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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...
Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of the rest of their tour:
It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.--
U2 was scheduled to play a show in Paris tonight that was going to be broadcast on HBO.
As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concerts scheduled for the 14th and 15th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.---
Speaking from Paris the band said:
"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.
We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.
And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe."
Tonight's live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris.
All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show, with details to follow soon. For those of you already down at the venue and those on your way, we'll play a short set of old material so that your journey isn't wasted
We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.
Paris, due to yesterday's events, our show tonight is cancelled. To those affected by this tragedy, our thoughts are with you. Sending love.--
The 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth concert broadcast, hosted by Al Gore, set for Friday and Saturday (November 13 and 14) in Paris, France has been cancelled. Just Jared reports:
The concert, which aimed to raised awareness about global warming, was set to feature performances in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as locations around the globe.---
Scheduled performers included Pharrell, Elton John, Hozier, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons, Walk the Moon, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Florence & the Machine.
The organization took to their official website to release a statement about the tragic events in Paris.
"Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected and the entire nation of France. We send our condolences to the families of those who have been killed or injured," the concert's website said.
Deftones were scheduled to play three shows at the venue that Eagles of Death Metal were playing when the attack happened. It goes without saying that those are cancelled, and the band posted the following message: "Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events."
More details have arisen on the Kurt Cobain solo album that Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen is putting together from the recordings he unearthed while making the documentary. The long-awaited collection of tracks, titled Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, will be out on November 13 on CD/cassette/digital via Universal. That's the artwork above, and there is reported to be a 13-track standard edition and a 31-track deluxe edition.
The vinyl release comes out December 4, and an additional single comes out that day too. The single has Kurt's cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" which leaked earlier this year but has since been deleted. It also includes a rough early demo of "Sappy" (sometimes referred to as "Verse Chorus Verse" but not the only Nirvana song to be given that title). The upbeat full-band version of this song is very readily available, but this solo recording is a lot slower and more somber than that. Listen below.
Meanwhile, Kurt's former bandmate Krist Novoselic is contributing to R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's new album, Warzone Earth (due 10/16 via Little Axe Records). Other guests include Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Peter's Super-Earth bandmates Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, and Kurt Bloch. Peter shared this about the album:
I've just had an exciting couple of weeks working with Tucker Martine on the new record by The Jayhawks which is a stunning tour de force. I think it will blow a lot of minds. I spent yesterday with my good friend Mike, who came to town to add some Millsian glamour to the proceedings. And I am pleased to announce this morning my new magnum opus Warzone Earth is now available. The record features two alternate covers by the folk art legend Mingering Mike. I never thought I'd look so good in tights!The remaining third of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, has been singing with Jewel and yelling about chicken fingers or something.
All kidding aside, it's the best solo record I have made, and I'm excited for it to be out in the world. It's available through littleaxerecords.com who distributes the record. It should also be available in all the cool independent record stores in your neighborhood, once again, vinyl only, but feel free to make a cassette for your friends.
And in other news, Kurt's daughter Frances Bean Cobain is married now.
Stream the demo of "Sappy" below...
"We're sitting on a fucking monster, man," says legendary Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman from somewhere in Europe. While musicians tend to boast around new albums, Coleman and his bandmates (guitarist Geordie, bassist Youth and drummer Paul Ferguson) - the original lineup that recorded the first Killing Joke album - continue to back big proclamations with albums befitting of their nearly four-decade history. Pylon, due October 23, is no exception; it builds on the Killing Joke legacy of beauty meeting anger meeting mysticism. The band was so inspired that they wrote 15 tracks; five were moved to a bonus disc but Coleman insists they are part of the album, not an afterthought. Killing Joke plans to return to the United States for their first tour in three years this coming January. Coleman talked to us about Pylon, technocracy and the power of human connection.
BV: It's not that I didn't enjoy the last record (MMXII), but Pylon seems to have a greater sense of urgency like your comeback record more than 10 years ago. Did you feel a greater sense of urgency?
