Entries tagged with: Prince
Prince protesting Warner Brothers in 1995
"Record contracts are just like -- I'm gonna say the word - slavery," Prince told a group of 10 journalists Saturday night, during a meet and greet at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. "I would tell any young artist ... don't sign." [NPR]
Prince has announced that he'll tour the US this year... except the actual tour dates will be a "surprise." Like he did in the UK last year, he'll be going on the "Hit & Run" tour, which has him announcing dates shortly before they happen. The first show (and only one announced so far) happens in Louisville, KY on March 14 at TBA venue. Tickets go on sale Monday (3/9) at 10 AM and proceeds will be donated to various charities.
The other dates are all TBA, and it's not completely clear how he'll announce them. The UK dates last year were announced on Twitter, but Prince recently deleted his social media. Stay tuned.
Prince's last NYC show was a surprise show on Wall Street last month. Watch him playing 'Arsenio Hall' last year, below...
Prince on Wall Street (photo by Alex Dejoie)
Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Drake / Nas weren't the only surprise shows that happened in NYC during this very eventful weekend that had SNL 40, NBA All-Star Weekend and Fashion Week all happening at the same time. Prince, who put out two new albums last year, made his first live appearance in NYC since he was a guest at City Winery in 2013 and played his first full set since MSG in 2011.
He took over 23 Wall Street for a show in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan's Nike Jordan Brand. His 25-song set included some of the new stuff, and also tons of classics like "When Doves Cry," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," "I Would Die 4 U," and "Sign O the Times," a cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You" and more. Tons of stars were in attendance, including Michael Jordan himself, New York Knick Carmelo Anthony, Beyonce, Jay Z, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock and more. An "insider" told Us Weekly that "Beyonce and Jay Z were rocking out! Dancing like crazy. Very cute for Valentine's Day."
Full setlist and a few video clips below...
"Thanks...did you ever hear 'Midnight Vultures?"
Beck's had a pretty good Grammy night, his Morning Phase having first won Best Rock Album and then one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, beating out Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran. On top of that, the award was given to him by Prince! As Beck started his acceptance speech, Kanye West jokingly headed toward the stage. "No, come back," Beck said. "I need help up here." Kanye later said that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce.
Morning Phase also won for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Meanwhile, though he didn't win "Album", Sam Smith took home "Best Pop Vocal Album", and "Record of The Year", "Song of The Year", and "Best New Artist".
Tom Petty didn't win a Grammy, but he did co-write the 'Song of The Year' (sort of).
Tenacious D won the metal Grammy for a Dio cover.
St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album".
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Says the press release:
Music icon Prince returns to the SNL stage on November 1st marking his third time as musical guest. The evening also marks former SNL cast member Chris Rock's return as host.I do declare.
The November 1st performance promises to be one for the record books and will feature his band, 3RDEYEGIRL (Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen).
This is the first television performance from Prince since the release of his two chart-topping albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on September 30th. ART OFFICIAL AGE, Prince's solo album, bowed in at #1 on Billboard's R&B Chart while PLECTRUMELECTRUM, featuring Prince's new band 3RDEYEGIRL, debuted at #1 on the Rock Chart, making Prince the first artist in over a decade to debut two albums in the Top 10 at the same time. The New York Times declared, "Prince at his best doesn't just collect and recreate genres; he smashes them together."
Earlier this year, Prince formed a new partnership with Warner Bros and put out a new song. Now, he's finally announced that not one but two new albums will come out on September 30 via Warner. One's called Art Official Age and the other is called Plectrum Electrum which will come out under the name 3rd Eye Girl. You can pre-order them here and here, and both pre-orders come with instant track downloads.
That's the album artwork for Art Official Page above. Tracklists and a couple streams below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Ian Chainey
Prince / Slayer's Kerry King jamming on slugs
According to me, slugs are the most terrifying thing on the planet. Crawling bags of snot? Yeah, pass. Even typing the word makes me want to pour a protective circle of salt around myself at all times.
So it's with the utmost horror that I pass along the new Tumblr Slug Solos. The collection is courtesy of @michaelmphysics, the same brain behind Bass Dogs. The concept? Simple: "Some guitarists' solo faces look like they've just realised they're holding giant slug creatures." He's right. I've also soiled myself. You can check out a few of Michael's more (like the Prince one above) below, and see the rest here. The Kerry King one is our own creation though.
