Released to much acclaim in Canada last year, and recently nominated alongside such indie luminaries as Broken Social Scene, Caribou and Owen Pallett for the country’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize (with the winner of the $20,000 prize to be announced on September 20), singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s second album Nice Nice Very Nice is finally getting a wider release via Arts & Crafts on August 24. “Road Regrets” is typical of Mangan’s brand of hard melodic folk-rock and further proof that the increasing attention coming his way lately is most well deserved.
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Co-founder of Krump, Lil C makes his debut in the series as one of the Lettermakers, who craft the letters of invitation for the LXD to bolster their numbers to combat the Uprising. Krump and martial arts are well-combined in this number, which is reminiscent of the training sequences from The Matrix, though with more dance and less gravity defying.
First Film: The French actresses’ first international breakthrough success was in Claude Gorgetta’s 1977 The Lacemaker, but she had been working steadily since 1971
Must-see: A trio of amazing work with Claude Chabrol: The Story of Women (1998); Madame Bovary (1991); and La ceremonie (1995)
Star Turn: Huppert’s complex, depraved Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher for Michael Haneke was unanimously voted Best Actress at Cannes in 2001.
Underrated: Violette, another Chabrol film, this time from 1978, which tied Huppert for the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Jill Clayburgh’s iconic turn in An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)
Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Huppert just appeared, of all places, on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Sharon Stone. Think about that. Her next film is White Material for French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail)
Rockstar Games is currently featuring a live version of “Far Away”, a familiar track to players of Red Dead Redemption. The video features Jose Gonzalez performing the song on the rooftop of Rockstar’s offices.
It is still just as haunting a tune, even without the digital tumbleweeds of New Austin to accompany it.
Detroit’s Alex Winston may live in the indie world of the Arcade Fire, Lykke Li, and Feist in terms of immediate musical compatriots, but Winston is also a classically trained opera singer. That’s immediately from her expansive vocal range, as well as her expertise with subtle shadings and textures, all contained within a seemingly simple little pop ditty. Winston is releasing the single “Choice Notes”—so perfectly titled—today as a double A-side limited edition 7-inch with “Medicine”. If you like what you hear, head on over to Heavy Roc Music where they are offering up The Basement EP as a free download in exchange for your email address.
As an added treat, check out Winston’s live cover of Mumford and Sons’ “White Blank Page.”