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Heading down to the Cornershop
Sit back and watch the video for the new, hard rockin’, Cornershop video. The "Brimful Of Asha" guys are back with a new album called Handcream For A Generation and this is the first single from it called Lessons Learned From Rocky I to Rocky III. The video plays into the 70’s rock guitar sound of the track by having the song synched to some vintage (or very well recreated) footage of a bad of that era doing what they do best: playing live, carousing with groupies and chucking TV sets from hotel balconies. It could almost be outtake footage from Almost Famous. Enjoy the video, and pick up the album when it’s released (April 1st in the UK), it’s great. [Which is Marcus’s oh-so-coy way of saying, "we’ve downloaded it already."—Sophie]
Posted by Marcus
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 10:08 p.m.

Monica Documentarians Interview
I watched about half of Monica In Black and White this Sunday, and it was pretty good. I was surprised by how charming and like-able Ms. Lewinsky was, in spite of the incredibly contrived and stagey feel of her public chat at Cooper Union College. Truth be told, though, the men who made this documentary, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, are more interesting to me by far. You may have caught their Eyes of Tammy Faye last year--and if you didn't, you really should. It's not every day that you get to watch a movie about the former spokewoman for conservative Christianity narrated by RuPaul--but this is the movie that will make mini-celebrities of them. Read what they have to say before the publicity machine takes over!
Posted by Sophie
Tuesday, March 5, 2002 02:47 p.m.

Arthur Lyman, RIP
He was the king of the vibraphone and I never heard of him before today. Sigh. It's a little sad that the coolest stuff I learn these days comes from the obituaries. Here's the cover art for his first album, Taboo. Considering the average exotica album cover themes of boobs, birds, and more boobs, this one is positively restrained. The cover for his second album, cleverly titled Taboo Volume 2, not so much. Here's a Lyman profile and discography. His first two albums have been re-released on CD by Ryko.
Posted by Sophie
Tuesday, March 5, 2002 11:20 a.m.

Out of Whacko Jacko’s Hands
Apparently Michael Jackson is in the financial mire. After taking Paul McCartney’s advice and investing in song publishing by buying the Beatles catalogue out from under Sir Paul’s nose in the 80s, Jackson is about to sell his remaining share in the valuable commodity. Jackson sold half of it to Sony in 1991 for £70 million, and then used the rest as security on a £140 million loan taken out in the mid nineties. After disappointing sales of his most recent album Invincible (less than 2 million copies sold) he is having to sell the remaining share to Sony to pay off the loan. What this means for the future use of the Beatles back catalogue I don’t know. Also, what the hell has Jacko been spending all that money on! [Expensive defense attorneys. And plastic surgery. –Sophie]
Posted by Marcus
Tuesday, March 5, 2002 08:52 a.m.