July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
The Americana Music Association has announced more performers for its 15th Annual AmericanaFest, set for September 17-20. Taking place at venues throughout Nashville, AmericanaFest will feature Sturgill Simpson, Robert Ellis, Bobby Bare Jr., Elizabeth Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers and Angaleena Presley. They join an eclectic list of previously-announced artists, including the Avett Brothers, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Jarosz and Marty Stuart.
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Kicking off this year’s festival, the 13th Annual Honors Awards show on September 17th at the Ryman Auditorium will pay tribute to music legends Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal and Flaco Jimenez. Leading the pack of this year’s nominees are Rosanne Cash, Robert Ellis and Jason Isbell. All three are up for Album of the Year, along with Sarah Jarosz, and for Artist of the Year, alongside Rodney Crowell.
Throughout AmericanaFest, more than 160 official showcases will take place at nearly a dozen of Music City’s most popular nightspots and attractions. AmericanaFest information, including a full list of performers, is available here.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sturgill-simpson-bobby-bare-among-new-crop-of-americanafest-acts-20140724
Tags: artist·Bobby Bare Jr.·Jackson Browne·Lee Ann Womack·Loretta Lynn·Official·Robert Ellis·Rodney Crowell·Rolling Stone News·Rosanne Cash·Sarah Jarosz
July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
Thirty years into his career, “Weird Al” Yankovic has finally received two of the biggest honors a proprietor of pop parody can receive: His first ever number one record, and a parody of his own work. Unfortunately, the latter comes in the form of new porn gallery that spoofs “Weird Al”‘s 1989 cult comedy film UHF.
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The new stills come courtesy of WoodRocket.com, a website that’s been in the porn parody game for some time, ruining all of your favorite things from Game of Thrones to Spongebob Squarepants (you don’t even want to know the awful pun names they came up with for those). As The AV Club points out, a press release for the UHF gallery calls it “one of the strangest, sexiest and most unforgettable things to ever hit the Internet.” Minus “sexiest,” that description is right, but for all the wrong reasons.
Models Lily Bergman and Jessica Dawn recreate the film’s various characters, and yes, one of them does don a “Weird Al” mustache and wig, plus one of his signature Hawaiian shirts. Other “sexy” shots include Stanley Spadowski and his beloved mop, Wheel Of Fish’s Kuni, and Raul of Raul’s Wild Kingdom. Topping it all off is the occasional fly swatter and an homage to the scene where shop teacher Joe Earley (Emo Philips) mangles himself with a table saw.
Yankovic hasn’t responded to the UHF porn parody directly, though this tweet — presumably about his new album Mandatory Fun debuting atop the Billboard 200 — does pull double duty: “If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it.”
Luckily, the eight new videos “Weird Al” just dropped to celebrate the release of Mandatory Fun have provided enough good stuff to help negate all this UHF nonsense. “Weird Al” kicked things off last week with his Pharrell spoof “Tacky,” and went on to parody Iggy Azalea with “Handy,” Lorde with “Foils” and Robin Thicke with “Word Crimes.” Yankovic also lampooned fight songs on “Sports Song,” used Southern Culture on the Skids’ “Camel Walk” as inspiration for poking fun at humblebragers on “Lame Claim to Fame,” and even sent up one of his favorite artists, the Pixies, on “First World Problems.” The viral torrent wrapped up on Monday with “Mission Statement,” a pastiche of Crosby, Stills Nash, which contained hints of “Carry On” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-inevitable-unfortunate-porn-parody-of-weird-als-uhf-arrives-20140724
Tags: "Weird Al" Yankovic·Camel Walk·Handy·Jessica Dawn·Joe Earley·Lily Bergman·Mandatory Fun·Rolling Stone News·Stanley Spadowski·Weird Al·Word Crimes
July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
With lyrical metaphors of churning weather cycles, Zac Brown Band allude to the evolution of heartbreak in an unfolding relationship that was, “all right but now all wrong” in the single, “All Alright” from The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1.
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In the song’s new video (above), director Cole Cassell uses simplistic production to showcase not-so-simple talent, which inevitably centers the viewers’ attention towards what matters most, the music. The video is comprised of footage from the Grohl Sessions documentary, showing each member ensconced in their own roles yet effortlessly bringing together a cohesive sound.
