Introducing “Discourse & Dischord” — a new column wrapping up the week in music and delivering it to you with a big, fat bow every Friday. This week: The Strokes, Adam Lambert, Chris Brown, Susan Boyle and more.
The Strokes announce first gig since October 2006
Photo Credit: Marcos Hermes
It’s been three years since the Strokes’ last live show, and the interim has been filled with band members’ solo projects (Albert Hammond Jr.’s “Yours To Keep,” Fabrizio Moretti’s work with Little Joy and Julian Casablanca’s latest, “Phrazes For The Young”). So you wouldn’t have to be much of a gambler to wager that a Strokes breakup might be imminent.
This week the band laid any such fears to rest by announcing a headlining gig at England’s Isle of Wight festival on June 11-13. The Strokes will join the likes of Jay-Z, Blondie and Orbital. Jittery mod rock, shaggy hair and monochromatic croons —it’s been too long.
Susan Boyle beats Gaga and Rihanna (not literally)
Our Lady of Blackburn emerged at the top of the Billboard charts this week with her Sony debut, I Dreamed A Dream.
The Scottish singer edged out pop front runners including Rihanna, Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga with her album of covers. As you may recall, Boyle’s performance of the title track on the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” made her an internet sensation. And she didn’t even have to simulate fellatio on her guitar player (note to self, Lambert).
Adam Lambert, Chris Brown and ABC: A Tale in Three Parts
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Speaking of Lambertkins, you may have heard a little bit about his recent AMA performance. In short, he did some naughty things on stage, and subsequently got booted from his upcoming gig on Good Morning America. Network executives claimed Lambert wasn’t wholesome enough for a morning audience, then, in a brain fart heard ‘round the world, replaced him with convicted girlfriend-abuser Chris Brown. Cries of outrage ensued. This week ABC announced that Brown will not be performing on GMA after all, and instead will be interviewed on 20/20 on December 4. Brown’s replacement on GMA will be wholesome Al Qaeda terrorist Syed Hashmi. (Not really, but you never know with these guys.)
Pete Doherty booed off stage for singing Nazi national anthem in Munich. That headline says it all.
Bits and Pieces
• Phish cover TV On The Radio’s “Golden Age” in Albany
• Spoon releases album art for upcoming “Transference”
• New Gorillaz record to feature Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Barry Gibb, says Damon Albarn
• Lady Gaga wipes out