INTERVIEW | We talked to the frontman about his namesake band, California rock, and success at a young age
Every so often, music news will be flooded with cries and articles debating whether or not rock is dead.
Tell that to Matt Jaffe. The 22-year old frontman and founder of Matt Jaffe & The Distractions was picked up by legendary keyboardist and guitarist Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame. He's since taken to the ground running, unleashing a slew of new songs that would become his stunning March debut California 's Burning. But Jaffe is so much more than a Harrison protegé; listen to the fast-paced vigor of "Folsom Prison Blues" and you'll begin to get a hang of his varied influences.
Popdust is exclusively premiering the video for "Fire on the Freeway," one of the slickest cuts off his first record. The powerful track, with it's rockabilly rockabilly energy and a hard guitar that borders on 70s glam rock, one would imagine an ostentatious live show: the video, a compilation of his live performances, proves otherwise. From performing on the streets of California to being onstage doused in spotlight, Jaffe proves himself in various different performances spaces, more than silencing anyone who would dare say rock is dead. With musicians like Jaffe on the rise, that couldn't be further from the truth.
We caught up with Jaffe to talk about finding success so young, his varied range of influences, and the effect the California rock scene has on his sound.
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The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.
There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).
See if you can spot it.
MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com
If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.