Entries tagged with: Scarlett Johansson

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You may remember that Scarlett Johansson has a "girl group" called The Singles that also features Holly Miranda, Este Haim and more. Trouble is, there's already a band called The Singles who were formed in Detroit by Vincent Frederick back in 1999 and continue to make records, like last year's Look How Fast A Heart Can Break. Frederick has hired legal counsel who have in turn issued a cease and desist demand to the representatives for Johansson and the new all-girl group, alleging trademark infringement and a variety of other legal claims. Says Frederick:

I don't understand it. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that 'The Singles' was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band - our band.
Interestingly, when news of Johansson's band first surfaced two years ago, it was to be called The One & Only Singles. If Frederick needs further legal help, we hear Saul Goodman knows a thing or two about brand infringement.


Scarlett Johansson's high concept girl group plans have finally come to fruition, with the first single just out. With the name shortened to The Singles, the group also features Holly Miranda, Este Haim on drums, plus Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. Says ScarJo to Rolling Stone:

I would say it's super-pop...the idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls...I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.
The first single by The Singles is the electro confection "Candy," which was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek who collaborated with The Avengers star on her 2008 album, Anywhere I Lay My Head. "Candy" is out on 12" via Sitek's Federal Prism label and you can stream it below.

Meanwhile, Holly Miranda will release her new, self-titled album on May 19 via Dangerbird. No music from it has been released yet, but she's got West Coast tour dates for March and those are listed below.

Continue reading "Scarlett Johansson forms electro girl group The Singles with Este Haim and Holly Miranda (who has a new LP in May)"

by Bill Pearis

Under The Skin

I finally watched Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin last night. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who spends her time picking up men in Scotland, bringing them back to her place and... well, you should just watch it. You can stream it for free on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime.

Based on Michel Faber's novel of the same name, the film directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer who made Birth and Sexy Beast, not to mention the videos for Radiohead's "Karma Police" and UNKLE's "Rabbit in the Headlights", among others. Species this is not, owing more to '70s experimentalists and, as you might expect from his CV, Glazer has delivered a gorgeously-shot film that is also thought provoking and unsettling. ScarJo even does a credible London accent. I already want to see it again.

After hearing my movie-minded friends rave about it all year, I finally pulled the trigger after it showed up in a few of the band/artist Top 10s we've been running. Here's what Protomartyr, said:

a visually stunning film with a really great soundtrack that defies easy explanation. Actually the real 'best' thing we saw all year. Sure, it didn't have people getting repeatedly kicked in the face or RZA trying on a Jamaican accent sporadically, but not everything can be 'Brick Mansions'.
The minimal, eerie score, which appeared on Travis from Grooms' end of year list, was done by Mica Levi (aka Micachu). It definitely enhances the off-kilter vibe of the film, and you can stream it via Rdio below.

Check it out if you haven't already, and check out nine more recommended movies from streaming sites, courtesy of Sub Pop-signed musician Daughn Gibson, below...

Continue reading "Under the Skin (scored by Micachu), and other movies streaming now (that Daughn Gibson loved in 2014) "

Spike Jonze Her

In addition to Arcade Fire's own new forthcoming LP, out October 29, the band has created music for the upcoming Spike Jonze film Her, as the Playlist (via Arcade Fire Tube) notes. Check out the trailer below, which cites "Music by Arcade Fire" in the credits. Jonze previously directed the band's short film "Scenes from The Suburbs" in 2011. [Pitchfork]
"Her" will get "its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala Presentation of the upcoming New York Film Festival. The romantic sci-fi satrring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson will close the 51st edition of the event, which runs from September 27 - October 13."

The release date of the album, which includes production by James Murphy, was announced back in July along with the picture you can see below. The "Her" trailer and more down there too...

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Holly Miranda

After she spilled the beans on Live with Kelly and Michael back in February, word spread around the internet that actress Scarlett Johansson, no stranger to making music, was starting a Go-Gos inspired all-girl band The One and Only Singles. The band's first single is reportedly due out this summer, and today we learned that Holly Miranda is the bassist and providing backing vocals! I wonder who the other members are and if the Singles single will be released on Dave Sitek's new label Federal Prism. He produced records for both Scarlett and Holly in the past. (UPDATE: Sitek actually did confirm that he will be releasing something by ScarJo this year).

