Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sights and Sounds: LOGAN soundtrack, Aimee Mann, The Jesus And Mary Chain

I have plenty of great music-related news to share! I had to lead off with the 'LOGAN' update; I am super excited to see Hugh Jackman's last movie starring as Wolverine.

'LOGAN - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features original music by Marco Beltrami

Lakeshore Records will release the LOGANOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 3 and on audio CD March 31, 2017. The album contains original music by Marco Beltrami (BEN-HURTHE HURT LOCKERwho previously scored two films for director James Mangold, 3:10 TO YUMA, for which Beltrami earned an Academy Award® nomination, and THE WOLVERINE.
“When I first watched LOGAN I was really impressed with its originality,” Beltrami stated.  “Although it’s a Marvel superhero movie, it is also many other movies as well, all tied up into a delicate balance of brazenness and subtlety. Jim is a master at moving fluently between genres and subverting them to present a new emotional landscape, and it was in trying to define this landscape in musical terms that I found my puzzle.”
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. 
LOGAN was an extremely demanding but very inspiring film score to work on. Jim distilled the innovation of an indie within the framework of a tentpole,” Beltrami explained.  “He played me scores he liked and which inspired the tone of the film for him—Taxi Driver, Paper Moon (the film itself), The Gauntlet. He liked the directness and rough edges, the unpolished tone, the energy. Somehow I had to capture this while simultaneously creating a modern score. It did not need grandiose thematic music and verbose melodic statements. It was all about vibe.”
Marco Beltrami is an award-winning composer who built his reputation as a genre innovator with non-traditional horror scores for the SCREAM franchise and DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. He has received two Oscar nominations for Best Original Score, for THE HURT LOCKER and 3:10 TO YUMA. He has received two Critic’s Choice Award nominations, and he was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for THE PRACTICE. In 2011, he won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Score from The International Press Academy for SOUL SURFER and in 2014 was nominated for a World Soundtrack Award for Film Composer of the Year, for his incredible range of projects including CARRIE (2013), A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (2013), The Homesman (2014), Snowpiercer (2013), Warm Bodies (2013), The Wolverine (2013) and WORLD WAR Z (2013).  Current projects for Beltrami include scoring the hit Fox television show, LUCIFER, which recently got picked up for its third season.
20th Century Fox presents LOGAN in theaters on March 3, 2017.  Lakeshore Records will release the LOGAN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 3 and on audio CD on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Aimee Mann shares 'The Making of Mental Illness' video

Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Aimee Mann has revealed a behind the scenes look at the making of her new album Mental Illness (due out March 31, 2017 on her own SuperEgo Records). Watch here: https://youtu.be/XSUF_umjo0E
Mental Illness shows off Mann’s rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records, augmented by haunting strings arranged by her longtime producer, Paul Bryan. Aimee remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. 

1. Goose Snow Cone
2. Stuck In The Past
3. You Never Loved Me
4. Rollercoasters
5. Lies Of Summer
6. Patient Zero
7. Good For Me
8. Knock It Off
9. Philly Sinks
10. Simple Fix
11. Poor Judge

April 20 /// Washington, DC /// Lincoln Theatre
April 21 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Keswick Theatre
April 22 /// New York, NY /// The Town Hall
April 23 /// Boston, MA /// The Wilbur Theatre
April 25 /// Albany, NY /// The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
April 26 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth Music Hall 
April 28 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark
April 29 /// Chicago, IL /// Park West
April 30 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Pabst Theater
May 2 /// Madison, WI /// Barrymore Theatre
May 3 /// Saint Paul, MN /// Fitzgerald Theater
May 5 /// Boulder, CO /// Boulder Theater
May 6 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The State Room
May 8 /// Missoula, MT /// The Wilma
May 9 /// Seattle, WA /// Neptune
May 10 /// Portland, OR /// Revolution Hall
May 12 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore 
May 13 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Theatre at Ace Hotel

The Jesus And Mary Chain announce Spring North American Tour dates
Tickets on-sale this week


The Jesus And Mary Chain set to return in 2017.
Photo by Steve Gullick
The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced Spring North American tour dates. The upcoming shows are set to follow the band’s highly anticipated new studio album ‘Damage and Joy’ – out March 24th on ADA / Warner Music – and will see the duo performing new tracks from the LP live for the first time in the US & Canada. The trek begins on May 9th in St. Paul, MN and is expected to hit Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA, among others. Tickets are on-sale this week via the band’s website.

Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and WilliamThe Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album ‘Psychocandy’ – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.

Work on ‘Damage and Joy’, the band’s first album since ‘Munki’ in 1998, began in September 2015. The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”

Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show ‘Heroes’ and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; and the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”.

The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young as well as former Lush bassist Phil King.

“The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers,” declares Jim“To make a good record is an achievement if you’re twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle.”

‘Damage and Joy’ will be released on digitalCDvinyl and Cassette formats, and pre-orders are currently open. All pre-orders receive an immediate download of ‘Amputation’.

The full album tracklisting -

1.     Amputation
2.     War On Peace
3.     All Things Pass
4.     Always Sad
5.     Songs For A Secret
6.     The Two Of Us
7.     Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
8.     Mood Rider
9.     Presedici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10.  Get On Home
11.  Facing Up To The Facts
12.  Simian Split
13.  Black And Blues
14.  Can’t Stop The Rock

The Jesus and Mary Chain North American Tour Dates: 
5/9 - St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
5/10 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
5/12 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
5/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
5/20 - Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
5/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/23 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
5/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

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