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Title: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 09, 2012, 04:05:39 PM
Blur and Gorillaz no more!  Probably.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/damon-albarn-says-blur-and-gorillaz-are-finished-p,72100/


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In an interview with The Guardian, Damon Albarn set about dutifully dashing any hopes that some of his highest profile projects will continue putting out music. Albarn, who will release his "strange pastoral folk" solo record Dr. Dee next month, says that Blur will be playing its final gig Aug. 12 at London's Hyde Park as part of the closing concert for the Olympics. He also expects the recent single, "Under The Westway," to be the band's final recording. At least that's what he'd like to happen. "One thing I've learned, and I'm sure you're exactly the same, is that everything I think I've got totally sorted out, and I know exactly what's going to happen, it never works out that way," he said.

This comes after reports that Blur was working on a new album and pondering a tour this year. The explanation for the change in plans appears to be creative stasis, at least as far as half of the band is concerned. "I find it very easy to record with [guitarist] Graham [Coxon]," Albarn said. "He's a daily musician. With the other two, it's harder for them to reconnect. You know what I mean? It's fine when we play live—it's really magical still—but actually recording new stuff, and swapping musical influences, it's quite difficult."

The future of Gorillaz seems similarly non-existent except, you know, for the possibility that it's not. At issue is a conflict with artist Jamie Hewlett, Albarn's collaborator in the group who he says was disengaged with providing visuals for 2009's Plastic Beach. "Jamie [thinks Gorillaz is finished], which is fair enough. I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame," he said. "The music and the videos weren't working as well together, but I felt we'd made a really good record, and I was into it. So we went and played it." [via Rolling Stone]

I hope this means Jamie will be returning to comics someday soon.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 14, 2012, 07:04:34 PM
Leonard Cohen has less reason to sing now (if you've heard a Leonard Cohen song, you realize that's a good thing)

http://www.avclub.com/articles/leonard-cohens-thieving-former-manager-also-convic,72406/

Nice that he got his money's but it sounds like he's a bit messed up.  And as much as I love Cohen, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if there was some abuse (though more  mental/emotional than physical) in their sexual relationship.  Len just seems troubled that way.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 14, 2012, 10:50:07 PM
Leonard Cohen has less reason to sing now (if you've heard a Leonard Cohen song, you realize that's a good thing)

"Gimme a C, a bouncy C!!!"
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: LuvBJones on April 17, 2012, 12:06:05 AM
New Rush album, Clockwork Angels, drops in June. Aggressive as hell! F*CK YEAH!!!
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 17, 2012, 01:26:29 PM
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to 2 years in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."  Which is to say loudly and musically decried the relationship between the Orthodox Catholic Church and Vladimir Putin in a public guerilla concert.  Understandably, there's a lot of people not taking this news well.  A really fascinating and sad story that at least is causing a lot of outcry that will hopefully lead to some action.

from the AV Club:
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After five months spent in detention, and a trial that sparked widespread international protests and demonstrations of support from fellow musicians ranging from Madonna to Paul McCartney to Peaches, all three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison, after being found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." Not surprisingly, the verdict was not well received: According to the Guardian, shouts of "Shame!" could be heard in the courtroom. Numerous incensed supporters were arrested outside, including Gary Kasparov, World Chess champion and opposition leader, who told reporters that he had been "calmly speaking with journalists" when police suddenly rushed him and threw him into a van where they "brutally beat me." All in all, the trial that has spurred troubling questions about Russia's supposed freedoms continues to do so in its aftermath.

The verdict—which reportedly took some three hours to read—essentially boiled down to this: In staging one of its usual guerilla performances inside the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, where it played a "punk prayer" song denouncing the close relationship between the Orthodox Church and Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot "degraded and insulted" Russia's religious citizens, "inciting religious hatred," thereby violating the Russian constitution. Naturally, it only gets murkier from there, including the judge's assertions that the band members' "jerking of limbs" was "further proof of hatred toward Christians" and that the mere fact that they are feminists—putting them in opposition to the Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations that "do not agree with feminism"—is evidence of a "religious hatred motive" in their performance.

In her eloquent, unapologetic closing statement, Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich reiterated that the band had chosen to play in the Cathedral as a reclamation, arguing that it had become little more than "a flashy backdrop" for Putin's security forces—including his former KGB crony Kirill Gundyayev, who now runs Russia's Orthodox Church. Their performance, therefore, was meant to take it back for the people— "to unite the visual imagery of Orthodox culture and that of protest culture, thus suggesting to smart people that Orthodox culture belongs not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch and Putin, that it could also ally itself with civic rebellion and the spirit of protest in Russia." It had little to do with attacking religion. In fact, it had everything to do with attempting to rescue it from its current corrupted state.

