04/07/15 – FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS DVD/Blu-ray
04/21/15 – RYAN ADAMS LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL (Paxam)
04/28/15 – BLUR: The Magic Whip (Warner Bros.)
NICK CAVE AND WARREN ELLIS
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
FAR FROM MEN - MAY 19
Watch a trailer featuring original music from the film: http://smarturl.it/
“Very often a tension can happen between music and picture that is about chance and a kind of unknowingness that can be really amazing. Just by putting together two things that were created in isolation, music and film, suddenly something quite magical can happen.” – Nick Cave
The latest ravishing score by Cave and Ellis is for director David Olehoffen’s Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) and is released through Bad Seeds Ltd. on May 19th.
Far From Men was a triple prizewinner at the Venice film festival (2014) and stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb. Adapted from a short story by Albert Camus, it is a powerful tale of divided loyalties and colonialist violence during Algeria’s war of independence. With its mesmeric drones, pointillist piano jabs, weeping strings and nerve-jangling electronics, this is one of the duo’s most emotive and experimental soundtracks to date, sounding both achingly intimate and cosmically vast.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis create film and theatre scores that are elegantly minimal, hauntingly beautiful and instantly recognizable as theirs alone. Full of light and shade, creeping dread and inconsolable yearning, these heavily instrumental sound paintings inject aching humanity into ghostly frontier towns, parched desert vistas and post-apocalyptic war zones. Most are built around the duo’s intertwined piano and violin melodies, with sporadic use of guitar, flute, mandolin, celeste, percussion and other elements. Vocals are rare and sparing. But even without lyrics, they are always lyrical.
While Cave and Ellis have played together in the Bad Seeds and related projects since 1995, their shadow career as score composers only blossomed a decade later. The duo created their first suite of cinematic soundscapes for The Proposition (2005), directed by fellow Australian and frequent collaborator John Hillcoat. Scripted by Cave himself, this brutal Outback western starred Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and Danny Huston. Bedded in looped violin motifs, these widescreen instrumentals and hushed ballads evoked the parched majesty and sweltering savagery of the story’s elemental desert setting.
According to Cave, discovering Ellis’ deep archive of violin loops was a revelatory tipping point, laying the foundations for the duo’s unorthodox composition methods. “It was suddenly an amazing way to write because you didn’t have to do things from scratch,” he explains. “Warren would put on a loop that would create this instant atmosphere, and we could go off and work on top of that. To sit at a piano, put chords onto a linear loop and make something out of that is just an easy and very pleasurable way to work.”
Cave and Ellis followed The Proposition with a trio of kinetic theatre pieces for the much-feted Icelandic actor-director Gisli Örn Gardarsson: Woyzeck (2006), Metamorphosis (2006) and Faust (2010). Their speedy composing techniques allowed them to take risks on this kind of left-field production, where raw creative energy takes precedence over budget. They also added plaintive tones and drones to two acclaimed documentaries: Geoffrey Smith’s The English Surgeon (2007), about an exiled doctor’s struggle to bring modern neurosurgery to post-Soviet Ukraine, and Matthew Watson’s The Girls of Phnom Penh(2009), a compassionate portrait of three sex workers in Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Hollywood began to take an interest in the shape of Andrew Dominik’s elegiac anti-westernThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. Because of post-production delays, the score was composed before Cave and Ellis saw a single frame of the finished film, and yet these sepia-tinted sound paintings and retro-rustic ballad proved a perfect fit for Dominik’s visually sumptuous psychological study of hero worship and homicidal stalking in the Old West. Cave even played an acting cameo, as a yelping saloon-bar minstrel.
Between film scores, the duo’s freeform working methods increasingly began to bleed into their rock-band day jobs with the Bad Seeds, Dirty Three and especially Grinderman. “Initially with The Proposition we would sit there and make hours and hours of music,” Ellis recalls. “Then that sprawled into the way we started doing the Grinderman stuff. It felt like there was a way to take that stuff into the bands, or form a band based around that approach. The score work always felt like it was asking to go to places that the bands weren’t.”
Cave and Ellis reunited with director John Hillcoat for his sombre adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian novel The Road (2009), starring Viggo Mortensen as a loving father guiding his young son across the ash-strewn ruins of a post-apocalyptic America. Their artfully minimal score combines mournful piano with clanging industrial percussion, heartsick longing and lurking malice. An anthology album of the duo’s film music to date, White Lunar, was also released in 2009.
After contributing to Everardo Valerio Gout’s award-winning Mexican crime thriller Days of Grace (2011), Cave and Ellis composed a full score for Amy Berg’s true-life documentary West of Memphis (2012), about a notoriously controversial murder case in Arkansas. The duo then changed musical gear for their next John Hillcoat collaboration, the blood-soaked Depression-era bootlegging thriller Lawless (2012), starring Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain. Cave adapted the screenplay while he and Ellis assembled a wilfully anachronistic selection of bluegrass cover versions, performed with a supergroup ensemble of vocal legends including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Mark Lanegan.
