Monday, August 17, 2015

Danger Mouse Launches 30th Century Records

Danger Mouse launches label Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is excited to announce 30th Century Records, his imprint in collaboration with Columbia Records. Beginning this fall, the world-renowned artist, songwriter and producer will oversee a label comprised of artists he is personally signing. 30th Century Records will debut with his first signing, Autolux, who are currently at work on the full-length follow-up to 2010's critically-celebrated Transit Transit. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Danger Mouse's wildly innovative landmark release, The Grey Album, which dramatically altered the musical and technological topography of the entertainment industry. By fusing a cappella strains of Jay Z's Black Album with the instrumentals from The Beatles' White Album, Danger Mouse jettisoned music production into the 21st Century. Since 2004 and The Grey Album, a bevy of modern day musical titans have sought out the Danger Mouse treatment. Burton’s songwriting and production work as Danger Mouse can be heard on such notable releases as Gorillaz’s Demon Days, Beck’s Modern Guilt, Norah Jones' …Little Broken Hearts, The Black Keys’ explosive single “Tighten Up” and their massive album El Camino. More recently, Burton's talents and expertise can be heard on U2's Songs of Innocence and A$AP Rocky's AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Aside from his work as a producer, Burton has established himself as an artist, composer and songwriter. In 2006, Burton teamed up with CeeLo Green to form Gnarls Barkley. This partnership gave birth to two full-length albums and of course the single “Crazy,” which Rolling Stone dubbed Song of the Decade. In 2010, Burton collaborated with Sparklehorse and David Lynch to create Dark Night of the Soul, a star-studded studio album featuring guests such as James Mercer, Black Francis, Wayne Coyne, Julian Casablancas, and Iggy Pop among a host of others. The album's release was accompanied by a photo book consisting of photos taken by Lynch which provided a visual narrative for the music. Burton would eventually go on to showcase his talents as a composer in 2011 when he joined Daniele Luppi to craft the epic Rome which featured Jack White, Norah Jones and the original musicians who performed composer Ennio Morricone's Italian film scores, which were key inspirations for the project's conception. Burton has devoted much of his time during the last seven years to his band Broken Bells which he formed with James Mercer of The Shins in 2008. This partnership resulted in two full length, Columbia-released albums: their 2010 self-titled debut and 2014's After the Disco. Through the years, Burton's work has been heavily praised and recognized by the music world's governing bodies. Among his 21 GRAMMY nominations that span nine years, Burton has won five awards including Producer of the Year in 2011. In 2014, Burton won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for his writing and production work with U2 on their song "Ordinary Love".

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Todays Pop Culture Gem: James Brown Sells Miso & McDonalds

and from the '80s

Low Announce Ones and Sixes Tour Dates And New Music

Low will release their new album Ones and Sixes September 11 via SubPop. Their tour in support of the album has been announced: Ones and Sixes World Tour Sep. 18 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon* Sep. 19 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall* Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club* Sep. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB* Sep. 23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall* Sep. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg* Sep. 25 - Hamden, Connecticut – The Ballroom at The Outer Space* Sep. 26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat* Oct. 07 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral ^ Oct. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School = Oct. 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse ^ Oct. 12 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9 = Oct. 13 - Hamburg, DE – Knust = Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DK – Vega = Oct. 15 - Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan = Oct. 17 - Berlin, DE – Lido = Oct. 19 - Munich, DE – Ampere = Oct. 20 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano = Oct. 22 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas = Oct. 23 - Barcelona, ES – Bikini = Oct. 24 - Valencia, ES - Deleste Festival Oct. 26 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Lara = Oct. 27 - Santander, ES – Escenario = Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^ Oct. 30 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix = Oct. 31 - Brussels, BE – AB + Nov. 02 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde = Nov. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue* Nov. 12 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge* Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge* Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex* Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour* Nov. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall* Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir* Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile* * w/ Andy Shauf ^ w/ Two Gallants + w/ Chelsea Wolfe = w/ Mike Noga Additionally you may stream their track "What Part of Me" on The Quietus website via Soundcloud.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell Star in Lifetime Movie

Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell Star in a Lifetime Movie: A Deadly Adoption Dear Lifetime, As much as the Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig movie A Deadly Adoption looks like something my friends and I would really enjoy - we are not subscribing to Lifetime Movies. I get it. You want to get on the exclusive content subscription bandwagon and ride it all the way to the bank, but unless my zeitgeist is way out of whack we're not buying into your evil plan. Kindly air this film or put it into rotation. How long until someone torrents this? Or perhaps it already exists.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Excellent Trailer for Horror / Suspense FIlm Goodnight Mommy

Radius appears to be doing some exciting things in film and gaining accolades including nominations at major film festivals. Citizen Four by Laura Poitras and A Lego Brickumentary by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson are just two of the titles gaining a lot of recognition. And fans of suspense and horror should have a look at this trailer for the Austrian film Goodnight Mommy which will hit theaters September 11. Goodnight Mommy originally titled Ich Seh, Ich Seh was written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala.

