This Week in New Music: Low, Foxygen, National Park System, Carmen Villain
Chilly, minimalist (but optimistic!) electronica has just the right amount high ends and melodic lines. National Park System's "Silver Miner" is techno-drone weekend listening in a close-your-eyes kinda way. This new track is included on "A Visitor's Guide" EP, out on Jan. 23.
Generationals' "Spinoza" has a Sam Prekop-joined-The-Smiths kinda vibe, though I hesitate with the term "throwback." In their other material, the Polyvinyl signees have perfectly formed pop-electronica and Brit-influenced dance. This guitar-conscious track is from "Heza," due April 2.
"'Impossible Truth' was born on tour as William Tyler was reading two books with an odd kinship while on long and lonely Midwestern drives: Barney Hoskyns’ 'Hotel California' and Mike Davis’ 'The Ecology of Fear.'" Have no fear: it's a highly energetic and masterful instrumental guitar record. Track "Cadillac Desert" is the sound of imminent magic. Album's out on Merge on March 19.
Carmen Villain's "Lifeissin" scratches the Cat Power "Free" vibe, with an anxious ambiance and feverish electric six-string groan. Her debut "Sleeper" will drop on March 12.
Given the opportunity, go see Mobley. I saw the Austin-based group during Transmission's Free Week here in the Texas capital, and I'd call it much more of an "experience" than a cross-armed bar concert. The band is currently supporting 2012 EP "Young Adult Fiction," with eyebrow-singeing "Torch." They head out on tour to the South and Midwest at the end of this month.
Watch New York quintet Isadora's music video for "21 1/2." God, I wish I could dance.
Phaseone's "It's Not Forever" is for the Burial fans out there, and it shares vinyl space on a split release with Parisian, out on Jan. 29. The repeated line "It's not forever" makes much more good, sad sense around the 100th time it's iterated.
I get a hoot out of Foxygen's "San Francisco" particularly from the line "That's OK / I was born in L.A." This hippy-trip got an equally heavy-lidded music video with your mom's sepia tones and a jangly groove impossible to forget. Full-length "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" (seriously) is out via Jagjaguwar on Jan. 22
I love seeing any new action from Kill Rock Stars, and they just signed Los Angeles electro-rock band Hands. In new song "Trouble," I want to break the bones of that synth and drink its marrow. "Synesthesia" is due April 30.
Here is a urgent new Mimi-led Low song, "Just Make It Stop." It sounds like a Low song. "The Invisible Way" will be out March 19 on Sub Pop. Happy 20th anniversary, guys.
1999 | Family | GSummary: Elmo loves his fuzzy, blue blanket, and would never let anything happen to it. However, a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his blanket to a faraway land, and Elmo in hot pursuit. Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo musters all of his determination and courage and heads off on an a...Director: Gary Halvorson
Cast: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Sonia Manzano
2012 | Documentary | NRSummary: Dance-rock band LCD Soundsystem celebrates the end of their run as a touring band with a spectacular concert at Madison Square Garden.Director: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
Cast: Chuck Klosterman, James Murphy, Keith Wood
1996 | Drama | RSummary: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Dwight Yoakam, J. T. Walsh
2001 | Drama | RSummary: A powerful and disturbing story of intolerance featuring Ryan Gosling as a young Jewish man in New York City who joins a Neo-Nazi group.Director: Henry Bean
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Peter Meadows
2012 | Animation | GSummary: Trained in the skills of sea power, Pi the fish can fight a shark, sink a squid or batter any random predator that ever threatens his friends and neighbors on the reef. Unfortunately, being the only hero in town can take its toll, especially when a group of sharks declares that the end of the ree...Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé, Taedong Park
Cast: Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Busy Philipps, Jamie Kennedy
1999 | Comedy | NRSummary: Created by a marine biologist, this wacky animated series follows the residents of underwater city Bikini Bottom, among whom are the nerdy and optimistic SpongeBob, his pet snail Gary, the starfish Patrick and the arrogant octopus Squidward Tentacles.Director: Stephen Hillenburg, Tim Hill, Derek Drymon, Nick Jennings (creators)
Cast: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke
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
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
1935 | Comedy | NRSummary: While filling in for injured supersleuth Bulldog Drummond (Atholl Fleming), world-class cricket player Jack Pennington (Jack Hulbert) attempts to foil a criminal mastermind's (Ralph Richardson) impending heist that's targeting a valuable jewel necklace held within the British Museum. This comedic...Director: Walter Forde
Cast: Jack Hulbert, Fay Wray, Ralph Richardson, Claude Hulbert
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