Mastodon has shown two very different sides with the two song releases thus far for forthcoming album "Once More 'Round the Sun." There's the more melodic, mass consumer bent on "High Road," and then there's today's "Chimes at Midnight."
The first thing that struck me about Pujol's album "Kludge" is the mix and the master. The word "confrontational" comes to mind, though the music is actually a really pleasant mix, of garage, psych and '60s pop. Daniel Pujol just has a verve, a bouncy, nervous touch to his set that makes it poke through the cozy carpet.
Digging beyond that, Pujol is singular in his approach to his art, and extending entertainment into a realm of philosophical commentary, a jam-packed lyricism which sometimes reads like a social and cultural deconstruction or manifesto.
But I didn't necessarily expect that, when I first watched the music video for phenomenal single "Circles," directed by Stewart Copeland. The colorful stop-motion clip has the lead singer living out what is surely the dream of all musicians: to have q-tips go in his ears in close view of the camera, to be transformed by lizard people, to be covered in paint.
I liked Fol Chen's album "The False Alarms," released last year. The band has a real sense of sequence, tempo and placement. They don't beat a chorus to death. (And "A Tourist Town" freaking rules.)
All things that also help to make a good score and soundtrack. Julian Wass knows this. Maybe that's why the Fol Chen band member has already helmed a number of film sounds, his hands full with three scores in just a few scant months this summer.
"The Pretty One" is the latest movie of these, with the film out on VOD tomorrow (June 3); Jenée LaMarque, Wass' wife, directed. For the film, Wass put together a cover of "It Might Be You," the theme from 1982's "Tootsie," an enchanting electronic re-imagining with singer Karryn on the mic.
Speaking on the music for "The Pretty One," Wass said, “Around the same time as we started envisioning the score, Jenée and I showed 'Cinderella' to our then 3 year old daughter for the first time. The song, 'A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes' embodies Cinderella’s character and spirit... I felt that Cinderella and the [lead] character of Laurel had some interesting parallels, so I studied that chord change and melody and used it as inspiration for one of the main themes for the 'The Pretty One.'"
Wass also composed for Tribeca Films' "The Big Ask" with Gillian Jacobs, "Lost for Life" due this summer, the Duplass Brothers' "Do-Deca Pentathalon," Patrick Brice’s forthcoming "The Overnight" and more.
Stream Julian Wass and Karryn's "It Might Be You" below.
Undoubtedly, "Fault in Our Stars" fans are gonna feel their heart go "Boom Clap" with the movie's release. Charli XCX's new song is here to just help that whole thing along.
The songwriter/producer dropped the music video for "Boom Clap" today, giving a taste of sweet, fated kisses between Shailene Woodley's Hazel and Ansel Elgort's Gus for the John Boone-directed adaptation. The clip was shot in Amsterdam, which is the same setting as the film.
"Boom Clap" is one of the original songs featured on "The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack, which is out now ahead of the movie's June 6 release date. The tracklist also includes contributions from Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran, Ray Lamontagne, Lykke Li, M83 and more. The set bowed at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and may rise after the film premieres in the U.S.
Charli XCX is helping to lead the singles charts right now with her collaboration on Iggy Azalea's tally-topping "Fancy"; she is currently at work on her second album.
I had more compassion for the 13-year-old version of myself after watching the movie "We Are The Best!"
The Swedish film centers on middle school-aged girls who, even after the punk era has seemingly crested in the early '80s, decide to start a punk band. Their bedrooms are lined with posters of the records and bands they like, they disappear into records when their parents annoy them or let them down. They lust after the boys featured in music mags (even though they scarcely know what lust even is) as much as they'd like to compete with them on stage.
"We Are the Best!" is a merciful and subtly celebratory portrait of the goof-toothed age of girls, when friendships start forming around the things you can't stand as much as the things you love, when your personality is defined by group view and your own rebellion within that crew... and by your hair, and makeup and your independence to wield all of the above like weapons.
In the exclusive clip above, the problem for these Stockholm kids Bobo and Klara -- as it is for so many budding bands -- is that they can't play anything. They don't own instruments, they have no songs. The guitar-wielding bro-dudes at the rec center just took the wind out of their sails by mocking the girls' looks, the mohawked, socially awkward "prettiest girls in town."
They take the power back by using good old-fashioned bureaucracy: they reserved the rehearsal room out from under their hecklers. As the latter files out of the room, the girls suppress laughter, and then they get to work making noise.
Overall, the flick is recommended watching for everyone in need of some good, hearty racket, tweens and beyond. "We Are the Best!" -- directed by Lukas Moodysson and starring the phenomenal Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv Lemoyne -- opens Friday (May 30).
Schoolboy Q has released a very on-the-nose video to his track "Hoover Street," off of the rapper's breakout album "Oxymoron."
And you know what's OK? That it's that kind of illustrative. Instead of rags-to-riches, Q keeps his focus on growing up in gangland, in South Central L.A. While he rhymes about roaches in his cereal and his loved ones' commitment to crime, he also goes more personal, with a nod to his grandma and the shock of seeing his first gun.
