Rockers Interpol are no longer searching for a full-time bassist because frontman Paul Banks has taken on the role. Bassist and founding member Carlos Dengler left the group in 2010 shortly after they completed their fourth record and his replacement Dave Pajo quit after a year.
Brad Traux has been playing bass during live shows but the band is not looking for a permanent replacement because Banks has taken on the instrument for their upcoming fifth album.
Guitarist Daniel Kessler tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We didn't have a discussion about what we were going to do... Then after the second rehearsal Paul was like, 'Maybe I should pick up the bass', cos it helps to anchor the songs... I was like, 'cool', and that was the first time we spoke about what we were going to do about the bass parts.
"By the end of the second or third rehearsal we'd made an incredible start to a couple of new songs... Paul surprised me with how excellent he is on the bass... we just ran with it and didn't have any conversations about it... Once those foundations happened, we found our way and we thought, 'Why would we look to other possibilities when this is working so well?'"
Banks admits they no longer talk to Dengler, telling Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "Yeah I call him an a**hole but I call my friends a**holes. I love Carlos, we all love Carlos. But I don't think he wants to see me."
The band's fifth album, titled El Pintor, is scheduled for release on 9 September (14).
Cult group Interpol are to play an upcoming gig inside an ancient Egyptian temple. The band will perform a tour warm-up show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur - a 2,000-year-old temple that was built by the Romans.
Jazz veteran Herbie Hancock has written a letter to a judge in support of a friend who is facing jail on drugs charges. Bruce Veniero, 71, is facing 10 years in prison after spending more than a decade on the run in South America. He pleaded guilty to a number of drug smuggling charges in New York City in 1998, but disappeared after skipping out on his $1 million (£588,235) bail.
He will be sentenced on Friday (18Jul14) in Long Island Federal Court, and his friend Hancock has written a note to the judge overseeing the case to ask for leniency.
In the letter, the musician calls Veniero a trusted friend who has given him "unceasing support and encouragement throughout the years," according to the New York Daily News.
The pair is believed to have grown close in the 1970s when Veniero ran a restaurant in California where Hancock often performed.
Veniero was brought back to the U.S. after he was arrested by Interpol officials in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.
Dance stars Rudimental had to cut short their set at Britain's Glastonbury music festival on Friday (27Jun14) after lightning struck just feet from the stage they were performing on. Clouds began gathering in the skies as the Home hitmakers kicked off their evening gig on the main Pyramid stage and many fans decided to take cover as the rain started to fall.
The wet weather quickly turned into a thunderstorm and organisers decided to cut the power to all the Glastonbury stages and halt the first official day of performances as lightning struck during the band's final track, Waiting All Night.
Rudimental were ushered off stage as a festival official appeared on the platform and urged fans to take cover.
The stars took to their Twitter.com blog after the shortened show to express their gratitude to fans who braved the awful weather, writing, "Thanks for an amazing experience #glasto unfortunately lightning struck the stage and we were forced to finish our set early".
The weather cleared up an hour later and the performances resumed with acts including Lily Allen, Foster The People and Interpol playing as scheduled.
Rockers The Strokes returned to the festival stage in their native New York City this weekend (06-08Jun14) for the first time in three years to headline 2014's Governors Ball event. Frontman Julian Casablancas basked in the evening sunshine on Saturday (07Jun14), as he led the band through a hits-packed set, belting out tracks like Heart in a Cage, Reptilia and Last Nite, much to the delight of the group's hometown crowd.
It marked Casablancas' second set in as many days - he also hit the stage with his band The Voidz on Friday (06Jun14), when top acts OutKast, Damon Albarn and Bastille also performed. Bastille surprised fans with a reworked cover of TLC's R&B hit No Scrubs.
Jack White headlined Saturday night's festivities, while rapper Childish Gambino teamed up with Chance the Rapper to perform their latest collaboration, The Worst Guys, and British dance duo Disclosure introduced AlunaGeorge to the stage for a performance of White Noise that superfan Madonna enjoyed. The pop superstar shared an Instagram.com photo of herself backstage with Disclosure, and joked, "Been promoted to head of security for Disclosure!"
