The composer -- along with the filmmakers including director Gareth Evans -- was still editing the action flick only 48 hours before its premiere at the Park City fest. And compared to the first film, this sequel was even more of a marathon, considering it was an hour longer than the original "The Raid."
And, actually, "the first cut was 3.5 hours long," Trapanese admitted during our chat at Sundance last week.
It seems like Joe Trapanese hasn't had many breathers at all in the last five years, as he's composed, conducted and arranged for big budget, edit-sensitive projects including "Oblivion" with M83, "Tron: Legacy" with recent Grammy winners Daft Punk and "The Raid's" American cut from 2012 with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda; he's also worked on TV digs like "Tron: Uprising" and "Dexter" in between.
When it's come to working with the array of musicians he has, Trapanese said it's a lot of give and take.
"What's interesting about these collaborations is from day one, you really have to wrap your head around what skills am I gonna bring to the table, what skills is my collaborator gonna bring to the table, when are they gonna drive, when am I gonna drive," he said. "It's about creating a comfortable and safe environment for people to really speak their mind."
Of Daft Punk, he said the duo is "really inspiring, they work really hard," and buck the image of pop stars that are "full of themselves" and egotistical. "Daft Punk is not like that at all."
Kosinski has another project due before that will reunite him with his "Oblivion" actor Tom Cruise. "Go Like Hell" is based off of the book "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" and the 1966 Le Mans race; Brad Pitt is still a "possible" addition, according to Trapanese. He said he's eager to see what Kosinski -- who, up to this point, has only directed sci-fi bent "Oblivion" and "Tron" -- can do with "something historic."
"I love what he does," Trapanese said of Kosinski. He went into how "Tron: Legacy" was received and Kosinski's touch on the material. "One of the things that people never really understood about the sequel 'Tron: Legacy' is that if you watch the original, it's so campy, it's so funny in many ways. That kind of went over people's heads, who are used to something more Nolan-esque, serious, and thought 'Tron: Legacy' would be trying to do more of the same. If you look at it with a nod to the original film, it's even better than what people give it credit for."
Watch the rest of our interview for Trapanese's thoughts on synths, hip-hop, Moby and Death Grips, and what the 40-year-old stock broker guys will be trading their guitars for in the future.
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In June, Katy Perry will be launching her Prismatic World Tour, and HitFix is giving away two tickets -- one for you and one for a guest -- to a tour stop of your choosing.
Capital Cities, Tegan and Sara and Kacey Musgraves will rotate as openers during the four-month North American stint, which kicks off on June 22 and runs through October. Of the concert setup, "The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for The Prismatic World Tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before," says an AEG Live release.
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Here are Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour dates:
06/22 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena *
06/24 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center *
06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
06/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
06/30 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum *
07/2 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center *
07/3 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
07/9 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
07/11 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center *
07/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
07/16 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre *
07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
07/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *
07/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
07/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/1 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/2 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/7 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/8 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
08/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena ^
08/11 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
08/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena ^
08/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena ^
08/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center ^
08/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center ^
08/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^
08/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
08/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center ^
08/23 – Fargo, ND @ FARGODOME ^
08/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre ^
08/28 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre ^
08/29 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^
08/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
09/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center #
09/13 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome #
09/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center #
09/22 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/23 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
09/25 – Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena #
09/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena #
09/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena #
09/30 – Denver, CO 2 Pepsi Center #
10/2 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/3 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center #
10/5 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum #
10/6 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center #
10/8 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena #
10/10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~
10/11 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center ~
*With Capital Cities
^ With Kasey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara
LOS ANGELES - Metallica played a unique performance tonight (Jan. 26) at the Grammy Awards during CBS telecast, but the band is fresh off of a stint on the big screen for "Metallica: Through the Never."
Saturday night at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton, I caught up with the metal band's drummer Lars Ulrich who said Metallica is headlong into crafting a new album. The making of "Through the Never" was an experience that provided "a whole other way of being creative and having a creative outlet. We were very inspired by making that," he said
"Now we're energized to make a record. The film was fun, but it's time to make the next record."
He seemed skeptical that they could finish it for 2014, so Metallica is eyeing a 2015 drop instead.
And would "Through the Never" co-star Dane DeHaan guest on the set?
"We will find him!"
Watch the full interview above. Metallica played "One" at the Grammy Awards 25 years ago, which they celebrated by collaborating with pianist Lang Lang on the same song during the ceremony this year. They wil also release "Metallica: Through the Never" on DVD/Blu-Ray on Tuesday (Jan. 28).
She was sporting her wild-red half-dreads and a flirty top; I've always loved Lauper's style, and even more than that, audiences for 30 years have loved her sense of self and artistic evolution.
Speaking to HitFix before the party, we talked fashion, of course, but then delved into what it takes to be successful. Her Grammy Award and previous Tony Awards wins arrive in time for the 30-year mark (OK, 30-and-a-half) of "She's So Unusual," her 1983 debut, for which she's crafting an anniversary set. She's also already "in the process" of working on another Broadway show, but wouldn't get into much detail.
"I don't want to jinx anything," she said. "You'll hear about it."
Lauper hinted at TV work and writing more music, along with spending more time with her family. She last released a studio album in 2010, "Memphis Blues."
And she issued some advice to you creative types.
Figure out what you want to do, and if there's gatekeepers in your way, just understand that that's what that person says. Look over their shoulder and see where you wanna go, and then figure out a plan of how you're gonna get there. And in the end you'll get there. It's the guys that give up -- just don't give up. Understand what it is you wanna do. And then make a plan.
