Features Jenny Coon Peterson
Who didn’t get to take that fabulous foreign vacation this summer? I
kept pushing for Montreal, but my best friend rudely insisted on getting
married, gobbling up my vacation funds. (However, I did just return
from a weekend visiting friends in New Jersey, which is almost like
visiting another planet where you can’t pump your own gas.)
Help the world welcome the new Justice album with a pair of prog-tastic music vids.
There’s no denying the resounding influence of 1970s prog rock on Parisian electro-heads Justice (whom many have called the heirs to Daft Punk’s giant pyramid throne) and their much-anticipated second record, “Audio Video Disco,” which was released yesterday.
The two videos below do well to match the enormity of these new tracks, particularly “Civilization,” which literally has glowing, stampeding space buffalo trying to dodge falling boulders as the world falls apart. Glad to know that somebody other than Kanye West wants to bring back what bands like Yes and King Crimson loved about music.
‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’
Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.
Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.
12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA * 12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA * 12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR * 12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC * 12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA * 12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO * 02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS 02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO 02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN 02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL 02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH 02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY 02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON 02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC 02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA 02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY 02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA 02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC 02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA 02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA 02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC 02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC 02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^ 02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^ 03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^ 03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^ 03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^ 03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^ 03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^ 03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^ 03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^ 03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^
* w/ JBM ^ w/ Radiohead
Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:
And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.
Yet another French thriller arrives perfectly on-target.
Thriller Rod Lott
Not since 2006’s “Tell No One” has a foreign-born thriller overtaken my
pulse as handily as Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank.” Both hail from France.
Neither is a hunk of fromage. In fact, they put American thrillers to shame.
Known for painting soup cans, Andy Warhol also shot photos, some of which feature famous faces and go on display in Norman.
Visual Arts Susannah Waite The Cult of Personality: Andy Warhol, Harold Stevenson and Portraiture and Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art opening Friday, through Sept. 9 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 555 Elm, Norman ou.edu/fjjma 325-3272 $3-$5
Salma Hayek stripping isn't even the film's best element.
Drama Rod Lott
Mathieu Demy's Americano opens with a little death,
followed immediately by a big one, as Frenchmen Martin (Demy) receives
one of those middle-of-the-night phone calls that deliver the worst of
bad news: His mother has died.
The Oscar-nominated drama is cold-blooded, yet remarkable.
Drama Phil Bacharach
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke isn't the obvious choice for a movie
about love at its weightiest and most profound. In previous works like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon and Caché, he has crafted cinematic nipple twists that tweak audiences while examining humankind at its cruelest.