Trials + Tribulations


Drive
September 16, 2011, 3:12 pm
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Just got back from seeing the new movie Drive featuring Ryan Gosling. I was unsure because the trailer wanted to make it look like an action-packed Hollywood heist movie, but it’s very introspective for a majority of the film, though parts are very violent. It reminded me of one of my favorite French movies, Le Samouraï. It had an awesome supporting cast too, including Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and more. The music in the movie is kind’ve like another supporting actor. It has some songs from the Italians Do It Better crew, but I was really in love with this song from College featuring Electric Youth. Listen below.

It’s available now on a limited 7″ backed with the instrumental. Out now on Valerie Records. Drive is out now.



De fem benspænd
January 31, 2009, 8:21 am
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So I just watched the movie The Five Obstructions. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. Director Lars von Trier makes director Jørgen Leth remake his own film Det perfekte menneske (The Perfect Human) with several different challenges (as a cartoon, in a dangerous place, etc)

Here’s the cartoon version of the film:

Daft Punk-Human After All (The Juan Maclean Remix)
The Rakes-All Too Human



Part of the Weekend Never Dies
December 10, 2008, 6:10 am
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Where would you like to be on a drizzly, cold, blustery day like today? Me, cuddled up basking in the glow of a new-to-me speaker system bleating out the new DVD Radio Soulwax: Part of the Weekend Never Dies. Maybe you’ve heard of Soulwax, or 2 Many DJ’s, or Radio Soulwax, or maybe Nite Versions. Or maybe you too are very confused as to the difference (if there is one) between all those titles. The documentary settles all that near the beginning so don’t you worry.

Part of the Weekend Never Dies does a really good job of what (I think) it meant to-showing the real pains of being on tour all the time. Take for example the brothers who are part of the band Soulwax, and the DJ’s known as 2 Many DJ’s. They usually play as a band, and then later as DJ’s. In one point they mention being in sound check at 6 PM and not finishing until 4 AM for several months on end.

The documentary is a star-studded affair, including interviews with some of dance music’s biggest stars like James Murphy, Erol Alkan, Justice, Tiga, Nancy Wang, Peaches, Klaxons, Kitsune, etc. The disc includes another live film of Soulwax’s Nite Versions, which is full of audience antics and crazy awesome music. The film awed me to be truthful. And my respects to Soulwax for all their work as one of music’s hardest working groups.

Part of the Weekend Never Dies was directed by Saam Farahmand. Watch a trailer here. Here’s my favorite Soulwax remix:

Buy Part of the Weekend Never Dies from Insound.


Attack/Release
November 12, 2008, 7:27 pm
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Ohio’s own awesome blues rockers The Black Keys made their last album, Attack & Release with DangerMouse and was a pretty stellar disc. They are also quite awesome to see live. We saw them open for Arcade Fire awhile back in Austin and it was one of the sweatiest, heaviest shows I’ve been too.
If you’ve never seen them live, don’t worry. They’re set to release a new live DVD called The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom (which is where we saw Sleater-Kinney take their final bow and is a very cool venue too) on November 18th. Produced and directed by Lance Bangs (husband of Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, Jackass film guy, and also director of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ live DVD Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow, Belle & Sebastian’s Fans Only, Sonic Youth’s Corporate Ghost etc.) Here’s a video and MP3 from the DVD, of the song “I Got Mine”

“I Got Mine” (Quicktime)

The Black Keys-I Got Mine (Live at the Crystal Ballroom) (MP3)

Order the DVD directly from Nonesuch.