America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day."
Backed by four members of the hardest-working band in hip-hop, the Roots, Legend then launches into a kinetic, 12-minute cover of Bill Withers' "I Can't Write Left Handed," about a young soldier shot during the Vietnam War. The song was originally recorded in 1973, but its message still resonates in 2010, which is precisely the point. "I Can't Write" is one of 11 socially conscious '60s and '70s soul songs covered on Legend and the Roots' collaborative album, "Wake Up!," due Sept. 21 on Columbia. (via www.billboard.com)
Russell Brand was arrested for attacking a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport yesterday (17.09.10). The British comedian was handed the misdemeanour charge of 'Simple Battery' following the incident, where he is alleged to have pushed a photographer taking pictures of him and fiancee, pop star Katy Perry. The photographer who was involved in the physical altercation made a citizen's arrest on Russell, 35, before police intervened and took him into custody for questioning. He was later released on $20,000 bail, and a court date has been set for October 15. Katy, 24, tweeted about the incident, writing: "If you cross the line and try an put a lens up my dress, my fiance will do his job and protect me." The couple had met to celebrate their one-year anniversary together, and were at the airport to catch a flight to Las Vegas, which they subsequently missed due to the altercation. It is thought the incident started after photographers were blocking Katy and Russell's path and stopping them from getting on their flight. A police report of the incident stated: "Los Angeles Airport Police responded to Terminal 5 to a report of a battery involving a celebrity and a commercial photographer. (via music-news.com)
Scottish songstress Susan Boyle seems poised to conquer the world. The unassuming 'Britain's Got Talent' star has already sold more than 1.8 million copies of her debut album 'I Dreamed a Dream' in its first three weeks of release in the U.S. (not to mention the millions she's sold worldwide). She also set an impressive record for the best first-week sales of any woman since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. If Boyle continues to sell albums at this pace, she'll likely steal Taylor Swift's crown as top selling artist of 2009.
So what is it about this homespun 47-year-old charity worker who lives alone with her cat that has us running to our nearest record store to pick up her debut album? We at PopEater checked in with some renowned pop music critics to see what all the fuss is about. via: www.popeater.com
Primal Scream have gone back to basics their eighth studio album.Recalling the -influenced sounds of their mid-90s efforts, singer Bobby Gillespie and his band have turned their back on the sonic experimentations of recent albums, and instead rely on a gonzo live sound approach.
“I think we’re one of the best live bands in the world and I wanted to capture that,” Gillespie told NME.COM of the shift in styles. “The last two albums we’ve been loops and drum machines, for this record we wrote euphoric rock n roll songs and I wanted to capture that euphoria and I think we did it. It was a great time making it, fucking great!”
The raw approach has triggered speculation the band have fallen out with My Bloody Valentine mainman and recent collaborator Kevin Shields – and even Primal Scream themselves are currently unsure of the situation.“What people need to understand is that Kevin only played with us live,” explained Gillespie. “He mixed a lot of songs but he never played guitar on the albums, people think he was playing on records but he was playing live. Is Shields still involved? I don’t know, he didn’t play at the last gig in Glasgow three weeks ago. He never made that gig because he was working on a Sophia Coppola movie, so I don’t really know.”Tracks set to appear on the album include 'Nitty Gritty’, ‘Boogie Disease’ and forthcoming single 'Country Girl' (due out May 22).
With the album mixed by Oasis producer Dave Sardy in Los Angeles – bringing the album in at a cool 20 days – guests include Alison Mosshart from The Kills who sings backing vocals, Echo And The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant and Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis who “plays fiddle” on ‘Hell’s Coming Down’.Currently the untitled album is due out on June 5, with Primal Scream due to play several festivals this summer. Source: nme.com
Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act still to be announced.
Additionally, Skynyrd has been added to the bill of Kid Rock's May 15 Rock and Roll Revival show at Madison Square Garden in New York, joining Rev Run and Peter Wolf. That show will mark the first time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Skynyrd, fresh off another co-headlining tour with Hank Williams Jr., has ever played the Garden.
Meanwhile, Rock's Revival runs through Western Canada in July with Rev Run and opening acts Matt Mays and El Torpedo. That tour added July 19, 20 and 22 at DTE Music Center in Clarkston, Mich., with July 19 and 20 sold out and only lawn tickets remaining for the July 22 date. Rev Run and Uncle Kracker are on the Detroit market shows, billed as Rock's "All Summer Long" party.
The Rock and Roll Revival Tour will resume on the West Coast in September with guests still to be announced.
Here are Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Rock and Rebels" tour dates: Aug. 8: Oklahoma City (Zoo Amphitheater)
Aug. 9: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 16: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 22: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 23: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 25: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
Aug. 30: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 31: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Center) Source:billboard.com
NINE INCH NAILS has made its new ten-song, 44-minute minute album entitled "The Slip" available for free download at www.nin.com (free signup required). The new set includes the songs "Echoplex" and "Discipline" which were both posted online during the last couple of weeks ahead of the new album release.
The music is available in a variety of formats, including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike license). All downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.For those of you interested in physical products, the band plans to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in July.
