The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes Review

I’ll just come right out and say it: Born in the Echoes by The Chemical Brothers is what Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories should have been. Both are celebrity-studded electronic music concept albums intended to boldly defy the movement’s status quo during its meteoric rise in popularity, but where the latter group attempted to do so by traveling back in time, the former accomplished it effortlessly by making music that would logically follow their creative momentum in the wake of their 2010 album Further.

Perhaps one of the most legitimate criticisms of contemporary Edm is that it consists of overly specific genres for each of which a single song or album would suffice – and really, by today’s standards, Born in the Echoes could be expanded to an entire genre in and of itself. Largely defined by the experimental use of antiquated analogue synthesizers, the sound achieved by
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Chemical Brothers Return With New Banger After 5-Year Album Hiatus

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It's been five years since the last full-scale release from Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, the English duo behind the electronic outfit Chemical Brothers, but the wait is over. Born in the Echoes is due in July, and its first single, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," is laced with so many heavy beat-drops and seamless techno progressions that it's damn near impossible to listen to without busting some serious dance moves. Joining the Chemical Bros. on the new LP are heavy-hitting contemporaries including Beck and Q-Tip, as well as relative newcomers like St. Vincent and Cat Le Bon. The Chemical Brothers will be hitting the festival circuit this summer, though Simons won't be a part of it, citing conflicts with his "academic pursuits." Stream the new song below.
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A24 picks up Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us

A24 has picked up yet another Michael Fassbender vehicle. According to Deadline, the film distribution company has officially acquired the U.S. rights to Adam Smith’s feature debut Trespass Against Us.

The heist film follows the Cutler family of outlaws led by Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) and his father (Brendan Gleeson). When the law catches up with Chad, he’s must decide whether to stay loyal to his outlaw family or do what he believes is best for his children. The film co-stars Lyndsey Marshal, Sean Harris, Rory Kinnear and Killian Scott.

Smith rose to prominence through directing TV episodes for Little Dorrit and Doctor Who as well as music videos like the popular vid for The Chemical Brothers track “Don’t Think.” The electronic duo made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has subsequently provided original music for Trespass Against Us.The script was written by Alistair Siddons,
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Klaxons team with The Chemical Brothers on new album

Klaxons have teamed with The Chemical Brothers to work on their upcoming album. Ed Simons is one of the producers who has been working with the band for their third outing. Klaxons bassist Jamie Reynolds told Radio 1's Zane Lowe that the recording sessions had been a "learning curve". "We've worked with loads of different people, but it's been a learning process I think," he said. "We have learned to make electronic music with computers, that's (more)
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Lily Allen Pregnant

Lily Allen Pregnant
Lily Allen is going to be a mom again!

The British pop singer is expecting her second child with husband Sam Cooper, People is reporting.

"It was a surprise but Lily and Sam are thrilled. The pair of them have loved every minute of ­parenthood so far and wanted to expand their brood quickly. So it's great timing," a source told the U.K.'s Sunday Mirror. "Lily has started telling her friends and everybody in her close circle is so excited for her."

Related: Lily Allen Welcomes Baby Girl

Allen stepped away from the music industry two years ago to start a family, and has experienced two miscarriages (one with ex-boyfriend Ed Simons, Chemical Brothers member, in 2008) before becoming pregnant with the couple's first child, Ethel Mary, who is now almost eight months old.

Allen recently stirred up a lot of excitement with her fans when she confirmed that she was making new music again.

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Lily Allen Expecting Another Baby!

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She just became a mom in November, but Lily Allen is already expecting another child!The U.K.'s Sunday Mirror was the first to report that the British singer is due to give birth to another baby at the end of the year. Allen welcomed daughter Ethel Mary just 8 months ago. The 27-year-old has been with husband Sam Cooper since 2009, marrying in June of last year. The couple endured tragedy in late 2010 when Allen suffered a miscarriage 6 months into her pregnancy. Their son was to be born in early 2011.Lily also miscarried in 2008 when she was dating Ed Simons of the group Chemical Brothers.In addition to mommy duty, Allen is in the midst of a musical comeback -- she's back in the recording studio now, planning to release her third album next spring.Congrats to the couple! Read more
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Chemical Brothers Scoring Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me' Next

The trend continues. They last scored Joe Wright's Hanna, to stellar results, now they're moving on to the "magical" next. The Playlist is reporting that The Chemical Brothers will be scoring Louis Leterrier's upcoming illusionist/magician heist movie Now You See Me, which is currently filming. It's not due out until March 2013 from Summit, but they say that "sources close to the film have confirmed" the British duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, who go under name The Chemical Brothers, are working on this movie next. Which actually sounds great already, considering it's about a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists. We've been covering updates on Now You See Me for a while, originally written by Edward Ricourt and Boaz Yakin. The film is shooting now in New Orleans, and Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2, Unleashed, The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) is directing. The cast ...
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Chemical Brothers to release 'Don't Think' on DVD, CD in March

