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November 30, 2009

{Wonderful World}

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I recently got this trailer in my inbox...looks promising.

The plot of revolves around Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick), a failed children’s folk singer, a career proofreader, a compulsive marijuana smoker, and a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. He’s also the most negative man alive. When his Senegalese roommate Ibou (Michael Kenneth Williams) is suddenly struck ill his pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. His only recourse is to pour his energies into a frivolous lawsuit against the city for depraved indifference, but Ben soon finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.

Wonderful World is directed by Josh Goldin. Look for it in select theaters January 8th.

Watch the trailer Here or Right Here...



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{Spoon}

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NPR is streaming Spoon's first single "Written In Reverse" from their forthcoming album Transference (out 1/19 via Merge). The song will be officially released tomorrow!

In the meantime listen to the song via All Songs Considered

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{Graham Nash}

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There's alot of buzz surrounding the forthcoming film Up in the Air (watch the trailer Here) and the soundtrack sounds pretty good too. The film features a mix of great old and new tracks from Elliott Smith, Dan Auerbach, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and more.

The film is directed by Jason Reitman (Juno) and stars George Clooney in what appears to be a redemption story of-sorts. Look for Up in the Air in theaters nationwide December 25th.

My latest discovery is a demo of "Be Yourself" by Graham Nash, which is used in the film.

Have a listen...

Graham Nash - "Be Yourself"

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{Babies}

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When I watched The Fantastic Mr. Fox over the long weekend I caught a trailer for the documentary Babies.

This visually stunning film follows four babies around the world, from first breath to first steps. Shot in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo the documentary captures babies in the earliest stages of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

Focus Features will release Babies in select theaters April 16th, 2010.

Watch the trailer Here or RIght Here...



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{The Strange Fruit Project}

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Hip-hop trio The Strange Fruit Project released their new ( M.A.S.K) Making Art Sound Kool EP a few days ago for FREE!

The M.A.S.K EP features production from Strange Fruit Project’s very own S1, as well as 9th Wonder, Caleb, and Picnic.

Download to the M.A.S.K EP Right Here

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{Me and Orson Welles}

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The second US Trailer for the Richard Linklater's new film "Me and Orson Welles" (starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, and Claire Danes) recently popped up online. Me and Orson Welles premiered in very limited release (NY, LA) over the weekend, but we're hoping this one gets a nationwide release soon!

In the film Efron plays a teenage actor who nabs a small role in a Orson Welles' Julius Caesar. The film portrays one fateful week in the young actor’s life and his encounters with Welles and love.

Watch the trailer Here or RIght Here...



Also, The Criterion Collection's website has video of director Richard Linklater and his "Me and Orson Welles" co-stars Zac Efron and Oscar buzz focal point Christian McKay (who plays Welles in the film) unveiling a plaque that commemorates the location of Welles' famed Mercury Theatre in New York. Welles' daughter, Chris Welles Feder, was also on hand for the ceremony.

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November 19, 2009

{Casper Bangs}

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Casper Bangs (Rob Pierangeli) is a new singer straight from the DC rock scene. Whitespace, a five song EP will be released on December 1st via Planaria and North Sea Records.

Have a listen...

"Queen of Hearts"

Watch the video Right Here

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{Kinema}

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Just got this...British band Kinema's R&B cover of Animal Collective's "My Girl"! Fans of Phoenix might like this band.

Have a listen...

"My Girl"

Also...their Circles EP is up for FREE on Kinema's site

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{Richard Hawley}

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British crooner Richard Hawley just released the second video (for "Open Up Your Door") off his sixth album Truelove's Gutter!

Here's the video for "Open Up Your Door"...



Previously mentioned...

Here's the first single off Truelove's Gutter...

"For Your Lover Give Some Time"

Also listen to a few standouts from his last (excellent) album Lady's Bridge ("Tonight the Streets Are Ours", "Roll River Roll" and "Lady’s Bridge") courtesy of Obscure Sound

Here's the new video "For Your Lover Give Some Time"...



