Entries tagged with: soundtracks
by Bill Pearis
One of the most (deservedly) talked-about shows of the summer was drama Mr. Robot which just wrapped up its excellent first season last night. If you haven't seen it, I've described it as Fight Club meets American Psycho, but about computer hackers. (Specifically, one hacker, named Eliot, played with perfect spacey detachment by Rami Malek.) That is very, very reductive (the show is about a lot of things, you come to learn) but that gets you there. The whole season is now available on USA on-demand. Music is treated just as expertly as everything else in this show, including some some familiar songs and cool, more obscure choices. MAJOR spoilers lie below, so read at your own caution.
Amazon.com, whose not-very-fun-sounding work environment was put under the microscope in that NY Times article a few weeks ago, sells a lot of vinyl and are gettting into the business of exclusive titles. What's up first? Five '80s soundtracks: Goonies (30th Anniversary Edition), Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Rocky IV (30th Anniversary Edition). Not much is known about these 2015 editions (like the source of the audio), but they'll be out October 9 for $25 a pop. According to MovieWeb, the records will be released on Amazon's own Amazon label, though the mostly-bare listings themselves list "Legacy" as the label.
If you don't want to wait till October, you can always just buy used copies of the original vinyl which is plentiful and cheap. (Goonies, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Rocky IV.) With record pressing plants backed up and behind on releases, some are wondering why we need these reissues at all. A lot more interesting would be if they, say, released a soundtrack to Ferris Beuller's Day Off which was supposed to be released when the film came out in 1986 but then never did.
Cassettes are hip and vinyl sales are on the rise, so it shouldn't be too surprising that a record label has spun off a new company that will release obscure soundtracks on vinyl, and... movies on VHS. That would be Terror Vision which was started by Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Graveface Records. There will also be a video rental store as part of the Graveface Records & Curiosities shop in Savannah, GA. The official statement:
AT SOME POINT IN 2013 IT DAWNED ON ME THAT NONE OF THE CURRENT CROP OF SOUNDTRACK LABELS, ALTHOUGH GREAT, WERE RELEASING ANYTHING THAT WAS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. SURE I LOVE CREEPSHOW, HALLOWEEN, POLTERGEIST ETC BUT WHERE WAS THE LOVE FOR THE OBSCURE TITLES? THE TITLES I WORSHIPED GROWING UP THAT PEOPLE SO CALLOUSLY REFER TO AS "B MOVIES" OR MOVIES THAT ARE "SO BAD THAT THEY'RE GOOD". THE TITLES THAT VARÈSE SARABANDE HASN'T ALREADY RELEASED ON VINYL 20 YEARS AGO THAT YOU CAN STILL ACTIVELY PURCHASE ON DISCOGS. THE TITLES THAT MADE ME WANT TO MAKE MY OWN HORROR MOVIES AND REALIZE THAT I COULD...ALL I NEED IS A CAMERA, A KILLER IDEA AND THE MOTIVATION TO FINISH ONCE I BEGIN. FINALLY, IN 2014 I JUST SO HAPPENED TO RUN INTO 2 HORROR DIRECTORS (SEPARATELY) THAT I'VE LOOKED UP TO MY ENTIRE LIFE. THIS IDEA CAME UP OUT OF THE BLUE IN BOTH CONVERSATIONS AND WHAT THEY SAID WAS BOTH FASCINATING AND MOTIVATING. IN SHORT, WALKING AWAY FROM THOSE CONVERSATIONS I SIMPLY GOT THE COJONES TO JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT. THE RELEASES ON TERROR VISION MIGHT NOT BE FOR EVERYONE, BUT THOSE THAT "GET IT" WILL TRULY LOVE IT.Do you still have a VCR? One of the first VHS titles they're releasing is The Mystery in Old Bathbath, which features puppetry by Miss Pussycat and music by Quintron and will be out May 22. You may have seen it when they toured it together in 2013. You can watch a trailer for it below.
Among the first soundtrack releases from Terror Vision will be:Not of this Earth OST by Chuck Cirino ('88), 555 OST by Frankie 'Hollywood' Rodriguez ('88), From a Whisper to a Scream (The Offspring) OST by Jim Manzie, and Killing Spree OST by Perry Monroe.
