Where the Wild Things Are trailer

wildthingWell, here’s something I’m looking forward to…

Spike Jonze delivered Being John Malkovich and Adaptation his first two times up to bat. Now, without writer Charlie Kaufman on his team, he’s tackling Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. And this first glimpse looks amazing.

Apart from the fabulous imagery and the potential for poignant scenes about the magic and uncertainty of childhood, you have Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo in the human roles. What more can you ask for?

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New Dylan due in April

Excellent news!

According to Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan will release a “surprise” follow-up to 2006’s excellent Modern Times, to be released in late April.

The disc has the live-in-the-studio feel of Dylan’s last two studio records, 2001’s Love and Theft and 2006’s Modern Times, but with a seductive border-cafe feel (courtesy of the accordion on every track) and an emphasis on struggling-love songs. The effect — in the opening shuffle, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” the Texas-dancehall jump of “If You Ever Go to Houston” and the waltz “This Dream of You” — is a gnarly turn on early-1970s records like New Morning and Planet Waves.

Chinese come through with Josh Rouse song

tudou_logoSo I tracked down an online version of Josh Rouse’s ‘My Love Has Gone,’ which I mentioned the other day in my tirade about YouTube’s copyright Nazis.

I found it on Tudou.com, China’s version of YouTube, which apparently serves up five times the volume of video every day than YouTube. Gotta love the Chinese.

Josh Rouse – ‘My Love Has Gone’ from Nashville

Hear new Neko Case single, help some animals

nekocase2In a nifty marketing move, Neko Case is donating $5 to Best Friends Animal Society every time somebody posts her latest single on his or her blog over the next two weeks.

Now I don’t particularly care about animals, but I will jump at the chance to focus some attention on Neko Case. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to new music from her since her wonderful 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. She has one of the very best voices in popular music today and the songwriting chops to match.

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