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by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Rolling Stone posted their top albums of 2014, and their #1 pick -- U2's invasive Songs of Innocence -- pretty much became the laughing stock of music snob Twitter (not that we weren't guilty of that too). But who isn't a music snob these days?. Even CNN headlined "Huh? Rolling Stone says U2 has 2014's best album." The article says Rolling Stone is "often viewed as being less daring in its tastes than online rivals such as Pitchfork." That's old news, but I guess now we can add that it's less daring than CNN too?
And it's not the first time CNN have been music snobs this year. Anderson Cooper, presenter of CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, ridiculed Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for posing with cats on the cover of no-kill animal shelter PAWS Chicago's magazine. On his show, he said:
So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don't know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there's more to this. Maybe he's being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don't want 'Everybody Hurts' to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don't ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder's Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.In retaliation, the band sold shirts at their recent Chicago show that read "Fuck you Anderson Cooper" (pictured above). All proceeds from the shirts went to charity.
I wonder what Billy Corgan thinks of the new U2 album? He's openly a fan and has interviewed them. His own new Smashing Pumpkins album is out next week (12/9) and can be streamed in full now via iTunes Radio. Should Rolling Stone have waited for it to publish their year-end list? I mean they did put Foo Fighters and Weezer in the top 20.
Meanwhile, U2 and Rolling Stone's #2 pick Bruce Springsteen performed together in Times Square last night. You can watch a video of that (also including a set from Kanye West and more) below...
Morrissey in Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Surely it will surprise no one -- at least those even somewhat following along -- that Morrissey has more to say on his beef with Harvest Records and their lack of promotion of his new album, World Peace is None of Your Business. (For those who aren't and don't want to follow along, time to check out.) A lot more. He just posted a lengthy missive, titled "PLEASE CLOSE THE DOOR BEHIND ME," to TrueToYou.net explaining where he thinks the label failed him...as well as his claims that he never official signed to the label. Here we go:
In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light, and they instantly packed us off to France where we recorded World peace is none of your business. The universe was back in balance, and we all considered this to be the very best Morrissey recording ever, and even the boo-hoo-suck-it-off elements of the press appeared to want to agree. At last I am born.The rest of Morrissey's latest missive, along with an unofficial fan-made video for the album's title track, below...
It all seemed too good to be true. It was. I believed that the rich soil of the album had several strong hit singles. Frayed tempers began when Harvest arranged the 'spoken word' films, none of which gave any clue as to what World peace is none of your business intended to be, or is. The films were OK, but they went nowhere and stayed there.
With every nerve alert, we pushed the label for a proper video for Istanbul to precede the album, not least of all because a single ahead of the album release might inch the album to a higher chart position. The label backed off, even though Istanbul received 55 radio plays in just seven days on a major US station. Instead, the label requested a fifth spoken-word film, which naturally had me fumbling around for an axe: no independent thought required. The UK label, meanwhile, created a quite fantastic television advertisement to transmit during the week ahead of the album release. I could taste excitement once again. The TV ad never appeared and my hackles bristled as my bristles heckled. The label responded with frosty aloofness, and I suddenly realized that we were not, after all, of the same species. I ploughed into them insisting upon "proper band videos, where the band play and I sing" - an evidently confusing concept that required seven weeks of explanation, detailed graphs and several drawn up maps.
Morrissey @ The Observatory 5/8/2014 (via @reezy_jay)
We haven't heard from Morrissey himself regarding the whole rigamarole over Thursday night's show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8) where the We Are Scientists / PAWS show at the adjacent The Constellation Room was nearly canceled but then pushed till after Moz's show ended. (We've heard plenty from PAWS and WAS.) Morrissey, via a publicist, however, has written in to Pitchfork, simply saying:
Morrissey had nothing to do with this. As long as there was no sound bleed, Morrissey was completely fine with another show going on inside the same complex."As for Moz's show last night, it went off without any him being mauled by fans (too much). For this tour he's switched up some of his older songs, putting The Smiths' "Hand in Glove" back in rotation for the first time in 10 years, and he's also doing "Yes I Am Blind" (originally the b-side to "Ouija Board, Ouija Board"). You can check out his Observatory setlist below.
Video of "Hand in Glove" at The Observatory (and the setlist from that show and "Yes I Am Blind" in San Jose, CA) below...
