Among the new album releases this month are Mojo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Miss America by Saving Abel, Shout It Out by Hanson, Tried & True by Clay Aiken, Time Flies… 1994-2009 by Oasis, Suddenly by Allstar Weekend, Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley, Lazarus by Travie McCoy, Sweet and Wild by Jewel, Further by the Chemical Brothers,Thank Me Later by Drake, Bingo! by the Steve Miller Band, Body Talk Pt.1 by Robyn, To the Sky by Kevin Rudolf, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming by the Ready Set, Laws of Illusion by Sarah McLachlan, Something for Everybody by Devo, Love King by the Dream, and the latest Top 40 hits compliation: Now 34.
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The Hundred in the Hands’ “Young Aren’t Young” has been getting airplay in the UK and U.S recently with an infectious swirl of synths. The song might not seem exactly new with the electro dance beat under dreamy female vocals, but it makes for an instant party atmosphere. These lush layers are actually minimally produced, as witnessed during a recent live session for WFUV’s The Alternative Side (TAS) program. Brooklynites Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell piece their music together using lots of electronic equipment, a low-fi bullet microphone and Friedman’s wicked electric guitar with a of bit background vocal help. In the accompanying interview, the duo explains the recognizable sound to crate digging for their vast vinyl collection.
“You can’t not [have records],” Everdell explains, “when you love music.” They also espouse their love of music and current bands in a webzine called Thith Zine. For those wondering, the band’s name refers to a moment in American history when soldiers attacked a Lakota village in what is now Wyoming. Recording of both their EP released last spring, Dressed in Dresden, and their self-titled release issued in the fall, took place at during the same time frame. The TAS session also includes “Commotion”, “Lovesick Once Again”, and “Pigeons”. While the rest of the songs are similarly stylized, there’s nothing wrong with allowing such musical indulgence.
The world needs more Orson Welles, and we just might get it. Though quite the Renaissance man, Welles’s directorial efforts always seemed to be struggles. Even after Citizen Kane began appearing on lists as the greatest film ever made, the debacles never seemed to end. Works such as Chimes at Midnight and The Deep are basically forgotten, Mr. Arkadin was slapped around and sort of released in several different cuts, whether on his own volition or not, he was uncredited for The Lady From Shanghai and Black Magic, and for crying out loud, his magnum opus The Magnificent Ambersons hasn’t even seen the light of day on DVD!
This is just not fair.
Now, filmed in 1972, locked in a vault, never completely finished or properly edited, The Other Side of the Wind will most likely be available in the near future. A film about a director by a director starring other directors (John Huston, Claude Chabrol, Peter Bogdonavich), as well as Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar (Welles’s lover at the time), Other Side was never released due to legal problems involving producers who are now selling their interests in the film.
John Huston’s son, actor Danny Huston, has called the footage “fascinating”, but there is still debate among the film’s living collaborators as to whether it should be edited into cohesion, released raw, or released at all.
The likely outcome is that Bogdonavich, who received “extensive notes” regarding the editing during filming, will be putting it together. There is no information about a theatrical or DVD release, distribution, or rights at this time.
The White Stripes have officially split up. The Detroit garage rock duo announced today on their website that they are disbanding and they “will make no further new recordings or perform live”. Jack and Meg White go on to say in the statement that there are a “myriad of reasons” for the break up, but the central cause is to “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.
While the White Stripe’s most recent release was last year’s concert documentary and companion CD Under Great White Northern Light, the band hadn’t released a studio album since 2007’s Icky Thump. The band only played a handful of shows in support of the album before the duo cancelled the remaining 18 dates of the tour, with Meg White citing “acute anxiety” issues as the reason.
Since then, Jack White has released several albums with his two other bands, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and established a permament Nashville, Tenn., location for his recording studio and label Third Man Records.
Artsy Los Angeles rockers Eagle and Talon have a new EP on tap 22 February called In Manila. The Washington Post called the duo’s debut “wild, wonky post-punk”, but this time out the girls are going for a bit more danciness, while losing none of that delightful “wildness” or “wonkiness”. Eagle and Talon head into sure-fire party mode on the title track, “In Manila”, that we present to you today in the video’s online premiere.