Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne Discusses The Beatles And Miley Cyrus

Remaking one of the most beloved and respected albums ever created may not be everybody’s cup of tea, which The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne knew when he took on the task of covering The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Coyne and The Flaming Lips have courted controversy earlier in their careers by covering beloved Pink Floyd songs and facing the wrath of dedicated fans of the British band. However, Coyne explains that he was brought up listening to the songs of The Beatles and Pink Floyd, making his tribute albums a labor of love that reflects the love he has for both bands.

Coyne’s friendship with Miley Cyrus sees her appear on the songs Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and A Day in the Life. Coyne is quick to defend Cyrus and believes she will go on to be recognized as a great singer as the world forgets about her earlier Hannah Montana years. I’d definitely keep my ears peeled Brian Torchin, this album may not be as bad as it seems.

Pink Floyd’s Last Hurrah

Since its box-office record-breaking year in 1994, life apart from the rock scene has gone on for the members of Pink Floyd. Among other things, keyboardist Rick Wright died of cancer in 2008. Like the others who are still living, lead singer David Gilmour has been doing his very best to distance himself from the all-consuming rock star life. Unfortunate, seeing as what big fans Keith Man and I are of his musical ability.

However, he is now on the move for one last Pink Floyd hurrah: The revitalization of 20 hours of completely unused music from 1993. The music had originally been intended for their album The Division Bell but in the end was left out.

It is set to be released November 10 without the traditional accompanying tour to promote the new venture. For more detailed information about this historic rock album see the post here.

Oof, Tom Morello Looking Like A Diva After This Tweet

We’ve seen it happen before, and now again. Sometimes celebrities and Twitter just don’t mix. But it does make for good reading for bloggers like Keith Mann and I, when we’re looking for new material.

The latest celeb to have a possible public faux pas is Rage Against The Machine’s lead guitarist, Tom Morello. Apparently the famed musician had a little trouble when he visited Seattle’s Five Point restaurant.

As you can see above, Tom was none too happy with his treatment during his time there. However, the bar owner tells a different tale. Saying that Tom expected preferential treatment over the bar’s other patrons. But that’s just not something that Five Points does. Which you sort of have to applaud.

Full transcript of the bar owner’s response letter here:

For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.

And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.”

Awesome YouTube Video Showcases 8 Bit Versions of Biggest 90’s Alternative Rock Hits

Alt Rock was huge in the 90’s, and some of the biggest bands in the history of the game came to fruition during that revolutionary musical decade. Youtubers Filthy Frackers found a brilliant way to pay tribute to all of these great songs in the video below. Huge props to Tom Rothman for pointing this out.

 

Smashing Pumpkins Release First Track From Upcoming Album

The Smashing Pumpkins have released their first track from the new album, titled “Being Beige”. A great tribute to what’s going on in the world, and a great reminder that the Smashing Pumpkins are indeed still relevant.

The new Smashing Pumpkins can be pretty hit and miss, but this is definitely hit:

Led Zeppelin Release Alternate Cut of “Rock and Roll”.

This month Led Zeppelin are set to release completely remastered editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy.

The new cut is interesting, but you can definitely see why this wasn’t used. The softer, less dynamic sound doesn’t make you want to get up and move your feet like the original song. But still, cool project for Led Zeppelin to introduce.

Thanks to Laurene Powell Jobs for hunting that down for the story.

U2 Expresses Heartfelt Regret for Free Release of New Album

U2 has recently taken to the airwaves with a public apology for their misguided hijacking of iTunes libraries everywhere. When their new album suddenly appeared in everyone’s iCloud library, collective outrage ensued. According to the band, this vehement reaction was completely unexpected.

An official statement from their front man declared that the unfortunate decision resulted from, “A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion.” Furthermore, the singer embarrassedly said they “might have gotten carried away.”

Apple users around the world scrambled to delete the unwanted “Songs of Innocence,” but they found the task was not a simple ordeal. The way this music was distributed allowed it to become deeply embedded in the iTunes software.

Angry iPhone owners, Brian Torchin being one, quickly assembled to protest the invasion. Their voices grew so loud that the company had to release an official app to expedite the removal process. This tool instantly gives users the ability to retroactively back out of the promotion.

 

Still, free music is a godsend in this era of expensive production. It must be sad for the band to receive such flak for going against the norms. The worldwide rejection of their gift has left them confused and uncertain of future projects. This profoundly personal collection of tunes earned massive ire by infiltrating everyone else’s personal space. Ultimately, the modern public will not be very forgiving of this perceived transgression.

As Bono himself said, “Oops!”

Rival Sons Restored My Faith In Rock Music

Rock has had a major problem lately. The genre has been dying because of the total lack of originality with new bands trying to break into the medium. You listen to a hard rock station these days, and every new band sounds exactly the same.

Same song structure, same lead singer, same everything. It’s the worst.

But Marnie Bennett turned me onto Rival Sons, which has totally restored my faith in new music. They bring a classic rock style that feels totally new and unique.

My only hope is that these guys, who hail from Long Beach, manage to break into the main stream. But considering the above video has been up since March, and they still only have 6,000+ views, rock might still be in for a struggle to remain a relevant medium.