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Thursday, Apr 16, 2009
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Moon, directed by Duncan Jones and starring Sam Rockwell, appeared at the recent Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca film festivals and now opens in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on June 12th.


Plot synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics:
It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive.
 
Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Suddenly, Sam’s health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident on a routine drive on the moon in a lunar rover. While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three year contract Sam started all those years ago. 
 
Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a “support crew” on its way to help put the base back into productive order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what’s going on and where he fits into company plans.



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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009

As if we aren’t getting hit over the head enough with Twitter hype these days, now artists are debuting music using the ubiquitous micro-blogging system. The Streets is releasing his latest songs to the public via his Twitter account and the first one on tap is “I Love My Phone”, which is perhaps the most appropriate title of a song in his career given his embrace of technology here.


The Streets
“I Love My Phone” [MP3]


UPDATE: And here’s the second of the promised batch, “Trust Me”.


The Streets
“Trust Me” [MP3]


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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009
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Chuck Mead, the co-founder of alt-country’s BR549, releases his latest album Journeyman’s Wager on May 12th and features his usual eclectic blend of roots rock sources. “I Wish It Was Friday” has Mead bopping around town on a scooter to a honky-tonkish rockabilly tune. He’s got a packed tour schedule kicking off in May including a stop off at the Minneapolis State Fair in August, which you can check out after the jump.



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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009
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David Lynch directed and animated the new Moby video “Shot in the Back of the Head” that Pitchfork TV has premiered. Moby talks about the new album and video on his MySpace page.



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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009
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Tyson Synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics:
Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback’s stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson’s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, Tyson emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy.



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