When I caught Inglorious Basterds last weekend I caught the Teaser Trailer for Christopher Nolan's forthcoming film Inception!
I still don't really have much of an idea of what the film is about, however the tagline says “Your Mind is the Scene of the Crime” and the action sequences seem to echo The Matrix. Seeing as Nolan has brought us The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia, Following, and (arguably his best film) Memento, I expect this to be something special.
The sci-fi thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine, and more. Inception is set to hit theaters July 16th, 2010.
Danish pop-rock/indie innovators Mew released their new full-length album titled No More Stories Are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories The World Is Grey I’m Tired Let’s Wash Away (perhaps the longest album title in quite some time) on August 25.
The prog-influenced journey is one that will take some time to grow on you, but it also is one of their most upbeat and directly poppy albums. The first single from the album is “Introducing Palace Players”.
The Burning Plain is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Babel , 21 Grams, Amores Perros, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada).
The story is a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to these disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies.
The Burning Plain is now available on VOD, XBOX Live and Amazon and will be released theatrically on September 18th.
I recently received American Sunshine, the new album from singer/songwriter Colin Hay (who you may remember as lead vocalist of the 80's band Men at Work) in my inbox, and while I haven't really absorbed it, there is one song in particular that I love! The song is called "I Came in To Your Store" and it's the perfect example of how he can pen such beautiful, yet simple, songs.
Werner Herzog directs and David Lynch produce a very strange tale titled My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.
Inspired by a true story, My Son opens in a a typical middle-class neighborhood in San Diego. The suspect has barricaded himself inside a home and appears to have taken hostages.
Then, in a series of flashbacks, the bizarre story of Brad Macallam begins to emerge. After an ill-fated kayaking trip in a distant land, Brad finds readjustment to suburban life increasingly difficult. As his disaffection grows and his relations with those around him become strained. The detectives try to penetrate the mystery of his story, but the questions only multiply as Brad's unfolding personal and family drama leads to an obsession with an ancient Sophocles play that finally drives him to murder.
The film stars Michael Shannon, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Brad Dourif, Michael Pena, Udo Kier, and the wonderful Grace Zabriskie and will open in select theaters sometime in 2010 (no official release date yet). When I know more so will you!
Sunbears! are an indie/psychedelic/electronic pop duo from Jacksonville, Florida. The band's killer live shows have garnered a ton of regional exposure, due to their colorfully eccentric and energetic live performances include projections of bright imagery, smoke, lights, confetti, and more.
Sunbears! have just released their new Dream Happy Dreams EP, and are setting out on a national tour in Spring of 2009 with Barsuk recording artists Mates Of State and Columbia recording artists Black Kids. Sunbears! are currently performing live in support of their Dream Happy Dreams EP and have also begun writing a third album.
An Education is the story of a teenage girl’s coming-of-age set in Britain in the early 1960's on the cusp of the strait-laced, post-war period and the free-spirited decade to come. The film is directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners) and the screenplay is by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), Aa Education was adapted from a memoir by journalist Lynn Barber, which originally appeared in the literary magazine Granta.
The film stars Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, and Emma Thompson. Look for it in select theaters October 9th.
Toronto electro-duo Woodhands is back! The band has started into a set of tour dates in the US armed with a new remix of Peter Bjorn & John's song "Nothing." They will also be performing at this year's Monolith Festival at Red Rocks. Woodhands is currently working on the followup to their debut from last spring, Heart Attack. The album will be called Remorsecapade and is due out on Paper Bag Records later this year.
In celebration of their return to the US, the band are offering up this remix for mp3 download. Daniel Werb from Woodhands talks about the remix a bit, "...remixing Peter, Bjorn and John was a thrill for us and we wanted to make sure that we didn't just try to ape what they were doing. The vocal lines are so strong that it was easy to build a dance track around them, and the acoustic piano in the back end was our way of bringing out the sadness in the voice while still keeping the track bouncing. And somehow, even though we sped everything up, our version comes out twice as long. Dance music: go figure."
Anna Ternheim and iLike have teamed up to give fans a first peak at Anna's new album, Leaving on a Mayday, out this Tuesday (August 11th) via Verve Forecast. Anna Ternheim's beautiful vocal arrangements pair nicely with Bjorn Yttling's (of Peter Bjorn and John) production.
Red is the sophmore album from Norwegian Dance-punk duo Datarock. I just received their brand new video for the danceable Talking Heads tribute track "True Stories"!
Their blog describes their sound as 'retrofuturism', which seems appropriate as they manage to drag the sounds of the '80s into the future. The band profess that all the instruments used to make the album were made before 1983.
The full trailer for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus recently went online over at Yahoo!
