Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy is reteaming with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach to score his upcoming film While We're Young. The winning duo previously collaborated for Baumbach's 2010 indie hit, which marked Murphy's debut film score.
Now the moviemaker has hired Murphy once again for his new comedy/drama, which stars Ben Stiller Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, and Beastie Boys rapper Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz.
While We're Young is slated to have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in Canada this September (14).
We've just learned that Comedy Central's resident satirist Stephen Colbert will be inheriting CBS's The Late Show once David Letterman takes his final bow in 2015, but almost as important as the show's new host is the new band leader. Colbert has made a lot of musically gifted friends in his time at Comedy Central, but which ones would make a good fit once the comedian transfers his talents to late night?
Ed HelmsChemistry is the name of the game when it comes to a good host/band leader dynamic. Thankfully, Ed Helms and Colbert spent years working together in the early days of The Daily Show, and have shown a nice easy comedic flow back and forth. They're clearly still pals, considering the fact that Colbert made a guest appearance as Helms' college buddy on the final season of The Office. There's also the fact that Helms is a talented multi-instrumentalist.
Elvis CostelloWhile this one may be a bit of a stretch, the connection between the two is more than tenuous. Colbert has a great admiration for Costello, and the two have become good friends thanks to Colbert's show. Costello even sang a duet with Steven during his 2008 Comedy Central special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! If that wasn't enough, there's the simple fact that Elvis Costello is just really cool. Not run of the mill cool, but old school cool. He's smooth, and has a big presence that won't get drowned out by Colbert's antics.
James MurphyJames Murphy, the former face of the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, eats, sleeps, and breaths New York, so it would be no problem keeping him in town to do the show. He's also has a lot of time on his hands now that LCD Soundsystem is done and gone. If all that wasn't enough, Murphy chose the Colbert Report for his band's final television appearance.
The NationalThese Brooklyn-based rockers would only be a short train ride away from Stephen's new digs at CBS. They've also sang a song on The Colbert Report with the host before, so the two entities are already well acquainted with each other. Plus, The National seems to really get a kick out of adding their moody brand of rock to pop to pop culture. They've created a haunting version of "The Rains of Castamere" for Game of Thrones, and have even covered songs from Bob's Burgers of all places.
Steve CarellBoth Carell and Colbert are Daily Show alums, and the duo used to host the recurring segment "Even Steven" where they debated topics as irrationally as possible. Beyond the comedy connection, Steve Carell does play his fair share of instruments, though they're not your typical late night fare. You'd be surprised to learn that Carell can play the baritone horn and the fife. Now, are we really going to deprive the world its only chance of having a late night band being led by a fife player? I think not.
Dance stars Lcd Soundsystem are set to launch an interactive exhibit in New York City, featuring a first listen of their upcoming live album and a display of never-before-seen photographs. The band performed its last concert in the Big Apple on 2 April, 2011, and fans will be able to listen to the final show on an album called The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden.
Its official release is set for 19 April (14) on Record Store Day, but for those eager to hear the album, music store Rough Trade NYC will house an exhibit featuring turntables spinning the disc.
There will also be a display of exclusive images from photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, which fans will be able to purchase.
The exhibit runs from 7 April (14) until 7 May (14).
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy teamed up with acclaimed hip-hop musician Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson on Friday (07Feb14) to host a special dinner in honour of freed Pussy Riot rockers Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. The punk stars have been in the U.S. to raise the profile of their campaign for prison reform following their release from a Russian detention centre in December (13). They served just under two years behind bars on controversial hooliganism charges after performing a protest song taking aim at Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy is hoping to revolutionise the sound of New York City's subways by creating individual soundtracks for each station for the benefit of weary commuters. The rocker is hoping to share some of his musical talents with the millions of residents who use one of the world's busiest transit systems each week.
In an interview with U.S. radio programme Sound Opinion, Murphy reveals he is keen to create distinct soundtracks for more than 400 underground stations in the New York City area, so commuters and tourists alike will be able to associate each place with a specific sound.
He explains, "I've been fighting for 14 years to get all the subway turnstiles to make music. I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys, so that people who grow up will later on in life hear a piece of music and say, 'Oh, that’s like Union Square.' It's such a brutal city. I think one little gift of kindness would be nice."
