So if you miss getting your film fix here, I’d like to turn your attention to the brand spanking new Film Gauge Podcast. Featuring yours truly and a couple of much smarter cinephiles Aaron Pinkston and Rachel Baron, we spent our inaugural episode discussing Martin Scorsese’s latest release Shutter Island and compared it to one of his earlier works Cape Fear. This will be a weekly affair, so feel free to follow the Film Gauge crew on the tumblr blog or on iTunes.
Suddenly, Plastic Beach looks a lot more promising– after the slightly odd release of the 80′s dance-styled “Stylo” featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def, we now have “Superfast Jellyfish,” an insanely catchy (and slightly trippy) song featuring some outstanding and carefree rhymes from De La Soul and a great pop hook from Super Furry Animals’ Gryff Rhys. “Superfast Jellyfish” has all the randomness of a MF Doom or Madlib/Quasimoto project, yet with a dose of Yo Gabba Gabba! A must listen, check it out below:
Gorillaz Plastic Beach “Superfast Jellyfish” (feat. De La Soul and Gryff Rhys)
The purple one is apparently still in Guitar Hero mode, churning out a near five minute anthem that’s about as disjointed as everything else he has done recently. While Prince fans will likely appreciate the song for what it is, it’s too bad that Prince hasn’t quite hit his stride yet when it comes to his new material– a lot of the songs feel like recycled ideas jumbled shamelessly together. Of course, for all we know, this is just a throwaway track specifically for Minneapolis Public Radio rather than it being indicative of his next album. Listen to it below:
It may have only been five years, but it feels like a lifetime since BSS was sending every indie rock kids heart a flutter– from their breakthrough You Forgot it in People to their self-titled effort in 2005, it was perhaps appropriate that the gargantuan collective took some time off. Now their back with a new album entitled Forgiveness Rock Record (May 4 on Arts & Crafts), and for their first exercise in Forgiveness Rock they have the epic “World Sick,” an exceptionally promising entry. Listen to the album below, or even better download it for the cost of an email address.
Broken Social Scene “World Sick” Forgiveness Rock Record
Yes kids, it’s that wonderful (woeful) time of year, where you (are forced to) embrace all things love, whether it be flower, chocolates, candlelit dinners or (heartbreak) what have you. In honor of such a fine (Hallmark) holiday, here are twenty songs for Valentine’s Day:
“Happy Valentine’s Day” (Explicit) by Outkastfrom Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin from I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You
“All You Need is Love” by The Beatles from Magical Mystery Tour
“Say Yes” (Explicit) by Elliott Smith from Either/Or
“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver from For Emma, Forever Ago
“So in Love” by Curtis Mayfield from Curtis
“Love of the Loveless” by Eels from Shootenany!
“Made Up Love Song #43″ by Guillemots from From the Cliffs
“Is this Love” by Bob Marley & The Wailers from Kaya
“Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend from Empty Glass
“True Love Waits” by Radiohead from I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
“I Don’t Believe You” by The Magnetic Fields from I Don’t Believe You
“Finding Out True Love is Blind” by Louis XIV from The Best Little Secrets Are Kept
“Where Do You Go to My Lovely?” by Peter Sarstedt from Peter Sarstedt
“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes from I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
“Marry Me” by St. Vincentfrom Marry Me
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness from Permission to Land
“April Fools” by Rufus Wainwright from Rufus Wainwright
“I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” by Tom Waits from Closing Time
“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band from Love Stinks
“My Love Has Gone” by Josh Rouse from Nashville
“I’m The Man Who Loves You” by Wilco from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
“Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles from Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Well if this is indicative of his new album, it would appear as though he’s pushing more in the direction of “Rope of Sand” from his previous album Jim more than anything else. It’s a lot to take in, especially out of context, but at first blush it seems as though Lidell has been spending a lot of time listening to Nina Simone. With a spectacularly sparse arrangement that branches out into a latin-influenced breakdown before once again transforming into an ad-libbed, rootsy jam– it’d be an understatement to say that Lidell packs a lot of ideas into a single song. Yet, like everything else that Lidell has touched (especially as of late), “Compass” is a golden piece of work, albeit more chilling than anything he’s done previously.
