Archive for April, 2012

Edinburgh-based post-proggers North Atlantic Oscillation return this month with second album Fog Electric, out April 30 via KScope. You’ll find Prog‘s verdict on the new release in our upcoming issue that hits the shops next Wednesday (April 18), but in the meantime get a taster here with the video for new single Soft Coda.

NAO will also join labelmates Mothlite at a one-off show, KScope’s A Night At The Tabernacle, in London on May 2. The gig will celebrate both band’s new albums – Mothlite’s Dark Age is out April 14 – and provide a chance to showcase material in a fantastic historical venue, just as 2011′s A Night At The Union Chapel did with Anathema, The Pineapple Thief, Engineers and No Sound. Tickets are £12 and available from The Tabernacle online.


Sample the album here:

Thanks to the highly anticipated debut of the “Looper” teaser trailer Thursday, there is almost two minutes of brand-new, action-packed footage to overanalyze and dissect. We’ve already highlighted five key scenes to watch out for in the teaser, and now, MTV News is proud to bring you exclusive expert commentary from the film’s writer/director, Rian Johnson.

Johnson was visibly excited for fans to see the teaser, particularly the first glimpses of the gritty future reality of the film’s setting and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in action as a young Bruce Willis.

“The beginning here is just setting up the premise,” Johnson explained. “We take some time to get you into the world. You can kind of tell from the look of it that the world is a very grounded science-fiction world; it’s not a big CG world. We did lots of practical stuff and tried to keep it feeling very real and near-future.”

With regard to Gordon-Levitt’s makeup to look like Willis, Johnson said, although he looks impressive in the teaser, he can’t wait for fans to see the “Dark Knight Rises” actor’s physical performance in the finished film.

“I really can’t wait for people to actually see Joe’s performance in the movie with the makeup, because if you see a picture of him … obviously it’s not like he looks exactly like Bruce Willis, but once his performance plays out in the context of the film, it really works.”

Johnson also hinted that, despite the blink-and-you-miss-it appearance of co-star Emily Blunt, there is more to her role than you think.

“You see a quick clip of Emily Blunt, [but] there’s a whole sequence where she had to do some action work and she just kinda kicked ass. I’m excited for people to see it,” Johnson said. “Emily really held her own when it was time to get out the shotgun and do some blasting.”

The “Brick” director went on to say that he just had a plain old good time making the film, particularly the action sequences, for which veteran star Willis proved to be a very key component.

“It was fun for me. You see flashes of a lot of action in the movie, and this is the first time I’ve been able to do it on that scale, which is really fun, especially working with a veteran like Bruce,” Johnson said. “Joe had a lot of fun working with Bruce on the action scenes. Bruce kind of showed us the ropes. It was pretty awesome.”


Do you need some serious electronic angst in your ultra sweet bubble gum pop music?  Perhaps Reidiculous’ remix of “Call Me Maybe” by up and coming Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen is just what you need.  Integrating the infectious strings of the original with a gyrating thumping dance beat and stadium elements, Reidiculous serve the track up in an effort to translate it to all those popsters that are filling up your floors hoping to dance to “Starships” and “Part of Me”.  Well now they can have this, as well.  With the amount of attention “Call Me Maybe” is receiving, make sure to check out Carly’s EP, Curiosity, which has additional tracks that would sound excellent on the dance floor.  For now, here’s a little clubby pop to hopefully shake your groove thing to.

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