Friday, 25 February 2011

LCD Soundsystem + Muppets = titters

This may very well be the perfect way to say farewell to James Murphy and co: a homemade video for Dance Yrself Clean featuring the Muppets, which goes nicely with the Kermit-packing promo for New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down.

A respectful nod to Pitchfork for flagging this up.

Edit: The people at EMI appear to have now cottoned on to it, but you can still watch it on YouTube. Don't let that stop you clicking below.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Submarine: fighting the urge to get carried away

Even allowing for the default enthusiasm of us bloggers, that hopeful willingness that allowed Kick-Ass to be viewed as a potential Film Of The Decade, If Not Possibly Ever, when it fact it was just very good, it's still hard to not get caught up in the buzz about Submarine, the debut film from Richard Ayoade, him off The IT Crowd, and director of The Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo DVD.

Casting Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins isn't going to do its chances any harm, but already their presence feels like an added bonus, such is the size and shape of the ooh noises being made. Submarine tells the story of Oliver (played by Craig Roberts), a cocky teen trying to lose his virginity, while at the same time trying to prevent his mum (Hawkins) running off with a motivational speaker (Considine). Not much on paper, perhaps, but the cine-literate Ayoade places it all firmly in bittersweet indie comedy territory, drawing a line from Harold And Maude to Wes Anderson, via the French New Wave, much to the delight of the festival circuit.

Not only that, it also features new tracks from Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, released on the continually exemplary Domino Records on 14th March.

Submarine is released in UK cinemas on 18th of March. And I can't wait *slips back into default blogger hyperbole stance*

Trailer peepage...

Monday, 7 February 2011

Animal Kingdom: are we all on board?

Suave New Film Alert! Tough-as-you-like Aussie crime flick Animal Kingdom parks up in UK cinemas later this month, which gives you ample time to get up to speed and nod knowingly when the critics start saying how it's this year's A Prophet, but with worse accents and a greater threat of those outhouse snakes that you're obliged to allude to any time Australia is mentioned.

Here's all you need to know to get you started:

1. This gritty tale of betrayal, family ties, blurred morality and all-out conflict bagged the World Cinema prize at last year's Sundance Festival, which is like the indie film Olympics.
2. Jacki Weaver's performance as mob matriach Smurf has earned her considerable nom-props from both the Oscar and Golden Globe panels.
3. It stars Guy Pearce, whose presence alone offers some kind of reliable quality-control tag.
4. Quentin Tarantino declared it his third favourite film of 2010, ahead of True Grit and The King's Speech (though behind Toy Story 3 and The Social Network).

Let's finish off by watching the trailer, shall we? 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Now you too can become a Hollywood tough guy in just 28 days!

"All my life I've been the kind of guy who gets sand kicked in his face - but not any more, thanks to the Blood Bros' all-new Heaven 2 Hell mixtape, out now from those crazy bastards at Mad Decent records! All you need to do is listen to its hairy-chested blend of power-chord-encrusted, ball-busting, Aviators-wearing, bad-guy-smashing 80s-movie soundtrack rock* for just 28 days and you too will be transformed into the kind of shit-kicking badass who can wear a leather jacket with the sleeves rolled up while emerging from a cloud of dry ice. Simply pop the mp3 into your portable tapedeck and a trip to Tesco to get a box of doughnuts transforms into your own private training montage sequence. Thanks, Blood Bros!"

The Blood Bros' Heaven 2 Hell mixtape is available now, priced just £0.00.

Get your copy here!

*mixtape may contain really ridiculous weedy synths that kill the macho buzz a smidge.

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