In addition to the eight ZBB guys, guest musician AJ Ghent plays steel guitar and producer Dave Grohl makes a cameo behind the soundboard. The Foo Fighters lead singer produced and played drums on the EP.
“The band is so good they can be tracked live; we didn’t fuck with computers, we tracked live, four-part harmonies around one microphone,” Grohl tells Rolling Stone. “It’s rocking. I didn’t know what [the band] was [prior to this]. People are like, ‘Oh, it’s country.’ ‘No, it’s not, it’s like the Allman Brothers.’ ‘No, it’s not, it’s jam band.’ I don’t even know what you would call it, it’s fucking great.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/zac-brown-band-dave-grohl-take-fans-inside-the-studio-in-new-video-20140725
Tags: Cole Cassell·Dave Grohl·Director·Foo Fighters·Foo Fighters lead singer·musician·producer·Rolling Stone News·steel guitar
July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
In 2008, ticket sales at the Newport Folk Festival had become so slow that founder George Wein was considering selling the 50-year-old event where Dylan went electric in 1965. That’s when Jay Sweet – a journalist and music supervisor for filmmakers the Farrelly Brothers – wrote an 18-page proposal asking for a shot at booking the fest, which kicks off its 55th year tomorrow. He got the job and put together a lineup combining indie acts like Iron Wine, Deer Tick and the Decemberists with vets like Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.
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It sold out, and the formula has produced tons of unforgettable moments in recent years: In 2010, for instance, members of Dawes and the Felice Brothers backed their hero Levon Helm on “The Weight,” and last year, Beck tossed out his setlist to invite hero Ramblin’ Jack Elliot out for an unrehearsed set of Hank Williams songs. “They had never even met before,” says Sweet, 43. “Those are the things where I’m just like, ‘You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.’” One of Sweet’s favorite memories is trying to track down 92-year-old Pete Seeger, only to see him perched on some stage scaffolding 30 feet above the stage. ”He said ‘Everyone keeps bothering me and I just want to see the Decemberists!’”
“My favorite memories of Newport are the unexpected, unplanned moments,” said Jim James, who has played Newport numerous times with projects including My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk, in a rambling email. “[Like] when someone invited me to join them onstage, in the street or on a boat in the harbor or in the yard of some fucked up mansion early in the morning, or ringing church bells and wrestling wild boar in the chapel late at night, duets with the late great Whitney Houston, night swimming, howling in the streets, singing in the fort. It’s another world.”
Most big acts take a financial hit to play the three-day fest, held on the gorgeous, centuries-old Fort Adams with a daily capacity of only 10,000 (though many more spectators watching from boats on the surrounding harbor). “These people are playing the festival not for the dollar,” says Sweet. “And I don’t know how many places in America, bands who have big management companies and massive agencies, that are multi-national agencies, who are willing to turn to their agent and their agencies and their management and say, ‘I’m doing Newport and we’ll probably lose a little bit of money.’ I’m very lucky that a lot of them have found us. I’ve been around enough to know that it’s a unique situation.”
“The man is obsessed,” says Jim James of Sweet. “I remember one time we were hanging out in my hotel room. There were tons of people in there and he was sitting at the desk the entire night laughing and hanging out. And the next morning I looked at the pad of paper that had been sitting in front of him and it said, ‘Newport Folk Fest!’ It’s like he can think of nothing else!”
This year’s lineup – including Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Jimmy Cliff, Robert Hunter and Mavis Staples, who first played Newport in 1964 – sold out before it was even announced. “I love that nobody bought a ticket knowing Jack White would be there – but were so excited when they found out,” says Sweet, adding that his goal is to one day keep the lineup a secret until festivalgoers arrive. “We’ve actually flirted with the idea. You’d literally walk on site, and you would be handed ‘Here’s today’s schedule.’ I want to reward the people that trust us,” he says. “I realize that I’m just here to keep it ’til the next guy, but they’re going to have to pry it out of my cold dead folkin’ fingers.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-the-newport-folk-festival-got-its-groove-back-20140724
Tags: Arlo Guthrie·George Wein·Hank Williams·Jack Elliot·Jim James·Jimmy Cliff·Levon Helm·Mavis Staples·Pete Seeger·Rolling Stone News·Whitney Houston
July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
New duo Maddie Tae all but cut purveyors of bro country off at the knees with their debut single “Girl in a Country Song.” The tongue-in-cheek hip-shaker transparently references decidedly non-feminist lyrics from artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Billy Currington and Blake Shelton. When Rolling Stone Country talked to Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye recently, the buzzed-about teenagers — Marlow is 19, Dae, 18 — had just seen the first cut of their video for “Girl in a Country Song.” The final version, which casts country “bros” in the clichéd roles of video vixens, was released today.
