For lovers of indie pop music, the Golden Globes were a quiet acknowledgement to a few heroes of that genre, and even one Zero.
The hippie-looking guy that who accepted the award for Best Original Score for his work on the “All Is Lost Soundtrack” and had an odd “remember me?” with Diddy, er Sean Combs? That was Alexander Ebert, better known as the leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Wait, why wouldn’t his name be Edward Sharpe? Is that what you’re asking? Oh, it isn’t? You already know that Edward Sharpe is a made-up character? OK then. Sorry, we were just trying to teach you something. Sheesh.
How about when Andy Samberg won for best actor in a comedy and he acknowledged his wife, Joanna? Did you know that was indie harp goddess Joanna Newsom? Wasn’t it a little weird to see the milk-eyed mender on network television?
Related: Joanna Newsom in Metro in 2006
The thing that’s so interesting about Alexander Ebert though, is that often when you listen to a band, you think, “Oh, great. They can play guitar and come up with a nice melody and lyric to make a big hit” — as they did with “Home” — but you don’t always think they’re capable of writing a score! To celebrate Ebert’s win, let’s have a look at him rehearsing one of the film’s more hopeful numbers.
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And hey, while you’re at it, check out our interview with him on the May 2012 edition of the Metro Monthly Music Podcast and/or read our feature with him here.