Beck Covers John Lennon's "Love"

beck_hansen_0100If the last few weeks have been any indication, winter seems to be the season for cover songs. Between The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Ke$ha and more, there hasn’t been any shortage of classics getting a new lease on life. Beck‘s new cover of John Lennon‘s “Love” only cements that tradition. Made for Starbucks’ fifth compilation album, Sweetheart 2014, “Love,” originally from Lennon’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band album, sits alongside tracks by Vampire Weekend, ThaoThe Head and The Heart, and many more in an easy listening covers paradise. Check out the new song, along with the track listing below, and pick up Sweetheart 2014 beginning Feb. 4. (more…)

Fiona Apple And Blake Mills Hit The Road

Everyone’s favorite heavy-duty, mood shifting, piano banging, modern day torch songstress Fiona Apple has announced a new tour, where she will perform as part of a duo with her frequent guitarist and opening act, Blake Mills. Mills himself is a collaborator to the stars, having been a member of Dawes (then known as Simon Dawes), and working with Band of Horses, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Julian Casablancas, Cass McCombs, and more.

According to a willfully but lightly obstinate press release, the two have yet to determine how the show will go, but that leaves a world of possibilities open, and may well produce results that will surprise even the most die hard of fans.

Apple’s last couple of records have been very solid, showcasing an artist who always demonstrated brilliance, but who is now fully in control of her talent and creative output. Her latest is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, which produced the single “Hot Knife,” a pretty spectacular song for which you can see the video below.

Mills released Break Mirrors in 2010, and is currently at work on a second album for Verve Records.

The tour is called “Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple & Blake Mills” and dates are below.

5 Best Movie Soundtracks of 2012

2012 has been a fantastic year for movies, but it may have been an even better year for movie soundtracks. From action and horror, to comedies and dramadies, the world of film was made more enthralling in 2012 than any year in recent memory thanks to music, and today we’re highlighting our five favorite releases. I would suggest you see every film mentioned on this list in order to fully appreciate the accompanying music, but perhaps one of the greatest features of each of these releases is how well they play outside the context of cinema. So whether you’re a cinephile or you refuse to pay ridiculous cinema prices, there is something here for everyone. Click through the “Read more” link and enjoy. (more…)

The Editorialist: 5 Band Names That Drive Journalists Mad

Okay, we all know there are plenty of terrible band names out there. From Anal Cunt to The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, we music journalists have seen it all… that is, of course, until the next new pile of grammatical regurgitation comes along to agitate our articles. Some names in particular, however, really grind my gears because of how frustrating they are to write or include in a sentence, with their unnecessary punctuation or drawn-out clauses. I know there are no definitive rules to making a band name, and I know we live in a progressive, liberal culture where artistic expression is all about pushing the envelope, but some bands are just trying too hard (or not hard enough). Call me closed minded or old fashioned, but while I respect the artistic decision to do whatever the hell you want and not care what anyone thinks, I still think there should be some sort of parameters to naming a band. So I’ve decided to highlight my top five most frustrating band names, specifically for music journalists and any English nerd concerned with grammar, punctuation, or syntax.

(Disclaimer: This list is not a direct commentary on the bands themselves or the quality of their music. In fact, I happen to like most of the bands on this list, which I think might be what frustrates me the most.) (more…)

Fiona Apple Rants About Arrest

You may have heard about indie/experimental singer-songwriter and certified crazy person Fiona Apple‘s arrest in Texas last week for possession of hash. Now a video has been released from her show in Huston, TX on Saturday of the singer’s statement in regards to the matter.

She first makes a public apology to her jailer for her “attitudey” behavior, but then goes on to condemn four unnamed individuals who apparently handled the matter very poorly. She gives them the ultimatum of revealing themselves by saying “I’ll make you fucking famous any time you ask… So why don’t you stay in your fucking holding cell?” Sounds like the wrong person to mess with. Watch the video below, and try to figure out how this woman’s brain works. Rant is as follows:

“There are four people out there¦and I want you to know that I heard everything you did. I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said, stupidly thinking that I couldn’t hear or see you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it and “ I got two lock boxes. We’ll call them ˜holding cell one’ and ˜holding cell two.’ In ˜holding cell one’ is the encoded version of the shit that you did that I know was inappropriate and probably illegal. In ˜holding cell two’ is the decoder. I’m the only one who holds the key, and you and I will be intimate forever because I will hold that secret forever. Unless of course the celebrity that you had so much interest in but you wanted to accuse me of bringing up while you laughed at me all night? Unless you’re interested in being a celebrity, I’ll make you fucking famous any time you ask and I’ll open those boxes. So why don’t you stay in your fucking holding cell?”

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Monday, September 24, 2012