Jonny Greenwood scores soundtrack for Norwegian Wood film adaptation

Jonny Greenwood scores soundtrack for Norwegian Wood film adaptation

Composer Jonny Greenwood, better known as the guitarist for Radiohead, announced following a February show at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios that he is composing the score for a film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s popular novel, Norwegian Wood.

You may remember Greenwood’s solo work from a few years ago, when There Will Be Blood struck musical gold (or oil, if you prefer) after Paul Thomas Anderson recruited him to provide the film score. The original soundtrack stemmed from “Popcorn Superhet Receiver,” a piece Greenwood debuted in 2005 with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In a similar transformation, Norwegian Wood’s music will be an amplification of “Doghouse,” the piece that Greenwood (BBC Concert Orchestra composer-in-residence since 2004) showcased last month to a select few.

Directed by Tran Anh Hung, the movie is slated for release in Japan before the end of the year (see stills here). If done well, the Murakami/Radiohead association will guarantee every third person between the age of 17 and 27 as a fan. If not, you can always press mute and play The Beatles on your acoustic guitar.

On Friday, March 19, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the performance of “Doghouse” and a preview of the Norwegian Wood score at 2 PM.

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Caribou announce tour, continue to swirl endlessly forever

The live incarnation of Caribou, the swirling electro-shock project of Mr. Dan Snaith, is prepping for a world tour in support of forthcoming record, Swim (TMT News), out in April via Merge (City Slang outside the US). In fact, they’re not wasting a second of time in supporting the record, as the group’s world tour begins in London on April 19, the same day as the record’s UK release. Snaith and crew will swirl through Europe for the rest of April, after which they head to North America for another month and a half of touring. That’s some serious swirling going on.

Caribou dates:

04.19.10 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute #
04.20.10 - London, England - Corsica Studios London *#
04.21.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso (Upstairs) #
04.22.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Beursschouwburg #
04.2.10 -3 Paris, France - Le Point Ephemere #
04.24.10 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie #
04.25.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace #
04.26.10 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia #
04.27.10 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk #
04.28.10 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Berlin #
04.29.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar #
04.30.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival
05.01.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
05.03.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
05.04.10 - Ottawa, Ontario - Babylon
05.05.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Tulipe
05.06.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
05.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.08.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.09.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.10.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
05.11.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson
05.12.10 - Chapel, Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.13.10 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
05.14.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.15.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
05.16.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
05.18.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Clubhouse
05.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
05.20.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
05.21.10 - Mexico City, Mexico - Teatro Fru Fru
05.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
05.26.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
05.28.10 - Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
05.29.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw
05.30.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch
05.31.10 - Calgary, Alberta - Republik
06.01.10 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite
06.02.10 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigo’s
06.03.10 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Royal Albert Arms
06.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
06.05.10 - Davenport, IA - Rock Island Brewing Co.
06.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
06.08.10 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
06.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.10.10 - Hamilton, Ontario - Casbah %
06.11.10 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Paragon
06.16.10 - London, England - Heaven !

# Gold Panda
% Vowls
! DJ Kieran Hebden (Four Tet)

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Camera Obscura announce US spring tour, resulting in a roar of plaintive sighs

Camera Obscura will be embarking on a US tour this spring, beginning April 3 in Iowa City. Everybody’s favorite Glaswegian twee-pop band will also visit Texas and California, among other fine states, in support of last year’s My Maudlin Career (TMT Review) on 4AD.

Anyone who lives in the UK knows that Glasgow is probably the closest one can get to Hell on Earth. Why, then, are there so many sunny, bright indie bands that come out of such a desolate place? Even Scottish people say it’s awful!

Camera Obscura tour:

04.03.10 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House (Mission Creek Festival)
04.04.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
04.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.07.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04.08.10 - Norman, OK - Meacham Auditorium (University of Oklahoma)
04.09.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s (Outside)
04.10.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
04.11.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
04.16.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Club Aruba (Aruba Hotel)
04.20.10 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
04.21.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.23.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
04.24.10 - Bellingham, WA - Nightlight Lounge
04.25.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan

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Public Image Ltd to tour North America after Coachella

Celebrating an event that I’m sure has absolutely no significance for the band whatsoever, legendary-as-shit post-punkers Public Image Ltd. will be touring the US on the 30th anniversary of their first live appearance (on this side of the pond). The tour takes place immediately following the band’s first stateside appearance in roughly 18 years, taking place where else but at this year’s notoriously infamous Coachella Festival.

Considering John Lydon’s recent ventures and his quote of “sounding like a bag of kittens being thrown down a flight of stairs” on their recent UK tour, it’s bound to be quite the outing.

Preliminary Dates (more to be added!):

04.16.10 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field/Coachella
04.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
04.20.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at The Market
04.21.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.23.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.24.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
04.26.10 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
05.02.10 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
05.04.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
05.05.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
05.07.10 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
05.08.10 - Montreal, QC - Theatre L’Olympia de Montreal
05.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
05.12.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.14.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo
05.15.10 - Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata Music Box
05.18.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

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Phosphorescent unveils decidedly photoluminescent new LP

Hey, remember that guy Matt Houck who was doing that little side project thing Phosphorescent a little while ago while he was waiting for his modeling career to really catch fire? Well, um, his modeling career didn’t catch fire. I know, right?? Needless to say, some intensive therapy must have ensued.

But after a few pep talks from his $300-an-hour psychiatrist and an “experimental therapy record” of Willie Nelson covers, To Willie (TMT Review), Houck is finally back to work, this time with a full band in tow. His newest Phosphorescent offering, Here’s to Taking It Easy, is slated for release May 11 in the US and May 10 in the UK via Dead Oceans.

Apparently energized by the full band vibe of those Willie Nelson sessions, Houck and co. recorded the core tracks live in three days at Headgear Studios with engineer Alex Lipsen, after which Houck took the sessions to Phos Caverns in Brooklyn for overdubbing/arranging/indie credibility purposes. Joined by his current live band of Scott Stapleton on piano, Jeff Bailey on bass, Chris Marine on drums, Jesse Anderson Ainslie on guitar, and Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel (and featuring John Natchez on horns and Heather McIntosh on cello), this record sounds like a damn hootenanny compared to the relatively minimalist vibe of 2007’s Pride (TMT Review). And that newfound sense of self-confidence seems pretty evident in the first mp3 too, which is called “It’s Hard to be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)”. Damn, Houck. Could I maybe get that psychiatrist’s number? I’m pretty sure my TMT Insurance will cover this.

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Massive Attack totally coming to North America

A great man once said “Why you wanna go and do that, love, huh?” That man was rapper T.I. (and Q-Tip before him). Now, he may not have been speaking about Massive Attack at the time, but I think today his words are more poignant than ever. Because today is the day I learned that one of my most admired bands of the past couple decades is finally touring the United States when I’m a legal adult with a certain (minimal) amount of money to spend on driving to bigger cities to see bands, and yet this band is coming nowhere near me. Oh Massive Attack, you bring me such pain. Toronto, maybe you could call me and hold up your cell phone when they do the Hope Sandoval and Martina Topley-Bird tracks off their latest album on Virgin, Heligoland (TMT Review)?

05.07.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
05.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
05.11.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.12.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
05.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
05.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
05.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
05.30.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival

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