When you think tattoos and heroin addiction, the name Jennifer Hudson comes to mind, right? 1_vm0lhv06
Fans of the Oscar-winning singer and actress have never seen her in such a state, but they will in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a film that has harder edges than its cutely rhyming title implies. Hudson plays a wayward mother to a child on the cusp of his teenaged years in New York.
"I've never had a drink before, I've never been drunk, unsober, in my entire life… I would never get a tattoo! It could not have been the furthest thing from myself," she told me on the "Mister and Pete" red carpet last night (Jan. 17).
The film's directed by George Tillman, Jr. ("Notorious," "Barber Shop") who has an affinity for casting and working with musicians as actors in his films. So it's little surprise that Hudson has some musical co-workers, including Jordin Sparks and the executive producer of the film, Alicia Keys.
Keys also wrote the score to "Mister and Pete," so is there any room for Hudson's Grammy Award-winning vocals in the film? And is the door open on a collaboration with Keys in the future.
"God no," she said in accordance with the former. As for the latter, there's a hint of things to come...
Hudson also saw a lot of high action at the Grammy Awards last year, as she was tapped in to sing a tribute to Whitney Houston only a day after the singer died at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thankfully, Hudson said, she'll be watching the ceremony "from my couch" this year.
Watch the full video for all the good news on Hudson and "Mister and Pete."
Tattoos and heroin addiction: This Oscar-award winner steps into new skin
When you think tattoos and heroin addiction, the name Jennifer Hudson comes to mind, right? 1_vm0lhv06
Dane DeHaan starring in concert-led 3D feature, with a 're-opening' of Picturehouse
Metallica's 3D film will not only be a documentary, but part-drama as well. Dane DeHaan ("Lawless," "Chronicle") will be co-starring beside the metal band in "Metallica Through the Never," due August 9, as "a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down."
As previously reported, Nimród Antal ("Kontroll") is at the helm of the film, which is named for one of the legendary crew's songs (below). The concert footage was shot in August at a Metallica show in Vancouver, and it will get released via Picturehouse, the movie distributor that has described the "Never" release as a "re-opening" of its doors.
Drake and Rihanna, together again!
Their ages are worth reiterating, shedding light on the elementary nature of each's rhymes, but also on the times: it's true that the Weeknd and Frank Ocean blew up in 2012, and in 2013, these Smiths -- as is their nature -- are imitating them.
Willow's no stranger to working her way around her girlish range like Rihanna, with previous output like "21st Century Girl." She put on her blackest eyeshade for another release "Sugar and Spice," out last week, which had her emoting over a sample from Radiohead's dour "Codex"; I did my best to ignore it (partly due to the further infantilization of women by a 12-year-old who couldn't possibly comprehend such an infliction particularly on her generation, but I digress) but "Sugar" was indicative of the sour...
Because at the top comes Jaden, with Drake as an overt influence, as he rhymes about his obvious teenaged sorrows of having every privilege and still feeling unhappy. "I am a poet, I do not explain..." he says in the middle of a 32-bar exploration of "-ain." Pain, being the most prevalent.
And that's OK... now dance
Lena Dunham's show "Girls" took home gobs of Golden Globes Awards last night, but today is Santigold's "Girls" triumph.
As previously reported, the songwriter contributed the song "Girls" to the "Girls" TV show soundtrack. And it's fun. It evidently is fun to other girls as well. The video companion features women and girls of all ages lip-syncing to the track, bouncing and bounding in their natural habitats. No exposed booties or eye-popping costumery; no glamorous lens tricks or luxury cars or slathered-on makeup. We're so used to artifice, it's refreshing to just see females having a good time to a song after their own heart.
'13' will not feature original member Bill Ward
For the first time in 35 years, Black Sabbath led by Ozzy Osbourne is releasing an album of new originals. Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler combined with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and superstar producer Rick Rubin for "13," due in June.
It was announced in late 2011 that Sabbath was reuniting for some festival dates, along with the promise that a new set was happening. But then original drummer Bill Ward quit over a contract dispute, claiming he was being short-changed, and Tony Iommi continued hard into his struggle against lymphoma.
'Mosquito' looks like 'Paranorman,' boasts James Murphy
The cover to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' forthcoming new album "Mosquito" looks like "Paranorman" mixed with a Garbage Pail Kids reboot. The effort was produced and engineered by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (YYYs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave). The song teaser they posted sounds like the Black Angels. Karen O said that fans will hear "roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences" in the effort.
