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Music News for September 22, 2014

Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and the Strokes formed a one-shot indie supergroup

 They named themselves the Pop All Star Band to perform at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game held during the Pop Montréal festival.

The band, which features Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler and Régine Chassagne, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, played during halftime.

The game itself, featured the musicians playing for Team Pop alongside former NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Brent Barry and led by Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs as captain. Their competitors, Team Jock, was made up of past and present college players from the McGill and Concordia basketball teams.

All proceeds from the event go toward DJ Sports Club, a nonprofit that offers programs in sports and education to local youth in Montréal.


Trent Reznor has posted a preview of the Gone Girl soundtrack online.

David Fincher’s film adaptation of the novel Gone Girl will be released in two weeks, but Reznor has given fans a chance to experience the sound of the film early.

Fincher gave the two composers for the Gone Girl soundtrack. He said, “Think about the really terrible music you hear in a spa, the way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.”

You can listen to the preview on the Nine Inch Nails website.


Will Ferrell and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith joined together on a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman.” 

The pair were part of the supergroup called “I Pissed My Pants”, which also included Brandi Carlile, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, and Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band.

The performance took place Friday during Ferrell’s Cancer for College benefit at Seattle’s University of Washington campus.

The group also performed the Rolling Stones’ 1968 classic “Jumpin Jack Flash” without Ferrell.


September 19, 2014

The band Queen have unveiled a premium vodka called Killer Queen

Its release coincides with the 40th anniversary of the multiplatinum single of the same name.

The band says it honors Mercury’s invaluable contribution to music, which still continues to inspire to this day


Indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up again.

The band announced the news their website and canceled all of their fall tour dates. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

The band released a statement saying “Guided by Voices has come to an end. With four years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run…. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.”


Paul McCartney has teamed up with the Meat Free Monday campaign to “catalyze transformative change” and bring awareness to the global footprint that meat production has on our environment.

In a video message he asks people to go to pledge.meatfreemondays.com to support the idea of Meat Free Mondays. He goes on to say they’ll send the pledges to politicians.

The campaign does not ask people to cut out meat completely, just one day of the week.

You can also pledge support on social media with the hashtag #MFMclimatepledge


Music News for September 17, 2014

The annual “Stand Up For Heroes” benefit tickets go on sale today

“Stand Up for Heroes” is a fundraiser featuring different music and comedy acts that raise money for injured service members and their families.

Bruce Springsteen has performed at the event every year, along with him this year; Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams, and others.

The show is November 5th at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden; tickets go on sale today at noon.

Kiss helped raise money to build a military museum in Oregon.

The band has helped the Oregon Historical Outreach Foundation for three years to raise funds for the building of the $15 million project.

On Monday, the band performed an acoustic show in Lake Oswego, Oregon; it was the first time the band had performed at the charity event.

In all, they have raised over $1 million.


Eminem has filed a copyright infringement suit against the National Party in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, John Key, used the track Lose Yourself in a campaign ad without permission.

The song is no longer being used in advertisements, but Eminem is still seeking damages. Eminem’s publishers released a statement saying “It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand by the introduction of the three strikes copyright reforms should itself have so little regard for copyright”.

Music News for September 16, 2014

If you were one of the 500 million iTunes users upset to find a U2 album in your library last week, there’s good news.

Apple has launched a support website that allows users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the “gift” was given to iTunes users.

The site includes a disclaimer that warns the album will no longer be available to re-download as a previous purchase. The album remains free for users to download until October 13.

Click HERE to visit the website.


Lana Del Rey has cancelled all of her upcoming European shows.

The Universal Music label said in a statement to MTV, “For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days”.

Lana had already cancelled two private concerts in Paris.


The Doors documentary the band filmed on tour in 1968 is finally getting an official release.

Feast of Friends was never completed and was screened to negative reviews during Jim Morrison’s lifetime.

The film contains concert footage as well as off stage commentary. In addition to the film, there will also be bonus features. Additional footage shot for, but not included in the film, The Doors Are Open, a 1968 British documentary about the groups final performance at London’s Roundhouse, and interviews.

The release date is set for November 11.


 Robert Plant releasing a solo LP and planning World Tour!

 Released by his new label, Nonesuch, on September 9th, Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar is the ex-Led Zeppelin singer’s first studio effort with the Sensational Space Shifters, his Afro-psychedelic-blues touring band of the past two years. The album is also a return home. Plant, 66, recorded it in his native England after a few years of living and working in America, mostly singing folk and blues covers on Raising Sand, his 2007 hit with Alison Krauss, and 2010′s Band of Joy.

There is a profound, reflective grip to Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar (named after a line in one song, “A Stolen Kiss”). In the overcast Celtic-folk flair of “Embrace Another Fall,” Plant underscores his lifelong affection for Wales – where he vacationed as a child and later, in a remote cottage, wrote Zeppelin songs with guitarist Jimmy Page – by incorporating part of an old Welsh ballad, “The Lark’s Elegy,” sung in the original tongue by guest vocalist Julie Murphy. She says Plant told her “Embrace Another Fall” was “about coming back” – specifically, “to the drizzle, a particular type of rain in Britain. He said he’d been in the desert, these hot places, and he was returning after a long journey.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/robert-plant-lullaby-ceaseless-roar-preview-tour-20140910#ixzz3DVfj0hl4

Flashback: Springsteen went Reggae

After the success of Born in the U.S.A. ‘The Boss’ kept a low profile, just playing bars in his native New Jersey.  On July 29th 1987, the lucky few catching the reggae act Jah Love at the Key Largo club witnessed Bruce jam out to a reggae rendition of “Born in the U.S.A.” and “My Hometown.” Not just that night but the next night as well… and again the following night he joined Marshall Crenshaw for a few songs at the Stone Pony.  None of these reggae inspired renditions made it out for the public until now… thanks to YouTube you can check out the many sides to Bruce Springsteen by clicking here.