December 5th, 2013 · Guitar
Back in April, Band of Horses stripped down their majestic folk-rock for a pair of acoustic shows at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. On February 11th, they’ll release some of the highlights on Acoustic at the Ryman, a 10-song live LP.
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The album (out on Brown Records via Kobalt Label Services) will be released in a variety of formats, including standard digital and CD versions, a “high quality 24-bit 96k Wav version” and a 180-gram vinyl. All formats will be available to pre-order (with bonus tracks) at the band’s official website later this week. Audiophiles, take note: the album was mixed and mastered in the DSD format, which, according to a press release, “(captures) the ragged magic of an unforgettable performance in dangerously pristine quality.”
“The game plan was to keep it wild and expressive like the show while capturing it with highest resolution available,” says bassist Bill Reynolds. “The electricity in the Ryman was off the charts. If that makes it to the listener, then we’ll consider this a success.”
Band of Horses will celebrate the new LP with a 13-date live trek of acoustic shows. The first date will be February 11th at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and the tour will conclude, fittingly, at the Ryman Auditorium on March 5th. Full dates and details are available on the band’s site.
Clearly, frontman Ben Bridwell has been in an acoustic mood lately: last month, he hit the road for a miniature solo tour across the Southeast under the moniker Birdsmell. Below, check out the full tracklist for Acoustic at the Ryman, along with a stream of “Neighbor.”
1. “Marry Song”
2. “Slow Cruel Hands of Time”
3. “Detlef Schrempf”
4. “Everything’s Gonna Be Undone”
5. “No One’s Gonna Love You”
8. “Wicked Gil”
9. “The Funeral”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/band-of-horses-releasing-stripped-down-live-album-20131204
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December 5th, 2013 · Guitar
Alabama Shakes turned heads with the soulful roots-rock sound of their debut album, Boys Girls, but the band are experimenting with new styles on their upcoming second LP.
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“We have a better grasp of what we’re doing in the studio now,” drummer Steve Johnson told the Miami New Times. “As far as the songs go, I think a lot of people want to expect a Boys Girls Vol. II almost, more digging into Southern soul or something like that, and the songs that are coming out now, they’re different. I feel like we’ve progressed in growing as songwriters, and while they’re different in that respect, it’s still not unbelievable that it’s the same band. It still sounds like Alabama Shakes, just experimenting with other sounds.”
Johnson said the band (who worked on the LP with an unnamed producer) took a new approach with their new material, bringing in unfinished pieces of songs and letting some of them “jumble around for hours.”
When asked if the band felt any pressure living up to their hugely acclaimed debut, Johnson shrugged off the suggestion, claiming they were allowed to develop their music organically.
“We haven’t really felt a whole lot of pressure to really come up with any new material,” he said. “Our management and everybody has said, ‘Take your time and let it naturally come out,’ and I feel like the songs have done just that. The writing process, anyways. The songs were there, and it’s kind of like putting them into words when you go into the studio. You have these ideas, but it’s kind of like, ‘How do we get these to make sense?’”
The Alabama Shakes are in Miami this week for Art Basel and have a few shows lined up in Alabama and Florida to round out the year.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/alabama-shakes-experimenting-on-second-album-20131204
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December 5th, 2013 · Guitar
Now that Kanye West has officially severed his ties with Nike, Drake has stepped up to design for the brand.
The rapper announced the deal last night at his concert in Portland, according to Billboard. “Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life,” he said. “You know, growing up, I’m sure we all idolized this guy – he goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland, Oregon and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family.”
Michael Jordan’s Twitter account also heralded the partnership earlier today. “He’s home,” wrote Jordan. “Welcome the newest member of #TeamJordan, Drake.” Drake posted images of some of his designs – OVO Stingray 10s and OVO Stingray 12s – to his Instagram page.
