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Exclusive premiere: Imaginary Cities “Calm Before The Storm”

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Imaginary Cities’ gloriously soulful pop comes a bit surprisingly from Winnipeg, Canada. From the meeting of Marti Sarbit (the girl) and Rusty Matyas (the boy), their debut album, “Temporary Resident” dropped in just last month and seems to have a long lease. This simple, yet dark and stormy torrent of mood lighting and reflections, “Calm Before The Storm,” was shot by the same director, Chris Mills, who did the video for the title track.

“One thing I love about living in the prairies is the extreme weather. Particularly the intense summer thunderstorms we can get,” Matyas told us. “Chris Mills arrived in Winnipeg on the eve of the shoot [for “Temporary Resident”] and there happened to be one of said storms passing through. He drove around the city testing out a new camera he recently acquired. The next day when the video shoot for ‘Temporary Resident’ was done, he asked Marti and myself to simply and quickly sing ‘Calm Before the Storm’ while looking directly into the camera. A few months later he handed us this video.”

Who knew Winnipeg was so dramatic? “I feel it’s mood captures the mysterious essence of the song and our beloved city perfectly,” Matyas added. “The result is somehow soothing and unnerving all at once.”

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Exclusive: Death Cab for Cutie & The Magik*Magik Orchestra Tour Trailer #4

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Last week we stepped into Ben Gibbard’s shoes for a moment with a peek behind the scenes of the Death Cab/Magik*Magik tour, as clips leaked out to us from director Justin Mitchell.

This is the final clip we have from the ongoing tour, which takes you right into a climactic moment of the show — some moment of ecstasy conjured by the harmony between these two west coast forces.

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There are a few open dates left on the last leg of the tour for you to experience it all for yourself. Remaining tour dates:

5/1 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre *
5/3 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium *
5/4 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater * – SOLD OUT
5/6 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater *
5/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall * – SOLD OUT
5/8 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater * – SOLD OUT
5/9 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater * – SOLD OUT
5/10 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
5/11 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
5/13 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre *

*with Youth Lagoon

Exclusive premiere: Laid Back “Cosyland”

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The Danish legends who brought us hits in the early 80’s like “Bakerman,” “Sunshine Reggae” and the inimitable, “White Horse,” have returned. And it sounds like John Guldberg and Tim Stahl haven’t missed a beat on this massively stoned out jam, featuring the most appealingly relaxed vocals ever to come out of Copenhagen. “Cosyland” is an easy bliss, coated in a comforting, well-aged and honeyed voice. It’s more than a bit like reclining in a plush green room, in pajamas, with Michael Caine in an Alfonso Cuarón picture.

This song is the title track from an upcoming album, composed entirely of goodies unearthed from 1981, when Guldberg and Stahl were experimenting with, among other things, a Roland 808. “From those sessions, only ‘White Horse’ made it to a final treatment,” the duo explain. “The rest of the material was left behind, as our record company at the time found it too different. Recently, that left-over material was transferred from analogue to digital and, to stay as true as possible to original intentions, we only added vocals, bass and drumbeats ahead of a final mix.”

The video is was made entirely by Guldberg and Stahl, who took a heavy trip down memory lane with an iPad paint app, and some footage of themselves from those lost 1981 sessions.

 

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