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Movie Breakdown: Iron Man 3

April 30, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark/Iron Man, but this time it’s with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as the director.  Trailers featuring the villainous Mandarin and a PTSD-riddled Stark hint at an edgy ride.

The Reality:

First of all, please note that I will not be spoiling any of the rather glorious plot twists that happen in Iron Man 3.  Go experience them!

Now, as for the film, it’s pretty damn fantastic. Shane Black’s effort looks and sounds like a proper Iron Man entry, but it really is a different sort of beast.  He strips Tony Stark of everything, puts him to work, and then allows you to see what kind of a man he really is.  In all honesty, I thought Iron Man 3 played out like a more light-hearted, accessible version of The Dark Knight Rises.  This is an approach that I didn’t even kind of expect, but I loved it.  I really think it puts the series in a place where it won’t only feel like something that’s setting up the next Avengers flick.  They can do actual standalone films that further develop the characters and add the sort of depth that’s rarely found in billion dollar blockbusters.

On a final note, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyenth Paltrow are stellar throughout the entire film.  There’s been some talk of their run as these characters coming to an end, and I really hope that doesn’t happen.  At this point they will be nearly impossible to replace.

The Lesson:

Marvel is making can’t-miss films right now.

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Borrisokane (Single Premiere)

April 30, 2013

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It’s been a year since the Austin-based Borrisokane put out the well received Disaster Face EP, so the timing is right for them to be returning with a little something to make sure we’re all still paying attention.  On May 14 the band will set free the Murdering Teeth EP, and then on May 17 they’ll celebrate its release by playing a show at the Scottish Rite Theater with lots of special guests and sets from Black Books, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and Tiger Waves.  It will be a can’t miss night!  For now, though, you’ll just need to calm yourself and get on with checking out their new single, which is making its debut here at SOTO.  Enjoy.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  The first bit of this plays things kind of quiet, but it isn’t long before the song swells, sweeps you up, and then refuses to let go.  What a nice ride.  If you happen to not be aware of how crafty Borrisokane can be, then I imagine this track will bring you around.

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Quickdraw: Mr Little Jeans, The Blank Tapes, Saskatchewan, Cayucas, Pure X

April 29, 2013

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Today’s music meant to call you back.  Enjoy.

:Mr Little Jeans – Oh Sailor:  It seems like Mr Little Jeans has put herself in a good spot in 2013.  She was announced as part of the Iron Man 3 soundtrack (along with acts like Passion Pit and Neon Trees), and now there’s this slick single off her own upcoming full length.  The LP is expected out this summer.

:The Blank Tapes – Holy Roller:  Here’s a wonderfully jangly piece of retro pop to help get your Monday going.  The band will release Vacation on May 14 via Antenna Farm Records.  Also, if you’re in Austin,  you can see them tonight at Stubb’s with Matt Costa.

:Saskatchewan – Possession:  This dream pop effort has been stuck in my head for days.  Eventually, I’m just going to have to give in and dance in a dark corner by myself for a little while.  The band’s Occasion is due out tomorrow through Father/Daughter Records.  If you can’t wait a day, the album is streaming here.

:Cayucas – East Coast Girl:  This is a super catchy track that has made me very interested in checking out Cayucas’ debut album, Bigfoot.  If you’re with me, we’ll get our shot tomorrow when it gets released via Secretly Canadian.  Catch the band live on July 13 when they play Red 7.

:Pure X – Thousand Year Old Child:  Pure X may be from Austin, but I don’t really know much about them.  This must come to an end, especially if they’re going to keep putting out songs this good.  Crawling Up The Stairs is due out May 14.  See them at Holy Mountain on May 23.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

April 28, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Rob Marshall will direct Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in the fairy tale-themed musical Into The Woods.

Scarlett Johansson will star in Luc Besson’s Lucy.  The movie is said to follow a woman who becomes superhuman after the drugs she’s been forced to smuggle leak into her system.

Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton will star in The Voices.  The movie will deal with a guy (Ryan Reynolds) who begins to take advice from his pets after he accidentally kills a woman he’s dating.

Ryan Reynolds will star in Selfless, which is said to be a sci-fi thriller that follows a dying man trying to transplant his mind into a young body.

20th Century Fox is planning a remake of Guys And Dolls, and they would supposedly like Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star.  As of now, there’s no script and a director is not attached.

It’s suspected that Zack Snyder will be asked to direct a Justice League film if Man Of Steel is a hit.

Gus Van Sant is reportedly campaigning hard to direct the Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation for Universal/Focus.

Bryan Singer recently let it be known that Bishop and Warpath will be in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.  It’s believed that Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is the former, and Booboo Stewart (Twilight Saga) is the latter.

The Ed Helms-lead Vacation remake has been delayed due to what’s being reported as creative differences.

A big screen adaptation of the game Ratchet & Clank is on the way.

Shia LaBeouf is reportedly in talks to join Brad Pitt in the WWII-centric Fury.

Lee Pace (The Hobbit) may play The Controller in Guardians Of The Galaxy.  Opehila Lovibond (No Strings Attached) has also signed on for an unknown role.

Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller have signed on for a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf may star in Spy’s Kid.  It will center around Nathan Nicholson, who was arrested by the FBI in 2009 and accused of sharing secrets with the Russians.

Shane Black recently said he is still trying to get his adaptation of Doc Savage made.

Arnie Hammer will star opposite Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E for Guy Ritchie.

The film rights to Daredevil have returned to Marvel.

Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of Chris Rock’s currently untitled comedy.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo will star in Nightcrawler, which is about a man involved with freelance crime reporting.

James Franco may star in Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert.  The movie is said to be based on the life of Gertrude Bell.

Jude Law will star in Black Sea for Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland).  The film follow a former submarine captain who is trying to locate a sunken submarine that’s said to be loaded with gold.

Zach Braff has raised money through Kickstarter for a film called Wish I Was Here.  The story will reportedly center around a struggling actor who begins to home-school his son.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 26, 2013

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It’s nearly the end of the month and it’s clear to us all now that April just plain sucked (unless you got married or whatever – congrats). But for the US as a whole, and Texas and Boston especially, kind of a shitty time. So let’s just all collectively exhale and try to start May off on a better note. I made this mix for you including new tracks from k-os, Das Racist, RZA, Shlohmo, The Hood Internet, Lakutis, and Zilla Rocca so you can start early. Love you guys.

:Dilated Peoples, Havoc, And Guru – Worst Comes To Worst (Remix):
:Diamond District – In The Ruff:
:Shlohmo – Bo Peep (Do U Right):
:The Hood Internet – Ignition (1901 Remix) (R Kelly x Phoenix):
:k-os – Spraying My Pen (Featuring Saukrates And Shad):
:Das Racist And A Tribe Called Red – Indians From All Directions:
:Lana Del Ray – National Anthem (Cashmere Cat Remix):
:K.Flay – Hail Mary (Featuring Danny Brown):
:Blackalicious – Deception:
:Zilla Rocca And The Shadoboxers – Blood On Blood Converse (Featuring Curly Castro):
:Space Camp Death Squad – Southern Hospitality:
:Lakutis – Death Shark:
:Mindz Of A Different Kind – I Will Find You:
:Salt N Pepa – None Of Your Business:
:James Blake – Take a Fall for Me (Featuring RZA):
:Handsome Boy Modeling School – I’ve Been Thinking:

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Stream This

April 26, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Akron/Family – Sub Verses
!!! – Thriller
Beacon – The Ways We Separate
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Iggy Pop And The Stooges – Ready To Die
Deerhunter – Monomania
Secret Circuits – Tactile Galactics
Hands – Synesthesia
Coliseum – Sister Faith
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle – Perils From The Sea
Rollin Hunt – The Phoney
Legs – Pass The Ringo
Sharks – Selfhood
Andy Cato – Times & Places
Annuals – Time Stamp

VIDEOS

Austin’s The Couch released their self titled album last year.

