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‘Heartworms’ By The Shins Album Review: James Mercer Takes Control

The Shins’ fifth studio album, Heartworms, is a celebration of front man James Mercer and his defining sound. Mercer is the only remaining member of the original formation of the band and on Heartworms, he makes the case that he was always the only member that mattered. ‘Heartworms’ By The Shins Album Review Self-produced, the […]

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Music in Film: Wish I Was Here & Guardians Of The Galaxy

Wish I Was Here, Boyhood and Guardians Of The Galaxy take a mixtape approach to their soundtracks. Ivan looks at what makes them so great...

"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear," a girl (Sam) in a doctor's waiting room once said to a boy (Andrew) who looked a lot like Zach Braff. Then, she placed a pair of headphones over his ears and played him The Shins.

Garden State's soundtrack became a must-have for all fans in 2004 thanks to its effective use - and curation - of indie artists, acoustic ditties and mild electronica. It was an album that showed a jukebox soundtrack (traditionally the territory of Tarantino) could do something different, whether that was introducing people to obscure bands they hadn't heard of or connecting you with others who also liked the movie's music.

10 years later, filmmakers are still chasing the same thing: the ultimate mixtape.
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The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'

The Shins' give new song 'So Now What' to Zach Braff's new film 'Wish I Was Here'
The Shins have a great tune "So Says I," but now it's time for a hazy "So Now What." The indie rockers -- who have been curbed more recently as James Mercer has pursued other musics with Danger Mouse in their project Broken Bells -- contributed the new tune to Zach Braff's "Wish I Were Here" film, which went the crowd-funding route last year. As you'll remember, Natalie Portman famously put headphones on Braff's head to the tune of The Shins "New Slang" in the former "Scrubs" star's directorial debut "Garden State" (2004). "It'll change your life, I swear," her character Sam says. Well, it certainly did change the band life of The Shins. So the circle of life continues. "Wish I Was Here" also has new songs from the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power, plus previously released songs from The Head and the Heart and Hozier.
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CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse Reuniting in 2014

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CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse Reuniting in 2014
So many music fans have lived for the albums Gnarls BarkleyCeeLo Green and Danger Mouse–were creating. They haven’t made an album in recent years due to the two partners doing different projects, most notably, Green’s high-powered stint on NBC’s “The Voice” and Danger Mouse’s work with The Shins’ James Mercer on “Broken Bells.” But, according to Time, the two are getting back together again in 2014! TMZ broke this news when they posted a video Sunday of Green being asked whether he would collaborate again with Danger Mouse. “Yeah, next year,” Green responded. Now it’s time to speculate as to what kind of subject matter the upcoming album will consist [ Read More ]

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Dirty Projectors, J Mascis to Appear on Next Season of 'Portlandia'

Dirty Projectors, J Mascis to Appear on Next Season of 'Portlandia'
The Dirty Projectors and Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J Mascis are two among a whole group of guest stars slated for the next season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Also set to appear on the IFC sketch-comedy show: Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Juliette Lewis, George Wendt, Rose Byrne, Bill Hader, Bobby Moyniham, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas and, to top it all off, former tennis champ Martina Navratilova

The Projectors and Mascis, of course, aren't the show's first musical guests. Last season, the Shin's James Mercer,
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Jane's Addiction frontman shopping primetime music performance series -- Exclusive

Jane's Addiction frontman shopping primetime music performance series -- Exclusive
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is looking to bring a new kind of music performance series to primetime.

The Lollapalooza founder is shopping a project to broadcast networks that takes the TV music show out of the hands of amateur singers and gives it back to the pros. The series would simply feature spectacular live performances by popular artists — no judges, no eliminations.

One could see why networks might be intrigued: Music performance-driven award shows like the Grammys and CMAs have continued to rack up big ratings in recent years, even as the average audience for other genres has declined.
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The Shins visit Jonah Hill on 'Saturday Night Live'

This isn't The Shins' first time in the national spotlight -- those honors go to the movie "Garden State," in which Natalie Portman's character shared the wonder of the indie pop band with Zach Braff, saying, "You gotta hear this one song -- it'll change your life; I swear."

The band is back with a new album, "Port of Morrow," which comes out March 20, and appeared on the Jonah Hill-hosted "Saturday Night Live" in advance of its release.

Frontman James Mercer performed new single "Simple Song," followed by the new track "It's Only Life," on March 10's "SNL." We're big fans of the band, so we were delighted to see them get such great exposure. The new songs are great, and the performance rocked -- especially compared to some of this season's musical guests.

