Archive for February 4, 2013

We’ve known since December that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial would begin in February, and earlier today in Praguethe trial began. The trial will apparently last until this coming Friday (8) , at which point we’ll know whether he’s found guilty or no. Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison on charges that he was responsible for the death of 19 year-old Daniel Nosek, who slipped into a coma and later died after stage diving at a 2010 Lamb of God show. In addition to the jail time, the deceased fan’s parents are also seeking 10 million Czech Crowns, which is about $530,000, from Blythe.

Blythe arrived at the municipal court stating “I keep my word, Promised I’d arrive to court, so here I am,” according to a Czech news report. So far, it looks like drummer Chris Adler is also testifying, as the report claims that that he said in court testimony that he didn’t see anything. Blythe stated that since he’s nearsighted and doesn’t wear glasses onstage, all he can really see are silhouettes. Yet he remembered that a fan (or fans) kept climbing on stage. More about the story read here:

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Beach House’s previous music video for “New Year” offered brief insight into their time at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas, where they recorded the CoS Top Star-earning Bloom. Now, they’ve unveiled a more extensive short film titled Forever Still, which features the band performing four Bloom tracks in “various locations that are special for us around El Paso and Tornillo, starting at sunset and ending at dawn.” Watch it below (via Pitchfork TV).

You can see Beach House perform these songs and others in your own special location, too. Check out the dates below.

Beach House 2013 Tour Dates:
01/18 – Osaka, JP @ Club Quattro
01/20 – Tokyo, JP @ Liquid Room
01/23 – Seoul, KR @ Interpark Art Center
03/09 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon
03/10 – Rome, IT @ Piper Club
03/11 – Milano, IT @ Magazzini Generali
03/13 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
03/15 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
03/16 – Lisbon, PT @ TMN AO Vivo
03/17 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club’
03/22 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
03/25 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush
03/26 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush
03/22 – Paris, FR @ L’Cigale
03/25 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
04/08 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
04/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
04/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
04/17 – Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
04/19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/21 – Marfa, TX @ Crowley Theater
04/23 – Oxford, MS @ Lyric Theater
04/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
04/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
06/07-09 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball

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Vampire Weekend modern vampires of the city
Vampire Weekend / Photo by Lauren Dukoff

LP3’s big reveal comes in the ‘New York Times’ classifieds

Modern Vampires of the City!

Ever mysterious New York preppy-rockers Vampire Weekend at last revealed the name of their third album via a blink-and-you-missed-it ad in the New York Times classifieds section. Early Monday morning (February 4), the band tweeted “NYT classifieds…” and Pitchfork spotted the referred-to ad, which reads:

May 7, 2013

The date, of course, is when the album is released in the U.S. on XL Recordings. The band hinted at the album’s title, one of the LP’s last remaining unknowns, with a GIF posted to VW’s official Tumblr on Friday. The image spelled out the first letter of each word, MVOTC, and we leveled some guesses that were, in the end, not too far off the mark.

Vampire Weekend are scheduled to perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, this March, and then at Coachella in April. A full slate of tour dates plus the album’s track list is below.

Don’t miss David Bevan’s in-depth LP3 chat with the band: In the Studio: Vampire Weekend Talk ‘Instinctive’ Spring 2013 Album.

Modern Vampires of the City Track List:
“Obvious Bicycle”
“Diane Young”
“Don’t Lie”
“Hannah Hunt”
“Everlasting Arms”
“Finger Back”
“Worship You”
“Ya Hey”
“Young Lion”

Vampire Weekend Tour Dates:
March 13-16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
April 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan (w.Tanlines)
April 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 16 – Davis, CA @ Freeborn Hall at UC Davis (w.Tanlines)
April 17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater (w.Tanlines)
April 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
May 8 – London, U.K. @ The Troxy
May 10 – Paris, FR @ Casino De Paris
May 15 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
May 16 – Toronto, ONT @ Sony Centre
May 17 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
May 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
May 20 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline w. Of Monsters And Men)
May 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
May 23 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium


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Before the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens faced off at the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Alicia Keys brought a soulful National Anthem to the field of New OrleansSuperdome. As an emotional Ray Lewis looked on, Keys sang a deliberately paced version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while seated at a white piano.

Keys wasn’t the only big star to perform at the Big GameBeyoncé took the stage during halftime for a hits-packed performance, including a mini-reunion of Destiny’s Child.

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Beyonce Live Performance @ The 2013 Super 47 Halftime show Ft Destiny’s Child.

Album Review: My Bloody Valentine, MBV

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine are an alternative rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. The band’s lineup has consisted since 1987 of founding members Kevin Shields(guitar and vocals) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums) with singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcherand bassist Debbie Googe.

As My Bloody Valentine’s music evolved, their use of distortionpitch bending, anddigital reverb resulted in a sound that came to be known as shoegazing. The group’s seminal 1991 album Loveless, which took nearly two years to make and nearly bankrupted their record label Creation Records, received extensive critical acclaim and remains iconic. Following Loveless, My Bloody Valentine became inactive, with Shields rumoured to have recorded – and shelved – several albums’ worth of songs. In mid-2007, Shields announced that the band had reunited and were working on new material. The band subsequently toured across Europe and the U.S. The band’s third album, MBV, was announced and released on 2 February 2013 via their website, which subsequently crashed.

