Richard Ayoade, of The IT Crowd, and director of the upcoming film The Double, cast Dinosaur Jr. mainman J. Mascis in the new movie, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and is based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the film, Mascis plays a janitor whose primary affect is apathy. Ayoade told NME why he found the guitarist perfect for the role.
Now that would be an interesting combination. Can you imagine both bands competing with one another to create the most futuristic modern indie rock explosion? Think of the light show they’d need if they performed together. The crowd would go blind! Well perhaps we’ll see (or not see, rather) sometime in the near future. According to NME, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says they would like to collaborate with Muse. The two bands have “become good friends” and they’d “never rule out working together.” Whether this will definitely happen is uncertain, but you can bet that the result would be either absolute “Madness” or “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll.”
If you like Muse or The Killers, you should check out OurStage artist A Lion Named Roar.
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Ok, first of all, who knew that the Occupy movement had its own record label? For a faction that boasts its lack of hierarchical leadership, it must be pretty tough to coordinate the distinct delegation of responsibilities that owning a record label entails. All indistinct leadership structures notwithstanding, Occupation Records has managed to officially release a new track from canonical graphic novel author Alan Moore in support of Occupy and Anonymous, the decentralized hacktivist group. Moore’s track coincides with the commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Day, the November 5 anniversary of would-be British assassin Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes’ anti-establishment scheming was immortalized for contemporary audiences in Moore’s V For Vendetta and its subsequent film adaptation, whose final scene will be reenacted by hundreds of protesters around the world today. The book’s vigilante anti-hero V and his fight against a fascist, dystopian British government spiritually echo the struggle of the Occupy movement against the entrenched forces of capitalism in the modern-day West. At least, that’s how Moore sees it.
“The Decline of English Murder,” Moore’s collaboration with Joe Brown, can be heard over at NME. While the verbose and kind of creepy tune might only make it onto playlists of dedicated Anonymous and Occupy members, it’s worth a listen. Remember, remember the fifth of November, people.
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According to NME.com The 41-year-old runs a music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk (England) and still has that appetite for destruction, saying “I think I would just have to get Guns N’ Roses together ” the original line-up, mind. I am a real fan.” That’s quite a tall order, considering the years of conflict, resentment, and grudges that still exist between Axl Rose and the rest of the guys, but hey, good luck Adrian!
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Earlier today, The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson picked up the latest issue of NME and, while perusing the latter’s rock-solid take on Fiona Apple‘s new album, noticed the wrong angsty-brooding-’90s-era-songstress looking casually over her shoulder. And she shared her discovery on Twitter…
NME had run a picture of Alanis Morisseette above the review, and while the two artists do share a vague resemblance (i.e. they are both white women with…hair), we’re amazed that no one in the editing process caught the mistake before plastering it across half a page of prime real estate. Only a few hours later, the reblogging had started; Idolator ran a full story, Dangerous Minds called NME out for their rough week, and MTV questioned the integrity of the review after such a big blunder.
Here’s hoping we haven’t made any major typos, or you know, confused two of the biggest female music stars of our generation in the past couple weeks. Those (re)bloggers are ruthless…
According to NME, Spotify today launched a new ‘Play’ button that allows users to embed on other websites any track from the streaming service’s library. Users now have the opportunity to post a track of their choice online and stream it from Spotify. In addition to embedding tracks, users will also be able to offer up albums and playlists of their choice.
In partnership with a number of media outlets, Spotify aimed at getting the word out in a collaborative effort with online sources such as NME.com. NME editor Luke Lewis said: “We’ve been creating Spotify playlists to enhance our blog posts for some time now, but we’ve never been able to embed them within the page itself. So this is a really cool new feature. It means that, from now on, when users read our album/track reviews, list features, or new band recommendations, they’ll be able to stream the tracks instantly via Spotify, within NME.COM “ without firing up the application, or opening a new window.”
In regards to the app’s launch, Gustav Sí¶derstrí¶m, Chief Product Officer at Spotify said: “We’re hugely excited to be launching the Spotify Play Button today, in partnership with the brightest and best sites on the web, such as NME. From today, the Spotify Play Button gives sites the ability to share access to any song, album or playlist through Spotify, creating a personalised soundtrack to their website or blog. Spotify is lighting up the internet with music.”
NME reports that Spotify was recently valued at over $3.5 billion. In addition, NME stated Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and one of Spotify’s key investors, claimed the service will overtake iTunes in two years.
During Green Day’s awkward explanation of their upcoming album, Billie Joe Armstrong admitted that the lyrical content includes “the first time we ever really sung about f**king”. We definitely found ourselves feeling a little creeped out as Dirnt explained his artistic motivations for sex-oriented lyrics.
According to NME, Green Day premiered their song “Carpe Diem” during a show in San Francisco last November and it’s expected to be on the new album. This new LP will follow the band’s last release that hit the market in 2011, a live concert album tilted Awesome As F*ck. They also currently have a musical that’s based around their albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. A motion picture release of the musical is currently in the works and will be directed by Tom Hanks.