The saxy smooth sounds that accompanied the Weather Channel’s Local On The 8s forecast breaks became so synonymous with the cable network’s identity, there were even Weather Channel-branded CD compilations. But it’s a new day, and the sultrier side of jazz is being abandoned by program directors en masse–and the Weather Channel, no stranger to which way the wind is blowing, has decided to follow suit. (“We wanted music that would get their attention–and this has,” an exec told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.) So what’s on the channel’s new, up-to-date playlist? Glad you asked! After the jump, the station’s daytime music picks for June 2009. More »
Tomorrow I’ll be tripping down to Philadelphia to attend The Roots Picnic, an all-day affair masterminded by Jimmy Fallon’s sidemen (haha, jk guys) and featuring two sets by the band; TV On The Radio, Santigold, and Antibalas are also on the bill. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the day’s festivities will be the start-to-finish performance of Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back–yes, they’ve done it before, but this time, the musical duties will be handled by the Roots and Antibalas. This and the impending relaunch of Unplugged have made me wonder: What albums most deserve a live re-imagining, whether it’s the transformation of samples into band arrangements or the classic Unplugged treatment? I’ve actually been mulling over this question all day, and can’t think of anything off the top of my head–unless Freestyle’s Greatest Beats, Volume One counts. (It should!) After the jump, a few musical experts offer their suggestions. Please feel free to expand further, and if you’re going to the picnic, come say hello! More »
Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC, the Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack are this year’s nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame; five of them will be inducted next April after balloting concludes in January. This year’s list of nominees is almost more notable for who isn’t on it than who is; the list of eligible artists who were snubbed by the dudes who want to codify their definition of “rock and roll” includes inarguably influential artists like Slayer, the Cure, and–once again–Rush. Click through for our list of the six highest-profile acts who didn’t make the ballot, and vote for who you think was the most robbed. Once the votes are tallied, we can march on the Rolling Stone offices and plead for justice!
It’s time for another Smiths best-of comp; this time, it’s a double-disc set that will be put out by Rhino Records. Let’s put aside the “Paint A Vulgar Picture” jokes for a second and focus on the name of the compilation: Hang The DJ: The Very Best Of The Smiths. More »
Sure, I guess you could insist on seeing the actual bands instead, but if you enjoy low ticket prices and remarkable simulations of your favorite ’80s New Wave acts, you may want to visit the Los Angeles-adjacent Gibson Amphitheater on June 21 for the Save New Wave festival. What you’re saving “new wave” from is debatable (irrelevancy? active rock?), but some of these fake bands aren’t that bad.
You can take semi-literate gossip site TMZ’s latest “‘Memba Him?,” which is about the former lead singer of popular “alternative/emo/indie” band the Smiths, in one of two ways: One, TMZ assumes that its readership is so Idiocratic that it’s only able to identify members of the axis of celebrities… More »
Two of the Reno 911 guys are apparently concocting a musical based on the life and times of Stephen Patrick Morrissey. In response, the other ex-members of The State have sped up work on Everything’s Coming Up Roddy!, their own musical based on the works of Aztec Camera. More »
Morrissey has turned down an inconcievable $75 million to engineer a Smiths reunion tour, citing the usual issues of pride, ongoing blood feud with Johnny Marr, act of God, blah blah. I will be more than happy to take his place in Morrissey drag for $30, $35 million tops. More »