The ex-Jealous Girlfriends singer (that would be Holly) is meanwhile recording and producing a new solo album of her own on both coasts including time... at Federal Prism (it's a studio and a label?).

Catch Holly live in NY on 7/17 at 9:30pm at Rockwood Music Hall. it's her only upcoming show at the moment.

Continue reading "Holly Miranda in Scarlett Johansson's band The One and Only Singles, playing solo @ Rockwood again"


Adele's theme song from Bond flick Skyfall was one of the five nominees for Best Song in the 85th Academy Awards which were announced this morning (1/10). Other nominees include Norah Jones' "Everybody Needs a Friend" from Ted; Scarlett Johanssen and Joshua Bell's "Before My Time" from documentary Chasing Ice; "Pi's Theme" from Life of Pi; and "Suddenly," one of the new songs penned for the new version of Les Misérables. Not the most exciting list (songs by Karen O, Fiona Apple, Arcade Fire, and Rick Ross were on the eligible list) but at least we got five noms this year -- only two songs were nominated in 2012 (they changed the eligibility rules after that happened). Videos and streams for all five are below.

Also nominated was Searching for Sugar Man, the terrific documentary about '70s cult musician Rodriguez. The DVD of that film is out January 22.

Steven Speilberg's Lincoln and Ang Lee's Life of Pie led this year's nominations with 12 and 11 each, respectively. Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty.

The 85th Academy Awards will be given out February 24th in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees are below.

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"arcade fire. scarlett johansson. snl. win." - Paul

"Sometimes SNL shows me great new bands that I cant believe I haven't heard of... Arcade fire is not one of them #bandsthatsuck" - dj tillery

"I think I just became a fan of Arcade Fire." - Gregory

"I'm so confused by Arcade Fire. #SNL" - Vince Mahtani

"nick zinner from the yeah yeah yeahs is adding synth
for arcade fire on snl right now." - Christian Davis

"Could anything get more pretentious than Arcade Fire on SNL tonight? hitler youth haircuts, tron blazers and interpretive dances? Beat it."
- keith buckley of Epitaph-signed band Everytime I Die

"Arcade Fire (plus owen pallett) on SNL ...amazing" - Julie Foster

"Never heard Arcade Fire before.
Hope to never hear them again. Ugh." - Karen Sugarpants

"Regine and Win are so crazy/awesome/cute/spectacular.
Arcade Fire, I love you." - Andrew R

"whoa, arcade fire's snl performance was worse than ashlee simpson's. and the singer's hair was even worse than the performance." lisa cunningham

"Just watched The Arcade Fire on SNL.
Man, I'd love to see that band live." - Nicole Harpel

"Arcade fire is super weird." - Sarah Evans

"Could arcade fire be the worst band to ever grace snl?
Im beginning to think so." - Lauren Burdick

this was someone's ticket to see Arcade Fire on SNL (trishavirga)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (11/13/10). Videos from the show, and more below...

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Gavin & Courtney @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Rufus, Scarlett & Gavin @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Gavin & U2 @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Sunday, October 4th was the "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday & Friends" show at Carnegie Hall. The whole night was a benefit for (RED), a charity directed toward AIDS in Africa.

The night's advertised guests included Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb. A few others who appeared were Lady Gaga, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Lou Reed, The night had a strong collaborative atmosphere to say the least...

Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon "Mr. Pussy," from Friday's 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines -- as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of "He Got What He Wanted" from Friday's 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me." Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing -- she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses.

Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2's Friday covers included "I Want to Live" (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb "King of Trash." Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing." The Edge's brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in "Sweethome Under White Clouds," with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. [Rolling Stone]

A list of all the songs U2 members played on, more reviews and videos from the show, including the "Jean Genie" encore, below...

