Daily Archives: September 1, 2017

Watch Neil Young Tell Story of Lost Album 'Hitchhiker' on Facebook Live

Neil Young shared the story behind his long-lost acoustic LP Hitchhiker during a Colorado public radio appearance that simultaneously streamed via Facebook Live.

With Hitchhiker finally due out September 8th – exactly 41 years and one month after Young recorded the album in one night in Malibu, California’s Indigo Studios – “Uncle Neil” detailed the LP’s hurried recording session and why it was never released.

“No one had ever heard [these songs] before. The album was called Hitchhiker,” Young says. “I had no accompaniment but my guitar, harmonica and the studio piano as I sang the songs in the order you still hear them today. “

Young said that producer David Briggs and Young’s friend, actor Dean Stockwell, were the only people to witness the session. “The idea I had at the time was to present these new songs in their purest and simplest form, just as they had been written,” Young said, citing the bare bones recordings of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and “1960s folk music.” However, Young’s record label deemed the album as a simple collection of demos and ultimately shelved it.

While eight of Hitchhiker‘s 10 tracks were later revived and reworked by Young for a variety of projects – most recently, the title track popped up on 2010’s Le Noise – the album features a pair of unreleased tracks, “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength,” both of which were inspired by Young’s breakup with actress Carrie Snodgrass, the singer reveals in the video.

Ahead of its September 8th release, Hitchhiker is streaming now on NPR.

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Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme to Read Bedtime Story on Kids Show

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme will appear on an upcoming episode of Bedtime Stories, a program featured on BBC children’s network CBeebies. The singer recorded his installment one day before the band’s recent surprise set at the Reading & Leeds Festival, NME reports.

Bedtime Stories feature celebrities reading different stories each night. Recent hosts include actors Tom Hardy and Chris Evans.

Homme, a father of three, has embraced his literal dad-rock status in recent years. In June, he formed a one-night-only supergroup with his wife, Distillers singer-guitarist Brody Dalle; Garbage’s Butch Vig and Timbuk 3 drummer Wally Ingram to perform Cheap Trick anthem “Surrender” at his daughter’s sixth grade graduation.

The Queens mastermind told NME that if the music game suddenly fizzles out, he would “love to help kids” as a career. But he admitted that was never particularly good with children before he became a parent himself. “In fact, I was sort of like, ‘You should probably keep your kids away from me because I don’t wanna touch them in case they get high or something,'” he said.

Homme also reflected on parenthood in a Rolling Stone profile promoting Queens of the Stone Age’s recently issued seventh LP, Villains. The singer, who wrote new song “Fortress” for his 11-year-old daughter, revealed his parent-to-child life advice in the piece. 

“Find your center of self, and chase it with reckless abandon,” he said. “Essentially, find a life and don’t let anyone take it away. There’s a whole list of ‘don’t’s – they’re still writing them, putting it on top of the old list. Follow those only if someone’s watching. And then get back to living as hard as you can. I don’t think people should tell you what the truth is – ‘My face is making noise, do what I say.’ … I’m gonna give birth to monsters who will terrorize normalcy.”

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Review: LCD Soundsystem Return With Awesome Jams Heavy on Fear and Dread

The time has come, the time has come, the time has come today. LCD Soundsystem have finally returned from a mysterious five-year break-up they never quite explained, despite making a high-profile film documentary ostensibly designed for just that purpose. As rock & roll breakups go, it was about as believable as Cher’s sixth farewell tour. But wherever these guys have been, what matters is that that they’ve returned at top strength. James Murphy and his wrecking crew of New York punk-disco marauders don’t waste a moment on the superb American Dream – it’s a relentless, expansive, maddeningly funny set of songs asking how a lifetime of good intentions and hard work can blow up into such a mess. In the America of 2017, this isn’t just a question for middle-aged rock stars.

LCD Soundsystem are gambling with history by making any new music at all, since they signed off after three of this century’s finest albums: the hits-packed 2005 debut, their grandiose 2007 zenith Sound of Silver, the masterful 2010 farewell This Is Happening. That’s a flawless discography anyone would have been tempted to leave alone. But American Dream is on the same level. James Murphy digs deep into the wreckage he sees all around him, both emotional and political, even if his message to the country is the same as his message to the mirror: “You just suck at self-preservation.”

Murphy doesn’t go for a “Drunk Girls” or “North American Scum” here – no lightweight novelty hit to bait the hook. (Since he’s left those songs off the reunion tour setlists, maybe he’s just burned out on novelties.) Instead, American Dream is 10 complex tracks in an old-school CD-sized seventy-minute electro-funk rush, stubbornly insisting that you put in time to absorb all the twists and turns. It moves from the hushed echo-chamber crooning of “Oh Baby” to the extremely 1985 drum flomps of “I Used To.” “Other Voices” squats in Talking Heads’ loft space, with Adrian Belew-inspired guitar squiggles and a rap from keyboard wizard Nancy Whang, scoffing, “This is what’s happening and it’s freaking you out/I’ve heard it, heard it and it sounds like the Nineties.”

