For a truly geeked-out experiment that Dublab has deemed Secondhand Sureshots, two filmmakers followed producers J-Rocc, Daedelus, Nobody, and Ras G on a thrift store trip for dollar vinyl. Directors Bryan “Morpho” Younce and Mark “Frosty” McNeil laid out a specific plan: the West Coast crate-diggers would each build a beat using no more than five “dollar bin” albums (no instruments, no additional source material), pulling drum breaks, strings, vocals, etc., strictly from these records. While the musical results are a bold, kaleidoscopic success, we’re sure none of these guys are really smitten with the idea of being filmed as they’re chopping samples. The mini-documentary, available from Stones Throw, is enlightening and often humorous. It’s packaged with a CD of the finished beats, and both discs offer lots of bonus stuff. Check the trailer and download J-Rocc’s Secondhand Sureshots podcast.
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All signs should point to major laughs for Adam McKay’s newest film, The Other Guys, releasing in June. McKay once again is directing his comedic muse of sorts, Will Ferrell, a pairing that has consistently delivered great results. Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers are a few films that come to mind, not to mention all the sketches from their daytime gig at Funny Or Die. Here’s to hoping their comedic talents carry over into the cop comedy genre.
Although the trailer for The Other Guys is kind of “meh”, everyone and their mother seems to be in it. Michael Keaton making an appearance as a police chief? Marky Mark showing off some ballet skills? Eva Mendes co-starring as Will Ferrel’s disproportionately hot wife? Samuel L. Jackson delivering mediocre one-liners? Yes, The Other Guys is all this and more, including a script co-written by Chris Henchy of Land of the Lost fame.
Releasing: 8 June
Teenage Fanclub fans who can remember far back enough to when the band was tapped as the Next Big Thing might be astonished to find that the once rambunctious Scots have made it to elder statesmen status, what with the career ups-and-downs and artistic highs-and-lows of the past 20 years. And it seems like the band has eased into its mature years rather comfortably on Shadows, its first album in five years: From the sound of “Baby Lee”, the first track leaked from the forthcoming album, the Fannies have continued to refine and tone down their power pop into pastoral rock, moving further down a road they first took on the underrated Songs from Northern Britain.
01 Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
02 Baby Lee
03 The Fall
04 Into the City
05 Dark Clouds
06 The Past
07 Shock and Awe
08 When I Still Have Thee
09 Live With the Seasons
10 Sweet Days Waiting
11 The Back of My Mind
12 Today Never Ends
Ah, the DVD commentary track. It can enhance the viewing experience, highlighting artistic subtleties that deserve to be appreciated. It can also just be kind of distracting. Either way, the commentary will always include soft-speaking voices recounting cute anecdotes from production and how so-and-so was such a pleasure to work with. The people over College Humor went a little farther with this and came up with a film that’s entirely DVD commentary.
PopMatters approved HEALTH has just released the latest video off their stellar 2009 full-length, Get Color.