LUNARIN

We are Singapore. As we celebrate our 45th year of independence, there remains a gnawing suspicion that we have traded our souls for prosperity. Lunarin (viz. Linda Ong, Ho Kah Wye & Loo Eng Teck) is composed of three working professionals who have chosen to pursue and develop their musical gifts in the maelstrom of personal, familial and professional responsibilities.

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LUNARIN

It’s here! Lunarin’s lead single Zero Point Red off the upcoming Duae album is available as a free download. The track is sheer muscular fragility as sinewy metallic strings mesh with Linda’s angelic larynx. Check it out here.

In addition, the second Duae trailer has been posted. See below.

PoP TV – ANBERLIN

ANBERLIN – Impossible (off upcoming new album, Dark is the Way, Light is the Place)

It’s no exaggeration to state that Anberlin is probably one of the most popular emo bands in Singapore, having played here a couple of times to unrestrained adulation. Well, kiddies, you’d be pleased to know that a new album will be released in September and Impossible is the lead track. Enjoy…

Anberlin – Impossible from Publicity on Vimeo.

HENRY DILTZ

Henry Diltz is the photographer responsible for capturing many epochal images from rock history, including many memorable pictures of the Doors (see above).

Idea Generation Gallery – who organized a recent Doors photography exhibition in London – conducted an interview with Diltz. Check out the video below.

Henry Diltz – In Conversation from Idea Generation Gallery on Vimeo.

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Brandon Flowers Crossfire (off album of the same name)

Sometimes, I really miss the early days of MTV. Killers’ frontman has a new music video for the title track of his debut solo LP. Like the rather flaccid song, its pretty innocuous and vacuous. Although it does feature Charlize Theron kicking righteous ass! Crossfire itself is a country-folk tune filtered through Killers’ post-punk revival lens so I’m not really quite sure what its supposed to be. I’m betting that that’s not gonna stop the album from selling truckloads. But what about that incongruous video though, what’s with the torture motif, did Mel Gibson direct it? Hurm? Decide for yourself.

POPLAND – CAMOUFLAGE

Here it is – a nostalgic look back at the Crowd/Popland via the final Popland single, Camouflage. You can download the Camouflage EP at Bandcamp. Thanks for the support through all the years!

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FREE ENERGY – BANG POP

Yes, boys and girls, I hope like me, you just can’t get enough of Free Energy! Well, good news cos the band has got a new music video out and you can check out Bang Pop below with its retro High School shenanigans. Enjoy…

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SUPERCHUNK – CAST IRON/THE FIRST PART

Indie legends Superchunk is prepping a new album – Majesty Shredding – and will be touring the USA pretty soon. Dates are as follows –

Superchunk tour dates:

5/21  Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

5/27  Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival w/Pavement and The Fall

6/19  Denver, CO – Westword Music Festival

6/20  Chicago, IL – Taste of Randolph Street Festival w/The Love Language

7/24  Omaha, NE – MAHA Music Festival

9/17  Washington, DC- 930 Club

9/18  New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

9/19  Brooklyn, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg

9/21  Boston, MA- Royale

9/22  Philadelphia, PA- Trocadero

Here’s a live clip to whet your appetite.

Superchunk – Cast Iron / The First Part from Merge Records on Vimeo.

TYPHOON

Directed by the Portland, Oregon-based Matthew Ross, this is the video for Typhoon’s “Starting Over” (the opening song on their new full-length, Hunger and Thirst, just out on Tender Loving Empire) The video takes place in Portland (check out Holocene during the live scene), and has a framework involving the Hadron Collider and quantum mechanics.

Typhoon – Starting Over (bad habits) from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.

PRINCE OF PERSIA

Based on the popular video game and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, Prince of Persia – the movie – hopes to tap into the same audience that forked out millions for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. After all, Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also behind Prince and thus, we can expect loads of adventure, romance and special effects. Personally, I tend to balk at video game adaptations (weak stories mainly) and the trailer looks underwhelming. Guess we’ll will have to wait and see. Prince of Persia opens on 28th May.

SOUND + VISION

Lady Gaga Telephone Parody (ft Beyonce): Key of Awesome #17

This parody of Lady Gaga’s new music video – Telephone – is simply hilarious and “tells” you all you need to know about the controversial vid. The song itself is rather witty as well. Love it!!!

