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Whip it – Soundtrack

Soundtrack Available from Friday April 2nd

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Whip It, a coming-of-age-on-wheels comedy set in the wild world of all-girl roller derby. Premiering April 7th in theatres nationwide, the film stars Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Academy Award nominee Juliette Lewis and Barrymore.

The girl-power-meets-punk-rock spirit of the music featured in Whip It plays an integral role in telling the story, from setting the film’s rebellious tone to celebrating its characters’ wild individuality. Barrymore says music was frequently played on the movie set, where a hot-pink boom box was her constant companion. “We spent countless hours listening to as many different songs as possible, always searching for just the right song for just the right moment,” she says. “Some of these songs were inspirational to us from very early on in the process, and really set the tone in our minds of the movie we were trying to make.”

Conceived as a mix tape, the soundtrack’s 19 songs are peppered with talented young artists like Belgian electro-rockers Goose (“Black Gloves”), Mercury Prize nominees The Go! Team (“Doing It Right”), L.A. beat-punks The Ettes (“Crown Of Age”), Rolling Stone Artist to Watch Apollo Sunshine (“Breeze”), Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman, Nebraska indie-pop quintet Tilly And The Wall (“Pot Kettle Black”), and Peaches’ raunchy fun (“Boys Wanna Be Her”)

The up-and-comers appear along with a diverse selection that includes the Ramones (“Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”), The Breeders (“Bang On”), Dolly Parton (“Jolene”), The Raveonettes (“Dead Sound”) and .38 Special (“Caught Up In You”). Singer-songwriter Landon Pigg appears in the film and is also featured on the soundtrack, performing “HighTimes” with the Turbo Fruits. The soundtrack also features contributions from The Section Quartet, a group of composers with a knack for turning popular rock songs into string quartet compositions.

The film stars Page, who was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2007 comedy Juno. For Whip It, Page plays Bliss Cavender, an indie-music-loving Texas teen who dreams of escaping her tiny, truck-stop town. While her beauty-pageant-obsessed mother (Harden) dreams of her daughter winning the coveted Miss Bluebonnet crown, Bliss discovers the liberating power of roller derby in nearby Austin.

Inspired by local roller derby stars (played by Barrymore, Wiig and Lewis), Bliss secretly tries out for a spot on the Hurl Scouts, a rag-tag team of scrappy underdogs. Soon, she’s skating as a “jammer,” taking on the nickname Babe Ruthless, facing off with her bad-ass rival, Iron Maven (Lewis) and falling for her biggest fan (Pigg). But when her secret gets out, Bliss faces her toughest fight yet, taking control of her own future. Rounding out a dynamic ensemble cast, Whip It also features Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat, Ari Graynor, and Zoe Bell.


Track Listing

1. “Pot Kettle Black” – Tilly And The Wall
2. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” – Ramones
3. “What’s The Attitude” – Cut Chemist featuring Hymnal
4. “Bang On” – The Breeders
5. “Dead Sound” – The Raveonettes
6. “Blue Turning Grey” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
7. “Your Arms Around Me” – Jens Lekman
8. “Learnalilgivinanlovin” – Gotye
9. “Boys Wanna Be Her” – Peaches
10. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
11. “Caught Up In You” – .38 Special
12. “Never My Love” – Har Mar Superstar (feat. Adam Green)
13. “Black Gloves” – Goose
14. “Crown Of Age” – The Ettes
15. “HighTimes” – Landon Pigg featuring Turbo Fruits
16. “Unattainable” – Little Joy
17. “Lollipop” (Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix) – The Chordettes
18. “Doing It Right” – The Go! Team
19. “Breeze” – Apollo Sunshine


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Carly Simon has, after 38 years, given the strongest hint yet as to the identity of the man ‘You’re So Vain’ was actually written about.

In an interview with Uncut magazine, Carly Simon says:
“You know what, I’m just going to tell you this. The answer is on the new version of ‘You’re So Vain’, on my new record ‘Never Been Gone’. There’s a little whisper – and it’s the answer to the puzzle.”

For 38 years speculation has been rife. Was it Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger or the constant favourite, Warren Beatty? Could it have been someone else entirely?