There was a significant period in my life where the prospect of listening to a brand new My Bloody Valentine LP for the first time was as far fetched as riding a hover board or owning a self drying jacket; but here I am, penning a quick review after my first listen to MBV, the band’s first album in 21 years – released at midnight via their official website, temporarily crashing it.

Fangirl Preamble

I feel it’s necessary at this juncture to state ‘members interest’, I’m a massive Valentines fan, yup so much so I call them ‘The Valentines’. Despite being naught but a bairn in their heyday I found them in my teens and rarely a week goes by where a track from Loveless isn’t spun in on my iPod or HiFi (yes, I genuinely still own a HiFi).

Before the review, I confess It’s tricky for me to feel like I can write a true album review from a bunch of MP3s, albeit legally obtained from My Bloody Valentine’s official website in the wee small hours; I’m much more of a full package, uncompressed format kind of girl, especially when it comes to work by this seminal and notoriously perfectionist band. As lovely as the cover art looks on my laptop screen, I look forward to viewing it properly and without the digital strobing when the album arrives with me on gatefold vinyl & CD.

MBV © My Bloody Valentine

Having listened through just once, it’s as good as I’d hoped, dream-like vocals, shoegazey sounds, occasional baggy-esque drum beats -My Bloody Valentine by numbers, no bad thing.

More comprehensive reviews here:

For those who don’t know, these are the Band’s upcoming tour dates:

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates

  • 03/02/2013 Korea /Seoul – AX hall
  • 05/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 06/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 07/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 08/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 10/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 13/02/2013 Taiwan/Taipei – Taida Gym
  • 16/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – ATP Festival
  • 18/02/2013 Australia/Sydney – Enmore
  • 20/02/2013 Australia/Brisbane – Tivoli
  • 22/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – Palace Teatre
  • 08/03/2013 UK/Birmingham – Academy
  • 09/03/2013 UK/Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands
  • 10/03/2013 UK/Manchester – Apollo
  • 12/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 13/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 11/05/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Tokyo Rocks Festival
  • 25/05/2013 Spain/Barcelona – Primavera Sound Festival

The tracks from the Album were also put onto You Tube by the band.
Here they are in track order:




Biffy Clyro score first ever Official UK Number One album

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Biffy Clyro have scored their first ever Official UK Album Chart Number One with ‘Opposites’. The Scottish rockers sixth studio album sold an impressive 75,000 copies in its first week, eclipsing the 43,000 previous album ‘Only Revolutions‘ sold, to debut in at the top, according to the Official Charts Company.

The double album is the highest selling new entry of 2013 so far and has knocked ‘Les Miserables: The Motion Picture Cast Recording’ down to Number Two in the Official UK Album Chart.

Meanwhile, thirty five years after its original release, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Rumours‘ is back in the charts. The seminal album, which has been reissued, enters the chart at Number 3. Emeli Sande‘s ‘Our Version Of Events’ is at Number Four and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Believe’ is at Number Five.

For more on Biffy Clyro and the story behind ‘Opposites’, pick up a copy of this week’s NME digitally or at newsstands now or read here:

Ben Affleck Accepts the DGA Award

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UPDATED: Lena Dunham is lauded for “Girls”; Rian Johnson of “Breaking Bad‘ and Jay Roach of “Game Change” are also honored.

The 65th annual Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony saw Ben Affleck continue his streak of taking home prizes for Argo. The 40-year-old actor turned director won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films at the awards dinner, which was held Saturday night at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

“I don’t think this makes ma a real director, but I think it means I’m on my way,” he said as he accepted the honor.

In the process, a new awards season statistic was created. The DGA Award usually points the way to the best director Oscar winner, since on only six occasions since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the DGA winner failed to become the Academy’s best director winner. But that number now goes to seven, since Affleck isn’t nominated for a directing Oscar.

Argo is nominated for seven Academy Awards, though, and now becomes the odds-on favorite since in recent weeks its won two Globes, two Critics Choice Awards, the PGA Award and the SAG ensemble award.

In addition to Affleck, this year’s nominees for film wereKathryn Bigelow, nominated for Zero Dark ThirtyTom HooperLes MiserablesAng LeeLife of Pi; and Steven SpielbergLincoln.

As is the tradition at the DGA Awards, each of the feature film nominees were invited on stage during the course of the evening to accept a medallion.

Introducing Affleck, Bryan Cranston said his Argo director has earned right to be considered “one of our industry’s best.” And Affleck responded, “I look out and see all these great directors. I feel I should be auditioning.” Lee told his fellow directors that the recognition meant more to him than even his Oscar because “you know how hard it is to make movies.” Bigelow, who has come under attack in some quarter’s for her fiilm’s depictions of torture, used her time to underscore the importance of artistic freedom, saying, “None of us here could do what we do without having the freedom of artistic expression.”

