Even Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh can't save this one. Maybe they should call Dennis Eckersley. The movie rendition of Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball," about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, may be headed to the bench. Movie studios are balking at the pricey budget and minimal mass appeal. After all, it's the A's, not the Yankees. Then again, anything with Brad Pitt gets our attention and this has the potential to be one of the better baseball movies. Bummer.
The blogosphere is abuzz with rumored reports for this year's lineup at the Treasure Island Festival on Oct. 17 and 18. The official TI Fest website says nothing, but we all know that game. It's going to be hard to trump last year's lineup, but the first murmurs on the street have us pretttyyy excited. Beirut, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, MSTRKRFT, MGMT, HEALTH, Monotonix, Murs and No Age. Wow. Stay tuned for confirmations.
It's that time of year when area festivals start popping up on the radar. And while we're uber excited about Outside Lands, the recently announced lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 9 (which goes down October 2-4) has us fiending for a little moonshine and backwoods juggin'. Featuring bluegrass plus Americana faves of past and present, the massive 3-day event is totally free. Yes, FREE. You can thank Daddy Warbucks, err, investment banker and diehard bluegrass fan Warren Hellman for that.
Here's the partial lineup:
We're pretty psyched about Outside Lands. And the good people at Another Planet are doing a bang up marketing job with these Fraggle Rock meets Muppets videos. We can't get enough of Ranger Dave and Skeeter, especially in this just-released video, where they're riffing the arrival of single day tickets. Definitely a welcome announcement for those feeling the economic pinch.
Here's a little something to break the monotony of spreadsheets and emails. Chicago-based band Greenskeepers are at it again. First they manipulated Robert Pattison and Twilight, now they've put a creative spin on NIN's "Hurt" and joined it perfectly with a clip from the Academy Award-winning short animated film, Harvie Krumpet. Not sure if it'll play into their live set, but you can find out. They are playing Mission Rock on July 12.
Sorry, Halloween, the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) has you beat as our favorite time of the year. Our mouths are watering with all the announcements being made at Moscone West. Thanks, Jason Snell of Macwold for keeping us abreast of all things Keynote related.
Stuff we're pumped about:
We knew iPhone 3.0 was coming. Glad to hear we can now cut and copy. Duh? Should have been on 1.0. And MMS (i.e. texting your pics), which is now available too. Tethering, or using your phone as a wireless antenna for your computer, is all set to go. At least for every other carrier except AT&T. We hear the boos from here.
Thanks again, economy. You can't really take anything seriously when speaking about The Onion, but word from Gawker is that the humor paper is closing it's San Francisco and Los Angeles editions. Despite lauching and thriving in 2005/2006, a time when newspapers were getting blistered by Craigslist, Yelp, and Google (and, still are) The Onion gobbled up young readers with its not so hard-hitting news. It's a sad day but look on the bright side: no more ink on your fingers. And, more time spent on their awesome website!
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown is set to drop May 15th, and a glowing review in the NY Times has us giddy with anticipation. Aside, from comparing the album to artists like The Who and Beatles, we hear that the album's tone follows American Idiot's political fervor but with a bit more optimism. (We can thank Obama for that.) The aging trio may not be as punk as they once were when they played 924 Gilman, but we're glad to hear the angst and fire is still there.
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It's that time of year when the Bay Area's Live 105, SF local radio's last remaining source for GOOD indie music (if you don't listen to Soundcheck, remedy that immediately), flexes its CBS-sized muscles for the annual BFD (also known as Big F-ing Deal) concert. And flex them they did, scoring A-list headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose new album, It's Blitz! has been on perma rotation in our office for about a month ago. Joining the YYYs are a welcome bit of nostalgia - 311 and The Offspring, both bands who were most definitely part of the late 90s high school party canon.