Speaking of, Quintron & Miss Pussycat will be touring soon, including dates with Memphis band NOTS and they'll also be in NYC for Secret Project Robot's 10th Anniversary on June 20. No other details on that show right now but all tour dates are listed below.
Though out in parts of the world on vinyl since October, the 17 track Messier Objects by German electronic indie rock band The Notwist seems to have just popped up on streaming services over here. The collection of "unreleased instrumental soundtracks for theatre plays, radio plays and movies" is just what I needed today. You can stream it in full, via RDIO, below...
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
By Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by BBG)
Earth maestro Dylan Carlson's solo alias DRCARLSONALBION is now streaming a slice from the original soundtrack for the movie Gold. The opening movement shimmers like heat lines on the Western horizon, presenting his marvelous guitar tone without any other instrumentation. The OST is set to receive a digital, CD, and LP release on June 17. (Preoder.)
The soundtrack kicks-off a stacked summer for Carlson. Along with Wonders From The House of Albion -- his long-awaited Kickstarted solo album -- scheduled for 2014 release, the droner will be touring with Earth throughout Asia, Australia, and Europe, leading up to a promised Earth full-length in the near future.
Speaking of live guitar wrangling, frequent Earth artist/collaborator Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) has been playing shows with his Nazoranai three-piece that counts similar six-string stimulators Keiji Haino and Oren Ambarchi. The touring triumvirate checked in at The Knitting Factory last night after the show was moved from The Wick. We missed it but caught their Tuesday show at Empty Bottle in Chicago.
O' Malley and Ambarchi are still in NYC and appearing at Tectonics Festival, held at Issue Project Room on Friday, May 23. $20 at the door gets you in to see the two interpret Alvin Lucier's Criss Cross and an Eyvind Kane commissioned piece where they'll be joined by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Other dates are listed below.
Oren Ambarchi in Nazoranai in Chicago, 5/20 (more by Joshua Ford)
Ambarchi also has a new release coming soon. On May 27, the Australian improviser will issue a joint effort with Richard Pinhas from the cult-adored French prog beast Heldon. Titled Tikkun, the album will come out via Cuneiform Records. (Preorder.) The currently available excerpt "Washington, D.C. - T4V1" jams psych and a motorik pulse in a paint-shaker. For fans of the fried-by-acid, it sounds like a trip.
All of the tour dates, along with streams from Gold, Tikkun, and more, appear below.
As you may have caught on our Instagram last night: "Holy mother. Supergroup of the year? Hans Zimmer. Kendrick Lamar. Alicia Keys. Johnny Marr and Pharrell Williams on drums jamming here at the Spider-Man 2 afterparty at Moynihan Post Office Station." The seemingly random group actually all appear on the new movie's soundtrack (Phosphorescent is on there too). Johnny Marr, who also worked with Hans Zimmer in the past, in particular told us about his role in a recent interview we did:
Spider-Man happened because Marc Webb and Hans invited me to do it. Right now we're in the thick of it. I'm sure it will turn out well, because Marc's an inspired person. It's a fun film as well. Of course it's very different from what we did with Inception, but me and Hans have kind of got a thing now. We have a sound that, funny enough, seems to be popping up in a few other movies. For the longest time you wouldn't hear guitar on film soundtracks. Inception seemed to kind of break that mold. I'll be going back there after this tour's finished to continue working on Spider-Man. From a working point of view, it's a very different discipline to writing rock songs and running a band. Mostly because you're given an emotional remit, and I actually really like that. I don't see it as a limitation at all. If anything, it makes things very clear. The great thing about doing movies is that you immediately know when it's wrong.The band was called Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent 6 and was introduced by Jamie Foxx after Jamie and Pharrell performed "Happy" for the VIP crowd. They jammed on the instrumental tracks and then brought up Kendrick and Alicia for their new song from the movie and soundtrack. A few more pictures and some related videos below...
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack--some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music T Bone chose, below.
"I have a long history with detective movies--almost as long as I have with rock 'n' roll," Burnett says. "I've always been interested in crime and true crime. If you listen to my records, like Criminal Under My Own Hat, you can feel it. I love Chandler and Hammett; I love detective movies." [Mother Jones]
What did you think of the ending? Stream the soundtrack playlist below...
