One of my all-time favorite directors David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive) will be showing original artwork he created for the upcoming album Dark Night of the Soul, featuring music by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. The album features guest vocals from: Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Iggy Pop, Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and many more.
The exhibition opens this saturday (May 30th) at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles and will consist of a two-room installation designed by Lynch and Danger Mouse that will allow visitors to experience the artwork and music at the same time.
Lynch is planning to mount some 50 of the photographs he created for the album on aluminum panels positioned around the gallery. Selections from the album (which will be released this summer) will play throughout the installation.
The director's photographs will also be published in a book to be released along with the album. If his photos are anything like his movies, we can expect a lot of mysterious blonds, red curtains, eccentric dwarfs and references to small-town American life.
You can stream the album in it's entirety over at NPR
I got this interesting trailer in my inbox today...from first-time director John Hindman, comes The Answer Man, a romantic comedy starring Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker). Magnolia Pictures will premiere THE ANSWER MAN On Demand June 26 and will release in theaters July 24.
The plot revolves around Arlen Faber (Daniels) a reclusive author of "Me and God," a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still wildly popular book, Arlen is still sought after as the man who has all the answers. Arlen's life collides with Elizabeth (Graham), a single mom raising her seven year-old son, and Kris (Taylor Pucci), a young man fresh out of rehab who is searching for meaning. Both Elizabeth and Kris are hopeful that Arlen has the answers, but the truth is, he hasn't got a clue. The film also stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and Olivia Thirlby (Juno).
Attention locals...Passion Pit will perform at the Echoplex this friday (May 29th) and saturday at The Glass House (May 30th). Much like Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend, this Massachusetts band has been receiving alot of love from music bloggers for their debut album Manners.
Eels (aka Mark Everett) returns with a new album titled Hombre Lobo, which is out on June 2nd!!! This is a rock album...far removed from the earnestness of Blinking Lights. With Hombre Loco it appears as though Mr. E's sense of humor has returned.
Here's a sampler to listen to the first single "Fresh Blood", the UK single "That Look You Give That Guy", and a personal favorite called "Prizefighter". Give 'em a listen Right Here
Brooklyn foursome Grizzly Bear premiere their sophomore album Veckatimest on MySpace Music!
The album gets its name from a Massachusetts island that the group visited while recording. It was produced by Grizzly Bear's own Chris Taylor (bass, woodwinds). Other band members include Ed Droste (vocals), Christopher Bear (drums) and Daniel Rossen (vocals/guitar). The band's new album is the follow-up to 2006's Yellow House.
Sally Shapiro and Paper Bag Records are pleased to announce the release of the Swedish italo-disco sweetheart's long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut Disco Romance in early fall of 2009. Sally will first be releasing her single "Miracle" on Paper Bag Records in North America on June 16th.
"Miracle" is written and produced by Johan Agebjörn and Roger Gunnarsson, and includes a remix by up-and-coming Bulgarian producer Bogdan Irkük. Sally will soon reveal the details for her sophomore release, which will include collaborations with German nu-disco producer Tensnake and Swedish italo disco duo Cloetta Paris.
Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited WWII epic Inglourious Basterds premiered at the Cannes Film Festival the other day, and so far it's gotten some pretty mixed reviews. One thing I'm certain of is that it will have it's fair share of violence with comedy.
Known as the former frontman of Ghosthustler, Austin based Alan Palomo returns as the brains behind his new project VEGA, whose synth-pop rhythms, lilting harmonies, dreamy vocals and upbeat, disco-style have quickly attracted a growing fan-base of loyal followers – catapulting the name and the music amongst some of the biggest names right now.
With recent collaborations with artists like Todd Edwards (Daft Punk), Treasure Fingers, Futurecop, Kill the Noise, VEGA announces the exciting debut of his very own premiere EP “Well Known Pleasures” on Vogue College Records.
Mark Kozelek's (former frontman of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters) new album Lost Verses Live is now streaming in it's entirety over on his MySpace!
Lost Verses Live was recorded live during Kozelek’s 2007 and 2008 acoustic tours with Red House Painters guitarist Phil Carney. The fourteen songs on the album primarily represent Kozelek’s work with Sun Kill Moon, but also include selections from the Red House Painters as well as some selections from his solo catalog.
Here's the video for Sun Kill Moon's "Gentle Moon"...
