To quote the official synopsis, “our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers”. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, just watch the trailer for Micmacs, and you’ll quickly remember why anything Jeunet makes is worth watching. Perhaps best known for the amazing visuals of Amélie, Jeunet has delivered solid films, like Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. Micmacs follows Bazil, whose bad string of luck with weapons leaves him orphaned and with a bullet lodged in his head. Having found a hodgepodge crew of characters living in a junkyard, Bazil sets out for revenge on the mega corporations who are responsible.
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Those generous boys in Mystery Jets have offered us a taste of their forthcoming album, Serotonin,tentatively set for release in July. Head over to mysteryjets.com to listen to “Flash a Hungry Smile”, while viewing the front page photo, which appears to be a slightly disgusting literal interpretation of the song’s title. If “Flash a Hungry Smile” is any indication, Mystery Jets’ third release should see the band further honing the pop sensibilities showcased on previous release Twenty-One. Enlisting Chris Thomas, who has worked with everyone from Pulp to Paul McCartney, as producer should be further indication of this. On “Flash a Hungry Smile” at least, all the capable hands seem to be working in harmony, as even the whistling bit resists being overly cutesy.
This video clip is a nice little glimpse of one of the greatest voices in pop music, at home, with a piano, and no bells or whistles. Sometimes I forget that when you’re as good as Tracey Thorn, that’s really all you need. “Oh, the Divorces!” is the first single from Thorn’s upcoming album, Love and Its Opposite, due May 18th on Strange Feeling Records.
Kids have been going bananas over Sunn 0))) for a few years now, when they’re not getting all worked up over the new High on Fire album or continuing to suck in bong-loads of Electric Wizard. Far be it from me to discourage such noble apotheosis, but considering how much this style of slow, sludgy heavy metal is indebted to the past, I’d say a little history is in order. Before forming Sunn 0))) (and starting Southern Lord Records), Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley were part of Burning Witch, which only survived for two 12” releases over a handful of years in the late ‘90s. In that brief period, they played an intestine-bursting performance on the now-defunct Seattle public-access show, 29 Live. Everything about this video is FTW: the searing feedback, the unapologetic thrash fashion, the low end somehow remaining brawny through the tinny VHS recording, and above all else, the agonized shrieking of vocalist Edgy 59 (who now spends his time imitating Trent Reznor for Sinisstar). Doom metal would get slower, heavier, and more sophisticated in coming years, but never would Sabbath riffs be as punishing or raw.
One of our founding fathers just got an extreme home makeover. Here’s a surprisingly showy video from the Federal reserve showcasing the new hundred dollar bill (aka “The Benjamin”), which features a “3D security ribbon” and a color changing ink well. That’s cool, right? Presumably so. Being the most frequently counter fitted note, extra security measures were needed, as well as literal bells and proverbial whistles (the Liberty Bell changes from copper to green when tilted). Circulation is set to begin in 2011.