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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

David Yates

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 19, 2010


Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes–the keys to Voldemort's immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the Wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale–the legend of the Deathly Hallows.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

David Yates

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 14, 2011


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2," is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

David Yates

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 15, 2009


Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Dumbledore is intent upon preparing Harry for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses–critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. Meanwhile, teenage hormones rage across the ramparts as Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper. But standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. One student, however, remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

David Yates

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 11, 2007


Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. . New adventure – more dangerous , more thrilling than ever – is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Alfonso Cuarón

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alfonso Cuarón

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: June 4, 2004


In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and finally deal with the truth about Sirius Black and his relationship to Harry and his parents. With his best friends, Harry masters advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on J.K. Rowling's third book, this wondrous spellbinder soars with laughs, and the kind of breathless surprise only found in a Harry Potter adventure.

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Harry Potter, rubber duck, stormtroopers fly off French Alps

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When Harry Met Sally – Rob Reiner

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When Harry Met Sally

Rob Reiner

Genre: Comedy

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 12, 1989


Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star as two best friends of the opposite sex in the blockbuster, heartwarming romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. Harry Burns (Crystal–Analyze This) and Sally Albright (Ryan–In the Land of Women) meet when the share a car on a trip from Chicago to New York right after both graduate from college. As the two build their lives and careers in Manhattan, they find love and heartache–with other people–but their paths continue to cross and their friendship continues to grow over the years … until they confront the decision whether to let their friendship develop into romance.

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Elton John blasts ‘relentless character assassination’ of Harry and Meghan

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Mike Newell

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Mike Newell

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: November 18, 2005


When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools – the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.

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Your Songs – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Your Songs

Harry Connick, Jr.

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: September 22, 2009

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chris Columbus

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 15, 2002


Harry Potter's adventures continue… After a long summer with the horrid Dursleys, Harry Potter is thwarted in his attempts to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. Harry's only transportation option is a magical flying car, but, unfortunately, it crashes into a valuable (and clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what awaits Harry that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts. Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry, and it seems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy is out to get him. Soon it's not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful things begin to happen at the school. The mysteriously gleaming foot-high words on the wall proclaim: "The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware." But what exactly does it all mean? Harry, Hermione, and Ron do everything that is wizardly possible–including risking their own lives–to solve this 50-year-old, potentially deadly mystery.

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Beyoncé Meets Meghan and Harry at “The Lion King” UK Premiere

It’s been a star-studded weekend of events in the UK with the Wimbledon finals, but perhaps the hottest ticket in town was the London premiere of “The Lion King” on Sunday night.
The hotly-anticipated remake of the blockbuster 1994 Disney animated film, which hits theaters this week, stars Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles Carter, who voice Simba and Nala, respectively. While the presence of Beyoncé on any red carpet is a royal event by Hollywood standards (case in point: when Knowles Carter and daughter Blue Ivy Carter showed up to the film’s Los Angeles premiere in matching custom Alexander McQueen), the addition of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made Sunday night’s premiere a true royal affair.
Beyoncé  and Jay-Z, who actually gave a shoutout to the Duchess displaying a portrait of her behind them in an Instagram post upon receiving their Brit Award in February, met Meghan and Harry for the first time on the red carpet, as seen on this video that’s gone viral.
Knowles Carter wore a custom draped gold gown from Cong Tri, while the Duchess and new mother of baby Archie wore a black A-line Jason Wu dress with a sheer illusion top and sleeves. In the video,

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Chris Columbus

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 16, 2001


In this enchanting film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned first son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a Dark Wizard bent on destroying him. For the most extraordinary adventure, see you on platform nine and three quarters!

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‘RHONY’ Star Ramona Singer the Latest ‘Housewife’ to Hook Up with Harry Dubin

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Harry Potter hopes to give ‘Pokemon Go’ a run for its money

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Devery Love, Dirty Harry

Balding mature centerfold Dirty Harry scores hefty when he seduces completely shaved young Latina Devory Love. This girl is seriously smoking hot, with a fantastic, curvy body with huge natural boobs. Harry warms her up with some oral sex, which is reciprocated in kind before Devory bends over, looking back over her shoulder and begging Harry to give it to her hard. Harry delivers a solid slot fucking, starting off hitting it from the rear and then pulling his model on top, ordering her to grind and buck on his hardened pecker. Soon the cum starts gushing out of Harry’s engorged bang hammer, all over his Latina hottie’s sexy face.

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Noah’s Ark: Survivors – Harry Dayle

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Noah’s Ark: Survivors

Harry Dayle

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: August 12, 2013

Publisher: Shelfless

Seller: Shelfless Ltd


May 1st: the Earth is scorched by a stray asteroid, wiping out almost all life. Almost, but not quite all. Three thousand souls aboard a cruise ship visiting the north pole are spared by a freak of nature.  The ship’s first officer, Jake Noah, was looking forward to getting back to dry land once and for all. But then the world ended, and now he finds himself reluctantly in charge of the last handful of survivors of the human race.  The limited resources on board mean that just staying alive will be a struggle. With the threat of mutiny ever present, can Jake rise to the challenge and lead his crew and their passengers on a quest for safety, or will he take the easy option and leave anarchy and chaos to prevail?  Book one in the thrilling Noah's Ark series.

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The Mozart Project – Cliff Eisen, James Fairclough, Harry Farnham, Neal Zaslaw, Nick Till, Derek Beales, John Irving, David Henry Feldman, William Stafford & Simon P. Keefe

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The Mozart Project

The First Interactive Book on Mozart!

Cliff Eisen, James Fairclough, Harry Farnham, Neal Zaslaw, Nick Till, Derek Beales, John Irving, David Henry Feldman, William Stafford & Simon P. Keefe

Genre: Music

Publish Date: May 15, 2014

Publisher: Pipedreams Media

Seller: Pipedreams Media Limited


"A completely new kind of book " – Stephen Fry • 3hrs of Mozart’s Music • 25 Specially Filmed Performances, Documentaries and Demonstrations • 8hrs of Audio Extracts and Panel Discussions "Brilliantly Imaginative" – The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★ "Colourfully & inventively compiled" – BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★ "Challenges your imagination to keep up" – Sinfini Music Curated and authored by some of the most respected experts, The Mozart Project gives new insight into the life of a musical genius, providing the ultimate experience both in terms of contributors and the carefully selected playlist of music and images that they have chosen to feature throughout the book.  • 10 Chapters by 7 of the World’s greatest Mozart scholars • 3hrs of Mozart’s Music • 25 Specially Filmed Performances, Documentaries and Demonstrations • 8hrs of Audio Extracts and Panel Discussions • Mozart and Salieri , an Exclusive Play directed by Sir Jonathan Miller, starring Simon Russell Beale & Russell Tovey • Internet Connection Required for video content All performances and films were specially commissioned for the book and it includes twenty contributors from across the arts world including Sir Nicholas Hytner, Sir Jonathan Miller, Simon Russell Beale, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Russell Tovey, contemporary eight-year-old prodigy Alma Deutscher, Paul Morley and many others. There is also expert analysis from leading Mozart authorities Cliff Eisen, Neal Zaslaw and John Irving; The Mozart Project provides an immersive experience for all music lovers and, crucially, brings high-quality classical music to the digital arena. The Mozart Project is designed exclusively for iPad and includes over three hours of music, two hours of streaming video, (filmed performances, demonstrations and short films) four hours of interviews extracts, and seven panel discussions chaired by Paul Morley. It also includes new and exclusive contributions from luminaries across the spectrum of classical music, giving a fascinating insight into Mozart’s life and works. Amongst the many highlights is an exclusive reading of Alexander Pushkin’s poetic drama Mozart and Salieri , which brings, for the first time, BAFTA award winning Simon Russell Beale as Salieri under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller and stars HBO and BBC star Russell Tovey as Mozart.   Filmed highlights include performances from acclaimed period instrument group, Ensemble DeNOTE, exclusive access to the Mozart Autograph Vault in Salzburg and a look at the treasured Mozart related artefacts of a descendant of Mozart’s landlord. The Mozart Project also explores areas of controversy and intrigue: Does Pushkin’s diary confirm speculation over the Salieri poisoning? What can Pauli Hagenauer tell us about the Colloredo affair? Dispelling myths, and raising new questions, The Mozart Project casts new light over the life and music of one of the most iconic cultural figures of all time.

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Harry Connick Jr. to host daytime show with comedy, music

FILE - In this June 7, 2015 file photo, Harry Connick Jr. presents the award for best revival of a musical at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. Connick Jr. will host a new daytime show, "Harry," that is set to debut in Sept. 2016. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Connick Jr. is adding the title of daytime show host to his resume.



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The New ‘Harry Potter’ E-Books Have 223 Enhancements — Here’s What We Know So Far

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J.K. Rowling Shoots Down Your Favorite ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Theories

Sorry, Muggles. J.K. Rowling is going all Avada Kedavra on some of your favorite “Harry Potter” fan theories.

Up to this point, fans of the books and movies have analyzed the story so much that they’ve come up with a number of theories that are so crazy they have to be true.

As it turns out, nope, they’re just crazy. Here are the theories that must not be named anymore:

Ron Weasley is not a time-traveling Albus Dumbledore.

No! Not this one!

In the books, there are a number of physical descriptions and plot points that show major similarities between Dumbledore and Ron, but after a fan asked about it, Rowling confirmed they aren’t the same person:

Bloody hell …

Also, Draco Malfoy is not a werewolf and Snape is not a vampire. 

 

What? OK, she’s just pouring it on now.

Because of their physical descriptions and some peculiar activities in the books, Draco Malfoy and Snape were thought to secretly be a werewolf and a vampire, respectively. Draco’s physical changes that occur in the book are seen as the result of a werewolf curse by some, and Snape’s pale complexion was viewed as evidence he was in fact undead. Unfortunately, these are not the case either:

After that, Rowling was done crushing all our Muggle dreams for one day.

Don’t be too disappointed, though. Rowling has also confirmed some other fan theories, and with her new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” coming to the stage, you can be sure more theories are on the way. 

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Extended Version) – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Extended Version)

Chris Columbus

Genre: Kids & Family

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: November 15, 2002


Prepare for more magic and mystery with the return of Harry Potter and his friends! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), about to embark in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, receives an ominous warning not to return to the venerable school. Ignoring the warning, strange things start to happen when he returns…students and staff are being turned to stone and Harry keeps hearing a voice which seems to be coming from within the walls themselves! It's up to Harry and his two closest friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), to discover the true source behind the terrible events that are terrorizing the school! Also starring Oscar and Emmy-nominated Richard Harris ("The Count of Monte Cristo," "Gladiator"), Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Maggie Smith ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Gosford Park"), Oscar-nominated Kenneth Branagh ("Wild Wild West," TV's "Shackleton") and Robbie Coltrane ("The World is Not Enough," "Message in a Bottle").

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Harry Connick, Jr: In Concert On Broadway – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Connick, Jr: In Concert On Broadway

Harry Connick, Jr.

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: March 1, 2011


Harry Connick, Jr.'s concert with his Big Band and Orchestra was filmed on July 30 and 31, 2010 at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. "Harry scores a knockout." – NY Times; "Dynamite!" – Variety

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That Would Be Me – Harry Connick, Jr.

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That Would Be Me

Harry Connick, Jr.

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 10.99

Expected Release Date: October 23, 2015

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Couple Spoofs ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Star Wars’ And More In Nerdtastic Pregnancy Announcement

This couple’s pregnancy announcement is totally nerdtastic.

Excited announcers: PJ Tamayo and Allison Jones

Due date: January 2016

Announcement method of choice: The parents-to-be created an epic fake movie trailer, with nods to their favorite fantasy/adventure series like “Harry Potter”, “Doctor Who” and “Star Wars”

Ready or not?: PJ and Allison are already anticipating how their lives will change when they have a baby. They give parenthood a spot-on description: “the most epic adventure of all time.”

Added bonus: The baby already has some special big sibs — dogs Riley Kate and Ronan Dex.

 

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Prince Harry To Visit The United States In October, Cue Freak Out

Kensington Palace announced earlier this week that Prince Harry is visiting the United States at the end of October. HOORAY!

The prince will be stopping by Washington, D.C. to attend events related to the Invictus Games, a sporting event he started in 2014 for wounded, injured and sick service personnel. The next games will be held in Orlando, Florida in 2016, the palace said. 

When Prince Harry previously visited D.C. in 2013, he caused quite the stir as congressional staffers packed the halls and even outdoor walkways to catch a glimpse.

The most recent royals to cross the pond were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who visited the U.S. back in March. The pair also toured D.C., meeting with President Obama and checking out the usual tourist hot spots, like the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon. 

Fingers crossed Prince George and Princess Charlotte come visit soon! 

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Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban Brace for ‘American Idol’ Farewell Season as First Auditions Begin

Even though American Idol’s 15th season is being billed as a fond farewell, Jennifer Lopez isn’t quite ready to say goodbye.
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Haze – “London Boy” (Prod Harry Fraud)

London rhymslayer Haze shifted his showboating to The Golden State for his latest offering where he is hanging and recording with the likes of French Montana and Travi$ Scott. Over a HarryFraud-produced track Haze whips the foreign around Los Angeles as he breaks down all the reasons the ladies should add a “London Boy” to their stable. Stay tuned for more from Haze’s upcoming October release, “Visionary.”

