It’s been a big week for bearded, hipster-favoured musicians. Here’s our round-up of our favourite new info on your most relevant bands in the last 12 hours:
[A] After being nominated for both Record and Album Of The Year at this year’s Grammy Awards, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has been caught up by his own past. The New York Times re-published an interview with the singer-songwriter from February, in which he discussed what would happen if he were to hypothetically score a Grammy in the wake of Arcade Fire‘s stunning win:
You know I was thinking about that a couple of months ago, someone asked me that, and I was like “I would go and I would” – and I don’t think the Bon Iver record is the kind of record that would get nominated for a Grammy – “I would get up there and be like, ‘This is for my parents, because they supported me,’ ” because I know they would think it would be stupid of me not to go up there. But I kinda felt like going up there and being like: “Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and looking at each other and pretending that this is important.” That’s what I would say.
Ouch, bro. Better work on that speech.
[B] Out of the woods and into NYC, LCD Soundsystem‘s (RIP) James Murphy is going to be cast in a new film, The Comedy, as – wait for it – an ageing Brooklyn hipster. Word is the film, which will premiere at Sundance next year, will look at ‘the white male on the verge of collapse’. We’re pretty sure that was what Charlie Sheen was doing and Joaquin Phoenix already did (see below), but hey, you can’t fight art.
[C] The Roots copped a ton of flak last week when they played the song ‘Lyin’ Ass Bitch’ as entry music for Republican candidate Michelle Bachmann when she appeared on Fallon. As house band, The Roots have served it to guests before (they played Beck’s Loser’ when Heidi Montag was on the show) but there was serious fear that the Philly hip-hop crew would be fired.
The only person who was kind of hoping they would be was the reclusive neo-soul star, D’Angelo, hipster-twitterer and drummer Questlove revealed to Pitchfork yesterday. He’s about to head back out on tour for the first time in forever, and wanted Quest to play with him, banking on The Roots being suspended for at least six months.
Better luck next time, (Brown) sugar.