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March 30, 2011

{Typhoon}

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Typhoon were named one of the best bands in Portland last year, and I can see why. I've got links to stream both their full-length album Hunger And Thirst as well as their A New Kind of House EP, which was just released.

Just watch this live performance and you'll see what I mean...



Stream Hunger and Thirst album here

Stream A New Kind of House EP here

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{True Widow}

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Self-described "stonegaze" trio True Widow return with their second album titled As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth, which NPR is now streaming.

Stream the album in it's entirety right here

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March 29, 2011

{13 Assassins}

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Takashi Miike directs the ultra-violent film 13 Assassins, a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film of the same name. The story focuses on a group of unemployed samurai who are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.

Look for this film in select theaters April 29th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{True Legend}

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Optimum Releasing recently debuted the official US trailer for kung fu master Yuen Woo-Ping's (responsible for those killer action sequences in The Matrix, Kill Bill) newest martial arts epic True Legend. The film stars Man Cheuk Chiu, Xun Zhou,Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine in his last role.

Look for this film in select theaters March 13th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Diego Garcia}

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Former frontman of indie rock band Elefant, Diego Garcia is set to release his debut album titled Laura on April 5th, via Nacional Records. Note that this is a very different sound from his previous work.

Have a listen to the first single "You Were Never There"...



Here's another one called "Stay"...


Stay by Mace550

NPR is streaming the album in it's entirety. Have a listen here

Watch the video for "You Were Never There"...



Here's one of Elefant's finer moments...



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{Metronomy}

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British indie-pop act Metronomy return with their forthcoming album titled The English Riviera (to release April 11th via Because Music).

Have a listen...


Metronomy - She Wants by im'aprovidergirl


Metronomy - The Look by 1FTP

"Megafauna"

Here's the video for "The Look"...



Here's the video for "She Wants"...



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March 28, 2011

{The Raveonettes}

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The Raveonettes' third record for Vice is titled Raven in the Grave (album drops on April 5th). They give us a tease with the catchy first single "Forget That You're Young".

Have a listen...

"Forget That You're Young" (Courtesy of Pitchfork)

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March 24, 2011

{Le Quattro Volte}

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Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) is Michelangelo Frammartino's philosophically minded four-part docu-essay is an ode to the belief that animal, vegetable and mineral are ultimately one.

Look for this film in select theaters March 30th.

View the trailer right here

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{Miral}

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From Julian Schnabel (director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, Basquiat) comes Miral, the story of four women whose lives intertwine in search for justice amid conflict.

Look for this film in select theaters March 25th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Beautiful Boy}

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Beautiful Boy is a somber film about a married couple (Michael Sheen and Maria Bello) trying to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life.

Look for this film in select theaters this June.

View the trailer here or right here...



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March 23, 2011

{Cornershop}

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Cornershop returns with The Double-O Groove Of, a chill Indian funk jam with vocalist Bubbley Kaur.

Have a listen...

"Topknot"

Listen to "Supercomputed":
Cornershop - 'Supercomputed' (Old Timemachine Version) by cornershop

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March 22, 2011

{Noah and The Whale}

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I've mentioned Noah and The Whale's new album Last Night On Earth before, but I've got a couple video links and a remix too!

Have a listen to my fav tune...

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N"

Here's a remix...

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." (Fake Blood Remix)

You can stream the album in it's entirety via a cassette player (just push play button) right here

Here's the video for 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.'...



Here they are playing "Give It All Back" (Live from RAK Studios)...



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{Voxhaul Broadcast}

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LA-based indie upstarts Voxhaul Broadcast are set to release their long awaited debut full-length, Timing Is Everything. AOL Spinner is streaming the album in it's entirety.

Have a listen right here or from their Timing is Everything bandcamp

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March 21, 2011

{Generationals}

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Generationals are a New Orleans duo who are about to release their album Astor-Castor (March 29th via Park The Van Records). The album is now streaming courtesy of KCRW.

Have a listen...



Here's the video for "Trust"

Generationals - Trust from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.



Also, i recently stumbled across the video for the song “Victim of Trap”, which is set to eerie images of the abandoned Six Flags near New Orleans, which was flooded in 2005 and no one has touched since.



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March 17, 2011

{Teams}

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I'm digging this bedroom-eyed sample heavy mash by Knoxville producer Teams. This comes just before the release of his new collaborative EP with Star Slinger, out January 24th on Mexican Summer.

