Another reason that Arcade Fire is the coolest. A few weeks ago they released the first single “Reflektor” off their new album with two videos. One was a very cool, but more traditional video directed by the great Anton Corbijn and the second more interactive video that requires a webcam and a smart phone (If you missed it check it out, really cool).
Today they released the entire album that plays along with visuals of one of my favorite movies of all time, “Black Orpheus”. Though set in Brazil with mostly Brazilian actors, Black Orpheus (1959) was directed by the French director Marcel Camus and was considered part of the French New Wave movement because of its shared style and themes with other french new wave films. Black Orpheus is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice but set in the favelas of Brazil during Carnival. The story and film both deal with the themes of hubris, love, loyalty, alienation and separation, themes that are evident on Arcade Fire’s new (and previous) albums.
Look for a French new wave movie list on The Pop Core soon
Robin Pecknold, the lead singer of the Fleet Foxes covered this classic Pearl Jam song on Jimmy Fallon the other night. Better than just an imitation, his stripped down version manages to make the song very modern sounding while retaining the spirit and angst of the 20 year old lyrics. “I would rather starve than eat your bread”, perfect.
The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next movie came out today. This is his first movie since 2009’s “Inglourious Basterds” and from the description and the trailer it seems to share some of the same themes of violence, rejection of social structures and revenge. When I first heard about the plot of “Inglourious Basterds” it sounded like revenge porn. I would be concerned about this movie as well if I.B. hadn’t ended up being one of the best movies I have ever seen.
The movie comes out this Christmas and stars Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson.
Neil Young is releasing an interesting new project/album. On June 5th he will release “Americana” with Crazy Horse. Its a collection or folk and early rock tunes that is supposed to represent the American experience.
Along with the album he has commissioned Shepard Fairey (Andre the Giant Has a Posse, Obama “Change” poster, Exit Through the Gift shop) to create an art work for each song.
Along with the album and artwork, Neil Young has made a short film with found footage, music from the album and a few silent scenes (image above). The video also features Fairey and his artwork.
At first impression the music sounds like classic Neil Young + Crazy Horse but I love the concept of reworked Americana. It’s also cool to have a Canadian write a love letter to his adoptive country (like U2’s “Rattle and Hum”)
ROMAIN-GAVRAS came out today with his latest video for Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church in the Wild”. It’s a perfect blend of Occupy, French revolution, and circus.
More importantly, he manages to come up with the imagery to match the power and theme of the lyrics of the song. A song about society, civilization, authority and anarchy.
Who gives the policemen in riot gear their authority? The State. Where does the State get it’s authority? The People? God? What if the people don’t approve of the State? What of they don’t believe in the authority of God?
Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king?
What’s a king to a God?
What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?
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