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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.



Music News for September 23,2014

Pink Floyd has announced the details of their new album The Endless River.

According to a press release, The Endless River is a “four-sided instrumental album,” though one track, Louder Than Words, has lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson.

The official release date is November 10, but it available for pre-order now.


Lana Del Rey has announced two US shows.

They will both take place in California, October 17 and 18, at the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery. According to the cemetery’s website, it’s the “final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth.”


Lorde’s new song Yellow Flicker Beat is scheduled for release next Monday.
The song features Adele, and is produced by Paul Epworth.

The track will feature on the upcoming Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack and will play over the end credits for the film.


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.