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March 30, 2009

{Niña Dioz}

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There was an interesting article in the LA Times today (Read it Right Here) about Niña Dioz making her US debut at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. They even call her Mexico's answer to M.I.A.

Well I don't know about all that, but she does show promise.

Have a listen...

"Prefiero El Asfalto"

Hear more from Niña Dioz' MySpace

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{Surveillance}

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Clips of this Jennifer Lynch's (daughter of David Lynch) forthcoming film Surveillance popped up online awhile back, but now we get a full-length trailer!

The plot revolves around an FBI agent who tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.

The thriller stars Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond and is set for a June 26th release. David Lynch is also credited as Executive Producer so I'm sure he gave his two cents with the some of the films haunting imagery.

View the Trailer right here...



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{Peter Bjorn and John}

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I haven't really had time to fully absorb Peter, Bjorn & John's forthcoming album Living Thing yet (the album's set for a March 31st release), but I have had a chance to give it a once over and there are definitely a couple of tracks that I already like, which I will host below. Head over to the band's MySpace and listen to the album in it's entirety for yourself!

Here's the video for "Nothing To Worry About". Why can't I stop watching this??? I'm seeing hints of the late 80's Japanese rockabilly flick Mystery Train, the 70's cult classic The Warriors, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Did I mention there's a whole lotta leather?

Peter Bjorn and John "Nothing To Worry About"


Here's a couple of highlights off Living Thing...

"Nothing To Worry About"

"I Want You!"

You can stream the album in it's entirety from Peter Bjorn and John's MySpace

Pre-order Living Thing Right Here.

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{Camera Obscura}

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Camera Obscura make such catchy music. The band's forthcoming album My Maudlin Career (out April 20th) is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2006 album Let’s Get Out Of This Country.

Now, while I may not put My Maudlin Career head-to-head with Let's Get Out Of This Country, it's got enough going for it be on par with any of their other albums...which they've been making for ten years!

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I was gonna host a couple of tracks, but I can see that the songs are already all over the glorious Hype Machine so I'll just go ahead and re-direct you to a few highlights...

Listen to "French Navy" and "The Sweetest Thing" courtesy of Nasty Panda

Also hear "You Told A Lie" and "My Maudlin Career" courtesy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted

Camera Obscura added U.S. Tour dates with a stop at The Glass House June 9th and The Music Box on June 11th. Tickets go on sale for The Glass House this Friday, March 27th. No word yet on The Music Box show sale date.

Hear more from Camera Obscura's MySpace

Pre-order My Maudlin Career Right Here.

Here's the viddy for the lead single "French Navy", a luscious girl-group inspired pop song about falling in love with sailors....



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{Sin Nombre}

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Here's a promising film opening this weekend in select theaters!

The story revolves around a young Honduran woman who joins her father and uncle on a journey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the US. Along the way, she crosses paths with a Mexican gang member, who is attempting to outrun his violent past. Together they must rely on trust and street smarts if they are to survive their journey towards the hope of new lives.

View the trailer Right Here...



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{Ladytron}

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I received Ladytron's Tomorrow Remix EP in the good old fashioned mailbox the other day and I will now pass along a couple of my favorite remixes!

Have a listen...

Ladytron - "Tomorrow" (Jim Abbiss Radio Remix)

Ladytron - "Tomorrow" (Jeuce Rework)

Hear more from Ladytron's MySpace

Pick up the EP Right Here

Here's the video for the original version of "Tomorrow"...



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{Metronomy}

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There’s been a few remixes of Metronomy's "Radio Ladio" knocking around, I recieved a couple of great remixes in my inbox the other day, which I will now share with all of you!

Have a listen...

Metronomy - "Radio Ladio" (Mae Shi Remix)

Metronomy - "Radio Ladio" (Micachu Remix)

Hear more from Metronomy's MySpace

If you do not yet own Metronomy's excellent album Nights Out then I suggest you pick it up Right Here

Here's the video for "Radio Ladio"...



Also, here's the viddy for the best tune off Nights Out "Heartbreaker"...



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March 18, 2009

{Away We Go}

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This Sam Mendes film was written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida so I'm expecting this to be pretty good!

This film is about a couple who are expecting their first child and decide to travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. The film stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph in the lead roles and I gotta admit it all looks a little Juno-like, but this is definitely a thirty-somethings coming of age story. Rounding out the cast are Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Allison Janney, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina, Catherine O’Hara, and Paul Schneider.

Look for Away We Go in select theaters June 5th.

View the trailer Right Here...



Here's the song featured in the trailer...

Alexi Murdoch - "All of My Days"

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{Amadou & Mariam}

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I've been a fan of Amadou and Mariam even before the married couple from Bamako released their critically acclaimed (Manu Chao-produced) Dimanche à Bamako album in 2006 and am looking forward to hearing their forthcoming album Welcome To Mali.

One thing is certain they have become a world music act that it's safe for music fans of all genres to admit liking. The duo even had a number one hit in Germany with the official theme for the World Cup. The two blend Malian blues with Western pop and Welcome To Mali finds them getting even more experimental.

