Archive for June, 2011

Music I dig 026: Mr. Scruff – Get A Move On (1999)

Definitely part of my all time favourites. You’ve probably heard if before in several commercials or in another shape in “Bird’s Lament (In Memory of Charlie Parker)” by Moondog.

Movie I dig 018: También la lluvia (Even the rain) (2010)

A film-maker, his manager and their team head to Bolivia to shoot a movie about Columbus’ discovery of South America and the oppression and genocide against the natives. While they are in the process of shooting their film a big uprising against the government and foreign companies unfolds. The local government (forced by the World Bank) makes it illegal for the local people to gather the much needed rainwater. This sounds quite ridiculous, but unfortunately it is true. Some of the local actors are in the midst of this uprising – since it would affect them greatly – and the guy playing Taino leader Hatuey in the movie, is one of the leaders of the protests.

You probably already guessed it. The current events are – although they are 500 years apart – very similar to the events in the movie they are filming. This is very nicely done and very important: it is not overdone.

I liked the fact that this film gives the viewer a quick history lesson before the events really start off. This makes sure you can fully focus on the current events and link them to the history projected in the movie to be in this movie. Besides that, the acting is really good. Sometimes you hardly notice you are watching the movie in the movie. If it weren’t for the fact that you only see small bits, it would’ve been a decent movie by itself.

I would recommend this movie. It’s a nice and sometimes embarrassing (to be western) movie with two great history lessons included.

Music I dig 025: Frank Turner – Peggy sang the blues (2011)

Album released on June 6th, reached my ears on June 8th, unable to leave my head June 16th onwards…

And this is only one of quite a few gems on Frank Turner‘s new album ‘England keep my bones’. I’m not going to write about how the songs sound, whether it’s better than his last album or whether his style has changed. No. That would spoil the fun of listening and exploring this really cool collection of songs.

This summer’s been good so far and this album is one of the reasons it’s bound to get even better.

ógnvekjandi 005: Skydive madness at the skydive-center Praha opening

Music I dig 024: Reptile Youth – Speeddance (Live at Spot Festival) (2011) (Formerly known as ‘Reptile & Retard’)

I just discovered these guys on the net! Yikes, I’m digging this! Not wasting any more words!

And as a bonus ‘Reptile Youth – Fresh Meat – Live’:

Music I dig 023: Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (Trentemoller Businessman Dubby Games Remix) (2010)

Did you ever wonder how you could take a masterpiece in music, tweak it a bit, add some salt and add some hot peppers , so you would improve it? Just call Trentemoller, he knows what to do. As a matter of fact he just did. Listen to this….and drink some bacardi and lime while you’re at it….you will need it, you will like it, you will want some more of it…


Movie I dig 017: L’affaire Farewell (2009)

L’affaire Farewell is a movie that made a deep impression on me. Especially the acting by Emir Kusturica is amazing. The acting is not overdone and neither is it too nonchalant. Which is quite an accomplishment considering the immense implications of his actions. Guillaume Canet as usual, acts really well.

Anyone who is interested in the Cold War, spionage or both should definitely watch this movie.