And yet, Samutsevich and her bandmates seemed to be under no illusion that such a statement would be taken seriously. But she also recognized that they'd already scored a symbolic victory, saying, "On the one hand, we expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. The whole world now sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated. The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial." Given the response to their sentencing thus far—including it being denounced by Amnesty International and the U.S. Russian embassy, and even prompting a call for a pardon from the Russian Orthodox Church itself—she's absolutely right.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 29, 2012, 09:04:22 PM
http://www.avclub.com/articles/nasa-subjects-martians-to-torture-with-a-new-willi,84424/

So the first song on Mars is a Will.i.am song.  And it is not this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/v--IqqusnNQ

I never thought I'd say this but GO TO HELL NASA!
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 12, 2012, 08:34:05 PM
Pussy Riot book to be released, followed shortly by Pussy Riot:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/russian-prime-minister-calls-for-pussy-riots-relea,84849/

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for the three imprisoned members of punk band Pussy Riot to be freed. According to the Associated Press, Medvedev says keeping the trio in jail any longer would be “unproductive.” The release of Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevitch could come as early as Oct. 1 when the group’s case comes up for appeal.

The members of the guerilla art collective were sentenced to two years in jail in August, when they were convicted of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred” after performing a short, guerrilla piece about Vladimir Putin inside Moscow’s main cathedral. Since their arrest, the group has garnered support from everyone from Paul McCartney to Peaches. Some of those tributes will be compiled into a book, Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer For Freedom, due in about two weeks from Feminist Press. The book will also include the trio’s letters from prison, courtroom statements from the defense, poems, and a transcript of the "punk prayer" that got the group in so much trouble to begin with.
Title: Look Ma, A Fraggle!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 17, 2012, 08:38:01 PM
Ben Folds Five.    Anna Kendrick.  Rob Corrdry.  The Fraggles. Yes!:

http://www.youtube.com/v/mEyrfFwf3rI
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 26, 2012, 09:02:46 PM
Brian Eno to release a new album.

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Artist, producer, and art-rock deity Brian Eno will release a new solo album Nov. 13. The LP, entitled LUX, will feature four tracks, all of which run between 18 and 20 minutes—so Eno is clearly gunning for the Top 40 on this one. LUX marks the first time Eno has released solo work since 2005's Another Day On Earth. His last album, Drums Between The Bells, was a collaboration with poet Rick Holland.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 08, 2013, 06:14:34 AM
HOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHIT!  David Bowie!  New Album!  New Song Available on his 66th Birthday.  WHICH IS TODAY!

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/English+musician+Davie+Bowie+readies+album+years+releases/7789278/story.html
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 09, 2013, 11:17:38 AM
New Bowie album?  Can't wait!
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on January 09, 2013, 07:08:59 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/jpQ0I.png)
This could also be in the TV News Board.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 07, 2013, 07:29:02 PM
David Bowie doesn't want you to see a photo with Morrissey:

From AV Club
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Not unlike two praying mantises circling each other in preparation for mating, David Bowie and Morrissey are in a bit of a row. The tiff stems from the ex-Smiths singer’s plans to use an unpublished photo of the two as the cover image for his upcoming reissue of the “The Last Of The Famous International Playboys” single. Taken by Linder Sterling in 1992, the photo has never been seen before—and if Bowie has his way, it’ll never be seen, period.

Bowie has ordered EMI—Morrissey’s label, and the label that holds the license to most of Bowie’s back catalog—to scrap the pic. There’s no official explanation as to why, though given Bowie’s reticence to expose it, the subject must be something terrible. Like, maybe the two are eating hot wings while looking totally hungover.

There’s also no comment from Morrissey yet, as he’s currently hospitalized with ulcer-related issues. However, knowing him, some sharp words should be forthcoming in the very near future.

That's kind of odd.  I wonder why David is demanding it not being used.  Well, with no knowledge whatsoever of what the deal is, I'm going to assume that Morrissey is in the wrong, because he strikes he as a deeply unpleasant human being.  Get well soon, guy I can't stand.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 10, 2013, 05:12:42 PM
Get ready for the biggest festival of comedy rock EVER!

The place: Santa Monica

The Date: October 19

http://lineup.festivalsupreme.com/

Here's the question... will Weird Al eventually join?  He's hung out with a lot of those guys before!
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on June 11, 2013, 03:51:29 PM

Johnny, it needs some Don't Stop or We'll Die.  :)

Nevertheless, that lineup is outstanding.

Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 11, 2013, 08:02:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/nqYCUtJfrBM

Oh, oh, or the Glass Beef

https://www.youtube.com/v/bWeX9m_YaXg

What I like is that there isn't overtly comical, just really nice silly songs.  Also, I want Charlene's Boglin.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 27, 2013, 08:42:21 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/VOt6fvb.png)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 18, 2013, 09:23:26 PM
GOBLIN is back!  If you like Prog rock and horror then catch their new album AND their upcoming new EP.

http://vimeo.com/73787304
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 18, 2013, 04:37:22 PM
"Weird" Al finally gets paid for Running with Scissors and Poodle Hat after a successful law suit for over $5 Million

http://www.avclub.com/article/weird-al-just-cashed-in-on-a-major-lawsuit-against-106595

Also, I never noticed that Key and Peele where in the White & Nerdy video.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: RoninFox on December 18, 2013, 06:50:57 PM
An undisclosed number of congratulations to Al!  I had no idea that was a problem until now, glad he's getting paid.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 27, 2014, 06:31:46 PM
Well that's interesting.
http://boingboing.net/2013/06/13/lawsuit-happy-birthday-is.html (http://boingboing.net/2013/06/13/lawsuit-happy-birthday-is.html)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 27, 2014, 06:36:09 PM
Also an example of an old story suddenly doing the rounds again for no apparent reason.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 27, 2014, 06:40:53 PM
That is some pretty interesting news from over a year ago that's technically not news.

But unfortunately, restaurant staff won't legally be able to sing "Are You Ready for Freddy?" by the Fat Boys every Halloween, as I have long dreamed.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 27, 2014, 07:23:18 PM
Also an example of an old story suddenly doing the rounds again for no apparent reason.
Twitter, mostly.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2014, 04:45:10 PM
The original Primus line-up returns for a tribute to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  I must admit that their take on Pure Imagination is pretty cool.

http://www.avclub.com/article/classic-primus-lineup-reuniting-willy-wonka-tribut-207488
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Miku Fan on August 09, 2014, 10:00:26 AM
Dead Monkeys have split up again.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 11, 2014, 09:36:52 AM
Finally, now you can EAT the songs of David Bowie.  Or something.  Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting a David Bowie exhibit soon, and to celebrate, the Museum's in-house restaurant will produce food stuffs named after Bowie songs and related things (yep, there's a Labyrinth reference in there.

http://www.avclub.com/article/celebrate-spirit-rock-n-roll-some-david-bowie-them-209052
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: ScottotD on February 20, 2015, 01:36:17 AM
NEW BLUR ALBUM!!!!
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Compound on March 04, 2015, 01:23:30 PM
Hey, it's every Bjork song, mushed all together and played at the same time:


http://transfolk.tumblr.com/post/75660957905/this-is-every-bjork-song-played-together-at-once (http://transfolk.tumblr.com/post/75660957905/this-is-every-bjork-song-played-together-at-once)


It's pretty much unlistenable, BTW. That's not a slam against Bjork, just a statement that, yeah, a hundred or so songs played at the same time just becomes noise. And it's about 10 minutes of that.


Still, it's no "This is How You Remind Me of Someday." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvujgcbaCF8)


Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 30, 2015, 07:58:33 PM
Carly Simon reveals that Warren Beatty is "So Vain", though the song contains two more vain people yet to be identified.

http://www.avclub.com/article/carly-simon-finally-reveals-whos-so-vain-228590
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 28, 2015, 04:49:25 PM
RIP Motorhead's Lemmy
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Compound on December 28, 2015, 06:45:45 PM
Yep. You'll be missed, Lemmy.


And crap, he was 70? I would never have guessed that.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: ScottotD on December 29, 2015, 08:52:53 AM
You know I'm born to lose and gambling's for fools but that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live for ever
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: BathTub on December 29, 2015, 12:50:31 PM
Looking forward to the new Bowie album, he's so consistently good.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Parker_Hylton on December 29, 2015, 12:52:46 PM
Yep. You'll be missed, Lemmy.


And crap, he was 70? I would never have guessed that.

Yep.  The band says he was found playing his favorite video game.  Two days after the cancer diagnosis.  (Note that he didn't go to the doctor for months because he had to give up drinking two years before and didn't want to be told to give up speed.  Kids...don't do speed.  If you do do speed, go to the doctor...)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: BathTub on December 29, 2015, 12:57:10 PM
Who inherits his Nazi memorabilia collection?
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 31, 2015, 09:11:33 AM
Edgar Wright tweeted a quick story where he met Lemmy who was graciously signing autographs, but never getting distracted from the fruit machine he was playing.  That seems right somehow.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: BiteMe316 on December 31, 2015, 11:12:16 AM
I'm not a Motorhead fan at all, but this how I was first introduced to it.  RIP Lemmy.  :'(


https://www.youtube.com/v/3j9XTpYTx9U
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 04, 2016, 04:09:07 PM
]http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/earth-wind-fire-founder-maurice-white-dead-74-36722290[url] (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/earth-wind-fire-founder-maurice-white-dead-74-36722290[url)[/url]
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Compound on April 17, 2016, 12:56:17 AM
So, AC/DC was on tour when suddenly Brian Johnson, their lead singer, had to quit immediately or face total hearing loss.

