Friday, August 19, 2016

Liam Gallagher Returns to Music

I wouldn't ask our kid what he's up to--you're liable to get a Twitter screen full of invective. But it's good for him to be back making music.

Liam Gallagher's return to music appears to have been confirmed, speaking about a "new chapter" and getting his "life back together" in an upcoming interview.

Gallagher also reportedly spoke about experiencing a "crisis" after his post-Oasis band Beady Eye broke up. The group, led by Gallagher and featuring former members of Oasis and Kasabian, released two albums since their formation in 2009. They announced their split in 2014.

In May, Gallagher hinted at his return to music. It followed a denial from the frontman that he would go solo, with Liam arguing that he wouldn't do so because he is "not a c**t".

Now Q Magazine has teased a new interview with Gallagher, in which he allegedly speaks of how he "got his life back together" after finding himself "in crisis after the split of Beady Eye". 

He's Liam fucking Gallagher--how do you know when his life is back together? Is there a device that measures these things?

I have always thought of him as the perfect guest vocalist and a great collaborator for artists who don't have a lot of mainstream appeal. Gallagher can sing like a real Everyman and make anything his own. Is there a better front man out there? No, there probably isn't. All the greats are gone, save Gallagher.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shaun White Had a Band?

Nothing about this story makes any sense:

Superstar Olympian snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White is now facing a potentially serious legal case against the ex-drummer of his band, the Bad Things.  The case, filed by Bohm Law Group, Inc. on behalf of Lena Zawaideh, who played in the group for several years.

During that period, the two-time Gold medalist White was accused of being a lewd and sexually aggressive band leader, with the following laundry list of offenses cited in the recent filing:

  • Sending sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises.
  • Forcing Zawaideh to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter.
  • Making vulgar sexual remarks to Zawaideh such as, “Don’t forget to suck his balls!” when commenting about Zawaideh’s boyfriend.
  • Sticking his hands down his pants, approached Zawaideh, and the sticking his hands in her face trying to make her smell them.

It’s unclear what relationship the pair had during the period, though White may counter-argue that these actions were merely part of a sex-filled relationship between the pair.  In that counter-argument, things like ‘dick pics’ and lewd comments would be acceptable rules of the relationship, though issues involving California workplace violations will be sharply tested.

I can't tell if this was a vanity project or just proof that Shaun White is an immature asshole. Bonus tip for serial abusers out there--sending dick picks is essentially proof that you don't know what you're doing anymore.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shoeshine Girl

I cannot wait for the Verve reissues:

The Verve have premiered a previously unreleased song, which dates back to the sessions for the band’s classic debut album ‘A Storm In Heaven’.

‘Shoeshine Girl’, which can exclusively be heard via NME below, was recorded during the sessions for the 1993 album. It wasn’t released on ‘A Storm In Heaven’ or its accompanying singles and has remained unheard for the past 23 years.

Along with ‘South Pacific’, it’s one of two unreleased tracks to feature on a newly expanded 3CD box-set of the album, which is reissued on September 9.

It would be the height of foolishness not to reunite and promote the 20th anniversary of Urban Hymns next year, wouldn't it?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beautiful Thing

This is the E-mail I received after getting the second Stone Roses single, Beautiful Thing.


The message goes on to ask me if I want to send it back for a refund.

Who would return a 12" vinyl single because they made 6,000 of them instead of 5,000? Whoever would do that is an asshole.

I am a bit ticked off that they included no B-sides on the two new releases. When you order All For One or Beautiful Thing, you get the single track and nothing more. Given that there have been numerous live performances, I wish they had thrown 3-4 live tracks on these releases as B-sides. At a minimum, there should be an official release of the version of Fool's Gold that appears in Made of Stone

Monday, August 8, 2016


A new album? Really?

The return of Slowdive was easily 2014’s best reunion. Now, following their comeback tour, the English shoegaze outfit are on the verge of releasing a new album — their first in over two decades.

In a recent interview with Danish publication Undertoner (via Reddit), drummer Simon Scott revealed that Slowdive have completed recording sessions for the new album, their fourth overall and the very long-waited follow-up to 1995’s Pygmalion. “We’re finished recording the album and it will be mixed this summer, but we do not know when it is released.”

Scott continued, describing how the band has incorporated more manipulated field recordings into its latest material: “It’s Neil, who is the primary songwriter, but what has changed since the ’90s, is that he asked me to manipulate some of the sounds we have recorded. It’s not that the album is going to sound electronically. We’ve played together for two years after the restoration, and Neil wanted to capture how well a live band, we are, in the studio. So in that way it’s a live record.”

There were a whole slew of Mojave 3 albums in the 90's and 2000's, and those could properly have been considered part of the story of Slowdive. Halstead's solo albums are incredible, so here's to the idea that the next Slowdive album will be a continuation of this incredibly beautiful journey we've been on for so long.


The Stone Roses Are Headed Down Under

Three nights in Sydney, and then a make-up tour of Japan? The Stone Roses aren't going away. There should be a new album coming out soon, but I'm not going to jinx it.

What About Sgt. Pepper?

Revisionist history at work:

Released 50 years ago (it came out on August 5, 1966 in the UK and three days later in the us), ‘Revolver’ is considered by many to be The Beatles’ finest work – and yes, we know they’re all good – but come on, this one is really something. A huge leap in the band’s creativity and inspiration, their seventh studio album saw them drawing on their experiences with drugs as well as their interest in eastern religion. Here are 20 things you probably didn’t know about it. 