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Previously, Drake has made forays into the fashion world as a consultant with the NBA team the Toronto Raptors. In September, he revealed that part of that deal would be launching a clothing line for the team. Two years ago, he put out a limited run of varsity jackets via his October’s Very Own line. And in between those two ventures, he found himself criticizing clothing lines launched without his consent by Walgreens and Macy’s for emblazoning clothing with the slogan “YOLO.” “Walgreens. . . you gotta either chill or cut the cheque,” he said at the time. “Macy’s. . . same goes for you.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/drake-inks-shoe-deal-with-michael-jordans-nike-brand-20131204
Tags: #TeamJordan·consultant·Kanye West·Macy's·Michael Jordan·National Basketball Association·Nike·Portland·rapper·Rolling Stone News·Twitter
December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
This week marks the release of Morrissey’s Autobiography, the long-awaited account from one music’s greatest singers and personalities. In it, you’ll read about his early days with the Smiths, finding fame in a solo career and much, much more. Below is an exclusive excerpt where Morrissey recalls his time meeting Elaine Stritch and his adventures on the sets of Third Rock From the Sun and Friends.
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Elaine Stritch cooks in the mid-day sun, long-necked and busy at her courtyard table at the Bel Air hotel. She eats chopped fruit from a large plastic Zip-lock bag. Stritch stretches back one hundred years, a true star of the American stage, and a hallowed prize on any of her rare television appearances. She is a cauldron of Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Coral Browne, Estelle Getty and Beatrice Arthur – her creaky tough-nut croak of a voice is loud enough to fill the hotel foyer. She is a blasé broad of yesteryear – so funny that people hope that she will soon stop talking. She has the rare distinction of ducking commercial speculations unless they please her own infallible critical guide.
‘Y-y-y-yes ?’ she looks up at me as I approach her table.
‘My name is Morrissey,’ I start off .
‘That’s a funny name sit down,’ she orders – minus any commas.
Like the very best of them, the face of Elaine Stritch never twitches at her own lightning wit, and she remains stonefaced even whilst delivering the most rafter-quaking retort. All of her acting takes place around her mouth and eyes. The body doesn’t do much. We sit and talk for an hour, and I explain that I had seen her on stage in New York in a play called A Delicate Balance.
‘Oh, yeh,’ she says, midway between gruff and boredom (but probably very interested), and I remind her of her harrowingly funny contributions to BBC Radio’s Just a Minute with Kenneth Williams.
‘Oh yeh,’ she looks away,’I remember him,’ she coughs, suddenly a commendable wreck.
I can imagine Elaine in the heat of disagreements to be savage and pitiless – ‘calling ’em as she sees ’em’ – with useful enemies trampled to death. Elaine is here in Los Angeles to film an episode of the television comedy Third Rock from the Sun. ‘Come along and watch what time shall I pick you up and what’s your home address ?’
Elaine’s studio car pulls up at Sweetzer the following day and off we go to the television studio in Burbank. Elaine is given a mobile-home dressing room, but as I step in she tells me to step out. ‘No, you go and busy yourself leave me alone for awhile,’ and she grabs another Zip-lock bag of fruit and slams the door. I am not off ended. I understand the tubercular theatrical typhus of one such as Elaine Stritch, who acts as if she had fought under the Sultan of Turkey (and probably had). The crushing replies to silly questions were all part of the ungovernable control, and the overreaching frenzy of rage is high altar in the depth and sweep of theater. It isn’t friendly, it is a substitute for intimacy, and even if it seems overdone you will still accept it as a passionate experience of truth. The art of the put-down is in no hands more capable than those of Elaine Stritch.
‘Did you ever know Richard Conte ?’ I ask, like a bouncing cheerleader.
‘Oh, STOP it,’ she says, a square of watermelon jumping into her mouth, ‘how many thousands of years old do you think I am?’
On set, Elaine introduces me to a host of people whom I do not know and who do not want to know me – because Elaine is in the room and her gift occupies space with volcanic power. A constant interrupter, Elaine wants it known that she has been there first – as she has, irrespective of where ‘it’ might be. The monumental face is a wretchedness that is great, and, because she has never learned how to be timid, she points the way for all assembled technicians and actors. She knows herself and she knows her worth, and we all spend our entire lives in search of such prizes.