Murphy previously approached outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg with the idea, but got nowhere. He is now hoping newly-inaugurated city leader Bill de Blasio will help him realise his symphonic subway dream.
Having lived with it for a while, I don't dislike the new Arcade Fire album, Reflektor, nearly as much as the Washington Post did. If nothing else, co-producer James Murphy (ex-LCD Soundsystem) gives the album some grooves, but unfortunately, Win Butler is still the most humorless and self-important frontman in rock since Bono, and the album as a whole feels overblown in the same way that both Neon Bible and The Suburbs did.
So if you've got an hour and 47 minutes to kill, skip Reflektor and watch Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus instead. Arcade Fire brought new attention to the film last weekend when the pre-release album preview stream on YouTube was set to scenes of this Brazilian classic. Arcade Fire claim that, like the film, their album is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, although unlike the basically incomprehensible album, you can see the connection between the film and the myth.
Exquisitely shot and vibrantly colorful, the film was shot in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval, making it a feast for both the eyes and ears. Especially the ears: the soundtrack, by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, introduced the Northern Hemisphere to bossa nova, the exquisite and stylish blend of samba and American jazz that was native to Rio. Watch the film on its Criterion Collection DVD or Blu-Ray for extra features that put the film into its full musical and historical context, or via Netflix for the film itself. And don't forget to listen to the absolutely essential soundtrack via Spotify.
British rock icon David Bowie has recruited former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy to remix his latest song, Love Is Lost, and he has unveiled plans to debut the new video for the track during London's Mercury Prize ceremony on Wednesday (30Oct13). The singer's comeback album, The Next Day, is one of the favourites the win the top accolade.
Finally, ladies and gentleman, the future has arrived! Welcome to the world long-ago foreseen by sci-fi scribes and other forward-focused writers. Welcome to the age of the smart watch! Surely, you’ve seen the groovy retro Samsung Galaxy Gear commercials by now. (If you haven’t, see video below.) Complete with an infectious hook from LCD Soundsystem, the spots have been everywhere of late, as the company recently rolled this bad boy out at September’s end. Still, I - for one - can’t help but be disappointed, mostly because the future still looks suspiciously like the present.
Where’s my flying car to alleviate morning rush hour traffic? Food pellets to forgo all that unnecessary chewing? A robot maid to clean up my living room? And all that shiny metallic form-fitting clothing? Actually, scratch that last one.
Bottom line: the future is still so much better in books and movies. The present, even with this way-cool watch, still pales in comparison. Sure, I’ll grab a smart watch and pretend I’m Johnny Socko commanding Giant Robot – but I’ll still have to come up with a way for the wife to wear that grayish-blue and red armor suit (let alone obey my commands). What a drag.
In his Reddit AMA, Keanu Reeves was gracious, verbose, and formal. He discussed his new movies 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, which is his directorial debut. He also listed some of his favorite things, which all seemed fitting for the famously morose actor. Read some of the best answers from the AMA here.
A little-known fun fact: "For a long time in Los Angeles when I first moved there, when I was 20 years old, it was such a new world and so I saw some guys at a gas station once who had hockey equipment in their car, and I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were playing street hockey, so I asked them if I could play. So I became involved in a street hockey game that took place every weekend for over 10 years, every weekend, red versus black. We would take holidays off and sometimes summers, but the game was going on for over 10 years. That was cool to be a part of. It was a cool thing to have happen. Made some friends."
On filming 47 Ronin: "You know, shooting 47 Ronin was a great experience. It's a story that is very special and close to the Japanese actors, and I could feel that and respected that during the course of the filmmaking. And it brought another element to the filming, it heightened it even more than it usually is. Which was great."
Props he's kept from his movies: "I think I have a coat from the first Matrix. I have the sword from Hamlet, I kept a lot of working scripts, I have the jersey from The Replacements, I've got Constantine's lighter and watch, I have Bill & Ted's shorts (Ted's shorts), I used to have the leather jacket from My Own Private Idaho but I gave that to a friend. And I think that's it."
His reaction to being asked about his favorite movies: "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Here's some: Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, A Clockwork Orange, Stroszek."
On the memes devoted to him:"My first experience with that was Sad Keanu, and I thought it was funny!"
