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November 29, 2006

{Letters from Iwo Jima}

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The domestic trailer for Letters From Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood's companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers has recently surfaced on the net.

Synopsis: Sixty-one years ago, U.S. and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as an extraordinary general, Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe), who led them.

View the trailer.

{The Spirit Awards}

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Screw all those other awards shows, The Spirit Awards are where it's at...and the 2007 nominees have just been announced!

Highlights:

Little Miss Sunshine heads the list of nominees (for Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, and two Best Supporting Male nods).

A Special Distinction Award to be given to David Lynch and Laura Dern.

Robert Altman (who passed awat last week) is up for a Best Director nod for A Prairie Home Companion.

Director Michael Kang is up for a Best First Feature award for The Motel.

Miguel Cuesta has got to be a shoe-in for the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000) for his gripping film 12 and Holding.

Pan's Labyrinth should take home the award for Best Cinematography.

Directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross are nominated in the Best Documentary category for The Road to Guantanamo.

View the complete list of nominees here.

November 28, 2006

{Babyshambles}



This just in (from Jax over at Capitol Records)...it's Babyshambles new video for "The Blinding". The Blinding EP will be available in U.S. on Dec. 5th

Hear more from Babyshambles' MySpace

{Buraka Som Sistema}

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The group Buraka Som Sistema (Buraka Sound System) is is two-parts Portuguese, one-part Angolan and hails from Lisbon. They have an EP titled From Buraka To the World. This music is a sub-genre of Kuduro. It's considered an Angolan brand of ghettotech. Perhaps we'll hear M.I.A and Diplo experimenting with some of these fresh sounds on their next album.

Here's one of their tracks, aptly titled 'Yah!' (Courtesy of Fat Planet)

Here's another...

"Buraka Entra"

Hear more from Buraka Som Sistema's MySpace.

{The Treasures of Long Gone John}

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The Treasures of Long Gone John is a feature-length documentary film by Gregg Gibbs that chronicles the eccentric art and musical obsessions of indie record producer and self-described "anti-mogul", Long Gone John. The product of a troubled childhood, John found success through the establishment of the record label, Sympathy for the Record Industry. During the past seventeen years he has single-handedly released over 750 records by over 550 bands and helped launch the careers of Hole, The Dwarves, The White Stripes, Rocket from the Crypt, and The Willowz, among many others.

Along the way, he has compulsively amassed a vast collection of art and pop ephemera, in addition to starting the Necessaries Toy Foundation. The film explores the work of several of the artists he collects and collaborates with, including: Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia and Robert Williams. The film also features a wall-to-wall soundtrack of over 40 bands with artwork by 20 artists, including original animation and time lapse photography. The Treasures of Long Gone John is an enticing trip through the independent record industry and the Los Angeles "lowbrow" art scene.

View the trailer...




Visit The Treasures of Long Gone John's MySpace

{Tahiti 80}

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Yes, I've mentioned Parisian indie popsters Tahiti 80 before, but they just wrapped up their US tour, in support of the stateside release of their album Fosbury and their publicity team (Plus 1 Music) would like to show their appreciation [and to those of you who have yet to come around but still ultimately might...] by sending out a remix of the single ‘Changes’. It’s been dubbed ‘Borderline Remix’ and just so you know, you won’t find it on the bonus EP that comes with the album. So this is a real exclusive blogosphere, so enjoy...

"Changes (Borderline Remix)"

Here's the neat video for the original version of "Changes", it was directed by Jonas Odell. Tahiti 80 have already had a considerable amount of success, especially in Japan were the album went double gold. The U.S. release contains two unreleased tracks, an exclusive bonus EP with three cover songs, and one remix. The group worked with the engineers for N.E.R.D. and Outkast, and you can really tell. French pop, funky beats, what's not to like? Fans of Pheonix are really gonna dig this new album.

Here's a gem from Fosbury, tell me you ain't groovin' to this one too...

"Big Day"

You can hear more from Tahiti 80's MySpace.

Order the album here.

November 21, 2006

{Inland Empire}

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About a month ago Inland Empire began premiering at film festivals and once again new David Lynch images were flickering on the big screen again.

Here's what we know:

a) Inland Empire was shot on digital video.
b) Lynch described it as a story about “a woman in trouble.”
c) It stars Laura Dern , Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring, Nastassja Kinski, William H. Macy, Masuimi Max, Julia Ormond.

