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[Staff Picks of the Week] Lukas Nelson, 'The Social Network' Soundtrac

Lukas Nelson + the Promise of Real

I just can’t get my mind off Lukas Nelson and the Promise of Real, a band that I saw at Farm Aid 25 a couple of weeks ago in Milwaukee. Lukas is Willie Nelson’s son..but he seems more like the descendant of Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even if you have seen someone play with their teeth before, I think you’ll be impressed! He’s also got an old blues guy kind of voice which is strange coming out of someone so young. He hasn’t released an album yet, but you can find a bunch of live performances on youtube.

Radiohead "Creep" cover

I've always been pretty interested in movie soundtracks.  The new movie, The Social Network (which is about the invention of Facebook) features music from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) Atticus Ross.  They did a great job with the music. However, the song I'm hooked on is not used in the movie, but it was used in the trailer of the movie.  It's a cover of Radiohead's Creep.  It's performed by the Scala & Kolacny Brothers which is actually a Belgian girls choir.  They've taken a lot of rock and roll songs and put their own spin on it. Creep is already a creepy song, but it's brought to a new level with this version.  (Careful, they do use the 'F' word a couple of times in the song).

Jonathan stole my thunder!

Ok, I saw "The Social Network" last week and I have to say it's one of the better movies I've seen in a while.  One of the incredible parts of the movie is the soundtrack done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who has been known for his combination on Hughes Brothers films). The cool part of the soundtrack is this minimalist driving Philip Glass-like electronic rhythm mixed with the soft playing of a piano. You also have the frenetic voracity of Nine Inch Nails and some of the songs are very intense.  I mean, covering "In the Hall of Mountain King" by Edward Grieg?  Director David Fincher is a modern day Kubrick.  Genius.  Here's one of the best tracks "Intriguing Possibilities."

Generationals "Trust"

The Generationals released their debut album, Con Law, back in July of 2009 on Park the Van Records.  However the song that caught my attention is off their upcoming EP Trust. I heard the title track this past weekend and ever since it has been on repeat in my head and on my i-pod.  It's a great indie pop track with heavy drums and a simple guitar melody.  Its a light and catchy jangly tune and one that will have your head nodding. You can stream the full track along with others by visiting Generational's Myspace! Check out a video of Generationals performing These Habits and Trust

The Fruit Bats "When U Love Somebody"

My pick this week is what could be considered "an oldie but a goodie." The Fruit Bats' last release was in 2009 but I am just getting around to listening to the band now. The Fruit Bats have toured with the likes of Modest Mouse and The Shins but have never gained as much notoriety as many of their folk-rock counterparts. The music is pretty easy listening, not too in-your-face and keeps the emotion positive. The song  that I am listening to on repeat these days is the light + refreshing love song of sorts entitled "When U Love Somebody" from their 2003 release Mouthfuls. The band managed to take 4 simple lines and turn it into an incredible song. I came across this fan music video - it's really well done!


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10/18/2010 12:49PM
[Staff Picks of the Week] Lukas Nelson, 'The Social Network' Soundtrack ft. Trent Reznor,
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10/19/2010 6:46AM
Wendy
Oh my goodness, you were SO right about the Scala & Kolacny Brothers remix of Radiohead's Creep! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
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