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Cinematic Melodies - 'The Moon Song' by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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-Song title: The Moon Song’-

-Artist: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

-Featured in the Trailer for:Her” (Opens: 1/10/14)-

Quick Bio – Very few people will know the name, but Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is one you need to remember. And while I knew of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I had no clue it was led by such an artist like Karen O until I watched the original trailer for “Her” and listened to her voice. It’s a different sound for sure, but the more you listen to her, you start to realize her talent and just how far she could go. Born in South Korea, Karen Orzolek is nothing as it seems, often going out of her way to make a statement on stage. That’s both by what she does and what she wears, having been voted as one of rock music’s hottest and most fashionable women. But, it was her voice that got the attention of indie rocker Nick Zinner, who Karen met in New York while attending to NYU. The two instantly bonded and began performing acoustic sets around the city. But, when that didn’t take off like they wanted, they decided to go back to their roots of punk rock. And it was then the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were born; only they didn’t know it yet.

And that’s mostly because they didn’t have drummer Brian Chase yet, who had met Karen back in Ohio in the late 90’s at Oberlin College. Once he joined, it all started to take form. And in 2003, the band released their debut album, Fever to Tell, which sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide and was nominated for ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ at the Grammy’s. That’s not bad for a group hard to fit into one genre, much less one that supported bands like The White Stripes and The Strokes. Sure, those bands have achieved their fare share of success back in the day, but it’s not like they won a bunch of awards either. Point is, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to work to get their name out there and while the first album was able do that, Karen O credits their second Grammy-nominated album Show Your Bones as the turning point in an interview with the indie site “Show your Bones is what happens when you put your finger in a light socket,” crediting “9-year-old Antigenius wonder-kid Drake Barrett for the insight.”

Indie Rock – With bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I automatically think indie due to not onlhy the sound, but how rare you actually hear them. So, when I heard 'The Moon Song' in the trailer for “Her,” I immediately thought of this column and the need to tell their story. Because alternative or indie music is not what you hear on the radio or even IHeartRadio for those that have given up on disk jockeys. But, given my love for those indie-based genres, I will latch on to any sound that is different. And Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is that, just like many that she followed from relatively low-budget labels. Doing it this way allows artists to do what they want without the major labels dictating what “they think” is best for the time period. Surprisingly, Nirvana helped start this indie rock movement in a way, as they worked their way into the mainstream paving the way for bands like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But, back then it was still about the amount of albums you sold, a far tougher task when you are relying solely on radio play or word of mouth. Now, you can have your song played on TV or in a trailer for a movie, forcing people like me to look it up online. The hope then is I will log into my ITunes account and buy the song or album to share with my social network. And the more people that do this will eventually help create that buzz so many artists like Karen O want and crave for in a genre not as readily showcased. ~ Excerpts taken from

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