Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Manic Street Preachers, The Ting Tings, The Specials, and Lily Allen have been added for the T in the Park Festival July 10-12 in Scotland. Here’s the current confirmed lineup below:
Kings Of Leon
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Manic Street Preachers
The Ting Tings
The Mars Volta
Felix Da Housecat
Airborne Toxic Event
The Gaslight Anthem
Simian Mobile Disco
Claude Von Stroke
Tickets go on sale on Friday February 27.
Oasis have been announced as headliners for the Main Stage at the Melt! Festival in Ferropolis, Germany on July 17-19. The rest of the lineup is below:
Aphex Twin + Hecker
A Critical Mass (feat. Henrik Schwarz, Ã‚me, Dixon Live)
The New Wine
Simian Mobile Disco
The Whitest Boy Alive
Use code: “Perfect” for all shows. You can also use “HEKEANE” for the NY show starting at 10AM on February 25th.
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15 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth – BUY TICKETS
16 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom – BUY TICKETS
19 – Washington, DC – Constitution Hall – BUY TICKETS
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater – BUY TICKETS
21 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion – BUY TICKETS
23 – Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy – BUY TICKETS
24 – Cleveland, OH – Tower City Amphitheater – BUY TICKETS
27 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall – BUY TICKETS
Lately, it seems like the best articles about the music biz come from Wired. Anyways, Edgar Bronfman is pissed off.. yet again. Is it because he just became a grandfather? Nope, it’s because all of those music video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band have made over $2.3 billion and he’s gotten very little of that cut. At a time when the music industry’s tanking, Edgar recognizes that something has to be done.
“The amount being paid to the music industry, even though [these] games are entirely dependent on the content we own and control, is far too small,” Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman told analysts last summer. The money Warner receives for the use of its songs is “paltry,” he said, and if the gamemakers don’t pony up more cash, “we will not license to those games.” In response, Rock Band publisher MTV Games is now boycotting Warner artists, according to a source close to the negotiations.
Good job Edgar, now we can’t play Sugar Ray on any future Rock Bands!
So what will happen? The article mentions how Edgar has already blocked the game people from covering songs from Warner’s catalog. This is worse than WMG pulling all their music off of Youtube.
We should all recognize though that the labels are at these video game companies’s knees. Steve Schnur, the music guy at EA who helped Madden become a franchise, gets thousands of demos a week and has people begging to be in one of his games.
According to the article, Aerosmith has made more money with their GH game than with any other album in their history. But how can the labels make some dough off of all of this?
The labels ought to push for more such titles and integrate them into their promotional strategies. They might not maximize profit on the licensing, but who cares? With more entries to come in the play-along genre, and networked hardware to play them on, the games themselves could even become an online music retail channel to rival iTunes. Or what about a game for turntable artists? Labels could provide the stem tracks for songs (in which each instrument’s recording is isolated) and let players mix their own versions. Users could vote for their favorites through online services like Xbox Live, and Warner could sell the winning mixes back to customers using the very platform on which they were created. Call it Wii-Mix.
Or you can just buy the company like Universal did with Activision. Sigh Edgar, don’t **** this one up too.
Tinted Windows, the poppiest name for a supergroup ever, will have their new self-titled album out on April 21st (S-Curve). It’s made up of Taylor Hanson (Hanson-singer), Adam Schlesinger (Ivy and Fountains of Wayne-bass), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick-drums) and James Iha (ex-Smashing Pumpkins-guitar). Apparently, Taylor and Adam have been friends for a long time and they pulled Iha into this collaboration a few years ago.
Adam says” “Even though it seems really sudden to everybody else, we’ve been working on making this happen for a while.”
re: The three of them writing before finding a drummer
“We kept trying to brainstorm who could play like Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick.”
“But then it just seemed obvious we should at least try Bun E. Carlos.”
After sending Carlos some demos, he hopped on. Carlos and Adam were already somewhat familiar with each other as their bands had played a few shows together.
Though it took a while to even get a month of the band recording together at the same time, they were able to crack out a fine album of power-pop.
“For me personally as a writer, this was much more straight-forward musically and lyrically. Lyrically, these aren’t meant to be not ironic, not trying to be clever. They’re just pop songs,” Schlesinger says. “When I write a song, I’m always thinking about who’s going to be singing it. We have Taylor with this incredible voice so I had the idea of doing something with a lot of energy. It’s a shame that when people think of Hanson, they think of Taylor as a teenage. But he’s a grown man, and he’s capable of doing so much.”
