Inside Pulse » Radiohead A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Radiohead Radiohead Reschedules European Tour Dates Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:57:26 +0000 After postponing tour dates due to the stage collapse in Toronto, Radiohead has rescheduled the concerts. They were originally supposed to be playing from June 30 to July 9th in Switzerland, Italy and Germany, but now will be playing from September 20 to 30.  All original tickets will be valid for the new concert dates.×120.jpg

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Radiohead Postpones Shows Following Stage Collapse Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:25:14 +0000 After the stage collapse that killed 1 person, and injured 3 others, Radiohead has postponed some shows on their tour. The collapse ruined a lot of the elaborate light show and stage set up, some of the items were decades old, and will take some time for the band to replace. Shows in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland have been postponed for the time being.×120.jpg

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Radiohead’s Touring Company To Be Investigated By Canadian Labour Ministry Wed, 20 Jun 2012 03:24:14 +0000 The Canadian Ministry of Labour has asked that Radiohead comply with an investigation into the collapse of their stage.  The accident resulted in the death of Scott Johnson, the drum technician for the band.  The ministry has essentially singled out Live Nation as the primary group at fault for the collapse, but four companies in total are named in the investigation.×120.jpg

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Stage Collapse At Radiohead Concert Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:14:16 +0000 Only hours prior to their scheduled sold out concert, the stage set up for Radiohead collapsed. While the band was not on stage at the time, one person was killed, and three others were sent to the hospital. The concert was cancelled, and tickets were refunded.×120.jpg

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Concert Promoter Purchases Coachella Grounds Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:50:54 +0000 Goldenvoice, the promoter of the Coachella music festival, has purchased the 280 acres of land in California where the festival occurs on a yearly basis.  The deal allows them to maintain the grounds as a permanent home for the festival without having to rebuild each year.  This year’s festival takes place in April and features Snoop Dogg and Radiohead among dozens of other acts.×120.jpg

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Westboro Church Group Pickets At Radiohead Show Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:00:54 +0000 Sure, some people really hate Radiohead’s music, but things got ridiculous in Kansas City this past weekend.  The Westboro Baptist Church Group picketed outside their concert in Missouri, shouting anti-gay slogans towards the group and declaring that God hates them.  The group later joked about the incident on Twitter, and I’m confident that God probably hates Coldplay more anyway.×120.jpg

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Radiohead Releasing New Music This Month Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:28:51 +0000 Two new tracks will be released on December 19th, says Radiohead. The Daily Mail and Staircase were recorded during Radiohead’s studio sessions for the album The King Of Limbs. Last month, two previously unreleased Radiohead demos were posted online. The songs, ‘Everybody Knows’ and ‘Girl (In The Purple Dress)’, were recorded when the band were still known as On A Friday and before guitarist Jonny Greenwood joined the band.×120.jpg

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Radiohead Announce US Tour Dates Tue, 08 Nov 2011 13:00:46 +0000 This last September, Radiohead announced that they would be going on tour in 2012. The band’s tour will kick off on February 27th, marking their first series of concerts in four years. Tickets will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, and regular sales begin on Friday.

Tour Dates:

February 27 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
February 29 – Tampa, FL @ The St. Pete Times Forum
March 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 3 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 5 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
March 7 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
March 9-  St Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
March 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
March 13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
March 15 – Glendale, AZ @ Arena×120.jpg

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Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” Named Best Song Of Past 15 Years Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:21:01 +0000 Music site has named Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” the best song of the past 15 years.  It beats out Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion”, Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”, The Strokes’ “Last Nite” and The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside”.  The site has a full 150 song list posted, and in fact the top 20 would make for a heck of an IPod playlist.×120.jpg

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Ex Drummer – DVD Review Thu, 09 Dec 2010 01:00:07 +0000

Ex Drummer is a film that will sneak up behind you and shove a chloroform-soaked rag in font of your nose. After you’ve hit the ground, it’ll steal your wallet, stick a sharpie up your butt and then kick you in the teeth before running away.  The movie is loud, chaotic, a bit unwieldy but, overall, a really smart, entertaining movie — but I might just be saying that because I’m afraid of the mad rock and rollers who dreamt up a film as perversely twisted as Ex Drummer.