Sunday's line-up includes rappers Tyler, the Creator and J. Cole, Foster The People, Interpol, Vampire Weekend and former Swedish House Mafia stars Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.
I know, that headline is trouble. You're always treading dangerous ground when you insist on defining what makes a good this or the right kind of that, as if there is no room for change or improvement when it comes to classic properties. Of course there is — Jason Segel's 2011 Muppet film approached the concept from an entirely different direction. It didn't hit all of its marks, but it prevailed overall in its conceit: make a movie not about Muppets, but about Muppet fandom. But Muppets Most Wanted, in absence of a clear mission statement and fueled largely by the monetary glimmers of the sequel game (the film's opening number admits this outright), has fewer marks readily available to hit. Landing in the ambiguity between the classic Muppet adventure formula and Segel's post-modern Henson appreciation party, Most Wanted feels like a failure on both counts. It doesn't know which kind of movie it wants to, or should, be. So it doesn't really be anything.
On the one hand, there's the half-cocked "get-the-band-back-together" through line, mimicking but not quite accomplishing the spirit of the 2011 picture. None of the Muppets are particularly likable or charming in this turn, and even fewer of them actually given anything to do. Kermit loses his s**t in the first act after a spat with Piggy and a barrage of insubordination from his troupe (provoked by the nefarious Dominic Badguy, Ricky Gervais), storms off in a huff, and gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity when his criminal doppelganger Constantine pulls the old switcheroo, landing Kermit in a Russian gulag. You'd think this would be a good opportunity for the second tier of Muppet favorites — Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, et al — to go on a search and rescue... but save for a very brief sequence at the tail end of this achingly long film, none of the other Muppets are giving anything to do. They just hem and haw and perform the occasional "Indoor Running of the Bulls" while Dominic and Constantine scheme, rob banks, and bicker.
Meanwhile, Kermit has some fun in prison — a far more endearing plot that sees him befriending the merry convicts, organizing a penitentiary revue, and even winning the heart of the vicious warden Nadia (Tina Fey). If only we could spend more time with real Kermit and less time with fake Kermit and his second banana Gervais, an effectively boring pair.
On the other hand, though, there's the Muppet shtick that fans of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island — and yes, The Muppet Show itself — will deem the movie's best material: CIA Agent Sam Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) hot on the trail of Constantine and Dominic. Here, we get a different type of Muppet movie entirely from what Segel and the A-plot in Most Wanted are opting: the old fashioned vaudeville act, with Sam standing as an independent entity from his googly-eyed brethren, on a goofy, musical prowl with Burrell that fuels the film with its best and most consistent chuckles. Their "Interrogation Song" number is outstanding, exemplifying the many talents of Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who wrote all the music for this and the previous film.
Unfortunately, Muppets Most Wanted isn't sure that it wants to be The Great Muppet Caper, beheld so stubbornly to its Segelian roots. There's a palpable compulsion to stick with this agonizingly self-aware, nostalgia-crazy, brimming-beacons-of-the-past-in-a-callous-today theme that doesn't work a fraction as well as it did in the 2011 film. Without a legitimate celebration of any of our favorite characters, how could it? With so much going on in this movie, and such a lengthy runtime at just under two hours, it's a sure sign of failure that we walk away feeling like we spent barely any time with the Muppets.
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This week's episode in a nutshell: The gang of John Reese — who had just returned after going AWOL due to his grieving over the death of Joss Carter, Harold Finch, Samantha Shaw, and Lionel Fusco — had to help Kelli Lin (Elaine Tan), an art thief, steal the Gutenberg Bible from a very, very secure building to emancipate her from the ruthless Czechoslovakian criminals who were holding her daughter hostage. The Czechs were also killing people to frame Lin. They did all this while also trying to thwart an intrepid Interpol police officer (Henri Lubatti) on her trail There was much banter, technology, gymnastics and also a modicum of punches thrown.
