At a time when lo-fi music is getting a lot of attention from critics and listeners alike, it’s not surprising to find a similar movement emerging from film. Dubbed “Mumblecore,” these movies forsake high production value for handheld, affordable cameras and a production style that emphasizes improvisation – whether it be camera angles or dialogue. The posterboys for Mumblecore are Jay and Mark Duplass, two brothers that have gotten some attention for their movies including Baghead, and last year’s Humpday (both of which are availible of Netflix Streaming.) They’ve come far enough that, despite taking advantage of low-budget limitations to inform their films’ style, their newest film, Cyrus, was actually financed by a major studio. [click to continue…]
While I think it’s fair to say I’ll post a little of everything when it comes to music, there’s a a certain pleasure in being able to give a little hometown love. Here’s Chris Tolle and Jack Cardwell (otherwise known as The Belles) with “Never Said Anything” off their 2003 debut, Omertá:
I’m never opposed to posting a 7 year old tune, but the reason for this particular instance is so you’ll go to either their Facebook or MySpace page and give yourself an earful of some amazing low-key pop goodness that’ll be making its way onto their upcoming EP, Time Flies When You’re Losing Your Mind on the S-Curve label*. I’ve long been a fan of Mr. Tolle’s songwriting chops, so it’s always a good day when I get to hear new stuff from the man. And believe me, it’s worth your time.