Thurston disses Kim for dissing Thurston
Thurston Moore has been freshly profiled for New York news channel NY1's One on 1 with Budd Mishkin. While you can't watch the thing without a Time Warner Cable account, they've put up a written-through version of the piece that includes a few revealing quotes from the former Sonic Youth frontman and current Chelsea Light Moving mastermind. He spoke on his frustration in regard to his public marital woes, which Kim Gordon aired in April.
"I don't dignify it with a response even though I feel like writing a screed about it: This is what you need to know. You don't need to know that. [But] to talk about my personal life with family? No, that is so private." He went on, seemingly referring to Gordon's decision to share their sordid story as a bid for personal attention. "A lot has to do with narcissism. I'm as narcissistic as the next person. I'm a Leo, and I understand what that is. But I do draw the line."
He took a similarly hard line in a recent interview with Rolling Stone when asked about his silence on their (and hence, the band's) split. "I wasn't doing any press whatsoever — I kind of embargoed that," Moore said. "Personal issues are not something I talk about. I don't want to even think about it when it comes to media. It's not the place for it." Of course, if what Gordon says is true — his "double life" with another woman — he has every reason to stay quiet.
Nowadays, Moore takes solace in his fans, he told NY1. "When I'm at my downest, when I'm just sort of like, 'What am I doing? Where is my life going? What have I done?', somebody will come up to me and say, 'Hey man, I just want to thank you for all you've done, for those records and for getting me through college.'" Regarding his new band, "One part of me doesn't really want to be doing this again, but another part of me is just sort of like, 'Well, why not?'"
On the upside, he said nice things about his mom. He remembered that in the early days of Sonic Youth as a recent transplant to New York City, "I could escape. I could go to this little rural area of Connecticut where my mother lived, and it was not that hard to get to." He remembered an early gig. "My mother came to CBGB and she saw how the audience reacted, and she said it completely touched her in such a way that she knew this was really special."
Listen to a live track from the L.A. band's debut
You can see a bunch of other performances in the "At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt" series here
Carrie Brownstein stars in an American Express commercial
Young singer starts anew with a strong debut
You’ve not heard of Anna Bergendahl because you’re not in Sweden. There she’s as well known as the biggest superstars here, having starred on two “Idol”-type music shows and covering songs by her heroes such as Bonnie Raitt.
Here’s a sample in “I Hate New York” (and don’t get in a knot, New Yorkers, it’s not a diss to your city – it’s about feeling generally lost and alone so much that even the things you love don’t appeal to you at the moment).
How did she end up surrounded with such a crack crew? She discovered that the singers that most touched her heart had all worked with producer Klein – and he took an interest.
He lived and died consumed with the Doors music and history
Manzarek loved to talk about The Doors -- and why shouldn't he? He co-founded the group with Morrison, his keyboard work is the signature sound of their biggest hits -- "Riders on the Storm," "Break On Through," "Hello, I Love You," "Love Her Madly" and of course "Light My Fire."
But his detractors -- including fellow bandmate John Densmore -- felt he at times crossed the line from proud to exploitative, especially when he went out with Robby Krieger touring as The Doors or The Doors of the 21st Century.
Funny -- no one had a problem when The Doors released two Morrison-less albums after his death or endlessly repackaged the catalog with live albums, remasters, 5.1 mixes, outtakes, alternate mixes, studio dialog etc. But fights ensued when Manzarek was in favor of licensing Doors music for a commercial. Yeah, that was a crime once upon a time. But that was a long, long time ago.
Granted, Densmore has had his say, with a 2002 essay in The Nation where he takes Manzarek to task for greed (apparently a recurring theme in his new book as well).
And no one but the band members and people around them are privy to the details. But back in the '90s I ended up spending an inordinate amount of time talking with Manzarek as some Doors reissues and other projects were on the table. He gave me his home phone number and we chatted a fair amount about his history. Rather than brag about himself, he constantly invoked what a genius he felt Morrison was -- a poet, a performer, and a tragic loss to the world on all levels.
