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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 3

November 27, 2013

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And now, before Thanksgiving consumes us all, I present to you the last part of my Austin Essentials (here are Volume 1 and 2).  Hopefully you’ve had fun.  If you didn’t, what the hell happened?  At any rate, I love you all.  Enjoy.

PS – Honorable mentions go to the Austin bands who just missed the cut (way too many to list) and to acts like The Couch, Dana Falconberry, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults who put out music last year but still had a great 2013.

:The Black Angels – Evil Things:  While I’m a big fan of The Black Angels’ early albums, I don’t have an issue with them continuing to move away from being heavy and droney.  Probably because I can only stare at my ceiling fan for so long each day.  Find The Black Angels on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Gal Pals – Earthquake:  If you ask me, Gal Pals are just as good as La Sera, Splinters, La Luz, and any of the other lady-lead garage pop acts that are scattered around the globe.  By the way, who can help me convince them to put together an album already?  Find Gal Pals on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sweet Talk – Microphone:  Sweet Talk remind of the pop rock that I loved when I was a teenager.  This track requires a loud volume and you enthusiastically singing-a-long.  Find Sweet Talk on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bobby Jealousy – Bang Bang:  Because Sabrina Ellis is just that good, here she is with her other band, the always catchy Bobby Jealousy.  They played ACL this year, which is just straight up awesome.  Find Bobby Jealousy on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:  Personally, I think that Fever Forms is The Octopus Project’s best album.  They’ve really honed their experimental ways and the material coming by way of their leap forward is just undeniably good.  Find The Octopus Project on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money:  I recently mentioned to SOTO’s resident rap guru Leah Manners that I didn’t get around to much local hip hop in 2013, and she promptly scolded me and then sent this track so that I would know exactly what I had been missing out on.  Lesson fucking learned.  Find Magna Carda on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Black And White Years – Little One:  I don’t really know what to expect from The Black And White Years’ next album, Strange Figurines, but I know that I’m looking forward to it solely because of this inspired electro pop number.  Find The Black And White Years on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mother Falcon – Dirty Summer:  You can argue you about it if you want, but the fact of the matter is that all 419 members of Mother Falcon really know how to make a pretty sounding song.  They released the unsurprisingly well crafted You Knew this summer.  Find Mother Falcon on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Feverbones – Breaking Even:  I need to start talking about Feverbones more, as I really do think they’re crafting some of Austin’s most interesting indie rock.  For proof, see the self titled EP they put out earlier this year.  Find Feverbones on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Roger Sellers – Sincere:  Now matter what style of music he’s playing, Roger Sellers always seems to effortlessly pull it off.  It’s okay if you want to scream “talented bastard” and then shake your fist at the sky.  Find Roger Sellers on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Holy Wave – Star Stamp:  I fully expect Holy Wave to garner a slew of new fans in 2014.  This single is as accessible as they’ve ever been, and I have a feeling that their new album, Relax, will be the first great psych rock release of the year.  Find Holy Wave on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Mole People – Searching The Streets:  The Mole People are a whirlwind of psychedelia, and that’s fine by me.  This song in particular reminds me of the kind of music that Slumberland often puts out.  Find The Mole People on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Preservation – Still Be Your Friend:  The Preservation pretty much nail it by referring to their approach as “cosmic American music from heart.”  By the way, kudos to them for earning spots at KGSR’s Blues on the Green and ACL.  Find The Preservation on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bill Callahan – Small Plane:  I’ve yet to give Bill Callahan’s Dream River a thorough listen, and that’s just silly of me.  At least I’ve spent a good chunk of time with this beautiful track, though.  Find Bill Callahan’s fan page on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Reservations – That Road We Traveled Down:  Jana Horn’s stellar voice not only leads Reservations, but I also seem to just wander along behind it.  I hope their debut full length arrives in the first part of 2014.  Find Reservations on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Movie Breakdown: Nebraska

November 26, 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:

Bruce Dern is Woody Grant, an old man who is certain he’s won a million bucks.  MacGruber himself, Will Forte plays his sympathetic son.

The Reality:

Nebraska looks like a quirky good time, and while there are a good share of laughs to be had, the film itself is actually a fairly depressing ride.  Alexander Payne really takes his time unfolding the unfortunate story of Woody Grant, and along the way he makes sure you feel sorry for him, any old person you know, and the future elder version of yourself.  It’s all a little tough to watch, but I do think that in the end the film makes for a rewarding experience.  See it when you can.

By the way, it will be a shame if Bruce Dern doesn’t get some recognition come Oscar time.

