Archive for January, 2006

Futureheads on the Farm

January 31st, 2006

Futureheads are ready to mix their sophomore album after spending five weeks on a UK farm recording it. The album does not yet have a definite title, but a preliminary chosen songs include “Worry,” “Thursday,” “Yes/No,” “Cope,” “Fallout,” “Return of the Berserker,” “Faith,” “Knife in the Water,” “Back to the Sea,” “Skip to the End,” and “Munich.” The album is due July 12. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Missy Elliott Does Disney

January 31st, 2006

Missy Elliott is teaming up with Dust Brother Mike Simpson to score Stick It, an upcoming Disney film about competitive gymnastics. Disney originally got in touch with Elliott in the hopes of using her song “We Run This” on the soundtrack. The movie is due in April 2006.

Missy Elliott is also keeping busy working gon her next album and racking up her writing credits with songs for Monica and Fantasia. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Jamie Foxx – Unpredictable

January 31st, 2006

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

After achieving the success that the universe appears to have determined is owed all cast-members of In Living Color, Jamie Foxx has finally accomplished his original showbiz goal and recorded an R&B album. But in a stunning twist of events, the quality of Unpredictable is merely adequate. Read more…

By Kate Dunphy Posted in Reviews

Of Montreal Live At The Echo 1/27/06: A Photo Essay

January 29th, 2006

On January the 27th at The Echo in Los Angeles Of Montreal stormed through a fantastic set of their trademark brand of psychedelic-indie-dance-rock pop. Occasionally using a standard physical drum kit as well as sequenced electronic drums, the band brought flash and enthusiam to a variety of styles whether it was more conventional rock, electro-dance or funky pop. Frontman Kevin Barnes had the younger crowd on its feet moving through nearly the duration. Among the songs played were “So Begins Our Alabee,” “Wraith Pinned to the Mist (And Other Games),” “I Was Never Young,” “Forecast Fascist Future” and mxdwn #8 Song of the Year for 2005 “The Party’s Crashing Us” from The Sunlandic Twins as well as “Disconnect the Dots,” “My British Tour Diary,” “Chrissie Kiss The Corpse” and “Lysergic Bliss” from Satanic Panic in the Attic. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Features

Ambrosius Signs with Dre

January 29th, 2006

Marsha Ambrosius, half of Floetry, has signed a solo deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint on Interscope. The two aritsts met after Dre caught a Floetry show in LA. Ambrosius isn’t ignoring her Floetry duties though; she and partner Natalie Stewart are filming a new video, celebrating Grammy and NAACP Image award nominations, and preparing to kick of a tour of the US in March. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Nick Cave Pens Screenplay

January 29th, 2006

Nick Cave wrote the screenplay for The Proposition under the assumption that nothing would ever come of it. Here’s hoping that the three weeks of work he spent on it pays off. The film is an Australian western starring Guy Pearce as an outlaw who must murder his older brother in order to save his younger. It premiered at Sundance and will open across the country in May. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Jet Hits Studio for Get Born Follow-Up

January 29th, 2006

Concluding year-long writing sessions, Jet has finally entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2003’s Get Born. The Australian band says they have twenty-seven songs to choose from right now and is hoping to make good progress by summer. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The Fiery Furnaces – Rehearsing My Choir

January 29th, 2006

Listen at Your Own Risk

Bands form and create music usually because of one of two major reasons. They are either to let their souls speak through beautifully composed pieces or to make a statement which others can relate to. In the case of bands such as The Fiery Furnaces with their newest album, Rehearsing My Choir, neither reason can be detected. Read more…

By Elizabeth Halvorsen Posted in Reviews

XBXRX – Sixth in Sixes

January 28th, 2006

Cathartic Extinction

Short and thoroughly invigorating, XBXRX’s newest offering Sixth in Sixes is fresh assault of screamo, punk, and hardcore. Chances are listeners will either absolutely hate this record or completely fall in love with it. Either way it’s a highly sufficient supplement for one’s morning coffee. Read more…

By Michael Feldman Posted in Reviews

Yousef & Behrouz – Renaissance Presents Frontiers

January 27th, 2006

Two Hearts Beat as One

The Thrive and Renaissance labels have been branding DJ mixes with “Renaissance Presents” off and on since 1998. An extra word indicates a newly planned series-within-a-series: Renaissance Presents Frontiers, comparing and contrasting full mixes by two different DJs. The first installment puts Liverpool’s Yousef head to head against San Francisco’s Behrouz. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews