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Watch a New Doc About Magical Mystery Tour

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After the Beatles made their classic film A Hard Day’s Night, and the enjoyable if lesserHelp!, they made the strange successor Magical Mystery Tour.  This past Friday PBS aired an enjoyable new documentary about the making of the Beatles’ largely forgotten film, and you can now stream it below.

If you’re not a hardcore fan of the Beatles or ’60s experimental cinema, then this documentary, like the original film, may not be for you. Magical Mystery Tour was panned after it premiered in 1967. The documentary interviews several Britons who sat eagerly in front of their sets on Boxing Day in 1967, when it premiered; most were sorely disappointed and many were quite confused by the trippy, improvisational, free-associative film. (The movie was made during a year when the Beatles were heavily influenced by their use of LSD.)
Magical Mystery Tour never aired in the U.S., but this fall it got a new restoration. Martin Scorsese and others in the documentary make the case that Mystery Tour was underappreciated—and the film itself is not without its highlights. Among the stronger scenes: what amounts to an early music video for “I Am the Walrus” and a jaunty, old-fashioned dance number set to “Your Mother Should Know.”
Other sequences prefigure the kind of psychedelic imagery and formal play that would reach larger American audiences in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the Monkees’ Head (1968), and Easy Rider(1969). (Compare especially the “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite” sequence in 2001 with what appears at 2:25 here.)
But there’s no denying that long stretches are shabby and incoherent—interesting only because they’re by the Beatles. Why are the Beatles wearing wizard hats? Why was Paul McCartney so determined to secure “a dozen midget wrestlers”? These are magical mysteries even this documentary can’t solve.For more Beatles coverage on Brow Beat, head over to Blogging the Beatles.
–by forrest wickman for slate.com

Blink 182 – Dogs Eating Dogs EP. Reviews: _M_Blink182DogsEatingDogsArtworkblink-182 hit just as hard as ever even as they kick off their brand new Dogs Eating Dogs EP [iTunes link] with the resounding acoustic guitar of “Boxing Day“.

It’s a hauntingly beautiful goodbye song, weaving together some of the band’s most cinematic lyrics ever and a faint hum. Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus sound utterly pristine, harmonizing together. Hoppus’s bass swell revs up “Disaster” as an imitableTravis Barker beat bounces through swells of spacey guitar effects. Quickly, the track snaps into a punk-y stomp that’s as tight as it is transcendent, while DeLonge announces, “I’m scared of the dark my friends”.

Everything brightens again on the slick rock riffing and percussive roll of “Dogs Eating Dogs”. It’s classic blink-182, but it’s also next level. Dogs Eating Dogs elevates everything fans loved aboutNeighborhoods to a whole new plateau and, as a result, showcases some of the band’s best songwriting ever.

Then there’s “Pretty Little Girl” which shifts from some ethereal effects into a scorching cameo from YelaWolf. Hearing him rip through a verse mid-song proves to be a welcome surprise. The collection culminates on “When I Was Young“. It’s thought-provoking lyrics float just above the propulsive rocking making for another ponderous gem.

Dogs Eating Dogs stands out as the band’s first independent release in 20 years, but most importantly it feels like the start of the next and best chapter of their career yet.

by: Rick Florino for artistdirect.com image from z93kqz.fm

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