Wayne and Kliph with the 'Lips in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
After he was let go from drumming duties in The Flaming Lips, Kliph Scurlock released a statement claiming that he was fired by frontman Wayne Coyne after taking a stand against against Christina Fallin, singer in band Pink Pony and daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who wore a native American headdress in a now-deleted photo on her Instagram. In a new interview at Rollingstone.com Coyne responds to these allegations, and portrays Scurlock as "abusive, compulsive, pathological liar that will do anything he can do get attention":
The only thing that we would have to say about Kliph leaving is that he just was not very significant to us. And all the things he's saying about the reason he was fired, it's all just made-up lies. He knows we struggled with him for years and it didn't occur to us that it seemed that significant. I don't even use the word "fired." He just doesn't play drums with us anymore - that's the way I'd put it.Later in the interview Coyne further reiterated this, saying that Scurlock's comments on Christina Fallin (singer for Pink Pony and daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) was just the final straw:
Kliph was not fired because of that [headdress incident]. Kliph was fired because of a thousand hateful things that he's done. And he just wasn't a very significant musical part of the Flaming Lips anyway. I think the day after we fired him, we played a show in New Orleans without him. Steven's the drummer. Anybody that listens to those records and think they're hearing Kliph, they're hearing Steven. And Steven is with us and will always be with us."Hateful" is a word Coyne repeatedly uses to describe Scurlock. An example:
Anybody who knows him knows what kind of a hateful person he is. I mean, anybody that looks at his stuff could see that most of the bands that we would play with, he despised them. To their face, he would say, "You guys were great" and then 20 minutes later he'd get online and say, "These people are a bunch of fakes. They suck." That would be almost every band we ever played with. The more that time went on, people would pay more attention to him because of his connection to the Flaming Lips.As for the Native American headdress incident, and the instagram Coyne took of his friends and a dog wearing one...
I understand now that if I'm a spokesperson for any kind of behavior, I shouldn't have done it, and I regret doing it now. I am sorry. I realize now that it goes deeply to the heart of some Native Americans. And I definitely regret it. I don't publicly ever say it, but I live in a neighborhood that was predominantly Native American in the late Seventies and Eighties. I haven't done it publicly, but there's cases of me helping Native Americans. It's all just Internet hate, you know?In other news, he also talks about who is going to replace Scurlock:
Well, there's two guys. I think we're going to use two different guys. Who is the guy that plays with Radiohead and Portishead? [Clive Deamer] He's great, and we met him at a couple of festivals last summer. And I like the way that they were using two people to do the slightly electronic stuff versus the real rock stuff, and we were trying to go that way. We were thinking of it anyway, and then this thing that happened, there are two guys here who want to be part of this thing. I think it'll be a great addition to this cool group of weirdos that we take around with us, and they're guys that we know right from here. I think it will be really exciting and the Flaming Lips will be better than ever.Read the whole, lengthy interview over at Rolling Stone.
Morrissey @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA last night (via @crowdflicks)
As we posted last night when Morrissey's tour hit The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (5/8), the show happening in the space's smaller, adjacent venue The Constellation Room -- Brooklyn's We Are Scientists and Scottish band PAWS -- was nearly canceled, as Morrissey didn't want the show's sound bleeding into his. PAWS wrote an angry missive on their Facebook, which got picked up by this site and others. Things ended up working out, with the WAS/PAWS show starting after Morrissey's ended.
But there 's more to the story. Since then, PAWS have posted a much longer, detailed account of everything that happened, including what happened right before they were to take the stage:
However, after we got here, ten minutes before we were about to go onstage, with the show seemingly in full swing and in good health, Phillip and Josh were confronted by Morrissey's tour manager in our own dressing room. After thinking that everything was FINALLY sorted, this man started screaming at them both, practically squaring up to them and trying his hardest to tear us apart for how big this story was getting, doling out blood-curdling screams to the effect of "I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!" Frankly, beyond being insulting, unreasonable, and to be honest a little hilarious, we simply couldn't believe that this situation had escalated to this point. Far from a reasonable conversation or settling of differences, this seemed like a 'telling off' and to be honest put pretty much everything in context. To feel like you're being demeaned, disrespected and almost bullied by ANYONE feels terrible but to feel like this is happening and that are hands are tied purely because of the perceived stature of a celebrity, seems utterly ridiculous and frankly, unacceptable.You can read the entirety of PAWS' account below. Meanwhile, We Are Scientists took in the Morrissey show and offered a review on their Twitter:
Pissed off and fired up, we jumped out and did our best to kill it for the 30 mins we had in the lights. We burst ourselves trying to bring it, and after ALL that, we came off beaten, sweaty but elated. In our minds, this is over. Fuck this shit.