Have a listen...



Hear more right here

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March 16, 2011

{The Charlatans}

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Brit pop legends The Charlatans return with Warm Sounds EP, a selection of reworked versions of Charlatans classics including ‘North Country Boy’, ‘Only One I Know’ and ‘One To Another’.

Have a listen...

"North Country Boy"

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{No Lo Soporto}

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I can't get this song "Nunca Iré" from Argentine rock band No Lo Soporto (featuring Gustavo Cerati) off my rotation. It's off their new album Avión.

Have a listen...

"Nunca Iré"

Here's the video (dig the Twilight Zone spoof)...



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March 15, 2011

{Joueuse}

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Joueuse (Queen To Play) stars Sandrine Bonnaire as a middle-aged chambermaid who’s newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role), transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the process.

Look for this film in select theaters April 1st.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Cave of Forgotten Dreams}}

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary from Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man). The film follows Herzog’s exclusive expedition into the highly guarded Chauvet Cave in France, home of the most ancient and inaccessible pictorial artwork known to have been created by man.

Look for this film in select theaters April 29th.

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{{A Better Life}

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A Better Life tells the story of a gardener in East L.A., whose life amounts to trying to make a better one for his son.

Look for this film in select theaters June 24th.

View the official redband trailer here or right here...



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{American: The Bill Hicks Story}

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Known as an outlaw comic, Bill Hicks (one of my all time favorite comics) spent his life touring the world performing his act, whilst at the same time trying to deliver a message. He unfortunately succumbed to cancer at the early age of 32, just as his popularity was soaring. This documentary attempts to show us the man behind the message.

The documentary combines live action with an animation technique manipulating 1,000s of photographs to uniquely immerse the audiences in his world, which is re-told from the point-of-view of the people who shared it with him.

Look for this film in select theaters April 8th.

View the official redband trailer here or right here...



Here's a couple of his finest moments (Warning these contain foul language)...





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{The Sandwitches}

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Bay area trio The Sandwitches blend old-time americana, 60's garage, soul and country. Their forthcoming album Mrs. Jones' Cookies has been keeping me company this fine sunny day.

Here's a couple of highlights (Courtesy of Gorilla Vs Bear)...

"Lightfoot"

"Joe Says"

This tune ("Nightingale") is another highlight...

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March 14, 2011

{Low}

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Shoegaze band Low return with their ninth album C'mon (via Sub Pop). This album hasn't really grown on me, but there a definitely a few standouts.

This is my fav tune...


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This tune ("Nightingale") is another highlight...



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{Ra Ra Riot}

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One of my favorite indie-pop bands Ra Ra Riot have just released their Too Dramatic EP. There is a Morning Benders remix of the title track and this catchy little non-album tune.

Have a listen...

"Megafauna"

Here they are performing "Too Dramatic"...



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{The Pains of Being Pure at Heart}

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Stream The Pains of Being Pure at Heart forthcoming album Belong (out March 29th via Slumberland). I'm really enjoying this album, "Heart in you Heartbreak" is where it's at!



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March 09, 2011

{Wagon Christ}

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Electronica legend Luke Vibert returns, under the Wagon Christ moniker, with his album Toomorrow (via Ninja Tune). The album is full of exotica and psychedelic grooves with samples galore.

Have a listen...

"Lazer Dick"

Here's a minimix of the album...

Wagon Christ - 'Toomorrow' Album Minimix by Ninja Tune

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{The Woodlands}

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Portland's indie folk husband and wife duo The Woodlands have just released a synthpop remix EP of 5 tracks from their self-titled debut album, with a little help from Heavy Hands.

Have a listen to the EP right here

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{Hard Mix}

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Download Defaults, the debut album from South Carolina's hazy electronic producer Noah Smith aka Hard Mix for free (via Dovecote Records). Dovecote will also release a 12" of the single "Memories" as Hard Mix readies a second full length album scheduled for later this year.

Have a listen to "Now Her" (Courtesy of Pitchfork)

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{Beach Fossils}

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New York lo-fi band Beach Fossils return with a new EP titled What A Pleasure, and what a pleasure it is! I was gonna post "Out in the Way" (featuring Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing), but this song "Fall Right In" was screaming out at me.

Have a listen...

