Amplify by John Brown’s Body is #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart

“Amplify is a big stew of a lot of different influences and sounds and grooves,” says JBB drummer and co-founder Tommy Benedetti. “I think reggae applies to us in the way that we definitely draw from drum and bass. That’s always the foundation of what we start with. We also tried to step outside of the normal reggae grooves‚ sounds‚ lyrics and topics on this one, and what goes on top wound up being very progressive and current.

The new album, which also climbs to #10 on the CMJ World Music chart, was just released by Easy Star Records. It presents the band with the highest chart position in its history and outsells its 2005 release Pressure Points by nearly 20% in its first week of release.

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Refusal from a Fixed Viewpoint

A little over one week after making headlines in a lawsuit brought by the trust which owns the 1942 Cornell Woolrich story which Rear Window was based on, Steven Spielberg is making news again. The Los Angeles Times reports that in a scenario more implausible than most of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Steven Spielberg (E.T.) and Peter Jackson’s (The Lord Of The Rings) new project has been rejected by a major studio.

After reviewing the final submitted budget of $130 million for a 3-D motion capture (see Beowulf) version of Belgian export Tintin, Universal balked. The LAT article reasons, “According to several people close to the project, Tintin would have to rake in $425 million worldwide in ticket sales before the studios could break even,” as “[Spielberg and Jackson] would walk away with more than $100 million before Universal and DreamWorks could make a profit.” At press time, it was unclear who would have played Tintin’s dog, Snowy.

Esquire Loves Danger Mouse


In 2008 alone, as half of the chart-topping duo Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse released the acclaimed LP The Odd Couple, toured the United States and Europe, and won two MTV Video Music Awards. As a producer, he lent his unmistakable touch to hit albums from Beck and the Black Keys. And Rolling Stone gave him “Best Producer” honors.

Danger Mouse is currently readying several undisclosed projects for 2009.