Coleman: That's an interesting analogy to the 2003 record. But yes, it felt like a similar sort of cycle, especially because we put Paul's drums on last like we did with Dave (Grohl's) drums. I've had a fucking bleak year. When you are in your 50s, people die around you. One of those deaths was a suicide close to my family. I don't know why Killing Joke recordings need to be traumatic, but they always are. The background to this record is a year of austerity. When you don't do concerts, you don't earn a great deal of money. I've also been going to Russia to work with the St. Petersburg Orchestra. That's a different kind of bleakness. So it's been a dark year, especially observing what's going on in the world. It's hard not to get depressed and sometimes the only thing that lifts me is seeing the guys from the band. We use music as a way to process everything in the world.
I do think we did this album the right way. Youth would come in every few weeks and work with Geordie and me. When I start a piece of work, I always share a theme with Paul and then he goes and writes. Then, I try to synthesize. Paul has this quality - this ability to write the same way I do.
interview by Shahryar Rizvi
Last month, Ghost released their third album Meliora, another dose of poppy occult rock that was a little heavier on the riffage than their last one. Strangely enough, they decided to celebrate it with some acoustic release shows (including Rough Trade NYC in August) but they're also now on a proper full-band tour which returned to NYC last night (9/27) at Terminal 5.
We caught up with one of the band's Nameless Ghouls not long after they arrived in the U.S. (their "new" frontman Papa Emeritus III doesn't tend to give interviews) and talked about the new album, those acoustic shows, Snoop Dogg, Satan, Pope Francis, Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains and the people who question just how metal Ghost really is. Read on...
Your latest album Meliora is still on the charts after a month, how does the band feel about their success?
Nameless Ghoul: We feel great, but y'know, humbled because as much as we love what we do, we're not exactly certain that everyone else will time after time. So we're happy. We're trying - no we're not just trying, we're fuckin' working our asses off having our feet still on the ground. It's not so hard because we have masks on and looking at it from the side angle, so yeah.
We were sad to just learn that DC saxophonist Doc Night passed away earlier this month at the age of 52. He was a member of Scream (before Dave Grohl was, and three decades later appeared with Scream vocalist Pete Stahl in Grohl's one-off supergroup Don't Need Its), played in Body Count, and with HR of Bad Brains, who is helping spread the word that money is being collected for Doc's family. Rest in peace, Doc.
Speaking of Bad Brains and Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters just brought out Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know at their second of two Citi Field shows to cover Bad Brains classics "How Low Can A Punk Get" and "The Regulator." Videos of both covers are below.
HR wasn't at that those shows, and he isn't a current Bad Brains member, but he is playing some of his own shows. He'll be on a West Coast tour in October, and then his band HR & Dubb Agents plays NYC on December 18 at Bowery Electric. Opening that show is the Bandroidz, who recently toured with Desaparecidos. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
All HR dates are listed below...
Tower Records closed its last stores in 2006 after 46 years as one of the most iconic record store chains in the business. The last one in NYC, the Lincoln Square branch, closed in December of that year. The E. 4th St. location went shortly before that. All Things Must Pass, the documentary made by Colin Hanks (Tom's son), tells it's story and has received favorable reviews at festival screenings like SXSW. The film will be out in limited release in the U.S. in September. You can watch the trailer, featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Dave Grohl and more, below.