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All-Star Comics (1940-) #8 – William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter

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All-Star Comics (1940-) #8

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Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: November 18, 2014

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Colin Farrell Joins Harry Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ (Exclusive)


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Here Are Harry Potter’s Best Birthday Presents EVER, Ranked

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, we ranked all of his birthday presents from the series.
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50 ‘Harry Potter’ Questions You Can Never Ask J.K. Rowling Again

In honor of the legendary ‘Harry Potter’ author’s 50th birthday, here’s a helpful list of questions about the Wizarding World (and beyond) you should never bother asking her again.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Extended Version) – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Extended Version)

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Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

Release Date: November 16, 2001


Based on the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, nominated for three Academy Awards and ranked third highest in total worldwide box-office! Harry Potter is a young boy who, on his eleventh birthday, discovers that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his dreary life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts' School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets several friends who become his closest allies, and who help him solve the mystery of the Sorcerer's Stone! All-star cast includes Alan Rickman (Galaxy Quest, Dogma); Oscar-nominated Richard Harris (Gladiator, Unforgiven); Robbie Coltrane (From Hell, The World Is Not Enough); John Cleese (Rat Race, TV's Monty Python's Flying Circus); Academy Award winner Maggie Smith (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Gosford Park); Daniel Radcliffe (The Tailor of Panama), Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

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The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection – The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Nic Raine, James Fitzpatrick & Evan Jolly

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The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection

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Genre: Classical

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: March 13, 2012

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Open audition for new Harry Potter spin-off attracts thousands of girls

Thousands of girls aged between eight and 12 show up for the open auditions for a new Harry Potter, hoping to get the main part in the upcoming film. Jacob Greaves reports.


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2," is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

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Oh, My Nola – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Styles –- Can’t Pull Out of Epic Fall On Stage (VIDEO)

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Harry Shearer Inks Deal to Return to ‘The Simpsons’


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SESAC Buys the Harry Fox Agency

More than a year after SESAC made an unsolicited bid to buy the Harry Fox Agency for $ 35 million, the Nashville-based performance rights organization…
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See One Direction’s Liam Payne Visit Walt Disney World & Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Harry Styles Calls One Direction Shows Without Zayn Malik ‘Some of the Best We’ve Had’

Since Zayn Malik left One Direction in March, the boy band has continued on tour without him. And according to Harry Styles, these have been…
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The R-Rated ‘Harry Potter’ Cartoon Is Nasty Good Fun

A new R-rated animated version of ‘Harry Potter’ has been created by the interwebs, and it is deliciously terrible, just like ear wax-flavored jelly beans.
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Harry Potter play to hit London stage next year

Jun. 26 – Harry Potter, the world’s most famous boy wizard, is set to make his debut on the London stage next year in a new play. Edward Baran reports.


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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Play to Open in London in 2016


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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Play to Open in London in 2016


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‘Harry Potter’ Is Heading To The Stage Next Summer – Here’s What We Know

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McFly: 10th Anniversary Concert – Royal Albert Hall – McFly, Tom Fletscher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, James Bourne, Matt Willis, David Spearing & McBusted

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McFly: 10th Anniversary Concert – Royal Albert Hall

McFly, Tom Fletscher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, James Bourne, Matt Willis, David Spearing & McBusted

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: December 26, 2013


McFly document their recent show stopping 10th anniversary celebrations at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Across four incredible sold-out nights, the band – Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd – performed their greatest hits and exclusive tracks with their trademark showmanship, verve and personality. This film captures the excitement and energy of those shows and also includes their incredible, headline-making collaboration with ex-Busted members James Bourne and Matt Willis. Highlights across the release include a debut performance of ’Love Is On The Radio’, the first single from McFly’s forthcoming sixth album, while the main set each night ended with a specially-written musical number performed by Tom entitled ’McFly The Musical’ – telling the story of the band in his own inimitable, humorous style. One of the major talking points of the shows, one kept secret all the way up to opening night, was the ’McBusted’ team-up. Each night McFly were joined onstage by former Busted boys James Bourne and Matt Willis to perform the latter’s huge hits ’Year 3000’ and ’Air Hostess’ as well as McFly’s own ’Shine A Light.’

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One Direction’s Harry Styles Teases One-Time Love Rival On Stage: Watch

Revenge, as the popular expression goes, is a dish best served cold. Harry Styles, it turns out, does revenge like a pro.
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Harry Styles Calls Out The Guy Who ‘Stole’ His Girlfriend As A Teen

They say time heals all wounds, but Harry Styles is apparently still a little sore about having his girlfriend “stolen” from him when he was a teenager.

While performing a show in Oslo, Norway on Friday, the 21-year-old One Direction singer opened up to the crowd about how his girlfriend left him for another guy when he was 14. It turned out there was actually point to the story other than just the fact his ex might be having some small pangs of regret right now.

“I have a friend from school in the audience tonight called Jack Robinson, he’s over here,” Styles told the audience, before telling his friend to identify himself to the crowd.

“I’m going to tell you a quick little story before we do the next song. When I was about 14-years-old, Jack Robinson stole my girlfriend,”Styles said, while trying to stifle his laughter. “So if he is still there at the end of the show, feel free, little kicks, little digs on the way out. Jack Robinson, love you, sir.”

Styles seemed pretty pleased with himself for getting the last word in on his pal, while one of the singer’s bandmates can be heard saying, “Jesus Christ, Jack, that’s no way to treat your friends.”

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Prince Harry Retires From British Army, Ends Military Career

Prince Harry officially retired from the British Army on Friday, ending a 10-year military career that included two tours of duty on the front lines of Afghanistan.

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Blue Light, Red Light – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Blue Light, Red Light

Harry Connick, Jr.

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 24, 1991

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Prince Harry Wraps Up Military Service

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Prince William and Harry face off against each other at polo match

Prince Harry triumphs over his brother William at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo tournament with his team scoring five goals to William’s four. Rough Cut – no reporter narration.


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Jessica Williams Models Her New Texas Pool Party Look And A Lot Of ‘Harry Potter’ Knowledge

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Snape From ‘Harry Potter’ Now Works For American Airlines Among Common Muggles

Snape has been spotted! He’s not just alive, but seems to have a new day job, too.

American Airlines recently shared a picture on its Facebook page of a Severus Snape lookalike manning a gate at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The post went viral with more than more than 9,000 likes — probably because it’s surprising to see a wizard from “Harry Potter” working for common Muggles.

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“Severus Snape will assist you in the boarding process for Flight Nine and Three Quarters from LaGuardia to Hogwarts,” the post read. We’ll be boarding by Sorting House and are expecting a full flight today.”

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“Snape” has been identified as gate agent David Dolci, and it turns out he’s a veteran of social media fame. Dolci reportedly first got Internet attention back in 2012, when a photo of him was shared on Imgur and racked up more than 300,000 views. Since then other travelers have caught on to the airline worker’s resemblance to the fictional character portrayed by actor Alan Rickman.

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Snape doppelgänger David Dolci on the left, with the wizard played by Alan Rickman on the right.

Now we just want to see Dumbledore in the pilot’s seat.

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Gaga Performs At Prince Harry Event

Hundreds gathered outside Britain’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday, hoping for a glimpse of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett — and another notable personality, Prince Harry.


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Britain’s Prince Harry meets Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Britain’s Prince Harry meets Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett ahead of London charity concert that hopes to raise funds for and awareness of children with life limiting conditions. Rough cut – no reporter narration.


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When Harry Met Sally – Rob Reiner

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When Harry Met Sally

Rob Reiner

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: July 21, 1989


Rob Reiner's romantic comedy documents a very unusual couple. There's never been a friendship quite like Harry and Sally's. From faking an orgasm at the corner deli, to debating the odds of having great sex with a guy named "Sheldon", there's nothing Harry and Sally don't do together. Well, almost nothing…. At the start, they are two recent college graduates who meet while sharing a ride together from Chicago to New York. They decide that it is impossible for men and women to be "just friends," and when they reach The Big Apple, they go their separate ways. Several years later they happen to be seated next to each other on an airplane, and Harry tells Sally about his recent marriage…and several years later, in another random meeting, he relays his divorce…when they become close friends…so close that their respective best friends fall in love. At a climactic New Years Eve party, they finally must confront and embrace their true feelings for each other.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chris Columbus

Genre: Kids & Family

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Harry Potter's adventures continue…

After a long summer with the horrid Dursleys, Harry Potter is thwarted in his attempts to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. Harry's only transportation option is a magical flying car, but, unfortunately, it crashes into a valuable (and clearly vexed) Whomping Willow.

Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what awaits Harry that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts. Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry, and it seems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy is out to get him. Soon it's not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful things begin to happen at the school. The mysteriously gleaming foot-high words on the wall proclaim: "The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware." But what exactly does it all mean? Harry, Hermione, and Ron do everything that is wizardly possible–including risking their own lives–to solve this 50-year-old, potentially deadly mystery.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Alfonso Cuarón

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Alfonso Cuarón

Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: June 4, 2004


In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and finally deal with the truth about Sirius Black and his relationship to Harry and his parents. With his best friends, Harry masters advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on J.K. Rowling's third book, this wondrous spellbinder soars with laughs, and the kind of breathless surprise only found in a Harry Potter adventure.

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Eddie Redmayne to star in Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Eddie Redmayne is cast in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise. Bob Mezan reports.


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Eddie Redmayne Officially Joins Cast of Harry Potter Prequel, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

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Your Songs – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Your Songs

Harry Connick, Jr.

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Release Date: September 22, 2009

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J.K. Rowling to Harry Potter actor on sexy pics: Next time, give me a heads up

The “Harry Potter” author has a perfect response to racy magazine photos featuring the actor who played Neville Longbottom.




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Pete Davidson Live-Tweets His Harry Potter Movie Marathon: The Boy Who Lived Is ”Dope as F–k”

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Julianne Hough Was An Extra In ‘Harry Potter,’ But We Actually Already Knew That

Julianne Hough took part in Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” feature, in which the magazine asks celebrities to list 25 interesting or random facts about themselves that the public probably doesn’t know about them. But Hough’s list comes up short, because there’s at least one fact we definitely already knew:

11. I was a Gryffindor in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” but don’t blink or you’ll miss me!

While this isn’t news to us, maybe it’s news to you. And there really isn’t a bad time to revisit a moment in Harry Potter history. Hough’s role as a Hogwarts student was blink and you’ll miss it, indeed. She can be seen sitting near Hermoine (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) while they cheer on Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) at a Quidditch match.

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Hough has actually spoken about her appearance in the beloved 2001 children’s movie on more than one occasion.

“Oh, yes. I remember it like it was yesterday. I’m still such a big fan. I always go and watch the midnight showing, so I’m excited to see it,” she told Parade magazine in 2011 when asked if the ending of the film series felt bittersweet.

She added, “I might get in trouble for this, but I actually stole the Gryffindor scarf that I had as a memento. I was like, ‘I have to keep this scarf!’”

Then in 2012, during an appearance on “Live With Kelly,” Hough brought up the scarf story again and admitted that while filming the movie as an 11-year-old she fell hard for Harry Potter himself.

“I was kind of in love, especially with Daniel Radcliffe. I wrote him a love note. It was Valentine’s Day and I got him the Valentino Beanie Baby. I never heard back,” she said.

If people weren’t aware she had an uncredited role in the first “Harry Potter” movie, well they are now.

You can also see Hough in this deleted “Harry Potter” scene

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This Possible ‘Harry Potter’ Couple Would Ruin Harry Potter’s Childhood Even More

Harry Potter might want to keep away from the latest edition of The Quibbler.

Following a recent Instagram post, the online speculation is that Harry’s dad, James Potter, aka actor Robbie Jarvis, may be dating Luna Lovegood, aka actress Evanna Lynch. And if Harry’s childhood wasn’t ruined before, it definitely is now:




That photo isn’t all, though. Despite the fact that E! wasn’t given conformation from Jarvis’ reps that the two were dating, other cute photos just seem to add to the evidence. Take this one for example:

Trying on hats with @msevylynch. Which one of us looks better? #fancy

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And check out this one where they apparently took Polyjuice Potion and transformed into owls. Nice try, James and Luna, but we know it’s you:

Owls!

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So why is this such a big deal? OK, first, let’s skip past the fact that in “Harry Potter,” Luna came in during Ginny’s year and is younger than Harry. Just forget that. But didn’t Harry also take Luna to Professor Slughorn’s Christmas party? Now his dad might be taking her out? Oh, and what about Lily Potter, James? What about Lily?

Voldemort has done some pretty messed up things to Harry Potter before, but this might be crossing the line.

That being said, we wish all the happiness in the world to the potential couple because they are just actors and Harry Potter isn’t real. Or that’s what people want you to believe, anyway.

Representatives for the actors did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment.

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Morgan Spurlock — Harry Styles Is Next to Bolt … In NEW Direction

Harry Styles is about to go the way of Zayn Malik — bolting from the ranks of One Direction … at least according to acclaimed director and honorary 1Der Morgan Spurlock.  Spurlock directed the docufilm…

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Prince Harry completed the first two weeks of a one-month term in the Australian Army, training and visiting some of the Army’s wounded.

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Is This The Lead Of ‘Harry Potter’ Prequel ‘Fantastic Beasts’?

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Harry Styles Shows That Being Charitable Is Really ‘What Makes You Beautiful’

Harry Styles can be a pretty amazing guy — and that’s not just because he has fabulous hair.

Though One Direction has been busy performing around the world as part of the “On The Road Again” tour, Styles took time out last week to visit students from the Lalela Project, an organization that provides arts education to at-risk youth in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the group’s Instagram page.

The 21-year-old reportedly just wanted to do some good.

Harry decided to go to the Lalela Project all by himself and he really impressed kids and workers there,” a source told the Sun UK, adding that “Harry could easily have spent extra time at his hotel relaxing but he really wants to give back when the band are traveling the world.”

The source told the Sun that Styles chatted with the students and gave them tickets to the band’s show in the city. While on stage, the singer even wore a Lalela luggage tag during the show, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

Despite his hectic touring life, Styles wanted to pay his dues to initiatives that were helping the people who needed it most, the source said.

“This tour hasn’t been easy for the boys but [Harry] knows their lives are far better than many of their fans’ and kids being helped by projects like this.”

Styles’ visit with the Lalela students was a compassionate move, but the 21-year-old is no stranger to giving back.

Back in 2013, the singer and his bandmate, Liam Payne, participated in a charity date auction, in which fans could bid on an evening out with the two, the Press Association reported. The money from the auction went to go to Trekstock, an organization that supports young people with cancer.

Earlier that year, the band also recorded a cover of Blondie’s “One Way or Another” to support Comic Relief, a charity that works to tackle poverty and social injustice.

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Prince Harry, aka Captain Wales, Gets Ready to Return to Army Duty One Last Time—in Australia: All the Details!

