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July 30, 2008

{Smoking Popes}

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Di you know that The Smoking Popes have reunited and their new album is out now!

Stay Down is the Chicago band’s first studio album in nine years...and it doesn't seem like a day has past. The new songs sound like classic Smoking Popes material. The opener, “Welcome to Janesville,” and the anthemic “Grab Your Heart and Run” to the tuneful ballads “If You Don’t Care” and “It’s Never Too Late (For Love).” The album even closes with a refreshing acoustic touch in the romantic pangs of “First Time.”

The band’s last studio album was The Party’s Over, a collection of covers, in 2003.

Here's a highlight...

"If You Don't Care"

Hear more from the The Smoking Popes MySpace

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July 29, 2008

{X-Men Origins: Wolverine}

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The X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer that premiered at Comic Con keeps getting taken down online before most peeps can view it, but now it can be found...for the time being.

The plot revolves around Wolverine who lives a mutant life, and seeks revenge against Victor Creed (who will later become Sabertooth) for the death of his girlfriend, and ultimately ends up going through the mutant Weapon X program.

Watch the Trailer right here...



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{Noah and The Whale}

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Get ready to say hello to your new favourite band!

This London quartet pen poetic pop songs in the vein of Belle and Sebastian or Acid House Kings and the group's new single "Five Years Time" surely one of the summer's most infectious tunes.

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"Five Years Time" features a toe tapping melody punctuated by whistling, ukulele and some wispy backing vocals from Laura Marling, who just recently became a full-time band member. The band got their name from the film The Squid and the Whale (and also from the director’s name Noah Baumbach). Their debut album officially releases on August 11th, but in the meantime you can listen to a handful of tunes floating around the net.

Stream "Five Years Time" Right Here

Also hear "2 Bodies 1 Heart"

Listen to more from Noah and The Whale's MySpace

Watch the video for "Five Years Time" right here...



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{Murs and 9th Wonder}

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Murs and 9th Wonder have just put out a killer new mixtape and the best part is it's FREE!

Indie hip-hop stars Murs and 9th wonder have released the free download album, Sweet Lord. I've had this on constant rotation all day. You can download the entire album directly from the Murs & 9th Wonder site, and if you like it , which I'm sure you will, be sure to donate.

Download Sweet Lord in it's entirety Right Here

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July 28, 2008

{High on Stress}

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Ok, enough movie posts already, let's get down to music!

I get alot of music in my inbox, unfortunetely I don't always have the time to get around to listening to it all. Every now and then however, I get some great new music that really I'm glad I checked out. High on Stress is one such band!

This Minneapolis quartet play melancholy country-tinged rock that might appeal to fans of Josh Rouse, Wilco, or The Replacements. Guitarist/singer Nick Leet finds that perfect balance of alt country with a pop, resulting in an album that stands up to repeated listens . I'm gonna post a couple of highlights from their latest album titled Moonlight Girls as well as a brand new song that is going to be on their forthcoming album, which is scheduled for a release towards the end of the summer.

Here's a couple of my fav tunes from Moonlight Girls...

"Gold Star"

"You Have Conversations with Jesus"

Here's a brand new track from their forthcoming album...

"Copy Light Parade"

You can hear more from High on Stress' MySpace (Be sure to listen to one of my other favs "No Such Thing As An Easy Break")

Order Moonlight Girls Right Here

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{The Brothers Bloom}

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Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for Rian Johnson's second film The Brothers Bloom. Rian Johnson is the clever guy who brought us the fantastic indie gem Brick a few years back.

The Brothers Bloom looks like a wacky film that follows a couple of con men who decide to take one last job. The film stars stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and (Babel's) Rinko Kikuchi. Look for The Brothers Bloom in select theaters on October 24th.

Watch the Trailer here or right here...



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{Oliver Stone's W}

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Over the weekend an official trailer for Oliver Stone’s forthcoming George W. Bush biopic (titled W) went online.

The film stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Ioan Gruffudd as Tony Blair, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, Jason Ritter as Jeb Bush, Noah Wyle as Donald Evans, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer and Toby Jones as Karl Rove. Look for W in theaters October 17th.

Watch the Trailer here or right here...



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{Rain of Madness}

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Paramount came up with a killer marketing tactic for the forthcoming comedy Tropic Thunder. They made a mockumentary titled Rain of Madness about the making of the film that completely mimics Hearts of Darkness, which is about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

Tropic Thunder is directed by Ben Stiller (Zoolander) and written by Etan Cohen ("King of the Hill", Idiocracy) and actor Justin Theroux (who is also in the film). The movie stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, and Steve Coogan. Tropic Thunder arrives in theaters everywhere on August 15th.

You can find more info on the mockumentary from the Rain of Madness Site

View the Trailer...



