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WATCH: The Killers – “Christmas in L.A.” (feat. Owen Wilson)

The Killers continue their long partnership with the AIDS Awareness foundation (RED) by releasing the new Christmas single “Christmas In LA”. Earlier, RollingStone unveiled the song’s pretty grand video.

Featuring Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton, the video features both actors set to the backdrop of student-made animation directed by Kelli Loosli. The video, according to Slant, is about “the existential crisis all actors inevitable face at some point in their careers”. The band Dawes features on the audio portion of the single.

The Killers are really hit or miss, with much of their output being on the miss side, but give credit where its due, this melange of Christmas vibes coupled with the melancholia strewn video and imagery fits rather well.

Check out the video below (hit refresh if the VEVO player isn’t working immediately):


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VIDEO: Bad Religion – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Parody or not, Bad Religion have never been a band to stay clear of polarizing their fans.  From Into the Unknown to their major label days, the band’s output has often wavered from being incredible statements of political and social nature to just plain baffling. Their Christmas album? A little of both. While the content seems rather lame, the actual execution has been quite good.

As part of their freshly minted advent calender in which the band will be gifting fans one new gift a day until Christmas, the band have released the video for the song “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The video uses traditional Christmas choir footage edited with the less-traditional rendition of the song. What can be expect from Bad Religion until Christmas? We’ll have to wait and see each day.

For now, check out the video below:




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Listen to Bad Religion’s Christmas album

As weird and distressing it is that the band that so boldly features the crossbuster logo decided to record a collection of Christmas songs, it is moreso that after listening to them, you realize they aren’t so bad.

Bad Religion’s Christmas album. Yep, it happened. It’s out now on Epitaph and you can stream each track through the YouTube playlist above. The songs include their renditions of traditional Christmas songs “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”, “Come All Ye Faithful” and “Little Drummer Boy” to name a few. The set also includes the Andy Wallace mix of their Recide For Hate song “American Jesus”.

I really wanted to hate this but I don’t.


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones get festive with “2000 Miles”

Ska punk outfit The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are ringing in the holiday season the best way they can; with a Hometown Throwdown and a cover of a classic holiday song.

The band are celebrating their 13th annual Hometown Throwdown this year with Less than Jake, H20, The Flatliners and more and will release their version of the 1983 Pretenders song “2000 Miles”  digitally and on pink vinyl (with cover art illustration by ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel).

You can view the video for the track below while dates and artists for this year’s throwdown can be seen below. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones last released Pin Points and Gin Joints in 2009.

The 13th Annual Hometown Throwdown
The House of Blues, Boston, MA
December 26: w/ F.U’s and We Are The Union
December 27: w/ H2O and The Flatliners
December 28: w/ Less Than Jake and DYS


Film, Trailers

Trailer watch: Jack Black in Gulliver’s Travels

Jack Black spends most of his time in movies doing what he does best … being Jack Black. This usually entails the strenuous art of scrunching his eyebrows, flailing his arms and yelling, lots and lots of yelling. Black’s latest offering is no different; the Christmas-time family flick Gulliver’s Travels.

Co-starring Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Emily Blunt and Billy Connelly, this live-action adaptation follows the tale of a down-and-out mailroom clerk (Black) who finds himself in larger-than-life circumstances after disappearing into the Bermuda Triangle. Cue special effects, Jack Black comedy and some good ol’ fashion morality.

If you’re looking for some light hearted entertainment come Christmas time, this flick is probably a safe bet. It’s tone is similar to that of Night at the Museum, so if you’re into that sort of easy entertainment, Gulliver’s Travels is probably right up your alley.

Gulliver’s Travels opens in cinemas December 22nd, you can watch the new trailer above.