Beck and Feist are just two of the musical luminaries stepping in for an assist on UK blue-eyed soul meister Jamie Lidell’s new platter due out in May. This goes beyond the casual guest appearance, as both Beck and Feist wrote tunes with Lidell for Compass. Oh, and some folks from Wilco and Grizzly Bear turned up too. This should be a good one and here’s a stream to whet the appetite.
Indie film upstarts the Duplass brothers have a new movie being released to US theaters on July 9th. These recent arrivals to the scene are most notable for their writing/directing/producing work in The Puffy Chair and Baghead. The upcoming comedy is sort of 40 Year Old Virgin meets Step Brothers. It focuses on recently divorced John (John C. Reilly) who gets involved with a woman named Molly (Marisa Tomei) and ends up butting heads with her grown son Cyrus (Jonah Hill).
Sigur Rós’ Jónsi Birgisson has big plans for a solo career this year with Go, due out in April on the uber-trendy XL label, and a long list of upcoming US and Canadian tour dates (listed after the jump).
01 Go Do
02 Animal Arithmetic
04 Boy Lilikoi
05 Sinking Friendships
07 Grow Till Tall
08 Around Us
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh
Releasing: 30 March
It has been two years since singer/songwriter/producer Erykah Badu’s last release, New Amerykah Part 1: 4th World War. Now the empress of soul has announced her follow-up New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh. The album is scheduled to be released 30 March by Universal Motown. Each song was either produced or co-produced by Badu, and features a guest appearance by drummer/DJ ?uestlove. The album will also include a web-only track featuring Lil’ Wayne and Bilal.
01 20 Feet Tall (produced by Erykah Badu and 9th Wonder)
02 Window Seat (produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser, featuring ?uestlove)
03 Agitation (produced by Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners)
04 Get Money (produced by Erykah Badu)
05 Don’t Be Long (produced by Erykah Badu and Taarak)
06 Love (produced by Erykah Badu and J Dilla)
07 Umm Hmm (produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib)
08 Fall in Love (produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins)
09 Incense (Instrumental) (produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib)
10 Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover) (produced by Erykah Badu)
11 Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2) (produced by Erykah Badu and Georgia Anne Muldrow)
12 Jump in the Air (ft. Lil Wayne and Bilal) (produced by Erykah Badu, RC Williams and Jahborn)*
* web-only bonus track
I just finished watching the sexy 1989 thriller Sea of Love that I picked up from the library. The title intrigued me, and it was a VHS. My DVD player is broken, so I’ve been renting VHS tapes. Well, the movie was a gem; if you haven’t seen it, you should. More appropriately, the film piqued my curiosity about the song it was named after, “Sea of Love”.
The song was written by Phil Phillips and George Khoury and, in 1959, Phillips’ version of the song charted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #2 on the Billboard top 100. It’s had several reincarnations. In 1981, ‘60s rocker Del Shannon took the tune to #33 on the Top 40. In 1983, the Honeydrippers (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck et al) launched their version to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since those early ‘80s covers of “Sea of Love” topped the charts, “Sea of Love” has come in to the hands of two less mainstream artists who have made it their own for respective soundtracks. Tom Waits covered it specifically for the aforementioned Sea of Love film. Indie crooner Cat Power played it as part of her 2000 album The Covers Record and her version was catapulted into the pop culture zeitgeist on the Juno film soundtrack.
Here are the different versions of the song in chronological order.
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