black cat // broadcast.

broadcast has the worst web site on the internet.

infrequent updates, out of order (sequentially) updates, and just maddening for a rabid fan such as myself. so i was quite pleased with the most recent news (that being septermber 1st 2008) that they're back in the studio working on the album we were supposed to have heard in early 2008. martin, the band's manager, claims they're working with different drummers right now laying down drum tracks.

there's a few disappointing things about this statement. it had been rumored that trish and james were hoping to use the drummer (and the same church) they had used to record Haha Sound. that's been squashed, i assume. and it also means that we've probably got quite a while before we hear any new broadcast material. but, it also means a return to live drums, which i am definitely looking forward to.

in the mean time, i stumbled across this video for "black cat" from 2003's excellent Tender Buttons. apparently, there was some contentious conversation about whether the girl in the video is trish keenan or not. thankfully, that's been cleared up and it is.

it's pretty halloween-y.


Carnival of Souls (1962).

herk harvey directed this box office flop in 1962, inspired by film maker and director ingmar bergman. he wanted to make a film that was "a drive in movie that looked like a movie ingmar bergman would make." he succeeded, and in 1989 it was re-released after garnering a late-night movie cult following. the film's score (which i originally unintentionally spelled "scare") is entirely scored for a church organ, which lends itself nicely to the haunting feeling of the film.

this film was the direct inspiration for romero's "night of the living dead."

a brief synopsis of the plot: Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around with two friends but everything goes wrong when challenged to a drag race and their car gets forced off of a bridge. The car sinks into the murky depths, and all three women are assumed drowned. Some time later Mary emerges unscathed from the river. She tries to start a new life by becoming a church organist but Mary finds herself haunted by a ghostly figure that instills fear and dread into her.

here's part one, courtesy of it's public domain status and youtube. enjoy!


yuki's sentimental journey.

directed by nagi noda.

incredible, incredible, incredible. how did it take me a year to find this beautiful bit of j-pop?

for more nagi noda brilliance, check out these awesomelyweird animal hair "hats". nagi noda is dead, so naturally she will be world renowned shortly.


alice in wonderland.

not one to give up easily on people i really, really like, i'm ridiculously excited for tim burton's adaptation of "alice in wonderland". (please, no comments on how my blog has suddenly taken a turn for children's literature fanboy site lately.) among the cast: johnny depp as the mad hatter, helena bonham-carter (burton's wife) as the Red Queen of Hearts, and anne hathaway as the White Queen. no pictures have popped up yet from production, but i can only imagine how beautiful it could be with burton at the helm.

i'm thinking sleepy hollow meets the cheshire cat? hot.

louis garrel, by bruce weber.

that's all i really need to say about that.

except, i was surprised to find that weber didn't have louis prancing about the french country side naked, with a football, reeking of A&F.

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