That said, there are some slugs I can get down with. A couple weeks back, Invisible Oranges reviewed Gastronomicon, the newest album by death metal band Slugdge. The theme is as nutty as the name, sliming up Lovecraftian tales about an ancient species of interstellar/inter-dimensional, you guessed it, slugs. Here's a taste of the lyrics:
Rhaexorog the lord of all, protector of what lies beyond/the greatest of the chosen ones, anointed of the netherslugs!But don't let appearances make you think this is just a gimmick. Slugdge actually rip, like a crazy combination of Carcass, Demilich, Edge of Sanity, and Arcturus. All hail Mollusca the Greatfather.
More pics from Slug Solos appear below along with streams for two Slugdge albums.
In honor of a new partnership with Warner Brothers, Prince just decided to release a new track to iTunes right before midnight on Friday night. It's called "The Breakdown". Listen below.
Warner Brothers/Prince partnership press release below:
Prince has decided to drop his $22 million lawsuit against alleged online bootleggers. Today his 3RDEYEGIR Twitter announced "PRINCE AND THE...RESOLUTION," and Prince's lawyer sent TMZ an official statement:
Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy. "We recognize the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we'd prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work.The Verge notes that Prince could reopen the suit at any time. As mentioned, Prince will be on the episode of The New Girl that airs Sunday (2/2) immediately after the Super Bowl.
Prince has long been known for not liking others to take what's his -- even if that means taking a photo of him or covering one of his songs. He's just sued 22 Facebook users and Google Blogger account-holders for $1 million each, claiming they "engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." The Lawsuit names Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 other anonymous defendants. Reports SPIN:
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music -- with interest -- and to return any "unlawful materials" to their rightful Purple custody.In other news, Prince is planning a series of London concerts which he's announcing on February 3.
The day before that press conference, the usually camera-shy Prince will appear an episode of FOX sitcom The New Girl that will air directly after the Super Bowl (2/2). You can watch a trailer for that below.
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
New Year's options in the NY-area keep coming. Rolling Stone is now reporting that Prince will be in the area to do a three-night run at Mohegan Sun Arena on December 27, 28, and 29. Tickets for all three shows go on sale December 6 at 10 AM.
Prince was last in NYC appearing as a guest with New Power Generation at City Winery in August.
He also recently released a new song, "Da Bourgeoisie," which you can download here and listen to below...
Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.
Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...
poster outside City Winery all week (via @mrtillman17)
He did it again. Much like Thursday night, Prince showed up last night (8/25) at City Winery for the last of New Power Generation's residency at City Winery. Technically it was this morning as the show -- billed as a VMAs afterparty -- didn't start till midnight. And it didn't finish till almost 6 AM. Sets from Shelby J. and Liv Warfield started off the night, followed by "special guest sets" starting at 1 AM from Cee Lo Green (who played Brooklyn Bowl earlier that night), Family Stone/Grand Central Station's Larry Graham (who plays BB King's Wednesday, tickets are on sale), and Alice Smith (who played other nights of the residency too). Prince took the stage around 3 AM and played almost literally till the break of dawn. Doug E. Fresh, who was there on Thursday, guested again too.
Did you go? What did you think? And how are you awake?
The approximate setlist is below...
"Prince and company blew the roof off tonight with #npg #shelbyJ @ City Winery " - David Magdael
"Ninety minutes of Prince at City Winery tonight. Great set. Shorter than usual, but that new song "Big City" was SO GOOD. VMAs weekend." - Erik Sutch
"Back from a secret Prince-New Power Generation reunion at City Winery. My funk levels have been recharged for the year. That man is God." - Chris McCoy
Prince & NPG @ City Winery
New Power Generation, Prince's sometimes backing band, are in the midst of their "Purple Week" residency at City Winery, for which they've been promising "special celebrity guests nightly." The first night included Alice Smith at the early show and no guests at the late show, but at last night's (8/22) late show, Prince himself showed up.
Just got in from City Winery.....Let me just say that History was made in NYC this morning. First NYC show with NPG and 3RDEYE Girl together....well sought of.....night started with Shelby and amazing horns of the NPG....then Liz performed a song.....then a great new talent Luke James performed a great new song........then something purple happened....drummer leaves and hear comes Hanna....then Donna takes her position .....then Ida and finally the man of the hour......Staring with Musicology..with eleven piece horns,,,,,,,AMAZING without being complete and in no particular order.....Musicology, Something in the Water Does not Compute, All the Critics Love You in New York, Brown Skin, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough/Cool (with Doug E Fresh), Nothing Compares 2 U and Big City......crowd was capacity of 500 and show started 1235 am...Prince enters stage 1:30 am....show was over at 3:00 AMPictures from the show are in this post, but... UPDATE: none of Prince .
