“First of all,” Hillary Clinton tells a table full of women voters, “You never say anything that is interesting and they keep taking pictures of you and they keep recording you, and it goes on and on and on, in case you do something, I guess.” She’s wearing a headband and a gigantic gold brooch. And with that, the scene cuts to a TV interview with Gennifer Flowers: “He has wonderful lips,” she confides, “He’s a wonderful kisser.” Her makeup is perfect and her pink jacket is adorned with… a gigantic gold brooch. Ah yes, 1992. And more specifically, in Kevin Rafferty and James Ridgeway’s documentary Feed, the New Hampshire primary, which Paul Tsongas went on to win. The film—which is screening at Stranger Than Fiction on 8 May, to be followed by a Q&A with Rafferty—doesn’t clarify how all this strange history happened, but it does show how candidates and journalists do their work for TV cameras, in interviews and in the feeds leading to and from those interviews, and in footage shot by the filmmakers around the state.
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The former frontman of Austin’s Lions, Matt Drenik aka Battleme, just recently released his self-titled debut album on Trashy Moped Recordings. Back in 2009, Drenik was diagnosed with uvetis, an autoimmune disease of the eye and he lived in Portland for a while and recorded more than 40 tunes in his girlfriend’s basement and got medical help at a renowned eye clinic in the area.
The illness made him re-evaluate his life and music and, as a result, he fell back in love with old favorites, such as the Flaming Lips’ “Clouds Taste Metallic”, Beck’s “Mellow Gold”, and the Rolling Stone’s “Sticky Fingers”. That in turn influenced his songwriting and he decided to work under the new name Battleme to celebrate his new artistic direction. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the online premiere of “Shoot the Noise, Man”, which you can stream below and, as a bonus, we have the download of “touch” for you as well, along with the video.
The 12-piece Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas is finally back with a new album, their first since 2007’s Security. They have been busy in the meantime with several members working on the hit musical FELA!. For this go-around, the band lured back Gabe Roth as producer, who worked with them on their first three albums. Antibalas will release on 7 August and will be accompanied by a world tour. Below you can sample a tune from the upcoming record.