The Lesson:

Being old is hard.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 26, 2013

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Hey!  Look at that, we’ve arrived at volume two of my Austin Essentials.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no particular rhyme or reason for the order of the entries, I was just looking to share some of my favorite stuff that came out of Austin in 2013.  Enjoy.

:American Sharks – XVI:  No matter how much fun you’re having, American Sharks always seem to be having more. I love that about them.  Find American Sharks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  It’s been a bumpy road for Mirror Travel, but now they can totally high five themselves because their long awaited full length turned out great.  If you haven’t already, pick up the psych-enthused Mexico.   Find Mirror Travel on FB here, and buy their music here.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  It’s no secret that White Denim are my favorite band in Austin.  They’re just stellar and you should listen to them all the time.  As for their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, it’s them doing a nice job of continuing to expand their sound.  Find White Denim on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Growl – Abbreviations:  In the corner of Growl’s Bandcamp page there’s some text that describes how they’re a “band making solid indie rock.”  That’s true.  Well, except for the solid part.  I think they’re actually making really good indie rock.  Find Growl on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Tele Novella – No Excalibur:  Tele Novella features former members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, and they have a rather charming pop sound.  I can’t wait for them to put out an album.  By the way, the band has another single called Don’t Be A Stranger that’s pretty good.  Find Tele Novella on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  This song has never failed to put a skip in my step.  It’s such an endearing little tune, and I can’t imagine anyone not liking it at least a little.  Find Wild Child on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  There’s a lot to like on Black Books’ largely dreamy self titled debut, but this song is by far my favorite on the album.  It’s just the right amount of heavy.  Find Black Books on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:   Sorne aren’t exactly what I would describe as overly accessible, but they do have some really interesting material.  You just have to give them a few listens so that your brain can accept how intense of an act they can be.  Find Sorne on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Zoltars – Evelyn:  The Zoltars are lo-fi, minimalistic, and very good.  This year they put out the Live Like Dragons EP and a full length titled Walking Through The Dark.  I recommend seeking out both efforts.  Find The Zoltars on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:  Recently, Pharaohs’ Moan was reworked a bit and then put out by Burger City Rock N Roll.  That means you’ve been given a second chance to snatch it up.  Do so if you like really catchy jams.  Find Pharaohs on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Pollen haven’t been around long, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready for any attention you’re willing to throw their way.  Watch out for them and their garage rock ways in 2014.  Find Pollen on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Other Lovers – New:  I came across this folk pop anthem about a month ago and have been liking it every since.  Other Lovers’ EP, Born To Party/Born To Be Old, is a little all over the place, but it’s certainly worth your time.  Find Other Lovers on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Frank Smith – Chewing Glass:  First of all (and hopefully for the last time), Frank Smith is a band and not a single guy.  Secondly, this is a very clean sounding, focused rock track, and I dig it.  Find Frank Smith on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  As a follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy, Shearwater assembled a collection of covers titled Fellow Travelers.  The nifty effort consists of Jonathan Meiburg and Co. doing song by bands they’ve toured with over the years.  Find Shearwater on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  On every Okkervil River album there’s always one song that I can never get enough of, and this was it on The Silver Gymnasium.  The damn thing is just immaculate.  Find Okkervil River on FB here, and buy their music here.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking about my annual Top 50 Songs/Top 25 Albums lists (expect those to start on 12/2), and it dawned on me that I should do something separate specifically for Austin.  So, I did.  There’s no particular ranking to anything in Austin Essentials, I just wanted to share with you some local stuff that I liked a lot this year.  There’s 45 entries (culled from a group of about 70-80) that are spread out over three 15-track volumes, so look for a post tomorrow and then another on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

By the way, if I had one goal for SOTO this year, it was to try and include more mentions for Austin artists.  Overall, I think we did a solid job, but there’s definitely room to improve.  Hit me up if you have any suggestions for us as we head into 2014.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Sabrina Ellis is one of Austin’s most dynamic singers, and there isn’t a single song on A Giant Dog’s Bone where her enthusiasm doesn’t shine through.  This pop punk gem is my favorite track on the album.  Find A Giant Dog on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Harlem’s indefinite hiatus has now formed three great bands – Lace Curtains, Daytona, and Grape St.  If you dig this song, then definitely pick up the album A Date With You.  All of the other tracks on it are just as catchy.   Find Grape St on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  The Laughing kind of dropped off the planet for a while, but this year they made their return via Oscillation, a 10-track effort that features some really nice pop rock tunes.  Find The Laughing on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Sour Notes – Do What May:  The Sour Notes may be great friends of mine, but I can honestly say they’re listed here because they earned it.  They’re one of Austin’s hardest working bands and their upcoming album, Do What May, is a really solid prog pop effort.  Find The Sour Notes on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  For those of you who like your pop music to have an experimental side to it, there’s Borrisokane’s Murdering Teeth EP.  I think it’s one of the more quirky (in a good way, of course) listens to come out of Austin in 2013.  Find Borrisokane on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Love Inks – Time:  Love Inks are a quality act, but they don’t seem to have the biggest of followings in Austin.  We should figure out a way to change that.  The band’s album, Generation Club, is a must if you like minimalist pop.  Find Love Inks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:  When I wanted something dancey this summer I either tossed on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky or Whiite Walls’ Easy Love.  You can’t listen to it and not want to move.  Here’s hoping the band doesn’t take too long to put out an official effort.  Find Whiite Walls on FB here.