What did you think? Were you familiar with the band before? Check out the
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Watch: The Shins drop 'Simple Song' video, confirmed for 'Saturday Night Live'

Watch: The Shins drop 'Simple Song' video, confirmed for 'Saturday Night Live'
What parent wouldn't want their parting sentiment to their children to be "You'll be sorry when I'm dead?" James Mercer has that kind of vision for his once and future kin in "Simple Song," which sends his "children" -- played partly by his Shins bandmates -- on an adventure through their old house and memories for a little closure on Mercer's last will and testament. Entertainingly macabre. The Shins are releasing their next album "Port of Morrow" on March 20, and in promoting it, they've been invited back to "Saturday Night Live" for a second time. They'll be joined by Jonah...
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Interview | "Some Days Are Better Than Others" Director on Tackling a New Challenge

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Below find an interview with "Some Days Are Better Than Others" director Matt McCormick, orginally published during indieWIRE's coverage of New Directors/New Films. The films opens at New York's Cinema Village on Friday, June 3rd. "Some Days Are Better Than Others" Synopsis: Eli (James Mercer) traverses Portland, Oregon, working a series of minimum-wage temp jobs in order to pay off a loan so that he can finish school. Dog shelter ...
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June 3-9: Some Days Are Better Than Others At NYC Cinema Village

Matt McCormick’s debut feature film Some Days Are Better Than Others is screening for one week, from June 3 to 9, at Cinema Village in NYC. You can look up specific showtimes and buy tickets in advance online at the theater’s website.

The film is a fictional narrative about the lives of several people living on the fringes of society, including an animal shelter worker who is obsessed with reality TV, a slacker who holds off finding employment, a thrift store worker and an elderly filmmaker.

Starring in the film are: Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney), James Mercer, David Wodehouse, Renee Roman Nose and Erin McGarry.

The official synopsis reads:

Some Days are Better Than Others is a poetic, character-driven film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing
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Some Days Are Better Than Others Movie Review

Some Days Are Better Than Others Movie Review
Title: Some Days Are Better Than Others Writer-director: Matt McCormick Starring: James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein, David Wodehouse, Renee Roman Nose, Eric McGarry A delicate tone poem ensemble set in Portland, writer-director Matt McCormick’s “Some Days Are Better Than Others” is an unfussy rumination on modern human disillusionment and connection. The so-called “mumblecore” genre has gotten a bit of a bum rap for the dawdling pace and seemingly lesson-free nature of many of its entries, but there’s a pleasant and refreshing sense of cinematic rejuvenation that comes with submitting to a film that feels entirely of a piece in all its elements, but also unburdened by any sense of desperate, dutiful...
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Soundtracks: Mathew Cooper's "Some Days Are Better Than Others"

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Soundtracks: Mathew Cooper's
Mathew Cooper, who records as Eluvium, was struck by the themes of damaged things in director Matt McCormick's "Some Days Are Better Than Others" when he set about scoring the film, and decided to use an cache of damaged equipment to do it.

Years of thrifting all manner of junked keyboards and gear finally paid off for Cooper who longed to lure out the "ghosts" within them. The result is his moving score, thick with nostalgic drone, quietly bursting with broken things. It's being released April 26th, on Temporary Residence Ltd. You can listen to the title track here, courtesy of Pitchfork.

Download: Mathew Cooper -- "Some Days Are Better Than Others"

"Some Days Are Better Than Others" stars Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins), who occasionally cross paths as they struggle with the broken parts of their lives.
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Palisades Tartan Nabs "Some Days" Ahead of Nd/Nf Screening

Ahead of its screening at New Directors/New Films, Palisades Tartan has secured distribution rights to Matt McCormick's debut feature "Some Days Are Better Than Others," starring musicians James Mercer from The Shins and Carrie Brownstein, the vocalist behind Wild Flag. The film is slated to open theatrically March 25 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, before opening wider across the country. "Matt McCormick is a very talented young director and ...
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New Directors/New Films Selects Matt McCormick’s Debut Feature

Celebrating its 40th year of spotlighting the world’s best up-and-coming feature filmmakers, the Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious New Directors/New Films series has chosen Portland-based experimental filmmaker Matt McCormick‘s Some Days Are Better Than Others to screen.

McCormick is hardly a “new” director. He’s been making short films and music videos since 1999. However, Some Days Are Better Than Others is his first feature-length project. The movie follows the lives of several quirky Portland residents who all experience the good times of their lives slipping quickly into memory, while their more painful moments are so difficult to let go of.

