Archive for January 8th, 2010

Rewind: The Week in Rock Daily

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Carr/Getty In an exclusive Q&A with Rolling Stone, Jack White talked about the 2000s — a decade that saw him front the White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather — the decline of the music industry and a possible solo LP. The new decade started in the grungiest way possible as two ’90s acts announced their triumphant returns: Soundgarden revealed that “school is back in session” and Courtney Love officially resurrected Hole by scheduling gigs in ...

Weekend Rock List: David Bowie

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Seventy-five years ago today Elvis Presley was born, and in 1947 a man named David Robert Jones—or David Bowie as we know him—arrived, too. (Also celebrating birthdays today: The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Jenny Lewis and R. Kelly. January 8th rocks.) As a gift to the Thin White Duke on his 63rd birthday, this weekend’s Rock List is dedicated to David Bowie songs. Leave your picks in the comments, and on Monday we’ll ...

David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd Arrive on U.K. Stamps

January 8th, 2010
Photo: David Parry/PA British letters have acquired a taste for rock music. Yesterday, the Royal Mail released a set of 10 special stamps featuring classic British album covers including David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies and Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. The Royal Mail was first created by Henry VIII in 1516 and continues to serve as the national postal service for ...

Randy Jackson Promises “Interesting Wrinkles” for Ninth Season of “American Idol”

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Michael Becker / FOX Randy Jackson predicts America has an “interesting, funny, different season” in store when the ninth cycle of American Idol kicks off next Tuesday on Fox. In a press conference earlier today Jackson assured reporters “this season we have some really good, bona fide, stand-in-your-shoes singers without all the props or all the affectations.” Look back at Idol’s Season Eight in photos. Permanent fourth judge Ellen DeGeneres won’t make her debut until Hollywood Week ...

Source: Dr. Murray Likely to Face Manslaughter for Jackson Death

January 8th, 2010
Photo: AFP/GettyThe investigation into Michael Jackson’s death appears to be drawing to conclusion, as a source tells the Associated Press that prosecutors will seek involuntary manslaughter charges against Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, KTLA reports. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide from acute intoxication of the powerful sedative Propofol, and Murray has long been the sole focus of the investigation since the King of Pop died of sudden cardiac ...

M.I.A. Teams With Blaqstarr, Verizon Workers for Summer Disc

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Sardella/WireImage When Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt chatted with global party-starter M.I.A. for our decade-end issue (read his Q&A here), the 34-year-old singer revealed that after five months of work, she was putting finishing touches on her follow-up to Kala, due this summer. She did much of the recording with producer Blaqstarr, who she says “simply makes music that sounds good, and I needed that. I definitely needed to come to music on this album, to ...

Flashback: Soundgarden Prepare to Reenter the “Superunknown”

January 8th, 2010
Last week, we received news of the first major reunion of this fresh decade when Chris Cornell announced “school is back in session” and a new Soundgarden Website. Since the Superunknown band split in 1997, Cornell has gone off to make music with Audioslave and Timbaland, Matt Cameron joined Pearl Jam, Kim Thayil was named one of Rolling Stone’s Greatest Guitarists of All Time and bassist Ben Shepherd played on Desert Sessions and worked with ...

Young Elvis Presley: A Look Back at the King on His 75th Birthday

January 8th, 2010
Photograph by Alfred Wetheimer courtesy of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live On this date in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, the King was born. Today marks what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, and to celebrate his legacy, we’re looking back at Presley’s historic career in the Rolling Stone archives. Plus, don’t miss exclusive photos from a new Grammy Museum exhibit showcasing Presley at age 21 when Elvismania was on the verge of exploding: • Photos ...

Is Leaving “Jersey Shore” Like Quitting the Beatles? Rob Sheffield on America’s Inner Guido

January 8th, 2010
Photo: MTV Like the rest of America, the Rolling Stone crew is addicted to MTV’s latest reality circus Jersey Shore, starring eight “guidos” and “guidettes” in search of love, parties and hair gel while sharing a beach house in New Jersey’s Seaside Heights. In addition to introducing us to characters like Snooki and Pauly D, practically every sentence uttered by this over-tanned crew is worthy of Bartlett’s Book of Quotations. For instance, when asked by In ...

Animal Collective Premiere Trippy “Brother Sport” Video

January 8th, 2010
The video for Animal Collective’s “Brother Sport,” the epic closing track from Merriweather Post Pavilion, was unveiled this morning on the band’s My Animal Home Website. Much like MPP itself, the “Brother Sport” video is a kaleidoscopic odyssey, featuring psychedelic animations, children straight out of Where the Wild Things Are running around meadows, neon interludes and the most insane Easter Egg painting session ever, all paced to the tribal beat of the six-and-a-half minute track. ...