Action Bronson- Strictly for my Jeeps
I saw the featured rapper Riff Raff in a recent interview on Pitchfork and although I think he’s full of shit, I think he’s a genius. As for Action Bronson, this is the first time I’m been downwind of this cat and for doo doo rhymes he’s not bad to listen to. This is silly party music, nothing else and something tells me that their good with that.
Congo Natty-UK Allstars
With all the craziness going on in the U.K. right now, it’s nice to know that conscious hip hop is still alive. These guys lay down some trip-hop/jungle-esque beats and mix in some chatty linguistics to top of an already intense track. This is a banger.
THEESatisfaction-EEN SAH EWE
I love and have loved what these young ladies have been doing for a minute, but I think the real treat comes in seeing them live. One could only be so lucky to have an affinity for funk and soul and happen upon this set after a long day. They deliver that Farmers Market funk with the ease. So much so, you might want to propose to these divas who are giving neo-soul the Sun Ra enema that it deserves.
Charli XCX-Take My Hand
What can I say, this girl knows how to work a camera. I mean she’s a natural and next to her thumpin music, her charisma is primarily the reason I’ve stayed on board. Take My Hand, is another solid achievement my this UK youngin. The Charli Party is still going! It’ll be interesting to hear how the rest of her new album sounds.
The Lonely Island-Diaper Money
It’s hard being a grown ass man and former Adam Sandberg’s zany hip hop project The Lonely Island, makes it abundantly clear. The song goes from handling diapers to wife nookie to grave plots…you know the fundamentals of marriage. It’s funny, but speaks volumes about what really matters.
Is Lisboa a derivative of the word lesbian? Is Lisboa an island where lesbian’s first came from, before venturing to new lands? These and other questions linger on my tongue as I watch this seedy and dirty video for Dirty Beaches track Casino Lisboa. It’s an unfamiliar trek down a redlight district in Thailand. Can you smell that Pad Thai? Oh shit…where’s my wallet?
Kanye West-New Slaves
It’s funny how cathartic Kanye’s music can be. This could be the only thing I do respect about him. He is pretty candid about the way he feels, yeah wait…we all know that. I think what I’m trying to say is that judging by this song, he knows he’s in the rut, that nigga-rich rut, but, and this is something that I hope he will one day understand, he can leave all that shit behind whenever he is ready. But until then, his music is still good and sits lights years apart from the man.
The East is the kind of film that immediately grabs you. From the outset, you know you’re going to be spared nothing and, as the film begins to roll, so too do the images of the 2010 Gulf oil spill overlaid with the voice of Ellen Page as she recites the manifesto of The East.
“We are the East. Lie to us and we’ll lie to you. Spy on us and we’ll spy on you. Poison us and we’ll poison you.”
Helmed by Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice), The East weaves a complicated and thoroughly entertaining tale that is two parts espionage thriller and one part humanist drama. Brit Marling stars as Sarah Moss, a private sector agent working for Hiller Brood; a large, mostly unknown, intelligence firm hired by even larger corporations to keep them in the know. Freshly recruited, Moss is naive and hungry, what her boss, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) explains to be a lethal combination. Moss is sent into the field, in deep cover, with the intent of infiltrating the anarchist collective known only as “the East”.
What’s brilliant about the way Batmanglij and co-writer Marling kick off The Eastlay in its simplicity, its intimacy. Without seeing any of the group’s anarchist deeds, only hearing the threat from the opening sequence – a threat that is disembodied, faceless and nameless – we have no emotional ties to them. We feel only the threat. We watch a fresh faced Moss, awake before her alarm goes off, eager on the morning she is to learn whether she will be selected for the undercover assignment. We see her nervously choosing an outfit and then waiting outside her boss’ office to hear the news.
Within moments, all of our emotions are chucked in behind Moss. We’re completely invested. She is our entry point into the story about to unfold and we’re ready to follow her. I’m happy to say that, in Marling, we have an apt and talented guide.
