Iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani made a name for herself early on in her life, taking the lead in François Truffaut’s The Story of Adele H, a role that would earn the actress her first Academy award nomination in 1976 and bring her to the attention of cinema-goers worldwide. Adjani continued her streak in highly successful films and gained notoriety as one of the world’s most skilled actresses whose deeply nuanced and textured performances belied the impossible beauty of her icy, cool and mysterious exterior.
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The title card bearing William Congreve’s adage “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” certainly sets the stage for the new video for “Wellfleet Outro” from Jamaican Queens, Detroit’s resident experimental popsters. Shot in non-linear fashion, the images chart a relationship’s inception and its eventual collapse among distrust, boredom, infidelity and—perhaps most shockingly—brutal violence. Directed by Andrew Miller, the video is an apt cinematic accompaniment to the tune’s bleak content.
“Coyote” tells you everything you need to know about what this super fine band of players has up their sleeves this go-around. Killer harmonies, warm countryesque textures, and the winsome voice of Miss Shevaughn, who channels her very own Emmylou Harris on this gorgeous tune. Meanwhile, Lean Into the Wind sets the band on a fresh course after a year spent dealing with the tragedies of severe illness and death of loved ones.
On Cloud Nothings’ much-heralded Attack on Memory, Dylan Baldi started facing the reality of post-adolescence in the face and he decided to fight them tooth and nail. Now, after taking a year off (presumably to stay useless), he’s back with a new album and trying to move his life forward. The first song released from the album, “I’m Not a Part of Me” is Baldi’s argument with himself. Trying to resolve his old slacker self with his newfound sense of resolve, he spends half the song declaring to his old self, “I’m not you”, to which he responds “you’re a part of me.” Although it’s clear that his desire to start taking life seriously is winning out, it’s a clearly a bitter struggle.
For just over a week, the former members of Slowdive—shoegaze peers and labelmates of My Bloody Valentine, Ride, the Boo Radleys, to name just a few—have been using their personal Twitter feeds to count down to what appears to be something big. In addition, an official band Twitter feed has gently emerged from the ether. Something is awesome in the state of the Internet. Could Slowdive be reuniting after all of these years? Or, is the band using fans for their sport?