"Fall Right In"

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March 07, 2011

{Federico Aubele}

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Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele's new album Berlin 13 finds him awash in acoustic guitar licks, heavy rhythms and dub atmospherics. The album features guest appearances by Jesse Harris, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Mauro Refosco (of Forro in The Dark and Thom Yorke's live band). The album also finds him singing in English. Personally, I think his songs sound better in Spanish, but there are certainly some standouts on here.

Have a listen...

"Ojala"

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{AGF and Craig Armstrong}

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Scottish composer Craig Armstrong (most known for scoring Romeo & Juliet) and electronic artist AGF composed and performed original music for a staging the Virginia Woolf masterpiece Orlando. It's mostly soundtrack music and more ambient electronic than anything else. This one is probably only for a select few.

Have a listen...

"For Ever and Ever and Ever Alone"

I feel compelled to give y'all a real Craig Armstrong song now. Here's one of my favs...

"This Love"

Stream Orlando right here

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{David Berkeley}

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I first came across nomadic singer/songwriter David Berkeley years ago at Hotel Cafe in L.A. and I've been a fan of his ever since. His latest album Some Kind of Cure might not be his strongest album to date, but there are definitely some gems. "George Square", "The Blood and The Wine" are a few of my favs. I've got a link to stream his album in it's entirety below. His sound is often compared to Nick Drake or David Gray.

Have a listen...

"Parachute"

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{The Dodos}

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San Francisco folk rockers The Dodos are set to release their next album No Color on March 15th. NPR is streaming the album in it's entirety, and let me just say it's all about the drums!

Here's a standout...

"When Will You Go Home"

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March 03, 2011

{Attack the Block}

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Written by Joe Cornish (The Adam & Joe Show) and the producers of Shaun of the Dead. Attack The Block is a British comedy/ action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters.

There is no US distributer for this film as of yet, but when we know more so will you.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives}

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Synopsis: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. (This film won the palme d'or at Cannes)

This film is currently playing in select theaters.

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{Meek's Cutoff}

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Here's the synopsis: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy.

The film is directed by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Old Joy) and stars Michelle Williams.

Look for this film in select theaters April 8th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Noah and The Whale}

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I was only gonna focus on movie trailers tonight, but I just can't stop listening to Noah and The Whale's forthcoming album Last Night On Earth (out March 7th).

Have a listen to my fav tune...

"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N"

You can stream the album in it's entirety via a cassette player (just push play button) right here

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March 02, 2011

{Lupe Fiasco}

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Lupe Fiasco's forthcoming album Lasers officially releases March 8th, but the album recently leaked. A little bird dropped a copy my way and I simply can't listen to anything else right now. I'm going to get my fill now, before the radio stations ruin it!

Have a listen to "Til I Get There"...



"I Don't Wanna Care Right Now"...



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{Kurt Vile}

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Folk/psychedelic singer/songwriter Kurt Vile will release his forthcoming album Smoke Ring For My Halo on March 7 via Matador. The album is now streaming over at NPR!

Here's a couple of highlights...

"In My Time"

"Jesus Fever"

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{The Mountain Goats}

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The Mountain Goats new forthcoming album All Eternals Deck (out March 29th via Merge) is now streaming over at NPR!

Stream the album in it's entirety right here

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{Death Cab For Cutie}

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Ben Gibbard played a new Death Cab song off the forthcoming album Codes And Keys (out May 31st via Atlantic Records), and a new solo song Sunday at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival.

"Codes and Keys"...


Codes And Keys (Gibbard Solo, Live in SF) by TwentyFourBit.com

"When The Sun Goes Down"...


When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street (Gibbard Solo, Live in SF) by TwentyFourBit.com

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March 01, 2011

{Rural Alberta Advantage}

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Canadian indie rockers Rural Alberta Advantage's new album Departing came out today (via Paperbag/Saddle Creek).

Have a listen to a couple of standouts...

"North Star"

"Stamp"

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{Akron/Family}

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I've had this catchy tune from indie darlings Akron/Family stuck in my head for the past few days.

Have a listen...

Akron/Family - Silly Bears by METRO Magazine

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{Mike and Cody}

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Get this infectious dancefloor ready tune in and out of your system now before the kids ruin it!

Have a listen...



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{Bibio}

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Electro genre jumper Bibio will release his album Mind Bokeh on March 29th (via Warp).

Have a listen to a standout...

"Anything New"

Here's the brand new video for "Excuses"...



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