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Exclusive Premiere: Jamaican Queens “Water”

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The phrase “Detroit trap pop” may not mean anything to you, but that’s just because you haven’t heard Jamaican Queens yet. The Detroit-based duo some how manages to combine southern trap beats and hazy synth-driven experimentalism to end up sounding something like the lovechild of Grizzly Bear and Young Jeezy. You don’t really want to know how it happened, but you definitely want to sit back and enjoy the end result.

Friends and former bandmates in Prussia, Ryan and Adam, teamed up to craft Jamaican Queens’ debut album Wormfood, crafted out of tracks the band has dubbed “post-everything pop.” The LP is electrically eccentric, deftly jumping between genres and seamlessly combining indie rock, dub, electronica and folk influences. The resulting pastiche is beautifully erratic, filled with elusive and resonant hooks. The band also doesn’t shy away from intense and R-rated imagery. Their first single “Kids Get Away,” was supposedly inspired by the time a friend was attacked on the streets of Detroit. Now comes “Water,” a song about finding love on ecstasy. “Water is a song that I wrote about an intense experience I had coming down from ecstasy at a festival,” Jamaican Queens’ singer Ryan said. “At the beginning of the trip, I met a girl that I thought to be the only person I needed for the rest of my life, but by the end of the night and depletion of all my serotonin, my “E-goggles” had worn off. The world was then shallow and grey. Once the honeymoon or glam drugs are gone, all you’re left with is harsh reality.” The video, written and directed by Adam Michael Perzanowski and Suki Gershenhorn, reflects that feeling.

Watch the video for Jamaican Queens “Water” now:

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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: Buke and Gase “Hiccup”

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The unpredictable and inventive duo of Buke and Gase have a new album, “General Dome” out today on Brassland. On the new record, the New York-based group continues their trend of creating some of the most both delicate and magnetic music around, filled with explosive textures and fiery layers built on the unique sounds of the band’s homemade instruments– the buke and gase. Frontwoman Arone Dyer plays buke, a self-modified six-string baritone ukulele and adds an impressive vocal punch, while bandmate Aron Sanchez plays a gase, a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation – an acoustic body with both guitar and bass strings with separate outputs for each with their own respective effects and amplifiers. Adding to their sound, Sanchez plays a mighty kick drum while Dyer straps bells to her leg. The combination of unexpected instrumentation with selective percussion and soaring, swirling vocals makes for mesmerizing music.

Their song “Hiccup,” which earned the title of best new music from Pitchfork (no small feat) is dynamic and dissonant. The new video, which we are premiering today, is adds to the dizzyingly percussive effect of the song. The track was released in “sympathy” with the Occupy movement on May Day of last year and it’s hard not to imagine people marching along to it.

Watch the video for Buke and Gase’s “Hiccup” and pick up their new album today:

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Catch Buke & Gase live and you won’t be sorry:

1/30 2013 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom *
1/31 2013 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
2/1 2013 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
2/2 2013 Washington, DC, DC 9
2/4 2013 Montreal, QC, Il Motore
2/5 2013 Toronto, ON, The Drake
2/6 2013 Detroit, MI, Pike Room
2/7 2013 Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern
2/8 2013 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
2/9 2013 Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry
2/11 2013 Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
2/12 2013 Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
2/14 2013 Vancouver, BC, Media Club
2/15 2013 Seattle, WA, Barboza
2/16 2013 Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
2/18 2013 San Francisco, CA, Café Du Nord
2/19 2013 Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
2/20 2013 San Diego, CA, The Casbah
above dates with AHLEUCHATISTAS support
* w/ STATS

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Exclusive premiere: Madison “Hot Hot Love”

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Madison is definitely not the first girl to have her hand suddenly molested by a record label executive’s tongue in the back seat of a car, but not everyone turns it into a pop video. This semi-autobiographical treatment of “Hot Hot Love,” directed by Art Boonparn, comes as the New York pop starlet readies a follow up to her 2011 debut, on her own label, G Records.

“Making this video was truly a joy because working with Art Boonparn –just say his name a few times, boonparn boonparn boonparn, so fun — was killer!” Madison said. “He was so open and that’s rare for a director. He has no ego in the process which is what I have been running from in the music business and partly what the video is about.”

 

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“I also put being funny as my top traits in a human, and he is funny,” Madison beamed, recalling her one-day shoot with Boonparn. “He gets the irony in the concept and appreciates the humor. For example, when the label guy and I are in the car and he licks my hand — this really happened, VP of a major label! — Art was like, ‘that is so gross, okay awesome, let’s do that again.'”

Madison’s “We’ve Been Nothing” EP, featuring The Heavy’s backing singers, drops February 5th.

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