Archive for January 24, 2013

Jack White will be among the performers at next month’s Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for three awards, including Best Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album.

Other confirmed performers include The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, fun., Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, reported.

Photo by Jeremy D. Larson


Shoegaze: a beginner’s guide recently asked their readers to pick 10 essential shoegaze tracks for newcomers. Here’s what they came up with …

My Bloody Valentine

Best enjoyed at maximum volume … My Bloody Valentine

Earlier this week we asked readers via Twitter and Facebook which shoegaze songs they would recommend to newcomers. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tracks, intended to act as a introduction to the genre.

You can listen to these tracks as a YouTube playlist, or you can watch each individual video. We’ve included a little bit of information on the songs, comments from the people who recommended them, and some links to our coverage of shoegaze bands.

1. My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise

Packs a mighty sonic punch with wall of sound/breakdown towards the end. Beats anything by any other band. – Greg Lowe

2. Ride – Vapour Trail

Taking shoegaze to another level – Murray Easton

3. Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

A very, very dreamy tune – @Syaugeek

4. Slowdive – Alison

To really encapsulate the scene in a song, Alison by Slowdive has everything you need – Andy Hazel

5. My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes

Accessible yet endlessly nuanced. Also packs surprising emotional/lyrical weight – @hughdignan

6. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

A band that have been around since 1983, split in the late 90s but are back together and still touring. Be sure to check out their distortion-laden Upside Down as well.

7. Lush – Sweetness and Light

One of the most prominent shoegaze bands of the early 90s. This song has all the classic hall markings of the genre: ethereal vocals, distortion breakdown and shimmering, layered guitars.

8. Chapterhouse – Pearl

Epitome of the genre – @thegroupies

9. Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling

For sheer euphoria, duelling guitars & that swarming instrumental coda -@dandouglas

10. Horrors – Mirror’s Image

The Horrors formed in 2005 and took a couple of years to develop their sound. Their 2009 album Primary Colours was met with critical acclaim, wowing many who had previously dismissed them as all style over substance. The video for See Within a Sea, a song from the same album, was directed by Douglas Hart, a former bassist with the Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Corey Taylor On Performing With Sound City Players: ‘Talk About A Fanboy-gasm!’

Corey Taylor photographed by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

This past Friday night (January 18), Corey Taylor made the following announcement from the stage at Park City Live in Utah: “This is the craziest f***in’ night of my life.”

That’s quite a statement from a guy known for dressing up in a boiler suit, donning a mask that looks like horror film character Leatherface and bellowing vocals on songs titled “The Heretic Anthem” and “Pulse Of The Maggots.”

But the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman was, for sure, in unusual surroundings Friday, performing Cheap Trick covers, accompanied by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, along with Nirvana alumni Krist Novoselic (bass), Dave Grohl (drums) and Pat Smear (guitar). The show was part of the celebration around the Grohl-directed documentary, Sound City, following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival 

Taylor tells that he’s still digesting the experience. Watch the interview here

“How did that happen? Somebody please explain that to me! That was awesome though. Being able to get up with Rick Nielsen — and basically Nirvana. Talk about a fanboy-gasm! I was just up there going, ‘What am I doing here?’ But we had a great time. It re-introduced my love for Cheap Trick. I really went deep in the catalog. I thought, ‘This band, they don’t get enough credit.’”


Sundance Review: ‘Lovelace’ doesn’t go deep enough despite Amanda Seyfried‘s efforts

<p>Amanda Seyfried of "Lovelace"</p>

Amanda Seyfried of “Lovelace” Credit: Sundance

Under the name Linda Lovelace, Linda Boreman starred in “Deep Throat,” the most successful hard-core sex film ever made, as well as a handful of less successful and less legitimate adult ventures. For a brief period in the 1970s, Lovelace was a public figure with a high degree of fame and notoriety.
In less than a decade, she had become an aggressive anti-porn advocate, writing multiple books about the evils of the industry that quite literally gave her her name.
For years, Hollywood has tried to tell Lovelace’s story, with numerous writers and directors and stars circling and abandoning different projects, perhaps recognizing the difficulties of adequately depicting a woman mostly famous for her aptitude with blowjobs and then her subsequent disgust at said aptitude.
It’s a tale that finally had its premiere on Tuesday (January 22) night at the Sundance Film Festival with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s “Lovelace.”
Screenwriter Andy Bellin has solved many of the contradictions in Lovelace’s life by ignoring them entirely. “Lovelace” is a flat and superficially arced film that relies on a little linear trickery to create the illusion of complexities that are sorely lacking. The resulting film is superficial and flat and wastes a transformative, gung-ho performance by leading lady Amanda Seyfried and an amusing supporting cast that seems to be appearing in four or five different movies.
When Stanley Kubrick‘s “Lolita” was released in 1962, it drummed up curiosity with the tagline “How did they ever make a movie of ‘Lolita’?” I suspect a similar tactic could be used to generate initial interest in “Lovelace” before audiences discover the answer to the question “How did they ever make a movie about Linda Lovelace?” is “As blandly as possible.”
Bellin’s “Lovelace” script is all about compression. One second, Linda is a nervous prude sunning in the backyard with her more adventurous bestie (Juno Temple, whose life destiny seems to starring in small movies and vanishing from bigger movies at the half-way point), the next minute she’s meeting Peter Sarsgaard‘s Chuck Traynor, who teaches her everything she needs to know about oral sex, and then she’s appearing in “Deep Throat” and becoming a sensation. Then, “Six years later,” she’s submitting to a polygraph test and decrying her former life, prompting the story to circle back on itself to show a darker underbelly we didn’t know about.
Except that we pretty much did know about it. While Sarsgaard’s performance has slightly varying shades of “wacko,” it’s all still wacko nonetheless. That Linda Lovelace fell for the wrong man who made her do bad things and that she eventually regretted them is the simplest and least interesting interpretation of her story, but it’s the only version Bellin and Epstein & Friedman seem to have been able to bring to the screen.
Read more about the review here


