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<p>Buke &amp; Gase</p>

Buke & Gase

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Song Of The Day: Buke & Gase's 'General Dome'

Intricate webs of noise

At this point, Buke & Gase's "General Dome" has been available to stream for 15 days. It's been in my browser tabs for 14 of those. I've listened to it daily and I still don't quite have the words to describe it.

This urgently-timed piece of noise combines about 10 layers of rhythmic sound, with Arone Dyer sharp, pining report dotting throughout. "Takes one to know one," she says accusingly, shortly before a operatic bridge diverges into this false climax and murky cipher. I don't know what to do with it beyond keeping it on hand while I do all things internet, and maybe that's the point.

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Listen: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce live dates as 'We No Who U R'

Listen: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce live dates as 'We No Who U R'

Watch the lyric video

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released the first song from their new album "Push the Sky Away," along with a slew of tour dates for 2013. It's a good weekd for Nick Cave fans.

"We No Who U R" has a title straight out of a ransom note, but the song itself is a sorrowful batch of natural images, filtered through a blues structure and dotted with flute. Just like 'im, ain't it? The trudging beat may not be the best intro for the notice into Cave's work, but for longtime listeners, it's a strong indication of the spare sounds to come.

As I noted last week, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' current incarnation is essentially Grinderman (sans Mick Harvey), with two longtime Bad Seeds members added in. That six-piece crew has committed to a dozen or so tour dates starting in March, with Sharon Van Etten opening. Looks like a great big "Sorry West Coast" to me. Also looks like we can expect a playdate at SXSW. Tickets for announced shows go up tomorrow (Dec. 5).

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<p>Drake's outfit is a problem</p>

Drake's outfit is a problem

Watch: A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar combine for 'Problems'

Costume department ran out of tuxedo jackets

Today, A$AP Rocky released the video for his single "F**ckin' Problems," off of "LongLiveA$AP." It coincides with the announcement that the album is now due on Jan. 15.

Here are five points for clarification:

1) "F**ckin' Problems" does not refer to having difficulties fornicating. It's about problems that are more difficult than others, first and foremost, plus needing to have sex so much and ample reserve of game girls that such a lifestyle becomes an issue. Suspiciously, f*cking b*tches helps to solve said problems. SO DEEP.

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Watch: The Band Perry plays dress-up in video for 'Better Dig Two'

Watch: The Band Perry plays dress-up in video for 'Better Dig Two'

Someone takes her wedding vows very seriously

Don’t mess with Kimberly Perry. As the video shows for “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry’s new murder ballad, she takes “til death do us part” literally. The clip debuted on CMT.com today.

[More after the jump...]

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Exclusive: Benh and Ben meet to discuss the incredible journeys of 'Beasts' and 'The Sessions'

Exclusive: Benh and Ben meet to discuss the incredible journeys of 'Beasts' and 'The Sessions'

Two very different directors share their universal experiences in the indie film world

A year ago, Benh Zeitlin and Ben Lewin had never met, but both men were on the verge of traveling on a similar journey.  The two filmmakers found their films "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Zeitlin) and "The Surrogate" (Lewin, and later re-titled "The Sessions") accepted into the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Six weeks later, both emerged from the annual indie film showcase with critical accolades and a new home under the wise eyes of noted mini-major Fox Searchlight. Fast forward 11 months and "Beasts" is a projected best picture nominee and "The Sessions" could find stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt nominated in the best actor and best supporting actress race respectively.

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<p>Liam Neeson in &quot;The Grey&quot;</p>

Liam Neeson in "The Grey"

Credit: Open Road Films

Open Road brings Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' back around for awards consideration

The studio is also re-expanding 'End of Watch' in theaters

Nearly a full year later, Joe Carnahan's "The Grey" is still, to me, one of 2012's best films. There was talk last year of it being released in time for awards consideration, but it didn't happen. And when the January bow happened this year, there was discussion of bringing it back around for consideration by year's end. It looks like that will happen, in some small way.

Open Road Films has announced that the film will be given an exclusive two-week engagement at Laemmle theaters in both Santa Monica and Encino starting this Friday, December 7. Guild and Academy members will be given free entrance to the showings by presenting their membership cards, so obviously the goal is to get them out of the house to see the film on the big screen rather than risk it being lost in the never-ending stack of screeners that accumulates this time of year.

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Thom York's Atoms For Peace confirm album tracklist, cover art and release date

Thom York's Atoms For Peace confirm album tracklist, cover art and release date

'AMOK' now due a month later

Finally, a word directly from Thom Yorke on the future of his Atoms For Peace supercrew: the band has confirmed a new released date, some artwork and a tracklist for album "AMOK."