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“The video helps us put the point across that it’s hard being a girl in a country song, and if the guys had to live up to the expectations that we do, I don’t think they could do it either,” Marlow tells Rolling Stone Country.
But, girl, er, boy, is it fun to watch the guys try. The clip, shot in the typically sun-kissed filter of country videos, features the blonde duo singing from the back of pickup-truck beds while three bros cavort in outrageous setups. The dudes seductively wash trucks, take come-hither showers and even nibble on strawberries, all while dressed in Daisy Dukes and uncomfortable cowboy boots. The hefty one of the trio, however, really goes for the gold in barely-there overalls.
“The song is so topical and it’s what’s going on right now. I think that’s why it’s been moving so fast,” Dye says of their single’s impressive chart debut and its addition to radio playlists. “Girl in a Country Song” debuted at Number 39 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, and with 51 stations jumping onboard, the track was the most-added song of the week at radio.
“The reaction has been incredible,” says Marlow. “And the team we have behind us has just been amazing. They’re like, ‘I don’t think we’ve seen a project move this fast.’”
Maddie Tae will make their national television debut on NBC’s Today on August 11th. (Reporting by Jewly Hight)
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/watch-maddie-tae-turn-the-tables-on-bros-in-new-video-20140724
Tags: Billy Currington·Blake Shelton·Florida Georgia Line·Jason Aldean·Maddie Marlow·Maddie Tae·NBC·Rolling Stone News·Tae Dye
July 25th, 2014 · Guitar
It was a night of jokes, red Solo cups and Number One hits when Dierks Bentley sat down with a group of songwriters for an informal concert filmed by PBS for its superlative concert program, Front and Center. The performance also helped mark the 10th year of the Country Music Association’s intimate CMA Songwriters Series. Joined onstage by singer-songwriters Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Brett James and Jim Beavers, Bentley and company, armed with just their guitars, sang their most popular songs and told the stories behind them. The episode is set to air this fall, leading up to the 48th annual CMA Awards.
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While Bentley may have been the most recognizable face on the stage, his songwriter buddies didn’t let him forget that he was fair game for a ribbing. When Beavers opted to sing and share the inspiration for the hit “5-1-5-0,” he quipped that Bentley was probably walking out of an early morning Pilates class about the same time the other boys were calling it a night. Bentley proved his drinking mettle later on, however, when he had most everyone in the room hollering along to his boozy summer smash, “Drunk on a Plane.”
The boys straightened up when Randall brought out his beautiful wife and fellow songwriting maven Jessi Alexander to duet. Alexander provided a highlight of the evening and a much needed dose of estrogen. But no sooner had she exited the stage then the boys were back to telling tales of nights on the town with Kenney Chesney — and the subsequent hangovers.
Over the past 10 years, the CMA Songwriters Series has featured more than 127 songwriters, among them a collective 61 CMA Song of the Year nominations. Songwriters such as Patty Loveless, Miranda Lambert, Phil Vassar and Chesney have talked about and performed their songs in the traditional “in the round” style so beloved by Nashville.
While this batch of songwriters was most certainly a rowdy bunch, between the songs, stories and Solos, there lingered a real sense of camaraderie and vulnerability. Without the back-up bands, stage production, lights, showmanship and screaming fans, Bentley, Copperman, Randall, James and Beavers were like every other songwriter — sitting around with friends, picking guitars and cracking jokes.