:Knifight – In The Fire:  Their name makes them sound like a punk band, but they’re actually more of a New Order/Future Islands type – dark and synthy.  Their debut, Dark Voices, is an intense but good listen.  Find Knifight on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Zorch – We All Die Young:  I love this track.  It’s wild and raw and should only be listened to at the sort of volume that makes your neighbors angry.  Find Zorch on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  Boyfrndz are one of Austin’s better experimental rock acts, and I thought they did a good job of proving that on their Natures EP.  Find Boyfrndz on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Major Major Major – Scream Queen:  I was a late adopter of this track, but once I did I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.  Talk about infectious.  If we’re lucky, the duo will wrap their EP sooner rather than later.  Find Major Major Major on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  Chris Galis (from the Gorgeous Hands) heads up this breezy pop act.  Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is the other single that the band put out this year, and it’s also worth your time.  Find Genuine Leather on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper:  Over the years Royal Forest have really become a fine pop band.  If for some reason you didn’t check out Spillway, then seek it out.  It’s a nice listen.  Find Royal Forest on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Walker Lukens – Dear Someone:  Walker Lukens somewhat recently made the jump from NYC to Austin, and I’m happy that he did.  The guy knows how to write a good pop song.  Find Walker Lukens on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Yum – Take My Blue:  Yum just sort of popped onto my radar one day over the summer, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan.  Their album, Take My Blue, has a lot on it that plays like a lighter version of Warpaint.  Find Yum on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

November 23, 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!

Alex Tse (Watchmen) has been hired to pen the adaptation of the racing game Gran Turismo.

Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is no longer set to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.  He reportedly left the project due to creative differences.

Tom Cruise reportedly wants Jack Nicholson as his co-star in El Presidente.  The movie is said to follow a secret service agent who has to protect a sleazy former president.

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska have signed on for Alice In Wonderland 2.  James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.

Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) is rumored to be up for a lead role in the remake of The Crow.

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) has signed on for a role in Fathers And Daughters. Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried are already set to star in the drama.

Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is set to direct Colin Firth in Three To Kill.  The movie is said to follow a man who witnesses a murder and then finds himself on the run.

Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) has replaced Ben Affleck as the director of the American remake of the French thriller Tell No One.

David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) is reportedly penning a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic.

David Goyer has reportedly pitched an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman to Warner Bros.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already being rumored as attached to the film.

Paramount intends on blocking Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions from making a sequel to It’s A Wonderful Life.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

November 22, 2013

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To pretend that I haven’t gone on at length on this blog that I cherish novelty rap because it fulfills the ultimate definition of art by being almost completely useless would be an exercise in lying.  Ferreal.  So, since Thanksgiving is around the corner, here’s some food raps, dudes.  Also, remember to listen to Hip Hop Hooray this Sunday at 2PM on KOOP 91.7FM where I’ll have these and even more food raps in honor of the holiday, and I’ll also have some Hanukkah raps, since the first day of the festival of lights also falls on Thanksgiving this year. It’s gonna be a DOOZY.

:DJ Format – Ill Culinary Behaviour (Featuring Abdominal):
:Ugly Duckling – Almond Rocha:
:The Cipher – Eating The Rhyme:
:Fat Boys – All You Can Eat:
:Raashan Ahmad – Cornbread:
:Cassetteboy – Turkey:
:Lizzo – Batches And Cookies:
:Kenny Segal – Food On The Table:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Ham ‘N’ Eggs:
:MF DOOM – Fenugreek:
:Black Sheep – Flavor Of The Month:
:Alphabet Stew – The Fridge:
:Zion I And The Grouch – I Used To Be Vegan:
:Rez – Cherry Twist:
:Zion I – Country Baked Yams (Featuring Devin The Dude):
:Casual – Turkey And Dressin:
:Nas – Fried Chicken:
:The Roots – Popcorn Revisited:

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Stream This

November 22, 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

Gap Dream – Shine Your Light
Beachwood Sparks – Desert Skies
Teengirl Fantasy – Nun
Beedeegee – Sum/One
Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection: Volume Three
I Need You Bad – Compilation
Kevin Morby – Harlem River
The Entrance Band – Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Milosh – Jetlag

VIDEOS

Broken Bells will release After The Disco on January 14 via Columbia.