Marling, whose performances in Sound of My Voice and Another Earth are noteworthy, is obviously at home in the role of Moss. After spending two months living a freegan lifestyle, during which nothing was bought and the writer/actress learned how to hop trains, sleep on roofs, and commonly ate out of dumpsters, Marling’s transition from the buttoned up intelligence professional to environmental activist is nuanced, powerful. As her character is pulled further into the group and its activities, it’s fascinating to watch Moss begin to question her own morality as her perception of right and wrong blurs.
As the group’s charismatic leader, Benji, Alexander Skarsgård is as far away from his True Blood roots as is possible. And while he presents a man who is sensitive, humble, and fractured, Skarsgård’s performance is solid but unsurprising.
The East also stars Ellen Page as Izzy, the daughter of a large corporation head who has done nothing to stop his company from poisoning water supplies with their waste. As Izzy, Page finds herself in familiar waters – she’s once more on the outside, but gone are the sardonic comments and biting wit for which the actress’ has perhaps become known. Page turns in an understated, almost quiet performance as a woman struggling with a deep sense of disappointment that turns to unfettered rage.
The East is a thought provoking adventure that doesn’t shy away from throwing uncomfortable imagery at its audience. As a key tenet of the group’s beliefs, upon finding a downed deer in the woods, Moss is encouraged to field dress the animal so it won’t go to waste; a process that includes removing its internal organs through an abdominal incision. To pass the time, group members play truth or dare in order to shed the artifice that keeps them from being truly connected to one another. During these sessions, there is an “anything goes” vibe that is simultaneously exciting and vaguely dangerous. These themes are explored and revisited upon the cast, pushing the audience to a place where they, too, are invited to question.
The film’s depiction of actual corporate corruption is done without being overly melodramatic but that’s not to say it doesn’t lack some serious venom. Some will find difficulty with the film, feeling as though its script is doling out some kind of heavy-handed ideology. To those people, I will eagerly say The East isn’t just about corporate misdeeds and the wrongs of the 1%. The film’s story is built around the moral dilemma that results when we know but do not act. The East wants to know – can people really change if their perceptions are challenged, if they are taught to question?
Any way you come at the film and its subject matter, The East is a satisfying spy thriller that will feed your mind.
Official site: The East
Very few bands have ever “had me at hello”, but when I listened to Boards of Canada for the first time, I had to ask myself “where have you been all my life?” I immediately bought every single one of their albums, course now I have no idea where any of those albums are, mind you this was before itunes was in full swing, so most of my BoC material was on CD. I did back up some of them on my external, but there are still several albums missing from my catalog. It’s like I lost a child, but no worries, your humble narrator is going to therapy for this and will be back on his feet soon or so my therapist says.
Don’t you love how I completely get off topic?
Folks, some of you may have been following the ever so cryptic PR, BoC has been running, leading up to their release of their sixth album Tomorrow’s Harvest. Well the wait is finally over, today BoC released the first track off the album entitled Reach for the Dead. This track, as is everything BoC touches, is the stuff of dreams. I can’t wrap my mind around how they are able to reach so far into my mind and harvest vestiges from my past, only to lay it out before me in a beautiful symphony of color and sound. Reach for the Dead, is exactly how the video below portrays it, a memory, something BoC have become masters at. If day dreams had a soundtrack, BoC has been writing it for decades. This single is the first, in what I’m sure will be, an album filled with jars of light, scattered along a grassy hillside over looking an ocean with Saturn on it’s horizon.
Tomorrow’s Harvest is out 6/10 on Warp.
In preparation for the young rapper’s latest album, Doris, there is finally a studio version of the track, “Guild”. It features Mac Miller, who has an inconsistent streak to him, but he really lays it down for this track. Both Earl Sweatshirt and Miller’s voices are lowered an octave to produce a muddy and slow sound that is prominent in Odd Future’s recordings. It’s another hint to the highly anticipated Earl Sweatshirt LP, which is yet to have a set release date. Earl also has mentioned in interviews how he sees the transition from his past sound and debut album, Earl, back in 2010 by saying on twitter,
“I anticipate a loss of fans. I also anticipate gaining some. So. You know. Yeah… I hope i lose you as a fan if you only fuck with me cause i rapped about raping girls when i was 15… I fucking love how it sounds. And uhh. Thats what matters… Im gonna go out on a limb and say that you can hear the progression.”
