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April 25, 2011

{Newport Beach Film Festival}

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Hey locals, just a reminder that the Newport Beach FIlm Festival is going on this coming week (April 28 through May 5th). There will be a Latino showcase and an Asian showcase, as well as films from Sweden, Italy, France, Australia, Ireland.

I will be on holiday, but I will be sending a correspondent and will fill you in on some of the festival highlights when I am back at my desk!

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April 24, 2011

{Hola Spain}

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I made a few mixes of artists from the countries I will be visiting while on vacation and I thought I'd share! I tried to keep 'em around the 30min mark, but I ran a little over so give 'em a few minutes to load.

(Fun fact: Manu Chao is the only artist I know that can sing in all three languages, so I conveniently put him at the number eight spot on each mix)

Here's the tracklisting:
1. El Guincho - "Bombay"
2. Polock - "Fireworks"
3. Andrés Calamaro - "Cartas Sin Marcar"
4. Crystal Fighters - "Follow"
5. El Chojin - "Dedo Corazon"
6. Zoé - "Nada"
7. Pereza - "Todo"
8. Manu Chao - "Me Llaman Calle"
9. Ojos De Brujo - "Todos Mortales"
10. Delorean - "Real Love" (LightsOverLA Remix)

Have a listen...

"Hola Spain"

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April 22, 2011

{Olá Portugal}

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I made a few mixes of artists from the countries I will be visiting while on vacation and I thought I'd share! I tried to keep 'em around the 30min mark, but I ran a little over so give 'em a few minutes to load.

(Fun fact: Manu Chao is the only artist I know that can sing in all three languages, so I conveniently put him at the number eight spot on each mix)

Here's the tracklisting:
1. Sara Tavares - "Balance" (GMLAB Remix)
2. Buraka Som Sistema - "Yah!"
3. Megafone - "Acordai"
4. Da Weasel - "Dialectos da Ternura"
5. Ornatos Violeta - "Capitao Romance"
6. Setima Legiao - "Aguarela"
7. Sativa - "54 56"
8. Manu Chao - "Minnha Galera"
9. Boss AC - "Baza Baza"
10. Rui De Silva - "On My Mind"

Have a listen...

"Olá Portugal"

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{Bonjour France}

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I made a few mixes of artists from the countries I will be visiting while on vacation and I thought I'd share! I tried to keep 'em around the 30min mark, but I ran a little over so give 'em a few minutes to load.

(Fun fact: Manu Chao is the only artist I know that can sing in all three languages, so I conveniently put him at the number eight spot on each mix)

Here's the tracklisting:
1. Yelle - "S'eteint Le Soleil"
2. Daft Punk - "Face To Face"
3. Plastic Bertrand - "Ca Plane Pour Moi"
4. Phoenix - "Long Distance Call"
5. Zaz - "Je Veux"
6. Jacques Dutronc - "J'Ai Mis Un Tigre Dans Ma Guitare"
7. Cassius - "I Love You So"
8. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
9. Mareva 7 - "Heures Du Mat"
10. Tahiti 80 - "All Around"
11. TTC - "Travailler" (Orgasmic Remix)

Have a listen...

"Bonjour France"

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April 17, 2011

{La Casa Muda}

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IFC have cut a new US trailer for Gustavo Hernandez single shot horror film La Casa Mud, leading up to the local release.

We'll let you know when the release date drops.

View the trailer right here...



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April 14, 2011

{Homeland}

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Showtime ordered up 12 episodes of a new series called Homeland.

The thriller stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Anderson, who begins to suspect that the recent rescue of longtime POW Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) is actually one piece in a larger terrorist plot.

Two 24 exec producers are onboard (Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon), as well as Gideon Raff, exec producer of Israeli series Prisoners of War.

Watch a clip right here...



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{Sleeping Beauty}

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Australian filmmaker Julia Leigh directs this haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy (Emily Browning), a University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire with prostitution.

No release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the trailer right here...

Sleeping Beauty from Pollen Digital on Vimeo.



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{Melancholia}

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Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this drama about a mysterious planet moving towards earth an the domestic drama playing out around it.

No release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

View the trailer here or right here...

Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.



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{Los Rakas}

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Just in time for the weekend is a remix that I just can't get enough of!

Have a listen...

"Abrazame" (Uproot Andy Mix)

Here's the original...



Here's the video...



Order the album right here

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April 13, 2011

{The Weeknd}

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Mysterious Toronto-based R&B project The Weeknd just dropped a mixtape titled House of Balloons and it's all I can listen to at the moment!

Download the mixtape right here or listen below...


The Weeknd - House Of Balloons by The_Weeknd

Here's the unofficial video for "High For This"......



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{Daniel Catán R.I.P.}

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Daniel Catán passed away over the weekend. The Mexican composer was probably most known for composing Il Postino (with Plácido Domingo in the role of Pablo Neruda).

Quote: “My operas have always been in Spanish, because my wish and my lifetime project is to represent not only our language, but also the richness of our culture. Very few operas in Spanish are part of the international repertoire, so I think it’s important to keep working at it".

Here's a tune off the soundtrack...

Carlos Gardel - "Madreselva"

Read the story right here

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{Atmosphere}

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Minnesota hip-hoppers Atmosphere have just dropped their latest album The Family Sign. There was a bonus album titled Storybook Vol. 1 for those who bought it the day it came out. You might be able to find it floating around online.