Early reports also say this is to be Lynch’s strangest and most difficult film since Eraserhead...and that's saying alot. Regardless of the bashing this film will take we firmly believe Lynch to be one of America’s greatest living filmmakers and one of the very few continually able to genuinely astound, challenge, and shock.

Make no mistake, Inland Empire will not cause a box office commotion nor recieve tons of accolades, like his last masterpiece, Mulholland Drive. The film is an experiment where the end result is strongly predetermined—having more to do with improvisation and texture. While Lynch’s themes are recognizable in Inland Empire, they’re said to be even more fragmented, dispersed, and frenetically jumbled in such ways that allow them to take on new shapes and meanings, quite different than just about anything we’ve seen from Lynch, or anyone, before. Let’s put it this way: all those exclamations about the narrative and temporal puzzles of Mulholland Drive now seem just a little laughable in the face of Inland Empire’s complete decimation of convention.

Plot Summary:
Inland Empire doesn’t pretend to differ much (plotwise) from Mulholland Drive. This time the blonde actress is a Hollywood veteran, Nikki Grace (Dern). Following an extensive prologue involving a rabbit family dressed up as humans in a dark sitcom, a conversation between shadowy Polish men in a mansion, a crying woman watching it all on television, and a classic Lynch bizarro visit from neighbor Grace Zabriskie. Her cocky costar Devon (Theroux) has designs on her, but is warned, both by friends and Nikki’s powerful, threatening husband, not to go there. Inevitably, the film in which they star, a corny melodrama entitled On High in Blue Tomorrows, seduces them toward an affair. Nikki and Devon learn from their director (Jeremy Irons) that Blue Tomorrows is a remake of a Polish film that was never completed, the script “cursed” after the murder of both leads. The mystery and magic of this discovery causes the same sort of identity split that fractured Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive: after Nikki sleeps with Devon, she becomes Sue from the film, or at least someone else. Devon becomes his role, Billy, Nikki’s husband seems to become an abusive husband married to another Dern personage, a redneck housewife looking for revenge.

Here's a clip titled Room To Dream. This is NOT a trailer or teaser, so this may not wet your appitite or even persuade you to watch the film. However I thought I should post it for all you hardcore Lynchians out there (like me) who will get excited nonetheless...



Here's a nice little Fan Made Teaser...

Did you hear about David Lynch's promotional stunt the other week? Apparently the director sat on the corner of Hollywood Blvd with a cow? Yeah, we're stumped too...read more on that from Cinema Blend.

November 20, 2006

{Loto}

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I recently got an email from a Portuguese trio called Loto. They have a new record titled Beat Riot which features special guests Peter Hook (of Joy Division/New Order fame) and Del Marquis from the Scissors.

They've got a nice new wave vibe. This is the first single off the album...

"Cuckoo Plan"

This is my favorite track...

"Golden Boys"

This is the cool new video for "Cuckoo Plan"...

Purchase the album and hear more from Loto's MySpace.

{3 Needles}

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3 Needles deals with three narratives set on different continents. Each story confronts our inability to address the great plague of the late-twentieth century.

With epidemic levels of AIDS infection in South Africa, a group of nuns - Sister Hilde (Olympia Dukakis), Sister Mary (Sandra Oh) and the devout but rebellious Clara (Chloë Sevigny) arrive to save as many souls as possible, but soon realize their help is needed more in the here and now. Meanwhile, Canadian actor Denny (Shawn Ashmore) does porn to support his parents while struggling to hide secrets from his employers and his mother (Stockard Channing). In rural China, Jin Ping (Lucy Liu) sets up a blood-donor clinic, paying five dollars apiece to contributors. When his family and neighbours begin to fall ill, young farmer Tong Sam (Tanabadee Chokpikultong) courageously sets out to uncover the truth.

"3 Needles debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, played at countless festivals in London, Stockholm, Seattle, Pusan, before making its commercial release in the US on December 1st, 2006, World AIDS Day. The film won prizes for Cinematrography and Direction at the Atlantic Film Festival and director Thom Fitzgerald was nominated for a Director's Guild Award for Best Direction of a Feature Film.

View the trailer

November 16, 2006

{Evil Dead: The Musical}

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One of the greatest cult series of all time comes to the stage... a good thing or not?

Evil Dead: The Musical is said to be a hilarious stage show that takes all the fun of '80s horror films Evil Dead I and 2. They promise that blood will fly, limbs will be lost, and demons will tell bad jokes. All this, plus singing and dancing. On second thought this sounds like a great time. The production is currently running in NYC.