Kanye West’s Yeezus is out now on Def Jam.

Shannon And The Clams’ Dreams In The Rathouse is available now via Hardly Art.

Damien Jurado will release Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son on January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

Dinosaur Bones put out Shaky Dream earlier this year on Dine Alone Records.  They play Empire Control Room on December 12.

Wampire’s Curiosity is out now on Polyvinyl.

Vaadat Charigim recently released The World Is Well Lost via Burger Records.

Arcade Fire recently released Reflektor.  They play the Austin 360 Amphitheater on April 10.

The Callas’ Am I Vertical? is out now on Inner Ear.

Bent Shapes’ Feels Weird is out now on Father/Daughter Records.

Matt Pond’s The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is out now.

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Ages And Ages

November 21, 2013

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Here I am just a few days from entering total year-end list mode and Ages And Ages – an act that topped my song list back in 2011 – decide to put out a new single. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. Either way though, I’m taking it as a sign to get 2013 wrapped up and presented to you. The band will release Divisionary on March 25 via Partisan Records.  Enjoy.

:Ages And Ages – Divisionary (Do The Right Thing):  Just in case you hate human contact, know that this is the kind of song that will make you want to hug someone.  On another note, I absolutely love the way the arrangement here swells.

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Magic Trick (Noah)

November 21, 2013

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I don’t actually know how many times I’ve written about Magic Trick on this website, let alone The Fresh & Onlys, or some other strange and wonderful side project from this prolific San Franciscan. Magic Trick seems, to place words and feelings on another person, the most intensely personal for Tim Cohen. Each album has some sort of dramatic chapter that uses long form narrative or a collection of story-like “songs” to further an idea or to delve deeper in to some new bit of emotional explanation. To say the least, it is miles away from the cruising, psychedelic, pop of The Fresh & Onlys. There’s an almost hell-bent country twang to the single Crazy Teeth – a sort of rollicking guitar line with Cohen’s everyman sing-song echoing above it, with the barest hint of female vocals just peeking out from behind the saloon doors. This third release from Magic Trick seems to step out of the corridors of weirdness a bit, but don’t fret, this is certainly a Tim Cohen effort with the wind-tunnel feel that overtakes Crazy Teeth or the dour bit of strings that bleeds in to the sunny pop of Come Inside. Tim Cohen, it’s nice to have you back.

:Magic Trick – Crazy Teeth:
:Magic Trick – Come Inside:

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Walker Lukens, The Good Music Club (Jennifer)

November 20, 2013

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Winter is approaching, but there’s no need to hibernate and miss out on some great local shows. This weekend Walker Lukens is celebrating the end of a busy, successful year by headlining a two night stint at Holy MountainWalker Lukens & The Side Arms Present Two Nights I Was Kissed By Patti Smith is what the shows are being called, and if you’ve heard his debut full length, Devoted, then you might recognize that this was inspired by a song from the album.

There are different sets of bands each night distinguished by their musical moods. Friday is Ass Shakin’ Night featuring the soul and funk groove infused sounds of Emily Bell, Roxy Roca, and Mighty Mountain. Saturday is Head Noddin’ Night featuring the dreamy pop and shoegaze sounds of Royal Forest, Roger Sellers, and She Sir.

Both nights can be attended for $12, or you can do just one night for $8.

On Saturday, November 30 you can brush off your post-Thanksgiving feast stupor at The North Door via the latest showcase presented by The Good Music Club and Red River Noise.  It features the dreamy psych/surf pop of Borrisokane, the lush, atmospheric pop of Black Books, and the synth/dance/punk sounds of Knifight.

Good Music Club has been presenting solid and diverse local showcases for almost 2 years now (thanks to creators and producers, Richard Whymark and Laurie Gallardo). These showcases are an excellent opportunity to see up and coming local bands for an inexpensive cover charge. The performances are taped and made available to view online, and the show has garnered attention from around the country and the globe. If you’re in Austin and haven’t been to a Good Music Club taping, come and check out what the rest of the world has noticed.

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Holy Wave

November 19, 2013

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Holy Wave, who are one of Austin’s best psych acts, have announced a new album, and I’m so happy they did it before we wrapped regular posting for the year (that would be this Sunday, by the way).  Relax is due out January 28 via the Reverberation Appreciation Society.  Catch the band this Thursday for FREE at Red 7 (along with Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, and The Wolf).  Enjoy.

