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October 7: Happy Birthday Thom Yorke and Tim Minchin


Thom Yorke turns 49 today.  He was attending Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, England, when he and four schoolmates, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, and Colin and Jonny Greenwood, formed a band they called On a Friday.  After a hiatus or two in the late 1980s, the band signed a recording contract in 1991 and took a new name—Radiohead.  Yorke is their lead vocalist—rated as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone—and plays guitar and keyboards.

Radiohead has become one of the most important voices in alternative rock.  They released their first studio album, Pablo Honey, in 1993, and gradually built an audience.  Between 1997 and 2007 they had five consecutive albums reach #1 in the UK, and they’ve had two #1 albums in the US.  They have received over twenty Grammy nominations, with four wins, mostly in Alternative music categories.

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Killing Them Softly Review

Killing Them Softly

Grade: C-

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta

Killing them by ham-fistedly bludgeoning them to death with an oversimplified theme, is actually the title to this movie. Andrew Dominik must’ve gotten the words overt, in-your-face, and monotonous confused with subtext, subtlety, and good. It’s a baffling, inert, and mostly pointless film that has all the ideas of something that could’ve been extraordinary. After seeing his (rightly) lauded epic Assasination of Jesse James, where he made a western feel new and interesting, I thought I was in for the same treat for a similarly tired gangster genre. Instead I was given a banal metaphor for petty crime and the american economy, where I can practically hear Dominik screaming from just off camera, “DO YOU GET IT?! DO YOU GET IT?! SEE WHAT I’M DOING HERE?!”

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