Well, this should be interesting.
The New York band confirmed the arrival of a new album this spring today. "Mosquito" flies onto shelves on April 16 via Interscope, with an abomination of cover art so brutal, I kinda love it.
In a press release, frontwoman Karen O (who now dons a blonde coif) describes the set as one would tell a drunk patron at a bar: “We took a more playful, lo-fi approach to songwriting. Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a sh*tty sample keyboard and tons of delay - which we called the soup… I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us. This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record - which doesn't mean easy listening - it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy... Very us.”
The group tore open a glimpse into the recording process with a blurry video performance of an untitled song. The audio isn't top notch. It sounds psych-paranoid. Murphy produced one track for "Mosquito," and it will feature Dr. Octogon, aka Kool Keith.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- rounded out by Nick Zinner and Brian Chase -- performed a couple of new tracks during a show in Pomona, Calif., over the weekend, and you can hear those below, too.
Check out videos and tracks from Generationals, William Tyler, Mobley and others
Pharrell produced this airy track
The term "nuclear" has a heaviness about it, but Destiny's Child's new song of the same name feels very much in the air.
As previously reported, the trio reunited for a fresh track for the first time in eight years, to pack an extra punch in with the release of their "Love Songs" hits compilation. "Nuclear" was produced by Pharrell Williams -- who is also helping on Beyonce's next solo album -- and the sound overall dips back into an early '90s R&B vibe, powered by high volts of tambourine.
It's a sweet and easy-listening tune, as Beyonce takes those runs in the refrain and Michelle Williams getting an even more angelic verse. It's not Song Of The Year by any stretch, due to lethargy, but it's pleasant hearing the Children back together.
According to Mashable (that's right: Mashable), Pharrell co-wrote "Nuclear" with Michelle, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal.
Destiny's Child is on slate to take the stage with Beyonce during her solo career-driven halftime show at the Super Bowl, and they will tackle "Nuclear."
'The loop closes' opens talk on full-length
While Oscar nominations dominated the news today, former Academy Award winner Trent Reznor has some non-film news of his own. His current band with Atticuss Ross and Mariqueen Maandig, How To Destroy Angels, has finally put a title and release date to their debut full-length.
"Welcome oblivion" (capitalization theirs) will be out on March 5 via Columbia; it's the follow-up to How To Destroy Angels' second EP "An Omen," released in the fall last year.
That set was their first in a partnership with Columbia records, which apparently was a strong enough showing for them to make good on another effort with the label.
Perhaps in an effort to kiss-off that set, the band has put out a dour video for "Omen" track "The loop closes." Because that's how they like to celebrate big news. Sleep tight in the videodrome.
Icona Pop, Fitz and the Tantrums, Thurston Moore and Angel Haze also on tap
Though the letters SXSW catch in my throat as they're said, it's about that time to load up your potential schedule for the Austin-based music conference, with new headlining additions of Vampire Weekend, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara and more.
Organizers announced a new crop of talent today, which will be scheduled soon to play between the dates March 12-17. The entirety of SXSW -- which includes film, education, interactive and comedy elements and conferences -- runs March 8-17.
Eagles of Death Metal, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Black Lips, Wild Belle, The Besnard Lakes, Camera Obscura, Mr MFN eXquire, The Thermals, Immaculate Noise favorite Icona Pop, Allah-Las, AZARI & III, Bleached, Merchandise, and Psychic Twin are also among the fresh faces on the slate.
Already confirmed are Angel Haze (where's Azealia Banks?), Major Lazer, Wavves, Thurston Moore, Klaxons, Gallows, Alt-J, The Bug, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson, Of Mice and Men, Marnie Stern, Why?, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cold War Kids, The Joy Formidable, Dawes, Robyn Hitchcock, Richard Thompson, Toro Y Moi, Thee Oh Sees, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Charli XCX, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, top 10 album-makers Hundred Waters, The Hood Internet, Toddla T, Ezra Furman, Turbo Fruits, Akron/Family, Civil Twilight, Guards, Suuns, ITAL, Haim, Dusted, Fear of Men and White Lung.
The names already mixing you up? Me too. Start parsing at the SXSW Music site, which has a complete music artist listing.
Badges for the music portion can be bought via SXSW. Today is the last day your attendance will cost less than $700.