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Debbie Harry Swaps Punk for Upscale Swank at New York’s Cafe Carlyle: Concert Review


Performing mostly material from her unfairly neglected solo career, the Blondie frontwoman proves she doesn’t need to perform her classic hits to be compelling.

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This ‘Harry Potter’ Parody Of ‘Uptown Funk’ Is Everyone’s New Patronus

Time to shut down the Internet: KFaceTV released the “Uptown Funk” parody to end it all. It imagines what the toe-tapping hit from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars would sound like if sung by Lord Voldemort. “Caught the kid, Boy Who Lived, Harry’s out of luck,” Voldemort sings. “With the Elder Wand, stop the Chosen One, maybe make a new Horcrux.” Yes, all of this, plus a band called Tom and the Riddles. Watch forever below.


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The ‘Harry Potter’ Cast Had The Most Magical Reunion Ever

We solemnly swear that this is amazing.

Draco Malfoy was hanging out with the Weasleys in West Hollywood recently and decided to share the Hogwarts reunion on Instagram for all us Muggles to see. Ten points to Slytherin for that!

Joining actor Tom Felton in the photo were Rupert Grint, otherwise known as Ron, actress Bonnie Wright, perhaps better known as Ginny, and actor James Phelps, otherwise known as Fred. And something tells us they weren’t drinking butter beers:

Kim K stood me up. Outnumbered by 3 Weasleys. Ugh.

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In the caption, Felton also made light of Kim Kardashian’s new look, which has been compared to his in the “Harry Potter” movies. Felton previously told HuffPost Entertainment that Kardashian would be a Slytherin at Hogwarts, so apparently he was spot on. Phelps also shared a reunion photo of his own with a caption reading, “Mini family reunion…and Tom”:

Mini family reunion…and Tom. Great night with the gang

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Accio good times, right? Though the group didn’t share many details of what they were up to, we’re guessing it was mischief managed.
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Lisa Rinna: My Husband Harry Hamlin Said He’d Divorce Me If I Joined ‘Real Housewives’

It’s hard to imagine “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” without Lisa Rinna now, but had she listened to hubby Harry Hamlin, she might never have appeared on the hit reality show.

In a “Live! With Kelly and Michael” interview Wednesday, the reality star revealed that Hamlin initially had some reservations about her joining the Bravo series this season.

“I went to Harry and said I’m thinking about [doing RHOBH] and he looked at me and said, ‘If you do this show, I’ll divorce you.'” (The divorce talk starts at 1:29 in the video above.)

So Rinna said she put the thought behind her. “I walked away and was done with it,” the 51-year-old said. “I was done with the show idea.”

Eventually, Hamlin, 63, caved. “He comes to me a day later…and he said, ‘I’ve thought about this and I think it’ll be a good idea if you did it.’ He went through it. And I was like ‘Okay.’ And there you are!'”

All’s well that ends well, but it’s easy to understand Hamlin’s reservations. “The Real Housewives” series has long been said to curse the relationships of its stars — in 2013, Jezebel’s Anna North did the math and found that half of the women on the shows at that time had been divorced, with the Beverly Hills franchise having the worst romantic track record.

“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson has said that appearing on the show played a part in her divorce after 17 years of marriage, comparing the decision to “making a deal with the devil.”

“Donn [my husband] said, ‘Look at all these reality TV stars that are losing their marriages over this,'” Gunvalson said. “He goes, ‘I’ll be damned if we’re gonna be one of them.’ And I said, ‘Honey we’re never gonna be one of them.’ Seven years in, we were one of them.”

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Every Man Should Know – Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Styles — CHAI STICKING … Plays Hockey at Jewish Center

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – David Yates & David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: July 11, 2007


Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. . New adventure – more dangerous , more thrilling than ever – is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Genre: Kids & Family

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Release Date: July 15, 2009


Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Dumbledore is intent upon preparing Harry for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses–critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. Meanwhile, teenage hormones rage across the ramparts as Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper. But standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. One student, however, remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chris Columbus

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Genre: Kids & Family

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Release Date: November 16, 2001


In this enchanting film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned first son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a Dark Wizard bent on destroying him. For the most extraordinary adventure, see you on platform nine and three quarters!

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Mike Newell

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Genre: Kids & Family

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Release Date: November 18, 2005


When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools – the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 – David Yates

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

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Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: November 19, 2010


Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes–the keys to Voldemort's immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the Wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale–the legend of the Deathly Hallows.

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Prince William, Prince Harry Take Selfie And Inspire Youth In Webcast: ‘Believe In Yourself’

Some very lucky youngsters made history this week when they got to participate in the first royal Google hangout.

Two of the most recognizable faces of the British monarchy, Prince William and Prince Harry, sat down for the digital question-and-answer session on Wednesday.

The event took place at Buckingham Palace for the launch of a new program called The Queen’s Young Leaders, according to The Telegraph. The live web chat brought both princes together with several youth leaders from across the globe — including India, South Africa and Australia — to engage in conversation.

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The Queen’s Young Leaders program aims to empower youth leaders and help inspire future generations by awarding 60 individuals a year with special mentoring and networking opportunities, Express reported.

All I would say is believe in yourself — you’ve got a lot more to say then you think,” said Prince William during the hangout, the outlet reported. “There are plenty people out there who have an open mind and will listen and care.”

In case a personal web chat with royalty wasn’t enough to inspire the young people, this awesome selfie the princes snapped with British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards aught to do the trick.

Alright youngsters, you heard the princes, now go forth and change the world!

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Don’t Act Your Age – Harry, Tonto, Paul and You

At age 44, the maverick satirical filmmaker Paul Mazursky wrote and directed Harry & Tonto, chronicled an old man’s unexpected late life struggle against society’s selfish coercive pressures to relocate, institutionalize, and infantilize him back into a state of docile dependency. This week, 40 years later, Mazursky, at age 84, himself, became the ultimate victim of aging but not the victim of ageism.

He beat ageism by not allowing others define him as “past his prime,” “last year’s model,”
“over-the-hill,” and any of the other euphemisms aspiring middle-aged combats use to push aside those who appear to block their own career paths. Robert McFadden wrote in his New York Times obituary:

Mr. Mazursky was a show-business rarity, almost never out of work in a run of six decades that began as a stage and screen actor in the early 1950s and was still adding credits at the time of his death… For all that, there was an ageless quality about him. Associates said he had boundless energy, the rapid patter of a stand-up comic and an actor’s gift for memory.

This was the parallel goal of Mazurky’s character Harry Combs of Harry & Tonto — the roles so poignantly played by 55-year-old Art Carney, who earned an Oscar for “Best Actor.” As a retired school teacher in his 70s, widower Harry was living in a decaying building where his apartment was a museum of memories — all artifacts of a life that had past. His existence was defined by his daily routine errands where he shared the sarcastic bitterness towards present society with other lonely disenfranchised seniors, by his nostalgia for his lost wife and profession, and finally by his loyal companion — a cat he named Tonto.

The other “lone rangers” he visits on the frontiers of old age search for lost purpose in their lives. They are dismayed over the changes in their lives ranging from lost loved ones to lost careers, ranting about those with greater control who seemed to be the source of their problems, from street muggers and politicians to their own offspring. At first we laugh at their eccentricities, but by the end of the film, they are no longer cyphers in an urban landscape but familiar friends with rich life dramas and current interests we have come to appreciate.

Harry’s opening soliloquy follows a mugging scene, a near hit by a speeding motorist, as he hums the tune “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to his friend Tonto.

Would you believe it Tonto? Mugged four times this month… It was a wonderful neighborhood. It’s running down. Where would I go and live? I still know a lot of people around here. If you know people, that’s home.

Soon after he drifts to sleep, only to be forcibly evicted by police as a wrecking ball is about to raze his crumbling home.

Freed from this exile to memories, Harry begins an odyssey through the highly stressed, miserable, middle-aged lives of his well-educated children as they struggle with unhappy relationships and careers along with the distress of various other frustrated younger people — all eager to sell Harry things he doesn’t need and to warehouse him away from the mainstream. He wants to live on his own without controls. He wants to travel to new places. He wants to dance with an old lost girlfriend, Jessie, now suffering dementia — but who has flashing moments of recall with him when they dance. He wants to say farewell to the corpse of his lonely close friend, Jacob. He bonds with young people along the way and wants to return to teaching. Yet, with each effort, he is patronized and insulted by middle-aged people in airports, casinos, nursing homes, and morgues as he travels to visit friends. Harry is labelled as a bother to them and a confused, stubborn old man. The scolding refrain of these ageist antagonists as they attack Harry’s defiant desire for independence is “Harry, act your age!”

At same time, Harry also encounters many happy, healthy seniors engaged and enthusiastic about life, ranging from a used car salesman, an organic drug salesman, a Native American medicine man, and a cat sitter. Their retort to the “act your age” admonitions was always “I love my work!”

While we mourn the painful deaths of his close friend Jacob and his loyal buddy Tonto, by the end, we see that through Harry’s odyssey, he has returned to life in the present — regaining his wit and optimism. On the beaches of Santa Monica, as he writes to an old New York friend about his new life as a school tutor, he chases a cat identical to his lost pal Tonto — that takes him to a little girl on the beach who invites him to help her with her sandcastle. We once laughed at Harry, cried with Harry, but now we laugh with him. By the end, the once cynical Harry has returned to the mainstream of life and become the happiest character in the film.

Similarly, one can only imagine Mazursky happy and fulfilled. Soon after Harry & Tonto came out, film critic Richard Corliss reflecting on Blume in Love, I Love You Alice B. Toklas, and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice wrote for the New York Times, that Mazursky had “created a body of work unmatched in contemporary American cinema for its originality and cohesiveness.” That was before he delivered such landmark social satires as An Unmarried Woman, Moscow on the Hudson, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Scenes from A Mall, and Enemies: A Love Story, to name just a few classics of the 1980s before even considering his continuing contributions to biting social satire such as Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. He loved his work and refused to act his age.

Harry’s triumphant mission to be recognized as independent, intelligent contributor through late life was Mazursky’s own game plan. Other landmark films such as Sunset Boulevard or On Golden Pond show surrender to the ravages of age. The songbook of aging is vast but the lyrics offer no answer except the silent suffering of loss: “Sunrise, Sunset” (Fiddler on the Roof); “Turnaround Little Girl” (Perry Como); “When I Was 17” (Frank Sinatra); “The Circle Game” (Joni Mitchell); “No Time Left for You” (The Guess Who); “Time is on My Side” (Rolling Stones); “When I’m 64” (Beatles); “Hello in There” (John Prine); Your Were the Wind Beneath my Feet (Bette Midler). Mazursky offered a battle cry against age — don’t let your spirit die until the machine gives out.

Dylan Thomas advised, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Many of us struggle with the cruel realities of aging through fear, avoidance, denial and spoofing, but few of us do it at all at once as Mazursky did in celluloid as well as in real life.

As a 20-year-old watching this film with my parents at a suburban Philadelphia theater, I came to further appreciate the later-life needs of seniors, including my parents — my parents as they resisted hasty late-life agendas scripted for them by callous health care providers and other impatient institutions. As a management scholar, I presented research that showed that workers in late life — including even CEOs — have much to offer through their elevated work ethic, accumulated life wisdom, insightful judgment, and mentoring spirit. Truly one of my “oldest” friends, financier Albert H. Gordon continued active through his final days at age 107, with his portfolio up 15 percent in final year of life, 2009, with the markets in turmoil… as well as he had done in 1929. His friend, former Goldman CEO John Whitehead at 92 continues active as well, as his fellow financier and fellow hero in World War II from Normandy Beach, Maurice (Hank) Greenberg, who heads the vibrant CV Starr at age 89. We could add to that the still very active and wise Jack Bogle (85), founder of Vanguard, or the active William Donaldson (83), our 27th Chairman of the SEC. Surely we have seen in the arts and in politics parallel priceless septuagenarians, octogenarians, and nonagenarians as choreographer Martha Graham (97) ; President Ronald Reagan (in office at age 78); Frank Lautenberg as senator until he was 89; and revered diplomatic Averill Harriman (94). Now how could someone seriously question 66-year-old Hillary Clinton’s candidacy on age concerns?

Dignity, independence, and continued contribution are easily as important to us as time for relaxation. Stress reduction is important at all ages. Attentive care for the disabled is vital for all ages but warehousing healthy older people does not reduce stress, and causes injustice plus waste. We need to reconsider our overly therapeutic society’s commercial push for convalescence and infantilizing recreation. Thus, for the last 34 years, I’ve required all my MBA students, largely aspiring leaders in their mid-20 to mid-30s, to view Paul Mazursky’s Harry & Tonto to see the world through the eyes of someone decades older.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is the Lester Crown Professor of Management Practice and Senior Associate Dean at the Yale School of Management. A past member of boards of the AARP and the National Council on Aging, he is the author of The Hero’s Farewell (Oxford University Press).
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Prince Harry Opens Up About Losing Princess Diana While Visiting Orphans In Brazil

Prince Harry took a break from the fun and games of the World Cup to bond with — and offer support to — some of Brazil’s orphans.

While Harry certainly enjoyed some World Cup festivities, he also made sure to cordon off time to meet with orphans there who are getting help from Acer, a nonprofit that works to empower street kids, the Telegraph reported.

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In a rare emotional moment, Harry opened up about losing his own mother — a topic he rarely discusses — to show the children that he can empathize with their pain.

“I wanted to use my own experiences in a very small way to try to give them a bit of understanding about the fact that I see what you’re going through,” he told the Telegraph. “But you hear the stories and think that’s nothing to what they have been through.”

When he was 12 years old, Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding his mother’s death, the prince said his loss pales in comparison to the struggles the orphans in Brazil face.

Many of their parents have succumbed to drug addiction, murder and violence, the Telegraph reported.

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Harry said he felt particularly heartened by Acer’s work with vulnerable children.

Founded in 1993, Acer aims to give underserved kids a second chance through its educational programs, efforts to end child labor and family counseling.

“Some of the children’s stories almost reduced me to tears,” Harry said in a tribute to Brazil. “But the smiles on their faces show the positive impact their community is having on them and the success story of Acer. When I’m here, I feel like one of you.”

