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Hear Alexander Ebert's song 'Amen' from the Robert Redford 'All Is Lost' soundtrack

As serious-movie season approaches, so does serious-movie-soundtrack season.

One of the most buzzed-about is Robert Redford’s open-water drama All Is Lost, which our own Owen Gleiberman called “haunting.”  Alexander Ebert, leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, did the entire score, and one song, called “Amen,” is streaming online now.

Give it a listen below:


Album Sales: John Mayer holds on to No. 1, One Direction makes chart history

John Mayer may be feeling dumpy and “humiliated” about that big meanie Taylor Swift, but the fact that his fifth album, Born and Raised, has just logged a second week atop the Billboard 200 should cheer him up.

The reformed(?) rocker’s twangified set sold 65,000 copies this week, holding off Adele and One Direction, as well as new releases from Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Sigur Rós, all of whom landed high in the top 10.

One thing Mayer couldn’t hold off? One Direction’s DVD release of Up All Night: The Live Tour, which sold 76,000 copies. As Yahoo‘s Paul Grein explains, this marks the first time ever that the No. 1 music DVD release has outsold the No. 1 album.

Check out the Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at SXSW: Folk-rockers bring new songs, jubilant jams -- and their own movie

Just a mile north of the armies of green-clad party people filling up Sixth Street in downtown Austin, a far more positive vibe was being dealt out on the campus of the University of Texas. Though the show, put together by MySpace, existed outside of the purview of South By Southwest proper, it provided some of the purest musical moments of the entire weekend and trafficked in that rare emotion across the stages of Austin: joy.

Sprawled across a hill on a breezy evening under a lovely Texas sky, thousands showed up for a screening of the documentary Big Easy Express, which tracks the seven-date tour that took Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Old Crow Medicine Show from Oakland, California to New Orleans via train. The bulk of Old Crow couldn’t show up on Saturday night (they were represented by member Gill Landry), but both Mumford and the Zeroes were there to celebrate the film and perform new music.

The trio of new songs that cropped up during Mumford & Sons headlining set had all appeared in their live sets before, but they all felt more fully realized than ever, suggesting that the band has fully grown into them. “Ghosts That We Knew” felt especially well-executed: the layered harmonies were on point, and the weepy violin solo gave the bridge some real heft. Bassist Ted Dwayne recently described Mumford & Sons’ upcoming second album as “doom folk,” and the version of “Ghosts That We Knew” played on Saturday night certainly falls under that descriptor.

The band also unleashed “Lover’s Eyes” and “Lover of the Light,” the latter of which found Marcus Mumford pulling a Phil Collins and singing whilst also playing the drum kit. Each of the new tracks was greeted warmly, and the gothic, moody “Lover’s Eyes” definitely has the potential to be a big single for the band.

They already have a handful of those, of course, and Mumford & Sons delivered impassioned versions of each. READ FULL STORY

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