Continue reading "Gavin Friday & friends (U2, Courtney Love, Lady Gaga, Antony, Lou Reed, Rufus Waniwright, and many, many more) played Carnegie Hall (videos & stuff) "

Olof Arnalds @ Prospect Park in June (more by Chris La Putt)
Olof Arnalds

tonight in NYC
* The Rapture @ Matchless
* Blood Orange @ Bruar Falls
* We Are Ivy League @ Union Hall
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
* Son Volt, Sera Cahoone @ Irving Plaza
* Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Horrors, Crocodiles @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Sounds, Foxy Shazam @ Roseland Ballroom
* Ramona Falls, Music Video, We Are Country Mice @ Pianos
* Olof Arnalds, Nadia Sirota, Emilyn Brodsky @ Union Pool
* Face to Face, Pegboy, Polar Bear Club @ Gramercy Theatre
* Richard Lloyd & The Sufi-Monkey Trio @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Datarock, Esser, JDH & Dave P, Karin Park @ Highline Ballroom
* Fun., Miniature Tigers, New Numbers, DJ F-Word @ Mercury Lounge
* The Weakerthans, Rock Plaza Central, Tomte @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Drink Up Buttercup, The Art of Shooting, Candle Of Paradise @ Glasslands
* Country Music Fest w/ The Defibulators, Sammo, Alana Amram @ Southpaw
* Grooms, Videohippos, Starring, PC Worship, Anamanaguchi, Dome Theater @DBA
* Nudie Jeans Fashion Party w/ Lykke Li (DJ), Bjorn of Peter Bjorn & John (DJ) & Lemonade (DJ) @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* New Languages Fest w/ Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, House of Mirrors, The Respect Sextet @ McCarren Hall

There's a free VICE / Nudie Jeans Fashion Party with DJ sets from Lemonade, Lykke Li and Bjorn of Peter Bjorn & John at Le Poisson Rouge.. RSVP. 11PM doors, 21+ Free Colt 45 and Well Liquor Open Bar from 11PM-12:30AM. Flyer below. There's a VICE / something else party with a set by the Rapture in Brooklyn.

Fun. is Nate Ruess (The Format), ex-Anathallo multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Steel Train's Jack Antonoff.

Son Volt dropped a new album this summer, and now they come to NYC's Irving Plaza for a show with Sera Cahoone.

The Horrors play with Crocodiles at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Both bands return in October.

The Weakerthans play two nights in NYC now. Tonight is at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Rock Plaza Central and Tomte. A live Weakerthans video from 2006 below...

Menomena guy Brent Knopf fronts Ramona Falls, which comes to town this weekend, starting with Pianos tonight. Menomena played ATP NY on Sunday.

Olof Arnalds winds up her recently NYC trip with a show at Union Pool that also includes Nadia Sirota and Emilyn Brodsky.

Face to Face, Pegboy (ex-Naked Rayguy) and Polar Bear Club are currently on a tour that stops at Gramercy Theatre tonight.

Television's Richard Lloyd plays with The Sufi-Monkey Trio at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight.

Scarlett Johansson is playing a benefit at Carnegie Hall with lots of interesting people. Scarlett and Pete Yorn played "Relator" on French TV. That's below.

Tim Heidecker stars in Clues' new video for "You Have My Eyes Now," which is posted below.

Little Boots was in town last night. Coverage of that coming soon. In the meantime, her interview with Nardwuar below...

What else?

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Bono and Gavin Friday (U2Log)
Bono and Gavin Friday

On October 4 at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall, (RED) unites a world-class line up of artists for a special (RED)NIGHTS concert "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends." The star-studded evening will feature Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Chloe Webb, plus special guests. Tickets for the event will go on sale beginning Wednesday, September 16 at 11AM EST via CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org and the box office. As is the case with every (RED)NIGHTS show, a portion of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to the Global Fund. For more information, please visit www.joinred.com/rednights or www.gavinfriday.com.

Longtime friends and professional collaborators, Willner and Friday came together to bring the concert to life and raise awareness of (RED)™'s mission. Friday, a childhood friend of Bono, is an Irish singer, composer and painter and founding member of the gothic rock group The Virgin Prunes. Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, yet is perhaps best known for assembling tribute albums and live events saluting Leonard Cohen, Thelonius Monk, Tim Buckley, Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade.

Willner said, "This unique evening is a celebration of Gavin and a gathering of friends and amazing musicians. We're all proud to partner with (RED) to help fight AIDS in Africa." "It's an honor to be a part of this (RED)NIGHT because I know the money generated will go directly to people who need it," added Friday.