The @itsmorrissey show was the laziest, most milquetoast piece of shit I've ever had the misfortune of suffering through ten minutes of.— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
Spent the first 20 minutes of @itsmorrissey set wondering how they got a luau pig into a TopShop blazer. Then I realized IT WAS MORRISSEY!— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
Turns out the reason @itsmorrissey doesn't want competing noise is that it might clue people into what singing in tune sounds like.— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
When their dates with WAS end, PAWS' tour will hit NYC for a show at Shea Stadium on May 24 with Alex G, The Dirty Nil and Ma.
PAWS full Facebook post below...
Raekwon, in a controversial new interview with Rollling Stone, explains what he thinks of "Keep Watch" off the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan release:
I hate it. I hate it. I don't hate shit, but I hate that fuckin' record. It ain't the gunpowder that my brothers are spitting; it's the production. And I ain't shitting on the producer because he's one of our soldiers. But if it ain't where it need to be... It's 20 years later. We talkin 'bout a whole new generation is sitting here representin' and making fiery shit and you telling me that we comin out with some mediocre shit? That ain't part of our plan.He goes on to say that there is a very small chance he'll even appear on the new album. RZA says he just thinks creatively they are on different paths (watch an interview at VladTV).
Ghostface plays Vassar College on April 26.
And speaking of Wu-Tang soldiers, one of them recently allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped off a building. TMZ has since pointed out that Christ Bearer "is remarkably in stable condition" but permanently without penis.
Perfect Pussy at NPR SXSW 2014 showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
Perfect Pussy's debut album, Say Yes to Love, is out today (3/18) via Captured Tracks, and it's been getting some great reviews. We like it too, but not everyone does. Ben Greenberg of The Men (also of Hubble, not to mention an in-demand record producer) had some pretty harsh words to say about it over at The Talkhouse
Perfect Pussy is, I believe, the last band that got a lot of attention from the 285 Kent crowd before the place closed the doors and dismantled the bouncy plywood stage for good. The band's bio name-checks Sonic Youth -- because, as we all know, you can't be a band in 2014 without name-checking Sonic Youth -- the VSS, and Cro-Mags, but to my ears they're way more like the Red Light Sting or the Sick Lipstick or some other Canadian squealy post-hardcore band from the early aughts whose baditude is unabashedly waved in your face while you try to figure out just exactly what caused it in the first place -- too much homework this week? Your Jetta ran out of wiper fluid? Is your boss at the Pita Pit giving you a hard time about coming in late again? Perfect Pussy's debut LP is called Say Yes To Love and it's out on the heels of a tremendous buzz generated from the band's loud-and-fast Bandcamp demo last year. The record has its moments but is generally pretty one-note in its sound. Sometimes, like on the album's second single "Interference Fits," the band gets slightly slower and maybe even a little prettier. But when you take a step back from that track, the guitar part sounds like something off a Cursive record. The song's minute-long ambient outro feels tacked-on, like someone left the tape recorder running by mistake after the band left the room.He also, for the record, dedicates a full paragraph to making fun of the "285 Kent crowd," calling the drunken System of a Down sing-along from the venue's last show a "larger expression of how they think about rock music or music in general."
Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy, who played a bunch of shows in Austin for SXSW last week, have opened up in a new interview about bassist Greg Ambler's decision to throw his bass in the river at their bridge show with Nothing and Ex-Cult. He tells Wondering Sound:
It's weird to say what made me do it in that instant, but I know there was definitely a lot of stuff leading up to it. The night before, the drunk-driving incident, was really fucked up. We left Stubb's [where the band had been playing the NPR showcase] and there were all the cops down the street. Most of the younger band members had walked off to go back to the place they were staying and they stumbled across all these kids lying on the sidewalk, because the ambulance hadn't come there yet, so they called me to come pick them up. That very much affected them. The next day, we'd heard the Stereogum show [the band was scheduled to play] had been canceled. I kind of figured that it would, and I called my buddy the next morning and he said, "There's no way they're going to cancel the show," and I tried to explain to him that it was more than just this one incident, it's a direct result of this festival happening, people getting wasted and having no concern for other people -- that person was fleeing a DUI checkpoint at the time.Read more of the interview at Wondering Sound.
