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Podcast Feb 16 – Black Panther

That’s right, the time has come for the new king. A new superhero to take the reins of Marvel and launch it into a new era. Well, to have a new movie, at least, for now.

Cory and Tristan met up last night to take in the latest edition in the massively popular Marvel universe, Black Panther. This was Tristan’s most anticipated film of 2018, and a chance to prove to executives that a film truly representing Africa is a great idea.

Did our pair like the film? You’ll have to listen in as they discuss the regal warrior’s true debut, alongside reviews of recent releases 12 Strong and Fifty Shades Freed. Tristan also continues catching up with last summer’s Good Time.

Will Jimmy cameo or not? Listen below, and don’t forget to comment responsibly:

 

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Music to Your Ears – Franz Ferdinand, MGMT and Dashboard Confessional

What, is it nostalgia week? We’ve got releases from early-2000s emo mainstay Dashboard Confessional, as well as my personal favorite edition of that wave of British indie-pop that crossed over at the time – plus we have a new record from that influential late-2000s rock outfit MGMT. Let’s dive in:

Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending

I’ve been waiting years for Franz Ferdinand to finally return to form. With 2009’s Tonight, the Glaswegian foursome had made it clear they were in love with their more ethereal efforts, with dreamscape dissonations like “Twilight Omens” and “Lucid Dreams” paving the way for their blueprint sound over the next eight years, including their uncomfortable collaboration with Sparks in 2015. Lucky for longtime fans, they skipped that beat and bring us back with the best of both worlds. Songs like “Lazy Boy” and “Feel the Love Go” remind us of that distinct Kapranos growl from early tracks like “Dark of the Matinee” and “You’re the Reason I’m Leaving”. The instrumentals seem to be harsher again as well – and while they’re not as inventive as earlier stuff, there’s an acknowledgment that they’d let the rough edges seemed to fade with later albums. A mixture of that early sound with the delicate crash from Right Thoughts makes for at least a happy reformation.

The unfortunate side effect of the band’s renewal is that longtime bassist Nick McCarthy left the band to focus on his family. In his stead the band recruited Julian Corrie (Miaoux Miaoux) and Dino Bardot (1990s) to fill in on guitar and a handful of other instruments. The result is seamless, with Corrie ably smashing out instrumentals like he’s been there the whole time. (Bardot will begin by touring and wasn’t featured on the album itself.) My guess is that the spark they found with their two new bandmates makes for a stellar stage show, but the studio sound still needs some smoothing out. I’m all for it, and hope to see them in April, with a future hope for even more in the long run.

Key Tracks – Paper Cages / Finally / Feel the Love Go / Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow

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Podcast Feb 9 – The Cloverfield Paradox, Band Aid and Braven

Somewhat getting a bit too personal this week, Jimmy overshares alongside usual suspects Cory and Tristan as they dive into the latest films to hit theaters and streaming.

First up are two VOD releases that slipped under the radar for some – Nicolas Cage’s latest epic The Humanity Bureau (which features a shady killing farm) and Jason Momoa’s long-gestating Braven, where Momoa gets to beat up on a drug ring who entangles themselves in his family’s lives. Cory also caught up to the NJ duo by seeing Christian Bale’s western Hostiles.

Jimmy joins the pair as they discuss The Cloverfield Paradox, which dropped on unsuspecting football fans this Sunday immediately following Super Bowl LII, in which some say the right team won the day. A third film in the strange franchise, it follows a group in a space station revolving around Earth that hope to use the Higgs-Boson to attempt a new form of energy to help avert a major crisis.

Meanwhile, Tristan caught up on a long-awaited music-themed romance Band Aid from last summer, as well as two classic Oscar nominees, 1969 political thriller Z and the first film in Alan J. Pakula’s “Paranoia Trilogy” – Klute, starring Donald Sutherland as a private detective working with Jane Fonda.

