Music News for 02/27/2015
Tom Hanks Supports His Son’s Rap Career, But Doesn’t Like the Swearing
Like a lot of parents, TOM HANKS is supportive of his kids . . . including Chester, who’s trying to forge a rap career under the name CHET HAZE. But, like a lot of parents, he doesn’t like the swearing.
He says, quote, “What I love about my kid is that he’s doing it. There’s a lot of people who sit around for the phone to ring and wait for someone to invite them to do it. And my kid has done it.
“Sometimes I can’t honestly say I love to hear some of the language in it, but that’s not just his stuff, that’s other people’s as well.”
Music News for 02/24/15
The Darkness is making music… still
Yes, THE DARKNESS are still a thing. And they have a new song and video called “Barbarian”. An album called “Last of Our Kind” will be out June 1st.
Three Touring Randoms: The Pixies, Marilyn Manson, and Sam Smith
1. The Pixies announced some new tour dates beginning on May 5th in New Orleans. Unfortunately, founding bassist Kim Deal is still out of the fold. She left the band two years ago. Touring bassist Paz Lenchantin is taking her place.
The band has been working on new material recently, and they’re going to be debuting some of it on the tour. (Hit up PixiesMusic.com for all the dates.)
2. Marilyn Manson will return to North America on March 28th. After several weeks in Canada, he’ll do more shows in the U.S. This stretch of dates is mostly just in the Midwest and the South. (Loudwire.com has all the details.)
3. Sam Smith has announced some more U.S. dates for this summer . . . beginning with a show in Charlotte on July 18th. (Browse all the dates, here.)
New CDs from Kid Rock, Rick Springfield, and Mat Kearney
• “Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4“ . . . It includes Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain”, plus the show’s band The Forest Rangers doing songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Age of Aquarius”, and “All Along the Watchtower”.
• “First Kiss“, Kid Rock. This is his 10th album.
• “Stripped Down“, Rick Springfield . . . Live recordings from “intimate” gigs where he’s done covers of “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac, “Baby Blue” by Badfinger, the Muddy Waters hit “Rollin’ and Tumbling’”, and a new song called “If Wishes Were Fishes”.
• “The Order of Things“, All That Remains
• “Dope Machines“, Airborne Toxic Event. This is their fourth album.
• “Our Own House“, the indie pop band MisterWives
• “Just Kids“, Mat Kearney
Music News for 02/23/15
Pixies promise NEW music on their North American Tour
Last April, Pixies released Indie Cindy, their first new album in 23 years. They also toured the world with their new touring bassist, Paz Lenchantin, following the departure of founding member Kim Deal (and subsequent replacement Kim Shattuck). Now, the influential alt-rock band – frontman Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering – have announced another series of North American tour dates (once again featuring Lenchantin), kicking off May 5th in New Orleans and running throughout the month.
According to the band’s official website, the jaunt will feature tracks spanning their discography, in addition to “some brand new Pixies songs, written and arranged just in the past few months.”
Scarlett Johansson Put Out a Dance Track Called “Candy”
SCARLETT JOHANSSON is releasing music again. She has a new dance track titled “Candy” with an all-female group called THE SINGLES.
There isn’t anyone notable in the group, but Este Haim of the Haim sisters adds drums for this track . . . and Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio produced it.
Scarlett says, quote, “The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls. I wanted it to be like Ultra-pop, but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”
You can hear the track here : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-a-super-pop-jam-from-scarlett-johanssons-new-girl-group-20150220
Lady Gaga absolutely slays her ‘Sound of Music’ Tribute to Julie Andrews
Lady Gaga performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to “The Sound of Music.” The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.
The pop singer sang a medley of songs including “The Hills Are Alive,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” After her performance, Andrews came on stage to thank Gaga. “It really warmed my heart, it really did,” Andrews said before presenting the next award, for Best Original Score.
You can watch the performance by clicking here : Sound of Music Tribute
The Killers and No Doubt will be headlining San Diego’s Inaugural Kaaboo Festival
No Doubt, the Killers and Zac Brown Band will headline the inaugural Kaaboo Del Mar Festival, a three-day music, arts and comedy fest hitting San Diego, California the weekend of September 18th. Snoop Dogg, the Roots, Spoon, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Girl Talk are also among the more than 100 acts that will perform atop one of Kaaboo’s six stages at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Kaaboo also boasts a comedy bill that includes Community‘s Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin, Tig Notaro, Saturday Night Live‘s 48th best cast member Tim Meadows, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik and many more.
General admission and VIP tickets for the festival are available now at the Kaaboo website. The fest has also revealed that Slightly Stoopid, Counting Crows, Foster the People, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Los Lobos, X, Dawes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Awolnation will perform at the inaugural festival. Check out the official site for the full lineup.
Kaaboo will be the Killers’ first U.S. date since last August and just the fourth concert No Doubt has booked in 2015. Gwen Stefani and company have previously announced plans to perform at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 1st, Las Vegas’ inaugural Rock in Rio Fest on May 8th and Napa, California’s BottleRock on May 31st.
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Jimmy Page on the ‘Swagger’ of “Physical Graffiti”
By the time Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti in 1975, they no longer needed to prove anything. “All of us knew that it was a monumental piece of work, just because of the various paths that we’d trodden along to get to this,” says the group’s guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, in one of the music rooms at London’s Olympic Studios where the double-LP was originally mixed. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”
their five previous records, Led Zeppelin made Physical Graffiti their victory lap. They were now successful enough to operate their own record label, Swan Song, and the album — their first offering on the imprint — was their lengthy battle cry. Clocking in at a little over 80 minutes, Physical Graffiti contained some of their hardest-rocking tunes (“The Wanton Song,” “Custard Pie,” “Houses of the Holy”), trippiest epics (“Kashmir,” “In the Light,” “Ten Years Gone”) and sweetest rock & roll diversions (“Black Country Girl,” “Boogie With Stu”). The record showed Led Zeppelin at both their most excessive and most impressive.
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