The heart of American Dream is the four-song groove that builds from “How Do You Sleep?” to “Tonite” to the two songs already released as a single (and played on SNL) this spring, “Call the Police” and “American Dream.” These aren’t just the four best tracks on the album – they flow together as a 28-minute suite on the terrors of adulthood in dangerous times. “How Do You Sleep?” is Murphy belting in Bono mode about some kind of personal betrayal (“You warned me about the cocaine/Then dove straight in”). “Tonite” is a deceptively perky disco satire, ripping “these bullying children of the fabulous/Raffling off limited-edition shoes.” But it also faces up to mortality, with Murphy interrupting himself mid-rant to say, “Oh good gracious, I sound like my mom.” “Call the Police” comes on like Eno-era Bowie with motorik beats and guitar clang, as he tries to diagnose the disease he sees all over our culture: “It moves like a virus and enters our skin/The first sign divides us, the second is moving to Berlin.”

“American Dream” sums it up in a comic yet bizarrely poignant doo-wop Kraftwerk ballad, as Murphy testifies about how growing older can feel like a constant drug haze, running away from relationships but running on empty. The album signs off with the 12-minute electro dirge “Black Screen,” a disarmingly vulnerable lament of a middle-aged man reading over his past emails and trying to remember his friends, his career, his whole life, as anything more than blips on a glowing screen. It ends with a quaint old-fashioned piano solo – a humorous touch that also feels strangely poignant.

Unlike some other rockers of a certain age we could mention, Murphy never sounds like a crank hung up on his lost youth – maybe because he was already well into his thirties by the time he got LCD Soundsystem off the ground. Fifteen years ago, in the classic debut 12-inch “Losing My Edge,” Murphy pretty much single-handedly invented the genre of the Gen X rant against the kids who weren’t “millennials” yet, just younger and hotter and smarter and nicer and the hell with those guys. He mocked the art-school Brooklynites full of “borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered Eighties.” (“Losing My Edge” sounds even funnier and weirder now that we’re in the middle of a wave of borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered early 2000s.) All over American Dream, he sounds surprised he has any edge left to lose. At one point in “Tonite,” he asks a polite small-talk question: “And what’s it you do again?” He delivers the reply through a haze of distortion: “Oh, I’m a reminder, a hobbled veteran of the disc shop inquisition …with my own faint air of middle-aged ramblings.”

Buton American Dream, he sees everyone around him – even the youngestand freshest faces in the audience – feeling that same bewildered sense of fearand confusion. Yet there’s an open-hearted compassion in the turmoil of thesetunes, and in the teamwork of a band that hasn’t gotten any less ferociousduring the downtime. On American Dream, even the most exuberantlyupbeat grooves are loaded with dread and confusion. But that’s exactly why theyhit home right now.

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Drivin' N' Cryin's Southern Rock Classic "Mystery Road" To Be Released As Expanded Edition On October 6 Via Island Records/UMe

On October 6, Island Records/UMe will release an expanded edition of Southern rock stalwarts Drivin' N' Cryin's long out-of-print album "Mystery Road" featuring the remastered original record along with nine previously unreleased demos produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M.LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With its hard-charging mix of driving rock, country twang and punk rock sneer, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s third album Mystery Road quickly became one of the band’s most beloved records when released in 1989. Called a “classic of…


Watch 'Game of Thrones' Actors' Charming Tom Waits Cover

Several Game of Thrones cast members cover Tom Waits‘ “I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You” in a charming on-set video, filmed on a trailer doorstep. Kristofer Hivju, who plays wildling Tormund Giantsbane, posted the clip on Instagram.

The brief video features Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) on ukulele, Iain Glen (Ser Jorah) on acoustic guitar and both Hivju and Rory McCann (the Hound) on vocals. The ramshackle quartet sing in gruff unison as the wind blows loudly in the background. “BROTHERS WITHOUT BANJOS,” Hivju wrote in his Instagram post. “Our new album is called: “What will fate bring us???”

“I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love With You” appeared on Waits’ debut LP, 1973’s Closing Time.

Game of Thrones wrapped its seventh season on Sunday with a shocking, twist-filled episode, “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The installment concluded with a pivotal sex scene between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen – along with the reveal that the characters are actually related.

In an HBO cast commentary video about the episode, actress Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) admitted it was “weird” for the actors to play the scene. “The reality of what they are to each other, I don’t know how that’s going to … I think [gags] might be the reaction,” she said.

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Fergie Global Superstar Becomes 1st Artist To Release Visual Album At iPic® Theaters Nationwide

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