Last week Fuse TVannounced the first six additions to the 2014 Warped Tour lineup, with the promise to release more bands each week. True to their word, Fuse has revealed the next five bands are Mayday Parade, Attila, Tear Out The Heart, Plague Vendor, and The Protomen. Previously announced bands included For Today, Teenage Bottlerocket, Air Dubai, Stray From The Path, and Mixtapes. You can check out an announcement video from Mayday Parade below and score early bird tickets right here. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces Mayday Parade, Attila, And More’
There’s something to be said about long-lost music finally seeing the light of day. A certain mystery, nostalgia, and, of course, curiosity. Well Johnny Cash fans, prepare yourself, because we have a regular Eddie and the Cruisers situation on our hands. An album Cash recorded in the early 1980s with Billy Sherrill is about to be released. Titled Out Among the Stars, the album was previously shelved by Columbia Records and later reported to have disappeared. As it turns out, Cash and his wife June Carter Cash had hidden the tapes and they were just discovered last year by their son John Carter Cash, who worked with Legacy Recordings to make the new release happen. Out Among the Stars will be released on March 25, 2014.
I really tried to give Lana Del Rey the benefit of the doubt on this one. I swear. I was hoping that her half-hour long short film Tropico, “an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption,” wasn’t going to be another poorly–conceived attempt at grand symbolism and “deep” meaning that would inevitably force me to question why I ever derived any satisfaction from her music in the first place and would once again make me come face to face with the full scope of her guileless superficiality and lack of insight. But you know what Mick Jagger says.
So, just for the sake of convenience, even though the biblical triptych of innocence, sin, and redemption is the central conceit of the video, I’m going to ignore the overwrought and overused religious parallels that Lana cuts and pastes with bowling ball-level subtlety and focus more on her decision to include voiceovers of her reading excerpts from Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg poems, which is exactly as pretentious as it sounds. Continue reading ‘Lana Del Rey Stole Half An Hour Of My Life And I Will Never Get It Back’
Everyone still in the Pixies, please take one step back.
In a new interview with the NME, Kim Shattuck, who was hired and fired from the Pixies in the span of a few months, reveals more about getting axed by the band’s manager just a day after returning from a European tour.
“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” she says. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.”
She goes on to speculate that her extroverted nature clashed too much with the notoriously reserved Pixies, known for their zero tolerance stage banter policy, aside from the occasional “thanks a lot.” Shattuck cited one show during which she got excited and jumped into the crowd, and was admonished afterward that “…the Pixies don’t do that.”
However, Shattuck does not bear a grudge toward Frank Black and his band mates: “I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”
As we told you recently, the band has hired a new bassist, Paz Lenchatin, and will be embarking on a pretty huge tour in 2014. Shattuck has said that she’s looking forward to working on a new Muffs album.
I’ll be honest, I have a soft spot for We Are the in Crowd, and the release of their new music video for ”The Best Thing (That Never Happened)” has only strengthened that. Filled with fast cars, and a surprisingly dramatic plot line, the video showcases their new single off their upcoming full length, Weird Kids.
Tim Kinsella, the Chicago-based musician who accidentally helped invent what we know as emo while cutting his teeth in bands like Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, just released one of the more interesting collaborations he’s done since the ’90s. Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs Of Marvin Tate By LeRoy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen finds Kinsella and ex-Wilco member LeRoy Bach setting the poems of fellow Chicago native Marvin Tate to music. And fear not, emo kids, they’re all pretty damn sad.
Kinsella and Bach aren’t the first musicians to lend their talents to preexisting poems. In fact, we could have compiled a list featuring hundreds of singers who have quoted writers, but we tried to reel it in. For time’s sake, you can check out four of our favorite music and poetry connections after the jump. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of TKSTSOMTBLBFAO. Its title may be a mouthful, but its tracks are beautifully short, simple, and sparse, perfectly complimenting Tate’s stark and sometimes abrasive words.
1. Vladimir Nabokov and The Menzingers
Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov may be most famous for penning Lolita, but it’s Pale Fire, his 1962 novel/999-line poem, that featured what is likely Nabokov’s most well-known couplet:
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the window pane
Definitely the most beautiful thing that anyone has ever written about birds flying into windows. Anyway, Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers quoted those lines almost verbatim during the bridge of “The Obituaries,” and while the rest of the song’s lyrical content has little to do with Pale Fire, the emotional impact of Nabokov’s words aren’t lessened at all. In fact, they compliment the track so well, it seems that the writer may have missed out on his calling as a punk lyricist.
What a character Kanye West is. Sometimes he comes off totally bonkers, other times he appears to be an artist of a caliber so high that we can barely keep up with him. But the best is when both happen in one instance. Take his little impromptu speech at Harvard University last month, in which he veered from incoherent to highly-conceptual in the space of a single sentence. Now comes video of a November 8th performance in San Antonio, Texas, where Kanye has clearly had enough from some audience members who won’t stop imploring him to remove his Maison Martin Margiela-created mask – part of his stage costume.
He tells the fans that they can see his face “every motherfucking day on the Internet” before stating his chief problem: ”I came here, I open up a mountain…and you tryin’ to tell me how to give you my art.”
You do not fuck with Kanye’s art.
He goes back to a freestyle explaining why he wears the mask, taking it all with a little humor, but then one woman continues to shout at him to take off the mask. He then signals to security to have the woman removed, to the delight of the crowd.
“Do I look like a motherfucking comedian? Don’t fucking heckle me. I’m Kanye motherfucking West.”
Kim Kardashian has nothing to do with this story, but now that I’ve mentioned her, way more people will read this. Hi, Kim fans!
Remember when The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha planned a collaborative album? In case you don’t, it was aptly titled Lip$ha and was shelved this past November. We can’t imagine why. But Lip$ha hopefuls, fear not! On The Flaming Lips’ new Stone Roses cover album, fans can find this sought after (and to be honest, kind of weird) collaboration, also featuring New Fumes, with the track “Elizabeth My Dear.” Check it out below. Continue reading ‘The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, New Fumes Cover The Stone Roses’
South By So What?! have just announced a ton of new bands including Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Chiodos, and The Devil Wears Prada. The three-day festival will take place from March 14 – 16 in Grand Prairie, TX at Quiktrip Park. And hey, remember those awesome gift ideas we were mentioning in our gift guide earlier this week? Well, you can get a head start on that and grab your early bird tickets right here. Check out the new additions below. Continue reading ‘South By So What?! Announce Taking Back Sunday, The Used, And More’
Beloved alt-rock pioneers The Pixies have had a seemingly bumpy road lately, with a remarkably weird negative review of their latest EP from the ever-influential Pitchfork, which followed the news that founding bassist, singer, and songwriter Kim Deal was leaving the band. It was not long before they announced her replacement, Muffs bassist Kim Shattuck. However, upon returning from a recent European tour, Shattuck revealed the news that she was being let go.
But this weekend, The Pixies hired Paz Lenchantin, a session pro who’s played with Billy Corgan’s Zwan and A Perfect Circle, among others.
On the heels of that news, they’ve just released a delightful new video for “Another Toe In The Ocean,” following the animated adventures of frontman Frank Black. You can see the clip, written, directed, and animated by LiviuBoar, below.
And just to prove that all this tumult isn’t slowing them down, The Pixies will be back on tour throughout the first six months of 2014, hitting the U.S., South America, and Europe, with various dates being opened by Best Coast, Fidlar, and Cults, and a date opening for ArcadeFire in Dublin. See tour dates below. Continue reading ‘The Pixies: New Bassist, New Video, New Tour Dates’