“It kind of feels like we just joined this band and we’re starting from scratch.”

Courtesy Fueled by Ramen

Courtesy Fueled by Ramen

paramore video2 Paramore Discuss Forthcoming Self Titled Album, Debut New Song NowClick to play.

Pop-punk powerhouse Paramore may have had some line-up changes, some ups-and-downs, and spent a lot of time in their pajamas in the last two years but “Now”  lead vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York finally feel like their newly-energized music career and upcoming self-titled album is “real.”

“Now that we’re back at KROQ; it’s official,” said Williams in an interview with Kevin & Bean. “It kind of feels like we just joined this band and we’re starting from scratch. It’s really nice. I don’t think a lot of bands get that chance, that feeling, you know? We’ve been playing music for what, almost ten years together, and this feels like day one.”

“It was definitely hard at first, but we had to keep in our minds, ‘Move forward. Move forward. Move forward.’” Part of the way Paramore moved forward was to make a grand statement with the bold choice of using their name as an album title. While most bands do that on their first album, Paramore did that on their fourth to showcase their new beginning.

With singles like “Now,” it’s clear that their sound is as fresh as their perspective. “There needs to be an evolutions,” joked Williams. “So, now it’s seventeen tracks of dubstep.”

Read more about the interview here:

Paramore‘s self-titled fourth album is scheduled to be released on April 9, 2013 through Fueled by Ramen. Below, watch the trailer for their album:


New video. Foals “My Number”

Foals always had chops and conviction to spare, just not always the best grip on how to share it. 2008’s Antidotes was a prickly affair of Afro-pop guitars being shaped into math-rock structure, which was fortunately smoothed on 2010’s Total Life Forever, where the band began to discover a knack for U2-like grandeur. You might expect them to continue that path on a record called, of all things, Holy Fire, but “My Number” doesn’t have to resort to any sort of proselytizing to achieve what instantly comes off as their most populist statement to date. Read more here:

Foals is sharing today their brand new video for “My Number“, which features footage from their latest live shows.

The track is taken from their album ‘Holy Fire‘, which is out on February 12th of this year.

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LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2013) — Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Julianne Moore will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver.

Oscar nominee Alan Arkin received his first SAG Award in 2007 as a member of the “Little Miss Sunshine” cast and was nominated for his supporting role in the film. He is currently nominated for his supporting role in “Argo” and as a member of the film’s cast. He’s got two comedies on tap: “Stand Up Guys,” opposite Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.

Golden Globe recipient and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain earned a SAG Award in 2012 along with her fellow cast members in “The Help” and was nominated in the supporting actress category, as well. This year, she is nominated for her lead performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” She currently stars in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced “Mama” and will soon be seen in the double feature “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.”

Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis was a Screen Actors Guild Award recipient in 2003 for his work in “Gangs of New York” and in 2008 for his role in “There Will Be Blood.” In 2010, he was nominated along with the cast of “Nine.” He has received a total of five SAG Awards nominations, including two this year for his title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and as a member of the film’s cast.

Oscar nominee Sally Field is an eight-time SAG Awards nominee and the recipient of one Actor® statuette, for her role as Nora Walker in “Brothers & Sisters.” She’s nominated twice this year, for her performance as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and as a member of the film’s cast. Last summer, she was seen as Aunt May in the blockbuster “The Amazing Spider-Man” opposite Andrew Garfield.

Along with his co-stars, four-time SAG Awards nominee John Goodman is recognized this year with a cast in a motion picture nomination for “Argo.” Other recent film roles include “Trouble With the Curve” and “Flight.” Next up are two dramas — the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” — and the comedies “The Hangover: Part III” and “The Internship.” This summer, he reprises the role of Sulley in “Monsters University,” the sequel to the Disney-Pixar animated film “Monsters, Inc.”

Golden Globe recipient Damian Lewis is nominated for two SAG Awards: for his performance as Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s “Homeland,” which just finished its second season, and as a member of the series’ ensemble.

Julianne Moore is a Golden Globe recipient and SAG Awards nominee for her role as Sarah Palin in “Game Change.” She has received a total of 10 SAG Awards nominations in her career. Upcoming movie roles include “What Maisie Knew” with Alexander Skarsgard; “Don Jon’s Addiction” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson; “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges; “Carrie” with Chloe Grace Moretz; and the action thriller “Non-Stop.”

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.



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