Damon Albarn (producer) touches appear on the opener "Sabali", in which he tweaks Amadou & Mariam's sound in exactly the right direction. Welcome to Mali officially comes out March 24th. They will be headlining a Spring tour and will be opening for Coldplay in July.

Have a listen...

"Sabali"

Watch "Sekebe" live @ Studio 104 in France Right Here

Hear more from Amadou & Mariam's MySpace

Pre-order Welcome To Mali Right Here.

Here's an old video for "Je Pense a Toi"...



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{Mysteries of Pittsburgh}

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Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a coming-of-age tale based on the 1988 novel by Michael Chabon. This was Chabon's first novel, which he began writing when he was a twenty-one-year-old undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. The story revolves around alienated youth, while serving up some familiar details of sex, alcohol and drugs. The film adaptation stars Jon Foster, Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Mena Suvari, and Nick Nolte

Look for Mysteries of Pittsburgh in select theaters March 27th.

View the trailer Right Here...

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Order the novel Right Here

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{Eulogies}

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I recently received Los Angeles' Eulogies forthcoming album Here Anonymous!

The four-piece's forthcoming album Here Anonymous is out April 7th on Dangerbird Records and the band has been tapped as support for this Spring's The Dears/Great Northern US tour. The album features "Two Can Play" (with guest vocalist Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups), which is also found on their Tempted To Do Nothing VinylDisc EP, as well as these two standout tracks posted below.

Have a listen...

"Bad Connection

"This Fine Progression"

Hear more (and get tour dates) Eulogies MySpace

Here's a video preview (featuring the track "Day To Day") of Here Anonymous....



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{Tokyo!}

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This film will includes three shorts from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine, Human Nature), South Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong (The Host) and French director Leos Carax (Pola X)!

The trailer looks visually stunning, as you might expect from anything that uses the city of Tokyo as its backdrop. Tokyo! will release on March 6th in NY and March 20th in LA.

Here’s a rundown of each of the three stories...

“Interior Design” by Michel Gondry: the surreal fable of a young couple who moves to Tokyo in search of a future. While the boy’s ambition to be a movie maker is clear, the girl begins to drifts apart. Both of them will be drowned in the imensity until the girl, feeling alone, discovers something strange.

“Merde” by Leos Carax: a mysterious man spreads confusion on the streets of Tokyo through a succession of irrational and provocative acts. ” The Creature of the Sewers ” as the media have dubbed him, arouse passion or repulsion. He will be captured, judged and then…

“Shaking Tokyo” by Bong Joon-Ho: He is a hikikomori - like many others in Japan, he has withdrawn from all contact with the outside world. When the pizza delivery girl faints during an earthquake, the unthinkable happens - the man falls in love. Will he take the unimaginable step : leaving the dead security of his apartment for the streets of Tokyo?

Here's the song featured in the trailer...

Tokyo Police Club - "Be Good"

View the Trailer right here...



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March 17, 2009

{Chris Isaak}

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Chris Isaak's new album Mr. Lucky (out tomorrow) is now streaming in it's entirety on his MySpace page!

I've always had a soft spot for Chris Isaak. He kinda reminds me of a modern day Roy Orbison...only funnier. Not to mention I loved him in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, an very briefly in Silence of the Lambs)!

He now has his own show on on Biography (not to be confused with his previous Showtime show), where he interviews artists and then has them perform (or performs with them). His guests on the show thus far include: Trisha Yearwood, Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), and Glen Campbell.

"We Let Her Down" is the first single off Mr. Lucky...

Have a listen...

"We Let Her Down"

Listen to Mr. Lucky in it's entirety Right Here.

Here's some scenes from the old "Baby Did A Bad Thing" video (because you can't handle the whole thing)...



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{The Submarines}

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I was quite pleased to find The Submarines Honeysuckle Remixes arrived in my inbox the other day!

The album features remixes of songs from last years Submarines album Honeysuckle Weeks. Remixers include: AmpLive, Free The Robots, Ra Ra Riot, Tonetiger, Morgan Page, Styrofoam, Wallpaper, Alaska in WInter, and Subs' Section Quartet. Amongst my favs are AmpLive's trip-hop heavy remix of "1940" and Wallpaper's disco-infused remix of "Submarine Symphonika".

Have a listen...

"1940 (AmpLive Remix)"

"Submarine Symphonika (Wallpaper Remix)"

Visit The Submarines MySpace for more.

Order the Honeysuckle Remixes Right Here

Here's a video of an interview with the band and then playing "You, Me & The Bourgeoisie" and "Swimming Pool"....



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{C86 Mixtape}

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Back in 1986 the NME issued this mix tape along with a copy of their magazine and, more or less, introduced the world to reverb soaked, fuzz pop with a punk ethos!

For anyone wondering what this C86 Movement was all about Chocolate Bobka is hosting a digital copy of the tape!