That is an insane lineup.

Lydia Lunch also performs one day earlier with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Rufus and Martha Wainwright are appearing with their father Loudon at Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (9/15).

The Carnegie Hall event poster with more information below...

Continue reading "a new Hal Willner / Gavin Friday show @ Carnegie w/ Antony, Bono, The Edge, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Rufus Wainwright & MANY OTHERS!"

Animal Collective @ the 2009 Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
Animal Collective

The Walkmen @ the 2009 Sasquatch Festival (more by Chris Graham)
The Walkmen

tonight in NYC
* Marduk signing session @ Duff's
* Antifolk Festival @ Sidewalk Cafe
* Dougie Bowne @ Issue Project Room
* David Johansen DJ set @ Home Sweet Home
* Dungen, Woods, Ducktails @ The Bell House
* Buildings, Precinct, Effing @ Market Hotel
* Woodstock Celebration w/ Anisette @ Joe's Pub
* ZAZA, Blind Man's Colour, Dinowalrus @ The Cameo
* Emiliana Torrini, Anya Marina @ Highline Ballroom
* Alela Diane, Sharon Van Etten, Luluc @ Union Hall
* School of Seven Bells, The xx @ South Street Seaport
* Wild Yaks, Grandchildren, Senors of Marseille @ Pianos
* Kurt Vile, Blues Control, Mad Scene, Hans Chew @ Cake Shop
* Raccoon Fighter, The Sundelles, Radio America @ Glasslands
* Animal Collective, Black Dice, Dam Funk @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* The Beets, Pop. 1280, German Measles, Fluffy Lumbers @ Silent Barn
* Hercules & Love Affair, House of House, Liv Spence @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Warlocks, The Morning After Girls, The Vandelles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Franz Nicolay & Major General, Doug Gillard, Pearl & The Beard @ Union Pool
* The Walkmen, High Places, Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band @ the Guggenheim
* ArpLine, Drug Rug, Attack Release, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons @ Mercury Lounge
* Woodhands, Project Jenny/Project Jan, Mixel Pixel, Class Actress @ Littlefield
* Rooftop Films w/ Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ Automotive High School
* Out of Doors Fest w/ Auktyon & John Medeski, Plastic People of the Universe @ Damrosch Park
* Anavan, Dazzler, Boogie Boarder, Darlings, The Tony Castles, Snakes Say Hiss @ Death By Audio

Free outdoor music tonight includes School of Seven Bells and The xx at South Street Seaport, a Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival show with Auktyon & John Medeski and Plastic People of the Universe at Damrosch Park, and Morphoses & The Wheeldon Company dancing with music from Martha Wainwright at Central Park Summerstage.

Animal Collective kicks off two nights at Prospect Park Bandshell. Tonight they're with Black Dice and Dam Funk.

Dungen, Woods and Ducktails play a post-AC show at The Bell House. The other afterparty for AC happens at the same venue on Saturday.

The Beets, Pop. 1280, German Measles and Fluffy Lumbers gig at Silent Barn. The Beets are also on the bill with Animal Collective on Sunday.

Kurt Vile and Blues Control, who played together earlier this summer, visit the Cake Shop with Mad Scene and Hans Chew.

The Walkmen (who also play Sunday with Dinosaur Jr.) inaugurate the "It Came From Brooklyn" series at the Guggenheim Museum with High Places and Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band. Next month's edition features Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks).

The Waterpod is docked in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Raccoon Fighter, The Sundelles and Radio America play without The Drums at Glasslands tonight.

"It was 40 years ago Saturday when almost half-a-million people descended on a farm in upstate New York to enjoy a music festival called "Woodstock." But what nobody knew then was the impact it would have on a generation." [CBS]

Hercules & Love Affair come to the Gramercy Theatre for the first of two NYC shows. They play the Music Hall of Williamsburg at tomorrow.

Marduk conduct a meet-and-greet-style night at Duff's. They play a show at Gramercy Theatre one night later.

Emiliana Torrini visits the Highline Ballroom with Anya Marina. Emiliana's video for "Jungle Drum" is below..

The huge tour from The Warlocks and The Morning After Girls comes to the Bowery Ballroom with The Vandelles.