Check out the newest track below (Thanks to MassAssault for keeping it up on Soundcloud)
My memories of these three women are few and far between for me, the reason being, I was kinda young during their hay-days. That being said, the memories I do have are mostly of Jane Goodall and watching her on reruns of National Geographic (not to be confused with Nat-Geo and their God awful programming), she was the first to be contracted by the famous anthropologist Louise Leaky to go to Gombe, Africa and study chimpanzees. Her amazing interactions with the chimps brought my family together on Sunday afternoons. Next to be contracted by Louise Leaky was Diane Fossey who dedicated her life to the research of Gorilla’s in the Congo, but her love for the gorilla’s was trumped by her hatred for poachers and her plight became more about stopping them toward the end of her career. Her life also inspired the film Gorillas In The Mist starring Sigourney Weaver. Then there’s Birute Galdikas, a name and face I’m completely unfamiliar with, but whose research with orangutans in Indonesia has been at the forefront of our understanding of these mysterious and benevolent creatures.
Done in a bedtime story sorta way, Primates is a cliff-noted version of these three women’s lives and how famed anthropologist Louis Leaky literally helped changed the face of women’s lib in the seventies. His undying faith in these women and his insistence that women make better researchers, led to some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in the twentieth century. The books author Jim Ottaviani makes no apologies about the books fragmented and sometimes fictional glimpse, but explains the reasoning for his approach by saying this:
“We did study their lives, read a lot about primates and tried to get all the significant details right. That’s not to say that every single detail isn’t important in science, but we wanted to tell a story and not make a textbook. So we had to pick and choose whether and when to leave something out or compress a weeks (or a month’s or a year’s) worth of their hard work down to something you could read in much less than a week or a month or a year. To do this I put together detailed timelines and look for parts where events discoveries-and just as important-themes and ideas complimented each other.”-Jim Ottaviani
I, personally, don’t’ have any problems with Jim’s method of chronicling their lives in a short read, partly because I’m lazy and partly, he left enough of the good moments in so that if you felt the hankering you could followup. He’s also gone as far as to note the books that he used for the making of Primates. Alright he’s obligated by law to do that, I’m just saying.
Look, everyone remembers reading a book like this in elementary school, whether it was on Abraham Lincoln or Neil Armstrong, it was one of those books that you couldn’t put down, it might’ve even inspired you to become who you are. No way you’d been able to really absorb the accomplishments these people made had it “really” been laid out, especially not at ten or twelve or maybe you would, if you were a genius. Don’t get me wrong , I’m not saying that this book is child’s-play cause I thoroughly enjoyed the read, what I’m saying is life comes at you fast and sometimes it just needs to be effortless.
About the storytellers: Cartoonist Maris Wicks = awesome. In addition to drawing comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, she’s a program educator for the New England Aquarium.
In addition to being the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Feynman, all of Jim Ottaviani’s books have been nominated for multiple awards, including Eisners & ALA Popular Paperback of the Year. They also receive critical praise in publications ranging (widely!) from The New York Review of Books to The Comics Journal to Physics World to Entertainment Weekly to Discover Magazine.
Although the reviews haven’t been all that good for this film, the look and feel alone may be enough for you cinephiles to give it a go. It’s style and look is riding a crest of modern films, all in the horror genre, that have been receiving a ton of notoriety, so perhaps it’s popularity will carry long after it’s dvd release. Director Peter Strickland, has channeled his inner Hitchcock/Polanski and has given us a mod horror film for the 2013.
Starring Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) this story is about a celebrated sound designer who travels to Italy to work on his first horror movie only to become consumed by the project. Soon Gilderoy (Toby Jones) starts to lose his mind and the line between reality and the movie he’s working on begin to mix.
