It’s a gloriously mixed bag this week – a certified Oscar contender, an interesting independent Academy wannabe, a collection of revamped classics, and an overlooked effort that had the unfortunate luck of being the second in the Truman Capote/In Cold Blood sweepstakes. Toss in another failed Hollywood comedy (someone should keep a running total on the number of these lackluster laughfests the industry releases each year) and an unusual documentary, and you’ve got a nice selection of cinema to choose from. So break open the piggy bank, plan your purchase strategy carefully, and choose between these 13 February releases:
Other Titles of Interest
Bicycle Thieves: Criterion Collection
Paul Robeson – Portrait of the Artist: Criterion Collection
School for Scoundrels
And Now for Something Completely Different
The US vs. John Lennon
Harlem Shakes Tour Diary, Entry #1
Hey there. Not too long ago, we received word that we, Harlem Shakes, would be going on our very first tour with one of favorite-ever bands, Deerhoof. Since then, we have been on a 24/7 giggle binge, smiling and rambling to our friends like drug addicts pre-death, or maybe leprechauns post-mischief.
Todd (guitar) got a tattoo and Lexy (vocals) had a relapse of mononucleosis, but on Sunday February 11th, we set out in our van that we have named “Thevandra Vanhard,” to our nation’s capital, and played at a beautiful venue called the Black Cat. A nice, Black Cat-affiliated fellow named Matt helped us with our equipment, which was funny because usually people treat us with shoe-spitting disgust.
Then we watched Deerhoof soundcheck. In truth, we would have driven to DC just to see them. Instead, we opened for them. We also set up our very first merch table (up until now, we’ve never even had a CD or anything, and now we not only have CDs, but also pins and tee-shirts… like the Stones!). We played well, and met nice people afterwards, kind and attractive DCiopians. We went away from the evening feeling like the luckiest musicians since Duncan Sheik. Tour is awesome! More to come, including pictures, on Wednesday. Goodbye for now internet.
Free Stream of Mnemic’s entire new album, Passenger
“This is more of a resurrection album for the band. The melodic became more melodic, and the brutal became more brutal as we succeeded in finding the complete MNEMIC sound. We really took the time that we needed to write songs we could be happy with. We didn’t just use the first or the best riff… we demo-ed [the songs], chopped them up, and put them back together. [New singer] Guillaume really did a phenomenal job with vocals. He was the missing piece of the puzzle and simply lifted us to the next level. I hope this release finally puts MNEMIC on the map. I don’t want us to just drown in the ocean of all other releases, bands, and labels that are out there in today’s metal.” - Mircea [guitar], Metal Edge Magazine
The Icarus Line
Black Lives at the Golden Coast—for which The Icarus Line have turned once more to the good judgement and talent of producer Mike Musmanno—is certainly their most stunning venture to date. The album was entirely recorded on tape, with Cardamone and the band pushing the sound above and beyond their own expectations and dosing it with even more concentrated elements of pop, art, and sex. Black Lives proves that true rock ‘n’ roll is still alive in the heart of The Icarus Line.—Dim Mak
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