Grails, the prolific Portland based out-sound band (with Emil Amos of Om and Holy Sons), just dropped a track from their upcoming record, Deep Politics (out 3/8 on Temporary Residence). The song, titled “I Led Three Lives”, is an instrumental rock epic, with swirling Morricone-esque guitar lines that steadily build toward a howling crescendo over the course of nearly nine minutes. Download it now from the embed below.
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Now that the Christmas season has passed and the gifts have already been received, let’s take a nostalgic look at popular gifts through the years. The 2000’s recently ended, but there are still a lot of trends and changes to look back on.
Neopets or Webkins: Neopets sold millions of toys and themed merchandise by offering kids realistic counterparts to their free online pets. Towards the end of the decade, Webkins emerged as a younger-child’s version of Neopets, with stuffed-animals whose codes lead to their online alter egos.
English songstress Amy Winehouse performed in Brazil on 8 January. Footage has appeared from her live set—she plays a festive cover of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (no, not the Green Day track) and “Just Friends”, among others. Winehouse appears quite loose and, simultaneously, skillful, for the most part. She’s set to release a new album this year, too. Not a bad start, dear. It’s jumpy footage, but you get the idea.
The wildly eclectic Bavarian, my personal favorite of all film directors, Werner Herzog will be releasing a new documentary in 2011. It is called Caves of Forgotten Dreams and has already wowed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened before a nonchalant Herzog had even seen the finished product.
And yes, it’s in 3D.
The film concerns the recently discovered Chauvet cave system in Southern France, which has never been filmed before, and was decorated with cave drawings 35,000 years ago—the oldest known to man.
IFC has picked the film up for theatrical distribution in the United States, and it will also be airing on the History Channels. I’ll keep you informed of the release dates once I’m privy to them!
Hip-hop instrumentalist RJD2 kicked off 2011 by dropping The Glow Remixes EP, a three-track digital release that can be downloaded for free at the website for his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.
The EP features various takes on the track “Glow” (from his 2010 album Colossus), along with the original video for the song. Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus kick off the release, morphing the track into a dancefloor-ready romp. Next in line is fan-selected remix contest winner Paolo Palazzo and capping off the EP id a mid-temp club remix by UK producer Candy Panther.
The tracklisting for the EP and RJD2 upcoming tour dates are listed below.
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