Jonny Fritz just released Dad Country on ATO Records.  He’ll play Antone’s on May 4.

CocoRosie will put out Tales Of A GrassWidow on May 28.

Thee Oh Sees just released Floating Coffin.

Wild Nothing will release the Empty Estate EP on May 14 via Captured Tracks/Bella Union.

Yellowbirds will release Songs From The Vanished Frontier on May 28 via Royal Potato Family.

Bosnian Rainbows will put out its self titled debut on June 25 via Sargent House.

Taken By Trees will release Other Worlds on October 2 through Secretly Canadian.

Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is out now on Paper Bag Records.

Fitz And The Tantrums will release More Than Just A Dream on May 7.

Prissy Clerks released Bruise Or Be Bruised last year.

Portugal, The Man will put out Evil Friends on June 4.

Club 8′s Above The City will be out May 21 via Labrador.

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Movie Breakdown: Mud

April 25, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Matthew McConaughey is a possibly dangerous man who befriends two kids.  The film is directed by Jeff Nichols, who did the rather good Take Shelter.

The Reality:

Mud is one of the best “coming of age” movies that I’ve seen in a long time.  The formula for these sort of films is pretty standard – they follow a person and/or a similarly-aged group of people as they go through something that helps them figure out how to grow up/live happy/whatever.  Mud, however, is centered around a boy and a man who end up using their sudden friendship to right their lives.  It’s an interesting dynamic, and director/writer Jeff Nichols does a nice job of crafting their odd pairing into something that you feel an absolute need to root for.  Consider this one highly recommended.

The Lesson:

Jeff Nichols is close to being able to sell a movie just with his name.

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Hebronix

April 25, 2013

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Daniel Blumberg recently decided to officially split with Yuck, and now he’s full time with a new project, Hebronix.  Just below you can check out the title track from the act’s debut LP.  I dig it, but I’d a liar if I said I didn’t wish he was still working with Yuck.  Oh well.  Unreal is due out July 9 via ATP Recordings.  Enjoy.

:Hebronix – Unreal:  This is just all around a lot sludgier than Daniel’s work with Yuck, but it still has a 90s bend to it, and that’s what matters to me.  Here’s hoping, though, that the album ends up having a few upbeat numbers on it.

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Thee Oh Sees (Noah)

April 24, 2013

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Okay, I know, being a San Francisco music writer and choosing Thee Oh Sees as one of your two bi-weekly musical choices is like being a Seattle music writer in the early 90s and choosing Nirvana. Duh, Thee Oh Sees are great, fantastic even, continuing to evolve slowly and surely and prolifically in to this amalgamated monster of all things good and gritty, but you can open up any website with any sort of hip-credentials and this, if that website is worth its salt, will have a new Thee Oh Sees video blaring somewhere on their front page, or maybe a two-minute sound nugget of Thee Oh Sees’ lead singer John Dwyer waxing poetically about music.

What I’m trying to get at here is that slotting Thee Oh Sees and their new absolutely fantastic album Floating Coffin as my selection this week isn’t my most creative choice, but I could, and I excuse my French, give a fuck. Thee Oh Sees are so consistently quality in both their sound output and their progression in terms of musicians, that I could, probably should write a blurb about every album they ever potato-gun in to the sonic-o-sphere. This is the type of band that three times a year (or more if they’re feeling creative) release an album that torpedoes in to the masses and everyone’s like, “Oh shit Thee Oh Sees are so good, they’re albums are so great” and all of this praise is duly deserved. Each time, more and more people are saying this, more and more people are crowding the fronts of their shows to get sweaty and knock each other about, more and more people are already turning their noses up because, eh, “Thee Oh Sees are so popular now.”