photo: Scream at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Scream, the '80s-era hardcore band who are probably best known for former drummer Dave Grohl who has been in one or two more famous bands since, have done some reunion shows over the past few years, and they'll do another this September. It takes place in NYC on 9/9 at Bowery Electric. We wouldn't count on Grohl showing up, but hey who knows? Foo Fighters play the UK on 9/8, Vancouver on 9/11 and nothing in between, so it's not impossible. Tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Formed in the early '80s, BL'AST took the wide-open experimental streak of Black Flag and expanded the sonic template to include all manner of skronks and squalls while still raging in the old hardcore way. This naturally caught the ear of SST, who released three BL'AST albums: The Power Of Expression (1986 on Green World Records, reissued in 1987 on SST), It's in My Blood (1987), and Take the Manic Ride (1989). BL'AST built a dedicated fanbase based on Neider's wild playing and Dinsmore's intense poetry, becoming something of a hardcore band's hardcore band; a cult standing that would serve them well when it came time to revive the project. In 2013, Scream's Dave Grohl (who is also in some other bands) remastered It's In My Blood for Southern Lord (renaming the album BLOOD!). Another reissue, this one of The Power Of Expression (renamed The Expression of Power), followed in 2014, along with a series of tour dates.Ian Chainey wrote the above last year when hardcore veterans BL'AST! were playing reunion shows. Now the band's current lineup has signed to Rise Records and released a surprise EP of new material today called For Those Who've Graced The Fire! soon. The lineup includes original vocalist Clifford Dinsmore and guitarist Mike Neider, and they recorded it with Dave Grohl on drums and Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski on bass. (Live, the band's rhythm section is QOTSA's Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri.) The EP just has two songs, a title track and "The Pulse." It's their first new music in about two decades, and they certainly sound like the band was inspired. More OFF! than What The..., to get an idea. (And also better than most of Grohl's recent albums with Foo Fighters.) Listen below.
The BAMcinemaFest returns for its seventh annual year from June 17-28. They'll have the NY premieres for several films, and there are a few pretty cool special events too.
On a music-related note, beloved punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is getting a new restoration and that will be screened alongside a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas. The initial film, which includes footage of Black Flag, Germs, X, Alice Bag Band, Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, and Fear, was released in 1981. That was followed by 1988's equally indispensable Part II: The Metal Years that followed LA hair metal scene (KISS, Alice Cooper, Poison, Ozzy Osbourne, WASP...and Lemmy), and a third film on '90s "gutter punk" (Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression, The Resistance). The first two have been out-of-print (and highly bootlegged) since the '90s and the third one was never released on home video at all. Happy day: the whole series is finally getting released as a DVD/Blu-Ray box set on June 30 via Shout! Factory. The box set will feature newly-restored 2K prints of the films plus outtakes, lots of deleted scenes and commentary tracks by Dave Grohl.
A non-music but still very cool special event happening during BAMcinemaFest is a screening of cult '90s film Kids, which turns 20 this year. (And also notable to indie rock nerds since Lou Barlow did the soundtrack.) The screening happens June 25 at BAM Rose Cinemas, and there will also be a Q&A with some of the main cast members, including Chloe Sevigny (Jennie), Rosario Dawson (Ruby), Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly) and. Screenwriter Harmony Korine and director Larry Clark will be there too. Sadly neither Justin Pierce (Casper) or Harold Hunter (who was also Harold in the movie) will be there, as we lost both of them years ago. (Justin to suicide in 2000 and Harold to a cocaine-induced heart attack in 2006). Though as New Yorkers may know, there's a park named after Harold in NYC, and for the past 8 years October 11 has been Harold Hunter Day. The Harold Hunter Foundation was also launched in 2007, and its "goal is to harness the power of skateboarding to transform lives."
Another cult '90s film, Richard Linklater's Slacker, will get an outdoor screening during the fest at Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 25.
And one more music-related event: A screening of Les Blank's Leon Russell documentary, A Poem Is A Naked Person, which was filmed from 1972-1974 but not publicly released until this year, on June 27 at BAM Rose Cinemas. It got its world premiere at SXSW, and this will be its NY premiere. It looks like Criterion will be putting it out on home video at some point.
Tickets to BAMcinemaFest go on sale to BAM members on May 26, and to the general public on May 29.
Check out the full list of films, with a clip of a Darby Crash interview from The Decline of Western Civilization and the disturbing fight scene in the park from Kids, below...
Patti Smith & Lou Reed
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens April 18 in Cleveland this year, and performers have now been announced. Beck, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend and more are set to perform, and presenters include Stevie Wonder (inducting Bill Withers), Patti Smith (inducting Lou Reed), and Paul McCartney (presenting Ringo Starr with the award for musical excellence). HBO airs the ceremony on May 30.
