Today in Christmas music: The Killers, Polyphonic Spree, Justin Bieber, Dawes
A lot of people this way want to express the Christmas in their heart this week, just in different ways.
Just in! Justin! Justin Bieber will be unveiling his video with Mariah Carey in the revamp of her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center tonight, to be broadcast on NBC.
Based on the preview, Bieber is more freaking Christmasy than you'll ever be.
The Killers are on the loose, again, to bring another holiday single for charity. This time, they've donned their boots and hats for "Cowboys' Christmas Ball," a quick-stepping country tune for you good little girls and boys. The song goes up on iTunes tomorrow (Dec. 1), which is World AIDS Day. It's sales will benefit (RED), as their songs in years past have.
I hate hating at Christmas, so it pains me to say, country doesn't suit these fine-feathered men well. Lasso another dance mega-hit, and color me happy.
A press release reports, thankfully, that a new Killers album is in the works right now. If it came out in 2012, it will be the first from the Las Vegans since 2008's "Day & Age."
Meanwhile, the newly reunited Polyphonic Spree are here to tell you "It's Christmas" in a new video, though the song's been around for a while. The big group's mastermind Tim DeLaughter recorded the choir-laden track back in 2003; the group has performed "It's Christmas" at every one of its annual Christmas extravaganzas since then. The video features footage taken from Polyphonic Spree's two holiday shows in 2007.
DeLaughter recently relaunched his Good Records Recordings, which is co-owned by his wife and Spree cohort Julie Doyle and their longtime associate Chris Penn. It's releases from artists will be fairly non-traditional: it's "a label focused on releasing one song at a time from its stable of artists, in both digital and vinyl formats. Each track will be available two ways: a high-quality download (with a choice of MP3 or lossless FLAC) or as a limited-edition, colored, collectible vinyl record with custom artwork and a surprise B-side not available elsewhere. Additionally, artists will create a music video for every track they release."
Boosh. Look out for a rarity from DeLaughter's former band Tripping Daisy, new stuff from Polyphonic Spree, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, Preteen Zenith and more.
Need some sugar in that coffee? How about this sappy "Share the Love"stuff from Honor Society. Again: hate hating, but at least this la la lovely song is raising awareness for the Salvation Army, as is evident in the video below.
If you're going ice skating before the Christmas pageant and haven't quite found your Christmas tree yet, let Dawes soundtrack your trek. The indie band covers "Christmas Time Is Here" from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (a classic original composition from Vince Guaraldi) for A/V Club's Christmas edition of Uncovered. Simple, child-like. Good grief!
1984 | Action | PGSummary: A bullied kid, new in town, is trained in karate by an old handyman, who hides his storied past. Climaxes in one of the most rousing final sequences of the '80s.Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
1994 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who ros...Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Mykelti Williamson
1953 | Thriller | PG-13Summary: Four men are hired to transport wildly unstable nitroglycerin along dangerous roads in one of the most suspenseful films ever made.Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1999 | Drama | RSummary: Jim Carrey digs deep into a portrayal of late comedian Andy Kaufman, whose complex and provocative routines were not limited to the stage and TV screen.Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Courtney Love
2014 | Comedy | RSummary: Anna Kendrick is a woman whose relationship ends just before the holidays, but her attempt to get her life back on track is derailed by her own self-destructive tendencies.Director: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber
1996 | Comedy | RSummary: Timothy Hutton plays a guy who returns to his hometown as he tries to figure out his next chapter in life; Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman are standouts as two very different female influences on his decisions.Director: Ted Demme
Cast: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman
1984 | Comedy | NRSummary: An alien slave crashes lands in New York city while being pursued by two Men in Black bounty hunters. His attempt to find a place for himself on earth parallels that of the immigrant experience.Director: John Sayles
Cast: Joe Morton, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez, Yves Rene
1966 | Family | PGSummary: The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith
Let Streaming Genie help you.