Walt Disney Records is scheduled to release Muppets: The Green Album on August 23, 2011. The album is a musical tribute to the Muppets, featuring 12 fan favorite songs reinterpreted by current artists. Appearing on the album are bands such as OK Go, Weezer, The Fray, Alkaline Trio, My Morning Jacket, as well as solo artists like Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson and Amy Lee.
The album cover features a typographic design of Kermit the Frog composed of the names of the artists that contributed to the project. The design has a 1960s psychedelic look to it and Kermit is instantly recognizable.
Muppets: The Green Album is being released in advance of Disney’s new comedy film The Muppets, which is coming to theaters this Thanksgiving. The soundtrack for The Muppets will be released by Walt Disney Records on November 22, 2011.
Songs included on Muppets: The Green Album are:
The Muppet Show Theme – OK Go
The Rainbow Connection – Weezer and Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams
Mahna Mahna – The Fray
Moving Right Along – Alkaline Trio
Our World – My Morning Jacket
Halfway Down the Stairs – Amy Lee
Mr. Bassman – Sondre Lerche
Wishing Song – The Airborne Toxic Event
Night Life – Brandon Saller of Atreyu and Billy Martin
Bein’ Green – Andrew Bird.
I Hope That Something Better Comes Along – Matt Nathanson
I’m Going to Go Back There Someday – Rachael Yamagata
Well, since “Happy Feet” is in the global news at the moment, it’s time we checked out some penguins on album covers. And yes, Noah had a penguin stall on his ark, right next to his tux and the goldfish tank.
No! Not that Happy Feet! That’s a movie. I’m talking about “Happy Feet”, the nickname of an emperor penguin who came ashore on New Zealand’s North Island some five days ago. That’s a long, long way from home. In fact, its only ever the second time one has been sighted in NZ (the other one was in 1967 in the South Island). And being confused, Happy ate a pile of sand thinking it was snow, got very sick and has now had a number of operations. Happy is getting better and will most likely fly back to Antarctica when daylight resumes down there in several months time. You can read more about Happy here.
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music from the Penguin Cafe (1976)
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Signs of Life (1987)
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a collective of performing musicians created by classically trained British guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes. PCO recorded and performed for 24 years until Jeffes died of a brain tumour in 1997. Almost all their album covers feature penguins or people wearing penguin heads, or both.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which opened in US theaters June 17th, is a family comedy family starring Jim Carrey (as Mr. Popper) and is based on the 1938 children’s book of the same name, by Richard and Florence Atwater. I’ve never read the book, but I’m guessing the penguin top right with the brighter orange beak might be “Captain Cook”.
Supergrass – Lenny (1995)
Status Quo – Whatever You Want (1979)
Fleetwood Mac Penguin (1973)
Shelly Manne & His Men Shelly Manne & His Friends Vol. 1 (1995)
English alternative rock band Supergrass
obviously decided that Lenny should be Lord Mayor of the penguins for the fourth single from their album I Should Coco. Lenny reached #10 in the UK singles chart. Another British rock band, Status Quo, used penguins on a few covers, including the first single and track of the same name from their 99th studio album. Sorry! Make that the 12th studio album – they only produced 29. The track was later re-recorded for their 2003 album Riffs. Fleetwood Mac, a British-American rock group (gee those Brits get around), couldn’t decide on the artwork for their seventh studio album, Penguin. They eventually decided on a penguin, the band mascot most favored by John McVie. And the 1995 compilation release of some Shelly Manne 1950’s recordings, depicts three penguins. Trust me, they’re penguins. And that’s all folks … I’m all penguin-ed out!
Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed by artist in alphabetical order.
The cover for Barbra Streisand’s forthcoming album, What Matters Most, was revealed on the artist’s official website this morning and via new release.
Barbra has long desired to release an album with lyrics only by her longtime collaborators and dear friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. That dream will finally be realized with her latest release What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, coming August 23.
The new album, which Barbra personally produced, features ten Bergman songs which she has never previously recorded. Included in the set are the Academy Award-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, “So Many Stars” which was a hit for Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66, “Nice ‘n’ Easy” as popularized by Frank Sinatra, and “That Face” as first recorded by Fred Astaire.
As I have written before, these déjà vu moments always seem to occur in groups of three. The third for this week is the cover for Maroon 5’s latest single, Move Like Jagger, and the new compilation of music by Joy Division and New Order.
Maroon 5 featuring Chistina Aquilera – Move Like Jagger (2011)
How would you feel if Justin Beiber wasn’t real? (I’d be happy but I’m sure millions wouldn’t). How about Selena Gomez? (I could take it or leave it). Annie Lennox or Tori Amos? (I’d be devastated! It’d be catastrophic! Zut alors!)
Well, we’ve had virtual bands before. Come on, how many of you knew Gorillaz is comprised of only two people, not four? Alvin and the Chipmunks did the same thing back in 1959 when Ross Bagdasarian used accelerated recordings of his own voice to provide the ‘chipmunk voices’. But there was no trickery involved here. You were not deliberately deceived.
So how you would feel, if you discovered that one of your music idols
didn’t exist, and that’s after she had appeared in TV commercials,
and you were “told” she was real by her music label and sponsors, and
that she had an official profile with a history, birthplace, age and so on. Well, meet Aimi Eguchi…
She’s the newest member of a band called AKB48, an all-female Japanese theater/idol group comprised of some 58 members, split into four teams. Aimi Eguchi is actually a CGI (computer-generated imagery) composite of six other band members. She’s not real.
Now, I don’t profess to understand Japanese culture, or their fixation of anime (let alone manga) and big-eyed baby-faced girls. And while I can “understand” their obsession with nubile-bordering-on-underage school girls with flawless looks, it’s all a bit gross, especially when fans have to know their blood type, bust sizes and other creepy stuff. However, the fact remains that, in this case, AKB48 has a large, dedicated fan base (it is not uncommon for new releases to sell over a million copies), and that these fans were deceived and lied to.
The deception and lying aside, I can see this becoming more common in the future, especially as the techonolgy required advances. Imagine the “perfect” idol (targeted at a specific demographic) who doesn’t eat up all your profits, throw tantrums, say silly things to the media, flash their knickers, shave their heads, commit suicide via drug overdose, or perform drunk (you heard me Amy Winehouse). The insurance savings alone must be staggering. So get used to it people.
The original article I came across here goes into more detail, and provides a few clips.
Cars 2, the sequel to Pixar’s 2006 animated film, was released in U.S. theaters today. The movie is being presented in Disney Digital 3D, IMAX 3D, and standard 2D and IMAX formats. It features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer and a long list of notable cameos.
The cover art for the soundtrack is a square version of the movie poster. The album features the score by Michael Giacchino and tracks by Weezer, Robbie Williams, Brad Paisley and Perfume. The track by Weezer is a cover of The Cars’ You Might Think. The album is currently available as an audio CD and digital download.