Amy Winehouse's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the singer's first collection of music since she died in July at the age of 27, will be released on December 5th, As the title suggests, Hidden Treasures digs into Winehouse's vaults for a hodgepodge of unreleased material, but it shies away from the new music Amy was recording for her follow-up to 2006's Back to Black. Winehouse's go-to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi compiled the covers, demos, and a trio of never-before-heard songs for the posthumous disc, which started getting worked on just days after Winehouse's death.Read More »from Amy Winehouse’s First Posthumous Album Features Unreleased Tracks and Nas
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 1, 2011 4:16 PM EDT
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"Our first guest is a good friend of the show. He... oh, screw it." If there's a silver lining in Justin Timberlake ditching his music career to become an actor, it's that the (former) singer's many movie roles allow him to visit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon every few months. The In Time star and Fallon wasted no time launching into the third volume of their beloved "A History of Rap," featuring hip-hop favorites by Young MC, Jay-Z, Kanye, and Naughty By Nature. It wasn't their sharpest lesson -- their brief rendition of J.J. Fad's "Supersonic" could have used more rehearsal time -- but it was worth it just to hear Fallon rap Ice Cube's benevolent rhyme, "I didn't even need to use my AK."Read More »from Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Share Another Hip-Hop History Lesson
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Sat, Oct 29, 2011 12:06 AM EDT
Too busy searching for a last-minute costume to make a Halloween party soundtrack? There are a couple options out there: The Flaming Lips' 24-hour song, and the scarily bad Lulu. Or, you could listen to The Amp's spooky playlist, featuring tracks named after scary movies. Dozens of artists recorded songs that share titles with horror films, but we've collected the best of the goriest, from David Bowie and the Clash to Radiohead and the Misfits. Most of the time, the song was directly inspired by the movie (Roky Erickson's "I Walked With a Zombie"), and in some instances, the tune just happens to share a name with the blood-soaked picture (Ghostface Killah's "Child's Play" is about adolescence, not Chucky).
Below, watch the trailers for those scary flicks, and then listen to their namesake songs:
David Bowie's "Cat People"
Sonic Youth's "Hallowe'en"
Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining":
Ghostface Killah's "Child's Play"
City of theRead More »from The Amp’s Halloween Playlist: Songs Named After Scary Movies
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 9:59 PM EDT
Adele's 21 keeps selling at a monumental pace, but it's not all good news for the British songstress: She has canceled all of her 2011 tour dates in order to undergo throat surgery. Adele twice postponed U.S. tours after suffering from voice problems, most recently laryngitis, and when the doctors' order of vocal rest did not heal the singer's cords, surgery was the only solution. In addition to the canned American dates, six U.K. shows were also axed.
"It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011," a statement on the singer's official site reads. "She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments."
Fortunately for Adele, these last few months of 2011 are relatively quiet in terms of award shows, though she will miss theRead More »from Adele Goes on the Disabled List Until 2012 After Throat Surgery
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 8:10 PM EDT
Earlier this week, an old hair band called Kid Rocker accused Poison, and especially guitarist C.C. Deville, for stealing the riffs that eventually became the hits "Talk Dirty to Me" and "I Won't Forget You." It took over 25 years for the copyright infringement lawsuit to finally materialize, and less than a week for Bret Michaels and company to comment on the accusations. According to the Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood Esq. blog, Poison says Kid Rocker's claims have no merit, and that they'll seek to dismiss the lawsuit.
"Poison will vigorously defend against the baseless accusations alleged in the complaint," Poison's attorney Mark D. Passin said. "Obviously, if the Poison songs that are the subject of the complaint infringed any songs written by Plaintiffs [Kid Rocker's Billy McCarthy and James Stonich], they would have filed their lawsuit over 20 years ago when Poison released the albums on which the songs are embodied. It is unfortunate that success in the entertainment businessRead More »from Poison Say They Didn’t Steal ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ From a Hair Band No One Has Heard Of
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 6:35 PM EDT
Beavis and Butt-Head, our generation's greatest music video critics, returned to their poorly drawn purple couch on MTV last night after a 15-year hiatus. And they haven't aged a bit! (The same can't be said for creator Mike Judge's voice, as Beavis sounded more weathered, in a Tom Waits sort of way.) The Amp had some reservations about the return of our favorite animated duo, about whether their idiot schtick would still be funny after all these years off the air, whether they'd still mock music videos, etc. Incredibly, the humor, like the characters, hasn't gotten old. From Butt-Head's anti-Florida rant to Beavis discovering what "crying" is to the return of gym teacher Coach Buzzcut, the show's resurrection was a hilarious success.