Far From Men is released on Bad Seeds Ltd. May 19th 2015.
The soundtrack can be pre ordered here:
Tribeca Film will release Far From Men on video-on-demand platforms on April 14, 2015, followed by a US theatrical release on May 1, 2015.
More info on Far From Men: www.tribecafilm.com/
RYAN ADAMS: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL TO RECEIVE SECOND PRESSING DUE TO OVERWHELMING POPULAR DEMAND
PRE-ORDERS BEGIN MARCH 25 AND END APRIL 1
6LP 180G Vinyl Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set (with HD Download Card) & 42-Track HD Digital Release Available at Paxamrecords.com
42-Track Standard Digital Release Out April 21 via iTunes
ALL CONFIGURATIONS TO INCLUDE TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS: “This Is Where We Meet In My Mind” & “How Much Light”
Due to unforeseen popular demand, the instantly sold out RYAN ADAMS: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL (PAX-AM/Blue Note) limited edition 6LP 180G Deluxe Box Set will now receive a second pressing.
Pre-orders for the second run will begin March 25 at 10 am PT and will end April 1 at the same hour. The second pressing will feature the same Matrix numbers as the first, but the labels will be blue (as opposed to yellow on the first edition), as seen above. All contents will be identical to the original, including a download card for HD audio, and should be shipped to arrive approximately July 17.
Out April 21 on standard digital via iTunes and HD digital exclusively via Paxamrecords.com, RYAN ADAMS: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL will give those shut out of Ryan’s sold out one-man two-night stand at Carnegie Hall the chance to experience every one of the 42 career-spanning (and a pair of previously unreleased) songs Ryan played over the course of November 15 and 17, 2014.
Fans afraid of too much of a good thing have the option of the imaginatively titled RYAN ADAMS: TEN SONGS FROM LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, to be released June 9 as a single 140G Vinyl LP (with digital download card) and HD Digital (both exclusively via Paxamrecords.com), as well as a general release on single CD and iTunes.
Every pre-order across all configurations at Ryan’s store and/or iTunes will instantly receive a rendition of “Kim” recorded on the November 17, 2014 second night of the Carnegie Hall engagement.
Finally, every version of the 42-track and 10-track releases will feature two brand new, never before released Ryan Adams compositions: “This Is Where We Meet In My Mind” (taken from night 1) and “How Much Light” (taken from night 2).
Track listing for the 42-track and 10-track releases is as follows:
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL:
1. Gimme Something Good
2. Oh My Sweet Carolina
3. Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)
4. My Winding Wheel
6. Nobody Girl
7. On Broadway
9. New York, New York
10. Please Do Not Let Me Go
11. Rats In The Wall
12. Why Do They Leave
13. Sylvia Plath
14. Crossed-Out Name
15. This Is Where We Meet In My Mind
16. If I Am A Stranger
18. English Girls Approximately
20. Come Pick Me Up
21. Oh My Sweet Carolina
22. My Winding Wheel
23. Dirty Rain
24. My Wrecking Ball
25. New York New York
27. Am I Safe
28. Ashes And Fire
29. Gimme Something Good
30. Why Do They Leave
31. Off Broadway
32. The Hardest Part
33. The Rescue Blues
34. Lucky Now
35. Dear Chicago
37. How Much Light
40. Call Me On Your Way Back Home
41. Black Sheets Of Rain
42. Come Pick Me Up
TEN SONGS FROM LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL:
1. Oh My Sweet Carolina (11/15)
2. Nobody Girl (11/15)
3. New York, New York (11/15)
4. Sylvia Plath (11/15)
5. This Is Where We Meet In My Mind (11/15)
6. My Wrecking Ball (11/17)
7. Gimme Something Good (11/17)
8. How Much Light (11/17)
9. Kim (11/17)
10. Come Pick Me Up (11/17)
RYAN ADAMS LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL will receive international digital distribution via Tunecore.
PHILIP SELWAY EXPANDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Special Guest ADEM To Appear On All Headline Dates
Philip Selway has expanded his 2015 North American tour into the month of August and the country of Canada. As with previously announced headline engagements in New York, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, Adem will appear as special guest on all non-festival shows.
The newly confirmed second leg of dates in support of Philip’s critically acclaimed sophomore albumWeatherhouse (Bella Union) currently begins with Philip’s first two Canadian appearances as a solo artist–August 2 at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal and August 4 at Toronto’s Mod Club—and includes additional U.S. dates in Boston (Cambridge), Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Released in the fall of 2014, Weatherhouse was described by Stereogum as “a pop record with an artful touch that further develops his tender emotional spin on expansively moody sounds” and hailed by Rolling Stone as “a sweeping suite full of moody psychedelic arrangements.”
The album’s material, as well as songs from Philip’s solo debut Familial, will be brought to life for the first time on North American stages next month when Philip and his band of Adem Ilhan (backing Philip as well as opening the headline dates), Kath Mann (a/k/a Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro play four April headline shows as well as the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The North American run beginsApril 10 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with an early evening performance: Doors will open at 6 pm, with Adem on stage at 7 pm and Philip on at 8 pm.
