Inside Music with Katie Hasty
Documentary-feature playing in six dozen movie theaters nationwide on July 18
From "Shut Up and Play the Hits"
Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories
On July 18, James Murphy and his band LCD Soundsystem will be taking the stage at Madison Square Garden once more -- on the screens at about six dozen movie theaters nationwide.
More than six months after the dance-rock band bid adieu in "Shut Up and Play the Hits" at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Oscilloscope Laboratories is taking the documentary-feature on a one-day tour all over the country, with many tickets going on sale June 8.
Click here to check out all the cities and screenings details.
'Traveling Victorian circus' features four stops with St. Vincent Dawes, Two Gallants and more
Mumford & Sons' North American tour last year proved to be rather unorthodox, so the British songwriters will continue to askew the traditional performance schedule with their Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers this summer.
The group has announced four one-day, mini-music festivals for August, with different lineups featured at each. The Mumfords will headline every night in Portland, Maine; Bristol, Va.; Dixon, Ill; and Monterey, Calif., and will be sharing the stage with "friends" like Gogol Bordello, St. Vincent, Dawes, the Maccabees, Justin Townes Earle and Two Gallants.
"The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favorite festivals like Colorado's Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns where bands don't usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music," said Mumford & Sons in a statement. "We're keen to promote the town's local businesses, and we'll be using the local bars and venues for after-show parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular.
"There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between 'traveling Victorian circus' and 'Victorian traveling circus.'"
Rapper grabs construction workers to ballerinas to the ball
Wiz Khalifa's single "Work Hard, Play Hard" has its music video companion, and it features the rappers' mantra taken quite literally, with ballers, hard laborers and even ballerinas setting to work, then landing at his pad to play.
The track -- culled ahead of Wiz' Aug. 28 drop of album "O.N.I.F.C." -- could use a good remix. And frankly I'd take that third verse and set it on all sorts of fire due to criminal laziness. But the refrains sticks well, his matter-of-fact yopfills in the them nicely and it could crossover into all sorts of playlists.
Look out, Springsteen. Maybe Wiz is the new populism spokesdude.
Bad '90s hair for another cut from 'A Joyful Noise'
Beth Ditto in Gossip's "Move in the Right Direction"
I love Beth Ditto and Gossip, but why did the band warp back to the 1990s No Doubt Hey Day to shoot their music video for "Move in the Right Direction?" What happened to the usually impeccable wardrobe? Why do the gay men look so sad and Ditto so happy? What's with the watered down flop-side-Donna-Summer?
Skip this particular green screen method in the future, it does no favors.
Title track from Merge may take you back
Redd Kross' "Researching the Blues"
Redd Kross haven't put out a new album in 15 years, but their return this year is marked with the "Blues."
"Researching the Blues" is the title track from the rock act's forthcoming Merge album, due on Aug. 7. Jeff McDonald is still sounding snotty as hell, bold in front of the matchy-matchy rhythm section. He wrote the record while brother Steven produced.
The lineup is rounded out by Roy McDonald (The Muffs) and a reunion with lead guitarist Robert Hecker, who played with the band through 1991.
Eddie Kurdziel replaced Hecker for 1993's "Phaseshifter," but died in 1999, after which the early-wave L.A. punk group went on indefinite hiatus, post-"Show World." Redd Kross has been performing in varying lineups for the last five years, but haven't released new music until now.
Check the group's website for tour dates.
What do you think of the song?
So what have you done with your iPhone lately?
Credit: PTB Music
Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.
L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.
Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.
New group will release album on Merge later this year
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Get ready for another indie rock supergroup.
Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and former New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown are joining forces to become Divine Fits.
The group's as yet untitled debut album will be released later this year on Merge Records, longtime home to Spoon, Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, Fucked Up and numerous other bands. Post-punk production guru Nick Launay (Gang of Four, PiL, Kate Bush) recorded the album.
