Keith Richards Talks Rolling Stones’ Upcoming Tour, New Music – Rolling Stone

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards tells us about the group’s upcoming U.S. stadium tour and plans for their first album since 2005. Danny Payne/Shutterstock Keith Richards seems genuinely moved that, after 57 years as a band, the Rolling Stones will be playing to stadium crowds this spring in the U.S. – the country he calls the band’s “original hunting ground.” “I really can’t put words on it,” he tells Rolling Stone, when asked what a 20-year-old Keith Richards would have thought about playing stadium shows when the band first played stateside in 1964. “It’s just amazing, man. I never expected to get around to Louis Armstrong status, you know?” The latest leg of the band’s No Filter tour, which kicks off April 20th at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, will mark the group’s first U.S. shows since 2015’s Zip Code tour, and include cities like Jacksonville, Florida, which they haven’t played in decades. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Here, Richards talks about what songs he wants to play, the magic of Charlie Watts and the Stones’ first original album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. What have you been up to? Lately, uhh, not a lot. Mick and I got together for a few days a month or so ago in the studio, just playing around. Apart from that,Continue Reading

David Byrne Reflects on His Cult Movie ‘True Stories’ – Rolling Stone

What strikes you when you watch True Stories now? [Laughs]. I can’t look at it with an objective eye. I see the mistakes, where I feel like, “Oh, that’s a little forced,” or, “That lyric could have been better.” I’m looking at it with a critical eye. At the same time, I feel like it pretty much holds up. It’s funny how everything the movie talks about — the way the computer industry and landscapes of cities and towns are all changing — are still happening and have been going on since the movie was made. So it’s nice to see that it doesn’t seem that dated. One thing that has changed though is that you can no longer say, “Shopping malls are the new town squares,” as you do in the movie. I don’t know if that was my original idea. But yes, it seemed like the shopping malls were hollowing out the local town square and main streets. People were going to the malls and Walmarts and big-box stores instead of the main streets, and now the malls are being repurposed as homeless shelters, incubators and who knows what else. Your big inspiration for the movie was reading headlines in tabloids. Were you mostly reading Weekly World News at the time? Yeah, they were all from Weekly WorldContinue Reading

YouTube and the ever-confusing world of Art Tracks – DIY Musician Blog

And because I didn’t know it was there, here is a link to my Art Tracks in the form of a YouTube page called a Topic page. I am a Topic now.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwL8zxgkuNCum2S3GI4toNw By Nicholas Salomone February 27, 2018 What is an Art Track on YouTube? One of the most common areas of confusion among artists distributing their work on YouTube is Art Tracks. Who can view them? Who owns them? Where do they live? Can I see mine? Wait, do I need any Art Tracks? Let’s start with a simple definition of “Art Track.” According to YouTube, an Art Track is an automatically generated YouTube version of a sound recording. An Art Track consists of: the sound recording the album art and metada more on this very interesting topic @ Source: YouTube and the ever-confusing world of Art Tracks – DIY Musician Blog

How Buying a Party Palace Helped the Dandy Warhols Survive | Portland Monthly

“We had a little rager with Wolfmother last night,” says Dandy Warhols bandleader Courtney Taylor-Taylor, as he clears empty wine glasses from the large dining table. His bandmate Zia McCabe suns on the sidewalk, smoking a cigarette in the unseasonably hot March sun as a symphony of construction fills the air. The Odditorium, the band’s longtime studio/party palace, sits in the thick of one of Northwest Portland’s building boomlets. The day before the band heads out to tour behind Distortland, its first album in four years, Taylor-Taylor is moving slowly. “It was a nice dinner with lots of wine. It’s what I love to do.” Naturally. Raging made “the Dandys” legendary in the first place. Their tumultuous first decade of brash, artsy power-indie-pop culminated in Dig, a 2004 documentary that portrayed the band as poster children for rock decadence. The Odditorium has long served as a tour stopover for the likes of David Bowie and Tommy Lee, the Mötley Crüe drummer and noted party Olympian. But the Dandys’ ambition has always burned as bright as their debauchery, sometimes (OK, often) to the disdain of ambition-loathing Portlanders. After 22 years of tireless recording and touring, the band has ascended to unlikely elder-statesman status within Portland’s music scene—a “heritage band,” as McCabe puts it. A staple of their success: the forward-thinking 2002 purchaseContinue Reading

Former Apple Records Exec Ken Mansfield Reflects on His Front Row Seat to the Beatles’ Final Years | Billboard

After the break-up heard ’round the world and the inevitable gossip that followed, Mansfield shifted his attention to other projects and took jobs at MGM and CBS Records, later becoming a prolific producer for acts ranging from Waylon Jennings to Willie Nelson. In his post-Beatles career, he was astute enough to know he was a part of something wildly unique and virtually unrepeatable. “They were different than any other artist, so it was an experience I never tried to recreate. I figured that was that and nothing else will ever be like it again.” In the intervening years, Mansfield kept in touch with all four members, whether working on an album deal with Starr or hobnobbing with Harrison when he was in Los Angeles. The last time Mansfield saw Lennon was at Starr’s house. “I was producing Waylon Jennings at the time and Ringo was a big country fan, so he called me and said he heard I just got back from working on Waylon’s new album in Nashville and wanted to know if he could listen to the tapes.” Mansfield happily obliged. “I show up to Ringo’s house and John’s sitting there on the couch. This was during his lost years. It was a strange day. John had dropped by to talk to Ringo about something personal and heContinue Reading

