From Pablo Berger and inspired by a tale from The Brother's Grimm (Snow White) comes a black-and-white silent Spanish drama about a girl training as a bullfighter, until she runs away with a troupe of dwarves to became a legend.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's excellent new album The Beast in it's Tracks is streaming over on NPR. The album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce, but he's such a positive guy that theres' hardly any bitterness involved. Songs "Hopeful", "New Lover", and "Joy To You Baby" are my early favorites.
This year is off to a fast start. Already Frightened Rabbit, Night Beds, Atoms for Peace, and Autre Ne Veut all seem like strong contenders for Top Ten albums of the year.
Autre Ne Veut's (aka Arthur Ashin) new album Anxiety is infectious bedroom R&B.
Atoms for Peace are Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco. Their new album AMOK feels alot like Thome Yorke's solo album Eraser, only it feels less cold and much groovier with the addition of live instrumentation to go along with the electronica.
This film, from Pablo Larraín, is one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language film in this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1988, this is the story of the campaign to remove Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal.
Look for the film in select theaters February 15th.
This is a documentary tracing the roots of the song "Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice)". It features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and Josh Kun, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor and Chubby Checker.