In addition to releasing his own new singles lately, Prince also appears on the new Janelle Monae album. Janelle's not playing this year, but she's a multi-year veteran of Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down this weekend.
NPG's residency continues with a late show tonight (8/23) and then the final (and most expensive) one is a late show on Sunday (8/25), which doubles as a VMAs after party. No word yet on whether or not Prince will be appearing at that show, or the VMAs.
and videos below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
NPG @ City Winery - 8/21/2013
The first night of New Power Generation's residency at City Winery was last night *8/21), with an early and a late show. There was no sign of Prince Rogers Nelson, though, and no special guests at all for the late show, but the early show had an appearance from R&B singer-songwriter Alice Smith. Did you go last night? Pictures from last night are in this post.
The NPG -- featuring singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield and the 11-piece NPG Horns -- are back again tonight (8/22) for early (7 PM) and late (midnight) shows. New Orleans singer Luke James will be with the band for both sets and perhaps, maybe, let's hope, other promised "surprise guests." If money don't matter 2 night, roll the dice... tickets are still available. After tonight there are two more shows, both late: Friday (8/23) and then Sunday's (8/25) which is billed as a VMAs afterparty and more than twice as expensive ($200) than the other shows ($75). Tickets are still available for those too.
UPDATE: Prince did appear on night 2 (8/22)!.
More pics from NPG's at City Winery night 1 are below.
by Bill Pearis
It's "Purple Week" at City Winery which is a more colorful way of acknowledging that Prince's sometimes backing band, New Power Generation, will be playing six shows at the venue this week starting tonight (8/21) with two shows and continuing Thursday (8/22) with early and late shows, and then late shows only on Friday (8/23) and Sunday (8/25). City Winery is promising "special celebrity guests nightly" and also note the 8/25 show is a VMAs afterparty. That potential for music royalty may justify the pricey tickets -- which are still available to all shows.
In more specifically Purple One news, Prince has been pretty actively lately with his new band, 3rd Eye Girl ("4 hard-rocking, soft-spoken, astral traveling explosions of awesome"), having just wrapped up a North American tour that found him often playing two shows in a night, and releasing a string of new singles via his website. The latest being single "Breakfast Can Wait" a big slice of funk that's really pretty good, especially for an artist four decades into his career. The cover art, featuring Dave Chappelle and some sketchy Photoshop work (above), was revealed last week via the Prince 3rd Eye Girl twitter which apparently Mr. Nelson himself started using last week, mainly for posting videos, but also food. Self promotion and pics of food -- a week in and he's already a pro.
Prince's "Breakfast Can Wait" and "Groovy Potential" streams below.
While Prince doesn't currently have any upcoming shows in NYC, members of New Power Generation do. Shelby J., Liv Warfield and NPG Hornz will play six shows next week at City Winery. Both August 21 & 22 have early and late shows, plus late shows on August 23 and 25. Each show is expected to be different with celebrity guest performances and that final 8/25 show is being billed as an MTV VMAs afterparty (with tickets costing more than double the other shows).
City Winery, whose owner Michael Dorf also did the recent Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall (and accompanying City Winery show), also notes (without promising anything specific, of course) that, "Even Prince has been known to grace the stage in support of his acclaimed band, so plan to expect the unexpected at each show!" Tickets are on sale now.
P.S. Prince recently played a surprise show at City Winery Chicago.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.
More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.
photos by Robert Altman
Elvis Costello / Nina Persson & Maya Rudolph @ City Winery
Elvis Costello, The Roots, Devotchka, The Waterboys, Nina Persson, Maya Rudolph (performing as "Princess" with Gretchen Lieberum), Fred Armisen, Bilal and more all blessed the stage at the "rehearsal" for the Prince Tribute scheduled for Carnegie Hall tonight (3/7). The show, which went down at City Winery last night (3/6), was sold-out and featured a night of all covers of songs by the purple one, including classics like "When Doves Cry," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Purple Rain" and many many other staples.
D'Angelo, who played Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday night and will hits Carnegie Hall tonight, did not appear. Neither did Prince Rogers Nelson (the honoree of the evening), but that might have been for the best considering his recent penchant for destruction....
#rockgodstatus or #dickmove? You be the judge.
Of course Black Thought is of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon's house band. If you missed it, Prince appeared on Fallon late last week.
More pictures from City Winery last night are below.