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by Arnold Pan

25 May 2010


Remember Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl project, which is basically the Belle and Sebastian frontman’s attempt to write soundtrack for a film that doesn’t yet exist? While the movie has yet to go into production (though it’s slated to in 2011 according to the God Help the Girl website), Murdoch has released a video for a new track, “Baby You’re Blind”. Adding Linnea Jönsson of Swedish band Those Dancing Days to the would-be soundtrack’s revolving cast of singers, the offering has an early ‘90s feel to it, between its lite synth-pop sound and just in the way the video looks. Better yet for B&S fans who’ve been waiting patiently for a follow-up to 2006’s The Life Pursuit, the band is apparently holed up in a Los Angeles studio and enjoying their proximity to Trader Joe’s while working on a new record, if their Twitter feed is to be believed.

 

by Oliver Ho

25 May 2010



Inspired by the music of 400 Lonely Things, Michael and Phil Harrell created the meditative and compelling short film “Be Still Life”. At times, this haunting little movie brings to mind the work of David Lynch, and it perfectly matches the mood of 400 Lonely Things, who also produced the mind-blowing “Tonight of the Living Dead.”

From the film’s official description:

Be Still Life takes its name from the 2009 album by 400 Lonely Things, extrapolating the bittersweet interplay suggested in the album title between the constant change of life, and the human desire to keep things always as they are. While drawing most of its inspiration and soundtrack from Be Still Life, additional songs from the 400 Lonely Things catalog are also used to tell an introspective, wordless story.

Built on intriguing samples and field recordings, the 400 Lonely Things album is cinematic and psychedelic, and even features on track created entirely from extracts of John Boorman’s incredibly strange film, Zardoz.

by Jonathan Simrin

25 May 2010


Various delays behind it, Love Ranch is well on its way to theaters with the online release of this new trailer. Stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci are both traversing familiar ground as an older woman with sex appeal and a seedy entrepreneur, respectively. They play the husband and wife owners of Nevada’s first legal brothel, circa 1970s. When a husky heavyweight boxer from South America moves in, a love triangle – probably of the tragic variety – turns their world upside down. Hackford’s previous work has included Ray and An Officer and a Gentleman.

by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2010


Various Artists
True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
(Elektra/Atlantic)
Releasing: 25 May

Yet another True Blood soundtrack is releasing tomorrow, this time with a bevvy of new tunes from the likes of Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, as well as Beck and Robbie Robertson. The set is rounded out with old songs from Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller and many more listed below. You can sample the whole thing over at Entertainment Weekly‘s site.

SONG LIST
01 “Howlin’ for My Baby” – M. Ward
02 “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock
03 “Bad Blood” – Beck
04 “How to Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
05 “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
06 “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
07 “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
08 “Gasoline and Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
09 “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10 “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11 “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12 “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation
13 “New World in My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan

by Jonathan Simrin

24 May 2010


It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.

ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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