Only one more episode left, and it's hard to believe they can wrap this whole thing up in just another hour of TV, but meanwhile let's talk the music of True Detective Episode 7. As always, things kicked off with the Handsome Family's opening theme, and then we got some Juice Newton which was literally playing out of a jukebox to open Sunday's show. Benjamin Curtis lives on through his music and this episode featured "Trance Figure" by his band School of Seven Bells. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was in there too. Check out the full list of Episode 7's music HERE. Read more about 1-6 HERE.
I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.
Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?
UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.
Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...
Johnny Marr @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Having influenced everyone from The Stone Roses to Radiohead to Deafheaven, Johnny Marr's guitar sound is easily one of the most recognizable, unfolding and swelling its notes, layer upon layer, with a melody that's as dense in its bombast as it is playful in its simplicity. A mere twenty-six years after leaving The Smiths, Marr released his first solo record, The Messenger, earlier this year. It's not to say there wasn't anything going on for Marr during the time between, however. In fact, while much of Smiths fandom has continued to revel in mourning and reunion speculation, Marr has spent the time since simply defining the terms of his own artistic progression. Membership in bands such as Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Electronic, The The, and innumerable guest spots for those artists who mince no words concerning the obvious influence for them has allowed Marr to properly illuminate the evolutionary arc of his career as a thankfully unfinished piece. I had the opportunity to talk with Johnny, who is on tour now, about The Messenger as well as his creative process and what his thoughts are on writing an autobiography.
For The Messenger, I'm curious as to what kind of worked as a creative catalyst for you with the album. Why a solo album now? Was the creative process for the album different here than with your other projects?
Johnny Marr: Well, the reason the record happened when it did is because I had the ideas for the songs. I always have ideas for music and riffs and guitar parts, but over the touring years with Modest Mouse and The Cribs, I got a lot of ideas for things I wanted to sing about. It's a good start, so this album is actually driven mostly by lyrical concepts - ideas for what I wanted to sing about. That kind of ruled out the idea of me handing over the music to someone else to write lyrics, so it just fell together that way. It certainly wasn't my thinking that now would be a good time to do a solo record or have a solo career and then try and go about doing it. I just heard the songs first. I couldn't wait to get in the studio after coming off the road and just see if these things would turn into tracks. And the actual writing and recording of the record happened really quickly. I was demoing a song a day, and I ended up writing almost thirty songs - like, twenty-six or twenty-seven songs for it. It was a very inspired time. As for the creative process, I'd forgotten that I would be the producer. I was just working in the studio with my friend Doviak, and I had decided to do these songs. As I said, the demoing started to happen pretty quickly, and then I realized that the decisions of what microphones to put on the cymbals and what bass sounds to use was on me, and I'd not been in a position before where I was writing the lyrics and singing and playing the guitars and keyboards and finding the right microphones for cymbals. Technically, I was kind of a challenge I hadn't considered. It made me a bit of a grumpy person to be around for a couple of weeks [laughs]. Whereas in the past, you see, I was always fine with doing that - with being the first person in the studio and the last person to leave. It's a different thing when you're singing and writing the words. You need to be in a different headspace. I found that somewhat of a challenge for the first week or first few weeks. But now I've done it, and I'm proud that we managed to pull that off. I roped Doviak as co-producer to stop me going completely out of my mind or killing everybody in the building when I couldn't find the mic to put on the kick drum [laughs].
The National at Barclays Center in June (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Google search #1: Madonna "Like a Virgin" bass sound.Okay, so maybe "review" is a stretch in this case, but whatever St. Vincent wrote about the album and/or her Google searches is quite a read.
(The bass sound on "We Exist" vaguely reminded me of Madonna's 1984 classic Like a Virgin.)
Result: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
(Unconfirmed and will likely need to follow Nile Rodgers on Twitter and hope he @replies to my query directly.)
Unsatisfied, I contacted Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire drummer) and asked what they'd used for the bass. Turns out it was NOT a Prophet but a Korg MS-20 -- the vintage kind, not a new one or Reason, nerds! He even sent me a picture of the exact one! I was glad to have one pressing matter settled, but I continued down a Madonna rabbit hole and downloaded The Immaculate Collection. No "Oh Father"?????? Grievous oversight, Sire Records.