I spent the weekend getting caught up on shows I tivo'd last week and I recently got around to watching the Scrubs finale. I gotta admit, I haven't watched the show for some time and only begn casually watching after I knew it was coming to an end. I think that the show had ran it's course and the punchlines became predictable, but there's no arguing the fact that in the early seasons this show was one of the funniest shows on the telly.
The closing moments are touching and funny, until they take it overboard with their signature 'over the top' humor. The song is Peter Gabriel covering The Magnetic Fields "The Book of Love" and it is fantastic! I guess it was originally featured in the movie Shall We Dance, which explains why I never heard it before.
A friend and I recently declared the month of May thee official Jens Lekman month!!! I could have easily put together a nice little mix of Jens tunes, but I'm betting you savvy readers already familiar with Jens' material (if not head over to Hype Machine and give "Black Cab", "The Opposite of Hallelujah", "Your Arms Around Me", or "Postcard To Nina" a listen).
So I opted to put together a little mix of Jens inspired tunes! You may recognize the opening riff of Jens' "Black Cab" from the '60s pop tune "Something on my Mind" from Left Banke. There's always a mention of the Motown influence on Jens' music, which is apparent on "Sweet Summers Night on Hammer Hill" where you can hear the groove of Martha Reeves an The Vandelles "Heat Wave", but I think his uptempo tunes pay alot of homage to the Northern Soul of the '60s (Northern Soul was a sub-genre of soul music, here's the wiki) such as Pookie Hudson's "It Gets To Me". I've also included Television Personalities "Someone To Share My Life With", which Jens covered. The music and (and often funny) lyrics can also be heard in material from Magnetic Fields, Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and Morrissey.
I couldn't post a Jens Lekman and not give you any Jens tunes, so here's one from When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (a collection of early material) and the other is from his tour only EP he was selling the last time he toured the states, it's titled Four Songs By Arthur Russell...
Jarvis Cocker (former frontman of the Britpop group Pulp) is back with a new album titled Further Complications. The first single "Angela" was released a few weeks back and shows the new direction he is heading.
Recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini the album features Jarvis in indie-rock territory, which doesn't always showcase his talents. There are however a few gems on the album, which officially releases May 19th.
The Dears and Eulogies have headed out on tour this month and I've got a pair of tix to giveaway for their San Diego show at The Casbah (5/22) and a pair to giveaway for their Los Angeles Echoplex (5/23) gigs!!!
First people to email me wins a pair...just let me know which gig you wish to attend! UPDATE...the pair of LA tix have been given away, I still have a pair of tix for San Diego!
That's not all...I also have a few B-Sides/Rarities from The Dears' latest album Missiles to pass along!
The first B-Side/Rarity is titled "Halfmast"
About the song...
"For whatever reason the clock ran out and we just couldn't fit this onto Missiles. It has this ridiculous long section at the end that features 4(!) simultaneous guitar solos, one of them on a wah-wah pedal. The solos were played by George Donoso III, Robert E. Benvie, Patrick Krief and Murray Lightburn, recorded in the same session, one after the other. The track was inspired by many things, but notably, the prospect of a black man running for president."
The second B-Side/Rarity "Crisis 1&2 (Boy/Boy Version"
About the song...
Dears frontman Murray Lightburn explains:
This was the very first completed song written for Missiles, at
the stage where I couldn't bring myself to play it for anyone,
not even Natalia. Eventually, Natalia stepped up to the mic to
sing the first half. My preferred version is the one that
ultimately made it onto the final master only. I like the sound
of Natalia's voice and when most heard the album this song was
of note. I don't think that would have been the case if I sang
The third B-Side/Rarity "Meltdown In A Major (OG Demo Version)"
About the song...
Because of my limited drum vocabulary, this is where the song was
headed originally. I still like this version very much because
of its kind of Coldplay vibe and if it stayed this way, this
might've been a single and we maybe would've gotten played on
Mix 96. However, the delicate drums on the final version capture
the essence what the song was about. The difference between the
two versions captures what the Dears is all about: pop
The Cool Kids have finally got a proper album coming out, and to pave the way they've released a free mixtape titled Gone Fishing.
The first song they leaked is "Popcorn", which is a prime example of their effortless cool. The rest of the mixtape is not quite up to par as some of their best material, but it's a fun listen nonetheless.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the great filmmakers of all time...so if you only see one animated film this year, Ponyo on the Cliff might be your best bet!