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MATT NIDA & LISA SCHUMANN’S “POLICY OF THRUTH” EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD

According to Matt…

“This track was mostly made using Piggy Tracker, which is a little sampler/tracker that runs on handheld games consoles like the Sony PSP. It took quite a few goes to get right; Depeche Mode are very good at disguising quite complicated arrangements with deceptively simple songs and melodies. ‘Violator’ was the first Depeche Mode album I bought, and is still my favourite today! ‘Policy Of Truth’ is the first track Lisa and I did together, and there’s more on the way, plus Lisa Schumann’s solo debut BE BOLD EP will be released the second week in June, as will 8-Bit Operators’ Depeche Mode Tribute.”

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A Conversation with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch

Mike Ragogna: Ian, you have a new album with Echo & The Bunnymen, Meteorites. How do you straddle the solo career and the band?

Ian McCulloch: Hopefully, quite well. I get asked this question a lot, it’s hard to give a definitive answer. Sometimes I feel I need… not so much a break from the Bunnymen, but I need to get certain songs out. The easiest way to explain it is sometimes I feel I write “I” songs and sometimes it feels like I’m writing “we” songs. They cross over slightly, for instance on this album there’s a lot of personal stuff. There’s something in it, maybe it’s the melody lines. There’s another way of describing that or explaining it which isn’t too flattering in one way, but with Bunnymen songs there’s less “woe is me,” or in fact, hopefully on this album no “woe is me,” which is kind of implies that I write my solo stuff “woe is me,” but I’m trying to eradicate that as well. I think that with solo stuff it’s more confessional and I’m kind of taking on blame for the way I am. But I think with the Bunnymen, whatever I say, even if it’s exposing my frailties, I do it in a more angst-ridding way.

MR: How does the process work with you guys creatively these days?

IM: I wrote most of this batch on a bass guitar that kind of didn’t need an app. I’ve started playing basslines on solo stuff and on some of The Fountain. I found I was fairly good at it in a hamfisted way. Basically, after finishing Pro Patria Mori in my flat–it’s a massive flat–in my superflat, which doesn’t mean I’m a mansion-owning Scouser, it’s just bigger than normal, but I’ve managed to turn it into a very… it’s not a hovel, but it’s lived in, if you know what I mean–but the only instrument in the building was a child’s piano with preset drumbeats, which I am going to master for the next album. It’s got about twelve white keys and seven of the black ones. I might write a symphony on it, or whatever Beethoven wrote, I’ll write a few of them. So the only other instrument was a bass guitar, a fairly crap one, a Stagg, it’s called, which is hardly Gibson. But it was the only instrument there, so I started playing that. It was the day after I finished Pro Patria Mori, which had taken so much out of me that I hadn’t even played. So I just started playing basslines, I didn’t know what they were for particularly but they just sounded different. I’d gotten used to [white bottle? 7:16] in that total way that can be brilliant but can also limit where you go. For every C there’s an A minor, for every A minor there’s an F and then a G. I suppose I wanted to break free of that a little bit, but also it was just because I picked up this thing and thought, “Bloody hell, these sound good. They’re cyclical basslines that kind of reminded me of early Bunnymen. I found I was playing in a different key, I got into writing songs in C, which seemed to suit the song but I want to sing the high stuff, and I found that writing things in C make it difficult to go up the octave in the way I can and historically get to do. But by playing these riffs with the open D-string, or playing the twiddly stuff on the G-string. I found that it gave me the octave thing I can do. A lot of people think it’s a hard excuse if it’s up in C, but all of the songs like “The Cutter,” “The Back Of Love,” a lot of those songs were written in D, so it enabled me to use the low voice and the open octave and even the very high falsetto stuff for backing vocals. So I was like, “Wow, this stuff sounds great,” and thne I did early demos of it, added some guitars, spiky, choppy stuff that I used to do early Bunnymen. I was like, “Wow, this sounds like the Bunnymen but now.” Then Youth got involved producing, and we added them to the demos and worked with a few things. They just brought this sound to it, using strings like spiky “Eh-eh-eh-eh,” which again was like the early stuff, it was related to it, but it was the in-laws rather than direct family, if you know what I mean. I went through maybe eighteen months or two years of melancholy depression depression, which I’ve gone to in the past, but it always came in waves, even as a kid, I knew it would come but the wave wouldn’t last that long. I actually enjoyed the waves of melancholy.

MR: What are some things that have happened that have been very significant to you as a professional musician over the years?

IM: One thing is that these waves kind of became tsunamis and I didn’t know when they were going to stop raging, I can’t even snap out of them sometimes. They’re very good for writing songs and stuff, especially the lyrical side, they’re really good for that. My wife used to say, “You do this on purpose, you get into this kind of down thing so you can write songs,” which I used to kind of half admit that was true. But I always seemed to be able to, if not console them, at least ride them. Then over the last few years I had some personal things I won’t go into, but I suppose trying to change your life by facing the waves and trying to prevent them going so long, I’m doing something about them, which could involve loads of things. Accepting that maybe it was more of a problem than something I could just say was part of my personality, no one wants to feel shite for more than a year non-stop. But I think without that I don’t think I would’ve come up with songs like “Meteorites” and “Is This A Breakdown?” So I knew I had to use the way I was feeling, that’s one aspect, and also feeling that a statement had to be made almost with this album, no jokes, no fluffy songs that didn’t really stack up, songs that I wanted people to hear. There were no “half-baked” things going on, I wanted to make sure every breath, every word, every letter counted.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

IM: Every now and then, I bump into people who I like. Glasvegas was one, I said to James [Allan], “Whatever you do, don’t wear white and don’t look like a geisha girl with your next record,” and guess what? He wore white with a little geisha parasol. I also said, “don’t ever go up your own ass and certainly not anyone else’s.” Unfortunately they have a Support Tour with U2 and there’s no margin when you do that. And Jake Bugg is someone I know, we met somewhere in London recently. I think Jake Bugg is fantastic, especially when he does the ballad-y kind of stuff, the slower, less skiffle-y Dylan stuff, which I like as well, but when he writes one of them beautiful ballads they’re kind of beyond his years in a way. I just think he’s great. I told him, “You seem as cool as you get, don’t listen to anyone’s advice apart of mine and don’t go up your own ass or anyone else’s.” That’s the advice I give. If you stick to that, hopefully you’ll still write the great melodies, but even if you don’t you can say to yourself, “I didn’t go up anyone’s ass.” That’s a great rule to live by I think, otherwise you’ve let yourself down. You’ve got to be strong enough to know when you’re good and when you’re brilliant. Jake Bugg is kind of knowing that. It’s going to be tough because he’s a solo act, leading a band. It’s hard when it’s your name and you can’t share that weight of your own sense of who you are. You can share that in a band because it then becomes… The Bunnymen, we know, there was always a underlined, shared knowledge of what we were and it can be defined by what you don’t do. There would be times you can’t possibly do that because it wouldn’t feel right, you know sometimes you can get manipulated, but we were always the vocal bastards of that kind of scene and music. “We don’t do cowboy hats, we don’t do religion, and we don’t do arse licking, never mind arse fucking buttholing.”

MR: Well, I think that answered all of my questions. It’s been an honor talking to you.

IM: Wait, Mike, one question from me. What did you think of the album?

MR: Well, I think it might be my favorite from you guys in a long time. Hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings.

IM: It’s the best insult, you know?

MR: I think so. I’m just hesitant to commit because I need it to be part of my life a little longer.

IM: I agree. At the time, Ocean Rain was a classic but it certainly drones, and this is only fresh off the mixing desk and it already feels like a weighty album.

MR: Also, I think the depth of it reaches further than the others.

IM: Yeah, I agree.

MR: How do you feel about the influence you’re leaving? Echo & The Bunnymen has affected so many bands.

IM: It’s funny because a lot of it I wish I hadn’t influenced because there’s so much shite out there. Hopefully, I’ve influenced people to pout more when they’ve got a pair of lips. I do like the early stuff of Coldplay, the fact that Chris was open about how much we’d influenced him and his band. I think if we helped influence songs like “In My Place” or “Fix You,” then brilliant. I think we had more influence on American bands to be honest, or at least there were more American bands saying how much they loved us, like Pavement, or even the Pixies, at least when I’ve spoken to them they’ve said we were a massive influence. The Flaming Lips, a band I really like, Arcade Fire said we influenced them. I think they’re a great band, to be honest. So yeah, it’s great when you like the actual stuff you’ve influenced. With Arcade Fire I find myself thinking, “God, I wish we sounded like that.” People will say they sound like us. But yeah, I think this album will make people sit up. People like Chris Martin will envy being able to write a song like me. No one can get near that kind of stuff. The race is back on.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with LP

Mike Ragogna: LP, you just released your first full length album, Forever For Now. This is technically your debut album, isn’t it?

LP: Yeah, it’s my major label debut for sure. While it’s great to have an EP and all the stuff that goes with it, as well as the [Citibank] commercial with the song got that me touring a bunch, it definitely set me back making that record. And it’s hard to explain to people; people see no record as non-movement, you know? But there was a lot of movement. You feel like you’re making excuses sometimes, and you’re not, it’s just a process you have to get through. We really spent a lot of time on this record.

MR: Did you spend a lot of time on it also because you were in that mind of it being an introduction of LP, on an LP?

LP: [laughs] Somewhat, yes. You always feel like you want to make it perfect, but I think we also felt like there were different directions we could go, and we just started building it, like putting orchestras on it. It got pretty large. I guess we wanted to make it perfect, to pick the right songs and to complement my voice enough. We put a couple of them on there that were on the EP, as we always intended to. I was touring for a year for “Into the Wild,” and that set us back about a year from recording, and I started writing more songs.

MR: Did you have a goal for this album when you started out? What kind of journey did you take with it, in your opinion?

LP: I wanted the record to certainly have peaks and valleys; a landscape. I didn’t want it to be all the same song. We start really high with “Heavenly Light.” That’s an interesting choice for the opener, and I feel like that song kind of sets you up for the rest of the record, it pumps you up on a high note, then you can receive the rest. So when “Forever For Now” hits you, it’s almost like a lullaby. We go from sunrise to sunset, basically. The thing about “Into The Wild,” is that, while it was a commercial in the US, but I would say that ninety percent of the world has not heard that song. There are so many people that haven’t heard it, like in Europe, for example; that wasn’t a commercial in Europe, so people don’t know it. So I feel like if no one had heard “Into The Wild,” that that would have been the first single. And in a way it was; it was a bit of a setup for the record. That song has a lot of life left in it. I feel like “Into The Wild” and “Tokyo Sunrise” both deserve to be on an actual studio record. The EP was kind of like a teaser, and I really wanted a couple of those songs to be the studio record. Especially “Tokyo Sunrise.”

MR: You did two hundred and fifty shows a year, basically living out of a tiny van. I guess you could call those “Salad days.” What are the major differences for you now versus then?

LP: My days are slightly more structured now, which I think every artist really begs for and wants in their early years. That’s what getting more attention or being more popular gives you. It gives you more of a structure, and there are more things to do that you need to do like, for instance, this interview. Touring and shows are the life’s blood for most musicians I know. It’s the ultimate connection. You go from writing a song in a small room, to playing a song in a bigger venue to people, and that’s the journey and that’s the best part of getting yourself out there.

MR: How is your partnership with [Rob] Cavallo doing these days?

LP: It’s great. We became great friends during the making of this record. He’s a brilliant producer. He knows so much about music and about sound. He’s one of the very few producers that can do the old-school stuff and also understand Pro Tools and all that. It’s interesting to work with a master of sorts. I feel like there’s not that many of them out there, and he’s sonically brilliant.

MR: Were you tempted to re-record your hits with Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, “Cheers (Drink to That)” and “Beautiful People” for this project?

LP: No, not at all. Not even a little. They’re great, but one of the biggest things I discovered during the making of this record the last couple of years has been the difference between songs for me, and songs for other people. I can notice it in a heartbeat now. In fact, upon writing “Into The Wild,” “Someday” and “Wasted Love,” I really feel that no one but I can sing those songs. Like “Tokyo Sunrise” is one of those songs that I know is mine.

MR: When you did the first playback of that album, were there any surprises about yourself or any of the songs?

LP: I was kind of surprised where a couple of the songs took me. We went a little pop on some songs, which is probably my songwriting for other people creeping in a little bit, but that’s just part of who I am. I have a couple of different things in me insofar as how I write and what I like to hear. But when you have a record, it’s a lot of listening to the same songs, so it’s difficult to keep perspective. But if I remember correctly, when I hadn’t quite lost my perspective with this record after hearing it over and over, it packed a good wallop.

MR: Are there any songs in particular where you felt like, “Wow, I really discovered something about myself”?

LP: Yeah, “Tokyo” for sure is the apex for me in this record. I loved writing it and I loved singing it. It’s got a bit of a Fleetwood Mac vibe, which was a surprise, and was something I didn’t intend to do.

MR: Are there any songs on there which might be the closest or most personal to you?

LP: “Tokyo” and “Forever For Now” are very deep for me. I’m close with all of them, and “Into The Wild” for sure; I feel like I’ve got almost every part of my voice that I would want people to hear first. If I was trying to get people to know what I sounded like, I would play them that or “Tokyo.”

MR: Having just put out a project of twelve songs and bonus tracks, is there some kind of almost post-partum-like letdown that you feel?

LP: Absolutely. My friends can sense a kind of malaise, and I think it’s just what you go through right before a record comes out, because there’s no more talking about it. You get signed, there’s all this promise; you write songs, there’s all this promise; you record, there’s all this promise, promise, promise. And then you have this thing and it’s getting printed thousands of times on vinyl and CDs and now there’s no going back. You’re going to present this thing, and that’s it. It’s kind of like your kid going off to college, you know, you’ve done everything you can.

MR: In the same sense, parents sometime think, “Oh, maybe if I’d done this or that…” Chances are, every artist probably approaches their work and thinks, “Okay, it’s sort of finished…”

LP: Oh yeah, I feel like that. There are some things that I might change, but they’re there now, and I’m proud of this record. Records are good for showing where you were at a certain time, and I think this definitely shows that.

