Leighton Meester (or as she’s forever known in my TV-loving heart, Blair Waldorf) is set to release a nine-track album on October 28. She debuted her new song “Heartstrings” yesterday and I’m totally intrigued. Instead of the bubbly, formulaic ditties that lots of actresses-turned-singers fall victim to, Meester’s song has a thoughtful, melancholy vibe to it that I can totally get behind. She’s ventured into music before with Cobra Starships’ “Good Girls Go Bad,” the movie “Country Strong,” and a kick-ass Fleetwood Mac cover, but this is her first album. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the tracks! [Cosmopolitan]
“Deconstructed Piano,” an eery film by Austrian filmmaker Laurin Dopfner, is meant to represent “the gradual destruction of instrumental music through digital sound generators.” A piano is burned to the ground as its music is disrupted by two heat guns, or as Dopfner fittingly explains it, “an assault by two robots.” The Moonlight Sonata plays to represent the grief and pain felt by the piano. The process required eight hours of time lapse photography, with one frame every six seconds. I can’t imagine what it takes to convince someone to torch a gorgeous, capable piano, but the heartbreaking end result is pretty moving. [Laughing Squid]
EW.com released a clip of the upcoming film version of the off-Broadway musical “The Last 5 Years,” starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan [Alas, not this Jeremy Jordan, I was sad to discover. -- Amelia], and I’m kind of melting over it. The musical follows the five-year relationship of young NYC couple Jamie and Cathy from two different timelines. Cathy begins her songs at the end of their relationship and Jamie begins from the start, and their two story lines only come together once, in the middle of the production, when he proposes to her. It’s less complicated than it sounds (according to Anna Kendrick, it will look like a series of easy-to-follow vignettes). Keep reading »
It’s impossible not to be happy while listening to “Somebody Loves You,” the perfect pop song by Australian singer Betty Who. I first became aware of the song when I saw this video of a guy who proposed to his boyfriend in a choreographed public marriage proposal set to the song (in the lumber aisle of Home Depot, no less) and then cried at length. Betty just debuted a new music video for the song and it’s just perfect. Listen to it with someone you love!
Artist Kawehi used a loop machine to sing Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” with her own voice serving as background vocals, and my mind is blown. Michael Jackson is the kind of dude that’s covered so often that you have to be pretty damn special to stand out singing his work, but Kawehi pulls it off, all while just casually chillin’ on her bed. Girl makes talent look so easy! [Wash FM]
Postmodern Jukebox is back with another beautiful cover, and this time they’re jamming out to a 1912 waltz version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” With a new stylistic twist and vocals by Robyn Adele Anderson, the song takes on a whole new mood. This band never ceases to amaze.