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{Punisher: War Zone}

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There is a new ultra violent Red Band trailer for Punisher: War Zone.

Is it just me or does this have too much of a Steven Segal sorta feel to it? Punisher War Zone arrives in theaters December 5th, 2008.

Watch the Red Band Trailer right here...



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July 21, 2008

{Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band}

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Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band's forthcoming album went online today!

I haven't absorbed the album yet, but I've been listening to "Milk Thistle" over and over. I think this song ranks among Conor's best. Give it (and the rest of the album) a listen and see for yourself.

Stream the album in it's entirety Right Here

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{Caliber}

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I will be at San Diego's Comic Con later this week looking for more info on this one!

Filmmaker John Woo has been hired to direct the adaptation of the forthcoming graphic novel Caliber that will debut next week at Comic-Con.

The comic will be narrated by the series' Native American Merlin, named Jean Michel, the five-part Caliber revolves around a pistol called the Lawmaker that one man is destined to wield. The comic story sets King Arthur and his knights as 19th century gunslingers in the Pacific Northwest.

Seeing as The Dark Knight may have changed the rules of adapting a comic book film, It will be interesting to see how Caliber will pan out.

Get more info from Radical Comics Site

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{Towelhead}

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Alan Ball (Oscar winning writer of "American Beauty" and creator of "Six Feet Under") adapts and directs Towelhead, which is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Alicia Erian.

The plot revolves around Jasira, who is thrown into an unfamiliar suburban world and must confront racism and hypocrisy at home and at school. Aat the same time struggle to make sense of her raging hormones and newfound sexuality. Towelhead stars Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi and newcomer Summer Bishil.

Look for Towelhead in theaters August 8th.

View the Trailer

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{The Postelles}

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I'm a little late on getting around to listening to this one, but I'm really glad I finally remembered to give this a listen!

The Postelles are a fresh faced New York City band that created a buzz with the pop-smart track "123 Stop" produced by The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr.

The Postelles Self-Titled EP dropped earlier this year, and finds influence in The Strokes, Billy Joel, and The Ramones. The quartet's debut full-length is scheduled to drop sometime this summer.

In the meantime, download five great songs from The Postelles MySpace

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{Heroes Villians}

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The new Heroes wepisodes are neat, but the new season of Heroes, titled Villians, will kick off with a two-hour premiere on September 22nd. Here's a preview...



Get some spoilers Right Here if you like

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July 16, 2008

{Heroes}

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NBC's Heroes have released the first of three webisodes!

The episodes are completely free and only a few minutes long. The first is titled A Nifty Trick and features a character that has a familiar power to comic book fans. The first webisode is great and I'm looking forward to viewing the next two. Heroes new season titled Villians will kick off with a two-hour premiere on September 22nd.

Watch the first webisode from the Heroes Site

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July 15, 2008

{Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog}

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Joss Whedon’s brand new web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog has just went online!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog stars Neil Patrick Harris as an aspiring super villain named Dr. Horrible, who hopes to gain admission into the Evil League of Evil. Through song and dance he must deal with his arch-enemy Captain Hammer (played by Nathan Fillion) and deal with his crush on the girl at the local laundrymat.

The episodes are completely free! Act II and III will be available on Thursday July 15th and Saturday July 17th.

Watch the first episode from the Official Site

View the teaser trailer...


Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

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{Spirit}

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A new trailer for Frank Miller’s forthcoming film The Spirit recently found its way online!

The new trailer focuses on the women characters in the film, before introducing Samuel L. Jackson as the main villain, The Octopus. The Spirit has that similar Sin City look (which Miller also wrote) and marks Frank Miller's directorial debut.

Look for The Spirit in theaters December 25th.

View the new trailer right here...



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{Late Night Sounds Summer Dance Mix '08}

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The Late Night Sounds Mix is now the Late Night Sounds Muxtape because it's so much easier that way!

The Late Night Sounds Summer Dance Muxtape features new and old tunes from: Calvin Harris, Lalo Guerrero y sus Cinco Lobos, Otis Redding, Veronica Maggio, From Bubblegum To Sky, The Smoke, Air France, Bounce Camp, CCS, Audio Bullys, Chantal Goya...enjoy!

Listen to the Late Night Sounds Muxtape Right Here

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{Quarantine}

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Awhile back we posted about the forthcoming film Quarantine. Well, now a new trailer has surfaced online that gives us a more detailed look!

John Dowdle's film is an American remake of Spanish horror film [rec]., which film follows a TV news crew that gets trapped with a hazmat crew in a CDC quarantined apartment building which has been infected by something unknown. When the quarantine is eventually lifted, the only evidence of what happened is the news crew’s videotape (ala Cloverfield).

Look for Quarantine in theaters October 10th.

