Jena Malone is best known as the young actress in movies like Stepmom, Donnie Darko, Four Last Songs, Into The Wild and, more recently, The Hunger Games, but she is also a singer and musician. Her latest music project, The Shoe, will release their debut full-length album, I’m Okay, on June 3rd. The Shoe is comprised of sweet-voiced Jena and pianist-producer Lem Jay Ignacio and they are named for Jena’s musical instrument creation “The Shoe” – an old streamer trunk filled with electronic instruments. You can stream and download a free, legal mp3 of the album’s first single, “Paper Cup,” at SoundCloud.
I was impressed to learn that Alexander Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is responsible for the gorgeous score for All is Lost. J.C. Chandor directs Robert Redford in the lost-at-sea drama, due out on DVD on February 11th.
Rarely have I been so excited to see a singer go solo. Brody Dalle, former frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette, will release her debut solo album, Diploid Love, on April 29th. The first single, “Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy,” isn’t as punk as Brody’s history, but it’s still got a very strong rock sound and features backing vocals by Garbage’s Shirley Manson and Warpaint’s Emily Kowal. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.