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Here is the first music video filmed by the PinBoard mandem ( Shan, Can and myself) under the direction of good friend Yoni. It was a pleasure to work along side Ifan and the whole Push & Run family and the video premiered on Dazed and subsequently been pushed all over the interweb. You can pick up his single here and expect major things from this young man in the coming months and a lot more coming out of the PinBoard camp in the coming onths too. We will forever be feeding your ears!

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Daniel Kitson is by a long stretch my favourite comedian on road. Having seen both his excellent stand up shows at the Hob over the years and full show ’66a Church Road’ ( with an incredible set design) I am really happy to get my hands on the full audio of ‘The Ballad of Roger and Grace’ show which he wrote with Gavin Osborn for the Regents Park Open Air Theatre a few years back. Available for the minuscule price of £2.50…a bargain. Pick it up at his bandcamp here and if you are unfamiliar with Daniel Kitson check out a clip of one of my favourite sketches performed in Melbourne back in ’03. Comedy gold.

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Needing/Getting is the dope new video from the always forward thinking OK Go! This time setting up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. Next level hype.

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New visual offering from the Maccabees off their current longplayer ‘Given to the wild’. Really love the stark imagery and colour grades used throughout this piece. Really hoping to see them live again soon!

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Had the pleasure of seeing a preview of this documentary-record-cum-drama last night followed by a Q&A with director Alma Har’el at the wonderful Lexi Cinema. With dreamlike musical elements describing a small community on the fringes of the lost American dream, and the dreamers who populate its surreal and poetic landscape. Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish. Alma Har’el tells the story of three protagonists. The trials of Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family.  The story of CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles; and that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life. Together these portraits form a triptych of manhood in its various ages and guises, in a gently hypnotic style that questions whether they are a product of their world or if their world is a construct of their own imaginations. The narratives are interspersed with choreographed sequences in which the protagonists dance — to music specially composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut and songs by Bob Dylan. Really encapsulating stuff. definitely worth checking out when it goes cinema wide on Friday. You can see where and when the film is showing by checking out the Bombay Beach site here.

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My favourite film of last year gets the animation treatment by Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku. Fitting tribute with Glass Candy’s – ‘Digital Versicolor’ for the backing track. Awesome. Shout out to my homie Chris Dent who owns the best Scorpion jacket in the world (Jealous)… Gosling had mad swag in that film! If you haven’t already try and find a copy of the Little White Lies ‘Drive’ special. Really dope artwork and interviews from the crew, sold out in most places but worth hunting down!

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A children’s favourite becomes protagonist of John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’. Turned to life by that model making G..Lee Hardcastle. Spotted over at Creators Project.

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