As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to with the upcoming Spiderman 3 — Topher Grace, a more realistically complex Spiderman character — Record Collector has announced the soundtrack, a smorgasbord of indie fare. In addition to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother and the Walkmen, there’s the awesomely titled "Spiderman vs. Muhammad Ali" by the Flaming Lips. All songs are "new and exclusive" to the soundtrack according to the Record Collector site, though Chubby Checker’s 1960 hit "The Twist" is included. In keeping with the indie-fying of the soundtrack, maybe Checker’s song underwent a DFA remix, available only on 180 gram vinyl.
This isn’t the first time the indie cognoscenti have rallied around Spiderman — punk forefathers the Ramones‘ recorded a version of the theme song.
Nirvana was always threatening to go highbrow, and now Seattle?s Spectrum Dance Theater is taking them there. Called Nevermind, the theater?s new contemporary dance show debuts March 31st. Based on the 1991 record that changed everything forever, the production will feature the band?s music and dancers playing roles that represent Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. The complicated choreography – how, exactly, do you block interpretive steps for addiction, being shredded by the press and suicide? – is by Donald Byrd, who has worked for Broadway (The Color Purple).
"It?s about how the sense of unconditional love, that someone loves you, is what makes the difference between life and death," he told The Seattle Times. Here?s the million-dollar question (literally): Does this show do more to honor Cobain?s memory than Courtney Love licensing Nirvana songs for use in CSI: Miami? Serious question, people. Think about it.
There have been rumors that Wyclef Jean has grown frustrated with the Fugees and is looking to start up a new band with none other than R&B superstar Akon. The pairing of ‘Clef and ‘Kon would be an island-soul dream team, but would it ever happen? In a recent interview with SOHH, Akon sounded skeptical, but said he would be on board.
It’s fun to speculate who would best complete the trio. The new gal would have to be soulful and sexy, with a killer voice. Kind of like … Nelly Furtado? Gwen Stefani?
Some ladies that Wyclef and Akon wouldn’t have any trouble recruiting are sexy-sister duo Brick and Lace. Cast from the Rhianna-Ciara mold, the young Jamaicans are the first act signed to Akon’s label, "Kon Live" and already have a video for their first single, "Never Never."
Who should be ‘Kon and ‘Clef’s female band member?
Photos: Wyclef Jean
Modest Mouse‘s latest is the third entry in ’07′s indie rock hat trick. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank debuted at number one, selling 129,000 records in the first week. The band joined their indie brethren the Shins (whose lead singer James Mercer appears on We Were Dead…) and the Arcade Fire, who also debuted albums in one of the top two slots on the Billboard charts.
Hopefully, the record breaking sales will help to cheer frontman Isaac Brock up.
This spring, Scarlett Johansson is putting out a record of Tom Waits covers. That?s right: You might get to hear The Nanny Diaries star singing ?Jockey Full of Bourbon.? OK, haters, before you invoke the ill-conceived albums of such non-singers as Eddie Murphy – or, perhaps more appropriately, ill-conceived Tom Waits covers, including Rod Stewart?s execrable version of ?Downtown Train? – consider Johansson?s voice. She?s not all Vuitton ads and lounging around naked on the cover of Vanity Fair, you know. The 22-year-old?s husky pipes lend her a maturity that?s beyond her years. But does she have the skid-row gravitas to pull this off?
And, tell everyone, which Waits songs would you like to hear her cover?
How does a daughter of a late hip-hop legend honor a father’s legacy? Well, if you’re Erin "E.B." Wright, daughter of Eazy-E, maybe playing dad in a biopic is the answer.
In an interview with AllHipHop to help mark the 12th anniversary of her NWA MC’s death, E.B. suggested that she would like to cross genders and play the hard-core gangsta rapper who died of AIDS. "I think it was cool how Hilary Swank played that role as a boy in ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’" said E.B. "That movie was great! I would love to do something like that in my father’s movie."
Considering that E.B. has only starred on MTV’s "My Super Sweet 16," it’s hard to imagine she has Swank-sized chops. But if the acting thing doesn’t pan out, she can still try to cut it as a rapper — yup, E.B. has an album coming out later this year. (Listen to one of her songs here.)
You interested in seeing an Eazy-E movie?
Box Set: Eazy-E
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here?s Dan Gillespie Sells from the Feeling talking legos, warm-ups and a little something called ?Gig-Ade.?
The Magic Gig Elixir
It’s really hard to do a gig without single-malt scotch whiskey. [Guitarist] Kevin [Jeremiah] has a gig cocktail — four espresso coffees, in a big pint cup, with whiskey and honey. It helps him through the show. He calls that Gig-Ade. It’s good for the voice and it keeps you going.
No Legos, No Rawk
We always ask for Legos. By the time we finish the tour, we’ve got our own Lego village going on. I did a road sweeper once — it was the most complicated road sweeper ever. Once we got a helicopter — that was more Legos for older kids. It was a bit too complicated for us. Especially after too much whiskey.
Photos: The Feeling
You may know him from his valuable work as Eva Longoria’s arm candy, but San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is adding yet another job title to his resume: rapper. The 24-year-old released his french-language album Tony Parker yesterday in France, breaking new ground in hip-hop by rhyming about his wealth, women, and famous friends. Parker also uses the same formula when it comes to his videos, which features cameos from his Spurs teammates and, of course, his fiance.
Should Parker quit his day job?
Eminem and his ex Kim Mathers agreed in court on Monday to stop insulting each other publicly for the sake of their daughter, Hailie. Em filed a motion earlier this month to quash Kim’s trash talking — in February during a radio interview, for example, she called Em a "horrible person," joked about the size (or lack thereof) of his penis and implied that he couldn’t sexually perform without Viagra. Up until then, Em felt free to drag Kim’s name through the dirt via the media and his music — he went as far as to address Hailie directly in the Kim murder fantasy "’97 Bonnie and Clyde" ("Da Da made a nice bed for Mommy at the bottom of the lake /
Here, you wanna help Da Da tie a rope around this rock?"). Apparently, Eminem draws the line at the disclosure of secrets about his wang. What a guy. And there’s no place like court to reaffirm manhood, right, Em?
With this new ban on talking smack about Kim in place, don’t you get the feeling that Em’s upcoming album will need to be downsized to an EP? [AP/Yahoo!]
This weekend, Britney Spears‘ mouth went from inflicting pain on the ears of discerning music fans to inflicting pain on its owner. After Brit rushed to the hospital Sunday, her publicist was quick to shoot down rumbling that the hospital visit was the result of a post-rehab Brit revisiting her pre-rehab ways. "They’re all wrong, she just went to the dentist," snapped the rep. "She had a toothache, I have no more details." It’s almost worth believing, as it makes her Coke-not-coke habit seem more plausible (all that soda has to take its toll, right?). And, really, who doesn’t want to believe that Britney is a giant Coke-head?
Meanwhile, this means that she did not attend the weekend birthday festivities of her estranged hubby Kevin Federline. Another ex of his, Shar Jackson, however, did, as K-Fed chatted on his phone and texted his way through the celebration. If you needed further proof that Shar is the poor Kev’s Britney, well, there you go. [TMZ.com]
Box Set: Britney Spears