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Exclusive premiere: Say Anything “Burn A Miracle”

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For a self-described “fairly passive, overly analytical and neurotic Jewish guy,” Say Anything’s Max Bemis is pretty obsessed with anarchy.  It’s not the capital, circle-A, kind of anarchy that comes to mind, but his own spiritually rooted brand.”I believe that all of our collective existence, that of life itself, time and energy is essentially an all-encompassing, constantly evolving organism,” he wrote last month in an essay for Spinner. “What one might define as chaos is really just each particle of this greater thing expressing itself and thereby powering a greater truer good.”

In “Burn A Miracle” we see these particles reveling in explosive chaos — caped crusaders soar and plummet through the sky, a bowl of Cheerios bursts into flame, an American flag in all it’s plastic glory is made in China. Some of this hits close to home, clearly someone has something to answer for. When we prodded Bemis to answer for this anarchistic extravaganza, he replied simply, “Clearly we like chaos enough to center our record around it; clearly we like chaos enough for this video to exist.”

You may notice how “burn a miracle” sounds sometimes a bit like “burn America” when Bemis shouts it. Coincidence, or just chaos? This is the album opener from the band’s new record, “Anarchy, My Dear,” produced by Tim O’Heir (Superdrag, Sebadoh), out today on Equal Vision Records.

 

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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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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.

Exclusive premiere: Richard McGraw “Leonard Cohen R.I.P. (the song)”

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No, Leonard Cohen did not say his final Hallelujah, New York songwriter Richard McGraw just has a macabre sense of attachment to the living legend. “A thought occurred to me that Leonard will not always be around,” McGraw told American Songwriter, who premiered the song. “This was sad and disturbing. The song came quickly after that.”

Once he had coped with the fictional loss he experienced by penning this beautiful elegy, McGraw found a woman online who made custom Barbie dolls and set to work with his cinematographer friend Michael Simmonds (“Paranormal Activity 2,” “Project Nim”) to craft this surreal video. If you watch closely, other than poor Leonard Cohen, you might notice Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Rebecca De Mornay, Burt Reynolds, Bono and McGraw himself.

 

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“Leonard Cohen R.I.P.” is from McGraw’s new album, “Popular Music,” (found here). Apart from this original, the album is all delicious covers  of The Who, REO Speedwagon, Bob Seger, Lady Gaga, Dead Kennedys, and Rick James among others.

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Exclusive premiere: The Golden Filter “Kill Me”

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The Golden Filter’s dark ballad about a deceitful relationship became a disturbing tale of murder with Oedipal undertones in this video directed by High Five Collective (who’ve made videos for Kanye West and Odd Future among others).

“‘Kill Me’ was written about a destructive relationship I was in where the other person was obsessively lying the whole time,” The Golden Filter’s Penelope Trappes told us. “After putting the pieces together later on, I discovered the whole relationship was a farce and I should have seen the warnings. He was killing me softly with his lies. It’s an eerily unsettling feeling to know you gave all of your trust to someone who wasn’t real.”

Anyone who didn’t just marry their high school sweetheart can probably relate to the New York singer’s tale, but hopefully the familiarity ends there and doesn’t apply to the familial relationships in the video. “When we brought the song to High Five Collective, they had a beautifully terrifying take on conveying that sense of complete betrayal,” Trappes added,  “hidden under a blanket of love and happiness.”

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Also of note is The Golden Filter’s short film “Syndromes,” which will be screening at SXSW this year. A collaboration with Scandinavian director Kristoffer Borgli, the film deals with a young girl’s unexplained ability to heal the wealthy elite, which leads her into a sinister underworld. The band’s accompanying soundtrack EP, released via the band’s own Perfectly Isolated label.

 

 

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