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Aimee Mann’s “Labrador” {remake of “Voices Carry”}

20th Sep 12 (Thu) 1 comment

Wow… the new Aimee Mann video for “Labrador” is a shot-for-shot remake of her video in ‘Til Tuesday for “Voices Carry“… clever, silly.

Labrador (2012)

Voices Carry (1985)

Boy, how she’s changed.  I much prefer newer Aimee Mann to ’80s Aimee Mann.  Her new album, Charmer, just came out this week… and she heads out on tour next week (click here for dates & the “Charmer” music video).  I’ll be at the Portland, Oregon, date on October 2nd.

~Dan – np: Aimee MannCharmer

Mike Patton scores ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

19th Sep 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

This just in from Ipecac…

We wanted to let you know, that Mike Patton just wrapped up his score for the much buzzed about film, The Place Beyond the Pines. This is the new film by acclaimed director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), who chose Patton to provide the music.

The film stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. It got rave reviews at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and is slated for a 2013 release.

The Place Beyond the Pines is the multi-generational story of a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling), who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his newborn child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician (Cooper).

~Dan – np: Ben Folds FiveThe Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock

18th Sep 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock.  ‘Nuff said…

PS- BFF’s new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, just came out (via PledgeMusic).  I’ve spun it about 20 times already… love it!  You can also get it now via Amazon.

~Dan – np: John ZornRimbaud

My Mind’s Own Melody (trailer) with music from Daniel Johns (Silverchair)

31st May 12 (Thu) 1 comment

As previously reported last June, My Mind’s Own Melody is a cinematic modern musical created by Josh Wakely and Daniel Johns (of Silverchair). A full feature film has been developed based on the concept but this trailer is for a short-film version. Keep an eye out for news of limited international screenings over the months ahead…

MY MIND’S OWN MELODY Trailer

A film by Josh Wakely, original music and lyrics by Daniel Johns (Silverchair), featuring the talents of Golden Globe winner Lisa Gerrard, starring David Lyons, My Mind’s Own Melody is a Grace films Production gracefilms.com.au.

~Dan – np: Sigur RósValtari

‘Downtown Express’ (film) with Nellie McKay & Philippe Quint

4th Apr 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Downtown Express is a new film by David Grubin.  Check out the trailer below:

Set in the world of Russian immigrants living in New York City, Downtown Express uses music to explore the clash of old world values against the lure and excitement of a new country. Under the watch of his loving but overbearing father, virtuoso violinist and Juilliard student Sasha (Grammy nominee Philippe Quint) prepares for a critical recital meant to launch his career.

Yet, he is increasingly drawn to the rhythms of the streets of New York, and when he meets singer-songwriter Ramona (acclaimed recording artist Nellie McKay), he joins her band, falls in love, and begins to lead a double life, careening frantically between two worlds. As his classical debut nears, Sasha must decide whether or not to break with his father, forging his own destiny.

And, per the film’s webpage…

[Nellie McKay’s] fifth album is due this September.

Downtown Express opens April 20th 2012 at the Quad Cinema in New York City.

http://downtownexpressfilm.com/

~Dan – np: RadioheadThe King of Limbs

Martin Freeman [aka “Tim Canterbury”] to join NBC’s The Office

31st Mar 12 (Sat) 2 comments

British actor Martin Freeman [the new Sherlock, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Office] is poised to appear in the 8th Season Finale of NBC’s The Office as Tim Canterbury (reprising this character from the original BBC show).  Some key plot-points are TOP SECRET, but an immediate bonding with John Krasinski’s character Jim Halpert will not be maintained for long.

Executive producers and creators of the show, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, said this in an NBC press release:

It makes sense and, in a way, brings the story full circle.  Without giving away too much, [Tim] will wrangle Jim out of a job [early next season], which will open up a ‘Jim & Pam spin-off’ that we’re planning for 2014.

The Season Finale air date has yet to be announced by NBC.  Watch Season Eight “on demand” NOW.

~Dan – np: Tegan and SaraSainthood

Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane (Full Concert in HD)

10th Nov 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

Hat-tip to stubbadub… 80 minutes… the full Mike Patton Mondo Cane show in Santiago, Chile on Sept 21, 2011.  Pro-shot in High Definition… behold…

Tracklist (approximate, may not be accurate)

00:00 Il Cielo in Una Stanza
03:32 Che Notte!
07:02 Ore d’Amore
09:44 20 KM al Giorno
13:08 Quello Che Conta
16:03 Urlo Negro
18:57 Legata ad un Granello di Sabbia
23:02 Deep Down
26:19 Pinne, Fucile ed Occhiali
29:04 Scalinatella
32:18 L’uomo che non Sapeva Amare
35:37 Ma l’Amore no
39:34 Canzone
43:15 Ti Offro da Bere
45:44 Dio Come ti Amo
49:45 Storia d’Amore
54:02 Lontano, Lontano
57:01 O Venezia
01:01:10 Yeeeeeeh!
01:03:13 Senza Fine
01:08:37 Que He Sacado Con Quererte (Violeta Parra)
01:10:17 Una Sigaretta
01:13:50 Sole E Malato
01:17:10 Presentacion de los músicos de Mondo Cane

Fantastically shot, this is what may possibly become the Live DVD release on Ipecac Recordings… so, just like the Amsterdam concert from a few years back, watch it now, it may disappear from the internets before you know it.