All this, plus we discuss Super Bowl commercials and all the trailers that dropped that evening! There’s also a warning against accidentally viewing new NBC sitcom AP Bio, the show that attempted to steal Glenn Howerton away from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Remember to listen the whole way through, and comment responsibly:

Music to Your Ears – Dream Wife, First Aid Kit and AWOLNATION

This week we have new albums from England, Sweden, California and….the forest? Well, superstar Justin Timberlake, hot off the Super Bowl halftime show is proud to present his latest production, a re-imagining with his worst Kris Kristofferson impression. This and all the tracks I’ve been listening to in the past week:

Dream Wife – Dream Wife

This is a pretty good fucking album, just trust me. I had a better way of expressing it, and had written a lengthy enough review to be satisfied, but WordPress lost it all on me, and that’s left me plenty pissed. You know who else sounds pissed? Dream Wife, on this whole record. Not sure who they’re pissed at, but it’s a brilliant anger to rock along to and let that anger diffuse out of you. This Brighton outfit by way of Iceland sounds a bit like Wolf Alice by way of Ida Maria, and that suits me just fine. Hard-hitting Hey Heartbreaker will hoist you up and let you know exactly where you’re going with this debut album, a sleigh 35 minutes of pure adrenaline. Take their word for it, they don’t really need me to scream their virtue from the rooftops – they’ll do that with these eleven tracks.

Key Tracks: Love Without Reason / F.U.U. / Somebody

First Aid Kit – Ruins

You like Eisley? This reminds me of Eisley, but with a bit of a twang in their step. The first few songs off the album could easily have been from early Eisley stuff, and strangely enough, the two bands had a concurrent trajectory. I’m a bit sad I missed out on the group’s earlier efforts, and promise to look into them for future articles, but for now you can settle in and comfort yourself with some folksy ballads with smart lyrics that will sooth any problems away…singer-songwriter sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg have been doing this since 2007, but I wager that this is the album that will push them into the stratosphere.

Key Tracks: It’s a Shame / To Live a Life / Fireworks

Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods

This is rough, folks, and not in the way you’d expect from such a ‘rugged’ title. Given that this is the same man that asked us to cry him a river, what did we truly expect? There’s  something to be said for a pop artist that attempts to shoehorn himself into a certain style that was never inherently his, and it shows, terribly. I believe, when I first listened to his solo work back in 2007, I was blinded by my surroundings. A friend had me listen to ‘Sexy Back’ while I stood in front of the Jan Hus monument in the center of Prague, very possibly my favorite spot on Earth. So I apologize if I was ignorant of what was really less of a boy-bander breaking free of his bonds and more of a pop star appropriating some culture from around him. Unfortunately, beyond all the hubbub behind the scenes, it’s rapidly forgettable. When the Neptunes produced tracks pop up, there’s a small perk, but it largely reminded me of when listening to November’s Taylor Swift album Reputation, and really only liking any of the Jack Antonoff written tracks. It just made me want to listen to his own album Gone Now. This makes me long for a true Neptunes album, rather than a lackluster N*E*R*D release or solo contributions. I can’t see this having the legs that his first three albums had, and with the backlash around his personal decisions (working with notorious directors, etc.) it may be that he has a lot of work to do to redeem himself. Maybe he can take a cue from Janet Jackson on how to do so.

Key Tracks: Midnight Summer Jam / Montana / Higher, Higher

AWOLNATION – Here Come the Runts

Vocalist Aaron Bruno has a knack for picking out the best songs from each release to present as a single – and this is no different. ‘Handyman’ is the clear frontrunner on an album full of pretty basic tunes, albeit if you’ve always loved him this will suit you fine. The album starts strangely, a repetitive title hook that goes nowhere. Luckily he gets back to his old habits on the next track, ‘Passion’ and smoothly transitions from one electro-funk sensation to the next. Not a classic by any means, but it will definitely stretch us down the road to the end of winter.

Key Tracks: Miracle Man / Seven Sticks of Dynamite / Handyman


Well that’s it for now folks. Next we have the very (my) anticipated return of Franz Ferdinand, as well as old-school emo crooners Dashboard Confessional and electro-alternative rockers MGMT. Join in the nostalgia fest!

