bond features the memorable theme songs from all 22 official Bond films and will be available on CD and digitally, and as a deluxe, .50 Years . 50 Tracks. 2Cd and digital collection. On October 5th, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No, James Bond Day was celebrated around the world.

The 23-track single-disc edition and deluxe edition of Best Of Bond. James Bond both feature the themes from all 22 Bond films released since 1962, including The John Barry Orchestra.s seminal .James Bond Theme. from Dr. No, »

- Movie Geeks

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New Skyfall Trailer Mixes In A Little Adele

5 October 2012 6:06 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We here at Cinema Blend are very much enjoying the recently released James Bond theme performed by Adele for the upcoming Skyfall. Completely different than the tracks recorded by Jack White and Alicia Keys, and Chris Cornell for Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, respectively, the new track has a beautiful, soulful sound that reminded us of Shirley Bassey tracks for films like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. But what's most important is that the theme match-up well with the film its attached to, and judging by the new Skyfall trailer they can say mission accomplished. It's hard to tell if this is an official new trailer or simply a new edit put together by the crew over at IGN (there isn't any new footage to speak of), but regardless it's a great looking trailer with a great song played over it. Watch it below! Let's also sneak in »

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Theme song for newest Bond movie ‘Skyfall’, performed by Adele, now released

4 October 2012 5:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The tradition of iconic songs accompanying the release of every movie in the Bond franchise is a tradition as old as the franchise itself, gaining its own level of importance over the years. Performers such as Tom Jones, Chris Cornell, Madonna, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, A-Ha, Louis Armstrong, and Paul McCartney have performed songs for various films, with Jack White and Alicia Keys collaborating for 2008′s Quantum of Solace. For the newest entry in the franchise, Skyfall, rising British singer Adele was tapped to perform, and with just over a month until the movie’s release, the official song has now been made public. Also titled Skyfall, the song was co-written by Adele and Paul Epworth, and the song and accompanying video can be seen below.


- Deepayan Sengupta

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Listen: Adele's "Skyfall" Returns Bond Theme To Classic Territory

4 October 2012 1:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, that was inevitable. Not even 007 himself could stop Adele's "Skyfall" from leaking early (it's officially set for a premiere at 7:07 p.m. Est tonight or 0:07 am in the U.K. -- you get the connection, right?) and now that it's arrived via a rogue French radio station (sacre bleu!), it confirms that it's as strong as we had hoped. The last two movies in the Bond series -- "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale" -- went the alt-rock route with Jack White and Alicia Keys tuning up the former with servicable results, while we'd rather forget the ear poison that was Chris Cornell's contribution. But Adele's tune swings right back into the classic Bond themes of yore, with a big 77-piece orchestra and her beautiful, expressive voice doing all the heavy lifting that's required. Sure, it's not breaking any new ground, but it does the familiar very, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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