With its new CMA partnership, Front and Center becomes an outlet for the true backbone of country music — the songs and the people who wrote them — to be laid bare. Along with Bentley, Lady Antebellum will also be featured on a new episode this fall. Exact air dates are forthcoming.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dierks-bentley-and-friends-bring-country-front-and-center-20140724
Tags: Brett James·Dierks Bentley·Jessi Alexander·Jim Beavers·Jon Randall·Kenney Chesney·Miranda Lambert·Patty Loveless·Phil Vassar·Rolling Stone News·Ross Copperman
July 24th, 2014 · Guitar
There’s only one person, it seems, who doesn’t find Lana Del Rey a confounding mystery. “I know everything about myself,” Del Rey says in her first Rolling Stone cover story, on stands now. “I know why I do what I do.” In many hours of interviews for the story, conducted just as she released her well-reviewed new album, Ultraviolence, she was more open than ever before about her life and music – at least until her mood shifted and she tried to shut the whole thing down. Culled from those discussions, here are some scattered clues to the most perplexing puzzle in pop.
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Del Rey just turned 29 – not 28, as it’s usually reported – but she denies responsibility for shaving off a year.
“People have said different ages,” she says with impressive vagueness.
The directions she gave to Ultraviolence producer Dan Auerbach were pretty abstract:
“I would explain things to him in terms of colors and touchstone words,” she says. “My word for the record was ‘fire,’ you know, blue fire, when a flame gets so hot it goes from red to blue. And I told him I wanted everything to sound like it was in the key of blue. And I think at first he was like, ‘What the fuck?’”
She thrives on intense romantic relationships.
“It’s been beautiful,” she says. “But it’s been confusing, because when that’s your prerogative, things don’t end in a traditional way. You don’t have that traditional relationship where maybe you go out with couples at night, or you do normal things. It’s more of an extension of the creative process. There’s high-impact events that happen, or big adventures, or big fallouts. So it’s inspiring, and it’s not grounding, but it’s what I need to keep going.”
She likes older dudes.
“I sort of have an affinity for really good, strong, self-assured people,” she says. “I would say I haven’t met them as much in people who are in their 20s. So for me, I have nothing in common necessarily with somebody who’s in their 20s – yet. That I know of, thus far. I’m really looking for an equal.”
She never met Lady Gaga, although they were part of the same downtown scene.
“Her manager, Bob Leone, was a confidante of mine, and he gave me a two-month scholarship to a songwriting class and put me on a list of Monday night lineups at the Cutting Room. We played a couple of shows together, but never met.”
As for the early leaked Del Rey song “So Legit,” which comes off as a direct attack on Gaga (“Stefani, you suck”)? “That was a misunderstanding,” she says. Or maybe it was just not supposed to be heard by anyone? She just laughs.
Contrary to popular belief, she is happy sometimes.
“I mean, I’m happy when things aren’t bad,” she says. “I’m happy when things are just kind of calm. I love going to the ocean. I love driving. I love going to shows. Just being with people I really have fun with. I love the summer. I’m happy in the summer. Love hot, hot weather. I’m happy when I’m making a record, most of the time.”
Her favorite Bruce Springsteen song is “I’m on Fire.”
Which makes sense.
She’d like to get married and have kids someday.
“I hope so. I hope that’s in my future. If I don’t fuck everything up. I don’t know.”
She had stage fright from early on.
“That’s why I really liked Cat Power, because I felt like I really understood her,” she says. ”She was a person who really meant a lot to me, just knowing that it was okay to start your performance with your back to the audience, at first, if you really couldn’t face it. I mean, a lot of the time I just really felt like, ‘I’m not really sure if I can do it.’ But I mean, I’ve gotten better.”
She has a George Costanza-like plan for the future.
“I’m really specific about why I’m doing something or writing something,” she says. “But it always kind of gets translated in the opposite fashion. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve learned that everything I’m going to do is going to have the opposite reaction of what I meant. So I should do the opposite if I want a good reaction.” She’s surprised to learn that George tried this approach in an episode of Seinfeld. “Oh really? That’s awesome. Me and George Costanza! Oh my God!”
She’s seen the current Guns N’ Roses lineup many times, in multiple countries – which is why she was once spotted hanging out with Axl Rose in L.A.
“I love Guns N’ Roses,” she says. “Axl is perfect. He’s exactly what I thought he would be. He’s an inspiration. He goes onstage for three-and-a-half hours every night, you know? He doesn’t get tired. It’s amazing. Stamina. Courtney Love is like that, too. I saw her at the Troubadour a few months ago. She’s just still killing it.”
She’s baffled by some of the early reaction to her breakthrough song, “Video Games.”
