Lou Reed is undoubtedly a legend of modern music; writing “Perfect Day” qualifies him for such a status, on its own. Alas, the former Velvet Underground frontman seems to be getting on a bit. In an interview with New York Magazine, Reed claimed
"The version of the Lulu music I did with Metallica is awe inspiring”,
in reference to the collaboration’s efforts to rerecord Reed’s contribution to the musical Lulu. He added
"It’s maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical".
Either his tongue is buried so far into his cheek that it’s making a hole, or the drugs and old age is catching up with the 69 year old. Now the combination of Lou Reed and the metal giants is an intriguing one, as it probably shouldn’t work. I can’t imagine Reed’s curmudgeonly drone over the thunderous drums and thrashing guitars of Metallica , and it can’t be a proposition many people were dying to hear. But, I’m willing to be proven wrong and safe to say I’m far more interested in this as-yet-untitled album than I am Coldplay’s next Tesco shelf-filler.
Rumours are abound that Jay-Z & Kanye West's collaboration album "Watch The Throne" will be released on Monday (July 4th)
According to MTV:
On Tuesday, the Fourth of July speculation continued to swirl as AllHipHop.com ran a rumor report that said that the album will come Monday as a digital-only release to avoid leaks.
Up until now the album has yet to be given a firm release date .Previous Kanye collaborator CyHi the Prynce, who is also signed to West’s own record label said yesterday (June 29th):
"They are ready to go. Right now, all the music and everything is done," CyHi told Sway. "But you know my guy — we over here with [Kanye], so ‘Ye is gonna add his last little pizzazz, and it’s going to be ready for you guys soon… I don’t know the business of the logistics of it. Those are the bosses. You never know what they gonna do and how they gonna put it out. They might put it out yesterday… I don’t know. ‘Ye can do something, and he can just do it how he wanna do it. "He can just put it out tomorrow if he wanted to, and that’s what ‘Ye want to do."
It’s a similar move to The Raconteurs, who released their second album “Consolers Of The Lonely” in 2008 without promotion or fanfare, largely to avoid critics and deal their music directly to fans. Although Jay & ‘Ye’s album is a little more highly anticipated and mainstream than Jack White’s sideproject’s was. No doubt that the music world is waiting for what the two biggest rappers of the moment can serve up together.
The only as-yet-available song from Watch The Throne, “H.A.M”, is downloadable here.
Possibly more anticipated than The Second Coming/Apocalypse (delete as appropriate, depending on your outlook on life), Kanye West & Jay-Z’s joint album “Watch The Throne” has been give a release date, with the album due out on the 2nd of August. At least, that’s according to the receipts of the album’s pre-orders. Putting an album up for pre-order without a solid date for release is pretty damn strange. No tracklisting has been released for the album, but we do know it will feature the somewhat-underwhelming “H.A.M.”. The artwork (above) is suitably grandiose and over-the-top, but it remains to be seen whether its contents will live up to its cover… that is once they’re finally out.
Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankles a.k.a. Summer Camp, those 80s-obsessed hipster pop purveyors, have come up with possibly the best “pre-album campaign” ever. The band are recording their debut album for release this year and are using PledgeMusic to help raise funds for the LP. Such schemes have been used by artists before such as Public Enemy and Patrick Wolf, but where Summer Camp differ is that they are offering a “whole list of exciting items and experiences” just for those who pledge. From the lowest, being pre-ordering a download of the album for £8 to the most expensive, having Summer Camp remix your song for £500 (only one left, act fast!), this is a truly ingenious way of bringing the fanbase a whole lot closer to the band.
Various highlights range from a batch of Sankey’s brownies (£28), Warmsley’s bass guitar (£100), a song written about you (£250), a handwritten lyrics booklet (£30), production consultation from Warmsley (£50) and a film night with the band in London (£45), with many, many more available. It’s enough to make any right minded indie fan want to rob a bank. Along with Los Campesinos! Heat Rash fanzine and Frankie & The Heartstrings fanclub, Summer Camp’s idea is making it a damn fine time to be a music fan. With 220 pledges so far, 111 days left and band being 59% of the way to their goal, now’s a good a time as any to literally buy into Summer Camp.
The funnier, more talented of Manchester’s most famous siblings has finally announced his long-awaited solo album, entitled "High Flying Birds". Set for release on Gallagher’s own Sour Mash label on October 17th this year, the LP is Noel’s first material since Oasis’ demise in 2009, and will be followed up by a second LP in 2012, collaborating with Amorphous Androgynous (who were responsible for the epic remix of “Falling Down”).