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{Girls}

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I may be a little late on this one, but I can't seem to get Girls "Lust For Life" outta my head!

The San Francisco duo Girls first full-length album (which came out a couple months back) is full of catchy straight forward sunny pop tunes.

Have a listen...

"Lust For Life"

"Laura"

Here's the video for "Lust For Life"...



Here they are performing "Lust For Life" on Pitchfork's Don't Look Down series...



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November 18, 2009

{Ola Podrida}

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Austin-based musician David Wingo (who's day job is a film score composer) returns with Belly of the Lion, the second album under the Ola Podrida moniker. Belly of the Lion follows up the textured acoustic melodies of his self titled debut and expands on them a little. His music is often compared to M. Ward, Bon Iver, or Iron & Wine so if you like them, then give this one a listen.

Have a listen...

"The Closest We Will Ever Be"

"Sink or Swim"

Hear more from Ola Podrida's MySpace

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{Rubix}

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This just in my inbox...dancefloor ready tune from Dutch dj/producer Rubix!

Have a listen...

"Baiser Sur La Disco (Rubix Refix)"

Checkout the video...



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November 17, 2009

{Rjd2}

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Producer/musician/singer extraordinaire Rjd2 has just released three deluxe reissues of his groundbreaking albums originally released on Definitive Jux Records. 2002’s Deadringer, 2003’s The Horror and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke (lauded as one of Spin Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of the Year), are now all in stores with two previously unreleased bonus tracks per album.

Have a listen...

"Good Times Roll Part 1" (off The Horror)

"Good Times Roll Part 2" (off Deadringer)

Hear more from RJD2's MySpace

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November 16, 2009

{Shake Hands With The Devil}

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I got this trailer for Shake Hands with the Devil (based on Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire’s award-winning book) in my inbox.

The story follows Emma, a journalist, as well as the personal journey of General Roméo Dallaire through the 1994 Rwandan genocide and how Dallaire's request for more aid went ignored by the United Nations.

No official release date yet, but Shake Hands with the Devil is slated for limited theaters in early 2010.

Watch the trailer Here or right here...



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{Le Corps Mince de Francoise}

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I got a new track from Finland's electro girl group Le Corps Mince de Francoise. Their forthcoming single "Something Golden" will be featured on their Maison 8 compilation. The single will be available on vinyl and CD as well as downloadable worldwide on December 14th. The track was produced by MIA producer Switch, and also features remixes from Oleo.

Have a listen to a remix...

"Something Golden (Lenny Picko remix)"

Watch the video for "Something Golden" right here...



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{Knightstalker}

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I got a couple of dance-rock tunes from the two-piece band Knightstalker (featuring ex-percussionist from Funeral Party) in my inbox.

Have a listen ...

"Actors"

"Once Mine"

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{The Middle Ones}

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The Manchester and Norwich based duo (but sometimes 5 piece) The Middle Ones are winning over fans with their lo-fi indie folk, complete with close harmonies, an occasional toy instrument, and mountains of charm. They have just released their debut, a 4 track 10" single in hand made scrapbook sleeve.

Have a listen ...

"Young Explorer"

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{Will Straton}

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NY singer/songwriter Will Stratton has just released his new album No Wonder.

Will released his debut album What the Night Said, which he wrote when he was 19 (Sufjan Stevens makes an appearance on it) back in '07. Now he's finally completed his followup, which All Music writes "stirring and hyper-personal yet universally beautiful".

Here's a couple of standouts ...

"Your California Sky"

"Who Will"

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{The Pains of Being Pure at Heart}

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Within a year of releasing their debut album, Brooklyn indie-rockers The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with a new five track EP of all new material!

I recently received this remix of the title track in my inbox...

"Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)"

Hear a couple of tracks off the EP courtesy of AW Music

Here's the video for "Everything With You" (off their debut album)...



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{Annie}

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I recently heard Annie's latest album Don't Stop (releasing stateside this month, but released lat month overseas). I am sadly disappointed, it's just not similar to the same batch of Tom Tom Club-esque dance floor bangers that made up her debut album. The tracks on this new album have more in common with Spears or GaGa.

