Some champions don’t stop when they get the gold. They need more awards, even if it’s in a different field entirely. Michael Phelps lip synced Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” to a crowd the other day and got a standing ovation, reminding us that anything is possible for athletes. Other people pushed themselves over the weekend, too, like Michel Gondry, who created a music video for The White Stripes just because. Plus, Bruce Springsteen announced a book tour, Trent Reznor and Mogwai are teaming up to score a documentary, Norah Jones dropped a jazz hit, and Bon Iver finally announced new tour dates.
Michael Phelps always wants to win the gold and the hearts of his fans, doesn’t he? The Olympic swimmer competed in Spike’s Lip Sync Battle show, but for a special edition that saw “all-stars” taking the stage. In what may become an iconic moment in his career, Phelps tackled Eminem‘s hit “Lose Yourself.” He dawns a hoodie, stares deep into a mirror, and then gives the gruff, motivational, intense performance the song asks of anyone who sings (or lip syncs) it. It looks like he had fun, too. About time. [Consequence of Sound]
There’s magic built inside of Michel Gondry. There must be. There’s no other way to explain the director’s ability to create such imaginative, fun, creative footage for films, music videos, and advertisements alike. Out of nowhere, Gondry released a new music video he did for, of all bands, The White Stripes. The video was created for “City Lights”, the recently unearthed track from Jack White’s new Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 album. In it, he films a steamy shower door and some evolution of drawn lyrics all in a single take. It’s classic Gondry and, as usual, it’s endearing as heck. Watch it above. [Consequence of Sound]
The boss has more work to do. Bruce Springsteen announced a series of “special appearances” he will make this fall to support his upcoming autobiography, Born to Run. The book comes out on September 27, but he plans on celebrating its release a bit before then. The book tour kicks off in, of course, New Jersey and sees him carry on to New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, and more. It’s short (there’s only nine dates total!) but likely worth the trek for superfans. Best of all, the book will come with a compilation album called Chapter and Verse which features five unreleased tracks. How do you do it, Bruce? [Rolling Stone]
David Fincher isn’t the only director who can get Trent Reznor to score a film. The Nine Inch Nails frontman returns to the scoreboard alongside Mogwai and Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla for a new film. The documentary, called Before the Flood, sees none other than Leonardo DiCaprio behind the director’s lens. As a group, the musicians composed “a blend of music with a cohesive vision, resulting in the score for Before the Flood, along with an album to be released in October.” It will be an interesting project, to say the least, and one that’s likely to receive an Oscar nomination as well. Here’s to a moving film about climate change. Hopefully it will spark the change we need to see, not just to hear. [Consequence of Sound]
In about two weeks, Bon Iver will share their third LP, 22, A Million. The album is anticipated, to put it lightly, but many fans have been wondering when they can hear songs that aren’t new. In other words, they want a tour to hear old cuts and new tracks. Their prayers have been answered. Bon Iver announced an upcoming tour that kicks off after the album’s September 30th release. The tour sees the band traveling through Europe with a slew of California dates tacked in. There’s a large number of gaps in the band’s tour schedule which makes it easy to assume this isn’t the full list of performances. For now, this is certainly good enough. See the whole list here. [Consequence of Sound]
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