In the run-up to the September 19th US theatrical release of the latest sci-fi mindbender from acclaimed director Terry Gilliam, new indie film distributor Amplify released an official trailer and posters (including one poster that was banned by the MPAA) that reveal Christoph Waltz thinking deep thoughts about life, the universe and everything! The Zero Theorem will also be released via On Demand and iTunes on August 19th for those who are too impatient to discover life’s meaning (or lack thereof).
As a tribute to the late genius inventor Nikola Tesla, They Might Be Giants recently released an electrifying new interactive video for their song Tesla, featuring nine different remixes (and accompanying 8mm visuals), as well as the original album version of the song! The nearly twenty-four minute, ten-part epic video was directed by Paul Sahre. The original version of the song Tesla can also be found on the new compilation album Idlewild. The band tweeted that they will be offering free music in the coming weeks via their mailing list and podcast. Explore the full video below! —via NPR
UPDATE: New US trailer and poster have been released! Director and Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam’s latest venture into sci-fi, The Zero Theorem, has been described as the third part of a trilogy that started with Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News called it “a perfect complete masterpiece”—while Time Magazine said, “The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished”.
The film stars a hairless Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Muppets Most Wanted) as a reclusive mathematical genius who is charged with the mind-bending task of finding the meaning of life; and the script was written by first-time screenwriter and UCF professor Pat Rushin. The Zero Theorem has already been released in UK cinemas on March 14, and has a US release for September 19th, though you should follow this twitter feed if you would like to see the film get a wider release. Check out the trailers, behind-the-scenes videos, an awesome cover of Radiohead’s Creep by Karen Souza (from the film’s official soundtrack) and more below. (Note: This article has been updated since it was first posted.)
Here’s a fanvid for Arcade Fire’s song “Joan of Arc” (from their new album Reflektor), using footage from classic silent films—particularly “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer). (As seen on Indiewire’s blog, The Playlist.) Check out the live performances below! (Also available to watch on YouTube).
Just in time for Halloween, They Might Be Giants release a free MP3 of the spooky-crazy song “The Darlings of Lumberland” from their most recent album Nanobots. Check out the TMBG-approved fanvid below, and look out for them on tour this fall!
Brooklyn-based band King Luan gives us all the facts we need to know about a surprisingly gnome-less Sweden in their quirkily funny (and Sweden-approved) tune, There Are No Gnomes In Sweden. Just one more reason to go Nordic. Also noted: Danes aren’t very tasty to gnomes. Who knew? EP now available on iTunes and Spotify. (via io9)
On Monday September 9th, the Canadian indie band Arcade Fire released two videos for their new single, Reflektor (featuring David Bowie on backing vocals): one interactive video, and one more traditional video. The second video has received almost 1 million views in 48 hours. The double album, Reflektor, drops October 29th. Watch the video below.
You’re On Fire is the latest song from They Might Be Giants’ 2013 album Nanobots to get the official music video treatment from the Brooklyn duo. Check out the Buzzworthy video below! TMBG will be touring throughout the fall. Directed by Hoku Uchiyama and Adam Bolt, and starring Lauren Lapkus from Orange Is The New Black. (via Laughing Squid)
Dear Mr. Watterson is a Kickstarter-funded film, exploring the enduring popularity and influence of “the greatest comic strip in the history of the universe: Calvin & Hobbes.” The trailer & poster are below, and it will be released in theaters & VOD on November 15th.
TMBG has totally reinvented their song Black Ops into a real barnburner—from their latest album Nanobots. Watch the video (recorded live at NJ’s famous music venue The Stone Pony) below.
Moon Hooch has gone from busking in the NYC subways (where they were “banned from performing at the Bedford Ave stop off the L line in Brooklyn for ‘starting too many dance parties’”) to opening for acts like They Might Be Giants, charting on Billboard, and jamming with cows! Check out their mix of house, jazz and dubstep (which they refer to as “cave music”) in the videos below.
Be sure to watch in a room with the lights off to get the full effect! They Might Be Giants recently dropped a new video for their timely and surprisingly political song Black Ops (from Nanobots), which was written from the point of view of an amoral drone operator. (Contains some strobe effects.)
Reddit is all abuzz with a post about a video for a fun song called Fish, as performed by the Russian band Leningrad. Typical comments were: “This sounds like vodka,” and, “I don’t know what they’re singing, but I like it.” You can download the full album for free at the band’s website, as well as an mp3 of the YouTube video.
Check out They Might Be Giants’ strangely wonderful new official video for Insect Hospital, from their recent album Nanobots. The video—which also includes Hive Mind, Decision Makers, Nouns, There and Tick—was designed and animated by Hiné Mizushima, who also constructed the felt cassette tape for TMBG’s official app. Where else can you see a giant tick shred guitar? (via TMBGareok)
The sequel to 2011’s mashup by YouTuber cookiewaits (a little NSFW due to some F-bombs).
Robot Parade gone bad! Here’s the official video for the title track from They Might Be Giants’ new album—directed by Liam Lynch (one of the minds behind The Sifl and Olly Show ). TMBG is now on tour. (via Mashable.com)
The new official video for They Might Be Giants’ song “Icky” (from TMBG’s most recent rock album “Nanobots”) looks like the sort of animated surreal craziness Terry Gilliam might’ve come up with. (via Laughing Squid)
Here is MajorVsMinor’s downbeat take on The Beatles’ classic Hey Jude. I wonder what he’d do with Eleanor Rigby.
You can stream TMBG’s new album Nanobots over at RollingStone.com or on Soundcloud right now, so get going! Or just watch the three awesome fan videos below.
You’re On Fire is the new single from Nanobots, the latest rock album from Brooklyn’s own, They Might Be Giants. Download the free mp3 over at Stereogum. Don’t forget to check out the official TMBG website for their new free iPhone app and other goodies. (Android version coming soon.) Nanobots will land on March 5th.