Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Unite in American Valhalla Documentary Trailer

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Unite in American Valhalla Documentary Trailer
Iggy Pop has shared the first trailer for the upcoming American Valhalla movie. The movie documents the making of last year's excellent Post Pop Depression album, which was a collaboration between Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme. The movie also follows the band on their short tour to support the album ending at London's regal Royal Albert Hall. The collaboration was kept a secret from the public right up until it was released, a rare feat in today's world of leaks and spoilers.

American Valhalla details the story of how Iggy Pop and Josh Homme got together and apparently it was as simple as a text from Pop to Homme asking if he'd like to work together. Homme being a huge fan of Pop in all stages of his career admits that he had to think about it because he didn't want to disappoint one of his musical heroes.
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Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, and a Bunch of Other Musicians Made a Secret Album Called Post Pop Depression

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Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, and a Bunch of Other Musicians Made a Secret Album Called Post Pop Depression
The New York Times reports that Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme made a now-not-so-secret album, slated to drop March 18, and are prepping their first round of promotional shows. Titled Post Pop Depression, the nine-track project was put together independently in a total of three weeks, with the help of Dean Fertita, from Qotsa; Matt Helders, from Arctic Monkeys; and other still-unnamed musicians. Judging by the tone of the Times story, Ppd might serve as a kind of coda (or beginning of a coda) to Iggy's already-lengthy career. "What happens after your years of service?" Iggy told the Times, when asked about the record's theme. "And where is the honor?"  A brief tour with the new material and band (which will add the likes of Troy Van Leeuwen, from Qotsa, and Matt Sweeney, from Chavez) will take place in March as well, at a set
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Seton Hall -- There's No Race War on Our Basketball Team

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Seton Hall University tells TMZ Sports there is No investigation into an alleged racial divide on the men's basketball team ... claiming reports of racial harassment between players are Bs. Fyi -- the Seton Hall team (which was ranked #19 in the country earlier this season) has had a disastrous couple of weeks ... punctuated with the sudden departure of starting sophomore guard Jaren Sina last week.  There were reports that Sina (who is white) made his decision to leave the team,
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Steve's Favorite New Rock, R&B, and Electronic Albums of 2014

The mainstream drew me back in a little this year, though mostly by looking back several decades to the same things I love and incorporating them into music that doesn't especially sound like 2014.

1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (Constellation)

I think of Silver Mt. Zion as the post-rock Pogues. They have the drunken singing and the scratchy fiddling and the punky energy, but in a sort of gritty yet sophisticated Godspeed! You Black Emperor musical context (and in fact founder/singer/guitarist Efrim Manuel Menuck used to be in Godspeed!). On their eighth album, the added intensity that appeared on their previous album is increased; this may be their best yet. My favorite track is "What We Loved Was Not Enough," where at first it seems like he's singing "The days come when we no longer fail," but then when
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Bonnie "Prince" Billy to Score Documentary About Transgender Surfer

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney previously collaborated on the 2005 album, Superwolf, and now the two have reunited to score the documentary Westerly about transgender surfer Peter Drouyn, who now goes by Westerly Windina. The project has an active Kickstarter campaign for donations. Incentives to pledge include copies of the finished film, invitations to the premiere, surfing lessons with Windina, a custom surfboard and much more. Check out a preview of the film below, and head over to the Kickstarter page if you’d like to contribute. (Via Pitchfork)...
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'Westerly' Documentary to Tell Story of Surf Icon Peter Drouyn's Journey into Becoming a Woman [Kickstarter Video]

"Westerly," a doc about transgender surfer Peter Drouyn's controversial journey toward becoming a woman, is in the works with producers Beau Willimon and Jordan Tappis. Alan White and Jamie Brisick will direct the film, with musicians Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney also on board. Drouyn was a surf icon during the '60s and '70s, but beneath the traditionally macho and sexist surf culture he was hiding himself. He disappeared from the scene in the '80s. Then, after a 2002 surfing accident that nearly killed him, he began his transition into becoming a woman. "It was a supernova. It just kicked in one night, and suddenly Peter went, Westerly was there," she says. Westerly Windina is the name Drouyn emerged with in 2008 when she announced on Australian TV that she was living as a woman. The filmmakers state, “Peter Drouyn becomes aware of the woman within and
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Lykke Li, Antony Hegarty, and Mgmt covered Fleetwood Mac

