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Exclusive premiere: Wild Cub “Jonti”

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If summer is all about shaking off seclusion for endless poolside possibilities, Daisy Dukes and the wind in your hair, then Wild Cub’s “Jonti” captures it with the clarity reminiscent of those quiet moments when you’re alone at night driving with your window down, listening to a song that suddenly seems written just for you. It’s also got this irresistible, faintly “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” thing going on during the chorus, as singer/songwriter Keegan DeWitt professes, “I see it now, it’s brighter when the lights are out.”

The video directed by Chad Hartigan with photos by Anna Ottum, was shot (in NY, LA & Portland) with a Lomokino camera from over 3000 individual cropped frames. DeWitt is also a film composer, who scored last year’s “Cold Weather” that premiered at SXSW and happens to be currently scoring a film for Hartigan called “This Is Martin Bonner” (starring Richmond Arquette, whom you may not immediately recognize, but is in almost every David Fincher movie ever made).

This Nashville group’s core is DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, both of whom have been around a while, even touring together previously under DeWitt’s name. Their debut album as Wild Cub, called “Youth,” releases today via Big Light Recordings.

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

TUE 14 AUGUST – Pianos New York, NY, US
FRI 24 AUGUST – Unknown venue Florence, AL, US
SAT 25 AUGUST – High Watt Nashville, TN, US
MON 10 SEPTEMBER – The Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN, US
SAT 6 OCTOBER/SUN 7 OCTOBER – Soundland 2012 Nashville, TN, US
THU 18 OCTOBER – Arlene’s Grocery New York, NY, US

 

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

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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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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