Archive for January 4th, 2010

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Happy 50th Birthday, Michael Stipe

January 4th, 2010
Today, January 4th, 2010, marks the 50th birthday of R.E.M. frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Michael Stipe. The singer may not look a day over 37, but on this date in 1960 in Decatur, Georgia, the man who brought the music world Murmur, Monster and “Man on the Moon” was born. To celebrate a half-century of Stipe, we dive into the Rolling Stone archives to unearth some R.E.M.-related stories. Plus, check ...
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Tour Tracker: Wilco, Japandroids and Surfer Blood

January 4th, 2010
Wilco extend their 2010 trek — which includes a free show in celebration of Vancouver’s Winter Olympics — with 16 new U.S. dates. Plus, two up-and-coming indie rock acts plot out their own headlining tours: Surfer Blood hit the road on a jaunt that ends at SXSW, while Japandroids’ spring 2010 run kicks off with showcases at the Austin fest. Full dates for all three acts below: Wilco Feb. 7 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center Feb. 9 ...
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Vampire Weekend Talk “Contra,” Plus Read Rolling Stone’s Review

January 4th, 2010
Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated second album Contra isn’t due until next Tuesday, January 12th, but rather than testing the patience of their rabid fanbase any further, the New York band premiered their entire new LP on their MySpace Music page yesterday. The group had previously unveiled singles “Horchata” and “Cousins”. Rolling Stone recently spoke to Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Baio about recording their second album, how they captured the California sound without ever laying ...
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Readers’ Rock List: Party Songs

January 4th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Last week as we popped corks to celebrate the arrival of 2010 we asked for your favorite Party Songs. In the first Rock List of this new decade, the Beastie Boys’ anthem “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” reigns supreme, beating out tracks by the Fab Four, the King of Pop, Prince and Kiss. Plus, read reports from two of the biggest NYE parties — the Flaming Lips and Mariah ...
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Hot Chip Keep Heart, Beats Pumping on New Disc “One Life Stand”

January 4th, 2010
Two years after releasing their breakthrough disc Made in the Dark, British electro-pop group Hot Chip are set to return with One Life Stand, an 11-track set of smart, ass-shaking dance numbers that’s one of the year’s most anticipated indie records. (The disc hits stores on February 9th.) Over the course of four albums, Hot Chip have proven themselves to be the sensitive, heart-on-sleeve lads of the dance floor, mixing confessional lyrics with bracing beats ...
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Josh Klinghoffer Confirms He’s Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Guitarist

January 4th, 2010
Photo: Strauss/WireImage Last month John Frusciante confirmed he’s no longer a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now Josh Klinghoffer, who previously toured with the Peppers and was rumored to be Frusciante’s replacement, has revealed that he has officially joined the band, Music Radar reports. No official announcement has yet been made via the Peppers’ reps. The band is still scheduled to return to the stage later this month during Grammy weekend in Los Angeles ...
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Kanye West Back in the Studio, Inspired by “True Poets”

January 4th, 2010
Photo: Munoz/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic In his first blog post of the new decade, Kanye West revealed he’s back in the studio working on new music. West also expressed a desire to avoid the usual career trajectory of a hip-hop star, writing, “It’s funny how so many rappers get worse as their careers stretch out but true poets get better. We will follow in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, Gill Scott Herron [sic] and Nina Simone. Their work improved ...
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Jay-Z Turns “On To the Next One” Clip Into High-Concept Video Art

January 4th, 2010
Jay-Z unveiled the new video for his latest Blueprint 3 single “On To the Next One” when the clock struck midnight on December 31st. If Jigga’s New Year’s resolution was to produce music videos that are on a completely different visual plane than all other vids in hip-hop, then he’s off to a great start. “On To the Next One” is intercut with so many stunning black-and-white images that it seems like it was made ...
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Possible New Michael Jackson Song “Another Day” Leaks, Gets Yanked From Web

January 4th, 2010
The new year kicked off with a potentially new unearthed Michael Jackson song. A snippet of a track called “Another Day,” reportedly sung by the King of Pop, hit the Web over New Year’s weekend. “Another Day” appears to be Jackson’s version of Lenny Kravitz’s “Storm,” a song that appeared on the rocker’s 2004 album Baptism and featured a guest spot by Jay-Z. The Huffington Post writes that “Another Day” was reportedly a duet between ...
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News Ticker: Bono, Gregory Slay, David Bowie, “Celebrity Big Brother”

January 4th, 2010
Photo: Bedder/WireImage Bono started off 2010 with a new op-ed piece in the http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/opinion/03bono.html?pagewanted=1" target="blank">New York Times, listing off 10 ways to improve the world in the next decade. The U2 frontman’s countdown includes an arts festival celebrating Judaism, Christianity and Islam; immunizing with rotavirus vaccines; and greener, sexier cars. Former Remy Zero drummer Gregory Slay has died at age 40. The cause was cystic fibrosis, Spinner reports. After the band split in 2003, Slay won an ...