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Music News January 19th – 23rd

Here are “The 15 Dumbest ‘Clever’ Album Titles Ever”:

1.  “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water”, Limp Bizkit.  Supposedly, the hot dog flavored water is an inside joke . . . but it’s very off-putting because the whole thing seems to have a sexual connotation, and “chocolate starfish” is a metaphor for, well, a filthy part of the body.

2.  “The Boy Bands Have Won . . .”, Chumbawamba.  It wouldn’t have been a bad title, except that the actual title is 865 characters long, and because they did the super-long title thing AFTER Fiona Apple did it first.

3.  “Whoa, Nelly!”, Nelly Furtado

4.  “No Pads, No Helmets . . . Just Balls”, Simple Plan

5.  “You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish”, REO Speedwagon.  It was also saddled with this cover . . . and yet, still went Double Platinum.

6.  “When the Pawn . . .”, Fiona Apple.  The full title is actually a 400-character poem that Fiona wrote.  At least when she did it, it was a fairly novel concept.

7.  “Ten New Songs”, Leonard Cohen.  Personally, I like this one.

8.  “Shangri-La Dee Da”, Stone Temple Pilots.  It’s reportedly an homage to Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood, who sang “This Is Shangri-La” . . . but still.

9.  “Title of Record”, Filter

10.  “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”, Maroon 5

11.  “Music”, 311

12.  “Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti”, Squeeze.  It’s actually an amalgam of Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and of course Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”.

13. “Most of the Remixes . . .”, Soulwax.  This is another super long title.

14.  “Four Chords and Several Years Ago”, Huey Lewis & the News

15.  “Random Album Title”, Deadmau5, who also has albums called “For Lack of a Better Name” and “Album Title Goes Here”.

Here are this Week’s Top 10 Albums

1.  NEW:  “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 238,000 copies

2.  “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 131,000 copies

3.  NEW:  The “Kidz Bop 27″ compilation album . . . 80,000 copies

4.  “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 77,000 copies

5.  NEW:  “Uptown Special”, Mark Ronson . . . 77,000 copies

6.  “The Pinkprint”, Nicki Minaj . . . 54,000 copies

7.  “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 50,000 copies

8.  “V”, Maroon 5 . . . 48,000 copies

9.  Hozier’s self-titled album . . . 42,000 copies

10.  “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, J. Cole . . . 38,000 copies

Jack White Now has his very own Baseball Card!
January 22 2015, 10:44 AM ET Spin.com

Jack White, who is from Detroit, is so beloved by his hometown that he’ll receive the sports equivalent of a Town Hall-facing statue in the form of a First Pitch Insert baseball card. According to the Detroit Free Press, White’s card — which pictures him smiling and giving a thumbs-up in a retro Detroit Stars jersey — will appear in the 2015 Topps Series 1 set. The Free Press also notes that as of now, it’s unclear how rare the White cards will be. One thing, however, is for sure: 20 years from now, some lucky fan will probably peel one out from within the confines of some reupholstered furniture.

The 40 Best Songs in 2014 from 1994 Artists!

As we look back 20 years later through slightly rose-tinted glasses, 1994 seems a gloriously seether-fighting, sweater-undoing, fantastic voyage of 100% pure love. But lest we get cynical about 2014 pop in comparison, it’s worth remembering that not only is there still plenty of great stuff on the radio, but a lot of the artists who were calling the shots back then are still around today — either returned from long absences or having never left in the first place. Many of them might have downsized from arenas to auditoriums or gone from the sales racks to Spotify and Bandcamp, but all of ’em are still putting out quality releases for those of us willing to search them out, and a handful are still even topping sales charts and year-end lists.
Below you can click right over to Spin.com and check out your favorite artists who topped the charts last year.



01 21 2015

Marilyn Manson hones his dark magic for his best, most twisted alt-rock party in years

Back in the Nineties, Marilyn Manson sold a lot of records and scared a lot of parents by playing Alice Cooper shockrocker at the goth pity party. With his Methy the Clown fashion sense, lyrics like “I am totalitarian/I’ve got abortions in my eyes” and industrial-metal sound, Manson terrorized Christian politicians and tasteful music fans alike. He hit his high point with the android glam of 1998’s Mechanical Animals, moaning, “We’re all stars now in the dope show,” over music that sounded like David Bowie being sucked down a trash compactor. But in the 2000s, the dope show got a little too dope even for him. It’s tough to be an Antichrist Superstar in an era when the Internet and cable TV routinely find new ways to freak us out.


