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Kanye West has come a long way since his days as a new rapper in 1997, – he’s a songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. He is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, attracting praise for his work and outspoken public persona. A previously unreleased beat tape has appeared online, and you can check it out below.

Not many bands can boast that the third concert they ever played was opening for Jane’s Addiction, but the Smashing Pumpkins were never like many other bands. Formed in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the great alt.rock bands and hit all the marks in music I love: gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica. Here they are performing songs from their first demo tape on a local Chicago television show, The Pulse back in the same year, with only a handful of gigs under their belt.

1. There It Goes
2. She
3. Under Your Spell
4. My Eternity
5. Bleed
6. Nothing And Everything
7. Jennifer Ever
8. Death Of A Mind (Sun)
9. Spiteface

One day after revealing that singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, iconic Canadian band, The Tragically Hip have released the dates of their upcoming cross-Canada tour. The tour kicks off on July 22 in Victoria, BC before wrapping in Kingston, ON on August 20. Man Machine Poem, the group’s 14th studio album, will be released on June 17.

Tickets for the Man Machine Poem Tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 3 at 10am at www.livenation.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 31 at 10am local time through Thursday, June 2 at 10pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem Tour

Friday, July 22 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Sunday, July 24 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Thursday, July 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Monday, August 1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Friday, August 5 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Monday, August 8 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Wednesday, August 10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Friday, August 12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tuesday, August 16 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
Thursday, August 18 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Saturday, August 20 Kingston, ON Rogers K-Rock Centre

First he canceled his meet and greets, and next imposed a no-photo policy in public. Now, Justin Bieber is not enjoying award shows. He took to Instagram and wrote about his dislike of these events, coupled with a photo of sheep grazing. I write this with the best intentions, and treatment of all artists: Again, good on him for not wanting to do what he doesn’t want to do, but I hope he doesn’t start to hate all the good things music used to do for him.

I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it's not my strong point

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The Pineapple Thief have revealed the first full track, entitled “No Man’s Land”  from their highly anticipated new album – Your Wilderness due for release on August 12.

Your Wilderness, their 11th studio album, showcases the band performing without any inhibitions providing a springboard for the ongoing creative growth of The Pineapple Thief.

For the first time, The Pineapple Thief has brought in several special guest performers. “Since our last album Magnolia, the most eye catching change is obviously having Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) contribute drums throughout the album” explains Bruce Soord.  “This has not only redefined our sound but also redefined how we approached the songs as a band.  Gavin’s drumming is technically brilliant but also incredibly musical, and it inspired all of us to raise our game.  I’ve also rediscovered my progressive roots in terms of song-writing and arrangement.  Added to that, we were lucky enough to have John Helliwell from Supertramp contribute some beautiful clarinet parts and Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan) provided a string quartet. We were also joined by a lovely 4 piece choir and to cap it all off, my friend Darran Charles (Godsticks) added some jaw dropping guitar playing… You’ve never heard a The Pineapple Thief album like this one!  I am convinced people will love this record as much as we do.”

Your Wilderness was recorded entirely by the band with the exception of the drums, which Gavin Harrison produced & engineered at his own studio. The string quartet which was recorded at Geoffrey’s own studio in Canterbury. The album was mixed and produced by Bruce Soord and Steve Kitch with mastering duties also carried out by Steve. There will be a special lossless 5.1 surround mix available with the special edition mixed by Bruce.

Seen as one of the most vital rock bands the UK has produced over the last two decades, The Pineapple Thief was formed in 1999 by founder and chief songwriter Bruce Soord. The band has steadily evolved and refined its sound with the bass playing of Jon Sykes and the production and keyboards of Steve Kitch now so integral to the sound.  “After so many years, The Pineapple Thief has become way bigger than the sum of its parts.” explains Soord.

The Pineapple Thief will be playing Be Prog My Friend Festival in Barcelona, Spain on 1st July and is currently booking a European tour for late 2016 and planning live shows in USA / Canada.

Your Wilderness Album Tracklisting
1. In Exile (05:40)
2. No Man’s Land (04:20)
3. Tear You Up (4:53)
4. That Shore (04:36)
5. Take Your Shot (04:34)
6. Fend For Yourself (03:49)
7. The Final Thing On My Mind (09:52)
8. Where We Stood (03:46)

Squeeze, the enduring British pop act whose songs have tenderly and wittily chronicled life and love stretching across four decades, are to play an extensive UK tour in the autumn – their first, as a band, for three years. As well as a vast catalogue including hits such as Cools For Cats, Up The Junction and Tempted, it will include songs from forthcoming album From The Cradle To The Grave, which marks their first collection of new tracks since 1998.

