Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg are still on their way out of their teens, so their music sometimes displays an earnestness that can chafe at those of us who have been around a little bit longer. You know what, though? We need to get pushed off of our crusty “Grampa Simpson” high horses sometimes, and the sympathetic harmonies that kick in about two minutes into “Ghost Town” certainly do the trick. That devastating regret-filled stanza about being left behind in someone’s memory doesn’t hurt, either. Young or old, we’ve all been there before.
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The MPAA just slapped the dreaded “NC-17” rating onto this Weinstein year-end release, leading many prognosticators to sound the death knell for the film’s Oscar chances, even after the film played to raves at international film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto.
Clearly, American audiences need to get over the ham-fisted notion that cinematic sex and nudity are what their children need to be shielded from.
With endorsements from a tidal wave of critics who believe Blue Valentine is being unfairly judged for its realistic depictions of sex, look for the film to gain even more traction in the awards game thanks to a little good old-fashioned controversy. The film may have actually been given a new lease on life, rather than a death sentence after all.
Stars Gosling and Williams look to be at the very top of their games.
Meat Beat Manifesto have been perfecting their techno sound since 1987 and have been major influencers on trip-hop, as well as drum and bass along the way. MBM’s latest album, Answers Come in Dreams, dropped last week via Metropolis Records and today we present the premiere of their new video for “Waterphone”. Juxtaposing vintage film footage—among some of the earliest recorded by the first movie cameras of the turn-of-the-century—with their hyper-modern electro beats, “Waterphone” is both artsy and cerebral.
UK downtempo-act Bonobo is back on the scene with a cross-continental tour of the U.S. and Canada this fall, in support of his Black Sands LP. He is joined by Andreya Triana, whose debut full-length, Lost Where I Belong, hit stores last September. Tour dates after the jump.
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams released her latest album Many Great Companions last week via Razor & Tie. She offers up instantly memorable tunes rooted in the great Americana folk-pop tradition. This time around Williams re-recorded 12 of her classic songs with a number of notable musicians on the new record, including Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Patty Larkin. In this new video for “As Cool As I Am”, she pairs with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris.