The lead singer of The Monkees, Davy Jones, has died. His rep tells TMZ that he died after suffering a heart attack this morning in Florida. Jones was 66. TMZ confirmed Jones’ death with an official from the medical examiner’s office for Martin County, Fla. Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four daughters from previous marriages. Jones joined The Monkees in 1965, with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monkees star Davy Jones dies at age 66
Sex Pistols sign new record deal ahead of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ re-release
Sex Pistols have signed a new record deal ahead of releasing an expanded and repackaged version of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’.
The punk legends have inked a deal with Universal Music Catalogue UK to put out a 35th anniversary edition of their classic 1977 album. Other events and releases, currently under wraps, are being planned throughout the year.
Commenting, frontman Johnny Rotten said: Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest. Universal now has a trophy room, music is the imitation of nature, the Sex Pistols are nature, so please give generously. Thank you.
Karen Simmonds from the label added: “To be given the opportunity to re-evaluate the Sex Pistols catalogue is every music lover’s dream. We’re looking forward to working with the band and celebrating their impact on worldwide culture.”
Meanwhile, to read an exclusive interview with Rotten, where he reveals the full story behind ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ and this year’s anniversary, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (February 29).
Melvins Roar Back With Two New Releases
The Melvins have always been a busy bunch, issuing new recordings at a rapid pace. The new year will be no different, as a pair of new Melvins releases will hit the streets by summer. March 13th will see the release of an EP, Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & the Bees (available as a free download via ScionAV.com), and on June 5th Ipecac Records will issue the full-length Freak Puke.
“Scion is with the double drummer [lineup] – Coady [Willis] and Jared [Warren] from Big Business. That’s the normal band that we have,” singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne tells Rolling Stone. “We’ve done three albums with them already, and five live albums.”
“Then we also had done some experimenting, where me and Dale [Crover] would play by ourselves, and we called it Melvins Lite. I played with Trevor Dunn in Fantômas and really liked the way he played bass. I hit upon the idea when I saw him play with Nels Cline, and it struck me that me and Dale should play with him for a Melvins record [Freak Puke], with him playing stand-up bass.”
Both releases will be supported by live dates. Whether with Dunn or the regular lineup, Osborne says, “it’s still the Melvins. I don’t think our fans will be confused by that. They’ve understood that we do pretty much what we want, anyway.”
In addition to his Melvins duties, Osborne supplies guitar for Fantômas. Though the band is on hiatus, he says he’s always game: “I would do whatever Mike [Patton] wants to. But it’s really not my deal. It’s really up to him. Fantômas really isn’t a band – it’s more like us trying to interpret Mike’s music. And bear in mind, Fantômas hasn’t been in the studio since 2003.”
What about collaborating with ex-Nirvana bassist/onetime Melvins roadie Krist Novoselic? “We would love to record with Krist,” says Osborne. “That would be great. I don’t know what is going on with him – I see him and talk to him once in a while, but the ex-Nirvana guys, I really don’t have much to do with. It’s not because I don’t want to. Those guys are busy doing whatever it is they’re doing.”
Despite being rulers of the rock underground for decades at this point, Osborne wouldn’t be opposed to some late-in-the-game fame and fortune. “I’ve always thought that millions of people should love our band,” he says. “I’ve never beavered away trying to be obscure, or perversely trying to make it to where everyone’s part of an exclusive club. That should have been obvious from when we signed with Atlantic in ’93.
“I’m not afraid of fame and fortune, if those sorts of things happen,” he says. “I also know, on the other hand, we’re a hard sell. We’re not a normal, easy-to-fit-into-a-category type of band.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Jack White confirms a second summer festival appearance
Jack White has confirmed his second European solo appearance of this summer.
The former White Stripes man will play Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival, which takes place in Rotselaar from June 28 – July 1.
Also confirmed to play at the Belgium event are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chase and Status, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence And The Machine, Justice, The Cure, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Blink-182, Kasabian, Deadmau5 and Skrillex.
For more information about the event and for full ticket details, visit Rockwerchter.be.
Jack White will release his debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’ on April 23. The album contains a total of 13 tracks and will be released through Third Man Records/XL. White will be appearing on US comedy show Saturday Night Live on March 3 to play tracks off the record.
Prior to his appearance at Rock Werchter, White will play a series of live shows in March in the United States. He is also confirmed to appear at Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend on June 23-24, alongside Lana Del Rey and The Maccabees.
Hear Arctic Monkeys’ brand new single ‘R U Mine?’ now
Arctic Monkeys have debuted their brand new single ‘R U Mine?’ online, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear the track.