Starring in the film is Carrie Brownstein, the former guitarist and singer for the band Sleater-Kinney and current star of the hit IFC cable TV series Portlandia. Brownstein previously appeared in Miranda July’s short film Getting Stronger Every Day
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Tsr Buzz: Upstaging Lady Gaga, LCD Soundsystem Retires, and Portlandia Goes Electric

With Tsr Buzz, you’ll find links to articles, videos and other random things that will help you waste your time just a little bit more.

Like Nick, I have the post-Grammy fever. Arcade Fire’s win was so well-earned, it’s one of those award show moments where you really feel that what happened was right (another such victory in my mind was American Beauty‘s win at the Oscars.) Here, Arcade Fire performs an electric version of “Ready To Start” after winning their Grammy.

Lady Gaga disappointed me on Sunday. Her “costume” resembled a bikini raincoat and the egg looked cool, but wasn’t very functional. Plus her song sounded exactly like Madonna’s “Express Yourself”. I was hoping that Her Madgesty would jump out and join in the performance, but oh well. Fever Ray’s Karin Andersson won an award at a Swedish music awards show back in June.
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Some Days are Better than Others

SXSW Review

Some Days are Better than Others

Director: Matt McCormick

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Synopsis

Some Days are Better Than Others is a poetic, character-driven feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the hard times always seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters that maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment. Written and directed by Matt McCormick and featuring Carrie Brownstein, James Mercer, Renee Roman Nose, and David Wodehouse, Some Days are Better Than Others is a sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.

Director Bio

Matt McCormick is a Portland based filmmaker and artist who has made several short films, music videos,
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Carrie Brownstein, From Sleater-Kinney to NPR to Movie Star

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Carrie Brownstein, From Sleater-Kinney to NPR to Movie Star
Carrie Brownstein ought to write a movie about rock and roll. She's played guitar for the eminent rock band Sleater-Kinney. She has a music blog on NPR.org called Monitor Mix, and has also written for Slate and the Believer. And she's acting in her first feature-length film, "Some Days Are Better Than Others," which premiered Sunday here at SXSW. In the film, directed by Matt McCormick, she stars alongside fellow Portland musician James Mercer, formerly of the Shins and currently of Broken Bells, this year's featured band at SXSW. Her double duties at this year's fest -- as an actor and as a curator for NPR's showcase -- have her feeling invigorated. Over the phone from a hotel room in Austin, Carrie recounted Sunday's cringing movie-viewing experience, broke down her transition from musician to writer, and hinted at a Sleater-Kinney reunion as but one of her near future musical endeavors.
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The Shins' James Mercer stars in 'Some Days' indie film, ramps up Broken Bells

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If you've been wondering what's been up with The Shins, you'll find your answer from at least the indie-rock group's frontman James Mercer. The singer-songwriter has gotten involved in a non-music endeavor by starring in forthcoming indie flick "Some Days Are Better Than Others," which will debut during the film and music portions at the South by Southwest Film + Music Festival, March 12-20. Carrie Brownstein, current NPR contributor and former guitarist/singer for Sleater-Kinney, stars alongside Mercer in the low-budget, feature-length film, the first film written and directed by Matt McCormick. "Some Days" "explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment...
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SXSW 2010: The Shins'James Mercer And Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein Star In Indie Drama Some Days Are Better Than Others

Expect the indie-rock crowd to turn out in droves for Matt McCormick's indie drama Some Days Are Better Than Others. What looks to be a very introspective and quietly quirky piece of work, music video director McCormick called in a pair of former clients - James Mercer from The Shins and Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney - to star in his feature debut.  The synopsis to this one doesn't offer a lot int he way of hooks but the trailer makes it very clear that this will be all about mood and execution. Here's how the official website describes it:

Some Days are Better Than Others is Matt McCormick's poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward
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2010 SXSW Film Festival Line-Up Announced; Includes Cyrus, MacGruber, Get Low, and Kick-ass

Not all of the great film festivals are outside of the U.S. Even if you can’t book a ticket to Cannes or Berlin, you should be able to afford a flight out to Austin, Texas for SXSW, which is a festival for not only movies, but music and video games as well. Like the years before, the line-up for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival is the goods. Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass will open up the fest and then there will be other great-looking films throughout including The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus, SNL’s hard-r adaptation of MacGruber, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, and Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, just to name a few. If you’re going to this year’s SXSW, let me know so I can steal your identity and go in your place.

The 2010 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 12-20. Check out the
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