Here’s Death Cab acting very serious while playing their song for the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon. Ben Gibbard will tolerate neither trifles nor high jinks while playing this serious song. Even the most innocent jink, high or otherwise, would throw off the atmosphere of this entire operation.
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While the summer has now passed us by, many theatres in my town are still playing the hit rom-com (500) Days of Summer. The story of young lovers Summer and Tom marks the feature-length directorial debut of music video director Marc Webb, and with his use of pop music in the film, his pedigree shows. The music isn’t just confined to the soundtrack—it colors the story to the point where it almost becomes another character in the script.
It seems no accident that Summer herself is played by an actor who is also a singer and songwriter, Zooey Deschanel. Her main musical vehicle is the duo She & Him, “Him” being indie troubadour M. Ward, and their debut CD, Volume One was released to critical acclaim in 2007.
Summer is portrayed as the ultimate muse, and Deschanel, well… she just married Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Girls like Summer/Zooey are worshipped by guys like Tom/Ben—intelligent, sensitive, slightly nerdy types possessed of depressive tendencies and more than a working knowledge of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s back catalogue. The kind of girl who can boost area sales of Belle and Sebastian’s The Boy with the Arab Strap CD single-handedly by quoting lyrics from it in her high school yearbook. Even at the karaoke bar, where even the best of us are reduced to Whitesnake’s greatest hits, Summer keeps her hipster cred intact with her winsome and incredibly charming take on Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town”. Summer is the thinking man’s heartthrob.
Releasing: 27 October
Weezer’s Raditude is set to hit stores off Geffen on October 27th. The Spicoli-inspired title and wildly silly tracks like “I’m Your Daddy” and “The Girl Got Hot” show Weezer channeling their pop-punk through their pimple-faced teenage years. “(If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To”, Raditude‘s first single, is filled with quirky nostalgia. Watch Weezer perform “(If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To” live.
01 (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
02 I’m Your Daddy
03 The Girl Got Hot
04 Can’t Stop Partying
05 Put Me Back Together
06 Trippin’ Down The Freeway
07 Love Is the Answer
08 Let It All Hang Out
09 In the Mall
10 I Don’t Want to Let You Go
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
11 Get Me Some
12 Run Over By a Truck
13 The Prettiest Girl In the Whole Wide World
14 The Underdogs
15 The Story of My Life
16 Kids/Poker Face
No longer playing with the Licks, Juliette Lewis was in town playing a show with her new band,the New Romantiques, in support of their recent release Terra Incognita. It was with a strong dose of curiosity that I found myself at the Bottom Lounge to see it.
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