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January 25, 2012

{Cloud Nothings}

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I'm currently digging this rock album Attack on Memory from Cleveland's Cloud Nothings. The album was produced by Steve Albini, who has produced classics for Nirvana and the Pixies.

"No Future/No Past"...


Cloud Nothings - No Future/No Past by Carpark Records

"Stay Useless"...


Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless by Wichita Recordings

"Forget You All The Time"...


Cloud Nothings 'Forget You All The Time' by Wichita Recordings

Order the album right here

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{Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso}

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I think this drug'n thug hip hop is my new guilty pleasure. This new mixtape Lord of the Fly from Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso is on repeat tonight. Have a listen below or download the mixtape from their Bandcamp

Have a listen...



Here's the video for "Naked Lunch"...



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{I Am Bruce Lee}

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This documentary explores the life and sudden death of Bruce Lee, one of the most iconic human beings ever to enter the public consciousness. The film features interviews with Kobe Bryant, Mickey Rourke, Ed O'Neill, Manny Pacquiao, and more.

Look for this film in select theaters February 9th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{We Need To Talk About Kevin}

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This psychological thriller was released in select theaters back in December, and despite nominations is still only playing in select theaters. The film is about a mother, Eva (Tilda Swinton), as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller).

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{The City Dark}

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This documentary follows filmmaker (and amateur astronomer) Ian Cheney, who moves to New York City from Maine and discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars. Posing a deceptively simple question-"What do we lose, when we lose the night?"

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer here or right here...



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January 24, 2012

{Wilhelm and the Dancing Animals}

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I got a link to this three track EP titled The Forests Have no Name from Pamplona, Spain's folk pop band Wilhelm and the Dancing Animals.

Have a listen...



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January 23, 2012

{First Aid Kit}

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Swedish teenage siblings First Aid Kit have just released their album The Lion's Roar, which was recorded by Mike Mogis. The girls father Benkt takes the bass, Mattias Bergqvist drums, while Mogis and Nate Walcott (of Bright Eyes) round out the band. The catchy album closer features Conor Oberst.

Have a listen...

"King of the World"(Featuring Conor Oberst)

Stream the album below...

right here

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{Active Child}

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I can't get enough of Active Child's new album You Are All I See. The Denver-based singer and producer full-length debut has been described as a cross between R. Kelly, Bon Iver and Sigur Ros. The song "Playing House" features How To Dress Well (experimental pop/R&B artist Tom Krell).

Have a listen...

"Playing House"(Featuring How To Dress Well) Courtesy of Frank N Beats

Stream four tracks below...



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{Gotye}

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I can't stop listening to Gotye's (featuring Kimbra) insanely catchy tune "Somebody That I Used To Know". NPR is streaming the album, which is heavily influenced by '80s pop.

Have a listen...

"Somebody That I Used To Know"

Stream the album right here

Or stream selected tracks below...


Gotye - selected Making Mirrors tracks by Gotye

Here's the video for "SomebodyThat I Used To Know"...



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{Russian Red}

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Spain's Russian Red (aka Lourdes Hernandez) returns with her second album Fuerteventura. This album is chalk full of catchy folk pop.

Here's a few of my favs "I Hate You But I Love You"...


Russian Red - I Hate You But I Love You by nude-p

"Cigarettes Revisited"...



"Conquer The World"...



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{Ana Tijoux}

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NPR is streaming La Bala (The Bullet), the new album from Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.

Here's one of my favs "Si Te Preguntan"...


Anita Tijoux - Si Te Preguntan (con Los Aldeanos) by elbauldelrap

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January 17, 2012

{Howler}

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British music weekly NME named Howler the third-best new band of 2011. The young Minneapolis power pop punk outfit have just released their debut album America Give Up and it's streaming over on NPR.

Here's one ('I Told You Once') from their EP...



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{Fela Soul}

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Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway blends afrobeat legend Fela Kuti with rap pioneers De La Soul on this cool mixtape.

Have a listen (or download)...



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{Craig Finn}

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NPR is streaming (Hold Steady frontman) Craig Finn's solo debut album Clear Heart Full Eyes

I like this song "Jackson" (probably because it's one of the only tunes that sounds like it could be a Hold Steady song)...


Craig Finn - Jackson by fulltimehobby

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{ASAP Rocky}

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Harlem up-and-comer ASAP Rocky got signed to a record deal on the strength of his mixtape LIVELOVEA$AP. He recently released a new song called "Celebrate".

Have a listen right here (Courtesy of Stereogum)

Download the LIVELOVEA$AP mixtape here

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



Here's the video "Purple Swag"...



{Nada Surf}

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NPR is streaming indie rock veterans Nada Surf's new album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. I haven't really absorbed the album mostly because I can't stop listening to "When I Was Young" and "Waiting For Something".

Stream the album right here

Have a listen to "When I Was Young"...

When I Was Young by Barsuk Records

Have a listen to "Waiting For Something" (get the download for the price of an email)...



Here's a classic...



{Nicolas Jaar}

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I'm digging this new Nicolas Jaar tune, which features some sultry vocals from Bruce Willis/Demi Moore’s daughter Scout Larue.

Have a listen right here (Courtesy of Gorilla vs Bear)

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{Kathleen Edwards}

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Kathleen Edwards seamlessly blends folk and pop and country on her excellent new album Voyageur. NPR is streaming the album (co-produced by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon) in it's entirety.

Here's the video for "Change the Sheets"...



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{Alabama Shakes}

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I would've included Alabama Shakes rock & soul self-titled EP on my albums of the year if I had listened to it before the cutoff date. If that first track "Hold On" doesn't get you, then don't even bother with the rest.

