The Winehouse of Hidden Treasures:
The late British savior of R&B redux, Amy Winehouse, is on track to top UK album charts with her post-humous LP Lioness: Hidden Treasures, according to the Official Charts Company. Scrapping together alternate and unfinished cuts from her debut in 2002 Frank through her final days, longtime friends and producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson packaged a 12-song record that dropped this morning on Island Records. Though don’t expect a Tupac overflow of material in the ensuing months. Only two of the 12 tracks are completed, unreleased finds that Winehouse had been able to put her stamp on. And word is there’s not much in the vault to choose from (Via Reuters).
Though it’s moot to the thousands of artists that unofficially invade Austin and turn the liberal Texas town into the epicenter of the music universe for a week in March, the official third round of bands has been released by SXSW proper for 2012. As usual, there are a handful of names we’ve never heard of – Harouki Zombi, Sarah Jaffe, Xoel Lopez – and a handful of names we have – The Magnetic Fields, The War On Drugs, Alberta Cross. Thus is why you can find us exploring Texas in the spring.
Greenwood on the Silver Screen:
Radiohead‘s infamous guitarist Jonny Greenwood is reuniting with director Paul Thomas Anderson on an upcoming film loosely based on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard dubbed The Master. This marks the second scoring collaboration between the two artists, the first being the brooding genius moving the mood along in 2007’s There Will Be Blood. Frustratingly, though, the former collab was ousted from Academy Award nominations for Original Music Score due to some of its elements being drawn from a previous work of Greenwood’s called Bodysong. Here’s to hoping you make it to the ring this time, Jonny (Via Rolling Stone).
In some odd pop-culture cosmic smash the producers of Glee have poached Star Wars character Chewbacca for an upcoming Christmas episode of the show to be aired Thursday, December 15th. Alluding to an equally odd moment of the Star Wars universe back in 1978, The Star Wars Holiday Special, of which George Lucas has been contemptuously trying to hide from the public forever, we’re a bit baffled that Lucas agreed to send his one Chewbacca – there is only one Chewbacca actor – to the Glee studios. Nevertheless, please make the wookie sing (Via BBC).
Swan-songing the lows of the 60s, The Rolling Stones continue to play “Under My Thumb” to a crowd of over 300,000 on this day in 1969, unbeknownst to the murder of fan Merideth Hunter by the Hells Angels assuming the role of security. And although the lyrics have little to no parallel with the event that unfolded that day, it’s still entirely unsettling to think about some of the images of power and struggle in this verse:
Under my thumb
The squirming’ dog who’s just had her day
Under my thumb
A girl who has just changed her ways