MR: Does it feel at all like the record is the skeleton and you’re going to “flesh it out” more with the live shows, etc.?

LP: Definitely. What’s interesting is that I haven’t really played a whole bunch of shows, especially the actual touring in clubs, which is when you really flesh out and kind of take on a new life, so to speak. That part’s exciting to think about; playing songs for people and seeing their responses makes you fall in love with the record again.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

LP: Write songs, and keep writing. Even if you think you wrote the best song you’ve ever written, keep writing. My record’s not even out yet, and I’ve started writing for myself again. You can’t go too long patting yourself on the back even if you wrote the greatest record ever. Radiohead didn’t just stand there and applaud themselves forever after they wrote The Bends. They kept writing and changing and I think that’s what you have to do regardless of what stage you’re at. So for new artists it’s really important to keep going and producing songs and trying them out on people. And play live, and get better at connecting with and playing for people, because people really notice it when you can perform well, and it helps a lot.

MR: Nice. You could easily slip into the role of mentor.

LP: Well, I do it naturally with my friends who are starting or trying to do stuff, so I’m sure when the opportunity arises, I do take it and will take it.

MR: So you’re not doing two hundred and fifty days a year anymore, but I imagine with the new album out, you’ll be supporting it with a tour?

LP: Definitely, that’s a major thing, and I’m very much looking forward to it. One of the things I do best as far as this whole thing goes is performing the songs. That’s the ultimate payoff for me. I feel my best when I can take it all the way there. It’s a really good feeling to write a song and then perform it, and I think a lot of performers would agree.

MR: Beautiful. What advice do you have for yourself at this point?

LP: I’d say don’t get too ahead of myself, and try to keep my expectations low and my work ethic high. That’s easy to say, but you start to get expectations, especially when good things happen and you think, “Oh, well maybe it could go this way.” I just want to enjoy what’s happening and be present and not get too ahead of myself. I hate anytime I get offstage and feel like I didn’t really “absorb” that experience. That’s my main goal, to absorb what’s happening around me as it’s happening.

MR: You’re absorbing a lot right now, aren’t you.

LP: Yeah, it’s good though. I just try to keep calm and get a little Buddhist about it, not too high or too low.

MR: You must be so stoked about this album, though.

LP: I am, and I look forward to people hearing it. It’s definitely a whole piece, which was the goal. Something you could play start to finish that all sounds good together.

MR: You’re awesome and I really appreciate your time. Hopefully the next time we talk, you’re a household name.

LP: Thanks, Mike. I really appreciate it, you’re so sweet. Talk soon!

Transcribed by Emily Fotis

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A Conversation with Harry Dean Stanton

Mike Ragogna: How fictional is Partly Fiction?

Harry Dean Stanton: It’s all fiction. It’s all a dream. Life is all a dream.

MR: How did the project begin?

HDS: It started with Sophie [Huber], we used to go out a long time ago. She was the whole thing.

MR: She directed the documentary.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: The documentary has been screened at over fifty festivals in the US and internationally. How do you think it went over?

HDS: I’ve been getting a good response from all over.

MR: You have a lot of well-known songs on here, many of them are almost classics. David Lynch is quoted as saying he loves your version of “Everybody’s Talkin’.”

HDS: Yeah, that’s a heroin song. It was written on heroin. Fred Neil and Lou [Casteou?] was an actor, they were friends, I think they were both on heroin when they got the idea. Harry Nilsson made a hit out of it, but he made a rock ‘n’ roll song, which is not a heroin song.

MR: The essence of it is in how you did it, right?

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You recorded “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” which, when it’s sung by you, takes on a different kind of feel.

HDS: Yeah, that’s a good song. All the songs are well-written. That was a quote about the album, the writing of the songs let the songs sell themselves.

MR: They’re like self-reflections?

HDS: They’re all well-written.

MR: What did you relate to in each of the songs? That they were well-written or that they related to your life in some way?

HDS: “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” was related to Rebecca De Mornay, I used to go out with her, she loved the song.

MR: So a lot of these are very personal, with your memories relating to the music.

HDS: They’re songs I’ve heard over the years that resonated with me.

MR: You also recorded “Canción Mixteca” with Ry Cooder.

HDS: Yeah, that was on a soundtrack album, it was the theme song in Paris, Texas.

MR: Did it feel good recording it again for that project? Did it take you back?

HDS: Oh yeah, I love it, it’s a beautiful song.

MR: You do a couple of traditionals as well, for instance, “Danny Boy.”

HDS: That was actually written by an Englishman I think, but it has close Irish ties. It’s kind of the Irish national anthem. For years, I thought it was a mother singing to her son, “Danny Boy,” but it was a father who had lost two sons in two wars and this was his youngest son going into World War One. That’s what the song’s about.

MR: You have an interesting convergence of being an actor and being a musician. Do those two arts compliment each other? Like when you’re singing a song, do you think your acting abilities let you pull out the more emotionally significant lines, etc.?

HDS: Oh yeah, there’s no difference really. If you’re a good singer, you can be an actor. As a matter of fact, anybody can be a film actor. A man off the street can be a film actor if he’s got a good director.

MR: But certainly that’s not how you feel about your own career, right? You feel like you’re a good actor, no?

HDS: Oh yeah.

MR: But there are degrees of being able to interpret a script, I’m sure your musical interpretation gives you little more skill at acting.

HDS: Anybody can relate to any part that’s written, a murderer, a lover, an authority figure, it doesn’t matter, they’re all universal.

MR: The documentary has some of your friends as guests, Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders, Deborah Harry, and Kris Kristofferson. When you hear them talk about their interaction with you and what you mean to them, what do you think at this point? How does it affect you?

HDS: It’s a nice feeling. I like all of those people. What else can I say?

MR: Does it touch you on a deeper level because of the personal friendships and relationships you have with them?

HDS: Oh yeah, we’re all close friends.

MR: You’re accompanied by Jamie James and Don Was, what do you think of how the album turned out as far as musicianship?

HDS: I think it’s all good. I haven’t heard the album yet but I think I saw one cut of the film. They’re all great people, talented musicians, I’m very fortunate.

MR: Were there any roles that were particularly special to you?

HDS: Oh yeah, Paris, Texas is my favorite movie. All of them had something going on, all of them appealed to me.

MR: Sophie is very up front about her friendship with you, how you met in the nineties and have been friends ever since. She’s the one who came up with the idea to make this, but when you were recording the songs for this, did she have the idea of how this was going to turn out ultimately?

HDS: It all just developed and unfolded naturally.

MR: Were there any surprises for you in the documentary?

HDS: I can’t remember anything at the moment.

MR: That’s okay. Are there any songs on Partly Fiction that really, really resonate with you?

HDS: They all do. “Danny Boy,” “Canción Mixteca,” all of them do.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

HDS: Don’t try. Let it happen.

MR: And that’s how it happened with you?

HDS: Yeah, just let it happen. Everything unfolds, I had nothing to do with it.

MR: How did you get into music initially?

HDS: I don’t know, I was just born with a good ear. I was singing when I was six years old. When nobody was home, I would get up on a stool and sing. I was in love with an eighteen year-old house sitter. Her name was Thelma. I’d get up and sing. Who wrote that song? Early country western writers, “The Singing Brakeman” they called him. It was the first song I ever remember, “T For Texas.”

MR: Jimmie Rodgers, and he was an inspiration for you as a kid?

HDS: Yes, that was the first song I remember.

MR: Were you encouraged by your family to do more music?

HDS: My mother sang, she taught me some Irish songs. My mother was Irish. I sang with my brothers, we had a barbershop quartet. The three of us, and I forget who the fourth one was. In high school and college I always sang in glee clubs and barbershop quartets.

MR: Do you remember any of the songs?

HDS: Let’s see, there was a famous organization called Yhe Barbershop Singers of America, “Those good old songs for me, I love to hear those minor chords and four-part harmony.”

MR: What advice do you have for actors?

HDS: Play yourself. That’s what I do.

MR: Similar advice to the musicians.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You’ve taken roles you’ve wanted to play and related to the parts, right?

HDS: I’ve made some good choices.

MR: What are some choices coming up after Partly Fiction is a hit?

HDS: I haven’t a clue.

MR: What do you want to do?

HDS: I can’t answer that, I have to wait and see what I do. The best approach was Jack Nicholson, I did Ride In The Whirlwind with him, you know that film? He called me and said, “I’ve got a part for you, but I don’t want you to do anything. Let the wardrobe do the character.” I’d been thinking along those lines anyway, so that solidified my whole approach to acting. I played myself and let the wardrobe do the character.

MR: And that’s exactly what you said toward the beginning of this interview, you just let things unfold.

HDS: Yeah, it’s a whole eastern approach. Taoism, Buddhism, and the real Jewish Kabbalah, not the organized one. Most Jews don’t get it and most Christians don’t get it either. The real Kabbalah is the same as Buddhim and Taoism.

MR: Are you pretty spiritual?

HDS: Spiritual, yeah, but I don’t believe in any religions. Not even the eastern ones. Once they’re organized, it’s all over.

MR: Do you think spirituality is at the bottom of your art? Do you think it’s what your creative juices come from?

HDS: Again, there’s no real answer to that. Everything unfolds naturally. Ultimately there’s no answer to the whole existence on the planet, really, there’s no answer to it. Nobody’s in charge. It all just happens.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne
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Conversations with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCullouch, LP and Harry Dean Stanton, Plus a Nida/Schumann Download

MATT NIDA & LISA SCHUMANN’S “POLICY OF THRUTH” EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD

According to Matt…

“This track was mostly made using Piggy Tracker, which is a little sampler/tracker that runs on handheld games consoles like the Sony PSP. It took quite a few goes to get right; Depeche Mode are very good at disguising quite complicated arrangements with deceptively simple songs and melodies. ‘Violator’ was the first Depeche Mode album I bought, and is still my favourite today! ‘Policy Of Truth’ is the first track Lisa and I did together, and there’s more on the way, plus Lisa Schumann’s solo debut BE BOLD EP will be released the second week in June, as will 8-Bit Operators’ Depeche Mode Tribute.”

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A Conversation with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch

Mike Ragogna: Ian, you have a new album with Echo & The Bunnymen, Meteorites. How do you straddle the solo career and the band?

Ian McCulloch: Hopefully, quite well. I get asked this question a lot, it’s hard to give a definitive answer. Sometimes I feel I need… not so much a break from the Bunnymen, but I need to get certain songs out. The easiest way to explain it is sometimes I feel I write “I” songs and sometimes it feels like I’m writing “we” songs. They cross over slightly, for instance on this album there’s a lot of personal stuff. There’s something in it, maybe it’s the melody lines. There’s another way of describing that or explaining it which isn’t too flattering in one way, but with Bunnymen songs there’s less “woe is me,” or in fact, hopefully on this album no “woe is me,” which is kind of implies that I write my solo stuff “woe is me,” but I’m trying to eradicate that as well. I think that with solo stuff it’s more confessional and I’m kind of taking on blame for the way I am. But I think with the Bunnymen, whatever I say, even if it’s exposing my frailties, I do it in a more angst-ridding way.

MR: How does the process work with you guys creatively these days?

IM: I wrote most of this batch on a bass guitar that kind of didn’t need an app. I’ve started playing basslines on solo stuff and on some of The Fountain. I found I was fairly good at it in a hamfisted way. Basically, after finishing Pro Patria Mori in my flat–it’s a massive flat–in my superflat, which doesn’t mean I’m a mansion-owning Scouser, it’s just bigger than normal, but I’ve managed to turn it into a very… it’s not a hovel, but it’s lived in, if you know what I mean–but the only instrument in the building was a child’s piano with preset drumbeats, which I am going to master for the next album. It’s got about twelve white keys and seven of the black ones. I might write a symphony on it, or whatever Beethoven wrote, I’ll write a few of them. So the only other instrument was a bass guitar, a fairly crap one, a Stagg, it’s called, which is hardly Gibson. But it was the only instrument there, so I started playing that. It was the day after I finished Pro Patria Mori, which had taken so much out of me that I hadn’t even played. So I just started playing basslines, I didn’t know what they were for particularly but they just sounded different. I’d gotten used to [white bottle? 7:16] in that total way that can be brilliant but can also limit where you go. For every C there’s an A minor, for every A minor there’s an F and then a G. I suppose I wanted to break free of that a little bit, but also it was just because I picked up this thing and thought, “Bloody hell, these sound good. They’re cyclical basslines that kind of reminded me of early Bunnymen. I found I was playing in a different key, I got into writing songs in C, which seemed to suit the song but I want to sing the high stuff, and I found that writing things in C make it difficult to go up the octave in the way I can and historically get to do. But by playing these riffs with the open D-string, or playing the twiddly stuff on the G-string. I found that it gave me the octave thing I can do. A lot of people think it’s a hard excuse if it’s up in C, but all of the songs like “The Cutter,” “The Back Of Love,” a lot of those songs were written in D, so it enabled me to use the low voice and the open octave and even the very high falsetto stuff for backing vocals. So I was like, “Wow, this stuff sounds great,” and thne I did early demos of it, added some guitars, spiky, choppy stuff that I used to do early Bunnymen. I was like, “Wow, this sounds like the Bunnymen but now.” Then Youth got involved producing, and we added them to the demos and worked with a few things. They just brought this sound to it, using strings like spiky “Eh-eh-eh-eh,” which again was like the early stuff, it was related to it, but it was the in-laws rather than direct family, if you know what I mean. I went through maybe eighteen months or two years of melancholy depression depression, which I’ve gone to in the past, but it always came in waves, even as a kid, I knew it would come but the wave wouldn’t last that long. I actually enjoyed the waves of melancholy.

MR: What are some things that have happened that have been very significant to you as a professional musician over the years?