This will get alot of attention due to the fact that this was Heath Ledger's last role. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell all join in to finish Ledger's role, but I have a feeling that Heath will be the one everybody ends up talking about
The film looks wildly original and also stars Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits. I'm not even a big Terry Gilliam fan, but this looks very interesting if only for the acid trip effects and artistry.
Look for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus in select theaters September 24th.
Hollywood actors (Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, aka Dead Man's Bones) recruited a group of kids (the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir) to sing on their forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is out October 6th via Anti.
Today Pitchfork offers up a new tune titled "My Body's a Zombie for You"!
I figured now was a good time as any to drop Part II of my Late Night Sounds Summer Dance Mix!
This Summer Dance Mix includes a classic funky dance groove from ESG, cumbia from Novalima, a dancefloor friendly tune from Pet Shop Boys, India flavored pop from Ravgav (who, back in '04 should have become Britain's next Justin Timberlake...I mean that in a good way), indie rock from White Rabbits, the best UK garage (or British two-step) tune I've heard since the Artful Dodger and Craig David dropped "Re Rewind" back in '00 from MJ Cole, a remix of Esser's insanely catchy "Headlock", and a classic dance remix of Deep Forest.
ESG - "Dance"
Novalima - "Machete"
Pet Shop Boys - 'Before"
Raghav - "Can't Get Enough"
White Rabbits- "Percussion Gun"
MJ Cole - "Gotta Have It" (Control S Remix)
Esser - "Headlock" (True Blue Remix)
Deep Forest - "Sweet Lullaby (Round The World Remix)"
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars of (500) Days Of Summer star in a music video directed by Marc Webb. The video features the two doing some fancy choreography set to She & Him's "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
Locals be sure to mark your calender - San Francisco folk trio The Dodos will be in L.A. at The Getty Museum as part of their Saturdays Off the 405 series, with a FREE outdoor performance THIS SATURDAY (on Aug 8th)!
They will no doubt be playing new material from their brand new album Time To Die! Have a listen to the first single...
The first finished piece of music from The Raveonettes’ fourth album, In & Out Of Control, was unveiled yesterday on Pitchfork. “Suicide” —a sugar-coated, 60s-meets-shoegaze anthem— staffer Tom Breihan into claiming that “[Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo] know exactly how to make their tingly, sinister Spector-sounding pop resonate exactly right.”
After months of anticipation, the track was eagerly awaited by fans who had cataloged the band’s Twitter demos and eagerly watched on during Wagner and Foo’s publicly-documented LP4 recording sessions. It also comes on the heels of the announcement of the band’s expansive Fall tour, set to officially kick off in New York at Webster Hall a week after the album’s release. Full list of dates, links, tracklist and more below.
The Canadian non-profit organization Yellow Bird Project has announced the addition of several new items to their collection of "t-shirts and charity to the tune of indie rock". The organization unveiled a brand-new t-shirt designed by eclectic indie pop outfit Of Montreal (View Right Here) as well as a new official Yellow Bird Project t-shirt and hoodie with new adorable logo and website to match.
To celebrate these new offerings, Yellow Bird Project is teaming up with Filter Magazine for an exclusive reader giveaway. One lucky Filter reader will receive the grand prize- a VIP prize pack with the new Of Montreal t-shirt, the new YBP hoodie and a copy of the organization's soon-to-be-released The Indie Rock Coloring Book. Two runner-ups will win the new YBP t-shirt, and a t-shirt designed by either Bon Iver or The National. The cutoff for the month-long contest is August 27th. Enter Right Here.
Speaking of The Indie Rock Coloring Book (Chronicle Books)...the coloring book features activity pages by acclaimed artist/graphic designer Andy J. Miller. The drawings are inspired by and in conjunction with various artists including Rilo Kiley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Joseph Arthur and The National to name a few. The book is intended to raise awareness of the Yellow Bird Project and its contributing artists with all royalties earned benefiting the charities that have been chosen by YBP artists. The coloring book has already drawn praise from some of the musicians featured therein: "This is the greatest coloring book since coloring was invented," lauded The National's Matt Berninger. The Indie Rock Coloring Book hits shelves in September, but is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com.
Also did you know Te Yellowbird Project had a theme song...and that it's by The Tallest Man on Earth!
Is it too soon to include Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper in my top ten albums of the year?
Julian Plenti is the alter ego of Interpol frontman Paul Banks, who releases his debut solo album this week. Banks explores a wider territory than with Interpol and even reaches an uplifting moment or two (most notably on the Polyphonic Spree-esque "Unwind"), while others tend to lean towards the melancholy.
It was also announced that Julian Plenti will be making a live appearance in September and that he will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday, August 7th.