Last week Riot Fest (Chicago) revealed bands that were no longer able to perform this year (Motörhead, Bad Brains and Attack Attack!) while at the same time revealing bands that would be joining this year’s line up (Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., Hatebreed, T.S.O.L., Off With Their Heads, The Wonder Years, The Flatliners, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund and Pet Symmetry). While it is sad that a couple of the bands had to drop off I feel what’s being put in their place isn’t too shabby. In addition to the the new bands Riot Fest has also released single day passes along with what bands will be playing specific days. Both of which you can find past the break.
Director/musician David Lynch has released “Are You Sure”, a new track from his upcoming album The Big Dream, which comes out July 16th (pre-order on iTunes). The track is a dreamy, slow pop track that sounds like it is lifted directly from the director’s 80′s films or from Twin Peaks (don’t tell me you couldn’t hear Julee Cruise singing over this). You can give it a listen below.
The Big Dream is the follow up to 2011′s Crazy Clown Time. READ MORE
The website WelcomeToTwinPeaks has become a personal favorite site for me, bringing me fresh news and exciting Twin Peaks related stories to a TV series that has been off the air since 1991. And recently they turned me on to Bookhouse (like the Bookhouse Boys), a jazz trio that has just released an album entitled Ghostwood, a 12-track album that gives fresh takes on Angelo Badalamenti’s classic works. The album is available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and as a limited edition double vinyl.
Head on below to hear the album (if you have Spotify) or click here if you are Spotify-less. There’s also a video of the group performing “Into The Night” and “Laura Palmer’s Theme” down below. READ MORE
Director-turned-musician David Lynch has released an official video for “I’m Waiting Here”, which comes from his upcoming album The Big Dream (out July 16th). The video is minimalistic, simply being a camera rolling down a desolate road with mountains in the distance. With the dreamlike music playing and the blurring of distances traveled, it’s rather hypnotic. Give it a watch below.
A few months ago Netflix’s Ted Sarandos spoke with Stuff.tv about their slate and when the topic of “Twin Peaks” came up as a possibility he said, “absolutely!.” Now, that’s more of a statement of general interest – it’s certainly not an announcement of any kind and it’s doubtful that anything was really in the works at that time.
But the interest is there, at least with Ray Wise and – as he tells it – David Lynch himself. According to WelcomeToTwinPeaks.com Lynch told Wise the following, “Well, Ray, you know, the town is still there. And I suppose it’s possible that we could revisit it. Of course, you’re already dead (…) but we could maybe work around that.”
Wise has been sharing similar anecdotes recently and, while I doubt anything official is in play, it’s conceivable that (with the right offer) a good deal of the players would be willing to come back. Your move, Netflix.
Would you want to see a third season? If so, who would you prefer play Donna – Moira Kelly or Lara Flynn Boyle? READ MORE
By now you’ve probably heard Daft Punk‘s song “Get Lucky”, which features Pharrell Williams, about a million times (thanks Facebook friends who won’t stop posting it ever!!). But how about we spin thing around a little bit and at least add in some interesting visuals, eh? Below is a video that adds a ton of scenes from various David Lynch projects, including Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and more.
It’s not exactly super well done as it seems that a lot of the scenes are just randomly thrown in. However, when there are dancing scenes thrown in (of which David Lynch has a TON) it works pretty well. Head on down to see it! READ MORE
From Mr. Disgusting: You guys have no idea how lucky you are. The technological leap we’ve made over the past 5 years is astounding and has created so many opportunities for beloved fan projects to regain footing. No longer will network television have a stranglehold on deciding the fate of the show if not enough millions of people watch it.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos spoke with Stuff.tv about the return of “Arrested Development,” and the newly minted “House of Cards.” Within the conversation, they begin tackling the tough questions, what other shows would he resurrect?
They ask him about “Arrested Development” creator Ron Howard circling Stephen King’s defunct The Dark Tower, which garned a shocking response: “I spoke to Ron about it, actually,” said Sarandos. “The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.”
The interviewer digs harder asking about “Twin Peaks,” receiving a bold proclamation of “Absolutely!” while also adding that they could even bring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” back: “That’s one that’ll come up on everyone’s list. She’s a great character. If it was my property I’d do infrequent movies. There’s not enough kick-ass female characters like that.”
What would you like to see back on the small screen (and don’t say “Get a Life”)? READ MORE
My pal Adam Barnick (who directed this fantastic video) alerted me that there is something called The Twin Peaks Archive. It is a massive collection of all the unused (at least in their full length) music from the TV series as well as the prequel film. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti (who scored The City Of Lost Children, one of my favorite films), the 212 track collection has not been released on physical but is available to purchase on-line as individual tracks (around $.99 or less each) or as a full bundle. While the $77 price tag of the bundle might make you balk a bit, remember that it averages out to about $.36 per track, which I think is a steal. Also, the files come either in 320kbps nitrate or Apple lossless, so you’re getting some fantastic sounding tracks. The bundle can be ordered here while the individual tracks can be cherry picked here and clicking on ‘Explore’. READ MORE
One of the biggest reasons I love David Lynch’s fantastic TV series Twin Peaks is the amazing score by Angelo Badalamenti. Seductive, creepy jazz? I’ll take all I can get and more, please and thank you. Then there are the ethereal vocals of Julee Cruise, which gave the music an almost angelic, heavenly feel.
