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Monday, November 15, 2004

This is yesterday

Songs in my head:
"There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" by Ben Folds
"This Is Yesterday" by Manic Street Preachers

Yesterday was rainy, cold and dreary, so it was the perfect time to watch The Ice Storm. I found it to be a very powerful movie laced with subtle imagery and symbolism. It's definitely a movie that has you thinking afterwards. I liked the fact that the kids are as smart as their parents. Nothing is black and white about things and it's not overly melodramatic. It's not the most cheery subject matter but it's very well done.

Julie Christie, the rumors are true: Death Cab for Cutie has signed with Atlantic Records. Here is the official word from Ben. I don't really know why this is a topic of discussion but it still comes as a surprise. Seeing as how major labels keep getting smaller and smaller, you hope a great band doesn't get lost in the shuffle or gets screwed.

Manic Street Preachers have a new record out in the UK called Lifeblood. No word on if or when it will be released in the US. Also in the UK, The Holy Bible is getting the 2-CD+DVD reissue treatment. That is coming out early next month. I've checked out iTunes to see if they have any of this available for download, but alas, not for us Americans. CD Wow has it on import for rather reasonable prices. Meanwhile, every used CD store I go to has a copy of Know Your Enemy. I like parts of the record but I still don't own it. I shouldn't make so many excuses.

I can't stop reading Britpop! by John Harris. It's incredibly well-researched and not too inside for someone who experienced things from the other side of the pond.

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