C86 tracklist:
1. Primal Scream- Velocity Girl
2. The Mighty Lemon Drops- Happy Head
3. The Soup Dragons- Pleasantly Surprised
4. The Wolfhounds- Feeling So Strange Again
5. The Bodines - Therese
6. Mighty Mighty- Law
7. Stump- Buffalo
8. Bogshed- Run To The Temple
9. A Witness- Sharpened Sticks
10. The Pastels- Breaking Lines
11. The Age of Chance- From Now On, This Will Be Your God
12. Shop Assistant- It's Up To You
13. Close Lobsters- Firestation Towers
14. Miaow- Sport Most Royal
15. Half Man Half Biscuit- I Hate Nerys Hughes (From the Heart)
16. The Servents- Transparent
17. Mackenzies- Big Jim (There's No Pubs in Heaven)
18. Big Flame- New Way
19. We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Not Afraid to Use it- Console Me
20. McCarthy- Celestial City
21. The Shrubs- Bullighter's Bones
22. The Wedding Present- This Boy Can Wait

Download the infamous C86 Mixtape courtesy of Chocolate Bobka

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{Action Painters}

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Action Painters are a tight indie pop/rock band that focus on dancey hooks and melodies, perfect for shakin' your ass to!

"Supermarket" is the track off their forthcoming album due out later this year (with pop Producer Pete Wade), "456 (Live)" is the single off their March Live EP, and "Sooner or Later" is a standout from their debut album.

Enjoy...

"SuperMarket"

"456 (Live)"

"Sooner or Later"

Visit Lightning Inside You's Official Site or Action Painters MySpace for more.

Order the EP Right Here Here's the viddy for "Sooner or Later"... Here's a live video of "456"

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March 03, 2009

{The Watchmen}

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It seems like the day would never come, but The Watchmen finally arrives in theaters this weekend nationwide!

Here's some Rorschach-heavy clips...



While we're on the subject...The Watchmen Soundtrack seems to be a nice mix of classic tunes, here's the tracklisting...

"Desolation Row" (Bob Dylan cover by My Chemical Romance)
"Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole)
"The Times They Are A-Changin" (Bob Dylan)
"The Sound Of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkel)
"Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
I'm Your Boogie Man" (KC & The Sunshine Band)
"You're My Thrill" (Billie Holiday)
"Pruit Igoe & Prophecies" (Philip Glass)
"Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen)
"All Along The Watchtower" (Jimi Hendrix)
"Ride of the Valkyries" (Budapest Symphony Orchestra)
"Pirate Jenny" (Nina Simone)

Here's one of my favs...

"You're My Thrill"

Order the Soundtrack Right Here

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{Metric}

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Following 2005's highly acclaimed Live It Out, Metric returns with their highly anticipated fourth full length studio album Fantasies!

Fantasies will be available in the US April 14

Here's an exclusive acoustic version of "Help, I'm Alive. I was asked not to host the track directly, but to steer you to the official press site where you can download the song after giving them your email...

Download "Help, I'm Alive" (Acoustic) Right Here

Here's the video for "Help, I'm Alive"...



Here's the Help, I'm Alive Documentary...



Hear more from Metric's MySpace

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{Lightning Inside You}

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I recently got my grubbhy paws on the new EP from Lightning Inside You titled Agony of the Leave and it's been on my regular rotation ever since!

Armed with sweet sparse folk tunes, complete with thoughtful lyrics this is one band I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more from in the future.

Here's one of my favs...

"Together, We Make A Compass"

Visit Lightning Inside You's Official Site or Their MySpace for more.

Order the EP Right Here

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{Thunderheist}

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I'm addicted to Thunderheist's naughty electro raps on their new self-titled debut album!

The Toronto/Montreal duo press release states: “Mashing up the minimalism of Detroit techno, the luxuriousness of Moroder-inspired disco and blaring, synth-heavy booty beats with their m.o. of "when you come to the show, someone's getting pregnant," Thunderheist more than deliver on the promise of the early demos that have been floating around the internet for months now.”

The lead single is the infectious "Sweet 16". The album also contains "Bubblegum" and "Jerk It", which have been floating around the web for awhile.

Here's one of my favs...

"Sweet 16"

Order the album Right Here

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{Tokyo Sonata}

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I got an email bout this Festival De Cannes Jury Prize winner about a seemingly ordinary Japanese Family.

Tokyo Sonata is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. A father who loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so.

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s (no relation to Akira Kurosawa) the film is set to release in select theaters March 13th.

View the trailer Here or Right Here...



Order the album Right Here

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{Neko Case}

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Stream the new Neko Case album in it's entirety courtesy of NPR

Here's my fav track...

"Maneater"

Here's a preview of the album...



Order the album Right Here

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{Lisa Hannigan}

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Lisa Hannigan's new album Sea Sew has been growing on me like madd!

Ever since Feist's 2007 album The Reminder, I've held the barometer for the female pop album pretty high and Lisa Hannigan's (former Damien Rice sidekick) new album Sea Sew may very well measure up.

Here's one of my favs...

"I Don't Know"

Here's the cool pop-up book video for "Lillie"...



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