Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

OTEP Releases Video for "Equal Rights Equal Lefts"

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Hear Blondie's Intense New Song With Dev Hynes, 'Long Time'

Blondie‘s Debbie Harry and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes co-wrote “Long Time,” a joyous, upbeat new track that will appear on Blondie’s upcoming LP, Pollinator, out May 5th via BMG.

“Long Time” captures Blondie’s signature disco-tinged punk sound with a big mix of synths and guitars that pulse beneath a rush of cymbals. “I’ve been running circles round a night that never ends,” sings Harry, “I’ve been chasing heartache in a city and a friend/ I’ve been with you so long, even seen you lose/ But who cares?”

Along with Hynes, Blondie’s Pollinator will feature contributions from Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Joan Jett, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi. Indie rock veteran John Congleton produced the record. Blondie previously shared album track, “No Fun,” which they co-wrote with Sitek.

Pollinator marks Blondie’s 11th record and follows their 2014 album, Ghosts of Download. The group will team with Garbage for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off July 5th at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X will open the first half of the tour, while Deap Vally will serve as support during the second leg. 

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Inside Chuck Berry's First New Album in 38 Years

Chuck Berry played his final concert on October 15th, 2014, three days shy of his 88th birthday, at St. Louis’ Blueberry Hill. But like many of his recent performances, it was rough. Berry had trouble hearing, causing him to play off-key, and he forgot lyrics. “The audience was with him the whole way,” says Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, where Berry appeared once a month for 21 years. “But sometimes he’d come off and say, ‘Oh, man. I could’ve done a little better.'” Berry, who always drove himself to shows, told Edwards he wanted to take the winter off, so he wouldn’t have to drive in the snow.

It was Berry’s last public appearance, but he was still making musical plans. With the help of his family, he finished Chuck, his first new album since 1979’s Rock It. (The album is set for release on June 16th, though the estate released first single “Big Boys,” featuring Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff, on Wednesday.) Made up of material recorded between 1991 and 2014, the set is full of the music he invented in the Fifties: sped-up blues, double-stringed-guitar breaks and heavy wordplay. “Lady B. Goode” is a sequel to “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Jamaica Moon” is a rewrite of “Havana Moon.” (In 2001, Berry said he was re-releasing the song because he felt “Havana Moon” wasn’t a hit due to “Fidel Castro, the whole communist-Cuba thing.”)

But the album is also uncharacteristically reflective for Berry. In a statement last year, he dedicated Chuck to Themetta “Toddy” Berry, his wife of 68 years: “My darlin’, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” He sings about her on the rollicking “Wonderful Woman.” The gospel-steeped “Darlin’,” meanwhile, is a love letter to his daughter Ingrid about what to expect from old age. (“That song brought my mom close to tears,” says his son, Charles Berry Jr., who plays guitar on several songs) In “Dutchman,” Berry wanders into a bar and tells the patrons his story: “I used to be an artist/Not one who sits and fiddles out on the curb/In my day and time, my music was considered superb.”

Some of these songs date back to the Eighties. After releasing Rock It, Berry turned his attention to touring the oldies circuit. “He always had a pad and a pencil with him,” says Jimmy Marsala, his frequent bass player since the early Seventies. “On the airplanes, when we’d be flying somewhere, he’d be writing. And he was changing the words constantly.” Berry recorded at his Berry Park compound outside St. Louis, but a fire in 1989 destroyed the tapes. “The studio burned to the ground – he lost 20 years worth of music,” says Charles Jr. “My dad was determined to re-create as much of it as he could.” 

Chuck later learned to use Pro Tools, and often invited his band over to play the parts he’d written on piano. “He’d be waving his long fingers, encouraging the guys to try things,” says Edwards. Adds Marsala, “He’d say ‘This is it’ and we’d just play alongwith him live. Sometimes he’d show us the bass line or the piano line that he wanted. He heardthings differently than most people do, let’s put it that way.” At the end of the day, Chuck would play the recordings for Themetta: “My mom would give a thumbs up or a thumbs down,” says Charles Jr. “Thumbs up, he was done. Thumbs down, ‘I’ve got more work to do.'”

