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May 30, 2012

{Tangled in Dreams}

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Later on I'll drop a summer dance party mix, for now here's my chill intro-to-summer dream pop mix. Enjoy! (Cover art by No Moda)


Have a listen...

"Tangled in Dreams'"

Here's the track listing:
She's So Rad - "Confetti"
Brothertiger - "A House of Many Ghosts"
Algodon Egipcio - "El Dia Previo"
Norman Greenbaum- "Spirit in the Sky'"
Craft Spells - "Party Talk"
Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Insensatez"
How To Dress Well - "Ocean Floor For Everything"
Blackbird Blackbird - "Happy High"
Broadcast - "Before We Begin"
P.M. Dawn - "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
Honeydrum - "Oh Donna"
Bonobo - "Kiara"
Beach Fossils - "Daydream"
Washed Out - "A Dedication"

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{Crocodiles}

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San Diego indie rockers Crocodiles are about to release their third album Endless Flowers, which is out on June 5th.

Stream the album right here (courtesy of Rolling Stone)

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{Blue Sky Black Death and Nacho Picasso}

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Seattle’s Nacho Picasso teams up with hometown production crew Blue Sky Black Death on the new mixtape titled For The Glory and Lord Of The Fly. He brings his usual gothic stoner thug-flavored rap music.

Stream the album below...



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{Fight Bite}

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Fight Bite is the project lead by Neon Indian’s Leanne Macomber. The self-titled album is melodramatic dream-pop with heavy reminiscences of Cocteau Twins.

Stream the album below...



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May 23, 2012

{Wallander}

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Before Stieg Larsson (Millennium Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) and Jo Nesbø (Headhunters, Harry Hole novels) there was Henning Mankell. Based on an original story from immensely popular Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, Wallander: The Revenge follows the titular chief inspector Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) as he investigates crimes and solves mysteries in the deceptively dark underbelly of picturesque modern Sweden.

The Wallander series (Series 2) consists of a total of thirteen 90 minute episodes, including “The Revenge”, “The Guilt”, “The Courier” and “The Thief”. The film will have a limited release in NY and LA on Friday June 1st and will be available on VOD and DVD starting May 29, 2012.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{EL-P}

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Brooklyn indie-rap icon El-P has returns with Cancer for Cure, his first solo hip-hop album in five years (after just producing Killer Mike's amazing album R.A.P. Music). The album features guest verses from emcees Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Danny Brown, Interpol's Paul Banks and Islands frontman Nick Diamonds.

Have a listen...

Stream the album right here (courtesy of Rolling Stone)

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{Mosquita y Mari}

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This one one of my favorite films that I got a chance to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story about two girls growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda a strange yet beautiful connection surfaces and choices will need to be made.

There's no official release date yet, but when I know more so will you.

View the trailer right here or below...



The soundtrack to the film is also something to get excited about. I'll give y'all more details when I get a release date. In the meantime, here's the pop gem that closes the film. It's La Bien Querida "9.6"...



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May 22, 2012

{Graffitiger}

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One of my favorite short films at the Newport Beach Film Festival was this animation mixed with live action short from Libor Pixa. It's the story of a lonely tiger that who goes looking for his lost love on the facades of Prague's houses.

View the short film below...



View Libor Pixa's website right here

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May 21, 2012

{Daylight Savings}

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This film is about San Francisco-based musician Goh Nakamura (playing himself) and his long-distance girlfriend Erika (Ayako Fujitani) that breaks up with him over Skype.

There's no official release date yet, but keep your eyes peeled for this one.

View the trailer right here

Here's a few Goh Nakamura tunes. This one is "Oh My Love"...



"Just Like Heaven" (The Cure cover)...



"Surrogate Valentine"...



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{Nicolas Jaar}

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I'm late on this one...way late, but as the saying goes better late than never.
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean expat who, at just twenty one years of age (attending Brown University), happens to be making some of the most interesting electronic music out there. One review I read mentioned that in order to appreciate everything that's going on, you're gonna need to give this three or four spins. I couldn't agree more with that statement, and if it clicks for you then you'll be in for a treat!

Have a listen to "Colomb"...



Listen to "I Got A" right here

"Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust"...



Here's an older tune called "Mi Mujer"...

Order the album right here

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{Lemonade}

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Brooklyn indie-pop act Lemonade's new album Diver is available to stream below (courtesy of Hype Machine).

Have a listen...



Order the album right here

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{Killer Mike}

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R.A.P. Music is the new album from rapper Killer Mike and producer El-P. It's got this sense of urgency earned it comparisons to Public Enemy's Fear of A Black Planet and Ice Cubes AmeriKKKas Most Wanted. This could very well be the best rap album of the year.

