Fairchild Release Video for “Figure it Out”
Hands down one of my favorite bands of 2013 is Australia’s Fairchild. The sextet recently released a video for new single “Figure it Out,” which is off their tremendously impressive debut three-song EP Burning Feet, produced by Catherine Marks (Foals, The Killers). The video is a montage of the band’s live shows, travels and experiences over the past year. As a nod to the band’s ardent DIY ways, the video was edited by bass player Tommy Davies. Head to the jump to see the video. Read more…
Bermuda Bonnie Releases New Video
I’m constantly amazed at the artistic value placed on music videos these days, so any time I see one that grabs my eye, I feel compelled to share it. The latest track from veritable unknown Bermuda Bonnie is no exception. Her breathy single “The Prince and the Temptress,” is a machinated slice of electro-indie that has a Hitchock-inspired video to go along with it. Though the production value of the song still leaves a lot to be desired, Bonnie herself does not, and neither does this video. Head to the jump to see the video. Read more…
Math Museum Set to Light Up the Flatiron Building
I’m no math geek, far from it in fact, but anytime I can recognize something cool, I’m more than willing to pass it on. As a native New Yorker now living in Central Florida, I often have days where I yearn to be back home. Today is one of those days.
New York City’s recently launched Museum of Mathematics, is scheduled to illuminate the iconic Flatiron Building with glow sticks, in an effort to show that the landmark is roughly based on a 5-12-13 right triangle. Fittingly, the eye-opening event is scheduled for 12/5/13. A further, even larger, display of three huge squares will form a demonstration of the famous theorem: a2 + b2 = c2. The event is part of MoMath’s Pythagorize the Flatiron initiative. MoMath opened on Madison Avenue on Dec. 15 of last year. Admission is $15.
The Correspondents Debut “Fear and Delight” Video
I’ve always felt like music created in the UK is vastly superior to music created in the United States. As proof of such, here’s the latest video and single from UK’s The Correspondents. The band, who have been veritable road warriors since their inception four years ago, have yet to release an album. That all changes when Puppet Loosely Strung debuts in 2014. “Fear and Delight” saturates UK airwaves in December. The video was directed by Naren Wilks. Head to the jump to see the video. Read more…
DEV covers AWOLNation’s Ubiquitous Hit
One of my favorite songs of the last half-decade is AWOLNation’s gorgeously morbid “Sail,” so any time a cover of the song slips by my radar, I feel compelled to give it a go. Los Angeles-based indie artist DEV, who is signed to Universal Republic, recently gave the song her unique spin. Head to the jump to hear the song. Read more…
Starlight Girls’ Debut New Single “Inhibitionist”
I’m always stoked when artists find our blog and want us to post news. How people ever find this blog is always flattering. When a band as talented as Starlight Girls find us, it’s super flattering. The gorgeous duo has recently released “Inhibitionist.” It’s a self-produced slab of surf-driven indie-psych not unlike Tegan and Sara.
The song is on the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled LP and was mixed by Jake Aaron. The gnarly artwork for the single (see above) was created by Hannah MacDonald. To keep tabs on the Suicide Girls, head to their Facebook page.
Turkish Film Watchtower is a Must-See!
The Turkish film Watchtower is arguably one of the best films the country had produced since Oscar shortlist Three Monkeys in 2008. A selection at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, this poignant, profound and deeply moving narrative spins a yarn about Seher (Nilay Erdonmez), a pregnant college girl working as a tour bus hostess and Nihat (Olgun Simsek), a lonely, taciturn fire guardian in a watchtower in the remote woodland town of Dipsizgol/Tosya. Unbeknownst to anyone, Nihat and Seher are guarding secrets and deeply embedded pain. While Seher’s life is lonely and devoid of substance, Nihat battles a similar existence, as his only communication is via CB radio with fire guardians in neighboring towns. That sense of isolation is elucidated through Nihat’s blatant lack of dialogue, with most of his acting occurring via deep ruminative stares. Read more…
Polish Film Readies New York Debut
Tomorrow night in Manhattan, a somber and thought provoking LGBT film hits screens: the Polish drama In The Name Of… Małgorzata Szumowska’s film centers on Adam, a quiet and humble priest, who accepts a post in rural Poland at a home for wayward teen boys. While there he ends up falling for Lukasz, one of the teens, and their romance sets off a chain of events that rattles the town, the boys home and the many interconnecting lives. Having won the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, In the Name Of… already has some positive momentum helping it forward. Additionally it features a captivating and starmaking performance from lead actor Andrzej Chyra.
Where In the Name Of… struggles however is defining the auxiliary characters that make up the boys home and the small Polish town where Adam is based. Moreover, Lukasz and Adam’s courtship seemingly stems from nowhere and aside from one strange cornfield adventure, there are few scenes that hint at their attraction for each other. Those gripes aside, In the Name Of…. is powerful, moving and deeply ruminative. If anything, it proves that Małgorzata Szumowska is a gifted filmmaker and a name to look out for in the years to come.
For those who cannot make it to New York, the movie is set to open in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Miami and Kansas City in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the film is available via FilmMovement.com.
CCM’s Latest Newbie: Natasha Owens
I Made it Through, the debut effort from Dallas-based Christian songwriter Natasha Owens is a slew of awe-inspiring moments and a dollop of filler. That being written, Owens recently opened up for Michael W. Smith and is in the capable hands of Stefano DiBenedetto, who has worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Linkin Park, Joan Jett and Lou Reed. Additionally, I Made it Through was produced by Jacob Lowery, who co-wrote many of the songs, and has worked with Michael W. Smith on at least a couple of records. Read more…
The Adventures of Huck Finn: German Version Debuts in LA This Weekend
This weekend in Los Angeles, German Currents, a German-language film festival opens at The Egyptian. Featuring eight films, it is an absolute must-attend event. One of the films featured is Hermine Huntgeburth’s The Adventures of Huck Finn. The German adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic is both wide-eyed and big-hearted and arguably the strongest adaptation of the book to date. Impeccably acted, skillfully directed and backed by a score that is equal parts riveting, haunting and festive, this period-piece reinvents Twain’s novel in a way that most American adaptations have not. Read more…