The full-length debut will be out via XL on Feb. 26, a month after initially reported, with the personnel as expected, featuring Radiohead frontman Yorke, longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Flea. The set is only nine tracks long, which is actually unsurprising, considering Radiohead's last effort "The King of Limbs" was only eight.

Stanley Donwood, who has also worked with Yorke & Co. for stretches, is also behind artwork for the album. You can see the cover below.

Atoms For Peace have promised to post new material on their website soon; Yorke said in his statement that Atoms For Peace may play shows next year, and that the project is "ongoing."

"Atoms is a ongoing and open ended project, where it leads i know not for certain... which is what is nice about it."

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<p>Trent Reznor in the trailer for &quot;Sound City&quot;</p>

Trent Reznor in the trailer for "Sound City"

Watch the new trailer for Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' documentary

Film chronicles legendary California studio's rise and fall

If this trailer for “Sound City” doesn’t simultaneously make your pulse race and make you tear up a little, then you might want to go ahead and crawl back into bed and contemplate if your heart is three sizes too small.

As previously reported, the Dave Grohl-directed documentary, which will have its grand coming out party at Sundance in January, lovingly details the Van Nuys, Calif’s studios rise—it’s where Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was recorded along with several other classics— as well as its fall when it failed to keep up with the digital times.

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

Credit: NBC

Listen to Bruno Mars' and Green Day's new albums one week early

Both sets are streaming now

Tre,” the third in Green Day’s fall trilogy of albums, doesn’t drop until Dec. 11, but fans can hear the album in its entirety starting today on the band’s website.

Originally slated to come out in January, “Tre” follows “Uno,” which came out in September, and “Dos,” released in November.  The group moved up the album’s release as a treat for the fans after Green Day had to cancel most of the promo activities around the release of the trilogy due to lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s decision to enter rehab.

“Quatro,” a documentary about the making of the trilogy, recently premiered on VH1. A longer version will be released in 2013.

Additionally, Bruno Mars’ sophomore set, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which includes the hit “Locked Out Of Heaven,” also begins streaming today, a week before its release. Hear it here.  Yesterday, Mars previewed another song from the album, the beautiful “When I Was Your Man.”

We’ll have full reviews of both albums next week.




 

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<p>Charlie Hunnam seems preposterously happy about the work he's been doing lately, and in particular, Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'</p>

Charlie Hunnam seems preposterously happy about the work he's been doing lately, and in particular, Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

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Charlie Hunnam gushes about 'Pacific Rim' and writing for the 'Sons Of Anarchy'

The gregarious young star talks about future plans and recent accomplishments

It's funny how someone who was born in 1980 can already have distinct movements in his career, but it's true of Charlie Hunnam.  Like many young stars, when he first got cast, there was a sense that it was a tryout for real stardom.  Certainly he made an impression in "Queer As Folk," and when he was given a shot at American TV, I liked the result.  "Undeclared" isn't quite as great as "Freaks and Geeks," but what is?  It was a lovely funny well-observed college show, and the cast was very strong and very young.  Roles followed in "Cold Mountain" and "Children Of Men" in small parts and "Green Street Hooligans" in a co-starring role that, unfortunately, just didn't connect.  The film has a lot of cool interesting things about it and is sort of a interesting miss, but certainly not the sort of thing that should stop a career cold.

Hunnam, though, disappeared until he showed up in "Sons Of Anarchy," and that's where he was born again hard.  Since then, he did "The Ledge," followed quickly by "Frankie Go Boom," as well as "Deadfall," the movie I sat down with him to discuss in the first place.  It's a small, confident neo noir story of two guys, a girl, a bag of money and some guns, and I'll also have chats with Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana for you this week. 

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<p>&quot;Argo&quot; was the NYFCC's runner-up for Best Picture.</p>

"Argo" was the NYFCC's runner-up for Best Picture.

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Roundup: Unpicking the NYFCC vote

Also: 'Lore' and 'Sapphires' rule Down Under, and Sundance premieres revealed

The surprise-sprinkled New York Film Critics' Circle vote may have been the biggest news of a stacked precursor day yesterday, but as usual, stories of the voting conflicts behind the scenes are even more interesting than the results themselves. The most detailed report I've read comes from esteemed NYFCC member J. Hoberman, and it's a fascinating read for awards geeks. While the winners list might suggest Best Picture was a close-run thing between "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln," the latter actually didn't even figure in the final three: "Argo" came in second and "The Master" took the bronze position, though neither film received any kind of consolation prize. Moreover, Steven Spielberg didn't receive a single Best Director vote. Moral of the story: this remains anyone's race, and hurrah for that. [Art Info]

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;shows off his latest invention.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) shows off his latest invention.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Lobster Crawl'

Ted looks after Marvin, while Robin tries to lure Barney back one last time

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get the naming rights to that lollipop bin...

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