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Premiere: Air Traffic Controller “Hurry Hurry” (acoustic)

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When you hear about a rock group called something like The Killers or the Mountain Goats, you don’t expect the moniker to have any meaning aside from an irony-soaked cool sounding band name. But for Dave Munro, the name Air Traffic Controller is both his band and his vocation.

At 17, Munro enlisted in the Navy, where he worked as an air traffic controller. During his deployment, he sent home 4-track demos he recorded in his off-duty hours. When his enlistment was up, Munro returned to Boston and discovered that while he was away, his music had earned him a loyal fan base. He put together a band to back his singer/songwriter stylings and the aptly-named Air Traffic Controller was born.

Now a fully-fledged six-piece, Munro’s vocals and guitar are backed by multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott on lead guitar, keys, and more; Richie Munro on drums; Casey Sullivan on bass, banjo, and backing vocals; with violinist Alison Shipton and Kiara Perico on viola. The band’s slightly flighty (pun intended) indie pop sound is given weight by Munro’s rich lyrical storytelling. The combination of earnest rock and pop sentimentality earned the group more and more fans in the Northeast. Eventually one of the group’s demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and producer Bleu and in 2009, Air Traffic Controller released its debut, “The One.” The album earned critical praise and garnered the group a nomination as MTV’s “Best Break Out Artist Video Music Award” of 2009.

The band turned to Kickstarter to fund their second release, earning a whopping $12,000 via the micro-fundraising site. With the money in their pocket the band returned to the studio with Bleu and crafted “Nordo,” which is due to hit stores June 26 via Sugarpop Records. The unqualified hit off the album is the single “Hurry Hurry.” We are pleased to present the acoustic version of the song for your listening pleasure. Please to enjoy:

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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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