With The Muppets slated for release in November, Disney is slowly trying to reintegrate the iconic band of puppets into the mainstream. They began running teasers for the film this past spring and on Tuesday they released Muppets: The Green Album, a collection of some of the Muppets biggest songs performed by some of today’s biggest acts.
OK Go were tasked with the responsibility of recording what is perhaps the Muppets most widely known tune, “The Muppet Show Theme Song.” Written by Jim Henson and Sam Pottle, the song opened and closed The Muppet Show for five seasons in the UK and US, from 1976-1981.
Down below, you can check out the newly released music video for OK Go’s take on the song. And then, set your DVR’s for the quartet’s August 31st performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You’re not going to want to miss this as the band will be joined by some very, very special friends.
Reunited, and it feels so good...
What does Weezer, My Morning Jacket and Andrew Bird all have in common? Apparently The Muppets. The bands, along with others including OK Go, Sondre Lerche, Rachael Yamagata and more, will be featured on the upcoming Muppets tribute called Muppets: The Green Album.
This coincides with the new Muppets movie coming out this fall, but the record will be out on August 23rd. Weezer teams up with Paramore’s Haley Williams to sing “The Rainbow Connection,” as OK Go takes over “The Muppet Show Theme.” Oh God let there be a music video for that. The tracklisting is below, in case you wanted to get all Gonzo about it.
Muppets: The Green Album
01 OK Go: “Muppet Show Theme”
02 Weezer and Paramore’s Hayley Williams: “Rainbow Connection”
03 The Fray: “Mahna Mahna”
04 Alkaline Trio: “Moving Right Along”
05 My Morning Jacket: “Our World”
06 Amy Lee: “Halfway Down the Stairs”
07 Sondre Lerche: “Mr. Bassman”
08 The Airborne Toxic Event: “Wishing Song”
09 Atreyu’s Brandon Saller and Good Charlotte’s Billy Martin: “Night Life”
10 Andrew Bird: “Bein’ Green”
11 Matt Nathanson: “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along”
12 Rachael Yamagata: “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday”
Sundays are for winning, right? Yea, we thought so. Modern Mystery is giving away some free show tickets for your listening pleasure. If you are in the New York City area (or are willing to travel to it), check out the TWO CONTESTS that we have in store for you. To enter, just send an e-mail to ModernMysteryBlog@yahoo.com with your name and phone number. Please put in the title the contest you would like to be submitted for. This will end on June 9th, Thursday.
The winner will recieve two tickets to the show of their choice.
So….here is what we are bringing to the plate.
Company of Thieves at the Bowery Ballroom – June 13th
(they have toured with OK Go and the Hold Steady)
The Gift with Xylos at the Bowery Ballroom – June 14th
(Portuguese psych-pop group is making a rare U.S. appearance)
Last month, Damian Kulash of Ok Go, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Ben Folds attempted to write eight songs in eight hours during the Rethink Music conference in Boston; the project was appropriately called “8in8.” In the end, they only put together six songs and releasing them on Amanda Palmer’s bandcamp page, while documenting the entire process in 12 hours of webstreamed video.
The insta-album, as they call it, was named Nighty Night. The entire project has been released under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, which means you are free to share and remix the songs as you please (except for commercial purposes).
All proceeds go to the Berklee City Music Network, a Boston based charity that brings music education for under-served teens free of charge. So check out Nighty Night; not only will you be participating in showing the music industry that there are other ways of producing music than the tradition label route but you will also be helping out arts education!