The album does however, come with a bonus EP titled All Night...and the title track is just the sort of thing I was expecting!

Here's the standout off the bonus EP ...

"All Night"

Hear more from Annie's MySpace

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{Loch Lomond}

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Portland's chamber pop quintet Loch Lomond have been getting alot of playing time on my ipod lately. I recently received an email with links to tracks from Loch Lomond's split disc with The Builders & The Butchers, as well as a new song from their brand new EP!

Having toured extensively this year with The Decemberists and Blitzen Trapper (among others), Loch Lomond now emphasize a directness and sharp pop sensibility that was only hinted at previously.

Paste wrote "If you can't get enough of the spiritual children of Nick Drake (Iron and Wine, Bon Iver, Sun Kil Moon, Alexi Murdoch), Portland Oregon's Loch Lomond is your new favorite band."

Nuff said.

Here's a song apiece off the Loch Lomond/ The Builders & The Butchers 12' Split release...

Loch Lomond - "Field Report"

The Builders & The Butchers - "Vampire Lake"

Here's the closing track from Loch Lomond's brand new EP titled Night Bats...

"Wax and Wire"

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November 05, 2009

{The Cup of Tears}

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I just came across this beautiful trailer for Gary Shore's The Cup of Tears, a gorgeous CGI hybrid samurai sci-fi movie being made in Ireland!

It's simply described as a "visually rich modern fairytale"...I can't add much more. You have to see it for yourself!



Watch the Trailer Right Here...

The Cup of Tears film trailer. Dir. Gary Shore from Gary Shore on Vimeo.



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{Brett Dennen}

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Singer/Songwriter Brett Dennen and New York based Brazilian ex-pats Forro in the Dark collaborated in studio to record new Brazilian flavored versions of hit songs from his 2007 album Hope for the Hopeless and a new track called “Joan of Arc”. The exclusive iTunes Live Session was released yesterday. Forro in the Dark previously recorded with Steve Earle, David Byrne, The Brazilian Girls, and recently Thom Yorke. Nevermind the Jason Mraz and Brett duet "Long Road to Forgiveness"

Here's one of my favs...

"Ain't Gonna Lose You"

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{The Raveonettes}

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When dashing Danish duo The Raveonettes released In And Out Of Control to the masses last month, fans lucky enough to purchase the record from select indie retailers were rewarded with an exclusive bonus disc featuring “Planes Do Crash” and “The Chosen One”, two never-before-heard tracks.

Now The Raveonettes are offering up one of the songs, the jittery soda-shop stomp “The Chosen One" for FREE! Fans who missed out on the physical goods can snag both exclusives when they buy the full album from ThinkIndie.com

Have a listen to a bonus track...

"The Chosen One"

Previously mentioned (a couple of tunes from the new album) Have a listen to a couple of tunes right here...

"Last Dance"

"Suicide"

Hear more from The Raveonettes MySpace

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{Paper Route}

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I recently got this Paper Route Remix of Kid Cudi's wildly contagious single "Day N Nite" in my inbox!

Have a listen...

"Day N Nite" (Paper Route Remix)

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November 04, 2009

{Spoon}

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A track from Spoon’s seventh forthcoming album titled Transference (due out January 25th via Merge) leaked unto the interweb today, but was quickly taken down. Well, I managed to find one live link so mum's the word on this and we'll see how long it's up!

Download "Mystery Zone" Right Here (Taken down per request)

And in case you missed it before, here's "Got Nuffin"

Here's a video teaser for the album...



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November 03, 2009

{Norah Jones}

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For Norah Jones' new album The Fall she enlisted new co-writers Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, while continuing to work with her frequent co-conspirator, Jesse Harris. You can get an Exclusive First Listen courtesy of NPR!

Listen to the album in it's entirety Right Here

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November 02, 2009

{Dead & Lonely}

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Last week IFC debuted the original five-episode Web series Dead & Lonely, written, produced, and directed by cult indie horror filmmaker Ti West (The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil).

