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April 25, 2012

{The Storm Has Broken}

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It's about time I dropped a Spring Mix on y'all. Enjoy! (Props to No Moda for the cover art)

Have a listen...

"The Storm Has Broken"

Here's the track listing:
The Pernice Brothers - "Saddest Quo"
The Chantels - "Maybe"
Franky Perez & Los Guardianes del Bosque - "Los Tiempos Van Cambiando ( The Times They Are A-Changin')"
Richard Swift - "Would You"
Teengirl Fantasy - "Make A Move"
Radio Dept. - "Let Me Have This"
Damon Albarn - "Sunset Coming On"
Kwes - "Igoyh"
Pistolera - "Brooklyn Bridge"
Jolie Holland - "Mexico City"
Stornoway - "Zorbing"
La Makina Del Karibe - "El Maki Man"


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{I Want My Name Back}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
25 years after the historic recording of the iconic mega-hit "Rapper's Delight," former original members of The Sugarhill Gang, Master Gee & Wonder Mike, come back to reclaim their identities and rightful place in hip-hop history.

This documentary will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 8:30pm at Triangle Square

View the trailer right here...



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{Being Cafe Tacuba}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
I'm excited to see the documentary about pioneers of Latin alternative Café Tacuba called Seguir Siendo or Being Cafe Tacuba. So far, the film has received endless praise, and is directed by two promising directors Ernesto Contreras and Juan Manuel Craviotto.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 7:15pm at Islands Cinema 2

View the trailer right here...



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{The Women in the Fifth}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
In this film American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. This stars Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday April 28th at 6:00 PM at Triangle Square 6

View the trailer right here...



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{Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Ecstasy is a dark romantic comedy, based on the controversial book Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting).

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Friday April 27th at 6:15 PM at Edwards Island Cinemas

View the trailer right here...



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{The Giant Mechanical Man}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Directed by Lee Kirk this is an offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Friday April 27th at 6:15 PM at Edwards Island Cinemas

View the trailer right here...



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{My Way}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
My Way is a war film by Kang Je-gyu which and stars Jang Dong-gun along with Japanese actor Joe Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Set in colonial era Seoul, 1938, two young men have had a strong sense of rivalry since they were young. Joon-sik is a Korean man who dreams of following in the footsteps of Olympic marathon gold medal winner Sohn Kee-chung. Tatsuo is a top Japanese marathon runner and lived with Joon-sik as his family worked for Tatsuo's as servants. They grew up as rivals representing their respective countries.
One day, Joon-sik falls into trouble and is conscripted into the Japanese army. One year later, Joon-sik faces Tatsuo who is now a captain for the Japanese Imperial Army. The two young men are now caught in World War II and go through countless battles starting from Nomonhan, stretching from China, the Soviet Union and Germany, while inspiring hope in each other.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Monday Apr 30th 7:15pm at Big Newport 6

View the trailer right here...



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{Father John Misty}

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J Tillman's (once the drummer and backup vocalist for Fleet Foxes) new album under the pseudonym Father John Misty titled Fear Fun is now streaming online.

Have a listen...



Here's the kinky video for "Nancy From Now On"...



Order the album right here

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{The Tree}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Julie Bertuccelli's mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on both Tuesday May 3rd at 7:30 pm and May 5th at 3:00 pm.

View the trailer right here...



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{Heleno}

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Here's another film I'm looking forward to seeing at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Rodrigo Santoro stars as "40s Brazilian soccer superstar Heleno de Freitas. The biopic also stars up and comer Alinne Moraes who plays Silvia, Heleno’s estranged wife who stands by her man. Angie Cepeda plays Diamantina, a nightclub singer with whom the soccer star has an ongoing and passionate affair.

This film will screen at the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Wednesday May 2nd (7:45pm) at Newport 4

View the trailer right here...



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{Los Animales Superforros}

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Buenos Aires indie-psych-folk band Los Animales Superforros return with Monona en la Calesita, which you cn stream below.

Have a listen...


Hear their previous album right here

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{Withered Hand}

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British lo-fi singer/songwriter Withered Hand (aka Dan Wilson) returns with Heart Heart EP. He is at his best when he writes songs of despair and self-pity. The title track is a bit of a change, but is a real catchy tune.

Have a listen to "Heart Heart"...



Here's a couple of 'would be hits' off his last album Good News...





Order the album right here

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{The Eyes of Thailand}

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The Eyes of Thailand is a heart warming documentary (narrated by Ashley Judd) about Soraida Salwala, a woman who dedicated ten years of her life to help give two Asian elephants a second chance to walk again after losing their legs from stepping on landmines.

The documentary will screen as an official selection of the Newport Beach FIlm Festival on Saturday, April 28th (6:30pm) at Triangle Square Cinemas. There will also be a second screening on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00pm.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Take this Waltz}

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This dramedy from Sarah Polly stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, and Luke Kirby. Look for it in select theaters May 25th.


Synopsis: When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When she learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Take this Waltz leads us through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.

View the trailer here or another trailoer right here...



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April 17, 2012

{Norah Jones}

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Norah Jones returns with Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) produced album Little Broken Hearts (out May 1st). Stream the album on NPR.

Have a listen right here

Pre-order the album right here

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{Spiritualized}

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Spiritualized's seventh album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (out April 17th) is sure to be one of my favorite albums of the year. Stream the album on NPR.

Have a listen right here

Pre-order the album right here

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April 04, 2012

{The House}

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This psycho-thriller from Canadian Writer/Director Desiree Lim is a different kind of ghost story about a woman that just quit her coveted job as an investment banker on Wall Street. After a soul-searching journey traveling around the world, she retreats to an empty vacation home owned by a friend's rich family.

The film is currently making it's way around festivals. It will screen during the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 30th (8:30pm) at Triangle Square 5.

View the trailer here or right here...

THE HOUSE - a feature film - trailer from The House on Vimeo.



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{Newport Beach Film Festival}

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Just a reminder The Newport Beach Film Festival will be showcasing more than 400 films from 50 countries from April 26th through May 3rd.
Jewtopia makes it's world premiere as it opens the festival. This one stars: Jon Lovitz, Rachel G. Fox, Rita Wilson, Joel David Moore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Camryn Manheim and Tom Arnold.

For a complete look at the schedule visit Newport Beach Film Festival

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{Beach House}

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Dream pop duo Beach House are set to return with their fourth album Bloom (May 15th via Sub Pop), which I currently can't seem to get enough of.

Have a listen to "Myth", "New Year", "Wild", and "Other People" courtesy of Nasty Panda

Pre-order the album right here

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{Father John Misty}

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J Tillman (once the drummer and backup vocalist for Fleet Foxes) has just put out a new album under the pseudonym Father John Misty titled Fear Fun. The album is full of plaintive indie folk and Americana.

Here's a couple standouts...

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery"



"Nancy From Now On"



Here's the kinky video for "Nancy From Now On"...



Order the album right here

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{Gashcat}

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I've been digging Austin folk rockers Gashcat's new album Reunion! It's a pretty great listen from start to finish

Stream the album right here or below...



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April 02, 2012

{Alabama Shakes]

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Rock and soul quartet Alabama Shakes are set to release their full length debut album Boys & Girls (out April 10th). NPR is streaming the album.

Stream the album right here

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{Amadou and Mariam}

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African husband and wife duo Amadou and Mariam make an album with plenty of crossover appeal, without sacrificing their signature roots sound. The new album Folila (out April 10th) features: TV on the Radio, Santigold, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, Theophilus London, members of Antibalas and French rocker Bertrand Cantat. The album is streaming on NPR.

Stream the album right here

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