“I didn’t understand how that arose any kind of feminist commentary, because all I was saying was, ‘I’m so happy when you get home, and heaven is a place on earth with you. I’ve never been happier.’ I didn’t understand any reason why that sounded submissive, to me. In fact, I actually thought that at such a young age, I was blessed to find someone who made me so happy. And I just didn’t understand why true love shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all. I have everything else, you know? But obviously, in other songs, it takes a different turn. And it’s just different experiences, really.
She’s had some weird dreams lately.
“Modern dreams, dreaming in modern times. Really strange. I had a dream that I was waiting for someone to find me, and in the sky, where the stars were supposed to be, it was an Uber map. And I was watching this person get further and further away from me, where the constellations were supposed to be. And I woke up totally confused. “
Only one line in her lyrics has gotten a major reaction from her parents.
Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s when she sang “My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola. “My Dad thought ‘Cola’ was funny,” she says. “My mom didn’t think it was that funny.” The line came from something her Scottish ex-boyfriend said: “He was talking about American girls, his vision of American girls was that all their pussies tasted like Pepsi-Cola, and that they were such a dream. I thought that was the funniest fucking thing I’d ever heard. And I thought, ‘Well …’”
She had long on-and-off relationship with a record-business exec, but he never signed her.
They met in her early twenties, while she was shopping her first, independent album to major labels. “He wasn’t married,” she explains. “It was a love affair. But, I mean, I saw him off and on for seven years, and I’m still close with him. He’s someone who really influenced the way that I saw things, just in terms of not being able to have what I wanted. And just being close to a life that I really envisioned and loved. It wasn’t a career thing, it was a lifestyle thing. I was passionate about him and what he did, and it was being close to what I loved, but not really having it. Which I felt was just symbolic for the way things had been for so many years, standing right next to something that was so beautiful, but never quite having it.”
She’s buddies with Juliette Lewis, who had publicly dissed her SNL performance.
“I was actually friends with her before that but she didn’t know it was me on TV,” she says. “I had been more blonde before or something. She called me and was like, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry.’ But we got over it. Because the truth is, we’re birds of a feather in a way. In the end, we thought it was really funny.”
She’s really into the singer-songwriter Father John Misty.
“Other than Cat Power, he’s my greatest modern day inspiration. I just love him so much.”
She likes the idea of Kanye West playing her wedding someday in exchange for playing his.
“That’d be amazing,” she says. “I should’ve put that in a contract.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/18-things-you-learn-after-two-long-days-with-lana-del-rey-20140724
Tags: Axl Rose·Bob Leone·Bruce Springsteen·Courtney Love·Dan Auerbach·George Costanza·Juliette Lewis·Kanye West·Lana Del Rey·Me Costanza·Rolling Stone News
July 24th, 2014 · Guitar
In a nondescript alley in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn musician Grey Gersten sits inside an abandoned elevator shaft that’s been converted into the surreal art museum Mmuseumm. He’s behind a movie theatre-style ticket booth surrounded by various instruments, drum machines and recording equipment, asking strangers intimate questions such as, “Did you ever think you were about to die?” and “Describe your last dream.”
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Over 10 days in June, more than 100 people visited the Mmuseumm to experience “Custom Melodies,” a temporary exhibit in which visitors filled out a questionnaire and watched Gersten, who performs under the name Eternal Lips, create and record a song about their experiences, complete with the person’s choice of band name, song and cover art. Once recorded, participants can visit a website — scheduled to launch this fall — to hear everyone’s song or sort custom playlists by question. (For example, a playlist of songs by people who answered “Yes” to “Have you ever been involved with space travel?”)
“I like the idea of exploring people through songs and having the site be a constellation of stories that reflect the people themselves and not just their specific musical tastes,” Gersten tells Rolling Stone. “You can see what random people’s advice and dreams are. Visitors become part of the songwriting process, and that’s a place most audiences haven’t been before. To not know them and try to figure them out and reflect that in a song in 20 minutes is a big artistic challenge, but very exciting.”
