We revisit and rank the 50 best hits from the year 1995, plus interview artists like Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Monica, Kylie Minogue, Seal, Saint Etienne, Ace Of Base and more in the process. More »
I normally shy away from “ooh, look, another Guitar Hero track list” stories, but the prospect of the game’s next edition featuring Spacehog’s “In The Meantime” is pretty exciting. (Of course, the NME announcement of the series’ next installment only lists its participating bands, and not specific song titles–trickle that news out, Activision!–so I could be getting pre-emptively stoked over a track from The Chinese Album.) [NME] More »
Yesterday, bassist and emergent finance pundit Duff McKagan told Rolling Stone that his somewhat-supergroup Velvet Revolver was “weeks away” from announcing its new singer, after a lengthy search that attracted demos from some 400 hopefuls who were, for whatever reason, interested in being the next Scott Weiland. Said Duff of the pick: “It’s not like Chris Cornell or one of those guys… We just want someone that fits. It can’t just be good. It has to be amazing or we won’t do it.” I guess “better than Audioslave” is a pretty low bar to want to leap over, but good on the VR guys for at least trying. Five people who definitely aren’t in the running, after the jump!
In a rather awkward exchange with E! Online, Joaquin Phoenix announced his decision to pack up his acting and head back to his new first true love, music. You know, the music that he’s loved to play ever since he learned how to strum the guitar for Walk the Line three years ago. It’s a hallowed path that young Phoenix takes, one blazed by the likes of Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, and Keanu Reeves, not to mention his siblings River and Rain. And as you remember, all of them were beloved by millions for their music. Welcome to the biz, Joaquin Phoenix! It’s a great time to climb aboard this ship!
What with the heat and the humidity, you probably forgot all about Velvet Revolver’s search for a new singer–which means that the time is right to note that Spacehog’s Royston Langston is now in the mix for the gig, with Entertainment Weekly reporting that jam sessions between the former Guns N’ Roses members and the former husband of Liv Tyler were “successful.” (Now there is a rock and roll adjective.) “They all got along great,” a tipster told EW. “It was really a refreshing change for the band.” And given that Matt Sorum hasn’t irritably blogged about Langston’s rock and roll attitude, I’d have to think that at the very least, all the guys had fun. But do you think that Duff can do those falsetto backing vocals on “In The Meantime”? Because that would maybe drag me out to a show… if I could get discounted, or at least service-charge-free, tickets. Video of that track after the jump.
Liv Tyler, who is famous for various reasons, has announced her separation from her husband of five years, Arckid singer/guitarist Royston Langdon. Tyler was spotted without her wedding ring at recent public events, setting off speculation and rampant wishful thinking.
It’s been more than ten years since the New York quartet Spacehog released the glammed-out “In The Meantime,” and as a song, it’s actually still amazing. (What can we say? We’re suckers for pairing fuzzed-out organs with fat, loopy bass lines.) More »