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Austin, Texas trio Mirror Travel is comprised of: Tiffanie Lanmon (drums), Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals) and Lauren Green (guitar/vocals). Power and respect to this band for being 2/3 female. That’s rarely seen these days. The band recorded Mexico at Marfa Recording Studios in Marfa, Texas. Have you heard about Marfa and the Marfa lights in the desert? That’s a bold choice with all the strange phenomena surrounding Marfa. It surely added something to the unusual atmospheric and dreamscape sound of the band. While Mirror Travel opens with the dreamy, escapist instrumental “Sand,” the core of their songs fall into that fuzzy, gritty garage band sound reminiscent of 90s female-fronted bands like Velocity Girl or that dog. They add their own edginess to modernize the songs. Lauren Green’s vocals simultaneously exude heartache and perception. Touches of gray. A thing of beauty. “Parties” churns with raging riffs and Green’s raspy astute observations. Cool tempo provides moodiness to “Uncharted Waters.” This is a band to watch. Check out the new album and catch them on their fall tour.
Modern Outsider Records
Release date: October 15, 2013
purchase at Amazon: Mexico
10.15.13 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
10.16.13 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
10.17.13 – Memphis, TN @ Poplar Lounge
10.18.13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
10.19.13 – Washington, D.C. @ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for SHE SHREDS FESTIVAL
10.20.13 – Manhattan, NY @ Cake Shop
10.21.13 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
10.22.13 – Lowell, MA @ Wilder Zangcraft
10.23.13 – Dover, NH @ Sonny’s
10.24.13 – Providence, RI @ TBA
10.25.13 – Baltimore, MD @ TBA
10.26.13 – Ithaca, NY @ TBA
10.27.13 – Chicago, IL @ Township
10.29.13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Into the Abyss is another accomplished, engrossing Werner Herzog documentary. It’s an exploration of the reasons why people kill. Herzog speaks with death row inmate Michael Perry, his accomplice, Jason Burkett, in the crime as well as those most closely affected. He also questions people about the validity, morality and overall effectiveness of the death penalty. As an anti-death penalty film, Into the Abyss brings up some standard arguments from a former Death House officer and others. The strongest, most compelling and moving documentary about the death penalty is At the Death House Door. Texas kills so many inmates annually. Many states might have the death penalty but don’t really practice it. I can’t understand the reasoning behind it. It doesn’t deter someone from a crime and it also doesn’t bring the dead back.
Ten years ago, two drug-addled teenagers killed a woman to take her car. And in the process they killed two other boys their own age. One sits on death row. The other has a life sentence. The ever inquisitive Herzog interviews law officials, career criminals and white trash for the most part. The erudite Cambridge audience I sat in a screening with laughed at much of what these people said, to my dismay—“I can’t read”—“My father’s in prison too.” They talk about guns with such bravado, knowledge and comfort that it’s disturbing. Then again, it’s Texas where I think infants learn to shoot before they learn to read. The provocative Into the Abyss reveals quite a bit and will engage you throughout the film.
Directed by Werner Herzog
IFC Films/ Sundance Selects
Okay, the second season is not nearly as perfect and brilliant and addictive as the first but it’s still is a show with quality writing and acting and high school kids who in general act like high school kids.
Save it. I want another season. Tim Riggins [Taylor Kisch]!! Tammy [Connie Britton]!! Coach Taylor [Kyle Chandler] and Tyra and Landry and maybe if Julie would play a sport and not be so mopey then I’d like her.
Go to Best Week Ever petition.