Alright, enough about my boner for Twin Peaks (trust me, it’s massive). Below is a video of Bugsy Monroe, a pole dancer from London who did a highly edited and stylized routine to “Falling” (hence my little blurb about Badalamenti and Cruise). It’s totally SFW, so no worries about watching it on the job. Unless your boss is a hard ass, in which case you can send him to me. I won’t really do anything, but at least he’ll be out of the office long enough for you to watch the video. READ MORE
Director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Eraserhead) has taken to Twitter to let his followers know of a new song that he is rather taken with: Escondido‘s “Black Roses”. The song comes from the band’s debut album The Ghosts Of Escondido and the video was directed by Erik Anders Lang. It’s a soft, mellow, pleasant track that features soft, gentle female vocals (something that Lynch seems to enjoy thoroughly). Give the song a listen below and leave your thoughts in the comments. READ MORE
Quite possibly my favorite TV series was David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, a series that was so innovative and unique that its effects are still being felt to this day, over 20 years later. With amazing characters such as Kyle MacLachlan’s Special Agent Dale Cooper, Miguel Ferrer’s Albert Rosenfeld, and the lovable goofball Pete Martell (played by Jack Nance), the show was perfectly built to have those moments and scenes that we simply never forget.
Now Owl drummer Dan Dinsmore has put together a list of his Top 10 Twins Peaks Moments to show his love of the series. Head on below to see what they are. Just make sure to have a slice of cherry pie and a cup of damn fine coffee with you!
Owl features The Cult‘s Chris Wyse on bass/vocals, drummer Dan Dinsmore, and guitarist/vocalist Jason Achilles Mezilis. The band will be releasing their second full length album The Right Thing on Apr. 9th via Overit Records. You can hear their new single “The Right Thing” below. READ MORE
I got the opportunity to see Tomahawk open up for Tool in 2002 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. To say that I hated the performance is an understatement. I was covering my ears half the time while rolling my eyes the other half. It simply wasn’t music that I wanted to hear, especially considering who would be playing in an hour. I had much the same reaction the first time I saw Meshuggah open up for Tool in 2001.
However, now Meshuggah is one of my favorite metal bands. I simply did not understand what they were doing at the time because I didn’t take the time to really listen and appreciate what exactly they were offering.
And so I entered Tomahawk’s latest release Oddfellows with this type of openness. After all, I have been wrong before. Could I be wrong again? READ MORE
One of my favorite TV shows of all time, Twin Peaks is a timeless classic that, for me, never gets old and never hits a point of “Age hasn’t treated this kindly”. The show’s supernatural, surreal twist on your standard murder mystery has been an inspiration to countless TV shows since it ended (prematurely, I might add) in 1991.
One of the biggest draws for me towards this show is the beautiful, eerie soundtrack of Angelo Badalamenti, who happens to be one of my favorite composers. He created an ethereal soundtrack that fully complimented the series, the characters, the location, and the mystery itself.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds will be releasing their 15th studio album Push The Sky Away on Feb. 19th. In the meantime, they’ve released the first single, “We No Who U R”, as a lyric video to give fans a taste of what’s to come. Now the band has released an official music video for the track. Directed by Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), the video shows a shadow walking through a dark forest. It’s a mix between The Blair Witch Project and Slenderman with some hefty doses of Twin Peaks. Check it out below. READ MORE
It’s nearly Halloween. Outside, the wind is howling. The trees are bare, the branches looking like skeleton limbs crudely stuck together. Leaves cover the ground, causing each step to elicit a satisfying crunch. The sky is steel grey, threatening rain, thunder, and lightning. In a simpler way of putting it, it’s the best time of the year.
For me, one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year is by putting on some of the creepiest, eeriest, scariest music that I can get my hands on. There is something deliciously fun about scaring myself with shrieking violins, out-of-tune pianos, otherworldly choirs, and bizarre ambient tones.
And since this time of year is something special to a great many people, I wanted to share some of my favorite horror soundtracks, the ones that make me want to curl up under a blanket and play one horror movie after another, until the saving grace of the sunrise saves me. Join me below for 9 Great Horror Soundtracks! READ MORE
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Ninth Moon Black is an instrumental metal band with traces of psychedelic and ambient qualities. Their first full-length release, which came out in 2007, was self-titled and an EP followed in 2010. Now, the five piece band is back with another full length entitled Chronophage (translated: Time Eater). Only six tracks but clocking in at almost 45 minutes, does this epic take the listener on a journey or leave them by the wayside. Find out below. READ MORE
Yesterday brought you the free summer sampler from Century Media Records. Chock full of heavy tunes meant to tide you through the summer months, it’s a great way to listen to a bunch of new artists without having to shell out your hard earned dollars.
But what if you want something that isn’t as intense or heavy? What if you want to ease back and just mellow out a bit? Well, Stripmall Architecture is here for you! Featuring Rebecca Coseboom, the singer of DarkDriveClinic (review), this six-track EP is full of dark pop-synth tracks, including a cover of “Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart”, which comes from Twin Peaks and was written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.
The EP can be downloaded here at a “Set Your Own Price” cost. If you think it’s worth some money, by all means throw them a bone! Otherwise, make sure to spread the word so that they at least get the exposure.
Late last year, I wrote an article about legendary director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Twin Peaks) wanting to compose and release a music album. Originally, the album was supposed to be released in June, but due to situations arising, the release date was pushed. Well, full details for the album, entitled Crazy Clown Time, have emerged and it’s sounding very impressive!
Television shows are an amazing thing, if you find a good one that is. We find a series we enjoy and it becomes a part of our lives. We connect with the characters, we hope our fears don’t come true and we follow the story closely. Just look at the people who followed Lost to a near religious craze. Or what about todays ‘Gleeks’? There is something about a well made TV show that lures people in and becomes something we talk about with our friends for hours.
Often times, musicians say that they are inspired by something they see or some event that shapes them. It’s not often, however, that a musician says that their main source of inspiration is a book. Such is the case with Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’, which is meant to be a companion piece to the Brian Keene book of the same name, played in the background while you read the book. So does it work? Does Xander Harris’ ‘Urban Gothic’ work or does it hinder the reading experience? Check out after the jump.