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Arcade Fire's 'The Reflektor Tapes' Tickets Go on Sale, Release Date Changes, Watch New Trailer

Music News, TV/Film NewsWeston PaganoComment

The Reflektor Tapes, Arcade Fire's "unique cinematic experience [that meets] at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history" will now be released a day earlier on September 23rd. It's also been announced today that the band's first feature film will premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film FestivalYou can find screenings and purchase tickets here.

Arcade Fire explained via The Guardian, “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.”

Watch the new official trailer, which joins previous previews shown here, below.

Arcade Fire Announce Debut Feature Film Containing New Music 'The Reflektor Tapes,' Release Previews

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Arcade Fire will release their first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, in theaters worldwide on September 24th for a limited time, according to an official statement.

The film is directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph (who has also worked with artists including Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, and Flying Lotus) and will be "a unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history."

According to a press release, The Reflektor Tapes will contain footage from Arcade Fire's recent tour in support of their last album Reflektor, as well as 20 minutes of film shot specifically for the project, and, perhaps most excitingly, a new, previously unreleased song from the band.

Two previews have been released so far, including a "First Look Trailer" and an eight-minute excerpt of the film based around one of Reflektor's best tracks, "Porno." Both are absolutely entrancing and exhilarating, and you should check them out below.

Ticket information and theater listings will be posted on the project's official website when made available.

Curiously, both the site and trailer were temporarily taken down, but have since been made available again.

Watch Jon Hamm Feed Gummy Bears to Belle & Sebastian Onstage at Bonnaroo

Music News, TV/Film NewsEllen WilsonComment
Photo: John Connor Coulston / MTSU Seigenthaler News Service

Photo: John Connor Coulston / MTSU Seigenthaler News Service

While it’s now expected that comedian Ed Helms will make an appearance on the farm at Bonnaroo each year, his Hangover co-star Zach Galifianakis and Mad Men man Jon Hamm's antics were a little more of a surprise. They joined Helms onstage during the Superjam and preformed “We Are The World" after crashing the Comedy Tent earlier in the day and performing a bit in which Hamm made Galifianakis his dog and fed him the live-giving treat of gummy bears.

This was largely unknown to the audience for Belle & Sebastian's set in This Tent, though, so when Galifianakis abruptly and energetically introduced the indie-darlings by shouting, “Hey Everybody! My name is Chad Farmhouse, I run Bonnaroo. We’re really excited to have one of the greatest bands of this generation…in my opinion. Please welcome the glorious Belle and/or Sebastian!” it was hilariously confusing, with many not even recognizing the actor with his new beard-cut.

After a few songs, frontman Stuart Murdoch stops and tells the audience that he ran into Zach and the comedy tent where he saw him being fed the gummies. Murdoch wondered aloud, “I thought why doesn’t that ever happened to me? Why can’t I ever be fed gummy bears onstage by a famous person… I wonder, could you come feed me gummy bears” and all of a sudden, Jon Hamm appeared on stage, a jar of gummy bears in hand. The crowed went wild as Don Draper silently tossed the succulent sweets into Murdoch’s mouth and the crowd before scurrying off stage again as quickly as he had come.


'Wish I Was Here' Soundtrack Contains New Bon Iver, The Shins, and More

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Ten years ago Zach Braff’s last film Garden State did wonders for propelling indie, specifically The Shins, into the mainstream spotlight. It seems Wish I Was Here, his Kickstarter-funded forthcoming directorial sophomore effort, will be similarly musically inspired, with a soundtrack boasting many of the screenwriter and star’s favorite artists, including Paul Simon and The Head And The Heart.

The Shins appear once again with shimmering new tune “So Now What,” with frontman James Mercer taking a break from side-project Broken Bells to write the song specifically for this sountrack. Just as wistful and dreamy as they were a decade ago, the now Portland-based sextet seem eager to reunite with Braff with lines like “I guess we’ll just begin again / I hope you know you’re my best friend” making up the soaring chorus lifted by Mercer’s gentle and softened falsetto.

Another new track commissioned for Wish I Was Here is Bon Iver’s eerie and minimalistic “Heavenly Father.” Justin Vernon’s vocals layer over a looping synth vibration in what, according to NPR, was an incredibly spontaneous recording:

They were enjoying it and laughing, but at a certain point, they just got quiet. When it was over, Justin started humming. We talked afterwards about the relationship between Zach’s character and his brother [Josh Gad], and Justin and Nate talked a little about their father — all the while Justin kept distractedly humming. Eventually, he sang out the words ‘heavenly father.’ Before I even left their house, Justin was recording the first version of the song in his downstairs studio. His inspiration was that immediate.

The complete soundtrack is due out July 15 via Columbia with the film hitting theaters three days later. There will be a separate vinyl release on August 5, with Garden State’s soundtrack being reissued the same day. Check out the tracklist below:

Wish I Was Here

  1. The Shins “So Now What”
  2. Gary Jules “Broke Window”
  3. Radical Face “The Mute”
  4. Hozier “Cherry Wine (Live)”
  5. Bon Iver “Holocene”
  6. Badly Drawn Boy “The Shining”
  7. Jump Little Children “Mexico”
  8. Cat Power & Coldplay “Wish I Was Here”
  9. Allie Moss “Wait It Out”
  10. Paul Simon “The Obvious Child”
  11. Japanese Wallpaper “Breathe In [ft. Wafia]“
  12. Bon Iver “Heavenly Father”
  13. Aaron Embry “Raven’s Song”
  14. The Weepies “Mend”
  15. The Head & the Heart “No One to Let You Down”

Originally published on The Music Ninja