For more info visit Evil Dead: The Musical's MySpace

Here's Evil Dead: The Musical Webisode 3...




Watch Webisodes 1 and 2 here.

{Oasis}

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To coincide with the release of the 2-disc greatest hits album titled Stop The Clocks oasisinet.com have launched a special site called the Stopclock. The Stopclock will be the official home for all the Stop the Clocks content. As a member on the Oasis database youll be able to access free downloads for your computer as well as view clips from Oasis forthcoming film Lord Dont Slow Me Down and more.

So here it is. The tracks as chosen by the band themselves - the songs they believe encapsulate their remarkable career to date.

Rock n Roll Star
Some Might Say
Talk Tonight
Lyla
The Importance of Being Idle
Wonderwall
Slide Away
Cigarettes & Alcohol
The Masterplan
Live Forever
Acquiesce
Supersonic
Half The World Away
Go Let It Out
Songbird
Morning Glory
Champagne Supernova
Don't Look Back In Anger

Here's the new animated video for "The Masterplan".

Here's one of my favorite included on Stop The Clocks...

"Half The World Away"

Here's a couple of my favorite B-Sides that didn't make the grade...

"It's Better People"

"Rocking Chair"

For more info go here.

Hear more from Oasis' MySpace.

Purchase all things Oasis here.

November 15, 2006

{Army of Shadows}

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Adapted from Joseph Kessel’s 1943 novel of the same title, Jean Pierre Melville’s film, though almost documentary in its emotional restraint, is no historical documentary. Melville called Kessel’s work, “the book about the Resistance: the greatest and the most comprehensive of all the documents about this tragic time in the history of humanity.” Yet, said Melville, “I had no intention of making a film about the Resistance

At last making its U.S. debut (in 35mm restoration), Melville's 1969 Army of Shadows is an intimate epic of the French Resistance in WWII. Filmmakers such as John Woo, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Jean-Luc Godard have all paid tribute to Melville. The film will be re-released in the US by Rialto Pictures on April 28th.

View the trailer

Listen to raves from NPR's Fresh Air

{Late Night Sounds Nov. Mix '06}

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The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

This month's mix features Swedish pop from I'm From Barcelona, indie-rock from The Envy Corps, a bluesy folk tune from Langhorne Slim, Spanish pop from Corazon, an unreleased song from singer songwriter David Garza, new wave from The Features, an incredibly catchy dance tune from French popsters Tahiti 80, alt rock from Jeremy Warmsley, and a super sexy French re-working of The Who's "My Generation" from Mareva Galanter, give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds November Mix '06

Tracklisting:

1. I'm From Barcelona - “We're From Barcelona”

2. The Envy Corps - "Story Problem" (Get the download from The Underrated Blog)

3. Langhorne Slim - "English Tea" (Get the download from Music is Not Dead)

4. Corazon - "Padova"

5. David Garza - "Carry Me" (Get the download from his MySpace)

6. The Features - "The Idea of Growing Old"

7. Tahiti 80 - "Big Day" (Get the download from Caffeine-Headache)

8. Jeremy Warmsley - "Modern Children" (Get the download from The Daily Growl)

9. Mereva Galanter - "7 Heures Du Mat"

November 14, 2006

{Damien Rice}

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The new Damien Rice album titled O releases tomorrow (November 15th). I must admit, I've never been a big Damien Rice fan, but I've listened to O several times in the past weeks and he's beganing to win me over. Listen for yourself...

Nelies Life posted a few of my favs.

I AM Fuel, You Are Friends has a very nice B-Side.

Hit up The Hype Machine for more.

Stream the album in it's entirety (Courtesy of Warner Brothers Media)

November 13, 2006

{Babel}

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I caught an exclusive engagement of Babel a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. It's a very emotional film with three storylines set in three different contenents that all intertwine. Essentially Babel is about how families are torn apart and come together. The cinematography is spectacular, the Mexican wedding shots are lively, the Tokyo scenes are my favorite (particularly the club scene). The film is now playing in theaters nationwide. As scenes shift continents, so does the music used in the film. Here's a sample of the soundtrack...

Celso Pina - "Cumbia Sobre el Rio"

Rip Slyme - "Masterpiece"

Gustavo Santaolalla scores the music for the film (and the pieces are great), but this one is by far my favorite...

Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Bibo No Aozora"

Purchase the soundtrack here.

View the trailer again.