~Dan – np: Jeffrey FoucaultHorse Latitudes

Jónsi ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Soundtrack

5th Nov 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Jónsi had previously announced that he would be working on the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe’s newest film, We Bought a Zoo, but it was unknown in what capacity. According to the track listing released today, it will be a combination of solo work, score, new tracks and even some from Sigur Rós.

The soundtrack will feature two new songs from Jónsi, “Ævin Endar” and “Gathering Stories,” which will also features Crowe on the track. The soundtrack also has songs from Jónsi’s solo album from last year, Go, that have been redone for the soundtrack.

Below is a track list for the soundtrack, coming out on Dec. 13 (available for PRE-ORDER now). The film We Bought a Zoo will be in theaters on Dec. 23.

1. Why Not
2. Ævin Endar
3. Boy Lilikoi
4. Sun
5. Brambles
6. Sinking Friendships
7. We Bought a Zoo
8. Hoppipolla (Sigur Ros)
9. Snaerisendar
10. Sink
11. Go Do
12. Whole Made of Pieces
13. Humming
14. First Day
15. Gathering Stories

The trailer for the movie is here:

It looks a little schmaltzy… but I have faith in Cameron Crowe (well, generally) and the cast looks great.

~Dan – Peter Mulvey & David GoodrichNine Days Wonder

Sigur Rós – INNI (live album/film)

17th Aug 11 (Wed) 1 comment

Last week, Sigur Rós put out an enigmatic trailer titled INNI without any details.  Speculation of a live film was an easy guess… “Inni” is the shorthand name for the second track (“Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” aka “within me a lunatic sings“) on their last full-length album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.  Today they released the initial details about the upcoming release…

Inni is comprised of a double live album and seventy-five minute film of Sigur Rós’ last show before their well-documented “indefinite hiatus” at the end of 2008.

Recorded and shot over two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace at the close of the world tour around their fifth full length album, með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, Inni sees the band at the peak of their powers, captured on film for the first time as a core four-piece since they were joined by string section amiina at the start of the century. Directed by Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir), the film is set to debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival on September 3rd, 2011.

SIGUR RÓS - INNI

THE FILM

Inni is Sigur Rós’ second live film following 2007’s hugely-celebrated tour documentary Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, Inni focuses purely on the band’s performance, and stands as a stark counterpoint to Heima’s kaleidoscopic richness. Where Heima was lush and colorfully expansive, Inni is spare and near-monochromatic in its tunnel vision. Filmed in a manner that invites both intimacy and claustrophobia, Inni cocoons the viewer in a one-on-one relationship with the band, eschewing the audience for closeness, depicting how it feels for both band and fan to experience Sigur Rós live.

The film’s elegance and atmosphere are enhanced by Morisset’s re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band’s previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós’ origins, evolution, originality and influence.

THE DOUBLE LIVE ALBUM

The live album Inni – a first for the band – is comprised of the full set from Alexandra Palace, played in order with just one omission, and clocks in at one-and-three-quarter hours. Recorded by Sigur Rós’ in-house studio engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, Inni’s live audio recording is far and away the best way of replicating the full-force effect of standing in front of one of the world’s most extraordinary bands for an evening.

When taken in together, Inni’s film and live album give us an incredible account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years, showing where they’ve come from, where they’ve been, and like all things Sigur Rós, where it is they will be going next.  More details of how, when and where Inni will enter the world will be made available shortly on sigur-ros.co.uk.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateHow It Feels To Be Something On

‘Queens of Country’ movie trailer (with Maynard)

4th Aug 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

New trailer for the movie Queens of Country featuring Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, a mysterious iPod and Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan

~Dan – np: Sufjan Stevens invites you to Come On Feel the Illinoise!

Mike Patton’s voice in ‘Tintin’ movie (maybe?)

11th Jul 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

From movieweb

Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson bring the beloved adventures of Hergé’s roving reporter Tintin to life in the motion-capture adventure The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which features performances from Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Cary Elwes, and Nick Frost. A new image from the movie has been released, which features Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his faithful terrier Snowy (Mike Patton) pouring over a piece of evidence. Check it out below.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Photo
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn comes to theaters December 23rd, 2011.

If this is true, I’ll put this in the “glad he’s getting voice over work to help pay for his non-mainstream musical output” category for me.  I quick peek at IMDB doesn’t list him or the character Snowy.  Per CacaVolante (a Mr Bungle-themed tumblr), Patton’s management has not confirmed it.  For now, let’s put it in the rumor mill…

~Dan – np: SilverchairYoung Modern

Ways to say “NO” – a Tale of Two Letters

24th Jun 11 (Fri) 1 comment

Friday funnies.  Two ways to say “NO“… first from the desk of Mister Rogers‘ Neighborhood

Next from the desk of Sean Connery to Steve Jobs of Apple…

Schplendid!

