Entries tagged with: Rick Rubin
by Bill Pearis
As if not content with movies, Blu-Ray, videogames, books, comics, and trading cards, the Star Wars universe is now officially expanding into dance music. Executive produced by Rick Rubin, Star Wars Headspace is an album featuring Royksopp, Flying Lotus, Rustie, Shlohmo, Breakbot, Baauer and more contributing songs that incorporate Star Wars clips and sound effects. Zane Lowe premiere Flying Lotus, Baauer and Rubin's own contributions to the album on his Beats 1 radio show and you can listen to those, and check out the full track list, below.
Not on the album: Meco, whose disco-fied version of John Williams' Star Wars theme (mashed up with the "Cantina Band" song) was a number one hit in 1977. If you've never heard that, you can stream that below too.
Grimes and 2 Chainz
Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....
A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.
Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.
"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]
Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."
Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.
Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).
If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...
by Andrew Sacher
Drake at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Drake has been talking for a few months about releasing a new album called Nothing Was the Same this year (though still no release date), and he's already revealed some pretty great singles, "Started from the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto." Still no more word on that album, but he did just announce a tour with R&B crooner Miguel following Miguel's appearance at Jay-Z's Philly festival Made In America (which Drake played last year). The tour hits the NYC-area on October 26 at XL Center in Hartford, October 27 at Prudential Center in Newark and October 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Auto-tune dude Future is on the tour as well (after dropping off the Lil Wayne/T.I. tour). Tickets for the Prudential Center show go on sale Friday (6/21) at 10 AM and tickets for Barclays Center/XL Center (same link) have no on-sale date announced yet. All tour dates are listed below.
UPDATE: There were rumors that Drake is also playing this year's Made In America fest, though he's not listed on the festival's site and there's no confirmation that he will be there.
It's still been wayyy too long since Miguel played a proper headlining gig in NYC, and dropping off Governors Ball didn't help that matter, but even though he's only opening on this run, it's still a much better way to see him than opening for Alicia Keys.
Meanwhile, speaking of Jay-Z, following the leak of Kanye West's Yeezus, he announced a new album of his own via a commercial that aired during game give of the NBA finals. The album's called Magna Carta Holy Grail and we only have to wait a few weeks to get it (due July 4). The commercial makes it look like it's going to feature contributions from Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Yeezus producer Rick Rubin. And what's more: it's already gone Platinum. Samsung has already purchased 1 million copies of the album to release to Samsung Galaxy users for free 72 hours ahead of the release date. Now that's what I call marketing!
UPDATE: It didn't already go platinum. The Samsung sales won't count.
All Drake/Miguel/Future dates are listed, along with the videos for "Started From the Bottom" and "5AM in Toronto," and the Jay-Z album commercial, below...
Black Sabbath @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Black Sabbath have finally set the release date for their much-delayed, Rick Rubin-produced album, 13, which will hit stores physically and digitally on June 11. You can pre-order the album now in a variety of formats, including a $100 deluxe edition that comes with a 180-gram vinyl, double CD, DVD and a downloadable track-by-track interview with the band. You can watch a making-of video that includes in-studio footage, below.
Black Sabbath @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Black Sabbath announces:
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (January 13, 2013)--Today, the 13th of January 2013, rock legends BLACK SABBATH have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June (exact date TBA). The original BLACK SABBATH--OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)--have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. 13 marks the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' return to Vertigo, the band's original label; it's the group's first studio album together since 1978's Never Say Die! They have sold over 70 million albums together.Not surprisingly but sadly, drummer Bill Ward is nowhere to be found in the announcement. The initial list of 2013 tour dates, including Ozzfest in Tokyo, is below...
In advance of the album's release, BLACK SABBATH will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances (see below for tour dates). Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.
Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.
Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.
Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.
The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).
Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.
The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.
Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.
And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.
Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.
Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.
Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.
More stuff below...
Tony Iommi at Saint Vitus (more by Samantha Marble)
After a round of leaks and denials early this year, Tony Iommi stepped away from promoting his book for a minute today and confirmed a Black Sabbath reunion of the original lineup (Ward, Osbourne, Iommi, Butler) for an appearance at the Download Festival in the UK on 6/10/12 in addition to a new record produced by Rick Rubin (their first with this lineup in 33 years) AND plans for a world tour to follow. The announcement came at 11:11 PST on 11/11/11 along with scant details and the below video.
It feels like a while since we've heard from the Gossip. The Beth Ditto-led band are releasing their fourth studio album, Music For Men, on June 22, 2009 in the U.K. and digitally on June 23, 2009 in the U.S. via Columbia Records (in stores here October 6). You can stream the whole Rick Rubin-produced LP, right now, at AOL.
[Gossip guitarist] Brace admits that the band's experience cutting Music For Men at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu marked "the first time we ever had access to a studio like that. I can see if you let a musician loose in this big studio to just ride all this stuff, I can see why somebody would just come up with this huge thing. Having restraint was so important. I hate the over-production sound."The band will spend the summer touring Europe to promote the release there. They return here for shows around the time the physical CD is released, and that includes an October 9th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presle at 11am today (general sale starts Friday).
"We wrote a lot of this album in the studio," Brace continues, again referring to Shangri-La. "The Band built it in 1976 and Bob Dylan's old tour bus was in the back. It was empty so I turned it into my own little studio with my computer with GarageBand and my guitars and stuff. I loaded up all my gear into Bob Dylan's 70s tour bus and that's where I wrote. Beth would come in and I would play her demos. All the vocal lines are hers, the lyrics are hers. I do the sounds and she sings over it. She'd come in the Bob Dylan bus and we did a lot of demoing on our own during the day because it was more comfortable. She'd come in and sing into GarageBand. I'd write some things to her vocals. 'Dimestore Diamond' was actually her humming the song and I started playing bass to it."
The rest of the North American dates haven't been announed yet. European dates, new album tracklist, and their new video for "Heavy Cross", below...
The Avett Brothers @ Jam on the River 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
To our dearest fans,The Avett Brothers are playing a free show at Rockefeller Park in NYC this Wednesday July 9th. Some videos and all tour dates below....
Since we first performed as The Avett Brothers, we have been fortunate enough to find and build a genuine and mutual respect with those who care to listen. It is this kind exchange that champions our music, and allows us the forum to continue on our path, with this work, this art. We believe this to be an appropriate time for a brief update, as we would like for you all to know of the most noteworthy of present developments.
We have recently begun working on a new full length album with Rick Rubin. The recording process has been,and will no doubt continue to be,an experience defined by heightened levels of commitment and conviction. It is our distinct pleasure and honor to be in such fine company as we build and bring this most current chapter of songs to fruition.
With this union has come another, as we have just completed and signed an agreement with American/Columbia Records,the label with whom we will proudly release our next record. It is our sincere hope, in regard to this news,that our ongoing relationship with Ramseur Records is understood. There have been, and will be no hard feelings or abandon-based resentment from either party involved. The Avett and Ramseur camps remain strongly and truthfully connected, both personally and professionally. There has been no change in these matters through this momentous transition.
For all of you who have gone to such great lengths to show your appreciation, we continue in our most sincere efforts to return the sentiment. The music would go nowhere without you. Our hearts and our minds are on the recording of this next album, and we look forward with great anticipation to sharing it with you all. Until then, thank you as always, and we will see you somewhere on that open road...
The Avett Brothers
Mike Devlin put together this list....