IM: One thing is that these waves kind of became tsunamis and I didn’t know when they were going to stop raging, I can’t even snap out of them sometimes. They’re very good for writing songs and stuff, especially the lyrical side, they’re really good for that. My wife used to say, “You do this on purpose, you get into this kind of down thing so you can write songs,” which I used to kind of half admit that was true. But I always seemed to be able to, if not console them, at least ride them. Then over the last few years I had some personal things I won’t go into, but I suppose trying to change your life by facing the waves and trying to prevent them going so long, I’m doing something about them, which could involve loads of things. Accepting that maybe it was more of a problem than something I could just say was part of my personality, no one wants to feel shite for more than a year non-stop. But I think without that I don’t think I would’ve come up with songs like “Meteorites” and “Is This A Breakdown?” So I knew I had to use the way I was feeling, that’s one aspect, and also feeling that a statement had to be made almost with this album, no jokes, no fluffy songs that didn’t really stack up, songs that I wanted people to hear. There were no “half-baked” things going on, I wanted to make sure every breath, every word, every letter counted.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

IM: Every now and then, I bump into people who I like. Glasvegas was one, I said to James [Allan], “Whatever you do, don’t wear white and don’t look like a geisha girl with your next record,” and guess what? He wore white with a little geisha parasol. I also said, “don’t ever go up your own ass and certainly not anyone else’s.” Unfortunately they have a Support Tour with U2 and there’s no margin when you do that. And Jake Bugg is someone I know, we met somewhere in London recently. I think Jake Bugg is fantastic, especially when he does the ballad-y kind of stuff, the slower, less skiffle-y Dylan stuff, which I like as well, but when he writes one of them beautiful ballads they’re kind of beyond his years in a way. I just think he’s great. I told him, “You seem as cool as you get, don’t listen to anyone’s advice apart of mine and don’t go up your own ass or anyone else’s.” That’s the advice I give. If you stick to that, hopefully you’ll still write the great melodies, but even if you don’t you can say to yourself, “I didn’t go up anyone’s ass.” That’s a great rule to live by I think, otherwise you’ve let yourself down. You’ve got to be strong enough to know when you’re good and when you’re brilliant. Jake Bugg is kind of knowing that. It’s going to be tough because he’s a solo act, leading a band. It’s hard when it’s your name and you can’t share that weight of your own sense of who you are. You can share that in a band because it then becomes… The Bunnymen, we know, there was always a underlined, shared knowledge of what we were and it can be defined by what you don’t do. There would be times you can’t possibly do that because it wouldn’t feel right, you know sometimes you can get manipulated, but we were always the vocal bastards of that kind of scene and music. “We don’t do cowboy hats, we don’t do religion, and we don’t do arse licking, never mind arse fucking buttholing.”

MR: Well, I think that answered all of my questions. It’s been an honor talking to you.

IM: Wait, Mike, one question from me. What did you think of the album?

MR: Well, I think it might be my favorite from you guys in a long time. Hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings.

IM: It’s the best insult, you know?

MR: I think so. I’m just hesitant to commit because I need it to be part of my life a little longer.

IM: I agree. At the time, Ocean Rain was a classic but it certainly drones, and this is only fresh off the mixing desk and it already feels like a weighty album.

MR: Also, I think the depth of it reaches further than the others.

IM: Yeah, I agree.

MR: How do you feel about the influence you’re leaving? Echo & The Bunnymen has affected so many bands.

IM: It’s funny because a lot of it I wish I hadn’t influenced because there’s so much shite out there. Hopefully, I’ve influenced people to pout more when they’ve got a pair of lips. I do like the early stuff of Coldplay, the fact that Chris was open about how much we’d influenced him and his band. I think if we helped influence songs like “In My Place” or “Fix You,” then brilliant. I think we had more influence on American bands to be honest, or at least there were more American bands saying how much they loved us, like Pavement, or even the Pixies, at least when I’ve spoken to them they’ve said we were a massive influence. The Flaming Lips, a band I really like, Arcade Fire said we influenced them. I think they’re a great band, to be honest. So yeah, it’s great when you like the actual stuff you’ve influenced. With Arcade Fire I find myself thinking, “God, I wish we sounded like that.” People will say they sound like us. But yeah, I think this album will make people sit up. People like Chris Martin will envy being able to write a song like me. No one can get near that kind of stuff. The race is back on.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with LP

Mike Ragogna: LP, you just released your first full length album, Forever For Now. This is technically your debut album, isn’t it?

LP: Yeah, it’s my major label debut for sure. While it’s great to have an EP and all the stuff that goes with it, as well as the [Citibank] commercial with the song got that me touring a bunch, it definitely set me back making that record. And it’s hard to explain to people; people see no record as non-movement, you know? But there was a lot of movement. You feel like you’re making excuses sometimes, and you’re not, it’s just a process you have to get through. We really spent a lot of time on this record.

MR: Did you spend a lot of time on it also because you were in that mind of it being an introduction of LP, on an LP?

LP: [laughs] Somewhat, yes. You always feel like you want to make it perfect, but I think we also felt like there were different directions we could go, and we just started building it, like putting orchestras on it. It got pretty large. I guess we wanted to make it perfect, to pick the right songs and to complement my voice enough. We put a couple of them on there that were on the EP, as we always intended to. I was touring for a year for “Into the Wild,” and that set us back about a year from recording, and I started writing more songs.

MR: Did you have a goal for this album when you started out? What kind of journey did you take with it, in your opinion?

LP: I wanted the record to certainly have peaks and valleys; a landscape. I didn’t want it to be all the same song. We start really high with “Heavenly Light.” That’s an interesting choice for the opener, and I feel like that song kind of sets you up for the rest of the record, it pumps you up on a high note, then you can receive the rest. So when “Forever For Now” hits you, it’s almost like a lullaby. We go from sunrise to sunset, basically. The thing about “Into The Wild,” is that, while it was a commercial in the US, but I would say that ninety percent of the world has not heard that song. There are so many people that haven’t heard it, like in Europe, for example; that wasn’t a commercial in Europe, so people don’t know it. So I feel like if no one had heard “Into The Wild,” that that would have been the first single. And in a way it was; it was a bit of a setup for the record. That song has a lot of life left in it. I feel like “Into The Wild” and “Tokyo Sunrise” both deserve to be on an actual studio record. The EP was kind of like a teaser, and I really wanted a couple of those songs to be the studio record. Especially “Tokyo Sunrise.”

MR: You did two hundred and fifty shows a year, basically living out of a tiny van. I guess you could call those “Salad days.” What are the major differences for you now versus then?

LP: My days are slightly more structured now, which I think every artist really begs for and wants in their early years. That’s what getting more attention or being more popular gives you. It gives you more of a structure, and there are more things to do that you need to do like, for instance, this interview. Touring and shows are the life’s blood for most musicians I know. It’s the ultimate connection. You go from writing a song in a small room, to playing a song in a bigger venue to people, and that’s the journey and that’s the best part of getting yourself out there.

MR: How is your partnership with [Rob] Cavallo doing these days?

LP: It’s great. We became great friends during the making of this record. He’s a brilliant producer. He knows so much about music and about sound. He’s one of the very few producers that can do the old-school stuff and also understand Pro Tools and all that. It’s interesting to work with a master of sorts. I feel like there’s not that many of them out there, and he’s sonically brilliant.

MR: Were you tempted to re-record your hits with Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, “Cheers (Drink to That)” and “Beautiful People” for this project?

LP: No, not at all. Not even a little. They’re great, but one of the biggest things I discovered during the making of this record the last couple of years has been the difference between songs for me, and songs for other people. I can notice it in a heartbeat now. In fact, upon writing “Into The Wild,” “Someday” and “Wasted Love,” I really feel that no one but I can sing those songs. Like “Tokyo Sunrise” is one of those songs that I know is mine.

MR: When you did the first playback of that album, were there any surprises about yourself or any of the songs?

LP: I was kind of surprised where a couple of the songs took me. We went a little pop on some songs, which is probably my songwriting for other people creeping in a little bit, but that’s just part of who I am. I have a couple of different things in me insofar as how I write and what I like to hear. But when you have a record, it’s a lot of listening to the same songs, so it’s difficult to keep perspective. But if I remember correctly, when I hadn’t quite lost my perspective with this record after hearing it over and over, it packed a good wallop.

MR: Are there any songs in particular where you felt like, “Wow, I really discovered something about myself”?

LP: Yeah, “Tokyo” for sure is the apex for me in this record. I loved writing it and I loved singing it. It’s got a bit of a Fleetwood Mac vibe, which was a surprise, and was something I didn’t intend to do.

MR: Are there any songs on there which might be the closest or most personal to you?

LP: “Tokyo” and “Forever For Now” are very deep for me. I’m close with all of them, and “Into The Wild” for sure; I feel like I’ve got almost every part of my voice that I would want people to hear first. If I was trying to get people to know what I sounded like, I would play them that or “Tokyo.”

MR: Having just put out a project of twelve songs and bonus tracks, is there some kind of almost post-partum-like letdown that you feel?

LP: Absolutely. My friends can sense a kind of malaise, and I think it’s just what you go through right before a record comes out, because there’s no more talking about it. You get signed, there’s all this promise; you write songs, there’s all this promise; you record, there’s all this promise, promise, promise. And then you have this thing and it’s getting printed thousands of times on vinyl and CDs and now there’s no going back. You’re going to present this thing, and that’s it. It’s kind of like your kid going off to college, you know, you’ve done everything you can.

MR: In the same sense, parents sometime think, “Oh, maybe if I’d done this or that…” Chances are, every artist probably approaches their work and thinks, “Okay, it’s sort of finished…”

LP: Oh yeah, I feel like that. There are some things that I might change, but they’re there now, and I’m proud of this record. Records are good for showing where you were at a certain time, and I think this definitely shows that.

MR: Does it feel at all like the record is the skeleton and you’re going to “flesh it out” more with the live shows, etc.?

LP: Definitely. What’s interesting is that I haven’t really played a whole bunch of shows, especially the actual touring in clubs, which is when you really flesh out and kind of take on a new life, so to speak. That part’s exciting to think about; playing songs for people and seeing their responses makes you fall in love with the record again.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

LP: Write songs, and keep writing. Even if you think you wrote the best song you’ve ever written, keep writing. My record’s not even out yet, and I’ve started writing for myself again. You can’t go too long patting yourself on the back even if you wrote the greatest record ever. Radiohead didn’t just stand there and applaud themselves forever after they wrote The Bends. They kept writing and changing and I think that’s what you have to do regardless of what stage you’re at. So for new artists it’s really important to keep going and producing songs and trying them out on people. And play live, and get better at connecting with and playing for people, because people really notice it when you can perform well, and it helps a lot.

MR: Nice. You could easily slip into the role of mentor.

LP: Well, I do it naturally with my friends who are starting or trying to do stuff, so I’m sure when the opportunity arises, I do take it and will take it.

MR: So you’re not doing two hundred and fifty days a year anymore, but I imagine with the new album out, you’ll be supporting it with a tour?

LP: Definitely, that’s a major thing, and I’m very much looking forward to it. One of the things I do best as far as this whole thing goes is performing the songs. That’s the ultimate payoff for me. I feel my best when I can take it all the way there. It’s a really good feeling to write a song and then perform it, and I think a lot of performers would agree.

MR: Beautiful. What advice do you have for yourself at this point?

LP: I’d say don’t get too ahead of myself, and try to keep my expectations low and my work ethic high. That’s easy to say, but you start to get expectations, especially when good things happen and you think, “Oh, well maybe it could go this way.” I just want to enjoy what’s happening and be present and not get too ahead of myself. I hate anytime I get offstage and feel like I didn’t really “absorb” that experience. That’s my main goal, to absorb what’s happening around me as it’s happening.

MR: You’re absorbing a lot right now, aren’t you.

LP: Yeah, it’s good though. I just try to keep calm and get a little Buddhist about it, not too high or too low.

MR: You must be so stoked about this album, though.

LP: I am, and I look forward to people hearing it. It’s definitely a whole piece, which was the goal. Something you could play start to finish that all sounds good together.

MR: You’re awesome and I really appreciate your time. Hopefully the next time we talk, you’re a household name.

LP: Thanks, Mike. I really appreciate it, you’re so sweet. Talk soon!

Transcribed by Emily Fotis

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A Conversation with Harry Dean Stanton

Mike Ragogna: How fictional is Partly Fiction?

Harry Dean Stanton: It’s all fiction. It’s all a dream. Life is all a dream.

MR: How did the project begin?

HDS: It started with Sophie [Huber], we used to go out a long time ago. She was the whole thing.

MR: She directed the documentary.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: The documentary has been screened at over fifty festivals in the US and internationally. How do you think it went over?

HDS: I’ve been getting a good response from all over.

MR: You have a lot of well-known songs on here, many of them are almost classics. David Lynch is quoted as saying he loves your version of “Everybody’s Talkin’.”

HDS: Yeah, that’s a heroin song. It was written on heroin. Fred Neil and Lou [Casteou?] was an actor, they were friends, I think they were both on heroin when they got the idea. Harry Nilsson made a hit out of it, but he made a rock ‘n’ roll song, which is not a heroin song.

MR: The essence of it is in how you did it, right?

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You recorded “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” which, when it’s sung by you, takes on a different kind of feel.

HDS: Yeah, that’s a good song. All the songs are well-written. That was a quote about the album, the writing of the songs let the songs sell themselves.

MR: They’re like self-reflections?

HDS: They’re all well-written.

MR: What did you relate to in each of the songs? That they were well-written or that they related to your life in some way?

HDS: “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” was related to Rebecca De Mornay, I used to go out with her, she loved the song.

MR: So a lot of these are very personal, with your memories relating to the music.

HDS: They’re songs I’ve heard over the years that resonated with me.

MR: You also recorded “Canción Mixteca” with Ry Cooder.

HDS: Yeah, that was on a soundtrack album, it was the theme song in Paris, Texas.

MR: Did it feel good recording it again for that project? Did it take you back?

HDS: Oh yeah, I love it, it’s a beautiful song.

MR: You do a couple of traditionals as well, for instance, “Danny Boy.”

HDS: That was actually written by an Englishman I think, but it has close Irish ties. It’s kind of the Irish national anthem. For years, I thought it was a mother singing to her son, “Danny Boy,” but it was a father who had lost two sons in two wars and this was his youngest son going into World War One. That’s what the song’s about.