‘Ah, the very best,’ says the star of Third Rock from the Sun, John Lithgow, as he extends his hand to mine but has already raced past before I have time to return a single word. A herd of bison encircles Elaine, and I back away as she is led to her mark on the set. The episode is called ‘My Mother, My Dick’, which I assume to be a pun on Nancy Friday’s famous My Mother, Myself book. I watch the live taping from a secret spot side-stage, where French Stewart, who seems to act with his eyes closed, paces the room whilst running his lines through his head. Elaine is enviably brilliant, and gets a huge roar from the audience each time she belts out a contemptuous snap of dialogue. She is a great success. I slip away without saying goodbye because I feel like excess baggage. A week later a handwritten letter arrives from Elaine, and I reply, but she then doesn’t.
I am back in the same studio some weeks later to watch a taping of Friends, having been invited by Reprise Records. Friends has become the most popular TV show in the world, showing life as it is commonly lived in America’s carefully preserved unreality. The cast is friendly, and I am immediately taken aside by the scriptwriters and asked if I’d jump in on a newly jumbled plot-line where I appear with the character Phoebe in the Central Perk diner, where I am requested to sing ‘in a really depressing voice’. Within seconds of the proposal, I wind down the fire-escape like a serpent, and it’s goodbye to Hollywood yet again.
Reprinted from Autobiography by Morrissey by arrangement with G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, Copyright © 2011 by Whores in Retirement.
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December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will celebrate his 50th birthday by performing with two of his other groups, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 10th.
The prolific rocker will also host a special performance from the recently reunited alt-rockers Failure, as Spin reports. Their set is a much-appreciated gift to Keenan, who said in a statement, “This was the perfect opportunity to tick off one of my bucket list items in the form of a Failure reunion. What better birthday present could one ever hope for?”
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Tickets for Keenan’s “Cinquanta” gig will go on sale on Friday, December 6th at 10 a.m. PST on Ticketmaster. Prices have not yet been revealed. A VIP package that includes preferred seating and commemorative merchandise will be available starting the day before at 10 a.m. PST.
Keenan’s kept quite busy this fall with both Puscifer and A Perfect Circle. The latter just released a new box set, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo and a greatest-hits compilation, Three Sixty. Back in August, Puscifer released a new remix record, All Re-Mixed Up, and they just put out a live DVD, What Is…. The DVD finds the band mixing comedic elements and peculiar characters into their live set, and also includes a documentary that Keenan recently told Rolling Stone will help fans make sense of everything. “There’s a lot of stuff that comes up in the show that if you don’t know anything about the other characters, it doesn’t really make any sense,” he said. “But I think we’re setting up the DVD so you can either skip that or include that. And [Andy] Kaufman is definitely a huge influence. Just his alter egos and he had a very pure, twisted sense of comedy.”
Keenan also spoke to Rolling Stone about the “very tedious process” of putting together Tool’s next record. The follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days is expected to come out next year, though Keenan mentioned that his bandmates, who typically write the music before sending it to him, have a tendency to constantly revise and nitpick. “In some ways, they are bigger perfectionists,” he said. “But you can only help support their talent so long. They don’t have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that’s their process, so you gotta let them do it.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tools-maynard-james-keenan-throwing-himself-a-50th-birthday-party-20131203
Tags: 10,000 Days·A Perfect Circle·Los Angeles·Maynard James Keenan·Puscifer·Rolling Stone News·Three Sixty·Tool
December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
In the chorus of “Team,” a track off Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine, she sings, “We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen,” and now she’s giving us a glimpse (onscreen) into her world. In between shots of the teenage pop singer spazzing out in a blue, foliage-filled universe, two young men have it out with one another, indulging in kidnapping and motorbike jousting. It’s an unseen city, apparently, without any parental guidance.
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“This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen,” Lorde said about the video on her Facebook page. “I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.”
Last month, Lorde recently performed “Team,” as well as a number of other songs on the Late Show With David Letterman. She also released her version of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” in November, which appears on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This weekend, she’ll perform at KROQ’s annual Almost Acoustic show in Los Angeles.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/lorde-dreams-up-a-different-world-in-team-20131203
Tags: Everybody Wants to Rule the World·Facebook·Los Angeles·Pure Heroine·Queen·Rolling Stone News·singer·the Late Show with David Letterman
December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
Gucci Mane has been indicted on federal gun charges after Atlanta police found him in possession of firearms on two separate occasions.
Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said that the rapper (real name: Radric Davis) will face two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. They also said that Davis, 33, was found with a loaded handgun on September 12th and then, two days later, he was caught with a completely different loaded gun. During both incidents, Davis reportedly acted erratically and threatened people, the Associated Press reports.
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As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out, if convicted on each count, Davis could face up to 20 years in federal prison and fines up to $500,000. His lawyer, Drew Findling, said he is reviewing evidence before he decides what action to take. According to Findling, the next federal court hearing is scheduled for early January. Davis has been detained in the DeKalb County Jail since the September 14th incident, though it is unclear whether he’ll be released into federal custody.
Earlier this year, Davis was arrested for allegedly striking a soldier with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub. Back in 2011, he served three months of a six-month sentence after he pushed a woman out of a moving car. In 2005, Davis was convicted for assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault and, later that same year, possession of over 20 grams of marijuana.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gucci-mane-indicted-on-federal-gun-charges-20131203
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December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
A week after Kanye West let it slip that he would be partnering with Adidas, the sneaker giant has confirmed the news.
Details haven’t been released yet, as Billboard reports, but the apparel company did offer a statement. “For 2014, we welcome to the Adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” it read. “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in streetwear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter.”
West unofficially announced the partnership during an interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, adding that he hoped his products would be on shelves by fall 2014. The deal is not particularly surprising, considering West has been bashing Adidas’ rival Nike lately; the rapper said the company refused to offer him royalties and continually skirted the release of his Red October shoes, the follow-up to his Air Yeezys.
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“The old me without a daughter might have taken the Nike deal ’cause I just love Nike so much,” West said at the time. “But the new me with a daughter takes the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family.”
Nike wasn’t the only clothing and design company to receive West’s wrath in the rapper’s recent string of radio interviews. West aired out his many grievances against industry titans like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, whom he claimed were marginalizing him in his efforts to enter the fashion world despite his successes elsewhere.
In other Yeezy news, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip told Life and Times that he and Rick Rubin are producing the follow-up to West’s Yeezus, which the rapper previously said he aims to have out by next summer. Q-Tip has worked with West in the past, most notably on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Tribe briefly reunited for two special shows in New York as part of West’s ongoing Yeezus tour.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kanye-launching-new-clothing-line-working-with-q-tip-and-rick-rubin-20131203
Tags: Adidas·Angie Martinez·Kanye West·Louis Vuitton·New York·Nike·Q-Tip·rapper·Rick Rubin·Rolling Stone News·Yves Saint Laurent
December 4th, 2013 · Guitar
Reggae artist Junior Murvin died on Monday in Jamaica. Although an official cause of death has not yet been released, Murvin had been recently hospitalized for diabetes and blood-pressure-related illnesses. He was between ages 64 and 67, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Murvin, who was born Murvin Junior Smith, is best remembered for his 1976 single “Police and Thieves,” a track he cowrote with dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry and sang in a falsetto that comments on morality and immorality. The Clash recorded a six-minute cover of the song on their 1977 debut, The Clash. The U.K. punks also released a single of their version that same year.
“That was the first time any white men had attempted to cover a reggae hit,” Clash frontman Joe Strummer said, according to the 2006 book Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer. “It was considered a little bit naff [poor taste] if you were trying to copy that style, but I think we did it in a way that lent something of our own to it. . . I remember being frightened as hell listening to Junior Murvin’s feathery voice, floating high above the track, and then thinking, ‘God, I’ve got to go sing this with my useless voice.’” Other artists – including the Orb, Dave Grohl and Boy George – have recorded covers of the song.
Perry discovered Murvin after seeing him perform in lounges. After the release of Police and Thieves, the song was featured in the 1978 reggae movie Rockers. The single became an international hit and peaked at Number 23 on Great Britain’s singles chart, according to Official Charts Company. It would be Murvin’s only collaboration with Perry.