ALMOST CHARLIE

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Berlin’s Almost Charlie has released its debut music video its acclaimed new record The Plural of Yes.

Love Condensed is an animated short film that follows the protagonist on an otherworldly journey rich with symbolism and images both eye opening and heartrending.

“Love Condensed” is the first single off The Plural of Yes. The album, a cunning blend of gifted melodies and chamber pop atmospherics, is the offspring of a transatlantic songwriting duo who, to this day, have never met (singer/guitarist Dirk Homuth in Berlin, and lyricist Charlie Mason in New York City).

With The Plural of Yes, Almost Charlie puts its stamp on one of 2009’s essential works in indie-pop. Homuth is a connoisseur of timeless pop craftsmanship – distilling the heady years of AM-radio splendor, from Bacharach to The Beatles, into 13 addicting indie-pop coated pills.

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IMOGEN HEAP

Airing on Jan. 13 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, “Embedded” goes behind the scenes with the UK’s queen of ethereal electro-pop, Imogen Heap, as the singer/songwriter performs her new album “Ellipse” live for the first time.

More info at Embedded.

Imogen Heap will be performing at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Monday, 29th March at 9pm. Tickets available at SISTIC.

MAPLE MARS

This is a video of New Day from Maple Mars’ forthcoming album Galaxyland, due out in March on Kool Kat Musik.

Written by Mark Radice in the 1970’s, Maple Mars’ version features Mark playing piano, arranging strings and co-producing with Rick Hromadka.

Enjoy!

PRESTON 1 SPURS 5

After the last two games, any win would be a welcome change for Spurs. A resounding away victory in the Carling Cup was the result last night and certainly its a tremendous boost ahead of the home Premiership game against Burnley. Five goals shared among three stikers with Peter Crouch taking possession of the match ball with a delightful hat-trick. Also encouraging sign was Michael Dawson playing 80 minutes, which considering Spurs’ current defensive crisis is great news. Hopefully, this victory will be the catalyst for a good winning run before the North London derby.

COYS!!!

MARVEL GOES ANIME

You definitely can’t discount the influence of Japanese anime on Western film and TV, animated or otherwise (Matrix anyone?). Oh and of course, the success of Animatrix and Gotham: Dark Knight projects has proven this fact clearly. Which probably explains Marvel’s own foray into the anime arena with their latest ventures with Madhouse, one of the top anime studios around, which will produce 4 anime series to be released in 2010.

Teasers for the 1st two – Wolverine and Iron Man – have surfaced online and are embedded below.

Whoa! Is that Wolverine? Other than the fact that he has claws, how is this guy Wolverine? Hurm.

Now this is more like it. Way cool graphics.

Comments, anyone?

Thanks to Twitch and /Film for the heads up.

DISTRICT 9

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Here’s an interesting sci-fi premise.

Twenty-eight years ago, aliens make first contact with Earth. No hostile attack or giant advances in technology resulted. You see, these aliens were neither conquerors nor benevolent gods but were simply hapless refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. However, there is great interest in making the aliens’ weaponry work, which requires alien DNA. Enter: Wikus van der Merwe who contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA into an alien-human hybrid. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Van der Merwe becomes ostracized and friendless and comes to hide in District 9.

This is the unique vision of South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s debut film – District 9 – due to be released in Mid-August. With producer Peter (Lord of the Rings) Jackson on board, District 9 promises to be intriguing especially as it is set in a future South Africa and will no doubt carry echoes of its Apartheid past.

Trailer below.

ERIC BRACE

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ERIC BRACE Tranquility Base single (Red Beet)

For any young boy growing up in the late sixties, the space race was an exciting one.

Space race?

Yes, back then, the USSR and the USA were competing to see who would be the first to put a man on the moon. It seems so quaint now, but I still remember being positively enthralled even as an 8 year old boy in Singapore to watch Neil Armstrong take that first step on the lunar surface.

Lo and behold, that event is now 40 years past and Eric Brace, lead singer of country-rock outfit Last Train Home, has just released a single and video to celebrate and commemorate the first lunar landing. The single is available at iTunes and the video is below. Check it out.

LING KAI

Here’s a video that Singaporean singer-songwriter (and youtube superstar) Ling Kai has just posted online. Its a new song called Perfect Today and features an off-camera kazoo. Yeah, really. Ling Kai will be opening for Aimee Mann at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 29th August at 7.30pm. In the meantime, enjoy…