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May 25, 2011

{The Tree of Life}

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Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life was one of the most talked about movies at the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows a Midwestern family in the 1950's through the journey of the eldest son, Jack (Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

Look for the film in select theaters May 27th.

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{Kidnapped}

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From director Miguel Angel Vivas comes a horror film for mature audiences.

Look for the film in select theaters June 2nd.

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{Empire of SIlver}

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China, 1899. A young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother’s wife, he (Aaron Kwok) reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father.

Look for the film in select theaters June 2nd.

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{Film Socialisme}

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Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization.

Look for the film in select theaters June 3rd.

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{Conan O'Brien Can't Stop}

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After a much-publicized departure from theTonight Show, O'Brien hit the road with a music-and-comedy show titled the "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons.

Look for the film in select theaters June 24th.

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{Handsome Furs}

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Sound Kapital is the first Handsome Furs album written exclusively on keyboards. It forced Dan Boeckner (who you may know as the guitarist from Wolf Parade) to find fresh avenues of expression that coupled well with Dan's music partner and wife Alexei Perry. Sound Kapital is set to drop via Sub Pop on June 28th.

Have a listen to “Repatriated”..


Handsome Furs - Repatriated by subpop

Have a listen to "What About Us"...


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Here's my fav, "When I Get Back"...


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{Outasight}

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New York crooner/rapper returns with Figure 8 EP. Personally, I can't get enough of the title track.

Stream the EP..



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May 24, 2011

{JJ}

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Swedish duo jj have released a new single “No One Can Touch Us Tonight” via Sincerely Yours.

"Fuego" (El Remolon Remix)"

Have a listen to "No One Can Touch Us Tonight"...


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Have a listen to "Ice"...


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{Bomba Estéreo}

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Columbian electro tropicalist duo Bomba Estéreo return with The Ponte Bomb EP, which is remixes of Bomba’s previous album Blow Up. Below is a remix and the video for their cover of Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam".

"Fuego" (El Remolon Remix)"

Here's the video for "Ponte Bomb"...



Also, have a listen to El Remolon's cumbia dance party ZZK Mixtape Vol. 9 here

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{An Horse}

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Australian indie rock duo An Horse have announced the release date for their sophomore full-length,Walls. It will be released on April 26th through Mom+Pop Music.

Have a listen to "Dressed Sharply"...


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Have a listen to "Trains and Tracks"...


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Listen to "Airport Death"...



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May 23, 2011

{Drake}

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Drake dropped a new song titled “Dreams Money Can Buy” off his forthcoming album Take Care.

Have a listen (courtesy of Stereogum)...

"Me Llaman Calle"

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{Joseph Arthur}

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Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur returns with The Graduation Ceremony (due May 23rd) marking his first solo album since Nuclear Daydream (2006). The album is now streaming over on NPR, that first track "Out On A Limb" should have you right from the beginning.

Have a listen...

"Out On A Limb"

Listen to the album here

Here's the video for "This is Still My World"...



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{Death Cab For Cutie}

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Death Cab's forthcoming album Codes And Keys (out May 31st) is now streaming on NPR.

Have a listen to “Underneath The Sycamore”...


Death Cab for Cutie - Underneath The Sycamore by ATL REC


Here's the video for "Home Is A Fire" by Shepard Fairey and Nicholas Harmer



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May 19, 2011

{City of Life and Death}

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Synopsis: 1937, at the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed. The film tells the story of several figures, both historical and fictional, including a Chinese soldier, a schoolteacher, a Japanese soldier, a foreign missionary, and John Rabe, a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians.

Look for the film in select theaters May 27th.

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{Hello Lonesome}

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Adam Reid's Hello Lonesome follows three ordinary people, charms and flaws, as they try to be their best.

Look for the film in select theaters May 27th.

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{The Art of Getting By}

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In this film lonely boy (Freddie Highmore) meets popular-but-dissatisfied girl (Emma Roberts) creating an unlikely friendship.

Look for the film in select theaters June 17th.

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{One Day}

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Now for something a little sappy. This romantic comedy follows two people (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) over two decades, as key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives.

Look for the film in select theaters August 19th.

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{Seapony}

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I've had Seattle lo-fo pop trio's Seapony's album Go With Me on repeat lately.

Have a listen...

"Dreaming"

"Blue Star"

Here's one more...



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{Polock}

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Polock are an indie rock band from Spain that have just released their debut album Getting Down from Trees. They are at their best when they are channeling France's Phoenix.

Have a listen...

"High on Life"

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May 18, 2011

{Conception}

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Conception is a romantic comedy that follows nine couples in different stages of their relationships.

Conception is currently being screened at various film festivals.

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{Small Town Murder Songs}

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When a young, unidentified woman is found dead by the lake an aging small town police officer (Peter Stormare) is called to the scene of the town’s first murder investigation in decades. This crime thriller is getting alot of comparisons to something the Coen brothers might do.

Look for the film in select theaters July 3rd.

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{The Cinema Holdup}

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Mexican film The Cinema Holdup (in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance) tracks a group of Mexican youth unhappy with their social situation that decide to rob a movie theater.

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

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{I Am You}

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Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto star in this tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who went missing (based on a true story).

Look for the film in select theaters February 11th.

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{Octubre}

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October is the "purple month" in Lima, when the grey city's somber tones give way to processions celebrating the Lord of Miracles. Hope is reborn among the throngs of devotees who light candles and follow the processions, each in search of their own miracle. In one of the Lima's modest flats lives a small time loan shark Clemente, who returns home one day to find a newborn on his doorstep.