Other performers include Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, and Fall Out Boy, plus still more TBA.
As mentioned, Record Store Day just held a press conference at Rough Trade in Brooklyn featuring St. Vincent, Fred and Kate from The B-52's, Todd Barry and Kozmo Vinyl. Absent at the proceedings: official RSD Ambassador Dave Grohl. It was to reveal the full list of #RSD15 titles which are now announced. Some highlights:
• McLusky best-of McLuskyism getting its first-ever vinyl release.There's also the Johnny Marr cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You" 7", Metallica's 1982 demos on cassette, and lots more.
• Mark Mothersbaugh's The LEGO Movie soundtrack on double vinyl.
• Polaris' Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete on vinyl for the first time ever
• The Saints' second album, Eternally Yours on colored vinyl
• The Stooges - Live at Ungano's in 1970 -- first time (officially) on vinyl.
• Johnny Thunders - Live at Max Kansas City Vol 1 & 2 on colored vinyl
Record Store Day 2015 happens April 18. Read a statement by Dave Grohl and watch a video with him below...
photo: Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Foo Fighters have a big stadium tour coming up that's set to hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field (home of The Mets). That show sold out, but they've since added a second show happening a day earlier (7/15) at the same venue. Both are with Royal Blood. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30). Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, NME reports that Dave Grohl stopped by The Cribs' studio when they were recording their upcoming Ric Ocasek-produced LP, and bassist/singer Gary Jarman called his appearance a "good omen":
"We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl," the bass player said. "We played with him in Ireland and he was like, 'The Cribs? I love you guys!' We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record - it was just like a rabbit's foot or something."Looking forward to seeing what Grohl's magical powers can do when the record comes out in March (hear a song).
Foo Fighters dates below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Foo Fighters put out a new album and an HBO series about it, both called Sonic Highways, this year. The premise of the show was it had Dave Grohl & co. traveling to eight different US cities -- Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, and New York City -- and discussing those cites' musical histories while also showing clips of them recording parts of their album in each. A.V. Club gave the show a B+, sounding mixed on the Chicago episode but more positive about the DC one (the two episodes they had watched for review before it premiered). An excerpt from their review reads:
That kind of self-awareness from Grohl--knowing that he's reached a level of success far beyond the people who helped feed his roots--deepens Sonic Highways in incalculable ways. Without making too big a deal about it, Grohl contrasts himself with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who admits in "Chicago" that he doesn't really know or care much about the blues, and in "Washington D.C." confesses that he's never been part of any kind of indie scene. And Grohl himself admits that the unusual method of recording this new Foo Fighters album is just a way for a seen-it-all/done-it-all veteran rock band to introduce some novelty. Sonic Highways subtly acknowledges the differences between the scholarly and the intuitive, and between the mega-millionaires and the guys still making records in their basements.Jezebel had another take in their article "Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Systematically Erases Women in Music." They write:
Grohl knows he's fortunate to have played in two of the most popular rock bands of the past 25 years, and to have the backing of HBO and the well-heeled production company Worldwide Pants Inc. (whose founder, David Letterman, is a big Foo Fighters fan, hailing them for going out every night and "fighting foo"). But Grohl also knows none of this happened by chance. Sonic Highways is about Chicago, D.C., Austin, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles; but it's also about Grohl, remembering where he came from and what he owes.
Sonic Highways is meant to reflect Grohl's own fandom and musical upbringing--but it also positions itself as a type of definitive oral history of each city's music scene. And with each episode, it becomes more dismaying, and much clearer, that Grohl's version of that history begins and ends with men almost entirely.Have you seen the show? What did you think?