Released on Friday February 26th 2010, Carly Simon’s new album ‘Never Been Gone’ re-imagines the ‘Best Of’ format. ‘Never Been Gone’ features 10 brand new recordings of some of her best known songs, including the 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’, and two brand new songs.

A portion of the proceeds from ‘Never Been Gone’ will go to the Carly Simon Music Therapy Initiative, the collaboration between Carly Simon and Berklee College of Music that brings the healing power of music into the community at large.

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Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” show, the most successful tour by a solo artist in history, will be released on DVD on Friday March 26th. “Sticky & Sweet” was seen live by over three and a half million Madonna fans. The DVD was filmed in Buenos Aires, one of 32 countries where the “Sticky & Sweet” show was performed. The tour debuted in 2008 in conjunction with the release of the multi-Grammy winner’s “Hard Candy” album which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries.

The Blu-Ray & DVD will include hits throughout the course of The Material Girl’s unprecedented career including “4 Minutes”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Music”, “Hung Up” and “Ray of Light” along with a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” to a thunderous audience response from her Argentinean fans.

“Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,” raved the Oakland Press in their review of the “Sticky & Sweet” Tour. “A night of triumph and defiance. A two hour multi media juggernaut,” glowed the LA Times. “Our lady of perpetual motion. This may be the best tour she’s ever stitched together,” claimed the NY Post.

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Ten Random Ipod Tracks :- Sam Morris

I guess I should introduce myself. I’m Sam Morris, the Editor In Chief at Nidzumi, the frequent blogger at Blogizzle and a fledging Graphic Designer.

After seeing these articles pop-up through Twitter every week I decided to give it ago. Not because I want to show off my music collection, well that is part of it. Not that I have a massive one, actually quite recently I decided to shrink it down to music I actually listen to – it took days – but now I have a quality collection of music rather than quantity. Hopefully that’s reflected in my 10 tracks, otherwise I wasted a lot of time.

1. Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip – Waiting For The Beat To Kick In

I hate how hip-hop has been, essentially destroyed by commercial rap and I think wordsmith Scroobius Pip summed it up well when he said “guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be”. Alright, that isn’t a line from this song but it is a random selection tracks after all.

2. Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash

I originally got into Art Brut because they were supporting Maximo Park at a gig I went to a few years back. Ashamedly I enjoyed Art Brut more than the Park, there is something about Eddie Argos’ delivery and frank lyrics. By the time the third album rolled along I suspected the act would have gotten stale but it’s just as good as that first encounter at Southampton Guildhall.

3. Atmosphere – Shoulda Known

I always have mixed feelings towards the duo of Ant and Slug, otherwise known as Atmosphere. On one hand it’s great production with clever lyrics but on the other hand it’s verging on emotional rap. Luckily, the vocalist, Slug has evolved into storytelling even Slick Rick would be envious of. Shoulda Known is easily one of the stand out tracks from their most recent release.

4. Phantogram – Turn It Off

This track epitomises why I love the internet. I know you people shouldn’t support piracy but I stumbled upon an underground hip hop forum – because that’s the kind of guy I am – and found this electronica/trip hop offering from Phantogram. I’ve since bought the album and it’s been rooted to my… whatever iTunes calls a CD Tray ever since.

5. Ugly Duckling – Let It Out

I secretly hoped that Ugly Duckling would pop up during these ten tracks but now they have, I have no idea what to say about them. Excellent production and humorous lyrics result in my most listened to artist in the last three months by a country mile. Just listen to it.

6. Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better

I know I’m probably showing my age here but Franz Ferdinand were the first band I really got into. You know when you’re a kid and you just listen to whatever is on the radio or music channels (again, showing my age) but after hearing Take Me Out I was instantly transformed into a indie kid. I started to seek out more, listening to The Futureheads, Maximo Park, The Libertines, Good Shoes and more.

I don’t have much to say about the song specifically, except that it reminds me of Unreal Tournament 2004.

7. RJD2 – Get It

I spend most of my time either playing games, attempting to design or writing at my desk and I need a certain type of music while doing the latter. Nothing with words in, something quite mellow that won’t distract from the task at hand is suitable. RJD2 fits the bill perfectly. If you’re looking for something like this, he’s your man.