I've been told so many times how I stink that I'm not this and I'm not that and that I can't do this and I can't do that. I always think to myself, "For you, maybe."
So, yeah, here's Cyndi Lauper basically being awesome for five minutes.
Scott H. Biram can't be bothered with genres. Over nine albums -- including forthcoming "Nothin' But Blood" -- the songwriter's bounded from country, rockabilly, hymns, blues, punk, metal, folk, acoustic gospel and all other colors of the rainbow.
But new track "Only Whiskey" will only have you seeing red. From the floor.
This nasty number like the others on "Blood" was recorded out of Biram's home and at Cacophony Studios in Austin; the album is out Feb. 4 and can be pre-ordered here.
"Nothin' But Blood" is lead by single "When I Die," which will also get a 7" release on Record Store Day" this year. You can hear it below. Check out all Biram's tour dates here.
Here is the "Nothin’ But Blood" tracklist:
1. Slow & Easy
2. Gotta Get To Heaven
3. Alcohol Blues
4. Never Comin’ Home
5. Only Whiskey
6. Jack of Diamonds
7. Nam Weed
8. Backdoor Man
9. Chuch Point Girls
10. I’m Troubled
11. Around The Bend
Gospel bonus tracks:
12. Amazing Grace
13. When I Die
14. John The Revelator (featuring Jesse Vain)
The Electric Daisy Carnival – one of the preeminent dance music festivals in the world – threw itself a parade in new Sundance-selected documentary “Under the Electric Sky." And why shouldn’t they? As a three-day gathering in Las Vegas, EDC was sold-out this past summer with a 115,000 cap each night, with seven stages and more than 200 DJs. It’s a festival so successful that it may launch into a second weekend, a la Coachella, with top-tier dance music superstars continually, annually gravitating toward it.
PARK CITY, Utah - It's been days since I saw "Frank" at the Sundance Film Festival, and I'm still rolling it around on my tongue. Starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, the film is indeed very musical, but also explores where creativity comes from, mediocrity versus merit in the medium, the mythologized connection between mental illness and genius, and the clash between laughable pretension and utter likeability.
All while Fassbender wears a giant papier-mâchée head, as its titular character.
"Frank's" director Lenny Abrahamson struck me as an intense music lover, and some of "Frank" and his misanthropic band's influences tended toward what he called the academic. Frank makes nods to Beatles lover Daniel Johnston, and exploratory groups from Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, and art collective The Residents.
The mask as a performance apparatus in the film acts as a mirror, to reflect on the audience's willingness to "go there" with its creator. Abrahamson wants those curious to be interested in what Frank is supposedly "hiding."
"It's sort of like 'The Wizard of Oz,'" he told me on the red carpet, the wish for the crowd to guess at what's behind the curtain. Hint: the big reveal isn't a mega-superstar singer for a famous Irish rock band.
"I gotta choose my words really carefully: Bono's wonderful, but he's not under the mask," Abrahamson conceded.
The music in the film can have it's drones and found sounds, it's rising and cresting melodies, jagged uneven rhythms next to a plodding keyboard line. At times, it sounded like Joy Division, then maybe a dash of The Fall or some Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Overall, I wish there were more completed songs presented, though the creation of the "idea of a song" seemed even more important to driving this film forward.
Well, I may get my wish anyway. Abrahamson said that "Frank" could yield a concert evening with the film's stars combining again, a la "Inside Llewyn Davis," so long as they can "make the schedule work." He also is planning to put together a soundtrack album release for "Frank," as apparently more material than could ever be crammed into the film still was conceived specifically for the project.
Watch the full interview above for more details on a potential release.
PARK CITY, Utah - Keegan DeWitt is having a busy week. He wrote/co-wrote two Sundance film scores, for "Land Ho!" and "Listen Up Philip"; his band Wild Cub released its Mom + Pop Records debut "Youth" today; and they're performing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to celebrate. The Nashville-based writer and composer is hitting up spots like the KCRW lounge and the BMI songwriters' roundtable to discuss his work throughout the week in Park City for the Film Festival.
We caught up yesterday (Jan. 20), touching on his transition from performing under his own name to playing as a band project. I liked DeWitt's approach to this idea of stripping songs of a face, of a first and last name and a preconception of "white guys with guitars" that overrun his adoptive home base.
He also went into detail on his new scores, like for "Land Ho!": "... As though it was a late 1980s movie being scored by a top 40 band."
Sundance is a return for DeWitt, who helmed the sounds for last year's selections "Life According to Sam" and "This Is Martin Bonner." He also scored the Oscar Award-winning short documentary “Inocente" (2013). Successful formula he suggests to composers in the field is to go to festivals, see a lot of movies, stay for the Q&A, talk to the filmmakers and "make friends."
Check out our full interview above.
"Everybody get golden." The uplifting message is perfect for Parade Of Lights' upbeat dance-rock song, and especially pertinent for, say, the Olympics.
"Golden" is now available via iTunes and is the title track from the quartet's EP, due this spring. Its epic lead single “We’re The Kids” is already out: watch the video here or below. Get your pumping fist ready.
Parade Of Lights is touring this winter with stop-offs at the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin in March.
Headlining tour dates:
1/29 Fullerton, CA The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
1/30 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
1/3 Bakersfield, CA Elements
2/1 Los Angeles, CA TBA
On tour with Royal Teeth and Chappo:
2/22 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
2/25 Kansas City, MO Czar
2/26 Minnespolis, MN Triple Rock
2/27 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
2/28 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge - Small Room
3/4 Columbus, OH Basement
3/5 Cincinnati, OH 21st Century
3/6 St. Louis, MO Demo