OBSESSIVE COMPULSIONS: FILTER’s Weekly Picks Featuring Harmony Korine, Michel Gondry + More
By Staff on January 28, 2013
FILTER likes music. There's no hiding it. We also like our own opinions a whole bunch, so once a week we give the masses a fleeting glimpse into our selective stereos and Internet browsers to let them see firsthand what fuels our endless devotion. We like to think of it as community service. We're selfless like that. So without further ado, here are the official, inarguable, objectively good FILTER Weekly Picks—providing everything from new LPs you should be spinning to the latest good-fer-you videos. Yeah, we're good at what we do:
Harmony Korine's first Letterman appearance, 1995
Why: You can lose a large part of your day watching Harmony's complete Letterman appearance collection, but none were better than the maiden voyage. Dave does his best "I hate you but you give me job security" face that we'd later come to love on visits from Joaquin Phoenix and Richard Simmons. Here's hoping Harmony will be back at the Ed Sullivan Theater to promote "Spring Breakers" this spring despite his "lifetime ban" for shoving Meryl Streep on his last visit. What a maroon. -- Pat McGuire
Mood Indigo trailer (dir. Michel Gondry)
Why: The premise alone for Michel Gondry's new film had me hooked: Chloë (Audrey Tatou) and Colin (Romain Duris) meet, fall in love and get married; everything is perfect, until Chloë falls ill from a mysterious ailment during their honeymoon, and Colin (an inventor) must find the cure. The complication? It's a flower growing in her lung. That's it... I'm packing and moving to Gondry's imagination. —Breanna Murphy
Lord Huron -- "The Stranger"
Why: This record's been on repeat all year. So good. -- Angelica Corona
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Why: I've been listening to a lot of Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie and Lou Reed lately...which reminds me of one of the most captivating reads out there, if you are at all curious about this time in music. Cannot imagine what it must have been like to live in NYC during the 70s, but Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain give a pretty good (or at least fascinating) depiction in Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk. It's quite a loss that so many infamous figures of the time did not survive to realize their legacy, but even more surprising that as many did survive. -- Monique Gilbert
The Who -- Quadrophenia
Why: Pete Townshend considers this double-album rock saga his greatest piece of work. I would have to agree with the man. Pete and Roger will be performing the album in its entirety at the Staples Center on Wednesday night and I'll be there wondering why I cut my hair and where my GS scooter is! -- Bailey Pennick
Paramore -- "Now"
Why: My jam of the week! --Evan Pierri