Two new films about John Lennon will be released to celebrate the musician’s birthday, 9 October. Nowhere Boy is a British biopic that examines Lennon’s childhood and early musical influences. LENNONYC, on the other hand, studies Lennon during the 1970s, when he lived in New York City; it will be shown on PBS on 22 November.
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Touted by the cover of January 2010’s Alternative Press magazine as the most anticipated release of the year, My Chemical Romance’s new album encountered a series of snags. While it was initially planned for a spring release, things kept coming up. Frontman Gerard Way had throat problems that prompted gig cancellations in February. Drummer Bob Bryar left the band in March. Announcements on the band’s website began talking about whole new batches of songs being written even while a slew were already in the can. At July’s Comic-Con in San Diego, Way announced that recording was finished. Cut to September, and the record was still MIA.
Until now. The band released this video teaser September 17th announcing the title of the album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Producer Rob Cavallo, who did the honors for the 2006’s The Black Parade, is back at the helm, and there is currently no word on what happened to the tracks produced with Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam) in late 2009.
For fans who were getting a bit blue around the gills from holding their breath, it was a welcome sigh of relief that the much-anticipated project is indeed on its way.
Is it possible to hear something profound in a song intended for children? Still, with all the hype surrounding the latest Weezer album, Hurley, you would hard pressed to find another song on it that compares to “All My Friends Are Insects”, created for the hip kids TV show Yo Gabba Gabba!.
On the surface it seems like a mere kiddie tune about different types of “bugs” and how “they have a big role in our world”, but you can decipher a deeper meaning out of it. Lyrics like “I have a friend and she’s a butterfly / She flies from flower to flower drinking sweet nectar, With hundreds of friends / They sleep up in the trees at night“ and “These are my friends, Even though they are bugs“ could represent the intellectual rock star who lives amongst and entertains the party-crazed masses. Coincidentally, the same could be said for lead singer Rivers Cuomo, a married Harvard graduate who sings songs like “Beverly Hills” and “We Are All on Drugs” for a living. Like “All My Friends Are Insects”, the majority of Weezer songs initially seem simple, but there is also a meaningful statement being made.
Shadow Shadow Shade, formerly known as Afternoons, a side project of the band Irving, is set to release it’s self-titled debut album on October 5th. In the meantime, they have released a short film entitled “White Horse” that essentially melds three songs from the new album into a video trilogy.
Directed by Michael Graham and starring Jason Ritter and Anna Wilson, “White Horse” is an epic, post-apocalyptic saga that clocks in at over 17 minutes. It’s an ambitious idea that combines the songs and images well—and may just require a few viewings to take it all in.
The band will be playing a handful of October dates on the West Coast:
October 8 - Santa Cruz, CA at the Rio Theater
October 10 - Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios
October 11 - Seattle, WA at The High Dive
October 13 - San Francisco, CA at Red Devil Lounge
October 14 - Los Angeles, CA at Echoplex (Record Release Party)
October 15 - San Diego, CA at Soda Bar