The film is currently screening in select theaters.

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{Blue Scholars}

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Seattle hip hop duo Blue Scholars return with their flim-inspired album Cinematropolis (due out June 14th).

They drop some knowledge on "Yuri Kochiyama"...

"Yuri Kochiyama"

They have some fun on "Tommy Chong"...


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Watch 'em perform "Slick Watts" on KEXP...



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May 17, 2011

{Joseph Arthur}

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Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur returns with The Graduation Ceremony (due May 23rd) marking his first solo album since Nuclear Daydream (2006). The album is now streaming over on NPR, that first track "Out On A Limb" should have you right from the beginning.

Listen to the album here

Here he is playing the classic "Honey and the Moon" in the hallway at a Highland Inn in Atlanta...



Just one more. Here he is playing "Favorite Girl"...



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{Thieves Like Us}

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Synth pop European/American trio Thieves Like Us have just released Your Love Runs Still EP.

Here's the title track...

"Your Love Runs Still"

Here's the video for "Your Love Runs Still"...



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{Manu Chao}

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Manu Chao & Friends is a collection of people covering Manu's songs, songs off other artist's albums that feature him (Amadou et Marian, Jane Birkin, Fermin Muguruza), and a couple of alternate versions of past songs.

Here's one of my favs...

Go Lem System (Feat. Manu Chao)- "Me Llaman Calle"

*Note this album might be a bootleg because I couldn't find a link to purchase.

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{Boris}

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Boris are a Japanese experimental trio that have tackled everything from shoegaze to punk. Their forthcoming album Attention Please (their seventeenth studio album) is now streaming over on NPR!

Listen to the album here

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{Okkervil River}

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I'm a little late on this, but I've been digging Austin indie rockers Okkervil River's latest album I Am Very Far. It doesn't deliver the same punch as their masterpieces The Stage Names or The Stand Ins, but that seems kind of impossible.

Have a listen to my fav track...

"Piratess"

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May 16, 2011

{Junior Boys}

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Canadian dance act Junior Boys will be releasing their forthcoming album, It’s All True (on June 13th via Domino Records).

Have a listen to "ep"...


Junior Boys - ep by ObscureSound


My fav is this nine minute dance hit "Banana Ripple"...


Junior Boys - Banana Ripple by DominoRecordCo

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{DJ Shadow}

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DJ Shadow has just released a 6 track EP titled I Gotta Rokk. The EP includes last year's singles "Def Surrounds Us" and "I've Been Trying" plus a remix of each track.

Have a listen...


Dj Shadow-I Gotta Rokk (LP Version) by oli02

Hear "Def Surrounds Us"...



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{Bon Iver}

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Bon Iver is set to release a deluxe edition of his self-titled album that will feature video accompaniments for each of the 10 songs on the album. This one got my nod for album of the year, so I'd call this a must listen if you haven't yet done so.

Here's the video for "Hinnom, TX"...



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{Yusek}

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French House producer Yuksek's new On A Train EP features two new tracks, remixes and a cover. The title track is amongst the highlights, and so is the electro-pop remix.

Have a listen "On A Train" (Gucci Vump Dub remix)...


YUKSEK - On A Train (Gucci Vump Dub remix) by label Barclay

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{Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi}

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Danger Mouse (Broken Bells, Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz) and Italian film composer Daniele Luppi unite collaborate on this full length album titled Rome (due out May 17th). The album features guest vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones.

Have a listen...

"Season's Trees" (featuring Norah Jones)

Listen to the album in it's entirety here

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{Death Cab For Cutie}

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I'm a little late on this, but I've been away from my desk and I'm playing catch up. Here's a catchy tune from Death Cab's forthcoming Codes And Keys, out May 31st.

Have a listen to “Underneath The Sycamore”...


Death Cab for Cutie - Underneath The Sycamore by ATL REC


Here's the video for "Home Is A Fire" by Shepard Fairey and Nicholas Harmer



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{Owen}

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Mike Kinsella (Owen) has just recorded three songs for Nervous Energies sessions. He recorded a new track 'The Armoire', 'Brown Hair in a Bird's Nest' off the New Leaves album, and 'O, Evelyn' off his most recent 7" of the same name.

Have a listen...

"The Armoire" (Nervous Energies Session)

Here he is playing it...



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May 11, 2011

{My Morning Jacket}

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My Morning Jacket are set to return with their forthcoming album Circuital (out May 31st). I'm digging the overall vibe and the ballads in particular.

Listen to the standout ballad "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" courtesy of Fuck Yeah Go Team

Listen to the title track for the price of an email...



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{Herman Dune}

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French folk-rock act Herman Dune released the first single (along with a video) from their forthcoming album Strange Moosic, to be released on 6 June 2011. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, the new album was recorded simply with a focus on composition and melody, allowing each song to shine through. Personally, I can't get enough of this first single!

Have a listen to 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know'...


Herman Dune - Tell Me Something I Don't Know by cityslang

Here's the great video (featuring John Hamm and a little blue furry guy)...





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{Tracey Thorn}

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Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) has just released You Are A Lover EP and I'm loving it. The Sufjan Stevens cover of 'Sister Winter' in particular.

Have a listen to 'You Are A Lover' (Clock Opera Remix)...

You Are A Lover (Clock Opera Remix) by New Music

Have a listen to 'Sister Winter'

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