Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sights and Sounds: Recent album reviews, Paul McCartney, Scissor Sisters, the Black Keys

I hope everybody had a nice holiday weekend. I enjoyed an amazing victory by the Angels over the Yankees last night! The Bronx Bombers were impressive, but the Anaheim Angels prevailed (that's about as much sports talk you will ever get here...)

Here are a few things to check out to set the week off right.

You can read my roundup of a number of roots, blues and Americana releases on Music Worth Buying here, including the latest albums from the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sonny Landreth.

A media release that caught my eye over the weekend announced that Paul McCartney is making his directorial debut courtesy of a short black and white film of his song "My Valentine" that will be shown before all theatrical showings of the forthcoming The Intouchables. The release reads, in part: "The three minute short film, which came to fruition following an original idea by Stella McCartney, stars Academy Award© winner Natalie Portman (BLACK SWAN, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS) and Golden Globe© winner Johnny Depp (FINDING NEVERLAND, CHOCOLAT). Portman, who was exclusively dressed by Stella McCartney for the film, and Depp translate the lyrics of the song through sign language throughout the film each with their own distinct interpretations, and Depp adds soul midway through the film with a guitar solo, which was recorded live."

You can also view the video below:

The Scissor Sisters' Magic Hour is out today on Casablanca Records. The new album is the follow-up to 2010's Night Work, which debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums Chart. For more info on the band, including their upcoming U.S. tour, visit http://www.scissorsisters.com/

Finally, MTV today announced that the Black Keys will perform at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The duo is set to perform their single "Gold On the Ceiling" from El Camino at the show, set to air live on Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. For more info, visit http://www.mtv.com/.

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