The last full month of summer is a mixed bag of entertainment options, with two big movies geared toward the under-20 crowd, highly-anticipated albums, major video game releases, plenty of sports coverage, and TV’s wackiest awards show. Whatever you do, try to do it outdoors before sweater season creeps in.
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That set-up is unmistakable. From there, though, the similarities break down, giving way to a merrily profane repurposing. This is the Last Supper as a Brooklyn bacchanalia, complete with ecstatic dancing, a saxophone bong, food fights, and a guest list that includes Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen and other indie notables. There’s also a mystery dude in a balaclava at the center of everything. (Who knows?) It’s a wild and romping video for a wild and romping song.
The Kenn Morr Band’s sixth album, Worth Imagining brings a variety of instruments together to create a warm, soulful sound. Accordion, violin, harmonica, and mandolin flirt with guitar, piano, bass, and percussion. Moor’s deep, succulent voice (often accompanied by backing vocals) calls to mind folksingers like Richard Thomspon and John Prine. On the record, Morr spins ten poignant yarns about love, friendship, and loss. Despite its contemplative nature, Worth Imagining is earnest and uplifting. It may make you want to take a long drive into the sunset.
Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game. The soundtrack will release October 22nd via The End Records and features music that is massive and grand with soaring crescendos and painterly in execution with waves of sound illustrating another world. The project involved the additional work of some of the electronic music world’s leading lights, including Gui Boratto, DJ Skee & THX, Hundred Waters, Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan, Caspa, Apocalyptica, and more.
Ah, Twitter. Even the most internet-saturated among us still resist its siren call, its promise of 140-character wit and wisdom. Sure, it might be the most profound waste of time of our age, but it has nonetheless brought out of the woodwork some pretty damn funny people. And when the funny comes in the form of a comic book superhero music critic, well… I hate to tell you this, but you might just have to break down and get a Twitter account. Just a sampling of the gems…