Did The Good Guys Win?
Yes. They were able to get Lin off free and even got the Interpol Agent on her side.
- Finch wagging his eyebrows at a patron, pretending that he and Reese were a couple at an art event, which led them to meet Lin for the first time.
- Finch looking mildly perplexed at the instructions on how to set up a 3-D printer. They used it to make makeshift fingerprints to get past a scanner at the building.
- Shaw's moment of pause when Finch told her to lick her latex fingers to help thwart the scanner's temperature reading
A Couple of Somewhat Unrealistic Moments
- A set-up of what look like gymnast bars on the ceiling for Lin, who had been a World Champion gymnast for China prior to her life of crime, to use to get over an electric fence. It was still nowhere near as silly as the stuff in Gymkata.
- Fusco somehow being able to intercede twice and keep Reese and Shaw from being arrested at different intervals. Cool scenes, but still...
It was a tie between Reese suddenly appearing in on the webcam in the room that the little girl was being held hostage and beating up her captor before freeing her and the silent tribute to Carter at the end of the episode.
Reese Angst Level
Minimal. He did have a drink poured for Carter at the end of the episode, but other than that, he was the same hyper-focused Reese who often solved problems with his fists.
Did Reese Kick People's Asses?
In one scene, he was overpowered by guards, but that was by design to allow Shaw and Lin access into the building. He did destroy the captor of Lin's child. So, yeah.
Was It a Good Episode?
Yes, since it was a straight-forward one, which was welcome after the long arcs of the past few weeks. I'm sure there will be more twists and turns in the near future, but this was a good change of pace. Sarah Shahi is really doing well stepping in as the main female lead.
"AWOL and air travel and he doesn't miss a beat." Shaw talking about Reese
"Finch, where's my spare weapon?"
"I moved it to the history section. Update your arsenal, John." Shaw thought Reese could use slightly more modern weapons
"I know how to work it... along with the .380 in my handbag. So watch it." Shaw getting all the good lines in the episode
"Did I just hear the word 'Mommy'?" Shaw, realizing that things had just gone really sideways for the gang after she initially thwarted Lin from getting the Gutenberg Bible
"I already cut myself loose." Lin to a shocked Finch and Shaw, who thought they had tied her thoroughly; fortunately, she realized she needed their help
Interpol frontman Paul Banks has written a touching tribute to the late School Of Seven Bells frontman Benjamin Curtis, who lost his battle with cancer last month (Dec13). The influential guitarist had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma 11 months before he passed away on 29 December (13), aged 35, and now his pal Banks has remembered him in an article for Britain's NME magazine.
In the piece, Banks hails his friend as a major talent, writing, "Benjamin was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight. There was a fire inside him that came through as a powerful charisma on or offstage. He was special. I used to refer to him as 'Mr Mojo', to portray what I felt was his indelible magnetism...
"(He leaves) an incredible legacy. He will always be an inspiration for me and anyone else who was blessed to spend time with him, see him perform, or hear his music. In all of his endeavours he brought a signature presence - style, poise and fury."
Banks was among the musicians who rallied behind Curtis after news of his cancer fight became public early last year (13) and helped to raise funds to cover the cost of his medical treatment. Devendra Banhart and The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. also did their part for the campaign.
In their 2011 film The Muppets, the gang got back together to save their old theater from a maniacal oil tycoon. This March, they're re-uniting once again, and they're taking their show on the road with Muppets Most Wanted. Specifically to Europe, where Kermit's striking resemblance to the jewel thief Constantine derails their tour and gets them mixed up in an international crime spree. After Kermit gets arrested and thrown into a Russian prison, it's up to the Muppets to try and save their leader and foil Constantine's evil plans. Complicating things are Tina Fey's prison warden Nadia, a sinister tour manager played by Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent who may find dealing with the Muppets harder than catching a criminal.
