Sunday, April 22, 2007

Pffffffffffft...Nuts...and Actor-Rock

Apparently, I missed Norah Jones at the Theater at MSG last week, with M. Ward as an opener. I can't catch a break with old M. I was late to the second Stripes gig at Coney Island in 2005 and so I only caught his last song and realized I miss someone I should came to see on time. And I've missed him every time he's come since (though the time he played Webster Hall I don't have much regret about since I hate Webster Hall). And now I missed him with ol' NoJo there. Dag gummit.

BUT - as Pitchfork reported earlier this month - Ward is collaborating with actress Zooey Deschanel for an album. This is the new thing nowadays - independent-minded actresses turning to make independent-minded music (Scarlett Johansson, Jena Malone, Juliette Lewis). Not sure how it is all going to turn but it has to beat the crap out of the good ol' boy Hollywood rock made by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and so on. Even Michael Imperioli, though not an actress as much as he is an actor - because he's male, has been going around New York some with a contemporary rock band called La Dolce Vita. A bit of a snoozer but whatever, good for him. At least it ain't no Thirty Seconds to Mars. If you don't know who Thirty Seconds to Mars are, they are the band led by relatively good actor Jared Leto. In the vein of Panic at the Disco, Fallout Boy, AFI, etc. Leto's band and these others just mentioned ARE THE WORST BANDS IN THE WORLD. WORSE THAN HITLER.

But yeah - Johansson's rendition of Gershwin's "Summertime" was shockingly good. So it makes her upcoming album of Tom Waits covers seem plausibly worth anticipating rather than dreading with oddball absurd curiosity. And for the record, while it needs not be said how distractingly sexy Scarlett Johansson is to the point where it actually seems mechanically sterile, Zooey Deschanel is a candidate for Attractively Cutest Woman In The World so that if is a shameless excuse to give her a chance, so be it. That's Trillian, dammit!



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