Finally, our third podcast is done. Featuring a few tracks from our best-00's-singles (below), as well as whatever else we felt like including. As always, use this link for iTunes subscription, or click the image for the direct file.

Previous JLT/TLJ 'casts:


Best of the 2000's (so far)


01. Three Times (Hou)
02. Russian Ark (Sokurov)
03. The Fog of War (Morris)
04. Before Sunset (Linklater)
05. In the Mood for Love (Wong)
06. A.I. (Spielberg)
07. Platform (Jia)
08. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong)
09. The New World (Malick)
10. Esther Kahn (Desplechin)

01. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
02. Robyn
03. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance
04. M.I.A. - Arular
05. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
06. Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
07. Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up on Me
08. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
09. Basement Jaxx - Rooty
10. The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee / The Sunset Tree (tie)

01. Lumidee - "Never Leave You"
02. The New Pornographers - "Letter from an Occupant"
03. Basement Jaxx - "Romeo"
04. Panjabi MC f/ Jay-Z - "Beware of the Boys" [remix]
05. Aaliyah - "We Need a Resolution"
06. Nelly Furtado f/ Timbaland - "Promiscuous"
07. The Game - "Put You on the Game"
08. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz - "Get Low"
09. Kylie Minogue - "Love at First Sight"
10. t.a.t.u. - "How Soon Is Now?"


01. A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim)
02. In the Mood for Love (Wong)
03. Kairo (Kurosawa)
04. demonlover (Assayas)
05. 3-Iron (Kim)
06. The New World (Malick)
07. Vital (Tsukamoto)
08. Dolls (Kitano)
09. Before Sunset (Linklater)
10. Morvern Callar (Ramsay)

01. Lee Jung Hyun -- I Love Natural
02. Shiina Ringo -- Shouso Strip
03. Basement Jaxx -- Kish Kash
04. M.I.A. / Diplo -- Piracy Funds Terrorism
05. Cat Power -- You Are Free
06. Diplo -- Favela Strikes Back
07. Yuka Honda -- Eucadamix
08. Robyn -- Robyn
09. DJ Shadow -- The Private Press
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Show Your Bones

01. Shiina Ringo -- "Yattsuke Shigoto"
02. Outkast -- "B.O.B."
03. N.E.R.D. -- "Lapdance"
04. Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz -- "Get Low"
05. Namie Amuro -- "Alarm"
06. Basement Jaxx -- "Romeo"
07. Ayumi Hamasaki -- "Step You"
08. T.I. -- "What You Know"
09. Gorillaz -- "Dare"
10. JC Chasez -- "All Day Long I Dream About Sex"
All My Girls Stand in a Circle

Nice, somewhat unexpected perk of living with another person: Finding that great new music has magically appeared on your computer.

"It's been out for like a month," my wife informed me of We Are the Pipettes, but I've been out of step enough here recently that this perfectly crafted gem might well have passed me by entirely. Which, god bless her, would've been a real shame. This is terrific stuff, instantly sublime ear candy for a listener who consistently cites the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" as his all-time favorite song.

Between Girls Aloud, the Sugababes, Rachel Stevens, and Lily Allen, are we witnessing a renaissance in British girl pop? Hell yes we are, and the Pipettes are top shelf all the way. Much has evidently already been written about the group's retro skewings, and while their influences are clear, the bottom line--so far as I'm concerned, at least--is that this album sounds better than almost anything else I've heard this year. Or last year. Or the year before. Will it hold up over time? Months? Years? Is it on par with the genre's '60's peaks? Beauty and the Beat? What Will the Neighbors Say?? I can't answer any of that, but with each listen through, I'm increasingly tempted to call it a classic.


I found this on M.I.A.'s Wikipedia page:

"...a few tracks were originally going to be produced by the legendary Timbaland, who has produced songs for the likes of Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Xzibit. However, according to a recent message board posting by Diplo, M.I.A. will be producing her new album all by herself."

Boo. It's not that I don't have faith in our gal, but I was really looking forward to the teaming of them--not to mention, a Timbo-cameo'd video. Possibly with helicopters.


Cries and Whispers

We saw Miami Vice. Twice. In the same night.

The reason for this: It's fantastic!

Being reasonably familiar with the source tv show going in, and more so with Michael Mann's subsequent filmography, I wasn't nearly prepared for such a bizarre, convoluted glorious mess of a movie. It's all over the place, both geographically (South America, Cuba, Switzerland, Miami, natch) and stylistically (noir, melodrama, soft-core porn). For example, did you know: If a man cries in the shower, a voluptuous naked woman will infallibly appear and begin soaping him up? I didn't, but it's evidently true.

This occurs not once but twice in Miami Vice.

The film doesn't so much open as just...start, "Numb/Encore" blaring in some hip South Florida club, bodies shaking, illicit shit going down, Foxx and Farrell seemingly in mid-investigation. (We thought they'd forgotten a reel or something.) There's virtually no exposition from there. Just a series of places (shot, by Dion Beebe, in the same hi-def DV that made Collateral so stunning), people (bring a scorecard), and uncommonly peculiar catch-phrases ("I'll never doubt you" is a personal favorite).

Oh, and staring. There's lots of staring. Lots and lots and lots of staring. Long staring. Moody staring. Artful staring. Thoughtful staring. Blank staring. Constipated staring. At one point, while bullying a police informant, Farrell suddenly stares out the window. At the ocean? Cut away to a medium shot. Of the ocean. And then back to the bullying. Why did this shot happen? Who knows? This movie's fucking strange.

Later, we see a boat zipping speedily across the Atlantic. Close-up of Farrell answering his cell: "What's up?" "Where are you?" "I'm on my way back." Another shot of the boat. Scene.

This is a cult classic in the making, folks. Following the climactic shoot-out, Farrell, while fleeing the scene, urgently inquires about the status of (presumably) a fellow cop. What's remarkable about this is that we've never previously encountered, or even heard about, this other cop at any point during the preceding two hours. My best guess is that he had a scene or two that ended up on the cutting room floor. Still, the fact that he's "okay" comes as a great relief to us all.

The bittersweet denouement that follows involves--surprise!--more staring. Farrell stares. Gong Li stares back. Foxx, who has seemed on the verge of tears for most of the film's duration, keeps up the battle in a hospital room. And after a series of images that would make for fairly iconic closing shots, Farrell walks into the hospital, while several employees enjoy a cigarette break.

Miami Vice

Fin. A genuine must-see!