Squeeze have long been a captivating live act with an array of chart hits – which also includes the likes of Take Me I’m Yours, Slap And Tickle and Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) – but for this tour there is a further treat with new tracks which will appear on From The Cradle To The Grave. Some of the songs, including the title track, were taking shape as the band performed their Pop-Up Shop tour in 2012 and later this year they will be the basis for their first album of all-new material since Domino in 1998. Squeeze’s last studio release, Spot The Difference in 2010, saw them reworking many of their best known hits dating back to the early days of their career, in order to give them more creative control over their catalogue.

The group first formed in 1974, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn got back together eight years ago to relaunch Squeeze.

Glenn says: “We split in 1998 after the release of Domino. Chris and I were not getting on so well, we needed a break and to follow our own paths for a bit. We slowly but surely came back together as people, and then reformed Squeeze in 2007. Originally, this was only planned as a short reunion, but things went so well, here we are eight years later. Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material.”

Chris says of their fresh songs: “We’ve grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. For the first five years back together, we were saying ‘this is where we came from’. Now, this is where we are. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow.”

Many of the new songs will feature in a forthcoming TV comedy series Cradle To Grave, providing the backdrop for the episodes which are based on the life of their old friend Danny Baker, the writer and broadcaster. The eight-part run, set in the 1970s, is an adaptation of Danny’s autobiography Going To Sea In a Sieve and he has co-written the programmes with award-winning scriptwriter and producer/director Jeff Pope.

It will star comedian Peter Kay as Danny’s father Fred and Lucy Speed as the presenter’s mother Bet. NME writer turned TV presenter and DJ Danny was brought up in Deptford, the old stomping ground of the band, and Squeeze were asked to become involved at an early stage.

Glenn recalls: “When I read the book, I got in contact with Danny and said that I thought we could do something together with his book. Danny was already talking with Jeff Pope about a TV series and the mood and sentiment of Cradle were completely in sync. Danny and Jeff both loved it and everything else followed on from there.”

When the team behind the show heard From The Cradle To The Grave, they were so impressed that it was used as the inspiration for the name of the show. Chris, who also manages young rock act The Strypes, says: “The scripts were inspiring; hugely funny. It tapped into a period that lyrically I was very familiar with as I grew up in the same neighbourhood as Danny.

”We have been on location to see how it is going. It gave us a spring in our step to see the quality of filming and the direction and the attention to detail. It was very heartening and we are grateful to be involved in something that is so refreshing and also represents our past – we went to the same school, wore the same uniform, fell in love with same art teacher!

Chris had been a huge fan of Danny’s eclectic musical tastes, as showcased on his radio shows which have seen him on the airwaves at Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9. But he muses: “I didn’t really have much to do with him when he was at NME. It’s really only the last five or 10 years really. He came to my 50th birthday party and we remembered where we had both come from.”

Chris and Glenn hit the road as a duo to great acclaim in 2014, strengthening further their once fragile bond, but the dates this autumn mark their first tour, since their Pop-up Shop shows in 2012, as Squeeze with the rest of the group.

Support on the tour will come from poet and punk godfather Dr John Cooper Clarke, the bard of Salford. John shot to fame in the 1970s for his quickfire delivery of dry, biting and hilarious satirical verse, touring with the likes of The Clash and Sex Pistols. The tousled, raven-haired creator of (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space, Evidently Chickentown and Beasley Street has gone on to collaborate with Arctic Monkeys and been a panellist on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You. He recently recorded a new version of 1960s hit MacArthur Park with Hugh Cornwell and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.

Cradle To The Grave Tour
September 2016

21st Sept – Scottsdale, AZ
22nd Sept – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
23rd Sept – Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, CA
24th Sept – Music Tastes Good Festival, Long Beach, CA
27th Sept – Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
28th Sept – Great American Music Hall, San Fransisco, CA
30th Sept – Elsinore Theatre, Salem, OR

October 2016

1st Oct – Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
2nd Oct – Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
3rd Oct – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
6th Oct – Egyptian, Boise, ID
7th Oct – Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
10th Oct – The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
11th Oct – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
13th Oct – NJ Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ
14th Oct – The Keswick, Glenside, PA
15th Oct – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
16th Oct – The Paramount, Huntington, NY
17th Oct The Wilbur, Boston, MA

Cheap Trick drummer and 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bun E. Carlos announced the release of his new solo album, “Greetings From Bunezuela!,” on June 24th, 2016. The collection features 13 rock songs, 11 of which are covers, including “Armenia City in The Sky” (The Who), “Idea” (The Bee Gees) or “Tell Me” (The Rolling Stones).

