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Exclusive Premiere: Guards “Silver Lining”

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Back in 2010, Guards made a big …well, indie sized splash with their eponymous EP. The New York City trio fronted by singer Richie Follin (the brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin), along with Kaylie Church and Ted Humphrey, make music filled with raw heartache, complicated emotions and a raucous vintage guitar-driven sound. Follin’s calls the sound “pop wave doom,” which is as apt a description as any for the rollicking indie pop built around darkly pontificating lyrics.

In addition to their EP, the band released a slightly 60s inspired pop rock song 7″ on White Iris Records and Follins, who also plays in the band Willowz, put out a solo album based on his uncle’s second world war stories. But when it comes to a band like Guards, the more music the better. At long last, their highly-anticipated full-length debut, “In Guards We Trust,” will be released February 5th on Black Bell Records.

“Silver Lining” is the first single from the trio’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s a boisterous and driving track that shows Guards doing what it does best: Making raucous rock with a retro edge and undeniable appeal. We are pleased to premiere the video, directed by Kaylie Church.

Watch Guards “Silver Lining”:

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Guards Tour Dates:

October 17 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands†
December 8 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club‡
December 9 Hartfoed, CT Arch Street Tavern‡
December 11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall‡
December 12 Buffalo, NY Mohawk‡
December 13 Ithaca, NY The Haunt‡

†as part of Stereogum’s CMJ Showcase
‡with Ra Ra Riot

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Universal Pictures

Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Universal Pictures

Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

Exclusive Premiere: A peek at Typhoon’s “White Lighter” album

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When you name your band Typhoon, people expect a wall of sound to crash down on them and sweep them away. So it’s a bit unexpected when you turn on a Typhoon record and find your self facing something much more subtle and understated. While a typhoon can wreak havoc with one big wave, the band Typhoon is more like a persistent and ambitious stream that breaks down the toughest rock to create an entirely new landscape. But it’s hard not to dream big when your band has up to 14 members in it.

The Portland, Ore.,-based band’s impressive ranks frequently draws comparisons to other bands with deep membership rolls like Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire, but there are no extraneous members in Typhoon. Their stage-filling numbers let the group offer up a dynamic sound full of energy, emotive vocals, rising guitars, swelling horns, thumping beats played out on multiple drum kits, with some strings thrown into the mix. The sheer number of instruments in the band allows them to create deep textures that build layer upon layer to, depending on the song, crash down on you or slip away quietly. It’s an impressive feat to orchestrate and Typhoon does it well.

The band’s second release, a five-track EP called “A New Kind of House,” simultaneously satisfied fans and left them wanting more. While the track “Summer Home” alone was well worth the cash, it was still only five songs. Now Typhoon is finally coming back with “White Lighter” and we are happy to premiere the teaser video for the upcoming album. “I’ve always approached songwriting from a filmic perspective,” the band’s frontman Kyle Morton said. “In many ways I consider Typhoon as a running sound-track to a fictional, cinematic version of my life. This trailer is a short adaptation of what would be the first scene of this ‘cinema.'” It’s hard to argue with the notion that Typhoon’s songs are cinematic and we’re excited to see what stories their new album holds.

Directed by Matthew Thomas Ross and written by Kyle Morton, here’s the teaser for Typhoon’s forthcoming album “White Lighter”:

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Typhoon Tour Dates:

November 2 The Shakedown Bellingham, WA
November 3 Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
November 4 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
November 6 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
November 7 Visual Arts Collective Garden City, ID
November 8 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
November 9 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
November 10 The Carter Payne Colorado Springs, CO
November 11 Low Spirits Albuquerque, NM
November 13 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
November 14 Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
November 16 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
November 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
November 18 G St. Wunderbar Davis, CA
November 20 Wow Hall Eugene, OR
November 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

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Exclusive Premiere: BRAINSTORM “Flat Earth”

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Even though it’s autumn, BRAINSTORM has just released the video for one of the best summertime dance anthems of the year. The Portland, Or., art pop band’s song “Flat Earth” combines alt-cumbia rhythms with a retro AM radio sound reminiscent of The Zombies or The Troggs. The result is an irresistible song that simply makes you want to move. This is not entirely new territory for the band, who has made a name for themselves building pop songs by weaving together west African pop with soulful 60s sounds. When your iPod is filled with nothing but soundalike indie rock, BRAINSTORM is a breath of masterfully executed fresh air.

Their new album, “Heat Waves,” gets a boost with production by Robby Moncrieff, who engineered Dirty Projectors’ iconic indie album “Bitte Orca” along with Youth Lagoon’s 7″. On “Heat Waves,” BRAINSTORM’s members Adam Baz, Tamara Barnes and Patrick Phillips show off their ability to make an excellent album of inescapable pop melodies, layered over shimmering drums, textured guitar lines, and energetic vocals. You can buy the album on iTunes.

The video for their single “Flat Earth,” which we are premiering today, was shot and directed by James Mitchell (from the band Nurses) along with BRAINSTORM’s Adam Baz who said, “”We just wanted to write something simple: a driving dance track with thick vocal harmonies and an explosive finale. Something irresistible and fun.” That blueprint was fully realized both on the album and in the captivating track, “Flat Earth.”

Watch BRAINSTORM “Flat Earth”:

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BRAINSTORM tour dates:

10.10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
10.11 Philadelphia, PA @ Goldilock’s Gallery #
10.12 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe #
10.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium #
10.14 Red Hook, NY @ Bard College
10.16 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.17 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.18 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.19 New York, NY @ CMJ
10.21 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Sleeping Bag
10.22 Fayetteville, AR @ Nightbird Books
10.23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
10.24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Dignan Porch
10.25 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico
10.26 Santa Fe, NM @ Betterday Coffee
10.28 San Deigo CA @ Bar Eleven
10.31 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
11.01 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.03 Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows w/ Appetite
# = with Dinosaur Feathers and Shark?
^ = with Dinosaur Feathers

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