Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!: Yesterday, George Michael, your favorite drug-addled car crasher, was airlifted to a hospital after obtaining minor injuries in yet another car accident! No word yet on whether or not it was his fault although such an assumption would not be unprecedented.
Straight to Hell on a Crazy Train!: To the surprise of no one and the agitation of everyone, Westboro Baptist Church announces that they will picket Jeff Hanneman's funeral in LA next week, chanting a parody of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train".
Superbummer!: Lauren Ballance, bassist and co-founder of Superchunk, will not be joining the band on their upcoming promotional tour for the album I Hate Music (scheduled for release on August 20th on Merge records) due to a case of hyperacusis.
Rude Boy: Chris Brown, that stubborn pimple marring the face of pop culture, has confirmed that his next single "They Don't Know" will sample never-before-heard posthumous vocals from Aaliyah.
Out With the Old, In With the Oldish: Trent Reznor wasted no time finding a replacement for bassist Eric Avery, who earlier this week announced his departure from NIN to pursue his film career (?!). Avery's wake will be filled by former NIN and Guns N' Roses guitarist Robin Finck.
When a label signs an act, whether under-the-radar or megawatt-famous, a designated representative usually writes up a statement for the press. These spokespeople can include label presidents, publicists, and the artists themselves. If the musician or band leader has a way with words, it's always best when they get to speak for themselves.
Herewith, King Khan's statement about his signing to Merge Records. I've gotta say: I share his thoughts about Django Unchained. Though I wouldn't have expected him to incorporate comments about Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Billy Crystal into his text, this is King Khan we're talking about. Long may he keep the censors—and the gate keepers of good taste—at bay:
Rumors have been flying about me being taped to three swans and traveling the world. Well, it was a rough ride but someone had to do it. After being called the "Beetlejuice of rock 'n roll," I have decided to join forces with the underworld and in doing so have reached a new all time low. Hell hath no fury as a swan taped to a fat Indian man.
I have finally found my new family in Merge records and as always I would much rather work with southern folk than city slickers (fuck Bill Crystal and his plastic face). It is a pleasure working with folks who eat ribs while they cure buffalo meat and sell rekkids. If I get a fair shot on the plantation of Merge maybe i will save Brunhilda and show my Indian penis to the world. Tell Quentin Tarantino that he should have let DiCaprio show the world his junk too to make the movie balanced . . .
With the addition of Khan and Barren Girls to their roster, Merge is getting noisier and noisier by the minute. Merge also represents Khan's highest profile label to date after stints on Sounds of Subterrania, Voodoo Rhythm, Hazelwood, Vicious Circle, and Vice. Here's hoping a Carla Wolff-King Khan duet comes to pass.
Who needs Iron Man or Superman when Super KK is monitoring the skies?
King Khan and the Shrines plan to release their Merge debut later this year.
Filling the Hole in Your Heart: Courtney Love announces a Northeastern mini-tour with Starred! No word yet on who will be in her backing band.
Big Mouth: Today As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleads not guilty to allegations that he paid a man (known only as "Red") to "take care" of his wife. Lambesis was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly mentioned to a fellow gym patron that he was planning to have his estranged wife murdered—classic rookie mistake.
The Show Must Go On: Justin Bieber kept a brave face during his show in Dubai when an overzealous fan rushed the stage and aggressively hugged (tackled) him. Bieber finished the set despite the scuffle in which a piano on stage COLLAPSED. He later tweeted: "Dubai. Nothing stops the show."
Velvet Underground on Maple Wood?!:Listen to the first ever laser-cut vinyl made from TREES using a 3D printer! Sounds like listening to "Sunday Morning" while standing next to a wood chipper. Still: ART!
Stigmata: David Bowie's new music video for "The Next Day" features Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard doing a variety of weird things like bleeding from their hands and condemning a Christ-like Bowie. The video was initially removed from YouTube due to its abrasive (religious) imagery but has since been reinstated just with an adult-only rating.
98 Degrees is releasing a new album?!: Hold onto your butts, everybody! The boy band that just won't quit (except for, you know, that decade) has recorded their first album in 13 years, appropriately titled 2.0. Here's a song about their dicks/microphones.
Rihanna vs. Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls: To the dismay of no one, RiRi's concert at Brooklyn's Barclay Center scheduled for tomorrow night will have to be postponed in light of the NBA Playoffs being pushed into an unanticipated 7th game.
Black Flag has risen: Yesterday the group released their first new song in 27 years!
Hide yo' kids, hide yo' muzik producers!: AraabMUZIK's Abraham Orellana is recovering nicely from a gunshot wound after being caught in the crossfire of an attempted armed robbery earlier this week. Classic wrong place, wrong time scenario.