Neil Young Loses House in California Wildfire, Blasts Trump | Consequence of Sound

Neil Young and Donald Trump Like many other Californians, Neil Young has lost his home to the wildfires currently ravaging the state. In a post to his website, the legendary rocker revealed that his home in Malibu was burned down over the weekend. Never one to mince words, Young proceeded to take his anger out on Donald Trump over a tweet Trump made blaming California for the ongoing crisis. “California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this,” Young wrote. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.” “Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped,” he added. “DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar because it rhymes with denier). It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new congress can help. I sure hope so.” more @ Source: Neil Young Loses House in California Wildfire, Blasts Trump | Consequence of Sound

‘Fake band’ Threatin just played a UK tour to… absolutely no-one – NME

Tom ConnickNov 9, 2018 1:16 pm Paid-for Facebook likes and YouTube comments, and false ticket sale figures, have led to one of the strangest stories of the year Bands buying Facebook likes is nothing new. The (very silly) practise has been going on for as long as Facebook Pages have existed, businesses and bands alike using bots to up their stats, in the hopes of improving their social media standing. One LA band, who go by the name of Threatin, appear to have taken this mantra to its most baffling extreme. Twitter user @buzzingbugs pointed out yesterday (November 4) that Threatin’s seemingly well-sold UK tour wasn’t all it seemed. Sharing a Facebook post that referenced a Threatin show at Bristol’s The Exchange, the story unfolds thus: “We were expecting it to be a busy night because the promoter had supposedly sold 180 tickets.” Of course, all was not as it seemed. Read more at https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/fake-band-threatin-just-played-sold-uk-tour-absolutely-no-one-2400572#2AQ8FxkCMY0K6H4x.99Source: ‘Fake band’ Threatin just played a UK tour to… absolutely no-one – NME **** This was inevitable. Anyone playing music today and booking shows should be aware that all is often as not what it seems to be. ~DGR

Lucinda Williams Shares Stories Behind ‘Car Wheels’ at Warm, Heartfelt NYC Tour Stop | Billboard

Touring behind the 20th anniversary of her country/roots rock masterpiece Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams played New York City’s Beacon Theater on Wednesday (Nov. 7). While seeing a seasoned road warrior like Williams at the intimate, plush Beacon Theater is always a delight, the show was particularly historic – never before has Lucinda performed Car Wheels songs with Roy Bittan and Steve Earle, both producers on the album, on stage at the same time. The E Street Band’s Bittan manned the organ throughout the night, and Earle popped out to provide harmonica support and vocals on a few tunes. But as much as the songs on Williams’ 1998 magnum opus cut you to the core, the music was just half of what made her anniversary concert so special. On a normal tour stop, you’d hardly call Lucinda voluble. But playing her career-changing album start-to-finish seems to have pushed Williams into a more reflective place (and perhaps her in-depth retrospective earlier this year with Billboard helped). Prior to each track, Lucinda, warm and self-effacing, went into detail about the genesis of the song — which frequently meant sharing stories of “unrequited love” and the complications that come with that. more @ Source: Lucinda Williams Shares Stories Behind ‘Car Wheels’ at Warm, Heartfelt NYC Tour Stop | Billboard

Katy Perry, Pink, Max Martin, More to SiriusXM: ‘We Will Boycott’ – Variety

CREDIT: PICTUREMATT/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK In an unprecedented show of solidarity, some 150 artists and executives, including Paul McCartney, Don Henley, Carole King, Katy Perry, U2’s The Edge, Pink, Sia and hitmaker Max Martin, have signed a letter addressed to the board members of Liberty Media, corporate parent to SiriusXM. At issue: The satellite radio giant’s opposition to Music Modernization Act, which is thiscloseto passing in the Senate. Specifically: SiriusXM has raised objections to portions of the bill, which aims to protect recordings released before 1972 from falling out of copyright protection, including the exclusion of terrestrial radio from mandatory payouts to rights holders. Says attorney Dina LaPolt, one of several advocates working on behalf of the MMA (as an attorney-advisor to SONA, or Songwriters of North America), in a statement to Variety: “As we continue to move from a product based business to a service based business, bringing the antiquated copyright act into the digital realm, SiriusXM’s unwillingness to support songwriters and artists is complete travesty given that every other group in the music industry has endorsed the bill. This shows their disgusting corporate greed at the expense of America’s greatest treasures..…. our legacy artists.” more @ Source: Katy Perry, Pink, Max Martin, More to SiriusXM: ‘We Will Boycott’ – Variety