Musicians appearing on the records include ex-Oasis keyboard player Mike Rowe, The Lemon Trees’ Jeremy Stacey and American percussionist Lenny Castro, best known for playing on records by The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. The album also includes guest appearances from the Crouch End Festival Chorus, who Oasis and Gallagher have performed with before, and The Wired Strings. The album also features “(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine” and “Stop The Clocks”, two songs which were long rumoured to be included on an Oasis release. Demos of the tracks have been floating around the net for some time.
Gallagher is due to tour in the autumn but no further details have been announced yet. The full tracklisting for ‘High Flying Birds’ is:
- "Everybody’s On The Run"
- "Dream On"
- "If I Had A Gun"
- "The Death Of You And Me"
- "(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine"
- "AKA…What A Life!"
- "Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks"
- "AKA….Broken Arrow"
- "(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach"
- "Stop The Clocks"
Rumours surfaced earlier this year that the first single from the record will be the ‘The Death Of You And Me’.
And Liam Gallagher’s response to the news? Witty as ever…
This IS All Kinds Of Right of the Day: Adam writes: “A blind U2 fan near the front of the stage held up a sign ‘Blind Guitar Player, Bring Me Up!’. At the end of the show, Bono asked the guy to come up and handed him his guitar. He and his wife danced to All I Want is You at their wedding so he played it while Bono sang. While attempting to hand Bono’s guitar back to him, Bono refused and told him to have it.”
“It took me a second,” 32-year-old Adam Bevell of Pheonix later told the Sun Herald. “I had no idea what was going on because in my mind they had left and walked off. I had no idea Bono was still there. Instantly, I was lifted over that front rail and hoisted on stage by the security guards. Before I knew it, I could hear Bono’s voice saying, ‘what do you want to play man?’”
Following their rather good Glasto headlining slot, this is just making it harder and harder to dislike Bono & co.
Or so says Jeffery Tambor, aka George Bluth. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Tambor stated:
"I think what’s coming down is, certainly, the negotiation over my trailer is what I think is stopping people… No, it’s all going straight, everyone’s on board, I know they’re writing, and maybe next time this year we’ll be having this conversation."
The show, which starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett amongst others, was cancelled in 2006 after only three season, a move which has had a five-year backlash, with its cult following (myself included) baying for a revival either the big or small screen.
Tambor’s confirmation comes after show creator Mitch Hurwitz attempted to dampen fans’ hopes back in February, saying:
"But I don’t like to toy with the affections of our fans. They’ve been so supportive and we’re so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, ‘Yep, we’ve shot it, it opens next week’. Otherwise it feels like we’re toying with people and we do not mean to do that. It has just taken a while to get it going."
In terms of highly-anticipated films, 2012 just got a bit more exciting.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, I suggest grabbing the DVD boxset as soon as possible, or alternatively watch this compilation of the show’s funniest character, analrapist/amateur actor Tobias Fünke
New York hipster hip-hoppers Das Racist have released details of their first album proper, "Relax". The album will be released on September 13th and follows the group’s two mixtapes, “Sit Down, Man” and “Shut Up, Dude”, released last year. Group member Himanshu Suri is releasing the album on his own Greedhead Music label, and production comes from the likes of Diplo, El-P, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, and Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder.
The tracklisting for "Relax" is:
- Michael Jackson
- Brand New Dance
- Middle Of The Cake
- Shut Up Man (featuring El-P)
- Happy Rappy
- Booty In The Air
- Power (featuring Danny Brown and Despot)
- Punjabi Song (featuring Bikram Singh)
- Rainbow In The Dark
- The Trick
Los Campesinos ready next album
Rounding off a day of album news here on Hitsville, it’s a few days late but what the heck. Exciting times indeed. One of the most brilliant British bands of the past few years gearing up for album number four, more touring, Heat Rash #2 and releasing a hilariously zeitgeisty new t-shirt. Busy days ahead for Team Campesinos!
Heavily-tattooed ginger ball-of-fury Frank Carter has announced he is to quit Gallows at the end of the band’s current tour.
The Watford five-piece have confirmed they will soldier on with a new singer, the identity of which has yet to be confirmed. Carter, on the other hand, is forming a new band of the name Pure Love and released a statement on his official website last night, explaining the decision:
"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my departure from Gallows. It seems that Gallows have hit a crossroads in our writing process and unfortunately myself and the rest of the boys have different ideas regarding the sound of Gallows going forward. Gallows have decided they are going to continue on without me and I wish the boys the best of luck for the future. Gallows will be fulfilling all of our current touring plans until August 1, so please come down to a show and help me make each show a total celebration!"
Carter’s decision to quit does come out of the blue somewhat, and the formation of a new band with album and tour plans already has a whiff of suspicion. However, both Gallows’ and Carter’s next moves will be interesting to see.