The latest creepy goodness from Fever Ray.
Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are is due in the theaters on October 18 and will be scored by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O and composer Carter Burwell. Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” appears in this trailer, but MTV News reported that no Arcade Fire music will be used in the actual movie.
French Miami, “Science Fiction”
Leopold & His Fiction, “Come Back (Now That I’m Here)”:
Friends over at The Bay Bridged are hosting a fantastic line up of local music this Friday at The Verdi Club in San Francisco featuring French Miami, Adam Stephens and The Finite Plan, Or The Whale, and (my favorite) Leopold & His Fiction. Be sure to check it out. Support your local bands!
And in other movie music news…St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, The Ramones in the upcoming film, The Runaway – the biopic about the groundbreaking 70’s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band’s “Svengali” Kim Fowley.
Monsters of Folk – comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward – will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd. Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band.
Tickets are on sale for the supergroup’s Bay Area performance on October 17 at The Fox Theater in Oakland. Though I’m not sure how smart it was to schedule a performance during The Treasure Island Festival.
I’ve been long overdue for a mixtape. This is one I’ve been collecting for a while – pulling tracks here and there from the greater garage rock movement that’s exploding right now in San Francisco. This playlist is a subset of that sound that I’m really digging right now….lo-fi, fuzzed out rock with a distinct punk edge and surf riff. Or Surf Punk for short. Yeah, I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for that label but what the hell. There’s a nice south swell in town, and if I’m packing up my long board and wetsuit to go surfing, you can bet this is the mix I’ll be listening to.
Enjoy a taste of San Francisco.
- Ty Segall, “It #1″
- The Fresh & Onlys, “Fog Machine”
- Snake Flower 2, “No Way Home”
- Nobunny, “Boneyard”
- Thee Oh Sees, “Can You See”
- Sic Alps, “Gelly Roll Gum Drop”
- The Okmoniks, “What I Want”
- Bare Wires, “Teen Witch”
- The Mantles, “Trouble in the Streets”
- The Touch-Me-Nots, “Cool Enough for California”
Had a great time tonight mingling with like-minded music geeks at the launch party for the new Sonos Controller 200. What is Sonos, you ask? Simply it’s the best digital music management system out there. It gives you the power to access all of your music in your house anywhere, anytime. And I’m not just talking about your digital music library. The system comes with a host of embedded services like Rhapsody, Last.fm, Pandora, Internet Radio, Sirius/XM…it’s the perfect music tool for those afflicted with OCMD.
The original Sonos Controller was a bit of a beast. So the Sonos Controller 200 (CR200) is a definite form factor improvement, and who doesn’t like that? It’s palm sized and touch screen operated, just like an iPhone or iTouch. The company also has a free app for those devices that gives you essentially the same functionality, but that’s a little personal for everyday public consumption. So the controller still serves as a necessary component to the system and I will be happily swapping out the 100 for the 200 in my home.
The Blacks bowled me over when I stumbled across them at SXSW a couple of years ago. The San Fran/NYC based band has one of the most raw, energetic live shows I’ve ever seen. Featuring guitar (Luisa Black), drums (Gavin Black) and wild-eyed tambourine player JDK Blacker, their sound has been described as the love child of Karen O. and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They flat out rock. And tambourine man JDK Blacker is a sight to behold. He plays like he’s exorcizing demons and it’s absolutely spellbinding.
In a bittersweet moment last week, The Blacks released their third and final album, Tiger Songs, on Tricycle Records. Turns out the band is calling it quits after two and a half years. Death by tambourine, they reported. They’re breaking up because tambourine man JDK Blacker is quitting and the band wouldn’t be the same without him. True that.
Buy Tiger Songs now through iTunes.
Tuesday night, San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop played host to quite a line up of music, featuring our very own Girls and Brooklyn’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I was there primarily for Girls and was pleased to see them pack the house. I’ve been smitten with this band for a while, (especially their drummer – he rocks!) so it’s nice to see them get their due recognition.
But I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the Brooklyn hipster quintet with the annoying name, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I hate even typing it and I could never quite make it through the entire album. Listening to it always felt like a game of name that 80s band. While I still stand by my opinion that their sound is a bit redundant, they definitely played a powerful and most enjoyable set.