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Saturday, July 5, 2008


Big Business, Akimbo at El Corazón

It's been a while since we've had Big Business to kick around—the bombastic stoner-rock duo fled Seattle's pine-scented air for L.A.'s polluted pastures in 2006. Tonight, they return to blow your face off with new material and 33 percent more shredding! (Earlier this year BB, announced the addition of guitarist Toshi Kasai.) Speaking of blowing your face off, Akimbo is releasing a new record in September. No doubt they'll showcase some of that epic material as this evening's openers. With Coconut Coolouts. (El Corazón, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094. 9 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, all ages.)




Yeah, Pixar movies are usually good, but this one's unimaginably great. From its little trash-compacting hero (never so cute as when he stands up on tippy-toes—er, jacks up on an expanding lattice—to search for a replacement binocular lens) to its Apple-inspired shiny white pod of a love interest (as bellicose and career-minded as any female character in film history), WALL•E is completely crushworthy. And its storyline, half Little Tramp and half Benito Cereno, is a venerable pastiche. (See movie times.)

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    A "venerable" pastiche? Has Wall-E become an elder statesman or something?

    Perhaps you'd like to try "veritable"....

    Posted by A Non Imus | July 6, 2008 12:31 PM

    Nope, I mean venerable, as in, by pastiching venerable source material, it borrows some of that dignity and polish. Anything that's a pastiche is veritable--not so hard to make (or verify) a pastiche.

    Posted by annie | July 6, 2008 2:28 PM

    Well, no...pastiche is a matter of interpretation, so saying that something is a veritable pastiche is not automatically redundant.

    That said, I was just trying to reconcile the use of "venerable" in this context. Venerability implies that an item itself is venerated. If the storyline for Wall-E were lifted wholesale from Shakespeare, the usage might make sense, but here it's a stretch.

    Posted by A Non Imus | July 6, 2008 6:43 PM

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