Trent Reznor gushed about his jealousy for Chris Cornell’s vocal ability in this recent interview with The Skinny. At the end of it, he fields a couple questions from Brody Dalle and Ben Shepherd. That’s cool.
This supercut of 90s alt-rock vocal hooks makes me want to re-buy so many shitty albums. Much many. So shitty. Such woah-oh-oh. Less shitty than today’s shitty albums though, for sure. Via Laughing Squid.
Speaking of woah-oh-oh, Eddie Vedder debuted a new song in São Paulo called I Won’t Hold On. Download it at Stereogum.
Bob Lefsetz is really more of a pundit than a sage, but he may have accidentally Nostradamused this week’s big music industry headline as a goof. Every year on April 1st, he sends out a bullshit news report that’s rarely believable, but satirically amusing. Last year, it was that Warner Music would be funding all albums through Kickstarter. In 2012 it was that he’s quitting music commentary to become an investment banker. Year before that, Rebecca Black got a record deal with Universal Republic. You get the idea.
This year’s? Apple buys Beats. This week, in real life, that exact headline is the big story, with all credible sources agreeing that a $3.2 billion deal is close to done. Some are saying it’s about headphones, some saying it’s about the Beats streaming service, some are saying it’s about coolness. Guess we’ll just have to see, if the deal goes through, what Apple’s plans are.
Dr. Dre is already claiming to be “Hip Hop’s First Billionaire” with this news. And in Hip Hop terms, that boast is closer to reality than most, but Forbes did the math, and with only 20-25% of Beats, even after this huge deal, Dre’s actually only sitting on about $800 million net worth. The Carlyle group, on the other hand, is set to pull in over a billion from the deal, with their 50% stake in the company. If they were to start rapping, they could steal Dre’s thunder. TCG, motherfuckerrrrrr!
Elsewhere, at a much less glamorous intersection of music and technology… Vampire Weekend is a bag of shit and all, but their frontman Ezra Koenig got involved in this demented new Seinfeld-inspired game from the apparently not-entirely-functional brain behind the Twitter parody account @seinfeld2000. Koenig reportedly at least hummed a version of the Seinfeld theme for the game The Junior Mint, which I really shouldn’t even bother trying to summarize.
Lots of new music worth mentioning:
Brody Dalle, Diploid Love: Review coming soon.
The Horrors, Luminous: Reviewed by Fernando.
Killer Be Killed, Killer Be Killed: Reviewed by Justin.
Joseph Arthur, Lou: Review coming soon.
Lykke Li, I Never Learn: Recommended listening if your vagina is bleeding. Not bad though.
Tori Amos, Unrepentant Geraldines: See above. Bad though.
Lilly Allen, Sheezus: Skip this fucking garbage.
Michael Jackson, Xscape: Actually hearing this is somehow good. Crazy world.