Kevin Shields, the mastermind behind critically acclaimed but long-dormant rock group My Bloody Valentine, will release his first new music in more than a decade on the soundtrack for the forthcoming Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation.”
Shields, who has been playing with Primal Scream for the past few years, last penned and released original music on My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 classic, “Loveless” (Sire/Creation). The band signed with Island shortly after the release of that widely influential album, but years of sessions for a follow-up were aborted and the group dissolved in the mid-’90s.
Tenacious D has compiled its short-lived HBO series, music videos, short films, a 90-minute concert from London’s Brixton Academy and a tour documentary for the double-DVD set “The Masterworks.” The project will be released Sept. 9 by Epic.
The Brixton Academy show features such D favorites as “Wonderboy,” “Explosivo,” “Kielbasa,” “F*** Her Gently,” “Tribute” and “Rock Your Socks.” The DVD’s second disc will include videos and “making of” featurettes for “Wonderboy” and “Tribute,” TV appearances on “Mad TV” and “Crank Yankers” and in-studio footage.
For a true glimpse behind the scenes, “The Masterworks” also offers the 30-minute feature “On the Road With Tenacious D,” shot by Liam Lynch. “I toured with them for three months so I had like 60 hours of video of us playing ‘Grand Theft Auto,'” he says.
Lynch and Tenacious D’s Jack Black are hard at work on the script for a feature film, “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.” Lynch hopes shooting will get underway before the end of the year. In the meantime, Black will appear in the film “Envy” with Ben Stiller, due Aug. 22 in U.S. theaters.
Pearl Jam will play an extra hour-long set prior to opening act Sleater-Kinney at its show Friday (July 11) outside Boston. It’s the third of three non-consecutive performances at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., during which Pearl Jam is attempting to play each of the nearly 100 songs in its current repertoire without repeats.
At the first two shows last week, the Eddie Vedder-led group was restricted to a total of 50 songs due to an area noise curfew. According to a source, the additional Friday set will likely be a more stripped-down affair than usual, potentially allowing for revamped versions of rarely played tracks from Pearl Jam’s vast back catalog.
Doors to the venue will open at 5:30 pm ET, with Pearl Jam taking the stage at 6:30. Sleater-Kinney will play at 7:30, and Pearl Jam will return for its usual full set around 8:45. The two groups perform tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Terminally ill singer-songwriter Warren Zevon will be the debut subject of a new VH1 series, “Inside Out,” which launches Aug. 24.The program will chronicle the veteran musician’s struggle to complete “The Wind,” his forthcoming album for Artemis Records, due Aug. 26. Zevon was diagnosed with the terminal lung cancer mesothelioma in August 2002.”Inside Out: Warren Zevon” will feature appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Brown, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, and is hosted by actor Billy Bob Thornton. Following Zevon through his personal journey with the illness, the program also explores the creative process behind the upcoming album, shares poignant interactions with many of his fans, pulls excerpts from his personal diary and contains clips from his last live performance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”