Imitation of Life

A journal about film, music, literature and any other form of imitation of life. Seeing through a glass darkly…

2010 EMMY PREDICTIONS

As I start to write this post we are, according to the Emmys official website, exactly 22 hours and 8 minutes away from the beginning of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which will take place at the Nokia Theather, LA, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and which will air on NBC.

The freehearted and unsparing Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives out accolades to categories such as “Best Make-up for a Single-Camera Series, Movie, Mini or Special (Non-Prosthetic)”, therefore I’d rather concentrate on the main categories in this analysis. Besides, this is television, so I expect (and hope) everything to be prosthetic tomorrow night. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Morning Benders to perform at Ancienne Belgique

Some days ago I posted an entry in this blog about my favourite songs of the year and I chose The Morning Benders’ Excuses as the best song of 2010 (so far).

If you agree with that, or if you just think they’re a great band, you cannot miss the chance of seeing them in concert, courtesy of Ancienne Belgique. Read the rest of this entry »

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HURTS to perform at Botanique

Mancunian duo HURTS will perform at Brussels’ Botanique concert hall on October 30, 2010.

Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson will present their first album, an 80s-influenced extravaganza reminiscent of Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Irrepressibles at Les Nuits Botanique

Boston-based musical duo The Dresden Dolls famously described their style as Brechtian Punk Cabaret, lest the press invent a term that “would involve the word gothic”.

That might well be true, but by doing so they created a movement that has found fans and followers all over the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marina, the umpteenth Kate

For someone like me who firmly believes that Hounds of Love still holds as one the best records of the 1980s and that the self-penned Wuthering Heights ranks among the most spectacular musical debuts ever, the almost standard announcement of the advent of the new Kate Bush every time a female singer-songwriter with a squeaky voice comes along is always received with mixed feelings of joy and mistrust. Read the rest of this entry »

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(500) SONGS OF ZOOEY

I first discovered a then blonde Zooey Deschanel in an appearance in one of the American TV Late Shows (I think it was David Letterman’s), where she presented the film The Good Girl, Jennifer Aniston’s best work to date, in which she played a small role. Although she had previously landed a role in Cameron Crowe’s highly popular Almost Famous, she was still an unknown actress and she behaved accordingly all through the interview, fidgety and unable to control her hand movements, too aware of the fact that she was more than probably a second choice who was standing in for someone else. Read the rest of this entry »

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MGMT to perform in Brussels

It is still too early to assess the real impact of an album which was released only in 2007, but I think nobody can, 3 years later, challenge the fact that MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular is a defining moment of the 21 century’s first decade’s musical landscape. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 PREVIEW: FRENCH HORN REBELLION

As I was going through my favorite artists of the year to make my 2009 best of list (see entry on the blog), I was tempted to include Brooklyn-based duo French Horn Rebellion, but it would have been somehow hard to justify the decision of ranking them in a Top Ten Album list when all this pair of brothers has ever published are two EP,  the gorgeous Up All Night and Beaches & Friends. I can’t resist to mention them in my blog, though, since they may be the band to quote same time, next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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TOP TEN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Animal Collective, Bat for Lashes, Camera Obscura, Girls, Gossip, Jack Peñate, Peter Yorn & Scarlett Johanson or even sizzling Little Boots could have made the cut, but here is my list of the ten best albums of the year. Leave comments and suggestions of your own.

10. GRIZZLY BEAR, Veckatimest. Preceded by unanimous praise of the critics in general and of fellow British band Radiohead in particular, the Brooklyn-based band published a much anticipated third album that shies away from the very fashionable psychodelic wave and delivers a calmed compilation of adult pop songs.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=grizzly+bear+two+weeks&search_type=&aq=1sx&oq=griizly+

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Le Beau Bizarre performed in Brussels

Christope, le Beau Bizarre, performed last Monday, December 14 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.

I arrived late to the concert under the false impression that there would be a support act, but Christophe didn’t want to make it linger and chose his lastest album Aimer ce que nous sommes as prelude to the older and better known part of his répertoire. The absence of a support band was already an indication of the conciseness of a concert which, although in no way rushed or hasty, had its two encores performed without the artist leaving the stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wave Machines to perform at Botanique

It’s somehow a paradox that one of the best bands emerging in the aftermath of the phenomenal success of Brooklyn-based duo MGMT comes, of all places, from Liverpool, a city more widely acknowledged as  a base of Brit pop acts than as a suitable breeding ground of electro pop music. Read the rest of this entry »

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Petula Clark’s Pye Anthology

This morning I was looking for an uplifting CD to take with us on our way to Maastrich and I ended up with one of my all-time favourites: Petula Clark’s Pye Anthology.

Forget about Duffy, Amy, Adele or Sharleen and go for the real thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emilie Simon concert. Monday, 23/11 at AB, Brussels

She presents her new album The Big Machine, recorded almost entirely in English in America. Too similar to Kate Bush to claim any originality (the track “Nothing to do with you” could easily be mistaken for any of the less known songs of Bush 1978 The Kick Inside), she’s still interesting enough to see on concert.

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Official video of the song DreamlandEmilie Simon Dreamland clip officiel

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PASSION PIT moved to March

Tonight PASSION PIT were supposed to play at Brussels’s Botanique, but the concert has been cancelled :-(.

No worries, though. They will come in March 2010 to the same venue.
One of the best new MGMTesque bands (together with Wave Machines). Read the rest of this entry »

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