Thus, I know I’m shooting this rocketship in to a inky black space of praise already floating about out in the ether, and I do so happily. Thee Oh Sees are one of the few bands that continue to progress and expand grow musically under the guiding torch of the aforementioned John Dwyer, but somehow manage to always sound like a distilled version of Thee Oh Sees and always sound like a new version of Thee Oh Sees. Each and every record is a step forward and step inwards for this band, and when we look back on their discography in twenty years (Lord knows how many albums they’ll have released by then) we’ll see a band that slowly, smartly grew and changed in to not only one of the iconic band’s in San Francisco’s history, but one of the best bands operating today.

Call me boring, I’m going to call you lucky that you have another reason to listen to Thee Oh Sees.

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Wiretree, Gang Sign (Jennifer)

April 24, 2013

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Austin’s Wiretree is releasing their 4th album, Get Up, on July 9. In the meantime, you can download the title track when you pre-order the LP. The folk meets power pop sound of the song contains an upbeat, optimistic message about love, forgiveness, and perseverance.

The release of the single is accompanied by a vibrant and colorful animated/live action video made by Eric Power (who also made a video for a song for Wiretree’s The Shore). Don’t forget to wish the band ”Bon Voyage” later this week as they will be traveling to China to play the Strawberry Festival in Beijing and Shanghai on April 30 and May 1.

A new Austin band that I’m enjoying is the indie/garage pop quartet Gang Sign, who were started by lead singer/bassist Robert Baldwin (ex-Shivery Shakes, STUNTS, Wine And Revolution). On their Bandcamp page, their sound is described as twee. I would prefer to describe their sound as contemporary indie pop that also joyfully embraces pop sounds from the past (such as 60s Motown and 80s college rock). You can also check them out this Friday when they play a show at Hotel Vegas.

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Advance Base

April 23, 2013

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It was a bummer when Owen Ashworth decided to put Casiotone For The Painfully Alone to rest, but at least he’s still making music as Advance Base.  Last year he released an album titled A Shut-In’s Prayer, and now he has an EP, The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere, that’s a collection of Washington Phillips covers.  It’s due out June 25 via Orindal.  Enjoy.

:Advance Base – Mother’s Last Words To Her Son (Washington Phillips Cover):  Beauty through simplicity.  That’s just the only way to describe this song.

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Lost Country: The Louvin Brothers (Scott)

April 22, 2013

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As the slick, overproduced country sounds of the 1980’s transitioned into the insufferable cubicle pop of the 1990’s and beyond, traditional country music was pushed to the AM radio fringes and then mostly forgotten by mainstream radio. LOST COUNTRY will take a look back at obscure and overlooked artists from country music’s heyday of the 1960’s through 1970’s.

The Lure of The Louvin Brothers

There might not be a sweeter, more pure sound escaping from a set of speakers than the perfectly matched voices of Charlie and Ira Louvin. They weren’t the first country duo to bring close harmony-style singing to the mainstream – they have the Monroe and Delmore Brothers to thank for that – but damned if they didn’t perfect it.

Growing up on a struggling farm in Sand Mountain, Alabama just after the Great Depression, brothers Charlie and Ira got the music bug after walking ten miles to see Roy Acuff perform a concert at their local school. They decided that night that music was going to be their escape from poverty, their escape from the suffocating cotton fields that left their hands raw, and their escape from the abusive hand of their father.

Success didn’t come fast for Charlie and Ira. After scraping up enough money to buy a mandolin and a beat-up Gibson guitar, the brothers set out with the dream of one day performing at the Grand Ole Opry. They found minor success performing gospel songs on a tiny 250-watt radio station, but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills. A stint in the Army for Ira and two stints in the service for Charlie put a hiccup in their plans, but they were soon reunited.

The Louvins finally found their breakout success in 1955 with the release of their first album The Louvin Brothers (MGM). The album spawned two Top Ten hits – When I Stop Dreaming, a gorgeous, heart-breaking song about love lost but not forgotten, and I Don’t Believe You Met My Baby, an up-tempo sing-along executed in harmonic perfection. Charlie and Ira’s voices blend flawlessly, with Charlie’s alto and Ira’s high tenor weaving around each other in close harmony while a strummed guitar and plucky mandolin spring the song forward.

