Mini-commercial for "Magnetic" goes up to give the fans a taste
Rock anthems? Check. Wistful ballads? Present and accounted for. Must be the new Goo Goo Dolls album.
The Goo Goo Dolls return June 11 with their latest work, "Magnetic." And in this time of trying to figure out how to get heard, they've actually gone and put together nearly four minutes of excerpts from the new songs to give fans a taste without giving the whole store away ala David Bowie or Daft Punk.
Of course, it's not like Johnny Rzeznik and crew have kept everything under wraps. The single "Rebel Beat" is out there since January, with the official video going up last month.
They're doing a few dates but the touring schedule really heats up in late June, when they begin a trek across the country and back with Matchbox Twenty (after Rzeznik takes a bit of time off to get married).
After a layoff, she's back strong and sure
So when she returned with "Highway, Ghosts, Hearts and Home" last year and her latest, "Driving Toward the Sun," she knew everything was different. And she was ready for it. For the latest album she teamed up with her neighbor and friend, Ryan Ulyate, a producer/engineer who has Tom Petty, George Harrison, the Traveling Wilburys, Electric Light Orchestra and other credits under his belt. They recorded in his high-tech home studio but the approach was strictly old-school: Eight tight, fully realized songs that told an adult tale of heartache and redemption, from the stirring title cut to sad, resigned songs such as "U-Haul in the Driveway." Critical acclaim quickly followed, with No Depression quickly naming it one of the best albums of the year so far.
"I wanted an album that sounded like me and my sound and my past without sounding dated. It's honest in sound and it could be from any era," James said.
And rather than worry about technology marching on, James embraced it. She did old-school radio promotion with NPR and legendary California station KPIG, as well as Spotify, Emusic, iTunes, Amazon and plain old touring and getting the word out. James and Ulyate took a few minutes to talk about the collaboration and where she goes from here.
Twitter-phobic singer/felon launches app
Breezy held his first "broadcast" Wednesday (May 15) in a sienna-tinted shot of him in front of his piano, welcoming everyone.
Along with the backstage access you'd expect from the new site, fans can do things like check out his closet, see him play b-ball in a mall, go on a roller coaster ride with him and even watch him light up. The site, which also has a mobile app version, collects photos, status updates and videos that CB posts straight to his followers, pushing his authenticity.
"Now all you guys can see me at all times of the day, keep up with what I'm doing... really," Brown said in the 13-second clip. "I appreciate you guys, man. I love you."
The app trailer claims the "channel" will give users more entry to the star's life than his Facebook, Twitter or Instagram — and given Brown's track record with Instagram and Twitter, he might need a social-media upgrade anyway.
A best-of compilation on the long lost show is set for release
Good question, as the show was on for just a couple of years starting in 1980. And the name tells you everything: It aired on Fridays and yes, it was a shameless rip-off of "Saturday Night Live."
The only way it surpassed SNL was in its more-adventurous musical bookings. And you're finally going to get to see them (other than on YouTube) when Shout Factory releases "The Best of Fridays" in August, including plenty of musical performances. Sure, the show wasn't totally groundbreaking with its musical bookings (the Kenny Loggins episode proves that). But it embraced new wave in a way that SNL never did, booking The Clash, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Graham Parker and the Rumour, The Cars, Devo and more.
Other musical performances due on the disc include Dire Straits, the Bus Boys, KISS, former Eagle Randy Meisner and the Silverados, Kim Carnes, Stray Cats, Pat Benatar and more (yes, it's quite the odd time capsule).
No word on exactly what performances will be released -- as with SNL, each artist got two songs per episode - but here are a few of the better ones from the era.
Canadian astronaut covers Bowie's 'Space Oddity' IN SPACE
New song caps off a collection of his iconic cuts
A bunch of those classics are rounded up on "Icon," the new compilation from Lonesome George, due in stores on Tuesday. Not only does it pull together his best work, but there's a new song on there, "Do the Do." In an MSN exclusive, you can hear the new song below.
Consider this a starting point for those of you unfamiliar with the depth and breadth of Thorogood's work. While "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone" have become ubiquitous, his albums always delve into the blues much further. Here's a personal favorite that didn't make the new disc -- Thorogood's sublime cover of Hooker's "One Way Ticket."
Stream all of Daft Punk's new album, 'Random Access Memories,' now
Oops. They meant to give you just a taste, but the entire new Daft Punk album has leaked. So now it's up on iTunes for anyone to hear. Listen to the record here.
Damn, they're good. Daft Punk continues (along with David Bowie) to rewrite the rules of marketing music in 2013. While everyone else is trying to get all the exposure they can, Daft Punk has been cheekily dropping tiny hints, clues and snippets. Mysterious posters all around SXSW. A snippet of music released in a TV commercial during "Saturday Night Live." A first single, "Get Lucky," recorded in complete secrecy and now inescapable. And everything they do goes viral every step of the way.
"Random Access Memories" is due out on May 21, but it can't get here quick enough for fans. Daft Punk released another snippet -- there's just 15 seconds of music in the video for the unboxing of the album below.