Art Garfunkel Lashes Out at Paul Simon in New Interview

May 24, 2015 Music

Art Garfunkel lashed out at his former Simon & Garfunkel partner Paul Simon in a scathing new interview where the singer accuses Simon of suffering from a Napoleonic complex and suppressing Garfunkel's creativity. Speaking to The Telegraph, Garfunkel also cites Simon as the reason why the tour aren't embarking on a reunion tour and even takes a mild jab at Paul McCartney.



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"Will I do another tour with Paul? Well, that's quite doable. As far as this half is concerned, why not? But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971." Garfunkel said before pretending to address Simon. "How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What's going on with you, you idiot?

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Surfer Blood Lose Donations for Ailing Guitarist in Van Theft

May 24, 2015 Music

Surfer Blood hit a setback in their efforts to raise money for guitarist Thomas Fekete after the band's touring van was broken into Saturday on the outskirts of Chicago. Throughout Surfer Blood's tour in support of their new LP 1000 Palms, the band have been collecting donations for Fekete, who left the group after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. 



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Surfer Blood had played Chicago's Lincoln Hall Friday night. "Not only did we lose thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements, but we also lost all cash donations we collected for Thomas over the last 8 shows at our merch table," the band told fans on Facebook (via Stereogum). "This last detail is

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Watch U2 Play Super Rarity ‘In God’s Country’ With Fan On Guitar

May 23, 2015 Music

U2 are just five shows into their Innocence + Experience Tour, and they're already taking fan requests and breaking out super rarities. At Friday night's show in Phoenix, the group was all set to play "The Sweetest Thing" on the B stage until Bono stopped them. "This guy I met earlier asked us to try 'In God's Country,'" Bono said. "Let's try a little of it." As the Edge worked out the chords of a tune he hadn't played in 14 years, Bono looked around the floor for the fan. "Are you the dude?" he said. "Do you know the chords?"



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The fan then came onstage, jumped around manically and gave 3/4th of the band bear hugs. (Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wasn't having any of it, even holding up

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Jack White Pens Poem ‘Music Is Sacred’

May 23, 2015 Music

Just days after Jack White defended the value of music in a Q&A, the rocker has expanded on those thoughts in a new poem titled "Music Is Sacred." In the poem posted to his Third Man Books site, White pleads to "those of you who stand for the sanctity of music / So that its soul can breathe and be heard" and warns of "cowards and those who would intend to rip out your lungs and dampen your desire."



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During White's Q&A with Third Man Records subscribers and Facebook followers, the Lazaretto singer fielded inquiries regarding Tidal, Jay Z's new high quality audio streaming service that White aligned with. When asked why his fans should pay a premium to stream music when they could listen for no

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Neil Young Previews Cheeky ‘Rock Starbucks’ Video

May 22, 2015 Music

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, will release their protest LP The Monsanto Years on June 16th, and today Young premiered a first look and listen for the album's "Rock Starbucks" music video at Democracy Now. Young, once a frequent Starbucks customer, boycotted the coffee company after they aligned with the GMO giant Monsanto in a lawsuit against Vermont.



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"I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO/I love to start my day off without helping Monsanto," Young sings on the rollicking track, with the rocker and Promise of the Real hurling empty coffee cups at the camera. "Monsanto, let our farmers grow what they want to

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Brothers Johnson’s Louis Johnson, Michael Jackson Bassist, Dead at 60

May 22, 2015 Music

Louis Johnson, founding member of funk band the Brothers Johnson and an in-demand bassist who appeared on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," died on Thursday, May 21st. He was 60. His death was confirmed by his nephew Troy on Instagram, though a cause of death has yet to be revealed.


"I've never been given parts to play in my whole life. I'm the most rare bass player in the whole world," Johnson told Rolling Stone contributing writer Steve Knopper in 2013 for the upcoming book MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson. "No one ever gave me music paper to read; no one ever gave me anything to read. They tell me, 'Here's a track, play what you want.'"


The Los Angeles-based Brothers Johnson, a group featuring Louis and his brother

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Hear Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga’s Scrapped ‘Partynauseous’

May 21, 2015 Music

Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar's lost collaboration "Partynauseous," which was reportedly set to be on Lamar's major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, has leaked.



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"Partynauseous" sees more subdued pop fare from Gaga, who sings the hook alongside two new verses from Lamar. The beat and the rapper's flow are reminiscent of Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)." It's unclear whether the leaked version is the scrapped final track or just a demo from their sessions. A representative for Lady Gaga declined to comment on the track.



The singer previewed her studio time with Lamar back in August 2012. "I am so excited to announce that a record I've been working on has now become a

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Leaked Sony-Spotify Contract Reveals Inner Workings of Streaming Music

May 21, 2015 Music

Somehow, Verge managed to get a copy of the top-secret contract between music-streaming service Spotify and Sony, the major record label that owns music by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and One Direction. The terms may have changed since both companies signed this 42-page deal on January 18th, 2011, but the big news is the big money. Here are the top revelations from the leak:



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1. The Money's Really Good...for LabelsSony received $25 million in advance payments in the first two years of its contract, then another $17.5 million from an optional third year. (The payments are recoupable, which means Spotify could have received that money back if it took in more than that in a

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Hear Drake and Beyonce Ask ‘Can I’ on Leaked Song

May 21, 2015 Music

Drake and Beyonce have teamed up once more on the leaked track "Can I." The seductive, sparse song sees Drake taking the lead with Beyonce repeating "Can I?" and "baby" throughout. Listen to the track (via Okayplayer) below.



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OVO artist Sal Houdini handles the hook on the pair's first collaboration since the romantic, introspective "Mine" off Beyonce's self-titled. While "Mine" saw the singer and rapper share vocal responsibilities, Beyonce's contributions here are minimal, functioning more as a sample in the background. Houdini offers a smooth vocal, singing wistful, romantic lyrics like "I've been thinkin' lately what it would be like/Make a fuckin' family, you and I."

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Joy Division Fan to Turn Ian Curtis’ Home Into Museum

May 21, 2015 Music

The Macclesfield, England home where Joy Division's Ian Curtis lived and committed suicide in will be turned into a museum after being bought by a fan, The Guardian reports.



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Hadar Goldman, a musician and entrepreneur, forked over the asking price of £115,000 (approximately $180,200), plus £75,000 ($117,525) to cover the legal fees necessary to reverse the sale to a private buyer that was already in progress.


Before Goldman stepped in, a group of fans had started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money to buy and turn the property into a museum, and hopefully keep it out of the hands of a developer. The campaign, however, only garnered about £2,000,

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