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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009

Coco Before Chanel
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola
Opening: 25 September 2009
Distributor: Warner Bros. (France) Sony Pictures Classics (U.S.)


Audrey Tautou, star of the beloved indie classic Amelie, returns to the screen as Coco Chanel in the upcoming movie Coco Before Chanel. The film centers around Chanel during her youth, before her name became the iconic fashion label for the chic modern woman. Seen as a social mischief in her era, Coco allures a few prominent suitors, who vie for her heart and become intrigued by her eccentricity. Coco Before Chanel has already hit screens in France, Australia, and the U.K., and will see a limited Stateside release on September 25th.



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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009

Why?
Eskimo Snow
(Anticon)
Releasing: 22 September


Bay Area art-poppers Why? release Eskimo Snow today on Anticon. This time around, their music has a more folksy panache littered with lyrical introversion, a break away from the primal rap and angst-ridden beats of Alopecia. Watch Why? perform “Eskimo Snow”, a somber synth-ballad whose quiet reflections viscerally ring true.


SONG LIST
01 These Hands
02 January Twenty Something
03 Against Me
04 Even the Good Wood Gone
05 Into the Shadows of My Embrace
06 One Rose
07 On Rose Walk, Insomniac
08 Berkeley by Hearseback
09 This Blackest Purse
10 Eskimo Snow


 


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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009

Where does one truly find inspiration?  The directorial debut of Rob Perez, writer of 40 Days and 40 Nights, presses to answer that exact question.


Lindeman (played by Sam Rosen), a sculptor with his art school final project in front of him, finds himself simply stumped. He looks for inspiration around every corner, in every scene. This includes the goth scene, the gay scene, becoming an intellect, a lover and a vegan, but nothing seems to be the answer to his artistic existential crisis. He realizes that being a nobody defines somebody.


The movie is also accompanied by a musical score and soundtrack completed and compiled by Guster’s lead singer Ryan Miller, who also, impressively enough, co-wrote the movie with Rob Perez. The film premieres Thursday, October 1 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.


Watch and re-watch the trailer until then.



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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009

Devendra Banhart
What Will We Be
(Warner Brothers)
Releasing: October 27


Live versions of “Baby” and “Chin Chin & Muck Muck” showed up on YouTube a few months back, and both will make it on to the delightfully eccentric folkster’s major label debut. The album version of “Baby” can be streamed on Devendra’s MySpace.


SONG LIST
01 Can’t Help but Smiling
02 Angelika
03 Baby
04 Goin’ Back
05 First Song for B
06 Last Song for B
07 Chin Chin & Muck Muck
08 16th & Valencia, Roxy Music
09 Rats
10 Maria Leonza
11 Brindo
12 Meet Me at Lookout Point
13 Walilamdzi
14 Foolin’



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Monday, Sep 21, 2009

The Record Club, a rotating crew of musicians gathered by Beck to release weekly covers of tracks from classic albums, just put out a video for “Winter Lady”. This iteration of the Club includes Devendra Banhart and MGMT, among others, and the album du jour is Songs of Leonard Cohen.


Once I got past my initial impression of “what have they done to ‘Suzanne’?!”, I found the covers to be at the very least academically interesting, and at times, quite grooving.


Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Winter Lady” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Master Song” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Suzanne” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.


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