...[The Seattle] episode spends a majority of time on the local punk rock scene of the '80s and '90s, and the music that would eventually be called grunge. Sub Pop Records' Megan Jasper gets some cursory airtime, but beyond that, there is not even a sole mention of women in the scene, other than Grohl cheesing that he was shocked that women in Seattle actually went to these shows. GUESS WHAT GROHL, it wasn't just because there was more melody, or that you know, Chris Cornell and Kurt were cute. It was because there were plenty of women bands who were completely crucial to the scene, including 7 Year Bitch and The Gits, of whom I am assuming he is aware because, when Gits singer Mia Zapata was raped and murdered, Grohl's band Nirvana donated money to hire a private investigator to find her killer.
Hole is not mentioned.
Nor is Bikini Kill, who were not from Seattle but were integral to the actual existence of Nirvana, the band--Tobi Vail dated Kurt and turned him on to feminism, while Kathleen Hanna coined the title of their biggest hit by writing "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the mirror at a party. Oh and also, Hanna actually DATED Grohl. (Allegedly.) Also, they were punk as fuck, a musical tenet Grohl apparently values above all others.
The documentary wrapped up this past Friday (12/5) with the NYC episode, and like The Foos have done in other cities, they celebrated with an intimate show that night at Irving Plaza. As you may know by now, the only way to get in was lining up for tickets -- people camped out overnight and those tix went really fast. Only about 1,000 people got in (and the guestlist was probably huge) but if you didn't, you'll have another chance when they play the 45,000+ capacity Citi Field on their 2015 tour. They played for about 3 hours, and in addition to the Sonic Highways stuff, those in attendance got "Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "I'll Stick Around," "Big Me," covers of The Stones, Tom Petty and Queen & Bowie's "Under Pressure" and more.
More pictures from Irving, and the setlist, below...
Foo Fighters at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Foo Fighters are going on a stadium tour in support of their Rolling Stone-beloved new album. That hits NYC on July 16, 2015 at Citi Field but you can catch them in NYC much sooner at a venue much smaller. They'll play a not-that surprising surprise show this Friday (12/5) at Irving Plaza. The only way to get tickets is at the box office day of show. They go on sale at 5 PM and they say no lining up before 3 PM.
Irving show flyer and updated list of dates below...
Foo Fighters in Chicago in October (more by James Richards IV)
Foo Fighters put out their stadium rock album, Sonic Highways, earlier this month, and now they've announced a tour where they'll appropriately be playing stadiums. Following a NJ show at Susquehanna Bank Center (7/6), the Foos will hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In order to "beat the bots" (aka scalper bots), there will be a box office-only presale for most dates starting Saturday (11/22) at 10 AM local time. You can visit the band's website for the complete list of box office locations. You'll just have to camp out for tickets like people did in the ol' days.
The NY and NJ shows, and other dates, are with the UK-loved rockers Royal Blood, but on a much cooler note, several other dates are with Mission of Burma (sometimes we need a reminder that Grohl actually does come from an amazing punk background). Their sold-out Chicago gig is also stacked with cool openers: Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun and Urge Overkill. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Grohl's amazing punk background, anyone remember that Nirvana interview where they're talking about playing at the same festival as Extreme, and when Krist Novoselic says "I'm not even really sure if they're aware that things can actually operate on a different level" regarding their way of musical life vs Nirvana's, Dave interrupts and says "I don't think they're aware of how much they SUCK!" Would the Dave Grohl of today, who says Lorde represents the Nirvana aesthetic, ever diss a mainstream rock band in a public interview like that?
Meanwhile, Extreme celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Pornograffiti at a Long Island show on January 24. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/21) if you're into that sort of thing. We're pretty sure we're doing laundry that day.
Watch that Nirvana interview, with the list of Foo Fighters dates, below...
photos by David Andrako
Danny Clinch / Perry Farrell @ McKittrick Hotel -- 10/13/2014
Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.
Foo Fighters also began their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, playing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with Zac Brown (who appears on their new album). You can watch the video of that below. While they're in town, they've got a secret late-night thing going on tonight (10/14) which they ran a contest for last week. Anyone win a ticket? Anyone know what/where it will be?