View the new trailer (in High-Def) courtesy of Yahoo

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July 14, 2008

{Darla Rose}

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The Modern Mega State proudly announces the (FREE) release of the debut album from Darla Rose, entitled The Beat Of My Heart!

The incredibly cute New Jersey native and current Brooklyn resident writes songs loaded with bubbly nostalgia and infectious melodies, all backed by The Modern Mega State Band. Comparisons have been made to early Juliana Hatfield and Frente.

Here's a couple of my favs...

"Number One"

"I Tried"

Download The Beat of My Heart in it’s entirety Right Here

Get more info from Darla Rose's MySpace

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{Choke}

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A red band trailer for Chuck Palahniuk's Choke has recently surfaced online!

The raunchy and hilarious red band trailer for Chuck Palahniuk's Choke looks promising. Fox Searchlight is banking that Choke will be one of this years big indie hits.

Choke is both written and directed by first-time filmmaker and actor Clark Gregg. The film is an adaption of Fight Club writer Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name. Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was bought by Fox Searchlight for around $1 million.

Warning: this trailer contains nudity and sex.

Look for Choke in theaters May 20th.

View the Red Band Trailer right here...



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{Inglorious Bastards}

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Info on Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming war flick Inglorious Bastards recently surfaced! (*above is a pic from the 70's Italian war movie of the same name)

In one bit of dialogue from the film Raine tells his men: "Every man under my command, owes me, one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me, one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred Nazi's or you will die trying."

The events are spread across 165 pages and five chapters -
Chapter One: Once Upon a Time, Nazi Occupied France
Chapter Two: Inglorious Bastards
Chapter Three: German Night in Paris (to be filmed in "French New Wave Black and White")
Chapter Four: Operation Kino
Chapter Five: Revenge of the Giant Face.

Look for Inglorious Bastards in theaters in June '09.

Read more courtesy of the Latino Review

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{Joseph Arthur}

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Joseph Arthur's fourth and final EP, Foreign Girls, is out now. All four EPs -- The EP series, which includes Could We Survive, Crazy Rain, Vagabond Skies and now Foreign Girls, is a prelude to the forthcoming album Temporary People, by Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts (in stores September 30th).

Here's a highlight...

"Lovely Cost"

Get a special offer to get two copies of Foreign Girls, along with a limited art print done by Joseph, for $20 Right Here

Here's some tour dates..

July 15 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour*
July 16 - San Diego, CA - Anthology*
July 18 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
July 20 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall*
July 21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
July 22 Seattle, WA - Triple Door*
July 24 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club*
July 26 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
* with Anna Ternheim

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July 09, 2008

{Veronica Maggio}

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Veronica Maggio has quickly found her way unto my regular rotation, despite singing entirely in Swedish. Her latest album titled Och Vinnaren Ar is European pop with a neo-Motown twist...and with just the right balance of lush orchestration.

Here's a couple of highights...

"Stopp"

"Dumpa Mei"

Hear more from Veronica Maggio's site

Here's the video for "Stopp"...



Here's the video for "Måndagsbarn"...



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{Garden Party}

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I was invited to attend the screening of the forthcoming indie film Garden Party this friday in Los Angeles.

The plot surrounds a 15-year-old girl (April) who is running from one bad situation into another, hoping to find an answer that doesn't involve taking off her clothes. As April navigates Los Angeles, she falls in with a group of confused kids struggling to chase their dreams. The black widow at the center of this web is a sexy, pot-dealing realtor named Sally St. Clair. Anyone who gets too close falls victim to her kinky entanglements. For some it goes bad, for others worse, but that's just a day in the life of the Garden Party - where everyone has a story.

Look for Garden Party in select theaters on July 11th.

View the Trailer right here

I was also sent a zip file of a few tunes from the soundtrack from Erik Scott Smith (who plays aspiring musician Sammy in the film). 2 originals by Erik (“Hollywood” and “Victory Marks”) and a cover of a Rickie Nelson song (“Garden Party”). Copy the zip link here...

http://link.deep-focus.net/roadside/GP_AUDIOFiles.zip

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{Gary Wilson}

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You Think You All Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story DVD+CD to release this week!

Championed by the likes of Beck and Matt Groening and obsessed over by record collectors, Gary Wilson's album, You Think You Really Know Me, is considered by some to be one of the most unique and personal musical statements of the 1970s.

Director Michael Wolk set out to learn more about the man behind the record, only to find that he had all but vanished shortly after it's original release. You Think You Really Know Me - The Gary Wilson Story is a look at the fascinating, yet bittersweet, life of a musician well ahead of his time and ripe for rediscovery.

Don't Knock The Rock's will be presenting Gary Wilson performing live following the screening of You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story w special guest Ariel Pink will take place Thursday night (July 10th) at The Silent Movie Theater (on Fairfax Ave) in L.A.