Then they were trying to just move the show, and I was really adamantly saying that we weren't going to play any show that day anywhere near that spot. I didn't want any of the band members going back there. I thought it was disrespectful, because [the incident] was as a direct result of the festival. Nobody's career was going to be made or broken by that particular show, so we should have, at the very least, rescheduled it for another time.
We had been planning to do that bridge show, but it was supposed to be for Friday night. I had said I would much rather just take the day off and just have everyone hang out and maybe play a show for just friends that wasn't a big buzz-fest. It was part frustration, part showmanship, I think -- you want to make the set memorable. Any time we play, I try to make that my outlet. I'm definitely a very cynical, negative person most of the time, and that's where I get most of those aggressions out. So that had something to do with what was going on there, but at the same time, being inwardly violent and just playing as fucking hard as you can every time you play. That's what was in my head: It was either me or the bass at that moment, and I'm old enough now to put my health above all. That's basically what it was.
Perfect Pussy are currently bringing their stellar live show all around North America, and they'll be back in NYC for shows on April 4 at Death by Audio with Total Slacker, Friendless Bummer and Sarongs; and April 5 at Mercury Lounge with Tumul and Green Dreams. Tickets for the DbA show and the Merc show are on sale now.
If you haven't heard Say Yes to Love, you can stream it on NPR. Streams of two of its tracks, with the updated list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
The Shaggs' sole album, Philosophy of the World, is perhaps the quintessential outsider art record with a backstory as interesting as the music itself (which spawned a stage musical ten years ago). After tributes and posthumous praise and references on The Gilmore Girls, the album remains a genuinely strange, created-in-a-vacuum, highly influential piece of pop culture. You can stream it in full below.
Some 44 years later, Shaggs' singer Dot Wiggin is set to release her first-ever solo album, Ready! Get! Go!, via Alternative Tentacles on October 29. That's the cover art above. It's a mix of never-recorded Shaggs' songs and new material too. You can can stream a track from it, "Speed Limit," over at Pitchfork.
Dot, who has played NYC a couple times this year, has a few dates coming up around the LP's release. That includes a NYC date at 285 Kent on November 6 with kindred musical spirit Jad Fair who will be with his former Half Japanese member Gilles Rieder, plus sets from Blanche Blanche Blanche and BEEF. Tickets are on sale now. Dot's also playing with Jad Fair in Baltimore the next night (11/7) at Otto Bar.
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know, Angel Haze and Azealia Banks got in a Twitter fight yesterday (1/3) which resulted in Angel Haze releasing a diss track aimed at Azealia. Azealia Banks responded today with the Machinedrum-produced "No Problems" and tweeted, "Lol I def used that energy to write a fly new jam tho. It's not even really a diss anymore! Haha !!!"
...well Angel Haze thinks it's still a diss because she already responded with a second diss track called "Shut the Fuck Up" and the message, "you get an unmastered diss...you aint worth my studio time." Choice lyric: "How much twitter feed does it take to wanna make you get into the studio and come up with a different flow, not try to recreate '212,' the only shit you know." Damn.
Listen to both tracks below...
Jack White @ ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Jack White has issued the following statement to correct an excerpt from his upcoming cover story in British Esquire that was taken completely out of context--and actually edited to change its original meaning--in an NME.com news post.Jack White's 2012 album has been named one of the best of the year by NME - and by MOJO, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Q Magazine, The Alabama Shakes and UNCUT
The original quote referred to the state of image-based celebrity in general was twisted by the NME who changed the original quote, tacking the words "Lady Gaga's music" on to the original quote--words Jack never actually said.
White commented in full:
I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the internet and twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises. Peace to lady gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.
Jack White III
Lil JoJo RIP
To quote The Smoking Section:
A little over a month ago, we saw Lupe Fiasco overcome with emotion as he watched video of friends whose young lives were snuffed out by violence. A week ago, the Chicagoan stated that the culture Chief Keef represented scared him. Today, we see more hard evidence as to why Lupe fears for the direction of his hometown, and the young people who populate it.17 year old Chief Keef's recent accomplishments include playing both Pitchfork and Lollapalooza, making the cover of FADER, and signing to Interscope Records who at least one writer suggests should drop Keef who he calls "garbage wrapped in human skin."
