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Exclusive Video premiere: Jihae’s “Elvis Is Still Alive.”

Exclusive Video premiere: Jihae’s “Elvis Is Still Alive.” (photo)

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New York artist and musician Jihae just created this human Tetris/gaping audience video for her song “Elvis Is Still Alive” as commentary on all our starry-eyed idol worship. It’s true, there are days the Indie Ear is a gasp away from a cheap celebrity blog… we’re all vulnerable. The video is a combination of two other pieces that Jihae has reinterpreted – one by director Marco Brambilla called “Sync” and another by Korean artist, Miri Shin called “Block.”

Jihae, a South Korean who lived in Nigeria, Sweden and the UK before the US, is a bit more worldly than the average Earthling. “We buy into all kinds of lies that are sold to us from advertising to Fox news or from the Vatican to Goldman Sachs. While hundreds of thousands of other people’s sons and daughters have been at war for a decade and most the world is in turmoil,” She said truthfully while commenting on the video. “Many find ourselves in this strange consumerist entertainment bubble where celebrities have become the golden cows of our time that we love to worship and destroy.”

Dig it:

Now if you’re tapped deep into the arts maybe you recognize the name Marco Brambilla who is an acclaimed video artist. The New Yorker called his work “Absorbing and delicate enough to restore one’s faith in the medium.” I knew his name from a different life time. He is in fact the former Hollywood director, who gave us the likes of “Demolition Man” and the kidnapping romance “Excess Baggage” It’s a small world!

Here too is “My Love,” the first single off of Jihae’s forthcoming release, Fire Burning Rain which is due out September 7th via Septem Records – Jihae’s own label.

Download: “My Love” by Jihae.

Check out Jihae.net.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Photo Credit: Screen Gems/courtesy Everett Collection

Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Video Premiere!: Sugar & Gold – “Stay Soft.”

Video Premiere!: Sugar & Gold – “Stay Soft.” (photo)

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Remember the old Cinemax movie intro from the 80’s? This was before your friends started calling it Skinemax and you watched countless lewd B-movies with them late night, laughing at the soft core. I’m talking about the early intro, some call it a bumper – the one with all the flying through space occupied by whirling neon objects and a minimal geometry font that spells movie.

[Sugar & Gold livin’ it. Photo by Wes Rowe.]

Fun with shapes and colors on an Amiga graphics workstation! How far we’ve come. Director Sam Young was inspired by one of those old intro’s (though I might have guessed it was HBO’s instead) when he crafted this new video for Sugar & Gold’s, Giorgio Moroder-soaked jam called “Stay Soft.”

Young adds, “This is the second video I made for Sugar & Gold, and I knew I wanted this one to be a visual departure from the first. Whereas the “Neighborhood” video had a hand-cut paper collage look, I wanted the “Stay Soft” video to be a fluid light show, as if we’re on a roller-coaster at night.”

“Stay Soft” is a track off this hilarious SF party band’s second album, Get Wet!. I read a description of them somewhere that involved electronic workouts being “buttressed” by jumping jacks, and hairy chests in leather vests (or the like) and found that word choice hard to improve upon.

“Get Wet!” is available April 27th, 2010, on CD, MP3, and High Quality Vinyl LP on Antenna Farm.

Exclusive! Video premiere: The Antlers’ “Sylvia” + free EP!

Exclusive! Video premiere: The Antlers’ “Sylvia” + free EP! (photo)

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Before Peter Silberman gathered a band around him, he spent a lot of time in self-imposed isolation upon moving to Manhattan of all places. A sad tale of regret and love that culminated, as they often do, in a passionate outburst in the bedroom – a series of recordings that eventually made up 2009’s much acclaimed, Hospice.

[The Antlers. Darby Cicci, Peter Silberman and Michael Lerner]

Silberman’s band, The Antlers, now a threesome have just finished a video for one of those tracks, called “Sylvia.” Director Trey Hock explored the depths of the song and found a story about a tortured relationship in sepia there. “I tried to think of examples of truly frustrating or tragic unions,” he said of conceiving the narrative structure of the video. “I felt that an argument with someone who was not physically there, would be the pinnacle of this type of torment. A restricted color palette and almost uncomfortably static shots kept coming to mind.”

“After talking with the band, I knew that I wanted to explore the style of the silent era of the 1920s,” he added. Some of his inspiration came from D.W. Griffith’s 1919 film “Broken Blossoms” (about brutal boxer, his young daughter, and the Chinese immigrant who falls in love with her but that’s another story).

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