Live Podcast with Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Nathan Willett & Matt Maust of Cold War Kids

The Modern School of Film and Murmur Radio. Sponsored By Whole Foods (includes Free Trail Mix Bar)

Live Podcast with Neil Halstead of Slowdive and Nathan Willett & Matt Maust of Cold War Kids

Tue Apr 18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Whether it's an awestruck Anthony Bourdain praising Goodfellas, Alanis Morissette
and Kristin Wiig singing along with Bridesmaids, or Jeff Tweedy reflecting on
documentaries that move him to write and play, The Modern School of Film delivers
an evening like no other. Intelligent and irreverent; stimulating and spontaneous;
intimate and unforgettable.
Now for the first time, Motorco is proud to present a LIVE EPISODE of MSF’s
industry-acclaimed weekly series and podcast -- Murmur “Where Culture.
Meets Craft.”
Hosted by Robert Milazzo, founder of The Modern School of Film, Murmur invites
artists and innovators from the worlds of film, music, comics, comedy, and culture to
discuss the sights and sounds and ideas that have created their legacies and
changed their lives. Murmur presents real-time conversations with artistic icons as
they reveal sides seldom seen and insights impossible to forget. Guests will also
answer your questions and maybe try and ask you a few… So get ready. Murmur is
truly one-of-a-kind.
Neil Halstead (of Slowdive)
Neil Halstead (of Slowdive)
Slowdive released their debut album, Just For A Day, in 1991 via Creation
Records. The highly revered Souvlaki followed in 1993 and Pygmalion in 1995,
and then the band disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance,
compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have
gone on to join other musical endeavors. In 2014, Slowdive announced that they
had reunited and more new music would follow. Upon today’s release of new
single, “Star Roving,” the band has also announced signing to Dead Oceans.
After 22 years, Slowdive return with “Star Roving,” their first new material since
1995’s Pygmalion. Featuring Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian
Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott
(drums, electronics), “Star Roving” embodies the effortlessness for which
Slowdive is known — as the song progresses, it expands and contracts in ways
that feel infinite.
Halstead says, “When the band decided to get back together in 2014, we really
wanted to make new music. It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false
starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash
‘Star Roving.’ It’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it
feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started.
We hope folks enjoy it.”
More than two decades later, their music sounds just as relevant and vital, and
we cannot wait for old fans and new listeners to hear the band’s new recordings.”
Nathan Willett & Matt Maust (of Cold War Kids)
Nathan Willett & Matt Maust (of Cold War Kids)
On their sixth album LA Divine, Cold War Kids pay tribute to Los Angeles and all its strange glory. The follow-up to 2014’s Hold My Home—featuring the gold-certified single “First”—the band’s latest is slightly tongue-in-cheek in its title. “In many ways LA is the least divine city, the most hedonistic and irreverent and disconnected from history,” says Cold War Kids singer/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett. Still, LA Divine embodies the Long Beach-bred band’s endless fascination with their adopted hometown. “LA’s so massive, I feel like I’m always finding something new in it,” says bassist Matt Maust. “It’s an incredibly weird place, and I’m happy to have made a record that totally honors that weirdness.”

A feeling of infinite discovery instills much of LA Divine, the band’s most expansive and ambitious effort so far. With Cold War Kids having recently marked the 10-year anniversary of their acclaimed debut Robbers & Cowards (a 2006 release that spawned their breakthrough single “Hang Me Up to Dry”), the album channels the kinetic energy of a newly revitalized band. “The excitement I have about this new album—it feels so much like the way I felt back when our first record came out,” notes Maust.

For Cold War Kids—whose lineup also includes drummer Joe Plummer, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Schwartz, and guitarist David Quon—that rejuvenation follows a creative rebirth of sorts. As Willett explains, the band took a more pop-informed and decidedly inventive approach to the making of LA Divine. “From the start of the band, our tastes have always been very backward-looking in terms of the tones and sounds and instrumentation we’re working with,” he says. “On this album we wanted to embrace something more modern, because in many ways the most creative sounds happening right now are coming from the world of pop and out of that influence we’ve ironically created what sounds like our most rock record yet "