Fear Of Men, who released their debut album Loom earlier this year, have put out a cover of Ty Segall’s “Sleeper,” from his 2013 album of the same name. The Brighton-based four-piece turns the hushed strumming of the original into a layered, sparkling dreamscape, with frontwoman Jess Weiss’ feathery vocals giving the song a softer touch. Listen below.
People are still mad about the way Apple handled the delivery of U2′s surprise new album Songs Of Innoncence, which makes it ripe for parody. Conan did just that last night in the form of a commercial in Apple’s characteristically minimal style. An Apple exec sings the praises of the Irish band while two innocent people who had the U2 album forced on them give their own testimonies. “I deleted the new U2 album, but I still remember hearing it so it’s almost like I still have it. And I hate it. So I really want Apple to do something about it,” one of them says. They offer an interesting way to completely forget about the new album, if deleting it from iTunes wasn’t enough. Watch below.
When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with absolute abject horror. Today, the album plays as a piece of top-shelf MOR pop music; it’s a whole hell of a lot better than anyone was willing to give it credit for being at the time. But I always thought it was weird, in interviews, that Phair was defending herself by saying she never considered herself an indie rocker, that she’d always wanted to make pop music. If she came across as being slightly disingenuous there, it’s only because those two things didn’t need to be mutually exclusive. Phair had already been making indie rock that fizzed and bubbled and charged like pop music. She’d already been writing the sorts of melodies that you wish you could breathe in and make a part of your body chemistry. Exile In Guyville, Phair’s 1993 debut, got attention for its audacious lyrics, but it’s a road-trip classic because of those impossible-to-shake hooks. And if Whip-Smart, the album she released a year later, didn’t shake the earth quite like Exile did, it has a few moments that pop harder than anything else she ever ended up recording.
Johnny Depp has been bros with Ryan Adams for a long time, and he played guitar on “Aching For More,” the B-side of Adams’ recent “Gimme Something Good” 7″ single. And last night, when Adams and his band played London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Depp joined them onstage to wear a big stupid hat and to play guitar on two songs. One of those songs, improbably enough, was a cover of Danzig’s howling metal classic “Mother.” And I know what you’re thinking: Yes, Johnny Depp did play the John Christ guitar solo, or at least a blusier variation thereof. It was pretty impressive, honestly. Depp also helped out on “Kim,” a song from Adams’ recent self-titled album. It’s been a little while since Depp’s had a hit movie, so it’s good to see that he’s got another career option open to him; I can’t think of any good reason why he couldn’t do this full-time. Watch the fan-made videos below.
It seems like Japan is the only place where the CD still reigns supreme, at least compared to the dire market for the aging platform in the rest of the world. According to a new report from The New York Times, CDs still make up about 85% of album sales in the country, compared to just 57.2% in the U.S. market. The article speculates that the reason why Japan is still so attached to CDs is a business culture that “still views the digital business with suspicion” mixed with a market that values collectibles, which is why greatest hits compilations still do so well in the Japanese market. The CD market is also lucrative for record companies in the country because of retailer restrictions that limit the price of new CDs to more than $20.
Guided By Voices already broke up once, and very ceremoniously so, with a lengthy 2004 farewell tour culminating in a New Year’s Eve blowout in Chicago. The Ohio indie-rock legends reunited their classic mid-’90s lineup in 2010 for a run of shows that turned out to be semi-endless, and in January 2012 they released the comeback album Let’s Go Eat The Factory, which turned out to be the first of six LPs in just over two years. Now GBV’s second run has come to a close with far less fanfare than the first time around. As The Music Charger points out, the band recently canceled its remaining 2014 tour dates and posted this message on its official website:
When he was playing Boston’s Fenway Park last night, Jack White went into a pretty funny tirade against Rolling Stone, and he also made a quick crack about the Foo Fighters having three guitarists onstage “playing the same parts.” Today, the Foo Fighters made their official response on Twitter:
Football season is pretty awkward this year. There’s a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have been accused of battering women and children lately — that is, if the whole concussion thing didn’t already have you feeling vaguely queasy about otherwise amazing moments like this. A seemingly endless parade of NFL players have faced allegations of domestic violence in recent weeks, a shit list including Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, and Jonathan Dwyer. And those are just this year’s examples! That particular sport has become so inextricable from that particular crime that it’s now almost impossible to enjoy the one without the other lingering in the back of your mind. In other words, watching NFL football has become a lot like listening to a Chris Brown record.