:Holy Wave – Star Stamp:  Even if you’re not a big psych fan, you should still find a lot to like here.  The song certainly has a sound that will swirl around in your head, but it isn’t trying to turn your good acid trip into a bad one.  So just relax and listen, man.

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Movie Breakdown: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 19, 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:

Katniss, Peeta and the rest of the gang are back waving three fingers in the air like they just don’t care.

The Reality:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the follow-up that all of you want.  Everything from the drama to the action is bigger and better, and you will spend much of the movie so engaged with what’s happening that nothing else in the world will matter to you.  With that being said, I do think it’s important to note that Catching Fire is less of an all out, adrenaline-fueled adventure and more of a well-balanced, patiently-paced film that gives you a lot of story throughout its runtime of 146 minutes.  This was a legit surprise for me, and I really have to give it up to director Francis Lawrence.  He could have easily made something that was all show and no substance, but instead he put in the effort to deliver a great story.  I honestly can’t wait to see the film again.

The Lesson:

Good sequels make the world a better place.

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Quickdraw: Happy Diving, Solids, Hospitality, Jack Name, Metronomy

November 18, 2013

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Today’s music is brought to you by you.  Enjoy.

:Happy Diving – Sincere:  The nice folks over at Father/Daughter Records recently added Happy Diving to their roster and they will release their self titled debut on January 14.  The band’s first single sounds like it was pulled directly out of the 90s, so of course I love it.

:Solids – Traces:  This song is a glorious blast of distortion and energy, and I’m really digging it.  Consider me excited to check out Solids’ Blame Confusion, which is due out on February 18 via Fat Possum Records.

:Hospitality – I Miss Your Bones:  Here’s a new one from Hospitality that I apparently didn’t catch a couple of weeks back.  It’s a bit quirky, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.  Trouble is set to be released on January 28 via Merge Records.

:Jack Name – Pure Terror:  There isn’t anything about this track that isn’t dense, so I definitely recommend spending some quality headphone time with it.  Jack Name will release Light Show on January 21 via God? Records.

:Metronomy – I’m Aquarius:  I’ve been jamming this one for a few days now.  It’s so damn catchy.  Good luck not getting it lodged in your head forever.  Metronomy will release Love Letters on the very far way date of March 11 through Because Music/Electra Records.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

November 17, 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!

Josh Brolin has reportedly dropped out of Jurassic World.  He may be replaced by Chris Pratt (Parks And Recreation).

Don Cheadle will direct and star in Kill The Trumpet Player, which is said to be about Miles Davis.  Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana are said to have roles in the film.

Dwayne Johnson will star in an adaptation of the survival drama Not Without Hope.

Rupert Sanders will direct a Napoleon biopic for Warner Bros.

War Of The Roses may get a sequel titled The Children Of The Roses.  It would, of course, be about the children of the man/woman in the original film.

Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) is reportedly looking at directing Pan for Warner Bros.  The film is said to be a Peter Pan origin film.  Javier Bardem is said to be up for the role of Blackbeard.

Jason Statham is set to star in Viva La Madness, which is the sequel to Layer Cake.

Shawn Levy will direct Will Smith in City That Sailed.  The movie is said to be about a father and daughter on Manhattan when it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean.

Warner Bros. is said to be looking at bringing the game Temple Run to the big screen.

Idris Elba is set to star in Bastille Day.  The thriller is said to be about a US operative tasked with making a young boy disappear.

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That Time Of The Month (Mikela)

November 15, 2013

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Thanksgiving is upon us, and before you know it, you’ll be overdosing on turkey and pretending you like your grandmother’s oyster stuffing. But with the right music, a family meal doesn’t have to be unbearable. Please your parents, your uncles, and everyone in between with this sure thing of a turkey day playlist.

I’ve got a good mix of old (Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra), really old (Benny Goodman), and new (Mayer Hawthorne, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings) that will turn that mundane meal into something to talk about. So push play as soon as you’re serving up, and by the time you cut the pumpkin pie, you’ll be busting a move with Uncle Milton. I bet he’s got a mean Mashed Potato up his sleeve.

:Ike Turner And The Kings of Rhythm – Drifting Blues:
:Otis Redding – My Girl:
:Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings – Nobody’s Baby:
:The Animals – Bring It On Home To Me:
:Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon:
:Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames):
:Cat Power – New York:
:Fleetwood Mac – Silver Springs:
:The Beatles – Rocky Raccoon:
:Ellen Mcillwaine – Can’t Find My Way Home:
:Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out:
:Benny Goodman – Body and Soul:

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