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by Comfort Clinton

9 Apr 2012

Thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories, the legacy of dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem will live on. Known for singles like “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” and “All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem gave their last performance as a group in February of 2011. They released three albums, LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver, and This Is Happening, which reached it to the Billboard Top 10. Filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace document the band’s history in Shut Up and Play the Hits, which made its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and ran an encore presentation at the SXSW Festival.

It was announced last week that Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the film and intends to screen it in limited nationwide engagements this upcoming summer. Produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Pictures, Shut Up and Play the Hits charts LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy’s journey from the band’s explosive farewell performance at Madison Square Garden to the following morning. The band’s history is exceptional in that Murphy made the calculated choice to disband LCD Soundsystem when it was at its prime, ensuring that it would “go out on a high note”. This choice left fans clamoring for more—a desire that Shut Up and Play the Hits is sure to help fulfill.

Below, check out the official trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits, coming to select theaters this summer, and relive the glory days.

by Elena Razlogova

9 Apr 2012

Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) tells a story about shirking official responsibility. The first 10 minutes solemnly chronicle a papal election at the Vatican, complete with a long procession of chanting cardinals assembled for a Conclave and a pious crowd waiting in the St. Peter’s Square to welcome the new pope. Then signs of levity appear: cardinals fidget, try to peek at each other’s secret ballots, and silently pray to God to save them from being chosen. Respectful of faith, but skeptical about the pomp and ritual of the Catholic Church, the film lays out how the cardinals are constrained and also shaped by traditions. They can’t leave until the entire ceremony is completed, and out-of-town representatives are denied access to museums and donuts. Moretti plays a psychoanalyst who is invited to ease the pope’s anxiety, but they’re granted no privacy: the cardinals listen intently to every word of their sessions. This means the doctor can’t ask the required questions, not about the pope’s childhood, his mother, secret desires, or crises of faith. The film takes up the happy absurdity and political commentary that are familiar from other Moretti movies as the pope escapes to the streets of Rome, leaving the psychiatrist stuck with the Conclave. His search for a way out becomes the film’s major metaphor.

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by PopMatters Staff

9 Apr 2012

POPMATTERS SPONSOR—The action-packed alien invasion film The Darkest Hour starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, and Olivia Thirlby releases on DVD this April 10th. This sci-fi thriller will be available in multiple formats, including spectacular 3D Blu-ray which best highlights the film’s mind-blowing special effects, as well as the standard DVD and Blu-ray options. The movie is directed by Chris Gorak, who earned previous credits as art director for Fight Club and Minority Report. The new DVD is packed with loads of great extras, including a mini-documentary “The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion”, a bevy of deleted and extended scenes, and a short film all about how the fight will continue in the upcoming movie Survivors.

Check out the trailer below and head on over to Amazon to snag a copy of the DVD.

by Comfort Clinton

6 Apr 2012

Brooklyn noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers’ newest LP, titled Worship, out from indie record label Dead Oceans, will hit the scene June 26. The band’s third album will feature songs written, created and overseen in every aspect by the band itself. Bassist Dion Lunadon says, “Every sound on the album is made by us and our tools; tools created by us, used on no other recordings, and purposefully built for this project. This is real. Some of it is the band being in complete control—bending, shaping and building the songs and the sounds. Other parts are the band relinquishing control and letting the songs and sounds take over and produce themselves. We are not trying to reinvent ourselves, but simply push ourselves further in all aspects of our music.” Single “You are the one” is below, and gives fans a sample of what to expect in APTBS’s newest labor of love, Worship

Check out “You are the One” below, and look Worship in stores June 26.

by Comfort Clinton

6 Apr 2012

Long before there was Garage Band, there was the band Garbage. Begun in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994, the alternative rock group has since stormed the globe with popular singles like “Stupid Girl”, “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Push It”—and four successful albums. The four-person band, vocalist Shirley Manson and musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, has garnered much critical attention, as well as popularity with fans. They even co-produced and performed the theme song for The World is Not Enough, the 19th film in the James Bond franchise. Now, coming off a prolonged hiatus, Garbage is ready to debut their fifth album, Not Your Kind of People. Though the full album, produced by the band’s own STUNVOLUME label, is not due out until 15 May, here fans are treated to a taste of what they can expect in the band’s highly anticipated new LP.

In their 3 April press conference via Ustream chat, Garbage announced the world premiere of the music video for new single “Blood for Poppies”. The video, below, shot on location in Los Angeles is directed by fashion photographer and filmmaker Matt Irwin, and draws inspiration from great visual artists like Magritte, Maya Deren and Luis Brunel. Shot in black and white, it’s a beautiful compilation of stunning images and visual tricks; recalling touches of old Hollywood glamor while paying tribute to the elegant style of film noir.

Enjoy this artfully directed and crafted video below, and be on the lookout for Not Your Kind of People, as well as for the band’s upcoming spring tour, which begins April 9th in Los Angeles.

//Mixed media

Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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