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The Music Meltdown – May 6, 2012

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch lost his battle with cancer on Friday. He was 47. More on his contributions to the world, and more specifically how this has affected me here. I hope you like it.

The Tributes keep pouring in:

  • Here’s Coldplay’s take on “Fight For Your Right” – it’s goosebump-making.

  • Meanwhile, Deer Tick keep the tune a little more in the traditional vein:

  • Alan Cross posted Yauch’s hilarious Letter To The Editor of The New York Times
  • Here is a killer list of Beastie Boy references explained.
  • Rolling Stone shares a 1998 interview with MCA.

    Earlier this week, (May 1st) Tom Morello led an army of thousands, armed with guitars, through the streets of New York. Occupy is back and Rolling Stone has the details.

    It’s a well established fact that Courtney Love isn’t any good at the internet. She explains it in her own words.

    Consequence Of Sound has an interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala about his day job (The Mars Volta)’s new record ‘Noctourniquet’ and you can read it by Clicking here. Meanwhile, you could also Click Here to hear our podcast from the week that record came out.

    One of the strangest collectibles I’ve seen lately is the new LP from The Flaming Lips. The ultra-limited edition of their Heavy Fwiends record is available at $2500.00 each. Why so much? Well, it’s because pressed into the vinyl is blood from the band, as well as collaborators Ke$ha, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu and Chris Martin (among others). Imagine that conversation:
    Wayne Coyne: “Thanks again, Chris.”

    Chris Martin: “No Problem. Can I do anything else for ya?”

    Wayne Coyne: “Well, Since you asked…”

    Pictures and videos of the process are here.

    *** Where Are They Now? ***

    Here‘s a great write up on The Gin Blossoms. The Coles Notes are that they’re still going and are working on a new record.

    Olivia Harrison (George’s Widow) opens up to <a href=""Spinner about George, his documentary, Bob Dylan and the myth of George not getting a fair shake in The Beatles.

    Joan Osbourne is set to tour this summer. Get the dates here.

    **** Upcoming Music ****

    No Doubt have announced a new record. The grammy-award winning group has not released a new record since 2001’s Rock Steady. Much of that time was taken up by lead singer Gwen Stefani’s blossoming solo career, and family. (Life became what was predicted in the video for “Don’t Sleep”) The band talks about the new record below:

    We now have more deatils on the new Alanis Morissette album. NME is Reporting the record will be called ‘Havoc And Bright Lights’ and it will be out at the end of November. You can expect a new single “Guardian” to hit radio on Friday (May 11th), and then iTunes the next Tuesday

    Thrice will be re-releaseig thier breakthrough record ‘The Illusion Of Safety’ on vinyl. Exclaim! has the details.

    Limblifter will also be re-releasing their debut on vinyl. The group also has a few shows coming up at North By Northeast. Read all about it here.

    New Music

    Metric have released the first single from their upcoming record ‘Synthetica’. “Youth Without Youth” is rising up the charts something fierce. Here the new tune, along with thoughts from Emily Haines & Jimmy Shaw afterwards:

    …Then read about Lou Reed’s Guest Appearance on Synthetica.

    The Gaslight Anthem have a new track. “45” is the first single from their new record ‘Handwritten’ which will be out in July. Until then enjoy a stream of “45” At Rolling Stone. They also have made their previous record, ‘American Slang’ available to stream. That is located below:

    A new collection of tunes, “Occupy This Album” is on the way. The 4 disc collection features tunes from Patti Smith, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Ani DiFranco, Thievery Corporation, Yoko Ono and Toots And The Maytals. The record is described is “99 tracks — 99 artists for the 99 percent” and one surprising contribution is filmmaker Michael Moore covering Bob Dylan’s classic “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and we have it for you below:

    We’ve mentioned the charity record Every Mother Counts 2012 already. Another contribution that is on this disc (which is exclusive to Starbucks) is a new acoustic tune from Eddie Vedder. The ballad is called “Skipping” an it features a sample of his daughter playing. It’s a cool tune, and you can hear it here.

    Hear a new Lykke Li tune called “Come Near”. This one is from a Record Store Day compilation put out by INGRD.

    Dearly Beloved has got some prominent friends, that have decided to help them with some tunes. The first one features Die Mannequin, and Patrick from Sloan, while the second one feature Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. Dig it!

    The Black Lips have a new single out. The B-Side has become available as a free download. Click here to get “Dance With You”

    The Go! Team rexmixes Frankie Rose’s track “Apples For The Sun” and Pitchfork has it here.


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