8 items from 2010
The soundtrack to "Eat Pray Love" already dropped last month, but now there's an official music music video to Eddie Vedder's exclusive contribution "Better Days." There are no shots of the Pearl Jam frontman -- just clips from the movie -- but the quick shots of scenes are pretty well assembled against the music, and totally out of order (so, no spoilers). The soundtrack also features another one of Vedders' contributions, "The Long Road" featuring Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, plus tracks from Marvin Gaye, Joao Gilberto, Josh Rouse, Sly and the Family Stone and the comp's sole female contributor, Bebel Gilberto. »
- Katie Hasty
When most people think of the song Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be) they usually think about one person: Doris Day. Well, as much as it may offend musical purists out there, my mind doesn't go to the paragon of wholesome American girls everywhere. No, I think of good old Martha "Dumptruck" Dunnstock from the 1989 teen classic, Heathers, which is why today's Scenes (Songs) We Love is dedicated to that black comedy and Sly and The Family Stone's 1973 cover of Day's classic song that plays in the film's final moments.
Ask any girl (and some guys) about their favorite teen films, and I can guarantee that Heathers will land in the top five. The story of murderous revenge on a group of 'Mean Girls' has gone down in history as one of the best hellish high school movies of all time, and primed a new generation of »
- Jessica Barnes
Getty Images Singer Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
With 135 bands on the bill, the three-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which begins today, offers a blend of big stars, buzz bands, veterans acts making – they hope – a comeback, inspired DJs and relatively new artists with the promise to do bigger things. That egalitarian blend is what makes Coachella the best festival in the U.S.: Until a band you’re eager to see is ready to appear on one of the five stages spread through the huge pitch, you’re likely to find something nearby that’s worth hearing.
This year, among the acts that are scheduled to appear are a few curiosities. Not that they aren’t talented or can’t be fabulous. It’s that few of us in the audience can know what to expect until the music begins. To whit:
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Sly Stone has reportedly filed a $$50m (£30.9m) legal claim against his former manager. The funk musician, real name Sylvester Stewart, is suing Jerry Goldstein over alleged fraud and stolen royalties, the BBC reports. The 66-year-old, who fronted 1970s group Sly and the Family Stone, claims that Goldstein registered the group's name with authorities as his own and used it to divert millions in royalties to fund his luxurious lifestyle. Stone has asked the Los Angeles Superior Court for the full accounts from royalty collection companies to (more) »
- By David Balls
The week was only four days long, but it ended up being one of the busiest weeks in the history of the MTV Newsroom blog. It's easy to see why, as we had constant updates from the ground in Haiti, tracked the end of the war between Conan O'Brien and NBC and caught up with Nick Jonas, Rivers Cuomo and Prince. Before you speed out to see "The Tooth Fairy" or crank up your copy of the performance's from "Hope for Haiti Now" (available on iTunes for $7.99), check out the links below for anything you might have missed this week.
» If you haven't been following along with all of the reports from student volunteer Alison Smith and the MTV News team in Haiti, be sure to check out all of their dispatches to get a sense of what's going on in Haiti and what still needs to be done.
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- Kyle Anderson
Another year, another desert blowout. And this one's actually for the kids. After leaning heavily on some relative geezers for the last few go-rounds, organizers of the 2010 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are going back to the future, tapping a host of modern acts for an eclectic slate that includes Jay-z, Muse, Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem and a reunited Pavement, and still manages a few blasts from the past, Sly and the Family Stone, Devo and Echo and the Bunnymen among them. The biggest musical gathering west of the Mississippi, Coachella is set to take place April 16-18 at its usual haunt, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. But with the inclusion in the »
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival just announced their 2010 lineup. Jay-z, Muse, and Gorillaz are serving as headliners, but the list of supporting acts is just as noteworthy with everyone from LCD Soundsystem to The Dead Weather to Phoenix. The big event isn't until April 16-18, but I'm already trying to figure out if I can swing it. I've been going to the Treasure Island Music Festival for the past three years, and it's only continued to get bigger and better over time. But Jay-z? I would love to see him at Coachella. My personal favorite festival experience was when I caught him at All Points West last year. It rained for most of the day, so the entire crowd danced in the mud to Vampire Weekend and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. By the time Jay took the stage to close out the night, people went nuts. I was caked »
The 2010 festival season is officially underway, as the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (which will be held in the usual place in Indio, California on April 16, 17 and 18) now has an official lineup. Jay-z, Muse, Pavement, Gorillaz, Faith No More and Vampire Weekend lead the way at the top of the pile, but there are also plenty of up-and-comers who will be worth spending time with in the desert heat (you should already schedule time to see Beach House play their new songs on Saturday).
Since no lineup is perfect, let's take a look at the five bands we're most looking forward to, along with the five bands that make us go "Huh?"
Public Image Limited: We sort of forgot Johnny »
- Kyle Anderson
8 items from 2010
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