Blind Man's Colour perform at The Cameo with ZAZA and Dinowalrus.

Sidewalk Cafe's Antifolk Festival features The Wowz, Susan Hwang and more.

The new video from Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson, "Relator," is posted below...

What else?

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Pete Yorn

In July, acclaimed singer and songwriter Pete Yorn will kick off a headlining tour in support of his new album 'Back And Fourth' (June 23, Columbia). Backed by his new band - a well-credentialed group of musicians including guitarist Jonny Polonsky who also played on the album, Joey Kennedy on keys, Scott Seiver on drums, Mark Noseworthy and Zak Schaffer on guitar - Yorn will preview the tour with a special album release show at the Roxy in LA on June 24....

Pete Yorn is currently on the road with Coldplay, through June 4. His first album in three years, 'Back and Fourth,' marks a bold new chapter for Yorn, who recorded in Omaha, NE, with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). Columbia's Co-Chairman Rick Rubin also helped guide the project. The result is Yorn's most personal statement to date. [PR]

That tour takes Pete Yorn across North America for July and August. It includes the previously mentioned two nights at NYC's Webster Hall - July 28th and 29th. Tickets for the Tuesday/28th and Wednesday/29th shows are now on sale, as are two-day passes.

In addition to Back and Fourth, Yorn is also releasing an album with Scarlett Johansson called Break Up on September 8th through Atco/Rhino Records. The lead single, "Relator," is now streaming on the album's site and available on iTunes.

The album was recorded in 2006...Johansson completed her vocals for the project in two afternoon sessions.

Yorn said that the concept for the album was realised in a dream he had. The project was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot.

Johansson spoke about the project recently, "The idea of two people vocalizing their relationship through duets...I always thought of it as just a small project between friends. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time."[Wikipedia]

Scarlett, known mostly for... her acting, also released an album of Tom Waits covers in 2008. Yorn's new video for "Don't Wanna Cry," the first single off his forthcoming disc, with live clips, album art and track lists, and all tour dates, below...

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a catch up post....

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore and rumored beau Ryan Adams were spotted shopping at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Vintage Gear Guitar Shop in Los Angeles yesterday.

The awkwardly-paired duo fell for one another while working closely together on her album Wild Hope last year.

Angster-singer Adams has previously dated a slew of other offbeat brunette actresses, including Parker Posey and Winona Ryder.

This is the first time the happy couple has been snapped together because...well...photogs had no idea who Ryan Adams was until now! [FadedYouth Blog]

Winona Ryder has since moved on to a member of Rilo Kiley. Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman could not be reached for comment. Check out more (not very nice paparazzi-style) pictures of Ryan, OR watch Scarlett Johansson sing Tom Waits backed by members of Celebration BELOW...

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Islands - Arms WayActress Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head has garnered the most press and blog buzz among this week's batch of new releases, but it is hardly the only disc worth talking about.

Islands absolutely killed at the Hot Freaks party at SXSW this year, and the band's Arm's Way is an early contender for my favorite record of the year. Other discs that I have already heard and can strongly recommend include Blackstrap's wonderfully shoegazeySteal My Horses and Run, Bonnie "Prince" Billy's Lie Down In the Light, Free Kitten's Inherit, and Windsor for the Derby's How We Lost.

I haven't heard the new Wedding Present album, El Rey, but it is at the top of my shopping list.

Three Velvet Underground albums are reissued on vinyl this week: The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and White Light/White Heat. Another vinyl reissue worth checking out is Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Mudhoney not only releases a new studio album this week, but also a two-disc remastered edition of Superfuzz Bigmuff.

What are you picking up this week? Are there any releases worth adding to the list?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Tom Waits - Bottom of the World (MP3)

Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Waits
Scarlett Waits

One of the just-announced Pehdtsckjmba shows is listed at Ticketmaster ($82).

In sorf of related news, Scarlett Johansson is engaged.

PREVIOUSLY: Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits album has a website

Scarlett Johansson album

And at that website you can listen to six of the Tom Waits songs including "Fannin Street" featuring vocals by David Bowie.