More pictures and those videos, below...
Also: watch a new trailer for their HBO special featuring a clip of their new LP
Foo Fighters are releasing their new album Sonic Highways on November 10 via RCA, and they'll be doing something in the NYC area as part of its promotion. Here's what they wrote:
Hey guys and gals in the NYC area... who's up to win a secret prize?What could the secret be? In addition to the new album, the Foos will have an HBO special of the same name. You can watch a new trailer for that which features a clip of a song from the LP, below. That's the album art above.
Here are the rules.
You must be able to be in the NYC area on Tuesday evening Oct. 14th, be 18 years or older and have govt issued photo id, and ready for a long night. if you are interested... send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - Subject title: NYC. Send your first and last name, as it appears on you license or other ID.
Winners will be chosen at random.
If you are chosen, you will be notified by email with further details and instructions no later than 11pm ET tomorrow!
Contest is open now and closes at 9pm ET tomorrow, Oct 10th
Ready - go!
In related news, Foo FIghters guitarist Chris Shiflett has covered Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way" for Bloodshot Records' new compilation, While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, which comes out on November 18 and collects "8 musical acts covering songs from the label's catalog." You can listen to his cover below...
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.
Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.
Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event.
Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.
As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.
HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...
"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H
"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall
More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...
Courtney Love at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Last week, Courtney Love said in a Quietus interview that she'd be reuniting the mid-'90s Hole lineup of her, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel. However, over the weekend she told The Telegraph that the other band members "are all flipping out with [her]" about the comments. From the article:
She complains she has already been in trouble this week for implying there would be a reunion of the classic line-up of her original band Hole next year. "We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage," she says of tentative meetings with former band mates. "It's very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me."She also talks about the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which happens this Thursday (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and which Nirvana will be inducted at. Her ongoing dispute with Dave Grohl was brought up, and she took a little swipe at his band:
I can't just do a really good rock record and that's the end of it. I can't be Nickelback. And not to be a bitch, I can't be the Foo Fighters.As you probably know, this past Saturday (4/5) was also the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. In honor of that, watch the "Endless, Nameless" portion of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!, along with a Hole video, below...
Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available). Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 -- Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.
Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...
photos by Chad Kamenshine
Black Keys / Albert Hammond Jr @ Roseland Ballroom - 1/31/14
Albert Hammond, Jr. got the show going, and sounded just as razor sharp as he did when I saw him open for Jake Bugg a few weeks ago. This time the crowd was much bigger, but the execution was just as on point. Was it wrong that all throughout the set I was anticipating The Strokes performance later this summer at Governors Ball? What? Just being honest.
I've seen The Black Keys quite a few times now. At this point in their career, it was a treat to see them at the rather intimate (for them) Roseland Ballroom, which is closing in a few months. Which makes this show likely my last at the venue. Seeing The Black Keys there is not a bad way to go out.
With a show like this, you knew it was going to be a special one. Dan agreed, sharing a bit of cool information during one of the only talk breaks he took. He mentioned that the last time they played Roseland was 11 years ago, when they opened up for Sleater-Kinney (!). Dan said it was them who taught them how to tour. It was a nice moment, something that put The Black Keys insane success into perspective. [We All Want Someone]
Another of the Super Bowl week shows that just happened in NYC was the Black Keys show at Roseland Ballroom on Friday (1/31) (one of the last shows at the venue), which Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. opened. The band's 16-song set relied most heavily on their last two records, El Camino and Brothers, not diving any further back than Brothers' 2008 predecessor, Attack & Release, whose single "I Got Mine" closed the show. Pictures of that show are in this post.
The Roseland show wasn't the only appearance Black Keys made in NYC Friday night. They showed up (not initially announced) at the Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash at Hammerstein Ballroom which also included Louis CK, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler (joined by Dave Grohl), and others. A video of the Black Keys from that show, along with more pics and the setlist from Roseland, below...
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.
Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.
Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.
Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.
Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.
Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.
Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).
Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.
Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.
The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.
Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...