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Exclusive download: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Dear Believer (Timmy The Terror Remix)”

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros went through a feel-good machine helmed by Ima Robot’s Timmy Anderson, and came out the other end beautifully rearranged. If you’re wary of remixes, let your guard down for this one. Edwarde Sharpe and Ima Robot share at least one member in singer Alex Ebert, and that camaraderie it seems to show in the quality of this track.

“Dear Believer” is a sweetly, triumphant number off of the band’s new record, “Here” (already out on Community Music/Vagrant). Where it’s guitars jangle, Timmy turns their strings into honey-covered rubber bands. Where the original track swells with storm clouds of bright horns, the remix rides a steady wave through a popscape punctuated by Moby-era calls and a heavy synth wash.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Dear Believer (Timmy The Terror Remix)”

 

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros upcoming US tour dates:
September 07 @ Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
September 09 @ Doheny Days Music Festival – Dana Point, CA on sale now
September 11 @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
September 12 @ McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR
September 14 @ Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park – Vancouver, BC
September 15 @ Marymoor Amphitheater – Redmond, WA on sale now
September 17 @ MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
September 18 @ Edmonton Event Center – Edmonton, AB
September 21 @ Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO on sale now
September 23 @ Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
September 25 @ Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
September 26 @ Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY
September 27 @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Asheville, NC
September 29 @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center – North Charleston, SC
September 30 @ Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
October 01 @ Jannus Live – Saint Petersburg, FL
October 03 @ Mahalia Jackson Theater For The Performing Arts – New Orleans, LA
Ocotober 05 @ Crossroads – Kansas City, MO

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Art of the Spoof

Watch Johnny Depp, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt and More in Funny or Die’s Donald Trump Biopic

Johnny Depp just got very classy.

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We’re barely halfway through February, but this year’s Too Many Cooks Award for the most bizarre comedy project is already a lock. Blindsiding the world with greatness without any warning, Funny or Die released a 50-minute Donald Trump parody starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as Donny.

Ron Howard introduces this “lost” 1988 TV movie adaptation of Trump’s how-to manual The Art of the Deal produced with the retro quality of a Wendy’s training video. Along for the big hair and shoulder pads flashback are Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Todd Margaret‘s Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana — as well as many Reagan-era surprises like a cameo from that loveable cat eater ALF and a theme song by Kenny Loggins.

Much like Eric Jonrosh of The Spoils Before Dying and The Spoils of Babylon fame, “Trump” writes, directs, and narrates his own epic tale of real estate wheelings-and-dealings. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Funny or Die to watch the full Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal movie before the real Donald sics his army of lawyers on Will Ferrell and company. (For more bizarro Johnny Depp characters, be sure to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this month on IFC.)

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Exclusive premiere: Megan Reilly “Old Man and the Bird”

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Watercolors come to life in Megan Reilly’s gorgeous little ditty about a songbird who can’t be caged. The Memphis-born belle moved to New York at age 23 and released two critically acclaimed albums, but her latest, “The Well,” is her first in five years. Director Katie Kapuza created the animation for this duet with folk singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding from 1,100 separate images, taking a photo after each brush stroke.

“Old Man and the Bird is a song about a lecherous old man trying to coax a beautiful songbird through his window and into his cage,” Reilly said. The singer and impressed Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, who helped guide her through the early stages of her career in NYC, but she has since moved out of the city and had a child.

“It’s a duet with john Wesley Harding who also penned the song and we rehearsed it only once in the studio before recording it,” Reilly added. “I always love singing with him and was ecstatic to have a song of his on my record. I think it’s always a good thing to break out of the mold you create when you write your own songs.”

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“The Well” is out now on Carrot Top Records.

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Exclusive premiere: Caroline “Waltz”

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Okinawa-born chanteuse, Caroline Lufkin (formerly of Mice Parade) is releasing a remix of her “Verdugo Hills” album today, with re-imaginings from her peers including, Eluvium, Dntel, Her Space Holiday, and Mice Parade. To celebrate, we have a video shot in Tokyo from the original record, already out on Temporary Residence.

Director Sunny Peabody (“Beauty and the Beat“) described the video was a “small thank you to Caroline for introducing me to my wife,” and recounted how the singer had introduced them at the Apple store where he worked. “Little did I know that day, I’d sell a computer to the woman I would marry, and also become close friends with Caroline. It wasn’t long before I’d discover that she wasn’t only good at playing cupid but she was an amazing musician as well.”

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Sunny and wife arrived in Tokyo on an unrelated trip, but set aside two days to make the video. “Originally we were going to shoot ‘Gone,'” Caroline recalled, “One of my other tunes, but the gloomy weather clashed with the scenes we had in mind. So, we scraped it all, and the next day Sunny came in with a new plan… I really didn’t know what was happening until we were on set.”

“Caroline and I didn’t discuss to much about the meaning of the song and she left it open for me to interpret as I would,” Sunny said. In doing so he took the intimacy of the song and tied it inextricably with the city of Tokyo. “Many lives have been lived there and you can
feel the presence of an older world under all the newly paved streets and modern buildings. There was nothing eerie about it, but rather comforting knowing that you are surrounded and almost embraced by a spiritual world older and wiser then you. There is just this amazing energy running through the city inhabiting in the people, in the trees, in the air.”

Sunny envisioned Caroline as spirit “in search of a connection to the world she once knew.” She wanders and searches, but ultimately lets go, eventually resting in peace, in Tokyo.

“Giving control of creativity, direction and production to Sunny was exciting and necessary,” Caroline said. “As a visitor, Sunny was seeing Tokyo with fresh eyes and feeling something unique and new. I loved seeing that magic carry over into the video.”

Would you like to remix Caroline too? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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