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.
2012 | Action | NRSummary: This animated version of Peter Parker’s story finds him torn between being a teenager and dealing with other adult heroes and a brewing battle between SHIELD and Norman Osborn.Director: Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini (creators)
Cast: Drake Bell, Chi McBride, Ogie Banks
2002 | Drama | RSummary: Adam Sandler is uncharacteristically serious, and particularly good in the story of a man prone to rage who finds himself in love with a surprising woman.Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
1972 | Drama | PGSummary: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.Director: John Huston
Cast: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark
1996 | Comedy | GSummary: The Live action adaptation of a Disney Classic. When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
1969 | Action | RSummary: Easy Rider is the classic cult film from the 1960s. A road movie that embodies the feeling of being a hippie as two friends head cross-country to Mardi Gras. A controversial period film by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda with some classic music from a generation of wanderers.Director: Dennis Hopper
Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector
1986 | Crime | RSummary: The film's name comes from the song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King from 1961. The song was also the theme song. This film was modeled from a novella by Stephen King called "The Body" and was the ninth filmed story from the author. The film tells the story of a group of 10-year-old friends out on th...Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell
1998 | Action | NRSummary: Animated series with day-Glo colors, fast action, and three young girls who are as adorable as they are powerful. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup fight off giant monsters and battle the pains of growing up.Director: Craig McCracken (creator)
Cast: Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong
1970 | War | PGSummary: George C. Scott is appropriately commanding as General George Patton in this history which charts Patton’s military successes and his flamboyant, sometimes overbearing personality.Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Minnie Driver, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi
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