Three more tracks have been released from the forthcoming indie rock-centric Fleetwood Mac tribute. Below you'll find Mgmt’s clangy, obtuse take on “FutureGames" and Lykke Li’s delicate go at “Silver Springs," while Prefix Mag has an MP3 of Antony’s run at “Landslide,” arguably the best of the bunch. The New Pornographers’ “Think About Me” and Best Coast’s “Rhiannon” were previously released. All of the songs are off Just Tell Me That You Want Me, which also features Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, The Kills, Washed Out, Craig Wedren and St. Vincent, and Zz Top ...
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All Tomorrow’s Parties, I’ll Be Your Mirror: Festival Highlights

All Tomorrow’s Parties, I’ll Be Your Mirror: Festival Highlights

The I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival by All Tomorrow’s Parties got under way Friday afternoon in Asbury Park, N.J. Festivalgoers walked the boardwalk and enjoyed blue skies and sunshine at the start of the afternoon, only to contend with rainfall by evening that lasted through the night.

Most of the music acts are being held in the historic Paramount Theatre and Asbury Park Convention Hall, two stately structures connected by a grand arcade. The complex has
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Kid Rock Says 'Born Free' Isn't Just An American Anthem

T.I., Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown and Trace Adkins featured on Kid's Rick Rubin-produced new album.

By James Montgomery

Kid Rock

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Few contemporary artists have embraced all things American quite like Kid Rock. Muscle cars, hip-hop, Bob Seger tunes, getting drunk on lakes in northern Michigan — he's in love with them all, and has fashioned a rather impressive career out of melding them together, sometimes even on the same song.

So when it was announced last month that his new album would be called Born Free, with the title track serving as the first single, many assumed that it was just the next logical step in his progression as an artist — not to mention perhaps the most extreme example to date of his obsession with all things red, white and blue.

But, according to Kid himself, that's not necessarily true. Because while "Born Free" is a patriotic song,
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Kid Rock's Born Free Due November 16

New album will feature collaborations with T.I., Sheryl Crow and Zac Brown.

By Gil Kaufman

Kid Rock

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There's no way you're going to be able to confuse Kid Rock's upcoming album Born Free with twitch-pop bomb-thrower M.I.A.'s song of the same name.

First of all, Rock's eighth studio album, due November 16, was produced by legendary knobmeister Rick Rubin. Second, even though Rock, like M.I.A., will release a song called "Born Free" as his first single, the Detroit bad boy's tune focuses not on world affairs, but on the economic decline of his hometown, Detroit.

A press release announcing the album calls Born Free "transformational," going on to note that while Rock retains his "edge, wit, and swagger" on the record, he has left his rap-metal roots behind. "There isn't even a parental warning sticker," the release says.

Rock described how D-town inspired the Americana feel of some tracks.
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Auto of the week: 1972 Gran Torino from Fast and Furious

So far we’ve brought you the 1970 Dodge Charger, the Subaru Impreza, the Sparco Pro 2000 seats and even suggestions on how to be inspired by Fast and Furious on the blog. This week it’s the baddies turn and with the movies emphasis on American muscle cars it’s no surprise that he’s got one of the baddest. Undoing all of the good work done by Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino is Fenix Rise (aka Laz Alonso), who drives a green 1972 Gran Torino SportsRoof in the movie, and we’re here to tell you all about it.

The clues in the film’s title for the speed of these cars, and so engines are an important piece of equipment. Fenix’s Torino has a Ford 429 Cobra Jet engine used in muscle cars in the 1970s and part of the 385 series. It has a Holley fuel pump and carburettor, Jaz
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Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Will Oldham has always been insanely prolific, but his résumé has gotten downright ridiculous over the past three years: He's collaborated with Tortoise, Björk, Scout Niblett, Matt Sweeney, Sage Francis, Sun Kil Moon, and Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables, among others. And there's his lead performance in the movie Old Joy, not to mention his popping up on Wonder Showzen and opposite Zach Galifianakis in the alternate video for Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing." In fact, it's easy to imagine Oldham's solo work being diverted or diluted by all the extracurricular activity. And yet here's another Bonnie "Prince" Billy album—and it's casually, almost predictably magnificent. But that doesn't mean Lie Down In The Light is Oldham as usual: The songs are full, lush, even sparkling, and their teeming arrangements—woodwinds, electric piano, summer-afternoon copulations of banjo and violin—are the best of his career. The biggest upgrade,
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