Archive for February, 2014

Gang Wizard

February 27th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Sometimes I just feel like everything sounds so faked and manufactured, the hardest thing for an artist to do is truly be honest in his art and performance. After bouncing around the music blogosphere for a while this morning, I finally found something that sounds raw and real – 19-year-running Long Beach, CA band Gang Wizard. To some it might sound like trash – but trash is real, bro….trash is real…

The new album Important Picnic drops March 3rd on MIE. (via Ad Hoc)

The Horrors

February 25th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Crazy how The Horrors went from overhyped, barely-talented Brits to a really wonderful shoegaze/dream-pop band. New album Luminous drops May 5th on XL. So far it sounds great.

Gloria

February 24th, 2014 | Film | 0 Comments

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The Chilean Sebastian Lelo-directed film Gloria has already garnered awards and accolades from festivals and critics around the world, with praise being heaped on its direction and the lead performance of Paulina Garcia as the 58-year-old divorcée title character.  The film chiefly follows her as she begins a romance with Rodolpho (Sergio Hernandez), another senior who claims to have recently been divorced from his wife, though his two grown daughters are still deeply dependent upon him. Gloria also has two kids with whom she is close, a son caring for a newborn and a daughter who is pregnant with a man from Sweden who she’ll soon be joining in his home country. Last weekend it made its way back to Toronto, playing at Varsity Cinema after being shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Unfortunately, Gloria is apparently one of those not-too-uncommon cases of a film loved by ‘the critics’ for incomprehensible reasons. Long, boring, and filled with all the senior citizen sex one could ever want to see, it’s difficult to think of any reason for which to recommend Gloria. Other than perhaps as an educational film on avoiding dating in later life.

While competently made and performed, it was never particularly funny, insightful, moving, or interesting, and featured a number of subplots that all seemed pointless. Admittedly, as a single, 23-year-old Canadian male I was not the target demographic of this film, but assuming most critics who saw the movie were not single, middle-aged women, it’s baffling that any review commended it for being anything other than tolerable.

The Walls Are Blonde

February 22nd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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The unstoppable David Kleiser puts out another bunch of weird homespun psych tunes as The Walls Are Blonde, this time in the form of the album Karaoke’eko.

Doomsquad

February 21st, 2014 | This Is New York | 0 Comments

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Toronto/Montreal ‘shaman beat’ trio Doomsquad make some pretty crazy new age sounds on their full length debut. It drops February 25th on Hand Draw Dracula and No Fear of Pop but you can stream the full thing now courtesy of Dazed. And I recommend you do – or at least check out “Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Times)”. That song’s nuts.

Also – the band is doing a release show in the city next Thursday at Comfort Zone…man, it sure would be great to be guestlisted for that or something…doo doo doo…