As much as Densmore feels he's protecting Morrison's heritage by turning down commercial offers, Manzarek felt the opposite -- that getting the music to as many ears as possible was the best tribute, especially young ears (it was an Apple computer commercial offer that sparked the 2002 rift between the two).
So Manzarek talked about The Doors. And talked and talked and talked. Anyone who has ever interviewed him or just been in his general vicinity knew that he loved to talk about what The Doors had done and what their music had meant to fans.
Myself, I can see both sides of the argument. That doesn't make Manzarek the evil opportunist fans make him out to be.
During those chats back in the day I knew a middle-school student who was doing an essay on the historical impact of music in the '60s. So I asked Manzarek -- hey, would you do an interview with an 8th-grader for an essay that will be read to her history class? The thought of his words going to 25 teenagers in a classroom somewhere thrilled him. He immediately said yes and had me pass on his phone number.
The essay got an A. Manzarek got to find a new audience to hear his thoughts. And I'll bet more than a couple of kids in that class are Doors fans to this day.
Rest in peace, Ray. You did your best.
Chester Bennington joins Stone Temple Pilots - for the moment
But most of the time trying to replace your lead singer is the kiss of death for a band. Alice in Chains was disbanded for years before finally getting a fill-in for Layne Staley. Sublime and The Doors both famously feuded with the families of the late Brad Nowell and Jim Morrison over the rights to continue using the band names after those singers died.
And now the story with Stone Temple Pilots gets weirder and weirder. They fired lead singer/constant news story Scott Weiland in March without even telling him; he found out through the media, and at first denied the reports until he found out that, yes, he had been sacked.
STP turned up at KROQ's annual Weenie Roast concert this past weekend with a new frontman in tow -- Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. The band has apparently taken a page from David Bowie and Daft Punk, keeping everything a secret until they sprung it on the crowd. They've even recorded a new song, "Out of Time," that they're making available as a free download or you can stream it below.
It looks to be a temporary thing as Linkin Park takes much of the year off; the band has only one show planned for L.A. on Aug. 3, noting that it will be their sole performance of 2013. And Bennington does a pretty fair version of Weiland. Check the performance below before it gets yanked from YouTube again.
Singer airlifted to hospital to treat head injury
Yesterday, pop singer George Michael was airlifted to a hospital after he was involved in a car crash. According to the BBC, the 49-year-old singer suffered a head injury, though his spokesperson insists he's doing "fine" and only suffered "superficial cuts."
Details on the crash remain unclear, but Michael's rep, Connie Filippello, stated that he was a passenger in a Range Rover that crashed on the M1 motorway near St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. "No third party was involved. We have no further comment at this time," she said. No arrests have been made following the crash, though police are still investigating what happened.
This marks another in a long line of driving-related incidents for the former Wham! singer. In 2010, he was sentenced to eight weeks in jail after driving his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo store while stoned, which also resulted in a five-year driving ban. The year before that, he was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed into the back of a truck. In 2006, police found Michaelslumped over the wheel of his parked Mercedes, and he pled guilty to driving under the influence of drugs the following year.
Legendary songwriter will receive Gershwin Prize
Though the Obama administration continues to struggle with crisis after crisis, one thing they seem to do pretty well is honoring worthy musicians. Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David have all performed at the White House concert series since the President took office in 2008. And now, according to a stor in today's Hollywood Reporter, Carole King will be honored with the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a White House concert next Wednesday, May 22. According to the announcement, she will perform in the East Room, alongside James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, and others, after being praised both for her astonishing accomplishments as a songwriter and recording artist, and for her long-time commitment to Democratic activism by President Obama.The event will be streamed live beginning at 3pm Pacific at www.whitehouse.gov/live. She is the first female artist to be given the Gershwin Prize.
The night before, King will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony and concert at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium featuring performances by King, her daughter Louise Goffin, Patti Austin, Colbie Caillat, Michael Feinstein, Siedah Garrett, Shelby Lynne, Gian Marco and Arturo Sandoval.