Archive for February 22nd, 2010

OK Go Explain Viral Video Woes in “New York Times” Op-Ed

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Rose/WireImage OK Go’s very public fight with their label over the fate of their music videos reached the pages of the New York Times this weekend as the group’s lead singer Damien Kulash penned an op-ed piece detailing how EMI’s “no embedding stance” has affected the band’s popularity and income. As Rolling Stone previously reported, at the heart of the battle is OK Go’s desire to make their upcoming music video for Of the Blue ...

How Beck Ended Up on Tobacco’s March LP “Maniac Meat”

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Autumn De WildeOn May 25th, Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tom Fec will return with his second solo album, Maniac Meat, under his alias Tobacco. And he’s scored an A-List guest to contribute: Beck. “Having him guest on my record is like the highest compliment I could ever get,” says Fec. Recorded at his home outside Pittsburgh, Fec’s latest record features more super-psychedelic synth-pop with titles like “Mexican Icecream,” “Lick the Witch” and “New Juices ...

Slash Says Velvet Revolver Still Searching for Undiscovered Singer

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Strauss/WireImage Slash didn’t have trouble finding a host of singers for his upcoming solo album, but the guitarist tells Rolling Stone the hunt for a new Velvet Revolver vocalist is still ongoing — and once he finishes touring behind his own record, tracking down a new frontperson is a priority. “I think Duff [McKagan] is doing something with Jane’s Addiction right now so we’re all sort of all over the place doing whatever until ...

Eric Clapton On Revisiting “Layla,” Sobriety and Reflecting on His Life

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Mazur/WireImageIn Rolling Stone’s new issue, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton sit down for the first time to discuss old rivalries, blues heroes and the secrets of their craft. Here’s more from David Fricke’s conversation with Clapton: the guitarist on revisiting the Layla album, his sober years and documenting his life. Check out all of Rolling Stone’s guitar coverage and join the debate: who’s the best of all time? What did you get out of returning to ...

Johnny Cash Fans Lobby For “Bitter Tears” Rerelease

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Now that Johnny Cash’s final recordings have been released as American VI: Ain’t No Grave, fans are calling upon Sony to rerelease the Man in Black’s 1964 LP Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a protest album that dealt with the tribulations facing Native Americans at the time, Reuters reports. Cash was reportedly one-quarter Cherokee. While Bitter Tears is sold on iTunes and CD copies remain available on e-tailers, Cash fans ...

EMI Plans to Revitalize, Not Sell, Abbey Road Studios

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Scarff/Getty Last week Beatles fans got the unsettling news that EMI had plans to sell off Abbey Road Studios to raise money for its cash-strapped parent company, Terra Firma. After rockers and fans protested the decision, the label announced this weekend that it will instead focus on revitalizing the studio, Reuters reports. “EMI confirms that it is holding preliminary discussions for the revitalization of Abbey Road with interested and appropriate third parties,” the company ...

News Ticker: Lil Wayne, U2, Michael Jackson, Nas

February 22nd, 2010
Photo: Polk/Getty With a week to go before he reports to prison in New York to serve a one-year sentence on gun charges, Lil Wayne has started up a Twitter. His first tweet: “im super new to this twitter shit but wudup tho !……….follow me biot¢h……….wudup mak……happy bday LO……8 days of freedom..ym.” Read more about Weezy’s impending trip to Rikers. U2 have tapped Lenny Kravitz, the Fray and Interpol to open on their 360° Tour this summer. ...