There's little information available about the album or any touring plans. Keep up-to-date at the band's web site here. Divine Fits should have an interesting sound, since all three band members' other projects have been distinctively different; Spoon purveys sparse, soulful pop while New Bomb Turks played upbeat punk-pop and Wolf Parade eyed '80s new wave as inspiration and often featured keyboards and dancier sounds.
Spoon's last studio album, "Transference," hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2010. Wolf Parade, whose last album was also released in 2010, recently announced that they're on hiatus. The New Bomb Turks, meanwhile, haven't played together since 2005.
Johnny Rotten's Public Image Ltd. 20-year return, Jah Wobble and lousy surfing
Credit: Paul Heartfield
John Lydon -- aka Johnny Rotten -- speaks in stanzas, with grand pauses. He’d finish a thought, I’d give him a few seconds, I’d start to speak but then he’d start in on another thought on the same subject, sometimes in third person. He was full of sharp declarations and axioms like they were print-ready for badges and t-shirts. Perhaps its because many were badges and t-shirts.
It’s been 20 years since Lydon’s Public Image Ltd. has released new music, but the frontman contends that PiL was never really gone. Listeners can hear the band’s influence in contemporary artists today, and that his parade of rotating members have gone on to initiate other bands bearing PiL’s mark. You should and could say the same about the Sex Pistols
, Johnny Rotten’s other heavily influential band. Along with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, the group has performed on and off as the Sex Pistols live, and this month the “God Save the Queen” single is getting a vinyl reissue and the Pistols’ album “Never Mind the Bollocks” will drop as a 35th
PiL’s resurgence started in 2009 when guitarist Lu Edmonds, and drummer Bruce Smith and new blood Scott Firth on bass hit the road. They circled up, ultimately, at Steve Winwood’s studio in Cotswolds, England and bashed out “This is PiL,” out next Tuesday (May 29) via PiL's own label with distro from Redeye. The entire album is available to stream, and has been for two months.
Last month, Johnny Rotten was on the phone from California, his adoptive home for more than two decades. Despite what I was warned, there wasn’t too much sass, barely any spit and the 56-year-old was willing to talk about just about anything, from his contentious relationship to ex-bassist Jah Wobble, to the passing of his step-daughter Ari Up (of the Slits) to his money troubles in starting another PiL album again.
Despite past troubles, Lydon seemed at peace in many ways. He was also in a good mood. We spoke for 50 minutes, fits and starts and all. When he picked up the phone, I think I heard the toilet flush.
So a supermodel, a comedian and a dance band walk into the galaxy...
Reggie Watts in Hot Chip's "Night and Day"
If the Hot Chip video for banger "Night and Day" were a movie, I'd watch the hell out of it.
The clip was directed by actor Peter Serafinowicz and utilizes polar-opposite recruits Reggie Watts and supermodel Lara Stone to man the spaceship. Their combination is well til it ends well. (Read my obsessive interview with comedian/musican Watts here.)
And precisely occurs on this ship? What is their mission? I don't know, but now my mission is to abduct the choreographer, in order to learn step-by-step Gaga style. What genius it took to make hooded robes out of actual hoodies and for a sexy ritual dance for a half-man-sized egg god, the eye of the yin and yang...divine, intergalactic styling.
One of eight music videos commissioned for the new album 'Valtari'
From Sigur Ros' "Eg anda"
Sigur Rós don't want you to choke and die. They have a video to help you through such a problem, were it to occur.
The music video to "Ég anda," directed by Ragnar Kjartansson, is the first of eight commissioned clips to accompany each of the songs off of Sigur Ros' new album "Valtari." Kjartansson recruited some real characters for this, who waver between Wes Andersonian deadpan to cartoonish ecstasy in this step-by-step instructional vid.
The band ask from each of their filmmakers/artists to create a video of whatever comes to mind when the creators hear their songs. This one apparently made Kjartansson gag (ba-dum-bum-bum).