This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day, which is self-explanatory enough. To lure consumers away from iTunes and into stores to buy CDs and maybe even vinyl, indie retailers—provided you can still find one where you live—are offering loads of interesting one-offs and reissues, along with in-store performances by some heavyweight acts. The list of bands participating is pretty impressive, from Against Me! at Plan 9 Music in Richmond, VA, Drive-By Truckers at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC, and Yo La Tengo at Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The official Record Store Day website has more information on special offers and live performances. And if it doesn’t seem too counterintuitive to you, you can hear a couple of exclusive Record Store Day tracks from Beach House streaming online, courtesy of Sub Pop.
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With stars like Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich as the hero, love interest, and villain, respectfully, Jonah Hex would seem to be well on its way to summer blockbuster glory. Sadly, much like the ruthless American West traversed by Hex himself, all is not well for the film, which is set for a June 18 premiere. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, the mega-budget, supernatural Western has yet to release a trailer for the film. Although Warner Bros. plans to unveil the movie’s trailer with the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street, which arrives in theaters April 30, Jonah Hex has endured a series of production setbacks and troublesome publicity.
Originally, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) were set to direct Jonah Hex, but dropped out in November 2008. It didn’t help that Brolin described the script as “awful”, in an interview posted on the MTV Movie Blog. Warner Bros. also brought in Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) to serve as a consultant during the film’s reshoots.
These omens do not bode well for Jonah Hex. Movie fans, especially those loyal to the comic book genre, are now more than ever able to closely follow a film’s production, courtesy of the world wide web. Yet despite the setbacks, maybe the tired saying that there’s no such thing as bad publicity holds true. Artistic masterpiece or not, with Jonah Hex co-starring Megan Fox and featuring some (hopefully) good action sequences, the film should at least break even.
Not one to get left behind in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s nostalgia rush, Britain’s ska heroes the Specials are back touring and played their first U.S. live appearance in some three decades on Jimmy Fallon’s show this week.
Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!
Joe Copplestone earlier this week tagged the über poppy Marina & the Diamonds’ debut, The Family Jewels, as “a positively bipolar album, full of self-confident highs and blatant cockiness followed by self-effacing lows, but Marina seems to celebrate each extreme with the same affected deadpan”. Sounds like the tour oughtta be fun, eh? Marina just unleashed this special tour video.