Monthly Archives October 2016

David Fricke on Steely Dan, the Damned, Dweezil Zappa’s Living History

October 31, 2016 Music

"Is there anybody here who was at CBGB?" Guitarist Captain Sensible of the Damned asked that question early in the first set of the band's marathon show at the Gramercy Theatre on October 29th. He was referring to the British punk institution's New York debut on April 7th, 1977, the first official landing of London's new mayhem on the Bowery. About a dozen hands went in the air – not a bad count of living testimony after 39 years. The rest of us were content to be jealous, and up to our eyeballs in retrospective delirium as the group's current lineup, headed by co-founders Sensible and singer Dave Vanian, ripped through 35 songs from across the band's 40-year history – entirely in reverse, from 2008's So, Who's Paranoid?

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Stranger Things Have Happened: Inside Austin’s Synth Explosion

October 31, 2016 Music

Four-man analog synth goosebumpers Survive have been playing fog-soaked, menacingly throbbing shows around Austin for nearly a decade. Their music was released on limited-edition cassettes and, for a while, their audience seemed limited too – since their esoteric sound was a balmy midnight cruise somewhere between John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream and an Italian giallo bloodfeast.

That all changed on July 15th, with the release of nostalgia-seeped Netflix smash Stranger Things, with its neon, laser-etched synth score penned by the band's Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.

"The day the show went out, I went camping outside of Portland. I didn't have cell service for the weekend," says Dixon, packed alongside his bandmates in the corner patio

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Lady Gaga Nabs Fourth Straight Number One LP With ‘Joanne’

October 31, 2016 Music

Lady Gaga staked her fourth consecutive Number One album as Joanne debuted atop the Billboard 200, pulling in 201,000 copies in its first week.

That number – a combination of traditional album sales and streaming equivalent albums – gave Gaga the fourth best-selling debut week of 2016, following Drake's Views, Beyoncé's Lemonade and Frank Ocean's Blonde, Billboard reports.

With Joanne's Number One finish, Gaga also became the first female artist to net four Number One albums in the 2010s, following Born This Way, Artpop and her Tony Bennett duets LP Cheek to Cheek. Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have thus far lodged three chart-toppers apiece this

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The Weeknd Sets ‘Phase One’ of Massive Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour

October 31, 2016 Music

The Weeknd has mapped out "Phase One" of what promises to be a massive world tour in support of his upcoming LP Starboy.

After spending a month touring Europe, the North American leg of the Starboy: Legend of the Fall trek kicks off April 25th in Vancouver, British Columbia and concludes six weeks later in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 9th, hitting nearly every major market along the way.

The tour's flyer also states that "surprise special guests" for the Starboy: Legend of the Fall trek will be announced. Check out the Weeknd's site for early access and on-sale information.

Five months (and one canceled festival appearance) after the Weeknd's last concert, Abel Tesfaye returned to the stage this weekend to

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Joey Kramer: Obama Photo ‘Not Representative of Aerosmith’

October 30, 2016 Music

Aerosmith's Twitter deleted a photo of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's chance encounter with President Barack Obama after drummer Joey Kramer tweeted that the Air Force One meet-and-greet "is not representative of Aerosmith."

Tyler and Perry briefly talked with Obama when the band, returning home from a South American tour, and the president, in the Sunshine State to campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton, were at an Orlando-area airport of the same time.

The Obama meeting was posted on Aerosmith's Twitter account Friday, but on Saturday night, Kramer retweeted the photo with the message, "This is not representative of Aerosmith." The photo was deleted soon after; evidence of the presidential meeting remains on both Tyler and

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Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson Face Lawsuit Over ‘Uptown Funk’

October 30, 2016 Music

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit that claims their hit "Uptown Funk" borrows heavily from funk group Collage's 1983 single "Young Girls."

In their lawsuit, obtained by Pitchfork, Collage state that "many of the main instrumental attributes and themes of 'Uptown Funk' are deliberately and clearly copied from 'Young Girls.'"

This includes "the distinct funky specifically noted and timed consistent guitar riffs present throughout the compositions, virtually if not identical bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers rendering the compositions almost indistinguishable if played over each other and strikingly similar if played in

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Aerosmith Meet Barack Obama By Chance at Florida Airport

October 29, 2016 Music

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry had a surprise encounter with President Barack Obama Friday after the band's jet landed at the same Florida airport as Air Force One.

Aerosmith was returning from their South American tour when their plane landed outside Orlando, Florida. The band's plane first planned on leaving the airport before Air Force One shut down air traffic, but they ended up getting stuck on the runway, Vanyaland reports. Obama was visiting Florida to campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

"No better way to finish a beautiful South American tour," Tyler tweeted along with a photo of him and Perry sitting on Air Force One's stairs. "From Aero Force One to Air Force One... the best Welcome Home

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Johnny Marr Reveals Morrissey Talked Smiths Reunion in 2008

October 29, 2016 Music

Johnny Marr revealed that he and Morrissey discussed the "very real prospect" of a Smiths reunion in 2008. In his upcoming memoir Set the Boy Free, the guitarist says he and the singer broached "that subject" – reunion talk – during a rare face-to-face to talk about the Smiths' reissues. However, those conversations dissipated without a reunion.

In an excerpt from Set the Boy Free, published Saturday in The Guardian, Marr said that his desire to properly remaster the Smiths' albums opened up a channel of communication between him and Morrissey. At the time, Marr was also working with the British rock group the Cribs.

In September 2008, the former band mates happened to be in Manchester and

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John Lennon’s Letter to Queen Elizabeth Unearthed in Used Record Sleeve

October 28, 2016 Music

The draft of a letter John Lennon sent to Queen Elizabeth to return the award he received as a member of the Beatles was unearthed Wednesday at a Fab Four exhibition in Liverpool, CNN reports.

In the letter, Lennon seriously and playfully mapped out why he was sending back his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal. "I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts," referring to the singer's 1969 single.

Lennon added his signature and credited the letter to "John Lennon of Bag," referring to his and wife Yoko Ono's "bagism" campaign.

The anonymous owner of the letter discovered it

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Bob Dylan: ‘The Nobel Prize Left Me Speechless’

October 28, 2016 Music

Bob Dylan acknowledged his Nobel Prize for Literature win in a new interview published Friday where he said of the prestigious honor, "Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?"

Speaking to The Telegraph in his first interview since the Swedish Academy announced Dylan would be the recipient of their literature prize, the singer-songwriter added that he "absolutely" plans on attending the December 10th Nobel gala in Stockholm "if it's at all possible."

As for Dylan's "impolite and arrogant" lack of response about the prize and the Swedish Academy's fruitless efforts to get in touch with the singer since the award was announced, Dylan quipped simply, "Well, I'm right

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