Berry discussed the material in 2012: “I have six songs that have been ready for 16 years now,” he told journalists. “It’s the same type of music I’ve been playing. As soon as I can get someone to guide me in that, I’m gonna come back and push ’em out, if you know what I mean.”

But touring always came first. Charles Jr. tells a story about a 2007 European tour when they played 17 shows in 18 days, with the 82-year-old Berry driving himself to gigs. “It would wear on him,” he says. “But when it was time to do that show, he was rolling. At that point he was eightysomething years old, and he had the energy of a 10-year-old. It was inspirational.”

After retiring from performing, Berry turned over most business decisions to his family, who in 2015 hired lawyer Gary Pierson to sort through label offers to release the music, eventually settling on Nashville’s Dualtone. “We had a little bit of history of working with older artists near the twilight of their recordings, like June Carter Cash and Guy Clark,” says Dualtone President Paul Roper. “Even before we heard it we were talking about a deal. We didn’t have to evaluate the music to know we wanted to do it. It’s icing on the cake the record turned out as strong as it did.” Though his family won’t go into detail about how much Berry was involved, Pierson insists he authorized the project. “Everybody wanted to do what Chuck wanted,” Pierson said last week, before Berry’s death. “He’s 90, so he did need some help with the final steps, with making it all happen.”

After retiring, Berry spent his days at his Berry Park compound watching TV on two giant side-by-side screens: news on one, baseball on the other. Before his death, he was fighting pneumonia that was difficult to bounce back from. Edwards described a conversation with Berry a year and a half ago, when Edwards brought up the album: “You could tell he was really happy it was finally done. He said, ‘Joe, this might be my last album.’ And he got a look on his face. Not the whimsical, joking Chuck Berry – real serious.”

CHUCK Track List

1. “Wonderful Woman”
2. “Big Boys”
3. “You Go To My Head”
4. “3/4 Time (Enchiladas)”
5. “Darlin'”
6. “Lady B. Goode”
7. “She Still Loves You”
8. “Jamaica Moon”
9. “Dutchman”
10. “Eyes Of Man”

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Prince, David Bowie, Andre 3000 Prep Record Store Day Exclusives

David Bowie, Prince, André 3000 and the Smiths are among the numerous artists prepping special releases for Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary. The annual event will take place April 22nd at participating independent retailers. 

Both Bowie and Prince have several posthumous releases lined up. Prince’s include a handful of 12-inch singles (including “Sign O’ the Times,” “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” and “Batdance”) and a seven-inch picture disc featuring “Little Red Corvette” and “1999.” And Bowie will share his previously unreleased 1974 live album, Cracked Actor, as well as BOWPROMO, a reproduction of some of his earliest demo promos.

The Smiths will share two previously unreleased recordings on a seven-inch that boasts a demo mix of The Queen is Dead‘s “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” and an early version of “Rubber Ring” recorded at Drone Studios. André 3000 will also finally release his cover of the Beatles’ “All Together Now,” which first aired in a Nike commercial in 2010. The seven-inch disc comes with a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track.

Several artists are prepping new music for RSD 2017. Spoon will issue a 12-inch single featuring Davie Sitek’s remix of “Hot Thoughts” and their cover of Elvis Presley’s “Love Letters,” while the War On Drugs will release “Thinking of a Place,” their first new song since their 2014 LP, Lost In the Dream.

Patti Smith and Madonna, meanwhile, uncovered some rarities for the event. The former is prepping a reissue of her first single, “Hey Joe” b/w “Piss Factory,” while Madonna will re-release her rare 1985 four track EP, Dance Mix. Late soul and R&B star Sharon Jones will also release a seven-inch featuring two Seventies-era recordings with the E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders, “Heaven Bound” b/w “Key to the Kingdom.”

