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You Were Never Really Here dir. Lynne Ramsay

You Were Never Really Here is a movie directed by the amazing Lynne Ramsay with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role of a war veteran suffering from PTSD who is a hired gun for rescue missions of children in sexual exploitation situations and abuse by human traffickers.

The movie is not for the faint of heart. The themes are heavy. The situations are grim. The acting is impeccable. The score is exceptional. The directing is perfect.

Yet, the movie experience is difficult. It’s difficult because of the subject matter. Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) gets called for another job in which he has to go rescue the daughter of a politician who has been kidnapped. After the succesful, and mesmerizing, rescue mission is done, this is were everything starts to go wrong for Joe and he has to go deeper into the rabbit hole to help the girl.

Mind you, that is only one of the themes in the movie. You, as a viewer, still have to go through the journey with Joe in dealing with his demons. And how these demons are always on his shoulder. Sometimes carrying him. Sometimes drowning him. Sometimes just not letting him be him.

Jonny Greenwood’s score is the glue that holds together the anxiety of going thru this movie experience. And just like his previous scores for Paul Thomas Anderson, this is amazing. The score itself is another performer in the film.

This movie could also serve the purpose, for those out there that suffer from depression, that they’re not alone. That what they do IS worthwhile for someone. To seek help and to allow that help to comfort them in dealing with said demons.

I do hope that the trio of Lynne Ramsay, Joaquin Phoenix and Jonny Greenwood work together again. Because they could create films that need to be seen and experienced.

If you care about film, you need to go see this movie.

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Alex Zhang Hungtai – Pierrot


This is “Pierrot”, the latest release by the talented Alex Zhang Hungtai, taken from the album ‘Divine Weight’, out June 29 via NON Worldwide.
Written by Alex Zhang Hungtai
Directed by Kevin Luna & Brian Echon

Iceage – “Beyondless”

Iceage are back with their fourth album titled “Beyondless” which was released May 4th on Matador.

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Trying to describe a post punk, punk band is almost impossible because you end up coming back to the same foundations of always. And to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t do justice to the band either.
So, you can add that they have a guitar sound of a late 70’s early 80’s band.
Or, the anger in the voice of that other band from the early to mid 80’s before he went solo.
Or, the attitude of those bands from the mid to late 80’s.

Truth be told, this album from Iceage is worth every second of your attention. Play it loud. This album is coming 10 years since the band was first formed and it is amazing.

They released these 3 singles:

“The Day The Music Dies”

 

“Painkiller”

 

And a personal favorite!

“Catch It”

 

The Danish punks will be on tour supporting their album and they will be coming to the Casbah on June 5th.

These are the rest of their tour dates.

05/10 – Seattle, WA @ Nordic Museum
05/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
05/18 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
05/19 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
05/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/21 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
05/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
05/25 – Houston, TX @ Rockefeller’s
05/26 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/05 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
06/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *
06/07 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s International Music Hall *
06/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
06/09 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Music Festival *
06/11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
06/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria *
06/14 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett *
06/15 – Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto *
06/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
06/17 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
06/18 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room *
06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
06/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
06/22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
06/24 – Ottawa, ON @ The 27 Club *
06/25 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
06/26 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
06/27 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
06/28 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel *

* = w/ Mary Lattimore

Johnny Marr – “Hi Hello”

Johnny Marr has a new album coming out on June 15th. It’s titled “Call The Comet” and it’ll be out through New Voodoo. He previously released the single “The Tracers” and now he brings out a very catchy hook for the amazing song called “Hi Hello”.

 

 

Johnny Marr co-directed the video alongside Mat Bancroft. And it’s just a humble honest looking video that places the song right at the center for you.
In a previous press statement Marr shared this about the upcoming album’s backstory: “Call the Comet is my own magic realism. It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.”

He will be doing some touring in support of the album and the closest show to us will be June 5th and 6th at the Teragram Ballroom.
The rest of his itinerary looks like this:

Johnny Marr Tour Dates:

May 12 | Dublin, IE at Button Factory
May 14 | Leeds, UK at Brudenell Social Club
May 16 | London, UK at Islington Assembly Hall
May 18 | Stockholm, SE at Nalen
May 19 | Copenhagen, DK at DR Koncerthuset Studie 2
May 20 | Amsterdam, NL at Paradiso Noord
May 21 | Berlin, DE at Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 24 | Paris, FR at La Gaite Lyrique
May 30 | Toronto, ON at Velvet Underground
May 31 | New York, NY at Gramercy Theatre
June 2 | San Francisco, CA at August Hall
June 5 & 6 | Los Angeles, CA at Teragram Ballroom
June 7 | Seattle, WA at Neptune Theatre

 

By: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Stephen Malkmus “Sparkle Hard – The Movie”

Stephen Malkmus will release his 7th album “Sparkle Hard” on May 18th thru Matador Records & Domino Records.

 

Malkmus

 

He’s already released the amazing single “Middle America” which sounds just like a Stephen Malkmus song should sound, that slack rock sound. And now comes a short film aptly titled “Sparkle Hard: The Movie”.

 

 

On the new album there’s a collaboration with Kim Gordon on “Refute”, which was the latest single released that followed “Shiggy” and the already mentioned “Middle America”.

In this mini documentary directed by the graceful Brook Linder, who has directed videos for Spoon, Wolf Parade, Grimes, Beck, Operators, NIN, handles the duties of presenting Malkmus hitting Tennis balls and riding in a horse and playing acoustic guitar, amongst other activities.

It’s a great short film that deserves your attention if you’ve ever been a fan of any of the aforementioned bands.

Don’t forget that Malkmus will be playing the Casbah, in what will sure be a memorable show, on Friday July 20th.

 

by: Alfredo Tellez / Edith Morales

 

 

 

 

John Parish “Bird Dog Dante”

John Parish has a new album coming out on June 15th via Thrill Jockey titled “Bird Dog Dante”.

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This is Parish’s first album since 2013 “Screenplay” and prior to that he had done a score in 2010 for the film “She, A Chinese”. Even though it may seem he hasn’t been that busy truth is he has, touring with PJ Harvey on her Hope Six Demolition tour and also co-producing her last two albums.

Which bring us to his most recent solo release. The song “Sorry For You Loss” was released and in this song you also get PJ Harvey doing vocals along John Parish.

 

 

There will be live dates to support the album announced soon. Meanwhile enjoy the song.

 

By: Alfredo Tellez / Edith Morales

The Limiñanas – Pink flamingos

The Limiñanas is formed by Marie and Lionel Limiñana, they have been actively releasing music since 2010, a combination of psychedelia and french pop music, their latest album ‘Shadow people’, features Bertrand BelinPeter Hook and Anton Newcombe, who also produced the album.
Here is their latest video for the song “Pink Flamingos”, artwork by Elric Dufau & Théo Vilaceque.

Yo La Tengo – For you too

This is Yo La Tengo , the song “For you too”, taken from their new album ‘There’s a riot going on’ out now via Matador Records.

Mazzy Star – Quiet, the winter harbor

This is Mazzy Star‘s previously unreleased track “Quiet, the winter harbor”, this song is part of their upcoming ‘Still EP’ (Rhymes Of An Hour Records), to be released on June 1st., you can pre-order now.
Love the piano in this song, Hope Sandoval’s voice is still unique and sweet and that slide guitar sounds like waves to us, we can’t wait to listen to the rest of the songs.

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