Hooper was introduced by Les Mis stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, who playfully testified to the director’s demands, with Jackman calling the director “batshit crazy.” Hooper, in turn, spoke of the lengths the two actors went to to become their characters — saying it too was a form of craziness — and then invited his entire directing team, who flew in from London, onstage to share the honor of the nomination.

Martin Short, invited to introduce Spielberg, provided some of the best jokes of the evening. “It’s more than a thrill, it’s an obligation,” he said of his participation, adding, “obviously Bill Clinton was booked.” He went on to proclaim, “Tonight we honor Steven Spielberg for his magnificent movie,Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer!” But Spielberg gave as good as he got, beginning his remarks by saying, “When you tell your assistant to contact Marty, you just assume she understands you’re talking about Scorsese.”

The award for outstanding documentary work went to Malik Bendjelloul for Searching for Sugar Man, the doc about musician Sixto Rodriguez, which also is looking like an Oscar front-runner in its category following its Critics Choice and PGA wins.

On the television front, Lena Dunham took home the first award of the night, for the pilot of her HBO comedy, Girls. In her acceptance speech, the 26-year-old said for to consider her fellow nominees her peers was “surreal.”

Jay Roach claimed the award for best MOV/Mini-series for his Sarah Palin-focused HBO film Game Change and noted that it has been “a year in which political films got made and got a lot of attention.”

Rian Johnson, who was honored in the dramatic series category for an episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad, said he was “lucky and privileged to ride on the bus for a couple of stops.”

The evening’s penultimate moments were given over to a video tribute to director Milos Forman, recipient of the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Actors like Annette Bening and Danny DeVito appeared in the piece, which recounted the Czech-born director’s remarkable career with clips from such movies as The Fireman’s Ball, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt, which underscored the importance that Forman — who fled Communism in his native country to establish a second career in America — placed on freedom.

Because of illness, Forman, who lives in Connecticut, was not able to attend. But DGA president Taylor Hackford read a letter from Forman, in which he thanked the DGA twice. First, for the current award. And then for the directors like Mike NicholsSidney LumetFranklin Schaffner and Buck Henry who stood up for him in the ’70s when he was in danger of being deported by the United States. Taylor then led the room in a glasses-lifted-on-high toast to Forman.

Among the evening’s other honors: Former DGA president Michael Apted was presented with the Robert B. Aldrich Award for his service to the guild. Longtime CBS News director Eric Shapiro was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction. Susan Zwerman was recognized with the Frank Capra Achievement Award. And Dency Nelson received the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

The event, hosted by Kelsey Grammer for the second consecutive year, was live-tweeted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Gregg Kilday. (View his live-blog here.)

Grammer began the show by joking that waiting to hear who won must be “torture” for Bigelow. Riffing on 2012’s films, he said “In Django we learned that the D was silent but the N was not.”

The complete list of nominees are here

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Wreck It Ralph Film Still Gold Medal - H 2012

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph topped the feature competition at the 40th annual Annie Awards, winning five trophies including best animated feature and best directing for Rich Moore.

Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the International Animated Film Society also spread around its awards, presenting two trophies each to Disney/Pixar’sBrave, LAIKA/Focus Features’ ParaNorman, and DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians.

Wreck-It Ralph, Brave and ParaNorman are all nominated for Oscars for best animated feature. The final two Oscar nominees, Frankenweenie and The Pirates! Band of Misfits, came up empty handed.

In addition to best animated feature and direction,Wreck-It Ralph won trophies for writing, music and voice acting for Alan Tudyk as King Candy.

Brave received awards for editing and production design, ParaNorman was honored for character animation and character design, and Rise of the Guardians was recognized for animated effects and storyboarding.

In other categories that featured Academy Award contenders, Disney’s Oscar nominatedPaperman was honored for animated short subject; Life of Pi topped the category for best animated character in a live action feature, on the strength of its CG Bengal tiger; and The Avengers claimed the award for animated effects in a live action feature. Life of Pi and The Avengers are both nominated for the visual effects Oscar.

The Annie Awards recognize animation in categories including features, television, and video games. Overall, Disney (including Pixar and Marvel) was a big winner, collecting a total of 12 awards.

Dreamworks Animation’s series Dragons: Riders of Berk topped the television competition winning four Annies including best animated TV production for children. DWA titles won a total of seven awards during the evening.

This is the second year that the Annie Awards have included categories for editors. This year, Nicholas C. Smith, Robert Grahamjones, and David Suther won the feature editing category for Brave; and Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrick Waeden, andOtto Ferraye were honored in TV for Kung Fu Panda – Enter the Dragon.

During the ceremony, Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn received the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to animation. Additionally, Howard Green was the recipient of the June Foray Award and Toon Boom Animation was honored with the Ub Iwerks Award.

Some might remember that the Disney organization boycotted the 2011 Annie Awards over its voting procedures. Revisions were made to the system, and Disney and Pixar returned to participate a year ago for the 2012 event.

For this 40th annual awards ceremony, Leonard Maltin, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche and Seth Green shared hosting duties.

The complete list of nominees and winners (in red and offset by an asterisk) below:


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