The track, which does not feature on the band’s 2011 fourth album ‘Suck It And See’, was posted online in the early hours of this morning (February 27). It will be released as a single on March 2.
The band had previously said that they were planning to release “a new tune” before they undertake a lengthy stint across the USA and Canada as support to The Black Keys on their US arena tour.
The Sheffield band have also released a video for ‘R U Mine?’, which features them driving through the streets while the track is given its radio debut on California station KROQ.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Bon Iver – Towers (Official Music Video)
Nabil Elderkin, the filmmaker responsible for Bon Iver’s epic “Holocene” video, directed the third video for Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Today “Towers” premiered at Vimeo:
When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor’s name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy.
JOHN PEEL’S RECORD COLLECTION WILL BE A DIGITAL MUSEUM…
Ever wished John Peel’s record collection was yours? Well, soon it will be.
Peel’s collection is being made available to the general public, in the form of an “interactive online museum” [via NME].
The collection is understood to comprise around 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and “many thousands” of CDs. It’s going to be represented online as part of The Space, a new “experimental digital service” managed and largely funded by the Arts Council, with support from the BBC.
Tom Barker, Director of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, comments: “It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, one of the most important archives in modern music history.”
Frank Prendergast of Eye Film And Television adds: “The idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”
“We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted,” says Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft. This project is only the beginning of something very exciting.”
Precisely how this “interactive online museum” will work, and what users will actually be able to do with it, are ambiguous at present. What is known is that The Space will be live over the period May-October 2012, across various platforms – including PCs, smartphones and digital freeview TV. The project is receiving up to £3.5m of funding from Arts Council England.
The End Of CDs: Russian Retailer Latest To Take Music Off Shelves
It’s not just in western markets that content sales are moving rapidly from physical to digital. One of Russia’s largest electronics retailers says it will stop selling music CDs from mid-March.
M.Video says music CD sales fell by 3.5 times in the last two years.
“Discs with video and software are still on sale but, in the next two years, the retailer wants to transfer the sale of all media products on to the internet,” Vedomosti reports. “It will sell music, software and movies through the online store, not physical media.”
Content is not M.Video’s main business as much as home electronics goods. That diversity at least stands it in good stead.
Just as in publishing and other sectors, the drop-off in physical sales is becoming so pronounced that many publishers and retailers are deciding simply to get out of the physical game and to seek a more viable digital alternative.
Tower Records, Virgin Megastore and Zavvi are amongst those whose bricks and mortar have crumbled. HMV (LSE: HMV), on which labels depend for much of the UK sales which still make up the lion’s share of music revenue, was rescued from a default last month only because those labels wrote off debt by taking equity in the company.
Russian recorded music sales fell by 46 percent between 2006 and 2011, and physical sales fell by 35 percent in 2010 alone, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. But the country’s online population is booming.
As Livenation Labs emerging technology SVP Ethan Kaplan (a former Warner Bros. Records technology executive) says: “When people talk about ‘saving’ the music business, they’re talking about saving a business that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s gone. Selling records in to stores, that’s not a sustainable business.”
Music strategist Mark Mulligan told an industry event in London on Thursday: “If HMV disappeared off our high street, about half the music market could disappear overnight.”
M.Video online sales rose 90 percent through 2011, pushing company sales up 30 percent.
Friday, February 24, 2012
ATP ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR THIS YEAR’S I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR IN ASBURY PARK, CURATED BY GREG DULLI…
The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli will be curating this year’s iteration of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Yes, the movie room and the poker room will be making another appearance.
Chosen by Greg Dulli:
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
MARK LANEGAN BAND
THE DIRTBOMBS performing Ultraglide In Black
SHARON VAN ETTEN
QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT
CHARLES BRADLEY AND THE EXTRAORDINAIRES
+ more to be confirmed
Chosen by ATP:
(reforming for IBYM)
THE MAGIC BAND
THEE OH SEES
I BREAK HORSES
+ more to be confirmed
Thursday, February 23, 2012
No New At the Drive-In Music, Sorry
This At the Drive-In station is now operational… sort of. In recent interviews, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-López has explained that the newly-revived ATDI will not record any new music, and that the reunion is mostly about nostalgia and money. Three cheers for honesty.
“We’re not getting any younger and there’s been an offer of money every year,” he told NME. “You’d be a fool and a politician to pretend that wasn’t part of it.”
