Jenny Lewis scored the movie Very Good Girls, which comes out in theaters in a few days, and Rilo Kiley’s “Go Ahead” is used in a scene where Elizabeth Olsen performs the song at an open-mic. The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner, Lewis’ friend and mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, and Peter Sarsgaard. Watch a clip of Olsen singing the Take Offs And Landings track below.
As I said when we recently premiered “Sleeptalker,” TOPS have a very different sound than the one typically associated with Arbutus Records, but they still deliver smolderingly romantic songs similar to their labelmates. Their newest, “Way To Be Loved,” is filled with crisp, modest guitar riffs, not-so-modest bass lines, and Jane Penny’s soft but firm vocals. It’s a fantastic statement of purpose for an album opener — and the album it kicks off looks to be another great addition to the label’s rich catalog. Listen below.
Yung Lean — internet-beloved #sadboy, bucket-hat wearer, Arizona Iced Tea enthusiast, and teenaged Swedish rapper — has now joined the hallowed ranks of artists interviewed by Nardwuar The Human Serviette. Although a recent New Yorker profile insisted that Yung Lean and the Sad Boys self-consciously try to keep up melancholic appearances, Nardwuar manages to make them all crack up within the first minute of the interview (by singing happy birthday in Swedish, in case you were wondering). Maybe Yung Lean’s crushing emotional despair is no match for Nardwuar’s ridiculousness, or maybe he was just in a good mood because it was his 18th birthday. Either way, it’s a fun interview, and you can watch it below.
Apparently there are companies dedicated to managing and monetizing fan clubs for celebrities, and one of them called Worldwide Fan Clubs once counted Duran Duran among its clients. Not anymore; The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the new wave legends are suing the Glenview, Illinois-based company for $40,000 and claiming that Worldwide Fan Clubs failed to deliver their contractually guaranteed payments. Further details:
Electronic musician Roberto Carlos Lange will soon put out Double Youth, his new album under the long-running moniker Helado Negro. We’ve already heard the new single “I Krill You” (which somehow wasn’t already used as a title by the band Krill), and now he’s shared a video for the song. Blending glittering streamers, footage of forests, flashing blue lights, and closeups of Lange singing, it all melts into an impressionistic whole that fits the song well. Watch it below.
That impressively bearded fellow in the picture above is Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson, whose songwriting alias is the slightly more pronounceable Júníus Meyvant. The Icelandic artist just put out his debut single, “Color Decay,” a polished slice of bright folk-pop buoyed up by a sprightly horn arrangement. It’s already a hit in his native country, and you can listen to it below.
Amy Winehouse died three years ago today, and to commemorate her death, the comic book company Bluewater Productions, which seems to specialize exclusively in quickie comic-book bios of dead celebrities, has published a Winehouse comic called Tribute: Amy Winehouse. The book, which Michael L. Frizell wrote and Jayfri Hashim drew, exists in the grand tradition of the company’s recent, fascinatingly terrible Tribute: Kurt Cobain, with the troubling additional factor that it’s probably supposed to give boners. Below, check out a few of the pages, many of which revolve around a topless Winehouse getting tattooed and thinking song lyrics to herself.
We looked back at the “golden era” of emo this week, but let’s not forget that there’s still plenty of great music along those genre lines being made today. “No Hard Feelings” is from Hemingway’s upcoming debut album, Pretend To Care, and it screams ’90s in a good way. The Portland band is achingly honest, toeing the line of overly sentimental but never crossing it. It feels like the lines “You’re never coming over anymore/ I never wanna see you” have been sung a million times before, but the emotions are so universal, and Hemingway is endearing enough to make them work. Listen below.