The album features Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Xeno (original Cheap Trick vocalist), Hanson, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), John Stirratt (Wilco), Nicholas Tremulis, Alex Dezen (Damnwells), Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day), and members of Candy Golde and the Monday Night Band.

The first single, “Do Something Real,” features Robert Pollard on vocals, and is a remake of a solo Pollard song that was released in 1999. The song is available now digitally.

Carlos is the drummer for the legendary rock band Cheap Trick, drumming countless hits like “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender,” “Dream Police,” and “If You Want My Love.”

In 2009, Bun E. Carlos joined Tinted Windows with Hanson singer Taylor Hanson, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger. The critically acclaimed power-pop-band released an eponymous record and played several shows. In 2011, Bun E. Carlos joined Candy Golde with Nicholas Tremulis, John Stirratt (Wilco), Rick Rizzo, (Eleventh Dream Day), and Mark Greenburg (The Coctails). Candy Golde released a 5-song EP, 10” record, debuted at SXSW, and still record and perform, though sporadically.

Tracklisting for “Greetings From Bunezuela!”
1 Do Something Real (feat. Robert Pollard)
2 Armenia City In The Sky (feat. John Stirratt)
3 Him Or Me (feat. Hanson)
4 I Love You No More (feat. Alex Dezen)
5 Tell Me (feat. Alejandro Escovedo)
6 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (feat. Dave Pirner)
7 Let The Mystery Be (feat. Xeno)
8 Idea (feat. Robert Pollard)
9 Les Cactus (feat. Nicholas Tremulis)
10 I Can Only Give You Everything (feat. Rick Rizzo)
11 Slow Down (feat. Alejandro Escovedo)
12 Count On Me (feat. Xeno)
13 I Don’t Mind (feat. Alex Dezen)

We’re not in a bad period where everybody is evil, or where everybody is buying into all this stuff. A lot of people are just confused.

I mean… the way things are, they’re a lot worse than they were in the early seventies. It’s an atmosphere that I recognize. It’s the atmosphere that made me do Horses. Because I looked around and thought “What the hell’s going on?”, you know, “what’s wrong with people?” They’re forgetting who they are. And um, in some ways, we’re forgetting who we are. New generations will make records or write poems or get involved in politics. There are always good people that are ready to make change. And you know, I feel discouraged sometimes, especially in my country – my country is very discouraging. But on the other hand, I just, I don’t know what it is…but…I mean life is beautiful.

We have a relatively short life span. But of all the things that we can get, you know, all the material things, life is the best thing that we have. And if you’re living and you’re breathing, you have a chance. And I just think at any moment people can start turning things around. You know, for me, just the fact that you asked a question like that, I think is optimistic.

I still feel young. I don’t feel like like your grandma I’m talking to you. You know – we’re like two humans…not that there’s anything wrong with a grandma. I’m just saying that I don’t feel severed by that. Because what we’re doing is we’re communicating. And that’s what…that’s how change will be made. And uh…I don’t know, it’s a rough time. All I can say is you know, try to be happy and take care of your teeth.

Drink a lot of water. And take care of your teeth, because if you don’t, it’s really a drag when you get older. So keep your teeth clean. I really spend a lot of time talking to people about their teeth because my generation had the worst teeth and the worst dental care. And when you get older, it’s a pain in the ass.

People think ‘It’s just your teeth’ and so they’re worried about their kidneys or their liver. But your teeth are really important. So, take care of your teeth as best you can. Drink a lot of water. Cultivate your mind. And try to be happy. Because the world is fucked up. I can’t pretend, or say “Oh, it’s not as bad as you think.” Yes, dear, the world is fucked up.

And a lot of reasons it’s fucked up is my country. But with all that, as an individual…I tell my kids too…you know…you like to think of yourself like a captain, and you’ve got this little boat. And sometimes the weather’s good, and you’re just sailing, and sometimes big storms hit, and you know, you’re in a stormy sea, but just ride it out, ride it out. Because it’s good to be alive.

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