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The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institute and ad agency DDB for “Sumatran Tiger,” a song inspired by the endangered subspecies of tigers that inhabit the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Like the animal, the song is “endangered” itself, released on Earth Day (April 22) to 400 influencers from all walks of life (politicians, wildlife conservationalists, artists, journalists, etc.) on 400 vinyl albums, numbered after the remaining tigers estimated to still roam Sumatra. The vinyl albums themselves are “endangered,” designed to actually degrade and “disappear” over repeated listens. In order to reproduce the song, listeners with a USB-enabled record player are asked to upload the song or record it with their iPhone to keep the music alive.

Back when The Cocteau Twins played only 5 cities in the US – Columbus being one of them – the news media rolled out the red carpet for their appearance way back in 1985. How strange it must have been to the group.

On a side note, you know who loves Cocteau Twins? Prince. He talks in the latest MOJO Magazine about them being an an unexpected influence on ethereal new ballad TICTACTOE:

“We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.”

If you were watching David Letterman’s show on September 18, 1985, back when it was still on NBC and called Late Night with David Letterman, you saw a bit of TV history being made.
On that night, Letterman introduced his first “Top Ten” list. And, it all started almost 30 years ago, with the very first Letterman Top Ten List, the “Top Ten Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas.”
Here they are, in descending order:

10. Heats
9. Rice
8. Moss
7. Ties
6. Needs
5. Lens
4. Ice
3. Nurse
2. Leaks

And, the number one word that almost rhymes with peas is (drumroll):

1) Meats!

“When I was singing about ‘all you need is love,’ I was singing about something I hadn’t experienced,” John Lennon said in a newly-released interview animated by PBS’ Blank on Blank series. “I’d experienced love for people in gusts, and love for things, trees, things like that, but I hadn’t experienced what I was singing about.”

The reason they got married, he said, was because they “turned out to be romantics. If you love somebody, you can’t be with them enough. There’s no such thing. We don’t want to be apart.”

When you get famous, these are the obsessive types that come out of the woodwork. Everyone knows at least a little bit about Katy Perry, but is it possible that there is someone out there who knows more about Katy than Katy herself? Jimmy Kimmel found out by having Katy play one of her biggest fans in a round of “Who Knows Katy?”

Neil Young played a two-set solo acoustic show in Dallas last week filled with songs, as he does, from throughout his career and a number of covers. Towards the middle of the second set Young was telling the story behind his Martin D-28 guitar when an audience member cut him off by repeatedly yelling “Play it!”

See…Nobody tells Neil what to play, or do, or ask.

Young responded “I don’t think I’m going to play it” and went on to say, “I’m trying to remember the last time I did what somebody told me to do. What is this, a job?…How about you talk, and I’ll listen?” He then offered a fairly hard take on “Harvest Moon” he noted, “Funny — that song is not supposed to be angry, You get what you demand.”

Via JamBase