MR: You have an interesting convergence of being an actor and being a musician. Do those two arts compliment each other? Like when you’re singing a song, do you think your acting abilities let you pull out the more emotionally significant lines, etc.?

HDS: Oh yeah, there’s no difference really. If you’re a good singer, you can be an actor. As a matter of fact, anybody can be a film actor. A man off the street can be a film actor if he’s got a good director.

MR: But certainly that’s not how you feel about your own career, right? You feel like you’re a good actor, no?

HDS: Oh yeah.

MR: But there are degrees of being able to interpret a script, I’m sure your musical interpretation gives you little more skill at acting.

HDS: Anybody can relate to any part that’s written, a murderer, a lover, an authority figure, it doesn’t matter, they’re all universal.

MR: The documentary has some of your friends as guests, Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders, Deborah Harry, and Kris Kristofferson. When you hear them talk about their interaction with you and what you mean to them, what do you think at this point? How does it affect you?

HDS: It’s a nice feeling. I like all of those people. What else can I say?

MR: Does it touch you on a deeper level because of the personal friendships and relationships you have with them?

HDS: Oh yeah, we’re all close friends.

MR: You’re accompanied by Jamie James and Don Was, what do you think of how the album turned out as far as musicianship?

HDS: I think it’s all good. I haven’t heard the album yet but I think I saw one cut of the film. They’re all great people, talented musicians, I’m very fortunate.

MR: Were there any roles that were particularly special to you?

HDS: Oh yeah, Paris, Texas is my favorite movie. All of them had something going on, all of them appealed to me.

MR: Sophie is very up front about her friendship with you, how you met in the nineties and have been friends ever since. She’s the one who came up with the idea to make this, but when you were recording the songs for this, did she have the idea of how this was going to turn out ultimately?

HDS: It all just developed and unfolded naturally.

MR: Were there any surprises for you in the documentary?

HDS: I can’t remember anything at the moment.

MR: That’s okay. Are there any songs on Partly Fiction that really, really resonate with you?

HDS: They all do. “Danny Boy,” “Canción Mixteca,” all of them do.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

HDS: Don’t try. Let it happen.

MR: And that’s how it happened with you?

HDS: Yeah, just let it happen. Everything unfolds, I had nothing to do with it.

MR: How did you get into music initially?

HDS: I don’t know, I was just born with a good ear. I was singing when I was six years old. When nobody was home, I would get up on a stool and sing. I was in love with an eighteen year-old house sitter. Her name was Thelma. I’d get up and sing. Who wrote that song? Early country western writers, “The Singing Brakeman” they called him. It was the first song I ever remember, “T For Texas.”

MR: Jimmie Rodgers, and he was an inspiration for you as a kid?

HDS: Yes, that was the first song I remember.

MR: Were you encouraged by your family to do more music?

HDS: My mother sang, she taught me some Irish songs. My mother was Irish. I sang with my brothers, we had a barbershop quartet. The three of us, and I forget who the fourth one was. In high school and college I always sang in glee clubs and barbershop quartets.

MR: Do you remember any of the songs?

HDS: Let’s see, there was a famous organization called Yhe Barbershop Singers of America, “Those good old songs for me, I love to hear those minor chords and four-part harmony.”

MR: What advice do you have for actors?

HDS: Play yourself. That’s what I do.

MR: Similar advice to the musicians.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You’ve taken roles you’ve wanted to play and related to the parts, right?

HDS: I’ve made some good choices.

MR: What are some choices coming up after Partly Fiction is a hit?

HDS: I haven’t a clue.

MR: What do you want to do?

HDS: I can’t answer that, I have to wait and see what I do. The best approach was Jack Nicholson, I did Ride In The Whirlwind with him, you know that film? He called me and said, “I’ve got a part for you, but I don’t want you to do anything. Let the wardrobe do the character.” I’d been thinking along those lines anyway, so that solidified my whole approach to acting. I played myself and let the wardrobe do the character.

MR: And that’s exactly what you said toward the beginning of this interview, you just let things unfold.

HDS: Yeah, it’s a whole eastern approach. Taoism, Buddhism, and the real Jewish Kabbalah, not the organized one. Most Jews don’t get it and most Christians don’t get it either. The real Kabbalah is the same as Buddhim and Taoism.

MR: Are you pretty spiritual?

HDS: Spiritual, yeah, but I don’t believe in any religions. Not even the eastern ones. Once they’re organized, it’s all over.

MR: Do you think spirituality is at the bottom of your art? Do you think it’s what your creative juices come from?

HDS: Again, there’s no real answer to that. Everything unfolds naturally. Ultimately there’s no answer to the whole existence on the planet, really, there’s no answer to it. Nobody’s in charge. It all just happens.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne
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Conversations with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCullouch, LP and Harry Dean Stanton, Plus a Nida/Schumann Download

MATT NIDA & LISA SCHUMANN’S “POLICY OF THRUTH” EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD

According to Matt…

“This track was mostly made using Piggy Tracker, which is a little sampler/tracker that runs on handheld games consoles like the Sony PSP. It took quite a few goes to get right; Depeche Mode are very good at disguising quite complicated arrangements with deceptively simple songs and melodies. ‘Violator’ was the first Depeche Mode album I bought, and is still my favourite today! ‘Policy Of Truth’ is the first track Lisa and I did together, and there’s more on the way, plus Lisa Schumann’s solo debut BE BOLD EP will be released the second week in June, as will 8-Bit Operators’ Depeche Mode Tribute.”

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A Conversation with Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch

Mike Ragogna: Ian, you have a new album with Echo & The Bunnymen, Meteorites. How do you straddle the solo career and the band?

Ian McCulloch: Hopefully, quite well. I get asked this question a lot, it’s hard to give a definitive answer. Sometimes I feel I need… not so much a break from the Bunnymen, but I need to get certain songs out. The easiest way to explain it is sometimes I feel I write “I” songs and sometimes it feels like I’m writing “we” songs. They cross over slightly, for instance on this album there’s a lot of personal stuff. There’s something in it, maybe it’s the melody lines. There’s another way of describing that or explaining it which isn’t too flattering in one way, but with Bunnymen songs there’s less “woe is me,” or in fact, hopefully on this album no “woe is me,” which is kind of implies that I write my solo stuff “woe is me,” but I’m trying to eradicate that as well. I think that with solo stuff it’s more confessional and I’m kind of taking on blame for the way I am. But I think with the Bunnymen, whatever I say, even if it’s exposing my frailties, I do it in a more angst-ridding way.

MR: How does the process work with you guys creatively these days?

IM: I wrote most of this batch on a bass guitar that kind of didn’t need an app. I’ve started playing basslines on solo stuff and on some of The Fountain. I found I was fairly good at it in a hamfisted way. Basically, after finishing Pro Patria Mori in my flat–it’s a massive flat–in my superflat, which doesn’t mean I’m a mansion-owning Scouser, it’s just bigger than normal, but I’ve managed to turn it into a very… it’s not a hovel, but it’s lived in, if you know what I mean–but the only instrument in the building was a child’s piano with preset drumbeats, which I am going to master for the next album. It’s got about twelve white keys and seven of the black ones. I might write a symphony on it, or whatever Beethoven wrote, I’ll write a few of them. So the only other instrument was a bass guitar, a fairly crap one, a Stagg, it’s called, which is hardly Gibson. But it was the only instrument there, so I started playing that. It was the day after I finished Pro Patria Mori, which had taken so much out of me that I hadn’t even played. So I just started playing basslines, I didn’t know what they were for particularly but they just sounded different. I’d gotten used to [white bottle? 7:16] in that total way that can be brilliant but can also limit where you go. For every C there’s an A minor, for every A minor there’s an F and then a G. I suppose I wanted to break free of that a little bit, but also it was just because I picked up this thing and thought, “Bloody hell, these sound good. They’re cyclical basslines that kind of reminded me of early Bunnymen. I found I was playing in a different key, I got into writing songs in C, which seemed to suit the song but I want to sing the high stuff, and I found that writing things in C make it difficult to go up the octave in the way I can and historically get to do. But by playing these riffs with the open D-string, or playing the twiddly stuff on the G-string. I found that it gave me the octave thing I can do. A lot of people think it’s a hard excuse if it’s up in C, but all of the songs like “The Cutter,” “The Back Of Love,” a lot of those songs were written in D, so it enabled me to use the low voice and the open octave and even the very high falsetto stuff for backing vocals. So I was like, “Wow, this stuff sounds great,” and thne I did early demos of it, added some guitars, spiky, choppy stuff that I used to do early Bunnymen. I was like, “Wow, this sounds like the Bunnymen but now.” Then Youth got involved producing, and we added them to the demos and worked with a few things. They just brought this sound to it, using strings like spiky “Eh-eh-eh-eh,” which again was like the early stuff, it was related to it, but it was the in-laws rather than direct family, if you know what I mean. I went through maybe eighteen months or two years of melancholy depression depression, which I’ve gone to in the past, but it always came in waves, even as a kid, I knew it would come but the wave wouldn’t last that long. I actually enjoyed the waves of melancholy.

MR: What are some things that have happened that have been very significant to you as a professional musician over the years?

IM: One thing is that these waves kind of became tsunamis and I didn’t know when they were going to stop raging, I can’t even snap out of them sometimes. They’re very good for writing songs and stuff, especially the lyrical side, they’re really good for that. My wife used to say, “You do this on purpose, you get into this kind of down thing so you can write songs,” which I used to kind of half admit that was true. But I always seemed to be able to, if not console them, at least ride them. Then over the last few years I had some personal things I won’t go into, but I suppose trying to change your life by facing the waves and trying to prevent them going so long, I’m doing something about them, which could involve loads of things. Accepting that maybe it was more of a problem than something I could just say was part of my personality, no one wants to feel shite for more than a year non-stop. But I think without that I don’t think I would’ve come up with songs like “Meteorites” and “Is This A Breakdown?” So I knew I had to use the way I was feeling, that’s one aspect, and also feeling that a statement had to be made almost with this album, no jokes, no fluffy songs that didn’t really stack up, songs that I wanted people to hear. There were no “half-baked” things going on, I wanted to make sure every breath, every word, every letter counted.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

IM: Every now and then, I bump into people who I like. Glasvegas was one, I said to James [Allan], “Whatever you do, don’t wear white and don’t look like a geisha girl with your next record,” and guess what? He wore white with a little geisha parasol. I also said, “don’t ever go up your own ass and certainly not anyone else’s.” Unfortunately they have a Support Tour with U2 and there’s no margin when you do that. And Jake Bugg is someone I know, we met somewhere in London recently. I think Jake Bugg is fantastic, especially when he does the ballad-y kind of stuff, the slower, less skiffle-y Dylan stuff, which I like as well, but when he writes one of them beautiful ballads they’re kind of beyond his years in a way. I just think he’s great. I told him, “You seem as cool as you get, don’t listen to anyone’s advice apart of mine and don’t go up your own ass or anyone else’s.” That’s the advice I give. If you stick to that, hopefully you’ll still write the great melodies, but even if you don’t you can say to yourself, “I didn’t go up anyone’s ass.” That’s a great rule to live by I think, otherwise you’ve let yourself down. You’ve got to be strong enough to know when you’re good and when you’re brilliant. Jake Bugg is kind of knowing that. It’s going to be tough because he’s a solo act, leading a band. It’s hard when it’s your name and you can’t share that weight of your own sense of who you are. You can share that in a band because it then becomes… The Bunnymen, we know, there was always a underlined, shared knowledge of what we were and it can be defined by what you don’t do. There would be times you can’t possibly do that because it wouldn’t feel right, you know sometimes you can get manipulated, but we were always the vocal bastards of that kind of scene and music. “We don’t do cowboy hats, we don’t do religion, and we don’t do arse licking, never mind arse fucking buttholing.”

MR: Well, I think that answered all of my questions. It’s been an honor talking to you.

IM: Wait, Mike, one question from me. What did you think of the album?

MR: Well, I think it might be my favorite from you guys in a long time. Hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings.

IM: It’s the best insult, you know?

MR: I think so. I’m just hesitant to commit because I need it to be part of my life a little longer.

IM: I agree. At the time, Ocean Rain was a classic but it certainly drones, and this is only fresh off the mixing desk and it already feels like a weighty album.

MR: Also, I think the depth of it reaches further than the others.

IM: Yeah, I agree.

MR: How do you feel about the influence you’re leaving? Echo & The Bunnymen has affected so many bands.

IM: It’s funny because a lot of it I wish I hadn’t influenced because there’s so much shite out there. Hopefully, I’ve influenced people to pout more when they’ve got a pair of lips. I do like the early stuff of Coldplay, the fact that Chris was open about how much we’d influenced him and his band. I think if we helped influence songs like “In My Place” or “Fix You,” then brilliant. I think we had more influence on American bands to be honest, or at least there were more American bands saying how much they loved us, like Pavement, or even the Pixies, at least when I’ve spoken to them they’ve said we were a massive influence. The Flaming Lips, a band I really like, Arcade Fire said we influenced them. I think they’re a great band, to be honest. So yeah, it’s great when you like the actual stuff you’ve influenced. With Arcade Fire I find myself thinking, “God, I wish we sounded like that.” People will say they sound like us. But yeah, I think this album will make people sit up. People like Chris Martin will envy being able to write a song like me. No one can get near that kind of stuff. The race is back on.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with LP

Mike Ragogna: LP, you just released your first full length album, Forever For Now. This is technically your debut album, isn’t it?

LP: Yeah, it’s my major label debut for sure. While it’s great to have an EP and all the stuff that goes with it, as well as the [Citibank] commercial with the song got that me touring a bunch, it definitely set me back making that record. And it’s hard to explain to people; people see no record as non-movement, you know? But there was a lot of movement. You feel like you’re making excuses sometimes, and you’re not, it’s just a process you have to get through. We really spent a lot of time on this record.

MR: Did you spend a lot of time on it also because you were in that mind of it being an introduction of LP, on an LP?

