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Karen O Soundtracks ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Will
March 30, 2009, 5:01 pm
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Here’s the beautiful trailer to the upcoming film adaptation of the children’s classic ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, directed by Spike Jonze and soundtracked by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ very own Karen O.


Good Morning, Monday by Will
March 30, 2009, 10:41 am
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Monday Monday (bah bah bah bah bah bah). (bah bah bah bah bah bah).

A blog roundup (bah bah bah bah bah bah). (bah bah bah bah bah bah).

Monday Monday. It was all I hoped it would be-ee.

Oh Monday Morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee. (bah bah bah bah bah bah). (bah bah bah bah bah bah).

That Monday evening (You’d have read about Elvis Perkins in Dearland,  BatForLashes, Mastodon andDamianKatkhuda..)

From winning Grammys to ‘saving metal’ – Mastodon

8/10 for BatForLashes new single ‘glass’ on Pitchfork

‘Perkins is among the very best we’ve got – flanked by a preternaturally gifted set of players and blessed with a stirring poetic inclination that boldly approximates the greats.’ 8/10 review in DrownedinSound for Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Damian Katkhuda soundtracks new Honda Advert in the USA

New News. That’s New. by Will
March 26, 2009, 6:41 pm
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David Letterman invited White Lies to play on his show last night and ‘didn’t they do well?’ (to be repeated in best Bruce Forsyth voice) (Did you realise Bruce Forsyth wasn’t just a terrific, sturdy-chinned Saturday night entertainer, but also played a crook in Bedknobs and Broomsticks? Well he did. And there wasn’t a cuddly toy in sight – just a Knob.) Anyway. This was a huge stage to step on to and we thought White Lies pulled off a massive performance. Well done, fellas.

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Will
March 25, 2009, 10:59 am
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SXSW came and went in a whirl of margaritas, veggie tacos, daytime drinking, band watching, film watching, panel attending, WALKING EVERYWHERE, not sleeping, not eating steak, and…err… hard work. Here’s my list of lists

Top 5 Chrysalis gigs (we had 42 acts playing – this list was difficult)

 1- White Lies @ Stubbs on Saturday (with PJ Harvey). Sun setting on the last night of the festival… expectations were high. They rocked (as if they wouldn’t).

2- School of Seven Bells  (any of the times we saw them). Sexy shoegazing in the sunshine. Nuff said.

3- Andrew Bird @ Stubbs on Thursday. Surreal violin-playing genius playing his violin surreally.

4- Laura Marling @ the Church on Friday. No alcohol, no toilets, no talking. Perfect antithesis to the absolute mayhem of the festival in full swing.

5- Dinosaur Junior @ Cedar St Courtyard on Saturday. I heard from a distance, I couldn’t get close. Still amazing though. Like meeting up with a friend you’ve not seen in a while.

 Top 3 Films

1- Blood Trail. Surreal documentary about an Amercian war photographer who was a cross between bill (or ted) and Calamity Jane.

2- ATP Film. A film about one music festival being shown at another music festival. Could they fail? No.

3- Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo. The Japanese are obsessed with insects. This film is about that obsession. Slightly weird, very watchable.

 Top 2 bands who had better names than they did songs.

1- I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.

2- We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Top 4 non-SXSW things.

1-  Asking an OSCAR WINNING composer if he would like to send me a demo:

‘you’re a film composer? cool… send me some stuff if you like…. – oh you already have a publisher? Oh you’ve won an Oscar.. let me just put my foot in my mouth.. mmmmm, toes..

2- The Bats. Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world. Sun sets, bats come out. People watch. Amazing.

3- Hay Bale at the Continental club on Sunday night. The Continental club is an Austin musical institution. Hay bale (guitarist from the Byrds and friends playing country) are a musical institution within this. Like a Russian doll of musical institutions. With non-ironic line dancing.            

– Gareth the Texan


Fraser Friday by Will
March 20, 2009, 11:35 am
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Currently gracing the airwaves on James Morisson’s ‘Broken Strings’ (co-written with the equally lovely Nina Woodford), Tinchy Stryder ft Taio Cruz ‘s ‘Take Me Back’, N Dubz’s ‘Strong Again’ and Tinchy Stryder ft N Dubz’s ‘Number One’, Fraser is an extremely cherished writer here at Chrysalis.

In the last year alone he has written for Kano, Craig David, Tinchy Stryder, Nelly Furtado, Sam Beeton, Lacy Lace, N Dubz, Zarif and I Haunt Wizards (what a name). The job of a writer tends to be a pretty anonymous one, so we would like to take this moment to shout across the A40 – Fraser!

Fraser T Smith. On this Friday we salute you. Fullly and fervently.

Plans for a Digital Rights Agency by Will
March 16, 2009, 12:25 pm
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Digital Britain logo, DCMS

Interesting article from the BBC on the government’s proposals for a Digital Rights Agency to monitor and protect  copyright..

Yeah Yeay Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah by Will
March 16, 2009, 10:19 am
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Good morning! The album is out online. And now so is the video. 80s revival? ‘Footloose’ street dancing? (not illegal to dance HERE.) Karen O looking dangerous atop car in leather jacket with diamond encrusted initials. Ray bans and drumming. Supermarket trolleys. We like.