what happened this weekend?
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2009

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In your new Monday update, we'll decide if the weekend held anything conversation worthy in the world of music. This week, vampires and werewolves spawn original soundtracks, Michael Jackson releases his first posthumous single, and The Arcade Fire confirm they will be scoring a movie. Let's review!

  • The New Moon OST leaked everywhere onto the internet. And although WMG promptly stomped Youtube embeds across the channels, many blogs managed to post them left and right. Popular download sites also contributed to the bleeding, but what did you expect Atlantic? Gather as many buzz bands as possible to create original music (including Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, and Bon Iver and St. Vincent), and politely expect the music community to AVOID leaking it? Come on!

  • Michael Jackson's "This Is It" was released last night at midnight. In what will no doubt be the biggest major label release of the year, (probably not true) Michael Jackson did a "Thriller" dance and had his first zombie Michael Jackson release, entitled "This Is It." It is in conjunction with the movie of the same name, documenting his final days preparing and rehearsing for the "This Is It" world tour. Please let this be the last Michael Jackson-related thing for quite some time (note: it won't be).

  • Owen Pallet confirmed via Twitter The Box will be scored by himself, plus Win Butler and his wife/bandmate Rgine Chassagne. OK so technically it is NOT the entire Arcade Fire on this project, but the movie (a thriller based on a mysterious box) is good fodder for the "creepy orchestral" music Win talked about in an interview with Pitchfork earlier this year. Pitchfork broke the rumor that you could hear some of the soundtrack on the official site, but early Friday night Owen confirmed it on his Twitter; it is the trio's work playing in the background of the trailer and the interactive website. Richard Kelly (Southland Tales/Donnie Darko) is directing, so who knows what to expect?


This week we've got a few nice words about Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, and part two of our CMJ feature, as well as a few CMJ events to highlight. Where The Wild Things Are will see a release on Friday, a new Mixtape as usual, and The Flaming Lips, Thao, A Place To Bury Strangers, and The Twilight Sad are all joining us in the Baeble Record Club. -joe puglisi

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