John Vanderslice’s Old Flame: “The Class”

White Wilderness (Dead Oceans) is the latest album from the San Francisco-based John Vanderslice, and he’s joined on it by the classically trained Magik*Magik Orchestra. MMO artistic director Minna Choi arranged and conducted the Vanderslice-written music on the LP, which was recorded in a whirlwind three-day session by producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Walkmen, Bill Callahan). Vanderslice himself is no stranger to production, running the Tiny Telephone recording studio for 14 years and having produced records by the likes of Spoon and the Mountain Goats. Now he can add MAGNET guest editor to his resume, as that’s what he’s doing at all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Vanderslice: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau stars (as a version of himself) in this profound and rigorous film directed by Laurent Cantet. The Class is based on Bégaudeau’s real-life experiences as an inner-city teacher in Paris. We follow him as he slowly loses control over his class and, in a agonizing confrontation with his students, violates his own standards of professionalism and respect. Cantet is a fantastic and eclectic director, and I would also highly recommend Human Resources, Time Out and Heading South.

Video after the jump.

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