REVENGE OF THE NERDS
Greetings readers from HP Towers and hope you’re coping well with the now almost daily weather warnings – if it’s not a hurricane, it’s a “polar low”. Oh well, the New Year is just around the corner… Meanwhile, it was a big week for the Irish in the US, thanks to Saoirse Ronan’s Golden Globe nomination and U2 gate-crashing the Billboard charts at No. 1.
Another event that has us equally excited is the upcoming NERD album, No One Ever Really Dies, released this Friday. The record continues Pharell’s post-‘Get Lucky’ winning streak, which also took in ‘Happy’, one of the biggest hits of the century thus far. Back in 2007, when interviewing James Murphy, Hot Press opined that Murphy’s own DFA duo were neck and neck with The Neptunes (Pharrell’s production team with Chad Hugo) for the title of producers of the decade.
Murphy nodded ascent, whilst adding the caveat, “Don’t forget Timbaland!” We can certainly agree with that… Starting around the turn of the millennium, The Neptunes produced a string of truly classic pop hits for the likes of Nelly, Jay Z, Kelis, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg, to name but a few.
We remain massive fans of their work and Pharrell in general, and perhaps the most exciting news about the new album is that one Kendrick Lamar appears on ‘Don’t Do It!’ along with Frank Ocean, with the track said to have a political edge. Cut us a slice!
Below, check out out Paul Nolan’s interview with cult LA artist Thundercat from earlier this year, in which he talks about collaborating with Pharrell and Kendrick…Check it out »
Over the weekend, we got the chance to catch up with HBO’s fascinating documentary Spielberg, which offered a brilliant insight into not only the Hollywood supremo’s cinematic output, but also the ups and downs of his personal life, his sometimes strained relationship with his family, and his friendship with fellow “Movie Brats” Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma and George Lucas (all of whom made contributions).
Still very much at the top of his game, Spielberg is behind two of 2018’s most hotly anticipated films, including The Post, which is released in January and explores the Washington Post’s handling of the Pentagon Papers. At HP, though, we’re most excited about Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Ready Player One.
Based on the cult novel by Britpop obsessive Ernest Cline (some have speculated the author’s musical taste explains the name of OASIS, the virtual reality simulator at the centre of the story), Ready Player One is set in a dystopian future and sees nerdy gamer, Wade Watts, attempt to uncover an Easter Egg worth millions at the centre of OASIS. Forget Bitcoin, then!
The trailer has arrived, and thanks to its groundbreaking use of VR effects, Ready Player One looks like being an absolute belter…Check it out »
Check out also Paul Nolan’s report on the appearance of Spielberg’s long-time friend, Martin Scorsese, at Trinity College earlier this year, when he received the university’s prestigious gold medal award…Check it out »
HEAR YE, HEAR YE
Festive gig highlights this week include Happy Mondays in Vicar Street (December 15); a marathon DJ set from Ninja Tune legend Mr Scruff at The Sugar Club (16); and Glen Hansard with Special Guests at Vicar Street (17 & 18).
To get you in the mood, check out Olaf Tyaransen’s extensive 2015 interview with Glen Hansard below…Check it out »
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Following on from the hugely acclaimed Covers Exhibition at Temple Bar’s National Photographic Archive earlier this year, Hot Press is further marking its 40th anniversary celebrations with the publication of Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book
Spanning four decades of rock and pop history, the book comes in both Super Deluxe Platinum and Luxury Gold formats. Among those who have signed and appear in the former are legends such as Madonna, Nick Cave, Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher, Blur, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, REM, Patti Smith – and far too many more to feature here.
Furthermore, the book also features those very special covers dedicated to those we have love and lost – including Rory Gallagher, Philip Lynott, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, George Michael, Joe Strummer, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and many more of the other greats, whose sad passing has left a huge void for fans of music all over the world.
In addition, the Deluxe edition also boasts ALL of the 43 Hot Press covers on which U2 have featured over the years
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