A 2007 import from Belgium just recently released on DVD, Ex Drummer stars Dries Vanhegen as Dries, a fictionalized stand-in for Herman Brusselmans, the author of the book Ex Drummer is adapted from.

Dries, a famous writer, has his posh life style interrupted by the appearance of three handicapped musicians looking for a fourth to join their band. The three misfits approach Dries hoping that a man as famous as he is joining their band will help to get the word out about their planned sole performance.

Intrigued by the messy lives of the three musicians, Dries decides to join in on their performance — even declaring his own handicap: the fact that he can’t play the drums.

Playing alongside Dries in the band is a group of social rejects each afflicted with their own handicaps — both physical and emotional. Koen de Geyter (Norman Baert), the singer, is a violent misogynist with a lisp who enjoys such varied acts such as pounding the ever-loving snot out of women who set off his trigger-hair temper and literally crawling on the walls.

Jan Verbeek (Gunter Lamoot) is a stiff-armed gay bassist who is obsessed with his mother — alternating between adoring her and berating her with vicious verbal jabs. His arm was left stiff as a bored and his mother bald as Lex Luthor after she walked in on him while he was masturbating.

Finally, Ivan Van Dorpe (Sam Louwyck) is a deaf guitarist who is obsessed with music and so focused on his craft to the point where he ignores everything else — including the young child who crawls around in Van Dorpe’s drug-filled hovel of an apartment.

Dries thrives in pushing the buttons of his fellow musicians — manipulating them into emotional conflicts with each other in the hopes this will inspire his latest book. In a band with a violent woman-beater, a negligent father and an emotionally abusive son, it says something that Dries is the most despicable character in the film.

Well, second most.

The band, named The Feminists because (in Dries’ words) four handicapped musicians are just as worthless as a group of feminists, prepare to go up against the band Harry Mulisch in an upcoming battle of the bands. Leading the rival group is Dikke Lul. For those of you who don’t speak Dutch, the language the movie was filmed in, that name translates to Fat Cock — which the bandleader certainly has. Dikke Lul uses his titular tool to rape The Feminists’ roadies — ripping them apart to the point where they can hardly sit … let alone barely survive the sexual encounter.

If you haven’t gotten the idea yet, Ex Drummer is an in-your-face abrasively dark comedy. The movie seems to be designed purely to push buttons and send lesser men into the corner, shaking and holding themselves while they cry.

Under the guidance of director Koen Mortier, the film thrives in a vibrant visual palate that looks like an extended version of Jonathan Glazer’s music video for Radiohead’s “Karma Police” — with dark, rich colors cut through with the occasional stark, violent light. A rocking soundtrack and a kinetic editing style only help to sell the film’s easy comparisons to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.

The film is presented in a 1.78.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The gritty look of the film is a little soft around the edges but remains a more than acceptable visual presentation. The soundtrack is available in Dolby Stereo 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The 5.1 audio track makes full use of all the various channels — pumping the explosive soundtrack throughout your room and sucking you into the concert experience.

The Making of Ex Drummer — A half-hour look bringing the book to the screen The feature also includes some audition footage.

Music Videos — Three music videos are included. Two are just extended, uncut versions of performances from the climatic concert scene featuring The Feminists and Overdue Hykers, another band that performances. The third is your standard promotional video, this time from Flip Kowlier, with scenes of the film intercut.

Trailers — Two trailers from the film are included, one uncut.

Ex Drummer is not necessarily a good film — the film’s dark nature is a bit to obtrusive while the story simultaneously being overly elusive and detached. As an experience, though, Ex Drummer remains a top-notch visceral encounter. It may leave you a little confused, a little hazy and a little afraid of Belgiums, but Ex Drummer won’t leave you unsatisfied.

Palisades Tartan presents Ex Drummer.  Directed by: Koen Mortier. Starring: Dries Vanhegen, Norman Baert, Sam Louwyck and Gunter Lamoot. Written by: Koen Mortier. Running time: 100 minutes. Rating: N/A. Released on DVD: April 20, 2010.

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