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Exclusive premiere: The Milk Carton Kids “Snake Eyes”

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The Milk Carton Kids‘ folk lullabies harken back to a simpler time, a time before men stopped wearing suits when they harmonized together, a time before fracking. This is at least partly why Gus Van Sant picked them to feature prominently on the soundtrack to “Promised Land,” where their gentle ballads invoke days when lighting your water on fire wasn’t all the rage in big energy circles.

This song “Snake Eyes,” hand picked by Van Sant, plays during a central part of the film starring Matt Damon as a gas company man who arrives in a small town looking to tap its resources. The seemingly easy sale — economy dried up, lots of land to drill on, poor farmers fallen on hard times — gets complicated as Damon gets embroiled in grassroots environmental opposition. And “hold your tears, where they’ve hung all these years,” The Milk Carton Kids sing.

You may recall another Van Sant/Damon film in which an introspective artist was prominently featured by the director. And though they strum a different tune, The Milk Carton Kids seem to share something in common with Elliot Smith in their softly sung balladry. The duo, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who display a talent for dry, deadpan humor during their live sets, did not want to color your viewing of the video by director Julian Pinder with a comment. So let it speak for itself and read in it what you will.

 

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The Milk Carton Kids Anti- debut, “The Ash & Clay” is out March 26. “Promised Land” is playing in theaters now. Let us know how you fracking feel in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

 

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Exclusive Premiere: Whispertown “Open The Other Eye”

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While the band may have shortened their name from Whispertown 2000 to just Whispertown, their sound has gotten exponentially more expansive. Morgan Nagler’s group made a name for themselves with a lo-fi indie rock sound filled with summery harmonies and a country bent. While those heartland vibes are still present in Whispertown’s songs, Nagler has started to take the group in a different direction adding a synth pop sound to the group’s repertoire. While the combination of country and electro synth rock sounds like a bad idea, the effect is charming and irresistible.

While Nagler claims that “I ain’t havin’ fun” on the group’s song “The Fall,” it’s hard to believe that’s true when you listen to the tracks on their new record, Parallel. The seven tracks of the album are filled with dark-tinged songs complemented by Nagler’s sweetly raspy voice. The songs have traces of bands like Rilo Kiley, She & Him and Jenny Lewis in the mix, which makes sense as Whispertown has toured with each of them, but under the watchful of eye of Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes) who produced, recorded and mixed the tracks, Whispertown easily finds their own rhythm. This is especially true on the stand out track and lead off single “Open The Other Eye,” which we are happy to premiere the video for below.

Watch the premiere of Whispertown “Open the Other Eye” now:

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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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