Archive for December 14th, 2012

Gil Friesen, Influential Music Mogul, Dead at 75

December 14th, 2012
Gil Friesen the record executive who built A&M Records with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss – helping to introduce the Police Janet Jackson Soundgarden and the Carpenters to the world – died Thursday at his Los Angeles home He was 75 and had battled leukemia "He helped create the culture that...

Chili Peppers, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys Mourn Newtown School Shooting Victims

December 14th, 2012
In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut – which left 27 people dead 20 of them children ages 5 through 10 – many have taken to Twitter to express their grief Here are some of the comments from the musical community My heart is...

Man Charged with Trespassing at Estate Tied to Taylor Swift

December 14th, 2012
A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing for intruding at an estate tied to Taylor Swift this morning Nashville's CBS Channel 5 reports Jacob Kulke was caught at the home in Belle Meade Tennessee where he had hopped a fence and a secured gate When found by...

Taylor Swift Goes Punk in ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’

December 14th, 2012
Taylor Swift offered her fans a gift on her 23rd birthday the release of the wild new video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" (off her latest record Red) The clip opens with Swift waking up in a desert that is empty except for the detritus of the concert...

Femi Kuti Returns to Afrobeat Roots on New Album

December 14th, 2012
Unlike his 2010 Grammy-winning album Africa for Africa Femi Kuti opted to record its forthcoming follow-up No Place for My Dream in Paris instead of Nigeria Why remove himself from his native country? As the 50-year-old singer and son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela tells Rolling Stone when he calls from...

Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Cro-Mags Bassist

December 14th, 2012
Assault charges against former Cro-Mags bassist and founding member Harley Flanagan regarding a July altercation with the band have been dropped DNAinfocom reports Flanagan was accused of stabbing Cro-Mag members William Berario and Michael Couls with a hunting knife and biting Berario on the cheek at New York's CBGB Festival...

Weekend Rock Question: What Is The Best Song of 2012?

December 14th, 2012
If someone asks you decades from now to think back to the music of 2012 it might initially be tough "2012 2012 Was that the year of 'Rolling in the Deep?'" you might ask "No 'Born This Way?'" Then the Internet...

Fun.’s Jack Antonoff on Their Six Grammy Nominations: ‘I Can Stop Worrying About Being a One-Hit Wonder’

December 14th, 2012
Fun's ubiquitous hit "We Are Young" was an obvious call for a Record of the Year nomination at the Grammys However the trio's Album of the Year nod for Some Nights – for which they'll go head-to-head with Mumford & Sons Frank Ocean the Black Keys and Jack White –...

Rolling Stones to Play Coachella?

December 14th, 2012
In October while discussing the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary dates in London and New York Keith Richards told Rolling Stone "My experience with the Rolling Stones is that once the juggernaut starts rolling it ain't gonna stop So without sort of saying definitely yes – yeah We ain't doing all this...

Diplo Goes Buck Wild in Major Lazer’s ‘Jah No Partial’

December 14th, 2012
Diplo goes buck wild in Major Lazer's new video for "Jah No Partial" which also features bassheads Flux Pavilion and reggae legend Johnny Osbourne The DJ-producer rips his shirt off fearlessly dives off the stage and crowd surfs in a Flaming Lips-style bubble in clips curated from the Philadelphia Mad...