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by Bill Pearis


Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is in wider release across the country now. While whimsical and all that sort of thing you'd expect from the director who has a very distinct style, this is more of an adventure film than he's done before. For those who find him too precious, you might like this one.

This is also his first film not to have any modern pop in it -- though as most of the film is set in 1932 it makes sense -- but lontime collaborator / music supervisor Randall Poster has filled it with period music, and Alexandre Desplat's score fits the tone perfectly. If you've ever wanted to know more about Anderson's music choices, you're in luck. Randall Poster will be participating in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today at 5 PM EST.

In other news, Poster has put together Spotify playlists for some of The Grand Budapest Hotel's side characters: Dmitri (Adrien Brody), Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), Jopling (Willem Dafoe), Clotilde (Léa Seydoux), Serge X. (Mathieu Amalric) which make for nice listening indeed.

Poster and Anderson are planning a box set of all their soundtracks. Start saving.

WIsh I Was Here

If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

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Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens today in limited release -- in NYC it's at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 and the Lincoln Square 13. With eight films under his belt, Anderson's whimsical style is as distinctive as anyone in the industry. One of his signatures is his use of music, and that goes from the harpsichord-laden scores to the soundtracks filled with impeccably curated pop songs.

While The Grand Budapest Hotel is his first not to use modern pop (frequent collaborator Alexandre Desplat did the score which can be streamed at Rdio), his other films are jam-packed with it. Indiewire reports that ABCKO will release a box set with the soundtracks to all eight of his film. This could include songs featured in movies that didn't make the cut for their official soundtracks. Details, beyond that's its happening, haven't surfaced yet, but we're going to assume the packaging will be exquisite.

Further reading: Rolling Stone cornered longtime Anderson film music supervisor Randal Poster to talk about his favorite music moments in his filmography. What's your favorite Wes Anderson movie music moment?

Watch the trailer for Grand Budapest Hotel below..

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Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls

UK indie pop outfit Veronica Falls, who are touring in 2013 with great new band Cheatahs, just spoke to us about their ten favorite things of 2012 music, film, and TV-wise. It was singer/guitarist James Hoare, specifically, who sent his list over, and he really likes Girls. He's got the single for "My Ma" by the now-defunct band, the solo album by frontman Christopher Owens (which actually comes out next year, but we'll let it slide), AND the television show of the same name all in his top 10 list. He's also got fellow indie poppers Mac DeMarco and Woods, and reveals his classic rock soft spot by including the new Rolling Stones song.

Veronica Falls' tour with Cheatahs hits NYC on March 8 at Bowery Ballroom with Cold Showers and tickets for that show are still available.

James' full list is below...

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Flying Lotus at LPR in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus, whose great Until the Quiet Comes has been getting the credit it deserves on year-end lists by NME, Uncut, NPR, and Pitchfork, just made a list of his top ten films that have Criterion Collection editions. The whole list with commentary is on Criterion's website but you can see his picks below.

In related news, Flying Lotus' rap alter-ego Captain Murphy recently tweeted that he'll be in Austin this March for SXSW 2013. This announcement comes after SXSW's own recent announcement of artists which included Rhye, Savages, Flatbush Zombies, Deap Vally, Angel Haze, and more.

Flying Lotus' list below...

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PS I Love You at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
PS I Love You

today in NYC
* Carioca @ Barbes
* Dither @ The Stone
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Casual Hearts @ XPO 929
* Dylan Fest @ Irving Plaza
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Ski Beatz @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Dig, Taurus @ Glasslands
* Xray Eyeballs (DJ) @ Manhattan Inn
* Lalah Hathaway @ Highline Ballroom
* Manitoba, The Naked Heroes @ Maxwell's
* Static Summer, Skaters, Threats @ Pianos
* Mike Doughty, Susan Justice @ City Winery
* PS I Love You, Army Girls @ Mercury Lounge
* Soft Spot @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* John Butcher, Twistycat @ Issue Project Room
* LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, Lakutis @ Knitting Factory
* Mason-Jam-Ja Band @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Stefano Scodanibbio Tribute Concert @ The Stone
* Psychic Ills, PC Worship, Ex Cops @ Death By Audio
* Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Kalabalik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* We Are Scientists, Kuroma, Beach Arabs @ Union Pool
* Traxman, Howse, Octo Octa, Naka Naka, Rezzie @ 285 Kent
* Deviated Instinct, Dresden, Koward, Nomad @ The Acheron
* Soltero, Phantom Buffalo, The Sanctuaries @ The Rock Shop
* The So So Glos, Lost Boy?, Life Size Maps, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
* Bok Bok, Kingdom, Rizzla, Rem Koolhaus @ Santos Party House
* Great Lakes, Frank Smith, Bright Brown, Scrapers @ Union Hall
* The Dearloves, Nathan Xander, Painting Soldiers @ The Gutter
* Hoots & Hellmouth, Tall Heights, Darlingside @ Mercury Lounge
* Dangermuffin, American Babies, Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl
* O'Death, Tim Fite, Gimme Drugs, Chris Lecompte @ Asbury Lanes
* Church of Misery, Rwake, The Gates of Slumber @ Cameo Gallery
* Pedestrian Deposit, Pregnant Spore, Decimus, C. Lavender @ La Sala
* that dog., Kurt Braunohler, Baron Vaughn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clear Plastic Masks, Lunic, Flyin Fisch, Isle of Rhodes @ Knitting Factory
* Amen Dunes, Gary War, Highlife, Francisco Franco, Woodsman @ Shea Stadium
* Bad Indians, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Cake Shop
* BAIO (DJ), Autobot (DJ), Full Nelson (DJ) @ Le Bain at The Standard
* The Can't Tells, The Denzels, Big Ups, Deathrow Tull, Twitchers, Kung Fu Crime Wave @ Spike Hill
* Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, JDH & Dave P, Alex English & Rekles @ Webster Hall

