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We love the strange bedfellows that crazy thing they call rock 'n' roll music always brings us, and this time, the studio love match in question happens to be Queen guitarist Brian May and the Foo Fighters. May recently met up with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and company in L.A. to work on two tracks for the group's upcoming as-yet-untitled album. "We had fun," says May, "and the sun shown warmly, and I didn't want to come home to cold depressing England." . . . Speaking of bedfellows, anyone (besides all you Emilio Estevez obsessives) remember the 1993 film Judgment Night? Right. Well anyways, maybe you remember the soundtrack, which was pretty revolutionary for the time, being the first to mix all (then) indie-rock bands with the hip-hop sounds—pairings like Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill, Dinosaur Jr. and House of Pain. All we still recall is the singularly fantastic Teenage Fanclub/De La Soul contribution, "Fallin'," but we digress. The point is, that kind of crossbreeding's about to be seen again—this time with DJ types and rappers—for the movie Blade II. The lineup so far includes Redman and the Gorillaz, Mos Def and Massive Attack, Mystikal and Moby, and more alliterative pairings. It could suck a monkey's butt, of course, but if you're intrigued, check it out on March 19, when it sees release on Immortal. . . . While you're waiting, inaugurate the new Local 46 venue (that's at 409 Seventh S.) with the lovely ladies of Cookie and Visqueen and the nice young lads of the Lashes this Saturday. The collectively run all-ages music organization has made the switch from their uncomfortably cavernous Belltown digs to their newer, more cozy International District address, which also happens to be more cost-effective, meaning better budgeting all around. So show your support, will you? . . .
Saturday night at the Crocodile was quite the scene—seeing as how Beulah hail from nearby San Francisco yet hadn't made a Seattle appearance in nearly three years, the fans weren't going to let them get away easy this time. Surprisingly, though, showgoers didn't trickle in somewhere around headliner time but came in bright eyed and bushy tailed by 10 to catch the Long Winters' opening set. The busily buzzed-about band, featuring former members of the Western State Hurricanes, Five Gears in Reverse, and Harvey Danger, lived up to the hype and were, for the most part, completely charming, though maladjustments on the soundboard meant the higher notes must have sent all sonar-sensitive dogs in the neighborhood into conniptions. . . . Thanks to the bad blood (and major litigiousness) among them, we never expected to see a Talking Heads reunion in our lifetime, but, happily, we were wrong. All four members will reunite for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 18 in New York City, and the results will air two days later on VH1. Don't get too worked up though—as with all RRHF performances, the band will only be allotted two songs, which, given their back catalog, will require some mighty tough calls. . . . So you were thrilled to see New Order come back last year with Get Ready. Or maybe you weren't. Either way, if you consider yourself a fan, you should enjoy an upcoming production, called 24 Hour Party People, which focuses on the band's early Hacienda dance-club days, along with the Manchester music scene at the time. Or, go even further in the way-back machine and hold out for a soon-to-be-produced Joy Division film, based on Ian Curtis' wife's book Touching From a Distance. . . . In other exciting movie news, Spinal Tap alumni Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean (along with Guest favorite Eugene
Levy) are taking on the wild and wooly world of folk music for an upcoming feature-length mockumentary. We say, turn it up to 11! . . . Wow. If you've got a halfway decent computer, check this out: www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/peel_features/white_stripes_video.shtml. It's the video for the White Stripes' "Fell In Love With a Girl," done entirely in LEGOs. For once, we're speechless. . . . Well, aren't they the new cool kid in town: Following their much-publicized signing of Wilco, Nonesuch Records has now added so-cred-it's-crazy Magnetic Fields. If you can't wait till fall, when their first release is slated, you could always buy head Fielder Stephin Merritt's Eban and Charley soundtrack, but personally, we were a little underwhelmed, so it might be worth holding out. . . . In his continued bid to take over the universe, TRL ringmaster/late-night talk-show host/friend of Durst Carson Daly is starting up a record label with Steve Rifkind of Loud Records. We shudder to think. . . . In other label news, Mariah Carey (or shall we call her Kali, goddess of destruction?) has, in costing label EMI a bajillion dollars to unload her recently unprofitable self, also caused its ultimate downfall. EMI—an acronym for Electric and Musical Industries—has been around since 1931 and eventually acquired both Capitol and Virgin and holds further subheads like Astralwerks, Matador, and Caroline in its coffers. Thanks to what it euphemistically referred to as particularly damaging "specific one-off costs" (that means Miss Evil Hot Pants Glitter Bomb), the giant will now be merged under Capitol's name, though its artist roster won't be drastically altered (or so they're saying). . . . And finally, a belated happy birthday to Axl Rose, who turned 40 on Feb. 6. So, how old does
that make you feel?
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