The album also saw the release of what could arguably be called the Louvin Brothers most popular and controversial song, Knoxville Girl, a dark, disturbing Appalachian ballad about a jilted lover who beats his girlfriend to death with a stick after he catches her cheating. “She never spoke another word/I only beat her more/until the ground around her within her blood did flow.” Chilling stuff, delivered beautifully.

The 1956 release of Tragic Songs of Life was their first in a long-line of releases on Capitol Records. The album, a collection of cautionary tales, were country tunes spun with a dark edge. The album saw three songs climb to lucky number 7 on the charts, Hoping That You’re Hoping, Cash on the Barrelhead and You’re Running Wild, an ode to a cheating lover.

The Louvins were a critical and popular success in the late 1950s and early 1960s and were making a good living on the road, but Ira’s behavior was erratic at best. A notorious drinker, the older of the two brothers would often smash his mandolin on stage when it failed to stay in tune, ultimately ending many shows prematurely. He was a mean drunk, too, and he didn’t have much luck in marriage (his third of four wives shot him after he attacked her) – he survived. Charlie, on the other hand, was the polar opposite, and was the quiet, responsible, driving force in the band.

Having been raised as hardcore Southern Baptists, songs about God and Jesus were a staple of the Louvin Brothers discography. Their 1959 release, Satan is Real, was a concept album that opened with a religious monologue from Ira, then transitioned into The Great Atomic Power, a song that questions whether the listener is ready to meet God in case an atomic bomb is dropped on America. It comes across as kitsch now, but at the time, the brothers meant business.

More than anything, Satan is Real is known for its curious album over which depicts Charlie and Ira performing in front of a backdrop that features a goofy-looking Satan staring out at a pit of fire. According to Charlie’s autobiography, Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (It Books, 2012), Charlie took two pieces of plywood from his son’s train set, cut them in half and built the 16-foot-tall Satan. The pair then hid old tires in a rock quarry, soaked them in kerosene and set them on fire. The photo shoot got complicated when rain began hitting the hot rocks, causing some of them to explode. The whole ordeal nearly scared off the Capitol Records photographer, but luckily he got the shot. It truly is an amazing album cover.

The Louvin Brothers released six more albums on Capitol Records before Ira’s drinking and lack of showmanship became too much for Charlie to take. In 1963, the pair disbanded, with Charlie setting out on a solo career and Ira setting out on a drinking binge. Sadly, in 1965, Ira and his fourth wife were killed in an early-morning head-on collision with a drunk driver in Williamsburg, Missouri. At the time, Ira had recorded but not yet released his self-titled debut solo album. It was eventually released posthumously six months after his death.

Charlie would go on to have a successful solo career, landing songs on the charts from the mid-1960′s through the mid-1970′s. His highest charting solo efforts were his first two singles, Less and Less and I Don’t Love You Anymore, which reached number 4 on the charts. After Ira’s death, Charlie took his music in a slightly more upbeat direction, embracing less serious songs but delivering them with the same strong voice.

Charlie continued to record and perform all the way up to his death in 2011 at the age of 83. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1955-2011.

The Louvin Brothers’ music continues to influence artists to this day. They were highly inspirational to historic acts like the Everly Brothers, and Gram Parsons loved them so much he recorded their song The Christian Life during his brief stint with The Byrds on 1968′s country masterpiece, Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

Recommendations: There really is no wrong entry point for The Louvin Brothers. Pick an album and just listen. My personal favorite is Tragic Songs of Life, (1959, Capitol Records). Light in the Attic re-released Satan is Real on vinyl in 2012, and it’s worth picking up for the album cover alone. Charlie’s autobiography, the aforementioned Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (It Books, 2012), is a fun read as well.

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Quickdraw: Camera Obscura, The Mantles, Lemuria, MGMT, Alpine

April 22, 2013

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Today’s music is really proud of you.  Enjoy.