Muppets Most Wanted will pick up right where the last film left off, saying, “The end of that film is kind of the beginning of this film and so the opening number of the next film is a great number that I actually am a part of with all the other guys.” And that’s just the very beginning of what promises to be a massive, music-packed spectacle.
Flight of the Concords star Bret McKenzie is back as well, with brand new numbers that are sure to be just as catchy as “Man or Muppet.” Walter revealed that the new score is “incredible,” and that he feels McKenzie has “topped himself.” And while neither he nor Kermit have a solo number this time around, they did get to take part in a lot of the big song-and-dance scenes. Miss Piggy, meanwhile, is rumored to have plenty of diva moments in this new film; Kermit estimated that she had about six musical numbers. And while she wouldn’t confirm if she did indeed get to sing the bulk of the score, she did reveal that there was one song that McKenzie wrote especially for her, which she described as “an old dance hit” that would have everyone in the theater grooving along. The song Kermit’s most excited for, however, is actually sung by Fey when he first arrives at her prison: “she sings a great song called 'The Big House' about welcoming me to prison” that reveals just how much Nadia loves her job. Walter also agreed that it’s a song not to miss, and added that Fey “sings like a nightingale.” After all of the musical numbers that were featured on 30 Rock, we really shouldn’t be surprised.
Unfortunately for Muppet fans who are hoping for another rendition of their most famous song, Kermit has some bad news for you, revealing “We don’t do 'Rainbow Connection' in this movie.” Also gone? Much of Walter’s whistling, a special talent that he discovered in last film’s eleventh hour. He explained the reason it isn’t a large feature of the film by remarking “You don’t wanna repeat yourself, right?” That seems to be a big theme for this new film, which breaks away from much of the warm sentimentality of the last film in favor of zany adventures.
And there will be plenty of adventure, including a moment where Walter is forced to jump from the top of one moving train to another in order to help rescue Kermit, who described his own sections of the film as “very dramatic.” The Muppets even got the chance to do their own stunts for the film, although Miss Piggy’s favorite one is a bit less dramatic than Walter’s: “I love the stunts where put on a beautiful white gown and I walk down an aisle.” Before you rush out and buy the happy couple a wedding gift, though, Kermit warns that the scene is “not what you think.”
Although they wouldn’t say much about that rumored wedding, one thing they were willing to talk a great deal about were the big names they’ve gotten to star in this film. Both Walter and Kermit enjoyed working with Fey the most, as they both had “big fun with her.” And it seems like their scenes together may have left Walter with a bit of a crush, as he described her performance as “really terrifying and sexy at the same time.” Another star whose part is sure to excite audiences is Burrell, who Kermit promises is “extremely funny” in his scenes with Sam the Eagle. Piggy, meanwhile, most enjoyed her scenes with Gervais, whom she described as “a very funny man and one of the best extras I’ve ever worked with.” The comedian is playing Dominic Badguy, a character Walter described as “really two faced and completely charming but sinister,” before adding that he greatly enjoyed their time together on set.
But those aren’t the only stars who are set to pal around with the Muppets this time. After all, it wouldn’t be a Muppets movie without a slew of celebrity cameos. Said Walter “There are a surprising number. Even for a Muppet movie.” Fans of the gang will also be excited by some returning faces, including Pepe the King Prawn, who Walter revealed has “a bigger part than [in] the last one,” and some friends who haven’t popped up since the Muppet Show days like Annie Sue Pig, Link Hogthrab and Lou. “We try to bring the whole crew back again,” says Kermit.
Muppets Most Wanted arrives in theaters on March 21.
Portishead and Interpol have been confirmed as the headliners for the upcoming ATP Iceland 2014 festival. The two acts will hit the stage with local acts at the former North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) base in Keflavík in July (14).
The annual ATP festival launched in Iceland last year (13).
Portishead have a long history with the All Tomorrow's Parties organisers - the influential British band curated an early ATP in 2007.