In the "Outta My System" video, one of the singles from MMJ's Circuital, one-eyed Jim James and crew go up against Zack Galifianakis The Wizard in a colorful, psychedelic space mission (see the opening sequence of Smiley Face). The pedal steel guitar in this song makes the video all the more outrageous and hilariously absurd. The video was directed by James Frost who is responsible for Radiohead's 3D technologic "House of Cards". Outta My System Remix EP is due out 8/7 with remixes by Washed Out and Dave Sitek.
Spin Magazine gots what we need. Diamond Rings' John O'Regen talks about his upcoming album Free Dimensional (10/23) and fulfilling our lives with his music. The first single "I'm Just Me" is fierce but has a dark quality to it and keyboard synths that would make the 80s gods proud. The lyrics focus on one of O'Regen's leading subjects, gender identity.
When it wasn't raining, Toro Y Moi debuted a funky, synths-all-around new song at Lollapalooza over the weekend (via Stereogum).
I think this may be his prize. How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor is making his indie movie debut in Liberal Arts, a story about a mid-30s liberal arts graduate who is stuck in a rut. Not a new story but hopefully a different take on the one major in college that we all look back and ask "why'd we choose this again?" I'm not totally sold on Elizabeth Oslen's acting yet but with the rest of the cast including Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney, I can look past it and reevaluate later.
Not even two years later, Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) have put together a movie chronicling the Navy's thrilling capture and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden during Obama's third year as president. Zero Dark Thirty already has quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. First, they had to get rid of the original script that was written prior to the capture/killing. Then there were accusations that Obama gave the writing team access to top secret information surrounding the capture to use for the film. Also, ZDT was set to be released in September but the studio was accused of using it as publicity for Obama's campaign, so it was moved to December.
Mars is like WOAH. Gabbi Douglas is one awesome teenager, and her family is inspiring.