Have a listen...



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January 03, 2012

{Favorite Films of 2011}

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The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick envisions the origin of the universe and ponders some of life's deepest questions. It has it's flaws, but it's strengths far outweigh them if you buy into his vision.
View the trailer here.

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The Debt

This underrated film is told in flashbacks about a covert mission three agents undertook and the personal cost it played in their lives.
View the trailer here.

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Beginners

This film is about about love and family, more specifically about a son and his dying gay father.
View the trailer here.

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Waiting For Superman

Davis Guggenheim's documentary on the plight of America's public school system is altogether poignant, engaging, and enraging.
View the trailer here.

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The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar's latest is a thriller about an obsessive plastic surgeon that keeps a beautiful young woman imprisoned in his home using her as a guinea pig.
View the trailer here.

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The Trip

Michael Winterbottom's latest film follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (loosely playing themselves) as they travel to fine restaurants in northern England, philosophizing and bickering along the way. Music peeps will love the scene where Coogan sets up Joy Division's "Atmosphere" for a drive through the countryside and food peeps will love the scenes at (Michelin star rated) L'Enclume.
View the trailer here.

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Hanna

Fairy-tale qualities are in abundance in this first rate thriller about a teenage assassin.
View the trailer here.

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's latest features Owen Wilson rubbing shoulders with famous dead writers, painters, etc. of Paris' past.
View the trailer here

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13 Assassins

Takashi Miike's samurai tale of love, revenge and liberation features one of the best (and longest) battle scenes I can recall.
View the trailer here.

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Win Win

In this film Paul Giamatti moonlights as a high school wrestling coach who stumbles across a troubled teen that has natural talent for wrestling, only for things to get complicated.
View the trailer here.

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I Saw The Devil

This violent revenge thriller is both disturbing and engaging. Not for the faint of heart
View the traier here.

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Bridesmaids

It's witty, it's crude, and it's arguably one of the funniest films of the year.
View the trailer here.

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Submarine

Richard Ayoade's (of the IT Crowd) debut feature is a coming of age story about love and family drama.
View the trailer here.

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Beats, Rhymes, and Life

Michael Rapaport's documentary about influential hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, plays like one of the best Behind The Music episodes.
View the trailer here.

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Bill Cunningham New York

Richard Press's documentary follows New York Times “On the Street” fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, but really it's about the man behind the camera. I really can't say enough good things about this.
View the trailer here.

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13

This remake of 2005 French shocker 13 Tzameti was directed by original director Géla Babluani. This film is about an intense game of Russian roulette.
View the trailer here.

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Drive

Ryan Gosling stars as a wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles by night.
View the trailer here.

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X-Men: First Class

This reboot/prequel of the x-men comic book franchise did a great job on building the storyline of how it all started.
View the trailer here.

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The Ides of March

I've never been one for political dramas, but this is an excellent film about what goes on behind the scenes in the world of politicians.
View the trailer here.

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La Casa Muda (The Silent House)

This Uruguayan horror film is based on a true story and was shot in just one take.
View the trailer here.

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50/50

This is a dramedy about a young man with cancer.
View the trailer here.

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Armadillo

This Danish documentary follows troops in Afghanistan into a firefight and its aftermath.
View the trailer here.

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This romantic comedy was written and directed by How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor
View the trailer here.

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The Future

Miranda July's art-house film is a whimsical tale of lovers in Los Angeles.
View the trailer here.

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The Inerrupters

This documentary is a study of a community crushed by deprivation and violence.
View the trailer here.

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Uncle Boonmee Remembers His Former Lives

This is a slow moving mystical drama from Thailand, about a man that chooses to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside.
View the trailer here.

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Tuesday, After Christmas

This Romanian drama is about the fallout from one man's infidelity.
View the trailer here.

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Le Quatrro Volte

This slow-moving film contains no dialogue, no music, no narration and almost no camera movement. It is about an elderly goat herder in rural Italy.
View the trailer here.

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Poetry

This Korean film is about a woman finding purpose in a poetry class after being diagnosed with a medical condition and the discovery of a heinous family crime.
View the trailer here.

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Viva Riva!

This is a Congolese gangster flick, heavy on the sex and violence.

View the trailer here.

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Contagion

This film follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days.
View the trailer here.

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Crazy Stupid Love

This is a romantic comedy about relationships and overcoming obstacles.
View the trailer here.

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Captain America

This comic book adaption relies on its story over its special effects.
View the trailer here.

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The Names of Love

Never mind for a moment that the lead actress is drop dead gorgeous and nearly naked throughout the film. This quirky French dramedy is sure to win over anyone who enjoyed Amelie.
View the trailer here.

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Rampart

It's Los Angeles, 1999 and Woody Harrelson plays a dirty cop in the Rampart Precinct.
View the trailer here.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

I've got a soft spot for Harold & Kumar films. As long as they keep making these funny stoner movies, I'll likely keep watching 'em.
View the trailer here

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Snowtown

This is a true story of an infamous Australian serial killer. It will likely make you feel uncomfortable, but it is interesting nonetheless.
View the trailer here

As of yet, I haven't seen these films, but am looking forward to watching...

The Artist
Shame
Hugo
Meloncholia
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Attack The Block
Meek's Cutoff
Another Year
The Human Resources Manager
Certified Copy
Nora's Will
Of God's and Men
A Somewhat Gentle Man
La Doppia Ora
Bellflower
Girl with A Dragon Tattoo (remake)
Young Adult
My Week with Marilyn

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