It's been a while since I've had the chance to post anything thing here, looks like this will be my mid-year resolution. I've been really busy with a feature film I've been gripping on and a series of PSA's for The United Way's "Learn United" campaign, which gave me the chance to work with the kids over at One Lucky Guitar. So now that most side projects have died down for me I can move onto the next... Looks like I will be working on a 10 minute video for a new Metavari song. This will be for their CD release in Fort Wayne. I'm super excited for this, they were nice enough to ask me to do a video for their last CD release, and I think this one will be even better.
So if you are like me, you are interested to see what Wilco's new album will sound like when it comes out June 30th. Well, Wilco decided it was best just to let you check it out now... HERE! I just love the fact that bands worry SO MUCH about albums being leaked and Wilco just puts it out there a full month and a half before the release date! Now the BIG question, "What came first, the leak or the website?" So far, about 8 tracks in, it sounds like a very soft, pretty little album.
One more reason for me to be very happy this Saturday, other than my lovely wife's birthday, is Record Store Day! Unfortunately I will not be in town, so Sean will have to brave it alone this year at the various Wooden Nickle stores... But I will be purchasing a bunch of goodies somewhere in Chicago. First off, Wilco's "Ashes of American Flags", Manchester Orchestra's "Fourteen Years Of Excellence" EP, and Brandi Carlile's 7" for my wife as a last minute birthday gift. BUT THE BEST PART... for me at least, is the new Modest Mouse single "Satellite Skin". I've seen them several times live and have been let down each and every time, but their albums still make me happy.
This years Pitchfork Music Festival was already looking pretty good. With Built To Spill and Jesus Lizard opening Friday night, and The National, Grizzly Bear, and The Walkman playing during the weekend... But now The Flaming Lips are closing the third day of the event on Sunday night with a "Write The Night" set list, where all ticket holders for Sunday get to vote on the songs they want to hear... I cannot wait. I've wanted to see these guys for years and could never make it happen, looks like July 19th will be my day!!!
Rock Band has done it! They are bringing the music of The Beatles, not only into your house, but into your hands. That's right, you can pretend that you play guitar just as well as George! Or rock the drums the way Ringo did! All kidding aside, I think it would be a blast. If the songs are right... Nothing solid about the songs, other than it seems like it will span their career. The games will be available on 9/9/09 in various formats. • The Beatles: Rock Band Software - Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $59.99 MSRP • The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars - Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $99.99 MSRP • The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $249.99 MSRP
A little bearded birdy told me some great news last night... Castles will be opening for Wavves on April 2 at The Brass Rail. If you missed it yesterday Pitchfork had a glowing review of Wavves new album, appropriately titled, Wavvves.