The Record Store Day lineup features an array of live albums as well, including a vinyl version of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s legendary 1975 show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Lou Reed’s acoustic concert at the 1997 Meltdown Festival in London will arrive as a double album and Iggy Pop’s recent Royal Albert Hall performance in support of his LP Post Pop Depression will be released as a three-LP set with a 16-page book.

Amidst all the musical offerings, Record Store Day will also feature a few literary treats. Stories for Ways and Means – a collection of kids tales by Nick Cave, Jim James, Alison Mosshart and more – will get a vinyl release with narration from Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, D.R.A.M., Danny DeVito and others. And Slick Rick will provide the year’s most unique release, turning his 1988 classic “Children’s Story” into an actual children’s book complete with illustrations and a puffy cover. The package also includes a “Children’s Story” b/w “The Moment I Feared” 45 and a CD copy of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.

A full list of Record Store Day’s 2017 offerings and participating stores is available on the event’s website. 

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Kesha's Latest Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke Rejected

A New York judge rejected Kesha’s attempt to amend her lawsuit against Dr. Luke, Billboard reports. The ruling is another blow to the embattled pop star, who has been trying to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) and Sony after claiming the producer sexually assaulted and abused her. The singer leveled these accusations against Dr. Luke in October 2014 after the producer sued her that same month for defamation and breach of contract.

In January, Kesha’s legal team attempted to amend their lawsuit against Dr. Luke after New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected two previous suits. Most notably, Kornreich denied Kesha’s request for an injunction in February 2016 that would have allowed her to sign with a new record label. And in April 2016, Kornreich dismissed another set of claims and ruled that Kesha could not allege that Dr. Luke carried out a hate crime against her. At the time, Judge Kornreich did not not dismiss the claims pertaining to whether Kesha’s contracts with Dr. Luke were null.

In their most recent amended lawsuit, Kesha’s team attempted to prove breach of contract in several ways. First, they claimed Dr. Luke’s companies, Prescription and KMI, broke their contracts with the singer when they failed to report and pay royalties. The amended suit also argued that Dr. Luke broke the “good faith” assumption in all contracts through his years of alleged abuse and his alleged failure to help Kesha release her third album.

Judge Kornreich shut down the unpaid royalties argument, however, noting that a witness for Dr. Luke had provided an accounting statement that showed Kesha actually owed the producer $1.3 million in royalties. Furthermore, Kesha did not provide any evidence to counter that accounting statement. Kornreich also found that Kesha failed to give notice of the allegedly unsent accounting statements and royalty payments within the proper time frame. She also ruled that Kesha was not, as she claimed, performing under her current contract with Dr. Luke and therefore “cannot maintain a breach of contract claim based on the implied covenant [of good faith].”

Judge Kornreich also denied Kesha’s request that the court terminate her contracts with Dr. Luke after the release of her third album. The amended suit argued it would be impractical or impossible for the singer to keep working with the producer due to his alleged abuse and good faith violations. But Judge Kornreich ruled that Kesha could not claim his allegedly abusive behavior was unforeseeable because “Kesha has admitted that Gottwald’s alleged abuse began at the outset of their relationship in 2005.”

Kesha’s team also tried to argue that because Dr. Luke’s contract with Sony “purportedly ends in March 2017,” Kesha would need court supervision or Sony’s assistance to keep fulfilling her current contract. Judge Kornreich disagreed, ruling this claim about Dr. Luke’s agreement with Sony was “speculative.” She also struck down Kesha’s attempt to invoke California’s “seven-year” rule – which states that a court can’t enforce a personal service contract after seven calendar years from when the deal began – because her contracts were subject to New York law. 

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Thirty-Five National Music Artists Perform In Dallas first annual Riverfront Jazz Festival

DALLAS, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Dallas’ first annual Riverfront Jazz Festival, presented and produced by The Black  Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), will host  national music artists and highlight the  city’s charm and unique, diverse culture on Labor Day Wee…

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RuPaul, J.J. Abrams Developing Series About Drag Icon's Life

RuPaul‘s rise in the Eighties from club kid to drag superstar will serve as inspiration for a new, as-yet-untitled half-hour dramedy series. The Drag Race creator and host will executive produce alongside J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot partner Ben Stephenson.