LP: [laughs] Somewhat, yes. You always feel like you want to make it perfect, but I think we also felt like there were different directions we could go, and we just started building it, like putting orchestras on it. It got pretty large. I guess we wanted to make it perfect, to pick the right songs and to complement my voice enough. We put a couple of them on there that were on the EP, as we always intended to. I was touring for a year for “Into the Wild,” and that set us back about a year from recording, and I started writing more songs.

MR: Did you have a goal for this album when you started out? What kind of journey did you take with it, in your opinion?

LP: I wanted the record to certainly have peaks and valleys; a landscape. I didn’t want it to be all the same song. We start really high with “Heavenly Light.” That’s an interesting choice for the opener, and I feel like that song kind of sets you up for the rest of the record, it pumps you up on a high note, then you can receive the rest. So when “Forever For Now” hits you, it’s almost like a lullaby. We go from sunrise to sunset, basically. The thing about “Into The Wild,” is that, while it was a commercial in the US, but I would say that ninety percent of the world has not heard that song. There are so many people that haven’t heard it, like in Europe, for example; that wasn’t a commercial in Europe, so people don’t know it. So I feel like if no one had heard “Into The Wild,” that that would have been the first single. And in a way it was; it was a bit of a setup for the record. That song has a lot of life left in it. I feel like “Into The Wild” and “Tokyo Sunrise” both deserve to be on an actual studio record. The EP was kind of like a teaser, and I really wanted a couple of those songs to be the studio record. Especially “Tokyo Sunrise.”

MR: You did two hundred and fifty shows a year, basically living out of a tiny van. I guess you could call those “Salad days.” What are the major differences for you now versus then?

LP: My days are slightly more structured now, which I think every artist really begs for and wants in their early years. That’s what getting more attention or being more popular gives you. It gives you more of a structure, and there are more things to do that you need to do like, for instance, this interview. Touring and shows are the life’s blood for most musicians I know. It’s the ultimate connection. You go from writing a song in a small room, to playing a song in a bigger venue to people, and that’s the journey and that’s the best part of getting yourself out there.

MR: How is your partnership with [Rob] Cavallo doing these days?

LP: It’s great. We became great friends during the making of this record. He’s a brilliant producer. He knows so much about music and about sound. He’s one of the very few producers that can do the old-school stuff and also understand Pro Tools and all that. It’s interesting to work with a master of sorts. I feel like there’s not that many of them out there, and he’s sonically brilliant.

MR: Were you tempted to re-record your hits with Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, “Cheers (Drink to That)” and “Beautiful People” for this project?

LP: No, not at all. Not even a little. They’re great, but one of the biggest things I discovered during the making of this record the last couple of years has been the difference between songs for me, and songs for other people. I can notice it in a heartbeat now. In fact, upon writing “Into The Wild,” “Someday” and “Wasted Love,” I really feel that no one but I can sing those songs. Like “Tokyo Sunrise” is one of those songs that I know is mine.

MR: When you did the first playback of that album, were there any surprises about yourself or any of the songs?

LP: I was kind of surprised where a couple of the songs took me. We went a little pop on some songs, which is probably my songwriting for other people creeping in a little bit, but that’s just part of who I am. I have a couple of different things in me insofar as how I write and what I like to hear. But when you have a record, it’s a lot of listening to the same songs, so it’s difficult to keep perspective. But if I remember correctly, when I hadn’t quite lost my perspective with this record after hearing it over and over, it packed a good wallop.

MR: Are there any songs in particular where you felt like, “Wow, I really discovered something about myself”?

LP: Yeah, “Tokyo” for sure is the apex for me in this record. I loved writing it and I loved singing it. It’s got a bit of a Fleetwood Mac vibe, which was a surprise, and was something I didn’t intend to do.

MR: Are there any songs on there which might be the closest or most personal to you?

LP: “Tokyo” and “Forever For Now” are very deep for me. I’m close with all of them, and “Into The Wild” for sure; I feel like I’ve got almost every part of my voice that I would want people to hear first. If I was trying to get people to know what I sounded like, I would play them that or “Tokyo.”

MR: Having just put out a project of twelve songs and bonus tracks, is there some kind of almost post-partum-like letdown that you feel?

LP: Absolutely. My friends can sense a kind of malaise, and I think it’s just what you go through right before a record comes out, because there’s no more talking about it. You get signed, there’s all this promise; you write songs, there’s all this promise; you record, there’s all this promise, promise, promise. And then you have this thing and it’s getting printed thousands of times on vinyl and CDs and now there’s no going back. You’re going to present this thing, and that’s it. It’s kind of like your kid going off to college, you know, you’ve done everything you can.

MR: In the same sense, parents sometime think, “Oh, maybe if I’d done this or that…” Chances are, every artist probably approaches their work and thinks, “Okay, it’s sort of finished…”

LP: Oh yeah, I feel like that. There are some things that I might change, but they’re there now, and I’m proud of this record. Records are good for showing where you were at a certain time, and I think this definitely shows that.

MR: Does it feel at all like the record is the skeleton and you’re going to “flesh it out” more with the live shows, etc.?

LP: Definitely. What’s interesting is that I haven’t really played a whole bunch of shows, especially the actual touring in clubs, which is when you really flesh out and kind of take on a new life, so to speak. That part’s exciting to think about; playing songs for people and seeing their responses makes you fall in love with the record again.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

LP: Write songs, and keep writing. Even if you think you wrote the best song you’ve ever written, keep writing. My record’s not even out yet, and I’ve started writing for myself again. You can’t go too long patting yourself on the back even if you wrote the greatest record ever. Radiohead didn’t just stand there and applaud themselves forever after they wrote The Bends. They kept writing and changing and I think that’s what you have to do regardless of what stage you’re at. So for new artists it’s really important to keep going and producing songs and trying them out on people. And play live, and get better at connecting with and playing for people, because people really notice it when you can perform well, and it helps a lot.

MR: Nice. You could easily slip into the role of mentor.

LP: Well, I do it naturally with my friends who are starting or trying to do stuff, so I’m sure when the opportunity arises, I do take it and will take it.

MR: So you’re not doing two hundred and fifty days a year anymore, but I imagine with the new album out, you’ll be supporting it with a tour?

LP: Definitely, that’s a major thing, and I’m very much looking forward to it. One of the things I do best as far as this whole thing goes is performing the songs. That’s the ultimate payoff for me. I feel my best when I can take it all the way there. It’s a really good feeling to write a song and then perform it, and I think a lot of performers would agree.

MR: Beautiful. What advice do you have for yourself at this point?

LP: I’d say don’t get too ahead of myself, and try to keep my expectations low and my work ethic high. That’s easy to say, but you start to get expectations, especially when good things happen and you think, “Oh, well maybe it could go this way.” I just want to enjoy what’s happening and be present and not get too ahead of myself. I hate anytime I get offstage and feel like I didn’t really “absorb” that experience. That’s my main goal, to absorb what’s happening around me as it’s happening.

MR: You’re absorbing a lot right now, aren’t you.

LP: Yeah, it’s good though. I just try to keep calm and get a little Buddhist about it, not too high or too low.

MR: You must be so stoked about this album, though.

LP: I am, and I look forward to people hearing it. It’s definitely a whole piece, which was the goal. Something you could play start to finish that all sounds good together.

MR: You’re awesome and I really appreciate your time. Hopefully the next time we talk, you’re a household name.

LP: Thanks, Mike. I really appreciate it, you’re so sweet. Talk soon!

Transcribed by Emily Fotis

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A Conversation with Harry Dean Stanton

Mike Ragogna: How fictional is Partly Fiction?

Harry Dean Stanton: It’s all fiction. It’s all a dream. Life is all a dream.

MR: How did the project begin?

HDS: It started with Sophie [Huber], we used to go out a long time ago. She was the whole thing.

MR: She directed the documentary.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: The documentary has been screened at over fifty festivals in the US and internationally. How do you think it went over?

HDS: I’ve been getting a good response from all over.

MR: You have a lot of well-known songs on here, many of them are almost classics. David Lynch is quoted as saying he loves your version of “Everybody’s Talkin’.”

HDS: Yeah, that’s a heroin song. It was written on heroin. Fred Neil and Lou [Casteou?] was an actor, they were friends, I think they were both on heroin when they got the idea. Harry Nilsson made a hit out of it, but he made a rock ‘n’ roll song, which is not a heroin song.

MR: The essence of it is in how you did it, right?

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You recorded “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” which, when it’s sung by you, takes on a different kind of feel.

HDS: Yeah, that’s a good song. All the songs are well-written. That was a quote about the album, the writing of the songs let the songs sell themselves.

MR: They’re like self-reflections?

HDS: They’re all well-written.

MR: What did you relate to in each of the songs? That they were well-written or that they related to your life in some way?

HDS: “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” was related to Rebecca De Mornay, I used to go out with her, she loved the song.

MR: So a lot of these are very personal, with your memories relating to the music.

HDS: They’re songs I’ve heard over the years that resonated with me.

MR: You also recorded “Canción Mixteca” with Ry Cooder.

HDS: Yeah, that was on a soundtrack album, it was the theme song in Paris, Texas.

MR: Did it feel good recording it again for that project? Did it take you back?

HDS: Oh yeah, I love it, it’s a beautiful song.

MR: You do a couple of traditionals as well, for instance, “Danny Boy.”

HDS: That was actually written by an Englishman I think, but it has close Irish ties. It’s kind of the Irish national anthem. For years, I thought it was a mother singing to her son, “Danny Boy,” but it was a father who had lost two sons in two wars and this was his youngest son going into World War One. That’s what the song’s about.

MR: You have an interesting convergence of being an actor and being a musician. Do those two arts compliment each other? Like when you’re singing a song, do you think your acting abilities let you pull out the more emotionally significant lines, etc.?

HDS: Oh yeah, there’s no difference really. If you’re a good singer, you can be an actor. As a matter of fact, anybody can be a film actor. A man off the street can be a film actor if he’s got a good director.

MR: But certainly that’s not how you feel about your own career, right? You feel like you’re a good actor, no?

HDS: Oh yeah.

MR: But there are degrees of being able to interpret a script, I’m sure your musical interpretation gives you little more skill at acting.

HDS: Anybody can relate to any part that’s written, a murderer, a lover, an authority figure, it doesn’t matter, they’re all universal.

MR: The documentary has some of your friends as guests, Sam Shepard, Wim Wenders, Deborah Harry, and Kris Kristofferson. When you hear them talk about their interaction with you and what you mean to them, what do you think at this point? How does it affect you?

HDS: It’s a nice feeling. I like all of those people. What else can I say?

MR: Does it touch you on a deeper level because of the personal friendships and relationships you have with them?

HDS: Oh yeah, we’re all close friends.

MR: You’re accompanied by Jamie James and Don Was, what do you think of how the album turned out as far as musicianship?

HDS: I think it’s all good. I haven’t heard the album yet but I think I saw one cut of the film. They’re all great people, talented musicians, I’m very fortunate.

MR: Were there any roles that were particularly special to you?

HDS: Oh yeah, Paris, Texas is my favorite movie. All of them had something going on, all of them appealed to me.

MR: Sophie is very up front about her friendship with you, how you met in the nineties and have been friends ever since. She’s the one who came up with the idea to make this, but when you were recording the songs for this, did she have the idea of how this was going to turn out ultimately?

HDS: It all just developed and unfolded naturally.

MR: Were there any surprises for you in the documentary?

HDS: I can’t remember anything at the moment.

MR: That’s okay. Are there any songs on Partly Fiction that really, really resonate with you?

HDS: They all do. “Danny Boy,” “Canción Mixteca,” all of them do.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

HDS: Don’t try. Let it happen.

MR: And that’s how it happened with you?

HDS: Yeah, just let it happen. Everything unfolds, I had nothing to do with it.

MR: How did you get into music initially?

HDS: I don’t know, I was just born with a good ear. I was singing when I was six years old. When nobody was home, I would get up on a stool and sing. I was in love with an eighteen year-old house sitter. Her name was Thelma. I’d get up and sing. Who wrote that song? Early country western writers, “The Singing Brakeman” they called him. It was the first song I ever remember, “T For Texas.”

MR: Jimmie Rodgers, and he was an inspiration for you as a kid?

HDS: Yes, that was the first song I remember.

MR: Were you encouraged by your family to do more music?

HDS: My mother sang, she taught me some Irish songs. My mother was Irish. I sang with my brothers, we had a barbershop quartet. The three of us, and I forget who the fourth one was. In high school and college I always sang in glee clubs and barbershop quartets.

MR: Do you remember any of the songs?

HDS: Let’s see, there was a famous organization called Yhe Barbershop Singers of America, “Those good old songs for me, I love to hear those minor chords and four-part harmony.”

MR: What advice do you have for actors?

HDS: Play yourself. That’s what I do.

MR: Similar advice to the musicians.

HDS: Yeah.

MR: You’ve taken roles you’ve wanted to play and related to the parts, right?

HDS: I’ve made some good choices.

MR: What are some choices coming up after Partly Fiction is a hit?

HDS: I haven’t a clue.

MR: What do you want to do?

HDS: I can’t answer that, I have to wait and see what I do. The best approach was Jack Nicholson, I did Ride In The Whirlwind with him, you know that film? He called me and said, “I’ve got a part for you, but I don’t want you to do anything. Let the wardrobe do the character.” I’d been thinking along those lines anyway, so that solidified my whole approach to acting. I played myself and let the wardrobe do the character.

MR: And that’s exactly what you said toward the beginning of this interview, you just let things unfold.

HDS: Yeah, it’s a whole eastern approach. Taoism, Buddhism, and the real Jewish Kabbalah, not the organized one. Most Jews don’t get it and most Christians don’t get it either. The real Kabbalah is the same as Buddhim and Taoism.

MR: Are you pretty spiritual?

HDS: Spiritual, yeah, but I don’t believe in any religions. Not even the eastern ones. Once they’re organized, it’s all over.

MR: Do you think spirituality is at the bottom of your art? Do you think it’s what your creative juices come from?

HDS: Again, there’s no real answer to that. Everything unfolds naturally. Ultimately there’s no answer to the whole existence on the planet, really, there’s no answer to it. Nobody’s in charge. It all just happens.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne
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