On the Sad Keanu picture: "I think that a picture can tell a thousand words, and none of them can be right. Or true. I'm absolutely a very happy person."
His favorite books: "Where do I begin? Here are some. As a kid, we can start with the Count of Monte Christo. We could start with the Lord of the Rings. Then we could get into finding as a teenager getting into Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Notes from Underground, The Brothers Karamazov, we could get into Jim Thompson, we could go into some William Gibson, then we could do In Search of Lost Time by Proust. And then just getting into the works of Philip K. Dick and recently I was reading Don Delillo, Cosmopolis, I like Updike's the Rabbit Series."
On stargazing: "I believe the other night we had an eclipse of the moon! Which was cool. In the cities, I wish you could see more of the stars, but I always love when I'm in places where you can see that blanket, that twirling, twinkling. That is one of my favorite things."
On his lifestyle: "You know, I've been very fortunate in my life. Which I am grateful for. And I guess it's just to my tastes to keep life as simple as I can."
On air guitar: "You know, I'm not an air guitar afficionado. But once in a while, the air guitar comes out. Especially when you first hear (especially for me) that chord or that moment in the song when the electric guitar cuts in, or blazes out, once in a while you just got to strum all those strings in the air."
His favorite form of martial arts: "You know, I love all martial arts. I don't practice any particular form or style, but yeah, I don't have a favorite...But it was great during the making of Man of Tai Chi, to spend time with the leading man Tiger, who has studied Tai Chi since he was a kid, and it was great to talk about how we could bring some of the ideas of Tai Chi into the story of Man of Tai Chi, and some of the philosophies."
What he's been listening to: "The music I'm listening to right now? Let's see, I just got the new Nine Inch Nails recording. I really like this other band Metz, just got their first album which was great. And I've been listening to a song that I really like from LCD Soundsystem, and the song is 'Someone Great.'"
On Bill and Ted: "Working on Bill & Ted was certainly an excellent adventure. I love those characters. I love the spirit of the film. I like the eternal goodness of these characters. I always thought of them as beautiful fools. They bring a wonder and naivete to the harsh realities of the world. I found them fun to play, and also working with Alex Winter was a great experience. We shared the same view of these characters and the film, and we had a lot of laughs making those movies. And Alex and I are friends."
Read the rest of Keanu's interview here.
Hey music nerds, you can stop freaking out over your dad’s VHS collection. Forget Quadrophenia and Spinal Tap: the Noughties just might be when the music movie came of age. We tracked down a bunch of future-proof cult music movies from the decade we thought just kind of sucked.
Some Kind Of Monster (2004)
It’s hard to believe this movie made it out into the public realm at all, considering Metallica’s considerable egos. Easily the most funcomfortable documentary ever made, expect earnest AA-speak and rock god-sized delusions that make Spinal Tap look like One Direction.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies (2008)
French dance music innovators Soulwax rule the Noughties, tour the world and encounter LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Erol Alkan and Peaches in this gurning warehouse rave of a road movie.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008)
Rare footage and exclusive interviews from the corpse-painted superstars of controversial Norwegian black metal. A dark party for die-hard fanboys and casual tourists alike.
ATP All Tomorrow’s Parties (2009)
Bands, young fans and ageing Pavement groupies collide - often drunkenly - in this “post-punk DIY bricolage”, aka documentary of the bi-annual thinking hipster’s festival.
8 Mile (2002)
Eminem comes of age in a gritty feature, where the rap battle underground serves as metaphor for a constant IRL struggle to be seen - and heard. (RIP Brittany Murphy).
Loud Quiet Loud: A Film About The Pixies (2006)
Fly-on-the-wall rock-doc about the '90s juggernaut’s 2004 reunion colors in epic live footage with the awkward silences and comedowns of band life.
A panoramic snapshot of the world’s muddiest music bacchanal - featuring a very '00s “Create Your Ultimate Setlist” feature.
Anvil!: The Story of Anvil (2008)
An unexpectedly euphoric tearjerker about the little metal band who could.
Obviously. Unmissable Ondi Timoner documentary tracking the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe and frenemy Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols over seven years.
More:In What Universe Is Nelly Better Than Radiohead?Metallica – Through The Never trailerWatch Green Day’s ‘Broadway Idiot’ trailer
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)