3 awesome things that kick off ’07 nicely…

Bloc Party‘s new album, A Weekend in the City. I believe The Prayer will be the first single, but Uniform is my fave track by far. This is cd is both more sparse and more layered than their debut.

newuniversal, a new take on an old series, this time with Warren Ellis at the helm. Earth-555, where the US is a failed state, and China the reigning softpower. The artist is deliberately modeling the characters on popular US tv actors. It’s kinda weird. It’s all good.

Afro Samurai, kick-ass anime – with American voice actors in it from the start. Mostly noteably Samuel L Jackson as the titular character and his sidekick. Gratuitous violence a plenty. Similar to Samurai Champloo in some ways, whilst still being able to distinguish itself.

An honourable mention goes to Chiwetel Ejiofor. Though he didn’t blow my mind in Children of Men, he continues to prove what a great actor he is.

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