Related search: Is Seymour Stein still alive?
"FLASHBULB EYES" IS SUPER SICK AND DUBBY! KING TUBBY?! KING DUBBY?! AM I THE ONLY NON-STONED PERSON TO EVER MAKE THAT PUN?
Google search #2: Very-tall-men-fronted rock*^ bands
(Related: Glenn Danzig height)
*Co-fronted! No disrespect, Regine!
^Catch-all term for music in 2013 featuring at least one guitar
Results: Turns out Bryan Ferry isn't even that tall: 6'1". Some people just seem tall. Also Joey Ramone. (Apple autocorrected this to "ram one" -- usually so puritanical, Apple! Loosening your tie or was that a Joel Osteen-esque slip-up?)
In other St. Vincent news, she is part of the recently-released Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, which also features Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, and Matt Berninger of The National (among others), and can be streamed HERE.
And speaking of The National songs on soundtracks, after contributing a song to Game of Thrones last year, they now appear on the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack along with Patti Smith, Antony, The Weeknd, and more. The soundtrack will be out on November 19 via Lionsgate/Republic and you can stream The National's contribution, "Lean," now, below...
I do produce music. I have a mash-up music production project called 'The Arbiters'. You can download two EPs of music for free from my bandcamp site: http://arbiters.bandcamp.com. The first EP was inspired by Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" and was completed in 2006 and called "They Are Biters". The song "Sure Side of Fame" which was a mash-up of Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side", David Bowie "Fame", St. Germain "Sure Thing" and vocals by Biggie and Tupac got a nice amount of club and radio play. The second EP "Arrival" was released in 2010. You can download them both from that website. I use Ableton software to create them and work with co-producers who polish my ideas nicely.Thomas's project is in "conjunction with music supervisor/producer Josh Marcy and film score composer Dave Porter" who is not in Animal Collective but is a familiar name to those who pay attention to the names flashing across the screen when Breaking Bad starts. According to their Bandcamp, "the Los Angeles-based mash-up production collective brings the underground aboveground with their seamless brand of intelligent bastard pop." You can decide for yourself below.
Recent music choices Thomas was likely responsible for include Junip in the 2nd-to-last-episode of Breaking Bad, and Badfinger's "Baby Blue" in the final episode of the same show. A lot of people then went and bought "Baby Blue", but who's getting the money?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday!
Arbiters streams below...
by Doug More
OFF!'s Keith Morris @ Irving Plaza, 9/19/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
If you're into video games, or have friends who are -- so basically, if you are living -- you've either played or heard someone talk about playing Grand Theft Auto V during the past week and change. The game, which dropped on September 17, is widely being hailed as a masterpiece, and it's certainly been commercially successful. GTAV earned $800 million in sales during its first 24 hours on the market and $1 billion during its first three days, which evidently makes it the fastest-selling piece of entertainment media in history. It's big enough that GTAV will be a major part of this year's New York Film Festival Convergance Program, with multiple panel discussions and events.
One of the reasons that the GTA series is so popular is because its world is so well fleshed out. You can have a pretty good time just driving around Los Santos listening to the in-game radio, which is frankly much better curated than most real-world radio. You can thank Keith Morris of OFF! and (black) FLAG (whose tour with T.S.O.L. and Cerebral Ballzy hit Irving Plaza last week) for that, among others. Morris not only curated one of GTAV's radio stations; his other band, OFF!, also contributed an exclusive song to the game. OFF! are currently gearing up to record a new LP, which should see an early 2014 release. We've got that new song streaming in this post.
Song stream below.
Notice any new art near McCarren Park recently? This press release explains:
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo's stirring soundtrack for David Gordon Green's meditative new film, Prince Avalanche, was released last week. To accompany its release, a beautiful panoramic mural was painted on a wall across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.The mural painting, pictured above, is on the side of Turkey's Nest Tavern in Williamsburg. Temporary Residence were also the ones responsible for that recent Pinback mural in Williamsburg, the documented creation of which became the "Proceed to Memory" video (which we posted with news of Pinback's upcoming tour).
