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Editors Pick 146: Thom Yorke and Bon Iver Soundtrack New Moon by 20watts
Bon Iver may be on the soundtrack to Twilight sequel New Moon

Bon Iver may make an appearance on Twilight sequel New Moon

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Is that the heart-baring croon of Bon Iver?  Or just the sound of hell freezing over?

According to an article posted on Hitfix Thursday, Twilight director Chris Weitz has confirmed that Thom Yorke AND Bon Iver have contributed tracks to New Moon, the Twilight sequel, set to hit theaters in late November.  Previously, Weitz told the Los Angeles Times that Band of Skulls and Muse were also on the soundtrack.

The last film was resplendent in gooey pre-teen romanticism, awkwardly over-long shots of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and forgettable numbers from Paramore and others of their ilk.  Radiohead did, notably, soundtrack part of Twilight‘s credits with the Grammy-nominated “15 Step.”  And the franchise’s new composer, Alexandre Desplat, is practically legendary for his work on films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Still, the announcement comes as a surprise — as does the fact that these artists apparently approached Weitz, and not the other way around.

“Fortunately, I’m not at the stage where I have to turn anybody down yet, because everything is still kind of up in the air,” he said in an interview with Hollywood.com’s Katie Bain.  “But I am surprised and pleased at some of the bands that have said that they’re interested. It’s really kind of great. The criterion will still be what’s right for the movie at that given moment. Thom Yorke is interested. We might, if we’re very lucky, be able to get Kings of Leon to do something. So it’s exciting to be able to have access to this kind of talent.”

Twilight mania is apparently universal!  Now if only Thom Yorke would write a song for Harry Potter…

— Caitlin Dewey, Editor-in-Chief


this is a little disconcerting. the fact this kind of talent will go to twilight (reportedly both a mediocre book and film) almost offends me as a fan of both radiohead and bon iver. all in the interest of money and exposure, i suppose…

Comment by Eric V-B

i can’t believe justin vernon would do this…wtf.

Comment by carlywolkoff

Really? I think it’s pretty awesome (…which probably goes without saying, as it was my editor’s pick). Most of the indie artists we really love and respect are scraping by on a fraction of the money and recognition their work deserves. So, even though I’m by no means a Twilight fan, I’m really glad to see guys like Justin Vernon making money… although Twilight still seems so random to me. Lol.

Comment by caitlindewey

Frankly, I think this could work for the best. I mean despite my unmatched hatred for the Twilight series, it is undeniable that the whole production has a huge fan base. So maybe, just maybe, this will get the ridiculous amount of Twilight junkies into listening to some good music instead of the mainstream trash that clogged up the first movie.

Comment by irinadvalidze

I’m incredibly disappointed with Thom Yorke for even entertaining this crap. Jonny Greenwood already has an in with the Harry Potter series, so I guess Thom wanted to leave his movie mark?

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