From idols to friends, these musicians had the experience of a lifetime. More »
Ben Gibbard also had a mini-meltdown on stage. More »
Our look at the closing lines of new music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to the New Moon soundtrack, the indie-kid-pandering tie-in to the forthcoming Twilight sequel that arrives in stores and online today: More »
The video for Death Cab For Cutie’s “Meet Me On The Equinox,” the lead single from the information-worker-pandering soundtrack to the Twilight franchise installment New Moon, debuted on proper old MTV last night, which isn’t so much a testament to the rise of “indie” over the past 10 years as it is a sign that Viacom will go to the absurd extreme of giving prime-time programming over to playing music videos in order to pander to the sparkly-vampire set. The video’s your standard “movie tie-in” clip; gauzily lit shots of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are intercut with Ben Gibbard et al miming along with the muscular, melodramatic track. And from the first note to the last, slow-motion taking off of a shirt, one common thread remains: Everyone looks so serious! I know teenage love is totally life-or-death business, but would it have killed someone to crack at least one smile? Jeez. Clip after the jump. More »
The soundtrack listing for New Moon, the latest installment in the fangirl-insanity-inducing Twilight series, has been released, and as previously insinuated, it is pretty indie-tastic, with the likes of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Swedish enigma Lykke Li, the Jay-Z-beloved Grizzly Bear, and the one-two punch of Bon Iver and St. Vincent backing up Death Cab For Cutie’s lead single “Meet Me On The Equinox.” Muse is also contributing a remix of a song from their new album The Resistance, although Matt Bellamy sure sounds like he wanted to take the path of least, um, resistance when getting on the record: “He wants a rendition of that, but the only thing with the new film is they want the songs to be exclusive to the film. So he’s asking if I mind doing, or if we mind doing an alternative version of it.” Um, OK then! Full track listing after the jump. More »
Pre-orders for the soundtrack to New Moon, the sequel to Stephenie Meyer’s vampiric romance Twilight, opened today, and among the packages is a limited-edition $500 extravaganza that only 50 people will get their hands on. The big hook of the package, however, is ETA: not really something that represents a bit of a bet on the part of Chop Shop Records, the label arm of the music-licensing firm responsible for soundtracking such shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, and—yes—The O.C. More »
The first single from the soundtrack to New Moon, the second installment in the sparkling-vampire Twilight series, isn’t by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, or Bon Iver. But you’re demographically close! “Meet Me On The Equinox,” which will debut during the Video Music Awards on Sept. 13, is actually by Death Cab For Cutie, who are so excited at the possibility of being the next Paramore that they’ve released a statement: More »
Death Cab For Cutie have taken a political stand against AutoTune, the devil scourge that puts the moral turpitude of our nation’s teenagers at risk, exposing them to savage robot noises, leaving them confused and helpless. All that bleeping and blooping and buying of dranks! Thank god there’s Ben Gibbard—savior of the flaccid—to speak out about this national dilemma! Death Cab wore suits and blue ribbons (pictured above) to the Grammy Awards to raise awareness of the fact that T-Pain would benefit from the fun, flat sound of a Chris Walla production.
The Langerado Festival moves to Miami for its 2009 installment (taking place March 6-8), and the just-announced lineup was announced a day later than it should have been. Looking at the array of acts, you have to wonder if they spent that extra 24 hours trying to find a real headliner. Death Cab? Snoop Dogg? Thievery Corporation???