Podcast Feb 2 – A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Maze Runner: Death Cure and All the Money in the World

What a fortuitous occasion! Cory and Tristan were able to record the podcast in person for the first time in several months, joined by Jimmy once again!

The trio watched the latest Netflix film release – David Wain’s biopic of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

Jimmy and Tristan joined in the conversation by discussing the late 2017 documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which explores the parallels between Jim Carrey and his counterpart Andy Kaufman during the filming of 1999’s Man on the Moon.

Tristan mentioned viewing another biopic, Battle of the Sexes, while Cory discussed his own biopic du jour, All the Money in the World.

Cory finalized the podcast with his opinions on the trilogy-capper Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Listen to all these reviews (and more!) below, and remember to always comment responsibly:

Podcast January 27 – Hostiles, Den of Thieves and Mom and Dad

Cory and Tristan are back at it again, bringing you the last true wide release leftover from 2017: Christian Bale’s western Hostiles. it’s weird that we’re almost to February and there’s still something expanding from last year, no?

Well, on to the new stuff as well – there’s a new installment of the endless fighting franchise Kickboxer, this one titled Kickboxer: Retaliation. Cory also took in cop drama thriller Den of Thieves, pitting Gerard Butler against O’Shea Jackson.

Finally we discuss the madcap psycho comedy Mom and Dad starring the effervescent Nicolas Cage alongside Selma Blair as the titular tyrants.

Join us, as well as special guest Jimmy, as we discuss this and more in the Interjections podcast below:

Remember to comment responsibly!

Music to Your Ears – Camila Cabello, Fall Out Boy and the Hell Yeah Babies

Well we’re now in the full swing of things for Music to Your Ears – as I was a bit busy preparing the 2018 Edgars for you all, I missed a handful of new releases. Here’s the highlights and lowlights of what I’ve listened to in the past few weeks:

Camila Cabello – Camila

‘Havana’ is a soft banger for sure, and it will definitely be inhabiting clubs long after this review has turned to dust. The shame of this all is that Cabello is a much better singer than this album allows – if she were truly given something challenging, she could take over the world. Between the humdrum lyrics and run-of-the-mill beats behind her, you can hear a true vocal master lying in wait for a chance to prove herself. A week after initially listening and I couldn’t tell any of these other tracks apart. It’s a shame, and here’s hoping this stays popular enough to let her spread her wings.

Key Tracks: Havana, I guess?

Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

Full disclosure here: I’ve been waiting for this to come to fruition for a while. This up-and-coming band has been lighting up Brooklyn and Manhattan clubs for the past few years and they’ve managed to finally release a full EP! Don’t worry all, this is definitely a lot of fun. There are certainly a few growing pains – some songs sound exactly the same, the lyrics are sometimes a bit goofy – but it’s all in good fun. If you want a similar sound before you dive into this, take what I thought of immediately: a modern-day version of The Oneders (Wonders) from Tom Hanks hit film That Thing You Do!. Let’s hope they don’t end up facing the same fate. When their best songs hit, they’re really danceable gems, and that’s all you want from a power-pop band, isn’t it?

Key Tracks: Grenadine Nosebleeds / Ms. Miss Me Yet / Vampire Girlfriend

The Decemberists – “Severed”

Your favorite folk-pop confederation is back – that’s right, after vocalizing a Lin-Manuel Miranda penned ballad to Benjamin *fucking* Franklin, Colin Meloy and copmany are back with the first single from their upcoming album I’ll Be Your Girl. The futuristic synth is welcome, if not surprising, but once Meloy’s vocals kick in alongside the rough-riding drums, you know you’re in for something completely innovative from the long-term merrymakers. I’m really pumped for this new album, all of a sudden.


Well, that’s it for now. Hopefully by the next edition, we’ll have a great deal more to have delved into. Most of the past three weeks has been listening to the best original songs from film in 2017….so I promise I’ll pick it up later.