The fictionalized take on RuPaul’s youth and career will take place in New York City during the Eighties. Power executive producer Gary Lennon will write the series. According to Deadline, the series will soon be taken to the marketplace to be bought by a network.

RuPaul, a San Diego native, moved to NYC after attending school in Atlanta. While a fixture in both Atlanta and New York’s nightclub and queer scenes, he became a more widespread success in 1993 with the release of his single “Supermodel (You Better Work).” His star spread to the UK when he began appearing on the series Manhattan Cable, produced by World of Wonder, a company that also produces Drag Race.

RuPaul launched a successful television career through various TV appearances. He also hosted a VH1 talk show — The RuPaul Show — with Michelle Visage in 1996 where he interviewed everyone from Diana Ross to Nirvana. His greatest venture has been the Logo reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is moving to VH1 for its ninth season. Last year, he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. The new season premieres on Friday. 

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John Trudell Archives Re-Releases The Critically Acclaimed 'AKA Grafitti Man' In A Limited Edition Vinyl For Record Store Day In Partnership With Record Store Day And Inside Recordings

John Trudell Archives announces a re-issue of the critically acclaimed John Trudell release AKA Grafitti Man in a limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day, worldwide on April 22, 2017, in a partnership with Record Store Day and Inside Recordings.LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — John Trudell Archives announces a re-issue of the critically acclaimed John Trudell release AKA Grafitti Man in a limited edition vinyl on Record Store Day, worldwide on April 22, 2017, in a partnership with Record Store Day and Inside…

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Pick Your Stage: Coachella 2017

Another year, another desert getaway for festival-faring music fans. We hope you got your passes early – this year’s Coachella sold out in no more than three hours. In case the fest’s generously stacked lineup announcement overwhelmed you, take a look at our top picks for Coachella: no squinting required.

Friday, April 14 and 21

Radiohead: The alt-rock legends are touring the U.S. in support of their 2016 album, A Moon Shaped Pool. We called it “Radiohead’s most ravishingly beautiful album.”

The xx: The London trio boasts a highly danceable live set; their new album, I See You debuted at Number One on Billboard’s rock charts. Read our latest interview.

Father John Misty: Having previously collaborated with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, this unpredictable indie folk oddball makes for wild performances and wilder headlines. His third album Pure Comedy is out April 7th.

Saturday, April 15 and 22

Lady Gaga: This is her comeback year. She wowed at the Super Bowl LI, rocked the Grammys with Metallica and now she’s taking Beyoncé’s coveted Coachella slot.

Thundercat: The bass virtuoso behind Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, his new album Drunk is an absurdist funk masterpiece, featuring Flying Lotus, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Keep your eyes peeled this Saturday for surprise musical guests.

Mitski: A striking live performer with a Nineties college rock grit; she’s touring in support of her critically acclaimed 2016 album Puberty 2, which ranked Number 23 on our 50 Best Albums of 2016 list.

Sunday, April 16 and 23

Lorde: A mesmerizing live act, the New Zealander teased her long-awaited sophomore album this month with liberating new singles “Green Light” and “Liability.” Look out for more unreleased material this Sunday.

Future Islands: Following their 2014 breakthrough Singles, Baltimore’s New Romantics are heading out west to preview material from upcoming LP The Far Field.

Kendrick Lamar: Declared “the most talented rapper of his generation,” Lamar’s performances are stunning, jazz-laden works of drama. The Grammy-winning MC has hinted at a “spiritual, urgent” new album this year – get the first taste at this year’s fest.

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2nd Annual Thin Air Innovation Festival Schedule Set For Park City

PARK CITY, Utah, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Thin Air Innovation Festival, a think-tank conference which launched April, 2016, attracting business leaders from around the Western U.S., returns for a second season April 5, 6 and 7. “We were thrilled at the response generated by last…

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