MTV announced the nominees for the most prestigious ceremony all year (9/6). Personally, I miss the days of Britney locking lips with Madonna and Eminem giving off the appearance of a bored housewife. Either way, it'll be entertaining and I'll probably live tweet it.
I'm not a gamer but the track-list for NBA 2k13 is enough to make me one. It's the kind of music you hear at a sporting event, and it just pumps you the funk up. Jay-Z executively produced the soundtrack which will obviously feature some of his own stuff. Artists in the latest installment of the basketball video game include Daft Punk, Coldplay, Kanye West, Santigold, & lots more. See the full list at Billboard.
Charli XCX did a darn good cover of Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" at Bowery Ballroom a few days ago. Listen to them both and rediscover the good music of the 80s.
In cinema news, the first trailer for Skyfall was released with exactly the footage you'd expect to see in a Bond film (not always a bad thing). The first image from Ridley Scott's The Counselor came out with Brad Pitt looking all handsomely cowboyish. Earlier this week, an extended trailer for Cloud Atlas was released. If you were like us, you were A) floored that you sat through an almost six minute movie trailer B) loved that M83's "Outro" was used accordingly but C) confuzzled (confused+ puzzled). It looked like Crash mets a Terrence Malick film mets The Fifth Element and every other genre of film that exists. Watch this short video of the directors and writers (same three people minus the author of the book) explain what they had in mind.
For new music: Hot Chip "Look At Where We Are" (Four Tet remix), Zedd "Spectrum" A-Trak & Clockwork remix, & thanks to the xx posting this on Facebook and beyond, Destiny's Child "Say My Name" (Cyril Hahn remix).
Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion in an effort to be more... relevant? Friendly with college stoners? Who knows...
And for everyone in Austin, West Nile is back, so spray up and Off!