June 17, 2013
Last week, on a rooftop in New York City, the band recorded an acoustic performance of ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ – and dedicated it to democracy in Iran.
The track is part of ONE’s campaign to harness the power of protest songs to demand action against extreme poverty at the G8 summit.
Remember the amazing reaction to Sunday Bloody Sunday on the 360 tour? Every night it went out in support of the Green Movement that sprang from the 2009/10 Iran elections. The response from across the world – including in Iran – was phenomenal.
As the 2013 elections approached, the band were asked by Iranian human rights activists to contribute their music again. As Bono says, at the beginning of the performance, ‘Greetings from New York City to the good people of Iran…‘ [...]
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June 10, 2013
By Clyde Smith / Hypebot
Canadian musician Amanda Zelina, known by her stagename The Coppertone, is using crowdfunding to buy back rights to her music from her former record label. Titling the campaign “Help Free The Coppertone,” Zelina frames it in terms of a personal commitment to integrity and the call to “Claim Yourself.” Zelina’s campaign is also symbolic of the power of crowdfunding to help musicians take control of their careers with the support of their fans.
In her pitch video, campaign introduction and email to supporters, Amanda Zelina briefly states that she worked really hard on her craft for many years and then signed an unfair record deal. She says she now realizes she made a mistake and wants to buy the rights to her music so she can move forward with integrity. [...]
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June 3, 2013
By Sam Dolnick / The New York Times
The news that Mookie Blaylock, a former N.B.A. point guard, was involved in a car accident over the weekend hit the members of Pearl Jam like a tragedy in the family. In many ways, it was one.
After all, before Pearl Jam was called Pearl Jam, the band was called Mookie Blaylock. The band’s first album, “Ten,” which became one of the iconic albums of the 1990s, was named after Blaylock’s jersey number.
“I was a huge Mookie fan,” Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam’s bassist, said in an interview. [...]
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May 31, 2013
By Eriq Gardner / The Hollywood Reporter
The psychedelic funk superstar alleged that in 1989, he was induced into giving up much of his song royalties by a manager and attorney fueling his drug addictions. Sony Music and Warner Music won’t have to pay for that.
Anyone curious how a mega-successful musician — one inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — can go 30 years nearly penniless should read a decision by a California appeals court on Thursday.
The subject of the ruling is Sly Stone, born as Sylvester Stewart, who as the front man for Sly and the Family Stone, blazed a path for a progressive mixture of funk, soul and psychedelic music and whose songs like “Everyday People” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” remain well-played on radio. [...]
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May 15, 2013
By Frank Mastropolo / Rock Cellar Magazine
In the 1960s, New York City was the center of the recording industry and home to a wealth of small clubs and theaters that hosted the cream of rock music. Fans could catch bands on their way up at smaller venues with moderate ticket prices.
But 1969’s Woodstock festival changed the industry and superstars began to demand huge fees to appear. Small venues could no longer compete with huge arenas and stadiums for name acts. In a 1971 letter, promoter Bill Graham explained that he would close both Fillmore East and West because of “the unreasonable and totally destructive inflation of the live concert scene.”
“I continue to deplore the exploitation of the gigantic-hall concerts, many of them with high-priced tickets… it turned into the music industry of festivals, 20,000-seat halls, miserable production quality, and second-rate promoters.”
Most of the rock venues of the ‘60s and early ‘70s are now gone; some demolished, others occupied by businesses that could afford New York’s rocketing rents. Rock Cellar Magazine visited 10 of the sites where so much memorable music was performed to see what they’ve become. [...]
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April 16, 2013
By Carrie Battan / Pitchfork
Jack White, the “Record Store Day Ambassador”, has a treat for anyone who visits his Third Man Records store in Nashville this Saturday, April 20 for the holiday: You’ll be able to record your own record at a special booth in the shop. He says in a statement: “I encourage everyone who comes to the Third Man Record Store in Nashville to be able to hear themselves on a vinyl record, and maybe even mail it to someone they love.”
The booth includes a Voice-o-Graph machine from 1947 that records up to two minutes of audio and dispenses a 6″ phonograph disc afterwords, kind of like a Polaroid. Afterward, fans are given the option to submit digital versions of the songs to the Third Man Records website. If you want to go really crazy with it, you can even buy custom-printed envelopes and stamps in the Third Man store and mail it away. [...]
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March 5, 2013
By Bram Teitelman / Metal Insider
It’s been a tough month for the coworkers, friends and especially family of Relapse Director of Sales Pat Egan, who passed away a few weeks ago due to complications from pneumonia. However, all of those people can take solace in knowing that they’re doing the best they can to cope and banding together to help the family. Relapse released a compilation, Patlapse, which had raised $5,000 towards his teenage daughter Katie’s college fund as of last Friday. Then yesterday, Pig Destroyer, one of the many bands he helped break through in his time at the label, released the Mass & Volume EP, also to go towards Egans’ daughter’s education. And today, more friends of his in the music industry have launched a fundraiser and online auction to further help the family. [...]
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February 18, 2013
From Millennium Hollywood
Designed and painted by artist Richard Wyatt, the Capitol Records Building’s Jazz Mural has been an aesthetic icon in Hollywood since 1990. Recently Capitol Records and Wyatt joined forces to remake the aging mural, located on the south wall of the building, in mosaic form.
The project was originally funded by the Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Jazz Society hired Wyatt to design it, based on their idea for a mural depicting jazz greats and the Hollywood venues they called home. [...]
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January 18, 2013
By Dave Bry / The Awl
“Our apartment was a railroad flat—a long room running from the windows in the front to a small bedroom and a bathroom in the back. I slept on a mattress, under the windowsill in the front overlooking Ludlow. We burned crates and furniture in the fireplace to keep warm. There was no heat in the winter other than the gas stove. Tony and I lived on what we could afford—mostly canned stew and milkshakes. Across the street in the morning, you could hear kids from the nearby high school singing doo-wop in the doorway there. Other kids threw rocks at us because they thought we looked like the Beatles. A lot of guys around here didn’t like them early on.” – John Cale [...]
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January 3, 2013
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By Bram Teitelman/Metal Insider
Last year, we’d read that Motörhead was launching their own line of headphones. We assumed that, much like their wine, it would only be available in Europe, and a look at the brand’s website confirmed that, as the prices were only in British pounds. But while we were on vacation, word came that they would launching the headphones in America next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [...]
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