The Beastie Boys have bowed a new two minute-long trailer for "Fight For Your Right Revisited," the film Adam "MCA" Yauch premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
This, on the heels of the rap troupe debuting their new song "Make Some Noise" earlier this week.
The 30-minute short features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen playing the trio from their legendary "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" music video, while Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilley play the older version of the Beasties, returning from the future to teach the younger versions of themselves. As previously reported, their famous friends make cameos throughout, including Susan Sarandon (mother coming home to a wrecked apartment) to Orlando Bloom (car window washer), Steve Buscemi (bartender), Rainn Wilson (unfortunate passerby) and Will Arnett (unfortunate passerby, C'MON).
And, as I also wrote in January, the clip contains three new Beasties songs, including "Make Some Noise," previously released "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas and distortion-heavy "Say It." I will warn you, it's not non-stop laughs as the trailer will have you believe, but it's a great medium to feature new tracks, like Kanye did with "Runaway."
The full-length video will drop closer the release date of new "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2," on May 3.
Mary J. Blige may be looking for someone to love her, but I'm already looking for the reggae remix.
"Someone to Love Me (Naked)," featuring Lil Wayne and Diddy, dropped this week, ahead of the announcement that Blige's new album "My Life II: The Journey Continues" will be released this summer.
The set is the sequel to her 1994 sophomore set "My Life," the follow-up to her debut "What's the 411?". Both were produced by none other than Sean Combs. She and Diddy cut ties soon thereafter, so this is a reunion of sorts; "My Life II" is set to drop in September.
And now I can't believe we're even talking about September.
You gotta hand it to him: Jared Leto certainly has a flare for the dramatic.
Whether is the down-and-dirty revealing of his preferred fetishes in "Hurricane," the pink mohawk in "Closer to the Edge" or turning downed bicyclists into galloping horses in "Kings + Queens," the Thirty Seconds to frontman goes big or goes home when it comes to directing the rock band's videos.
"This Is War," the title track and anthem of peace to 30STM's most recent album, is no different. It places the actor-turned-singer and his bandmates on the frontline somewhere in the desert, purportedly in the Middle East, full camo, automatic weaponry, sexy slow-motion footage of firearms and flying tanks and aircraft carriers.
They haven't quite gotten that No. 1 album yet -- they've skimmed it at No. 2 -- but Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" has had long enough to gestate to prime the British act for the best North American tours in their life.
The band will already have completed the cutest tour ever with Edward Sharpe and Old Crow Medicine Show when they strike out headlining on June 3 through the 16th. With them they're bringing support from Immaculate Noise favorites like Nathaniel Rateliff and the Low Anthem, plus Matthew & the Atlas and Cake. Tickets go up April 8, details here.
When I last saw the group, it was an almost sold-out at the Bowery Ballroom. Small no more. Mumford & Sons were among the other acts helping a sepia-toned Bob Dylan through his track at the 2011 Grammys, trying to out-folk the Avett Brothers; they're now hitting big rooms on this jaunt like Merriweather Post Pavilion and Denver's Fillmore.
Meanwhile, in case you needed the tour dates in video form, the band put about four minutes of work into the clip below, complete with a dorky "thumbs up" at the end.
Are Kings of Leon sinners? Have they forsaken or usurped their Southern and Christian upbringing for rock star success? And just which of the brothers or cousin Followill took up smoking first?
These questions and more may be answered in the forthcoming documentary, "Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon," making its premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival as a special screening and a "work in progress." There's no confirmation yet which day it screens at the Manhattan event, which runs starting April 20 through the beginning of May.
Additionally, the trailer has been made available, below. And it may be a startling contrast to fans, who are used to seeing the Tennessee-based band blasting at festivals and hearing them on rock radio. Images of the group as kids and as grown-men are contrasted with footage of charistmatic and pentecostal worship, of speaking in tongues and trances and dancing with snakes.
"As soon as I knew we were gonna get a record deal, I never slept. All night long I knew I was going to hell, I wasn't gonna be a preacher," says a voice, belonging (likely) to either Nathan or Jared Followill. It sets a serious tone, of three brothers (and one cousin) who seemed to be destined for the path of ministry and ended up one of the most successful rock acts from the last half dozen years.
The week is starting off strong with soundtrack news, or at the very least, there's a pair of new movie tracks to be purveyed.
Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard penned an exclusive track, below, for the forthcoming "Arthur" remake, starring Russell Brand. Dubbed "When the Sun Goes Down on Your Street," the upbeat track features some very live bass drum sounds and some sunny acoustic guitar lines. Gibbard busts out some soothing vocabulary, recommending you "step into the night / it'll alright," presumably for when Brand's rich man-child is feeling gloomy.
It comes ahead of a new DCFC effort, "Codes & Keys," out on May 31. But this is clearly a solo spot, so I wouldn't care to cast judgment of this song on what that full band effort may be like. Go ahead and judge that by the band's first single, heard here.
Then there OK Go's "The Greatest Song I Ever Heard," for Morgan Spurlock's "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold." That Sundance-picked flick focuses in on product placements and the movie-making industry in America, while this treadmill-dancing rock troupe continues to try to make cash off their own viral music videos. So, guys, is there a clip forthcoming?
This, with the promise that the new collection will boast contributions from former collaborators like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Akon and Nicki Minaj. No tracklist is available yet, but I would assume those tracks would be "Motherlover," "Shy Ronnie" (and maybe even "Ronnie & Clyde"), 2010 Christmas smash "I Just Had Sex" and recent "The Creep," respectively.
I can't call it one-noting because I laugh out loud about every other Lonely Island song. "Incredibad" made it to No. 13 on The Billboard 200, so The People clearly want more than just the individual songs (though the group should also collect royalties on how many times frat guys at the bar gloat "I'm on a boooooooat").