THE GUITAR SOCIETY 29th June 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|On his new album, Black and White America, Lenny Kravitz has incorporated more hip-hop into his music than ever before. Guests include Jay-Z and Drake and the singer-guitarist wrote a song with R&B/rap producer Swizz Beatz.
“It’s all music, you know?” he told Billboard.com. “I only go where the music takes me, so if I hear it in the track, I’ll do it. I won’t do something for the sake of, ‘Well, this is hip now.’
“When I wrote ‘Boongie Drop’ I heard a rap in the middle, and I immediately heard Jay’s voice and we had collaborated twice before, so I called him and when I went to New York I put him on the track. And then I got on the phone with Drake for [“Sunflower”] before he had even heard the track and he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it. I’m a fan and I love your work and I would love to be on it.’ So that was cool.”
Kravitz said the new album, due out August 30, includes all sorts of genres, including rock, reggae and R&B.
“I’ve tried to make a record that sort of has one sound throughout, and I just can’t do it. When I go left, I want to go right; When I go up, I want to go down,” he said. “I have so many musical styles inside of me. Growing up, I listened to every kind of music and it’s in me and it’s just the way I am, so the albums always come out like that, all over the place.”
|Mastodon have released a new song via the Adult Swim Singles Program, a 10-week event loaded with new music. As part of the program, the Atlanta metal band have unleashed “Deathbound,” which comes from the Crack the Skye sessions, according to Blabbermouth.
In conjunction with Adult Swim, Mastodon have also released a video for “Deathbound,” which parodies elements of children’s programming – including Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fraggle Rock and other Muppets-related shows. Check out the video below.
Also, Mastodon have revealed some of the song titles for tracks on their new album, The Hunter, due in October. The list includes: “Curl of the Burl,” “Dry Bone Valley,” “Blasteroids,” “The Octopus Has No Friends,” “All the Heavy Lifting” and “Stargasm.”
|It’s possible that Metallica’s July 14 concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, might not happen as planned. The Chronicle Herald (viaBlabbermouth.net) is reporting that the Halifax Regional Municipality is threatening to withhold services for the show, unless promoters pay back a debt that they owe for concerts that were organized in 2010.
Halifax want to be paid back the remaining $359,550 of the $400,000 advanced to MacKay Entertainment last year, due to poor ticket sales in advance of shows. The services in question include police, fire and a permit allowing concessions to be sold.
According to The Chronicle Herald, the Metallica concert might already be done for. A letter specifies that the municipality expected payment by June 14, in order for the show to go on as scheduled on July 14.
|Modest Mouse singer and guitarist Isaac Brock is composing the score to his first feature film. Brock is contributing to a film calledQueens of Country, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie stars Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers, Office Space) and Lizzy Caplain (Mean Girls), who plays a country music superfan who finds an iPod that she believes belongs to her soulmate. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson also appear in the film.
Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke directed and produced the film. They have previously worked on the music-related documentaries The Heart is a Drum Machine and Moog. Brock’s first scoring job was on the documentary 180 Degrees South.
|Gwen Stefani couldn’t contain her glee at the prospect of a new No Doubt album in an interview with Rolling Stone. According to the band, the record is about two months away from being done.
“It’s so exciting to have a record coming out,” Stefani said. “And we all want the same thing: for it to be modern and catchy and addictive. Once you make music that connects with people, it’s like you taste blood – you can’t go back.”
It’s been 10 years since the last full-length studio album from No Doubt (2001’s Rocksteady), but Stefani explained that the intervening years have been anything but a vacation.
“A lot of stuff happened during that time period,” she said. “Marriages, babies and, for me, two records and two clothing lines. So if you really worked out the math, you’d be like, ‘Wow, you guys are going fast.’”
|Sickness forced Paul Simon to cancel his London gig last night. According to the NME, the folk and rock legend was due to play the Hammersmith Apollo but has postponed his performance to tonight, June 29, because of a throat infection.
He had told his Glastonbury audience at the weekend, “I’ve got a throat infection so if I’m not at the top of my game, that’s the reason.”
In a statement, management said: “Paul Simon wishes to apologize profusely to all his fans for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to stress that he only has their best interests at heart and wants to deliver the best show possible. Doctors have advised him to completely rest his voice.”
Simon, who was a hit at Glastonbury last weekend, has several more U.K. dates in his diary. He plays Birmingham NIA on June 30, the London Roundhouse on July 1 and the Manchester Apollo on July 3.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason recently talked about his memories of the first time the guys in Floyd bumped into The Beatles. Mason remembers being wowed by the chance to meet the biggest band in the world, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.
He said the encounter happened in 1967, when Pink Floyd were working on their debut LP, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and the Fab Four were putting together Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
“We were recording in Abbey Road, the temple of greatness, and they were recording ‘Lovely Rita,’” recalled Mason in an interview the Wall Street Journal. “They were God-like figures to us. They all seemed extremely nice, but they were in a strata so far beyond us that they were out of our league.”