POPMATTERS SPONSOR: The new Michael Cera vehicle Scott Pilgrim opens 13 August, but is making a big push a bit early at this week’s Comic-Con. There’s a whole bunch of events planned (all the info after the jump), including live music from Gorgeous Got a Gun, who won the recent contest through Sonicbids, “Indie Rock vs. the World: Battle of the Bands”. There are also ample opportunities to meet the cast and crew of the film at Comic-Con and all the info on that will be available via this Twitter.
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Hole’s Courtney Love has found fashion; she recently authorized a new fashion blog. Titled “What Courtney Wore Today”, the blog includes myriad pictures, cartoons, and brief write-ups by unknown persons, Love’s associates presumably. Representative entry: “Note the perfectly aligned Illamasqua rouges! Lashings of blushes! How fab…. is there really an age where one grows too old to use rouge? We doubt it…Also, couture knickers (we know what they cost so they had better be) by Agent Provacatuer!”
Love’s fashion blog is most fascinating, dare I say insightful, because it prominently displays the amount of work that is necessary to make or, again, fashion a particular type of image. There may be an immediate contradiction with Love on this topic, though. For the last decade or so, Love has seemingly been inspired by a lack of fashion or artifice; the inclination to be nude or grossly anti-fashion has thus dominated her. A striptease-like routine has been part of her formula for some time.
Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.
El Guincho released Alegranza in 2007, garnering many comparisons to Panda Bear’s Person Pitch, also released that year. Now he returns with an EP of South American covers, titled Piratas de Sudamerica. The dense, lo-fi production remains as with previous efforts but his foray into covers now means a more-defined sense of structure on songs originally recorded by Miguel Matamoros and Felix B. Caignet, among others.
The record was recorded by El Guincho (real name: Pablo Díaz-Reixa) in his Barcelona apartment, paying deep homage to the salsa cuts he had grown up listening to with his dad. Piratas de Sudamerica is the first of a series of EPs which will be released on limited edition 12” vinyl concurrently with his main albums. This first EP can currently be listened to in full on Soundcloud.
El Guincho’s second album Pop Negro will be released in the Autumn.
Anyone familiar with last year’s breakout success Owl City knows the story of how it came to be. Insomniac factory worker Adam Young retreated to his parents’ basement to record catchy synth-pop tunes and happened to share his music with others through the internet. When Universal Republic records saw the attention his creations were getting, they quickly signed him, under the name of “Owl City”, to an album deal.
This is where a lot of “instant star” stories end, but it turns out that was only the beginning. His single, “Fireflies” became an unlikely No.1 hit and his Ocean Eyes album sold so well, it warranted a bonus “deluxe edition” release.
Now the original basement recordings that he first experimented with have been released under the name of Sky Sailing. An Airplane Carried Me to Bed was released as a digital-only download album this week, but Adam Young is giving listeners a free MP3 download of one of the album’s tracks, “Tennis Elbow”. For a limited time, those who sign up for his official e-mail newsletter will receive the link.
“Tennis Elbow” is similar to Owl City’s light, airy electronic melodies, but it also incorporates acoustic guitar. Some of the lyrics are similar to those of “The Bird & The Worm”, but this has a more subdued, dreamy quality to it. However, the same lyrical imagery and quirky wordplay that Owl City fans are used to is here. As proof of this, most of the YouTube videos devoted to the song feature the lyrics in some form.