2015 Tour Dates
04/10/15 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge *
04/12/15 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
04/15/15 Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theatre *
04/16/15 Portland, OR – The Old Church *
04/18/15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
04/19/15 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
08/02/15 Montreal, Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08/04/15 Toronto – Mod Club *
08/07/15 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
08/08/15 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live *
08/09/15 Washington, DC: Rock & Roll Hotel *
* with special guest Adem
BLUR: “LONESOME STREET”
THIRD & FINAL PRE-RELEASE TRACK FROM THE MAGIC WHIP NOW AVAILABLE
THE MAGIC WHIP OUT APRIL 28 ON WARNER BROS
“Lonesome Street,” the third and final track from blur’s new album The Magic Whip to be revealed to fans ahead of release, is available now.
The track follows Friday night’s packed secret show for 300 fans at Mode in West London which saw the band play The Magic Whip live and for the first time. For those who didn’t make it to the tiny club, the show was filmed for an exclusive stream on Beats by Dre’s YouTube channel on Wednesday 25th March at 8.00pm PST.
The Magic Whip is released on Warner Bros on April 28th 2015 and is blur’s first album in 16 years with the original four-piece line-up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.
The Magic Whip will be available as a digital download, on CD and as a 2-disc vinyl set.
As the only act ever to play Hyde Park four times, blur will return to the historic London park for a headline show on Saturday 20th June 2015 as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.
For more information, go to www.blur.co.uk.
BOOTS ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER U.S. HEADLINE SHOWS
WATCH LAST NIGHT’S TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLONPERFORMANCE OF “I RUN ROULETTE“
MOTORCYCLE JESUS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW ON CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC
“Haunting, futuristic… The stark, dystopian imagery matches perfectly with the new, Bowie-referencing songs…”—ROLLING STONE
“The music reveals his fondness for the melodic reach of the Beatles and David Bowie, for the abrupt sonic shifts of hip-hop and for the warped instrumental tones of Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. The cryptic lyrics, with titles like ‘Mercy,’ ‘Suicide Games’ and ‘I Run Roulette,’ hint at scenarios of alienation, betrayal, technology gone wrong and global disaster… ‘Mercy,’ which warns, ‘Daggers in my eyes/Get that evil off my screen,’ makes its emotional arc in sound: from a quiet, open elegy to a distorted, claustrophobic attack.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“He comes with high praise… Much remains to be seen for the still mysterious musician and director, born Jordan Asher. For now, follow him through the desert, and get familiar with the Boots’ songs within.”—COMPLEX
“searing works of muscle and grit, pretty on the surface and fiery beneath their aluminum glint… sounds like a victory.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Following an imaginatively staged and urgently played version of “I Run Roulette” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, BOOTS – who, according to Fallon, is an artist “sweeping the nation” – is now announcing his first-ever North American headline shows. The performances will take place at The Echo in Los Angeles, Popscene in San Francisco and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. See below for a complete listing of dates and venues. Tickets are on sale Friday, March 20 at 12pm local time for all dates.
“I Run Roulette” is one of five songs that are heard throughout BOOTS’s recently released short filmMotorcycle Jesus. The 30-minute Motorcycle Jesus featurette can be viewed on YouTube. TheMotorcycle Jesus Original Soundtrack (out on Canvasback/Atlantic) is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2015
06/17/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
06/18/15 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene
07/16/15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
WATCH SPOON PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR ON SALE NOW
Last night, Spoon performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live during the show’s week-long Austin, TX residency. The band’s performance included fiery renditions of “Rainy Taxi“ and “I Just Don’t Understand“ – both off their critically-praised eighth studio album, They Want My Soul.
Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Rob Pope, Eric Harvey and Alex Fischel will bring Spoon’s timeless catalog to cities across the United States this summer. The 2015 North American tour will feature special co-headlining performances with Future Islands in Vancouver and The Decemberists at both the hallowed Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR. For further information, visit http://www.spoontheband.com/
2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
03/18/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW Flood Magazine Party at Cedar St. Courtyard
03/19/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW Auditorium Shores
05/09/15 – Dallas, TX – Homegrown Festival
05/15-17/15 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
05/17/15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/18/15 – Kansas City, MO – Midland
05/19/15 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Theatre
05/21/15 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theater
05/22/15 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater +
05/22-25/15 – Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival
05/24/15 –Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl ^
05/25/15 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
05/27/15 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *
05/29/15 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05/30/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater
06/01/15 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre
06/02/15 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre
06/11-14/15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/12/15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
06/13/15 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
06/16/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
06/18-21/15 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival
06/18/15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
06/19/15 – Portland, ME – State Theater
06/22/15 – Montreal, Canada – Virgin Corona Theatre
06/23/15 – Toronto, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/24/15 – Toronto, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
07/17-18/15 – Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires 2015
09/18-20/15 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO Festival
^ co-headline with Future Islands
* co-headline with The Decemberists, Courtney Barnett supporting
+ co-headline with The Decemberists, The Districts supporting