No one knows this better than Manson himself, who’s spent most of the past 15 years moving toward earthier music that tries to hold a mirror up to his decadent persona. Meanwhile, he’s become an L.A. fixture and small-part TV actor on shows like Californication and Sons of Anarchy. On The Pale Emperor, Manson puts himself forward as a sort of trash-culture elder statesman, a freak of wealth and taste – “the Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” as he dubs himself on one pounding track. It’s not always an easy sell, but this is the grabbiest music he’s made since 2000’s proggy Holy Wood.


What emerges is a classier record than you might expect from Manson – and one that still manages to be the kind of old-fashioned alt-rock tantrum no one bothers throwing these days. “I got the devil beneath my feet,” he sings, belting out the chorus of one of the album’s best songs, which sounds like a beach party on the River Styx. For once, you can believe the Dark Lord is happy to have him along for the ride.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/marilyn-manson-the-pale-emperor-20150120#ixzz3PTQq883M
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Bjork Surprise Releases New Album ‘Vulnicura’
Björk has released her new album, Vulnicura, on iTunes just one week after announcing it in a handwritten note and two months ahead of its original March release date. The surprise early release may have been prompted by a leak of the album, which Stereogum reports surfaced over the weekend.
Though there’s no word yet on whether Björk will embark on a full tour behind Vulnicura, she will perform at this year’s Governors Ball festival in June, and has also scheduled six intimate New York City shows. The residency kicks off March 7th at Carnegie Hall, where she’ll also perform on the 14th before moving to the City Center for gigs on March 25th and 28th, and April 1st and 4th. Björk will be joined by Arca at the two matinee shows scheduled for March 28th and April 4th.

March 7th also marks the official opening of Björk’s Museum of Modern Art exhibition in New York. Titled Björk, the exhibition will feature a visual narrative of the singer’s career as well as a deeply engaging 3-D film from director Andrew Huang.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bjork-surprise-releases-new-album-vulnicura-20150120#ixzz3PTXxrvyP
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‘Weird Al’ Declares ‘Mandatory’ World Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic will spend much of this year on the road, touring all over North America and hitting select European, Australian and New Zealand cities in support of his 2014 album, Mandatory Fun.
While the king of pop parody already scheduled a set at this year’s Governors Ball in New York City, the singer announced the “Mandatory World Tour” on his website with a 30-second clip, which called on citizens of the world to “enlist in the greatest musical spectacle ever seen.” Toggling between footage of Soviet-era Russia and classic “Weird Al” clips, the voiceover promised music, humor and fun, and closed with the friendly reminder: “It will rock your world. Be there — it’s mandatory!”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/weird-al-declares-mandatory-world-tour-20150120#ixzz3PTZV3tKX
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Flashback: Neil Young Covers ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in 1977
When Lynyrd Skynyrd released “Sweet Home Alabama” in 1974, it was seen, among other things, as a clear swipe at Neil Young. He was very critical of the South in his recent songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” and it’s hard to get less ambiguous than Ronnie Van Zant’s lyrics: “Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her/Well, I heard ol’ Neil put her down/Well, I hope Neil Young will remember/A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”
A couple of years after the song came out, though, Van Zant clarified the group’s intentions. “We wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as a joke,” he said. “We didn’t even think about it. The words just came out that way. We just laughed like hell and said, ‘Ain’t that funny.’ We love Neil Young. We love his music.” In case anybody thought he wasn’t serious, he began wearing a Tonight’s the Night shirt onstage.

The feeling was mutual, and Young sent the group a demo of his song “Powderfinger” to see if they wanted to record it in their next album. Tragically, Ronnie Van Zant and other members of Skynyrd died in a plane crash before they had the chance. (According to legend, Van Zant was buried in his Tonights the Night T-shirt, though this remains a hotly disputed topic.) Just weeks after the accident, Young played a show in Miami to raise money for a children’s hospital. Near the end, he played a medley of “Alabama” and “Sweet Home Alabama” as a tribute to the band. There’s no video, but you can hear an audience tape right here.

Young has not played “Alabama” a single time since that night. “‘Alabama’ richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record,” Young wrote in his 2012 book, Waging Heavy Peace. “I don’t like my words when I listen to it today. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, too easy to misconstrue.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-neil-young-covers-sweet-home-alabama-in-1977-20150120#ixzz3PTZtccuq
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Hear an Unreleased Early Mix of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’

Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc’s worth of unreleased versions of the record’s songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple “Houses of the Holy.”
Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc’s worth of unreleased versions of the record’s songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple “Houses of the Holy.”

