Archive | November, 2010

Dirtbag Debut : Lykke Li – Get Some

15 Nov

Swedish pop bombshell Lykke Li released her new single, Get Some last month. Well kids, the wait is over. Lykke Li’s video for Get Some has just been released. Directed by Johan Söderberg, the clip sees Lykke Li in a warehouse space with weirdo projections; singing and working it for everything she’s worth. This is the first single off her still untitled sophomore album, which will drop in the early part of 2011. Can’t wait for more new Lykke Li ? Well, neither can we. Here are the dates for her 2011 tour :

Wed March 9,   Los Angeles      USA,      El Rey Theatre – Tickets

Mon April 4,      Hamburg      Ger,      Grunspan – Tickets
Tue April 5,       Berlin      Ger,      Astra Kulturhaus – Tickets
Wed April 6,      Munich     Ger,      Muffathalle – Tickets
Fri April 8,         Amsterdam     Holland,      Paradiso – Tickets
Mon April 11,    Cologne      Ger,      Gloria – Tickets
Tue April 12,     Bristol      UK,      Trinity – Tickets
Thu April 14,     London      UK,      Shepherds Bush Empire – Tickets
Fri April 15,       Leeds      UK,      Cockpit – Tickets
Sat April 16,      Dublin      Ireland,      Tripod – Tickets
Mon April 18,     Glasgow      UK,        Arches – Tickets
Tue April 19,     Manchester      UK,       Academy 2 – Tickets
Thu April 21,     Paris     France,      Le Cigale – Tickets
Mon April 25,     Rennes      France,      L’Antipode – Tickets
Fri Apr 29,         Copenhagen      Denmark,      Vega – Tickets
Sat Apr 30,        Oslo      Norway,      Rockefeller – Tickets
Mon May 2,       Stockholm      Sweden,      Cirkus – Tickets

Sun May 15,      Washington      USA,      9:30 Club – Tickets
Mon May 16,      Philadelphia      USA,      Theater of Living Arts – Tickets
Tue May 17,      New York      USA,      Webster Hall on sale 19th Nov
Fri May 20,        Boston        USA,        Paradise – Tickets
Sat May 21,       Montreal      Canada,      Metropolis on sale 19th Nov
Sun May 22,      Toronto      Canada,      Phoenix Concert Theatre – Tickets
Mon May 23,     Chicago      USA,      Metro – Tickets
Thu May 26,      Seattle      USA,      Showbox at the Market
Fri May 27,        Vancouver      USA,      Vogue Theatre on sale 19th Nov
Sat May 28,       Portland      USA,      Wonder Ballroom
Mon May 30,     San Francisco      USA,      The Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center on sale 21st Nov

Lykke Li will play the Phoenix Concert Centre in Toronto on May 22nd


Posted by : Max Mohenu


Dirtbag Debut : Games – Shadows In Bloom

11 Nov


Posted by : Max Mohenu

Efterklang Joins Forces With A French Filmmaker For “An Island”

11 Nov

Efterklang dropped their new album Magic Chain earlier this year. After that the band played SWSW and toured all over the world. Sounds like a good year right ? Well it seems the boys have big things planned for 2011 as well. The band has recently finished a film with French filmmaker Vincent Moon titled An Island. From what we know, it was filmed in the Danish country side and the idea was to make a film as short as the record. The end result was pretty awesome. Efterklang collaborated with over 200 local musicians; all creating their own performances and interpretations of songs from Magic Chains.

The film will premiere in February 2011, but you can watch the trailer for it below. Go to for more info

AN ISLAND – FIRST TEASER – Vincent Moon & Efterklang from Rumraket on Vimeo.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Dirtbag Debut : Chris Garneau – Dirty Night Clowns

9 Nov

Chris Garneau is back with his creepy new clip for Dirty Night Clowns. It’s been awhile since the Brooklyn singer/songwriter released a video. Good to see he hasn’t lost his touch.

Posted by : Max Mohenu

Interview : Jonathan Caouette

8 Nov

When Dirtbag first tried to catch up with filmmaker Jonathan Caouette last week, Caouette did not answer his phone. However, when he called back an hour later from New York, he had a good reason: he accidentally fell asleep while working on post-production of his next film, a documentary enhanced with fiction.

Technically speaking, even when he is sleeping, Caouette is still working. Much of this 37-year-old’s experimental filmmaking is based on cinematically exposing what it feels like to dream, so every ‘z’ caught is another footnote in his research. His latest film, All Flowers in Time, is a whimsical 13-minute short starring Chloe Sevigny, Caouette’s grandfather, a French cowboy, and an evil Dutch television show. Caouette’s son, who is 15, appears as well, if only for a few seconds at age eight with blacked-out eyes.

“I’m hoping people walk away from the film feeling like they’ve just gone through an emotional experience that they might not be able to put their finger on, and that they’ve actively participated in a nightmare or a dream,” said Caouette.