The sun's out! Enjoy this song! Mikal Cronin's new album MCII is out May 7th!
Say Hello to Chance the Rapper: Chicago's latest hiphop prodigy claims his new mixtape Acid Rain, which dropped yesterday, is "the best tape to come out in 2013." The year's still young but after hearing it, it's hard to argue with him.
And Finally, Hometown Heroes Shabazz Palaces Remix Animal Collective: This is pretty druggy.
A recent study co-authored by Dr. Jan Born of Germany's University of Tübingen posits that listening to music in your sleep can help to improve memory. The key is to play sounds that are in sync with "the brain's slow oscillation rhythm."
The Daily Mail summarizes the study's conclusions:
Playing music synchronised to the rhythm of the slow brain oscillations of people who are asleep enhances these oscillations. It does this by increasing the amplitude of the oscillations and by increasing the length of slow-wave sleep. The slow oscillations in brain activity that occur during slow-wave sleep are critical for retaining memories so boosting them in turn boosts memory.
Whoah!? I hadn't seen this: a couple weeks back Grynch teamed up with Budo to issue a 12" single for the new track "Treadin". The vinyl is silver/blue/white to match the fresh cover design, with "So Far" featuring Shaprece and Brother Ali on the B-side.
"Treadin'" is a smoothly rapped, introspective number about shrugging through the stuggle, served up over some of Budo's funky soul. "So Far," which was originally issued last year on "Perspective," is a Budo remix of Grynch owning a Jake One beat.
The Fin Records pressing is a limited run of 500, includes the instrumental tracks on the record, and can be pre-ordered now.
When asked if he would ever cover a Nirvana track live, he said: "Every once in a while we talk about it. For the Sound City gig here in London we were thinking about musicians that we could invite because Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty couldn't make it. Someone came up with the idea of doing a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey. Kurt loved her and we love her and we thought, 'Yeah, what would we do?' I said: 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It' from 'In Utero' with Polly singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Woah, that would be amazing…' and then she couldn't do it!"
Thankfully, he admits that a Nirvana reunion can't be taken lightly: "The thing is, it's sacred ground. If we were ever to do something like that it would have to be right because you want to pay tribute. There's a reason Foo Fighters don't do Nirvana songs, and it's a good reason."
Fuck yeah it's for good reason. PJ Harvey would be amazing, for sure, but it'd also be unsettling. I'm not sure I want to see any Nirvana renion. Ever.
Would you be okay with a Nirvana reunion? If so, who would be an acceptable frontperson? PJ Harvey? Stevie Nicks? Paul McCartney? WHO?
Let's have a poll:
The only acceptable Nirvana reunion would be fronted by...
• Number of days I've been at SXSW: 4 • Number of burgers I've eaten: 7 • Times I *thought* I saw Dave Grohl: 22 • Times I've seen Wayne Coyne: 0 (but there's still this weekend!) • Number of sunburns: 3 • Times I was mistaken for Nicole from Slutever: 5 • Times I've seen Andrew WK: 1 • Interviews conducted with Andrew WK: 0 (Would have gone something like: "Any comment on your resemblance to Jack Black and friend Dan from MTNS? When was the last time you had a real nosebleed?") • Times the van has broken down: 2 • Number of Jurassic Park back patches: 1!!!
If you didn't already get your Sasquatch tickets (which sold out in a record 90 minutes time) then you are shit out of luck. If you did buy tickets, however, you are probably quite stoked right now because the festival just added Elvis Costello and the Imposters to the line-up.
To throw in a game-changer like Elvis Costello weeks after tickets already sold out? Now that's just mean.
by Kelly O
on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM
...When police asked 24-year-old Allen Blair Casey if the cause of the plate attack was because his boyfriend was listening to Morissette's music, Casey replied, "That's all that motherfucker listens to."
Alleged dinner plate wielding face smasher, Allen Casey
The first mention of a Breeders reunion was for the 2013 "installment" of All Tomorrow's Parties; the '92 line up is going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Last Splash by playing, you guessed it, Last Splash from front to back. Well, they added more dates, however, there is only one American, a Brooklyn, date?
03-29 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House 05-24 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera 05-27 Toulouse, France - Le Bikini 05-28 Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher De Palmer 06-01 Paris, France - Trianon 06-02 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique 06-03 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso 06-21 Camber Sands, England - All Tomorrow's Parties
Maybe this will open the band up to more shows. I can't imagine it not being a huge success. Shit, it couldn't be worse than a Black Flag reuinion, RIGHT?!?