Flypaper (2011)

I’m not one for usually giving out film suggestions, but the 2011 film Flypaper starring Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer,  and Matt Ryan is worth checking out. The film follows the hilarious antics of two sets of bank robberies, a redneck pair and a professional team of elite robbers. Both sets of robbers accidentally end up at the same bank and get into a gun fight. In the midst of the gun fight, a neurotic Dempsey, tells them to just rob the same bank. One group goes to the vaults and the other goes for the AT machines, problem solved.

The movie has a lot of hilarious moments and a whodunit mystery vibe; it’s so worth checking out! You can watch it on Demand with Comcast/Xfinity for $6.99 under the IFC movie collection.

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Soul Peepers: Kaskade & Mindy Gledhill “Eyes”

“Eyes are the window to the soul.” A cliche saying at best, but it does hold some truth. Eyes can be a window to the soul, but some people have some very deceptive eyes. Deceptive, seductive, innocent, and just plain old uncertain. Yet, there is still this magnetic pull I feel when I stare into someone’s eyes and have a sincere conversation. It makes me proud to be a human being and it propels me forward on this journey of humanity.

The beauty of two souls connecting via peepers (eyes) is pretty awesome, which is why I’m sure Kaskade and Mindy Gledhill decided to make a song about it. I heard their song “Eyes” not too long ago, but now there is a trippy video out (came out a few days ago on Ultra Records YouTube page) that captures the essence of a soul, life, and being in tranquil motion. The song is such a simple concept, but sometimes simplistic is best when it comes to music. I’m all for having those abstract musical explorations, but there are those days when I want tranquil vibes resonating in my head. I like music to just “peace me out,” especially on those long days where I feel overwhelmed from school work or life.

If you’re a fan of Kaskade, then I’m sure you’ll love this side of him. It’s a lot more calm and sort of enticing in a way. It’s easy to get lost while listening to this song and if you watch the video, you might get caught in a trance; the video is very trippy and feels like some type of 80s depiction of an acid trip. See for yourself, watch the video!

Kaskade Featuring Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Official Video)

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Psychedelic Chillwave: Neon Indian “Polish Girl”

Did you happen to see Neon Indian and their spectacular performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week? Well if you missed it, then you need to get a DVR and start recording Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; he’s got great live music by the Roots, he is funny, and the music guests never cease to amaze.

Jimmy doesn’t just put the widely successful bands and artists on his show. Yes, the musicians are successful but they might not be on every music channel and have their names circulated in the mainstream media 24/7. Each time I watch his show, I’m always being introduced to a band I might have never heard of before. His show is the main reason why I fell in love with the Sheepdogs and their 60s folk/rock sound.

Jimmy Fallon’s show is also another reason why I took the time and started listening to Neon Indian’s music. Their performance on the show had me dancing in front of the television, I was in some type of magical trance. It could have easily blamed it on the sex appeal of Neon Indian’s singer and composer Alan Polomo, but it was the music that overpowered me.

He performed “Polish Girl,” off his latest album Era Extraña. The album has been creating quite the buzz the past few days due to the 23-year old Texan’s ability to compose majestic psychedelic chillwave music. I still need to go pick up the album and give the other songs a listen, but from what I’ve heard so far from Neon Indian; their music is simply put, good music. I’m a sucker for that chillwave vibe infused with some psychedelic abstract exploration.  Their live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon incorporated light painting and in the video for “Polish Girl,” Neon Indian continues to play with light painting in order to tell a story of a “disjointed personal journey.” It’s an abstract video with an awesome chill wave-pop-psychedelic rhythm.

Neon Indian “Polish Girl” by Tim Nackashi

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