Monthly Archives: May 2017

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 1: Sgt. Pepper

U.S. Census Bureau Logo. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. Census Bureau)WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, June 1st. Fifty years ago today, one of popular music’s most celebrated record albums was released in Great…


Napster and Rakuten Partner to Grow Music Streaming in Japan

SEATTLE, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Napster today announced a new partnership with Japanese internet services company Rakuten, Inc. to enhance Rakuten’s on-demand music streaming service, Rakuten Music. Starting today, Napster will deliver song playback and curated playlists from its…


See Travis Scott's 'Way Back' Video With Houston Rockets' James Harden

Travis Scott has unveiled a new video for “Way Back,” a song from 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.

The clip stars Houston Rockets guard James Harden, which is fitting as the Houston MC name-checks Harden in the song. The video opens on Harden observing multiple TV screens featuring pundits criticizing his game and discussing his personal life. But it turns out there’s only one person he has to answer to that matters as he later heads to the basketball court for a one-on-one game with himself.

To go along with the auto-tune-tipped, trippy musical vibe, Harden at one point hangs upside down while lip-synching Scott’s lyrics. Meanwhile, Scott shows up for a bit beside Harden. The rapper appears again towards the end of the clip, where he’s dropping his bars in the back seat of a convertible driven by a little kid.

Though the self-directed visuals were filmed at an earlier time, Scott unveiled the video on Wednesday. “I did this for a project I did in Houston a while ago,” he tweeted.

Scott is currently on tour for Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which debuted at Number One when it was released in September. He then joins Kendrick Lamar on his Damn. tour beginning in July.

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Jonathan and Susan Lipp of Full Compass Systems Present the Best Communities for Music Education Award to Senator Tammy Baldwin in Washington, D.C.

MADISON, Wis., May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Last week, Jonathan and Susan Lipp of Full Compass Systems presented Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) with a flag representing the 25 districts in Wisconsin that were recognized as a Best Community for Music Education by The NAMM…


Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: Steve Van Zandt Tells All

The latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

From his LSD experiments to his days as Bruce Springsteen’s roommate to the origins of his Sopranos career and his great new solo album, Soulfire, Little Steven gets real in a live-in-the-studio chat with Andy Greene and host Brian Hiatt.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and tune in next week for another episode.

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Mexico's Hotel California Responds to Eagles' Copyright Lawsuit

The owners of Hotel California, a hotel located in Todos Santos, Mexico, have responded to the Eagles‘ “meritless” trademark infringement lawsuit with an answer to the band’s complaint.

In Hotel California Baja LLC’s counterclaim, where they “vigorously” deny any wrongdoing, the owners of the hotel point out that the Hotel California has operated under that name since 1950, or 26 years before the Eagles’ classic 1976 single.

“The Hotel California and its affiliates have for many years owned Mexican and U.S. trademark applications and registrations for the trademark Hotel California for its goods and services, and claim no association with the Eagles, with their song ‘Hotel California’ or with their record album of the same name released in 1976,” the owners noted.

“Although for the past four decades Eagles, Ltd. appears to have taken no action whatsoever to protect Hotel California as a trademark, Eagles suddenly contended for the first time in 2017 that Hotel California Baja has been infringing Eagles’ purported ‘common law’ trademark rights. “

“The Eagles’ legal complaint spells out how the defendants have been shamelessly exploiting their supposed connection with the Eagles to sell unlicensed ‘Hotel California’ merchandise to unwitting tourists,” a spokesperson for the band tells Rolling Stone. “Confronted with their wrongdoing, defendants now say they ‘claim no association with the Eagles’ whatsoever. The facts demonstrate otherwise, and the Eagles look forward to putting an end to defendants’ deceptive and unlawful conduct.”

An attorney for Hotel California did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

In the Eagles’ lawsuit filed in early May, the band claimed that the owners of the Hotel California – which has experienced ownership and name changes over the past decades – purposefully play the Eagles’ music to create a false connection between the site and the group. The Eagles also argued that the hotel sells merchandise proclaiming itself as the “Legendary Hotel California,” yet the only reason the term “Hotel California” is “legendary” is because of their song.

As for the Eagles’ allegations that this Hotel California tries to capitalize off the band’s single, the hotel’s owners point out that their Hotel California is located roughly 1,000 miles south of the U.S. border, which “flatly denies Eagles’ baseless contention that the Hotel seeks to create a false connection encouraging consumers to believe the Hotel is associated with the Eagles.”

The Eagles are seeking an injunction to prevent the Hotel California from using that name, as well as all related profits, plus damages and relief.

Incidentally, the title track of the Eagles’ Hotel California is named after a fictional place, and the hotel featured on the album’s cover is the Beverly Hills Hotel, which nearly resulted in a cease-and-desist against the 1976 LP.

