Tongue N’ Cheek
Releasing: 21 September 2009 (UK)
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L.A. based Fitz & the Tantrums have had a very productive 2009. It started with Fitz purchasing an old church organ at his ex’s suggestion, then by night’s end, the first single, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, was written.
Fast forward to a new record contract with Future Sounds, the August 11th release of a five song EP, Songs For a Break-Up, Vol.1 (which was all recorded in Fitz’ living room), and now a 13-stop west coast tour with Flogging Molly, and you’ve just defined the word “productivity”.
Fitz moved to L.A. from France as a child, and brought some European flair with him. Songs for a Break-Up, Vol.1 has not only the muse church organ, but has layered in a background of horns, female vocals and a Motown-meets Gnarls Barley-meets the Black Keys sound that is both original and organic. Fitz & the Tantrums may be a Future Sounds’ recording artist, but they’re definitely using some retro sounds to their appeal.
Check out their upcoming tour after the jump, as well as their new single “Winds of Change”.
It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a really good werewolf movie, hasn’t it? Well, fellow movielovers, butter your popcorn and buckle your seatbelts because if the highly-anticipated trailer to The Wolfman is any indication, we’re in for… you know what, I’m not going to lie to you. Grab a seat. Looks like we’re going to be waiting a bit longer.
Benicio Del Toro (Che, Traffic) reapplies the makeup from his early role as “Dog-Faced Boy” in 1988’s Big Top Pee Wee to star as the lycanthropically challenged title character while Anthony Hopkins is stuck providing fatherly support (or more accurately, lack thereof, judging by the archetypically overinformative Hollywood trailer).
A disparate melange of accents unheard since Oliver Stone’s Alexander populate the film’s overly familiar Van Helsing-esque landscape. Hopkins again inexplicably chooses not to alter his Welsh accent, Geraldine Chaplin utilizes the generic creepy Eastern European affectation which only exists in movies, while one can only assume that Del Toro was born and raised in Mumblevania.
In its defense, the film’s special effects appear to be a respectable step above its increasingly effect-laden, quantity-over-quality competition. Also, the potential camp factor on this one is enormous. (Hopkins as Del Toro’s father? Seriously?) At best, this one looks like passable popcorn-chewing summer entertainment. Problem is, this comes out in November. *sigh*
Canada’s Spiral Beach has a unique performance style, putting on wildly interactive shows where the band kicks up their heels with the audience and even are known to cook for the crowd on occasion. These events routinely last until dawn. Now that is Concerts 2.0. Spiral Beach’s new album (The Only Really Thing) hits U.S. shores on 22 September and you can get a sense of their poppy sonic mayhem on this live video for “Domino” that we are premiering today. It’s one of the highlights of the new record. Full release details and an MP3 of the tune are below the jump.
PopMatters’ Christian John Wikane talks about his massive project documenting the history of Casablanca Records that is running this week.