Music video auteur and 'Sexy Beast'
director Jonathan Glazer taps Scarlett Johansson for exactly
the kind of role I was looking for from her post-'Ghost World'
and 'Lost in Translation'
Their new film 'Under the Skin'
finds the gorgeous and mysterious actress playing a gorgeous and mysterious creature of some kind, which may or may not have a supernatural origin.
Apparently the flick, which has been released overseas and made the festival circuit on this side of the pond has been leaving audiences and critics alike divided as to its quality.
One thing is certain, ScarJo looks impeccable here, as does Glazer's eye for striking scene layout, shot construction, and general visual style, which is both creepy and beautiful.
'Under the Skin'
is in theatres this April.
'Under the Skin'
It seems like Slug and Ant of Atmosphere leaked the audio for "Bob Seger" forever ago.
I've been digging on the track since it dropped for a couple of different reasons.
Foremost it seems like a return to boom-bap drums and samples form after the last album's foray into live band instrumentation.
I also love the shit out of Bob Seger (who is unfairly judged by most solely on "Old Time Rock & Roll") and am especially fond of his cut "Night Moves", which gets name dropped here.
For some (surely very Minnesotan) reason the band chose a whole "grizzly legend of Paul Bunyan" theme for the accompanying video clip.
"Bob Seger" is just a song, with no new album as yet announced.
Deal with it.
Just arrived in the mail, my 3XL "Mickthulhu Mouse" tee, combining the terror of the Old Ones with the terror of commercialism, from Tee Fury!
This design, much like my last purchase "Hey, Cthul-Aid", is by the artist Beast Pop and available on a whole host of consumer products across the web.
Canadian true-school Country trio Timber Timbre have been crafting dark, gothic tunes that hearken back to the sound of Country's bygone eras for almost a decade.
Their new single "Hot Dreams" finds them mining the early '70s sound of Country taking it's first steps towards Pop territory, served up with a side of hot buttered Soul.
Really, the tune illustrates just how close of bedfellows Country and Soul (to genres originating from similar places, but totally different people) really could be.
I mean, there's gotta be a pretty good reason Isaac Hayes was covering country hits like "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" on his albums, right?
"Hot Dreams" is from Timber Timbre's forthcoming album of the same name, which is due out on CD, and "very limited edition" LP, via UK label Full Time Hobby on March 31st.
With "Holy City" Joan as Police Woman may have attained Leslie Feist levels of catchiness and accessibility.
The tune, which features an outro from the incomparable Reggie Watts, is a soulful Pop bomb waiting to explode on unexpected dancing feet, clapping hands, and trying to sing-a-long voices everywhere.
The video is pretty fuckin' cute too.
"Holy City" is from Joan's newest LP, 'The Classic'
, due out March 10th via the Play it Again Sam label.
Catch her live at one of these dates.
Mar 05 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
Joan as Police Woman
Mar 13 - The Lexington - London, United Kingdom - Sold Out
Mar 15 - Arts Centre - Norwich, United Kingdom
Mar 16 -- AB - Bruxelles, Belgium
Mar 18 -- Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Mar 19 -- Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 21 - Cafe la Danse - Paris, France
Mar 23 - Den Atelier - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Mar 24 -- Feierwerk - Munich, Germany
Mar 25 -- Postbahnnhof - Berlin, Germany
Mar 27 -- Beatpol - Dresden, Germany
Mar 28 - UT Connwitz - Leipzig, Germany
Mar 29 - Uebel & Gefahrlich - Hamburg, Germany
Mar 30 - Gebaude 9 - Cologne, Germany
Apr 01 -- Zakk - Düsseldorf, Germany
Apr 02 -- Forum - Bielefeld, Germany
Apr 03 -- Mousonturm - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Apr 04 -- Kaserne - Basel, Switzerland
Apr 06 - Bee Flat - Bern, Switzerland
Apr 07 - Bogen F - Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 08 - La Brise Glace - Annecy, France
Apr 10 - Elita Festival - Teatro Franco Parenti - Milan, Italy
Apr 11 -- Bronson - Ravenna, Italy
Apr 12 - Viper Theatre - Florence, Italy
Apr 13 - Auditorium Parco Della Musica - Sala Petrassi - Rome, Italy
Apr 15 - Village Underground - London, United Kingdom
Apr 16 - Village Underground - London, United Kingdom
Apr 17 -- Komedia - Brighton, United Kingdom
Apr 19 - The Belgrave - Leeds, United Kingdom
Apr 20 - The Traders Club - Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
Apr 21 -- Gorilla - Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 23 - The Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Apr 24 - The Thekla - Bristol, United Kingdom
Apr 25 - Exeter Phoenix - Exeter, United Kingdom
Apr 27 - The Sage - Gateshead, United Kingdom
Apr 28 - Oran Mor - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Apr 30 - Button Factory - Dublin, Ireland
May 01 - Limelight2 - Belfast, United Kingdom
May 04 -- DR - Copenhagen South, Denmark
I was recently sitting on my couch browsing YouTube on the television when I came across this new clip for "Digital Witness" from St. Vincent.
After bobbing along to the cut for a moment or two littlefishink
turned to me and asked "Isn't this what Prince is supposed to sound like now?"
I had been thinking the same exact thing.
So there ya go.
"Digital Witness" is the first single from St. Vincent's upcoming self-titled full-length, due out February 25th on Loma Vista Recordings.
I debuted the sounds of soulful Swedish quartet Little Dragon here several years back while in the midst of an obsession with all things Swedish.
They've gone on to great success since, and are about to release their fourth
full length studio album, titled 'Nabuma Rubberband'
, this May.
A video clip for the first single from the album, called "Klapp Klapp", was released yesterday as something of a Valentine's Day present to their fans.
The song, with its uptempo Jazz vibes, electronics, and, of course, hand claps, is dope, but you know
I'm loving the supernatural undertones of the video.
Look for 'Nabuma Rubberband'
at retail here in the United States on May 13th via Loma Vista Recordings.