Monday, April 05, 2010

Stuff You Might Like

If you're a White Stripes fan, there's a new documentary out titled "The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights."

Just after "Icky Thump" was released, the White Stripes played a Canadian tour, with the express purpose of playing in all provinces and territories. They played in some incredibly obscure places, and also did pop-up shows where fans only had about an hour's notice to get somewhere. They played at a YMCA day camp. They played in a nursing home.

It was all suitably eccentric for one of the most eccentric groups in rock history, and the documentary is fantastic. It's both raw and quite beautiful in a stark kind of way.

Amazon link: White Stripes (Blu-Ray here).

Also in the movie category, if you haven't seen "How To Train Your Dragon," it's terrific. It's a wonderful story, the voice acting is terrific, and the 3D is excellent. On rare occasions, a film made for kids rises well above its audience, and there's something about this film that is very heartfelt and sincere.  Eli 8.8 puts it in his top three all-time, and I'd put it in the top three of films we've seen together as well ("Coraline" and "Where The Wild Things Are" would be the other two).

Zooey Deschanel has a long resume as an actress, but as it turns out, she's an excellent composer and singer as well. Her band, She & Him (which consists of her and Matthew Ward, hence the name), just released a new album, and it's incredibly striking.

Deschanel has a voice that has been described has echoing Petula Clark, and the album is laid-back and soothing. Curiously, it has both slide guitars and violins, so the vibe changes from song to song, but Deschanel's quite mesmerizing voice is always in the center.

If you'd like to hear a few of her songs (actually, not a few--there's over fifteen), here's a link to their MySpace Music page: She & Him. And an Amazon link for the new album is here.

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