News Roundup: Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, Spiritualized, Bob Marley

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Daft Punk
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William Goodman

Though lacking the psychedelic lights and chest-thumping beats of the French duo's live show, fans can certainly trip out to Daft Punk's experimental, silent film Electroma this summer when it drops in both DVD and high definition Blu-Ray formats July 22 via Vice. The film, which directors and Daft Punk members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo call "music for the eyes," documents two robots' undying quest to become human, and arrives with a 40-page book of stills from the movie for additional visual stimulation.

Vampire Weekend sticksman Christopher Tomson has taken to the band's MySpace blog and revealed the shiny faced Spin cover boys "have been invited to play on next Saturday's (3/8) SNL," and that in order to make the New York City gig, will be forced to postpone "appearances in Orlando and St. Augustine and cancel our set at the Langerado festival." The dashed Orlando and St. Augustine shows have been rescheduled for early June. "This all happened very quickly," Tomson explains. You can say that again! [Via Pitchfork]

Set your alarms, Spiritualized fans! Jason Pierce, a.k.a. J. Spaceman, will return with his nouveau psychedelia June 3 with the release of Songs in A & E, Spiritualized's proper follow-up to 2003's gospel-tinged LP, Amazing Grace.The album's release will be prefaced by first single, "Soul on Fire," which will arrive on CD and as a download. Fans can also catch Mr. Spaceman's tunes in the forthcoming Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) film, Mister Lonely. Spiritualized is booked for this year's Coachella, and two warm up dates in late-April in Santa Barbara and San Diego.

It's about time: like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and even fictional rocker Dewey Cox before him, reggae legend Bob Marley will receive the major motion picture biopic treatment. The forthcoming film will be based on the 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley, written by Rita Marley, Bob Marley's widow. The project is spearheaded by the Weinstein Company, which has acquired the rights to the book and film, in cooperation with producer Rudy Langlais (The Hurricane) and screenwriter Lizzie Borden (Working Girls). Rita Marley will serve as executive producer.

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