In this series, two lonely Los Angeles singles are brought together via the popular Internet dating website DateOrDie.net. The only problem is...one of them is a vampire.

The series stars Bishop Allen frontman Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation, Alexander The Last) and Paige Stark. Dead & Lonely brings the classic vampire love story to the modern Internet dating age. The series unfolds from both the predator's and the victim's perspectives until the characters finally meet. In the vein of Let the Right One In, the series focuses on the mundane reality of the day-to-day life of an immortal, while seeking to humanize her to the degree that she seems almost as desperate and lonely as the rest of modern society.

Begin watch Dead and Lonely Right Here

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{Savant}

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Tucson Arizona's (by way of Chicago) Savant has just released an incredible 8-song EP titled Delayed Entry. Savant brings that underground feel of late 90’s Hip Hop. You can download the EP for FREE!

Don't want to download the whole EP just yet? Then have a listen to couple of tracks first...

"Til Death Do Us Part"

"The Lyricist Threemix"

Download the whole EP Right Here

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{Tahiti 80}

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French outfit Tahiti 80 are back with a forthcoming album titled Activity Center coming out in the US on November 24th. Activity Center is heavy on the pop melodies, with a flair for all things soul and funk for good measure.

Have a listen...

"Unpredictable"

"1000 Times"

Watch the video for "Unpredictable"

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{Plastiscines}

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I just got this ready-for-the-dancefloor Rory Philips remix of (NYLON Records very own) Plastiscines single "Barcelona"!

Have a listen...

"Barcelona (Rory Philips Remix)"

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



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{Duck Sauce}

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I'm really digging this new single from Duck Sauce (aka Armand Van Helden & A-Trak) titled "aNYway".

Grab the single (and the original tune, Final Edition's "I Can Do It (Anyway That You Want It)" courtesy of Kissatlanta

Checkout the video for "aNYway"...



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{True Legend}

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From China comes True Legend (aka Su Qi-Er), the latest martial arts epic from Yuen Woo-Ping, the fight choreographer on all three Matrix movies and Kill Bill. The film stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Man Cheuk Chiu. David Carradine is also listed as part of the cast as well as Jay Chou, who is playing Kato in The Green Hornet.

Su Qi-Er (Man Cheuk Chiu) is the story of a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero known as the "King of Beggars."

The film was produced by Focus Features. There is no US release date yet, but when we know more so will you!

View the Trailer Right Here...



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{Women in Trouble}



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Women in Trouble is an ensemble film about ten women and the trouble in their lives, however, these aren't ordinary women...they're strippers and call girls.

Carla Gugino plays real life porn star Elektra Luxx. She's joined by: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrianne Palicki, Marley Shelton, and Connie Britton. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Simon Baker. This looks like it could be a real hit or miss, but I'm still interested in checking it out.

Screen Media Films brings Women in Trouble to very limited theaters starting on November 13th.

Watch the Trailer Here or Right Here...



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{Bad Lieutenant}

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After finding fame in both Joy Division and New Order, Bernard Sumner returns with a new band, named after Harvey Keitel’s most controversial film, Bad Lieutenant.

Sumner is joined by fellow vocalist Jake Evans, which sees the two sharing lead vocals. The result is a combination of classic New Order sounds and more modern English mood-rock (a la fellow Northerners Doves). Contributors to the band’s debut album, Never Cry Another Tear, also include New Order’s Stephen Morris and Blur’s Alex James.

Have a listen...

"Sink or Swim"

"Dynamo"

Also hear "This is Home" courtesy of He's A Whore

Or hear "Falling Trees" courtesy of Loft and Lost

Here's the new video for "Sink or Swim"...



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{Elliott Smith}

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I can't believe it's now been six years since Elliott Smith's death. After the zillions of albums I've listened to Elliott's remains (and likely always will remain) dearest to me.

Listen to the excellent unreleased tune “Place Pigalle” courtesy of Rawkblog

Here's Elliott playing "Angeles"...



Here's Elliott playing "Between The Bars"...



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