Well, at Coachella, they announced that they'd recruited a replacement singer to help finish up the promised tour.

It's Axl Rose.

Axl will be joining the band for their European tour, and then returning to the US for the "Let's See if Slash and Axl kill each other" GNR reunion tour.

Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: ScottotD on April 19, 2016, 09:18:45 AM
I've always though Brian sucks so even if he brings his shtick to it I'm happy to see Axl there.



Laughable old man representing other laughable old men yells at cloud, every year and every album confirms my thinking Metallica were the real life Spinal Tap after watching their making of Black album documentary as a kid
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Compound on April 21, 2016, 10:15:25 AM
The AP is reporting that Prince has been found dead at his home in Paisley Park. He had unexpectedly collapsed last week, but was seemingly fine afterwards, performing a concert the next day. Sadly, it looks like his health was worse than expected.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Compound on April 21, 2016, 11:54:04 AM
FYI- Bill's over at Paisley Park and updating on his Twitter feed.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: TheRealUncleDes on May 14, 2016, 07:56:23 PM
Latest Hawkwind album is their best in 25years.

http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Stops-Hawkwind/dp/B01BY1XM8K
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 14, 2016, 08:42:24 AM
Psst, Pak-Man...
https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/776047543935434752 (https://twitter.com/alyankovic/status/776047543935434752)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 14, 2016, 08:51:33 AM
Rad. I lost my MP3 from the first time he gave it away, back when he couldn't put it on Straight Outta Lynnwood. (He'd use White and Nerdy as his lead single instead, which worked out well for him. :^))
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: BathTub on September 14, 2016, 12:50:51 PM
It's always been available, he's just highlighting it because he didn't get the box set permission.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 18, 2017, 03:44:45 PM
RIP Chuck Berry
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 20, 2017, 11:52:51 AM
RIP Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 24, 2017, 03:06:57 PM
RIP Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
Same way as Chris Cornell.. Crazy :-[
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 24, 2017, 03:11:22 PM
Just got my Fates Warning 'Awaken the Guardian' Live 30th anniversary 2 CDs & 1 DVD set with the original band lineup..
I always liked the original lead singer of Fates Warning (John Arch) and he can still hit those high notes after this long :o
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 13, 2018, 02:30:03 PM
Bad news for Huey Lewis fans...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DarrzMlUMAAO9B5.jpg)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 20, 2018, 01:22:50 PM
RIP Avicii.  Only 28...
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 31, 2018, 04:47:56 PM
https://www.cbr.com/the-gorillaz-ace-powerpuff-girls/So... Ace, a minor villain from the Powerpuff Girls, is now a new member of the Gorillaz (http://).

The Gorillaz wiki seems to confirm this too.

This was unexpected but... I'm super down for this.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 17, 2018, 02:53:01 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/X8nO1rJ.png)

https://io9.gizmodo.com/thx-just-shared-the-original-sheet-music-for-its-deep-n-1826357817 (https://io9.gizmodo.com/thx-just-shared-the-original-sheet-music-for-its-deep-n-1826357817)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Russoguru on August 02, 2018, 11:35:06 AM
Ninja Sex Party's got a new album coming out later this month, I highly recommend checking it out. The title of the album is "Cool Patrol".
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 16, 2018, 07:17:59 AM
Looks like she didn't pull through.  RIP Aretha Franklin.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Russoguru on August 16, 2018, 11:01:37 AM
Looks like she didn't pull through.  RIP Aretha Franklin.
:'(
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Russoguru on August 20, 2018, 06:31:43 PM
Well, life does have to go on. Ninja Sex Party's new album just came out and I'm really enjoying it. Those guys really know how to make me laugh.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 16, 2018, 04:50:03 PM
https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/09/13/647053567/hear-al-greens-first-new-recording-in-nearly-a-decade (https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/09/13/647053567/hear-al-greens-first-new-recording-in-nearly-a-decade)
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on January 29, 2019, 10:05:09 PM
RIP RnB singer James Ingram
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 02, 2019, 02:48:50 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/Smc5FHbZtG4
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 04, 2019, 06:17:26 AM
RIP Keith Flint of The Prodigy.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 17, 2019, 03:25:40 PM
RIP surf rock legend Dick Dale.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: Russoguru on April 10, 2019, 01:10:14 PM
Starbombs new album is coming out April 19th. I was gonna pre-order the physical copy that's signed and comes with a poster until I went to the website its being sold on and saw that it was $40.00. I mean yeah I love Game Grumps and everything but there is no way I am paying that much for an album on CD, signed or not.
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 13, 2019, 01:15:29 PM
RIP Eddie Money
Title: Re: General Music News Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 15, 2019, 05:48:27 PM
RIP Ric Ocasek