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Exclusive premiere: Millionyoung “Lovin'”

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People can get all tangled up over thick beats and bombastic vocals, but when it comes down to it, there’s really nothing better than just riding the chillest wave possible. Millionyoung deftly delivers this sensation with a gentle touch on this track so smooth, it’s like a four minute-long aural caress.

“I was aiming to do something a little different with this track,” Millionyoung mastermind, Mike Diaz told us. “I really love soul music and wanted to make something with that feeling, while retaining my own pallet of sounds and instruments.”

Production team, High5Collective, add a ton of visually seductive bokeh blur in this video, which makes stalking a girl to a party look like a really adorable thing to do.

“I loved all the previous videos H5C made and was really excited to see what they would make for this,” Diaz said. “It reflects the lyrics well. You see how some moments, especially in love, can move both fast and slow.”

 

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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: Spindrift “Ghost of the West” trailer

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Our old pals, Spindrift, are back to shooting psychedelic films in dusty landscapes with their brand of cinematic western psyche. This past fall, Singer Kirpatrick Thomas and his posse toured the old west and the ghost towns that still stand along long abandoned stretches of dirt road. Turns out decaying infrastructure has always been a problem, it’s just more romantic the older, and further west it is. The band decided that their next album, “Ghost of the West” be a true labor of love project and this is a stunningly saturated sneak peak at the visually satisfying portion of it.

“We recorded it by campfires in the desert, in historic homes, and mixed it right up the street from Gene Autry’s old house in Studio City, CA. Originally, it was planned to just be an album,” Thomas said. “Then, the idea came along to present it as a film about the history and preservation of the Old West.”

The band teamed up with director Burke Robert, with whom they have collaborated before, to bring the mystique of the ghost tour to light — really great lighting. It’s like a beautifully curated Pinterest board on the old west exploded with a menacing peyote trip. And the music ranges between dancey hoedowns and haunting jangles over the sound of a parched dust up in the middle of nowhere.

“Henceforth, we did the Ghost Town Tour in Oct 2012 and Director Burke Robert’s Co. captured over 200+ hours of footage,” Thomas recalled. “From what we’ve been seeing on the cutting board, his experience and expertise is perfect for this film. He did grow up on Roberts Ranch(a 6th generation, 16,000 acre, historic cowboy ranch) in Larimer County, CO after all!”

 

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Spindrift Spring tour dates:

Sat 02/02 – LA Fort, Los Angeles, CA DUST UP Screening/Party/Show w/ SPINDRIFT & GRAM RABBIT
Thr 02/14 – Marine Room Tavern Laguna Beach, CA
Fri 02/22 – Audies Olympic Fresno, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Strange Vine, Matt Tow)
Sat 02/23 – Brick & Mortar San Francisco, CA(w/ Gram Rabbit, Matt Tow, DJ Joel Gion)
Wed 03/06 – “Treasure of the Black Jaguar” Los Angeles Movie Premier
Thr 03/07 – Tucson, AZ Club Congress w/ Gram Rabbit
Fri 03/08 – Dragoon Saloon Tombstone, AZ w/ Gram Rabbit
Sat 03/09 – TBA, Albuquerque, NM
Sun 03/10 – Taos Shortz Film Fest Presents: Spindrift @Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos NM w/ Gram Rabbit, The Art of Flying, The Fireflies
Wed 03/13 – Ft. Worth, TX The Wherehouse w/ Gram Rabbit
Further dates including several at SXSW will be here.

 

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Exclusive premiere: Books On Tape “Johnny Drums on the Rocks”

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Beatpunk, Todd Drootin, retired his Books On Tape moniker back in 2006, but he’s returned after digging up some old frantic tracks forgotten in his garage for six years. These got collected on an album called “Retired Numbers,” which dropped in November full of unrelenting beats that don’t sound out of place today. Six years is a long time in music and an even longer time in tech terms — there wasn’t even an iPhone in 2006 if you can imagine that. You had almost certainly not heard of a thing called Twitter either.

“Video technology has obviously become a lot more accessible since the last time I put out an album (2005), so this is the first time I’ve done my own video for Books on Tape,” Drootin said of his new found talent for visual sampling and manipulation. “Naturally, it was a similar process to the music I make — plunder a variety of sources, dirty ‘em up, smash ‘em together. Some old public domain cartoons in there twisted up with effects and also some footage I shot with my phone. Just like with BoT music, I was aiming for lo-fi, chaotic, sloppy and fun.”

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