{Modest Mouse}

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The big news around the music blogs last week was the new Modest Mouse (dubbed Modest Marr due the addition of legendary guitarist Johnny Marr). The group have began previewing songs from their forthcoming album titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank on their tour that kicked off last week. The songs immediatly began popping up on the web. Now, the quality of these tracks are definitly not up to par but if your itching what some of their new songs sound like, then this should give you some indication...

"We Love Everything" (Courtesy of Stereogum)

"Missed the Boat"
"Invisible in Your Car"
"Fire it Up" (Courtesy of Heartache with Hardwork)

Or listen to the Full Concert from The Wiltern, LA (on 6/11/06) (Courtesy of Inkiostro)

November 09, 2006

{Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus}

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Kidman stars as legendary photographer Diane Arbus. Set in New York in the late 1950s, the film explores an unlikely romance that leads Arbus into a strange new world, sparking her evolution into one of the most provocative and visionary photographers of all time. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr. and is directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary). Fur releases in select theaters on November 10th.

View the trailer

November 08, 2006

{Riot Act CMJ Mixtape}

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I was sent some tour dates for bands (managed by Riot Act Media) that we're to perform at various CMJ shows on the East Coast the other week. I neglected to post about it and it's over now, but here's a nice little mixtape regardless...

*Riot Act CMJ Mixtape*

1. David Bazen - "Backwoods Nation"

2. Chin Up Chin Up - "This Harness Can't Ride Anything"

3. Snowden - "Anti-Anti"

4. These Arms Are Snakes - "Horse Girl"

5. The End Of The World - "Last Cast"

6. The Subjects - "The Hounds of War"

7. Young Widows - "The Charmers"

{28 Weeks Later}

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We've mentioned this sequel-in-the-works to Danny Boyle's zombie masterpiece 28 Days Later before but here's something new...Fox Atomic posted some raw clips from the forthcoming film. Nobody in 28 Days Later is involved in this sequel (director, actors, or otherwise), so I'm just hoping these newbies don't tarnish the original. 28 Weeks Later stars: Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Rose Byrne (City of Ghosts), and Harold Perrineau (Lost).

Take a look at raw footage from 28 Weeks Later

{Notes on A Scandel}

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The Tagline for this film is 'One Woman's Mistake Is Another's Opportunity'. The plot centers around a teacher (Cate Blanchett) who begins an affair with one of her students, causing upheaval in her personal and professional life. The film also stars Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. It is adapted from Zoe Heller's novel What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal. The film is set for a December 25th release.

View the trailer

November 02, 2006

{Wedding Mix}

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Normally, I don't like to get too personal here, but my wedding is just days away now and it's kinda hard to think about much else. So I thought I'd share a nice little Wedding Mix for all to enjoy...so enjoy...

Wedding Mix:

Yo La Tengo - "Our Way To Fall"

Ron Sexsmith - "Best Friends"

Beachwood Sparks - "By Your Side"

Riendeer Section - "Will You Please Be There For Me"

Ben Folds - "The Luckiest"

Ray LaMontagne - "Hold You In My Arms"

Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"

David Garza - "For Keeps"

You can purchase these songs (and the albums they appear on) from iTunes.

{The Curse of the Golden Flower}

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The Curse of the Golden Flower centers around a volatile balance of power between a King (Chow Yun Fat), a Queen (Gong Li), and his three sons. Betrayal, deceit, and passion unfold, pitting the King against Queen and father against sons. This wonderful piece of moving art includes many of the creative team behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers. The film marks the reunion between director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) and his muse (and former lover) Gong Li and with a budget of $45 million it is the most expensive Chinese film to date.

The film opens in theaters Stateside December 22nd, but you can find the import on ebay or your local Asian video store.

View the trailer

November 01, 2006

{Tahiti 80}

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This is the latest from Parisian indie popsters Tahiti 80. The insanely catchy song is called "Changes", this video is for the group's first U.S. single, it was directed by Jonas Odell. The album, titled Fosbury, released overseas back in 2005, it is the group's third and most recent album. The disc will officially be released in the U.S. by The Milita Group on November 14th.

Tahiti 80 have already had a considerable amount of success, especially in Japan were the album went double gold. The U.S. release will contain two unreleased tracks, an exclusive bonus EP with three cover songs, and one remix. The group worked with the engineers for N.E.R.D. and Outkast, and you can really tell. French pop and funky beats, what's not to like? Fans of Pheonix are really gonna dig this new album. Here's another tune from Fosbury, tell me you ain't groovin' to this one too...

"Big Day"

You can hear more from Tahiti 80's MySpace.

Order the import here.

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