Jeremy deVine, founder of the band's longtime label Temporary Residence Ltd., documented the painting of Esteban Rey's signature artwork. The film documents the 3-day painting process from color mixing to final brush strokes, and features the painters wearing the same iconic overalls and hard hats worn by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in the film (and listening to the same vintage boom box). The video is scored by soundtrack's closing song, the standout "Send Off".
Watch the videos of both murals being created, along with all upcoming EITS tour dates (we recently caught them at Osheaga), below...
Explosions in the Sky have released an album trailer for the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche, viewable below. The ideal for scoring the David Gordon Green film (Pinapple Express, Undertow, George Washington) starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch came from a night watching a little pigskin:
While watching the Super Bowl together, EITS drummer Chris Hrasky casually suggested that Green use the scorched landscape of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, TX as the backdrop for a film. Green took the suggestion and ran with it, remaking the Icelandic indie comedy Either Way into an understated dramatic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. In keeping with the low-key, under-the-Hollywood-radar nature of the film, Green tapped Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo to score the film. In the spirit of the filmmaking process, the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche is a casual affair, an earnest collaboration amongst friends recorded entirely in the living rooms of its composersCheck out that video below, order your copy at the TRL presale (80 left as of this writing!).
EITS have a few dates lined up before their tour with Nine Inch Nails and Godspeed You Black Emperor. While those dates don't hit NYC, they'll play Syracuse's Wescott Theater on August 6 (tickets on sale 6/26), and Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on August 8 (ticket info TBA). All dates are listed below.
"Filmmaker Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman have worked together on a number of films. But the pair will collaborate on a live performance for the first time in October.The show goes down at Royal Albert Hall in London on October 7.
Elfman, who wrote the soundtrack to The Simpsons, has worked with Burton for more than 25 years on films such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and the recent 3D film version of Alice in Wonderland. On October 7, Elfman will sing in public for the first time in 18 years, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, to perform some of the songs from the films." [Telegraph]
Max Richter released his new album, Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, this past August and it's been getting a lot of praise in the modern classical world. As the title states, it's a re-imagining of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and you can check it out below via a Spotify widget.
Max will be performing the album with Daniel Hope (violin)
and the Wordless Music Orchestra and an ensemble (UPDATE: Wordless Music is not taking part in this show) in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on December 19 and 20. Tickets for both nights are on sale now.
Max has also been in the studio working on the score for Ari Folman's new film, The Congress, which stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti and is due out in 2013. You can check out a video of Max working on that score in-studio below.
Like all nerds and pretty much everyone, we're excited for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie doesn't hit theaters until December 13. but you can listen to the soundtrack to the film, which comes out on December 10, now. It's streaming in full below.
Like The Lord If The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit was scored by Howard Shore who is also working on the next two Hobbit films in this trilogy. It also features a track by Crowded House's Neil Finn with his sons Elroy and Liam, "Song of the Lonely Mountain," which you can listen to over at Rolling Stone, that will play in the end credits. The movies are filmed in New Zealand where the Finns are from, so that's a nice touch.
Soundtrack stream and tracklist below...
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker - "Tim & Eric Awesome Show") is an aging hipster with unlimited options. He spends his days with like-minded friends ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in aimless recreation and endless games of comic irreverence. Director Rick Alverson's provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.As previously mentioned, new comedy The Comedy also stars Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. You may have caught an early screening of the film over the summer (like at BAMcinemafest), but the flick officially opens this month in limited theaters thanks to Tribeca Film. Check out the full list of locations and dates, along with the trailer and another video clip, below.
Those in LA get a shot at seeing the movie as early as this Friday (11/9) at the Cinefamily where Tim Heidecker will be in person, as part of a Q&A. Can't make that one? The Q&A will also be streaming online.
The film opens in NYC next Friday (11/16) at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn. Heidecker and Alverson will be in attendance for evening Q&As on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Tickets are on sale.
You can see it earlier, though, and in Williamsburg where the film takes place. BrooklynVegan is proud to present a special FREE SCREENING of The Comedy at Knitting Factory THIS SUNDAY, November 11. No RSVP required. Doors are at 5 PM and the screening starts at 5:30, first come, first served. Hope to see you there (you can even take the L now if you have to).