"The Slip" track listing:
03. Letting You
06. Head Down
07. Lights In The Sky
08. Corona Radiata
09. The Four Of Us Are Dying
10. Demon Seed
All songs were performed by Trent Reznor, Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Allesandro Cortini.NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor released the instrumental "Ghosts I-IV" album online on March 2. The two-hour collection of 36 untitled instrumental tracks was made available in various high-quality DRM-free formats at different price levels. According to a press statement, a total of 781,917 copies of the project were transacted at NIN.com in the first week of release, including paid and free downloads, plus pre-orders for physical editions of the set. The total gross earned was reported as $1,619,420.
The expensive "ultra-deluxe" limited edition of "Ghosts I - IV" sold out almost instantly despite a steep $300 price tag. A digital version is available for five dollars, along with a $75 limited edition "deluxe" package. Source:roadrunnerrecords.com
OneRepublic's frontman Ryan Tedder has had to pull out of the upcoming shows for the band following surgery on his Achilles tendon.Tedder injured himself right before the bands Central Michigan University show on the current tour.He suffered a serious tear to his tendon and had immediate surgery.Tedder is at home recuperating and is expected to be "back on his feet" within weeks."I want to apologize to all of our fans holding tickets to the cancelled shows," said Tedder. "We hope to reschedule shows in these areas as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for the get well soon messages too! I'm looking forward to being back on stage as soon as possible."Meantime, OneRepublic have cancelled all upcoming US show. They should be back in action mid-May for the UK tour.
The cancelled dates are:
April 25 Mt. Pleasant, MI - Central Michigan University - (Crocs Tour)
April 26 Cincinnati, OH - University of Cincinnati - (Crocs Tour)
April 27 Salisbury, MD - Salisbury University - (Crocs Tour)
April 29 Erie, PA - Gannon University - (Crocs Tour
May 1 New Britain, CT - Central Connecticut State University
May 2 New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University - (Crocs Tour)
May 3 Albany, NY - SUNY University at Albany - (Crocs Tour)
May 4 East Rutherford - NJ Bamboozle Festival, The Meadowlands
May 6 Toronto, Ontario Canada - Kool Haus source:undercover.com
Phil Collins, known best for his role as the lead singer and drummer in Genesis, appears to have dramatically announced his retirement from the music industry.In an interview with The Times newspaper, Collins said he had no plans to tour again and that any future writing was unlikely to become an album.Unusually, the former Genesis star chose to make his announcement by reciting the lines of a famous Basil Fawlty sketch.“Zoom! What was that?” Collins said. “That was your life, mate. Do I get another? No, sorry that was your lot.”
Collins’ bombshell comes at the end of an interview which sees him candidly talk about his career, including his 2001 ‘Urban Renewal’ album, which was a compilation of famous hip-hop hits.“'Urban Renewal' was sweet because I’ve been – unfairly, I would say – plonked in the middle of the road because of a handful of songs,” Collins said.“It came at a good time for me, because you do take a bit of a browbeating and, as you get older, you become better at accepting it and realising why it happens.”
Collins was also asked if he minded being most-known for one song, his famous ‘In The Air Tonight’, which was used recently in an advert for a chocolate company.“Do I mind? Well, if you’re ever remembered at all, it’s only usually for one or two things. With me, it’ll be: ‘He faxed his wife a divorce’, which is actually bollocks, but that’ll be on top of the headstone.“And then, further down, you’ll have ‘Da-dum, da-dum’ . . .”How do you feel about Phil Collins announcement? Are you as shocked and confused as us? Source: gigwise.com
Manu Chao brings people together. Usually, this gap-bridging takes a musical form, as evidenced by the man's pan-global sound and the crowds at his concerts. More recently, though, Manu Chao has been bringing the digital and physical worlds together, a partnership that continues with the Nacional release of his Politik Kills EP.The EP hits digital retailers on April 22, with the CD and vinyl versions coming June 3. Featured on the disc are remixes of the La Radiolina track by reggae legend Dennis Bovell (featuring another reggae legend, Linton Kwesi Johnson), Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Bostich and Fussible of Nortec Collective, Prince Fatty, Rude Barriobeat, David B., and others.Furthering the digital interaction is politikills.com, where fans can go to watch the new "Politik Kills" video and download the song's individual parts to create their own remixes. The site also features musings on the song's theme-- the abuses perpetrated by people in power-- from a variety of voices.
We've got the Prince Fatty remix of "Politik Kills" available for download at the link below. Grab it quick, 'cause it's only available for a week!
Update: It's gone!
Manu Chao is planning some big U.S. shows for August, and in May and June, the native Frenchman will embark on his first tour of his home country in seven years.
05-29 Toulouse, France - Zenith
06-03 Bordeaux, France - Patinoire
06-05 Nantes, France - Zenith
06-07 Brest, France - Parc de la Penfeld
06-09 Le Havre, France - Docks Oceane
06-11 Paris, France - Bercy
06-16 Strasbourg, France - Zenith
06-18 Dijon, France - Zenith
06-19 Vienne, France - Theatre Antique Source:pitchforkmedia.com