Archive for January, 2010

Taxpayer Asks Michael Jackson Estate to Repay L.A. for Memorial

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Photo: DJANSEZIAN/AFP/GettyThe grand Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles last July reportedly cost the cash-strapped city millions of dollars in police overtime and sanitation expenses, and now one angry resident wants the King of Pop’s family to foot the bill. According to the AP, Jose F. Vallejo is seeking $3.3 million from Jackson’s estate, saying he’s entitled to request the funds as a taxpayer. He’s requested that the money be deposited into Los Angeles’ ...

Lil Wayne Unveils “On Fire” Video as “Rebirth” Disappears

January 7th, 2010
Unless you’re one of the 500 Amazon shoppers who erroneously received a copy of Lil Wayne’s Rebirth, you likely aren’t holding a copy of the MC’s long-awaited rock-inspired album in your hands right now — and you won’t be anytime soon. Weezy’s Rebirth was postponed again and its new release date is unclear, but that hasn’t stopped the MC — who is expected to report to prison in approximately 30 days — from dropping another ...

Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paramore Score at People’s Choice Awards

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Harrison/Getty The people of 2009 have spoken: women musicians dominated the first awards show of 2010 with Lady Gaga leading the charge. At last night’s Queen Latifah-hosted People’s Choice Awards, the singer picked up two trophies (Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Breakout Music Artist), while Paramore beat out Green Day and Kings of Leon to nab Favorite Rock Band. “Run This Town,” Rihanna’s team-up with Jay-Z and Kanye West scored Favorite Music Collaboration, Mariah Carey ...

News Ticker: Jack White and Wanda Jackson, Santigold and Devo, Lupe Fiasco, Neil Young

January 7th, 2010
The first Jack White-produced songs by Wanda Jackson will be released on iTunes and vinyl via his Third Man Records January 26th. The rockabilly legend’s debut single will feature her cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over.” Read more about White’s decade here. Santigold has been logging some time in the studio with Devo. The singer-rapper-producer made the revelation in a Paste interview, where she ...

Tour Tracker: Elvis Costello, Nickelback and Fiery Furnaces

January 6th, 2010
Photo: Von Holden/WireImage Elvis Costello plots some more Secret, Profane and Sugarcane dates, Nickelback continue to ride Dark Horse with a massive trek starting this April and the Fiery Furnaces embark on another tour. Full dates for all three jaunts below. Elvis Costello Feb. 7 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre Apr. 8 – Napa, CA – Napa Valley Opera House Apr. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre Apr. 24 – Richmond, VA @ The National Apr. 27 – Jacksonville, ...

At Home With Devendra Banhart, The High Priest of the L.A. Scene

January 6th, 2010
Devendra Banhart has been tormented by over-privileged teens in Malibu, homeless in Paris and homeless in New York — but he’s hopeful everywhere he goes. The rail-thin high priest of the new Los Angeles scene opens up to Rolling Stone’s Vanessa Grigoriadis in our new issue, describing the circumstances of his globetrotting youth, key moments of musical discovery (like when he listened to Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day on repeat for a month) ...

New Music Report: Vampire Weekend

January 6th, 2010
Rolling Stone’s Kevin O’Donnell takes a look at Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated second disc Contra in this week’s New Music Report. The New York quartet don’t futz with the formula they developed on their 2008 debut too much, which turns out to be a good thing on tracks like “White Sky,” which rides some sparkling Afropop guitar riffs and tribal beats. But there are a few tunes where they deviate from their straight-and-narrow: “Giving Up ...

Courtney Love Plots Hole’s Return With European Gigs, New Websites

January 6th, 2010
Photo: Clark/WireImage In June, Courtney Love announced she would resurrect Hole for the first time in 11 years; now she’s making it official. The band has scheduled its first three shows in Europe to support Love’s long-in-the-works album Nobody’s Daughter. It’s been a big week for ’90s bands confirming their returns, as Chris Cornell announced Soundgarden will be reuniting this year, too. But Hole is more like Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins, in that Love is only ...

Jack White on the Stripes’ Rise, Industry’s Fall and His Next Move

January 6th, 2010
When the 2000s began, Jack White was witnessing the dawn of a new age of blues-rock. “That was enough to compel me to keep going and going and going, but I had no illusions at all about the mainstream ever thinking it was interesting,” he tells Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt. Just a few short years later, he was walking the line between the mainstream and indie success. “People coming up to you like, ‘Yeah, the ...

“Lemmy” Film on Motorhead’s Kilmister to Premiere at SXSW

January 6th, 2010
LEMMY, a documentary that follows Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister on the road and into his home, will premiere at the 2010 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, this March. The film’s producers/directors, Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver, spent three years with Lemmy to capture the life and history of the infamous bassist, traveling from Kilmister’s Hollywood home to concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to see the legend at work. Go backstage with Motörhead on the ...