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January 28, 2013

{Frightened Rabbit}

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Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit's excellent new album Pedestrian Verse is now streaming online. Gonna go ahead and call this the first great rock album of the year.

Listen to the album right here

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January 24, 2013

{Parquet Courts}

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Parquet Courts play vintage inspired DIY New York punk. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the album now is offered digitally.

Listen to the album right here or below



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{Future Weather}

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This is a drama about a 13-year-old loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming, and her single mom who has abandoned her.

Look for the film in select theaters February 22nd.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{Upstream Color}

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This film looks like a romance, a thriller, and a science fiction film rolled into one. All the synopsis tells us is..."A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.'

Look for the film in select theaters April 5th.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{The End of Love}

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When the mother of his two year old son suddenly passes away, struggling actor Mark (played by writer/director Mark Webber) is forced to grapple with his ability to grow up. The drama also stars: Isaac Love, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, and Amanda Seyfried.

Look for the film in select theaters March 1st.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{The Holydrug Couple}

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Rumor has it that there is a psychedelic revival going down in Santiago, Chile. This is Ives Sepulveda's (his other band goes by Föllakzoid) work with Manuel Parra. This is a lot easier to digest than his other more experimental psychedelic outfit.

Listen to the album right here or below



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{Rites Wild}

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Ways of Being is the debut album from Australian Stacy Wilson (aka Rites Wild). The album is layered repetitive synth lines, drum machines, and hazy psychedelic vocals.

Listen to the album right here or below



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January 23, 2013

{Lockets}

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Bedroom pop, dream pop, shoegaze...call it what you will, but this Philadelphia band's debut album Camera Shy is growing on me fast.

Listen to the album right here or below



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{Las Cruces}

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Chilean indie rock band Las Cruces has been getting some playing time lately.

Listen to the album right here or below



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{Magic Fades}

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I've been digging New York R&B/electro outfit Magic Fades album Obsession.

Download for free or stream right here or below



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January 22, 2013

{Favorite Films of 2012}

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So, after much delay here are some of the films of 2012 that I enjoyed most...

Beasts of the Southern Wild

This unique film about a bayou community cut off from the rest of the world is like no other.
View the trailer here.

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Bullhead

This slow moving Belgian drama is a story of of revenge, redemption and fate.
View the trailer here.

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Zero Dark Thirty

This is Kathryn Bigelow's film about the plan to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.
View the trailer here.

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Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

This is a documentary about China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken activist.
View the trailer here.

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The Turin Horse

This Hungarian drama is Bela Tarr's final film, which is a slow moving drama about the end of days.
View the trailer here.

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Deep Blue Sea

This Terence Davies drama is the story of a troubled love triangle.
View the trailer here.

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Oslo, August 31st

This Norwegian drama is the story of a man battling drug addiction as he struggles to overcome personal demons.
View the trailer here.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This documentary is the story of 85 year old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef.
View the trailer here

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Beyond the Black Rainbow

Let's just say you've probably never seen anything like this slow moving science fiction/horror film and leave it at that.
View the trailer here.

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Monsieur Lazhar

This is the story of a substitute in a Montreal middle school class, after the death of their well-liked teacher.
View the trailer here.

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The Raid: Redemption

This Indonesian action/martial arts film is simply one of the most action packed films I've seen in awhile. The film opens with an elite special-forces team performing a raid, and then slowly the plot begins to thicken.
View the traier here.

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

This documentary is the story about the public housing Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
View the trailer here.

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Searching For Sugar Man

This documentary is the true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was.
View the trailer here.

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Declaration of War

When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Romeo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.
View the trailer here.

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Le Skylab

This is Julie Delpy's dramedy about a family gathering in France's countryside.
View the trailer here.

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The Imposter

This the real life story of a man who steals the identity of a boy that went missing years prior, only to find himself way in over his head.
View the trailer here.

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The Grey

This thriller is about a group of oil-rig roughnecks, whose plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness and they struggle for survival.
View the trailer here.

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My Way

Loosely based on real events this South Korean war film is about two enemies, forced to fight together, and end up forming a bond.
View the trailer here.

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Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard put a clever twist on the 'five friends go out to a cabin' horror/comedy story.
View the trailer here.

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Elena

This Russian film is a family drama with nods to classic noir.
View the trailer here.



Ok, I'm getting lazy now so click on the titles to see the trailers for these next twenty five or so films...

Argo
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Looper
Indie Game
Goodbye First Love
Your Sisters Sister
Take This Waltz
Sleepwalk with Me
Bernie
Safety Not Guaranteed
Compliance
Heleno
Chico & Rita
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
The American Scream
The Invisible War
Brooklyn Boheme
Head Games The Queen of Versailles
Craigslist Joe
A Bag of Hammers
Gerhard Richter Painting
How To Survive A Plague
The Gatekeepers
Prometheus
The Avengers
The Hunger Games


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January 10, 2013

{Christopher Owens}

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Former indie rock band Girls frontman Christopher Owens solo debut album Lysandre is now streaming online. It's more melodic than his previous albums with his band. I'm not really sure how those sax solos fit in, but maybe it'll grow on me.

Stream the album right here

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January 09, 2013

{Action Bronson}

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Foul mouthed rapper Action Bronson released a mix tape earlier this year, Blue Chips with producer Party Supplies, that was one of my favorite albums of the year. He recently teamed up with The Alchemist for his new free mix tape Rare Chandeliers.

Download or stream the Rare Chandeliers mix tape right here

Download or stream the Blue Chips mix tape right here

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{Jeremih}

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Chicago R&B up-and-comer Jeremih released a mix tape, Late Nights with Jeremih, that was one of my favorite albums of the year.

Download or stream the mix tape right here

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{Yo La Tengo}

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Indie rock/folk veterans Yo La Tengo will release a new full-length, Fade, via Matador. The full album is streaming via Pitchfork Advance.

Listen to the album right here

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{Austin Brown}

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Michael Jackson's nephew, Austin Brown, debuts his new mixtape Highway 85. It's a nice mix of old school R&B with some modern touches.

Get the mix tape right here or below



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{Natalia Lafourcade}

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I mentioned this album awhile back, but at the time I hadn't really absorbed it. Now that I've spent some quality time with Natalia Lafourcade's Mujer Divina I regret not listening to this sooner so I could've added this to my Favorite Albums of the Year list.
Indie darling Natalia Lafourcade's latest album Mujer Divina is a tribute to composer Agustín Lara. The album features collaborations with Adrián Dárgelos (Babasonicos), Kevin Johansen, Alex Ferreira, Café Tacvba’s Meme), Gilberto Gil), Devendra Banhart and more.

The whole album is available to stream via her sound cloud

This song isn't on the album, but it's such a cool performance I thought I'd share...



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