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Exclusive premiere: Frightened Rabbit “Here” – The Highlands Film”

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Though Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish band, and proudly so, they had never gotten the chance to take their minstrelsy up into the Highlands until earlier this year. This was no jaunty weekend trip either, no they went on a deep tour of all the old Pictish outposts, premiering and practicing new songs from their upcoming, “Pedestrian Verse,” to small rooms of eager, small town fans. Dunoon, Aviemore, Ullapool, the tremendously woolen, vowel-heavy names of places set in a stunning landscape of crisp water and rugged mountains where bands don’t normally venture.

“It had been an ambition of mine since I started the band to take to Scotland’s outposts to play shows,” singer Scott Hutchison said. “The opportunity took its time to arise, so when it did, it felt silly not to document the whole thing in some way.” It was a dead brilliant idea and a lovely side effect was the panoramic short, “Here,” that they came away with.

“We all felt that the country itself should be the lead in this film, and Scotland did not disappoint,” Hutchison recalled wistfully. Many of their northern kin, fans since the beginning, may have waited five years to see the band live, living so far away and isolated from tour destination cities like Glasgow, the band’s home. “Wonderful people, breathtaking scenery and damn good shows. I feel lucky to have this film to remember it by.” Haste ye back, Frightened Rabbit.

 

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Just a few weeks ago the band announced “Pedestrian Verse,” tracks from which are already proving the album will not live up (or down, as it were) to that name in any literal sense. The songs glimpsed in “Here” are testament to that, especially Hutchison’s solo performance of “State Hospital,” which he gives mid way through this gorgeous film, with verse as powerful as the Highlands are in their vista, looming over the little Scottish town where he sang it.

The album will be out Feb. 5th on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records.

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Exclusive premiere: The Cult “Elemental Light” (SALEM Remix)

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The Cult’s Ian Astbury is a deeply visual guy, so when he had a vision of “an eagle being ripped out of sky” by some man made machination, it had to become integral to his next marriage of sound and vision. Director Kostas Seremetis turned the idea into more of a gallery wall piece than a music video, echoing some similar sentiments from an earlier 2007 collaboration between the two called “The Resistance.”

“The sentiment of this film captures the loss of wilderness, and a generation trying to make sense of the trash heap they have inherited,” Astbury said, not pulling his punches. “It evokes nature versus man, that struggle [and] desire to control nature and ultimately death.”

The Cult reached out to SALEM and asked if they’d like to do a remix from “Weapon of Choice.” Remarkably, Astbury said he just used the the email address on an EP he had. It was a shot in the dark for a band notorious for not giving a damn, but then I suppose when some legends come calling, you answer.

 

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Exclusive premiere: ARMS “Heat & Hot Water”

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Last year’s debut “Summer Skills” announced that ARMS had gone from a side-project in Todd Goldstein’s Brooklyn bedroom to a full band.  “Heat & Hot Water,” though it sounds like something woefully written right after hurricane Sandy, is actually from that release produced by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up). The video features a couple in two highly recognizable phases of any relationship; raucous excitement and quiet disappointment.

“[It] was shot in Columbia, MO with Andrew Palermo,” Goldstein said, “the director behind all of White Rabbits incredible videos — and features Brooke Underwood and Wesley Powell as the slowly disintegrating couple.”

Goldstein confessed that his brief cameo could probably be characterized as “the Devil,” though he wasn’t entirely sure. “We wanted the video to play more like a short-film companion to the song, a mood piece that asks more questions than it answers. I like to think it’s an appropriate mirror of the album’s anxious/melancholy, narrative-driven tone, with a similar touch of the uncanny.”

 

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