“Will there be a new album? No, no, no. At the Drive-In is more of a nostalgia thing– it’s songs we wrote when we were all in our 20s and we’re doing a couple of shows”, Rodriguez-López told Kerrang (via NME).
Some more gems of candor from Rodriguez-López: “Obviously [the reunion] is going to be weird. It’s like getting back with your ex-wife, only in this case there are four ex-wives!”, he said in the NME interview.
In addition to their previously announced sets at Coachella, At the Drive-In have also announced a performance at the Benicassim festival in Spain on July 12.
Watch the music video for At the Drive-In’s “One Armed Scissor”, below:
Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror (Album Review)
Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells caused a joyful ruckus in 2010 with Treats, a startling debut that crashed Derek Miller’s monster riffs into Alexis Krauss’s girly cooing. Having lost the shock of the new, this more tuneful follow-up privileges Krauss’s pop instincts over Miller’s mayhem. They’ve managed the difficult trick of evolving a gonzoid sound, as the sultry, Pixies-ish ”Road To Hell” attests. “Never Say Die”, meanwhile, opts for insistent baroque pop. Having managed their anger, Reign of Terror feels misnamed. “Demons” and “True Shred Guitar” – the least adulterated tracks – are the standouts here, recalling the lurid fun of their debut. Sophomore slump? not quite, but certainly not the follow up we were hoping for.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Gorillaz – “DoYaThang” (Feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000)
“DoYaThing,” the previously-announced blockbuster collaboration from the Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000 is now online in radio-rip form, and we’ve got it streaming below. As promised, Damon Albarn quasi-raps a couple of verses before Andre jumps onto the track and generally rips him to shreds. Also, Murphy sings the chorus in a weirdly squeaky voice. Listen to the whole gleaming trainwreck below. “DoYaThing” will be available as a download via the Converse website from tomorrow but below you can check out a radio rip of the track that aired this afternoon.
Jack White Shares Art, Tracklist For His Solo Album
Jack White’s inaugural solo album Blunderbuss is out April 24 on Third Man Records/Columbia. Leading up to his “Saturday Night Live” performance on March 3, he’s shared the album’s (very, very emo) art, along with the tracklist. Find that below.
01 Missing Pieces
02 Sixteen Saltines
03 Freedom at 21
04 Love Interruption
06 Hypocritical Kiss
07 Weep Themselves to Sleep
08 I’m Shakin’
09 Trash Tongue Talker
10 Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11 I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
12 On And On And On
13 Take Me With You When You Go
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Strangers Are Strange” Video
Never strangers to an odd video concept, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new clip for “Strangers Are Strange” involves a highly-stylized, excessively amateur stakeout. Watch the Sam Kristofski-directed clip down below.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Alabama Shakes: “Heavy Chevy”
Now with a television debut and Third Man live single adding space dust to their meteoric rise, Alabama Shakes are hitting the road to do what they do best: stir up and settle down souls in person. A dozen stateside tour dates were added to the spring jaunt today while the Shakes have also shared Boys & Girls bonus cut “Heavy Chevy,” a fine doubleshot of rockabilly espresso ready to cure any listless afternoon. Stream/download the track below alongside lead single “Hold On.”
Santigold – Disparate Youth [Animated Video]
Santigold has unveiled the video for her new track ‘Disparate Youth’ – taken from upcoming album ‘Master Of My Make-Believe’.
Santigold has always had a visual element, with her shows combining flash dancing, outrageous fashion and slick dance moves. So when a new video from the Brooklyn singer emerges online we posted it right away. Hope you enjoy it.
MICHIGAN MAN BURNS A JERSEY FLAG IN PROTEST OVER WHITNEY’S HALF-MASTS…
A Michigan man whose son was killed while on patrol in Iraq in 2005 burned the New Jersey flag on his outdoor grill in protest after learning flags in that state were ordered flown at half-staff for the death of Whitney Houston.
John Burri said lowering of flags should be for those who have given their lives for their country.
“It was a slap in the face. It cheapens the meaning of lowering that flag,” said Burri, 60. “They’re watering down the meaning of a hero.”
Burri traveled to Flags Unlimited in nearby Grand Rapids and bought a New Jersey flag — just so he could burn it.
“It was $12.95 and it was the best money I ever spent,” he said.
While the move might spark patriotic furor, it isn’t illegal.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has decided in a few cases that the burning of the flag of the United States is, although offensive to many, still considered constitutionally protected speech, and therefore those decisions would apply to the burning of a flag of any given state,” said Larry Dubin, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor.
Burri slammed the flag in his trunk and drove it home, but first he passed through a veterans memorial park in Wyoming, where there’s a brick with his son’s name on it in his honor.
