You hear about a lot of musicians delving into strange (yet kind of quirky) ventures like beer or even hot sauce. And while those are pretty cool, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) has just announced a new venture that I can really get behind. A new espresso blend. Named House of Good, Murphy has partnered up with Blue Bottle Coffee Company’s founder James Freeman to collaborate on the supremely balanced espresso. Describing the taste, Blue Bottle says, Its flavor profile “ dried cherry, cocoa, meyer lemon “ is a harmony between the voluptuous and the austere: It’s akin to the second movement of Carl Nielsen‘s Symphony No. 3 “ or, perhaps, to that buzzing, syncopated synth line from ‘Dance Yrself Clean.’ Depends on which James you ask.
You can get a taste at Blue Bottle’s new shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn or order online. But be warned, it will run you $26 a pound.
Fast-rising indie rock(ish) act Holy Ghost! have released a new single entitled, “Teenagers In Heat.”
The first song to surface from the duo since their 8-minute fan favorite “Dumb Disco Ideas,” the latest offering from Holy Ghost! feels like it could fit perfectly alongside your favorite LCD Soundsystem hits. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, as LCD’s James Murphy produced the album and signed the band to his label. Pitchfork has the premiere, so head over here to stream “Teenagers In Heat.”
Holy Ghost! will release their new album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA Records. The artwork is also the image appearing in this article.
The summer blockbuster is already well upon us, what with The Avengers (awesome!) and Hunger Games (eh?) making out like gangbusters at the box office. But 2012’s summer movie season isn’t just rich with moody, gritty epics and superhero franchise pieces. No, it’s also shaping up to be a great period for music films as well. Here are three music movies that we’re most excited about this summer.
LCD Soundsystem started out as just another Brooklyn hipster band fronted by a guy with too much scruff. But as Shut Up And Play The Hits will show, the group became so much more. The film covers the band’s final show to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in addition to a little bit of the periods just before and after the momentous event. Check out the trailer below.
No Room For Rockstars – The Vans Warped Tour Movie
Still going strong after all these years, the venerable Vans Warped Tour has allowed hundreds of bands – including many OurStage artists – to grace the stage in parking lots and fairgrounds across the country. No Room For Rockstars aims to capture the Warped Tour experience from the eyes of the artists, roadies, the fans, and the kids who are just trying to survive the whole thing. Unlike the other movies included here, this one just came out on DVD and on iTunes.
Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
From director Ice-T comes Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a fascinating look into the rap game. Most of the people featured are already household names, from Snoop Dogg to Kanye West, Nas to Eminem. That said, there’s a number of less well-known MCs featured, giving their insight into what has become one of the most popular musical genres of the past two decades. To have all these voices included in one place is something special…maybe even swag? You can check out the trailer below and you can also feast your ears on a little freestyle Eminem did for the movie here. Opens in theatres on June 15.
It was a big year in the world of music. The past twelve months were filled with huge collaborations, new releases across every genre and some drama as well. The year also brought us lots of new talent to go crazy over, and the loss of some incredibly influential artists. So, let’s review 2011 and highlight the top stories that affected the world of music”from concerts to television; technology to YouTube sensations.
- Jay-Z and Kanye West teamed up to release their much-anticipated collaboration album, Watch The Throne, in the beginning of August. They’re currently on tour across the United States and Canada promoting the album, which has already been certified Platinum.
- Tragedy struck big music festivals in a couple countries, when severe weather caused stages to collapse. Ottawa Bluesfest and Pukkelpop Festival were two of the events affected.
- Ryan Murphy apparently took it personally when artists such as Slash, Kings of Leon and and Foo Fighters didn’t want their songs to be used on Glee. Dave Grohl was especially pissed, calling out Murphy for thinking every artist would want their songs featured on his show.
- Speaking of drama, some artists learned the hard way that Twitter is not all fun and games. For example, rapper The Game almost got himself in trouble with the authorities, when he tweeted a number for fans to call, which happened to be the phone number of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. (more…)