Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights
For those of you who are wondering whether ‘N SYNC will reunite at the VMAs this weekend ... here’s what Joey Fatone has to say about it.
In case you're still keeping tabs on Nine Inch Nails (I stopped around The Downward Spiral), Trent Reznor shared a couple new songs from Hesitation Marks (out Sept. 3). One song is titled “Everything,” which is streaming at NPR. Newer track, “Find My Way,” you can hear below via Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show:
Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez and The Avett Brothers are just some of the acts scheduled to perform at the benefit show on Sept. 29 for the Coen brothers' upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Remember John Frusciante? The guitarist who left Red Hot Chili Peppers and disappeared to the nether-sphere? Well, he's back. And instead of returning to rock n' roll, he's back with some “Progressive Synth Pop.”
Lady Gaga shared the music video for the track, “Applause,” the first single from her upcoming album, ARTPOP, thus confirming that if you put a woman in skimpy outfits with dramatic lighting, she'll believe she's an artist. Where's the challenge? Oh, and the album hits stores on Nov. 11.
Let me just say that I never really got Grimes. I guess her brand of electro-pop just went over my head. But people seem to like her. So much so that it's been confirmed she'll be cohost MTV Style's Red Carpet Report, along with designer Rachel Antonoff.
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. is coming out with a solo EP, titled AHJ, via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. The EP is set to hit stores on Oct. 8.
Former Burqueño Willis Earl Beal, whose new record, Nobody knows., comes out on Sept. 10, can also add actor to his résumé. Beal is set to star in a film titled Memphis, which was written and directed by Tim Sutton.
So Dan, was it really hard to give up Bob Dylan's hair?
I came across this nice little write-up by Sam Hockley-Smith for Stereogum, wherein he sentimentalizes Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West. It's an oldie but goodie.
Just in case you wanted to see Nirvana's original record contract with Sub-Pop.
M.I.A. released a new track, titled “Unbreak My Mixtape.” Not quite sure if this song is from her upcoming album, Matangi, which her label states is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release. The song samples Blur's “Tender” and Karen Dalton's “I Love You More Than Words Can Say.”
R.I.P. Alex Chilton
This week my friends in New Orleans and friends of rock and roll around the world are mourning for Alex Chilton. The musician, who had lived in New Orleans since the early '80s, died there on Wednesday of what was likely a heart attack. He was 59. Chilton first caught fame at 16 when his Memphis band The Box Tops had a hit with "The Letter." In the '70s he fronted Big Star, an endearing power-pop band that never achieved commercial success, but gained a cult following that grew exponentially over the years due in part to songs like "September Gurls," "Thirteen" and "The Ballad of El Goodo." In the '80s, he was immortalized in The Replacements' tribute track "Alex Chilton" on which Paul Westerberg sings "Children by the millions/sing for Alex Chilton/when he comes ’round/They sing, ‘I’m in love/What’s that song?/I’m in love with that song. In addition to a solo career and ongoing work with Big Star, Chilton was a producer who worked with bands like The Cramps and The Gories.
Goodbye Alex Chilton, and thank you for all of your beautiful songs.