Vedder, Cox Nominated for Golden Globe; Malkmus Chats ‘Emotional Trash’
Plus news on Smashing Pumpkins and Liars.
The nominees for the 65th annual Golden Globes have been announced, and Eddie Vedder’s musical ventures in filmhave appeared to pay off; the alt-rock deity has culled nods in boththe Original Score and Original Song categories for his work behindSean Penn’s Into the Wild, Variety.com reports. And in addition to the usual fare — Atonement leads with seven nominations, while favorites American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, and Eastern Promises hold a strong presence — Judd Apatow’s forthcoming comedy Walk Hard: The Story of Dewey Coxis garnered with a nod as well. The faux musical biopic, naturally,received a nomination for Best Original Song for “Walk Hard,” its titletrack (watch Cox live!).
The awards ceremony will be televised Jan. 13 on NBC.
Malkmus Chats ‘Emotional Trash’
As a consoling, empathetic friend, you may recall that Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will confess their Real Emotional Trashthis coming March. And kindly, to clear any confusion from his rampant,lyrical word-trickery, frontman Mr. Malkmus has spoken with Pitchfork on the album, its tumultuous creation and subject matter.
Revealingits many obstacles, including the deceiving confines of Montana’s SnowGhost Studios, “a bad batch of tape,” and a handful of issues inmixing, Malkmus claims the record, as compared to solo set Face the Truth,is more of a collaborative effort with “some arranging by the band thistime.” But don’t expect a lyrical cry-fest, as hinted by the title:”It’s trashy, and it’s real, but emotional it is and it isn’t. That’sabout as significant as it is.” And this, um, urgent significanceextends to a few tongue twisting song titles. “‘Hopscotch Willie’ isthis kind of ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ type of character… He’s just a downon his luck dude that gets framed in this type of scenario.
Malkmuscontinues: “And ‘Wicked Wanda’ is not a person, those were just thewords that came out first when I was doing the demos… so I just triedto find things that rhymed with Wanda that were funny, like Rwanda andspawned-ya and stuff… it was like ‘I’d rather date Rwanda,’ it says,’She’s not good to go out with / I’d rather go out with Rwanda’ thecountry, which would be really torturous.”
Smashing Pumpkins to Release New Material in ’08
It appears Jimmy Chamberlin, Smashing Pumpkins’ jackhammer drummer extraordinaire, is recovering from his recent hospitalization nicely, and has returned to the studio to destroy drum kits with Herculean force. And according to a band website post, whatever Chamberlin and frontman Billy Corganare working on may soon unleash on fans. “The tour was a rock rampageand now we are back in the studio recording some songs for a possiblerelease worldwide,” Chamberlin, a frequent blogger, wrote in the post.”Look for these around the first of the year. Busy Bees!” WhileChamberlin may have succumbed to his environs and adopted the jargon ofa Midwestern mother, no further details have been announced regardingthe mysterious release — will they pull the proverbial Radiohead?
Liars Announce Winter Tour
On the heels on opening Interpol’s 2007 U.S. tour, New York-based trio Liars have announced a headlining jaunt in support of their fourth album, a self-titled affair out now courtesy of Mute. The 24-date outing, toting Los Angeles’ No Ageon all dates, will kick off in San Francisco Jan. 25 and hit citieslike Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York in a whirlwind month onthe road — a trip frontman Angus Andrew is eagerlyanticipating. “We thrive on the strong visceral power of the audience.Being face to face with a crowd can sometimes make me want to eat them.I look forward to that opportunity on this tour,” Andrew said in astatement. “I also am eager to play some of the songs on our new albumthat we’ve left wanting. In all I anticipate the whole tour beingshambolic, psychotic, and historic. A winter wonderland of weirdorockers.”
Liars tour dates:
1/25, San Francisco, CA (Slim’s)
1/26, Reno, NV (Club Underground)
1/28, Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
1/29, Seattle, WA (Showbox)
1/30, Boise, ID (Neurolux)
1/31, Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge)
2/1, Denver, CO (Marquis Theatre)
2/2, Lawrence, KS (The Bottleneck)
2/4, Grinnell, IA (Grinnell College)
2/5, Chicago, IL (Metro)
2/6, Oberlin, OH (Dionysus Club)
2/7, Buffalo, NY (Tralf Music Hall)
2/8, Boston, MA (Paradise)
2/9, Brooklyn, NY (Warsaw)
2/10, Philadelphia, PA (First Unitarian Church)
2/12, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
2/13, Asheville, NC (Orange Peel)
2/14, Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
2/16, Austin, TX (The Mohawk)
2/17, Denton, TX (Hailey’s)
2/19, Albuquerque, NM (Launchpad)
2/20, Tempe, AZ (The Clubhouse)
2/21, San Diego, CA (Casbah)
2/22, Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theater)