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