Clerks soundtrack to get vinyl treatment for 30th anniversary

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the soundtrack to Kevin Smith’s cult classic film Clerks is to be released in a vinyl edition for the first time.

The original mix of music and dialogue from the film will be preserved across three sides of two LPs, with the fourth side featuring an etching. The set is scheduled for release on the 11th of November.

The album features cuts from many of the leading lights from the heyday of alternative rock, including Alice in Chains, Girls Against Boys, the Jesus Lizard, Bad Religion, Soul Asylum, Corrosion of Conformity, Stabbing Westward and more besides.

According to Rolling Stone, legend has it that licensing the music for Clerks cost more than the production of the film itself. The movie helped make Alice in Chains’ 1992 song “Got Me Wrong” a hit, and the Kevin Smith–directed clip for Soul Asylum’s “Can’t Even Tell,” which closes out the movie, ensured that it reached No.16 on Billboard’s alternative song chart.

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Metal stars set to soundtrack new videogame

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The worlds of metal and gaming are to join forces once again with the forthcoming release of the platform adventure game, Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame.

Arch Enemy’s vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth, Simone Simons of Epica and Marc Hudson of Dragonforce are all set to lend their musical and vocal talents to the game that sees the story being told through the use of rock and metal music.

The orchestral score is performed by the Metropole Orkest – purportedly the world’s largest pop and jazz orchestra. Members of Textures and Within Temptation are also involved in the game, which sees the style of music alter and change depending on the gamer’s style of play.

An album version of the game’s score will be released in October this year, with the game itself due to follow for PC and Mac in early 2015.

The game has been developed by students at the Utrecht University Of Arts in the Netherlands, and you can watch the trailer for it below:

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Michael Stipe talks first new music since R.E.M. split

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Michael Stipe has been talking about his first new music since R.E.M. split up in 2011.

Stipe has written a soundtrack to the film The Cold Lands, directed by his friend Tom Gilroy. Speaking to Salon, Stipe said: “This is, in fact, the first thing that I’ve done musically since REM disbanded. So, of course, I wanted it to be for something that meant a lot to me. That was important… I knew I wasn’t going to sing, so that made it easier.”

Discussing his concepts for the music to the film, Stipe said: “I tried to bring groove… I probably would have done something much quieter. But I knew that he [Gilroy] wanted something that had a beat, so that was great because it really pushed me. I’m happy with where it landed. It felt to me like a great first project.”

When R.E.M. split Stipe said it was “unfathomable” that he would make a solo album. “It’s unfathomable to me right now. What would it sound like? Watered-down R.E.M?” Peter Buck also admitted he was sad that the band would never play together again, but insisted he couldn’t imagine them changing their minds over the decision to split.

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