watch: run the jewels – close your eyes (and count to fuck) feat. zach de la rocha

a simple video, but the message is more powerful than anything. never discount these guys for doing something important.

“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”


listen: ceremony – the separation + the understanding

man, these guys are sure removed from their hardcore past, huh? it’s a surprise to me, having skipped over their previous release. but gone are the powerviolence days and we’re balls deep into their foray into interpol – which isn’t a bad thing either. the band will release the L-shaped man on march 19th.

preorders are up here.


listen: circa survive – drain you (nirvana cover)

circa survive will be a part of an upcoming vinyl release for robotic empire. many a good band will be covering many a good nirvana song. listen to “drain you” above, and check the list below. full information on the record store day release is here.


Young Widows – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Torche – In Bloom
Kylesa – Come As You Are
Cave In – Breed
Boris – Lithium
La Dispute – Polly
White Reaper – Territorial Pissings
Circa Survive – Drain You
Touche Amore – Lounge Act
Wrong – Stay Away
Pygmy Lush – On A Plain
Nothing – Something In The Way
Thou – Endless, Nameless / Even In His Youth (Bonus Tracks)


listen: how to dress well – pour cyril (live with orchestra)

HTDW’s what is this heart? is still churning out the goodies, and even more so with this new live version of “pour cyril” complete with a full orchestra.

Live With Orchestra Version of “Pour Cyril” from How To Dress Well joined by Minna Choi’s Magik*Magik orchestra and first performed as part of a continuous sixty-minute live score put together to mark the release of “What Is This Heart?” in Berlin last June.


watch: silicon valley – season 2 trailer

while everyone is up in arms about the entourage trailer, i got more excited at the sneak peek into season two of silicon valley, HBO’s hidden gem of a comedy in a typically huge lineup of shows. join the nerds as pied piper takes off a bit more. plenty of hijinks here.


the week in sports: 3/17 – 3/23 (2015)

March Madness took off without a hitch – and the Sweet 16 is now set. After this weekend, we’ll have the Final Four ready to go. Under the jump review all the Sweet 16 matchups and some quick predictions, as well as the rest of this week’s biggest news.

-grizzly and thevhb

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