Following the success of Police and Thieves, Murvin recorded a handful of albums in the Seventies and Eighties. He had reggae hits later with 1979′s “Cool Out Son,” 1982′s “Bad Man Posse” and 1984′s “Muggers in the Street,” though none would cross over in quite the same way as his breakthrough. On his final full-length, Inna De Yard, he performed Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Gipsy Woman” and “Rescue the Children,” as well as six tracks of his own.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/junior-murvin-singer-of-police-and-thieves-dead-20131203
Tags: Boy George·Clash·Curtis Mayfield·Dave Grohl·Jamaica·Junior Murvin·Lee "Scratch" Perry·Reggae artist·Rolling Stone News·the Clash·United Kingdom
December 3rd, 2013 · Guitar
In late October, the Jonas Brothers called it quits after cancelling a tour. We surmised that there were a few good reasons this was a smart move — mainly because they’re currently in musical world purgatory, where they’re not scoring hits, but still too fresh to tap their fans on the nostalgia circuit. But in this week’s issue of New York, Joe Jonas opens up about his life as a JoBro and all the behind-the-scenes action that helped shape his career. It’s got everything you want out of a confessional: sex, drugs, rock roll and how the Disney machine warped his mind. Here are our nine favorite revelations:
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1. Joe Jonas is not religious.
Although he grew up in the church, a scandal when Joe was 14 soured him on any institutionalized houses of worship. “After that, the concept of church really upset me,” he says. “I believe in God, and that’s a personal relationship that I have, but I’m not religious.”
2. The Jonas Brothers’ name was a last-minute decision.
Originally called “The J3,” Joe Jonas decided that was awful when the band walked onstage for their first-ever concert and simply introduced them as “The Jonas Brothers.”
3. Their Disney sitcom, Jonas, sucked.
After testing positively with guest spots on Hannah Montana, Disney got the three Jonas Brothers to star in their own tween-sitcom, Jonas. “It just ended up being some weird slap-stick humor that only a 10-year-old would laugh at,” he says.
4. Jo-Bro fandom was like The Walking Dead.
In describing Jonas Brothers fandom at its peak, Joe tells the tale of when the band was in Spain and 100,000 fans showed up for a meet-and-greet. “We ended up being chased through a shopping mall,” he recalls. “It felt like the zombie apocalypse.”
5. Joe Jonas lost his virginity when he was 20.
The Jonas Brothers were famous for their love of “promise rings” — a fact that Joe despised — but even with a ton of opportunities to deflower himself, he waited until he was 20. The promise was kept. . . at least for longer than expected.
6. Joe Jonas first smoked weed with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.
Joe remembers this happening around the time he was “17 or 18″ and that it was Miley’s encouragement that made him try it. His review? “It was all right. I don’t even smoke weed that often anymore.”
7. His side-project with Rooney’s frontman was canned.
Joe cites this as his biggest career dissapointment: an album he cut with Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman that had a “Hall Oates-y” vibe. Hollywood Records reportedly rejected it because it was too weird and “sounded like demos.”
8. When Jonas Brothers break up, they scream.
The reason that the Jonas Brothers gave for their breakup was the old adage “creative differences.” Joe’s words certainly back that up. “The fight got loud. I was screaming. When Nick presented the idea of closing a chapter and moving on, I freaked out. I didn’t know whether to pick up and leave or just punch something, because I was furious. I’d spent so long working with my brothers on this band, and in my mind, it felt like we were just giving up. It didn’t make sense to me.”
9. Joe Jonas now looks to the Lorde for inspiration.
Joe is excited to be free of everything, and to continue working on his musical career. And JoBro fans should expect some level of experimentation. “I’m genuinely excited because now I can go back to the studio with those people who I used to work with,” he says. “I don’t have to rely on anyone else’s opinion, whether good or bad, and hear them say, ‘No, no, you can’t go write with them. That’s too weird for us.’ Because weird works. Look at Lorde.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/9-bombshells-from-joe-jonas-revealing-interview-20131202
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