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Music News for September 30th 2014

U2 elegible for Grammy as of September 30th!

If you recall U2, Interscope Records, and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to iTunes customers. That is great and with the Grammys coming up things we’re looking pretty great…until a spokesperson for the Grammys said the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the cutoff date of September 30th

That deadline quickly approached, with that in mind U2 released a number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers for sale. A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. ”As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says.

The group has announced it will released limited edition copies of their album with an additional 4 songs, set for October 14th.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/u2-eligible-grammys-after-pressing-vinyl-20140930#ixzz3EoQJum8X


Weezer now streaming…

After a series of cryptic album teasers and new songs, Weezer have begun streaming their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look one week ahead of its October 7th release.

“On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that. Those last three words can’t help but remind a sensitive reader of the end of themselves, of Weezer, of the world.” He went on to muse, “Part of me feels like, ‘Wow, this is bleak.’ But another part is like, ‘You can’t get rid of us that easily.’”

But Cuomo has plenty to do before the end is nigh. In August, news broke that the Weezer frontman has been working on a TV series called DeTour with Psych creator Steve Franks. It just happens to be about what The Hollywood Reporter parlayed was a “30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.” It sounds eerily familiar to the time that Cuomo took a break from Weezer to go to Harvard.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-weezers-new-album-on-itunes-ahead-of-official-release-20140930#ixzz3EoRVpydF

Alice Cooper covers Eleanor Rigby on upcoming album The Art of McCartney

Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney. In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest.

“We were way influenced by the Beatles’ music, by the great songwriting of Lennon and McCartney,” Cooper said in a statement. “If you ask Ozzy and Steven Tyler the same thing, you’ll find that there’s a lot of melody in what we all do. We’re always going to be a little more horse-powered than the Beatles were, but we always referred back to those melody lines.”

In addition to “Eleanor Rigby,” Cooper recorded a version of the McCartney song “Smile Away,” which appeared on his second solo record, Ram, in 1971, for the comp. Cooper discussed recording both songs in a behind-the-scenes video.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/see-alice-cooper-sing-a-reverent-cover-of-the-beatles-eleanor-rigby-20140930#ixzz3EoRvYEtO

Music News for September 25, 2014

Cat Stevens has cancelled one of his comeback shows due to Scalpers.

Later this year, Cat Stevens is touring in North America for the first time in 35 years.  The dates were supposed to include a December show in New York, but that has since been canceled, because of scalpers. 

In a Facebook post he explained, quote, “I have been a longtime supporter of paperless tickets to my shows worldwide and avoiding scalpers.  Unfortunately New York has a state law that requires all tickets sold for shows in NYC to be paper, enabling them to be bought and sold at inflated prices.  I’m sorry.”


Metallica is reissuing Some Kind of Monster

A decade after the release of the 2004 documentary the band is reissuing the film as a two-disc anniversary-edition Blu-ray and as a digital release.

Some Kind of Monster chronicles a period in the bands history where they nearly broke up.

The reissue comes out on November 24th and includes a retrospective 25-minute feature, Metallica: This Monster Lives, which the group made in February 2013.


AC/DC confirms new album

Rock or Bust will be their first album in six years and first ever without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

It will feature 11 new songs and is set for a December 2 release date.





Music News for September 24, 2014

Bryan Ferry has previewed his upcoming album, Avonmore, with the single “Loop De Li”

He also revealed special guests who helped him with the album. Guitar icons Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr are featured throughout the album, along with bassist Marcus Miller, and Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Maceo Parker..

Avonmore follows up Ferry’s 2012 album, The Jazz Age, which was a reinterpretation of his past recordings as jazz songs and his last album of originals, 2010′s Olympia.

The new album features eight new songs, as well as two covers: Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary.”

The record hits stores on November 18th.


The Recording Academy has named Bob Dylan its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015.

The singer-songwriter will be honored at a special ceremony on February 6th.

A wide array of popular artists will honor Dylan with performances.

Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe are all scheduled to appear, with more performers yet to be announced.

Dylan will be the 25th recipient of the award from the organization, which provides assistance to musicians and music-industry people in times of need.