Producers turned DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard are trying their hands at creating their own music. Going be the name CREEP, the Brooklyn duo’s first single, “Days”, is a hauntingly synthed up mixture of CREEP’s sinister beats and the chillingly beautiful voice of Romy Madley-Croft, of The xx’s. CREEP’s next single will be “You” and features R&B duo Nina Sky. CREEP plans to release a full length album in 2011.
LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy. Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer. Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.
The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school. There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.” It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker. The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.
Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the creators of Robot Chicken, are taking their toys out the box for the third installment of the Robot Chicken Star Wars series. The critically acclaimed Robot Chicken saga premieres 19 December 2010 with an hour long special parodying the dark side of the universe. Through the show’s signature stop motion animation and crafty pop culture wit, Episode III recounts the untold experiences of four galactic bad guys: Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Gary the Stormtrooper. As the special flips around the universe each villainous tale intertwines and connects throughout all six Star Wars films.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III features Zac Efron as Anakin Skywalker, Anthony Daniels (from the original Star Wars films) as C3PO, Robot Chicken virgins Mike Henry (The Cleveland Show) and Donald Glover (Community), plus returning voices Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Additional voices include: Green, Senreich, Seth MacFarlane, Breckin Meyer, Zeb Wells, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Kane and more.
If you are not up to date with Star Wars fear not! Between crooked depictions of a cocky bounty hunter and a frustrated patriarch Stormtrooper, you don’t have to be a sci-fi/Star Wars geek to let some laughs slip. Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III premieres 19 December, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Last year, I spent the coldest winter in Philadelphia’s recorded history waiting for my dog to do her business somewhere on the thick layers of snow while tuning in to the Hotflush UK Youtube channel on my iPhone. Later on, the fantastic ambient dubstep label dropped pivotal albums by Mount Kimbie and Scuba. January 2011 looks off to a good start with new signee Sepalcure’s Fleur EP. As this video promises, it’s going to be another winter wonderland.
The pop-electro, hip-hop group Electrolightz is excited to make a name for themselves after having independent success. Previously, lead singer Rami Dearest, who is the son of violin virtuoso Itzhak Pearlman, fronted the band Something for Rockets. They were featured on the MTV show You Hear It First as well as getting consistant airplay on college radio stations. Electrolightz has toured with A-Trak, Steve Aioki, Talib Quaili, Chemical Brothers, and more. Their remix of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” also landed on the Gaga’s remix album. Check out their video for their original song “The Future”.
"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.