The Chemical Brothers are to release their tour movie Don't Think on DVD and Blu-Ray next month. The film from director Adam Smith will also be available as a CD soundtrack when it is released on March 26. Don't Think was filmed during the electronic duo's headline set at Japan's Fujirock Festival in July. It had previously been screened at over 500 cinemas around the world earlier this month (February 1). Speaking about Smith's work on the film, Ed Simons said: "We wanted to have a film for us to keep as a record, but Adam had more ambition. "There was footage from Glastonbury 2007 which was pretty amazing, it really started to capture what it is to be in the crowd, how the music and the visuals are intoxicating. You have to capture that thing that's in the air." Adam Smith added: "We wanted (more)
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The Chemical Brothers – ‘Don’t Think’ Review

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The concert film can be an odd cinematic experience. It’s a genre which places the viewer in the position of comfortable, passive observer when in reality, what’s really being presented is an atmosphere offering the complete opposite, willing its audience to contribute in as lively and exuberant manner as possible.

The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think (filmed at last year’s Fuji Rock Festival in Japan) is perhaps the best example yet of testing an audience’s participatory threshold, and watching this thrilling 90-minute audio and sensory assault, it’s incredibly hard not to succumb to the urge of leaping up out of your seat and triumphantly punching the air as soon as the duo lay down that first beat.

Eschewing the traditional accompaniments associated with the genre (pre and post-gig backstage shenanigans, talking heads of fans in various states of excited and jittery anticipation) we’re thrust
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Film Review: 'Don't Think'

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★★★☆☆ Filmed with 20 cameras at a headline show at Japan's wildly popular Fujirock Festival, long-term visuals collaborator and director Adam Smith's Don't Think (2011) is a full-length concert movie that attempts to fully capture the audiovisual spectacle of a live show courtesy of Manchester electronic duo The Chemical Brothers. However, whilst undeniably a feast for the eyes, the film struggles to transcend its superficial premise and may prove inaccessible for those not acquainted with the work of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons.

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The Chemical Brothers Invade Movie Theaters for a One Night Stand

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Capturing and conveying the essence of live performance on film is risky business even if you're gambling in Dolby 7.1. "The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think" is one such endeavor, but then, it might be the next best alternative to being there live. After all, you don't have to be in the middle of a swarming rave to experience the full scope of what has come to be defined as a singular event.

Filmed in the summer of 2011 during Tom Rowlands' and Ed Simons' headlining set at the Fuji Rock Fest in Japan, "Don't Think" employs handheld footage from the festival and chromatic visuals by the duo's longtime collaborator Adam Smith that are so visually striking they should come with the type of warnings routinely preceding paroxysmic video games.

"Don't Think" opens ominously enough with the plaintive synths of "Another World"; Rowlands and Simons posted front and center, barricaded behind a stockpile of electronic gadgetry,
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Chemical Brothers – the movie: do not adjust your eyeballs

The Chemical Brothers' famously psychedelic live act has finally been captured in film – with flying cutlery and clowns. Alexis Petridis reports on Don't Think

Adam Smith is the first to admit that his debut feature film is not the easiest sell in the history of cinema. "There's no real narrative strand," says the director. "It's 85 minutes long, it's got paintballs exploding – and clowns. I was saying to someone the other day, 'You'd never commission it, would you?'" He laughs. "It sounds rubbish, you know?"

Seated across the table from Smith in a west London pub, Tom Rowlands, one half of the Chemical Brothers, frowns. "There is," he says heavily, "some music in it is as well." But even taking into account the film's subject matter – the Chemical Brothers headlining Fuji Rock festival in Niigata, Japan, last year – Don't Think still seems on the face of it an unlikely candidate for cinematic glory.
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The Prodigy voted 'Greatest Dance Act Of All Time'

The Prodigy have been named the 'Greatest Dance Act Of All Time'. Tens of thousands of people voted in the Mixmag survey and the British three-piece of Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim Reality beat French duo Daft Punk into second place by "a handful of votes". The Chemical Brothers - Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons - were placed third. Flint said: "To walk off a stage and feel like we smashed it - that's the reward for us, to see the crowd react and know we've done what we've come to do. "But something like this is truly voted for by the people - and essentially we are nothing without them, so it feels awesome, and really respectful." Howlett added: "I'd like to think it's because we kept it real man, because we always do our own thing and try our hardest. "Mixmag (more)
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"The Descendants" Wins Big at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards!

Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" took home the top prize at the Los Angeles Film Critics Award announced Sunday. The fantastic dramedy starring George Clooney won the Best Picture of the year award. Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was the runner-up in this category.

But Payne lost out to Malick for the Best Director award, and the La Film Critics gave the runner-up award to Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."

In the acting categories, Michael Fassbender, baring his all in "Shame," took home the Best Actor award while Yun Jung-Hee of "Poetry" won the Best Actress award. Michael Shannon for "Take Shelter" was the runner-up for Best Actor while Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia" was the runner-up for Best Actress.

Best Supporting Actor award went to Christopher Plummer for "Beginners" (Patton Oswalt from "Young Adult" was the runner-up), while Jessica Chastain was given the Best Supporting Actress award for pretty
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Lily Allen Is a Mom

Lily Allen Is a Mom
Singer Lily Allen and husband Sam Cooper welcomed their first baby, according to various reports.

Lily's pal, Charlie Condou, confirmed the baby girl had arrived, and tweeted, "Looks like Lily Allen has had her baby!"

The pop star's other friend Sam Chew tweeted, "Sending out love to lily, sam and mini cooper... Yes."

Allen, 26, married Cooper, a painter and decorator in England last June.

The birth of her daughter comes after losing a baby boy in Nov.
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Lily Allen Welcomes a Baby Girl

Lily Allen Welcomes a Baby Girl
Lily Allen has a new reason to smile. The pop star and her husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed their first child, a girl, on Friday, according to various reports. And the well-wishers are already chiming in. Her friend Sam Chew Tweeted this message: "sending out love to lily, sam and mini cooper...... Yes." Another pal, Charlie Condou, Tweeted to his followers that the singer had a little girl. Allen, 26, wed Cooper, a painter and decorator, in Gloucestershire, England, last June, when she revealed she was expecting her bundle of joy. She has also since taken his last name. Her U.K.
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Lily Allen Reportedly Welcomes a Baby Girl

Lily Allen Reportedly Welcomes a Baby Girl
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Lily Allen has a new reason to smile.

The pop star and her husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed a daughter on Friday, Nov. 25, according to various reports. And the well-wishers are already chiming in.

Her friend Sam Chew Tweeted this message: “sending out love to lily, sam and mini cooper…… Yes.”

Another pal, Charlie Condou, Tweeted to his followers that the singer had a little girl.

Allen, 26, wed Cooper, a painter and decorator, in Gloucestershire, England, last June, when she revealed she was expecting her bundle of joy. She has also since taken his last name.

Her U.
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Lily Allen Welcomes a Baby Girl

Lily Allen has delivered her first child with husband Sam Cooper on Friday evening, November 25. The baby news was brought to attention by Allen's ex-boyfriend DJ Seb Chew. The disc jokey mentioned the bundle of joy when sending his warm greeting to the happy couple on Twitter. "Sending out love to lily, sam and mini cooper...... Yes," so he wrote.

Representative for Lily hasn't officially confirmed the delivery of the baby, but the singer herself has tweeted a brief message, "Totes amaze." Before Chew clued her fans that she got a baby, the tweet was presumed by some of her followers as either her new single or album.

It's unclear what name the "Smile" hitmaker and her business owner husband gave to their newborn baby. Details surrounding the baby's birth is also sketchy, but a close friend of the couple, who tied the knot on June 11 this year, claimed it had been "all good.
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Lily Allen, Sam Cooper welcome a baby girl

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Singer Lily Allen, 26, and her husband Sam Cooper have welcomed a baby girl into their lives, reports the U.K.'s Daily Mail. It is the first child for both of them and surely a welcome blessing after Allen suffered a miscarriage with Cooper's baby a year ago.

That was actually Allen's second miscarriage; she also miscarried a pregnancy in January 2008 when she was in a relationship with musician Ed Simons.

We're so happy for Lily and Sam that everything has turned out well. The two were wed back in June 2010. Cooper is a building company owner and began dating Allen in the summer of 2009.

Congratulations to the whole family.
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In ‘Hanna,’ The Chemical Brothers Get a Piece of the Action

In ‘Hanna,’ The Chemical Brothers Get a Piece of the Action
Focus Features Scene from “Hanna.”

In the thriller “Hanna,” a doughy, tracksuit-wearing villain played by Tom Hollander pursues the young heroine (Saoirse Ronan) while whistling an upbeat tune. The melody, which sounds like something from a circus carousel or a parade of Walt Disney creatures, is at eerie odds with the character’s intent. The ditty was composed by those purveyors of “Block Rockin’ Beats,” the Chemical Brothers, whose score drives the film as much as the action sequences featuring Ronan’s young assassin.
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