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Exclusive premiere: Kyle Andrews “The Search for A Heart”

Exclusive premiere: Kyle Andrews “The Search for A Heart” (photo)

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Kyle Andrews‘ “Robot Learn Love” is a concept album about modern digital life and love. “We work, create art, and communicate every day through some sort of computer device, some sort of robot,” Andrews says. Song titles written in IM shorthand explore alienation and heartbreak in high resolution, punctuated by lo-fi flourishes — vocals recorded sometimes through built-in laptop mics, other times through high end studio preamps, live strings are backed by simulated software drums.

These themes and techniques come alive in “The Search for A Heart” with a little twist from directors Matt Barber and Matt Webb who fancied working in a covert nod to the portal heavy, ancient-meets-futuristic 1994 film, “Stargate.”

“As Matt [Webb] and I brainstormed ideas while listening to the song, the themes of escapism, discontentment, and idealism kept surfacing,” Barber said of the conceptualizing for the video. “These themes, which are often found in ‘portal films’ such as ‘Alice In Wonderland,’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ allow a character to confront their hopes, fears, and regrets. With ‘Search For A Heart’, we set out to explore the character’s fear of commitment. But, secretly, we just wanted to pay homage to our favorite film… ‘Stargate.'”

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Kyle Andrews tour dates:

September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Lexington Avenue Brewery
September 2 – Durham, NC @ Casbah
September 5 – Norfolk, VA @ The Taphouse in Ghent
September 7 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java (this is basically DC)
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ NorthStar Bar
September 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly – w/ Taxicab Racers and Stationary Set
September 10 – New York, NY @ Pianos
September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
September 13 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Where’s the heart? 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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