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by Jefffrey Berg

14 Apr 2011


Submarine is a coming-of-age tale set in Wales about an awkward 15-year-old named Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts).  Sally Hawkins, who has recently delivered a range of memorable performances in films such as An Education and Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, plays Oliver’s mother who is having an affair with an old lover (Paddy Considine of In America). To try to ameliorate his father’s sadness (Noah Taylor), Oliver is set on sabotaging his mother’s affair. Meanwhile Oliver falls for a spunky and blunt pyromaniac named Jordana (Yasmin Paige).

Pale, shaggy-haired Oliver in his toggle coat has an uncanny resemblance to Harold of Hal Ashby’s Harold & Maude. The style and subject matter of the film also recall the quirks and ironies of Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and Rushmore where pain and sadness are veiled by comedy. The film is based on the acclaimed debut novel by Joe Dunthorne, and is directed by Richard Ayoade, who also wrote the adapted screenplay.  If that weren’t enough reason to go see this one, in addition, Submarine features music written by Andrew Hewitt and also by Alex Turner, the frontman of Arctic Monkeys.

by Allison Taich

14 Apr 2011


Brooklyn based Superhuman Happiness recently came to my attention and I want to share them with the world. Last month the seven-piece eclectic collective (fearlessly lead by multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie) debuted a video for their b-side “The Hounds”. The song is side-two of Superhuman Happiness’ 45/digital single GMYL/The Hounds, released July 11, 2010 on Electric Cowbell Records. Superhuman Happiness expect to release their next 45/7” sometime this summer.

“The Hounds” was directed by Brooklyn filmmaker/photographer Tatiana McCabe.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2011


The UK dubstep group Magnetic Man is on a tear lately, with the hype reaching a fever pitch as they unleash their self-titled debut album this week via iTunes, with the deluxe CD package arriving on US shores May 10th. Magnetic Man will be burning up the stage at Coachella in just a few days, looking to ratchet up the heat on an already successful young career. Magnetic Man features collaborations with a host of luminaries, including Ms. Dynamite (sure wish she’d put out another album soon), John Legend, and Katy B, who handles the vocals on “Perfect Stranger”. In another honor for the group, pioneering London dubstep producer Benga remixes this glorious dance tune, which we have the pleasure of sharing with you today.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2011


Check out the latest offering from French-duo Gentlemen Drivers—a brain-stimulating visual adventure that is equal parts creepy, strange and obscure for their track “Valdor”, which appears on a recently released EP out with Because Music (Justice, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Daft Punk’s Electroma, Jarvis Cocker, Manu Chao, The Klaxons, Metronomy). The video was directed by Allen Cordell, best known for his work with Cloud Nothings, Beach House, Tobacco. The group has a full-length release slated for the fall.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2011


Diego Garcia, the former frontman of Elefant, releases his solo debut this week via Nacional Records. Laura is already doing well at radio, with perennial trendsetting KCRW playing tracks often and the artist has also snagged an upcoming Starbucks “Pick of the Week”, which should substantially raise his profile as folks pick up those little download cards while waiting in line for their lattes. The album was inspired by a break-up, always good for inspiring songwriting. “I made the record to survive,” Garcia says. “I had to heal my heart. In other words, I had to get my girl back. It was time to write a record that only my story could tell. Artists like Sandro, Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias were early pioneers in what I like to refer to as a movement of romanticism in music. It only made sense for me to pick up where they left off.”

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