Where to even begin with Silence.
Martin Scorsese is my favorite filmmaker. The Departed is a masterwork that served as mine and countless other’s introduction into the world of cinema. To survey the diverse array of films Scorsese has made is to attend film school: to learn how to read a visual story, to realize that every frame has meaning and is communicating something and that, when done expertly, the experience of a film can be profound. It’s to learn the ID of Scorsese: the themes he’s preoccupied with, the ideals he’s interested in exploring. Faith is one of those ideas. The Last Temptation of Christ is likely his masterpiece, a film about Jesus Christ, a legend treated as more than man, and it tests his faith and what his martyrdom means on a human level. Silence is about an ordinary human, not the son of God, facing a similar test of faith. When Scorsese tells this story about a real man in the real world, the grim realities of slavish devotion to faith and dogmatic thinking are exposed for the true devastation they wreak. Faith and morality are not so easily reconciled together.
Bonobo have released their video for “No Reason.”
The Wraith have released their new EP, Shadow Flag, on Bandcamp. The band features former Blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor on drums.
WSTR’s debut album, Red, Green or Inbetween, can be streamed below. I’d like to talk to someone about this “inbetween” word.
New Found Glory appear to be doing a little teasing on Instagram.
Third Eye Blind will be playing their self-titled album in full during their 2017 tour. Dates can be found below.
Logic Pro X for macOS and GarageBand for iOS have both been updated today. MacStories has a good rundown of the new features:
Logic Pro X 10.3 adds Touch Bar support to the app for the first time, implementing it in a number of ways. The Touch Bar can serve as an instrument, allowing users to tap out a drum beat or play a piano keyboard. Power users will appreciate the ability to keep some of their favorite controls on the Touch Bar, as it can be configured with different keyboard shortcuts to suit each person’s needs. There is also the option to navigate audio waveforms using the Touch Bar.
Twenty One Pilots performed their cover of My Chemical Romance’s “Cancer” live last night. Some fan-shot footage has found its way online.
Metallica, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban have been announced to perform at the Grammys.
Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
John K. Samson has announced some new tour dates. They’re below.
Conor Oberst will release his new album Salutations on March 17th. The album will contain seven new songs and full-band renditions of the songs on his last album, Ruminations. He’s also unveiled the new song “Napalm.”
The Bombpops have debuted their new song “Jerk.”
Mile Morales has been confirmed for the upcoming animated Spider-Man movie written and produced by Chris Miller and Philip Lord.
Uhh, fuck yes.
Jeff Rosenstock has released a new video for “Pash Rash.”
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John, and Larry Jackson sat down for an interview with Complex:
Zane Lowe: Larry was the first person who ever called me and asked if I wanted to be involved in Apple Music. For the most part, it remains how he and I talked about it in that first conversation, which was a place for music to live, and for artists to call home, and for an audience to feel like this is where the conversation is happening. I want it to go deeper than just availability.
The xx performed “Lips” and “Say Something Loving” last night on Fallon.
President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence.
President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.
Audioslave will reunite at Prophets of Rage’s Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20th at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.
I’m sure there’s a joke to be made about Dryjacket’s debut album being titled For Posterity, given their throwback sound, but I’m neither clever nor unoriginal enough to make it. There would be truth to it though — from the pun song titles (“Spelling Era,” “Abe LinkedIn”), to the horns, to the dual vocals — everything about For Posterity feels familiar.
You can pull out hints of The Promise Ring and Piebald at every corner of the band’s pop-sensible emo, and the trumpet calls to mind American Football, of course. The band even pays tribute to their more eclectic, more technical forefathers on “Epi Pen Pals” and “Milo with an ‘H.’” This is all to say that, much like my sort of attempted joke, For Posterity isn’t all that original. It plays, generally, like a recap of the genre for anyone who might’ve missed it the first time around.