September 12, 2003
Disney classic still a 'Beauty'
By Douglas Wernert '.'.e> ...>°.interactive games and short movies
Daily Arts Writer devoted to the design, music, story
and production, Disney has gone the
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pelling history lesson on the making
"Sleeping Beauty" is the latest Walt of a family favorite.
Disney classic to be remastered and Walt Disney himself has called this
released in special edition DVD form. r..<,.Fthe most inspirational of all his leg-
With the compelling story of an evil endary movies and with good reason.
vengeful fairy named Malificent try- I The story is well-paced and well-told
ing to kill a teenage princess named . and will entertain young and old
Aurora who has alike. With both widescreen and
just met her true fullscreen viewing options provided
love, the film is a Sleeping on disc one accompanied by a wealth
great rendering of Beauty of information and fun found on the
good versus evil. Special second disc, Buena Vista creates a
The three good Edition beautifully constructed DVD. The
fairieschosen to Disney only down side is a music video by an
watch over the unknown teen pop group, proving that
young beauty pro- no piece of work is entirely perfect.
vide humor and good-natured fun, and However, "Sleeping Beauty Special
the dramatic finishing sequence with the old-school (by today's standards) Edition" sure comes close.
the prince and Malificent lead to a clas- drawings are still well-appreciated.
sic film that has stood the test of time. The second disc of the two-DVD set Movie: *****
The digital remastering of the 44- makes this one for your collection. Picture/Sound: ****
year-old movie is crisp and clear, and With sing-alongs, painting activities, Features: *****
Don'ta' say o no to Beulahs Yoko
By Alex Wolsky organs and other subtle intricacies.
Daily Arts Writer After their smash, When Your Heart- rte .
strings Break, they entered the studio
MUSIC REVIEW ***and recorded The Coast is Never
Clear, an album that brought the entire
As I get older and my musical tastes band to a new level of lyrical maturity, .
begin to swing toward the radical sides especially Kurosky.
of the spectrum, but something in my Their latest, Yoko, only seems to con-
heart stays dear to simple pop songs. tinue that trend into the catacombs of
Simple, low fideli- heartbreak and despair, all topped off
ty songs that are with a pretty pop glow. Upon listening, :3L
as catchy as a bad Beulah it seems almost awkward to bear wit-
rash at a Michigan Yoko ness to such emotional flooding by
fraternity are easy Velocette Records Kurosky backed by such bright music.
to find, yet the Yet after all is said and done, it seems
trouble lies in finding songwriters who right. In fact, there's no other way that Moreover, "Hovering" is an instant
are as confident in their lyrics as they I'd rather hear it come out. Beulah classic.
are in being nothing more than a pop "Landslide Baby" takes us on a tour Throughout "Hovering" Beulah
group. of an afterthought, a tour through gives way to a breaking heart. Sulking
Miles Kurosky and Bill Swan have Kurosky's mind; dripping of bittersweet and wistful, the theme works beyond
found a happy medium. For years, they sorrow and regret, we immediately feel its measure and encapsulates the
were comfortable with being leaders of devoted. The reflective, almost earnest entire feeling of the album and its cre-
the pop group Beulah, nothing more, posture taken by the band is shockingly ators. It's the subtle bliss found deep
nothing less - writing simply addic- beautiful. We see the same lyrical ideas within the heartbreak and anxiety that
tive hooks layered upon driving gui- continue into "Your Mother Loves You makes Yoko stand out as one of the
tars, horns and strings, backed by Son" and "Don't Forget to Breathe." year's best.
AILY As. WE KNOW WHO MILES MAYHEM iS.
through a close-knit community.
Last year, Kasher's struggles con-
tinued, as a collapsed lung brought
into sharp focus the lack of money
and benefits available to an under-
ground musician. Cursive perse-
vered, however, and it's no surprise
that The Ugly Organ, released earli-
er this year, carries the sound of a
band still licking its wounds.
The band's catharsis, however,
lies on the dirty stages of indie rock
clubs across America. On the eve of
the band's second major tour this
year, they still exude all of the con-
fidence, dedication and optimism of
a much younger band.
"We are all fairly happy and fun-
loving people," says bassist Matt
Maginn, as if he's used to people
not believing him. "We try and just
have a really good time and express
energy through the music. (Gui-
tarist) Ted (Stevens) likes to say,
'We try and bring the party.' It's
counter to our sound, but it's more
true to our lifestyle." The band,
which now has four albums and
countless EP's to draw from, will be
mixing in older tracks with some of
the The Ugly Organ's less familiar
tunes. "It's funny though - no mat-
ter how much we mix it up, people
get mad at us because we don't play
the same ones."
No one is complaining back in
Omaha, however. The band that
kick-started the entire scene are
respected amongst their peers and
revered by their fans. Maginn says
it's all part of a cycle. "We had 'par-
ents' before us too, bands that we
grew up watching and learning
from." The band sowed the seeds for
a thriving scene by correcting the
mistakes of the bands that came
before them. "We try and keep all
our shows all-ages. There were too
many bands that came to Omaha
that I wanted to see when I was 16
to 20. Growing up I couldn't see
anything, unless it was in an arena."
This strategy has landed the
group fans all over the country, their
private dramas projected through
rickety speakers and shredded
throats. As Maginn explains though,
not everyone needs to relate directly
to the emotional material. "The
energy is there. I definitely connect
with it at points, whether it's direct
or a vicarious nature." The band
brings that energy to the Majestic
Theater on Friday night, and fans of
spirited, soulful punk rock should
have no trouble connecting.
Indie rock band or english GSIs? You decide.
WRITING' S ON THE WALL FOR CURSIVE
By Andrew M. Gaerig
Daily Arts Writer
The underground music scene has
precious few publicized dramas.
There are no shootings, no high-
profile collaborations and virtually
no nationally tel-
Amidst a com-
breeds so few
Tonight at 9 p.m.
At the Majestic
Scene-stealing press monger Con-
nor Oberst - he of Bright Eyes
fame - is romantically linked with
garment-stealing groupie Winona
Ryder, and the Faint's Todd Baechle
was arrested for dancing nude
onstage with Gwen Stefani. Add to
this a stream of major label talent-
seekers, and write ups in some
heavyweight music rags, and you've
got a bona fide explosion.
Not lost amid all this confusion
are Cursive, a blistering, angular,
post-punk quintet that are undeni-
ably the scene's backbone. Though
many of their compatriots have
found turmoil in newfound fame
and the temptations of the majors,
Cursive's problems have remained
internal. 2000's Domestica carried
the burden of bandleader Tim Kash-
er's painful divorce, and sent waves
hardly expect Omaha, Neb., to
shake things up.
Lately.,._however, the scene, spear-
headed by grassroots label Saddle
Creek, has stirred and rumbled like
the sweaty dives it so often fills.
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