Moonrise Kingdom

Oh yes! Wes Anderson’s new movie ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ now has a trailer, and it looks as good as I hoped. The movie stars some big names as per usual; Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman, but newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward also grace the stage. The synopsis on IMDB reads, “Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down — which might not be such a bad thing.”

The movie hits theaters May 25th, 2012.

Try to find yourself in the LCD Soundsystem trailer

It’s like the 2012 Where’s Waldo calendar where young, hip New Yorkers try to find themselves in the crowd in this trailer for LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play The Hits documentary about the band’s end. I wasn’t there, so instead of looking for myself and friends, I am just looking at James Murphy’s cute dog. So there’s something for everyone.

New Magnetic Fields Single: “Andrew in Drag”

Love At The Bottom Of The Sea is out in March.

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Bjork

This installment of The Week’s Most Blogged About Shows won’t focus on the bands playing the next 7 days (though some of them are pretty awesome), but instead on the ridiculous amount of shows going on sale. The floodgates have finally opened, and from buzz bands to old favorites to Central Park Summerstage, there are a ton of shows being announced — and a short time to get tickets before they inevitably sell out.  So pull out those credit cards, defer your student loans payments another month, and set your alarms for what we hope will be you at the computer, begging Ticketmaster to put that last pair in your cart.

Arguably the most exciting tickets released this week already went on presale Tuesday.  The 10-night Bjork Biophilia tour (4 nights at Roseland Ballroom, 6 nights at the The New York Hall of Science) is the first time Bjork is plaing in a few years.  Don’t worry if you missed out; the shows will be back on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

There are a TON of indie shows going on sale, as well – both for still-small-and-mostly-unknown bands as well as already-sold-out-and-not-really-indie bands.  Beirut, Ramesh (formerly of Voxtrot), Sharon Van Etten, Dum Dum Girls, Delta Spirit, Beach Fossils, White Rabbits, Snow Patrol, The Joy Formidable, Foster the People/Tokyo Police Club, The Duke Spirit, The Vaccines and Yacht all go on sale this week along with many more.

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Clip Art Covers

The best hyper-specific blog we’ve seen since Goths up Trees. More at clipartcovers.tumblr.com. [thanks Mr. Excel]

Treecycling for Art

That time of year has come and gone.

Michael Neff's Flickr

The gifts are given and received, the parties attended, and we’re all finally tired of holiday music.

By now, you’ve no doubt noticed the disregarded, bygone Christmas trees littering the streets of Williamsburg, and the truth is, there are many different ways to get rid of them. You can leave them for curbside collection, mulch them, or even feed them to rhinos, but local artist Michael Neff has his own plan.

Neff and a friend collected the fallen and forgotten firs around the neighborhood, and hung them in all their dry and dying glory under the BQE. There they swing and sway as the wind blows, and cars pass overhead.

According to Neff’s Flickr,

A proposal to install at a Brooklyn gallery this year was well received but they wanted more time to publicize the installation and asked me to install it for them next year. I wanted to do something immediately so I identified potential venues for installation and settled on this location under the BQE because of its visibility, ease of access, and the amount of traffic it gets.

The installation is located where Metropolitan Avenue crosses North 6th Street.

I have been intending to do an installation piece using the discarded Christmas trees for a number of years now. They begin to crowd the sidewalks of New York City as soon as the day after Christmas and have always felt a bit sad to me.

Michael Kiwanuka “They Say I’m Doing Just Fine”

We’ve been enjoying what we’ve heard thus far from the Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka. Mixtape Maestro has the scoop:

24-year-old Kiwanuka, born in London to immigrant Ugandan parents, is the latest singer-songwriter to be hit with the hyperbolic crit praise of representing that ever-desired pendulum swing back to Real Music, his material specializing in the kind of wearied, acousti-folk-soul MOR laments about life, love and spirituality that have drawn heavy comparisons to names like Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Van Morrison and The Temptations (we’ll add Ray Charles to that list as well).

While it’s difficult to label his music groundbreaking, it’s not so hard understanding his appeal, the diary-stripped intimacy and easy-listening, vintage-baked comfort of his craft carrying a certain timelessness that should easily woo different generations of listeners under his spell.

Real Estate + Funny or Die

One more reason to love Real Estate. The dude driving the van also happens to be, Chris Gethard, a funny ass dude, and probably my favorite story tellers at UCB.