Now I see where the extra money is going. So far, in addition to a reunited Pavement and St. Vincent, we’ve also got Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem and Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan as some of the big names in the festival– and they’re not even done announcing the line up yet! Also rumored is Real Estate, Neon Indian, and The Smith Westerns. Tickets begin going on sale today at noon via TicketWeb, with Three-Day Passes going for $90 and single day tickets going for $40. Below is the full line-up thus far:
Friday, July 16:
– Modest Mouse
Saturday, July 17:
– LCD Soundsystem
– Here We Go Magic
Sunday, July 18:
– St. Vincent
– Lightning Bolt
– Cass McCombs
– Sleigh Bells
With Yeasayer’s new album Odd Blood hitting shelves in less than a week, it’s appropriate to allow you to listen to a great remix of their single “Ambling Alp” provided by none other than Alan Wilkis. While keeping the integrity of the original, Wilkis gives the song an extra layer of depth with his funkier approach to the song. Download it here.
Believe it or not, 2010 has been off to a strong start already, with a stellar release just about every week. It’s been difficult to catch up, and it doesn’t look like February is going to be any less packed with terrific releases, so let’s take a look at the best albums from last month:
Los Campesinos! Romance is Boring Los Campesinos!’s best release is also the top one of the year thus far. Truly stunning from beginning to end.
“There Are Listed Buildings”
Spoon Transference Don’t let the ramshackle edge fool you, not only is Spoon as strong as ever, the rough-around-the-edges feel adds a needed sense of improvisation to their sound.
“The Mystery Zone”
Four Tet There is Love in You An absurdly gorgeous album, I’ve a feeling that There is Love in You will continue to grow on me as the year goes on.
Charlotte Gainsbourg IRM Now I can finally stop thinking of her as the crazy woman from Antichrist, the Beck-produced IRM is a sultry, uneasy yet enrapturing album. A terrific album through and through, her father (the great Serge Gainsbourg) would be quite proud.
Citay Dream Get Together These guys are a bit all over the place, but are an absolute must to watch this year– a great debut from a very exciting band.
Speaking of local festivals, the names keep flowing on the Lollapalooza front, and while it’s nothing terribly exciting just yet, you have to give them credit for trying something different. Rapper/singer B.o.B. has long been considered (for better or worse) one of the bright spots in the next generation of hip-hop musicians, while both Drive-By Truckers and The Cribs have a number of admirable releases between the two of them. Also likely to be confirmed is the Japanese metal group X Japan, who has only recently begun performing in the United States despite being around for more than 25 years.
Fifty. Action Bronson Blue Chips You might remember Action Bronson making an appearance on last year’s list with his Dr. Lechter album. Despite the lower ranking, Blue Chips as a whole is even better than what Bronson has shown before. Between his deft wordplay and some outstanding, gritty production from Party Supplies, Blue Chips is a winner. Forty-Nine. Dr. […]
This is one album that you can definitely judge from the cover. Release Date: June 26, 2012 Record Label: In The Red Records Rating: 95 The first album under the Ty Segall Band name, Slaughterhouse is rife with the kind of raw, unrelenting, “F*** you!” type of energy that is the most damning thing to hit one’s […]
Frank Ocean’s major label debut proves to be a masterpiece. Release Date: July 10, 2012 Record Label: Def Jam Rating: 100 The most universally celebrated artist out of the Odd Future collective, Frank Ocean has managed to impress even with the monumental expectations leading into his major label debut. Taking pages from Stevie Wonder’s notebook, […]
While rumors and leaks run wild regarding the potential Lollapalooza lineup, Pitchfork has announced the rest of the bands for their 2012 festival. It looks a little thin at the top, to be sure, but this (like every other P4k festival) is a very solid lineup of bands at what is always a wonderfully intimate […]
A Church That Fits Our Needs is an elegant and wondrous album, it’s certain to be one of the better ones you’ll hear all year. Release Date: March 20, 2012 Record Label: Anti- Rating: 97 Written in the aftermath of the suicide of frontman Ari Picker’s mother, it’s not surprising that A Church That Fits Our Needs […]