8. Blackalicious – Chemical Callisthenics

Who would have thought that a hip-hop song about chemistry would be one of the interesting things you’ve heard in years? Beats by Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist – who’s album you should also check out for writing music – that are also reused for Alphabet Aerobics where Gift of Gab (half of Blackalicious) raps the entire alphabet. Both need to be heard.

9. Hideki Naganuma – Let Mom Sleep

I think my geek is showing. Sorry about that. Yes this is a track from Jet Set Radio but I’m not ashamed. Jet Set Radio had the best soundtrack of any game ever… yes I said it. It’s not a orchestral score that makes you feel emotions, it’s just a unique sound that still sounds great more than ten years on. I’ve recommended this to people who avoid video games like they contain swine flu and they’ve all enjoyed it. It’s a just a shame that Naganuma doesn’t get more work.

10. Maximo Park – Going Missing

I think this is the only track of the ten that I actually own on vinyl, a format that I foolishly decided to adopt a few years back. Nevertheless it makes me appreciate the music more. Something special happens when you take out a massive slab of black plastic out of the cardboard sleeve (Yes, not a flimsy plastic case) and drop a needle on it.
Going Missing is an excellent track, much better than anything on their last album, and I can’t think a track that I would like to drop the needle on more. Actually I’m off to do that now.


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Carly Simon – Never Been Gone (2010)

Carly Simon, one of the greatest songwriters, composers and performers of the past four decades, will return on Friday February 26th with the release of new album ‘Never Been Gone’.

‘Never Been Gone’ is a brand new look at ten of Carly’s best loved, well-known songs, plus 2 new tracks. The album features largely acoustic arrangements of Carly’s greatest compositions such as ‘You’re So Vain’, ‘Let The Riverrun’ and ‘The Right Thing To Do’.


1. The Right Thing To Do

2. It Happens Every Day

3. Never Been Gone

4. Boys In The Trees

5. Let The Riverrun

6. You’re So Vain

7. You Belong To Me

8. No Freedom*

9. That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be

10. Coming Around Again

11. Anticipation

12. Songbird*

*brand new songs

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Get Your Gucci Mane on!

Gucci Mane featuring Usher

Single ‘Spotlight’ released last Friday; new album ‘The State vs. Radric Davis’ follows this Friday February 12th

“Gucci’s on his way to full fledged superstar status” – XXL

#6 – 10 Hottest MCs in the Game – MTV

Widely tipped to be one of the 2010’s breakthrough rappers, Gucci Mane released debut single ‘Spotlight’, featuring the notable vocal talents of Usher, last Friday. The single previews the release of his highly anticipated new album ‘The State vs. Radric Davis’ that follows this Friday February 12th.

Hailing from the mean streets of East Atlanta’s Zone 6, Gucci Mane has endured a troublesome journey to become one of the genre’s hottest new stars. Mane’s rise to the top commenced when his collaboration with Young Jeezy on the club anthem ‘Icy’ became a huge hit. Unfortunately almost a year in prison on an attempted murder charge ensured that he couldn’t fully capitalise on his growing popularity.

Gucci Mane’s return to the scene in 2009 after his third spell in prison (this time for a probation violation stemming from the Young Jeezy incident) saw him become one of 2009’s most prolific artists as he recorded 150 songs for 40 different albums and mix tapes. He featured on Top 20 hits from Mariah Carey, Mario and Trey Songz, and his own track ‘Wasted’ became a #1 urban mainstream radio hit.

‘The State Vs. Radric Davis’ will be his first album to be released through So Icey / Asylum / Warner Bros. Records. Including both ‘Wasted’ and ‘Spotlight’, it features contributions from Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson and Usher.


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Steven Wrights 10 Random Ipod Tracks

Take this picture, add a bigger beard, and you will have me now.

I have been chomping at the bit to do one of these. The excitement is coloured with a drop of nerves though; I’m not ashamed of anything on my Ipod but there is a few hard to explain tracks on it. But what came out was a success. I missed out some really good bands/genres but I did avoid a few embarrassing ones.

Anyway, go have a look yourself.

