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by Arnold Pan

14 Apr 2010


Foals
Total Life Forever
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 11 May (Digital) / 15 June (CD)

Talk about Mixed Media: Check out the state-of-the-art online promotion for the upcoming release by Foals, Total Life Forever. Complete with interactive puzzles that preview samples from the new album, the stylish site augurs a drastic shift in the band’s aesthetic from its thrillingly hyperactive 2008 debut Antidotes to something more complex, more moody, and art-damaged—think less Gang of Four, more Philip Glass. The two pre-released videos for “Spanish Sahara” and “This Orient” reveal Foals’ shoot-for-the-stars ambition, smoothing out the caffeine jag of the group’s earlier math-rockish pop by creating soundscapes heavy on electronics and atmosphere this time around. We’ll find out if Total Life Forever is more a case of “difficult second album syndrome” or the start of something even bigger for Foals when the album is digitally released by Sub Pop on May 11.

SONG LIST
01 Blue Blood 

02 Miami 

03 Total Life Forever 

04 Black Gold 

05 Spanish Sahara 

06 This Orient 

07 Fugue 

08 After Glow 

09 Alabaster

10 Two Trees

11 What Remains

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2010


AV Club’s “Under the Cover” series treks on with Americana golden boy Justin Townes Earle’s take on the Springsteen classic “Atlantic City”.

by John Lindstedt

13 Apr 2010


Well, this is quite strange. There’s an inarguable baby zeitgeist happening right now for some reason. Celebrity birthing speculations are one of the few things that keep the print industry alive, while the E*Trade babies manage to get a movie deal.

Babies, a documentary about the first year of four different infants living in different parts of the world, seems like a product of that zeitgeist, but it somehow appears novel. The trailer shows a thoughtful and visually dynamic film that takes a different spin on the subject matter than the rest of pop culture (i.e. doesn’t give them CGI mouths.)

Although something as mindless as babies or bacon can take the world by storm, this shows that it can be possible to take a mundane subject and give it a serious look. This is just a trailer, so this may not ultimately be the case, but it shows hope.

by Dominic Umile

13 Apr 2010


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.

by Jonathan Simrin

12 Apr 2010


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.

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