Twenty-two-year-old musician Maggie Trapani is set to release her debut EP Life of a Perpetual Quitter this week, and as you’ll hear on the stream of the record below, the New Jersey native strikes a confident balance between smart pop music and confessional singer-songwriter fare. The future’s bright for this young woman and although her lesson is one often espoused by artists, it’s one people need to hear more, especially those who might feel trapped in whatever lives they lead.
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Similar to the hooky, gentle power pop of Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and looking back further, the Aislers Set, Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One. Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie Sisson and featuring Rozie Castoe on bass and Karen Skloss on drums, the trio are captivating on the album’s first single, which just so happens to be the title track.
Having started out as a minimalist folk band, Austin’s Reservations have honed their sound to the point know where it finds a comfortable balance between the dreamy sound of Mazzy Star, the ragged style of Crazy Horse, and the more plaintive side of Belle and Sebastian. Their debut full-length is strikingly beautiful, its ten songs, which were written by singer Jana Horn when she was 19, showing remarkable maturity. Taking Time is so self-assured that when you’re offered to premiere it for all to hear, you can only reply, “How soon can we put this up?”
“It’s been 66 days since the alleged murderers of Vinci City Manager Ben Caspere engaged police in one of the deadliest shootouts in state history. The so called Vinci massacre was determined closed by Attorney General Geldof, who used the conference to announce his candidacy for governor.”
In audio from a local news story spoken over the opening of the fifth episode of HBO’s True Detective, new director John Crowley borrows a trick from Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, 1941. He uses the press report to provide some of the important details of the story. This helps because writer Nic Pizzolatto seems heavily influenced by director Roman Polanski and writer Robert Towne’s 1974 classic Chinatown. He has layered and cross pollinated corruption, blackmail, lust, incest and environmental terrorism.
3-D Rarities promises “22 ultra-rare and stunningly restored 3-D films”, courtesy of the 3-D Film Archive, and it delivers. This is one of the year’s most delightful collections, and it’s accessible to all, for the Blu-ray automatically plays flat versions if you don’t have 3D equipment. That’s a good test, because if a movie’s not worth seeing flat, why bother to add depth? With the Archive’s determination to fix and improve bad parallax work, the results are 3D movies that play better than back in the day.
First come compilations of demo and novelty material from the ‘20s, the earliest surviving examples of a 3D film tradition that goes back to 1915. The first film, with touristy shots of Washington DC and New York, includes footage hearkening back to the gimmicks of the earliest cinema: an approaching train, a pretty dancer, a man pointing a gun at the camera as in The Great Train Robbery (1903).