Herman's Hermits sold more records in the states than the Beatles, so I don't know why everyone suddenly proclaims Revolver as the "best" out of what should really be one long continuous series of recording sessions. Albums meant something vastly different in the 1960s than they do today. In three years, the Beatles would put out five, six or seven different albums; nowadays, they'd be putting them out once every four or five years, if that.

Rolling Stone championed Sgt. Pepper as the greatest Beatles album. You couldn't go anywhere in 1987 without being clobbered over the head with proclamations about how Sgt. Pepper was the greatest thing ever made. It's all so foolish. And then you get into the maturation of Rubber Soul, the majesty of Abbey Road, and the innovation of the White Album. Really, there is no "best" Beatles album. There are only different ones.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ozzy's Being Held Against His Will

Ozzy Osbourne released a hostage video today (oh, there is no video).

Over the last 6 years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction.

I’m sorry if Ms. Pugh took our sexual relationship out of context. I’d also like to apologize to the other women I have been having sexual relationships with.

Out of bad comes good.

Since the press exposed this I have gone into intense therapy.

I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no such thing as "sex addiction." There are varying degrees of compulsive behavior, and there are underlying conditions that may lead to being unable to control certain behaviors, but there is no such thing as a physical addiction to sex.

And, if you were wondering, no, that's not how Ozzy talks.

OZZY OSBOURNE: I was wearing a coffee pot for that day. And I walked at the hotel when she'd ripped my shirt. And I would start walking to -- and started to. ..

Mr. Osbourne, blink twice if someone has a gun in your ribcage.

Peter Hook Writes Another Book

The only reason why Hooky writes these books is to drive Barney crazy:

Peter Hook is set to release a new book documenting his time with New Order.

The veteran bassist previously documented the rise and fall of ‘Madchester’ in his books The Ha├žienda and Joy Division’s short career in Unknown Pleasures.

On October 6 he will release his third book Substance: Inside New Order, which documents the rise of the band and his eventual split with the Manchester group in 2007. 

"We didn’t really think about it afterwards, it just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division and the next time we got together, we were a new band," he said on the formation of New Order. 

The band have since carried on without Hook as Bad Lieutenant but returned as New Order in 2011. Hook has since gone on to form Peter Hook And The Light.

I've never been happy with Hooky's comments about how Gillian never contributed anything to the band, but, then again, I don't matter.

Prince Had One Hell of a Sense of Humor

I think the point I'm trying to make is that Prince probably got the humor in letting Weird Al do his songs. He just didn't think the ideas were good enough.

Comedian ‘Weird Al' Yankovic has said that he is sad that he never got the chance to parody Prince's songs. 

Yankovic who has in the past done parodies of Lady GagaMichael Jackson and Kurt Cobain claims he had ideas lined up for ‘Let’s Go Crazy', '1999', 'When Doves Cry' and 'Kiss'.

But the Artist Formerly Known As always turned him down. “It's too bad. I hadn’t approached him in about 20 years because he always said no, but I had this fantasy that he’d come out with a new song, I’d have a great idea, he’d finally say yes and it would erase decades of weirdness between us. But that’s obviously not going to be the case,” Yankovic explained. 

Prince had a sense of humor about himself though. Using an image of Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince on the cover of a single was the ultimate expression of what he thought was funny.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Damn You, Violent Femmes

For reasons I can't get into, this is a show I cannot attend:

“Since we’ve been given the mantle of ‘elder statesmen,’” Ritchie says, “maybe we should start to behave that way. Hopefully we’ll be a little more stable than we’ve been in the past, though if you think about it, the Femmes have been going for 35 years. It’s not unusual for bands to take the occasional hiatus. What is unusual is going for 35 years and still sounding good.”

Hey, maybe next year in Austin, Texas.

Not Even Pennies on the Dollar

Proof that you cannot trust streaming companies to pay for music:

Last year, Apple Music got off to a rocky start with artists after it was discovered that artists wouldn’t be paid anything on free trial plays.  That stung pretty badly, considering that virtually zero users would be paying for Apple Music during the first three months of launch.  Instead, 99.9% would be using a three-month free trial, and only rolling into a paid relationship after that point.

Only after the user rolled into a paid account would artists get paid.  Otherwise, the artist made nothing, even for thousands of plays.

The zero-pay decision was first reported by Digital Music News, after receiving a leaked contract from an independent label.  Indeed, independent labels had been unsuccessfully protesting Apple’s decision, and appeared powerless against the might Apple Music.

Then, something interesting happened: Taylor Swift publicly protested Apple’s no-pay decision, leading to a reversal within 24 hours. [...]

Sounded like a big victory for artists.  But exactly how much was Apple planning to pay?  One year later, we have the answer, with a leaked royalty statement revealing a payout of approximately $0.0017 per free trial stream.  The payout was determined during a test conducted by an independent r&b and hip hop label, and shared with Digital Music News.

Of all of the companies in the world with deep pockets, billions in cash on hand, and with the ability to compensate artists with even just a few pennies per stream, we have the noble example of Apple. A musician might as well buy lottery tickets. There is no path that leads to making a living playing music that runs through the streaming industry. It's the greatest ripoff in the history of ripping off musicians.