Posts tagged "Chemical Brothers"

Listen To The Chemical Brothers’ Soundtrack For ‘Hanna’

The Chemical Brothers are getting into the celebrity-composer act, which has become increasingly popular thanks to high sales of Daft Punk’s awesome soundtrack for TRON: Legacy and Trent Reznor’s equally awesome, Oscar-winning score for The Social Network. Now the recent Grammy nominees have put the entire score for Hanna up on Myspace for fans to listen to — and, in addition to some appropriately moody cinematic stuff, there are also plenty of reminders that this was composed by guys who will be owning Coachella this year. Head over to Myspace for a listen or watch the Hanna trailer (featuring the track “Container Park”) below. More »

Superstar DJs, Here We Go Again

Singles9303.jpg Generally speaking, releasing a best-of is a sign of a career that’s pretty much finished. Obviously there are major exceptions: Madonna’s Immaculate Collection, Pet Shop Boys’ Discography, and R.E.M.’s Eponymous come to mind, with the latter being a shining example of a specific sort of best-of, the contract-ender. (Eponymous documented the band’s tenure on IRS; they’d go onto bigger and sometimes better things on Warner Bros.) But there are many others where the sunset is plainly in sight and/or earshot. Besides “Ghostbusters,” what did Ray Parker Jr. do of note following his ’82 Greatest Hits? (Which, I hasten to add, came out the same year as The Other Woman, his most successful solo album–curious, that. Some people, it seems, see the writing on the wall faster than others.) Which brings us, naturally, to the Chemical Brothers.

Five years ago, when Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons issued their first singles collection w/optional bonus disc, it had a sense of occasion: ten years of records, a brand name that seemed a bit dated but still had a loyal following. Now, two middling-if-they’re-lucky additional albums down the road (one of which, last year’s We Are the Night, was inexplicably treated as a major comeback by the U.K. press), the Chems treat us to more of the same, but less, if you know what I mean. Nine of Brotherhood‘s 14 songs were among the 13 on Singles 93-03–by which I mean the single-disc versions. (Each title’s bonus disc is completely different; the new comp features the ten-part “Electronic Battle Weapon” tracks.) Apparently, there are people who would prefer to hear that lousy Q-Tip collaboration over classics like “Song to the Siren” and “The Private Psychedelic Reel,” and those people are going to be made very, very happy by Brotherhood.

Still, competing best-ofs separated by only an album or two continue to fascinate me. What are some of your favorite such redundancies, either as objects of contemplation or actual objects? Answers, as always, in the comments.

Oasis Plans New Album Full Of Hypnotic Grooves, But No Chemical Brothers?

Noel Gallagher has big bold plans for Oasis’ upcoming album, Dig Up Your Soul. “I wanted to write music that had a groove; not songs that followed that traditional pattern of verse, chorus and middle eight,” he tells the NME. “I wanted a sound that was more hypnotic; more driving. Songs that would draw you in, in a different way. Songs that you would maybe have to connect to–to feel.” Wow, just when you think these guys are going to be stuck repeating former glories, they come with something fresh, unprecedented and not remotely Beatlesque. That title, though…Dig Up Your Soul. It reminds me of another album title that went “Dig something something…word that rhymes with ‘Soul.’ ” Hmmm. I just can’t place it…

Oh, right! Dig Your Own Hole! The first of two Chemical Brothers albums where Noel Gallagher joined the duo on a zippy “Tomorrow Never Knows” rewrite. While those Oasis demos that leaked awhile back don’t promise anything as exciting, I’m hoping the titular homage to the highwater mark of “electronica” is intentional, and not a sign that they’ve gone from wantonly referencing the Beatles to wantonly referencing themselves. I’d love a whole album of this stuff.

Oasis exclusive: new album and single details announced [NME]
Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun [YouTube]
Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be [YouTube]

Lily Allen Pregnant

lillllly.jpgLily Allen is pregnant with Chemical Brothers member Ed Simons’ kid. I don’t know about you, but the thought of Lily Allen entering the world of “mommyblogging” is enough to make me want to never open my RSS reader again. [Times Online / Photo: Getty]

lillllly.jpgLily Allen is pregnant with Chemical Brothers member Ed Simons’ kid. I don’t know about you, but the thought of Lily Allen entering the world of “mommyblogging” is enough to make me want to never open my RSS reader again. [Times Online / Photo: Getty]