The band should be playing some club shows in the spring. They’re already confirmed to be playing SXSW and Bamboozle.
Enough talking, let’s listen to some of this here. Wow, that’s not bad at all.
For more, go to http://www.tintedwindowsmusic.com/.
A report from a study from Pittsburgh University shows that teenagers who listen to music with degrading sexual lyrics have sex over those who don’t listen. Over 700 teenagers were asked about their sex lives and music listening habits and those who regularly listened (classified as over 17.6 hours/week) to music with explicit and aggressive sexual phrases were twice as likely to be having sex. These phrases would show sex as a physical act more than out of love (Isn’t that what it really is? No? Oh wow)
The head researcher, Dr. Brian Primack, says that parents should talk to their kids about sex and these lyrics.
(Head editor of The Audio Perv says that parents are AFRAID to talk to their kids about sex and these lyrics, especially from rap songs)
I love this part from the article:
Researchers refused to name which songs would fall into the degrading category, but cited phrases such as “I’m gonna beat that pussy up” as the kind of lyrics that were being used.
Some more awesome wisdom from Primack:
“There certainly seems to be a link, but it is hard to say whether listening to music is directly contributing to having sex earlier.”
“However, I think parents should consider this. It is tempting to say music is just ‘teenage stuff’.
“I am not saying parents should try to ban such music, that is unlikely to help.
“But they should be talking to their children about sex and putting these sorts of lyrics in context.”
Mind you, this is from the UK so maybe we shouldn’t be as concerned. Because them Brits like to get freaky. Ask Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Peaches Geldof, etc.
The best part about this post is that I get to use “teen sex” as a tag. I wonder how many people will click on it just because of that. I may be a perv but only when it comes to music haha.
Depeche Mode’s become the first act to join iTunes Music Season Pass. Though their album “Sounds of the Universe” doesn’t come out until April 21st, you can purchase a $19 subscription. What does this sub get you? An immediate download of the single “Precious” and a remixed version of “Oh Well”. This subscription will also allow fans to get the full digital album in addition to exclusive content (music and videos) up until the release date and afterward. If you want to hear the new single “Precious” without buying the pass, however, you can do so by clicking on the imeem player below:
24 – Toronto, Ontario
25 – Montreal, Quebec
28 – Washington, DC
31 – Boston, MA
1 – Atlantic City, NJ
3 – New York, NY
10 – Seattle, WA
12 – San Francisco, CA
14 – San Diego, CA
16, 17 – Los Angeles, CA
20 – Santa Barbara, CA
22 – Las Vegas, NV
23 – Phoenix, AZ
25 – Salt Lake City, UT
27 – Denver, CO
29 – Dallas, TX
30 – Houston, TX
1 – Atlanta, GA
4 – Tampa, FL
5 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
So last week everyone was writing about how JD Fortune had been kicked out as lead singer of INXS. Today, news comes out from INXS that JD was full of it. A released group statement reads: “Not only are we shocked by the claims, even the place the supposed incident was to have taken place is a mystery.” Band rep CM Murphy (“creative director and global business strategist” aka dude who “manages” them while scoring them Aussie hookers and Foster’s beer) didn’t deny that Fortune was out of the band but said:
“The band have always stated to me that Fortune’s services could potentially be contracted again when INXS next tour.
“In fact, he was next on my list to call regarding a very big recording project I am putting together for INXS at present.”
“I guess I have no reason to call him now.”
I call complete BS from INXS’s camp. They might’ve called him for a few one-off shows but I think that they were done with him. And they’re probably done altogether except for some reissues. What do you think?
The Bronx is touring across the country. Go see them because they’re awesome. If there was one reason to not like them, it’s because they’re booked by Marsha Vlasic, ultra bitch. I hope that she’s driving everyone nuts over at ICM. Anyways, get your tickets here.
18 – Austin, TX – Red 7 (SXSW Performance)
19 – Austin, TX – The Wave
21 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Park
23 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
25 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
26 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy
27 – Las Vegas, NV – Wasted Space
29 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
31 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
1 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards
2 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
5 – Los Angeles, CA – Bamboozle
8 – Boulder, CO – Club 156
9 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
11 – Iowa City, IA – Picador
12 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
13 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
14 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
19 – West Chester, PA – The Note
20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
21 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
22 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
23 – Boston, MA – Middle East
24 – Providence, RI – Jerky’s