Liner Notes

June 24, 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: First Band Ever To Shoot Music Video Atop Empire State Building

By Katie Hasty / HitFix

Apparently, no music video has ever been shot on the top of the Empire State Building. Until now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the New York band, took to a New York icon for their new clip for “Despair,” the second single from their latest album “Mosquito.”  Patrick Daughters — who’s totally our favorite — shot the clip, which has the band meeting at the peak of the 102-story building in parts, with Karen O’s vocal track starting out a capella. It crescendos to the rising of the sun at the same time as O sings (you guessed it) “my sun is your sun.”

Everybody’s dreamed of having an aerial view of you mugging for the camera from a quarter of a mile in the sky on one of the most famous skyscrapers ever. Getting the filming co-produced by Noisey (who premiered the clip), YYYs had the backers to make that dream happen. You’ll just have to work with Google View and Photoshop for now. I personally have much more in common with the version of O sleeping at the bar at the beginning of the video.

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June 20, 2013

Never Mind Sinatra, Mob Punks Really Dig the Sex Pistols

By Murray Weiss / DFAinfo New York

The Mafia can be vicious — as in Sid Vicious.

Secret mob tapes obtained by “On The Inside” that are part of the case against Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco contain a handful of hoods extolling the virtues of the Sex Pistols, the legendary punk rock band from the 1970s.

“One of the best rock albums ever f—in’ made,” a Genovese Crime Family associate is heard to say about “Never Mind the Bollocks.”

“You got that right, man,” another hood replies in a conversation recorded by a sanitation businessman wearing a wire for the FB I. “You absolutely got that right.” [...]

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June 17, 2013

U2 Takes To The Roof…Again

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 13, 2013

MTV Networks Will Actually Play Music Videos on the Fourth of July

By Priscilla Kim / Digital Music News

It was recently announced that MTV, VH1, and CMT are going back to showing music videos for a “Music Independence Day” special on the Fourth of July.

The first week of July is normally the least-watched TV week every year, so MTV could boost ratings simply by providing a soundtrack for parties and celebrations.  The move is enough to remind old-timers of the days when “music television” actually played music videos, though this time, MTV is aiming to also promote its ‘Artist Platform’ for engaging and discovering artists.  [...]

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Filed under: Industry News, Music News — Vince @ 12:22 pm

June 11, 2013

Vinyl is growing out of its niche

By Allan Kozinin / The New York Times

There were always record collectors who disdained the compact disc, arguing that an LP’s grooves yielded warmth and depth that the CD’s digital code could not match.

But the market largely ignored them. Record labels shuttered their LP pressing plants, except for a few that pressed mostly dance music, since vinyl remained the medium of choice for D. J.s.

As it turned out, that early resistance was not futile, thanks largely to an audience of record collectors, many born after CDs were introduced in the 1980s. [...]

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Filed under: Industry News, Records — Vince @ 12:04 pm

June 10, 2013

Musician Uses Crowdfunding To Buy Back Music From Former Label

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 7, 2013

Vinyl attracts young and old listeners

By Daniel Jones / South Bend Journal

Although Internet radio and MP3 downloads may be the dominant music listening medium, a growing number of music fans are singing a different tune. According to Ken Price, organizer of the South Bend Record and CD Show, the vinyl record is the only physical format that’s increasing in sales. With as many options as music listeners have these days, it may come as a surprise that a format that was replaced more than 30 years ago would gain such traction with a younger market, but Price says that’s precisely what’s happening.

“We have noticed an upswing — a definite upswing — in sales with people in their teens or 20s,” he says. The record and CD show features 56 tables lined wall-to-wall in a room at Comfort Suites Inn in South Bend. Vendors sell new and used records and CDs — everything from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. Sarah Nichols, of Mishawaka, says part of the fun in collecting vinyl is searching for records. She attended the February
record show looking for a Rolling Stones album. [...]

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June 3, 2013

Pearl Jam Sends Mookie Blaylock a Get-Well Wish After a Crash

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

Sly Stone’s Financial Downfall Detailed in Court Ruling

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

Rock Meccas of NYC: What Are They Now?

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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