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by Chris Catania

19 May 2010



Chicago retro soul post-punk band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently released a video to go along with their latest and very crafty single, a swingin’ and soulified cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”. They’ve been performing the song live for the last year or so and the new video makes it official—and I’m sure Wilco would most certainly approve.

by Dean Blumberg

18 May 2010


A cultural phenomenon of the ’00s, Lost is quickly wrapping up. What better way to commemorate the conclusion of one of television’s most-loved series than to own a part of it! A few days ago EW blogger Annie Barrett posted a blurb about nearly 100 items currently previewed for this summer’s Lost auction.

Dharma-brand food stuffs, Charlie’s acoustic guitar, the photo of Desmond and Penny, Jin’s wedding ring, Locke’s wheelchair, Virgin Mary statues (sans heroin!). It’s all here! All of the items are posted on the Profiles in History website which indicates only that Lost: The Auction is happening in Los Angeles this summer.

Even though I will probably never be able to afford the Swan Station Apple-II computer (which would be a great conversation piece for my living room!), it’s fun to scan through the previews and be reminded of the context in which they all appear on the show. Each item is accompanied by a brief entry that indicates which episodes the item appeared in and its relationship to major plot threads and characters.

No word on the exact date of the auction, but Profiles in History allows fans to subscribe to an email list for further updates.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

18 May 2010


Subiza is the third studio release by Delorean, a four-piece Spanish alternative dance band which was formed back in 2000. The name is from the Basque town where they recorded the tracks but their love of layering synths for the dance floor is universal. Remixes for bands such as Franz Ferdinand, XX and Cold Cave has also provided another outlet for Delorean’s club-inspired sound. 

The CD was released back in March by Mushroom Pillow but True Panther Sounds is planning a worldwide edition for June 8th. It contains nine tracks barely 45 minutes long but the opener “Stay Close” is a stand out song worth all the effort. The video creates a dreamscape awash in sun, sand and Mediterranean waters of their Barcelona base as directed by Weird Days. The vocals almost sound as if they’ve invited Animal Collective to their party and I’m happy to join in as well. Get up, get up!

by Jonathan Simrin

18 May 2010


This role for Arnett isn’t too much of a stretch from his days at the Bluth model home. He’s still a wealthy doofus whose comedic skills make up for his lack of morals. Keri Russell also stars as one of Arnett’s ex-girlfriends and devotes her life to more humanitarian efforts. If the trailer is any indication, Running Wilde is taking a decidedly romantic approach (cue The Cure music), but here’s to hoping the cast is up to the task.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

18 May 2010


What’s with these really young bands embracing sounds from decades before they were born and yet managing a hip take on it all? Here’s another prime example from a Long Beach, California group barely out of high school called Avi Buffalo. Their first self-titled CD was just released by famed indie label Sub Pop and after a sold out record release party at LA’s Troubadour, they’re embarking on a four-month tour beginning in the UK which makes major stops at the Sasquatch and Glastonbury festivals.

Avi is short for Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, a skateboarder who picked up guitar along the way and started writing songs. His mastery of the instrument is in part due to lessons from legendary local blues guitarists—a revealing bit of trivia as old meets new in “What’s in It For”. The vocals call out with ‘70s soul searching and background cooing while the guitars playfully meander along until the closing brings an expanded textural landscape. The video on the band’s website ends with them playing in the sunshine with psychedelic flora and fauna enveloping them in the sunshine to bring home the concept.

“Remember Last Time” begins with this layered approach to the traditional rock band structure and the mind games continue with lyrics such as “if I had to tell you something about myself” and lots of talk about feelings. The song drops out to highlight Avi’s sparkling guitar parts with the sound building back in with the support of his band mates. It’s an impressive bit of playing and songwriting – definitely worth a listen.

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