Creative people tend to prefer focusing on their next project instead of dwelling on the past, but if you’re going to look back, you might as well do it in style — and that’s exactly what Blur are doing in 2012, with a major reissue campaign that will culminate in a massive 21-disc box set.
It’s Tax Day, which means you might not be in a very good mood right now. But cheer up, because even if you’re writing the IRS a check this year, chances are you don’t owe anywhere near as much as former Pantera / Down bassist Rex ‘Rocker’ Brown.
For obvious reasons, we’re never getting a Nirvana reunion. But more than 20 years later, the band’s commercial breakthrough remains such a defining moment in pop culture that it’s always newsworthy whenever the remaining creative principals behind ‘Nevermind’ get together — even if we aren’t exactly sure how or why it’s happening.
It’s rare these days for a new album by a high-profile artist to hit stores without the label agreeing to some sort of online “try before you buy” promotion, whether it’s streaming the record for free or releasing an electronic press kit that offers snippets of a few songs. But that stuff is for amateurs, man — Jack White knows how to really get people excited about hearing his new music. Case in point: the flexidisc single he recently released via helium balloon, which has now turned up online as a vinyl rip.
There’s never a dull moment in the life of Courtney Love, who seems to be compensating for a growing lack of musical activity by feuding with everyone from her landlord to the Muppets — and, of course, Foo Fighters frontman/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who’s been one of her favorite public sparring partners for well over a decade. Courtney’s latest accusation: that Grohl made a pass at her daughter, 19-year-old Frances Bean Cobain.
As you may have heard, Axl Rose put a rest to months of speculation yesterday (April 11) when he issued a rather sternly worded open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saying he would not be attending this weekend when Guns N’ Roses are honored — and requested that he not be inducted in absentia. Today, the Hall responded with a few words of its own.
Part of the fun of being a record collector used to be knowing what you owned was actually worth something — and Jack White has embraced that old sensibility wholeheartedly with his label Third Man Records, issuing all sorts of nifty limited-edition LPs directly to fans and creating instant high-priced collector’s items. The latest example? The clear flexidisc singles he released via helium balloon last week.
Courtney Love‘s creative pace has certainly slowed over the years, but she’s clearly in no danger of mellowing out. In the last year, she’s engaged in public feuds with everyone from her landlord to the Muppets — but this week, she returned to one of her favorite targets, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, accusing him of hitting on her 19-year-old daughter.
Green Day‘s recording pace has certainly slowed over the years — it took them four years to complete ‘American Idiot’ and five to finish the follow-up, ’21st Century Breakdown,’ which was released three years ago — but they’re about to start making up for lost time with a whopping three albums of new music, scheduled to be released between September 2012 and January 2013.
Aside from occasional repeat viewings of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch starring Alec Baldwin as the legendary NPR guest Pete Schweddy, you may not spend much time thinking about public radio — but its continued health and viability are important to a lot of people, and they’re paying tribute to it during April as part of national Public Radio Month.
With a little over a month to go before Slash unleashes his ‘Apocalyptic Love‘ on the world, he’s cranking up the promotional machine in earnest — and last night (April 10), that meant showing up on the big stage at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to perform a couple of songs, including his new single ‘You’re a Lie.’
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