Song: X
Artist: System Of A Down
Album: Self Titled
Year: 2001

I remember disliking SOAD the first time I heard them as I found them a little intense. But when I heard their first album I fell in love, only then truly appreciating Toxicity. The album boasts a few big hits that but X is not one of them. However it is one of my favourites, with a fast beat and hard-hitting lyrics, it certainly is hard to forget.

Song: Eve At The Mansion
Artist: Katzenjammer Kabarett
Album: Self Titled
Year: 2006

I love this band. A 4 piece death rock cabaret (or multireferential post-punk, baroque krautpop? Take your pick) outfit hailing from Paris. Their music amazes me, eerie yet beautiful, calm yet chaotic, one of my favourite bands to come on randomly when your marching around town in the rain. Oddly enough, this album was often played while playing Gears Of War online. It seems to fit the mood of the game, specifically the grand Mansion level.

Song: Let Go
Artist: Frou Frou
Album: Details
Year: 2002

Arguably the most famous track from the bands short lived career, Let Go has been used in numerous films and TV shows. The one film I remember it from is Garden State, making the band and the film even more special. Frou Frou make the perfect backing music to write or read to, and I don’t mean they are bland, far from it, but they just slide into your sub-conscience leaving you alert enough to work. The perfect song to sit back with a refreshing beverage and some good company.

Song: Aint Nobody Gonna Hang Me In My Home
Artist: The Atomic Bitchwax
Album: The Atomic Bitchwax I
Year: 1999

Chris Kosnik of  Godspeed and Ed Mundell of Monster Magnet formed this ridiculously named group in the mid 90’s. The best way to describe them is guitar porn, and I love it. Not listened to enough of their albums but so far the first two are my favourite, favouring complex solos and a distinct lack of vocals. If you like guitars then you are going to like this.

Song: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
Artist: DJ Shadow
Album: Endtroducing
Year: 1996

Is this album in your collection? No? Well go bloody buy it then. I can still remember the first time I listened to this album, going in with a negative mind and coming out amazed; it gave me the taste for alternative hip hop, something different to the rap on radio 1. Endtroducing was the first album made of completely sampled material and laid foundations that alternative hip-hop, trip hop, and whatever-else-hop still use today.  A masterpiece.

Song: Ihabia
Artist: Deftones
Album: Around The Fur
Year: 1997

Did you  know that Deftones have been around for twenty two years? Shocking. I actually nicked this album off of a friend, starting a ten year love affair with Chino and co. This was the first album of theirs that I heard and I must have played it countless times. It’s one of those albums that I struggle to pick a favourite track, preferring to listen to the whole thing. Easily the best album the band have put out and possibly one of the best album covers ever (especially when you were a teenager).

Song: Save Myself
Artist: Willy Mason
Album: If The Ocean Gets Rough
Year: 2007

I have not listened to this album enough but conveniently this the one track that I know (didn’t cheat, honest). I love his lazy style and lyrical content – slightly depressing but filled with hope. His first album has been played to death, maybe it’s time I do the same to this one?

Song: Hysteric
Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Album: It’s Blitz
Year: 2009

This album is another one that I’ve not gave enough time to. I’ve listened to when my girlfriends has been playing it but I haven’t devoted myself to listening to it. Something that I have to do to really get to grips with an album. I do like the song though, but I don’ t think it’s my favourite off the album, that would probably go to Heads Will Roll. I actually saw the YYY’s live in Glasgow a few years back and have been mesmerized by Karen O ever since. Although she is not as amazing as the guitarists hair. It’s perfect.

Song: Drive Slow
Artist: Kanye West
Album: Late Registration
Year: 2005

I have a love/hate affair with Mr. West. As talented as the lad is, he really is a bit of a twat. This tracks is not one of my favourites but I do love the horns. He has done some great songs throughout his first two albums. Don’t know what else to say about this one…skip to the end?

Song: Steamer Trunk
Artist: Alkaline Trio
Album: From Here To Infirmary
Year: 2001

So many tracks of this album make up the soundtrack to my teenage years, but strangely I’ve just got into this band more in the last few months, racking up loads of plays on my Ipod. Firmly rooted in pop punk, yet their songs have some great lyrics conveying real emotions. They deserved more plays back in “the day” than a lot of the other bands got. I’m off to sing the entire album very loud, and very bad. Hope you enjoyed the list.

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