You might also want to stick around at Knit after for a special three-year anniversary edition of Hannibal Buress' comedy show for which advance tickets are available and advised ("special guests"). Comedy after the Comedy (and P.S. you can also catch The Comedy actor Will Sheff as part of a Sandy benefit at Knitting Factory tonight)
The Comedy also has a soundtrack coming out next week on Jagjaguwar that includes tracks from Gayngs, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic and Donnie & Joe Emerson to name a few. Full soundtrack listing is below.
From the start, Broadcast always showed a heavy soundtrack influence so it's no surprise they finally worked on one of their own for Peter Strickland's upcoming thriller Berberian Sound Studio. Composed before the 2011 death of singer Trish Keenan, the soundtrack tips the hat to the eerie scores of '70s Italian giallo flicks. You can stream a track from it below and the soundtrack is out in January.
The film itself stems from the same source material. Toby Jones (who just played Alfred Hitchcock in HBO's The Girl) plays a sound engineer working on an Italian horror film who slowly becomes unhinged through the course of its production. The film, which screened at the NY Film Festival earlier this month, has gotten pretty good reviews in the UK where it's already out. No release date yet for the US.
As you may know, Nick Cave has a few ventures outside of the recording studio and his latest is as screenwriter for Lawless, the follow-up to his brutal western The Proposition (both directed by John Hillcoat):
LAWLESS is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County In The World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.Look for the film, which features a stellar cast of Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises), Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain, opens in the U.S. on Wednesday, August 29. Trailer for the film is below.
In addition, Nick Cave and musical partner in crime Warren Ellis also contributed to the soundtrack, which hits one day earlier (8/28) and is currently up for preorder via iTunes and in physical formats. Stream the new track "Burnin'" below.
"First-time director Elgin James has had a very unique journey to filmmaking - from spending time in the foster care system to forming the notorious FSU gang to serving a year in a maximum-security prison. Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston's hardcore punk scene, helping found a national street gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers. He has now put his violent past behind him with his striking directorial debut Little Birds.Back in 2010 we pointed out that FSU "street gang" founder Elgin James, pictured with all his muscles above, is now a filmmaker with a movie called Little Birds. It played at Sundance 2011 (as the synopsis above points out). It's now August 2012 and we can report that Little Birds is opening in NY and LA theaters on the 29th of this month, but you don't need to wait that long to see it... BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE screening of Little Birds at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Monday, August 20 (that's the flyer up above). The free screening starts at 8pm, and is first come, first served (we've rarely ever had to turn anyone away).
15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailer parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker shine in this mesmerizing coming-of-age story of finding escape and innocence lost. The film was one of the most buzzed about premieres at Sundance last year and features an all-star cast including Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth."
The soundtrack for the film is out digitally this Tuesday, August 14, via Lakeshore Records. It features four original tracks from the film's director Elgin James, as well as tracks by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Linée, and Big Star. Pick up your copy at iTunes, but first listen to Elgin James and the Suicide Gang's "I Will Die Young", one of the album's songs that is making its premiere in this post. You can stream it, along with the film's trailer, below...
As the Film Stage wrote over a year ago:
Vampire Weekend bandmember and producer Rostam Batmanglij will debut his first film score at The Sundance Film Festival in the drama Sound of My Voice, which was written and directed by his brother Zal Batmanglij.Though I don't know about the soundtrack release, much more is known this film now - since that was written in January 2011, and the film has not only screened at Sundance, but at SXSW too (and probably other places).
The film, which according to Pitchfork (via Playlist) centers on a couple of cult-infiltrators in California, is Zal's first feature-length production. While little else is known about this indie, Rostam's involvement could mean a soundtrack release.
Now, Sound of My Voice finally opens in theaters tonight (4/27) via Fox Searchlight who is giving it a wider release. Check out the first 12 minutes of the movie at its website, or just view the creepy trailer, below...
HEALTH wrote the score and another new song for Max Payne 3, out via Rockstar Games in May "for Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and PC. ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol." The non-score song is called "TEARS" and a snippet of it premiered in the game's commercial which first aired during Friday night's Lakers/Spurs game. Watch that commercial below...