“I didn’t do this to offend the people of New Jersey,” he said. “If I did and you’re offended, I’m sorry. But I did this because it was wrong and it was to show the governor (of New Jersey) how wrong this was.”
His son, Army Spc. Eric T. Burri, died June 7, 2005, while on duty in Iraq. Burri, 21 of Wyoming, south of Grand Rapids, was killed when an improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in Baghdad.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm ordered flags to be lowered on June 15, 2005, for one day in honor of his service.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was criticized for his decision to order flags to be flown at half-staff. In published reports on Wednesday, he defended his decision.
Christie said Houston was a “cultural icon” who was a source of pride to New Jersey residents.
Granholm absorbed criticism of her own in 2003 after she decreed that flags be lowered for every Michigan soldier killed in the line of duty. Defenders of the U.S. Flag Code said she went too far. The national flag code, adopted in 1942, says the flag shall be flown at half-staff by order of the president ” … upon the death of principal figures of the United States government and the governor of a state, territory or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.”
According to the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website, the flag should be flown at half-staff when directed by the president or the governor.
President George W. Bush in 2007 signed into a law a bill named after a Michigan soldier killed in Iraq that requires federal facilities to observe a governor’s decree for flags to be flown at half-staff to honor slain soldiers.
The bill was named after Army Spc. Joseph P. Micks, a 22-year-old Rapid River man killed July 8, 2006, in Ar Ramadi after an explosive device went off near his vehicle during combat operations.
Then-U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, said he learned of “uneven respect” in areas of the state when it came to lowering flags by a governor’s decree. The legislation would “ensure consistency in how we honor fallen heroes,” Stupak said in 2007. (via the Detroit News)
Debbie Harry, Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan Join Gun Club Tribute
Nick Cave, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan and more will appear on a tribute to late Gun Club frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
The Gun Club were a dark outlaw blues band from Los Angeles, led by the flamboyant frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
He was the former head of the Blondie fan club, and the band signed to Chris Stein’s record label in the early-’80s and ended up sharing members with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Cure, and Roxy Music throughout a tumultuous career.
Pierce died young, suffering a stroke and brain hemorrhage in 1996 at the age of 37.
While The Gun Club never hit the popular heights of their contemporaries, numerous stars cite The Gun Club as an influence, including Jack White, The Pixies, The Horrors and The Screaming Trees.
The forthcoming album The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey is Long sees fans and friends interpret, and in some cases complete, unreleased songs by Pierce.
Nick Cave and Debbie Harry duet on ‘The Breaking Hands’, Tex Perkins and Lydia Lunch on ‘In My Room’, and Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell on ‘The Breaking Hands’.
Other artists to contribute include Hugo Race, Jim Jones Revue, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson.
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey is Long will be released on April 9.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Michael Davis, MC5 bassist, dies at 68
Michael Davis, the bassist of influential late 1960s rock band MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68.
Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, said Angela Davis. Born on June 5, 1943, the bassist gained attention in the revolutionary Detroit band MC5 and later played in a version of the group called DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums.
The original MC5 rose to prominence from 1964 to 1972, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early-punk sound, starting with their first album Kick Out the Jams, released in 1969.
A sought-after bassist and also producer, Davis was planning to be in Belgium this week recording with punk rock musician Sonny Vincent, said Davis’ wife. Davis had a scare in 2006 when he injured his back in a motorcycle accident on a Southern California freeway. He later co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.
In the last few years, Davis also returned to a love of painting, fostered when he first studied fine arts at Wayne State University in Michigan. He dropped out of the program in 1964 to play music, but started studying art again recently in Oregon and California, with the intention of finishing his bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage. Memorial plans were pending, said Angela Davis.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
DAVE GROHL RESPONDS TO HIS PERCEIVED ‘HATE’ FOR DIGITAL MUSIC…
Via a press release, Dave Grohl’s statement addressing his rip on digital music when accepting his Grammy award for something-or-other:
Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin’ with Lil’ Wayne…meeting Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother…the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet…..much too much to recap. It’s really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there’s one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance…and then saying this:
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”
Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey…I’m a drummer, remember?
Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has. OK….maybe Kanye has me on this one, but….Imma let you finish….just wanted to clarify something…
I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5…..I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and…..human.
That’s exactly what I was referring to. The “human element”. That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became “bad” things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily “fixed”. The end result? I my humble opinion…..a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.
And, unfortunately, some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance. Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.
I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure. I mean…..if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)
So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.
Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.