Ponyo on the Cliff looks a little more lighthearted and kid friendly than his last few films...more on par with My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service. The film has also got a celeb heavy cast for the English voiceover (Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and more). The film is written and directed by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, maker of Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.
Disney is bringing Ponyo on the Cliff (the Japanese title), now known as just Ponyo, to theaters everywhere August 14th.
The film is described as an animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
View the Japanese Trailer (sorry, that's all that's out there) Right Here
"A Toronto icon-in-the-making, Slim Twig is already well known in indie circles for his clutch of avant-rockabilly EPs. The ever-mysterious pompadoured troubadour couples his stylishly crafted persona with his Suicide-drenched, art-damaged country tunes." - NOW Toronto, Best Pop/Rock Artist 2008.
I couldn't have explained it any better!
Here's one from Slim Twig's long-awaited debut full-length album titled Contempt!...
Honey Claws and their third installment in the Bathroom Breaks Series!!!
The Bathroom Breaks Series gives DJs the chance to leave the decks in order to take a bathroom break. As a simple solution and as a gift to DJs around the world, Honey Claws created the Bathroom Breaks Series. Comprised of tracks that are a little longer in length and bound to keep the party going, these songs are the perfect solution for the next time you feel the need to take a bathroom break.
This time around, Honey Claws mash up Al Usher's "Lullaby" and Bumblebeez's "Rio" to create "Rio Lullaby". I have to warn you though, do not put this track on if you do not want to dance.
Watch the first seven minutes of Rian Johnson's second film The Brothers Bloom!
Rian Johnson btw, is the clever guy who brought us that fantastic indie gem Brick a few years back.
The Brothers Bloom looks like a wacky film that follows a couple of con men who decide to take one last job. The film stars stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and (Babel's) Rinko Kikuchi. Look for The Brothers Bloom in select theaters on May 15th.
Watch the opening sequence, in which the Brothers Bloom began grifting at a very young age, right here...
Yves Klein Blue blend classic pop, old punk and indie rock and they recently sent over their catchy first single off their new EP to pass along a couple of weeks ago, but now they have sent over their equally as catchy second single!
Yves Klein Blue are named after artist Yves Klein's famous IKB, a blue paint that does not lose its brilliance over time, forever appearing wet and freshly applied. The name is a metaphor for the bands aspiration to create music that will never fade. Their new EP Draw Attention To Themselves is out now.
Pete Doherty (The Libertines, Babyshambles), is probably more famous for his drunken and drug induced antics, and for dating Kate Moss, than he is for his music. He should be best remembered for The Libertines masterpiece debut album Up The Bracket. His post Libertine work with Babyshambles couldn't really top The Libertines work, but these brand new solo tracks from his new album Grace/Wastelands have a slightly different sound than his previous material.
Have a listen for yourself. Here's a few highlights...
Also, I was given a link to post for contestants to enter for a shot at winning one of a dozen (dead, er, dried) English roses, along with a signed copy of the Grace/Wastelands album as well as a copy of the single "Last of the English Roses". Enter the contest Right Here.
Here's the video for "Last of the English Roses"...
Peaches' fifth album I Feel Cream is just about as vulgar and kick-ass as you'd expect! The album features contributions from: Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco, and Digitalism. Sure she's trying to sing on certain songs these days, but there's enough classic Peaches electroclash tracks to keep everyone happy. I feel Cream officially releases on May 5th.
Jonathan Goldstein is a humorist known for his observations on Jews, breakups, and Lenny Bruce. In his latest book Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! old-fashioned storytelling meets the irreverent characterization of some of the world's most mythic personalities.
Here's an Adam and Eve excerpt from the book...
"The fruit was squishy and tart. She smooshed it around in her mouth. She squinted her eyes. It was a bit like trying on new glasses. It was a bit like an amyl nitrate popper. It was a bit like a big kiss on the lips right at first when you weren’t sure if you wanted to be kissed or not. She felt a thousand little feet kicking at her uterus. … The idea of her own nudity, as well as Adam’s, had always felt more like a Nordic, coed health spa thing; now, with the fruit of knowledge, it felt more like a Rio de Janeiro carnival thing."
Better yet here's a (14 min.) audio clip from This American Life titled "Adam an Eve"...