Archive for February 17th, 2010

New Music Report: The Magnetic Fields’ “Realism”

February 17th, 2010
In this week’s New Music Report, we present another segment of Christian Rock, where Rolling Stone contributing editor Christian Hoard tells you what’s been on constant repeat on his stereo. This week, it’s the Magnetic Fields’ eighth album Realism in the spotlight. Featuring the witty and sardonic songwriting of Stephin Merritt, the man who gave us the massive 69 Love Songs, Realism is an unofficial sequel of sorts to 2008’s Distortion. While that album was ...

Killers Frontman Brandon Flowers’ Mother Loses Cancer Battle

February 17th, 2010
Photo: Pickles/WireImage The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ mother Jean passed away on February 11th following a two-year battle with brain cancer, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports (via Spinner). Jean Flowers was 64. In her obituary, she is credited with leading her children toward music. Citing “unforeseen circumstances involving a serious illness of a close family member,” the Killers canceled appearances at both the Good Vibrations Festival in Sydney and the Good Vibrations Festival in Perth in the ...

Fricke’s Picks: Haiti’s Soul

February 17th, 2010
Tried by poverty and violence long before the January 12th earthquake, Haiti is also a land of resilient-soul music. Vibrant merengue, carnival songs, vodou chants and the haunted-angel songs of a peasant girl, Francilia — Alan Lomax recorded it all and more, in the field in 1936-37. The recent and gorgeously annotated 10-CD box Alan Lomax in Haiti (Harte) is now a potent reminder of Haiti’s embattled spirit and folk art. Order at thehaitibox.blogspot.com, and ...

Plastic Ono Band Return With Eric Clapton, Paul Simon in Brooklyn

February 17th, 2010
Photo: Mazur / Wireimage Just before the final song of Yoko Ono’s first performance in four decades with founding members of the Plastic Ono Band, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 16th, her son Sean told a short story: At soundcheck that day, Sean remarked to guitarist Eric Clapton that he had never played slide guitar before and wanted to know how Eric and Sean’s father, John, played slide on the early, chaotic Plastic ...

MGMT Reveal Eye-Popping “Congratulations” Cover Art

February 17th, 2010
The purple-and-pink checkboard background, the flood of turquoise and the two-headed chimpanzee surfing out of the mouth of an icy wave shaped like a Sonic the Hedgehog character: The above image couldn’t be anything else but the cover of the next MGMT album, Congratulations. If the music on the album is half as ostentatious as its ’80s-tinged cover, we’re all in for a memorable second album from Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. We still haven’t ...

Wentz on Fall Out Boy’s Status: Twitter Needs “A Sarcastic Font”

February 17th, 2010
Photo: Wargo/WireImagePete Wentz has been making a lot of statements lately – on his blog, on Twitter and on his T-shirts for his Clandestine clothing line. So how can it be that there is still confusion regarding Fall Out Boy’s situation? Is the band broken up? On a break? What’s the deal? The bassist tried to help clear things up backstage at Clandestine’s show presented by STYLE360 during New York’s Fashion Week on Tuesday night, when ...

Kevin Eubanks Leaving “Tonight Show”? Pick Leno’s New Sidekick

February 17th, 2010
Photo: McIsaac/Getty Jay Leno may have beat Conan O’Brien in the battle of The Tonight Show, but one of the casualties of the late-night war may have been his bandleader Kevin Eubanks, who will reportedly abscond from the 11:35 p.m. time slot to pursue other opportunities. According to the New York Times, while Eubanks will have guitar in hand and be eager to laugh at all of Leno’s jokes when The Tonight Show returns on ...

Breaking: Never Shout Never

February 17th, 2010
Who: Christofer Drew, a 19-year-old Missouri native whose lovelorn tracks, soft, high voice (and Pete Wentz-style skinny jeans) are making underage girls swoon. He was signed by Warner Bros. after being discovered on MySpace and releasing three EPs, and his first disc What Is Love? debuted at Number 24 on the Top 200. Sounds Like: The tunes on Drew’s full-length (which he cut with producer Butch Walker) blend emo and folk into airy, heartbroken acoustic ...

Ke$ha on Ke$ha: Pop’s Party Animal Asks Herself the Tough Questions

February 17th, 2010
When Rolling Stone last interviewed Ke$ha — whose “TiK ToK” has been on a glittery, record-breaking run on the Singles chart — the 22-year-old pop star admitted she’s not afraid to look like an asshole, she admires the Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire, and her dream collaboration is a slumber party with Beck and Prince. When she stopped by the RS offices last week, we wanted to ask her the hard questions — like did ...

On the Charts: Sade Returns With Best-Selling Week of 2010

February 17th, 2010
The Big News: After a 10-year hiatus, Sade stormed the Billboard 200 — Soldier of Love eclipsed the half-million mark its first week in stores, selling 502,000 copies to push past Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and claim the title of 2010’s top-selling debut week. The sales well exceeded Sade’s midweek estimates, and Soldier of Love marks the band’s first Number One album since Promise back in 1985. After a two-week reign, Lady Antebellum settled ...