Morrissey Watch ’13: Moz is back on the road. The serial canceller (he has a cold, his mom is sick, his dog ate his discography, he can’t get his shirt off, he’s feeling upbeat) has announced 25 new dates for the U.S. of A. Check them out at Spin.
Battle of the bands heats up: For a while there, it seemed like an easy win to get “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers named as the official rock song of Massachusetts. The paean to Rt. 128 livin’ name checks the Stop n Shop and openly declares love for the state, and hails the “power of Massachusetts.” But now, the campaign (initiated by Boston-based politco/musico/publicisto Joyce Linehan, who enlisted Rep. Marty Walsh to introduce the bill) has found challengers in the form of not-really-music-fans who are offended at the idea of a state rock song being something other than the classic rock songs they can hear while dining at Applebees. Hey Aerosmith is from Boston, these two local representatives presumably said to themselves, so let’s make it “Dream On,” even though that song has nothing to do with the state. How about “Freeze Frame,” dumbasses? Or “My Best Friend’s Girl?” “Step-by-Step?”
I’m not looking at you David Lowrey: Emily White, the same NPR Music intern whose blog post “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With” sparked an Internet firestorm has finally delivered a measured and though-provoking follow-up. We wouldn’t call it a response to her critics, since she wisely does not engage them or discuss the nature of the debate itself, as many did in the aftermath. Worth the read here at Billboard.
Billy Joe Armstrong is off the junk or whatever it was, exhaustion or something, I dunno: Spin reports that Armstrong and his Green Day cohorts will hit SXSW in Austin this March before launching a 33-date U.S. tour. They will perform at the festival, and host screenings of American Idiot (
the lunchbox the film) and their album documentary ¡Quatro!