Art house? Yes, but it would still be interesting to see how this all comes together. Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Susanna Cappellaro, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Antonio Mancino, Layla Amir, Eugenia Caruso, Katalin Ladik, Fatma Mohamed, Hilda Péter, Salvatore Li Causi, Lara Parmiani, Chiara D’Anna, Kata Bartsch and will be available on Video On Demand on June 14, 2013.
- Trailer and Poster for BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO Starring Toby Jones (collider.com)
- NEW TRAILER: Berberian Sound Studio #2 (filmreviewsnz.wordpress.com)
- ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ Trailer: Beware the Sound of Fear (slashfilm.com)
- Check out the new poster for the Toby Jones-starring ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ – EXCLUSIVE (insidemovies.ew.com)
Alejandro Jodorowsky is kinda like Terry Gilliam, but with more psychedelic’s and more spiritualism. His film’s always inspire me. and are like taking something that effects the synapse of the mind. He evokes moods with his use of metaphors and colors and his outlook on politics and religion have always been cleverly disguised, but sometimes blatantly obvious, in a kaleidoscope of smoke and mirrors and it is because of this, I imagine, that producers in Hollywood will not take a chance on him. Hell, John Lennon had to front his own money to get Alejandro’s psycho-western El Topo played in NYC, back in the seventies, but that should tell you something about the man’s gift for film making. The Dance of Reality is written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, but produced by donations from his fans. I don’t think he even did the Kickstarter thing, he just posted a video and the necessary people got wind and that was it. Hear that Zach Braff? When your talented, they will remember. The Dance of Reality (La Danza de la Realidad) has the same feel as his 80′s film Sante Sangre, but it’s no less intriguing. His use of colors and symbols are a welcome site in this world of mediocrity. Being that we are now just seeing the trailer, I’m guessing that it might’ve premiered before the recent Cannes submission Jodorowsky’s Dune (A documentary that talks about Jordorowsky’s most ambitious endeavor, that never was). Hopefully you’ll see this trailer and want to know more about this brilliant film maker.
The Dance of Reality is an independent film written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and based on his autobiography of the same name. The film blends Jodorowsky’s personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, reflecting the director’s view that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our imaginations: “The story of my life is a constant effort to expand the imagination and its limitations, to capture its therapeutic and transformative potential… An active imagination is the key to such a wide vision: it looks at life from angles that are not our own, imagining other levels of consciousness superior to our own.” The film has been described as “surrealistic”.
- WATCH: New Jodorowsky Trailer (thequietus.com)
- ‘The Dance Of Reality’: First look at new film from Alejandro Jodorowsky (dangerousminds.net)
- Trailer for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s First Film in 23 Years (animalnewyork.com)
- Cannes Film Review: ‘The Dance of Reality’ (variety.com)
- Trailer For Alejandro Jodorowsky’s THE DANCE OF REALITY Is Filled With Hauntingly Surreal Imagery! (web1.aintitcool.com)
- Cannes 2013: Chile’s onetime cult king still the wizard of weird (latimes.com)
- Indiewire: ‘The Dance of Reality,’ Alejandro Jodoroworsky’s First Film in 23 Years, Is a Return to Form (dianepernet.typepad.com)
Glittery indie-pop is at an all time high. It’s on the radio, it’s topping the charts, and it’s in our brains. Bands like Metric, Lights, and Of Monsters and Men are some of the bigger names of musicians that control this genre. What’s even more interesting is that there is such a large geographic area that this music is popular in. Metric is American, Lights is Canadian, and Of Monsters and Men is from Iceland of all places. Now this rule doesn’t apply to all areas of the world, but the next band featured in our “Underground Mondays” segment originates from Peru. Now based in the great New York City, The Soon-Another contains that indie-pop structure while pulling from their Peruvian roots, which is noticeable in tracks like, “Hogar”. They label themselves are ‘synth-rock’, but I’d argue both genres are applicable.