Your movie options for Memorial Day Weekend include Wes Anderson's latest exquisite whimsy Moonrise Kingdom and Men In Black 3, the latter of which has gotten surprisingly good reviews.

A Place to Bury Strangers and Blood Orange both released new videos, and they're oddly similar. Check them out below.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their cover of British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," with found footage of the queen herself. Check it out below.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
All Points West

tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* A-Trak @ Webster Hall
* ArpLine, Prima @ 92YTribeca
* AC/DC & Anvil @ Giants Stadium
* Polvo, Obits @ South Street Seaport
* Crystal Castles (DJ) @ Red Bull Space
* Morton Subotnick @ Issue Project Room
* Steely Dan: The Royal Scam @ Beacon Theatre
* The Mekons, The Horse's Ha @ The Bell House
* Vivian Girls, These Are Powers @ Whitney Museum
* Me'Shell N'degeocello & Brandon Ross @ The Stone
* Saviours, Sourvein, Bezoar, Pollution @ Cake Shop
* Dredg, Rx Bandits, Zechs Marquis @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rooftop Films w/ Kurt Vile @ Automotive High School
* Sigmund Droid, Shadow Box, Action Painters @ Shea Stadium
* Langhorne Slim, Polite Sleeper, Marcellus Hall @ Maxwell's
* Midnight Masses, Justin Ripley, Katie Eastburn @ Glasslands
* Grooms, Bouncer Fighter, Ogre Smash Death Boom @ Littlefield
* Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson & Paul Motian @ Village Vanguard
* Hey Willpower, Hot Lava, That Ghost, Crime Novels @ Bruar Falls
* Blacklist, Ringo Deathstarr, The Vandelles, deVries @ The Cameo
* Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Ben Sollee, Holly Miranda, Julianna Barwick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Team Robespierre, Math the Band, IJI, Watercolor Paintings @ Death By Audio
* Lubricated Goat, Netherlands, Beauty Apes, EMOK, Porfirio @ Delancey
* Soulive w/ John Scofield, Christian Scott/Ivan Neville @ Prospect Park
* Wolff, Builders & the Butchers, Illinois, Drink Up Buttercup, Elfi Snow @ Pianos
* Chainsmokers, The Albertans, Your 33 Black Angels, Worst Case Ontario, The Brilliant Sweaters @ Queens Palace
* All Points West w/ Jay-Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, more @ Liberty State Park

Free outdoor music tonight includes Polvo and Obits at South Street Seaport CANCELLED and a Celebrate Brooklyn show titled The Royal Family: Soulive's 10th Anniversary Celebration, which features guests John Scofield, Christian Scott, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

It's the first soon-to-be-rainy day All Points West at Liberty State Park. Jay-Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National and Fleet Foxes are among the headliners. Seasick Steve and many others have played already.

Crystal Castles, who play the fest on Saturday, are DJing its offcial afterparty tonight at Red Bull Space.

The Modern English won't be playing the Studio at Webster Hall.

The Whitney Museum hosts Vivian Girls and These Are Powers, the final free Dan Graham-related show. These Are Powers will "feature Providence Dance Troupe JAZZ HAND JOB who will perform original choreography to [their] live music". The dance troupe will join them again Saturday at Secret Project Robot.


3 to 7pm- Rummage:
A handmade furniture show on river street with food and drink
curated by Gabby Shaw

9 to 2am- Dance of the Sugarplum Ferry Party:
Fountains and Kiddie pools with
These Are Powers, Javelin, Mirror Mirror, DJ cool Places Sound System
hosted by Live With Animals and Secret Project Robot $8

The Mekons play a "semi-acoustic" show with The Horse's Ha at The Bell House tonight. They also play Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Kurt Vile plays a Rooftop Films show at the Automotive High School with the Troll 2 documentary. The Drums played last night with Troll 2 the actual movie.

Repulsion, making their NYC debut, play the Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer. Saviours, Sourvein, Bezoar and Pollution play the Cake Shop. Saviours will open the Dinosaur Jr./Walkmen Summerstage show on August 12th.

Justin Ripley, with "half of the awesome, raucous Rooftop Vigilantes" as his backing band plays Glasslands with Midnight Masses and Katie Eastburn.

An interview with the creepy masked guy from Black Moth Super Rainbow and a clip from their July 24th South Street Seaport show are below.

Also, the trailer for Wes Anderson's new film The Fantastic Mr Fox.

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