Starlight Girls New Song Intriguue

Starlight girls share their new track "Intrigue" from their album Fantasm. The PR describes them as hauntingly Gothic, but I don't hear any of that on this particular song. It sounds like an 80s synth throwback, and that's not a bad thing. I'm interested to see what else they have to offer. Starlight Girls self released album Fantasm will be available October 13.

The Cure Meets The Commodores

The Cure and The Commodores Make it "Easy" to feel "Just Like Heaven." It covers all of your summer sunset easy listening smooth needs! Posted on youtube by Nathan Yates as mixed by Brat Productions.

The Criterion Collection to Release My Own Private Idaho

One of my favorite films My Own Private Idaho by Gus Van Sant will see release via The Criterion Collection October 6. 'Idaho" stars Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix and features a funny tragic gorgeously filmed tale about two hustlers , belonging, being on the margin of "normal" society and unrequited love. It also features a performance by Udo Kier that absolutely cracks me up every time I see it. This new director approved edition, a must for collectors, features:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gus Van Sant and director of photography Eric Alan Edwards, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Illustrated 2005 audio conversation between Van Sant and filmmaker Todd Haynes
  • The Making of “My Own Private Idaho,” a 2005 documentary featuring cast and crew
  • Kings of the Road, a 2005 interview with film scholar Paul Arthur on Van Sant’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight
  • Conversation from 2005 between producer Laurie Parker and actor River Phoenix’s sister Rain
  • Audio conversation from 2005 between writer JT LeRoy and filmmaker Jonathan Caouette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A book featuring essays by film critic Amy Taubin and LeRoy; a 1991 article by Lance Loud; and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, Phoenix, and actor Keanu Reeves

    New cover by Marc English

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Million Miles Away by Jennifer Reeder

 A Million Miles Away, a short film by Jennifer Reeder.

 Shorts sometimes get lost in the shuffle of effects laden blockbusters and great feature length films, and sometimes evolve to become great feature length films. Let's hope that's the case with director Jennifer Reeder's entertaining short A Million Miles Away.

Please don't mistake this as a pretentious piece to dismiss the value of a good old fashioned summer blockbuster, because after all they do a good job of entertaining the masses. Nor am I dismissing the value of eye candy when you want to see something featuring people with ridiculously unattainable good looks. Sometimes though, like you and your favorite taqueria, the palette gets a hankering for something just a little bit different. That's where directors like Jennifer Reeder come to your rescue.

Reeder's short reminds you (in case you forgot) that film is art. And art is subjective. Perhaps it doesn't all work for you, or perhaps it hits you differently one day than another, or effects different people or different sexes in different ways. The latter may be the case for this film. The director and all of the actors (and singers) are female. The story climaxes with a female teenage choir singing an interesting version of a Judas Priest classic metal hit. And it delivers a message to women in the languages of different ages and different stages in life in coded and non coded ways.  On a personal level it hit me in the gut in the way Miranda July sometimes does successfully.  When I first saw the short there were rumblings that a full length was underway in Chicago. Well, after a long hiatus on my part it appears the rumors have come to fruition. If that sounds interesting to you here's a teaser:

A MILLION MILES AWAY - teaser from Jennifer Reeder on Vimeo.

I'm assuming the title is a reference to The Plimsouls amazing 80s anthem of the same name.

A Million Miles Away
27:50 - HD
An adult woman (the conductor) on the edge of failing and a pack of teenage girls (the choir) simultaneously experience a supernatural version of coming-of-age. The transformation is equal parts tense and tender. It unravels patiently to the infectious beat of an 80s era heavy metal anthem rearranged as a lamentation.
Writer/Director: Jennifer Reeder
Producer: Steven Hudosh
Director of Photography: Chris Rejano
Editor: Mike Olenick
B Camera Operator: Herman Asph
Sound Recording: Paul Dickinson
Boom Operator: Cameron Gibson
Key Grip: Ed Dignan
Digital Transfer: Matt Shaw
Music arrangement/Conductor: Jenne Lennon
Additional music: Sunn O))), Ulrich Schauss, Brian McBride, Arms and Sleepers, Haki
The Conductor:
Jennifer Estlin
The Choir:
Amaya Lorick
Crystal Staley
Grace Davies
Grace Etzkorn
Isabella Ciampa
Kara Ryan
Kasey Busiel
Kasia Wilson
Kelsey Ashby-Middleton
Kristyn Zoe Wilkerson
Kyrie Courter
Margaret O'Connell
Marissa Castillo
Morgan S. Reesh
Reilly Golden
Rubey Mendoza
Sydney L. Cusic
Talie Leeb
Emma Seslowsky
Ultra-Violet Archer