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Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to “Stop Making Sense”.

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Exclusive Premiere: The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia narrated by Devendra Banhart

When you think of Brazilian music, you probably think of Joao Gilberto tunes flitting over the beaches of Ipanema. But that just means you haven’t heard of Tim Maia, who brought American soul, disco and funk to his native Rio De Janeiro. The result is a downright mesmerizing blend of carioca sound with a Motown […]

John Goodman sings. (photo)

John Goodman sings.

Zealous “Roseanne”-loving friends recently pointed out to me that there’s actually an episode of the show in which John Goodman sings. They were right, and it was delightful. It made me wonder: Had Goodman — a fairly intense actor whose goofy charm belies serious skill — sung on other occasions? And the answer was… yes! […]

Sweden, the award-winningest country. (photo)

Sweden, the award-winningest country.

If you’re tired of reading about all the awards being bestowed on “Up In The Air,” “The Hurt Locker” and all, well, there are alternatives. For example: we could celebrate the sheer multiplicity of awards for their own sake, like the Swedish Film Institute, who today invited “local producers and filmmakers” to show up and […]

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Luaka Bop

Luaka Bop is an indie label and labor of love begun by Davd Byrne two decades and one year ago. Amped about the Brazilian records in his collection, he began to make mix tapes for his friends and eventually hired Yale Evelev from Icon to run the label with him. The two went forth and […]

SUPER TUESDAY: New Album Releases (Oct. 7)

Deerhoof, Offend Maggie (left) Quirky, fun (and a confusingly fun album cover)! Rise Against, Appeal To Reason If Bad Religion and Sick Of It All had a politically minded baby boy. Oasis, Dig Our Soul Out A nice rock effort put forth by the brothers Gallagher. The Streets, Everything Is Borrowed Still tellin’ stories in […]