Have a listen to standouts "Jojo's Chillin"(peep that Slick Rick storytelling, set to a Run D.M.C. beat, with a Compton's Most Wanted groove) and the country rap flavored "Southern Fried" right here. Also hear his ode to roots music on the title track "R.A.P. Music" ...



Order the album right here

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{The Walkmen}

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The Walkmen’s forthcoming album Heaven (out June 5th via Fat Possum) appears to be another strong Album of the Year contender. NPR is streaming the album right now!

Stream the album right here

Pre-order the album right here

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{Regina Spektor}

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Everyones favorite quirky indie pop songstress Regina Spektor returns with her new album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats (out March 29th), but NPR is streaming the album in it's entirety right now. I haven't really absorbed this one yet, but there are a few songs that jumped out at me.

Stream the album right here

Pre-order the album here

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May 17, 2012

{Adios Amigo}

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San Francisco psych-pop quartet Adios Amigo have just released their 5-song EP titled Dos, and it's available to download/stream for free.

Have a listen/download right here or below...



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{The Tallest Man on Earth}

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Singer/songwriter The Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) returns with his new album There's No Leaving Now (out June 12th). He just dropped the first single "1904", available as a free download.

Have a listen/download right here (courtesy of Rolling Stone)

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{Oddisee}

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Washington, D.C. rapper/producer Oddisee’s latest EP contains remixes and reworkings. He takes apart and reassembles tracks from Bon Iver, Marvin Gaye, Metronomy, and K-Os, transforming all the songs into futuristic digital soul and adding his own no-nonsense rap verses, plus he's offering it for free!

Listen/download the EP right here or below...



Checkout the video for his remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar...



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{Squarepusher}

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Having already blown away audiences across the globe, electronic experimentalist Squarepusher brings his Ufabulum live show to new cities this year. In contrast to most audio/visual presentations at this scale, everything was originally conceived, written, designed and played live by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) himself. The show will continue to evolve over the coming months creating a unique experience for each performance.

Checkout the incredibly cool video for "Dark Steering"...



Have a listen to "Drax 2"...



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{Virginia}

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Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black, Virginia stars Jennifer Connelly as a single mother who struggles to raise her, while dreaming of escaping her small town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office.

Look for the film in select theaters May 18th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Moonrise Kingdom}

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Four featurettes were released yestrday for Wes Anderson's forthcoming film Moonrise Kingdom (to release Memorial Day weekend). The featurettes focus on the characters played by Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and one for Wes Anderson.

The film also stars: Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down.

View the four featurettes below...









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{The Amazing Spiderman}

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The Amazing Spider-Man is set to drop June 28th. Today a four minute trailer was released!

View the four minute trailer below...



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{Le Skylab}

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One of my personal favorite films I got to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival was July Delpy's French dramedy Le Skylab.
The film is set in 1979. Albertine is 10 years old and all her relatives have gathered in the family house in Bretagne for their grandmother's birthday. Some believe the Sky Lab, a piece of a NASA rocket, will fall on their head that summer. This reunion turns out to be a crazy week-end of revelations, love and singing.

View the trailer right here

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{Sunset Strip}

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One of the most exciting documentaries I caught at the Newport Beach Film Festival was Sunset Strip.
The documentary follows the history of the mile-and-a-half strip of road in Los Angeles where dreams are started, chased, loved, hated, displayed, ignored, ended, or all of the above. The film features Sofia Coppola, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Keanu Reeves, Dita Von Teese, Peter Fonda and many more.

View the trailer here or below...



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{The Walkmen}

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Another song dropped off The Walkmen’s forthcoming album Heaven (out June 5th via Fat Possum). With the tracks I've heard, this sounds like it could be another album of the year contender. “We Can’t Be Beat” features Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold on backing vox.

Have a listen...



Here's the title track...



Here's "Heartbreaker"...



Pre-order the album right here

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May 07, 2012

{Killer Mike}

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Atlanta rapper Killer Mike’s forthcoming El-P-produced album R.A.P. Music is now streaming over at Spin.

Have a listen right here

Pre-order the album right here

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{Best Coast}

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Bethany Cosentino doesn’t exactly break any new ground on Best Coast's forthcoming sophomore album The Only Place (out May 15th via Mexican Summer). Jon Brion produced the album to deepen her band’s sound. This is another one that's sure to make the Album of the Year list!

Have a listen right here

Pre-order the album right here

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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), but NPR is streaming the album in it's entirety right now. This one's a strong contender for Album of the Year.

Have a listen right here

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