Here's the second single off the album "She's Enough"...


Atmosphere - She's Enough by rhymesayers

Here's the video...



Order the album right here

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April 11, 2011

{Daydream Nation}

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Named after a Sonic Youth album, Daydream Nation stars the lovely Kat Dennings as a big-city girl forced to move to a small town. Bored out of her mind, she begins stirring up all kinds of trouble.

Look for the film in select theaters May 6th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Conception}

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Conception is a romantic comedy that follows nine couples in different stages of their relationships. The movie's cast includes Pamela Adlon, David Arquette, Aaron Ashmore, Moon Bloodgood, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Finnigan, Tim Griffin, Steve Howey, Sarah Hyland, Jennifer Jostyn, Leila Charles Leigh, Jason Mantzoukas, America Olivo, Leah Pipes, Matt Prokop, Jonathan Silverman, Gregory Smith and Alan Tudyk. I just received word that the film will be screening Friday April 29th and Thursday May 5th at Newport Beach Film Festival

View the trailer right here...



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{Sade}

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A new version of Sade's "The Moon and the Sky" (off the Soldier of Love album) features Jay-Z and will be included on The Ultimate Collection, due to release May 3rd.

Have a listen...

"The Moon and The Sky" (Remix) feat. Jay Z

Speaking of "Soldier of Love" let's watch that video again...



Pre-order the album right here

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{Murs}

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Murs heard the outcry of his fans after his disappointing Terrace Martin collaborative album, Melrose. He returns with a more typical Murs project in Varsity Blues 2, the sequel to his 2002 EP.

Here's my fav tune...

"First Love Blues"

Here's "It's For Real" from the free Murs & 9th Wonder Sweet Lord mixtape...



Pre-order the album right here

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April 07, 2011

{Hesher}

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Hesher is the story of a twenty-something (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that unexpectedly enters the life of a grieving family. The film also stars Rainn Wilson.

Look for this film in select theaters May 13th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{The Imperialists Are Still Alive!}

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Zeina Durra’s debut feature is an intelligent look at the way the war on terror seeps into the texture of everyday American life.

Look for this film in select theaters April 15th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Life Above All}

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This South African film was Shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards, and from the looks of the trailer I can see why. The film is about a rumor that spreads trough a dust-ridden village near Johannesburg and destroys a family and forces her mother to flee.

Look for this film in select theaters July 15th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Midnight in Paris}

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Woody Allen's next film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, and Rachel McAdams. The dramedy is about a family travelling through Paris (with some amazing scenic shots).

Look for this film in select theaters May 20th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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April 06, 2011

{Violeta Castillo}

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Argentina's Violeta Castillo makes short sweet pop tunes. Hear a song from each of her new EP's Uno and Otro, or stream each of the EP's for yourself.

Here's 'La Batalla del Movimiento' (off the Uno EP)...



Here's 'Mi Cárcel' (off the Otro EP)



Here she is playing "Mi Cárcel"...



Stream both Uno and Otro EP's right here

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{Owen}

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Chicago singer/songwriter Owen (Mike Kinsella) returns with a beautiful new song he penned for his daughter. I would give you the download, but I really want you to buy it! The b-side is a cover of The Smiths 'Girlfriend in a Coma'.

Have a listen to "O, Evelyn"...



Apparently he released another single last year called "Abandon Bridges". That one comes with a Wilco cover ("I'm Always In Love").

Listen to "Abandon Bridges"...



Order the singles right here

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April 05, 2011

{Bell X1}

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Ireland's Bell X1 have just released their fifth album titled Bloodless Coup. When this band is at their best they pen reflective ballads that evolve into anthemic crowd-pleasers, and this album has it's moments.

Here's my fav tune...

"Night Watchmen"

Here's the video for the first single "Velcro"...



Stream (and order) the album right here

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April 04, 2011

{Panda Bear}

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NPR is streaming Tomboy, the fourth album from Panda Bear (aka Animal Collective's Noah Lennox).

Stream the album right here or below.


Panda Bear - Tomboy by In House Press

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{Ezra Furman & The Harpoons}

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Ezra Furman’s sound has always been a cross between The Violent Femmes and Bob Dylan, but on the new album Mysterious Power he seems to be finding his own voice.

I've got a links to a rocker, a poptune, and a ballad...

"Don't Turn Your Back on Love"

"Mysterious Power" (Courtesy of Teenage Kicks)

Stream "Hard Time in a Terrible Land"...

Ezra Furman - Hard Time in a Terrible Land by Big Hassle Media

Here he is playing "Take Off Your Sunglasses"...



Order the album right here

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{Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1}

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Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother) has just dropped his old school hip-hop flavored mixtape. Making guest appearances throughout the project are such artists as Stat Quo, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Naledge of Kidz In the Hall and Glasses Malone. The final version of FatBoyFresh Vol. 1: For Members Only will be available for purchase on iTunes on April 5th. The mixtape is hosted by Statik Selektah and mixed by DJ Flash.

Download the mixtape right here

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{Gaby Moreno}

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Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno returns with her sophomore album Illustrated Songs. She makes bilingual albums that touch on blues, soul, folk, bossa nova genres. I've got a link to stream the album (also check "Ave Que Emigra") below.

Have a listen to my fav tune...

"Intento"

Stream (and pre-order) the album right here

Here's a live clip...



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