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Exclusive Premiere: Chiodos “Notes In Constellations”

Exclusive Premiere: Chiodos “Notes In Constellations” (photo)

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Chiodos vocalist Brandon Bolmer wrote this song about the untimely heath of an old friend and musical collaborator of his, Christopher Olsen — nicknamed Notes. “I had started writing the song years ago, on a trip up to the snowy mountains of Big Bear, CA with my girlfriend, her sister, and Notes,” Bolmer explains. “The song was originally written about two lovers who were forced to part ways from one another. After his death, the song took on a dual meaning and became a song that Notes could have written for his girlfriend after he passed on.”

The video by young directors, Ryan Southwell and John Stephens, inspired by this sad back story, weaves a tale about two lovers who are separated by a tragic death — but still with each other through the stars.

No CGI or post effects were used in the filming of the heavenly time lapses you are about to witness, they are completely organic, in a cosmic sense. Southwell and Stephens used a new, multi-axis, motion control technology to shoot them outdoors.

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The Los Angeles based directors have been shooting together for several years, but this is only their second official music video. “We shot all of the band performance footage against a green screen in L.A. and comp’d in all of the lighting and backgrounds in post. We shot the female narrative at a loft in L.A. and on the streets downtown,” co-director Stephens explains. “We shot the astro time-lapses at various locations in California over a period of several nights — all of the time-lapses are 100% real — nothing is CGI or was comp’d in post.” After talking about the concept with Bolmer they decided to explore the star lover theme fully and create a distorted sense of time using the time-lapse and a lot of slow-motion. “It’s about losing someone you love and coming to a belief that they’re still with you in the stars,” Stephens affirmed.

“Notes In Constellations” is off of Chiodos’ third album, “Illuminaudio.” The band, formed in 2001, stormed the American post-hardcore scene in 2007 with “Bone Palace Ballet” which debuted at number one on the Independent Chart (and number five on the Billboard top 200). “Illuminaudio” is actually the debut for singer Brandon Bolmer, replacing former frontman Craig Owens in the band, after a bit of a shake up following the wild success of ’07. The band plans to show fans that although the singer’s have changed, their haunting melodies and huge vocals remain. They will embark on a short headlining tour which kicks off in Milwaukee this weekend before joining in on the 2011 Scream It Like You Mean It tour.

Do you believe in love among the stars? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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