A video director known only as Weirdcore assembled this new video for the much-talked about GAMES, a duo comprised of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity. Apparently culled entirely from Youtube footage, the video looks like it took the most surreal of corporate training videos and made them even more bizarre, a perfect accompaniment to the song’s more Patrick Bateman qualities (i.e. the sample of adult contemporary schlock from the ‘80s).
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Last week marked not only Veteran’s Day but also the 235th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. In light of that, let’s take a look at some great “war movies”, some of which you might have never heard of before.
The Great Escape: based on real events, it features an all-star cast as officers who inventively bust out of a German POW camp for officers. The real message of the movie is about friendship, however, as the various men involved risk life and limb to help one another. Though the movie has many light-hearted moments, it is also quite a tear-jerker.
British postpunk ensemble Wire announced today its first string of North American tour dates (check the stops below). The tour will be in support of the band’s new album Red Bark Tree. The LP will be released on 11 January 2011 on the band’s own label, Pink Flag. Wire’s core lineup—Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey—recorded the new LP without any guests. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
April 01: Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
April 02: Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
April 03: Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
April 05: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg,
April 06: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
April 07: Washington DC - Black Cat
April 08: Austin, TX - Mohawk
April 09: Chicago, IL - Metro
April 12: Portland, OR - Dante’s
Oscar has an affinity for Australian actors when it comes to giving up the gold: Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, and Geoffrey Rush among the recent winners from down under. Animal Kingdom‘s Jacki Weaver, who is appearing in the Sydney Theater’s production of Uncle Vanya, is positioned to be the next performer to uphold the tradition this year for her bravura turn in the noirish film.
Playing Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, the cunningly sweet matriarch with a heart of steel, Weaver seems to be shoe-in for an impending slew of trophies and critical hosannas. But will Academy voters bite? History is on Weaver’s side, Aussie heritage aside, playing a variation of the bad mother trope has won the top prize for Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Shelley Winters (A Patch of Blue), and most recently, Mo’Nique (Precious). If I were a Best Supporting Actress contender, I’d watch my back.
Check out this exclusive scene from Animal Kingdom to see Weaver in full-throttle action. It would work perfectly as an Oscar clip as well.
On Jonquil’s “Get Up”, the Oxford trio gives a nod to the English math rock scene they emerged from by offering up a quick flash of fusion guitar before switching gears and melting together the sunnier sides of indie rock with early African pop sounds. To boot, the polyrhythm/pop combination isn’t a gimmicky affair but an affectionate warm homage to the sounds mined by Paul Simon on his album The Rhythm of the Saints. Once a six-piece outfit, Jonquil is now comprised of Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott and Robin McDiarmin. You can catch Jonquil’s live show at the dates listed below.
“Get Up” is Jonquil’s lead single for their One Hundred Suns EP, which drops today in the U.S. on Dovecote Records.
11/17/10 – The Harley (Sheffield, UK)
11/18/10 – Cardiff Arts Institute (Cardiff, UK)
11/19/10 – Jericho (Oxford, UK)
11/20/10 – Spanky Van Dyke’s (Nottingham, UK)
11/24/10 – CAMP (London, UK)
12/09/10 – The Courtyard (Yorkshire, UK)
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