The band has recently released the album, Autodidact, which is a perfect title for this solid album. The word means to pretty much “teach yourself”, and although these musicians feel formally trained, the tracks presented on this album feel from the heart and gracefully original. Opening with the track, “Like You Like”, the clapping kick starts an adrenaline rush. What I noticed from the get-go is how spot on the harmonies are. The two musician’s vocals blend very well even with the range of the two almost being the same. The next track, “The Garden”, reminds me closely of the infamous iPhone song, “You, Me and the Bourgeoisie”, by the Submarines. It’s a great throwback and although I could never remember the name of that Submarines’ song, I don’t need too anymore because I have The Soon-Another instead.
Three tracks that caught my eye and made me want to return to this album were “Life is Too Short To Suck”, “Empty Space”, and “Time Work”. The entire second half of this album is absolutely killer. The hooks feel fresh, the songs are upbeat and natural, and not too mention “Empty Space” is easily one of the most fun songs I’ve heard in 2013. I also found the “Peace Sells…” influenced bass line amusing in “Time Work”. Ironically, the Megadeth riff fits very well for a genre that is on the complete other end of the musical spectrum. Another great track that only really hit me at the end was “Institutionalized”. I found it had too much of a Queen influence for me, but the minimalist ending and xx sound really fit my style. Less “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more xx and they’d have a contender for song of the year.
Autodidact has a great sound. The appearance of the album artwork presents a wonderfully colorful cast, while the setting is quite bleak. The words are also extremely rigid and harsh, but musically, this album is very opposite. It’s accessible, fun, and dynamic enough for anyone who’s usually the first to turn off any top 40 indie-rock. Surprisingly, the only track I didn’t like was the self-titled, “Autodidact”. I mean, it’s one of the best names for an album in a long time, but the song felt forced to me. The vocalist has this awkward singing-rap thing going on and it didn’t really work. I like the tempo and beat, but it didn’t fit in to the concept of the fresh synth-pop album. The chorus is actually very catchy with it’s repetitive lyrics so I liked that.
Overall, Autodidact, is an exciting release from a rising band. Their sound fits the key points that all big time bands today contain. The killer vocals, the catchy hooks, and the great melodies are a must for any band wanting to make a living off of music. Now most musicians who have that ‘it’ sound gave up any integrity they had when they were presented with a contract, but The Soon-Another seemed to have kept it with this release. The songs are fun, to the point, and are re-listenable. The fact that the band can change dynamics in one song that is even more intense than “Bohemian Rhapsody” is quite respectable. I sense that was the influence behind the track, but nonetheless I’d listen to “Institutionalized” any day over that Queen song. Props to The Soon-Another for this wonderful release! Anyone looking for a great summer/fall album should check out Autodidact; or if you’ve ever considered giving synth-pop a listen, be sure to add this to your list. I know I’ll be listening as time passes.
Be sure to buy their album from their bandcamp here
Feel free to stream Autodidact thing here:
Here’s the video for the opener, “Like You Like”:
As the days become closer to the release of The National’s new album, Trouble Will Find Me, lead singer Matt Berninger has released an upsetting statement;
“The band has almost ended here and there. I think we got past a lot of the ways it could have ended and ended badly. I think we got through those dark times– just relationship issues, and frustration, and anxiety, and exhaustion, and tempers. [R.E.M.’s] Michael Stipe always used to say, Remember that you were friends first. We had to remind ourselves of that. I don’t know how long is healthy to be a rock band. We’ve been on for almost 14 years, so another five years might be too much. We’re actually at a better place with each other than we’ve ever been. I don’t think our band would end with an acrimonious situation any more. I think we’ve learned to love and respect each other now and we’re kind of past all that stuff. I don’t know if that means we’ll stay a band for a lot longer– but for a little while, at least.” (In an interview with Hayden from The Grid)
Hopefully we’ll here an album or two or even get to see a great tour before they call it quits. The National are playing an extensive late summer/fall tour across North American and some European dates in 2013.
Be sure to read our review of Trouble Will Find Me here
Watch the official release of the song, “Demons”, as well