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LCD Soundsystem, the Movie
A documentary film about LCD Soundsystem’s last concert, at Madison Square Garden in New York City last April, will hit theaters this summer.
The film, “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” combines concert footage with a narrative that follows the band’s talented frontman, James Murphy, in the days leading up to the show (and the day after).
“It was our intention to make a film that explored some of the possible reasons James Murphy had for quitting, and in doing so, make a film that both chronicled the end of a band and also tapped into James’s personal experience to reveal universal ideas about age and the decisions we make about our lives,” said the film’s directors, Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, in a statement.
Although the documentary will be released nationwide -- through Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories -- fans will have to react quickly. Like the band’s last concert, the engagements are one-night-only.
Garbage Unveils New Video
Last Tuesday, Garbage unveiled the official video for “Blood For Poppies,” the first single from its upcoming album, “Not Your Kind Of People,” due May 15.
The bizarre, black-and-white video, directed by fashion photographer Matt Irwin, is an homage to surrealism and features a gruesome reference to the classic short film “Un Chien Andalou.”
Shirley Manson, the band’s lead singer, said in a statement that the band piled into a transit van with Irwin and “hopped around little pockets of Los Angeles creating a gorgeous, surrealist dream.”
She added, “We ate ice cream sandwiches in the sunshine and laughed a lot. I didn't want the shoot to end.”
New Edward Sharpe Record to Drop in May
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros have kick-started promotions for their upcoming album, “Here,” slated to drop May 29, by releasing a fresh new track entitled “That's What's Up.” It's an airy, indie-folk tune that is likely to make even wrestler Brock Lesnar smile (and that guy never looks happy).
The group will also hit the road May 2, starting with a concert at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. The tour ends on May 31 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Westland Moves Forward Amidst Big Changes
Boston alternative rockers Westland could be closing in on the Promised Land. The band recently played for executives at Universal, and while Westland’s lead vocalist, Aaron Bonus, is hush-hush on the details, he admits something big is in store.
“All I can say at this moment is that the new record we are recording will be released on one of the majors,” he said.
But first, he’ll need a band.
Last month, three of Westland’s five members left, for various reasons, ranging from relationship issues to depression. “The fact is this is an incredibly hard job,” says Bonus. “It takes and takes and rarely gives anything back. Some people can handle it, and some get consumed by it.”
Bonus, who is the band’s principal songwriter, seems to be handling everything as well as possible. Bonus is busy putting together a new lineup and tentatively planning to release their second album this summer. Westland is also performing on the 2012 Warped Tour.
Earlier this year, Westland dropped an EP -- “Demos, B-Sides And Lullabies, Oh My!” -- to hold fans over.
“I was in transition of finding a new sound, new ideas, and new outlook,” says Bonus. “I thought, everyone releases a B-sides record after the fans hear the finished product, but why not before? Not all the songs will make it onto the full-length, but I know one will for sure.”
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