Riots in Gurgaon as Metallica cancels its first ever India shows
"Rock music frenzy swept the sprawling Palace Grounds in this garden city where heavy metal band Metallica gave its first ever live performance in India, putting the fiasco over Friday's cancelled Gurgaon concert behind."
Bad Company/Free/Queen singer becomes Canadian citizen
A statement from Paul:
It may not be my native land but Canada is surely now my home. While I'll always be an Englishman, Canada has given me so much for which I am grateful. My wife, your former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk, a new and extended family and the chance to be truly free in a country that with its quiet strength combines the best of so many worlds.
I'm proud to be a Canuck.
Thank you, Merci.
New theme album finds Wilson re-imaging Disney classics
Brian Wilson's new album is in stores today. In the Key of Disney finds Wilson going through Disney movie tunes, some common, some obscure. At times he plays it straight, with a fairly faithful rendition of "The Bare Necessities." At other times he gets goofy, giving songs the full-on Beach Boys treatment as if it were 1964 all over again.
"In the Key of Disney is a collection of really, really good songs and I wanted to do justice to each song -- 'Stay Awake,' 'Baby Mine,' 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King,' Elton songs, Randy Newman songs, just a great collection of tunes," Wilson said in a short interview. Using his touring band and doing all his own harmonies ("It's easier to do it myself. I like the blend."), Wilson didn't go for too many obvious choices, instead looking for "some
very good songs, interesting songs, with interesting lyrical content.”
It's hardly the Beach Boys' first project with Disney; they backed Annette Funicello in the opening credits of the dreadful film "The Monkey's Uncle" back in the '60s, and first visiting Disneyland as a child had an indelible impact on Wilson.
"It’s too long ago to remember, but I remember I was thrilled to death. But it was too expensive, my folks couldn’t afford it," Wilson says of his youth at Disneyland.
It's an extremely creative spurt for Wilson, who put out an album of Gershwin songs last year, is currently recording a solo album, and participated in the Nov. 1 release of the Beach Boys' 1967 long-lost Smile album. Fans know that the album was never completed and was scrapped and recycled for albums such as Smiley Smile.
But hours of music are now coming out in a box set that Wilson has dubbed Smile, The Snippets.
"We had a lot of stuff in the can we didn’t finish. We thought maybe we should get a whole lot of these snippets together and do a thing. It’s amazing, there’s like 2 ½ hours of sounds to listen to," he said. They managed to reconstruct it in the studio from the old master tapes and "it's quite a thrill, the creative process. It’s amazing what can be done.”
With his in-progress solo album of new material due out next year, Wilson plans to hit the road one way or another, though he's unsure if it'll be solo or with a Beach Boys reunion that has been rumored and debunked a number of times.
"Nothing’s confirmed. I don’t know much about it, I just know that nothing’s confirmed.”
New Coldplay album out today
On the heels of the singles “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise”, Coldplay’s fifth album Mylo Xyloto finally arrived today. (Enter to win a copy, along with the band’s entire catalog, on vinyl.) As with their previous LP Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, the UK quartet have teamed up with producing legend Brian Eno for their new material. The results, according to critics, appear to be a mixed bag. We rounded up highlights from what the Internet at large had to say about the album. Head below to see it all matches your thoughts on Coldplay’s latest.
:: USA Today gives the album three out of four stars and notes the following: “Thematically and musically, Mylo Xyloto does come across as a medium-weight and up-to-date blend of middle-period U2, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Coldplay’s last three albums.”
:: The Atlantic compares Coldplay’s music to feel-good Hallmark cards while noting, “The band’s fifth studio album is their most unabashed pop performance, and it contains some legitimate surprises.”
:: The State Press is of two minds about the LP: “With every album, including Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay brings a new aspect of life and color into their songs,” the site notes. They do also say, “For fans of Coldplay’s acoustic and piano sound, Mylo Xyloto may leave a bitter noise in their ears preferring their past records.”
:: Irish site State points out Chris Martin’s shortcomings while also praising the band as a whole: “While his persistently disappointing lyrics clamber into songs like a determined toddler teetering in his mother’s too-big high heels, not even the most vociferous Coldplay detractor can deny that the London quartet knows how to kick out gorgeous, stadium-shuddering anthems, from ‘Clocks’ to ‘Viva La Vida’ to the new and robustly handsome ‘Charlie Brown’ off their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto.”
Helping with "Helpless"
This weekend, the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert took place in Mountain View, California. The concert series has been organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young for the past 25 years, to raise money for the Bridge School, a school in California co-founded by Pegi to benefit individuals with severe speech and physical impairments.
This year's benefit concerts featured Arcade Fire, Beck, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Devendra Banhart, and, of course, Young himself. (A benefit CD/DVD compilation collecting performances from throughout the years from Young, Thom Yorke, Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Fleet Foxes, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Metallica, and more is out today.)
Arcade Fire 's entire 40-minue set is available to watch below, via ArcadeFireTube. It included a performance with Neil Young of his CSNY song "Helpless." Earlier, Win Butler dedicated "Intervention" to "all the people camped out in front of [their] hotel hoping that in some small way this country can change."
Rockin' to the oldies
In tribute to Carlos Santana's set at the Bridge School benefit this weekend, here are a couple of fans paying due respect. Enjoy.
He takes another trek to space with Bohemian Rhapsody
Seeger and Guthrie up close, Wilco from afar
Meanwhile, Wilco sent its approval from afar, streaming their cover of Arlo's dad Woody Guthrie's "The Jolly Banker" for free through their website.
Here's a bit of video from their appearance.
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