Friday, March 26

New Beck Music in Scott Pilgrim Trailer

Mr. Hansen writes songs for the movie's fictional garage band New Beck Music in <i>Scott Pilgrim</i> Trailer

Earlier this week, the trailer for the new comic book adaptation flick Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World debuted online and sent dorks worldwide into spasms of ecstasy. One more reason to get geeked up about the movie and its trailer: Amidst all the dialogue and booming sound effects, apparently you'll hear slivers of a couple of new Beck songs, the Playlist reports. According to the Playlist, Beck wrote the songs for Sex Bob-Omb, the titular character's fictional band.

The L.A. Times reports that the Universal movie, which opens August 13, also features a new song from Metric, and Radiohead/Beck producer Nigel Godrich serves as music supervisor.

Click below to watch the trailer:


New Release: Foals: Total Life Forever

New Release: Foals: <i>Total Life Forever</i>

Artist: Foals
Album: Total Life Forever
Release Date: May 10 (UK)
Label: Transgressive/Warner


T.I. Prison Sentence Ends

He's still got a curfew, though. T.I. Prison Sentence Ends

Three weeks ago, T.I. released an incredible new song called "I'm Back". And now the rapper is actually back, having finished his prison stint for illegally purchasing weapons, according to MTV. The rapper served 10 months of his year-and-a-day sentence, which included time in a halfway house and home confinement.


Echo Chamber: Fucked Up

Echo Chamber: Fucked Up

"For bands it should be about making conscious decisions. The first one is obvious-- should you come to SXSW? The trip back can be a lonely one. Your assigned showcase was east of the highway, or west of Congress, and no one came. Every morning I walked from my hotel to the grocery store for breakfast, and along the way I passed a dozen clubs that had bands playing to no one at 11am. It's this overkill of content that SXSW is able to thrive on. Every year the festival expands because every band that's ever been written up on a blog feels like there is a signed record contract waiting for them on the off ramp of the I-35. Bands making bad decisions is part of why big companies are able to prey on the festival as a whole."

-- Fucked Up, from a long and fascinating blog post about the economics of events like SXSW. Fucked Up played several shows at this year's SXSW, including an official showcase they organized themselves. (via Looking for Gold)

Posted by Tom Breihan on March 26, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.

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New Releases: The Futureheads: The Chaos

New Releases: The Futureheads: <i>The Chaos</i>

Artist: The Futureheads
Album: The Chaos
Release Date: April 26 (UK)/June 1 (U.S.)
Label: Nul/Dovecote


Watch Sigur Rós Frontman Jónsi Perform Acoustically With Nico Muhly

Watch Sigur Rós Frontman Jónsi Perform Acoustically With Nico Muhly

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi's debut solo album Go is out April 5 (April 6 in North America) via XL. The deluxe version features lots of goodies, including a digital EP with bonus tracks and Go Quiet, a full-length DVD directed by Dean Deblois (who did the Sigur Rós film Heima) that captures Jónsi performing the entire album acoustically at home in Iceland on New Year's Day 2010. It also includes a four-song set recorded at a "working men's club" in the London neighborhood of Bethnal Green, with arranger Nico Muhly on piano. The Bethnal Green sessions also star a peacock meandering about. This guy likes birds.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can watch all four songs recorded at Bethnal Green below (via Spin, GvsB, Spinner, and Paste):


Belle and Sebastian Curate and Headline Second Bowlie Festival

The festival that started ATP returns Belle and Sebastian Curate and Headline Second Bowlie Festival

Back in 1999, twee-pop heroes Belle and Sebastian curated an intimate British festival that they called the Bowlie Weekender. The lineup for that first fest, heavy on Scottish bands, was a cross-section of the circa-99 underground elite: Sleater-Kinney, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Flaming Lips, Luna, the Pastels. Pretty soon afterward, that one-off event became the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, an indie institution around the world.

This December, Belle and Sebastian and ATP will reunite for Bowlie 2.


News in Brief: Fennesz, Freebass, Murs/9th Wonder, Meet in Town Festival

News in Brief: Fennesz, Freebass, Murs/9th Wonder, Meet in Town Festival

-- Szampler, the new cassette-only release from Fennesz, collects samples from Christian Fennesz's old samplers, which he used in his work from 1989 to 1996. Szampler is out now on the new cassette-only label the Tapeworm, and it's limited to 500 copies. You can order it here.

-- The Guardian reports that Freebass, the new all-bassist supergroup led by Peter Hook, has quietly released the debut EP Two Worlds Collide. It's available right now from Hacienda, and Charlatans UK singer Tim Burgess guests. Buy it here.

-- The L.A. rapper Murs and the North Carolina producer 9th Wonder have teamed up to drop their third collaborative album, ForNever, available April 13 from SMC Recordings. Kurupt, Suga Free, and other MCs make guest appearances.

-- On April 11, the Meet in Town Festival will stage a tribute to Nico at Rome's Auditorium Parco Della Musica. John Cale and Band, Mercury Rev, Lisa Gerrard, Mark Lanegan, CocoRosie, My Brightest Diamond, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, and others will perform.

Posted by Tom Breihan on March 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

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Echo Chamber: Kathleen Hanna

Echo Chamber: Kathleen Hanna

Photo by Andrea Preysing

"Kristen Stewart seriously deserves an Academy Award for her performance as Joan Jett. Not to brag, but I know Joan and was really worried that she would be portrayed as a boring hetero tomboy in the sick new tradition of 'girls kick ass' flicks, but Stewart portrayed her as a sexy, complicated butch who was born to rock."

-- Bikini Kill/Le Tigre leader Kathleen Hanna-- who knows a thing or two about women who rock-- really liked The Runaways. (A lot.) The Oscar campaign starts here. (via Kathleen's Blog)

Posted by Ryan Dombal on March 26, 2010 at 10:15 a.m.

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Jeff Mangum Announces Rare Performance at Chris Knox Benefit

Yo La Tengo, members of TV on the Radio and Magnetic Fields lined up as well Jeff Mangum Announces Rare Performance at Chris Knox Benefit

On May 6, downtown Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge will host a benefit show for New Zealand punk originator Chris Knox, who suffered a series of strokes last year.

The big news: Reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum will make an extremely rare appearance at the show, playing a "very short acoustic set." According to the show's publicist, Mangum "is doing the show specifically to help raise money for his close friend and it's not the start of a comeback." Still, Jeff Mangum! Live! This doesn't happen every day. Or every year. Or ever, really.


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