Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams is a new collection of previously
unheard songs performed by the country great recorded by artists including Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon
Helm. The songs in the set were rescued from notebooks left behind by Williams
after he died in 1953 at the age of 29, but were completed by the artists, who
each put their own distinct spin on the raw material. Jack White's "You Know
That I Know" is a highlight of the set that finds the White Stripes frontman tapping
into the country folk magic of Williams' body of work while staying true to his
own voice. The album will hit stores tomorrow, but you can preview the song
- Matthew Perpetua | The Rolling Stone Blog – Mon, Oct 3, 2011 9:19 AM EDT
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has reportedly acquired a sex tape featuring a young Tupac Shakur that was apparently
shot in 1991. According to the gossip site, Shakur is seen in the video
receiving oral sex from a groupie while rapping and dancing along to one of his
own unreleased songs. Shakur, who has a cocktail in one hand and a blunt in the
other, also throws an arm around Money B from Digital Underground at one point,
with no disruption in the action.
TMZ says that the person in possession of the five-minute tape
intends to release it soon, and that there could be more footage on the way.
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- Andy Greene | The Rolling Stone Blog – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 3:07 PM EDT
Back in the days of Total Request Live, the three members of Blink-182
seemed to have barely distinguishable personalities. But anyone who has
ever spent time with Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom Delonge knows
that was never true. They are three drastically different men with very
different ideas of what the band should sound like, and how they should
evolve as a collective unit. Those problems came to a boiling point in
2005 and they took a four-year break. They reformed for a reunion tour
in 2009, and spent the last two years recording their new album Neighborhoods.
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Performing Arts Center a couple of weeks ago. Tom spent his afternoon
working on future Angels and Airwaves projects, while Travis focused on
his extensive fitness regime, and Mark met with fans and worked on his
Fuse television show Hoppus on Music. We sat down with them
separately to talk about how the band has learned to function as a unit
after such a
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy knows that critics have started
tagging his band as "dad rock" - but as far he's concerned, that
shouldn't be an insult. "I recently had a revelation about it," he says in a new interview with Men's Journal.
"When people say dad rock, they actually just mean rock.
There are a lot of things today that don't have anything to do with rock
music, so when people hear something that makes them think, 'This is
derived from some sort of continuation of the rock ethos,' it gets
labeled dad rock. And, to me, those people are misguided. I don't find
anything undignified about being a dad or being rocking, you know?"
In the interview, Tweedy also discusses Wilco's long-term future:
("it would be more like John Prine or Leonard Cohen - people who have
been allowed to grow old"), his work-out regime (he likes "an uphill
climb"), how his son Sammy was inspired to sing by Yoko Ono, and more.
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- Steve Baltin | The Rolling Stone Blog – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 10:28 AM EDT
returns to Los Angeles' John Anson Ford Amphitheatre for the first time
since 1989 on October 3rd and 4th - and Perry Farrell can't wait.
"I'm pretty psyched about it," Farrell tells Rolling Stone.
The two gigs at the 1400-person capacity theatre are part of a six-show
tour that already stopped at Chicago's Metro and wraps up at New York's
Irving Plaza October 17th and 18th, with stops in between at Florida's
DeLuna Fest and Atlantic City's House Of Blues.
Farrell promises the intimate shows will recall the late
Eighties/early Nineties days of "Juana's Addicion." "This is gonna be
like a low-down, dirty club show for people to see Jane's Addiction up
close," he says.
The October 18th Irving Plaza show coincides with the release of the group's highly anticipated new album, The Great Escape Artist.Read More »from Perry Farrell Promises ‘Low-Down, Dirty Club Show’ for Jane’s Addiction Gigs
The album will get the large-scale live production next year. "I have
the set already in my mind," he says. "It's going to be different than
what we're doing now. And we'll
have shot down rumors that they were planning to perform at the Occupy
Wall Street protests in Manhattan this afternoon. According to a tweet from the Wall Street Journal, the band's spokesperson has told them that "we can officially say it's not happening."
According to the Occupy Wall Street site,
the band were set to perform at Liberty Plaza at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
As of yet it is unclear whether the band is backing out of actual
plans, or if this was only wishful thinking on the part of protesters
and fans shut out of the band's two sold-out performances at the Roseland Ballroom
earlier this week. It's possible the group had intended to play in
support of the loosely organized protest against the excesses of the
financial industry, but canceled out of concern that they would be held
liable if crowds got out of hand and people were injured.
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"I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time playing the guitar," says the Rolling Stones
frontman. "There's an underlying problem of this screen life taking
over all of your life. It's easy to keep in touch with people, some of
whom I wish I'd never kept in touch with. But there they are on
Facebook! You can spend a lot of time on that when you should be doing
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- Rolling Stone | The Rolling Stone Blog – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 3:05 PM EDT
"Illson 2012," the latest track from Queens hip-hop heroes Mobb Deep, was produced by Aaron LaCrate for his Milkcrate Athletics
clothing line. The song brings LaCrate's aesthetic full circle by
paying homage to the t-shirt design that made his brand famous. "I
wanted to produce a track with the group that inspired the Illson
t-shirt design, Mobb Deep," says LaCrate. "The t-shirt was worn by
everyone from Jay-Z to Eminem, so it's kind of amazing to me to be able
to produce the real 'Illson 2012' song with Mobb Deep, some of New
York's most important MCs."
You can download the track for free here.
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The members of Bloc Party are insisting that they have not fired
frontman Kele Okereke, despite recently heading into the studio without
the singer. "Kele's been pretty busy doing solo stuff and it looks like
he's going to be doing that a bit longer," guitarist Russell Lissack told the NME.
"The other three of us wanted to meet up and make music. We were
talking about just doing an instrumental thing, but now we might get a
singer as well, to properly put some music out and play some shows."
Photos: Bloc Party at Siren Festival 2010
band further clarified that they have not changed their lineup in a
post to their website, which depicted the four members of the group as
cartoon characters with the caption "See you soon." Okereke, who had speculated that he had been quietly fired from the band in a recent interview with the NME, responded with a post on his blog in which he wrote, "A big part of me is laughing HARD at all of this but another part of me is all like WTF?"
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- Erica Futterman | The Rolling Stone Blog – Thu, Sep 29, 2011 11:33 AM EDT
In last night's episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Beastie Boy
Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz showed up to test the chefs' abilities to
incorporate savory ingredients into sweet treats. The eight contestants
had to pick two ingredients out of the Top Chef: Just Desserts
Beastie Boys Pantry, which was stocked with foods mentioned in Beastie
Boys tunes, from "Brass Monkey" to "Hold It Now, Hit It." Their task was
to use the nontraditional ingredients to craft desserts to be eaten at a
street art exhibit.
After the chefs picked ingredients including a 40 oz. bottle of beer,
ham, hot butter, pork and beans and cheddar cheese, the catch was
revealed: in a moment of "sabotage," each chef picked a third ingredient
to pass on to another competitor. The resulting dishes included "pork
& bean brownie, pine nut cream, naked ravioli and tomato stick,"
"sweet pomme frites with sweet and savory sauces" and "popcorn panna
cotta, spicy cucumber air, bacon caramel and popcorn glass."
Ad-Rock sat on theRead More »from Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz Goes Culinary on ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’
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