There also seems to be an underlying theme of identity weaved into the film like sexual innuendo in every Maroon 5 song. An old man asks a young girl repeatedly, “And who do you think you are?”, a French cowboy on TV pronounces, “I’m not of this place,” and a red-eyed Sevigny plays a game of ‘who can turn into the scarier monster’ with a young boy.

“Identity, to me, honestly is a bit of an illusion. I think we’re all—in reality—automatons and we mimic what we see,” Caouette said. “I’ve seen people in my own life morph in and out of being several different people or several different fragmented ideas of themselves.”

It’s his first official short film, but that doesn’t mean it took a short time to create. All Flowers in Time took four years to come together. In fact, the film is an amalgamation of pieces from two different projects edited into one: footage from testing out a new camera on his grandfather and two friends in 2006 and B-roll from a 42-second film with Sevigny from 2008. It was only in the last year that he decided he should put all of the footage together to make another movie entirely.

“I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to shoot things in vain and let them sit for awhile. I am willing to try to figure out ways to reconstitute or re-use anything I’ve shot in some form or fashion,” he said.

Caouette had met Big Love star, fashionista, and girl-about-town a couple of times since 2005. These run-ins were enabled by working in the same industry and having friends in the same social circles, but it was only after exchanging phone numbers at a club in downtown New York that Caouette expressed he wanted to work with her one day. And after exchanging text messages a year later, they did set up exactly one day to film at Caouette’s apartment. Caouette said Sevigny is very easy to work with, professional, and cool.

“I think she is known for doing things that are kind of renegade and outside of the norm, and I think she likes to take risks in roles,” he said. “It’s really commendable to see somebody who can do what she does; being on this very cool TV show and being able to divert her energies into more experimental things and with such a balance that it just works for her.”

All Flowers in Time made it to the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it was scouted and brought to the Phi Group in Montreal for distribution. Phi also became producers of the finishing touches of the film. Caouette—who is of French-Canadian decent on his father’s side yet grew up in Texas—has travelled to Montreal four times in the past six months.

“I love Montreal. I love Canada, period. You guys have an amazing country and I think the U.S. has a lot to learn from it,” said Caouette. “I wish the way you guys function there could spread over here in so many ways. Socialized medicine, gay marriage, all of that… everywhere I’ve ever been in Canada has been wonderful.”

His favourite Canadian band is Arcade Fire because he believes they are genius singer-songwriters who have a fresh sound influenced by everything Caouette found cool about the ‘80s. He is a self-proclaimed vinyl junkie and even chose all of the songs featured in All Flowers in Time himself. The title of the movie, however, has no connection to the Jeff Buckley song of the same name; he just liked the title (“It’s sort of the way ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ had nothing to do with The Cure song”).

“I’m all about cutting film to music, and music being the common denominator of anything I do,” he said. The last documentary he shot, 2009’s All Tomorrow’s Parties—which is about the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in England—is definitely a testament to that belief.

Caouette sees All Flowers in Time as a “dress rehearsal” for going into making narrative feature films; the “Social Network” to his Andrew Garfield pining after the role of Spider Man.

And he’s not just talking about making a feature film, he’s already got it in the works. Everything Somewhere Else will be Caouette’s first feature film, and it will have his signature dream-world tone. His go-getting nature has been influenced by acclaimed director Gus Van Sant, the executive producer of Caouette’s documentary from 2003, Tarnation, who once in regards to if you want to make a film but haven’t already, “There should be no excuses anymore.”

“Look at people like Xavier Dolan. He’s a remarkable example. We live in a day and age where you can just grab a camera now… As long as you have a story to tell and you let the story be the real backbone of whatever you are doing, you should make a film. And you can,” said Caouette.

“I don’t think you need a lot of money to do it anymore. It’s becoming as accessible as writing a book or painting… I don’t think everyone’s a filmmaker but I think everyone can try.”

Everyone—or at least everyone who is a musician—can also try to send Caouette their music (“I think the best gift of all is receiving music. If anybody just wanted to send me music at all, I would love that”). His e-mail is

All Flowers in Time will be playing at the Mix NYC Film Festival in New York this month and at the Whistler Film Festival in British Columbia in December.

Posted by : Melissa Kim

The Next Streets Album Due Out In February

8 Nov

The Streets is ready to drop his final album, Computer Blues and it looks like Mr. Mike Skinner is gunning for a February 7th release.

If you go on his website, you’ll see a timer currently active and set to end on that date(we got the scoop from our friends at NME). It’s still sad to think is the final Streets album, but we have no doubt it’ll be killer. Mike Skinner once said in an interview that the final Streets album would be “one more banger” and will be “dancing music to drink tea to”. Better go get the Earl Grey ready.

You watch footage of Mike Skinner in the studio below.


Posted by : Max Mohenu

The Jameses New 7” Artwork Revealed

3 Nov

Captured Tracks plans to drop the  new Jameses 7” single, Caribou/Fifth Dimension, next month and they’ve just posted the artwork for it. Once word to sums this up, amazing! Thanks for the twitter update guys.

Posted by : Max Mohenu