[An 18]-year-old rapper named Joseph Coleman, otherwise known as Lil JoJo, died from gunshot wounds late last night. Coleman had been embroiled in a rivalry withChief Keef associate and fellow rapper Lil Reese, even having an angry exchange with him in a video was posted on YouTube only a few days ago. In the clip, someone yells the words "I'mma kill you."
In a seemingly related set of tweets following Coleman's death last night, Keef seemed to be laughing at the tragedy that befell his teenaged rival.
Young Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been blowing up, and though he's gotten love from some veteran rappers like Kanye, Pusha T, and Jadakiss, others, specifically Lupe Fiasco "don't like" him. In a video posted to FakeShoreDrive (via HipHopDX), Lupe said:
Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents. Specifically in Chicago. And I don't speak this about any other city because I'm not from there. But like my family lives in Chicago. So my nephews, my cousins, my friends, and my peoples they all in those hoods that he represents. When you drive through Chicago...The hoodlums, the gangsters, and the ones you see killing each other. And the murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who's doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef.You can watch the video interview with Lupe below.
In related news, Chief Keef recently dropped the track "Appreciation" off of his upcoming mixtape, Finally Rich. You can stream the track below.
Jeff Tandy, creator of the above photo, writes:
"I'm calling you out, Hunt-Hendrix! I'll be at Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn on June 30, 2012. I hate you. I hate what you do. Come down and we'll fight!... I will feed you all the Brooklyn sidewalk you can eat, HHH. I'll show you the side of black metal you don't have the fortitude or will to explore. Seriously, I will fuck you up."The above challenge was issued to the the Liturgy frontman in a Facebook group called "Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, come fight me." The creator, Jeff Tandy of Birth A.D., Averse Sefira and an ex-live member of Krieg, is not making his feelings about the Liturgy frontman secret, though it's hard to take the group completely seriously with photos like the one above. I hope it's not real though. Exerting your energy into bands you don't like takes away from finding bands that you do.
UPDATE: The Facebook group has been removed.
Though Jeff Tandy will be there, neither Jeff nor Hunter will be performing at the Martyrdoom Festival on June 30th at Public Assembly. Tickets are still available (no word on whether Hunter plans to attend).
As many are posting, James Blake told Liz Pelly at the Boston Phoenix that:
"I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers-- who I can't even be bothered naming-- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."As many would agree, that means you Skrillex (who lots of people hate and who collaborates with KORN who... have a new DUBSTEP ALBUM COMING OUT and who are playing Radiohead's favorite venue Roseland soon too) (And though he's Canadian, James might also be referring to Datsik who also collaborated with Korn and who plays Webster Hall tonight).
Speaking of James Blake, who recently played ACL, didn't win the Mercury Prize, collaborated with Bon Iver, and will be back in NYC soon, I saw him play in a church (the perfect setting for him) at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden back in August with Low (perfect for them too). I posted one picture the next day, and a few more to Facebook, but never the whole set, so here they are. They continue with all dates below...
Earlier this week 50 Cent called off his Aug. 30 performance at the "40 Day" aka "Family Day" event in Queens, N.Y., after community members and law enforcement officials voiced fear over a possible shootout.50 Cent may not be playing the Queens event, but he is playing the Beach on Governors Island on October 3rd. Tickets go on 'Internet Presale' today (Friday) at noon, and general sale on Saturday at the same time.
However, a new, more peace-inspired rumor has surfaced on the street: If 50 had, in fact, taken the stage at the G-Unit-helmed neighborhood party, he hoped to have Cam'ron join him. This seemed like an unlikely move from 50 Cent's camp considering the war of words that the G-Unit and Dipset members exchanged a few years ago. But before this story had time to gather too many legs, Killa Cam confirmed to MTV in a video interview that he had no plans of making the trip to Queens, where his beef with 50 first began.
"Nah, I'm not going to no show in Queens," Cam'ron said. "I don't know how true it is ... a few of my people -- associates -- said [some of 50's associates] was trying to reach out. But, I ain't going to no concert in Queens. Come up to Harlem Week. We could sit down and have the roundtable meeting if you really wanna be serious. Or meet anywhere ... we can meet in Benihana's if you wanna be serious. It don't matter. I'm not squashing a problem we had in Queens at your event." [The Boombox]
More importantly, if you haven't seen it already, check out the video of Mike Bloomberg discussing the "50 Cents" situation (and other related videos) below...
ODB passed away exactly 3 years and 2 weeks ago. RIP.
Vampire Weekend's new video for "Mansard Roof", and all tour dates, below too...