This Week in New Music: Autechre, The Mavericks, Madeleine Peyroux and more
I already introduced you to Ivan & Alyosha in December, but if you need a more robust taste of the crew, get a free download of jangle-rock "Running for Cover," available as iTunes' Free Single of the Week. If you wish to play along, watch the music video for the track, and just be sure to press your button-down before you do, you look like a slob.
If you don't have enough Mavericks in your collection -- and you don't, I looked -- then their new album "In Time" may be a fun place for entry or re-entry. Songs like "Come Unto Me" confirm their place among country music royalty, and the influx of recording technology has no bearing on the timelessness of Raul Malo's incredible voice.
To tender that hoarse, Sunday-morning feeling, check out Mount Moriah's for some sunny hangover helpers, fresh from Merge. There's little-to-no sheen on these crunchy rock gear-turners for "Miracle Temple," which has the help of some country crooner influence.
Woodpigeon's "Red Rover Red rover" video, from new album "Thumbtacks and Glue": An excellent and upbeat usage of public domain videos, you earnest sad bastard.
Ahead of the March 5 drop date, Autechre dropped their double-album techno-dyslexia experiment "Exai" digitally nearly a month early. For collectors, CD and vinyl is still out this coming week. They are webcasting a radio show this weekend (March 2 and 3) that will go on for hours and hours, featuring the new tracks. Don't check your calendar: you weren't doing anything anyway.
The Cave Singers debuted a poppy new song "Easy Way" via Boing Boing this week, because Boing Boing OK yeah whatever internet. Tambourine-heavy and blissfully crinkled as Lucero's drinking face, the song is a good taste of "Naomi," due on Tuesday (March 5).
Jazz and standards singer Madeleine Peyroux could sing me a Ted Nugent autiobiography and I'd still be on my feet for an encore at the end. The piano sounds on each of her records will have you looking long into the mirror ("What is it you want... heart?"), with tracks like "Born to Lose" making you wish you had blown your undergrad on poetry. The Wall Street Journal has a stream of the whole new album "The Blue Room."
Brooke Waggoner was making eclectic, piano-based tunes long before she was on tap as one of the members of Jack White's all-girl backing back the Peacocks. Now, like Tegan and Sara, Waggoner has found her commercial destiny in headrushing, smart pop tunes like "Rumble," below. "Originator" is also out next week.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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