Scarlett Johansson's inspired Atco Records debut album ANYWHERE I LAY MY HEAD features her distinctive interpretations of ten songs by Tom Waits plus one original selection, "Song For Jo." Johansson co-wrote the track with TV On The Radio's David Andrew Sitek, who produced the album and lends his multi-instrumental talents throughout as well. She is also joined by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Sean Antanaitis from Celebration and others.

Scarlett Johansson w/ David Bowie & Elijah Wood (2004)
Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie

On May 20, Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers album, titled 'Anywhere I Lay My Head,' sees its release, with guest spots from David Bowie and production by TV on the Radio's David Sitek. Spearheaded by Waits' 'Falling Down' -- from 1988's 'Big Time' -- this isn't your average celebrity music makeover.

"When I had the idea to do an album of Tom Waits songs, before I had even met Dave [Sitek], someone suggested I sing 'Falling Down,'" Johansson tells Spinner. "But I decided it was too corny for me to do just because it has the lyric about 'Scarlett and me.' But Dave hadn't even noticed it. When I mentioned it, he thought the synchronicity was crazy and I never even thought twice about it after that. I was like, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"

"With 'Falling Down,' our pursuit of making one song with both Kermit the Frog and David Bowie on it became a success," Sitek adds.

Have an exclusive listen to 'Falling Down' on Spinner.

Scarlett & Natalie Portman on the Today Show, earlier yesterday
Actress Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman visit the NBC Today show

I've been trying to find a picture of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek sitting on the Joe's Pub stage with Scarlett Johansson talking about her new Tom Waits cover album that he produced, and how David Bowie contributed to it. I guess they didn't allow photography. Stereogum had a video from the press conference / listening party, but was forced to take it down. Rolling Stone and Billboard have more info (also no pics).

Earlier in the day (Feb 12, 2008) Scarlett and Natalie were up at the Today Show promoting their new movie The Other Boleyn Girl. Scarlett's Tom Waits CD tracklist is below....

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note: Super Tuesday is today, so don't forget to vote.

Wilco and Obama (CRED)
Wilco and Obama

Music blog Hard To Find A Friend contacted a few musicians & industry people, and not surprisingly found out most of them were voting for Obama. Anyone who saw Joanna Newsom at BAM last week knows what she thinks, and Morrissey wears it on his shirt. Craig Wedren, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, and some comedians have also let us know where they stand.

The Guardian also has an article on this very subject today. They report that.....

...On the Republican side... there are not very many famous activist musicians. Ted Nugent, he who once said "We should Nagasaki [Iraq]" has turned out in favour of conservative Mike Huckabee, while moderate John McCain will have Burt Bacharach tickling his ivories. Libertarian long-shot Ron Paul is backed by Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana. Country-singer Pat Boone has loaned his septuagenarian twang to the campaign of Mitt Romney, who can also count on the help of fellow Mormons Donny and Marie Osmond....
Other musicians for Ron Paul (not Ru Paul) include John Mayer (I think), and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. I wonder what his friend Scarlett Johansson would say. You can see her in one of the two Obama-themed music videos below.....

Continue reading "who are musicians voting for on Super Tuesday?"

DOWNLOAD: The Teenagers - Homecoming (sluttt 98% Done Remix) (MP3)

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The Teenagers are three French dudes from Paris that sing “I fucked my American cunt,” in this popular single, “Homecoming.” Some American girls find the word cunt rude, but for the hundreds of skinny jean wearing girls that fill The Teenagers’ shows, they’ll ignore the word and wait for a French invasion.

Penetrating America are The Teenagers, kicking off their first American tour and cutting the challenges that most bands face in the beginning of their careers. “We didn’t have to go through the shitty van and touring the entire country phase. Thanks, MySpace!” says Michael Szpiner, 26, who used to be a graphic designer before doing the pop star thing. [Format]

The Teenagers make their way to NYC on January 30 for one show at Mercury Lounge, another @ Hiro Ballroom (with Blacklist), a stop in Philly, and then a show at Studio B (the Hot Chip afterparty). The Scarlett Johansson video, and all tour dates, below....

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As rumored, Scarlett Johansson sang backup during "Just Like Honey" for Jesus & Mary Chain at Coachella....

Jesus & Mary Chain & Scarlett Johansen  @ Coachella

Jesus & Mary Chain & Scarlett Johansen  @ Coachella

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