Billy Corgan may get emotional, but that doesn’t mean the Smashing Pumpkins frontman doesn’t know how to get physical. The creative icon and public cat cuddler has officially joined TNA Wrestling as a senior producer as well as creative and talent development consultant. Corgan says it’s a “dream come true.” This means he will be using the world of uppercuts and body slams to explore issues of race, gender, and ethnicity. Makes sense, right? The world may never understand Billy Corgan, but Billy Corgan will keep on doing everything possible to better understand the world.
“I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best,” Corgan said in a press release. “For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.” So long Smashing Pumpkins, hello Smashing Heads.
Michael Cera has been quieter than usual lately. Looks like it’s because he’s been busy getting loud in the studio. Cera is teaming up with The Unicorns’ Alden Penner for a new EP titled Canada In Space that drops June 29 via City Slang. It’s an “imagining of the dreams, reveries, phantasms, hallucinations, psycho-spiritual projections, naïve mythologies” of an abandoned Canadian space crew during and after their journey to Mars. They have shared the single “Breathe To Burn” off the release, and it’s as dark as that description implies before bursting into a remarkably catchy second half. Catch them when they tour Europe and you can see Cera play “Sexy Danger” live, too. [SPIN]
Speaking of outer space, Daft Punk appear to be lost in space, but don’t panic. The French duo have shared a short video clip that sees them aboard an aircraft, shooting complimentary emails off to the one and only Nile Rodgers. Back in February, Rodgers said Daft Punk had made a touching film in honor of Chic’s new album, and this clip comes straight from that movie, Nile Rodgers: From Disco to Daft Punk. The documentary tracks Rodgers decades-spanning career and is primarily in French (with several English interviews). Should the robots’ brief clip intruige you, the documentary can be viewed in full over at Arte. [Pitchfork]
The music documentaries don’t stop there. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack are trekking back in time to portray Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson in the new biopic Love & Mercy. A new trailer surfaced that details how the film goes beyond the band’s music to focus more on Wilson’s struggle with mental illness instead. It’s a bold move, but there’s enough evidence in “Sloop John B” alone to support this with confidence. Besides, both Brian Wilson and Melinda Ledbetter gave the film their blessing. God only knows how tough it will be to see Wilson battle his demons. Check it out here. [Nerdist]
Jamie xx is leaving us breathless yet again. Yeah, it’s from dancing. Yeah, it’s from musical admiration. Even moreso, however, from this new video. The electronic mastermind behind The xx’s house beats has shared a video for “Gosh”, the opening track from his forthcoming album In Colour. Director Erik Wernquist takes us through outerspace to explore the surface of a planet and the whipping wings of a shuttle. If you get motion sickness, grab a bag. It’s a wild ride.
Head over to NPR’s First Listen selection this week for three highly anticipated releases. Torres‘ stunning LP Sprinter tackles heartbreak with a bold indie rock ferociousness, The Tallest Man on Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home turns folk into a clamor of troubled fervor, and Toronto trio Metz restructure dissonance on II with piano and savage anthems. All three are wildly different but satisfying, unless, you know, you hate music or something.
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