The rest of the reissue includes rough mixes of “Trampled Under Foot” (titled “Brandy & Coke”) and “In My Time of Dying,” an early version of “Sick Again,” a Sunset Sound mix of “Boogie With Stu” and a rough orchestra mix of “Kashmir” that’s titled “Driving Through Kashmir.” It also contains what the band has billed as a “strikingly different” take on “In the Light.”

As with last year’s reissues, the new edition of Physical Graffiti, which Page personally remastered, will be available in a variety of formats, including standard CD, vinyl and digital releases. A super deluxe version will contain CDs, vinyl and links to high-def audio, as well as a hard-bound, 96-page book containing rare and previously uncirculated photos and memorabilia.

The reissue will arrive on February 24th and is available for preorder on LedZeppelin.com.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Morrissey  recently admitted that he’s been secretly battling cancer

He told a Spanish newspaper called El Mundo, quote, “They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever.  If I die, then I die.  And if I don’t, then I don’t.  Right now I feel good.”

“I’m aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do.  I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.”  He’s currently on tour in Europe, however, in June he canceled a string of U.S. shows due to a “respiratory infection.”  


Former Journey singer Steve Perry showed up at a San Francisco Giants game

When they played “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the stadium, they showed him on the Jumbotron.  

Steve rocked out with the crowd. You can watch fan recorded video footage here.


A special video marks the launch of BBC Music

The BBC unleashed a video of 27 artists performing a new version of the Beach Boys song “God Only Knows”.  

It features Brian Wilson, Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lorde, Sam Smith and Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl, among others.

Here’s the official video.



Music News for October 7, 2014

Foo Fighters will spend a week in New York next week as the musical guests of Late Show With David Letterman

 They’ll be playing covers of songs inspired by their forthcoming record Sonic Highways each night.

This aligns with the premiere of Grohl’s documentary series, also titled Sonic Highways. The band recorded it in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville and Austin and it documents the recording of the album. The film premieres on HBO on October 17th.


Various stars have designed guitars for charity

Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Matt Bellamy, Dave Stewart, Robby Krieger and film director Gus Van Sant have all designed custom Carparelli guitars for an auction at Bonhams New York, which will take place November 9th.

Proceeds from the items will benefit War Child USA, a humanitarian organization focused on helping children and young people in areas of armed conflict. 


B.B. King cancels tour after illness

Blues legend B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his tour after falling ill following a show in Chicago. King had eight gigs left on his current tour. According to King’s official site “He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.” No other details have been released.


Music News for October 2nd 2014

Roger Waters “I am not a part of Pink Floyd

Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters left the group bitterly in 1985 and famously sued his ex-bandmates at the time for wishing to carry on with the group’s name, but some of his fans appear to have forgotten this. The singer-songwriter has issued a note on Facebook to remind his fans that, while Pink Floyd are indeed issuing their first record in 20 years – the instrumental record The Endless River – he had no role in making it.

“Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November,” Waters wrote. “Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”

Waters lost his lawsuit over the band name in 1987, and that same year the band issued A Momentary Lapse of Reason. In recent years, Waters has revisited his Pink Floyd past. On July 2nd, 2005, Waters, Mason, Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright performed together as Pink Floyd for the first time in nearly a quarter century at the Live 8 concert at London’s Hyde park. Waters has mounted solo tours in recent years, performing the Floyd albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their entirety, and reunited again with Gilmour and Mason in London at a tour stop for the latter in 2011.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/roger-waters-reminds-curious-fans-i-am-not-part-of-pink-floyd-20141002#ixzz3F02ON8DV


Morello honored with Courage Award

Last night, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club and the E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello received the Courage Campaign‘s Spirit of Courage Award in a ceremony at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The award is meant to honor “someone who exemplifies courage in the fight for a more fair and just society,” and Morello has established himself as a musician willing to go to the front lines of social unrest to help amplify the voices of those in need.

Dating back to his days with Rage Against the Machine, when the group performed at a benefit to raise awareness about the imprisonment of Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier (for whom they wrote “Freedom”) and up through his recent appearance at the 15Now benefit in Seattle to help increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Morello has supported causes big and small. “Yes, I’ve spent time in jail. Yes, I’ve been tear-gassed,” Morello says. “But the element of courage that may be reflected in this award is to – regardless of consequences – put your principles in practice in what you do for a living, and that’s not always so easy to do.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/tom-morellos-new-sound-very-hard-and-very-funky-20141002#ixzz3EzwsLY3U