Despite creating all of the music, Gersten plans on crediting each song to the person’s “imaginary band,” an extension of the concept for Eternal Lips. “The beauty of an imaginary band is that it isn’t designed to represent reality,” says Gersten. “It’s whatever you imagine it to be and that’s endless and always changing. Eternal Lips is my fantasy of an imaginary band, so why not create a place where people could come to realize their own fantasies of imaginary bands?” To that end, Custom Melodies functions as a unique, interactive exhibit, musical companion piece and clever promotional idea.
The imaginary band, however, is now a tangible product, as Gersten, a multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer, recently released an EP featuring Sharon Van Etten, John Zorn and TV on the Radio‘s Kyp Malone and is planning his debut LP for later this year. On the eponymous 4-track EP, Gersten bends and contorts the idea of pop music, channeling his experimental music background into dreamy indie-pop.
After a successful New York run, Gersten is hoping to expand the idea of on-the-spot song creation outside of New York, envisioning musicians in other cities picking up where he left off. “What would a song factory sound like if the Boredoms did this in Japan?” asks Gersten. “Or a subway-style booth in Paris or village in Africa? The more people that do it, the cooler it will be.”
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/meet-the-musician-wholl-record-a-song-about-your-life-in-20-minutes-20140724
Tags: Brooklyn musician·Grey Gersten·Japan·museum Mmuseumm·New York·Paris·Producer and singer·Rolling Stone News·space travel·tangible product·TV On The Radio
July 24th, 2014 · Guitar
Weezer brought a whole lot of 1994 — complete with crunchy riffs, “woo-ooh-ooh”‘s and, of course, the lightning strap — to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, where they christened their new track, “Back to the Shack” with its television debut.
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While an Ace Frehley bobblehead nodded approvingly from atop frontman Rivers Cuomo’s amp, the group tore through the adorably dorky first single from their upcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Though not a rambunctious performance, Weezer delivered as Cuomo mused about the band’s glory days, came clean about past mistakes and relinquished eternal fame to the wind: “If we die in obscurity, oh well / At least we raised some hell,” he howled before assuming one last epic power stance and delivering yet another classic Weezer wah-wah solo.
Weezer have been teasing Everything Will Be Alright in the End with cryptic in-studio clips since March, and the LP finally sees release on September 30th via Republic Records. Beyond the content of “Back to the Shack,” the band has hinted that the album is something of a return to form. ”If you took the Pinkerton band and then play all the other records — that’s what we sound like now,” drummer Pat Wilson recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Bombastic, loose, kind of booming. This record sounds like it’s going to have the tight structure of “Blue Album” with a little bit more abandon like Pinkerton.”
Ric Ocasek, the Cars frontman who previously helmed 1994′s self-titled breakout classic, affectionately known as “The Blue Album,” and self-titled 2001 effort, AKA “The Green Album,” returns to production duties on the new album.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/weezer-bring-back-to-the-shack-and-the-lightning-strap-to-fallon-20140724
Tags: Back to the Shack·Blue Album·Entertainment Weekly·Everything Will Be Alright in the End·Pat Wilson·Ric Ocasek·Rivers Cuomo·Rolling Stone News·The Blue Album·The Green Album·Weezer
July 24th, 2014 · Guitar
Duran Duran are suing their own fan club for breach of contract, claiming that it did not pay the band its promised revenue. In 2010, the group signed a contract with Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc., based in a town about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, that guaranteed the band 75 percent of all profits, according to Chicago Sun-Times, while the company kept the rest.
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Although part of the suit alleges that the company failed to keep precise fan-club records, collect membership fees and keep accurate accounting, Simon Le Bon Co. claim that the company owes them approximately $40,000 in damages. The company was also supposed to serve as a warehouse that would sell band merchandise.
The Associated Press reports that Worldwide Fan Clubs had no comment on the matter.
Currently, Duran Duran – whose membership remains the same as their 1981 debut minus guitarist Andy Taylor – are working on a new album with a little help from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. “We are all such big fans of John’s work and are honored to have him adding his magic to the record,” the group reported in a blog post. “There are no current plans for John to tour with us, but his guitars sound incredible on the tracks.” It is unclear how much of the album the guitarist will play on.
Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/duran-duran-sue-own-fan-club-20140723
Tags: Andy Taylor·Chicago·Chicago Sun Times·Duran Duran·John Frusciante·Red Hot Chili Peppers·Rolling Stone News·Simon Le Bon Co.·The Associated Press·USD·Worldwide Fan Clubs Inc.