Season one of the great HBO show True Detective just came to a close. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were phenomenal as the stars, but they’ve made it clear that they won’t return to the show for a second season. Next season will follow two completely different detectives on a different case. There has been speculation about which actors will be tapped to play those roles. Jimmy Kimmel “revealed” the identities of those actors and give you an exclusive sneak preview of True Detective season two.
From Rolling Stone:
Earlier this week, Skrillex announced an upcoming U.S. tour to correspond with an app released last Friday titled “Alien Ride.” The app contained a folder with 11 hidden objects, which the Los Angeles EDM producer revealed Monday night as his debut full-length album Recess.
Fans who downloaded the app began to see songs unlock at 6:30 p.m. Monday, with a new song unlocking every 30 minutes. The full album isn’t officially released until March 18th, but is streaming on iTunes via “First Play” for one week.
While the surprise album ostensibly stems from Beyonce’s release last year, Tim Smith, Skrillex’s manager, told Rolling Stone that that earliest inspiration was Nine Inch Nails’ 2007 album Year Zero, which saw Trent Reznor scatter clues online and drop thumb drives in random spots around the world. “We were thinking of doing a sort of Easter egg thing,” says Smith. “But [Skrillex] is more direct than that. I didn’t want to confuse people or put them on a scavenger hunt.”
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Three studio quality demo recordings have become available that were made as part of the process of recording Pink Floyd’s Animals album.
One of my personal favourite albums, “Animals” is a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain, and features blistering guitar from David Gilmour, but everyone is at the top of their game here.
Sheep has the old Raving And Drooling lyrics, Dogs has Waters and Gilmour singing each others lead vocal parts and completely different guitar solos from the finished work. Pigs doesn’t have all the final overdubs but is quite similar to the album version.
Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you’re told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.
From DIY Musician:
2013 is over. And while I hope it was a good year for you and your music, I’m sure you want to make 2014 even better, right?
Below you’ll find tips relating to a few different areas of your music career, but I’m sure they’ll all be useful.
And if you apply them all, I guarantee you will take steps forward this year.
How to take your music career to the next level in the new year
Map out your main goals for 2014. Be sure they’re S.M.A.R.T goals, as in Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timed. This will help keep you on track with what needs to be done.
Focus on quality over quantity. Don’t try and record 40 songs in the coming year; make 12-16 which will sound good alongside the top songs in your genre. Spend the rest of the time marketing these songs.
Make sure you have a website. This will be both your online CV, as well as a place where fans can find out all there is to know about you. A knowledgeable fan is often a more loyal fan.
Make sure your website is super attractive and easy to navigate. There’s no point having a website if it drives potential fans away, so be sure it looks good and is easy to use. Hostbaby has a lot of good designs, so you may want to go there if you haven’t got a site yet.
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lobal superstar George Michael will release his first album in seven years whenSYMPHONICA, arrives in stores March 18th on Island Records in the U.S. SYMPHONICA is available for pre-order now in a Standard version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaSTD and Deluxe version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaDLX. The album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and George Michael, was recorded during the wildly successful 2011-12 ‘Symphonica’ tour of the UK and Europe. The first single released to support the album will be the dramatic ballad “Let Her Down Easy.”
A studio version of “Let Her Down Easy” is the subject of a provocative new video directed by Vaughan Arnell, one of the UK’s most innovative music video directors. To view the “Let Her Down Easy” video, go to: www.vevo.com/watch/george-michael/let-her-down-easy/GBUV71400065.
The universally acclaimed ‘Symphonica’ tour found George performing a selection of songs from a remarkable career which has spanned over 30 years, as well as covering some of his favorite songs. Such beloved signatures as “A Different Corner,” “Praying For Time” and “One More Try” blossom in their concert setting, alongside such intriguing gems as “John And Elvis Are Dead” and the gorgeous “Through.” George breathes new life into the swing era standard “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and the Oscar-nominated “Wild Is The Wind,” popularized by a host of artists from Johnny Mathis to David Bowie.
The ‘Symphonica’ tour made history in September 2012 when George became the first contemporary pop artist to play the prestigious Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris. A television special documenting that historic concert performance will air worldwide. It will be seen in the U.S. on Sunday, April 13th on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
During a career which began in 1959, 14-time Grammy Award®-winner Phil Ramone produced legendary artists includingTony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Stevie Wonder, among many others. Ramone and George Michael enjoyed a magical working relationship, prior to SYMPHONICA they worked on George’s 1999 album, Songs From The Last Century. SYMPHONICA was the final work of Phil Ramone, who died in March 2013, at age 79.
George Michael has been a pop music superstar for over 30 years. He has sold over 115 million records from the earliest days of the much-loved Wham! in the 1980s, through a solo career which has transformed him from teen idol to icon, via a succession of superlative albums and groundbreaking tours. After his 1987 debut solo album Faith sold over 25 million copies, George went on to craft a substantial body of work. Along the way, he has worked with such greats as Stevie Wonder,Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Beyonce.
TRACKLISTING FOR SYMPHONICA:
1. Through (Live)
2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live)
3. A Different Corner (Live)
4. Praying For Time (Live)
5. Let Her Down Easy (Live)
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Live)
7. Feeling Good (Live)
8. John and Elvis Are Dead (Live)
9. One More Try (Live)
10. Cowboys and Angels (Live)
11. Idol (Live)
12. Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Live)
13. Wild is the Wind (Live)
14. You’ve Changed (Live)
15. I Remember You (Live) – digital pre-order bonus track
18 months ago, German technical guy and YouTuber Ultrawipf uploaded a video of a synth made entirely from floppy disk drives performing an instrumental version of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”.
Marc Almond of Soft Cell has just uploaded a version with his original vocal. Good on him for not just knowing about the original viral video, but taking an initiative and having fun with it!
Muhammad Ali’s “I Am the Greatest!” is as much of a novelty record as you can get, part spoken word bragging, part singing. I like to bring this up whenever someone complains about actors or sports figures making an album or a music video. If Ali, the greatest boxer and one of the biggest personalities of the 20th century, a man who had it all, still had something empty inside him to want to be a rock star, then it’s fair game for anyone else. Ali’s album was noticed for one big reason – it contained a bit of backing vocals by his friend, Sam Cooke.
Here’s Ali andCooke harmonizing on a BBC sports program.
David Bowie has reportedly offered to write new music with Claudia Lennear, a former backing singer and star of Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
Lennear revealed that Bowie, with whom she was romantically linked in the 1970s, called her “out of the blue” to offer his services and that she intends to take him up on the proposal. The backing singer, who is said to have inspired Bowie’s song “Lady Grinning Soul“, told the New York Post that she has been shocked by the success the film in which she stars has brought.
“I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue two days ago,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it when I first heard his voice. We haven’t seen each other in 20 years… He told me he wanted to write my next project.”
“This is bringing so many gifts back from my past,” she added, before saying that she “will definitely hold David [Bowie] to his promise”.