Monthly Archives: February 2012
Didn’t watch the Oscars on Sunday night? Who cares! The Artist did what everyone expected it to do– win Best Picture, along with several other awards– and although it was a highly enjoyable film, it was hardly the year’s best, in many opinions. In my opinion (and that’s why you’re here, isn’t it?) there were several other equally as great, if not better, films that either went home as losers or were ignored by the Academy completely.
So prepare to get your Amazon pre-order on: Here is my list of 2011′s best movies.
1. Tree of Life
2. Midnight in Paris
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
6. The Artist
7. The Descendants
It’s February, and I’m sitting with the windows open– what a gorgeous day in New York! On days like this, when spring has most definitely sprung, one of my favorite albums to listen to is Born Ruffians’ Red, Yellow & Blue. This record is one of my all-time favorites; it’s filled with great-storytelling, catchy hooks, and dynamic chants and vocals that just don’t stop. Each song is a gem, but “I Need a Life”– and its accompanying video– will remind you of being in nature on a beautiful day like this. Open up your own windows, and have a look.
Thanks to a few top secret connections, I was recently lucky enough to snag a first listen at a very promising new NY based singer-songwriter, Jon Moodie. Armed only with a guitar and a powerful, enchanting voice, Moodie is a genre-bending storyteller poised to make some serious waves. Equal parts blues, rock, indie, and even reggae, Moodie takes the notion of the folksy singer-songwriter and turns it on its head– and then some.
Moodie, an extremely prolific songwriter, is many things; first and foremost, however, he is honest. He gives everything he’s got when he’s singing, and the result is a raw– yet never overpowering– emotional experience. Each song is a journey that the listener will be only too eager to take. When he sings, “let’s feel alive tonight,” you can’t help but think that you would feel whatever it is that Moodie wanted you to.
Despite his power, there is a gentleness to Moodie’s songs that make them all too appealing. His flow is soft and magnetic, carrying the listener on an adventure that is both familiar and oftentimes unexpected. There is comfort in the rise and falls of his voice, reminiscent of the best vintage blues. Moodie may be paving the path to super stardom, but his organic, profound simplicity is making the journey all too easy.
You can find out more about Jon Moodie at http://www.jonmoodie.com, facebook.com/jonmoodiemusic, and follow @teamjonmoodie and @jonmoodie.
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The videos that I post here are usually some of my favorites from bygone eras, (you know, like, 2004) but today I thought I’d mix it up with something a little more recent. I recently reviewed the “You’re Mine” EP from New York based crooner Devin for Audiocred, and it turns out that he has just released the video for the titular single. Now, the video may be brand new, but Devin is a singer completely rooted in nostalgia. I think anyone who loves good old fashion rock-and-roll (and who doesn’t?) will love his retro, garage rock vintage vibe. “You’re Mine” is a fast, energetic, totally twist-worthy tune.
IT’S HERE! And so much sooner than anyone expected it! The people behind FX’s brilliant breakout hit of 2011, “American Horror Story,” are already getting us excited by giving us a sneak peak at Season 2 with this 3D poster:
Ryan Murphy said that the clue to Season 2′s location is hidden in the Season 1 episode, “Birth,” but I think that this helps in a pretty major way. It has to be either a hospital or an insane asylum, and either way, it will be eerily awesome. And is it just me, or is there a kind of retro, early 20th century vibe happening? I think that we’ll all miss the Harmons, but I am really looking forward to October.
Some may argue that 2005′s Get Behind Me, Satan was not the best effort from the White Stripes, despite it having (indisputably) one of the coolest album covers of ALL time. I’m a big fan, but I guess that topic is one for a larger post. Today, let’s just enjoy the awesomely creepy Southern Gothic video that accompanies the album’s standout track, “Blue Orchid.” The video stars gorgeous supermodel Karen Elson, who would later become Jack White’s wife, and even later with whom he would throw the most exclusive divorce party of the century. Sigh. If only we could all be that cool.