~Dan – np: John ScofieldThis Meets That

The Office in Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon”

18th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

I’ve seen Georges Seurat’sA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” done as a topiary garden / art installation (in Columbus, OH)… well, now NBC has put the cast of The Office into the mix…

(click for larger)

Oddly no Michael or Holly… but, cool nonetheless…

~Dan – np: The Lonely IslandTurtleneck & Chain

Searching for Elliott Smith (+ 5 uncovered songs)

6th May 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

24bit just posted some news about the Elliott Smith documentary Searching for Elliott Smith.  It’s set to screen at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival (Sat 5/7 @ 2:30pm).  It’ll feature a Q&A with the filmmaker (Gil Reyes) and Elliott’s girlfriend at the time of his death – Jennifer Chiba.  It shows again on Sun 5/8 @ 8pm (no Q&A).

The synopsis of the documentary:

The first feature-length documentary about the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation. Elliott Smith’s intensely intimate songs helped popularize lo-fi, indie-rock: A traditionally underground genre until Smith’s mainstream effort ‘Miss Misery’ took Hollywood by surprise. But even after an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, he managed to fly mostly under the radar. And Smith wanted it that way. After his death in 2003, Smith’s peers understandably avoided the media. Granting very few print interviews… and NO on-camera interviews. Until now. From his high school days as a National Merit Scholar… to his early work in the Portland rock band, ‘Heatmiser’… to critical acclaim… to his mysterious death at the age of 34. We learn the dark motivations behind a musical genius. And discover how psychic pain can also produce timeless art. Appearances by filmmaker, Gus Van Sant who chose Smith’s music for the movie, ‘Good Will Hunting’. Also interviewed is Elliott’s fiancee, Jennifer Chiba. Chiba talks about the fight leading up to Elliott’s death and the LAPD’s ‘open investigation’ into possible homicide.
http://www.searchingforelliottsmith.com/

Go to the 24Bit page for five unreleased lo-fi YouTube’d Elliott Smith songs… tentatively titled: She Won’t Look at Me,  Where I Get It From,  Like a Cop,  I’m Gonna Get Crushed, and  Shiva Opens Her Arms.

~Dan – PortisheadPortishead

King’s X – Charlie Sheen (from 2000)

1st Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Props to Jeff Kent for tweeting about this… I present to you, King’s XCharlie Sheen” from 2000’s Please Come Home Mr Bulbous:

“I don’t want to hate you for what you’re not sorry for…”

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin review to be posted later today, PROMISE.

~Dan – np: Damien JuradoSaint Bartlett

The Simpsons come alive!

22nd Feb 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

This is quite amazing… a live action title sequence for The Simpsons

It’s made by SkyOne, a British television channel.  Apparently it’s old (March 2006).  Amazing, and I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it until now.

~Dan – np: Mike PattonPranzo Oltranzista

Kevin Smith :: Red State (official trailer)

23rd Dec 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

Wow, this looks nothing like Kevin Smith (aka Silent Bob) has ever done, either visually or story-wise… Red State (coming 2011)…

It’ll be at Sundance 2011, and hopefully wider distribution shortly thereafter.

~Dan – np: NickelcreekThis Side

Silverchair/Daniel Johns short film + free music from Owen Pallett

22nd Dec 10 (Wed) 2 comments

Two unrelated music new tidbits…

First off, Daniel Johns (frontman for Aussie rock trio Silverchair) will be part of a short film that received a grant under the 2010 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund.  Josh Wakely, an experienced actor and writer and an emerging director, will have the opportunity to make My Mind’s Own Melody, a short musical drama he has written with Daniel Johns.  http://www.chairpage.com/news

Second, Owen Pallett just put out a free demo EP on soundcloud.  It’s instrumental except for a spot vocal appearance from Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond).  It is delightful.  Get it while it’s still a free download.  For other great Shara Worden guests spots… well, the Clogs record (with Sufjan Stevens guest spots, too) and Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s Penelope concept album rank high this year.

Yeah, my “Best Of” lists are still in the works.  It’s still 2010; so I’m not late. (I hate it how some people start putting out their lists in October… argh…)

~Dan – np: The WeepiesBe My Thrill 

Nellie McKay “Caribbean Time” on Craig Ferguson

15th Dec 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Nellie McKay performs “Caribbean Time” from Home Sweet Mobile Home on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson… oh, and he’s holding up a vinyl for it…

Hmmm… search for it on vinyl comes up nada.  Must just be a promo flat.  Damn.

~Dan – np: Jamie SaftA Bag of Shells

Sufjan plays “Too Much” on Jimmy Fallon

20th Nov 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Sufjan Stevens and his Age of Adz band hit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.  Quirky, to say the least.  I love it… check the video over on Stereogum (sorry wp.com doesn’t support all flash video formats):

http://stereogum.com/583011/sufjan-plays-fallon/video/

Check out photos from the Portland Oregon show a few weeks ago…

~Dan – np: Peter MulveyThe Trouble with Poets

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