Now we have some better idea what that was for.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" actor -- whose movie opened in theaters today -- appears in the first teaser for Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist." Flashes of Garfield shearing his hair and gripping his head in front of a mirror weave between footage of him nervously walking down the barricaded path that leads to the main stage at the music festival. In the latter scenes, he's wearing a white dress, with a face full of makeup.
Win Butler has said that the song "We Exist," the next single from Arcade Fire's latest album "Reflektor," is about a son telling his father that he's gay. At Coachella, the band sprung into the song with Butler intro'ing: "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue."
We don't know if Garfield's character is trans, or prefers crossdressing, or if he's even the "son" in the song. But it looks like some strong messaging is on it's way.
Arcade Fire's tour and festival dates are below. Garfield hosts "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow night (May 3).
May 02 Atlanta, GA
May 04 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA
May 29 Primavera Sound Festival Barcelona, Spain
May 31 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 03 Paris, France
Jun 04 Paris, France
Jun 06 London, United Kingdom
Jun 07 London, United Kingdom
Jun 09 Landgraaf, Netherlands
Jun 10 Merksem, Belgium
Jun 12 Norwegian Wood Festival Oslo, Norway
Jun 15 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark
Jun 17 Dresden, Germany
Jun 18 Berlin, Germany
Jun 20 Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
Jun 20 Southside Festival Tuttlingen, Germany
Jun 23 Rock In Roma Rome Rm, Italy
Jun 24 Verona Verona, Italy
Jun 29 Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Jul 25 Fuji Rock Niigata, Japan
Jul 30 Mountain View, CA
Aug 01 Los Angeles, CA
Aug 02 Los Angeles, CA
Aug 05 San Diego, CA
Aug 08 Seattle, WA
Aug 09 Squamish Valley Festival Squamish, Canada
Aug 11 Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12 Calgary, Canada
Aug 14 Winnipeg, Canada
Aug 17 Washington, DC
Aug 19 Mansfield, MA
Aug 20 Bangor, ME
Aug 22 Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23 Brooklyn, NY
Aug 24 Brooklyn, NY
Aug 26 Chicago, IL
Aug 27 Chicago, IL
Aug 29 Toronto, Canada
Aug 30 Montreal, Canada
You know what's missing from the DJ and producer world? What the EDM and dance scene could really use? An "American Idol"-style talent show.
Or at least that's a gap that Simon Cowell and SFX is hoping to fill with their new series, "Ultimate DJ." In a press release, the "The X Factor" creator's production company Syco announced a partnership with electronic music promoter and events giant SFX and T-Mobile for an "innovative electronic music competition to showcase fresh new DJ/producer talent and creative production skills."
“We have been developing this concept for a while but our partnership with SFX has been a real game-changer for this format. It made complete sense for us to collaborate with SFX with their access to the best up-and-coming DJs and their great marketing platform to build new DJ talent," Cowell said in a statement.
"Up-and-comers" will be submitting dance mixes to the series; the T-Mobile angle will help enable users, er, fans to vote on their favorite tunes and launching contestants in the limelight to compete at live events -- SFX's specialty.
How a competition like this works in a reality series setting remains to be seen: DJs don't necessarily step to a deck like a singer would a microphone, nor do judges have the same criteria as a singing show. But the global reach of EDM and electronic music culture is apparently now up for a vote, and coming to a digital device near you.
"Ultimate DJ" will be launched online initially. No television networks have picked it up yet, which may indicate that TV doesn't know how this all shakes out, either
SFX is behind popular electronic dance music events like TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, Rock in Rio, Mayday, Decibel and Q-Dance. So at the very least, they know how to put on a show, even when the competitors may fall flat.
LOS ANGELES - Neon Trees' new album "Pop Psychology" drops today, and just a month ago, frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay. According to Glenn, fans are going to hear a lot of intersection of the latter in the former.
Speaking to me from the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards this month, Glenn said that a lot of lyrics from "Pop Psychology" came from "therapy sessions... it feels very cathartic."
His advice to those who are closeted is that "it's OK to be scared" though "it's the best thing I've done in a long time."
"I know how it feels," Glenn continued. "Tweet me if you need a friend."
Watch the rest of the video above for Glenn's tips on keeping your voice and watching out for those hard-partying nights.
For the Muppets fan who could use their beloved characters in neon hues, we bring you Shy Kidx's remix of "The Muppets Show" theme song.
Today (April 22), Disney released a whole album called "Dconstructed," packed to the brim of playful EDM reduxes of their powerhouse back catalog. You, too, can go bananas to versions of "Circle of Life," "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" and more from DJs and producers like Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and U.N.K.L.E.
Back to Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang: try and name every character in the video below, which includes never-before-seen Muppets footage.
And then get up and walk in straight line. Use handrails if you have to.
“The Muppet Show Theme” (Shy Kidx Remix), "Dconstructed" and Shy Kidx's EP "Orion" (Epitaph) are out now.