Monthly Archive: March 2012

[LISTEN] J MASCIS’ psychedelic instrumental project HEAVY BLANKET: ‘Dr. Martin’s Blues’

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis has unveiled a new psychedelic side project named Heavy Blanket, with a six-track instrumental LP due May 8. Allegedly, the band features J and two long-lost high school pals, “Pete Cougar” and “Johnny Pancake,” who first played together in 1984 while J was also performing with the hardcore band Deep Wound. According to …

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[WATCH] KIMMEL celebrates Twitter’s 6th birthday by having celebrities read nasty Tweets

Twitter turned six last week on March 21, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! decided to mark the occasion by having celebrities read some pretty nasty tweets about themselves. “One of the most interesting things about Twitter is it connects celebrities directly to their fans and vice versa,” Kimmel explained as he introduced the segment. “Your message goes …

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[WATCH] TANLINES: ‘All Of Me’ [Dir. Julian Barratt]

Brooklyn synthpop duo Tanlines released their great debut LP, Mixed Emotions, earlier this week, as well as another entertaining music video from the album. Last month the group dropped an inventive, Weird Days-produced video for the catchy single ‘Brothers’, which allowed you to click and drag around the screen and “choose your own adventure” with a 360º …

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[WATCH] SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Trailer + 5-minute extended sneak peek

A new trailer and five-minute extended clip for Snow White and the Huntsman were released this week, and Rupert Sanders’ adaptation of the classic Grimm Brothers story is certainly looking rather epic, with Lord of the Rings-esque ambitions. For those who missed the earlier teaser, the film stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen, …

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[WATCH] DANIEL ROSSEN covers ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’ + Performs ‘Saint Nothing’ in a church

Daniel Rossen, of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles fame, released his impressive new solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, earlier this week. He recently covered the traditional folk song ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’ in the studio of photographer Brigitte Lacombe, and it’s a great, dusty rendition set against an appropriately black backdrop. Rossen also appeared on …

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[WATCH] Wes Anderson & Laika team up for Sony Xperia commercial

Acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) and animation house Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman) have teamed up on a commercial for Sony Xperia smartphones. Using stop motion animation, they brought to life one young boy’s charming vision of how smartphones work – miniature robots! The result is rather wonderful, and now I’m kinda wishing …

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[WATCH] COM TRUISE: ‘Terminal’

Cerebral New Jersey electro guru Com Truise has released a new video for ‘Terminal’, the second from last year’s pretty great LP Galactic Melt (following the excellent ‘Brokendate’). The Mykola Dosenko-directed clip features a computer freaking out in Technicolor, which is fitting since Com Truise’s music often sounds like a danceable computer meltdown.

[WATCH] COSMOPOLIS Red-Band Teaser: David Cronenberg gets weird again

David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Dead Ringers) is set to return to the glorious weirdness of his earlier work this year with Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson in a role which is likely to completely reinvent his image. The film, which is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel, is set in the not-too-distant-future and follows 28-year-old Wall Street billionaire Eric …

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[WATCH] AUTOLUMINESCENT promises a fascinating account of the life & music of Rowland S. Howard

Rowland S. Howard was a pivotal figure on the Australian punk and post-punk music scene, chiefly as the gaunt, fiery and gifted guitarist for the seminal late ’70s/early ’80s group The Birthday Party, which helped Nick Cave on his way to stardom and influenced generations of musicians. Over a career fraught with long intermissions, presumably …

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[WATCH] THE SHINS perform an hour-long set on LETTERMAN

The Shins stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman last night to promote their incredible comeback LP, Port of Morrow, which is out now. James Mercer and co. played their infinitely listenable single ‘Simple Song’, which has to be one of the best songs of 2012. In addition to that broadcast performance, the group also put …

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