According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding investors out of almost $600,000 by promising to put on a benefit concert and release a compilation album featuring some big musicians to benefit the West Memphis Three, who were incarcerated for 18 years before being released after DNA evidence came to light that demonstrated their supposed innocence. Anderson said the benefit would feature appearances from Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and Johnny Depp. The compilation album would have had songs from Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Bruce Springsteen both with Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. All of the artists supposedly involved had no knowledge of the event. He pulled off the scheme mostly by impersonating people through e-mail, including Jon Landau, tour managers, and relatives of the West Memphis Three.
It’s pretty satisfying when we get to write a “Where’s The Beef” article involving actual beef, so here we go. According to an Associated Press report, Aretha Franklin stopped by a Lewiston, New York Johnny Rockets — the faux ’50s franchise that trades in nostalgia for bad hamburgers — and was yelled at by a staffer when she tried to sit down and eat a burger she had ordered to-go after performing at a sold out concert in the area. Franklin issued a statement about the incident because that’s a thing that famous people do when they’re upset and called the worker “very rude, unprofessional and nasty.” A spokesman for the restaurant responded with an apology, saying it was the work of a “new and very young employee” and said that she clarified the restaurant’s policy for takeout burgers with the staff member so this kind of atrocity doesn’t happen again.
On Tuesday night, Jack White took in a Cubs-Padres game as part of a three-ballparks-in-three-nights promo and probably had a fine time. But he also made the mistake of showing a range of human emotions in the Friendly Confines. A TV camera caught the rocker’s grumpy mug and it instantly went viral. So we had a caption contest. Thanks to the hundreds of you who submitted image macros and thanks to the dozens of you who followed the rules for getting an image to display in the comments. As promised, the highest-voted submission is below, follow by the usual best/worst comments of the week roundup. (Also, White will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Tigers game on Tuesday.)
Ryan Adams played a new song called “My Wrecking Ball” at the Newport Folk Festival yesterday. It’ll appear on his self-titled album, which comes out in September. “It’s, like, a protest song protesting the death of my grandmother,” is how he introduced the song. We’ve already heard the studio version of “Gimme Something Good” and a live rendition of “Stay With Me.” You can also hear a stream of the whole set over on NPR. Watch below.
Lana Del Rey’s press cycle for Ultraviolence is almost over, which means fewer stories about how she wants to die (or not). And recently, the writer of the Rolling Stone cover story shared some tidbits that didn’t make it into the article. Apparently, she’s taken a year off of her age — she’s 29, not 28. Her parents have only had a reaction to one of her lyrics: “My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola,” which her dad thought was funny and her mom did not. And she used to date a record label executive (possibly who “Fucked My Way Up To The Top” is about) but he never had anything to do with her career — she says “it was a lifestyle thing.” If you’re into that sort of thing, there’s more where that came from here. Anyway, she’s also shared three remixes of the title track from her album and you can listen to them below.
If you follow Grimes on Twitter, you’d know that she’s a borderline obsessive fan of Game Of Thrones. For a while, her Twitter name was Grimes Of Tarth, a reference to a character named Brienne. This weekend, all her dreams came true at Comic-Con when she got to shake hands with author George R. R. Martin, attend the GOT panel, and sit on the Iron Throne (along with boyfriend James Brooks, who just put out an album under Default Genders recently). The whole time she was wearing socks and sandals, which she defends as “comfortable.” Check out all of her tweets and Instagrams from her adventures below.
Native American headdresses have become one of the more troubling fashion trends recently, but it looks like one Canadian fest is trying to put a stop to it. Canada’s EDM festival Bass Coast has banned attendees from wearing the accessory. In a statement, they said, “We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated … Bass Coast festival takes place on indigenous land and … we feel our policy aligns with [aboriginal peoples'] views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.” Both Pharrell and Wayne Coyne have come under fire for this kind of cultural appropriation, which has become a fad among the Instagram-chic crowd, who coincidentally are mostly the people attending EDM festivals. Security guards will be enforcing the ban. This year’s Bass Coast takes place from 8/1 through 8/4.
It was a good week for songs. Any week whose 5 Best Songs includes seven artists including Danny Brown, Ezra Koenig, Jessie Ware, Rustie, SBTRKT, Shura, and Spoon? That is a good week for songs. And you know what? You could maybe even argue that a few others shoulda been squeezed on there, too. Do that in the comments. Have a great weekend in real life. Spin these tracks in both scenarios.