“Eclipse” Soundtrack Revealed: I’m Always In This TWILIGHT

Kristen and Rob show off their moves. Shot by Peggy Sirota.

Despite the cheesiness of it all, the “Twilight” saga continues to attract top-shelf indie rock artists for its soundtracks. What’s more, these artists contribute new songs to be background noise to a vampire/human/werewolf love triangle soap opera, in order to gain the notice (and dollars) of millions of breathless females worldwide — while enraging pitchfork.com-reading loyalists who cry “Sell out!”

For the third film of the five-part series (“Breaking Dawn” will be two films), the soundtrack lineup includes two of my favorite Brits — Bat for Lashes and Florence + the Machine. These ladies definitely know what’s up when it comes to fantasy (see BFL “Horse and I”) and overwhelming passion (see BFL “Daniel”).

Florence always struck me as a “Twilight” fan given the bombastic chorus of “Cosmic Love” (“I’m always in this TWILIGHT”) and the lovesick wolf-hunter narrative of “Howl.”

I am pleasantly surprised to see a contribution from Australian singer Sia. This YouTube fan video of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s “Vanity Fair” shoot featuring Sia’s song “Breathe Me” was sexier than the entire “Twilight” movie. It’s no coincidence, I’m sure, that “Breathe Me” was featured as the trailer for Rob’s recent movie “Remember Me” or that Sia is now on the “Eclipse” soundtrack.

It’s quite an international indie lineup, actually. Canadians (Metric), a Scientologist (Beck), and some Ivy League Americans (Vampire Weekend):

1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”

2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”

3. The Bravery – “Ours”

4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”

5. Sia – “My Love”

6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”

7. The Black Keys – “Chop And Change”

8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”

9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”

10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”

11. UNKLE – “With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”

12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles An Hour”

13. Band Of Horses – “Life On Earth”

14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part Of Forever”

15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”

2009 Mercury Prize: Bat for Lashes Picks Up Second Nomination

Bat for Lashes - bring on the accolades

Bat for Lashes - bring on the accolades

Bat for Lashes’ debut album “Fur and Gold” lost out for the UK-centric Mercury Prize in 2007 to the Klaxons.

Here’s to hoping that she scores this time around – “Two Suns” has made the 2009 shortlist.

Florence and the Machine, “Lungs”
Kasabian, “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum”
Bat for Lashes, “Two Suns”
La Roux, “La Roux”
Glasvegas, “Glasvegas”
Speech Debelle, “Speech Therapy”
Friendly Fires, “Friendly Fires”
The Horrors, “Primary Colours”
Lisa Hannigan, “Sea Sew”
The Invisible, “The Invisible”
Led Bib, “Sensible Shoes”
Sweet Billy Pilgrim, “Twice Born Men”

Bat for Lashes on Getting to be Mates with Thom Yorke

sweeter than Bambi - Bat for Lashes

sweeter than Bambi - Bat for Lashes

In 2007, Thom Yorke loved Bat for Lashes song “Horse and I” off of her first album, Fur and Gold, placing it on his iTunes’ list of recommendations.

He remarked: “natasha khan of bat for lashes ain’t scared. i love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws. this song seems to come from the world of grimm’s fairytales, and i feel like a wolf.” Love it!

The two artists were able to get to know each other when Bat for Lashes served as the opening act for Radiohead.

In a recent Pitchfork interview with Natasha, she shares some cute moments of their camaraderie on the road:

Pitchfork: Oh, Radiohead! You played with them recently and they said great things about you. What are some of your most vivid memories of your shows opening up for them?

NK: I think just being a total geek and embarrassing myself in front of Thom Yorke several times was what I remember. Just because he’s quite elusive and like, he’s a lovely guy but he’s quite difficult to kind of create conversation, you know, like a situation where you can just talk, and I think I sort of told him once that– [breaks out laughing]. I was wearing pajamas with weird rainbow patterns on the bottom, and he was wearing what I thought were red pajama bottoms, and I was like, “My pajamas are sooo much cooler than your pajamas.” And he was like, “Uhh, these are trousers I’m wearing on stage tonight,” and I was like, “Oh. [long pause] Sorry.” And he was like, “They cost me quite a lot for pajamas.” And I was just like, “Ohhhh, fuuuuuuckkkk.” So I was trying to be funny and I just kept putting my foot in it and insulting him basically [laughs].

And eventually– he was really sweet, and we did have good chats, and we kind of just punched, you know like [laughing, smacks Pitchfork playfully on the arm] “Hey, what’s the,” really embarrassing, you know like, you like somebody and you’re trying to talk to them and you end up just hitting them and tripping over them. It was kind of like that situation. [laughs]

Pitchfork: Are there any other artists going forward that you’d be interested in collaborating with?

NK: I wish that I had been able to sing “All I Need” with Thom Yorke off the last record. Because I love singing that song sooo much, and I sing it in a high register and it sounds really good [laughs]. But I missed my chance on that.

Awww – cute pajama banter!

Are you paying attention Thom Yorke? You’re soooo good on duets. (see P.J. Harvey collaboration “This Mess We’re In” or Bjork collabo “I’ve Seen It All” from Dancer in the Dark for evidence)

Bat for Lashes “Pearl’s Dream” Video and Her Alluring Cover Songs

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes - her mysterious ways

She moves in mysterious ways - Bat for Lashes aka Natasha Khan

The red curtains. . .the lady in a blonde wig. . .Bat for Lashes’ video for “Pearl’s Dream” is positively David Lynchian.

After listening to her two albums – I needed more! Bat for Lashes has done the following lovely cover versions:

  • I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
  • *Kangaroo (This Mortal Coil)
  • Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
  • Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
  • A Forest (The Cure)

*Kangaroo is a gorgeous piano song – it tenderly recalls the whack bang of love at first glance. I am curious to hear more of this Brit dream pop group This Mortal Coil. The song was also covered by Big Star.


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Sarah McLachlan is Bringing Lilith Back

the goddess known as Sarah

We can stop feeling sad over those ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLachlan.

From Sarah’s official website:

Lilith Fair 2010!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 We are happy to officially announce the long awaited return of Lilith Fair in the summer of 2010. Please stay tuned for more details on the festival and other Sarah news.

Fingers crossed for a new Sarah album of non-holiday songs! Sarah is now a single mother of two and is sure to very busy.

My 2010 Lilith Fair line-up requests –

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