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Beck Plots North American Summer Tour

Beck has announced a brief summer tour. The 11-date trek launches July 9th at the Ride Festival in Telluride, Colorado and concludes August 27th at Portland’s Musicfest NW.

Since the release of his Grammy-winning ninth LP, 2014’s folky and somber Morning Phase, the singer-songwriter has issued three upbeat singles – “Wow,” “Dreams” and “Up All Night” – all of which are slated to appear on his follow-up album, which explores a more “communal, celebratory” vibe inspired by his recent tours. 

Beck has tinkered at length with the as-yet-untitled LP, which he originally planned to release last fall. “After the Grammys, we got rid of half of it and started again,” he told Rolling Stone. “It took a while for it to find an identity.”

In the same interview, the musician discussed his renewed enthusiasm for touring. “I want to have some new things to say,” he said. “I’m still filling out the picture. We do ‘Where It’s At,’ and you’re like, ‘OK, we needed that.’ Then you do another one. It’s all adding up to a picture.”

Beck recently covered Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the Danger Mouse-curated Resistance Radio project, a pseudo-soundtrack to dystopian Amazon series The Man in the High Castle. 

Beck Summer Tour

July 9 – Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
July 11 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 14 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
August 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
August 17 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
August 19 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Intersteller Rodeo
August 20 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ TCU Place
August 22 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Northern Alberta Jubilee
August 24 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Orpheum
August 25 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
August 27 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW

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Chris Cornell's Brother Pens Tribute: 'He Was a Warrior and a Wizard'

Chris Cornell‘s brother, Peter Cornell, issued a poignant statement reflecting on the late Soundgarden frontman. “Chris protected us when we needed him to,” he wrote on Facebook. “His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor.” The note includes two pictures of the brothers – one in childhood, one as adults – which he called “the first time and the last time we were together.”

Peter Cornell opened by expressing that his “heart is broken,” reflecting on the deep bond and friendship he shared with the singer, who died by suicide earlier this month at age 52. “Chris was always just my brother,” he wrote. “We just ‘were.’ No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn’t have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.”

Peter added that this past week, he began to understand “how [Chris] belonged to the world” – and how much his loss has radiated throughout pop culture. “He is an icon and a legend,” he wrote. “That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble.”

The surviving Cornell praised Chris’ general authenticity and the underlying “power and anger and passion” of his music. “He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work,” he wrote. “And he did it for ALL of us. Giving it away. Leaving all on the stage or in the recordings that will keep him immortal. … I will never wrap my head around his passing. I’ve been in shock since I heard the news. I can’t and won’t let him go.”

Since Cornell’s death, written and musical tributes have flooded in from the musician’s friends and admirers. On Saturday, Seattle grunge peer/Temple of the Dog collaborator Eddie Vedder seemingly alluded to the Soundgarden singer during a cathartic solo concert in Amsterdam. “I’m thinking of a lot of people tonight,” he told the crowd. “And some in particular and their families. And I just know that healing takes time.” 

On Tuesday, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, Cornell’s one-time bandmate in Temple of the Dog, called Cornell the “greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle.”

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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament on Chris Cornell: Seattle's 'Greatest Songwriter'

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament opened up for the first time about the death of his friend and one-time bandmate Chris Cornell in a new interview.

“Jimi Hendrix included, Chris was the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle,” Ament told the podcast NBA Soundsystem

“Hendrix could play the guitar like crazy, but Chris had the songwriting chops that we all sort of hope to get to… He had a way that he could wrap a melody around odd time signatures and weird parts and make them catchy. And he was a beautiful wordsmith.”

The bassist, Cornell’s Temple of the Dog bandmate, also spoke about the Soundgarden singer’s talent and legacy. “If you look at his lyrics, he was obviously processing his pain and his depression and all those things. I think that’s part of what people, myself included, responded to when he was singing.”

Ament added, “And then with the songwriting, he had that voice. There’s not too many people who had that many options with their voice. He could inhabit a lot of different characters with that voice.”

Ament was among Cornell’s grunge peers to provide a eulogy at the singer’s private memorial service in Los Angeles.

“I feel so lucky I got to be in a project with him and got to hang out with him and just witness his greatness,” Ament told the podcast.

While Pearl Jam haven’t released an official statement regarding Cornell’s death, the individual members have paid tribute to the singer in their own ways: Eddie Vedder’s recent solo concerts illuminated the grief his friends are feeling following Cornell’s death, while Mike McCready told the Seattle Times, “Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle. Chris means a lot to me today, as he trusted me to play on Temple [of the Dog]. He handed me a dream in getting to actually play on beautiful songs.”

Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron also said in a Facebook post, “My dark knight is gone.”

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