More importantly: They watched music videos again, as well as clips from Jersey Shore ("Dammit, this is like another one of those episodes where they don't have sex and they don't fight.") and True Life: I'm Addicted to Porn, an MTV show about peopleRead More »from ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’: Still Funny and Idiotic After All These Years
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 4:29 PM EDT
The worst kept secret in music right now is Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. The NFL still hasn't confirmed the news -- the league customarily waits until the Thanksgiving games to announce the Super Bowl performers -- and the Material Girl herself hasn't commented on the report. Yet, that's not stopping details about Madonna's halftime extravaganza from reaching the public. According to Just Jared, the singer will perform "Give Me All Your Love," a single from her upcoming 12th album, at the February 5th game.
The song is described as "catchy," the most important of adjectives where singles are concerned. Martin Solveig, the French DJ responsible for that unavoidable "Hello" song, produced "Give Me All Your Love." But the best news: M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will reportedly appear on the track, and they'll also be at the Super Bowl when Madonna performs the song. Minaj and M.I.A., the most prestigious female rappers in music right now, previously collaboratedRead More »from Madonna Is Bringing M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to the Super Bowl
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 12:36 AM EDT
Need a terrifying way to spend Halloween? Instead of going to a corn maze or trick-or-treating while dressed as Nicki Minaj, sit down in front of the computer and listen to a new Flaming Lips song called "7 Skies H3." Not exactly Stephen King stuff, but there's a catch: The track is 24 hours long. Starting at midnight on October 31st, Oklahoma City time, Wayne Coyne will stream the band's newest aural Frankenstein. The song was originally packaged in one of those gummy skulls that the Lips have used to distribute tunes lately, but listen to "7 Skies H3"on the new website FlamingLips24HourSong.com. The site's Bookmarks icon is also a marijuana leaf, so that's a little clue on how this frightening track should be experienced.
The Amp fearlessly live-blogged the Lips' six-hour song "I Found a Star on the Ground," and that assignment was like mountain climbing while someone jackhammered our skull. It almost permanently ruined The Soft Bulletin for us. To take that long, long experienceRead More »from Waste Your Entire Halloween With a 24-Hour Flaming Lips Song
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Thu, Oct 27, 2011 11:06 PM EDT
From this point on, anytime you ever think about Reckoning or Automatic for the People, images of Bring It On and Crazy/Beautiful will pop into your head. R.E.M. called it quits last month, but not before filming a pair of videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," a new track off the band's upcoming greatest hits comp Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982 - 2011. And what better way to call it a career than with actress Kirsten Dunst.
The video is, no joke, the actress doing nothing for 3 minutes and 39 seconds. We shouldn't say "nothing," since at the 2:27 mark, Dunst takes her loose hair and assembles it into a ponytail. That's literally the Act II climax of the "Kirsten Version" of "We All Go Back To Where We Belong." It's like one of those experimental Warhol films they forced us to watch in film school. (On the bright side, the song's pretty excellent, and a nice way for R.E.M. to cease making music together.)
In the battle of bare bones, one-shot musicRead More »from Kirsten Dunst Presents the Last R.E.M. Music Video You Will Ever See
For a guy who lost two teeth and required stitches after falling on his face in the shower, Steven Tyler was in a chipper mood this morning discussing his bathroom accident with Today's Matt Lauer. He also shared some post-fall pictures, and it hurts just to look at them. The Aerosmith singer blamed his shower collapse on "Montezuma's Revenge," the dreaded tourist disease that temporarily wreaks havoc on a digestive system. "I took a walk with the Incans for 48 hours, I walked in looking like Baryshnikov and walked out looking like Leon Spinks." A retired ballerina and a retired boxer; Tyler apparently stopped caring about pop culture in the mid '80s.
(Not to get off-target, but a brief geography lesson: "Montezuma's Revenge" is an illness that strickens people visiting Mexico, not South America. Montezuma was also Aztec, not Incan. The Aerosmith tour opened up in Peru, the stronghold of the Incan empire and the one geographical detail Tyler got right, but he collapsed in Paraguay,Read More »from Steven Tyler Not Boozing, Needs Geography Lessons
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