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Stuff like this never fails to tweak my brain. Based on the figures on this page, an interesting stat: Coldplay has sold just about equal numbers of its 2003 album A Rush Of Blood To The Head and 2008’s Viva La Vida, or Death And All His Friends. Just under 2,200,000 copies. In 03, that was good enough to land them at the bottom of the year’s ten best sellers. This year, only one album...
Want a sure sign I’ve been alone in the apartment for too many consecutive hours? I just asked myself, out loud, to please stop singing gibberish versions of Christmas songs, then ignored my own request.
Walked out of my local record store yesterday with 2 Matador re-issues: Pavement’s Brighten the Corners + extras, and the Belle & Sebastian singles and eps collection Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. Didn’t realize until “Passat Dream” shuffled into “Lazy Line Painter Jane” this morning that a good part of the music on both came out of the same year. The...
Hitsville maps AUSTRALIA →
I missed this over the holiday and in the meantime the world seems to have made up its mind that Baz Luhrmann’s Australia is overly long and unintentionally funny but maybe mildly diverting if you can get past the fact that it takes its epic/romantic ambitions deathly seriously. A mostly-on-the-positive-side-of-the-fence Manohla Dargis writes that “Mr. Luhrmann doesn’t simply want to...