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Exclusive Premiere: Matt Pond “Love To Get Used”

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After releasing a series of critically-acclaimed albums and earning an ardent fanbase, some artists would leave well enough alone. Not so for Matt Pond, who after releasing eight albums under the moniker Matt Pond PA, has dropped the “PA” and is releasing his first official solo album, “The Lives Inside The Lines Of Your Hand,” which is due out on February 5th.

The album features Pond’s trademark moody and subdued indie rock, with a subtle dance infused vibe. “I broke my leg last year on tour,” Pond explains in the album’s electronic press kit (EPK). “When you can’t move, you kinda wanna be able to move, to dance, or something. There’s a lot of movement on this album, and that was definitely intentional.” “Love To Get Used” is the first single from Pond’s new album. “The song specifically references the explorer side of my family,” says Pond. “An endless loop of pride and regret, battling through a history of late nights.”

Watch our exclusive premiere of Matt Pond “Love To Get Used”:

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Matt Pond Tour Dates

12.07 – St. Augustine, FL @ Anchor Botique ^
12.08 – Naples, FL @ Fleischmann Park ^
12.09 – Orlando, FL @ Lil Indies ^
02.06 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
02.07 – Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern *
02.08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
02.09 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
02.10 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Cafe *
02.12 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Theatre *
02.13 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s *
02.14 – Columbus, OH@ Wexner Center *
02.15 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird *
02.17 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
02.18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade [Purgatory] *
02.19 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar *
02.20 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
02.22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston [Bronze Peacock] *
02.23 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr. *
02.24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
02.26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
02.28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
03.03 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
03.04 – Eugene, OR @ Cozmic *
03.05 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
03.08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
03.09 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
03.10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
03.11 – Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe Tavern #
03.13 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #
03.14 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
03.15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
03.16 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club #

^ Matt Pond Acoustic Show
* = w/ Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond & Lighthouse and the Whaler
# = w/ Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond & The Spring Standards

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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: Living Days “Let My Love Open The Door”

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Living Days have layered a lot of tremendous pop culture into one pastel-colored pastiche for their cover of Pete Townshend’s 1980 radio hit. And if you’ve never caught the insane 1985 Sam Raimi/Bruce Cambell/Coen Brothers collaboration known as “Crimewave,” then hold onto your steering wheel. Raimi’s visuals lend themselves well to a music video, and what’s more, singer Stephonik Youth lends herself well to Raimi’s imagery.

“After taking some scissors to ‘Let My Love Open the Door,’ we watched ‘Crimewave,'” Living Days told us. “[It] may be famously known for it’s odd mix of classic genres and the mystery that surrounds the making and the life of the film, but outside of the film’s narrative and erased of any context, there are images that simply stand on their own.”

Additional treats are glimpses of young Bruce Campbell, the guy who played The Beast Rabban in “Dune” smashing a vase on his head and yes that’s a frame of famed side-kick villain character actor, Brion James (Leon in “Bladerunner”), between a strobing, endless series of doorways.

“The film inspired us to put a magnifying glass on it, extract what struck us and reassemble. It was an experiment in combination,” the band said recalling their inspiration. “Timing, perspective and combination is everything. Plus, it’s always fun to watch films with friends with the volume turned down and a record on.”

 

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Exclusive Premiere: The Slants “Con Kids”

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The Slants have no problem making a statement, but they’d probably rather just keep making their infectious dance-rock. The Portland, Ore., group, who is known for providing the soundtrack to some insane dance parties, brings their music to the masses with a message. Much like bands like Public Enemy and N.W.A., The Slants, who are all Asian American, are co-opting what was once a racial slur and making it their own. Unfortunately the US Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t see it like that, and when The Slants went to trademark their name, they got embroiled in a lawsuit sparked by a government attorney’s claim that the band’s name was disparaging to Asians. “We were pulled into an unexpected struggle,” explains founder and bassist Simon Young. “A touring band has enough to worry about, let alone an international disaster involving friends and family or dealing with a legal battle against the United States government.” Speaking about the trademark suit, he added, “It was like banging our head against the wall, trying to convince someone that we were not offensive to ourselves, that the community was in overwhelming support of our band.”

Not that fans of The Slants are going to listen to some fusty trademark attorney when it comes to recognizing that the band’s shout-along anthems are filled with ethnic pride, community spirit and set to a beat that is nothing but dance-party fuel. Their new album, The Yellow Album , the group’s third, was named with that same playful calling out of racial stereotypes that has become the band’s hallmark. “We’ve actually been sitting on the idea for a few years,” says Moxley. “The Beatles had The White Album, Metallica and Jay Z had The Black Album, so we wanted to have The Yellow Album.” It is filled with the band’s “Chinatown dance rock” meaning dynamic songwriting, driving beats, and head-over-heels rock and roll abandon, which regardless of whatever ruling the US Patent and Trademark Office makes are the band’s real trademark.

Watch the new video for The Slants “Con Kids”:

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Catch The Slants on tour:

12/01/12 – Ash St. Saloon (Heather’s going away party, 21+) – Portland, OR
1/04/12 – Destination Anime at Emerald Coast Convention Center – Destin, FL
1/05/12 – Destination Anime at Emerald Coast Convention Center – Destin, FL
3/22/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/23/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/24/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
3/25/13 – Zenkaikon at Lancaster County Convention Center – Lancaster, PA
5/24/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
5/25/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
5/26/13 – Ultimacon at Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

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