Here's one of my fav Gary Wilson tunes...

"Chromium Bitch (O.G, 1976 Version)"

Get tickets Right Here

View the You Think You All Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story trailer right here...



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July 07, 2008

{The Streets}

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Awhile back Mike Skinner announced that The Streets’ fourth album Everything Is Borrowed would be coming soon, he also stated that the album would be the last.

Now The Streets are offering all a chance to stream samples of the songs off Everything Is Borrowed on his MySpace page, which, judging from the samples should be a pretty great album!

Listen to samples from Everything is Borrowed from The Streets MySpace

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{Elegy}

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Elegy is a forthcoming film based on the novel by Phillip Roth, directed by Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me, Paris, je t'aime), and stars Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Peter Sarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson and Dennis Hopper.

Elegy follows the passionate relationship between a college professor and a young woman whose beauty ravishes him. As their intimate connection transforms them, a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. Look for Elegy in select theaters on August 8th.

View the Trailer (courtesy of Moviefone) right here

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{Travis}

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Travis will be releasing their forthcoming album Ode to J. Smith this fall. However, "J. Smith", the first track from the album has been released on limited edition vinyl EP with two B-Sides. The title track sounds like early Travis (think Good Feeling), while the other two songs showcase their softer side.

This one is my fav of the bunch...

"Sarah"

Order the J. Smith EP right here

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{The Panics}

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Originally I began scrolling my iPod to compile a list of some of my favorite albums this year. In doing so I found a great song ("Don't Fight It' from The Panics album Cruel Guards) that I had played on one of my Late Night Sounds mixes.

Unfortunetely (for me) the album never found it's way into my rotation, so I've been listening to it alot lately and I have quickly realized that this was one of The Best Albums of the Year...last year!

The Australian band's sound relies on infectious Brit-pop flavored melodies and catchy indie-rock. If you too missed hearing the album upon it's release (there was surprisingly very little coverage of the album), then don't hesitate to give Cruel Guards a listen.

Have a listen right here...

"Don't Fight It"

"Get Us Home"

Hear more from Cruel Guards over on The Panics MySpace

here's the video for "Feeling is Gone"...



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{Mirrors}

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Perhaps you may have seen a preview of Mirrors if you've been to watch a movie lately. It's very likely that you weren't all together impressed, but that's because you haven't seen the gory Red Band Trailer that has recently popped up online!

The story revolves around an ex-cop (Kiefer Sutherland) and his family, who are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Look for Mirrors in theaters on August 15th.

View the Red Band Trailer (courtesy of IGN) right here (*Not for the squeamish)

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{Albert Hammond Jr}

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have you listened to The Strokes sideman Albert Hammond Jr's new album Como Te Llama yet? Initially I wasn't too fond of it, but it's beginning to grow on me.

Listen to Como Te Llama in it's entirety from Albert Hammond Jr's MySpace

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July 01, 2008

{Earlimart}

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Today (July 1st) Earlimart released their new album titled Hymn and Her! I have yet to fully absorb the album, but it sounds promising thus far. Hymn And Her is the follow-up to Earlimart’s critically acclaimed album Mentor Tormentor.

After going through personnel changes, the band was pared down to the duo of Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray. Locking themselves in the studio to write and record an album in just four weeks, building on the success of “Happy Alone” (a standout track from Mentor Tormentor, which is currently featured in an extended run on a promo campaign for FX’s “The Riches”), Ariana contributed three songs to Hymn And Her, further showcasing her vocal and lyrical talents.

Listen to the excellent "Song For" Courtesy of Baby, You Got A Stew Goin'

Also, listen to "For the Birds" and "Cigarettes and Kerosene" Courtesy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted

Here's Earlimart's tour dates:
Thu., 7/17: San Diego, CA Casbah
Fri., 7/18: Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Sat., 7/19: San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
Sun., 7/20: Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue., 7/22: Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Fri., 7/25: Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
Sat., 7/26: Chicago, IL The Hideout
Wed., 7/30: Cambridge, MA Middle East
Thu., 7/31: Brooklyn, NY Masonic Temple
Fri., 8/1: Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
Sat., 8/2: Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Tue., 8/5: Austin, TX The Mohawk
Sat., 8/9: Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar

Order Hymn and Her Right Here

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{ In Search of a Midnight Kiss}

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I'm looking forward to watching the indie comedy/romance flick In Search of a Midnight Kiss. The film premiered to warm reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.

In Search of a Midnight Kiss is written and directed by Alex Holdridge, Midnight Kiss tells of Wilson, who, considering he'll be broke and alone on New Year's Eve, is convinced by his best friend to post a personal ad online. Through that he meets Sara and the story unfolds. Look for In Search of a Midnight Kiss in select theaters on August 1st.

View the Trailer (courtesy of Moviefone) right here

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