An Unexpected Collaboration: Daft Punk Hits The Studio With Muppets Songwriter Paul Williams

French electronic duo Daft Punk are hitting the studio with a very unexpected collaborator “ Paul Williams, composer of the Muppets classic Rainbow Connection and The Carpenters’ We’ve Only Just Begun. Last week, Hollywood Reporter spoke with Williams at SXSW in Austin, TX after the premier of the 71 year-old songwriter’s new documentary titled Paul Williams Still Alive.

He said, I’ve been working with Daft Punk. I’ve written a couple of tunes on their next album…I feel like I don’t want to talk about the stuff that I’m doing with them, because they want a press blackout on the album until it’s out.

So I should basically not be talking about it at all. But I just think they’re amazingly brilliant. The way they explore the possibilities of sound. And I’m also totally attracted to the fact that they choose to do it anonymously. I think that’s fantastic.

William’s initially predicted that the album would be released in June. However, Pitchfork has refuted this claim. What is for certain is the anticipation surrounding the release. Daft Punk haven’t released an album since Human After All in 2005, and it’s about time for another hit “ especially given EDM’s rise over the past year.

Yellow Submarine to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray

It’s the catalogue that keeps on giving. This summer, The Beatles are set to make a (marketing) comeback with the re-release of their animated film “Yellow Submarine,” now on DVD and Blu-ray. Bonus features will include interviews, commentary, a making-of documentary, photos and collectible stickers. This release arrives in the wake of an aborted 3D remake of the 1968 feature film.

A “Yellow Submarine” picture book is set for release, separately, on April 24th, along with a re-release of the pseudo-soundtrack album of the same name. The film itself is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray by the end of May 2012.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"The Voice": Ladies' Night

The boys have brought an insane amount of energy, passion and skill to this season of The Voice. From Jesse Campbell and Anthony Evans, Jr., to Pip and Tony Lucca, Season 2 has been ripe with talent from a fresh crop of male vocalists.

Last night’s episode, however, was all about the ladies. Sure, there were still some solid performances from the guys (Jonathas and Jermaine Paul both tore it up), but we were extremely impressed by the matchups of Katrina Parker and Angel Taylor on Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” and Erin Willett and Gwen Sebastian on Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.”

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Superlatones: The Lone Wolf

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

We think it is safe to say that Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes are two of the greatest bands of our time. With Bon Iver‘s recent GRAMMY win for Best New Artist (despite more than three years of success in the underground folk scene) and Fleet Foxes‘ self-titled album dubbed Billboard’s Critic’s Choice Album of The Year in 2008, one can’t deny the raw talent of these musicians. However, it is inevitable that the efforts of some members of these talented acts may disappear into the sidelines, falling into obscurity save for the few fans who are willing to seek them out. This week, we celebrate these individuals by bringing their solo projects into the limelight.

The Dynamic Duo:
S. Carey
and J. Tillman

 

 

 

 

 

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Exclusive Q and A: The Used Get 'Vulnerable'

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsTen years ago, The Used exploded onto the modern alternative rock scene with their edgy and emotionally-charged debut album, The Used. Led by versatile frontman Bert McCracken”a vocalist who’s sweet and smooth pop voice can be easily turned into an ear-shattering scream” the group made a name for themselves with singles like “Taste of Ink” and “Box Full of Sharp Objects.” The Used saw further mainstream success with their subsequent records, In Love & Death and Lies For The Liars, as their shows became bigger and bolder than ever before. In 2010, they released Artwork, a strongly negative and dark album on which the band had struggled for creative control.

Never ones to quit when the going gets tough, The Used decided to take matters into their own hands and go DIY for their upcoming release, Vulnerable. Both McCracken and guitarist Quinn Allman took the time to meet up with us at SXSW in Austin, TX, to discuss the new album and how the band has grown, musically and personally, since they first began.

OS: You just returned from Soundwave in Australia. What was that experience like? How did the fans respond to the new single?

BM: It was amazing. It was the biggest, craziest festival. I mean, there’s like, one million bands on it, I think? 1,200,000 bands? [laughs] A lot of metal bands, so for a band like us¦we kind of had to watch where we walk and not get beat up by all the metalheads. But it was so fun. We’re just doing I Come Alive right now from the new record, since it’s not out yet¦but the feedback we got was amazing. Australian fans are fucking crazy.

OS: I hear that from a lot of people, that fans overseas are so much more excited¦

BM: It’s weird…England and Europe and Australia are really crazy.

OS: You’re about to put out your brand new record, Vulnerable, and you’ve taken a DIY approach to this release. Can you talk about the advantages and disadvantages of releasing your own record?

BM: I guess the only disadvantage is we have to do pretty much all of the work ourselves. We teamed up with Hopeless to handle the distribution of the record, which is really cool. They’re really on it. I’d say the advantages are¦everything else in the whole world. We get to do whatever we want with our own music, we get to create the type of things we want to create, no one can tell us what to do or how to do it, we get to make our own music video the way we want to make it¦I mean, just 100% creative freedom. It’s incredible.

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