:Camera Obscura – Do It Again:  The press release that came along with this pleasant pop song mentioned that the band’s new album has been in the works since 2011 (work started right after the completion of their last effort, My Maudlin Career).  No wonder it sounds so immaculate – its been patiently crafted.  Desire Lines is due out June 4 via 4AD.

:The Mantles – Brown Ballroom:  Admittedly, I didn’t start out as an admirer of this song.  After a few revisits, though, I started to really like how it’s a lo-fi effort with just the right amount of shimmer.  Long Enough To Leave is due out on June 18 via Slumberland Records.

:Lemuria – Brilliant Dancer:  This band continues to churn out quality 90s alt rock, and I love them for it.  Here’s hoping they come to Austin soon.  The Brilliant Dancer 7″ will be out May 21, and the new full length, The Distance Is So Big, is due on June 18 via Bridge Nine.

:MGMT – Alien Days:  Does anyhow else really dig that MGMT just refuse to go back to the sound that made them popular?  Because I certainly do.  Keep getting weirder, fellas!  This psychedelic tune was a Record Story Day release.  If you have some cash to burn, you can probably find one on eBay.

:Alpine – Gasoline (Mystery Skulls Remix):  The original version of this is definitely a nice track, but Mystery Skulls remixed it into something that you’ll immediately want to tell your friends about.  Alpine will release A Is For Alpine on May 21 via Votiv.  They’re also heading out on tour to open for Crystal Fighters.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

April 21, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) may star in the remake of The Crow.

Ninja Turtles is apparently going to be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In related news, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) has landed the role of Splinter.

Will Smith will reportedly star in Focus (deals with a con man who is having issues with a former lover while trying to pull off a big job), The American Can (based on the true story of a marine who saved 244 people during Hurricane Katrina), and the Accountant (follows an autistic man who is also an assassin).

Michael Bacall, who wrote 21 Jump Street, is said to be working on a remake of Weird Science.

Keanu Reeves will star in Passengers.  The story is said to follow a man on a ship to a new world who is accidentally awakened 90 years before anyone else.  Instead of dying alone, he decides to wake a second person.  Brian Kirk (Game Of Thrones) will direct.

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will star in Barely Lethal, which is about a girl trying to adjust to high school after growing up in a boarding school that trains kids to be assassins.

Disney’s Alan Horn recently noted that starting in 2015 there will be a Star Wars film of some sort every year.

Joss Whedon said that he expects to start shooting The Avengers 2 in February.

Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) will play Yondu in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Tom Cruise is attached to star in Yukikaze.  There’s no writer or director attached yet, but the movie is said to be based on the book of the same name.

Kate Upton may land a role in Nick Cassavetes’ The Other Woman.  The movie is centered around a woman who decides to get revenge on her lover by teaming up with his wife.

Cillian Murphy has landed a role in Wally Pfister’s Transcendence.

Will Ferrell and Jack Black may star in Tag Brothers.  The film will be based on the true story of a group of former classmates who who spend every February playing an elaborate game of tag.

Sony expects to release the 21 Jump Street sequel sometime next year.

There’s a rumor going around that Marvel wants Justin Theroux to star in a Doctor Strange movie.

John Cusack, Julianne Moore, and Sarah Gadon have joined the cast for David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars.

Wesley Snipes has signed on for a role in The Expendables 3.

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Movie Breakdown: Oblivion

April 16, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski gets back into theaters with a Tom Cruise-lead live action take on Wall-E.

The Reality:

Oblivion is a movie heavily influenced by pretty much anything sci-fi that’s come along before it.  So much so in fact that I think the only thing in the film that I’m willing to give credit to Joseph Kosinski for is the much advertised Bubble Ship.  Aside from that, there’s nothing!  Somehow, though, this doesn’t work against it.  While so much of Oblivion seemed familiar, and despite the fact that it was easy to predict what was going to happen next, I still found the film to be a rather entertaining time.  If you just want to see sci-fi on a big scale, the kind that isn’t concerned with taking itself too seriously, then you could certainly do much worse than Oblivion.

The Lesson:

A lack of originality isn’t always a bad thing.

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