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by Michael Barrett

1 Dec 2015

Happiness of  the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

Takashi Miike is probably the most prolific and prominent Japanese filmmaker to emerge in the direct-to-video era. He has a reputation for over-the-top violence, earned chiefly by Ichi the Killer  and Audition, but he’s not confined to that; just check out his sentimental The Bird People of China. Though he adopts different styles, one of his visual signatures follows the crime films of Takeshi Kitano in favoring unblinking shots while various activities occur more or less within our sight, thus creating tension between this formal impassivity and the frenetic or horrific content.

Happiness of the Katakuris  is one of his oddest movies, and that’s saying something. It doesn’t really have over-the-top violence; instead, it relies on morbid and grotesque humor as it tells the story of an inn where the guests keep dying freakishly, and the family keeps burying them to avoid bad publicity. By the way, it’s a musical. Brilliantly, some of the scenes go into Claymation in order to convey what couldn’t be done as well with special effects. Although I find this movie too long, and the musical numbers not well-staged, it has passages of delightful creativity and conveys an exuberance and joy we don’t often see.

by A. Noah Harrison

1 Dec 2015

Animal Collective returns  with "FloriDada" and a new album release in early 2016.

So we have Animal Collective debuting their new album via the Baltimore-Washington International Airport soundsystem, but for the ears of unsuspecting flyers rather than their loyal fans. Nice!

by Dominick Grillo

1 Dec 2015

Elvis Duran's 'Artist  of the Month', Secret Weapons are making waves with "Something New".

Photo credit: Sachyn Mital

Throw on your favorite leather jacket and your dancing shoes and get yourself lost in the first “official” release from Brooklyn-based electrorock outfit Secret Weapons. Danny R and Gerry Lange have already slayed the Bowery Ballroom, and now are ready to capture the hearts of dance-friendly rockers around the world. With its anthemic chorus and jaunty beat, expect to find yourself grooving out to “Something New” at house parties throughout the borough.

Secret Weapons’ song has reached over one million plays on Spotify and the band was recently featured on the Today Show as Elvis Duran’s ‘Artist of the Month’. Check out the video below but remember we were into the band first.

by Adrien Begrand

1 Dec 2015

The Italian psychedelic  band serve up a dreamy new video from their cosmic concept album.

Italian psychedelic rock duo Dumbo Gets Mad are set to release their new concept album Thank You Neil on 4 December (pre-order here) and in case you were wondering about the title, it refers to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey inspired this album.

by Adrien Begrand

1 Dec 2015

The New York  band might have little to do with Henry Miller the writer, but their music does hold up exceptionally well.

They might not sing about epiphanies and bohemian sex in Paris in the 1930s, but New York band the Henry Millers do specialize in some rather charming art rock/indie pop that doesn’t stray far from what the Arcade Fire do. It’s all there in their delightful new track “Ready”.

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The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

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"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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