It finally happened. New York City hipsters have finally created their utopia, transforming their 21st century metropolis into a retro video game landscape. Well, not really. But there’s a short film about it, and it’s amazing.
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Being raised in Nashville, the spirit of music was instilled in Spree Wilson (born Joseph Young III) at an early age. His father was a hippie activist and a singer in a doo wop band, his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother played the piano and his godfather was the bass player in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. It is no surprise to hear that Spree began playing the saxophone at age six and would eventually teach himself the guitar.
Now, Spree is on the cusp of trending a new era in hip-hop. His unique blend of poignant lyrics, clever hooks, guitar riffs and a signature croon have won him support from music heavyweights like Dallas Austin and Q-Tip (the latter of whom is executive producing Spree’s debut album, The Beauty of Chaos, slated for an early 2011 release)
Total Life Forever
Releasing: 11 May (Digital) / 15 June (CD)
Talk about Mixed Media: Check out the state-of-the-art online promotion for the upcoming release by Foals, Total Life Forever. Complete with interactive puzzles that preview samples from the new album, the stylish site augurs a drastic shift in the band’s aesthetic from its thrillingly hyperactive 2008 debut Antidotes to something more complex, more moody, and art-damaged—think less Gang of Four, more Philip Glass. The two pre-released videos for “Spanish Sahara” and “This Orient” reveal Foals’ shoot-for-the-stars ambition, smoothing out the caffeine jag of the group’s earlier math-rockish pop by creating soundscapes heavy on electronics and atmosphere this time around. We’ll find out if Total Life Forever is more a case of “difficult second album syndrome” or the start of something even bigger for Foals when the album is digitally released by Sub Pop on May 11.
01 Blue Blood
03 Total Life Forever
04 Black Gold
05 Spanish Sahara
06 This Orient
08 After Glow
10 Two Trees
11 What Remains
AV Club’s “Under the Cover” series treks on with Americana golden boy Justin Townes Earle’s take on the Springsteen classic “Atlantic City”.
Well, this is quite strange. There’s an inarguable baby zeitgeist happening right now for some reason. Celebrity birthing speculations are one of the few things that keep the print industry alive, while the E*Trade babies manage to get a movie deal.
Babies, a documentary about the first year of four different infants living in different parts of the world, seems like a product of that zeitgeist, but it somehow appears novel. The trailer shows a thoughtful and visually dynamic film that takes a different spin on the subject matter than the rest of pop culture (i.e. doesn’t give them CGI mouths.)
Although something as mindless as babies or bacon can take the world by storm, this shows that it can be possible to take a mundane subject and give it a serious look. This is just a trailer, so this may not ultimately be the case, but it shows hope.